Vow renewal ceremony update

These shots are the bouquet- my beautiful wonderful bouquet that makes me tear up a little bit just thinking about it because its the second one I’ve made. The first one resides in vases all around my house and never saw the ceremony because everything was rushed and the ceremony didn’t have any decorations. This one is actually going to see action tho and that makes me happy and a little wistful all at the same time.

The pictures are a little blurry- the light inside was bad and the heat outside was too much for this girl to want to take pictures in. This bouquet features flowers both hand made and cut with my Silhouette SD. There are feathers, buttons, beads, and even a couple of fabric flowers, not to mention a thimble. This bouquet is my something old and blue. The buttons came and thimble came from my grandma’s sewing tins that I was given by my aunt just a few months before she too passed away. The wrapping for the handle was quilt binding that has been salvaged by my gramma and I can just picture her with her ingrained habits of the Great Depression carefully salvaging that binding in the same way that she saved buttons, bottles, and even thread.

The pitcher the bouquet rests in was hers as well.



Tutorial…. sorta… Thanksgiving banner

So remember how I was going to post every day with something I was thankful about? Yeah that failed miserably,¬† but I will have some thankfuls on another post soon, so don’t think I’ve completely forgotten.

Today I have a tutorial of sorts for you. Its silly simple so I don’t know how much it should count. I even have a free printable for you to go with it- simple decorated letters that took me way too long to make due to computer crashes.


  • Book paper (I used an old dictionary)
  • printed letters from this post
  • scissors
  • glue (I used the hot glue gun on this one)
  • ribbon
  • extra paper for backing
  • ink pads if desired

I started out by printing and cutting out the letters. As a side note to anyone¬† familiar with Illustrator, they retain their edit-ability (is that even a word? well it is now so pbbbthththt) if you’d like to change up the colors. Anywho, the next step is to cut your pages from your book in half.

Then glue the ends of the halves together to make a longer strip. This is going to vary a bit from book to book, but I needed 3 half sheets to get the right length for the rosettes. Start folding accordion style.

You can line up the definitions to look really cool if you use a dictionary. Just remember about the road to hell and good intentions and such because sometimes you end up with this instead.

Yeah that was a bit unplanned… oh well.

Once you’ve got your sheets of paper accordion folded, overlap the two free ends and glue them together.

This makes a nice tube which you’ll be folding down flat to make the rosettes by bringing the edges of one side together.

please ignore the chipping nail polish

camera happy? who me?? couldn’t be!

Glue a piece of random paper or cardboard in the middle to hold the edges of the page together.

Flip it over, ink the edges of the paper and attach your letter of choice.

Repeat with the rest of the letters.

To attach them to the ribbon, line them up carefully with the letters straight up and down or else you’ll end up with a bit of frustration when you have to repeatedly reposition them after gluing them down only to find out they were crooked. Of course I would never make that mistake, but some people might……

Glue a nice piece of paper over the ribbon (I actually covered these with neat circles after the pic) that overlaps onto the pleats to hold the ribbon in place.

How you attach the letters is up to you. This was a spur of the moment project for me so I used two pieces of ribbon and made a tiered banner, but you could attach them all to a single length to make a longer piece, that part is entirely up to you. Now all you have to do is hang it and I’m sure you can do that on your own so no pictures for that step.

Have fun with this and if you make one, I’d love to see it!




Feather Tutorial

So as I mentioned the other day I’m decorating our basement for a Masquerade themed birthday party and I needed some ideas. I had written Heather over at Dollar Store Crafts begging for help and she came up with a brilliant post rounding up projects to make a candy themed party that I think we will go with. Bright colored candy plus masks equals good sugared up fun for all.

As a part of our decorations I wanted lots of feathers, but I don’t want to spend a ton of money on them and the pretty feathers I’m wanting aren’t cheap. So I decided to find a tutorial for making them out of paper. Sadly? I wasn’t too impressed with what I found. Fortunately I’m resourceful so I pulled out my stack of card stock and went to work. I free handed a design and away I went.

I figured since I wanted a pattern and tutorial, maybe someone else would too so I’m here to share my technique with you.

Supplies: Card stock, glue, florists wire, pens, pencils, markers, and the template The template is optional, but I’m sharing it in case you want it.

These feathers were the final result of my work.

First take a piece of card stock and fold it over to a width of about 2 inches. This width will vary depending on the size you want your feather to be.

Cut it off and cover one side with glue. Cut a section of florists wire to just an inch or so longer than your piece of paper. and lay it on the glue. I curved mine around a bit in order to get the curved center quill like a feather would have. You can kind of see that in the pictures.

Fold over the unglued side of the paper and press down well.

I used a marker lid to press along the wire so it was raised up higher than the paper. This makes for a very nice seal and gives a more 3-dimensional effect.

Which you can kind of see here in this picture.

I then traced over the wire with a colored pencil. This makes the center of the feather much more visible.

Here you see the outline of the feather drawn on the paper. Cut it out. No don’t stop what you’re doing silly, cut the feather out of the paper.

Draw your little spines (I have no idea what they’re called but the fluffy things) on the paper and now you have a nice representation of a feather right?

You can of course stop there and call it good, but I’m a perfectionist so here’s where I took it one step further. I very carefully cut dozens of thin slivers along the edge of the feather so it looks…. well feathered.

You can see here how the edges are sort of rough and it really gives a nice effect that pictures don’t do justice to.

The sky’s the limit to what kind of feathers you can make. I’ve included templates for the red and blue feathers, but if you get creative you can make one like the black one my sister in law made as well. I made a couple of these without the wire, but I like how bendable and 3D the wire ones are.

Cheap simple pretty decorations for anything you want to use feathers on.