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DIY Rose Cuff

I think I saw somewhere on Weddingbee.com about cuff bracelets – not sure and I’m too lazy to go search for it. Anyway, I had these gorgeous little rose appliqués that have been in my studio forever. I suddenly had a thought the other day to use them. Duh, roses are the motif for my wedding. So I got to work and let the creativity flow.

the appliquesthe virgin appliqués

sewed appliquessewed together

3 of them were the perfect length for a cuff bracelet.

I must have deleted the pic of me painting the appliqués but all I did was mix acrylic paints – gold with a bit of yellow and a smidgen of mauve – and the color came out perfectly. I attached a large pearl button from the plethora of buttons I have around. It was so perfect as my jewelry is all coin pearls. I just clipped the button hole out of the appliqué where it would not unravel and voila:

final cuff

Here are some shots of me modelling the cuff, although I think I will wear it on my right hand as not to clash with my ring.

cuff1

cuff2

So this project was super cheap. I purchased the appliqués a zillion years ago for a very nominal price that I don’t remember. The button is from my Mom or Grandmother’s button collection that was passed on to me. I always keep paint in stock and really didn’t have to use a large amount.

I am thrilled the with how it turned out and it complements my dress and accessories so well. I love when DIY works!

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For the past three weeks I have been obsessed with designing Invitations. I had to start from scratch with all of my paperie for the weeding (see Designer Extraordinaire) now that we are getting married in Vegas in February. I don’t want the typical winter theme but I don’t want my choice of colors (gold, cream brown with touches of yellow and green) to feel too fall like either. So, I’ve been a bit stressed and asking myself – “what is the theme or motif that will tie all the decor and stationary together?” FH hasn’t been much help b/c he thinks motifs are gay, lol! So it’s up to me to get it together and see if he likes it. He will probably get vetoed if he disapproves of a design I really like but I’ll still give him a chance at some input. I wanted something with an Asian feel but also French – somehow modern but I also like the idea of damask somehow. I played around with some designs but just couldn’t get excited. Here are some invites I designed before I decided on my theme/motif (I’ll tell you later in this post):

BlossomInvite

I love this one but the colors are too fall like…

ChandelierInvite

I really like the idea of using the chandelier but this only looked good in black and FH said it looked like a old phone book ad? Whatev!

Gold WallpaperInvite

FH really like this one but the colors were a bit off and it was a bit too vintagey for me. Words I never thought I would say.

After much thought, I decided I would use a rose or roses as our theme/motif. I did not want anything too Anna Griffin but I did want a sort of vintage feel too it. I perused one of my favorite clip art sites, Clipart ETC, and found all kinds of pretty roses:

rose1
rose2

rose4

I decided I liked this one:

Rose motif
It’s very geometric so it will do. It’s not terribly feminine and fancy. I changed the color to a light gold and whipped up an invite in Photoshop.

GoldInvite

I’m pretty sold on this. With an ivory linen paper and a brown mat, it would look great with an ivory pocket folder. I would add some light gold touches, like a matching ribbon. I’m giving myself until the end of the week to make a decision and then, let the printing and prepping begin.

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Today I am getting started on my welcome bags for our guests. My first component is the crossword puzzle which I think will be a fun touch. I used EclipseCrossword Software. It’s really intuitive and easy. I also used Dictionary.com’s Crossword solver to help out with clues to the words I want to use. It was a very helpful resource. Here’s a small jpeg of the actual Word Document.

Cword

I’m so happy with how it turned out. I’ll probably add the obligatory water bottle to the bags as well as some tourist information about Vegas. I’m still planning that out but at least I have one small project done. Yay!

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