Friday, March 4, 2011

Happy Anniversary!

The blog has officially been around for an entire year.  Very exciting indeed, but we're going to move right along now and pretend that I haven't been slacking on craft posts. *cough*

Last weekend I ventured out for the very first time to try and select a dress for my wedding.  This particular outing ended up being pretty disastrous thanks to a combination of horridly unhelpful bridal consultant, poor dress selection in my price range, and my own freakishly large rib cage that refused to fit into any gown despite it being 4 sizes too large for me everywhere else. In summary, by the time we finished I was extremely frustrated and angry.  Wanting to take back control of the situation, I began crafting my accessories for my big day, nearly the second after arriving back home. 

First up, a cute crochet shrug because I want my shoulders to be covered and 98% (or more) of the wedding dresses out there are strapless. (Can anyone say, Designer FAIL?) The pattern I finally settled on is  Berniolies Designs' Rainbow Shrug , minus the whole rainbow thing.  I'm making it out of a really pretty bamboo silk white yarn by Ella Rae, in the "Cloud" colorway.  It will look something like this when I'm finished with it.

Photo belongs to Berniolie.

The second project I started, which will probably be more difficult to finish, is my veil.  Jennifer Stern has an excellent tutorial at CraftStylish for how to make one (which I'm deviating from quite a bit). I plan to follow her construction technique to put it all together though.  The best part of this's cost!  I purchased all the necessary supplies for $15 and change. From what I've read online, veils can easily be between $75 and $300, so I'm psyched about my savings.  If I do hit a rough patch and can't make it work the way I want, I'm still only out the fifteen bucks. My plan though is to use some Jolee's hotfix pearls to embellish the tulle, so I'll probably spend a little more on it in the end. Still...a great bargain.  I'll post some pictures once I get farther into the project, and determine if it is feasible enough to complete.

Ooh!  I almost forgot!  I also completed my Wilton gumpaste and fondant course this week.  Check out my super hawt cake that I made for "graduation". 

That's right.  I made it.  The fondant too. Pee Ess I heart Karen!


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