DIY WEDDING FUN + AN ODD NEW FAD | Vintage Spool Place Card DIY by Lauren + Alison *explores* the latest trend + a brand new Knotty Reader Challenge!

That title feels redundant.

Anyway… today, my friends, we have a twofer.  Part I = a super neat, super simple DIY project from our resident DIY expert, Lauren of Lauren Elise Crafted!  In Part II, yours truly will address that weird new fad thingie I mentioned on Twitter last night that I kinda sorta promised I’d address today on the blog and not chicken out on discussing, regardless of how aggressively incapable it is of being linked in any way to legit wedding content.  (Wait, did I say incapable?  BWAAAHAHAHAHAA!  Because I linked it.  See: The Knotty Challenge at the end of today’s post.  BOOYAHKASHA.)

Ok, BUT.  First things first:

THANK YOU!  Thank you, everyone, for the killer advice re: Me + Honey + Puppy + Sleeping In the Same Bed = Pleasant Experience or A Life of Regret? — based on your often hilarious, insightful and downright honest (read: *say goodbye to sexytime*) bits of advice yesterday, it’s official.

Because we like the fact that, currently, we…

  • don’t have to pick dog hair from our tushies, like so much sand;
  • don’t ever have to worry about a rotund, furry c***blocking machine with a little bit ‘o’ face;
  • only deal with soft, *adorable* sighs from Bambi, when he wants to play, and would hate to start resenting those sighs when they are being performed to indicate a readiness for bedtime with his parents;
  • like to move about in bed while we slumber, aka sweetie tends to toss and turn – sometimes onto me – and is not easily woken up; replace *my arm* with *Bambino’s lungs/rib cage* and we’ve got ourselves a smothered puppy ← PASS;
  • don’t have to worry about Bambino face planting when he leaps from/falls out of/is unwittingly pushed off of our bed;

So, because we like not having to deal with those things in our lives at present… we have decided that we’re NOT going to invite puppy to sleep in beddypieland with us.  At least any time soon.  Yay!  I mean, SAD FACE.  But it’s for the best, I think.  Actually the moment I read “c***block” in one or five of your comments I was like ain’t no way.

And now for…

✭ PART ONE: Spool Pace Card DIY, by Lauren of Lauren Elise Crafted! ✭

Take it away, Lauren!

Hi Knotty readers!  Lauren Elise here today and it’s time for another DIY.  I have put together a simple place card idea for you that includes a bit of vintage appeal and a lot of unique charm.  It is also easy to execute and requires few materials.

Spools, burlap, and ribbon are all you really need to execute this look.  I found vintage spools in bulk on Etsy for less than $0.50 each.  Burlap and ribbon can both be found at local craft/fabric stores all for decent prices.  But search around online for even better deals.  The final item you’ll need is a letter stamp kit.  The letters are interchangeable so you can get a lot of use out of these kits.  I use mine for all kinds of craft projects.

I find the vintage spools add a great rustic detail.  For this example, I have thought of them as placecards but you could arrange the spools on a pin board or lay them out on a table to become escort cards.  Or use them like a gift tag and attach them to presents.  The versatility of the spools is pretty endless and you could tie them into décor throughout your wedding in many ways.

Here are the steps to create your own spool place cards.  Enjoy!

Materials ::

  • vintage spools
  • custom stamp kit, similar to this one I found at Staples
  • black ink pad
  • burlap
  • ribbons in your specific wedding colors
  • scissors
  • super glue

Directions ::

○ With your custom stamp kit {image A}, arrange each guest’s name onto the stamp surface one at a time {image B}.  Ink the letters {image C}.  Stamp the spool with the name {image D}.

○ Cut 2” strips of burlap.  Vary their lengths depending on how much material you need to wrap around your napkins.  Use super glue to glue the two ends of the burlap together and place around each napkin {image E}.  Cut a piece of ribbon that will fit around the napkin, string it through the spool, and glue or tie the two ends together on the back of the napkin {image E}.

○ Cut a couple of pieces of ribbon, 3” – 4” long {image F}.  Glue the ends of the ribbon together with super glue {image G}.  Glue those ribbons onto one side of the spool for decoration {image H}.

♥ It has been a pleasure to be here with you today!  If you have any questions about anything I have made, please feel free to contact me through my blog.  I am also available to make anything you see.  I would love to craft something special for you!

xoxo!  – Lauren

PART DEUX: Editor’s Notes on Trends in Human Behavior (or, WTF?)

Thanks, Lauren!  As always, you rock my socks right off my feets with your projects. :)

Ok SO.  Have you heard of this new (to me anyway) weird fad thingie called “Planking?”  If you haven’t, then congratulations – you sir or madam, clearly have a life!  But for the sake of discussion, let’s discuss.  It involves you, face down, body straight (like in that light as a feather game we used to play when I was in middle school… remember that?) and arms at your sides… on something.  Doesn’t matter what.  Just you, face down, on something.

Was youth soccer not enough?  Even playing field, everyone gets to play, everyone gets a trophy.  There are actually kids out there that that doesn’t work for?  We need to resort to a ‘sport’ I’m going to call Extreme Inactivity (← *COINED*) to make everyone feel like they’re good at something?

Whatever.  Here’s a 180 for ya – I’M LOVING IT.  And that’s because it passes my test.  My test = does it make me laugh?  And that it does.  Case in point:

Upon examination, I feel that that might just be the only way to set your baby on that ride.  Seriously where else are you supposed to place your child.  In the slots?  On one of the four fully torqued peni?  This is a playground fail.  Take him home.

Here’s something I’m considering for our flight to Laguna:

Right?  I should so do that, right?  In fact it’ll probably be more comfortable than sitting in our actual seats.  I’m 5’4″ and I have NO LEG ROOM WHATSOEV when I fly these days.  AND, I’ve heard some airlines are charging FOR CARRY-ONS now.  So, that’s nice.

Now, THIS ONE concerns me a little bit:

Bambino just runs around the tub when we bath him.  It’s actually pretty funny; sort of like watching a dog on a confined, circular and infinite slip ‘n’ slide.  Anyway back on track – is what that dog is doing typical behavior for a dog?  Or is he kinda being tortured for the shot?  Just curious.

P.S. – I know what you’re thinking, and TRUST… [non torturous] planking photos of Bambino are already in the works.

But… for now… here’s Bambino taking a cat nap in the car on the way back from his grandparents’ house:

And here he is waking up (next to papa):


And finally, remember that post I did on Elie Saab?  Well, for some reason, I left this shot out:


Okaaaaaay… so… thoughts?  :) You know, just, like, about anything going on up there.

xoxo!  – Alison

P.S. – here’s The (completely ridiculous but I’m going with it) Knotty Challenge:

I will award 75 internet points (redeemable nowhere) to any bride or groom who planks at least once in their wedding photos and submits them to me.  Mark my word, you will be published on TKB if you actually do this.


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  1. Marit on June 2, 2011

    Okay-those spools are adorable!

    We used to have a rule that Pete had to sleep on his bed. Then, I’d wake up in the morning to find him laying right next to me. Like a human. So, it’s kinda a mixed bag in our house. :)

  2. Christine on June 2, 2011

    That dress is absolutely stunning, do you have a front view of it! My cousin is getting married and it is completely her style!!

  3. Izzy Hudgins on June 2, 2011

    Oh my dear, you are always funny, but this particular post made me about pee my pants. thanks for always bringing ridiculous joy to us!

  4. Alison on June 2, 2011

    Marit – omg TELL ME it’s your honey putting Pete on your bed in the morning. Mine puts Bambino next to my face sometimes, *right when* I’m waking up :)

    Christine – Isn’t it? I’m obsessed with Elie Saab. To see the rest of the dresses just click the link in the sentence above the image. Good luck to you and your cousin! P.S. – If that’s your cousin’s style, then methinks your cousin and I have A LOT in common. :)

    Izzy – thanks! I’m delighted you dig the REDONKULOUSNESS. Because I was a wee bit concerned today that it might be too redonk. I stand corrected! ;) xo!

  5. J (SparklyLove) on June 2, 2011

    75 internet points?!?!!?! Oh I’m planking for SURE in my pictures :) What a strange fad!

    Is it weird that I want to nibble on Bambino’s ears? Look at them in that second picture. They are just so adorbs!

  6. BeeCustom Design on June 2, 2011

    great post………sooooooo needed a laugh today:)

  7. Lena on June 2, 2011

    You start blogging about planking and all of a sudden, it’s on my news feed, Twitter, CNN for Chrissake! But really, it’s just laying down. I mean, I’m not missing anything here, right?

    Thank goodness for spools. Spools I understand, and lovely tablescapes make sense to me.

  8. Laura *You Stir Me* on June 2, 2011

    I first heard about planking when I saw on the news that a guy died from it. I’ll stick to backyard whiffleball.

  9. Alison on June 2, 2011

    J – you should see them up close. they’re actually pretty gross inside. you wouldn’t want to nibble, if push came to shove. but you WOULD want to kiss kiss kiss his face allllll UP! I do it daily. :)

    Bee – oooohhh i’m so glad! I love hearing things like that. Makes my day :)

    Lena – I’m, ahem, *kind of a big deal*, Lena. Like, HUGE. But c’mon. You already knew that. PSSSSHH.

    Laura – dude I heard that too today! Jeez, peeps need to do it on the ground. It’s equally as hilarious on grass as it is on the Grand Canyon. I choose grass. Aside from those under the influence, I think it’s all related to how much common freaking sense a person has ;) P.S. – I heart whiffleball!

  10. Sarah on June 2, 2011

    How do I marry that dress? I’ll do a hover plank in it if I can have it. (I obviously refuse to lie on anything in it.)

  11. Emily on June 2, 2011

    I cannot wait to see the wedding planking photo submissions! That’s gonna be so hilarious!!!! I love this blog!

    And one more thing: I might actually submit one of my own. We’ll see what happens come game day ;D

  12. Ashley on June 2, 2011

    Yes!! I also just heard the story of the guy that just died from planking. It coined the phrase “Don’t drink and plank”

    That baby picture though?? Cutest thing I’ve ever seen, EVER, and good call on the penis ride… someone was not on the ball that day at the playground factory.

    Love Bambino, cutest puppy ever! And I’m holding you to the 75 internet points thing. God knows I NEED those internet points!

  13. Ohmygoodness. I seriously laughed out loud reading this. I had no idea what planking was, so thanks for introducing me to it. I googled it for more info, and my favorite part of its description on Wikipedia is a paragraph of its own which states: The game has been described by some as “pointless.” What?? Taking photos of yourself lying down in random places, pointless? Pish posh. I’m not getting married, but I think I need to enlist my wedding-photographer bestie into doing a planking-style bridal shoot. Oh yeah. That’s happening.

  14. Lauren on June 2, 2011

    omg your puppy. I’m completely obsessed. My fiance wants one and I’ve been unsure cuz of the commitment and stuff like that but now I just want to get one so we can give him a role in our wedding. Is that crazy? I’m actually thinking along these lines. (don’t worry everybody, we’d take care of it and love it too, it’s not an aesthetic thing ;))

    fab post as always!!

  15. Katie on June 2, 2011

    I laughed out loud at the dog being a “c*** block” It’s totes fine that you don’t want your pooch sleeping in your bed but, how can a dog be a c*** block? If you want to get your freak on, kick the dog off the bed, and out the door if it weirds you out that bad. Just sayin’…

    The baby planking is so funny! I had never heard/seen this before this post.

    That wedding dress is to DIE for! More pictures of it. Her shoulder blades kinda freak me out though, ha!

    Also, the spool place settings are precious! Love them :)

  16. Katie on June 2, 2011

    Oh Lordy. I thought it would censor the inappropriate words in the post…so sorry!

  17. Jessica Williams on June 4, 2011

    Oh man I CANNOT WAIT to see if someone planks in their wedding dress! SO amazing!

  18. EJ on June 4, 2011

    omg…the planking photos! i was trying so hard not to laugh out loud that a snorted, not a pretty alternative. btw, how did you find a french bulldog breeder? i’m having a dickens of a time in ca. my coworker tells me it’s darn near impossible to get an in unless you rescue a frenchie.

  19. Barn Weddings on August 25, 2011

    Elegant dress! Would love to have that kind of wedding dress soon.

  20. Trena on October 1, 2011

    My old dog used to do that too! She HATED baths, with a capital hate. But imagine a 50 pound husky/shepherd mix doing that: at the doorway, on the tub ledge, on anything her desperate paws could touch to avoid the dreaded bubbles.


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