DIY ON A BUDGET: Bright, Glowy Light-Up Letters! | A Tutorial By Kindred

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Hi lovely readers!

Today we’re sharing a DIY that requires *drumroll*… fake greens!  Eeek!  What would invoke such a thing?!  Well, clearly, we’re usually the #1 advocates for using fresh greens whenever possible… but occasionally, just occasionally, fake greens’ll do the trick.  In this case, it’s for what could be a more permanent fixture… a piece to hang over the bed, over the guest signing table, in front of the wedding party reception table (yes, those last two weren’t necessarily permanent but they can then be reused!).  Of course, if you prefer, you can also do this with real greens, but for all you who are looking for a DIY that might last a little over a week, this one’s for you ;) {Continue reading…}

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MAKE IT | Letter-Stamped Charms! For Valentine’s Day, or Your Wedding! | A DIY by Renee Hong

There are certain things in life we do not question and instead accept as fact.  It’s your basic “if p, then q.”  An unwritten guarantee of an outcome.  For example:

If you are getting your partner anything other than sex for Valentine’s Day, then the love is gone.

See how cut and dry that is?  Things that make sense comfort me.

The thing is, it’s not always as simple as that.   {Continue reading…}

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[MAKE THIS] DIY Pretty Gold Striped Disposable Camera | By Renee Hong, DIY Master

Our resident DIY Master of ‘making everything so pretty that I leave for a Michaels Craft Store immediately after putting up each of her posts’ is back.  If you’re new here, her name is Renee Hong… and you’re in for a treat.  She brought with her the raddest disposable camera idea I’ve ever seen.

I think you are going to LOVE this.  Gone are the mundane, company branded cameras of yesteryear uglifying your reception tables and making guests throw up their dinners in disgust.  Here to stay?  ==> Golden stripes on EVERYTHING!!!!!!!  I truly can’t get enough.

Hit it, Renee…  {Continue reading…}

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ON KIDS AT WEDDINGS: I Went to a Wedding That Got Ruined by a Baby. Plus: DIY Monogram Secret Message Puzzle by Renee!

Happy Monday, lovers.  Today I have a story I’ve been meaning to share with you.   {Continue reading…}

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SUCCULENT DIY + MR ROGERS | Modern Golden Succulent Vases by Renee + My Shameful Sunday Night.

You guys, I watched the Real Housewives of New Jersey finale Sunday night and OMG, I cannot.  OMFG what was that.  Did you watch it (admit it so we can talk!)?  I didn’t know if I was supposed to be judging a pageant or jerking off to some new type of highly satisfying porn.  Is Women Annoyingly Yelling a genre of pornography?  If it isn’t then I have NFI what I ate my dinner to between 10 and 11pm.  I really think it was pornography because I was super into it while I was watching it but now that it’s over I feel ashamed/like I want to take it all back.  I’m sorry.  I’m so sorry.

Let’s shift gears and leave that back there, never to speak of it again as long as we live.  The following video went viral recently and if my heart were a caterpillar, this video reached inside of my chest tore out my still-beating heart and allowed it to blossom into a highly emotional butterfly, killing me.  So now my heart is a butterfly with PMS, WATCH OUT.   {Continue reading…}

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DIY + PERSONAL | Metallic Tassel Party Envelopes By Renee, My Life In Instagram Pics, My New Favorite Jacket, + a Note On Bleeding Every Month.

Addendum: 

We have a gas leak in the area.  Con Ed has been jackhammering day and night, literally 24 hours a day.  The smell is so strong we’ve had to keep our windows shut since last night, and there is visible gas all over the street.  The paramedic who parks his ambulance under our window every day is currently enjoying a cigarette a few yards from the drill site.  

So if you don’t hear from me, you’ll know what happened. UPDATE: We iz alive! :)

Resume regularly scheduled talking:

Happy Friday, faces!

The other day I told Honey it was time for me to write a really straightforward, grossly honest post here on the blog, listing out every single mother effing thing that makes Shark Week (<–menstruation, if you’re new here) kind of a drag.

He said, “Ok, cool.  Just let me know the publish date so that I can be sure to AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE.”

It isn’t today, Honey.  Full post is scheduled for next week.  Everyone else…. girrrrd yourrrr loiiinnnnnns.  Oo and if you have any of your own that you’d like me to include in the list, feel free to share them below.  And indicate if you want it to be anonymous, be offering it anonymously. :) {Continue reading…}

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OMG LOVE | DIY Personalized Wooden Ring Bearer Box with a Vintage Finish! | By DIY Bloggista Renee

Happy Tuesday, sweet babies!  How goes it?  I’m pretty excited about today, {Continue reading…}

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PROJECT ~ DIY Fabric Coasters in Metallic Gold! Plus: Mom, You Just Made a HUGE Mistake. Oh and Bambino.

Hi everybody!  Alison here.  It’s the latter half of Tuesday — that’s elitist for ‘Tues. evening’ — and I just got off the phone with mi madre… who has informed me that she knows what it is I go through season after season, “recapping that Bachelor show” and so she wants me to know that she’s officially {Continue reading…}

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DIY Drink Stirs by DIY Bloggista Andrea, My Fave Mini Flag, Bunting and Pennant Stickers, And Bambino.

Happy Tuesday afterneeeevening, peeps!  By the way, is it “drink stirs” or “drink stirrers?”  Anyway, good news: one of our lovely DIY contributors Andrea {Continue reading…}

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PERSONAL POST + DIY GARLAND | The DIY stellarness part is by Bloggista Andrea of Gray Harper Event Maker. Guess who the way too personal part is by? Go ahead, guess.

Happy Tuesday evening, peoples!  How are you?  Having an ok week so far?  I hope so!  Within this very post, I’ve got two things for your faces: the first is one of my waaay too personal stories that not only serve to remind you of just how weird I am, but also force you to question your own sanity, and why you’re crazy enough to keep visiting this blog.  AND THEN {Continue reading…}

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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: {Continue reading…}

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DIY WEDDING INSPIRATION | Woodland Tablescape + Place Cards by Lauren Elise Crafted

Hi TKB readers!

Lauren Elise again and I am back for another installment of DIY goodness!  For this project I drew inspiration from the forest and the flora and fauna that inhabit it.  Considering a rustic, woodsy wedding?  So much beauty can be found here so this is a perfect theme for a DIY event.

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DIY DECOR | Star Garland, Book Page Pinwheels, Pine Tree Favors and Paper Trees = A Sparkly DIY Wintry Snow Scene! | by Lauren Elise Crafted

Happy holidays TKB readers!  It’s Lauren from Lauren Elise Crafted again and today I am back to share a special holiday version DIY.  {Note: each of these projects could be employed as décor elements for a lovely winter wedding!  … Especially if it’s holiday-themed!}

Christmas is in just a few days!  Are you ready?

As usual, I am running a bit behind and if you’re like me, you’ll be scrambling {Continue reading…}

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS™ HOLIDAY EDITION | Felt garland, a sparkly dress I must have for a party next week, frosted gingerbread treats, DIY holiday postcards and tags…

I know, so cute!

A few quick notes before I get to the pretty stuff:

Today’s the last day to enter the free wedding photography giveaway by Gem Photo.  So, if you haven’t submitted your entry yet, I, uhh… I suggest you, uhh, get on that straight away.  Click here to find out more!

Vendor Love launched on Wednesday, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!  We’ve received incredible feedback about it, beyond-our-over-achieving-dreams-feedback, and we’re thrilled so many of you beautiful brides out there love it so much!  One could say that our goal is to be a bit like a dating site for brides and wedding vendors, creating ideal matches between brides and vendors, except without the high sex-on-the-first-date frequency.  So far, we’ve kept one-night-stands to a minimum, so we’re pretty thrilled about that! ;)  But seriously, we’re beyond glad everyone’s finding it so useful and easy to navigate, and just plain loving it so much (we do try to read all of your emails and tweets, we’re slowly but surely making our way through it all, so thank you EVERYONE for writing!).  Our vendors already started getting countless inquiries within the first 24 hours (!!!) of the launch, so we’re pretty freakin’ excited about that, obvs.

Brides: we’ll be continually adding vendors to the guide, so keep checking back for even more insane talent!

Ok, on to my holiday finds from around the interweb!

That adorable tray of cheery gingerbread cookies is from Ikea’s 140-page coffee table book, “Hembakat är Bäst” – which means “Homemade is Best.”  Styling by Evelina Bratellshot; photographed by Carl Kleiner; via Lushlee.

J’adore the sparkle factor below, ladies.  Smells like pretty.

Perfect for NYE, if you’re willing to freeze your nips off.

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Really digging this felt ball garland project from Jordan Ferney’s Oh Happy Day!  I knew felt had its uses, but I didn’t know it could look this chic.

How CUTE is this DIY Holiday Paper Reindeer Postcard & Tag via Eat Drink Chic????!!!!!

Love it.  Go ahead and check it out if you want more of it.

Loooooving these hot cocoa ornament favors from Austin Wedding Blog.  Of course, I heart anything involving cocoa, so I’m biased.

Ok, that’s a wrap… for now.  Of course, there are approximately a LOT more of these awesome bits and pieces all over the web this time of year.  I just thought I’d gather up some of my absolute favorites for you guys to check out.  I’m dying to know what you think?  So, what think you?

Another thing I’m dying to know; what are your holiday plans?  Family, friends, parties… what are you guys up to this season?

Hope you’re having a happy Friday, friendlies!

xoxo!  – Alison

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DIY WEDDING PROJECTS | Silhouette Garland, Ceremony Paddles & Lapel Pins! | by Lauren Elise Crafted

Well my friends… the time has come to announce one of our favorite new features here on The Knotty Bride…

Lauren of Lauren Elise Crafted (aka one of the craftiest and most creative young ladies I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing) has joined our team, and she’ll be contributing a DIY column on a regular basis from here on out, bringing incredible, lovely and totally stylish step-by-step wedding DIY projects to readers of The Knotty Bride!!!  I’m dying over this, and we bet you will, too (in an “alive” sort of way, of course).  {Continue reading…}

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I ADORE THIS | Ruffled DIY Ice Cream Piñata + Marchesa fresh off the runway… guess which ONE I like, of the entire line?

Happy Monday, bubalas!  Did ya miss me?  Awww, I’m assuming that was a collective yes from all of you, so I’m blushing.  By the way, OMGILOVETHISDIYICECREAMPIÑATASOMUCH.

But first, here are a couple of *interesting* dresses by Marchesa from my town’s recent runway shows.  {Continue reading…}

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS™ | June 18 | bouquets, DIY ruffle shirts + cakes + plant centerpieces, ring shots, bridesmaid clutches + vote!

Happy Friday, everybody!  Ok, let me just get something out of the way real quick.  May I ask a hugetastic favor?  If you think I deserve it, please take a sec to let ‘em know over at the Wedding Channel that The Knotty Bride is one of your favorite Real Bride Blogs.  (The more votes, the better chance I have of winning!)  If you don’t mind, of course.  Pretty please?  You would make my year!  Thank you like crazy!  (If you do enter me and you feel like letting me know, go for it and, of course, I’m totally writing you back and thanking you to the high heavens.  My gratefulness knows no bounds.)

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Love that, right?  Me too.  It’s one of the Finds, today.  (:

Ok, let’s get going!

First off, this kind of rules.  I think it’d be such a fun little project to do at your tame bachelorette party.  Personally, if it’s strip club vs. ruffle shirt projects, I think I’ll opt for the ruffle shirt every time.  {Continue reading…}

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS | June 11 | Part III ~ diy succulent boutonniere!

This, right here, rocks my effing socks off.  (Does it make me uncool that a succulent boutonniere rocks my socks off?)  Regardless, it’s got to be my favorite idea for a boutonniere in AGES.  I’ve seen so many boutonnieres (I will never get used to spelling that out) and I rarely like them all that much.  Just being honest.  But this one has got it going on: it’s simple, it’s green, and it’s a succulent.  I am obseeeeeessssssssed with succulents.  And, last but not least, it’s yet another crafty and creative reason why I lurve Maddy over at Inspired Bride.

Fab Find Number 4 comin’ right up!  Just wait ’til you see THIS…

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS | June 11 | Part II ~ printable phonograph table numbers

If you haven’t seen Lizzie’s blog $10,000 Wedding, I suggest you check it out.  Not only because I like her and that that means you might like her, but because in her downtime she makes things like phonograph table number templates.

… Which, by the way, rule the school and all its inhabitants.  While obviously not perfect for everybody, I know that right now there are quite a few of you who just gasped, leaped from your seat and did Homer’s happy dance on the floor.  Because these printable table numbers are soooooo incredibly perfect for your rock and roll/music-related theme.  Can’t you just taste how perfect they are for your theme, if it’s the aforementioned?  Can’t you?  Thank you, Lizzie, for these hot mamas.

Find Number 3 up next!  Ooohhh I’m lovin’ this…

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DIY + PRINTABLE LOVE | Free Banner Printable + DIY FAVES LIST!

Happy Monday!  Hope everyone had a marvelous weekend!  The boy and I spent some time at Renegade Craft Fair on Sunday and aside from the gale-force winds and intermittent murderous rain droplets, it was a pretty fun experience.  More on that a bit later in the week.  And by the way, no I didn’t drag him.  He came willingly.  But I should note that I’ve sat through my – and your – fair share of uneventful baseball games.  (I say “uneventful” because I rather enjoy the eventful ones.  No matter the sport.  Well, save for soccer.  “Uneventful” games are those that even the guys don’t really enjoy, but they watch, just in case something happens.  They are a FUN FAIL.)

Ok, so here’s the news: I love banners.  Look, if you will, at the banner-related adorableness below, which I plucked from a past post.

Everything about that lovely mustached couple’s dessert table is perfection, but, for me, the “Sweet Love” banner takes the cake. (:

And here’s a little e-sesh banner action, which I scoped out on Love and Lavender:

Ohh, the many fine uses of grocery store doilies.  They aren’t just for tea overflow anymore!

(Click here to see the rest of this e-session if you’re digging it!)

{Photos: SoCal wedding photographers Gabriel Ryan and Carlie Renee}

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Ok, so given my penchant for the above, I think it’s quite obvious why I lurve this DIY project from Martha.  It combines my unwavering obsession with beautiful, easy DIY projects with my love for all things involving and/or related to typography.  Hence, my happiness over this find.

By the way, you do know how much I love typography… right?  Here‘s your proof.  Here, too.  And here.  If you needed it.

Also, I’m pretty sure there’s no confusion out there over whether or not I go batty over beautiful, eye-catching DIY ideas and free printables meant to make a bride’s wedding day that extra bit of special we all crave… but here‘s the proof on that, too.  Want some more?  No problem; why don’t you check out this partial list of my posted projects and printables!  Hope you enjoy!

There’s this one, which is SO cute

I LOVE this one – it’s labeliscious (:

This one‘s LOADED with inspiration for your own pretty packaging…

Here’s some more Martha DIY project love…

Ooh, and another a lovely labels find

Some of my favorite holiday DIY + free printables

You can scroll down to the last four project pics of this post; they are just sooooo perfect…

Love this treat packaging idea, which is also ideal for your wedding favors…

… And the list goes on, of course.  So, yeah, I really enjoy doing it [my]self.

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Wedding banners have been around for a long time; everyone has seen the words “Just Married” – the most traditional phrase – on at least one rear window, bike seat, or even cake topper in their lives…

Oohh, speaking of toppers…

(Click the topper to go to that post!)

However, maybe you’re looking for something much more unique in your wedding banner, but don’t really want to have to make it yourself?  Or, maybe you’re searching for a less classic/traditional look in your banner.  Of course, that’s no problem at all these days, given the choices that have come out of the woodwork over the past several years.  There are a number of vendors out there who would be thrilled to help you out with that.

Here’s today’s alternative idea: howsabout a wedding papel picado banner, or maybe some custom flag centerpieces?

If you likey, check out aymujer’s Etsy shop for these and more!

Hope you enjoyed this one!  Let me know – are you a fan of wedding/e-session banners?  I think it’s obvious that I am, but I’m super curious what you guys think.  Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!  And if you’re ambivalent, you can just tell me about your weekend.  (:

xoxo!  -Alison

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FRIDAY’S FAB FINDS! | June 4 | perfect gowns, hippie chicness, sparkle-town, DIY desserts + the coolest favors EVER

Hello and happy Friday, everybody!  How we doin’ today, eh?  Doin’ well?  I sure hope so.  The weekend is upon us, so that means fun in the sun if all goes according to plan.  Anyone have any interesting plans for the ol’ Sat-to-Sun?  Me, I kinda feel like hiking again.  You discover really cool things when you hike, like wedding venues.  Yeah, totally serious.  The boy and I plan to re-scope out this random beautiful joint upon which we stumbled while on a hike just north of the city a couple of weekends ago.  I shall report back once the verdict on its quality is in.  (:

Anywho, while we continue working out our server switcheroonie, as some of you have coined it (which I love and have now adopted), I thought I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring some seriously fabulous finds I managed to scoop up this week.  So, here we go!

First up, a few killer details from one seriously UN.BE.LIEV.ABLE wedding, as photographed by – who else – Max Wanger, and featured on 100 Layer Cake.  Le sigh.  I shall dream about this beach wedding forever and always.  Its colors, textures and characters (of the human sort) are the stuff of inspiration shoots, not real-life weddings.  So this rocks it to the fullest.  And by the way, PERSONALIZED BEACH TOWEL FAVORS ALERT!

Bridesmaids gowns: Rachel Pally

You wanna know where they got those rad beach towels, right?  Well, their Dutch artist friend Parra designed them; the invites, too.  And here’s where they got the towels made.  You’re welcome.

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Ok, this wedding featured on Style Me Pretty straight-up-now-tell-me blew me away.  But most weddings involving horses (not pictured here) tend to blow me away, because, I mean, how did they get horses involved in their wedding?  You know?  It seems so involved.  Do these people own horses?  Do they find a horse – I dunno, farm, and shoot there so that it looks like horses attended their wedding?  Does the New York Times write, “the wedding was well-attended; also, they had horses” because you can’t ignore the horse-factor.  It’s a huge factor.  It’s the elephant at the wedding, essentially.  (Can you tell that I’m up way past my bedtime right now?  It gets crazier and crazier.)

By the way, obsessed with the bouquet.  Obsessed.  It’s sort of EXACTLY RIGHT.

Not to mention zee shoes:

Photography: Aaron Delesie

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My good friend Melissa, of The Loveliest Day, made quite a stir in her new role blogging for Ruffled with one seriously sparkle-rific wedding dress… and not to mention super hunky groom.  Super.  Hunky.  (Massive congrats, Melissa!  Sooo freaking awesome.)  Here’s a lil taste of the fabulosity that awaits you.

Credits, courtesy of Ruffled:

Ceremony Venue: University of Western Australia / Reception Venue: Table 78 Restaurant / Photographer: Anna Rose Photography / Bride’s Dress: Rachel Gilbert / Bridesmaids Dresses: Gown Gallery / Flowers: Code Bloom / Cake: Choux Cafe / Celebrant: Jenny Carkeek / Rentals: Perth Outdoor Ceremonies

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Coveting the incredibly laid-back but terrifically chic style of this bang-sporting bride.  And just LOOK at that sassy feather statement necklace she’s got on!!  Does it NOT fit perfectly with that gown?  J’adore.  Plus, you guys know how much I love a good bang!  Hair, we’re talking hair.  (… But I like the other kind, too, obvs.)

Photography: Laura Heffington / Oregon Beach Wedding featured on OnceWed, who discovered it on Frolic

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DIY dessert time!  Comin’ atcha face: How ’bout a cupcake in a jar?

The steps involved make me so want to do this project.

I don’t know about you, but for me, a red velvet cupcake + a mason jar = the cutest, tastiest thing possible.  I am loving this as wedding favors, especially with the spoons tied to the jars with – my favorite – baker’s twine!  Most of you know I have a love affair with the stuff.  (Yes, it’s under control now.)  I found this awesomeness over on With This Ring, and she found it, plus instructions on cakies blog!

Here’s the supplies list, courtesy of cakies, if you’re interested in trying your hand at these babies:

- round stickers (I did have to cut them down a bit to make it fit the top)

Pay a visit to cakies for the red velvet recipe!

Ooh, one more thing… you see the chic young lady at the tippy top of this post?  Well, her name’s Andi, and she has a blog.  On that blog, she posted the musical stylings of the fabulous Diane Birch, and I just seriously have to share this with all of you, if you haven’t already heard of her.  Because she’s a whole lotta wonderful.


Ok, I get that these are some pretty REDONK finds I’ve got here today.  They may in fact be so fabulous that deciding on a favorite is super way hard.  But whatev who cares – I really wanna know so I’m still asking.  (:

So, do tell: which of these is/are most inspiring to YOU?  Lemme know.  I can’t wait to hear!!!

(Hope you have a terrific weekend!)

xoxo!  -Alison

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DIY WEDDING MADE EASY | free designs for your diy desires | My Favorite Picks! (Plus a crazy update regarding the site & GoDaddy servers…)

Ok, before I get into what the above is all about, I just wanna say that I really hope everyone had themselves super enjoyable/rewarding/relaxing Memorial Day weekends!  For the most part, the weather ’round here was ridiculously gorgeous, and it seemed pretty hard not to have a good time, regardless of what we were doing.  In fact, just stepping outside made my day.  Though playing a little tennis and getting half my body into a pool certainly didn’t hurt matters.  What does that mean?  That means that I was faced with frigid pool waters, and I was the only one – among numerous children – who could not get my body to dip past the belly button point.  What I had always believed to be the most difficult body part to submerge, the “undercarriage,” was already safely tucked beneath the icy surf.  But the water remained intolerable.  Mind you, six-year-olds with arm floaties were all around me, having a collective ball.  And I’m sure none of them quite understood or cared about what I was going through.  I seriously hung there, perched with my ass beneath the water line.  Oh, the shame.  (For the record, it was really, really cold.)

But I did push the fiancé in the pool about five times.  That was awesome.  Mainly because I always waited until his body had warmed sufficiently to make the cold water startling again.  Good times!!  (;

Anyway, y’all know how much I love Martha Stewart, right?  Well, it’s almost as much as I love southern dialects.  But seriously, I cherish Martha Stewart Weddings for all the DIY goodies and inspiration the resource always has to offer.  So I decided to sort through it all and I’ve collected a hefty bunch of my favorites for your consideration.  I hope you love!

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So, you see those jam jars up top?  Ok, well I am OBSESSED with their lid labels.  Completely obsessed.  Jam jars are such a popular idea for weddings these days, and these labels are my current favorite way to top them!  Get the clip art here!

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Totally in lust with this idea.  Make your girls their very own lace clutches!  How gorgeous are these?  Not to mention crazy simple to create – all there is to do is print the clip art onto heat-transfer paper, then just iron the designs onto fabric!  Get the clip art here!

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I seriously covet these monogram labels; they’re just perfect for your favor boxes, and whatever else you’d like to monogram!  :)  Get the clip art here!


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I absolutely adore these place card designs and highly recommend them for your wedding.  They’re really quite elegant, and all you need to do is print them on preperforated card stock.  Done and done!  Get the clip art here!

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How much do these lil cupcake flags rock?!!  Get the clip art here!

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Also loving these miniature gift bag prints!  Get the clip art here!

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How about creating your own uniquely designed cookie tins with Martha’s download-and-print doily labels?  I know – so cute.  They come in red, blue, and green, too.  Get the clip art here!

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I am in love with the beauty of these custom Blueprint wrapping papers!!!  I think they’d look amazing as part of your decor.  There are five in all, and only Martha has them.  Pretty rad.  Get them here!

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Last but not least, there’s this too adorable cookie gift sleeve label.  You have a whole bunch of different label options, for pretty much any occasion (for a wedding, go with “for you to enjoy“).  All you’ll need besides the clip art are CD envelopes and adhesive paper.  Get the clip art here!

So, what do you think?  Do any of these catch your eye as a fabulous DIY?  I’m curious what you guys think!

xoxo!  -Alison

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By the way, check out some of my favorite posts from the recent past:

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WIDESPREAD PROBLEMS WITH GODADDY’S SERVERS

After at least a month of server error messages, random admin logouts and a constantly spotty at best site connection, GoDaddy FINALLY admitted yesterday that it’s their servers, and not anything we’re doing wrong.  This, after being told upwards of 40 times that it’s something we’re doing wrong.  I kid you not.  Upwards of 40 times.  Finally, after much anguish and through-the-night-every-night-troubleshooting on our part, downloading and restoring databases, uninstalling, installing and reconfiguring plugins, tears (yeah, I cried a lot, I’ll admit it), GoDaddy revealed yesterday that “certain servers are not functioning properly.”  That my site “is on the list of affected sites.”  That they’ve “got their best guys on the job.”  Progress thus far?  “Umm, well we haven’t solved it yet.”  When will it be solved – ballpark?  “We can’t seem to pinpoint the problem, because, you see, we aren’t seeing the error messages that everyone else is seeing outside of our network.  So we’re having trouble figuring out why the servers are malfunctioning… but we’re hard at work on it.”  Can you do something, like migrate me to a new server that isn’t shitty?  “No, nope, we can’t do that.  Sorry.”  Really?  “Yeah, sorry.  That’s not something we can do.”  Oh.

Can you stand it?

I can’t anymore.  So I’m letting the world know, after too many sleepless nights and lost traffic.

GoDaddy is dishonest and chooses to blame the customer for its own failures.  The people on the front lines have been as kind as possible, but their supervisors have perpetuated a cover-up, and are hardly if at all concerned with customer satisfaction.

That’s all for now.  Just thought I should spread the word at this point, since I am now aware that this is a widespread problem, and that GoDaddy is not making efforts to alert anyone affected.

Lastly, THANK YOU to everyone who contacted me to see what was wrong with the site and where it disappears to at random times throughout the day.  I can’t tell you how much we’ve appreciated your concern.  Thanks so much for caring!  At least we finally have the knowledge that weren’t doing anything wrong this whole entire time.  But it certainly doesn’t make it any less frustrating.

I’ll be providing updates, mostly on twitter, regarding GoDaddy’s behavior and how things progress as far as how we decide to proceed from here.  I hope there aren’t too many of you experiencing these same issues!  It’s traumatizing, truly.

‘Til later!

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