Handmade Flowerless Wedding Bouquets and Corsages

Now that my daughter’s wedding is over I can write about the beautiful wedding bouquet she made.  She decided that she did not want to have any live flowers at her wedding so she designed the bridal and bridesmaid bouquets herself by using tulle and pretty coloured Christmas bulbs.  Her colours for the wedding were fuchsia, kiwi and robin egg blue and amazingly every time we went looking for decorations right down to the plates and cutlery we were able to find the exact colours.  So when all of the Christmas decorations were out we were in Michael’s and there were the perfect bulbs in all her colours for the bouquets.  She created such beautiful bouquets for herself and her attendants and the  nice thing is that they will be able to keep them for a long time.  She made a mini one for the bouquet toss. 

Handmade Flowerless Wedding Bouquets

So trying to follow tradition and having some sort of corsage for the mother-of-the-bride and mother-of-the-groom I designed lovely wrist corsage, a pink one for myself that had an elastic beaded bracelet in pink tulle and ribbon and a blue tie-on corsage for the groom’s mother.  unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the blue one before it was presented, but I did take one of mine. 

Top view of wrist corsage

It was really fun designing them and they were very  comfortable to wear and will be a long-lasting memory of my daughter’s wedding. 

Handmade wrist corsage

I made all  of the reception decorations using tissue paper to create Mexican tissue flowers in all of the colours.  For the head table I created a garland made from the flowers.  The table centres I collected branches and we spray painted them white and added some iridescent sparkles to them when they were still wet so they would glisten.  Then I made tiny tissue flowers which I glued onto the branches.  We found some great tall freezer glasses

Handmade table centre piece

 that were the right colours to use as vases, added a battery tea light to the bottom of the glass and then some tulle for filler and then the sprayed branches.  They looked really good and were so inexpensive to make. 

So it goes to show you if you really get creative you can decorate on a very small budget and still have it look magical.

Til next time, happy creating

Michelle

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June Wedding Frenzy

I haven’t posted in a few weeks because I have been so busy preparing for my daughter’s wedding, travelling to attend my great niece’s wedding and then travelling to San Diego for my daughter’s wedding ceremony on Coronado Beach.  It was so beautiful and such a happy, happy day.  Having so much fun is exhausting and I am enjoying my ‘me’ time today now that I am back home.  Spending five days with the wedding party and grooms friends – all 20 somethings brings me back to my 20’s and realizing how as we grow older we lose are stamina for partying through the night.  

We were so fortunate to have found a wonderful house to rent that all of the wedding party could stay at – it even had a pool, hot tub and a large patio and barbecue, it was perfect.  The weather could have been warmer and sunnier – in San Diego they call it June gloom and I understand what that means now….it can be beautiful and sunny one minute and then the marine clouds roll in quickly and the temperature drops drastically.  One thing we really noticed that there are so many people in California – someone said that there are more people living in California then all of Canada.  The freeways are 4+ lanes and it seemed to be clogged all of the time and they are very aggressive drivers too…. so now we are back to our two lane highways I think if we had their highway system we would never have rush hour traffic here.

So next up is the wedding reception this coming Saturday with family and friends – we are so looking forward to celebrating with everyone. Still working on some decorations, seating plans etc. but it is all coming together nicely.  Then the happy couple will be off to Mexico for a lovely honeymoon. 

Til next time

Michelle

Plant Your Dreams – Creating Your Life Vision Board Workshop

Creating Your Life Vision Board Workshop

Vision Boards:  A Practice Not Just An Activity

Vision boards are one of the most powerful ways to visualize your goals and keep you focused. Where do you want to be and what do you want to be doing one, five, ten years from now?  Just like Hollywood directors you can create storyboards to map out your blockbuster life – your vision board will focus close-up on you and you become the STAR not the extra in your own extraordinary life story!

I am so excited to be partnering with a friend and multi-media artist, Violette of http://Violette.ca and author of  ‘Journal Bliss’ Inner prompts to unleash your inner Eccentric –  we met at the White Rock Valley Women’s Networking Luncheon by and are now facilitating a workshop on creating vision boards together.  I have been an avid creator of vision boards for a while now, ever since watching ‘The Secret” and attending  Jack Canfield and Jim Bunch’s “The Ultimate Life Conference” a few years ago.   It is so important for us to dream and use visuals to help us realize our dreams and Vision Boards are a great and fun way to do this.  

Your vision board can take many forms or can just be positive daily affirmations put to a colourful page filled with images of the things that you desire in your life.   At the workshop Violette and  I will guide your through some exercises and some techniques to use while creating your vision/dream board.  It is going to be a very fun afternoon filled with positive and creative fun. 

If you live in the Vancouver area and are interested in joining us for this workshop click on the image above to link to more info  and how to register.  

Here is some pictures of Violette with her Dream Board to go…..and some beautiful affirmation postcards she has created.   

Dream Board

Violette’s Dream Board To-Go
Living the Best Life
Self Esteem Vision Card

Until next time – what dreams do you have for your life?

Michelle

 

Recycled Baby Board Book into Birthday Book

My daughter celebrated a special Birthday yesterday and I wanted to do a little walk down memory lane in the way of a Birthday Book.  So I decided to take a bunch of pictures of her growing  up and incorporate them into a recycled baby board book. 

Recycled Birthday Board Book

I got the board book at Value Village, they sell little bags of kids books for $0.99.  I painted gesso on all of the pages to cover up the original pages and then added acrylics to the pages.  I printed copies of the photos in colour then cut them out to fit on the page and attached with soft medium gel and added some text and stamping to the pages. I also added some of my art journal pages that I copied and some other ephemera on the back pages with some beautiful quotes to follow your heart.  

Where ever you go - go with all your heart!

To finish it off I covered each page with modge podge to seal them.  It didn’t turn out exactly how I envisioned it – but I do like it and my daughter thought it was beautiful and I learned a lot about the different mediums I was using and what doesn’t work and that you need a lot of patience especially when it comes to drying time. 

Birthday Board Book

What did I learn from the process – I probably should have roughed up the pages with some fine sandpaper to get the paint to adhere better to the pages so that the paint does not chip off; that chalk ink pads smear when you try to cover with gel mediums so does the black gel pen I used to do some of the text, spray varnish is hard to control and takes a long time to dry so that the pages don’t stick together. 

I have a few more board books to use in the future and will try adjusting my techniques to see if I get better results.  It is all a learning process…..

Until next time happy creating!

Michelle