Rob and Mandy's Wedding Extravaganza………….. May 26, 2012

Blogging my way to our wedding day.

121 Days to Go – Cranes, Cranes, Cranes! January 26, 2012

I am still hard at work on my 1,000 origami cranes project! Right now I have right around 700 🙂 Rob has helped, as well as my friend Kate from work. I’ve been using mainly scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics. However, I did decide to order some actual origami paper through a seller on Etsy. It took a couple of weeks, but my origami paper has arrived from Hong Kong! Check it out 😀

I wish I could read Chinese, I love how the characters look 🙂

6 different patterns of beautiful origami paper

All of the papers have wonderful gold accents for a bit of sparkle

Cranes made from each paper design, so cute!!

Time to get back to work! 🙂


139 Days to Go – 1000 Paper Cranes January 8, 2012

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person’s wish come true. It is believed that cranes mate for life* and both male & female work together to build their nest. Thus, cranes are the perfect symbol for a wedding.

Tonight Rob taught me how to fold paper cranes 🙂 So far I’ve made 10….so I’ve got a little ways to go hehe. I think it will be fantastic if we can find a unique way to display these at our wedding ❤ Wish me luck!!

An example of a paper crane

Paper cranes hung from a parasol

Cranes hung in a row

A traditional Senbazuru


192 Days to Go – Getting Back Into Action November 16, 2011

Wow, it’s been awhile since I posted a blog! But at the same time, it’s been awhile since we’ve actually done anything new with our wedding. We sent the save-the-dates out (finally) a few weeks ago, so that’s good! Other than that, we’ve been taking a bit of a break from working on things. I’ve been staying busy trying to make extra money by selling things on my Etsy shop. This is my busiest time of the year, and it takes up a lot of my time. But it’s all for a good cause! I usually use all the extra money to buy Christmas presents, but this year we are going to go a bit light on the gift-giving and I’ll be putting everything I make toward the wedding.

So, at any rate, I had a breakthrough with flowers for our centerpieces tonight! We were wandering around in World Market and I saw a branch of white cherry blossoms in a display for a table setting. I loved the way they looked, except for the fact that they were white. So we headed back to the actual flower department and I crossed my fingers hoping they would have a pink version. They did…sort of. It was a really unnatural-looking dark burgundy sort of color :(. But at only $7.99 for a branch, I refused to accept defeat! I decided to buy a branch of the white blossoms and see if I could color them myself. When I got home, I added a little pink paint to some water and tried brushing it on the petals. It did exactly what I hoped it would! It sucked right into the petal, it was just like working with watercolor paper! So I proceeded to hand-paint each petal of every blossom on the branch. After an hour of painting (while watching one of our favorite tv shows, Dexter) I had a cherry blossom branch that I was proud of :). Now I just have to figure out how many of those I need so I can dig in!

Here is the original flower color.

This shows how the water spreads once it touches the petal.

Here is a finished blossom 🙂

Here is a wider shot of a few blossoms


294 Days to Go – Wedding Favor Assembly Line August 6, 2011

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Unfortunately I haven’t had much to write about these last few days because the things we have been working on are top secret! I will say that we figured out the PERFECT wedding favors, and that we’ve got a little assembly line going that is sort of taking over our living room (we probably won’t have a kitchen table for awhile…). These are definitely not your run-of-the-mill wedding favors. Plus, Rob and I are both artists so of course we have to add a little something special to them :). It’s hard to tell how long each favor is taking to finish, but I’d guess somewhere between a half hour and forty-five minutes. We are starting with 80, and we’ll go from there as we start getting RSVPs back later. In the two days we’ve spent working on them…Rob and I have have added our touches to 18 of them, and they just need to be assembled. I might not be able to say what they are, but I can tell you that they are pretty neato, fit our theme perfectly, have unique handmade elements, and are probably unlike any other favor you’ve gotten at a wedding :).

Also, have I mentioned how much I LOVE the cherry blossom wedding theme? I can’t get enough of it!


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