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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜€

I wish I could read Chinese, I love how the characters look πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚


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 πŸ™‚ 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


173 Days to Go – A Flower Breakthrough! December 5, 2011

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So awhile ago I posted a picture that I created of the type of bouquet I want to carry ( Since then, I’ve been going crazy trying to find someone that sells Real Touch waterlilies (since I’m super picky and only want something that looks real). I scoured places like Hobby Lobby and JoAnn Fabrics and found nothing. At Michael’s I did manage to find Real Touch waterlilies but they were only available in ivory :(. I began Googling my brains out thinking for sure that the internet would be overflowing with the kinds of flowers I wanted. Sadly I only found a couple of sites that were selling them by the stem, and a few more that only sold them in bulk (100+, yikes!).

One of the sites I was particularly drawn to had amazing waterlilies that were $12.88 each (but supposedly retailing for $18.99 each). It seemed like too much to pay, especially after factoring in the shipping (which was totally unreasonable). The other site had water lilies that came in bundles. There were two fully bloomed lilies and one bud for $6.40. They weren’t Real Touch, but they looked close enough from what I could tell from the photos. However, by the time I saved up enough money (from selling jewelry) to buy them, the listing was taken down :(. After this I started giving upΒ  hope. I decided that I would have to just accept the fact that using different flowers was my only option.

I started picking up some flowers here and there that had a nice realistic look to them. And then, while I was randomly searching for pink Real Touch flowers online, I came across a photo of a Real Touch waterlily! Lo and behold, someone was selling them, and on Etsy of all places! It seemed to good to be true, but it wasn’t! So, thanks to Carol over at, I now have 6 gorgeous pink Real Touch waterlily stems πŸ™‚ I am seriously so thrilled. It’s so satisfying to have things come together like that :). Oh, and as if that wasn’t enough, Carol was sweet enough to send me a beautiful assortment of seashells as a little wedding gift πŸ™‚ I really do love the people I run into on Etsy, it’s such a great community ❀


281 Days to Go – Thinking About the Bouquet… August 19, 2011

So I’ve been taking a break for the last few days from making favors and writing addresses on save-the-date envelopes. The night before last I could NOT go to sleep, which is pretty unusual for me. For some reason I was completely fixated on my wedding bouquet. All I could think was that I don’t want it to be traditional. I want to avoid roses as much as possible, they are way to conventional. Unfortunately cherry blossoms are basically out because they grow on trees…and there’s just something uncool about walking down the aisle with a bundle of sticks :). I also don’t want to use fresh flowers (call me strange, I don’t care!). I want to be able to spend time making it as beautiful as possible, and I don’t want to have to worry about it dying on me. I also want to be able to save it.

So at first I thought I would maybe try to incorporate my love of all things beaded. Anyone that knows me knows that I spend a lot of my time putting beads together to make jewelry :). So I started thinking, ‘hmm…I wonder if I could come up with some sort of beaded bouquet?’. I started thinking about this as soon as I laid down in bed for some reason. I ended up sitting on the couch Googling until after midnight. I really didn’t find any photos online that looked like the beaded bouquet vision I had in my head. Here’s some of the things I did find.

I also became obsessed with Googling for origami flowers. For our first Valentine’s Day Rob made me a dozen origami roses and they were fantastic (and I still have them! I really do love the idea of keeping my bouquet). I did find some patterns for cherry blossom origami flowers. Here are some photos.

However, I just couldn’t wrapΒ  my head completely around either one of those ideas. So I continued thinking about it all day today while I was at work, and while Googling yet again after I got home. But now I think I’ve finally got it πŸ™‚ I want to do a combination of water lilies/lotus (which works well with the ponds in the Japanese garden) and succulent plants (hen and chicks have a similar pattern to water lilies for example). I love the fresh but unusual look of succulents and I think it will make for a super awesome and unique bouquet. I can’t find any photos of those two things in a bouquet, but here are photos of them individually, check it out πŸ™‚

So now that I feel like I have a direction, the hunt begins for beautiful (and affordable!!!!) high quality artificial flowers. There is a brand called Real Touch that is awesome, but it’s hard to find in stores. So, wish me luck!!


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