March 2012 | My Girlish Whims

PSA Stamp Winner & Sponsor

Thursday, March 29, 2012 | | 1 comments
The winner of the PSA Essentials Stamp giveaway is....


Congrats! I'll be emailing you :)

Also, if you are interested in sponsoring My Girlish Whims in April, here are my current stats/rates!



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Your Whims Wednesday #52 {And Features}

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 | | 10 comments
Time for another Your Whims Wednesday party!


Your Whims Wednesday



 Here are some of my favorite link-ups from the past week:

Mother's Day Flower Bouquet Cupcakes by Life is Sweets

The Hunger Games Cookies by Not Your Momma's Cookies

DIY Dr. Seuss Lorax Nursery by The Reno-Sparks Mom

Lemon Bars to Go by Lady Behind the Curtain



 Thanks to all who linked up! Grab a button if you were featured :)

Featured on My Girlish Whims

Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with 
Your Whims Wednesday!

Guidlines:
1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code at the top of this post) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)






My DIY Wedding Round-up!

If you've been following my blog for a while then you probably saw me craft my way through my 10 month engagement. We wanted to keep the wedding low budget and DIY was a great way to make that happen!  I wanted to do a round up of all my crafting projects and to showcase how some of them looked on the actual wedding day!

Starting at the beginning:

Save the Date Postcards using VistaPrint
I designed the image for our Save the Dates on Picnik and printed them with Vistaprint when they had a deal going on - only cost me $8!

With some construction paper, ribbon, and little beads I made cute cards to ask my girls to be in my wedding!

Here's a pretty picture of our invitations - I bought the cards and then embellished them with pretty ribbon!

These pew decor cones took me forever to make but I am SO happy with how they looked in the church! They were my only decor for the ceremony, but I think they were just enough.


Love this shot of the ceremony. I even made the flower petals the flower girl tossed!


I love these sparkly earrings I made to wear with my dress :) I didn't really get a good picture of them on but you can sort of see one in this picture:

Also made the bridesmaid's earrings!

These dang centerpieces sure took forever to make, but saved me lots of money! 

Here they are at the wedding:

You can also see my DIY Table Numbers in that picture as well:


This was one of my favorite projects for the wedding. I just love how it turned out!

Here it is on a little table for the guests to sign as they walked into the reception:

You can also see the cute faux billy ball flowers I made with wool!

I put together hot chocolate and heart-shaped marshmallows for the wedding favors:

And then packaged them up with ribbon and names in little paper baggies. 

I had a friend make my bouquets for me, and I provided her with some pretty crystal and silk flower accents to add in.

And last but now least....I made my own veil turning this:

I'm so happy with how my projects turned out.  I think it made the wedding extra special because I put my own handmade touch on it :)  DIY weddings are not for everyone...it was certainly time consuming!! But as long as you have enough patience and a few friends willing to lend a hand, it's a great way to save money for your big day :)


DIY Wedding Veil - Repurpose Two Old Veils!

Friday, March 23, 2012 | | 12 comments
I have my very last wedding DIY project to share with you all today! I will be doing a round-up next week of all the projects I made for our wedding with pictures of them in use on the big day :)

I knew I did NOT want to buy a wedding veil. I did not feel like paying over $100 bucks just for some tulle. 

Luckily, hubby's mother let me use hers! Isn't it great??

Haha, ok. Well, maybe not great for the 21st century. It wasn't actually even a veil, but more of a wedding cap. Check out that poof on the top of my head!! Apparently my new MIL spent more on this hat than her actual dress!

Luckily, she was very nice and told me I could do whatever I wanted with it.  Cut it up including! 

So here was my game plan: use some tulle from her veil and use the pretty comb from my sister's old veil:

Not the best picture, but the comb had lots of sparkle and some little pearls that matched the beading on my dress perfectly!

I was actually very worried about this project.  I saved it until like two weeks before the wedding and was like....I know it can't be THAT hard but I've never made a veil before!! Luckily, it really wasn't hard and I figured it out easily.  I didn't take pictures of the process (bad blogger) because I was in my how-am-i-ever-going-to-finish-everything-for-this-wedding panic mode...so I just banged it out.  Here's a quick explanation though.

I cut off the top layer of tulle from the puffy wedding cap. I trimmed off the ugly finishing it had on the end and just did a clean cut and left the end raw. The tulle was shaped was like a very long rectangle with a curved bottom. 
 I grabbed a long piece of thread and ran it through the top of the tulle, and gathered the tulle to the middle.

I then took the ends of the tread and used it to start sewing the tulle onto the comb.  This is what it looked like from the back (not really the prettiest, but hey no one saw the back it was in my hair!)


The end result?


A beautiful veil for my wedding day - that didn't cost me a thing :) Horray for repurposing! And a MIL and sister willing to part with their old veils. 

I'll be linking up to these parties:


PSA Essential Stamps Review and GIVEAWAY!

Thursday, March 22, 2012 | | 72 comments
Recently I was able to try out PSA Essential stamps. I was so excited to be able too! 
 
What makes these stamps really cool is that you really only need one stamp "base." The actual stamp part peels on and off of the base.  It's very easy to peel off and goes back on easy as well - especially with the help of the little guide that you see in this picture.  My monogram stamp (with my new name!) is sitting on there. 

This stamp came just in time...I'm in the middle of writing lots and lots of thank you cards from our wedding. I used the monogram stamp almost like a seal on the back of the thank you cards - I think it makes them just a little more important - right?? haha. And they are functional too, serving as a return address label as well!

I also got another pack of peel and stick stamps to try out.  I love all these fun designs:

Since my craft room is a mess from moving and I still don't have all my supplies moved over...I went with a very simple project with these fun stamps - cute little note cards!

I don't know about you but I'm always writing little lists to myself of things I need to get done. To give my notes a little face lift  I cut out a fun shape using my silhouette and stamped on one of the flourish designs as bullet points! Hung it up with some washi tape on my wall and now my to-do lists just look so cute, I'm sure I'll feel much more inspired to get things done :)

I even plopped one on the fridge as a little meal organizer for the week.  Hubby is just loving the pink ;)

I can't wait to play around with the stamps more - I'm sure I'll be able to think of some more creative ideas to use them!

You can buy PSA Essentials at the Cyber Savvy Shop who is having custom stamp sale for $26.50 (normally $40),  Peel & Stick packs are $10.50 (normally $15.00)  

GIVEAWAY!
I also get to give away one custom stamp to one of you lucky readers!
 
There are tons of fun designs to pick from!

Here's all you have to do to enter:
-Follow the PSA Essentials Blog (Required)
-Like PSA Essentials on Facebook (Required)
-Follow My Girlish Whims (Bonus!)

Leave a comment on this post for each entry.  Giveaway will be open until next Thursday, the 29th until midnight EST. Good luck!!

Our Wedding

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | | 25 comments
I got my wedding pictures back and I'm so excited to share! Sorry for the photo over-load...but here goes!!

Here we are 2-25-12 - newly weds by only about a half hour or so :)

The dress! After this post many of you were so curious to find out what I ended up picking.  I LOVED my dress. It had a beautiful fitted bodice with lots of sparkle, and a nice puffy bottom that flowed to the side and had great lines in it.


Getting ready with my girls! The wedding day was really not stressful at all. Some of my girls stayed with me the night before and when they got in asked if they could do anything to help....I said nope! It's all done! They agreed it was the least hectic night-before the wedding they had ever been apart of :) I was also told by many I was the opposite of a bridezilla which made me very happy.  Weddings should be happy!!! And I totally was :)

John Kellar was my photographer

 My Maid of Honor Muriel, Me, My sister and Matron of Honor Laura

My Dad and I

My niece (the flower girl) and I. This picture is just too cute I think!!

My very handsome new hubby :)

All the guys in his wedding party

Before the ceremony: me telling Miley that Woody would have to sit on a bench in the narthex so he could watch her walk down the aisle since she wouldn't have enough hands to carry him (I was so worried she was going to start screaming haha. But it totally worked!)

Flower girl Miley getting ready to walk in 

Oh the cuteness. I can't stand it. 

Time for my entrance!



Saying our vows.  I got a little emotional. Heck - I'm a big cry baby. I got very emotional. 

Made it through though - time to kiss the bride!

Announced as man and wife - so happy at this moment :)


Pretty detail in the back of my dress 

Right after the ceremony craziness. So many people all around and me trying to take in the fact he is my husband now. So so happy. 


Our lovely wedding party!

All my girls looking so fabulous.  It's good I was looking extra fab that day or they would have stolen the show :)




The wind was CRAZY the day of the wedding!!! It made for some cool shots with my veil blowing! Made for some very cold shoulders - but for a wedding at the end of February we lucked out with weather I think!






Whoooo we're married!!!!


Our first dance - "Marry Me" by Train. So special.


Yeah we were both crying :)





Such a wonderful, wonderful day. I could not have asked for anything to go differently. The ceremony was heartfelt, the reception beautiful and so much fun. (I'll have some dancing and cake smashing pictures to come later from family & friends - our photographer was only there for part of it). At the end of the day we were man and wife and being married (albeit for less than one month still) has been the best experience. I don't know why more people don't get married young! I was so lucky to find someone who I loved so much and loved me back just the same. Being able to spend everyday with him now and share my whole future with him  has been and will continue to be I'm sure such a blessing. 

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