Wedding

Bridesmaids brunch and mason jars

My six bridesmaids live in four different states, so it was a pretty amazing feat for us all to gather today for brunch and dress shopping. With over a year to go until the big day, it’s a little early to actually place orders — but the ogling and trying-on of dresses is (more than) half the fun. I had a perfect, wonderful day with six of my favorite girls, and it was sunny and warm! Couldn’t ask for more.

I made a small gift for each bridesmaid: a simple mason jar with candy and name tag. They were a lot of fun to make, and a good first DIY project to ease myself into the crafting I’m hoping to do for the big day. I bought the mason jars and candy at ShopRite, and the paper and rubber stamps I bought last week at Paper Presentations. I had the gold ribbon on hand. Here are some photos:

First I cut paper hearts out of metallic paper and rubber-stamped (love those rubber stamps) on each girl's name. Filter used here to show how nice and sparkly they are.

First I stenciled and cut paper hearts out of metallic paper and rubber-stamped each girl’s name. Filter used here to show how nice and sparkly they are.

I glue-sticked (glue-stuck?) confetti stars in our accent colors on either side of each name, then hole-punched the top left and strung a ribbon through.

I glue-sticked (glue-stuck?) confetti stars in our accent colors on either side of each name, then hole-punched the top left and strung a ribbon through.

Here's another angle where you can see how I tied them to the mason jars. I curled the end of the ribbon, and filled the jar with blue and cold candy.

Here’s another angle where you can see how I tied them to the mason jars. I curled the end of the ribbon, and filled the jar with blue and gold candy.

If I could do it again, I'd probably have punched the hole further up on the heart, so they hung a little straighter. But here's the whole bunch!

If I could do it again, I’d probably have punched the hole further up on the heart, so they hung a little straighter.

Happy mason-jar-holding bridesmaids!

Happy mason-jar-holding bridesmaids!

A simple project, but fun and pretty easy to do. I hope the girls enjoy them. Thanks again for a lovely day, ladies!

*Update: I forgot to mention that I purchased the rubber alphabet stamps after reading an article in the Australian magazine Modern Wedding DIY. The magazine is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. The stamps were featured as one of the seven DIY basic essentials every crafting bride should buy. Seeing how fantastic the stamped projects are turning out, I’m definitely going out to buy the other six this week.

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President’s Day at Paper Presentation

I’m kind of obsessed with paper, probably more than your average human. I buy more stationary than I need and more journals than I could ever fill up. I’ve bought designer, $8.50 birthday cards — and never sent them, because I didn’t want to part with them. Really. I still have them. And you have the 99-cent flimsy Hallmark card. Sorry about that.

If I were craftier or more artistically inclined, I’d probably take up scrapbooking or paper craft or letterpress or collage. But “crafty” isn’t my middle name, unfortunately. (It’s Lynn.) So I buy paper products because they’re pretty, because they feel nice, because I like them. Sometimes I write on them. Sometimes I don’t.

I’m sounding a little creepily Gollum-esque about paper, so I’ll get to the lede: Matt and I went to the paper store today. It was oh-so-nice.

Field trip to: Paper Presentation
Objective: Pick out wedding colors and buy a set of rubber alphabet stamps
Mission: Complete!

So many colors, and this is only a sampling... Looking at these envelopes makes me want to send a letter.

So many colors, and this is only a sampling… Looking at these envelopes makes me want to send a letter.

Color-coded storage containers, too? Now this is exciting! (I think I have a problem.)

Color-coded storage containers, too? Now this is exciting! …I think I have a problem.

Playing with my lowercase alphabet stamps when we got home -- they work!

Playing with my lowercase alphabet stamps when we got home — they work!

And the main objective of the trip was to find paper that would match our imagined wedding colors (green, blue, yellow). Matt was a really good sport about the whole thing — he doesn’t feel quite as strongly about the differences between aqua, aquamarine, and Bermuda blue as I do, but when we landed on our final combination, even he couldn’t help gasping in awe* at its beauty!

(*I may be exaggerating a bit.)

Green, blue, and yellow -- or, to be more precise, metallic botanic, Bermuda, and soleil.

Green, blue, and yellow — or, to be more precise, metallic botanic, Bermuda, and soleil.

A productive day, a fun trip, and a final decision* on the wedding shades! Abe and George would be proud. Happy President’s Day, y’all.

(*Final, meaning there’s 98% chance I’ve changed my mind by the time you read this.)