Post # 1
I thought I would put my girls names on the back of their robes in crystals… individual crystals…. I will need around 1500 of them. That I have to apply one at a time. Let me reiterate. 1500, 1 mm crystals that have to be individually placed, heated with my hot fix, and then ironed on at the end to make sure they wont fall off. It took me an hour and a half to do the K in the name of my Flower Girl. I am stuck finishing now but geeze! I wish I had decided to do something less crazy.
Anybody else start DIY’s and are now committed but wish you had been less crazy when thinking it would be no big deal?
Post # 3
My invitations were MUCH more time consuming than originally intended. BUT it did put alot of little extras and detail into them.
There was all kinds of stamping, embossing, cutting, glueing, drying, measuring, aligning, more cutting, more glueing. It was quite the spectacle. It took me at total of 120 combined hours that I will NEVER get back. Although they worked out to less than $3 a person for awesome pocket folds w/ lace…in hind sight I would have paid someone alot more for them to just arrive done.
Post # 4
OH…and I almost forgot about my DIY cathedral veil with lace.
It took me a few things of tulle to get the curve just right so it was round like the end of my dress train and not a rounded square. SO, I finally get that figured out and move onto the real thing. I ended up using my living room to lay the veil out to make the cut -this involved moving ALL the furniture out.
Then I couldnt keep the cats from jumping on the tulle -apparently tulle is JUST as exciting as a new box.
So, I move the cats -lock them in the bedroom.
I move on to sewing the lace…by hand…all the way around the bottom of the veil. It only took me 4 hours to complete the whole thing from start to finish once I got going. When I finished it looked awesome!
So, I packed it up and put it on the bed in the bedroom. I let the cats out but forgot to close the door while I went to put the furniture back into place.
When I went back upstairs my veil resembled some kind of cheese cloth because all three cats were playing “mouse” trap with it. 🙁
I didn’t even get pictures of the finished project! D’oh!
Post # 5
Awwww…. that sucks! 🙁
I had a LOT of issues getting my guestbook pages done. I had lots of onesided arguments with Word about where things were going to go (it apparently had a much different vision then I did lol) and then my printer acted up. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to give up the project, as it was that I was bound and determined to beat the darn computer! lol
In the end I won, so I’m happy! 😀
Post # 6
Decorating my stupid bubbles. I don’t know why I thought this was so important and made such an ordeal out of it. I had layers of lace and ribbon and a button with a heart stuck on it.. It flippin took forever. I should have just stuck a stick on them with our names and called it good. They did look cute though 😉
Omg!!!!! That’s awful!!!!! My old cat Smee had a serious obsession with tulle too. He loved
to chew on it. I think he liked the noise it made on his teeth. Seriously.
Post # 7
I’m starting to regret making 1,000+ tissue paper carnations for our center peices. At first I thought that since I have so much time, I would make them and save a ton of money. After weeks of making flowers and only having enough for 2 of 48 pomanders, I kind of regret starting. But I’m saving money!!
Post # 8
OMG. I finally just finished my Flower Girl shirt. It looks crazy cute. I just hope the crystals stay… It says “flowergirl” on the front and her name on the back. All cursive and pretty. I gotta say, after I got past the crazy complicated K, the rest of the name went by pretty fast! Also, not using my curved tip on the hot-fix tool probably helped. I just worry how silky satin is going to react to the crystals versus cotton.
Post # 9
Three words…tissue.paper.pomanders. Oh, how I hate them!
Post # 10
HA! My mom is making organza pomanders. Slippery, silky, organza pomanders. It takes about 2 days to make 1… we need 10. So we feel your pain. Luckily they will double as not just aisle decorations but cake table decorations as well.
Post # 11
We are also making sashes for our girls which should only take a day and our entire chuppah… my poor mother. I don’t have a sewing machine so this is all on her.
Post # 12
I gave up on tissue pomanders. I followed instructions exactly and they looked like crap! I ended up ripping up all the tissue paper and sat in the middle of the floor on the verge of tears!
Post # 13
I would have loved to see that… minus the verge of tears. I have been there so many times. When I realized it had been an hour and I was still on the same damn loop of the first letter I almost ripped apart the shirt and threw the crystals everywhere… then I remembered how much money I had already spent and how I couldn’t return it and how poor I was so I just suffered through it… One day I might just snap like that though.
Post # 14
yeah, Mr. Tattoo and my daughter thought it was hilarious. I mean, there was tissue paper everywhere! In the end, my daughter and I ended up making the crappy flowers anyway. She loved them and thought they were the coolest thing ever. HOwever, Mr. Tattoo crossed that DIY off the list. lol
Post # 15
Worse DIY I ever did was the invitations for my mom’s non-profit event.
They were 6 “staggered” pages I guess you could say and the put together with a backpage that wrapped around to the front to bind them via hole punches and ribbon. And then on the “back” page was the tear off RSVP card that I got to make the perforations for!
I had about 100 to make.
From cutting paper to be the right sizes and trying to punch 200 holes with the stupid punch I had and a hurt wrist I about killed myself!
They came out great and when I orginally started I didn’t think they’d be THAT bad but they soo were! =/
They were set up like this:
^ This experience was the reason our programs weren’t bound together with punches and ribbon… I definitely learned my lesson! LOL
Post # 16
@Miss Tattoo I had a very similare experience with tissue paper and “flowers”.. thus the reason all of our flowers were made from cardstock and construction paper. LOL