Thursday, February 5, 2009

things i've been doing to procrastinate, while not actually procrastinating

Stuff I’ve been working on (aside from actual wedding planning):

1) the guestbook. I will not spend $40+ on a guestbook from a store, but I will spend ten hours or more making my own. It has been a bit of a challenge finding the right color of paper for the cover, since green-green isn’t a super popular color these days, though lime green, sage green and olive green are. I was originally planning to go with something amazing, like chiyogami paper, and Bart and I bought a sheet on this stuff in a really pretty white, cream and gold design. Weeks later I realized that it didn’t match anything about the wedding in any way whatsoever. It is a nice color/pattern for a wedding, but not so much this wedding. My next idea was to make a print of the border from the invitations on the front cover of the book, but in my tests, I guess the acrylic paint I used dried too fast and ended up gluing the paper to the linoleum before all the ink in all the details had transferred properly. It made a mess. I was sad. But anyway, I figured something out and will post pictures later instead of trying to describe it now. It will still be pretty (unless I mess something up!).

2) Bart and I ran into similar color troubles when looking for green ties for the groomsmen. I came up with a solution, and if it doesn’t turn out too horrendously, those of you coming to the wedding will see what that solution is. If the grooms are wearing white ties from Men’s Wearhouse, the idea will have failed miserably and you’ll never know what it was. Why all the secrecy? I dunno. I’m insecure, I guess.

3) The veil. Again, I won’t spend $40 on an ok-looking veil, but I will spend hours agonizing over how I’m going to make one for $10 or less. My first attempt was to embellish a generic veil from Michael’s crafts. But the tulle looked cheap and it was the wrong shade of white so I returned it. A couple nights ago, Buuuuddy was playing with the curtains in the bedroom, and while I was worrying that he would slice giant gashes in them, I suddenly realized that a white, sheer, faux-chiffon window curtain could be the perfect material to make a veil with. By the way, I couldn’t just go to a fabric shop- the closest Joann’s is gross and the other fabric stores focus on quilting (no chiffon/organza there!) or carry upholstery fabric (not quite the look I’m goin’ fer). That left Target. Lo and behold, they had exactly what I wanted ($9.99!), and then google very helpfully supplied a well-written website describing all the steps involved in making a veil. Now I just have to do it.

4) Yet another obstacle has been jewelry for the bridesmaids. I know (at least, I think I know) what I want them to wear, but can’t find anything on etsy (which is where I’d want to get them). But then, I also haven’t actually seen any of their dresses in person…maybe I could just buy them what they want to wear? Not sure yet. Another alternative is to make them! (You probably knew that was coming.) I bought all the hardware from Michael’s, just in case, but I really need beads, too, and am at an utter loss as to where to find those. Sigh.

5) Mmmmm…peanut butter. Delicious. I just had some on a banana (this is an almost daily Kristin ritual), but then it’s always tempting to just keep on eating the stuff out of the jar after the banana has been consumed. Another delicious pairing with peanut butter is prunes (I’m serious!), though this is slightly messier to eat.

Hmmm...I’ll leave you with that tasty tidbit o’ knowledge :)


Kelsey said...

Hey Kristin,

Hope you're well today. Just wanted to mention that I almost brought PB & Banana sandwiches to your shower! I bought everything for them and then thought..."no, that would be lame."
Rats. I didn't know you were a fan of the two. They are delicious. :)

Love ya. Hugs.


Marli said...

I may have to try this pb and prunes idea...

Dave Knaebel said...


I am not too sure about peanut butter and bananas, but I am a very smiley father today...

Congratulations you two!!!!!!!!!!!

I loves yous and barts ands alls sorts ofs essess

muchs loves,