Today just happens to be the 27th anniversary of the day I said "I do" to my sweet husband. There's a lot of life happening right now, so we're going to keep the day low key, but it's still the best decision I've ever made and deserves some celebrating…Read More
This Friday, not only am I still in Italy, but it's my birthday! I am one lucky girl. We don't have any big plans today, so I think I'm going to spend it drinking cappuccino and eating buffalo mozzarella and relaxing. I'm hoping the toughest decision I have to make today is what time to switch from cappuccino to vino...Read More
This week, I started making quilts for my kids. I realized the last ones I made for them are about 20 years old, and figured they were due. I'm still in the middle of cutting the pieces, and I've already warned my daughter it might be quite a while before I'm finished. Like, probably 2019. I'm excited to make them, but I'm also realistic and self-aware. I'll post some details when I'm further along...Read More
It's been a while since I've sat down with an actual craft book. I feel like I've been running since Christmas! Just to prove how much extra time I have on my hands, I wrote this entire review once already, but went ahead and deleted it, just for fun (for who, I don't know). But I'm too stubborn to walk away without showing you this cute book...Read More
Remember when guest books at weddings used to be simple things? There was a book and a pen with a feather on it. Or not. But it wasn’t complicated. These days, there’s a little pressure to have something unique and creative for guests to sign when they arrive. We went through LOTS of different ideas before finally landing on the one that appeared at my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding.
We cut 9” squares from home décor fabric (so it would be a little sturdier than quilting cotton) and provided fine-tip permanent markers for guests to write with. Guests got pretty creative with it, with a few following the chevron pattern with their writing. It gave them plenty of space to leave advice, notes and good wishes. The plan was to sew the squares together after the wedding to make a quilt.
We happened to find a quilt in the perfect colors to use as the table cover – no I didn’t make it. Because we wanted to save it from any stray ink, and to give guests a hard, flat surface to write on, my husband cut a piece of wood to lay across the front.
Rather than stack the squares up somewhere, we wanted to display them during the event, so we hung jute cord behind the table and decorated some clothespins with washi tape.
We had the escort cards for seating right next to the guest book table to make it easier for guests and my lovely nieces and my nephew’s girlfriend who served as our guest book attendants.
We didn’t really have a plan for what we were going to do with gifts until a couple of days before the wedding. It turns out a picnic table works beautifully to display the gifts at different heights.
Back to the guest book table – my big project was the sign. I cross stitched the words onto burlap in an embroidery hoop using this free software. Then I added a layer of batting behind the burlap and stitched together some felt squares and cut it to fit the embroidery hoop. I glued that to cover the back, since it could be seen from some angles. I added a few twisted rosettes, which I learned how to make here, and found a picture frame easel to hold it.
You might be wondering at this point how that quilt is coming along. Well, the mistake we made was not letting guests know that they needed to stay away from the edge of the fabric while they were writing on it. After the wedding we realized that much of the writing would be hidden, even with the tiniest of seam allowances. All was not lost though, as I just finished putting all the squares into a memory book where the bride and groom can still read them and remember everyone who shared their amazing day.
My thanks to Heather Fitch Photography for allowing me to share some of her photos here!