Thank You, Wedding Vendors

My daughter and son-in-law’s wedding was, obviously, as very DIY affair.  In the early days, we thought we were going to do it all.  As the planning process progressed we realized, for the sake of our sanity and relationships with each other, that we should consider hiring a few professionals.  Now that it’s all over, I don’t regret a single one of them.  So, as I frantically try to get ready to be a vendor myself at Siren Nation this weekend, it feels like a good time to give all of our wedding vendors the public and sincere Thank You they all deserve. I’ll start with the first person we hired, and the one you’ve already seen a bit here.  Heather Fitch from Heather Fitch Photography was calm, professional and gave us photos that were everything we hoped for.  She not only captured everything we expected to see, but the spunky, fun personalities that define these two.

Heather Fitch Photography on Crafty Staci

I’ve mentioned before that the groom has celiac disease.  Gluten-free isn’t a choice for him – it’s mandatory.  After we decided on a dessert buffet for the reception, we also chose to make sure that the groom (and the bride, since she gave up gluten for his sake) could eat anything that was served without worry.  That’s where the amazing Liberated Baking came in, providing treats that had me saying “Yes, I know it’s delicious and you can’t tell, but it really is gluten-free!” to guests all evening.

Liberated Baking Gluten Free Bride and Groom Cookies on Crafty Staci

Liberated Baking Gluten Free Lemon Bars on Crafty Staci

We thought it would be fun to have some popcorn on the buffet too, and so we ordered some from a local store called iCandy.  I think it was the best cheese corn I’ve ever had, and everyone we’ve talked to there has been so sweet.

iCandy Popcorn on Crafty Staci

It was very early on that Codi proclaimed there would be cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake.  I think it had something to do with Gluten-Free Wednesdays at Bella Cupcake.  The couple went in for a tasting and chose Raspberry Lemonade, Pumpkin Chai, Strawberry Shortcake and Salted Caramel.  How was anyone supposed to choose which of those to put on their plate?  To alleviate that issue, we went with mini-cupcakes so guests could sample more than one flavor.

Bella Cupcake Mini Gluten Free Cupcakes on Crafty Staci

Bella Cupcake also provided the adorable giant cupcake for the bride and groom to cut and share.

Bella Cupcake Giant Gluten Free Cutting Cupcake on Crafty Staci

When it came to the bridesmaids’ and flower girl’s dresses, Codi knew what she wanted.  And I knew I was capable of making them.  However, just because I could didn’t mean I should and I decided that was a project that could be better accomplished by someone else.  We went with BL Couture on Etsy.  I’ll admit, I tried to talk Codi out of putting just the maid of honor in yellow and everyone else in grey, but it really worked.  And the girls loved playing with all the different ways they could wear these.

BL Couture Convertible Wrap Dresses on Crafty Staci

BL Couture Wrap Dresses on Crafty Staci

Did you see all the amazing hair in that last photo?  Codi wanted all the girls in different braids, and our regular hairstylist, Wendy from the Orient Barbershop, totally delivered.  Not only did Wendy come to our house for the entire day and style all the girls hair, but she did their makeup as well.  Thankfully, I was included in that because otherwise I probably would have been a mess.  Wendy was a calming presence while everyone was getting ready and I don’t know what we would have done without her.

Wendy from The Orient Barbershop on Crafty Staci

Another Etsy store we shopped at was for Codi’s garters.  We talked about making them, but as we started looking around she spotted exactly what she wanted at BridalGoddess.  All we had to do was attach the firefighter charm Codi wanted and she was ready to go.  These were so pretty, and the quality was great.

Garter by BridalGoddess on Crafty Staci

One of the last things we held out on doing ourselves was the flowers.  The closer it got, the more terrified I became, which was a good sign I should give it up to a professional.  Fortunately, one of my closest friends has a sister who owns In the Garden, a floral shop in Redmond, Oregon.  Kellie agreed to do them for us, even though she is halfway across the state from us and it was pretty close to the event.  We emailed her photos of arrangements Codi liked, and when the flowers arrived we were all stunned.  They were amazing.

In the Garden Floral on Crafty Staci

We originally planned to set up a stereo with an iPod playing for the reception.  We didn’t think anyone would really dance anyway.  I am so glad we hired Dennis Marcellino to DJ instead.  He had almost everyone out of their seats and dancing – my husband I were a little shocked.  He was great at keeping everything running smoothly and made sure fun was had by all.  He even sang “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” since he was a member of the band the hit belonged to, The Tokens!  He also played the saxophone, which was a nice combination with the recorded music.

Dennis Marcellino had everyone dancing!

Last, but not least, is this lovely young woman – Savannah Gentry.  She is one of the bride and groom’s friends from high school.  Listened to her playing the songs they chose in my living room before the wedding brought me to tears.  She provided violin music while the guests were finding their seats and during the ceremony and every note was gorgeous.  Savannah is talented and beautiful, inside and out.

Savannah Gentry on the violin

In addition to all these amazing vendors who made it a day to remember, I’d also like express my gratitude to all of our friends and family who went the extra mile (or several) to make sure we could enjoy the day without having to worry about anything.  You all know who you are – THANK YOU!

DIY Superhero Shirts and Robes for the Bridal Party

My daughter’s wedding, like most these days I’d guess, was influenced by Pinterest.  We had a secret board where the bride, the maid of honor and I could keep track of every relevant wedding idea we came across.  We tried to be pretty selective, and cleaned it out once in a while, so it stayed manageable and ended up being an excellent tool in the planning process.  In fact, she made it public after the wedding was over, so if you’d like to see what we were working with you’ll find it here.  We didn’t use every idea on it, but I’m not sure how we would have managed without it.

Looking back at it, the photo I’m going to talk about today isn’t even on that board.  But if you do a quick search, you’ll see pictures similar to this one our boys posed for.

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The bride and groom are both big superhero fans.  In fact, this is their car, which my daughter has been driving for about 4 years.  The Batman symbol on the hood was not part of the getaway car décor.

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The bride’s dad is a police lieutenant and the groom just graduated from the fire academy so as we talked about the superhero photo we realized it made complete sense to include those real heroes’ symbols among the imaginary.  However, that meant we wouldn’t be buying the shirts already made.  They went on my to-do list. 

Since I was making them anyway, I thought maybe if we used all white the boys could just leave them on, hoping they would be covered by their vests.

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It worked in the photos, but in person you can see a little color peeking out over the top of those vests.  I’m still glad we use white though, because I love how it made the symbols stand out.

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So, what about the girls?  I had already planned to make robes for each of them to wear while they were getting their hair and makeup done, so I decided I’d make them match the boys, in the girliest way possible.

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I made the robes using Simplicity 1720, the view in the upper left corner. 

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I added loops to the sides because I knew we’d find the belts everywhere later if they weren’t attached to the robes.  When I was finished sewing them I decided they needed a little something, so I sewed lace to the bottom hem.  You might recognize the fabric from the rug I showed you last month that I made for the wedding bathroom.  It was a great way to use up those scraps!

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To make the iron-ons for both the robes and the t-shirts, I ordered these printable sheets.

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If you follow the directions exactly, these work beautifully.  They survived washing just fine, and the colors were very vibrant, perfect for the comic book look we were going for.

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This was definitely one of the more offbeat projects I did for the wedding, and one of the most fun!

My thanks to Heather Fitch Photography for allowing me to share some of her photos here!

Outdoor Wedding Bathroom

When my daughter and son-in-law announced their engagement, and decided they wanted to hold the wedding at our home, my husband and I entered into what would be one of the biggest projects of our lives.  I don’t know about you, but it isn’t every day we invite 200 people to our house for a little get-together.  There were many things to be considered, not the least of which was the bathroom situation. 

Without going into all the details of how our house is arranged, we have three bathrooms inside, none of which were going to be easily accessible for the ceremony and reception.  We started looking at something we could rent, but the ugly ones were, well, ugly and the pretty ones would break the budget.  Finally, my husband decided he would build a bathroom behind the barn.  If you know my husband, you just nodded and said “Of course he did.”

My husband is the guy everyone calls when they need something fixed, so I can tell you the barn has absolutely nothing to do with animals.  Tools, wood and left-over home improvement supplies don’t require feeding though.  Pretty much everything he needed was inside that barn, and the entire thing ended up costing around $300.  We could barely rent an ugly one for that and ours flushed.

For some perspective on how this was set up, this is what the area looked like where the ceremony and reception were both held.

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Because the bathroom wouldn’t be obvious, I made this sign using my new wood burning tool.  I need to find another excuse to use that thing – it’s fun.

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We staked the sign near the back of the barn, and no one seemed to have any trouble finding it.

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The first thing they would see as the stepped around the corner was a small wood deck, to the left of the white barn door.

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The next thing our guests would find was a little hand washing area under an overhang.

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The mirror was from Ikea, as well as the hanging bulb that my husband turned into a mason jar pendant light.

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The sink and faucet, which I showed you how he made last week, were plumbed through a piece of rustic cedar.  The day of the wedding we added a bouquet of flowers inside the watering can, some soap I chose strictly because it was the right color, and hand towels.

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Beneath the counter were a couple of tin pails for trash.

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Next to the hand washing station was a stall to house the toilet itself, complete with locking door.  I love the red exterior barn wall serving as a background for all of this.

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I already showed you the sign and rug I made, but I thought this extended toilet roll holder my husband added was genius.  We slide several rolls on before the ceremony and no one ever had to refill it.

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I think the reason I love this little bathroom so much is because it really captured the whole DIY, rustic, country feel my daughter wanted for the event.  And I’m pretty sure no one has ever had one just like it.

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Besides, when you have something so cute going on in front of the barn, you’ve gotta have something special in the back.

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My thanks to Heather Fitch Photography for allowing me to share some of her photos here!

Kissing Bell

I’m still trying to locate some photos of many of the things we made for the wedding.  We were so busy that day, and the days leading up to it, we didn’t get a chance to take pictures.  Unfortunately, I’m starting to think some of it will have to live on in our memories and I won’t be able to share it all here.  While I wait it out a little longer, I thought I’d tell you about a fun thing we did that was a hit with the not-quite-tall-enough-for-a-rollercoaster crowd.

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At a wedding, guests will often tap their glass with their fork to make that clinking noise as a signal the bride and groom should share a kiss.  At the last wedding we attended before my daughter’s the newlyweds were driven a bit bonkers with glass-clinking.  But because we were using mason jars and those silver-looking plastic forks, that wasn’t going to be an option.  I wasn’t about to let them off the hook though.

I considering putting a small bell at each guests’ spot.  I also thought about just putting one larger bell in the center of each table.  As I mentioned last week, we had lots of kids in attendance, so I was afraid every parent there would hate me by the end of the night.  Instead, we decided to go with one bell, and it worked out perfectly!

I made this sign using my vinyl cutting machine and some of the leftover grey vinyl from the glasses.

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After a little searching, I found this bell on Amazon.  I was surprised at how good the quality was, especially for the price, and I’m pretty sure you can hear this thing ringing for miles.

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We hung it just above adult eye level to make it a little tougher for the kids to overuse it.  It was adorable to watch two little brothers we know try to help each other reach it.  We also added the “2 rings per customer please” to the sign to help with the ones who were a little older.  Believe it or not, it worked, and I’m pretty sure everyone who wanted a shot at ringing it found a way.

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We liked the bell so much, we hung it on one of the cedar posts by our front door after the wedding.  Without the kissing sign, of course.

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As if these two needed any encouragement.

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Kids’ Wedding Coloring Book

We knew there would be lots of little ones in attendance at my daughter’s wedding.  She really wanted to include them, but we were a little worried they might get bored.  We bounced around ideas like some yard games, but they really couldn’t do that during the ceremony.  We found a couple of cute kids’ coloring books for weddings on Pinterest, and once we decided to seat everyone at tables for the ceremony, we knew that would be a perfect way to keep the young crowd entertained.

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My talented niece Keely drew the photo for the front to represent Codi and John.  I love the way it turned out! 

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I made a word search using wedding and Codi and John-specific words for the first page on the inside, using this website from Discovery.  I probably should have used fewer words because the letters were pretty small, but I figured it would be a good challenge for the slightly older kids.

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The next page was just a simple cupcake outline, since that’s what we were serving at the reception, that could be decorated however the artist chose.

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Following the cupcake was my favorite page, Wedding Guest Bingo.  I was kinda busy at the reception, so I don’t know how the kids did on this, but it was fun to make.

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The Wedding Mad Libs was a tricky one, because you don’t want the participant to see where the words are going when they choose them.  I went with a brief description and lines for the words on one page…

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…and the Mad Lib itself to fill in on the next.

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I found this fun website that has mazes for all the letters of the alphabet in both upper and lowercase, so I chose an S for the newlyweds’ last name.  I also added their little heads to show the start and finish points.

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The back of the book had a spot for the artist to write his or her name, but I was stumped for a while on what else to add there.  It finally occurred to me it would be fun to decorate the getaway car!  They were taking my daughter’s Kia Soul, so I found a photo and traced it to create the cartoon car.

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It would have been easy enough to just lay these on the tables, but we really wanted to take it a step farther.  We put each book in a yellow bag and added a box of crayons, a small lollipop and a couple of glow stick bracelets for when it got dark later.  I made labels with each kid’s name on them and a second label for the bottom with their table number so whoever put them out would know where each one should go.

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It was kind of nice to have that pop of yellow scattered around on the tables.

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These bags were a big hit with the kids at the wedding, and none of them were left behind afterward.  I’m pretty sure those coloring books saved a parent or two’s sanity, if only for a few minutes!

Cedar Log Ring Bearer Box

I don’t remember how it started, whether my son volunteered or my daughter asked, but it came to be that my son, Tucker, was assigned the job of making something for the ring bearer to carry the rings in for the wedding ceremony.  It seemed appropriate since Tucker was the best man and would have to remove them from whatever he came up with in front of a crowd of people. 

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Tucker took all the metals classes his high school had to offer, and threw in wood shop near the end.  His dad is a wood worker, so he had a bit of experience in that area already.  Recently, he’s also taken up leather working, so he didn’t have any trouble coming up with an idea for the ring box.  He spent hours in the school shop, then at home after he graduated, lovingly turning a plain log into an heirloom his sister and new brother-in-law will treasure forever.

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Once he had finished the box, we talked about what should go inside.  He had carefully carved out a rectangular hole, which seemed perfect to fit a pillow into.  He was planning to sew the pillow himself, but time was running short, so I took care of it for him.  I’ll be explaining more about this in a future story, but I made the pillow out of a piece of my cut-up wedding dress and a leather cord.

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The ring bearer, my nephew Greyson, carried that box like a champ.  He’s a little hard to spot in this photo, but it’s the only one I have of him so far.  He was the best ring bearer ever!

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I was a little worried it would be hard for Tucker to unbuckle those leather straps when it was time to hand over the rings.  I should have known better than to think he’d do that to himself.

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I don’t know if I’ve ever seen my son work on something with such care for so long as he did this box.  He and his sister are very close, and I know he wanted to make her something special, not only for the wedding, but as a keepsake to remember what a great day it was.  He hit it out of the park.

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Inside Dress Bra Strap Anchors

This week I'd like to show you something I did for myself for my daughter’s wedding that made my day much smoother.  It seems like a small thing, but trust me, it was important.

Do your bra straps slide off your shoulders?  It seems like no matter what style of bra I buy, this happens to me.  It drives me crazy.  Then I bought a dress with little loops to attach the strap to the inside and it changed my life.  When I chose my mother-of-the-bride dress and it didn’t come with those magic loops, I knew immediately that I needed to add them.

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Inside Dress Bra Strap Anchors - Crafty Staci 1

All this requires is some skinny twill tape or ribbon, 1/4 – 1/2” wide, and two small snaps. 

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Inside Dress Bra Strap Anchors - Crafty Staci 2

Cut the twill tape to 3” long.  Fold one end over a couple of times and sew one side of the snap to it.

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Inside Dress Bra Strap Anchors - Crafty Staci 3

Fold the other end under a couple of times and sew it to the inside of your garment with the snap side down.

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Sew the other side of the snap in the appropriate place on the garment so the snap sides will match.

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That’s really all there is to it.  Mine ended up in slightly different places on each side of my dress, but it doesn’t really matter as long as they can hook around the strap.

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Inside Dress Bra Strap Anchors - Crafty Staci 6

With your garments on, slip the twill tape under the bra strap and snap in place.

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These tiny loops kept everything in its place all day long.  I had enough to think about, so that was a HUGE help.  I kinda want to do this to all my clothes!

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Inside Dress Bra Strap Anchors - Crafty Staci 9

Friday Favorites–Here Comes the Bride

Well, here we are.  The wedding is tomorrow, and believe it or not, I think we’re actually ready for it.  I’m sure there’s something we’re forgetting and I’m counting on a day-of disaster, but at the end of it all they’ll be married and we will have spent time celebrating that with friends and family.  I’m just hoping that whatever happens makes for a good story we can laugh about later.

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We spent a lot of time deciding on a fun guest book.  I can’t say which idea won yet, but a close second is this Jenga Guestbook from Crafty Morning.  You could reminisce about your wedding and guests every time you play it.

Jenga Wedding Guestbook from Crafty Morning

There are so many beautiful, unique wedding invitations out there.  One that particularly caught my attention was this round version from Voyages of the Creative Variety.  How fun would this be to receive?

Round Wedding Invitations from Voyages of the Creative Variety

Tables generally need centerpieces, and if you have a lot of tables that becomes quite a project.  These little Candle Lampshades from Good Housekeeping would be fairly inexpensive, cute and provide a little mood lighting.

Candle Lampshade from Good Housekeeping

If you’re assigning seats, you also need numbers.  We used some galvanized metal in my daughter’s wedding, so these Numbered Tags from The Country Chic Cottage caught my attention.  It’s hard to believe these aren’t actually metal.

Faux Metal Number Tags from The Country Chic Cottage

It takes a brave soul to DIY a wedding cake, but it can definitely be done.  I love the clever use of a common candy on this Candy Wafer Cake from Intimate Weddings.

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Cake toppers have come a long way since I got married.  No longer stuck with some variation of a bride and groom, people have gotten very creative.  I love the use of vintage fabric on this Star Cake Topper from Project Wedding.

Vintage Star Cake Toppers from Project Wedding

This entire wedding on OneWed is gorgeous, with bright color everywhere, but my very favorite thing is the colorful underskirt on the bride.

Colorful Wedding Dress Underskirt from One Wed

We’ve found decorating an outdoor venue is a bit challenging.  Trying to find the balance between too much and not enough is tough.  These Pom Pom Vines from Once Wed would be a great way to add some color without going overboard.

Pom Pom Vines from Once Wed

This Felt Wedding Bouquet from Something Turquoise is to die for, and they explain how to make every bit of it.  In fact, if you’re in the market for wedding ideas, they have SO many good ones.

DIY Felt Wedding Bouquet from Something Turquoise

As long as we’re talking about a felt bouquet, why not also go with fabric corsages as well?  Check out the tutorial from Little Treasures.

Fabric Rose Brooch from Little Treasures

Wish me luck tomorrow…I’ll see you on the other side!

Product Review: Personalized Tree Trunk Glassware Duo from Uncommon Goods

We’ll just go ahead and get the disclaimer out of the way first:  I received these products from Uncommon Goods to review, however, all opinions are strictly my own.  I’m going to gush a little here, and it’s for real.

If you’ve been around here for a while, you might be familiar with my annual birthday post.  It’s similar to my Friday Favorites, but isn’t restricted to only crafty or tasty things.  Over the years, there are a couple of retailers who’ve come up repeatedly, only because I really like their stuff.  One of those is Uncommon Goods.  They noticed, and invited me to review one of their products.  After some extensive browsing, I made a selection that I couldn’t be happier with.

I’ve talked a lot about my daughter’s wedding lately, but this Sunday I’ll be celebrating 23 years of marriage to that sweet guy that pops up here once in a while and leaves comments that make me say “Aww, that’s sweet!”  When I was searching for just the right product to review, Uncommon Goods’ collection of anniversary gifts, found here, was a natural fit.  I landed on this set of personalized glasses, in part because we keep joking about the “after party” we’re going to have after the kids leave for their honeymoon.  They’re also a great replacement for the toasting glasses from our wedding that were broken years ago.

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These glasses arrived much quicker than I expected for a personalized item.  They were also very well packaged.

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That little paper on top was actually an explanation of who the crafter is, where she’s from and a bit about her process.  I love that!  I didn’t know much about Uncommon Goods as a company until they contacted me, but I like what I’ve learned.  They are big supporters of artists and designers, with half the products they sell made by hand.  They also donate $1 of each purchase to a non-profit of the customer’s choice, to the tune of $700,000 so far.  That’s a company I can get behind.

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I had high expectations for these glasses, and they did not disappoint.  They’re much sturdier and heavier than I thought they’d be, and the artwork is beautiful.  I especially loved that they could be personalized with our initials and wedding date.

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The pilsner glass has a nice, heavy bottom and holds about 20 ounces of beer.

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The wine glass has some extra frosting on the bottom in addition to the design, which is a nice touch.

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Uncommon Goods has a huge selection of gifts that can be personalized, as shown here, which I spent hours looking through.   I feel like I made a great choice with these though.  I could definitely see giving them as a wedding or shower gift.  Don’t they just look romantic?

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These will be displayed in the window for the next month until my husband and I can share a “We Survived Our Daughter’s Wedding” drink together.  Thank you Uncommon Goods!

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What’s Coming in 2014

Happy New Year!  After I’ve hung the new calendars, I always spend New Year’s Day taking down the tree and putting away the Christmas ornaments.  Yes, I intentionally leave them up that long.  I mentioned putting them away early this year a few days ago and my husband looked at me like he didn’t know who I was.  I guess that’s a tradition that’s pretty deeply rooted around here.

So, what can you expect here at Crafty Staci in the coming year?  For one, I’ll be continuing my Friday Favorites series, which has featured over 1500 projects already.  The round-ups are becoming popular on Pinterest, with my Gifts for Guys post being my most-repinned item in 2013.  If there’s a topic you’d like to see covered, just let me know!

Friday Favorites

February will mark the fourth (!!!) anniversary of my blog.  I haven’t decided what it will be yet, but as always, there’s going to be a giveaway.  I’m torn between an item handmade by me or supplies so the winner can make something herself.  Any opinions on that one?

Birthday Cake

This is going to be a big year for my family as well.  My son will be graduating from high school in June.  My baby.  Just…stunned.

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And my daughter will be tying the knot with her fearless firefighter in late July.  The wedding is going to be at our home but even though we’re going to be up to our eyeballs in DIY, you probably won’t see many wedding-related crafts until after July.  I don’t want to give everything away before it happens!

Codi and John Engagment Photo - Heather Fitch Photography

I’ll probably be taking a month or so off from this blog and my shops when we get close to the event.  Don’t worry, I’ll come back after I rest a little.  Then I’ll leave again for a week in September for a family trip to Disneyland.  After that, I’m all yours.

Speaking of my shops, I’ll still be working hard at Etsy and Zibbet this year.  I’m hoping to make a personal appearance or two at crafts shows next fall and winter as a vendor.

Zibbet banner Nov 2013 holiday with jars

I’m looking forward to this year for so many reasons, not the least of which is the time I get to spend here with you.  Thank you for coming on this crazy trip with me!