Thursday, December 22, 2011

I Won a Dress!

A couple weeks ago, I entered a contest via The Wedding Chicks for a chance to be one of 20 people to win a wedding dress from Simply Bridal. This morning I woke up to an email from Simply Bridal saying I was one of the randomly chosen winners! How exciting!

Simply Bridal is a company that makes high quality wedding gowns to the measurements you send in, so your dress fits you perfectly with no alterations needed. There is no middlemen, so the prices are unbeatable, and the dresses are delivered in 30-35 days!

Although I already have my wedding dress, I will take advantage of my win to order a dress for the bridal shower/rehearsal dinner.

I'm so excited to pick out a dress! :)


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sample Bridal Shower Invites

My wonderful future sister-in-law and future mother-in-law have offered to throw me a bridal shower. It is going to be a tea party complete with hats, finger sandwiches, and antique china courtesy of Matt's maternal great-grandmother. I am so honored that Nancy, Matt's mom, has offered to let us use her grandmother's china for my bridal shower!

I can't not help Lori with the shower. I think it's my OCD, or maybe my love of crafting, but I stumbled across this cute DIY Painted Card with a FREE printable! It's the cutest thing ever- its a card with three teacups on the front and you paint them with tea! That's right, tea! Any type of tea, really.

So I made three sample cards: one painted with tea, one with regular water colors, and one colored in with colored pencils.

Aren't they just so cute!? I then just put together a little invitation on the back with the computer and printed it out.

I was playing around with them and on the water color and tea color ones I outlined the teacups with colored pencils. I like how this gives it a straight, clean edge. What I don't like is how I traced over the boarder with colored pencil, it looks horrible. When I make the real ones, I will leave the border alone! ;)

I think with some practice, one of those fancy paper cutters that cut a straight line, and new ink for the printer (we're almost out) we will have some quality home-made invites- the best kind! :)