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Save the Dates!

With our wedding only 6 months away I had to send out our Save the Dates this past week. If the next 6 months are anything like the past year, it will go by uber fast! Since our wedding has a southern vintage vibe I wanted our STDs to reflect this as well since they are said to set the tone of your wedding. After agonizing over this Etsy designer and that Etsy designer for months I finally found a STD that I loved (Etsy has become my most LOVED resource for all party planning….if you aren’t on board with it yet then you should be!) After I tweaked it all a little and collected everything I needed, I got to work and gave them a personal touch. First, I cut the edges of the original cardstock…..

Next I got my heavier, cream colored cardstock that I ordered from Bella Rose Craft  to use as a backing for a sturdier overall piece. With a little rubber cement and time they were starting to come together.

Finally, I stuffed the envelopes I ordered here and they were ready to be addressed and mailed out!

 

Such an easy and fun project!

Helpful Hint: If you ever use rubber cement ALWAYS use a rubber cement eraser! I discovered this handy little crafting tool a few years back in one of my Graphic Design classes and IT.IS.AMAZING. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

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Why buy when you can DIY?….3-tier China Cakestand

I have been longing for a 3-tier cake stand like this one for some time now to display desserts on at our wedding reception.

     Found here

 

But at almost $75 USD and the cost of shipping I just couldn’t let myself do it. So since I have been collecting vintage china here and there over the past year for dinnerware at our reception, I decided to pull 3 of my favorite pieces from my collection and give them up for the greater good of creating my very own 3-tier cake stand. And here’s how I did it….

First I chose 3 different plates in 3 varying sizes that had similar coloring and decorative edges.

 

 

        After was confident in my choices I gathered up all my tools…..

 

You will need a drill and various diamond headed drill bits

  

 You want to determine the center of each plate by measuring straight across your plate and finding your center. Do this 3-4 times to make sure you are accurate. Then take a sharpie and make a time dot where you want to make your hole. Start drilling!  

 
It may be a little slippery to get started but after you get going you will get the hang of it. As I drilled mine, the actual plate started to get hot. If this happens stop and run your plate under some cool water for a second to let it cool down. You can resume after a few seconds. It does take a rather long time to drill each hole. Somewhere around 20-30 minutes per plate if you are continuously drilling; so be prepared for that. After you have finished drilling all of your holes you are ready for your connectors. I chose gold plated ones to blend with the gold in my china. 

  And after a little wiggling and fidgeting to get the connectors in the holes you will start to see it take shape…..  

   And before you know it you will have something that looks similar to this….. 

Pretty simple and I didn’t spend a ton of money to make it. I figured all and all I spent about $32 total for the china and around $9 for the connectors from ebay. So for $41 I have something that looks like I spent a lot more but I get to say that I DIY’d it myself!