The rest of the pictures are here.

Five Days

Mark and I will be married 5 days from now. I cannot believe how quickly time has flown by. I also cannot believe how naive I was about this week. I had always thought that I would have everything done and would enjoy this week relaxing and not stressing about the final details. I have never been more wrong in my life! It would be an enormous lie to say I'm near completion at this point. Stress is mounting to say the very least.

The whole DIY Wedding is fantastic. It allows you so much more control over the details, and gives every one of those details such a personal touch. It saves a tremendous amount of money. I can be elegant on my small budget simply by scouring the craft stores for sales, and making everything myself. The entire cake including the cupcake tier and all the decorations and ingredients, for instance, cost me about $100. That's a fantastic bargain for 70 guests. I will never complain about the creative freedom and financial freedom doing it myself has granted me. In the future though, I will allow myself more time. Since July when I started making the invitations I have probably spent about 20 hours per week working on things for the wedding. When you work 47 hours on average per week at your day job, have an online store and are going to craft fairs in the fall, it's a huge undertaking. Will I ever regret that? No, of course not. But it's a huge endeavor and in the future if I plan a huge DIY party I will simply give myself more time. This week will kick my ass into oblivion I think.

Enough whining. How about some pictures?

Mark and I opted not to get similar rings. We don't have similar tastes. His ring is a matte titanium, whereas mine is 14k white gold with delicate engravings on it (a circular scroll sort of design, which was near impossible to photograph).

Of all the rings I tried on, this one just suit me the best. Delicate but not ornate. Elegant yet durable.

I'm particularly pleased with the wedding favors. Each place setting will alternate red-orange around each table, so no two place settings beside each other are the same. The inside of the boxes are filled with chocolate truffles.

The colors in the bouquet did not capture well in photographs. But in person I think they look lovely. The stem is wrapped in a black satin ribbon. I decided to opt for silk flowers because I just did not want to be bothered with the expense or hassle of using real flowers. I'm pleased with my decision.

I have a lot more photos that I'll try to upload as the week progresses, when I need a break. I tried to photograph each item as it was completed, so that I could post some pictures beforehand. All in all, though tired, I'm very happy with how things are turning out. Just pray that the cupcakes work well. That's the biggest task this week. The rest of it are just small final details. Hundreds of small final details and errands.

Shoe Box

A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.
For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.

In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside.She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box.

When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000.

He asked her about the contents. 'When we were to be married,' she said, ' my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll.'

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving.

He almost burst with happiness.'Honey,' he said, 'that explains the doll, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?'

'Oh,' she said, 'that's the money I made from selling the dolls.'

A Prayer.......

Dear Lord, I pray for Wisdom to understand my man;
Love to forgive him;
And Patience for his moods;
Because Lord, if I pray for Strength,
I'll beat him to death,
because I don't know how to crochet.

Compliments of Sara.
Have a good day everyone!

Wedding Bolero

I tried my shrug on with my wedding dress (see previous post). It was gorgeous. Love the Kauni, love the colors. Looked great with the dress. Except for one small detail. The back needed to be longer by about 3 inches. So I stopped at the LYS on my way home to see if I could find some more Kauni and of course, sold out. None left. I didn't have enough to finish it. So, I wandered around the store, shrug in hand, trying to find another yarn that exactly matched the darkest stripe in my Kauni shrug. I was able to find Big Baby, by Alpaca with a Twist. Pricey for 82 yards ($15) and I needed four skeins. More than I usually spend on yarn. Anyhow, I made a little bolero. I shortened up the sleeves from the previous design, elongated the back, and added a shell stitch border around the entire piece.

I'll try both on the day of the wedding with my dress and decide which one looks best.

10 days now.

Beth, our mannequin, is quite a bit thinner than I am. The bolero hugs my body whereas it doesn't hug hers.

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