Colby and I have been talking (ALOT) lately about how a great title for a movie would be “Shadow of a Goose”. In fact, Colby is working on the screenplay as we speak. So naturally, I worked it into the title of this post. And how appropriately since we’re talking about a little wedding invitation shadow box we stirred up.
Last weekend, I had set out on a mission to go to the local craft store and pick up a shadow box specifically for this project. Naturally, I got detoured and ended up at the Home Goods section of TJ Maxx and came across the purrrrrr-fext shadow box. Seriously, it was better than the one I had mentally picked out at the craft store.
And even better, it was only $12.99!
AND it was one of those really cool ones that has a fabric pin board on the inside of it, no Gorilla Gluing required, and even came with a set of straight pins to use.
Then out came the wedding box and all of its contents to come up with content for the wedding shadow box. I set out intending to put a wide variety of wedding stuff into the box. I’m talking programs, invitations, save the dates, and more. But turns out my eyes are bigger than my
belly shadow box. I barely had enough room for the entire invitation suite. So I rolled with it.
And the wedding shadow box turned into the wedding invitation shadow box (check out our DIY invitation suite in more details back here).
Once I laid out the invitations in the box, and tweaked positions just a little bit, I used the straight pins that were provided with the shadow box and pinned away. Super simple.
There were a few extra pins, and since I can’t promise that the invitations will always be the content of the shadow box, I thought it would be best if I stowed the extras inconspicuously at the bottom of the pin board. So when you close the box, you can’t see the pins. And this way, they never get lost, misplaced or used for another project.
And voila…a completed wedding invitation shadow box that took a whopping ten minutes…max…to complete.
Here’s another view of the wedding invitation shadow box without a strange shadow of the dining room chandelier on it…shadow of a light fixture.
So for those of you keeping score, we now have two wedding related art projects for the little gallery we’re curating for our bedroom. The first one was the first dance art with the first dance song lyrics written on the picture mat. And now we have the invitation shadow box. I’m thinking we still need a few more pieces of wedding related art for the gallery but you know I’ll keep you posted as we craft away at the gallery and hopefully hang it soon!
Pssst…Anyone else shadow boxing away lately? Or making sentimental art for their home?
Apparently I have wedding on the brain these days as I have yet another wedding related project for you this evening (the first project was the first dance art). Although this project is a little more hybrid like and includes a little organization and a little wedding. The other day I was trying to organize and store all of the wedding related paraphernalia that we had acquired. I’m talking cake knife, wedding cards, shower cards, bunting, cake toppers, etc. I had this white storage cube-like box that I had been storing stuff in during the wedding planning process, but in the end it wound up too small to fit everything. I love the box, but it was just too small. So I started thinking to myself, “self…why couldn’t this box just be bigger?!” So…I was cruising the Home Goods section of TJ Maxx the other day, which is my idea of a good time on a Saturday night while Colby is away gallivanting around the woods (it’s hunting season…thus I find myself a hunting widow most weekends), and my wish came true. I found a larger version of THE SAME box.
What are the odds?! The original box (which I introduced to you during my Martha organizing love-fest back here in February) is on the left and the new box, purchased from the same store nine months later, is on the right. Seriously…they’re identical minus the size. The smaller box was a $6 clearance steal and the large box, not quite as cheap, was $12 and worth every penny! The box held everything perfectly. There wasn’t a spare square inch to spare but managed to hold everything that I wanted to fit inside.
Contents include the cake knife (on the bottom), extra save the date cards, extra invitation suites, some bunting from the reception decor, the birdie cake toppers, extra garters that my momma made, and all of our wedding and bridal shower cards. Speaking of cards, I followed through with my card storage plan and punched holes in all of them and bound them with rings. It makes it so easy to flip through the cards and read all the lovely love notes from all our friends and family. Cue up the obligatory “awwwwwwww”.
I couldn’t believe the amount of cards that we had amassed. Between my bridal shower cards, congrats on your engagement cards, and the mound of wedding cards, the box was pretty much full. But I couldn’t bear to part with a single card. They’re just so pretty!
I was amazed how well everything wedding related fit into the “wedding box” as it’s now affectionately known as. It’s like this little wedding time capsule that we can take out and peruse through from time to time when we’re feeling wedding nostalgic like. Or if we ever feel the need to get our wooden birdie fix. As for the old, smaller wedding box, he got repurposed as thank you note/note card/envelope storage. It suits him well.
And now both boxes are living happily in harmony on the large shelf above our desk.
Here’s the closeup of the in harmony boxes. And I freshened up the shelf a little bit and brought out a few green vases. They were antique store finds from a few years ago. Actually, I think they date back to before we even bought the house. They’ve been with us long time.
So there you have it. A quick and simple organizing project that gets our hearts going all pitter patter like. And not just because organizing projects get me all
hot and bothered excited, but because it’s like having our own little love box sitting up on the shelf above our work space. We just can’t help but smile when we think of its contents and the happiness of our big day. Where’s the cheese police when you need them!?
Pssst…What simple organizing projects have you done lately? Anyone else have the shopping/organizing gods smile down on them with the perfect solution to their organizing dilemma? I still can’t believe I found EXACTLY what I was looking for…and accidentally!
It’s officially, Colby and I have been married for exactly three months (as of yesterday). And we JUST booked our honeymoon and JUST sent all our disposable cameras from the reception to be developed and JUST sent out the last thank you note and JUST made our first piece of wedding related art. Run on sentence say what?! I framed up a pic from our first dance and wrote the lyrics from our first dance on the picture frame mat. Adorable say what?!
It was a pretty easy project to do and it’s got me all amped up to do a few more wedding memorabilia art projects. But let’s step through this one first, shall we?! It all started with the frame. I found the perfect frame at Target. It’s one of those Threshold for Target frames and was $16.99 before a 20% weekend sale discount plus my 5% Target card discount for a whopping $12.91. Whoa big spendah! It was the perfect frame for the project. It holds a 5 x 7 picture, which I also had printed at Target for about $1.22, but has an oversize mat leaving plenty of room to transpose the song lyrics.
I should also mention what our first dance song was. It was Eric Church’s “I Love Your Love The Most”. I know, it is VERY unconventional for a first dance song. And it includes words such as hell, Redman, four-wheel drive, eight-point buck, Nascar, and more. Redneck say what?! But we love the song. Even more, we love the man behind the song. Early on in our dating years we went to a Miranda Lambert/Eric Church concert and fell HARD for Eric Church. I may have threatened to leave Colby for Eric Church if A) he wasn’t married and B) he showed a remote amount of interest in me among his hundreds of thousands of followers. Lucky for Colby, Mr. Church doesn’t even know I exist. But I still think he’s pretty much amazing. The concert led to our Eric Church obsession which led to us “dedicating” the “I love your love the most” song to each other which meant it pretty much became “our song”. We’ve been known to break out into a slow
clap dance in our living room to the song from time to time. Colby’s pretty much the cutest.
Okay, so back to crafting. I noticed that part of the mat was covered by the frame so I made sure to give myself some margins. Using a pencil and a straight edge, I lightly drew lines on the picture mat as guides so the frame wouldn’t cover up any of the lyrics.
Then, armed with my Netbook with the song lyrics brought up, I began to write. I didn’t really need to have the lyrics up on the computer screen. I pretty much know every word to that song. But it’s one of those anthem singer at a hockey game situations. They always need the lyrics up on the humungo-tron to follow along even though they know every word. It’s just their security blanket.
So with my security blanket I began to write away, using a piece of paper as a straight edge to help me keep the lines straight and evenly spaced.
I thought about trying to figure out a way to type up the lyrics and print them and glue them onto the mat, or somehow transpose the print onto it, but I wanted to keep the project simple and opted just to hand write it out. As one of my best friends says, “keep it simple, stay the course”. He’s so smart! And it helped that I have decently neat handwriting.
It’s a short song with simple lyrics, so it took two rounds of copying the lyrics over to the picture mat to fill it out. It’s not perfect by any means but it has what Colby and I like to call “character”. Sometimes we mix it up and call it old world style. But it’s the imperfections in projects that usually make us love them more.
There ended up being a little extra space at the bottom of the mat, so to fill it up I just added a line for the song artist, Eric Church, and called it good.
Then I added the picture, assembled the frame, and called it good. I love it. Really really REALLY love it! And Colby does too, although he would never admit it due to recent run-ins with the cheese police. If he gets busted by the cheese police one more time, I’m pretty sure he loses his man card for life.
We haven’t yet hung our newly created art as I’m working on a mini art gallery situation and haven’t finished all the pieces yet. But the first dance art is destined for the naked walls of our bedroom. So stay tuned for a few more art projects, an Etsy find and a finished and hung bedroom art gallery. Fingers crossed it all comes together by the end of the week!
Pssst…Not only did I art it up this weekend but I spent some SERIOUS time going through photos, making photo albums, and general memory making projects. I’m oh so close to whipping up an “Our Wedding” post with TONS of photos and stories for you all. It’s way over due!
Psssssst…Now it’s your turn! Dish…how did you guys spend your weekend?! Any art projects going on out there?!
We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post (it was boring anyway…just rug stuff) to bring you another little sneak peak from our wedding. We got a cd in the mail the other day from some family friends that was LOADED with amazing wedding images. Images and…images and…wait for it…MOVIES! I’m still going through all the great photos and videos but I couldn’t help myself. I had to share one of the videos…my favorite…one of Colby doing his little garter ceremony thang! For your viewing pleasure:
And yes, I am fully aware that I married that. Just imagine, that’s what it’s like in our house every…single…day! Welcome to my life. Between doing the shopping cart with Goose to wearing the dog collar and prancing around the house pretending to be the dog (both which happened this evening…no joke), there’s never a dull moment in our home. I heart that man and his shenanigans…even if he hits on “The TIT”. That’s taxidermist in training…my nickname for Colby’s cousin and giver of the man hug:
I know it’s not house project related, but I couldn’t help myself. I just had to share! I’m still waiting on a few more sets of pictures from friends and family who stood in as our photographers, one of the ways we chose to save money on our big day. But hopefully I’ll have a grand ol’ post all whipped up for you in the near future!
For months, we’ve had stacks of RSVP cards from our wedding sitting around. They sat around on our desk for awhile, then migrated to the table where they sat around some more, and finally sat for the last time inside a drawer in the parlor office space.
But I couldn’t bear the thought of the RSVP cards being cast to the drawer…out of sight…out of mind…all by their lonesome…in the dark. I couldn’t sleep at night knowing our precious RSVP cards were in a sad and gloomy home. Enter our guest book.
Our DIY wedding guest book was a big ol’ sketch book turned guest book. So it had more than enough space to house both our guest messages and RSVP cards. And they go so well together. It’s a regular old peanut butter and jelly situation. But since we printed our invitation suite on watercolor paper, the cards were a little on the thick side for the book. Since adding 80 plus cards to the book would increase the poof factor of the book, I started the RSVP album project by ripping out all the excess pages from the guest book.
The guest book is a bound book but it was still pretty easy to remove excess pages. Sets of about five to ten sheets of paper are sewn into the spine at a time. I simply gathered small sets of pages and carefully ripped them out, trying not to rip the string binding the whole thing together. After removing about half the pages of the book, it was looking much skinnier.
And because I couldn’t bear the thought of gluing the RSVP cards directly to the pages…you know…just in case I wanted to store them in a different way someday…I decided to use photo corners, which I picked up from AC Moore for about $3 (after using a 50% off coupon of course).
They were so easy to use. Much easier than I had anticipated. I just popped the photo corners on an RSVP card:
Moisten the backs of the photo corners using one of those sponge bottles, which was a lifesaver during operation invitation assembly:
And pressed the RSVP card adorned with the photo corners into the book, with two RSVPs on each side of a page.
I tried to be a little willy nilly with the placement of RSVP cards so everything wouldn’t line up perfectly, and that photo corners and RSVP cards would stagger, hopefully bring the potential poof factor down. But even after removing pages and staggering cards, there was still some poof going on.
It gets worse when the book just lays flat on a table.
But everything fits and the book sits proudly on a shelf above our desks in the parlor. See it there between the magazine holders and the aqua boxes? It’s there I swear!
Here’s a closeup:
The RSVP cards are much happier these days sitting in a book up on the shelf. I know…they whispered it too me. And Colby and I can take the book down anytime we please and flip through the pages are read all the odd…I mean…sweet comments. And there are some DOOZIES in that book! You know who you are!
Pssst…So what’s going on in your neck of the woods? Any organizational projects going on? Anyone else flip through their wedding RSVP cards and guest book? Does that ever get old?!