Apr 21, 2014

Handmade Save The Dates

We've had a bit of trouble finding a date and place for the wedding, but as soon as we knew when and where it was going to take place we got crafty with our Save The Dates. The stamp you see above was designed by the future husband and me and then carved out by me. It's a pretty awesome design I would say. If we stole it unknowingly please let me know! And if you want to recreate it for non-private use, please let me know as well. If you recreate it for private use it would be awesome if you link back to this post. Sorry for the formalities, but I've never really designed something like this.

The image for our Save The Date is this nail art heart from a Dawanda workshop last year and I used these keyboard keys from my one and only What to do with it Wednesday so far. The idea just came to me one day and I loved the way it turned out. Especially because you have to think a bit to figure it out.

I printed out the images at our local drugstore and made a paper frame using a special punch cutter.

Then I used the stamp and a black ink pad to add the Save The Date imprint.

And there we have the final Save The Date card. Most of them I tried to hand out in person, some I mailed with the christmas post and the rest got sent out with the invitations a couple of weeks ago. Will share those with you as soon as possible.
It's kind of hard keeping up with the blog posts regularly with all the wedding planning going on, but I'll try my best! Cheerio.

Picturesque Month ~ 03'14

Jeez, April is almost over and silly old me wants to review March still... well, here we go:

In the beginning of march we went to the Naturkundemuseum (Museum of Natural History) in Berlin.
~They have a bunch of huge dinosaur skeletons right in the front hall, which kindof make the rest of the museum a littler more boring.
~ Taxidermy - Nailed it!
~ Spooky scary collecection of preserved animals .

One of the bigger projects was our hallway coat and shoerack and I finally got to finish it on my days off work. I'll try to put the makings in a blogpost soonish.

Another big project was our livingroom shelves.
~ I found a really nice display cabinet at a thrift store and when my dad was in town we picked it up for only 25€
~ The very messy before picture. The shelves were thrifted and not very pretty.
~ The much nicer after picture, as I'm thinking. The white even makes the room a bit bigger.

Small craft projects:
~ an organizational box made of toilet paper rolls and a shoe box
~ making wooden brooches and magnets at the Dawanda Snuggery
~ preparing our wedding invitations

Concerts in March:
~ We Are Scientists @ Ramones Museum  ~ 3/5 bazooka points for nostalgic reasons
~ Broken Bells @ Huxley's Neue Welt ~ 5/5 bazooka points for awesomeness
~ Chvrches @ Culumbiahalle ~ 5/5 bazooka points for more awesomeness

Apr 14, 2014

Origami Wedding Flowers

We're in the middle of planning for our wedding end of June this year. A big part of our wedding decoration will of course be self made. I found these wonderful handmade wedding centerpieces on Pinterest and wanted to make something just like them for my centerpieces! Instead of paper sheets from normal books I will use old maps and sheet music for my handmade flowers.
Here's how they're made:

You start with 5 sheets of square paper, any size you want and fold them to a triangle.

Fold up one of the slimmer corners of the triangle to the wide corner on top.

Then fold up the other side exactly the same.

Then you press down on the fold on both sides, flattening them out so the fold on the corner touches the fold of the diamond shape you created a step ahead.

Like so!

Fold down the tips like shown above.

And fold the two outer shapes inside, so they're cut in half.

Bend the diamond shape so the two halfs you just folded meet in the middle side by side. Now you either connect them with a paper clip like I did or you glue them together.
Now you have one flower petal!

Create 4 more of these flower petals to make a full flower.

They're connected by the sides either with paper clips or more glue.
And there's your flower!

Of course the amounts of petals in a flower and the sizes can vary like in the picture above. Now imagine I only have to make 58 more of these... I will have some help of course by my beautiful bridesmaids. We'll have a craft party soon just for the making of more of these flowers. Can't wait to see how they look like done with sheet music.

This post will be part of Nina's Upcycling Tuesday,the Creadienstag and for the first time Monochrome's Du it Yourself.

Apr 1, 2014

Handpainted Tetris Shoes

Sometimes I have the Tetris theme stuck in my head, and not just when I'm organizing things. Tetris is probably the ultimate boredom game. I used to play it on my graphic calculator on my way to school when I was in high school, that's the only game I ever put on there, my class mates had all kinds of games installed, but I was just fine with the good old Tetris.
Tetris shapes are also a great design for shoes I thought and got to work with a pair of slip ons that I thrifted a while back.

At first I tried to bleach them to get a white canvas to paint on, but the paint proved to be more powerful than the bleach.

So I just painted them black, it's too bad you can see the "hashtags" through the black paint, but oh well. To know where and how to paint the different Tetris shapes I used a ruler to sketch some graph lines directly on the shoes. And then I painted:

I think they turned out mighty fine!
And if I get bored on the way to work my shoes remind me of the good old pastime Tetris.

This post will be part of Nina's Upcycling Tuesday and the Creadienstag. 

PS: Check out all these funky geeky crafts at the Nerd'n'Geek Linkparty <3
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