Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Fairy Butterfly Jewelry Set

This jewelry set is more or less an "accident". I had something completely different in mind when I started to make the beaded parts. But nevertheless I love the result. The tiny flowers and butterflies just matched perfectly.

The earcuff wasn't easy to make as it was my very first one. My ear was quite red by the time I managed to make it fit. But now that I have some sort of idea of what I am doing I am sure the next ones will be easier to make. ;)

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Hair Accessories for the Bride

Here are some more new creations. I finished those yesterday, I just had to wait for some sunshine today to make some nice pictures for you.

All flowers are handmade. I bought a box of single leaves and sewed them together, adding some sparkle and Swarovski crystals as eye catcher. I then added feathers, beaded strings, and small beaded flowers to turn them into bridetastic hair accessories.

Now I just have to decide on which one I want to wear for the civil ceremony :D

Monday, 6 June 2011

Wedding Jewelry

You only notice how bad the TV programme is when you have to stay at home all day and entertain yourself.
Instead I decided to watch Sailor Moon on youtube (also bad and cheesy, but a childhood classic!) and work on the wedding jewelry for my bridesmaids and myself.

I really like the outcome and I am sure the jewelry will look great with the bridesmaids' dresses, but I am not so sure whether the jewelry necklace will match the dress. Maybe I also get a more sparkly necklace and then compare which I like better.

Our wedding colours are red and cream/ivory. So, the bridesmaids will wear very cute red dresses and my gown is in a lovely ivory with lots of sparkly beads. So the jewelry is supposed to match.

Anyway, here's what I made:

Bracelet: I chose different charms to symbolize the wedding: of course a pretty dress and shoes, and we need a mirror for our make-up, then we all ride in our carriage (car) to the castle to have a beautiful wedding. In the picture you see the bracelet for the bride. It has an additional blue bead which the bridesmaids' bracelets don't have.

Earrings: Also matching the theme they are made of red and ivory beads, Swarovski crystals and more sparkly stuff. The bridesmaids get a red version, I haven't decided whether I want to go also with the red version or whether I should wear ivory. Again I'll decide when I see it with the dress.

Necklaces: The bridesmaids get a simple but very beautiful version. Again you see the beads in our colours and they come with a cute "pot" pendant. They can open it and put something in it, maybe a tiny picture of someone they love, or a streak of hair, or whatever. :D
The bride's necklace has more beads and is a little more playful. But it is not as sparkly as the dress, therefore I might wear something else. But nevertheless, as we also have the civil ceremony that is independent from the one in the castle and therefore independent from our colour theme, I might make another jewelry set in the colour of my civil service dress (which is basically the bridesmaid's dress but instead of red I've ordered it in berry :D).

I hope you like these items just as much as I do! And I hope my bridesmaids will like them, too!

Friday, 3 June 2011


Being sick has one great advantage: while you're in bed and totally bored you can be creative just to make time pass :D

And I haven't had much time in the past few weeks as my job kept me quite busy. So I sat down with all the papers and stickers and beads and ribbons piled around me and I managed to finish all the wedding invitations in the past 2 days. Aproximately, I needed an hour per card and I had to cut so many pieces that I cannot use scissors for the next to weeks. My thumb is close to developing some blisters, lol.

But I love the results and I'd love to keep them all to myself. :D

Hope you like them, too.


Monday, 25 April 2011

Busy months

I haven't been writing anything on this blog in the past few months because so many things had to be done in my life that needed my attention. My boyfriend proposed to me on December 31st when we took my dog for a walk in the snow. It was great! We walked to the church ruins outside my village and were kissing in the snow when he suddenly went down on his knees and proposed. :)

So, since then we had to pick a dress, find a wedding location, find a reception location, etc. The wedding location was easy: we're getting married on a castle. This is going to be so exciting. Having a German-American wedding just called for something special for all our guests. We'll get married in the rose garden with a beautiful view down onto the river valley. After the wedding the owner of the castle will give the guests an introduction into the history of the castle before everyone can wander around and look at the exhibition pieces.

The harder decision was the reception location. The castle has a newly opened restaurant where a reception would be possible. But at one of the wedding fairs I went to I heard about a party service that also has a beautiful room for receptions. They also did a get-to-know-us test dinner at the end of January and their food is sooooooooooooooooooooo delicious. After we heard that we couldn't have much variation to the dinner at the castle we decided on the party service. That way we can make sure that there will be food everyone likes.

The hardest part was the paperwork, though. Thanks to German burreaucracy we needed lots of papers and have the English certificates translated by a notarized translator. But now we are only one signature away from being done with the papers... well, almost. We're going to have 2 weddings, actually, as one is necessary, the other one is for the "style". We're getting married on the 23rd of September in front of the justice of the piece. That will be a formal but not that extraordinary wedding. We will need to have an interpreter being present to translate all the formalities to the groom and witnesses, so it doesn't have that great atmosphere. Therefore we asked the priest of my village who used to live in New York for a while if she would be willing to marry us at the castle. We're so happy that she agreed to do so, as she will be able to do a very nice, special, bilingual ceremony on the 24th.

I have also found a dress while I visited my fiancé over Easter and my engagement ring is supposed to arrive hopefully today or tomorrow.

Now that you're updated on what's going on, let me move over to the stuff I am going to make myself. First of all, the invitations. We're going to have the text printed, but the cards the print is going to be in I will make myself. I have 3 drafts for styles, but because I couldn't decide on one we decided to have different ones. The colours and material will be the same, but they will all be individual.
Oh, we chose creme/ivory and red as our wedding colours. That makes finding bridesmaids dresses and decoration easy. :D And it is a very nice colour combination for flowers, too!

What people in Germany also do is: they tie bows to the radio antenna of their cars and drive in a caravan to the reception location and honk their horns when they drive through the towns. :D
So I made the bows for the antennas in our wedding colours, too. I need to take one and do a test drive with it and see it it falls off and I need some wire to fix it on the antenna, or if they work the way they are now.

My maid of honor just got married herself and instead of flowers she made these awesome flower bouquets out of buttons. I love this idea, so I am thinking about making something like that for the justice of the peace ceremony. Many people get real flowers for that as well as for the Christian ceremony, but I think I only need a real flower bouquet for the castle wedding. So having something buttonish as alternative would be awesome.

Oh, and I was also thinking about making jewelry sets for my bridesmaids as gifts for being in my wedding. I will be busy the next couple of weeks with making all the stuff, but I will post it on here as soon as I have something to show.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a good start into 2011. I definitely had a wonderful time. My boyfriend took me for a walk through the snow on the 31st. When we reached the ruins outside our village he proposed to me, so we're now officially engaged. :D

Christmas was a quite busy time, but there was still time to work on some jewelry and accessories. I found some awesome beads and made some stuff to wear for myself as well as a few gifts for friends over in America.

One of the pieces I am very proud of is this snowflake watch. I couldn't believe how cheap the watch part was, so I ordered it along with these adorable snowflakes. And of course I had to make some matching earrings to go with it.

And because I loved the watch so much I also made a bracelet and a second set of earrings. Both of them will go to a dear friend in America as gift.

I also found a couple of Christmas charms on DaWanda and started making bracelets with them. I still have an unfinished one and a few lose charms in my box, but I wanted to show you the two I've finished. I sorted the charms after colours and matched the beads to these colours. I think they turned out pretty neat.

This key chain is another Christmas gift, going to the fiancé of the girl that's getting the snowflake bracelet.

This one is my fiancé's favourite item. It's also a Christmas gift, going to his roommate, because he told me that she envied the first tophat I made. I love the little skull cameo. I'm sure you'll see more items where I used it, during this year.

That's it for me from today. I hope you like my Christmas creations.

Have a great 2011!