Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bernard, my new friend (and some wedding stuff, too)

I love that the man I am going to marry is creative.  Look what he made for me:


He was watching me work on my jacket muslin, and decided to start a project on his own.  He took a piece of scrap fabric, drew a face, ears, and paws on it, and then cut them out.  Next, he found some contrasting fabric, pinned it behind, and hand-stitched around each shape.  Once he had finished that, he sewed a back on, stuffed it, and voila!  We have Bernard the Bear.  I was impressed.

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So, on to wedding stuff!  Table decorations, to be exact.

I love old glass jars, and have GOBS of antique white buttons (like jars full), so I decided to combine the two--with votive candles--to make decorations for the tables at the reception.  

There is an old man named Clyde who has an old barn full of cool old stuff near where I live.  You can go to his barn and buy stuff for really cheap.  Example: my friends bought a solid pine round table for their kitchen for $40 last year.  Yeah.  
Clyde has a butt-load of old glass jars (most of them full of old tools, screws, light bulbs, etc. from his workshop), and sells them for 25 cents a piece.  Perfect place to get my glass jars!  My fiancée had never been to the barn before, so we went together to pick out he jars and look around.  I had a feeling he would like it--he loves thrift stores and such.  We ended up purchasing 16 glass jars, all sorts of cool shapes.  We also purchased a kitchen table and four chairs from the 30's or 40's, a cool yellow upholstered chair, two twin solid wood sleigh bed frames, and two pretty side tables from the 50's for $200.  Oh, plus Clyde threw in a really awesome phonograph/radio cabinet from the 60's for free.  Whoop!  I love the barn sale.

Here are some before/after pictures of the glasses I purchased, plus some up-close pics of my favorites.  We are going to fill each one part-way with the old white buttons, place a votive inside, and set them up on the reception table amongst other decorations.  
 Before...

And after!

Some of my favorites:


This one is really old.  It didn't come all the way clean, but I'm going to keep working on it.

 I love this old Skippy jar.  It has measurements on the side!  How cool is that?

The buttons are so beautiful.  All different shades of white and off-white, and a mixture of plastic, bakelite, shell, glass, and mother-of-pearl.  They look especially pretty with a candle set on top.

Alright, that's all for today!  I'm going to go work on bound buttonholes for my jacket...

~Bessie


3 comments:

andreak said...

Just a suggestion that you may have already thought of. Buy the tealights that have little plastic trays or small votives at Micheals that come in mini glass cups so that the wax doesn't melt down into all of your buttons. It would be very time consuming to clean them up. Have been to many receptions where wax seems to be all over the pretty trays on display. Just a helpful hint unless you are throwing the buttons away.

Steven Maierson said...

Such a short amount of time before your wedding date, I can't imagine handling all of that stress!

I have months to go and I feel overwhelmed (but I guess that's what happens when you're doing senior level coursework and working on getting married). I'm glad you're keeping the Blog updated so I can maintain my social awareness of what's happening, seeing as I most likely won't be able to make it to the wedding itself (cursed school!).

Steven

Bessie B. said...

Andrea--thanks for the tip! I had not thought about that, but it makes a whole lot of sense. :)

Steven--You know, Davis and I are doing things so low-key that we are not stressed at all. We are really enjoying the process! I hope everything is going well with you and Hazel. I can't wait to meet her!!! :D Mawaige, mawaige, mawaige.