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.
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.
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...