My Brother Got Married – I Made Things

Sunday marked the one year anniversary of my brother’s wedding – so what better time to share all the items created for the event?

When you are related to a maker, they will offer to make things to distract from the fact that they can’t afford to buy the ridiculously expensive knife set that was promised upon your nuptials.

And boy, make I did. Here’s a peek at the list –

Photo of two pieces of paper with to-do list

This was just the final countdown list. It is double-sided and the bottom of the fourth page says “YIKES!” Spoiler alert – I survived.

It should be noted that never in the history of the world have such chill people gotten married. So this list was definitely not force upon me. While I was asked to do a couple of things, the bulk of this list was a result of my inability to keep my mouth shut. I just kept volunteering things. But I was thrilled to do it, and would do it all again.

Befitting their personalities and their mutual dislike of being the center of attention, they got married in a small ceremony on the farm of a friend of the Bride’s and then celebrated their nuptials with a larger group of friends and family at a reception two weeks later. The bulk of what I made was for this second event.

For the ceremony I was doing a reading, and not wanting to hold loose pieces of paper in the Kansas wind, I made this little notebook to post it in.

photo of personalized notebook

 

For the ceremony I made the schedule of events –

Photo of chalkboard lettered schedule of events.

 

I made a prop for my speech, as one does –

photo of a large scroll that has a checklist for whether of not someone is good enough for my brother

It’s a scroll that is nearly my height. I weighted the bottom so that I could unfurl it in dramatic fashion. It was a hit.

 

I lettered a beverage menu –

photo of hand lettered bar menu

 

My mom and I decorated mason jars for the toppings for the sundae bar –

Photo of decorated mason jars

This many x2

 

They wanted yard games, so I made a set of yard yahtzee, that no one played despite it’s adorableness –

photo of yard yahtzee

 

And saving the best for last, the yard game that also served as my wedding gift to them, a custom cornhole set!

Photo of cornhole set with K&A monogram

The wedding monogram used throughout the pieces is designed by KaspiParty. It took me FOREVER to find a monogram that I like, and I loved the simple elegance of this one. Visit their Etsy shop at kaspicrafts.etsy.com.

Made but not pictured: more brownies than you can imagine, white chocolate dipped pretzels with wedding colored sprinkles, and a yard version of tic-tac-toe dubbed “hugs and kisses” for the occasion. Oh, and the cream cheese mints that were made ahead of time and froze that were previously posted.

Fast forward a year and they are expecting a baby! My head spins with all the things I’m going to make!

In subsequent posts I will share greater detail and tips and tricks for a couple of the items above, and will update this post with links as those are created.

 

 

 

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Last Day for Christmas Delivery!

Nothing says love like handmade! Today is the last day to order to make sure that you get it by the holiday. This includes:

Awesome jewelry like this adorable dude:

Fox Necklace

Or these little guys:

Squirrels earrings

Or a place to store your jewelry like this:

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And of course gifts for your favorite mountain climber**:

Sunlight Peak Ornament

**Does not include custom 14er ornaments, as they take longer to produce.

Let me help you with some of that last minute gift stress!

Last Minute Gifts – Handmade on Etsy

Still looking for that perfect gift for your loved ones? I can help. In order to get your order by Christmas, please observe the following deadlines:

For custom orders, such as 14er ornaments for those peaks I have not yet made, orders must be received by December 15.

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All other orders must be received by December 18.

That includes these newly added jewelry hangers:

 

Click here to shop! And thank you for your continued support.

Now Available on Etsy – Colorado 14er Ornaments

Last August my family went on our annual vacation to the mountains of Colorado, and we were joined for the first time by my brother’s girlfriend, who in the year+ since has become his wife. Kyle and I have been climbing 14ers for years, or in my arthritic case attempting to climb, but with Kyle having a new climbing partner he attempted more peaks during our trip than he normally does. Ali & Kyle ended up climbing three 14ers that week and I joined them for one. When you climb a 14er it makes sense of all the individual peak collectibles you see. It’s hard work. It needs to be celebrated.

While shopping in Leadville Ali noticed woodburned ornaments for the individual peaks and she said “you could make these.” And a plan was hatched. I knew that while I do woodburn, I would not be able to be as precise as I would like using that method, so I decided that I would use chalkboard, hand lettering and hand drawn outlines of the mountain.

So, for Christmas last year, I made Ali these ornaments:

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And then my friend Amy saw them and said, “you could probably sell these!”. And so I have been on my Etsy page!

I’ve been lucky to long have the support of family and friends when it comes to purchasing my handmade goods, but it has been incredibly exciting to have random folks from all over the nation stumble across my ornaments and purchase them. I am currently producing them on finished rounds instead of the natural barksided ornaments of Ali’s and have produced artwork for Elbert, Missouri, Sherman, Quandary, & Bierstadt. I also except custom orders for peaks that I have not yet done.

And to document that they are indeed handmade with love, here’s some progress pictures for you:

They make the perfect holiday gift for your favorite mountain climber. Order today to get them in plenty of time to wrap and get under the tree.

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT HAS ORDERED THUS FAR!

 

Thing-A-Day Wrap Up

Hi everyone! It’s the last day of February, which means the last day of Thing-A-Day. And have no fear – while the posts have lapsed the creativity has not. Sometimes it seems so boring to post works in progress, and so little is finished in one day, that I wanted to wait to post. But, I also haven’t completed as much as I hoped for today because A-I always have unrealistic expectations of what I can accomplish and B-so many obstacles!

So here’s what has been going on –

I made a practice wedding cake for my brother’s upcoming nuptials. It was a disaster and all photographic evidence destroyed.

I made wedding mints. Both of these things were done with my mom but I didn’t want to drag her name into the cake mess above.

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Believe it or not the dark ones are purple.

I’ve been working on a Christmas tree, but can’t get the wood stain the right color. Here’s the finished component, patiently waiting to be placed on a stained tree:

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I tried brush calligraphy with Crayola markers as seen on Pinterest. It’s going to take practice.

I’ve helped my Mom design hair flowers for the aforementioned wedding’s flower girl.

AND I started a bullet journal! I’m going to put that in a separate entry this evening. Hooray!

Thing-A-Day #18 & 19 – O Christmas Tree

Work continues on the trees – but I thought I would back up and share a little more about them.

Following Christmas I bought wooden trees on clearance at Target. I have a really bad habit of buying things on clearance and then forgetting about them the next season, so the plan this year is to go ahead and make them, put them in my decoration box, and then be delighted to have new decorations when I open my holiday box next December.

I decided to cover these in paper, and while I stand by my decision in thinking this will yield the greatest finished product, it has proven tedious as shared before.

Each tree will be covered with two papers. Here are the supplies:

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Good news! I’ve finished the first tree.

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I’ll take a picture of it put together once they are completely dry.

 

Thing-A-Day #17 – Winter Trees

A quick check-in tonight. I am working on wooden trees that I’m covering with paper. It has proven to be more laborious than expected. So many small detailed cuts. Here’s the beginning:

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Sorry for the image quality! Technology problems.

Hope to have the finished project for you by the end of the month. Fingers crossed – when they are not too busy cutting these out.