In the Craft Space

DIY Wedding Gift

We are headed to a wedding tomorrow for my dear cousin Lindsay and her fiancé Mark and it’s going to be a fabulous day with picture perfect weather. Lindsay and I spent many hours as little girls playing “wedding” in my Mom’s wedding dress, so it will be amazing to see Lindsay walk down the aisle. I’m sure there will be tears!

With weddings on the mind, I thought I would share a DIY wedding gift idea that I gave two of our friends, Lisa and Pete, on their wedding day back in November — a wedding invitation keepsake.

Lisa and Pete’s invitation was gorgeous — it featured a unique design in black, yellow and maroon. I wish I snapped a before photo of the invite. It was so them!

To make the keepsake, I simply cut the wedding invitation in small strips (approximately 1 cm each) using a sharp craft knife and ruler and curled the pieces around a pencil. Next, I inserted the invitation curls into the circular glass ornament being very careful not to break the delicate glass.

To personalize the ornament, I used my Silhouette machine and black vinyl to add Lisa and Pete’s names and wedding date on the ornament.

To top off the piece, I added some charms that I thought represented their union: trust, faith and love. A simple black ribbon was looped through the top of the ornament for hanging.

I was really excited to give this personalized gift to Lisa and Pete, especially since they both have an appreciation for hand-made items. It is currently hanging in their living room as a special reminder of their wonderful wedding day.

With wedding season in full swing, do you have any DIY wedding gift ideas that you like to give? I’d love to hear about them!

Operation Craft Space

It’s no joke that I have been sewing a lot (more on that herehere and here.)

My makeshift sewing spot consisting of a TV tray and couch is just not cutting it — my poor aching back! The lack of storage and useable work space is also driving me batty.

For almost a year now, I have been dreaming of having a dedicated craft space. The logical spot to put said craft space is in our finished basement. But, for the longest time, I had a large small roadblock.

This bad boy on the right.

We purchased this air hockey table right after we moved into our house. While our basement renovation was underway, it sat in our garage waiting to be put into place. I think Ted had big dreams of hosting legendary air hockey tournaments with his friends. That never happened. Well, minus that one Christmas in 2007 when my Dad kick our asses in a few games…

Sadly, the table was taking up valuable floor space right next to our office area. This space was just screaming for another work area because of the great light from the large windows and the ample room to accommodate a sizeable work space with storage.

After almost four years of collecting dust, I convinced Ted we agreed to part with the air hockey table. Up on Kijiji it went! (We opted to keep the fooseball table, as that does get regular use.)

With the table gone, I have been planning and pinning all sorts of ideas for the space. There is a lot of inspiration out there on the web, which has helped me narrow down my wish list, which includes:

  1. A dedicated sewing space with storage
  2. A counter-height workspace (complete with bar stools) for cutting fabric and working on other projects
  3. A storage unit of some kind to organize all of my fabrics, equipment, craft supplies, etc.
  4. A dedicated space for my Silhouette machine (my current desk doesn’t have enough space to accommodate it)

This weekend I was able to nail down #1 on my wish list with this Sauder Sewing and Craft Table from Walmart.com:

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This cabinet will provide enough work and storage space for my sewing equipment. It will also tuck nicely under the window and still allow enough floor space for a counter-height table and storage unit. Plus, the cinnamon cherry finish of the cabinet will blend in nicely with our current office furniture. All of the reviews for the cabinet are positive — I hope I feel the same way!

I placed my order for the unit and it should arrive in Niagara Falls, NY, within a week or so. To my fellow Canadians living near the border: Walmart.com offers free shipping to their stores. We ordered our backyard fire pit this way and were pleased with the overall process. Oh, the joys of being a Canada/US border dweller!

I’m excited to get my craft space set-up and in working order over the next few months.I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

Disclaimer: I was not paid, perked or otherwise compensated for this post by Walmart.com or Sauder Woodworking Company. In fact, they likely have no idea this blog exists or that I am writing about their products!