Shoes, Strass & Pearls

So I have never been into shoes.  I care if the color matches what I’m wearing and if they are comfortable. But, I saw another crafter strass her shoes in pearls and I said “want.”

No way am I wearing 4-5″ heels on the big day, but I didn’t want flats either (I’m only 5’3″).  I specifically looked for one inch heels, but had trouble finding them until I hit the girls section of the department store (subtract two from your woman’s U.S. size and that is your girl’s size).I found these little girl shoes on clearance for $10. Let the strass experiment begin!before strassdiy pearl strass in progress

First to go was the little cutesy hear buckle on the front.  I replaced it with a green and pearl brooch. Then E-6000 glue, a little gem setter (stick with a wax ball on the end) and paper plate full of different size pearl flat backs (2, 3, 4, 5, & 8mm rounds, a few oblongs, and some rhinestones 4-6mm). Overall, it took about 2000 flat backs and 1 tube of glue to do these size 6 (girls size 4) shoes.

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So comfortable and my first pair of really, really special shoes.  I wish I was a better photographer so it would show how sparkly they are.


Shoes (preferably not patent leather)

Flat backs in various styles and sizes to your preference

Skewer (or small pointy stick) to adjust/move flat backs around

E-6000 glue

Gem setter (or a stick with some dried glue on the end for picking up the flat backs from a tray/plate).

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DIY Photo Booth: Stuff & Stuff

So over the last few days I’ve knocked out the props and backdrop for the wedding photo booth.  Nothing too special here, just ideas borrowed from several people.  I loved the oversized paper flower backdrops I’ve seen.  I did ours with a twist. We are both sociology professors, so instead of all white craft paper, I used introductory sociology text books.  The flowers are glued onto a 4′ by 8′ foam insulation board.  The flowers–well I just made them up as I went along.  The pinwheels are the fastest to make, definitely.  You can click here for more instructions on making large paper flowers. This project took about 4 hours to complete.  I am still debating on whether or not we need two panels (?).

large paper flower backdrop


For the props, the Dollar Store is my best friend.  Oversized glasses, hats, etc.  I also made the speech bubbles and other facial accessories.  These are all made with foam sheets, construction paper, craft sticks, and tons of hot glue.  I just did these free hand, but there are many templates out there (like here, for example).



photo booth props diy.


I love the projects that are kid like.  These were both a blast and easy to do.

Literally Tying the Knot

Hand Fasting Cords and Ribbon

As our Save the Dates state, we will be tying the knot with a hand fasting ceremony. Making our ropes/ribbon was a fun project, easy, and inexpensive.hand fasting rope ribbonshand fasting cords ribbon

From the notions department of my favorite craft & sewing store, I selected two cords, one in green the other in ivory, and purchased 1.5 yards (if you want a traditional 3 wrap with a knot, you’ll need 3 yards).  I also bought two small tassels and hand stitched in some green crystals.  I wrapped the two cords together and taped the ends to hold them in the twisted shape.

Next was the bling.  One small silver ribbon and one in black cut about 2 feet longer than the cords. Starting about one foot in, I strung pearls on the black ribbon  at roughly every 4 inches (with knots to hold them in place) and about every 5″ I strung crystals on the silver. Both of these ribbons were then wrapped & twisted around the cords, with more tape at the end to hold them in place.

I attached the tassels on either end (more tape), and then used wired ribbon wrapped around the end to cover the tape.  It looked a little “bare” to me, so I beaded in some pearls on the end as well, stringing about 3 and then a stitch to hold them in place.

I knotted an extra black & silver ribbon onto the tail and then braided them, and then a few green, crystal, and silver beads to finish it off.  I wish my photos could capture the sparkle.

I’m sure there was an easier way, but I just made it up as I went along.

Save the Date

diy save the date

We debated on the need for these, but realized that with almost half of our guest out of state/country, it would be a good idea to send them some advance notice.  Cost is always a factor, so I borrowed the “knot tying” idea from others’ posts and looked at this video tutorial.

The cards are 4″ by 3.3″, which allowed 3 cards per sheet of 8.5×11 card stock.  I created the cards on my iMac in Pages, but have created a Word and PDF template if you wish to use the design (please note that Word changes some of the formatting/shadows on the letters, so you may need to adjust).

Card outside template:

save the date generic template outside PDF

save the date generic template outside WORD

Card inside template:

save the date generic template inside PDF

save the date generic template inside WORD

Print onto cardstock using double sided printing (or do it manually).  I used a laser printer for a sharper image. Cut out your cards (2 cuts using a paper cutter).

Before adding the string, stamp or embellish your card.  I just added a few stamps with silver ink on the front and trimmed the corners with a punch.

From the picture, you can see where to position the hole punch.  Cut the ribbon/string about 4-5″ longer than the entire length of the card.  Knot one end, thread through the  front hole, tie a loose knot (add the rings if you like inside the loose knot), thread through the back hole and knot off.  Cut off any excess.  Test it out and make adjustments. Also, if you use ribbon, lightly sear the ends with  a flame to prevent fraying.


These cards will fit easily in a 3.5 x 5 inch envelope and require typical postage.