Guest Gentlemen : Jayson Magin Rivas Rys, 17 from Honduras


Greetings Everyone!  Hope you are enjoying life right now.  I just got back from a special trip with Mr. T and I am on cloud 9.  I would like to share the experience with you one day:)

However today I would like to take the opportunity to thank a gentlemen from Honduras.  He wrote a genuinely sincere message of thanks for my tie tutorials.  I more often receive emails and messages from women but it is rare to hear from a gentleman.  So this week I would like to introduce 2 gentlemen who sent me images of their ties and kind messages.  I asked them a few simple questions and wanted to learn about their dreams and aspirations since we all have them regardless of where we live in the world:)

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Today is Jayson Magin Rivas Rys from Honduras.  Happy Birthday Jayson!  Actually Happy Belated Birthday.  He just turned 17 years old yesterday November 16.  I hope you had a wonderful celebration:)

Jayson is a student in the eleventh grade and during his free time, he likes to play with his dog, watch TV, play video games, and play the drums.

Here are the questions I asked:

YB: What inspired you to attempt the Trinity and Eldredge Knot? JR: I found it very interesting, bold and beautiful.

YB: What was the occasion you wore it to? JR: I wear it sometimes in the church and my father does also.

YB: What are your hopes and dreams for yourself?  JR: Growing up I want to be a successful person, a professional, forming a beautiful family. I dream of being a great drummer.

YB: How did you discover my tutorials? JR: One day I was bored of using the same tie knot, then decided to look on youtube. After watching some videos, I found yours, and I like the way you explain.


Thank you Jayson for sharing your tie pictures and sending a kind message.  Also, thank you for being a gentleman and answering my questions.  I would like to leave this quote with you from my favorite talk show host…

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Kind regards,


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DIY Guest : Tina from Newton, Mississippi – {LIAM} Top Hat

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Greetings Everyone!

I remember coming home from Vegas and catching up with work emails.  I received a sweet email from Tina J. who resides in Newton, Mississippi.  It is always nice to receive a message of gratitude from a viewer and to see the creativity that transpired from one of my tutorials — Thank you Tina for watching!  🙂  Well, Tina came across my {LIAM} Top Hat Tutorial after doing a search on Youtube.  She initially used the tutorial to create Top Hats for her daughter and her cousins.  Tina then modified some of the steps to suit her needs.  I thought I would ask a few questions…

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Her daughter’s Valentine Hats. Tina will also be designing some for Saint Patrick’s Day and other special occasions:)

Q. What inspired you to DIY?  I had seen similar things in stores and naturally my daughter liked them.  Unfortunately they were rather expensive for something that was not made very well.  Since I like doing crafts, I figured that I could some how make them myself.

Q. What was the special occasion that you created the hats for your daughter and her cousins? They were Christmas gifts for the cousins. Since I made one for the cousins I made my daughter one as well.  Of course mommy had to have one too, so I made one for myself.

Note: Instead of gluing the headband to the hat, Tina cut out another top hat section.  She cut two slits in the center of it, just enough for the headband to slip on and then glued the top hat portion to the underside of the hat.  It hides the underside as well as makes the hat adjustable to where you want it to sit and it can also be changed out.

Tina concluded her email with Again thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial.  I can’t wait to try out some of your other tutorials.” —- and that made all the hard work that goes into one tutorial worth it:)

Tina has a small shop in Newton, Mississippi called the Renaissance Emporium. You can view it at

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Tina was experimenting with these mini top hats. She used Chuck E Cheese coin cups to create these…great job on upcycling Tina!

Thank you everyone for visiting!  Feel free to view the {LIAM} Top Hat tutorial below (btw, this was a tutorial for a class I was teaching and it was also one of my first “live motion” tutorials where I played with film speed — I have come a long way:)  Thanks for watching and have a wonderful day!



LIAM Cutting Patterns:

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DIY Guest: Sewer Taryn B. from Houston, TX

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Bow Ties created by Taryn B. of Pixels to Patchwork,  Photo Courtesy of Taryn B.

Greetings Everyone!  Hope you guys are having a wonderful Good Friday:)

I would like to welcome my next DIY guest Taryn B. from Houston, TX.  She found my {JEREMY} Bow Tie Tutorial through, a website where you share what you make.  Taryn had messaged me and left a kind comment…“Thanks so much for your tutorial! I had to make a bow tie for my husband and this was very quick and easy to follow!”  

Taryn ended up making one for his co-worker as well and shared it on her blog.  You can read the post by clicking {here}.  If you visit Taryn’s bright and cheery website, “Pixels to Patchwork,”  you can view a portfolio of all her creative projects.  And if you read more “About Taryn,” you will learn that she loves to work under pressure.  She actually bought her wedding dress during her lunch break the day before her wedding.  Wow!  Now that is working under pressure!

Thank you Taryn for sharing your creation!

Well, this is a great transition into the following months.  I will be dedicating April and May to the gentlemen of the wedding party.  There will be tutorials for new and fun ways to tie your ties and other projects dedicated to the groom and his groomsmen.  Well, make sure you come and visit!  And…I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary from the ordinaries:)

For the {JEREMY} Bow Tie tutorial, feel free to click on the video below:

To view projects from other guests, please visit my Pinterest Board “DIY Brides & Guests” by clicking {here}.

Thank you for visiting!

Guest DIY Bride : Yuet Yu S. from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

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Yuet Yu & fiance, Lester

Now here is a cute and adorable couple.  The Bride Yuet Yu is a Youtube Friend all the way from Kuala Lampur.  She is very creative and has a soft spot for crafting.  When I saw her work, I knew I had to share:)  A few questions I like to ask the Bride…Enjoy!
Q) What inspired you to diy?  YUET YU: Was doing some research online for wedding ideas… only to find out most wedding stuff can be really expensive. So i got really interested to do some DIY wedding projects so that most of my items are personalized and at the same time i can save on cost and also follow my wedding theme colour.
Q) If you used any of the Youtique Bridal tutorials, which one?  Also, can you give a brief explanation on how you created your accessories? YUET YU: I got really inspired when i saw your you tube videos for the (JOSHUA) Ring bearer pillow and also the (SERENA) flower… I have already made my ring bearer pillow to which i added tassels at all 4 corners of the pillow (1).
When i showed my good friend… she loved my creations so much until i offered to make her personalized ring bearer pillow to suit her theme colour which was tangerine/orange(4). Basically i used the same concept as posted by you but for the ribbon sash… i modified it by adding folds and swarovski crystals and just a diamante brooch as the center piece.  
I have made the {SERENA} flower as my bridal hairpiece (2)… I have just modified it by adding additional satin and tulle to each flower size template.
And the other.. is the hairpiece for my niece (who’s the flower girl)(3). For the flower girl hairpiece, I use two (about 21 inch) wires and twist them up together. Then using my glue gun, I wrap and stick on green ribbon around these 2 twirled wires. Then i make 2 of these green ribbon wrapped wires. I twist these 2 wires together (means 4 wires in total were used)  and loop the small pearl chain in between. Then i glue on the ribbon roses. At the back of the hairpiece, I add about 9 inches of ribbon as decoration.
Yarn wrapped letters(5): 
these are to be placed at the main registration counter where the heart shaped yarn will be attached to the birdcage, while the letters would be arranged as “LK ❤ YY”. The cage would be for the guests to write little notes/ cards and drop them into the cage (6). These yarn wrapped letters are made out of cardboard letters and colored yarn.
Boutonnieres/ Corsages(7):
The roses are all made from ribbons… whereby i follow these 2 tutorials :
The ivory white satin ribbon is 1 and a half inch in width while the peach organza ribbon is 1 inch in width.
I have just glued on pearls at the center of these ribbon roses.
As for the ribbon leave, i follow this link:
These olive green ribbons are 1.5 inch in width.
Then i glue these ribbons flowers and leaves onto metal wires… and i arrange these and tape them up together. Boutonnieres… i add pins at the back of it while the corsages i sew them onto ribbons.

Q) When is your wedding date?  YUET YU: My wedding date is on 31st August this year (2013).
Q) How far in advance did you start diy-ing to insure that you will be complete by your wedding date?  YUET YU: I started doing the DIY wedding items since last year November. So far i have made boutonnieres for the groomsmen, corsages for bridesmaids and family members, ring bearer pillow and yarn wrapped monogram letters for our reception table. Just like you, i am basically in a science stream, working in a healthcare institute… but I have always had a soft spot and huge interest in doing craft work and DIY stuff…. i blame it on me being born a left hander- but now a trained right hander (whom ppl claim to be more artistic 🙂
Q) What is your wedding theme/colors? YUET YU: Our wedding theme colors are of a combination of 2 colors : Peach and Olive green
Q) How did you meet your fiance and what is his name? YUET YU: The first time i met my fiancé, Lester Kong… was when we went white water rafting. We got to know each other through a common friend. It was the first time we met and he sat in the same raft as mine. Our raft was intentionally overturned so that we can all fall off the raft and be washed downstream through the rapids. At that moment… i lost my rubber sandals when i fell off the raft.. and i thought i would have to go home barefooted that day… but to my surprise… he caught both my sandals 🙂  I guess love blossomed from then on ..hehe
What an adorable love story.  Congratulations to Yuet Yu and Lester.  I wish you guys the best of forever!
Everyone, thank YOU for visiting!
To view the Youtique Bridal Tutorials, please click on one of the following:

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Guest DIY Bride : Laura A. from Hamilton, Ontario

Greetings Everyone!

Laura A. is our guest DIY Bride all the way from Hamilton, Ontario.  She is a Facebook friend that posts inspiration quotes and creative ideas that will inspire.  Thank you Laura for sharing your Bridal creation!

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Here are a few questions I have asked the Bride-to-be…

Q. What inspired you to diy? LAURA: I was inspired to DIY because Youtique Bridal made it so easy to follow instructions and it did not require a lot of materials or experience — just time and patience.

Q. Which Youtique Bridal tutorials did you use?  LAURA: I have used and completed the {CHRISTINE} Bird Cage DIY tutorial, but I have also viewed and is interested in the {EVAN} cuff link tutorial as well.

Q. What is your wedding date? LAURA: my wedding date is August 2014 (It was originally going to be in 2013)

Q. How long did it take you to complete the project?  LAURA:  It took me 2 days of work (few hours in total, and that’s with kids lol)

Q. What is your wedding color?  LAURA:  My wedding color is teal

Q. Tell me a little about your fiance.  LAURA:  I met my fiance 7 years ago and we have been in a relationship for 5yrs.  His name is David Atkinson. 

Laura also left a sweet note at the end of her message to me…“you have inspired me to do more diy projects. I enjoy your tutorials!!! simple and straight forward!”

Thank you Laura for making all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes worth it:)  If you would also like to be inspired by the {CHRISTINE} Bird cage veil, please feel free to view the tutorial below.  I do plan on recreating it with a live recording in the near future.  During the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  

Thank you for visiting and I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary:)

To view projects from other guests, please visit my Pinterest Board “DIY Brides & Guests” by clicking {here}.

Guest DIY Bride : SONYA W. from Stephens City, VA

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photo courtesy of Julie Napear Photograpy, LLC

Greetings Everyone!

I just wanted to share some Wedding DIY projects from a very talented Bride-to-be, SONYA.  She is a new Facebook Friend and I was just amazed when she sent me photos of her accessories.  I know how much time and dedication it takes to make one custom fascinator or a custom sash so I knew she had put a lot of heart into her creations.  I asked if I could share her works and hope that it would inspire or help another Bride out there (cause she inspired me!)…so check it out!

I asked her a few questions and she replied graciously with an answer:)  So here is the Q&A…

Q:  What inspired you to DIY (do it yourself)?  SONYA:  I have always been a diyer. I grew up crafting with my mother and I used to be a craft director at a local horse camp where I helped every summer. One drive to diy a lot of my wedding decorations was to achieve the look I really wanted and to truly personalize it.  And it’s typically cheaper! My motto has always been “If you can make it, don’t buy it.”

Q: Which Youtique Bridal Tutorials did you use?  SONYA:  I used the Serena tutorial for most of my flowers and modified it for others. I attached the flowers to my wire floral stems by curling one end with pliers and sandwiching it between two pieces of felt and lots of hot glue, then glue the flower to the stem base.  (flower bouquet below)

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Q: How did you create the corset and monogram on your bouquet?  SONYA:  The corset/monogram feature of the bouquet is actually a separate bouquet wrap that I created to go over the ribbon handle. It is completely removable. To create it I cut a piece of 4 inch ribbon to the correct length and hemmed the sides to keep it from fraying. The corset loops are made with 1/8″ ribbon that I hot-glued in loops on each end. For the monogram, I wrote several D’s until I found one I was happy with. I then recreated it by hand-placing each gem one at a time onto the bouquet wrap. After that, I hand-placed the green gems to form the heart that interlocks with the D. It is hard to see in the pictures but on the back of the bouquet wrap is a line of clear gems down each edge. Lastly, I laced up my wrap with some of the ribbon I had left over from making my garters (1).

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(1) These are the garters I made. The one on the top is the one I’ll be wearing; the other is my toss garter.

(2) The bottom of the bouquet was slightly more challenging as it was uneven. I cut a piece of cardstock to the size I needed and hot-glued it to the bottom. The “happily ever after” is a pendent I found at Hobby Lobby. I just removed the pendent piece and hot-glued it on, then glued crystal around the edges to create a finished look in case someone saw the bottom of my bouquet.

(3) This is one of the flower I’ll be putting on my blue sash. I plan to add two more but I’m not sure if I want to make them in the blue or the white yet.  Owls are my absolute favorite animal!! And I’ve been trying to find small ways to feature them and some lovebirds into the wedding details.  The flower center is one fine example of a small detail. It’s another pendent from Hobby Lobby that I removed the pendent loop from. I glued it to the center of my Serena flower that I will be adding to my sash.

(4) The earrings were my great-grandmother’s screw-back earrings. I, however, have gauged ears and can’t wear regular earrings so I removed the backing and bonded them to a plain pair of gauges so I can walk down the aisle with them. I’m debating adding a dangle feature to them as well but I have six more months to decide.

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Q: How did you gem the shoes? SONYA: The shoes were gemmed one tiny gem at a time. I use Jolee’s Jewels 3mm flatback Swavorski crystal and glued them with “Create Your Style” crystal glue pen. (This glue pen has been my saving grace. I’m on pen number 3!)  They are a pair of Michael Antonios. I gemmed the white parts of the heel and the platform.

SONYA:  This is my ring bearer pillow. All handmade. The center flower is eight inches in diameter.

Q:  When is your wedding date and how far in advance did you start to insure that you will be complete by your wedding date? SONYA:  My wedding date is April 28th, 2013.  After I had so much fun making the first flower from the Serena tutorial (this was about mid-September) I started looking for other ways I could use these flowers in the wedding. I have just under six months and I can’t wait!  Now I just need to make my four bridesmaid bouquets, their sash accessories, headpieces, jewelry, and my flower girl headpiece and sash accessory….and I’ll be finished….until I find something else that I want to DIY.

Q:  What are your wedding colors? SONYA:  My wedding colors are turquoise and chartreuse but I’m also incorporating some black into the wedding.  The best part of all my diy projects is they will find a place in my home afterwards. My entire home is in shades of blues and greens. They’re my favorite colors to surround myself with and I find them rejuvenating and soul-soothing.

Q:  How did you meet your fiance?  SONYA:  My fiance’s name is James “JD” Dean. He’s absolutely amazing and has been very supportive of my dining room table craft takeover. To be completely honest I don’t remember how we met. I just remember instantly being close. We were best friends for many years and had actually lived together.  One day we kissed and it was like fireworks. I couldn’t imagine being with anyone else and he helps me understand why it’s never worked with any other person. He truly is my other half and my soul mate.

Thank you so much SONYA for sharing!  I wish you & JAMES a joyful journey to the alter.

Everyone, I hope this inspires YOU to create something EXTRAordinary:)

If you would like to be inspired by the SERENA Flower as well, please see the tutorial below:

To view projects from other guests, please visit my Pinterest Board “DIY Brides & Guests” by clicking {here}.