DIY Guest : Harry Let from Ghana, West Africa

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Greetings!

I hope you are all doing well.  Today I have a DIY Fabric Flower from Harry Let who resides in Ghana.  I remember my heart feeling overwhelmed with joy when I received her message and photos via Facebook.  I actually teared up.  Really, I couldn’t believe someone far across the world had viewed my tutorial and created something from it.  She even took the time to share it with me.  O how I LOVE my work!

As you may know, I love to ask what inspires my DIY Guests to create.  Feel free to read Harry Let’s answers on why she created the Fabric Flower:

  1. What inspired you to create the Fabric flower and what was the occasion?   I needed a hat to match my dress for a friend’s wedding but couldn’t find a flower which matched my dress color. So I went on youtube to find out how I could make a flower from the fabric I used for the dress
  2. How long did it take you? I had more time because my brother helped me cut the patterns and i sewed them together the next day.
  3. What are the pros and cons of creating the fabric flower? PROS:  It’s Easy to make and you can make as many as you want to match a particular dress. CONS:  The edges are not smooth which i think depends on the kind of fabric you choose.
  4. What was the easiest part of creating and what was the most challenging? Sewing them together was the easiest part. Cutting the fabric patterns was difficult for me that was why I made my brother do it.

Thank you Harry for taking the time to answer my questions and I am truly grateful that you shared your creation with me.

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If you would like to create my Fabric Flower, please see the tutorial below (new version):

Flower Pattern:  https://youtiquebridal.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/fabric-flower-pattern.pdf

 Here is the original version of my Camryn Fabric flower created in 2011.  I thought this would humor you;)

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

Hugs,

Ann

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DIY Guest : Makeup Artist Cynthia Alsop, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Greetings!

I wanted to share Cynthia Alsop’s DIY Birdcage Veil she created using my tutorial.  Isn’t her work stunning?!  She is a makeup artist from Fredericksburg, VA.  Thank you Cynthia for sharing your creativity with us.  I love asking my DIY Guests questions on what inspired them so feel free to read Cynthia’s answers below.   Also, make sure to check out her talent on IG @cynthia.alsop

 

1) What inspired you to DIY?  The thought came when a photographer and I decided we wanted to do a photoshoot to showcase the beauty of our community for weddings.  We specifically wanted to highlight that couples in our area could still plan a dream wedding right here in Fredericksburg, VA for less than $200.  Of course, I knew in order to make that happen, I would be diying a few aspects of the shoot.  I decided I wanted a vintage yet elegant theme and started making a list of the elements to include.  Veils were at the top but when I started pricing them for purchase I was shocked at some of the prices I was quoted or had seen.  That’s when I knew, I wanted to create my own veil.

2) How did you find my tutorial?  I found your tutorial via YouTube and Pinterest.  When I started, I didn’t know exactly what type of veil I was looking for.  I knew it existed but just couldn’t pinpoint the exact name of it.  I started by typing in the term “veils” into Google and it became a rabbit hole situation after that.  I saw so many photos from your videos on Pinterest coupled with the term “diy veils”.  So naturally I clicked on all the photos and it took me to your videos.  When I found your channel, I was amazed with the number of tutorials you had.  I can say I binge watched them for a day straight trying to generate ideas.  Eventually, I figured out what I wanted and it was called a bird cage veil.

 3) What was the easiest part of creating the Birdcage veil, what was the most challenging part?  I found that the easiest part of the whole process was how you explained the construction of the veil.  Your videos made me feel comfortable enough that I could recreate one on my own.  

 The most challenging part for me actually was finding the materials.  You did a great job listing the materials for the project at the start of each video.  I saved a photo of the supply list and took it to my local sewing supply store but didn’t have much luck in the beginning.  Russian (or missionary) netting is hard to find where I live especially when I needed the veil for a shoot that was scheduled to occur in less than a week.

4) Was it rewarding?  I’ve always felt that making something on my own was so much more rewarding than purchasing it from a store.  It’s why it was important to me to try and source the materials myself.  I found some lovely birdcage veils on Etsy but knew I could make them at a cost that was more affordable and inline with our photoshoot theme.  In fact, with coupons for the supplies, I was able to make 4 veils for the cost of one veil that I saw online.

5) Feel free to add any comments or suggestions.  Since my June shoot, I’ve subscribed to your YT channel and started following you on IG.  I love sharing your page with my brides when we’re collaborating on a look for her wedding day.  Of course, it’s always great seeing what you’re up to in the wedding industy.  After watching all your YT vids, you’re definitely a source I go to for bridal inspiration.

Thank you Cynthia for taking the time to answer my questions and I truly appreciate you sharing your work.  Your words are very encouraging for me:)

If you want to create the birdcage veil, here is my tutorial:

Thank you everyone for visiting!  May you have an EXTRAordinary day and get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)

Hugs!

Ann

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David+Linda : Happy July 4th!

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Photo by Stephen Chea

Thank you David and all the #servicemen and #servicewomen stationed across the world to allow our way of life to continue. #happy4thofjuly

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Her bra cups were too high and the sheer fabric at the center bodice did not lay properly

Linda is my #hurricaneharveybride. I remember clearly where I was when I received her text. I was in the middle of helping a friend move his parents’ belongings out of their home to the side of the road. They had lost everything during the flood and we were trying to help clean the aftermath. So many people were affected, including the bridal salon Linda purchased her dress from. At this point, she was responsible for her own alterations. Linda resides in Hawaii but had visited Houston to finish some of her wedding responsibilities. Can you imagine the worry when your custom designed gown doesn’t fit the way it was suppose to?

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*I knew this was going to be an all night project since we needed to get this done before her flight back to Hawaii. I recorded the process to help others who might need to make this type of alterations. I used all the lighting I had to work through the night. I felt like I was getting ready for an emergency surgery 😬😅😜.

I also got to create Linda’s custom cathedral length veil for the church ceremony. She wanted something simple, elegant and timeless so I designed the drop veil for her special day. She had always imagined a long veil for her wedding and I wanted to make her dream come true.

To see how to bustle the Veil and Dress, feel free to view it below:

 

I am humbled at the opportunity to serve Linda+David.  Thank you for visiting and Happy 4th of July!

XOXO,

Ann

 

LUXE DIY Veil Kit Launch : Dream Weddings Bridal Show

It was an exciting weekend for Brides, Grooms, and vendors.  Couples got to explore their wedding options as Vendors got to share their passions.  As a vendor at the Dream Weddings Bridal Show, I was excited to launch the LUXE DIY Veil Kit.  The kit includes all the high quality items needed to make your very own veil.  I showed Brides up to 9 different veil styles created from one veil kit.  I am happy to announce the launch was well received and a success.  To view more photos, click here.

 

You can purchase your LUXE DIY Veil Kit for $39.99 and use the 10% Off Coupon Code PERFECTWEDDING10 at checkout.  Visit YOUTIQUE BRIDAL SHOP.  Create the veil yourself and you can use the savings toward other wedding projects.

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For $39.99, the LUXE DIY Veil Kit includes everything you will need to create your very own veil and you will have exclusive access to the step-by-step video tutorial.  Watch the promo video and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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What inspired me to create the kit?  There are many little life lessons that came together in this kit.

First, it was inspired by my Lace Trim Veil.  Like the Lace Trim Veil tutorial, I wanted Brides to have more than one option to design the veil.  The Lace Trim Veil came with 3 options to design but the LUXE DIY Veil Kit came with up to 9 design options.  The Kit gives you a basis to the design and you can go further by embellishing the veil yourself.  With your imagination, it is possible to come up with more designs.

Second, When I taught classes on how to create my Camryn Flower, I realized many students did not know where to purchase each of the items so I would help them shop for supplies right before class.  Many wanted to skip the shopping if there was an option and go straight into creating.  This inspired the “KIT” idea.

Finally, most Brides I worked with was on a budget.  If Brides could create a quality veil themselves, they would save money.  As a designer, I understand the cost of time & labor and have the most respect for a Designer’s time and talent.  But what if I can teach a Bride how to create her own veil with an easy step-by-step tutorial?  She would be able to save money and use her savings toward other areas of her wedding.

All these ideas came together to create the LUXE DIY Veil Kit.  Thank you for visiting and I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary.

Hugs!

Ann

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Spring Flowers $15 Challenge: DIY Flower Bouquet, Pomander, Boutonnieres, Corsage, & Flower Crown

Greetings!

This is a fun challenge I created for myself before my next big project.  I gave myself a $15 budget to purchase flowers & supplies to see how many different wedding accessories I can create.  To save time you can buy all these supplies at one location.  However, I wanted a certain color so I did not mind exploring my options.  Feel free to view the video & let me know which is your favorite accessory.  What else can you create with these supplies?


Here is the video break down:
{0:35 }*Ordinaries
{1:53}*Pomander Ball
{3:09}*Boutonnieres
{4:47 }*Corsage
{5:36}*Wrist Corsage
{6:21}*Flower Crown
{7:48}*Veil Flower Crown Look 1
{8:00}*Veil Flower Crown Look 2

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Here are the items I purchased (price-not including tax, place)

Dollar Store ($1.00each):
1 Mini Roses
1 Small Contrast yellow
1 Small white Flowers
1 Green Filler

Walmart
2 Main Red flowers: $0.97/each Walmart
1 Bag of Floral Wire: $0.97each
1 Floral tape: $1.00

Hobby Lobby (50%off):
5/8″ Ribbon: $1.50
1.5″ Ribbon: $2.00
Pins: $1.00
1- 3″ Styrofoam ball: $2.14

Supplies Grand Total: about $14.55
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I hope you got inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)

Hugs!

Ann

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DIY Birdcage Veil & CAMRYN Fabric Flower {Updated Version}

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Greetings Everyone!

Hope you guys had a great Halloween celebration.  I get spooked easily so Halloween can get a little eerie for me.  I do adore the cute & creative costumes people put together for their children and it does get the neighbors and families together to trick-or-treat.  I do find joy in that aspect of Halloween — and the candy too of course;)

Well, I just updated two very old tutorials I created back in 2011, the CHRISTINE Birdcage Veil & the CAMRYN Flower Fascinator.  After creating the new tutorials, I was tempted to delete the old ones since I cringe when watching them.  After giving it some thought, I decided to keep it up on the channel.  As much as it is painful for me to watch them, in a sense, I still am very proud of them.  It is a reminder of why I started and how I taught myself to edit a video, even if it was elementary.  I put a lot of hard work, sweat & time into each tutorial I create so why not keep it uploaded?  Well, I hope you enjoy the new tutorials…

 

…and the old ones too;)

CHRISTINE Birdcage Veil , CAMRYN Flower Fascinator

Here is the CAMRYN Fabric Flower Pattern:

https://youtiquebridal.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/fabric-flower-pattern.pdf

Thanks for watching & I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary.

Hugs,

Ann

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DIY Guest Tina Scarlatella :First Communion Veil & Dress

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Ella and her best friend Erin

Greetings!  Hope everyone is doing well.

As the season of First Communion celebrations come to an end, I just want to thank my DIY Guest, Tina Scarlatella, for sharing her First Communion designs with me.  I get so excited when someone understands the concept as to why I create my video tutorials.  When Tina mentioned she didn’t create the exact same veil as the one in my tutorial but was inspired by it, I was super excited.  Yes, That is the point!  I just want people to get inspired and start creating, not necessarily make a duplicate of what I created.  I had to invite her to share her work and I hope it will inspire you.

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Q) What inspired you to create your daughter’s mantilla veil and dress?  TINA: Joy, Love, and Hope.  I receive so much JOY from seeing my children’s face when they wear things I make for them.  They are still at the age where they get excited and they don’t mind being measured, poked, and pinned.  Even my son!  I also love how they show off my creations to anyone who would look and listen to them.

I want them to FEEL my LOVE for them.  Ella has thanked me for taking time to make her veil and dress.  She has seen me work long hours and even heard me poke my fingers a couple of times.  I truly hope my kids will understand how much love I have for them while making these one of a kind outfits for them.  I put so much of myself into these creations (literally sweat and blood sometimes).  I try to make sure each child feels special and loved.  

I PRAYERFULLY HOPE that my children will cherish all of these memories that we spend together.  I hope they will see this as one example of how a mother shows love to her children.  ( I remember wearing clothes that my mom made me and how I know I was loved).

Q) How far in advance did you start to ensure you will be complete by your daughter’s First Communion Date?  When is her First Communion Date? TINA:  I started working on the veil and dress on April 18th about 1 month before the First Communion Date of May 15th.  I am a procrastinator or should I say “creatively inspired when deadlines are near”.   I am happy to say that I am finished with both veil and dress ahead of schedule!  

I was pretty surprised that I finished the veil in 1 night (about 3 hours) even with me hand sewing 52 bead to the veil it didn’t take as long as I thought it would.  Dress took about 2 weekends to work on.  

Q)  What were the pros and cons of creating the veil yourself?  TINA:  I always knew that I wanted to make Ella’s veil and dress and was so happy to see that you had made a tutorial.  Like you had read my mind!  I followed your tutorial 95% – I could not pin the lace around the circle so I ended up making the trim a circle first and then pin it on to a square piece of tulle.  I cut the tulle into the shape of the circle afterwards.  I wish I had chosen a softer lace – but I loved the lace trim that I found for the veil.  It doesn’t lay as well but I still think it’s perfect.

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Tina also upstyled Erin’s First Communion Gown