How to Make a Ring Bearer Pillow : CHRIS + MAI

Photo credit: Khanh Nguyen Photography

I had the opportunity to create a custom ring bearer pillow for Chris & Mai’s September 2018 rustic themed wedding.  This was made with burlap & embroidered ribbon roses. I also hand embroidered their initials and wedding date on the back.  You can view it below…

I am up for an adventure and have always wanted to ride my own motorcycle. I have been a passenger in the past but never got to ride one myself.  Guess who gave me the opportunity? Chris & Mai. I adore this couple.  On our first meeting through a mutual friend, Mai trusted me with her motorcycle.  And Chris, he was so patient and taught me the basic riding skills. I know it is because of them I passed my motorcycle class in 2016 and got my license. Thank you Chris & Mai! I know your love for one another will continue to grow and flourish. Because of how you were patient and encouraged me, I know you will be patient with one another and encourage each other to grow. I wish you all the happiness and congratulations on your forever!

Here’s my very first motorcycle ride…

Thank you for watching!

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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Beginner Sewing Machines

Greetings!

I get excited when someone tells me they took a sewing class and enjoyed it.  It means that person will be getting inspired and will be creating.  I love it!  This happened recently to Jessica.  Jessica followed up asking me what sewing machines would be a good investment to start with, especially for garment sewing and alterations.  Here are a few I recommend depending on your price range:

  1. Brother Sewing and Quilting Machine, CS6000i, 60 Built-In Stitches, 7 styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes, Wide Table, Hard Cover, LCD Display and Auto Needle Threader

Link : $149  https://amzn.to/2CdNBEZ

I have this sewing machine as my emergency back up.  I like it because it is lightweight and portable in case I need to take it on-the-go.  It also has fun built-in stitches.  
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2.  Brother SE400 Combination Computerized Sewing and 4×4 Embroidery Machine With 67 Built-in Stitches, 70 Built-in Designs, 5 Lettering Fonts

Link : $319.99  https://amzn.to/2CctCqa

If you want a Sewing machine and Embroidery Machine, I recommend this one for a beginner.  This one has great reviews on Amazon.

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3.  SINGER | Heavy Duty 4423 Sewing Machine with 23 Built-In Stitches -12 Decorative Stitches, 60% Stronger Motor & Automatic Needle Threader, Perfect for Sewing all Types of Fabrics with Ease

Link : $139.66  https://amzn.to/2CdBPdV

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4. Bernette B38 Sewing Machine If you don’t mind spending more than $500 for a beginner sewing machine, the Bernina Bernette B38 is a great one to start with.  I do love Berninas, since I have a Bernina Artista 640.

Link : $599.00 https://amzn.to/2PxFNjb

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I love my Bernina Artista 640 which is now discontinued.  But at the time I purchased it, I spent about $3K on it.  When you are ready to take on more serious projects, I highly recommend a Bernina.  It’s very durable and the engine runs smooth.  Feel free to check out more Berninas on their website:  https://www.bernina.com/en-US/Home-United-States

Bernina 640

 

I hope this helps you Jessica and those exploring sewing machines.  Feel free to ask me any questions.  Remember, I highly recommend reading the reviews.

Here are my favorite scissors I work with:

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Have a wonderful Labor Day!

Hugs!

Ann

Please note:  I was not sponsored by any of these companies.  I am sharing my own experiences and opinions.

DIY Thank you Gifts or Party Favors

Congratulations to my parents-in-law who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on August 18, 2018.  Yes, 60th!!!  They have been married since 1958 – I am still in awe! After 11 kids and 18 grandchildren, they are still going strong.  Fun Fact: I married the baby of the family, Mr. T is number 11.  If you want to hear their marriage tip, make sure to watch till the end;)

I had the honor of creating 51 Thank you gifts for this event. Because Ferroro Rocher are their favorite chocolates, I incorporated that into their party favors.  In this video, I hope to share some efficient ways to package the gifts.  Please let me know if you find this helpful in the comment section below.  Thank you for watching!

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Supplies/Ordinaries (all purchased from Hobby Lobby except the chocolates, which I purchased from Target)
*Ferrero Chocolates: https://www.target.com/p/ferrero-rocher-hazelnut-chocolates-5-3oz/-/A-12964200
*Gold Foil Labels: https://www.hobbylobby.com/Floral-Wedding/Wedding/Invitations-Thank-You-Cards/Gold-Foil-Address-Labels/p/80852056
*Baking Cups: https://www.hobbylobby.com/Party-Baking/Baking-Supplies/Cupcakes-Stands/Gold-Loaf-Baking-Cups—Mini/p/80877531
*Gift Filler: https://www.hobbylobby.com/Party-Baking/Gift-Wrap/Tissue-Paper-Fillers/Red-Crinkle-Cut-Decorative-Paper-Shred/p/74879
*Gift bags: https://www.hobbylobby.com/Party-Baking/Party-Supplies/Treat-Bags-Containers/Large-Clear-Treat-Bags/p/45932
*Gross grain ribbon: https://www.hobbylobby.com/Fabric-Sewing/Ribbons-Trim/Ribbon/Golden-Grosgrain-Ribbon—1-4%22/p/47004

Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,

Ann

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How to Hem the Underlining

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Greetings!

Thank you Machaela for your inquiry on my Channel.  Following up on ‘How to Hem Chiffon : Bridesmaid Dress’, she asked “Do you do the under layer the same way?” This video is an attempt to answer her question. I thought it was a great question and know it will help others so feel free to view:

This is Part 1.  Enjoy!

Thank you for watching and I hope you have an EXTRAordinary day.

XO, Ann

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Williams Sonoma Town & Country : “The Store is Yours” Gift Registry Event

Thank you to Alessandra with Williams Sonoma Town & Country for organizing “The Store is Yours” on Sunday July 15, 2018. When couples leave with prizes and gifts, a great wedding registry, and shared laughter, that is called a successful event😊.

Make sure to start your Wedding Registry at Williams Sonoma Town & Country and check out their classes as well.

Williams Sonoma Town & Country
12850 Memorial Drive Suite 420
Houston, TX 77024
713-827-8056

Video Content
0:09 Thank you Alessandra & Team
0:21 Vendors
0:27 Congratulations to the Winners!
0:41 Bow Tie Challenge
3:26 DIY Veil Presentation
4:02 Marriage Tips

Have a wonderful day!

Hugs!

Ann

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Williams-Sonoma Town & Country : DIY Veil Kit Demonstration

I had the opportunity to demonstrate the LUXE DIY Veil Kit to the guests of Williams-Sonoma Town & Country Village. I had a great time showing them the different veil options they can create.  It was rewarding to see them experience the possibilities from one veil kit 👰🏽.  You can shop the kit at:   https://squareup.com/store/youtiquebridal

I also fell in love 😍 with the married couples and their marriage tips. This warms my heart ❤️ because I enjoy learning and hearing how they make their relationship work.  You can view my experience below.

I challenged the Gentlemen of Williams-Sonoma @wstowncountry to tie a Bow Tie in honor of their Father’s Day event.  Watch and learn how to tie a bow tie from these talented gentlemen.  See if you can resist smiling 🤣. They did a wonderful job and we had a lot of fun.😂 Excellent job gentlemen!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Well, I hope you have a great evening.  Thank you for visiting!

Hugs,

Ann