Saturday, February 26, 2011

please, no new hobbies

The wedding day is almost here! In an effort to save money and also to channel my all around craftiness, I decided to make (with the help of my mother and future MIL) the bouquets and boutonierres for my wedding. Today fiance and I went to the downtown Los Angeles Flower Mart and bought some practice flowers. I have never worked with flowers before, so this was a totally new and somewhat scary experience for me. Luckily there wasn't a huge crowd so we were able to browse around all the vendors before choosing our flowers. I really want ranuculus, but they seemed to be at the end of their season. Many of the ones we saw looked old and wrinkly. I found some pretty white ones and bought a bunch. There were tons of spray roses in just about every color, so we bought a bunch of bright yellow ones. After getting some awesome french dips at Philippe The Original, we came home and got to work. I watched several videos (thank you, YouTube) on how to go about making the bouquets and boutonierres. Of course, the pros make it look easy enough. When I sat down and finally made something it wasn't nearly as difficult as I thought it would be. The experiment was on and we made several types of boutonierres, with singles flowers or mixing flowers, with leaves and without. Overall it was really fun and I think they turned out pretty well for a first try. Maybe I missed my calling and should have been a florist? Well, maybe I just have a new hobby now.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sneak Peek at Upcoming Pattern

Where has the time gone? Oh yeah... planning a wedding! I'm getting married in 10 days! Well, to keep my sanity I have been working on a few knitting projects. One of them is a feather and fan lace shawl for my Matron of Honor. This lovely shawl will soon be a pattern available for purchase. See the sneak peek below!