May 8, 2012

Bridal Memories

Posted in DIY, Paper at 10:56 am by sewknotwrite

Well, hello there Hive!  Haven’t seen you lovelies in quite  a while!

Mr Waffle and I are quickly creeping up on our one year wedding anniversary (ahhhhhhh!) and I am only just now getting some post wedding projects done.  You know…photo albums, putting pictures in frames and deciding what to do with my dried out bouquet that’s living on our bookshelf.  I’m feeling some extra bit of pressure to get these things done because we’ll be moving to New York at the end of the month.  We’ll be celebrating our first anniversary with a road trip from the Lone Star State to the Big Apple!

I’ve decided to pop back in here for a second to share with you one post wedding project I did complete recently that I absolutely love….

This shadow box frame was purchased about a year ago specifically for housing some bridal memories and a photo.  I knew its purpose for a long time, but I wasn’t sure what was going in it until I received the illustration.

We had a portrait done by the talented Jennifer Hancock of The Illustrated Bride.  She is a fashion illustrator and designer who now does custom pieces for brides and they are gorgeous with superb attention to every detail!  I LOVE fashion and costume renderings and the designer in me just couldn’t resist having her do a piece for us.

It arrived in such lovely packaging!

Don’t we look sharp!  I know it’s hard to tell from this photo, but every single detail has been captured.  She even put in the teeny tiny rhinestones that are nestled in the corners of my glasses and replicated the pattern on his tie!

The shadow box was the perfect venue for our illustrated selves and a few small, treasured pieces from the wedding day like one of our bells, buttons, our name and Mr. Waffle’s boutonniere.

I love how this project came together!

How are you preserving some of your bridal memories?  Would you ever get a wedding portrait or illustration?


October 21, 2011

…And Mrs Waffle Waved, “Farewell.”

Posted in Random at 9:47 am by sewknotwrite

*To the tune of the “Mickey Mouse” Club song.

Now, it’s time to say goodbye…

to all my company.


Weddingbee, weddingbee…

Forever will I hold your hearts with me.

You came along, sang my song and joined my family.

W-E-D…Delighted to have been here!

D-I-N-G…Gee it’s been swell!


I’m trying really hard not to cry all over my keyboard as I say this farewell.  Bees before me have said this is difficult and it is soooooo true!

It has been an honor and a sincere pleasure spending the past 11 months with you amazing ladies!  Everyone has been very supportive, honest and helpful and my hope is that I’ve done the same for you too.  I plan to drop in every now and again, but if you’re missing some Waffle love you can check me out at my new (and almost complete) blog sew.knot.write where I muse about my life as a performer, costumer and artist.  I’m sure the typical DIY projects and sketches of my crazy life will make appearances, too!

Much bee love to you all, wherever you may be!


Photo by Nadine Studio


October 18, 2011

A Final, Post-Wedding DIY

Posted in DIY, Paper at 9:40 am by sewknotwrite

Thank you cards!

You knew I had to sneak one more project in there!  Yes, I handmade our thank you cards and they were super easy to make, especially when paired with a pint of Shiner and episodes of SVU.

I made 2 different sets based on the materials I had on hand.  The first set is the “tag” set and looks like this…

When I ran out of tags, I made a “bunting” set…

I used these supplies…

  • Colorful, blank cards
  • Leftover scrapbook paper, tags and ribbon from previous projects
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Stamps
  • Ink pad

We are just now getting around to finishing the sending of the Thank You cards because, well, life was a bit hectic after the wedding.  We sent out half of them, moved and then I lost my list in the move.  Grrrr!  However, the list has been found and anyone who hasn’t received a “thank you” in written form will be getting one soon.

Has anyone else had the crazy notion to DIY their “Thank You” cards too?

October 15, 2011

Activity Book

Posted in DIY at 3:05 pm by sewknotwrite

So, there was one DIY project that was amazing which I ran out of time to blog about, was never photographed and got rain soaked…but it was still a big hit.  I made goodie bags for all the kidlets 10 and under complete with custom made activity books, crayons, small toys and trinkets, Goldfish crackers and ring pops.

Here are the pages of my book…

It was fun seeing the kids making good use of the contents of their bags and they didn’t care that they were a bit damp and soggy.  Also, those little darlings were the best behaved wedding guest kids I have ever seen!  Bravo to them and their parents!

Did you/are you making activity bags for your mini guests?  If so, what did you/are you including?


Waffley Wedded Details: DIY Projects

Posted in DIY at 2:43 pm by sewknotwrite

Here are all most of my DIY projects.  They are linked up to the tutorials I previously wrote.  However, if there’s a project I don’t have a how-to for and you’d like one, just let me know!  Enjoy!


Ah, my bells.  It was the biggest and most time consuming of all my DIY projects, but this project had 3 purposes (escort card, favor and send-off item) which made it worth the time.  I collected them all off of ebay by buying them in lots.  Most were in lots of 5 or more and came from estate sales.

Each bell had a tag attached to it with the guest’s name and a swatch of their table assignment stitched on it.  Yep, I stitched 105 swatches onto little tags, but it was worth it!

photo by Steve Twigger

The bells were then tied to a long strand of 1.5″ ribbon by small pieces of 1/4″ ribbon that I had stitched on and then tied to the tree.  However, when the rain came my team moved them all to the archway in our tent.

photo by Steve Twigger

This project was a true labor of love.  I tried to match each bell to the guest I thought it suited best.  To this day, people still say thank you for their bell and tell me how it is their favorite wedding favor/memento they have ever received!

Seating Chart

The seating chart is done on a cheap canvas that happened to be 50% off when I went to buy it!  Win!  I decoupaged the “tables” onto the canvas and everything else was added on with hot glue.  By the by, I did minimal hot glue projects because, even though I’m pretty craft-tastic, I burn myself every time I use a hot glue gun.  I have an awesome scar on my right hand from making this beauty.

The writing on the ivory ribbon was done in silver Sharpie and the instructions for the bells were typed onto the green ribbon.


Each table was assigned the fabric of the napkins I made for them.  The napkins were rolled and tied with a name tag.  Name tags were created by my trusty old typewriter.  I typed the names on printable cotton twill fabric sheets and cut them into strips.  I have 14 sets of 8 now!  The Waffle house will never be without napkins.

Memory and Candle Jars

All of the jars for this project were recycled from the large quantities of pasta, salsa and jam we and our friends consumed over the past year.  I am so glad we did this DIY!  The memory jars are scattered throughout our house and I absolutely love it!.

photo by Steve Twigger

For the candle jars, I printed out photos of us with the people or a person who would be sitting at that table on vellum.  I pounded eyelets into the corners and tied them to the jar with twine as well as mounting them with double sided tape.  One of my favorite remarks from a guest was, “Hey!  I’m a candle!  That’s so cool!”

The jar lids were decoupaged with torn pages from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, A Wrinkle in Time, Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice.  All of the books were purchased at Half Priced Books and had that nice worn, yellowed quality and a fortunate amount of underlining of important passages.

photo by Steve Twigger

Jars were assigned to tables based on their contents.  Childhood items were placed with family, college items with college friends, etc.  Guests had so much fun passing them around the table and sharing stories of items they recognized.  They made for great conversation starters.

Cake Table Sign

Another hot glue related injury project, but the results were worth it.  Unfortunately, none of the photographers got a full picture of the cake table sign, so here’s one from my stock.

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It was inspired by the monogram our friend Mary Lee created for our invites.

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I made these for Disco and Rock Star.  They are a mix of vintage buttons stitched onto ribbon and then applied to a piece of felt and pin backing.  This was a quick, easy, last-minute project that turned out pretty nicely.

*All photos by Nadine Studio unless otherwise noted.

October 14, 2011

Waffley Wedded Details: Cake, Decor and More

Posted in Decor at 4:16 pm by sewknotwrite

More detail shots comin’ at ya!  I never really showed you lovelies the desserts, decor and flowers.  Here they are…

Cake and Dessert Table

All of these amazing sweet treats and our 6″ cutting cake were done by Blue Note Bakery.  The trays and cake stand were borrowed from friends.  I stamped take-out boxes so guests could take the sweets home.  We only had a handful leftover at the end of the night because they were soooooo good!

Tray with assorted mini desserts: pecan pies, key lime blackberry bars, eclairs, s’mores and custard tarts.

Photo by Steve Twigger of cake bars.  We had three flavors that were differentiated by color: green = pistachio with espresso filling, tan = carrot with cream cheese filling, white = gluten free chocolate hazelnut with chocolate ganache filling.

Toasted almond cutting cake with buttercream frosting.  Cake topper from Etsy shop Milk Tea.


We had so many varieties of flowers and foliage that I can’t even name them all.  I know, for sure, we had hydrangea, lavender, hyacinth, peonies, statice, freesia, thistles, roses and dusty miller.  Robin Graybill, our florist did such a good job at taking my vision and running with it.

I was a naughty bride and forgot to include pics of the bouquets on the photo list.  Therefore, there are no beautiful, posed shots of them to show.  Blerg.  The action shots of them will have to suffice.

I cropped this photo by Perrie Belle.  My bouquet has hydrangea, purple roses, dusty miller and some really cool filler that I don’t know the name of.  Oops.  🙂

The best pic of Sweet Pea’s bouquet was by Twigger.  Her’s has hydrangea, peonies, lavender and dusty miller.

SIL Waffle’s bouquet consisted of hydrangea, lavender and dusty miller.

Robin made some beautiful table arrangements as well.

Table Settings

Going through the flowers now brings us to the table set up.  The centerpieces consisted of wood rounds that I got from Mrs. Pretzel, a memory jar, a picture candle jar and a vessel with flowers.  Tables were assigned by fabric that coincided with the napkins I made.

Photo by Steve Twigger

Guest Book Table

Our guestbook was a photo album we made online compiled of images from past and present.  The card rack is antique and borrowed from Magic Alie.  The millions of buttons are from my collection of buttons that I do, indeed, keep in jars.  The card rack featured jars of dried bouquets from Sweet Pea’s and Disco’s weddings, our Save the Date, our invitation and various trinkets.

photo by Perrie Belle

photo by Perrie Belle

*All photos by Nadine Studio unless otherwise noted.

October 13, 2011

Waffley Wedded Details: Clothes, Shoes & Accessories

Posted in Clothes and Accessories at 4:48 pm by sewknotwrite

I didn’t put many detail shots into my recap posts and I received some questions about particular aspects of the big hurrah.  So, before I say my farewell, I thought I’d leave you lovely ladies with a short series of detail posts.  Enjoy!

The Dress

Pronovias La Sposa, style name London from the 2010 collection

The Shoes

Enzoani Love Orchid heels

Vivienne Westwood Melissa Ultragirl  jellies


Something new – floral and feathered hairpiece from Alexia Gavela where I purchased my dress.

Something old – vintage hankie given to me by a friend

Something borrowed – Blush colored pearls and earrings from MOH Sweet Pea

Something blue – gingham underpants from American Eagle

Waffle charm – This was stitched to my bouquet along with my bee charms.

DIY flag garter…which never got tossed because Mr Waffle thought it improper to go under his wife’s dress in front of family and friends.  Oh, well.

The rings!

Mr Waffle

This photo by Perrie Belle was the best detail shot of his attire.  He’s making weird faces in his solo shots.  The suit, tie and lavender shirt are from Men’s Warehouse.  The boutonniere is a flower from my hairpiece that was jazzed up with, baby’s breath, ribbon and buttons by our florist.

*All photos by Nadine Studio unless otherwise noted.

October 12, 2011

Waffley Wedded Wife: Pumpkining

Posted in ceremony and reception at 11:11 pm by sewknotwrite

When my friend Blue would find herself at the end of a long evening and ready to go to bed she would say that she was about to turn into a pumpkin.  We started calling it “pumpkining” for short.

As the evening drew to a close, Mr Waffle and I were definitely on our way to pumpkining.  Mr Thrill started up our last dance music.

photo by Steve Twigger

At this point of the evening, I don’t have any other pictures to share.  Our photographers, Nadine and Perrie Belle, were off the clock.  I think this photo sums it up perfectly though.

There we were, at the end of an 11 month journey from engagement to “I do.”  As we lazily swayed to the music, we were experiencing that strange mix of exhaustion and not wanting it to end.  I remember being very present in this moment and feeling like we were the only two people there.

The music finished and our guests lined up with their bells to send us off into the night.  They rang us all the way to the car that was waiting to take us home.

We quietly held hands all the way home.  Our big day was over and we were married.

Waffley Wedded Wife: PAR-TAY!!!

Posted in ceremony and reception at 10:20 am by sewknotwrite

Our DJ Mr Thrill, photo by Steve Twigger

Our reception dance party was phenomenal!  There are not enough words to describe how great our DJ was.  Seriously ya’ll, Mr Thrill was THE BEST!  He read the crowd so well and the dance floor was never empty.

photo by Perrie Belle

It was so unbearably hot and muggy that I feared most people would leave after the first dance.  Nope.  Those people were ready to party!!!

Awww, even Baby Toes was out on the dance floor.

Besides generic movin’ and grovin’, we also did Thriller…

guest photo

…and Mr Thrill even got out and showed everyone how to Cupid Shuffle.

However, all good parties must come to an end and our end was near.

*All photos by the fabulous Nadine Studio unless otherwise noted.

October 11, 2011

Waffley Wedded Wife: Thoughts on the First Dance

Posted in ceremony and reception at 9:57 am by sewknotwrite

The music starts to play.

Video via youtube

It may be a bit awkward at first.  After all, everyone’s eyes are on the two of you.

photo by Nadine Studio

He may step on your dress.  You may feel a bit nervous.  It’s OK.  You have each other to lean on.

photo by Nadine Studio

Your song seems to last forever.  You entertain each other by telling jokes.

photo by Perrie Belle

You sing to each other.

photo by Nadine Studio

You relish this magic moment between the two of you.

photo by Perrie Belle

Then, it’s done.

photo by Perrie Belle

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