Laughter, giggles, sewing, hot glue, red threads everywhere, chalk, music, wine, snowshoes — a fun wedding work weekend!
My girls came home to Birkwood for a serious work weekend (which we named Birkwood Brouquet). We turned Birkwood into a flower/sweat shop … working on a wedding to do list for the perfect day. The girls arrived Friday — stopping at Lynns Candys for caramel wrappers, JoAnns for material and other essentials and Charming Charlies for bling. Not much working on Friday, but Saturday was a full day.
Our biggest goal and most time-consuming was finishing the bridemaid’s bouquets which we had started during deer hunting season. With each bouquet ball using about 40-50 ribbon roses, we had our work cut out for us as we need 4 1/2 more balls to go. Here’s how we made them:
We cut red strips of material 2 1/2″ wide and sewed a gathering stitch on both long edges. We then cut them in various lengths (12″-18″) so we would have a variety of flower sizes. We then gathered them (pulling the threads so the material puckered). They were then folded, rolled and glued making a perfect red rose. Once we got a lot made, Kait would start glueing and pining
them into styrofoam balls. We had also made some grey roses using ribbon to add along with a loop. A few gems and bling was added and wal la! We figure we used about a yard of red material for one ball.
This project took the most time and we had lots of red threads everywhere. Jim even joined us in the basement later in the afternoon … I think he was feeling left out. Though we did put him in charge of washing all the glass bowls to be used for centerpieces and the snack table. He also wrapped and packed them. What a guy! That’s why I love him!
It was snowing hard most of the day while we worked, so I was happy to get the girls to take a break and go snowshoeing for a little bit.
We finished up with the roses, ate a great meal (thanks Jim), and watched a movie. I think there was more wine involved too!
Sunday morning, while Kait finished the red balls with the bling, Leah worked on the chalk boards programs. I had painted some boards I got from my neighbor with chalk paint a few weeks ago. I think these are going to work great! We then worked on Brian’s boutonniere and two for the dads. I think we’re going with similar flowers for the moms and will incorporate into wrist corsages.
Well we got a lot accomplished and know that Leah is happy for that. There’s so much that goes into this wedding planning. Getting excited!!!