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How-To: Starfish Birdcage Veil

DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  001 11aAs soon as Brit knew she was getting married on the beach, she knew that she wanted starfish as a part of the decor. She also loves the birdcage veil and I was happy to help her make one using the same technique I had used to make my own veil for my and Geoff’s wedding. ToolsDIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  001 10aBefore you start sewing pull two long “tails” of thread from the needle and bobbin of your machine.DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  002Set you machine to the longest stitch possible. Begin sewing along one of the raw (short) edge. Do not back stitch. Make sure you are sewing as one continuous stitch and that the thread does not break.
DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  003DIY Birdcage VeilOn the back end, you may notice the netting will start to scrunch up. This is completely ok! In fact, it will help you gather later on.DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  004Keep sewing along one of the long edges, then the other raw edge. When you get the the end, do not backstitch. Also leave long tails of thread on this side too.DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  006aOn one end of the fabric, gently pull one of the “tails” while holding on to the netting. This should gather the fabric. Be careful not to break the thread! Keep gathering until everything is tight.DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  008Once the veil is fully gathered, tie the two sets of tail into a double knot to keep it from coming undone. Clip the ends of the threads.
DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  010aBefore finishing up, we placed the veil on Brit and made sure everything was laying as we liked it to. We had to tuck up a bit of netting on one side.DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  014aTake the scrunched up part of the veil and place it under your needle. Sew back and forth over this area several times to create a flat space. DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  015Here you can seen the “flat part”.DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  016Put a good sized glob of hot glue in this spot and attach your starfish! On the backside, glue down the tops of two alligator clips. (You should be able to buy these little clips at craft stores or on Etsy.)DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  020aCut a small piece of felt in a long oval shape like so.DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  019Clip the felt into the two alligator clips. Lift up the edge of the felt and apply a small dab of glue. Repeat on the other side. DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  022aYour beautiful veil is complete!DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  023DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  024DIY Starfish Birdcage Veil The Goodness  030aa

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How-To: Pretty Fabric Flower Ring Pillow

How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 043AOur next how-to for Brit and Tim’s kitschy Hawaii wedding is this adorable ring pillow. As it will be a ceremony on the beach, there won’t be too much additional decor, so a bright and colorful pillow to carry the wedding rings was a must. For this project, we used a tan colored fabric (it reminded us of sand!) and used the same fabrics from the bunting we’d already made. ToolsHow To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 001aStart by cutting out your petal pieces. You will need to pieces of fabric per petal. 8 pieces for a 4-petal flower, or 10 for a 5-petal flower. Cute them out in a U-shape like below. We cut a few different sizes for the different sized flowers.How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 002With right sides together, sew around the rounded part of the petal, leaving the flat side open. Clip the rounded edges, then turn the petal right-side out.How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 005aAfter you turn the fabric, iron them flat.
How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 006Repeat with all of your petals until you’ve made them all! How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 007aTime to assemble the flowers! Fold the petal in half like so.
How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 011Sew a line from about halfway along the fold to the middle of the bottom.How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 013aRepeat with all of your petals.How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 001 2Stack two petals together face-to-face. With a needle and thread, pie through the two petals. Open them up like you are opening a book.How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 018aStack the next petal face-to-face with the previous petal and sew through both like before. Keep going until you’ve attached all petals together. Put the first petal and the last petal together, sort of like closing the loop. Sew through like before, then once more through the next set of petals to keep everything thing secure. Wrap your thread tightly a few times around all the petals.How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 021aFinally sew through all the layers a few times (from one side to the other) at various angles to secure everything.How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 023

Next make your leaves! Cut two leaf-shaped pieces per finished leaf. With right sides together, sew around the outside, leaving one side open. Clip curves, flip right side out, then sew some lines on top like so.

How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 025aArrange everything as you like it on the top of one of the 9-inch squares. Pin everything in place.How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 027Next, tack on each petal with a few hand-sewn stitches. Stitch the center of each petal to the [pillow top. Be careful to only sew through the bottom layer of each petal to keep your stitches hidden. Also do not stitch too close to edge of the pillow fabric because your will need some seam allowance.How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 032aPin back an petals the get close to or extend over the edge of the pillow fabric. You want to make sure you do not sew through anything!How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 001 3With right sides together, pin the two pillow squares together. Then sew around the outside, leaving about 4 inches open so you can turn the pillow right side out. Clip your corners like so, then turn your fabric.
How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 037aPin the center of your ribbon to the center of the pillow. Be sure to pin through both layers. Sew and backstitch over the ribbon. You should be sewing through both layers of pillow fabric.How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 040aStuff your pillow, then hand-sew the opening shut. All done!How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 041Now all that is left to do is tie a couple rings on a walk down the aisle!How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 001 4How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 001 5Isn’t Brit’s ring lovely? So classic, dainty, and beautiful!How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 001 7How To Pretty Petal Ring Pillow 047

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Brit and Tim’s beachy Santa Cruz engagement session

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As you may have seen in our colorful DIY bunting tutorial, we have an exciting new feature on The Goodness blog! My BFF Brit and her fiancé Tim are planning their destination wedding in Hawaii for this upcoming June! I have known Brit for a little over two years now, but it feels like we’ve know each other forever. We always joke about how we had “friend crushes” on each other when we met while working at Apple, and how we were destined to be besties because we are always finding new ways that we are alike. :) Our moms are both named Priscilla, how random is that!?

Anywhoo, allI can say is that these two are one of the most adorable couples you will meet. They met on Brit’s very first day at Sacramento State and bonded while while working for the campus radio station, KSSU. The have been dating and generally being awesome together for about 5 years now. They recently bought their first home in Land Park where they are in walking distance from, like a million cool places. (Jealous? Me? Never!) Being as big of Disney fans as we are, Tim even proposed to Brit in front of Snow White’s fountain in Disneyland and they walked around blissfully in their bride and groom Mickey hats for the rest of the day. Awwww!

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With the ring on her finger, it was time to start planning their upcoming nuptials! Here are a few words from Brit about her experience planning the wedding.

My fiancé and I decided to get married in Hawaii because of a mutual dream we each had when we visited Hawaii when we were younger, over a decade ago. We both dreamed of getting married on a beach in Hawaii. It was meant to be all those years ago. Planning a destination wedding requires patience and a plan. (I definitely had the latter, patience came with time.) Choosing and communicating with vendors that are far away might not be as simple as vendors in your neighborhood, but as long as communication is open and consistent, you will be happy! I found an amazing team to help with my wedding and am confident that everything will come together on the big day. As you know I am brining my BFF Lisa and Geoff along to photograph the wedding, is there any other choice?

Next I found the venue. I could not be more happy with the gorgeous location for our wedding! We are getting married on the island of Oahu at the gorgeous Kualoa Ranch. Our ceremony will be on Secret Island, where we will be walking down the aisle on the sand and have ocean waves in the background. We will take boats across the fish pond to the ceremony and then take boats back to the reception site.

Before we get much further into the wedding, I am excited to share Brit and Tim’s engagement session! They both wanted to do photos at the beach, to echo their upcoming wedding in Hawaii. They also wanted something very cute and colorful with a fun vintage flair! So we gathered up some fun props and headed out to beautiful sunny Santa Cruz.

BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 007We started our session in Capitola, which is just an adorable area with so many colorful houses!BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 013BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 019aBT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 020BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 032Next we headed out to the one place in Santa Cruz you must stop at whenever you go, Marianne’s Ice Cream. A couple of yummy cones will always put you in a good mood!BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 034BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 036Love this girl, isn’t she adorable?! BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 046aNext Brit and Tim changed outfits and we headed over the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with a giant bunch of colorful balloons in hand. BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 052I think Tim looks quite dapper in his bow tie!BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 064BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 066Our last stop of the afternoon was to the beach. The plan was to have a picnic in the sand as a nod to their destination wedding in Hawaii. I love how this setting is undeniable Californian though. It describes the state that is their home and also the place where they are getting married!BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 071aBT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 073BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 089BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 093BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 101Hula girl soda anyone?BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 084aBT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 077BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 126aLOVE.BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 112BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 113BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 123BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 130aNothing beats being wrapped up in a blanket on the beach while the sun goes down. Simply wonderful.BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 133BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 141BT Vintage Beach Engagement Photos Santa Cruz 138Brit and Tim we love you guys SO MUCH and are SO EXCITED to be a part of your wedding. Readers, stay tuned to the blog as we post more planning details, wedding projects, and how-to’s for Brit and Tim’s big day!

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How To: Easy Bunting Tutorial

How to Easy Bunting The Goodness  002aFirst of all, I’d like to introduce you to my BFF Brit and her charming fiancé, Tim. These two are some of my favorite people in the works and I am SO super excited to be a part of their upcoming destination wedding in HAWAII this June! I’ve been assisting in the wedding planning and we are even more excited to be sharing the last few moths of planning and craftiness on the blog! Be sure to visit often as we keep you updated through our How-To section with lots of fun projects and adventures leading up to the big day. We’ve also designed their Save the Dates and Invitations which we cannot wait to share here as well. We will be designing escort cards, menus, table signs, other signage and more, so it will be fun for you to see a little more into the process of how we create design for weddings. Geoff and I are (of course) photographing the wedding and we could not be more excited! Here is a photo from their super-cute beach engagement session which we will share soon!

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Brit and Tim’s wedding is going to be an intimate affair of around 50 loved ones on Oahu at Kualoa Ranch (where LOST, Jurassic Park and more were filmed — I will definitely be geeking out over that!) The decor style of the wedding is “Vintage Hawaii Kitsch”, meaning lots of hula girls and surfer boys, tiki gods, pineapples, bright colors, and fun. It has been so much fun to design for. Our first wedding project was a LOT of bunting. 175 feet to be exact! The bunting will line the aisle at the ceremony and will hang from the edges of the pavilion where the reception will be held. Luckily we know of an easy way to make bunting and are excited to share it with you today! Bunting is a great wedding project because you can re-use it for parties and decor later in your life. Geoff and I made some for our wedding 4 years ago and I have used ours lots of times!ToolsHow to Easy Bunting The Goodness  005aGather 8-12 coordinating fabrics. One yard of fabric will make about  30 feet of double sided bunting. Be sure to get Extra Wide Double Fold bias tape. There are lots of colors out there too! Get some thread to match your bias tape and you’ll need a sewing machine.How to Easy Bunting The Goodness  006aThe key to quick bunting is using a rotary cutter with a pinking blade. This makes cutting a breeze. And because the edges are pinked you can leave them raw. You will need a cutting mat and also have some scissors handy. A metal ruler will help guide you as you cut the triangles, or you can cut a triangle temple from thick mat board. You can download our triangle template here.

Let’s get started! Begin by cutting your fabric into 6″ strips. Fold the fabric in half with selvage edges together, and fold in half again. Cut the folded fabric into 6″ sections using you cutting mat as a guide to make sure your lines are straight.How to Easy Bunting The Goodness  cuttingHow to Easy Bunting The Goodness  009Now all your fabric is in strips!How to Easy Bunting The Goodness  011Use our triangle template (you can download it here) to guide your triangle cutting. Lay the top edge of the triangle along the long edge of your strip and the use the rotary cutter to cut along side the template. I cut through about 4 layers of fabric at a time by cutting with a good amount of pressure and a back-and-forth sawing motion. The pinking does not have to be 100% perfect. After you cut one triangle, flip the template upside-down and cut your next triangle. Cut up the whole strip into triangles. How to Easy Bunting The Goodness  015If you are better with measurements, you can also use a straight edge to guide your triangle cutting. The tops of the triangles are about 4.5 inches across.  Feel free to make them any size you’d like though!
How to Easy Bunting The Goodness  013How to Easy Bunting The Goodness  012After all of your triangles are cut, lay them out in the order you’d like them to be in your bunting.How to Easy Bunting The Goodness  016We put ours in a circle to make them easier to grab as we were pinning them to the bias tape. How to Easy Bunting The Goodness  018Time to start pinning! Grab your bias tape and unfold it a little to put your triangle between the layers. If you are using patterned fabric and you want your bunting to be double sided, just put two triangles wrong sides together in the bias tape. Use a pin to keep it in place. We spaced ours about 1.5 inches apart. How to Easy Bunting The Goodness  022aWhen you run out of bias tape, simply overlap the next length of tape over the end of the first and pin down. Then keep going until you use up your bias tape or you bunting is the length you desire.How to Easy Bunting The Goodness  026Using the longest (normal width zig zag stick on your sewing machine, begin to sew in the middle of the bunting. If you sew with your pins pointing toward the needle they are easy to pull out as you sew along.How to Easy Bunting The Goodness  024Here you can see the sewn bias tape. How to Easy Bunting The Goodness  025Keep sewing until you get to the end. That’s it!
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I can’t wait to see this bunting in action in Hawaii! Stay tuned for more fun projects from Brit and me as we finish planning her wedding!

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