Planning to Plan a Wedding

I simply can’t believe that I’ve been engaged for almost a month and half now. Time flies. I don’t have much to show for my wedding planning progress. In fact, only this week have I actually seriously looked into churches and reception locations. The fact that I made five wedding-related phone calls today makes today the most productive  day I’ve had thus far.

While the actual planning is coming along slowly, I have made serious progress on something equally important: my wedding planner.

Anyone who has talked to me in the past week or so has probably heard about my wedding planner. I’m ridiculously excited about it! I wanted something pretty to keep all my wedding ideas and plans together in one place. I wanted it to double as a keepsake, something that I could look back on and see everything that went into my perfect day.

I had originally planned on simply buying a wedding planning binder. I went to Barnes & Noble and flipped through every binder they had to offer, but none of them clicked. I didn’t love them. They were packed full of page upon page of information, tips and ideas, which might have been useful, but to me they were just words. I wanted pictures and I wanted the ideas that filled the binder to be my own. Feeling a little defeated, I walked out empty handed.

But then, I walked into Paper Source. *

Paper Source is a craft/paper store chain that sells all the things I love: pretty things, sparkly things and craft supplies. The flagship, two-story location just happens to be within walking distance from my new apartment. (Fate!) The second I walked in, my problem was solved: I was going to make my own wedding planner.

Three shopping trips and wedding craft workshop later, I was finally armed with the supplies to get started. I picked up a binder, some sheet protectors and some dividers from Walgreens, and I was in business!

I started making my binder a few days ago and I’m absolutely in love with it! I didn’t really have a plan, but just kept adding things that were white and girly. A little lace here, a little sparkler there. I dont want to share too many photos, because it’s not done yet, but here’s a little teaser. Finding Paper Source is a big deal for me. You might have noticed by my lack of craft posts recently, and I think I’ve just been short on inspiration and supplies. I haven’t been this excited about a craft project in a really long time! With a craft store within my reach and lots of DIY wedding projects ahead, I have a very good feeling things will be moving full-steam ahead.

Happy crafting!


*Please note: Paper Source did NOT pay me to write this. (In fact, I paid them with my repeated and uncontrollable craft binges.)

Going for knIT!

I knew there had to be a pun in that title somewhere, but I obviously couldn’t find it and that’s the best I could do.

I have a new goal. I am going to learn how to knit!

As you might recall from my Crafty Apples post and several posts after that, I already know how to crochet. I learned to crochet when I was in the middle of moving from Champaign to Chicago and was going to be spending a lot of time in the car and wanted a hobby. I had heard that knitting was harder than crocheting, which was why I opted for the single hook craft instead of the double needles. I ran a quick google search, watched one video and next thing I knew, I had a scarf.

I still love to crochet, and I know I haven’t even come close to mastering it, but I’ve moved on to a new phase of yarn crafting: knitting.

Why? Well …

My friend asked me if I could knit a blanket for her sister. I was pretty ambitious and thought, I could totally learn! I later found a similar pattern and realized that I would need knitting needles longer than I am tall to complete that project. I was probably more disappointed than she was. Then she asked if I could manage a chunky scarf. I knew I could manage to pull that off. So I went to Hobby Lobby, picked out some bright red yarn and grabbed a pair of knitting needles, picking the size randomly from an entire wall full of them.

I learned to crochet in the car, so I figured I could learn to knit on the train. So while I was on the train to Springfield, I typed “How to Knit” into YouTube and I was on my way. Or so I thought. I had to watch almost 10 different videos and read four website tutorials before I could figure out the basic knit stitch! I was so frustrated! However, I finally figured it out. By the time I got to Springfield, I had this: (!!!)

Once I actually figured out the stitch, it really was not that hard. So maybe I was watching the wrong videos. (Can anyone suggest any good knitting tutorials?I learned to cast on, knit stitch and purl stitch. Casting on is how you get the yard on the needle to begin your work, knit stitch is the basic stitch and purl stitch is essentially a backwards knit stitch. I learned that knitting patterns are made by different repetitions and patterns of purl and knit stitches.

I figured I’d start small. I found a beginner knit scarf pattern to start with. I want to get the hang of this stuff before I commit to making something for someone else to wear in public. (Which let’s be honest, might not be for a while.) I’m going to make this scarf as my first knit project and see how it goes. This is how far I’ve gotten:

I know it’s not much, but I just wanted to share it with you. I haven’t been crafting enough lately, so I’m trying to get back in the swing of it. I wanted to be sure I keep blogging about crafts, even if I’m not quite finishing them. Maybe you can help keep me motivated! Does anyone else out there knit? Any suggestions? Websites to check out?