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I think we’re starting to get into wedding season. I’m never really sure though – it seems like people get married all year round nowadays, but maybe there are still seasonal times to tie the knot. Does anyone really know?

Anywhooo, I think weddings are a perfect topic to address in the context of upcycling, eco-friendliness, and budget-friendliness. When P and I got hitched, we were pretty proud after the clean up cause we only had 1 bag o’ trash for 40+ people. If you’re looking for some ways to green up your day, check out these tips.

We also did everything for less than the cost of most wedding dresses (YIKES)! According to the president of the Association for Wedding Professionals International, US weddings average $21 to $24,000. That’s more than my graduate stipend…GULP.

My take is that you really have 2 options here:

Pay the money for someone else to take care of things for you OR rein in some of that DIY spirit and get to work!

I chose the latter when it came to my dress (a $40 vintage beauty I bought on Etsy and upcycled!!), plus there are a few more brilliant ideas floating around out there that crafty guys and gals should totally check out.

Here are some neat crafty ideas to inspire for your wedding flowers ‘n things. Fun bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages made from everything BUT fresh flowers are all the rage right now.

Check out some cool options like this tutorial for making amazing folded paper flowers for a very DIY bouquet!

Be inspired by some of these handcrafted eco-conscious bouquets, like this sweet pink and green bit from Hundreds of Buttons, or this chic paper flower bouquet made from re-purposed magazines!

For all your suits, how about these classy black and white button boutonnieres?

Don’t forget about Moms and Grandmas! Make them feel special with these cool paper rose corsages or (shameless plug), these upcycled flower corsages
by Yours Truly! These make great gifts and they can be re-used for other special events because they are everlasting blooms.

Here’s to DIY wedding inspiration! Stay tuned for more possibilities… 🙂

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Vintage Button Embellishments: Eco-friendly (check), Budget-friendly? (TBA)

Oh vintage buttons, how I adore thee!

I frequently see lovely vintage buttons embellishing various crafting items on Etsy and elsewhere (including items by Yours Truly). I was pining after a good lot of buttons, but they seemed nowhere to be found. I checked my 3 main thrifting haunts in town, but they rarely seem to get in good, fun vintage buttons and baubles.

And then, Santa Claus brought me the best present ever…OK, actually it was P’s mom.  She found some little old lady who was selling her late seamstress aunt’s (?) collection. Jars and jars of splendid buttons in all shapes and colors. Sparkly ones, matte ones, red ones, blue ones, green ones, oh my! I think it ranks in my top 2 for presents (#1 would have been the witches’ broom I thought  Santa brought when I was six, but it actually turned out to be a small guitar from my grandparents…). Several of these beautiful buttons are now adorning my crafting items and will be for some indefinite period into the future. Anyhow – if you are not lucky to have a P’s mom of your own who will gift you glorious vintage buttons, where else can you find these treasures in a budget-friendly way?

Goodwill has an online shopping venue that seems very promising. I haven’t ordered anything yet, but I frequently stalk/watch items on there. Check out their shopping site here:

http://www.shopgoodwill.com/

Of course, Etsy boasts plenty of vintage sellers. Check out (random cool find):

http://www.etsy.com/shop/BecaliJewels

Please share if you’ve encountered other good sources and you don’t want to keep it a secret!

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