fiess gallery

The day before our wedding we had a few hours to decorate the Fish Hatchery, where we were holding the reception. 

It almost felt as if we were moving into the place, we we had to bring / supply so much. There were tables, chairs, and of course decorations. Most of the decorations were handmade items. When we were about halfway through decorating, a couple showed up at the door. They said they were looking for the Delafield Art Gallery. A friend of my parents told them wrong building, there was not an art gallery at the Fish Hatchery. However, I still think we should have charged them to take a look at some of the homemade items we had! 

I'm very thankful for my creative / talented family. Here's some of the items from the Fiess Gallery. 

My mom sewed a lot. A LOT. See all those table cloths in the first picture? She bought unbleached muslin and made them. She also made the burlap table clothes that were on some of the tables upstairs of the Fish Hatchery. Granted all this really means is that she cut the fabric / burlap and sewed the edges to make them look pretty, but don't let it fool you - it's a lot of work! 

She also made the banner that was hung in the church [and later above the appetizers as seen in the picture below.] 

PHOTO BY ESTER B PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY ESTER B PHOTOGRAPHY

I have already shown some of the work my dad did - he made both the picture stands and the wood that was on the bottom of the light-up signs. However, he also made some amazing bowls. These were not made specifically for the wedding, but I brought them along because I like them and we needed some bowls to hold Dum-Dums. 

I may not be as skilled [or as fast] of a sewer as my mom, but I did my best and made the little favors filled with candy for everyone to take home. I used unbleached muslin, made up my own pattern, and sewed about 100 bags. Afterwards, I added string so they could be pulled closed. I also stamped a little saying on each one and filled with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and a Dum-Dum sucker.

 A few games we had on the game table had a lot of pieces to them. In order to keep everything together, I made a few more bags for things like Memory, Pick-Up Sticks, and Dominos.

Downstairs at the Fish Hatchery there were a few pictures that I wanted to cover up, so I needed to figure out a way to do so without violating any building rules. I ended up enlarging some of my photos from our Seattle / Orcas Island trip [where we got engaged] and hung a couple on each floor.

For our guest book, we decided it would be fun to get a picture of everyone and have them leave a message. [At some point I will put the pictures / messages in a book.] My cousin Samantha [although not a Fiess, but still a creative family member] was kind enough to go around throughout the night and take the pictures using an Instax mini camera. 

Upstairs we had a table where people could write their messages. I had placed a wire camera my brother had made in college on the table for decoration, but I'm happy to see how people ended up using it by putting their notes on it! 

Finally, there are the bowls that my brother made. If you haven't checked out his fantastic work yet, do so now and then come back to finish reading this. 

I asked him to make a few bowls for the tables and he ended up making many more - so each couple / family could take one home with them. We love how they turned out and how they really added a special touch to the table decor. 

Once again I just want to say how grateful I am for all the help we had with our wedding. We did a lot of DIY projects which took some time, but I would not have had it any other way. 

donuts | games | drinks

Like I mentioned recently, I still have a couple wedding posts I wanted to share from our wedding back in May. 

Here are some pictures and a bit of a tutorial on how I went about making the three light-up signs we had at the reception. 

The paper mache 8" letters were bought from JoAnn Fabric [purchased of course when they were $1 off each]. 

Using a craft knife I cut around the edge of each letter. On some of them, once I started to cut through, I could pull back the rest. Inside was paper filler that fell out. 

Since the edges were a little rough, I used sandpaper to smooth them out. 

Next step was to take a screw punch to make holes where the lights would go through. There was no rhyme or reason to where I punched the holes - I just placed them were I thought they'd look best. 

Once the holes were punched, I painted the inside and outside of each letter gold. Spray paint I'm sure would have worked just as well and possibly have gone quicker, but I think I initially went with paint since it was the middle of winter and I didn't want to go in the freezing garage to use spray paint. 

I don't have many pictures of the next steps, but basically my dad made a great wooden platform which he glued the letters on. We then stuck the lightbulbs in the letters. I will admit the back didn't look too pretty, but we did our best and honestly in a darker room it doesn't really matter. 

What we ended up with were three amazing signs for our wedding reception: DONUT, GAMES, and DRINKS. 

Here are two of them lit up in all their glory [photos courtesy of Ester Robards].

kissing for the cats + dogs

I know the blog has been silent for a while, but I have a good reason. I was busy getting married! 

Now that I'm done with the crafting projects and everything else wedding related, I'm back. I'll have a bunch of posts on the different things I made for the wedding at a later time, but today I want to start out with a small project that was made specifically for collecting money. 

A while before the wedding Eric suggested that instead of people clinking their glasses to make us kiss, we should ask that they donate money to the Watertown Humane Society instead. A few years ago we adopted our cats Herbie and Maude from that particular shelter, so it only seemed fitting.  

The funny part is - no one ever started clinking their glasses during dinner. I guess no one wanted to see us kiss [fine by me]. But, at the end of dinner, my matron of honor stood up and announced the idea of collecting money for the Humane Society. Then the money started pouring in left and right. Our grand total collected was $90.05 which we dropped off at the Humane Society last Friday.

I don't have any before shots for this project - but it was quite simple. I bought a cat figurine from Amazon. I bought a jar of raspberry jam. We ate it. I cleaned the jar. I superglued the cat figurine on the top of the lid and spray painted it gold. Done! 

While we were at the shelter, we obviously said hi to the cats and I may have taken a few pictures. 

I think we woke up the cats that were hanging out in the largest room. They seemed a bit annoyed at first that we interrupted their naps. But slowly, one by one, they came over to us and wanted attention. 

And, I'm not sure how I made it this far in the post without mentioning it, but -

JUNE IS NATIONAL ADOPT A CAT MONTH.

Look at these cats! They want a home! We are at our limit of two. Shortly after we adopted ours, my parents adopted their cat, and then my aunt and uncle adopted their two. You guys, my relatives may love cats, but I don't have enough relatives to adopt ALL THE CATS at the Humane Society. So, please help out! 

This little girl was in love with Eric. He knelt down to pet a bunch of cats and she climbed on him. He then went to sit on the bench and she immediately curled up on his lap and fell asleep. This is how we picked out our Maude. When we'd visit the shelter, she'd always come and sit on Eric's lap. So, if you are looking for a super sweet lap kitty, go adopt Sybil! [I take no responsibility if she turns out nothing like Maude, but I'm guessing she is quite similar.] And if you adopt her, let me know and I'll do a free pet photo session for you and your new family member! 

Sorry - got a little carried away with that 'lil kitty. Here are some more guys and gals looking for a home!

This cat made me laugh. 

And finally, the kittens. I wish I could take all these kittens home with me and it wouldn't make me a crazy cat lady or make Eric rethink marrying me. 

Once again - it's National Adopt a Cat Month, so don't forget to celebrate the easiest way, by going to adopt a cat.