DIY: Speech bubbles

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I hope you had a great weekend remembering 9/11 and those who were affected. There was so much goodness coming out from something so bad.

So, a few weeks ago, a Ukrainian friend from my Danish class asked me to teach her how to make the speech bubbles for her upcoming wedding. My sister had made the two below and I was thrilled with the spice they added to our photography session with Ali. We wrote “I love you” and “I love you more” in Danish and English respectively and she wanted hers in Russian and Danish, since she too married a Danish man.
Materials:
Primed canvas
Cardboard
X-acto knife
Glue gun
Scissors
Sharpie
3 acrylic paints of your choice for background and lettering
Paintbrush
Pencil
Flat polyester filling
Fabric for backing (optional)
1. With a Sharpie, create the outline of the speech bubble you want to create on a large piece of cardboard.
2. Cut out the shape with the x-acto knife.
3. Lay the flat polyester filling on top of the cardboard as padding and hot glue it down. I couldn’t find it here so I used squares and laid them like tiles, then cut around.
4. Lay the bubbles on the canvas face down and cut around it leaving 1″ in excess
5.  Using scissors, cut slits into the canvas every couple of inches to create the circular shape
6. Glue gun the canvas slits to the back of the cardboard.
7. With the color of your choice, paint the canvas.
8. When it’s done drying, write your phrase with a pencil then paint it with a contrasting color.
9. (optional)Glue gun a fun fabric to the back side of the bubble. This won’t be seen in the pictures. Just a nice detail.
10. Voilà!

banners

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More wedding stuff. Sorry. This was one of my favorite parts of the wedding. Because I knew that so many beloved DC and Danish friends and family wouldn’t be able to come to the wedding in Southern California, I thought of how I could involve them. I was enchanted with the narrow streets of Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen and their quirky signage like so…
I decided to replicate it in a newer way after seeing the latest Anthropologie catalog:
I sent out a color palette and inspiration images to my friends and family along with a blank canvas banner with the instruction to go wild. 
The results were phenomenal. My sister Caitlin made this one for us:
while a few friends made these below. April collaged flowers from magazines (on left), Meredith (second from left) painted the Danish flag with a flower from each place we have lived: The Canadian maple leaf (Paul’s birthplace), California poppy (my home), Danish daisy (Paul’s home and now our home) DC cherry blossoms (my home for the last four years); cousin Bryson Gill (middle) painted a lovely bridal couple on an awesome spray painted background; Cramer (second from right) painted hers while in Copenhagen and got the Scandinavian details down; Paul’s Dad (right) created a floral masterpiece which we have dubbed Jepsen Pollack. There are so many more to show but I don’t have the pictures back quite yet. I can’t wait to tell their stories.
Caitlin also made this one to lead the way to the reception site.

Our reception Part 1: Moonpools and Caterpillars

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Speaking of not talking about the wedding (ahem)… so I think I’m gonna go ahead and describe in greater detail some of the wedding tidbits in no particular order. One of the highlights of the whole event, leading up to and the night of, was the chance to work with our friend Kimi Encarnacion. Kimi and her husband Jay Jay had a band called Moonpools and Caterpillars and remain the ultimate rockstars. Kimi was kind enough to say yes to 1) redoing my mom’s wedding dress 2) playing at our reception. I had a not so pleasant time deciding on a dress but it came much easier when mom suggested that I used hers. Thankfully, Kimi could make a paper bag look fantastic. She turned the dress around so that the back buttons now lined the front, took off the high neckline and created a v-neck, removed the bell sleeves and left the puff. Much like my mom’s dress, I made a sash with green and then made fabric flowers in whites/off whites/blush pinks to accent. I painted a false curtain on canvas for the band on the stage with our bright Scandinavian florals and hung a dainty chandelier to give light to the musicians. Kimi and JJ perfectly entertained their guest with a fantastic playlist that included a quirky selection of songs like Hey Ya and Home is Wherever I’m With you (LOVE that song!).

More later like the ring, how to make the flowers, etc. Stay tuned!

dream wedding reception

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I envisioned so many themes for my reception, but alas, you can only choose one direction. I would have LOVED globs and globs of balloons, think “Up”. However, a part of me thought “too overdone” and another part thought “too birthday party.” SO, one of these days, I’ll be holding a balloon glob fest. Watch out!


Amusement of the day: Have you seen the blog They Draw and Cook? I completely devoured it for breakfast this morning. It’s a wiki illustrated cookbook and they are accepting submissions for their published book until the 10th of October, so get your illustrations on! 

Images from Oh Happy Day and Snippet and Ink. sorry the image is pixelated, but otherwise you just can’t tell they are balloons.