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Happy New Year My Basted Friends!

4 Jan

New year! New ambitions, aye?

Well let me be that typical lazy blogger and say for one:

(or at least I say I will…)

I am going to try to make some changes. I didn’t do too bad off last year. I lost weight, which I gained back. Oops. I did blog a little bit more, but not enough for my liking. I created my new etsy shop!


On Viva La Stitches, I have 4 items for sale.

4X4 custom

Kinda silly, but hey! They are there! I have plans of what to add onto the store. Some original pieces will be fun! I know I need to add so many things on there. However holiday hours at my work kicked my ass. Not enough alcohol could make up for 4am wake up calls!

With that, I promise to post more tutorials! Since my wedding was mostly DIY I will be making posts relating to those. I have the mini-veil tutorial one, but my wedding based tutes are seriously lackin’! I’m also sure I still have a 3rd installment of knitting gauge waiting to be written. Oops. Okay, that’s it! I am seriously putting some focus on this blog!

I also plan to be more organized. That includes tearing out and re-doing my closet! That should be fun. My whole life needs organization. I have all the apps and planners to do that. I have the resources..and some money to help with my physical things. And I have all the supplies in the world to make millions of product for Viva La Stitches! Now time to just do it!

I would like to thank everyone for their everlasting support! I truly appreciate it! All the follows, likes and comments I’ve gotten brighten up my days immensely!

Now to drink more coffee and Bailey’s while I make a way too long To-Do list!




Tutorial Tuesday: Mini Veil. Featured on Offbeat Bride!

23 Aug

Onto wedding tutorial #2!

This week I have for you my mini veil I wore to my wedding:

I got tons of compliments on my veil, which I greatly appreciated since I did make it myself!  So popular, that this tutorial was actually featured on Offbeat Bride! (Where you can also check out my wedding!) It’s actually extremely easy to make. Today I bring you a video tutorial for this easy peasy head decor!

Sadly when I recorded this, I didn’t realize til after that the audio didn’t record. So I just captioned all the directions for you. Plus you get to enjoy the song we used for our First Dance at the reception (Sam Hart – Mario Cart Love Song.)

For this tutorial you need:

  • Veil material – I used a sheer curtain fabric (that I bought from Beverly’s), you can used tulle, birdcage, lace, or another sheer material. For the lace/curtain panels you want to make sure the free end (on the bottom of the veil that isn’t glued) has a finished end so it won’t unravel. The sides didn’t do much, so I left them unhemmed.
  • Hot Glue Gun 
  • Hair Comb – You can find these at Wal-mart, or Target. Most placed that have hair accessories.
  • Ribbon

by Richard Fusillo

Yep! That’s all you need. Also, it really doesn’t take that long to make. For other tips:

-You may have to trim the square of fabric down to fit your face, and poof right on the comb.

– Don’t go too crazy with the glue, you don’t need too much.

– BEWARE OF THE HOT GLUE! I totally burnt myself a couple times with the stupid thing. ha.

If you have any questions, feel free to let me know! Hope this is helpful!

Happy Crafting!


Thank You Post Card Tutorial

26 Jul

Since majority of my wedding was do it yourself, I thought the thank you cards should be as well. I wanted something cute and very crafty. If you look for thank you cards, they can become very expensive. Especially if you were spoiled as my husband & I and receive many gifts, those cards add up.  So I decided I’d make my own postcards, so save on paper and postage.

What’s so wonderful about this project is it can be used for more than just thank you’s. Everyone loves getting a mail, as long as it isn’t a bill. These are great for Birthdays, anniversaries, thinking of you’s, announcements, just because, and so on. You might want to just make up reasons to make these guys!

I made about 50 of these suckers:

Each one became a personal thank you in design. I thought I’d make a little tutorial on the basic of how I made these suckers.

Implements of Post Card Crafting:

  • Blank post cards – I bought some 4.25″x5.5 cards on Amazon. Cost me about $15 (with shipping) for 400 cards! I didn’t realize how many I bought until after. Other options are pictures, cardstock, and index cards. Just make sure they follow the measurement rules for post cards. For USPS this is: Minimum 3.5″x5″ and Maximum 4.25″x6″, with a thickness of .007″- .016″. Other wise, if they are bigger you will be paying more for postage.
  • Rubber Stamps – I bought my from Paper Source in Portland. Such a fun selection!
  • Ink pad – or paint if you’re so talented with it. I also bought this at Paper Source.
  • Decorative paper. I got some wedding scrapbooking card stock from Michaels.
  • Glue. I used 2.5 glue sticks for this project. However I recommend a stronger clear glue.
  • Scissors – I had a pair of decorative edge scissors like these: Kraft Scissors and normal kind.
  • Other: Ribbon, Tulle, Fabric, whatever other cool things that’ll glue. Be creative with this.

Now these are super easy to make, and the idea is to just be really creative:

  1. Get your post card out.
  2. Stamp it! My advice is to stamp on something hard like a table surface. I was using books & the box my postcards were in. I also stamped the “thank you” on the card as well.
  3. Add Decoration. For this one I added first the tulle. I glued the post card itself where the tulle was gonna sit, put the pre-cut tulle over it and used a paper to rub on top to make sure the glue stuck to the tulle.
  4. Glue on decorative paper. I pre-cut this paper with my awesome edging scissors. Put the glue on the back of the decorative paper instead of directly on the tulle. Your tulle will otherwise slide around and not participate.
  5. Tie a little bow, trim excess ribbon. Now glue that sucker on!

This one, I added an extra strip of decoration on top to add a bit more, pizzazz!

There you go! One post card down. I made quite a few, So I guess I’ll show you some of my favorites!

For this one I stamped on a piece of paper first, cut it out, glued it on. Then I cut 2 strips and glued those on, then the ribbon. Many times I cut the pieces a little longer than the post card and cut off the excess.

Why yes, that little thank you does have a mustache! I used the edge scissors to help create the outline of the mustache, and fixed it with my normal scissors.  I first glued on the ribbon, and added the craft paper. For the edges I carefully cute them out with the edge scissors.

And now, for the grand finale, ALL OF THEM! Well, in one picture, spread out:

Click the picture to zoom!

I really enjoyed this craft, and want to look more into making cards also. I’ve seen post card specific rubber stamps to put on the back, and I’m looking into buying a kit for future post cards and make them more authentic.  Also a tip, is I bought my postcard stamps online. It was much easier than going to the local post office, and they came in 2 days.

If you see a specific one that you want me to explain how I made it, feel free to comment, and I’ll dish all the details.  Now to finish filling them out and send them out! Whew.

Happy Paper Crafting!


Etsy Seller Review

18 Jul

January 1st, 2011 my now husband surprised me with a beautiful hand crafted Moissanite tension set titanium ring. The ring selection didn’t surprise me too much though. He paid close attention to the, ahem, subtle emails I sent him with pictures & links to the ring on etsy.

I remember when I first stumbled across ZoeAndDoyle‘s Etsy shop.  They had a ring featured on the front page, and my jaw dropped. This thing was so awesome looking. The price wasn’t too bad either. I knew I had to have it for my engagement ring.

Caleb tells me he purchased the ring in November and received it in December. He didn’t have any issues with wait time or anything else. Well that’s great to know.

Of course along with that first email, I sent him other emails of another ring by the same shop that I loved. It was the same idea, but brushed coating, and cut-outs/grooves next to the stone. Trust me, so dreamy. Well since these rings were so well priced, and most engagement rings cost atleast double, if not triple of mine, I was allowed to get another one. Now please understand, I’m not a (complete) spoiled brat. The first ring he got me was a little on the snug side. I wanted a ring that fit more properly for when my fingers swell in the summer (and whenever I become pregnant one day.) Well I found a design that  Caleb loved for our wedding bands. It went well with my other favorite tension ring. We decided to get Buffalo engraved in his band and Buffalo Gal engraved in mine. These are cheesy nicknames we gave each other in the beginning of our relationship.

Now, as a warning, some of their feedback isn’t positive. Now, as a relief, majority of the complaints have nothing to do with quality of the rings. It has to do with time frames. This did slightly scare me since we needed the rings before we left to California.

I convo’d the Jeremiah (shop owner) and told him what I wanted and how I had to have it before June 10th. I will say I didn’t always get an immediate response, which some expect. However, it never took more than 2 messages to get his attention. He was always helpful and polite in every exchange. He agreed upon the terms, and we bought the rings. The previous negative feedbacks did make me nervous.

Well after impatiently waiting a few weeks, the rings arrived. I received them June 9th in an Express Envelope. I was so pleased! The rings are beautiful! The engravings are perfect! My wedding band is only 3MM, and you can still read Buffalo Gal clearly. You can see how much time and detail are put into these beautiful rings.

Currently there are not tons of available items in the shop, but don’t hesitate to convo them and ask if it’s possible to make something.  I believe the reason for delayed orders is explained rather clearly in the shop description:

“Please keep in mind that I am solely responsible for all correspondence, shipping, and fabrication of the rings, so I appreciate your patience with any slow communication. I read every message everyday but may not be able to respond immediately. Thank you for your understanding. “

What seems to happen in the past, is the shop gets very popular and overwhelmed with orders before he can say “Sorry I can no longer take anymore orders.”

I can say I would recommend this shop to others, which I have.  And I would definitely shop there again.



Do It Yourself Wedding Tutorials

15 Jul

by Richard Fusillo

Well hello there crafties.

After a lot of planning, decorating, stressing, and help from friends and family, I am married to such an amazing man. Now I can put Mrs. before my name, and flaunt my ring.

by Richard Fusillo

Lucky for you guys, majority of my wedding was D.I.Y. So now you get to benefit from the multiple tutorials I will be revealing through out the next weeks. Here’s a list of things that I (or someone else who helped) made for my wedding.

  • Mason Jar Decorations
  • Origami Flowers
  • Candle set-ups
  • Boutonnieres
  • Veil
  • Feather Hair Accessory
  • Mixed CD’s & Cases
  • Garters (future Guest post)

Now I’m not sure what everyone wants to read about first. If anyone has a suggestion of what they want to see, feel free to comment and I’ll do my best to move it first in line! Now for me, I better get my married butt moving crafting and taking pictures.



*pictures features were taken by Richard Fusillo. Which some of you know as Ashley’s beau.*

|Breana & Calebs D.I.Y. Crafty Wedding|

30 Jun

June 25th 2011 was an amazing day… co-blogger Breana got hitched! A lot of prep went into pulling the day together and I am super proud of all us girls that helped – even Breana created the most amazing accessories for herself. I love when a bride gets totally D.I.Y. for the big day. It saves money, vendor hassles, can potentially be more eco-friendly, and brings you and your wedding party closer together – you feel more connected and involved on your big day.

I was asked to make origami flowers and oh I did. I even recruited a friend to help out. I ordered some music sheets from Love To Fly on Etsy, cut them to size, looked at the tutorial, and created beautiful paper flowers. My friend got silver origami sheets and did the same thing. Oh, man, let me tell you – glue dots… best friend in origami!

Aside from the gazillion origami flowers the D.I.Y. process resulted in handmade cd ‘mixtape’ covers, cupcake sleeves & toppers, centerpieces, garter, headpiece, veil, bouquet, and more. With a music wedding theme based around the colors white, black, red, and silver the outcome was seriously jammin. Heres a looksie at what a group of people pulled together for the girl {and guy} we all love – Breana & Caleb Whittington! {As well as some lovely photos from the wedding itself}


Gorgeous bride, handsome groom, and yes thats Elvis – the officiant. He was funny!

What a beautiful, handmade veil! Handmade by the bride herself. Crafty & clever.



One of the awesome cupcake toppers that mimics the wedding invites!

Carrot cake cupcake – delicious

Ok, I literally looked at this photo just now and am getting teary eyed. Our whole table was a crying mess about this time. First dance.

Handmade headpiece by Breana for the reception

Cupcake sleeves and clever wristbands for the guests. I got silver – 21 and over baby, bring on the beer! Red were for the little ‘uns who couldn’t drink – boohoo!

Beautiful handmade origami flower bouquet by the bride herself!

Close up of one of the flowers on the bouquet

‘Mixtape’ with handcrafted case and adorned with guitar pics imprinted with the bride & grooms name & date of ceremony. So clever & cute. And, by the way, I put this mixtape in and no – there isn’t sad music on it – but I sure cried like a baby! I’m so happy for them.

The bride, Breana, fellow co-blogger, & I! Eeeep!

I am so happy for Breana & Caleb and though I miss them dearly, I hope Portland treats them well and they start their new married life {sheesh, tears are rolling now} together in a perfect place.

Also, ahem, Bre… now you must blog your personal D.I.Y. crafty wedding experience as soon as you get back from HAWAII!

Congratulations Breana & Caleb Whittington {tears, still rolling}!

Happy Wedding Crafting!


|I’ve Never Folded so Much Paper in My Life|

20 Jun

With Breana’s wedding nearing, finishing these origami flowers are imperative, so I sat down to get the last few petals attached. After completing several, folding more paper for the few mini ones, and gluing – I ran out of glue dots. {Which, by the way, are amazing and completely worth purchasing over using regular old craft glue in this situation!} I won’t be able to finish the rest till Wednesday {I’d do them tomorrow, but its Breana’s bachelorette party, wooooooo!} so I put them down and started on another origami project.

I’ve been wanting to try and master a few things I failed on at the origami party we had at Breana’s house a few months ago. I purchased this origami paper pack at San Luis Art Supply last month and to my surprise, when I opened the pack, there were instructions on how to make some of the things I couldn’t master that first time.

I decided to start in the back {advanced} and work my way to the front {beginner}. I started with a box, then on to a wishing star, next a fortune cookie, then a swan, and last an airplane. For some reason, I pretty much got them all, even the advanced and intermediate ones, on the first try!

After seeing how neat they looked, I got out my fancy origami paper and did my favorite ones one more time.

Now, I am incredibly addicted and am going to look up how to make the owl I made before, but came out so crappy I wasn’t even proud. Who wants to have an origami craft night? I’m serious. That owl will be made.

Happy Crafting!