Friday, August 5, 2011

Frugal-lishous-ness . . .

Is that a word?  Did I just make that one up?

Anyway, to keep costs down for the wedding, we are trying to make those much needed props ourselves. 

Really, we are trying to keep costs down.  

And really, we just like to make things.

Can you think of ANYTHING else that says FRUGAL more than altered thread spools?  Nope, me either but I think they are kind of cute.

I could make a hundred of these and be happy.  Easy, peasy - with a little bit of creativity in the mix.

I've been saving, hoarding, collecting little bits and pieces for YEARS, just for this wedding!  At least that is my excuse for storing boxes of stuff in the 'don't open the door' closet.

And now for your 'handmade', 'use-what-you-have', 'there is a use for everything eventually', 'ta-da'  peek of fancy-schmancy 'what every wedding should incorporate in their decor' piece of beauty ----- the very versatile tin jello mold! 

I did tell you before that the theme of the wedding was simple but ELEGANT right?  We may be crossing the line just a tad.

I'm so proud that we are finally using some of my crap, junk, worthless stuff, collections for GOOD instead of EVIL PILES.  And I can tell my main man that we are not SPENDING MONEY on everything for the wedding.  Look honey, we MADE these ourselves out of stuff we already had!!

Now all I have to do is think of a new excuse to continue to find, buy, search for, hoard, COLLECT more of those addicting little bits and pieces of goodness!

Now, go start a box of your own treasures for some future day of ELEGANCE! 


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Connie, What cute ideas! I think they are adorable.

Jill said...

Looking great Connie!!

Fran. said...

Hi Connie I thank you for sharing these!! I love the way you are telling the story (excuse) why you have them!! Just look at that sweetness! My stepson is getting married two weeks from today so I know what you mean about keeping costs down. I just love those spools and I know the ladies who come will love them too! Take care, XO Fran.

Gabriela said...

I love these! You are doinga abeautiful job! My daughter also had a "movie like wedding' at a budget prize because of all that we did!
In case you don't know, there's a company named and we ordered all our flowers from them and then put the bouquets and centerpieces togethjer ourselves. We spent 400dls instead of 5,000!
Good luck!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Are you using these to hold photos or name cards? They are adorable. I bet you are glad you had saved all those bits and bobs.


Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Oh my gosh! These are the greatest..and even better?? I have those jello molds and spools and could NEVER think of anything nearly as cute as this. What a darling themed wedding - you MUST take tonzzzzz of photos!

Createology said...

These are fabulous creations. I am truly laughing at your post of crossed out words vs. collecting treasures. Don't we all do this? I knew I couldn't be the only one who has junk for who knows what! Sunshine Summer Smiles...

Craftymoose Crafts said...

You almost make me want to get married the same fantastic guy, of course!

You are so creative--these really look great! It's great to save money, but it is so much better to have the most amazing unique wedding!

BECKY said...

I love all of your wedding decor so far, Connie! The spools and the jello molds are precious! The jello molds are definitely a fave of mine! I have quite a collection of Swedish tart molds that I am using for Christmas items for my shop! Can't wait to show them, but that won't be for awhile!!

LOVE that last photo!! Just lovely!
Have a wonderful weekend!!

Linda said...

SO cute,'s going to be a wonderfully fun wedding!

Linda K said...

This is all simply BRILLANT! Our grandmothers would all think using all of these things just wonderful.

Lynn Stevens said...

OHHHH arent you the most clever thing, Connie those are as precious as can be. What a great use of spools and jello molds.
Now you can go into the business as a wedding planner, a great excuse to keep collecting! LOL
Hugs Lynn

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Connie, these are just adorable.... so glad that your stash came in handy! Now you can collect more goodies!!!
hugs~~~ Daphne

Lee said...

Oh, lvoe it!! Great way to use up a stash- and lovely memories for the bride!!

Cindy said...

I love this post! How creative! It will be a beautiful wedding!

Suz said...

Those are really cute and highly thriftyish!!! I love "simple but elegant." great choice!!
Thanks for sharing all these. I love living vicariously through blogging!!!
Big hugs to the future Mother of the Bride,

Goldie said...

How very neat! Good luck to your wedding, I recently had a vintage wedding but dont have too many pictures to share!

Hartwood Roses said...

Hi, Other-Connie! I just finished my duty as Mother of the Bride back in June, and I'm certainly glad to have it behind me. The planning was fun, the wedding was wonderful, and the let-down was like being run over by a truck. Now I'll have to go back through your blog a bit to see what other cool things you have been planning. (I found a Jello mold like yours buried in my yard a couple of weeks ago.)

Congrats on your giveaway win at Old Gray Mare.

Anonymous said...

The spools are darling. What kind of metal did you use to make the picture holder part and how did you attach it. I want to make some out of my grandmother's spools for my family. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.
Tracy from Texas

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness! Are you sure we're not sisters? :) I just LOVE spools...and photo/card holders...and I have some old tin molds and spools. I like the way you added the wire holder! SO cute! Thanks for sharing!

sara said...

I adore the spools! I'm wondering what you used for the metal holders and how you attached them...? They are so darn cute, I'd love to make some myself!

Peg said...

Love the spools! I'm adding a link to this great post to my Wooden Spool Crafts article on Squidoo. Thanks!!!