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Questions & Answers

This post is long overdue and seeing as how email traffic seems to be increasing, I figured I better get on with it. I love getting emails from all of you and answering your questions, so keep them coming! But to try and be as responsive as possible, I thought I would answer some of the most frequently asked questions here. I will then put this post in the "FAQ" section under the blog header and keep adding to it, so feel free to check back whenever the need strikes. And if you have a burning question that isn't addressed here feel free to either shoot me an email or leave a comment below. So, here it goes...

Now that there is a new blog, are you going to keep writing With This Ring?
Absolutely! The new blog is just a place for me to talk about things other than weddings. With This Ring isn’t going anywhere.

Are you going to share more pictures from your wedding?
Oh friends, I wouldn’t leave you hanging. The pictures I’ve shared are all I have to offer at this point - we’re still waiting for the pro pics to come back (torture, I tell you). I was just going to wait to do the wedding recap all at once but I do have pictures of a few projects that I didn’t have a chance to share before the wedding, pics from the photo booth, etc. Would you rather see all that now and the pro pics later?

How about those runners, are you planning to sell them?I am seriously so flattered that you all like the runners that much (even though I can’t take any of the credit for making them). I’ve had so many emails about them, I am kind of torn about the fairest way to go about selling them. I don’t intend to make a bunch of money from them or anything, but it would be nice to recoup some of the costs and to know that someone who really wants them would get to use them. So I’ll throw it out there to all of you - what do you think is fair? Maybe an ebay auction?

I want to make some runners of my own. Where did you get the fabric and what dimensions did you use to create them?
The fabric is called "Traditions Black" and I bought it from Warehouse Fabrics, Inc. The current link to the fabric on that site can be found here, and the last time I checked it's also sold here. There is a similar fabric called "Madison" but the pattern on that one is much smaller. If you look at the "fabric repeat" you'll notice that the Madison pattern repeats about every 3.6 inches and the Traditions pattern repeats every 12 inches. Which leads to the next point - if you look at the picture above you'll see that the pattern is centered on each of the runners, which makes each runner about 12" wide. When you order the fabric from Warehouse it comes on a big bolt, like this:It is hard to tell from this picture, but you can get three 12" runners per width of fabric. In other words, there are three whole big damask prints per width and if you make them that size you'll have some excess fabric on each side (we made these into ties for the high top tables on the patio). We were able to make 3 runners per 3 1/2 yards of fabric, meaning that we got 21 runners out of 25 yards of fabric (you can only order in whole increments). We ordered 26 yards in total, just to be safe, and had some left over for pillows. To make them look a little more "finished" we also added black bias tape to the edges. When you sew the tape on you don't have to finish the edges of the runners, you just fold the tape in half, put the edge of the runner in the middle like a sandwich, and sew it all together. Important note - I didn't actually do any of this so as much as I would like to help, I can't answer any sewing related questions! We bought the bias tape in bulk from JKM Ribbon. It is Wright's "single fold bias tape 7/8" folded width." The link to JKM should take you right to it. There are 3 yards per package and 3 packages per box (in other words, 9 yards per box) and we ordered 16 boxes. My Mom wound up having to run out and buy a few more packages of the bias tape, so you might want to get 17 boxes if you plan on making them yourself. Hopefully that covers it all....phew.

Where did you get the pearls for Lola’s collar (and what breed of dog is she)?Lola is a very mischievous miniature schnauzer and I found the pearls for her collar on ebay. They are 18mm fake pearls, so if you search ebay for "18mm pearls" you should come up with something. You can find the instructions for how to make the collar here and the revision on the clasp here.

Where did you buy the fabric for your ring bearer pillow?
I also found that fabric on ebay. It's Michael Miller avocado green damask fabric, if you search for "Michael Miller" damask fabric or "green damask fabric" you should turn up several results. The Michael Miller fabric actually comes in a bunch of cute color combinations, but the one I used is avocado.


LC said...

Oh Darci, our wonderful wedding pictures. Unfortunately, I have been talking to other Browers brides, some as far back as May weddings, that have still not gotten their proofs. I was hoping that I would get mine by the holidays but it is seeming like it won't happen :( I guess you can't rush perfection?!! If I were you, I would just go ahead and show your non-pro pics because you will probably be waiting awhile.

Adrienne said...

Those table runners are perfect! If you do put them on ebay let us know!!

Bridechka said...

Lola looks amazing in the pearls, I can't get over how cute that idea was.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know where to get those beautiful kraft paper number.
Thank you

Darci said...

I've seen the kraft paper numbers at my local JoAnn Fabrics, but if you search for "paper mache numbers" online, you can find some as well. This site seems to be a good resource:

Hope that helps!