Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Very Radical Wedding

Most of the time, I forget that people actually read this blog. It still feels like it always has, where I'm holed up in my apartment covered in glue, except now I write about it on the internet. But every now and again, a reader will reach out and I get so excited, probably (definitely) more excited than the the other person (Like the other weekend, when for the first time ever, a reader said hi to me when I was at the farmer's market. I was overwhelmed and excited and savoring my first taste of the big life...right when Lucille fucking peed on my foot. Those closest to you will always keep you grounded.) 

Anyways, foot pee aside, I got an email earlier from Christina, who recently eloped and wanted to add some personal touches to the day, and whipped up a classic black & white version of the r/p wedding banner:


The FAQ section of your web site clued me in that you would have cool, not-too-precious crafty shit on your site, and when I read all the posts, I came across two things that I knew I had to do for the upcoming weekend o'elopement: a banner and some engineer prints. 

I'm terrible at sewing, especially since I don't own a sewing machine, ha ha, but your banner tutorial was amazing. I used furniture fabric instead of canvas, since I currently live in a small Southern town and that's what my Hobby Lobby (ugh, I know) had, and I used a super-fat Sharpie for the lettering. We went black and white because, hey, why fuck with a classic. 

We decided on The Drevlow Olson Show because that's the URL of our shared author web site (yeah, we've been together for like nine years). I actually used Stitch Witchery to attach both the ribbon trim and another piece of fabric to back the banner, then flipped the top over the dowel and super-glued the fabric to itself. It held up beautifully. Later, we hung it on the hideous paneled wall of our rented house, and it makes an excellent backdrop for our dog Truman to pose with.


My first thought when I read this was "THAT LOOKS SO GOOD", and my second was "Why the FUCK did I not use markers on my banner?? I painted it as a last minute gift to my brother and his wife when they asked me to take a few pictures for their tiny, DIY wedding, and the paint was still wet all the way to the courthouse. Plus, the markers just look so clean and graphic and classic. I love it. 

They rounded out elopement weekend with one more DIY, engineering prints seen here and here on r/p:


As for the engineer prints, I decided to make three 18x24" prints to frame and hang up for the party afterward. I used a quote from Parks and Rec, and two lyrics, one from a Dawes song and one from a The National song, because we are those people. They cost $5 total. I used frames from around the house, because college professors make like ten dollars annually. 

Thank you so much for sharing, and congratulations Ben & Christina! And thanks to all of you for being really awesome readers, I appreciate you so, so very much.

xo,
z

7 comments:

  1. It's so exciting to see your ideas proliferate! This is pure brilliance!

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    1. its always exciting to see them go somewhere and go somewhere so.much.better. than i did it hahah

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  2. Ah Lucille. Keepin' it real, yo.

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    1. she's like the canine equivalent of when 50 cents gma makes him still take out the trash when he comes home (https://twitter.com/50cent/status/22201409032_

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  3. Ah, Lucille. Keepin' it real, yo.

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  4. "I want to hurry home to you" is just the best. The Supremes might say that "You Can't Hurry Love" but after two years of lusting over my best friend I hurried that shit up and into a damned relationship and well, here we are...

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    1. DON'T TELL ME WHAT TO DO, DIANA ROSS.

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