February 16, 2010

Fabric, buttons, and wood-ware: I’m in love

This past weekend we finally finish one of my favorite projects! woodware sets :) Well basically is the wrapping of the napkins and our silverware (in this case bamboo-ware)

[ Photo by yours truly]

And event thought it looks like a “piece of cake” kind of project, we did had a lot of people involved to be able to finish.

On the beginning (About 4 months a go) Aunt J gave me a HUGE jar and a bag of buttons, from the minute I saw them I new I wanted to make something for the wedding with some of them, they are SO CUTE! So a week after I had Mr. Poodle and Groomsman Scott helping me separate all of the brown, purple and green buttons from the jar.

buttons They complain after the first half hour, but there’s nothing that been can’t relieve for them LOL

buttons2 I was a happy girl on an ocean of buttons :)

 buttons3 So after a couple of hours we had this bag full of buttons, step one was completed.

tela Then I selected a few different colors of fabric, to make the ring napkins.

tela1 MOH made a soup with water flour and glue for more body and to prevent fraying 

tela2 We let them dry on the back yard

tela3and cut little stripes.

I wanted to sew the buttons and make  button holes with the sewing machine but after sewing all of our invitation and labels, my enthusiasm for sewing little details started to fade, and at the end I choose to sew all the buttons by hand and just glue the fabric on the back, it might not look like what I imagine at first, BUT I’m still loving sewing, so it was for the best (I don't want to end up hating my sewing machine)

So this weekend with the help of Mimi (Mr Poodle’s grandma) and more family members at the ranch we sew all of the buttons to the little stripes of fabric.

210 of them! and after that we assemble the napkins and the awesome bamboo-ware!

[ Photo by yours truly]

The only catch is that we had to buy 1000 sets of bamboo-wear because that was the minimum, so now I have to find a way to use the 700 that we are not going to use for the wedding.

Do you have any ideas of what to do with all of them?


  1. Does anyone in the family need disposables for lunch at work? I know I have to use them often so that would be a great way to use them up. Or you could donate them to the food shelter? Just a few ideas I had off the top of my head.

  2. you can either donate it or make similar "sets" with the napkin ring and sell them on your shop. :)

  3. Would you be interested in selling just the forks? I'm currently looking for about 150 forks to serve our cake and would LOVE to buy them from you.

    email me at amandatout{at}gmail{dot}com if you're interested!

  4. I was going to use the same bamboo sets for my wedding. Would you consider selling them?

  5. Those guys look drunk.

    I am sure by buying 900 bamboo setups you kept a small town in Thailand employed.

    Who did you pay to steal all those buttons.

    Remember the queen of crafts ended up in jail running the inmate fashion show and got in trouble for picking Crab Apples in the yard.

    Carft on Martha, Craft on.


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