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DIY SKILLZ: Making Kaylee’s Parasol

30 Dec

Hello all!

First off, I’d like to wish the entire Hive a belated Happy New Year! It’s now 2014. The Bighorns are counting down the days to the wedding!

Over the Chrissy break, I decided to start (and finish) a DIY project I’ve been dying to do since Mr Big showed me a particular parasol. This particular project is very much connected to the “geeky” aspect of the wedding.

I documented it in the last post, but just as a reminder – folks, I wanted to make Kaylee’s Parasol:

kaylee and her parasol

Kaylee, the mechanic from the cult TV show Firefly, and her colourful parasol. / Image via The Verse – The Firefly/Serenity Costuming Club.

For those who aren’t in the know, Kaylee is a character from Mr Big’s Favourite.TV show.EVER. This TV show is called Firefly and was actually written by Joss Whedon, the guy who made the biggest superhero film of all time, The Avengers.

As documented in my last post, I could not find anyone who sold Kaylee’s parasol in Australia or was willing to ship it over from America for cheapsies. And so, with that, I turned to the DIY route. Before I begin, let me all just refresh your memories.

The parasol looked like this:

kaylee's parasol

Taken from When Geeks Wed.

First off, I purchased a relatively cheap plain white paper parasol.

plain white paper parasol

A plain white paper parasol purchased from Lantern Shop.

After I received it, I didn’t do anything with it for a little bit because I was scared I would fail and ruin it. During the Xmas break (NB: Merry belated Xmas from the Bighorns!), I sat down and began planning out what to do.

I won’t lie. I didn’t do this project on my own (everyone knows how much I fail at arts and crafts, right?). I got most of my advice from When Geeks Wed, but adjusted it to suit what I needed.

For example, I found that overlaying construction or scrap paper over the parasol and fastening it with scotch tape was much easier than putting it underneath the parasol. I would then trace around the paper to make the swirl needed.

I didn’t take pictures of this part of the DIY process because I had to adjust the swirl a lot before I was happy with it. I found it easier to do the swirl roughly and then just eyeball it until it looked just right.

DIY_kaylee_step 1

The crafting corner I had set up! At this point, I was ready to start painting. Unfortunately, I did the swirl lightly with a blunt pencil, so you can’t really see it unless you look closely.

I then began painting!

I started off as the tutorial instructed – the green swirl.

DIY_kaylee_step 2

As you can see in the picture, it looked rough! I had only put on one coat of green paint by that point. If you do intend on doing this project, I highly recommend a few coats of paint. After I was relatively happy with the green swirl, I moved on to the yellow one:

DIY_kaylee_step 3

Can you see the thickened green paint? Also, you can see the beginnings of the final red swirl!

I forgot to take a picture of the yellow swirl being painted, but it’s all the same anyway! J After the yellow one was done, I started with the red (as you can see above).

Like I said before, a few coats of paint really does do wonders!

Once I was happy enough with the coats of paint, I went over the edges with an “angular shader” brush (basically, a brush with angled bristles). You could probably do the edges with a fine-tipped brush, but I highly recommend the angular shader if you want a smooth finish.

This is what I ended up with:

DIY_kaylee_step 4

The finished product!

I’m quite proud of it! I’ve been getting tonnes of compliments on it and I can’t wait to use it on the day. Mr Big says that I did a very, very good job on it too. So smiles all around!

One thing to note though, when I closed the parasol I had to be careful to make sure it folded properly (don’t worry guys, it did!). The paint makes it a little bit bigger than it was originally when folded, but overall, not much change (other than the nice coat of paint, of course).

What do you guys think? Does anyone else intend on DIY’ing some of their own painted parasols?

(All images personal unless otherwise stated.)

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Two is Better Than One

30 Sep

Hello people! This post will be pretty short, but something I’ve been mulling over since Saturday.

I mentioned in a previous post that my bridesmaids will be carrying parasols down the aisle. I’ll be holding a bouquet, but I’d ideally want a parasol as a “prop” during photo-taking.

They make for fabulous photos:

To the reception! An amazing shot by FS Photography

To the reception! / Image via Wedding Chicks, photography by FS Photography.

Now, originally, I was going to get this beauty:

cherry_blossom_parasol

Pretty cherry blossom! / Image via Chinatown Online Shopping.

It’s pretty, it’s ivory, it’s got cherry blossoms on it – a feature which has been predominant in our planning and invitations. With this as my parasol, my girls would be holding ivory parasols. The pictures, to me, would look gorgeous!

But then, Mr Big found this baby:

Shiny, innit? / Image via Think Geek.

For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s Kaylee’s parasol. If you don’t know who Kaylee is, she’s a character off a sci-fi TV show called Firefly.

Firefly had a short, but awesome, run. Each episode was as good as the last, and each episode was filled with witty one-liners and awesome characterisation. This show was also the brainchild of one Mr Joss Whedon – the same guy who directed The Avengers.

Now for those who don’t know Mr Big and I very well, we’re very geeky. So having this parasol as the bridal parasol would just be spectacularly awesome! Not a lot of people will understand it, but my gosh, Mr Big and I will.

After a poll I did with friends, I got a resounding majority saying that I should just have both parasols. I thought about the pros and cons and decided that, yes it was a wee bit excessive, but both of them just suited the look and feel of the wedding: elegant and geeky. I could use the cherry blossom parasol with my girls, and the Kaylee-inspired parasol with Mr Big!

With that, I went in search of the right sort of parasol.

My search for a relatively inexpensive Kaylee-inspired parasol pulled up trumps. There was no one who sold it in Australia or were willing to get it shipped here. The shops in America which sold Kaylee-inspired parasols were eeeeexpensive.

Meanwhile, during my search for a Kaylee-inspired parasol, I stumbled on a much cheaper parasol with a cherry blossom motif. I polled both Mama Bighorn and Mr Big, and both stated that the cheaper parasol was actually much prettier and more fitting to our wedding then the one above. Yay! And so with that, I snatched it up. I also found they sold a plain white paper parasol for about the same price!

What’s with the plain white paper parasol?, I hear you ask.

Well guys, I decided to DIY the Kaylee-inspired parasol! More on that in the next post!

Who else decided that two was better than one when it came time to find props for the wedding? Who else is using, or has used, a parasol for wedding photography?

Parka – Check, Coat – Check, Scarves – Check, Birthday present?

11 Jul

Hey guys!

Two more days ’til we fly, and I’m excited! And also, stressed.

Why is it so hard to pack for winter!?

I think I’m just worried we won’t fit everything, but I’m pretty sure my doubts are unwarranted and unfounded. This here is a list of things I’m bringing over to Kiwi-land. It’s not complete, ’cause I’m not sure what GP wants to bring over, but most of these are for a colder climate than Sydney. Right now it’s about 9 degrees there, compared to the local weather of 16 degrees here. So yeah… I’ll be freezing my badonk off. We’ll also be hitting the snows as well as the Hot Springs in Hanmer Springs, where GP has informed me that it will be SNOWING. I’m UBER excited!

Yee, real snow! ❤

Here’s a breakdown of what I’ve sorted so far:

  • 1 x winter Parka
  • 1 x windbreaker (GP’s – my parka should do this job fine)
  • 2 x coats for ei (one for e-session and casual wear, and one for more formal-type wear)
  • 1 x coat for GP (for e-session and casual wear)
  • 3 x scarves for ei (packed 2, wearing the other)
  • 2 x snow gloves (1xGP, 1xei)
  • 4 x gloves (1xGP, 3xei)
  • 2 x board shorts (1xGP, 1xei)
  • 2 x one-piece swimsuits
  • 1 x sarong
  • Assorted tights, thick socks, underwear and thermal wear!

I’ve also packed GP’s birthday present in the suitcase. I know he reads this blog, but he doesn’t know what the birthday present is, so I’m safe in the knowledge that he won’t find it!

Hahaha! MINE IS AN EVIL LAUGH!

MINE IS AN EVIL LAUGH!!

Anyway!

I know this was a totally unrelated post to the wedding, but I really am eager to be going to NZ. I love going there and it’ll be my first Winter in Kiwiland. Which will be documented by our photographers! (Did I mention that our photographers are awesome?) Can’t wait to see all of my Kiwi friends too! 😀