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DIY No-Sew Doily Wedding Dress

No-Sew Doily Wedding Dress

Well, hello again!

The last time I wrote a blog post was in December 2013. We are still living in Nashville, where I’m in my last year of Ophthalmology residency. Major life events since that last post include: raising a mini goldendoodle puppy who is now 2 years old, deciding to pursue further specialized training in Oculoplastic surgery, and learning that we’re expecting a baby girl in May 2016.

There were so many unique, handmade projects involved in our 2012 Mammoth Lakes wedding, and I had always meant to write about them… but here we are four wedding seasons later. For now I’ll write about my wedding gown, which I dreamed up around this time of year in 2012.

doily wedding dress front

via joielala | Taryn Kent & Shelby Clark

So if you’re searching for a wedding dress this year, here’s a unique idea: take a plain bridesmaid dress and glue a bunch of doilies to it. My dress turned out exactly how I’d envisioned it to be, and as a bonus it was super budget-friendly.

doily wedding dress back

via joielala | Taryn Kent & Shelby Clark

Read on for details on how I created this dress.

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2012 Bloggy Olympics

Hi, I’m Caroline. This is my crafty DIY blog. I’m excited to be participating in my first group blog event.

Welcome to the 2012 Bloggy Olympics passing of the torch.

WHEN: Today, every hour today 6am to 11pm central time.

WHAT: Each participating blog will post an intro to their Olympic event.

A HUGE thank you to Janel at Hating Martha for getting us together!





Be sure to come back on Friday June 8, 2012 at 7pm central time to link up your blog!


EVERYONE is invited to link up their own projects.

Linkies will be open each week from Thursday 7pm through Friday 11:59pm central.

This year’s Olympic events:

  • DECORATING (Week of Sat June 9th)
  • KITCHEN (Week of Sat June 16th)
  • PAINT (Week of Sat June 23rd)
  • CRAFT (Week of Sat June 30th) — MY WEEK!
  • FABRIC (Week of Sat July 7th)
  • OUTDOORS (Week of Sat July 14th)

Read on to find out more about me & the CRAFT event I’m co-hosting.

Hi there! For those who have been reading my blog for awhile, you may have noticed a lack of personal information.

What do you look like?

When I met up with another blogger in person, she said, “I had no idea what you looked like. I couldn’t find a picture of you anywhere on your blog!”

There were exactly TWO pictures of me on the blog, one here (really small in a picture frame), and the other here with a camera infront of my face.

Why do your posts lack insight into your life?

I don’t think anyone straight out ever asked me this, but everything I’ve ever read about blogging says to share some personal information so your readers can connect with you. Most of my posts have been straightforward tutorials without much personality. That ties into the next question…

What do you do in real life?

The lack of personal information was because I’m a medical student, and I was applying to medical residency programs. During my two years of blogging here I met a few people who had a like-minded goal to remain relatively anonymous.

This June I’m finishing a combined MD-PhD program at UCLA. It took me NINE years to get both degrees. I got them so I can eventually do clinical research to save people’s eyesight.

Starting this July I’ll be doing an internship in general medicine at UC Irvine. Tip: if you EVER need to go to the hospital in the months of July-August, go to a PRIVATE hospital, or any one that does not have residents working there!

Then in July 2013 I’ll be moving to Nashville for Ophthalmology residency. That’s right, I’m going to be an eye surgeon in a few years (in case anyone was wondering why I have an eyeball Pinterest board!)


  • Birthdate: October 4, 1980
  • Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island
  • Hometown: Niskayuna, New York (near Albany)
  • Residence: Manhattan Beach, California
  • Height: 5 ft 4.75 in =)
  • Teammates: Lesley at Freaking Craft, Liz at Here’s to Handy Andy
  • Olympics: 2012
  • Event: #4 Crafting — Starting Saturday June 30, 2012

More about me:

  • Who is your biggest fan?
    My fiancé Kyle
  • How do you think most people will remember you?
    A kind, savvy, crafty individual.
  • What do you do in your spare time that isn’t blogging?
    What spare time? Currently: wedding planning, running, yoga.
  • What are you really bad at that you would love to be good at?
    I have terrible hand-eye and hand-foot coordination, so I’m terrible at all sports that involve those things.
  • What are the main lessons you’ve learned in life?
    Take care of yourself.
    Be ok with yourself.
    Treat others as you would want people to treat your children (I don’t have any kids yet but you get the idea).
  • How did you choose this event?
    I think the event chose me. Most of my blog is about making crafty decorations or accessories, so the CRAFT event was a perfect fit!
  • What is your greatest challenge in this event?
    Writing this post in time. Sorry that’s not a very good answer… I’m obviously in a rush! It’s always a challenge trying to make everything look just the way I want. I’ve clearly spent too much time making all the graphics for this post.
  • What tips do you give to a beginner starting out in this event?
    Everyone has epic craft fails, sometimes even multiple fails at the same project. Start each craft project with an open mind & try to come up with a creative solution or variation if things don’t go according to the original plan.


The project is a surprise. Plus I haven’t made it yet, so there’s no preview of the actual project. But here is a sneak peek at what inspired me…


Photo Credits: 1, 2, 3

Happy Olympics!