Tuesday, October 30, 2012

White Dress?

This picture is from our Engagement party.  We took a few of just the two of us before the party got goin'.  The pictures don't do it justice, but I Loved this dress!!

I didn't love it as much as my wedding dress, obviously, but this dress was fun and flowey and even had some Bling-Bling to it.  Tell me what girl wouldn't like that right!?!

Just this past weekend we attended a friend's wedding, wishing them well on their new path together.  When trying to figure out what I wanted to wear for this joyous event, my mind kept roaming back to this dress!  I know, I know, I can't wear a white dress to someone else's wedding, that's so not cool!  But... what if I had this dress in another color....?

I thought about dyeing the dress, but with the many layers of different fabrics, and the bling-bling all together, that was not a viable option.  So taking a long shot in the dark, I went to the store where I got my White Dress (Mom picked it out for me, Thanks Mom!), even though it had been over a year since my white one was purchased... and what do you know, on a Clearance rack, in the back, all alone, was One dress, in my size, and...in exactly my color!!

Thank You to the Retail Gods!
Oh, and her dress was kinda pretty too! :-)

Saturday, October 20, 2012


There are a lot of things that have changed since my Man and I have gotten married.  Some psychological and some concrete, some have been harder to get used to than others, but some have been fun to look forward to.

One thing that I've been looking forward to is this project that I've had on my mind for quite a while now.  When I first moved into the condo, I went with a friend to the "Plaster Fun Time" nearby and painted an "F" which has hung on the door for the past 3 years proudly boasting my last initial and my artsy nature.  But now that that "F" is no longer my last initial, I had to come up with another boastable product...
So the "C" was born:

Below you can see it's infancy stages:
I printed a basic block letter from online, and put my nails in at regular intervals.

Once I had all the nails in, the paper was pulled off, pretty much clean with minor tweezer pulls for those pesky minor pieces that I could get off.

Full Grown:
Embroidery thread is then looped around the nails in succession, trying to keep the pattern relatively even and balanced.

This baby now hangs on our front door!!
I am so happy to have it done, and to have had my Hubs hang it on the front door yesterday while I was at work.  It's still makes me do a little double-take when I get to my new front door, but then it makes me smile as I learn to own my new last name.

I also used this technique to make a gift for my favorite baby girl:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


No, I'm not pregnant!
But, it seems like everyone around me is!  And I'm thoroughly enjoying basking in their excitement and filling up my days and nights with coos and baby smiles.

Sunday, October 7th, one of my bridesmaids had a beautiful baby girl!!  Her name is Milana! And I love her!  She is the perfect little gem, and I'm happy to welcome her into the world via cyber-space.  Which let's face it, is going to play an even bigger part of her life than is has in my generation.

Hmmm, generation...that word has taken on whole new meaning to me now that I feel like there's officially a generation that's younger than me!  This baby will not have lived through September 11th.  She won't ever (most likely) see $2 on a gas pump.  She will never know what it was like to not have the internet.

Yea, life is weird.  But I'm so happy to be sharing in hers :)

(Please ignore the crazy hairdo...it was a long day!)
(Oh no one was looking at me because Milana is so cute!  ok then, that's  good.)

Friday, October 5, 2012

Mini Post-Wedding Project

Can I just say...I wish it was my wedding again!!

Our wedding day was Amazing!  There were so many people from all corners of our lives that came out to celebrate with us.  I wish I could remember every second, every conversation, every facial expression, and every hug.  Alas, my memory's not quite that good, so I rely on the collective memories of those around me, and of course, all of the photos!

One thing that I have to concretely remember everyone who was there, are the cards.  The cards that people are generous and thoughtful enough to bring for us on our Wedding day.  But what do you do with these cards once the wedding's over, you've gone through them all, and sent out all of the thank you notes?  These cards, some with just a simple "congratulations" and some with heartfelt words written on every inch...what do you do with these now that the wedding is over?

Well we all know I wasn't going to throw them away!  So I went to my friend Pinterest!  Anyone heard of her?  She's got so many Amazing ideas, I figured she had to have something to help me.  And low and behold I found a simple picture here and had my inspiration!

One trip to AC Moore and an hour later I had this:

I have plans for where this is going to live, and don't worry babe, I already have a spot on the wall I've been saving for it.  This little mini project is going to combine on the wall with another wedding memento project...but that one deserves it's own post, so stay in touch.

I promise I won't go MIA for the next 2 months if you won't :)