Saturday, August 28, 2010

Have a great weekend

You may recall from last weekend, that we tried to go to the Marysville Hot Air Balloon Festival.  Well...it didn't happen because we were rained out.  We ended up have a super late dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse with Heather and Melanie. 
Little did we know that there is another balloon festival in our area (this one is even closer)!  I had to drive Danial to work on Friday morning (again...the VW is in the shop) and I was so giddy with excitement to see the balloons in the distance.  No question about it, we are going to "Balloons and Tunes."
After the balloon festival, we are planning a movie night with friends.  Should be a relaxing and fun filled day.  I'm very excited to enjoy this mild weather that Ohio has been having. 
The song for the weekend is a song that I can't believe I missed the first time 'round.  I still love the Killers and so far I am liking the solo Brandon Flowers stuff as well. 
Enjoy the music and have a great weekend!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Things I am {falling} for

Fall is in the air in Ohio and I am loving every minute of it.
I wake up in the morning to take the dog out and the air is crisp and the grass is wet between my toes.  I am still a little too eager to wear sweaters (I have to keep reminding myself that it is still August).  Lucky enough for me, I get to wear sweaters at work because the AC is controlled by the devil.
Here are a few things that I am loving for fall...
1) Pebbled Leather Clutch, L.L. Bean Signature $75
2) Martha Stewart Creature Mat, Grandin Road $79
There are no words.  I am in love with this mat and I will be stalking it until Christmas to see if it goes on sale.
3) Stretch Cord Pencil Skirt, L.L. Bean Signature $59
Cord + Pencil Skirt = Must Have!  I adore corduroy and I think I will like it even more in a skirt because I wont hear the "swoosh swoosh" sound that cord pants make.  I have had to turn off the computer a few times to stop myself from buying this skirt.  (We'll see how long that lasts.)
4) Short Sleeve Sweater, AE $34.50
I like the idea of a short sleeved sweater because you can wear it as a transitional piece into fall as well as layered in late fall through winter over an oxford or long sleeve T.
5) Sémillon Flat, ModCloth $44.99

So cute with jeans, dresses, or skirts.  These may be my birthday present to myself...  I'm already thinking of outfit combos.

Monday, August 23, 2010

No you DIYn't

I saw this wreath on the homepage of Etsy (on August 23) and I thought...I could do that!
Wreath made by seller ItzFitz.
I found this tutorial here courtesy of Craftstylish.  My plan is to make an autumn wreath in the next few weeks to get ready for fall.  I think a brown and orange wreath will look great against my new red door (to come in a few weeks).
Are you attempting any new crafts to get you in the mood for autumn? 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Martha, Martha, Martha!

While I don't necessarily consider myself a "Martha Stewart Bride", I found a few things online this weekend at Martha Stewart Wedding that I am seriously considering incorporating into our wedding day:
1) Linen Ring Pillow (how-to here)
We are not having a ring bearer or flower girl, but I am seriously obsessed with ring pillows.  I love the idea of this pillow because it is small and fits into our "vintage garden" theme.  I am going to be keeping my eye out for some vintage linens to be able to make this.  Would it be weird to ask on of the grooms men to carry the ring pillow?
2) Covered Button Blossom Boutineers (how-to here)
I'm not a huge flower person and I have always thought that floral boutineers are old fashioned and honestly, not Danial.  I really like the idea of these bout's and the fact that we would be able to keep these for always is an extra plus. 
3) Door Monograms (here)
We will be getting married in the front of the home at Taylor Mansion (photo here) and I have been debating on whether to have a wreath on the front door with wild flowers or to have our initials on the front door.  I like the idea of the initials because we can transfered these to the backs of our chairs at the ceremony and then display them in our home after the wedding. 
4) The Side Chignon (how-to here)
I'm not what I love more in this photo.  The bride's hair color or the easy elegence of the style.  I'm not sure I have the cajones to do my own hair; I can't barely do my own hair on a day-to-day basis, let alone my wedding day.  I definetly want something like this off to the side. 
5) Photos from the Past
I like the idea of this; I highly doubt I can pull of this execution, but perhaps something similar and smaller?  I like the idea of including pictures of Danial and I from our past somewhere at the reception.  Maybe at the bar or displayed during cocktail hour in the garden?

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Have a great weekend

Last night Danial and I went to a Columbus Clippers Baseball game and it was a blast.  By the time we got there, the only tickets that were available were standing room only.  We had never done their before and for $6 a ticket, I have to say it was one of the best nights ever.  (In this photo above we ended up sitting in the lawn out in left field because after standing for 6 innings, our dogs we killing us.)
It was really hot and sweaty and by this time I had already had a few brewskies.  (On a side note, Danial did not have any beer, although his eyes tell a different story in this photo.)
Today is going to be crazy, I can feel it in my bones.
Fergus has already thrown up on the floor, Danial is off to the junk yard to find a new bumper for his vehicle, we have a birthday party for a 2 & 3 year old at World of Bounce and then we are planning on heading to the Hot Air Balloon Festival with our friends Heather and Melanie.
The music selection is proof that some things just grow on you.  I hated The National when I first heard them, but little by little I have grown to like them. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Life is crazy

I have come to the terms with the fact that my blogging will probably not be every day like it was a few months ago.  Please forgive me. 
Life has just taken over and I'm trying to balance everything.  My laundry schedule still sucks.  I have three loads of dirty laundry piled up on our bedroom floor and another two loads of clean laundry downstsairs waiting to be folded.  Well...I say to you clean laundry, "You'll just have to wait!"  Also, we haven't had a chance to get on a good grocery shopping schedule.  Last night for dinner we had crusty french bread, kalamata olives, and hummus for dinner.  My lunch today will be Raisin Bran.  Its tough around here folks.
On the upside, I won $100 from work yesterday.  I am turning this $100 into a Home Depot gift card to help us get a little closer to finished on our front porch project.  Once the 90 degree days are behind us, we will be starting on this project.  We have finally found a color red we can both agree on and I've already purchased new cushions for our chairs.  (On a side note, these cushions are still $42 online.  I snagged them at our local store for $5 each.  Take that internet!)
While I haven't had time to devot to life's important things (laundry, food, etc) I have had plenty of time to find goodies on the internet.  Here is a sampling of what I am loving right now:
1) Burlap  table runners, Mason Jars and wild flowers. 
I'm pretty sure this couple was stealing my dreams.  (It has been weeks since I saw Inception and I still can't get it out of my head.)  I am completly in love with this wedding found courtesy of Style Me Pretty.  This is one of those photos I will be taking with me to show our wedding coordinator.  I want my tables to have this feeling.  Relaxed.  Simple.  Pretty.
2) Get out of the water!
Now.  I didn't find these online.  I actually bought them at Urban Outfitters a few weeks ago, but have yet to share them with you folks.  I can't wait to see him in these ridiculously funny socks on our wedding day.  I liked them because they are inconspicuous.  Without your pant leg hiked up, they will look like just another pair of boring black socks.  I am hoping to find some beautiful wedding shoes so we can do a wedding picture like this (found at 100 Layer Cake).
3) DIY (no DIT on this one)
Danial and I went thrifting last weekend and we found tons of goodies.  Danial found a vintage Kodak camera from the 60's.  It still works and he has been snapping photos with it all week.  I also found a jacket originally sold at Anthropology for $5.99 and a Kensie cardigan for $0.99.  However...the purchae I am most excited about is my wedding day hankie.  It is a Tiffany blue color with a little bit of crochet on one side and scalloped edges.  I may use patterns similar to the ones above, found at Sublime Stiching to sew flowers and my new monogram on it.  If I don't use Sublime Stiching for my hankie, I am for sure getting this kit to make something else.
4) Private moments
I love that this bride and groom took time to themselves for a class of champagne in the orchard to enjoy their first moments as husband and wife.  Aside from this private moment, their entire wedding is something out of a fairy tale.  I would have loved to be a guest at this wedding.  Hell, I would have loved to been part of the catering staff, just to be there!  You should check out the whole wedding here at Steep Street and here at Green Wedding Shoes.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

With a name like...

So this is my 100th post.  I'm sorry, but I can't help but think of Williard Scott; "Uncle Willy".  Gotta' love him.
It is hard to believe that this is my 100th post.  It has been nearly 7 months that I have been trying to post on the regular and it has been fantastic.  I've been able to explore other blogs and vent about my feelings, as well as eagerly plan my upcoming nuptials to my best friend.  Above else, this blog has been a place where I can be accountable to myself.  When I post things here online, in the "blogosphere" I feel like I have to stick to it.  (Which is good for my dieting, less good for things like laundry and dishes.) 
This blog has been an adventure.  I am glad that I have been able to look back on the past months and see where I've been and see where I'm going.  I'm glad I have this online space and I am very, very thankful for those of you that read this blog.  It is hard to believe that across this giant electronic wilderness we can make friends and connections.  Technology is great isn't it?  We can share in weddings and births and fashion.
After reflecting on the past months, I have been thinking about my upcoming months/years.  Here is what I've been planning and dreaming about:
1) Sewing
Photo courtesy Keeping It Curvy
I am buying myself a sewing class (and dragging my friend Heather with me).  I am signing up this weekend for a class closer to my birthday in September here at Sew to Speak.  I have been following Indiana over at Adored Austin and she has really inspired me to start creating!  I can already work a sewing machine, but I don't know the technical terms for anything.  Right now I just off memory from 7th grade HomeEc.  Once I get the basics down I'm sure I'm good to go.  A lifetime of watching my mom and grandma sew has probably already given me an ability I don't know that I have.  I also scored my own sewing machine this week.  My mom's best friend said I could have her old machine since she never uses it. I can't wait to take this class because I have been eyeing this fabric at Ikea and I can't wait to make new kitchen curtains.
2) Focus on the details.
When Danial and I started dating we took tons of pictures of each other and of things we were doing.  I'm not sure if it is because we are comfortable with each other and we have fewer "firsts" together these days.  Well...I realized I have got to start taking pictures and making concrete memories to share with our future babies.  (Here is a picture of me sweating my ass off over the weekend in Dan's car.  On a side notes, I have started calling the VW "the Hooptie" because he now has a red bumper because some "dumb ass broad" hit him a few weeks ago and her insurance is dragging their feet on getting it fixed.  Long story short, Dan said he would rather have a red bumper rather than a black bumper that is crunched in.  Also, said mis-matched VW also has no AC.  Stupid car!"
3) "Get me to the church on time"
Photo courtesy of Corbis Images
I am so happy to be marrying my best friend and one of the best people I know.  He has the most kind heart.  He makes me laugh everyday and has helped me see the world differently.  He has not changed me, but he has made me a better version of myself.  I truly believe that he has helped me become the person I was always meant to be.  I realized last week that two years into our engagement has gone so fast and that the last year, the year before we are married will probably fly by.  My goal for next 12 month is to not sweat the small stuff, the relish these last 12 month of Danial being my "fiance" *insert fancy french accent here*.  I realized that never again will we be what we are today and I want to savor every minute of it.  I want to plan our wedding together, not simply show Danial some color swatches, but really make it about us (not just about me).  Thanks to A Practical Wedding I have been able to search my soul and really focus on our lives together, not just the one day that have to celebrate our love with our friends sand family.
4) Find balance.
It is an understatement to say that I have a lot on my plate.  Take a look at my helpings: planning a wedding, my parents divorce, full-time job, part-time school earning my second bachelors degree, keeping house, friends, crafting, fitness, and trying to maintain and focus on my relationship with my love.  Through all this, my goal is try to try find balance. I keep telling myself that I only have 5 more classes until I am a graduate (again).  I keep trying to tell myself that 5 more classes and then I'm done.  But truthfully, I'm not sure I'll be done.  Schooling is one of those things that I find that I just can't be done with.  I realized that I probably should have gone to graduate school right out of college, but I wasn't lucky enough in money to be able to afford it, so I started working a full-time job and here you find me, trying to balance it all at once.  I am thinking that once this degree is done, I will take a semester off and then start classes for my masters degree. 

Thank you all for being along for the ride and for your feedback and encouragement.  It means a lot to know that you are there.  :-)

Office update

Over the weekend I made some huge progress on our home office. 
It went from this:
To this:
While it still needs a lot of work (don't even get me started on that bookshelf) it has come a long way and just needs some hardware to get it in shape.  Here is my shopping list for my next trip to Ikea:
1) KAJSA curtains, $29.99
Since I removed the closet doors I need another solution to hide the clutter when I am not working.  These curtains will do just the trick.  I love that they are neutral with a bit of pattern.  I may get two sets of these so I can put some on the window in the office as well.
2) ANDRUP rug, $19.99
I need this rug to cover the hardware that is in the floor for the hanging doors.  It will also help define the new workspace in the closet.  (The green also matches the color of our office chair that we got from Ikea last fall.)
3) RUTBO lamp, $39.99

Most of the lighting in our house has been replaced from the standard lighting that comes with these cookie-cutter homes.  The exception to this is the rooms that we don't spend a lot of time in: the office and the guest bedroom.  I plan to be spending a lot more time in the office for crafting, school work, and general computer stuff.  I think I deserve some pretty lighting to go along with my new room.
4) Closet desk
Photo courtesy of Martha, she rocks my world
I really want to make the closet into a work station like the one posted above, sans doors.  I'm thinking of either putting a heavy duty shelf in the closet strong enough to double as a work station or finding an old desk that perhaps could be modular.  (I'm thinking if I start sewing a lot I would want a semi-permanent work station so I don't have to lug my sewing machine to the dining table.)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Gotta get on a plan

My first dress shopping trip starts in the next few weeks and I really really really have to get on this fitness train.
I haven't gained any weight this summer (which is suprising considering all the booze and Dirty Franks).  But I haven't lost any either.  I need really start toning up for this wedding, but for dress shopping...I am going to subscribe to my new motto:  "fake until you make it".  I am going to order this for dress shopping and work hard so that one W-day I don't need it.
Also, the Big C Challenge didn't work out.  Honestly, I'm not sure anyone at work could stick to it.  I am going to try to make some "healthy" junk food like these Gooey Chocolate Brownies found via The Kind Life.

Recipe can be found here on the Kind Life and here on Morgan's own blog Little House of Veggies.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Love is...

The last couple of weeks love has been in the air. 
Perhaps it is because it is coming up on exactly one year until our wedding.  (I am excited because I can finally get excited about getting married since we've now been engaged for nearly two years.)  I have been seeing our love a lot differently the last few weeks.  I realized that Danial and I are already married in our hearts and our commitment to each other was established long ago and each day that passes it gets stronger and stronger and the wedding bands that we get next year will just be an outward expression of the bond that we already share.
Love is prepping the one you love for an up-coming interview.
Love is doing laundry and folding t-shirts exactly like he likes them.
Love is making a bet where dishes are the collateral and then following through and doing the dishes for two weeks. (Dan lost the best.)
Love is leaving love notes.
Love is calling to apologize after being in a fight.  (He even told me I looked pretty for the day.)
Love is listening.  (Especially when he talks about VW suspensions, light kits, dents/scratches, etc.)
Love is sharing each others dreams and goals.
Love is learning from each other. 
I know this might be really corny or silly, but I've just been feeling this overwhelming love for this man.  Maybe it is because of my parent's marriage falling apart and realizing what Danial and I have is totally different from what my parents had.  We lean on each other, but we don't depend on each other.  Does that make sense? 
Do you ever feel silly for loving your man or woman so much?  I am optimistic that after 5 1/2 years I still feel giddy when I think about him and I still look forward to being his wife and the life we have ahead of us...
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