Friday, February 29, 2008
One of my post wedding resolutions is learning to let go and trust others. You may have known this forever but I just learned that I am a total control freak! hehe SO as my first practice, I am trusting this decision to the expertise of my knowledgeable mom and totally considerate and practical fiance. I know they will do a fabulous job hunting and finding the house for us to call home! Wish us luck! <3
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I've always suspected but was recently reminded about how a lot of the joy of a wedding is in the planning and not just the Big Day alone. Really, while it feels like you are doing all this stuff for everyone else, it is everyone else that is equally excited to witness and celebrate (genuinely celebrate) your joining in marriage. How beautiful is that?! I am positively overwhelmed with the amount of help I have been offered from family and friends. Mark and I feel incredibly blessed to have their support!
If you have people like this in your life, I encourage you to just express this to them, even if they already know; everyone just needs to be reminded of it now and then... To my beautiful mother, I owe a lifetime of gratitude. I love you mom!!!
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Note: My hair does not hold curl well. Unless it is a very tight curl which is not the look pictured here :( But on the other hand, we all know I have the heaviest hair and it is very hard to pin it up and expect it to stay (especially since I plan on cutting some rug on the dance floor!!!) HELP!!!
On a side note, look how long my hair is getting!
It's so tempting to cut it to my shoulders but I need the length for the wedding.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Linette (my sister from another mister) accompanied me to the previously blogged about Paper Source wedding event. -WAIT- Rewind... when I told Linette what the event was all about, her reply was: "wait, what? you want to check out paper? huh?" Upon further explanation, she basically laughed at me and called me names and advised me not to share my love of paper with anyone else... ya too late. This is important to the story because within only seconds of entering my ridiculed favorite store, I lose Linette to the lure of patterns, textures, and vibrance of - you guessed it - PAPER! If you could only see us prancing around the ultra packed store squealing, "OMG look at this! Try this!" We are so embarassing! And then we make a bee-line for the do it yourself craft table and like 7 year olds (no offense 7 year olds), we grab all the flourish-y stamps, metallic ink pads, & glitter tubes like we were on some distinct mission NOT to share the good stuff. We learn the art of embossing from the totally unimpressed sales staff, and hours (yes hours) later we leave with our new rubber stamp kit, our embossing tools, and an enthusiastic passion for handmade craft products. We thought we were sooooo cool with our new found knowledge and lingo! haha what a bunch of nerds! I would post a picture of what we made but I know for a fact, my photography skills would just not do it any justice :( but all I can say is if you dont have one of these, your missing out on some serious Saturday night fun -
Its an embossing heating tool... DUH!
So that was the Paper-Source event. After that we went to Michaels, Tall Mouse Crafts, & Joann's Fabrics to look for ribbon to decorate the centerpieces - no luck whatsoever, not even close. I get Linette every Saturday though, so you can expect to hear more about this. Yay for you!
Sunday - On Sunday, Mark and I thought we would start to tackle our Bed, Bath, & Beyond gift registry. This was after much debate if we even register at all because the truth is we dont really need anything. As it is, we have way too much stuff and no place to put it. But then we took a look around our room. Cozy as it is, there is a black tv stand across from me, a light colored desk adjacent to the bed. We dont own one set of matching towels and we have "aquired" table settings. It is one beautiful disaster and has been functional thus far but we realized that as we are building a new life together, we should take advantage of everyone's willingness to generously help us build a home together. So there we are at BBB - Me with the clipboard, Mark with the scanner (how fun!) working our way down the "suggested checklist"
The Suggested Checklist... hmmm how do I put this? Cherry pitter, hands free apple pealer, beef jerky maker. 'nuff said.
The results - 2 1/2 hours later we were physically and mentally exhausted and entirely overwhelmed with the massive selections. Even me, the disturbingly obsessive shopper, was like "eh whatever, just scan it" I know some major damage control needs to happen but its yet another task that will have to wait for now. I figure we are much better online shoppers anyways and BBB has a great website.
SO that was my weekend - very small baby steps but its a start...
Man, I'm good at starting stuff ;)
Friday, February 15, 2008
Tonight Mark, Mom, & I "sampled" 11 appetizers, 3 salads, 2 entrees, and 3 desserts at the Madison. Before you label us oinkers, know that we did it all for you, so that your wedding selections will be only the finest - and markessa approved ;)
I would love nothing more than to elaborately describe the results of our tasting with you, however this may be one detail that I leave to the element of surprise. Me? Keep my mouth shut? About food? Ya ok, we'll see how long that lasts!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
I am not bashing anyone who makes friends with the hallmark holiday. Nor do I shy away at the offer of a delicious not-good-for-me chocolate. But yes, I am urked that everywhere I turn there are flowers and I LOVE flowers but not overpriced ones on February 14th. And I am slightly peeved that none of our favorite places will do a takeout order, which probably means I am eating Mac n Cheese again tonight. And I am irrate that I could not find a parking space at Target because your men are desperately looking for a last minute card!
Ok maybe I do hate Valentine's day just a little...
Monday, February 11, 2008
I guess, on the bright side, one good thing that can be said about me is that when I make a decision it has been thoroughly considered and I get a great deal of satisfaction from this. I booked my florist today and I couldn't be more pleased and excited to work with her! Not only because she was my first choice and I have admired her work on many knottie bios, but because she has challenged me to be more decisive and creative. Stay tuned for some of my ideas for my do it yourself vases/candle holders. IN the meantime, check out the inspiring floral creations of the ever so popular and equally talented, Flower Allie. [click here to see her blog]
Friday, February 8, 2008
There is another page missing but it wouldnt upload for whatever reason. I basically included a who's who page (that SOB took me forever!) , important dates, accomodations info, and then some updates on the bm dresses for the girls, and attire guidlines for the guys. I thought it was a great way to give everyone a heads up on what's going on and whats coming up.
DIY: I really used a little of everything - some Pages templates on my mac, and then just played around on MS Publisher, & MS word.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
One of my favorite places to kill an hour is roaming the displays at Paper Source. I browse the paper walls, admire the latest letterpress projects, and start up craft related venting session with the sales girls "just cuz." You can only imagine my excitement when I saw the flyer for their upcoming wedding paper event in a few weeks. This one day workshop will feature live demos & inspiration for do-it yourself gals (& guys!) and best of all it's F-R-E-E! The South Coast Plaza location will be hosting their event on February 16th! You can bet I'll be there with my craft bag (and camera) in hand!