Sunday, December 20, 2009

Honeymoon

We're on our way to Maui!!  So I'll leave you with a few photos at the reception...


My sister/maid of honor and her fiance


sisters....

um... I'm a wee bit excited, can you tell?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wow. I'm Married and Back at Work

We've got a week before we leave for Maui, a week I'm at work and Coach is giving finals.  So before I do recaps (not that anyone is reading), I wanted to list where I got everything for the wedding.

ETSY:

Amanda from Design Whimsy made our boutonniers, corsages, my broach, Caitlin's broach, and my hair pin.

Custom Blooming Branch Bowl from Palomena's Nest

Siblings Custom Silhouette Print (to Caitlin as a gift) from Le Papier Studio

Hearts and Hands Custom Print from le Papier Studio

Smitten Sticks from Le Papier Studio

Smile Handprinted Letterpress Poster from Roll and Tumble Press

Coach's Hand Made Cuff-Links (his surprise pre-wedding gift) from Katie Poterala (she was WONDERFUL, and even knew what the Fibonacci Sequence was. fantastic)

OTHER VENDERS:

Frames for all my weird shaped things, from The Rusty Roof on Amazon (so cheap, even with shipping and the frames were beautiful and came with glass, backings, and hangers. a steal).

Wedding and Engagement Photos by James Lo Piccolo

Invitations from Invitation Avenue

Dress & Maid of Honor Dress from Alfred Angelo

Tattoo Removal (no joke, they were awesome ladies and very reasonable and it.is.gone. with no scars, no nada!) at Derma Clinic of Texas

Mr. & Mrs.

So I feel like I'm already forgetting things. I'm married though, and that keeps surprising the poop out of me.  I look down and see my extra band, look at Coach's hand and see his shining ring on his handsom hands, or I just see how happy he is, and feel how relaxed I am. Overall, being married is badass. I am so calm and even, I don't even remember what it was like before I was constantly doing wedding crafts and multiple DIY projects. We have our study back, my sanity has returned, and we're enjoying each other. No, I didn't mean that in a dirty way.... but I can't really deny that either. :) teehheeeee

I'm not going to say everything wasn't crazy. I don't think I sat still from the time I got off work last Wednesday until probably Sunday morning after all our guests had flown out, bags were unpacked at home, and the puppies were once again cuddled on my lap. Oh the puppies... you are my sanity keepers (ironic since they're the most insane creatures ever, but maybe that's why I love them. they make me seem normal). 

There was a lot of family drama leading up to thursday and I cried. A.L.O.T. and I was pissed too. But once I finally arrived (very late) to the rehearsal, I huged Coach and he did what he does best -- he calmed me down by just holding on too tight, cracking a (stupid) joke, and holding my hand -- reminding me that I'm really only here for HIM. That the whole pile of shit was just for him, to marry him. It's harder to remember that than I thought. really hard, which it shouldn't be but it was.

Thursday Kristine picked up all my reception stuff and took care of everything, it was awesome. And I let her do all of it. Then my sister came over and we went to get our hair done, mom met us there, we went and found her a black scarf to wear, and got our nails done. We were (of course) later than usual, ran into traffic to the church, but got there just around the time everyone was there. And between that time and walking down the isle everything is a blur. Photographer taking photos of my dress, giving people stuff to put around church, watching mom cry at Coach's card and gift, getting strapped into my dress by 2 of my best friends, taking photos in the small chapel, then all of a sudden--it was here.

It was surreal. We were taking photos (Mom, Caitlin, and I) then one of the church ladies came in and said they were ready for us. I am thinking "ok 5 minutes, oh sh*t". Then we walk around the corner where they said Thursday we'd wait, and we didn't wait. when she said they were ready, I remember hearing (vaguely over my racing heart) the music I had so carefully picked out, and walking towards the door and seeing the boys holding it open. It hit me: I'm walking NOW. And I have to turn around to find my mom and we hold hands and walk. I could NOT believe it. I almost lost it when I saw my cousins bawling, and then I saw Coach and it took everything in me to not make out with him right then. He looked like.... my life. :)

then we went through the whole service, surveyed the audience for our friends and family, I stuck my tongue out at my sister (heheee), we said our vows, put our rings on, had communion, and were announced. I don't know how long it was, but I couldn't belive it was happening. I kept looking at Jon and all I could do was smile. He dipped me and I floated back down the isle with my stunning husband beside me for all of eternity.

And the reception was just as awesome...

and I still can't breathe when I think of him, still want to pinch myself when he calls me his wife, and still want to marry him every day of my life. I'm so in love. And I thought I loved you then...

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Wedding Gift to the Hubs

Here is what I had custom made over at Etsy by Katie Poterala!!

They're the Fibonnaci Spiral. :) Very geeky, very mathy, very Coach.

And not to mention awesomely beautiful, handmade, and inexpensive!! yay Katie! She was a pleasure to work with!

Friday, December 11, 2009

We're Married


We're Married. I've scheduled this to post right as we say our vows, so no thats not a photo of us. Hello it's December. I'm sure I'll be back monday to tell you all about it. We don't leave for our honeymoon until the 20th (Coach's little brats have finals, jerks).

Love,
Mrs. Coach

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wedding Blogs

I just removed a few of the wedding blogs I'd been following. One in particular because she is trying desperately to be a hardcore blogger I think, and it's really just obnoxious because before she was quirky and now she's just weird. like no I dont care about your style circle attempt, by posting your outfit for the day. *barf*. Also another few have disapeared or changed in similar ways, so I deleted them too. Ah well...

ugh. i can't even read that first one without wanting to stab my eyes with grapefruit spoons. sad because I acutally liked her originally.

2 days, my last day at work, and tonight I have my inspection on the new house. woopie!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

3 days


Let me just say this, the closer you get to your wedding day you become very aware of who is worth the time you put into your relationship. I'm not speaking about Coach. I'm talking about friends, insane family, and the like. It has become abundantly clear that I'm not the one causing stress, it's all the stupidity that keeps arrising surrounding these people. That if they would just back the F off, and go "maybe we shouldn't bother her with our ridiculous drama, she's probably got a lot on her plate what with getting married this week and all her family driving/flying into town, I'll keep my petty, retarded behavior to myself." but NOOOOOOO....

Oh and I'm sorry, yes I have missed lots of phone calls. Yes, I am returning them, no I am not able to return them five seconds after you left the message. Do not immediately text me, email me, and then call again.
  • If you call me, leave a message--if you don't leave a msg don't expect a call back.
  • If you call me and leave a message, expect either
    • A. I'll call you within 2-6 hours or
    • B. I'll email you the answers to your 800 questions that I shouldn't have to deal with.
Is this rocket science? perhaps.

I've planned this entire thing without the aid of anyone except periodic input from Coach. Now is not the time for you to suggest that I should have had things organized for out of town guests the following weekend. Newsflash: I don't care, and the people involved don't either. 

for those of my awesome friends picking up centerpieces friday and taking them to the venue, picking up things after the ceremony, and loading vehicles before our departure from reception: you are awesome and I hope to not abuse you. but I also cannot do it, I've come to that realization. I also no longer give a sh*t. Here's why:
  • I just don't
  • I'm tired
  • my house finally sold monday
  • I'm signing on the new house next week
  • I have the inspection on the new house tomorrow
  • I've not taken all this week to deal with you people, I'm working Mon, Tues, Wed.
  • It's not going to be perfect no matter how hard I try, and Coach is too tired at this point to support any more panic attacks so I'm done too (wise advice)
  • I just want to be married. I don't care what else happens. I'm excited to get my hair done friday, put my dress on, and go to the church. other than that: you're S.O.L.
  • It's my party. You paying for it? no? then shut up. You helping with anything? No? The shut the F up.
  • My mom is sick, and I just want things to be easy for all of us. You are making her more stressed, me more stressed, and driving us all insane. take a flippin' chill pill. I want her to enjoy this time not worry about you and your drama.
  • I am excited to see all my friends from out of town, my family (my dad's family!! My cousins are coming! they are AWESOME!), and all our guests---you will not ruin that for me.
so there. it's 3 days out. Thursday I will be going to the vineyard to pick up and drop stuff out, getting my nails done, and then going to the rehersal and dinner. Friday I will be loading my friends car with centerpieces (she is awesome and taking care of all of that for me), relaxing, getting hair done, getting rings cleaned, picking up my party platter from Schlotzskys, and hanging out/getting ready until I leave for the church at 5:30.

R.E.L.A.X. (or so we'll see...)

Rant over. t-minus 72 hours.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Countdown


That would be Coach as a kid. :) What you can't see are his little cowboy boots.

for the past 2 days I have done what I do every workday: Get to work, workout, shower, etc. Every morning after my shower is when I officially check my email and texts, and for the past 2 mornings there have been these texts from my mother-in-law-to-be (she doesn't text, by the way. like, at all).

12/2/09: "NINE"
12/3/09: "EIGHT"

:) Looks like I'm not the only one who is excited!! :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Wintry Weather


As I am reading my emergency managers briefing on the current weather potential in Texas, it makes me laugh how they're considering 40deg a major problem. Oh silly Texans. THIS is a place that actually has winter..

On the plus side, it looks like it'll be a nice chilly wedding next week. Which I'm happy about. so I won't sweat under my dress, hopefully Coach will stay cool (he's a hotbox), and I get to wear my mommy's mink jacket. :) I'll look super cute. \

I love wintry weddings.... and apparently I'm not the only one!



this is adorable from Sandro Photo


RSVPs


Oh and after all that drama with guest lists, too many people, RSVPs with extras, my good friends not being able to come (sad face), none (practically) of Coach's friends being able to make it, 2 huge families, and all the drama.  Our guest list came in at just under..


(dum dum dadum...) 120

No. Freaking. Joke. What a huge relief. So we saved a crap ton of money, dumped a couple tables, and will be able to breathe freely. That was the worst part of the whole process.

I'm so ready for the wedding to be here. I'm SO ready to marry Coach. He makes me so friggin' happy. 10 days!!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Hotel



I finally made our hotel reservation for the night of the wedding. Why was this so hard? Maybe because I'm stingy and feel weird paying $2-300 on a hotel that we will only get to after 12:30AM! So whateve

I'm debating a "going away" outfit. Thoughts? I love the idea... but since we're leaving at 12:15 AM, then going to a hotel, just for a night because we don't leave for our honeymoon until a week later... maybe not. I don't know. I finished all my luminaries. Something like 80? Maybe 60? anyway, a lot of them. Those LED Tea Lights are so easy. Plus no flame, so a LOT safter. I'm excited to see them all lit up as we walk through the night light, brightened by their soft glow. :) Hopefully a good photo op!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Housing DRAMA


OK. Here's the drama:

We'll call our current home "Bluff View" and the home we were supposed to buy will be "Trails Edge". Bluff View has been on the market since June and we had a potential buyer in October but they totally flaked out and we were pissed. It was supposed to come off the market November 4th at midnight. So we wouldn't have to worry about moving close to the wedding. November 4, 5:00pm we get an offer. It's ok, not great, but we take it. We put our offer in on Trails Edge later that week, everything seems to be ok... yadayada.

Monday (16th) we're out of the option period on Bluff View and they're locked in. Their shady realtor still has not sent the earnest money to the title company and we still do not have our option money, this we were all supposed to get before the end of the option period. Our realtors call and call and call, after calling last week too. Nada. We have the inspection on Trails Edge. Some SERIOUS problems emerge, and the gas company wouldn't even turn the gas on to the house because of the gas leaks in the furnace and water heater.

Yesterday (18th), Coach gets our HVAC and Plumber over to Trails Edge, it's $5000 worth of repairs just on those 2 things, not including the water damage, electical, and various other issues present. We submit a request to lower the price of the house by $5400--since we're closing Tuesday (the 24th) and they live in San Antonio and it's too quick to fix these huge issues. Trails Edge realtor calls our realtors back at 9pm and say that the buyers are already bringing $15,000 to closing, that they haven't been paying their full morgage, and this house could default eventually. They probably knew all this, the agent is sorry about that, but they just can't get any more money. I'm curently on the phone with our sellers agent about Bluff View because we got a request from the stupid-ass sleeze realtor for the buyers, now requesting repairs. 4 days after they're out of their option period. turns out, he is also their lender (shady) and is requesting some retarded things as "lender required repairs". This never happens, not for painted wood and weather stripping (Gas leaks, maybe. this is stupid shit). We decide to tell him to see the option and earnest money first. But wait 24 hours to even do that, turn about is fair play afterall.

Today (19th) I get a call from my buyers agent (I have a buyers and sellers, it's a realty team that we're working with that I like and know personaly and holy crap have they put up with a lot), she explains all the stuff from last night with Trails Edge. I'm out $1000 on that house. there's nothing we can do. I go to a work meeting thinking about what to do. She calls me back an hour ago, says she just talked to the sellers agent--the sellers don't have the $15,000 to close as it turns out, and we can't close REGARDLESS. So I decide to fuck everyone. Bluff View buyers are in default of their contract because they haven't given us the money, so we are currently submiting notice that they are in default of the contract and that we are removing the house from the market and terminating the contract. We submit a letter to Trails Edge requesting reimbursement for our $400 inspection, $100 option money, and $475 appraisal because they were executing a contract basically under the pretense that they COULD sell it when they can't. This is going to get nasty, and legal, but between 1 realtor (Trails Edge Seller's) dropping the ball and not doing his job, and the other being a sleeze-monkey (Bluff View) it's a huge cluster. We're off the market, I'm now canceling all our utility and house changes, and having to do a bunch of shit to remove everything. we were supposed to move in 5 days. Now we're staying until after Maui  and the new year, and just dealing with it.

I don't think I've stopped crying for a week now. I'm a cryer. Yes I can shoot the shit, but when i get stressed the first thing I do is ball my eyes out. don't hate.

I hate real estate, and I am going to have to really psych myself up to put this house on the market again next year and go through this all over again. I'm so discouraged and disapointed.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Nerd Love


I got this awesome email from a friend of my mom about the wedding. It made me die laughing, mostly because I thought it was badass.

"I note that your new initials CGC are the triplet code for the amino acid arginine. That's your new nickname ;-) Silly me for thinking of such trivia."

Red Shoes

I think I've mentioned my challenge finding red shoes that aren't hooker-ish. I found these, and they are FIERCE, but I duhno if 1. I can pull them off (probably could) or 2. could aford them. Still awesome though.


Betsey Johnson "Law" $149.95 at Nordstrom

Monday, November 16, 2009

Hard News


This is never news you want to hear, but I'm emphatic that she's going to be smiling as hard core as in the photo above (from her September wedding), very very soon.

On Wednesday my mom got biopsy results back from test she had done in early November and she has Gastric (stomach) Cancer. Gastric Cancer is very serious as it easily spreads into lymph nodes and it weakens you because it also makes it very hard for your body to receive nutrients and eating is near impossible. My mom had been having intense stomach pain and cramps and hasn't been eating well for about a month. Luckily her doctor took her seriously and had the biopsy ordered.

She will be starting Chemotherapy today and they are putting a feeding tube in so she can at least get some nutrients. She will have 6-9 weeks of Chemotherapy, and sometime early next year will have her entire stomach and her lymph nodes removed, and probably have more chemo or radiation depending on how this round goes. She will begin treatment at St. Luke's in Houston and has the Bishop who oversees the hospital on her side rooting for her, as well as all of us.

She's being very optimistic and we're fully confident she will emerge victorious. For anyone who knows or has met my mom, you know she's a powerful force to be reckoned with and I'm sure she'll be fine. We are hoping that this entire experience will be as painless as possible for her. I am just asking that you please include her in your prayers and well wishes, as we will be through the coming weeks and months.

Love,
Colleen

P.S. did I mention my mom's an Episcopal Priest? We've really got God on our side! :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Be A Match



Be a bone marrow donor. Please, save a life.

-Your Public Service Msg for the day

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

RSVPs

You'd think it wasn't that difficult. but it has become so. Yes we're on a budget and the space at the venue is very tight, I'm sorry. This advice from Martha Stewart really helped. I'm sorry if you Brides out there are going through the same thing. here goes... gotta make that nasty call. :(

Uhg. I'm shaking. but Done. :( how uncomfortable. At least for that one. *sigh*

Maid of Honor



while I'm not carrying a bouquet for the wedding, it did occur to me that my sister might want something to hold up there since she won't be holding hands with her beloved and just standing there. So I made this. It's awesome and even Coach said it looked pretty dang good. Which if you translate into boy speak, means wow you are amazing. :)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Plaster of Paris

I have poured my last centerpiece! THANK GOSH!! I am now covered in plaster of paris and the back patio is strewn with the remaining centerpieces until they dry, but with the exception of putting flowers on top of the plaster to cover it up, and putting the paper flowers on the limbs, yeah... that's right... I'm freaking done people. D.O.N.E.

So now I've got maybe 2 hours left of work on those, and finito!! YES! My biggest project, my most hated chore, is now finished and I'm in the home stretch. Which is good since we're 33 days away and it looks like our house may be sold. fingers crossed, we'll be moving November 24th into our new house. seriously, keep them crossed. We'll be out of the option period friday and I am so freaking ready. I've got great plans for this next house and I can't wait to get in and get settled and start remodeling.

So needless to say, looks like I won't have that "what do I do now that I'm not planning a wedding" phenomenon that some brides feel, because my next project is a total house remodel. :) and I am EXCITED!!

:) bye bye plaster!! woohooo!!!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

More Crafty Things


Here is a Close-up of the tags I created

The awesome poster I purchased from Roll and Tumble Press

 
The awesome letterpress from Le Papier Studio
 
Our card box and guest book.
 
My banner pre-flowers. :)

 
And my engagement ring and Coach's $85 wedding band. Thank you amazon. Its super nice. :)

Bridal Shower

Got some more photos, so here they are!
Check out those tasty treats! yummmmieee!!!
My sister (maid of honor) and I going through the piles. Black sweater dress from Banana Republic on sale last year, red flower headband from Forever 21.
This is the decanteur my mother gave me.
yup. My friend Mariam sure did capture my retardesness in this photo. with my AWESOME mixer! :)

In other news keep your fingers crossed for us, we're waiting on some possibly awesome news.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sponsor Couple


So we are required, by the church, to have a sponsor couple. Their sole purpose is to go over a test we took like a week after we got engaged last april and then they give us another test, and we talk about issues it brought up. Well the test itself is AWFUL. It has the worst answer choices and forces you to answer, when nothing fits, then the questions themself are just terrible. We walked out after taking that test and were both irritated, so I can only wonder what the hell the scores said. lovely.

So anyway, I get a call on my cell phone last night as we're going to bed. I check the message this morning and it's the sponsor couple, finally. They say that they've called and left messages (seriously?) on my home phone and to call. So I call this morning and the husband answers and he is a total ass right off. Totally combative. He starts off with "you're the couple who thinks their getting married on December 11th" I said, no we ARE getting married December 11th. His response: the priest and church require you to do the sponsor couple and since you haven't called us back we were about to turn your file back in and you won't be able to be married. I'm like are you fucking kidding me? I'm getting married dickbrain, we have talked about JP'ing it up since day 1 because the church has been so ridiculous. Don't tempt us. We can hold it at Delaney Vineyards, they've already said we can have the whole thing there. so HA! I.will.end.you.do.not.threaten.me.or.my.family.

Then he asks me what day. Coach has practice Monday Tuesday, games Thursday Friday. I have RCIA (catholic conversion) classes Monday, City Council Tuesdays, meetings Wednesday. He's like oh you're in RCIA. What do you look like. I say I've got long black and grey hair. Oh you sit in the front row, your fiance is bald. I'm so shocked by the rude way he said it I was like, yes we sit in the front row. and he kept going! "like bald, but shaves the sides. white guy. totaly bald." yeah. real nice. work on those social skills jerkoff.

Coach shaves his head. yes. yes he is follicaly challenged. I think he looks great with a shaved head, I think he looks creepy when he did have hair, and I think it's sexy now. but who says it like that? seriously? Are you the fat ugly guy sitting 4 rows back? yes? You're the one, really fat, huge belly, can't see their feet fat? Oh yeah I know who you are.

UGH!!! So it continues and I'm getting more and MORE angry. Decide sunday, whatever.

20 minutes later I get a call from his sweet wife and we set up the sunday meeting, she says no problem sorry we didn't try your Cell phones, we'll have it done in 2 weeks, we'll just have a longer meeting sunday, no problem, yada yada, tells me about her business, whatever.

this.is.the.most.ridiculous.set.of.hoops.ever. It is no wonder that people do not get married in churches any more. I wish we hadn't wanted to. this is awful.

I'm still pissed but tirade over. I can only think that if I get this protective of my marriage when I'm not even married yet, I'm going to be crazy psycho mother if someone ever fucks with my kids. watch out.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Awesome Idea

Ok so over at Tying the Knot she had this awesome post about what she gave her husband on their first anniversary. And Holy Crap I love it! Now I just gotta go back and figure out the dates to all those days!!
What it is is Catalogue Cards (like from the old days, and I still love riffling through them up at UNT when I was at school. They have that awesome library book smell) with the numbers for the date, book title subbed out for the title of the event, a short description, then the publisher information subbed out for the where. I just love love love this idea that originally came from here.

You can make your own here, and here is my example:

Sunday, November 1, 2009

November's To-Do's

Updated: Dec. 7, 2009


November

NOVEMBER 5 Tasting at Delaney Vineyards (payment made at the tasting)
November 10 Meeting with Black Tie Entertainment (DJ)
NOVEMBER 11 All Fees and Deposites are due to SVDP
NOVEMBER 27 Final Payment and Confirm Guest count with Caterer
Boutonniers, Brooches, Corsages Should Arrive
Make Sure Grooms Man has a Suit
Check on Dresses
Submit Wedding Announcements to Newspapers
Marriage License
Start Writing Thank You Notes
Last Hair Cut & Style
Send Rehersal Dinner Invites
MOH Gifts
Finalize Liturgy
Confirm wedding-night and Honeymoon Reservations
Pick up Rings
Speak with DJ for Requested (and Banned) Songs
Speak with Officiant Wedding-Day Timeline
Pick up Gown (Nov. 4)
Check-In with Caterer, Delaney Vineyards, Cake, DJ, SVDP
Delegate Wedding-Day Assignments
Call RSVPs
Confirm all Payments

October

Check with Readers, Vocalists Check Audio for Recorded Music at SVDP
Get Dress Fitted (Nov 2)
Send out 8 Week Invitions (Oct. 16)
Bridal Shower (October 24)
Send Out 6 Week Invitations (Oct 30)
Order Kegs October 11 (8 weeks)
Payment to Caterer
Coaches Suit Altered

Remaining from September
Finish Centerpieces
Finish Luminaries
Start Sewing Table Cloths
Remaining from July:
Hotel Room for Friday after the wedding.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Flip-Flop Labels--Done


I'm feeling rather awesome fininshing all my cool crafties these days. I'm super excited.

I was also super excited to have the afternoon to nap and tonight to veg out in front of the TV. Only I have a baby shower to go to accross the metroplex at 6:30. In costume. It'll be fun once I'm there, but until then I'm tired and I want a nap.

Work is crazy. When you see people run out with assault shotguns and the radio starts going off like crazy, and the FBI arrives on scene, it's busy. very busy. HEY public, see, we do work!!

Off to the craft store, I ran out of brads to finish my luminaries. Maybe this weather will finally dry out my branches and I can get those damn centerpieces done. here's hoping!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Free Damask Template

So my flip-flops came in from Old Navy last night. Let me tell you how many packages of random wedding stuff we have gotten (3) and will get (5) this week! Tons of wedding stuff that is being finished up and because Amazon is cheaper and awesome, most of the stuff was found there and for almost no cost (even with shipping). yay Amazon.

but anyway, back to the flipflops. So I got like 10 pairs of random sizes (yay for off season sales and coupons!) and have put them in a basket I was given for the wedding shower. I tied each pair up with twine, but the stickers for sizes are so hard to read I needed to make tags. Plus I liked the idea of putting "Kick Your Heels Off and Dance With Us!" on them, so I went on my google search to find a free damask template that would work. and VOILA!

I think I'll put the size in the left box, and the phrase in the right one.

Here you can download the template that is form-fillable (they have differen colors too, that you can find here). So I think I'll put black tags on the red ones, and red ones on the black ones. Thoughts? Or maybe I'll print them on red paper.... hmmmmm....

also, seriously would be handy to use these for my thank you notes after the wedding. or is it still tacky to not hand - write thank you note addresses? thoughts? opinions? anyone out there?

Update: Love it!

New Crafties

I am done sewing! I cannot believe it! It was way easier than I had anticipated and worth none of the dread! So here I am, 6 weeks out, with only 6 more centerpieces to make! WOW! I've done it!!!

So here is the fabric. The black/white is what will be on our (head) table. The red, is sheer and will be over the white linnens on everyone else's table.

And based off an idea over at Martha Stuart, I made this absolutely awesome banner. I need to find some way to string it up so I can hang it on the church doors (or on the lecturn, if they'll let me). And then (of course) take it to the reception. I'm so excited! I made it totally by myself!!

And for someone who is not a sewer, to make all those lines, sew it double sided, and make it all straight! Big Achievement! Only problem is, the top hems for the loop are kinda wobbly.... thinking about tearing those out and retrying... but we'll see! I'm still so in love with it! I can't wait to hang it in our house for years to come!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

DIY's and Inspiration

So maybe because my DIYs exploded and I suddenly realized that I had to scale back and just go with a few, but also subsequently not too many were out that that were either (1) do-able or (2) I desire to do because they were ugly or weird or not at all my tastes.  But this idea over at Martha Stuart was pretty awesome! A whole diferent type of paper flowers.


And so you can see the chaos that is our Study/craft-den (this stuff doesn't even move for showings, sad but there's so much and I just can't do it), here ya go:


I have to retape some of the luminaries (the ones you see) because the plasticie scrapbook-paper doesn't hold down with scrapbook tape. So double sided stickum it is.  Plus Bernice got me 2 more packages (COSTCO!) and I have to finish stamping the velum (easy) for those, wrap them, and insert the ribbons. those will be our favors as well as what our guests will hold as we walk out of the vineyard.  No bubbles for us. The green bin has random little things, the box to the left (bottom) holds all our engraved glasses (our guy was so cheap, if you're in DFW let me know and I'll get you his information. no joke, was cheapest anywhere). The left top box has our ceremony stuff, our ring bowl (below), and all my small finished crafts. I need to make my sister's bouquet thing that she'll carry.

if you check the story of how Coach proposed you'll get the "Proof" word on the bowl I had made over at Paloma's Nest.  I'm so excited to have this bowl in our house after the wedding!

And because the weather has been so AWFUL and hasn't stopped raining for amonth, I still only have those centerpieces done and haven't finished putting the rose petals on top. I branches outside are still soaked, and it's still too humid to spray paint them. so my most dreaded task of pouring the plaster is still haunting me.

12 Table cloths down, 3 to go. Even did one for the cake table. And got a different material for our table,to set it apart. Yay for Hobby Lobby Coupons.

Wedding Shower Weekend

H.O.L.Y.C.R.A.P.

Can I just say that I had the most beautiful and awesome wedding shower ever?
Coach's Aunt Debbie, Aunt Barbara, Kristine, and his friend's wife Meranda (Coach was best man at their wedding, they have the cutest little girl) threw it and holy shnikies, did they do a good job. It was awesome. I need to scan the invitation and find who has the pictures. I'm in awe. Still! There were like 20 people there! I opened presents forever; it was awesome and not awkward at all (which i was worried about because in situations like that I get nervous and shy). But it was so wonderful. The food was KILLER, and I got a good chance to talk to some of Coach's family that I haven't gotten to talk to really before. And my friends were there. I'm so in awe. I've written 14 of my thank you cards already (9 more to go!) and seriously am so sincere when I say that I'm so blessed to have each and every one in my life.

Oh and I got the cutest stuff! All my bed skirts (when you have 4 beds in your house, that's a lot!), new duvet cover for our bed (holy crap did we need that!), new sheets, new sheets for one of our spare beds (thank you, no more nasty college sheets!), new fancy bathmats, new Tupperware (! thank gosh! it's the cool interlocking kind), Cooking gear, Brandi got me Hanukah cookie cutters (YES!!), Wii Mario Cart (holy crap! We HAVE to get the Wii out of Coach's storage unit now!), the Williams & Sonoma Bride & Groom cookbooks (so awesome lil’ sis!), a beautiful Decanter from Kristine, and I GOT MY KITCHENAID! I AM SO EFFING EXCITED! Can I tell you how much easier my famous sugar cookies are going to be this year? YES!!!!!!!!

And I seriously only almost cried twice. The first time was when I opened my mom's present. She had a decanter. But not just any one. She bought this beautiful beautiful genuine Czechoslovakia (from yes, when it actually was Czechoslovakia) decanter, and she bought it in anticipation of my marriage when we were stationed in Germany. I was 7. She apparently has a bunch of things stowed away for Caitlin and I. How she has done this through (roughly) 6 moves, and has them and remembered and didn't spill the beans. I was shocked. I could not speak. It was the only time the whole afternoon that everyone was silent. I love my mommy.

The second time was hugging Debbie. It all became very real. Bernice (Coach's mom) cried when the invitations came last week, because it was somehow "official" because it was here--in writing. I stood up from opening all my wonderful gifts and laughing, was hugging people goodbye. And it hit me. I'm getting married. For the first time, I'm not a guest at this bridal shower--it was MY bridal shower. I'm getting married.

I.am.getting.married.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ring Engraving


I am taking Coach's ring to get engraved today, and although I thought I knew what I wanted now I'm not sure. A friend googled it at work and the two we loved were:

"Put it back on. Love, Your Wife"
"Resistance is Futile"

But now I googled some more and found some more cute ones here, check THESE OUT! Laughing so hard, people are funny.
  • You wore me down
  • Honey, I called dibs
  • Lover of my behind
  • Rump shaker
  • Don't even think about it...
  • Race you to the shower
  • Thanks for waiting, Dork!
  • 1 room, 1 bed, no p.j.’s  (this one had me snickering for minutes)
  • I love you like a fat kid loves cake
  • If removed, alarm will sound. (this one! hilarious!)
  • Skinnamarinkydinkydink
  • Please return with man if found
  • With My Love - ad infinitum
  • Stick finger here.
  • You smell like toot but I love you (So so SO Coach)
Thoughts???

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Favors

Over at Cup Of Jo she had these super cute glasses (roughly $1.00 each) for her wedding favors.


super cute photo from her blog, done by max wanger (swoon)

Now we (I) decided not to do wedding favors. but these are cute.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Hm... Photo Booth a GO!

Ok. Dear Etsy: quit making it so easy to fund my quirky wedding desires. See the following:

Smitten Sticks. Yes I could have made my own, but these are awesome and cute and already done.

Also cute, comes in multiple colors. Also from LePapierStudio

They have dozens of different siloute's to choose from, with a few different colors. Got one to give my lil sis for part of her maid-of-honor gift. It's nice that I only have one attendant, i get to spoil her with neat things like this.
Again from LePapierStudio

And super cute, especially next to the photo booth idea. me thinks! :)
This is from Roll and Tumble Press and they also have other super cute stuff.