Saturday, August 29, 2009

Cookie Recipe

NEIMAN-MARCUS COOKIES (Recipe may be halved as this makes heaps)

2 (500 ml) cups butter
680 g chocolate chips
4 (1000 ml) cups flour
2 (500 ml) cups brown sugar
2 tsp. (10 ml) Bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp. (5 ml) salt
2 (500 ml) cups sugar
500 g Grated Cadbury chocolate
5 (1250 ml) cups blended oatmeal
4 eggs
2 tsp.  (10 ml) baking powder
2 tsp. (10 ml) vanilla
3 cups (375 ml) chopped nuts (optional)

Measure oatmeal, and blend in a blender to a fine powder. Cream the
butter and both sugars. Add eggs and vanilla, mix together with flour,
oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and bicarbonate of soda. Add chocolate
chips, grated Chocolate and nuts. Roll into balls, and place two inches
apart on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees (180 C).

The above quantities make 112 cookies. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Well I'll Be Darned

Isn't this cute? yes they made that with the bottom end of the radiccio. You can find the whole thing and information on how to make stationary with that cool patern over at Marth Stuart.

Anyone else want to rent Martha Stuart for a day? My friend Kristy does, as do I. Anyone else in?

Monday, August 24, 2009

I Have Fallen Back in Love with JCREW

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the back on this dress over at JCREW

from JCrew. for $69.99

these lovelies are even named after me: the Colleen Flat and the Colleen Rose Heel (!!!) and they also sell their boots with extended calf for those of us who work out too much for regular ones! LOVE THEM!!!!

Damask Paterns

On saturday I got 2 invitations in the mail, one to my friend's wedding and the other to her shower/party. Her invitations were super cute and adorable, and now I cannot wait to send mine out... only 109 days until I'm MRS!! :) I'm getting excited.

I think I'm even done making paper flowers, shocker! So tonight I'm going to spray paint branches and start gluing them on. I'm also going to try and see how the damask ribbon looks around the galvenized pail's I got months ago. Here's hoping.

I need to print direction and accomidation cards for the invitations. Perhaps I'll just refer them to our webpage, it might be easier. Seems to be what people are doing these days anyway...

But I found these pretty damask paterns (they're free) so here is the link over at the Wedding Chicks.

And in my search I also might have found a solution to my delema as to how to keep the branches from falling over in their pots (top heavy, but not heavy heavy. just heavy enough that you have to have a ton of sand or something to keep them from moving). Found this:

From Wedding Chicks (again)
Step 1.
After preparing your work area to protect from plaster misshaps, start by inserting the base of your Manzanita tree into the block of foam. Use firm and steady pressure, being careful not to move the branch around. We don’t want to make the hole in the foam oversized. 2 or 3 inches ought to be enough. If something goes wrong, you can always turn the foam over and use the other side.
Step 2. Gently lift the and block and branch together, and place it into the container. Use gentle pressure to seat the block snugly down into the container, making sure it’s level.
Step 3. You can fill the rest of the container with Plaster of Paris, however for this demonstration we rolled up small sections of newspaper and stuffed them neatly around the foam block, leaving about 2 inches of space to the top of the container.
Step 4. Mix your Plaster of Paris according to the instructions on the can. A heavier batch (not too soupy) is easier to work with, and sets faster. Pour the plaster into the container, spreading it evenly over the top of the foam block. Fill to within 1/2 inch of the top. Be advised that a glass container may be a problem, as this material can expand and heat up a bit and could break the glass.
Step 5. That’s it! Set your tree out of the way for about 20 to 30 minutes while the plaster cures. After the plaster has cured, place other materials on top and around the base to conceal the plaster.

Oh and since I'm having these tree's all over the place, maybe this is an idea?

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Long Veils

From Erin Chris Photography

Look at that long veil! I love it! Hopefully mine will look as awesome as this veil from Manuel Mota!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Paper Flowers

In looking to find photos of people using paper flowers too, I found more links. The links I used for the paper flowers above can be found here and here.

Here is the Martha Stuart Paper Pom Pom:
1. Stack eight 20-by-30-inch sheets of tissue. Make 1 1/2-inchwide accordion folds, creasing with each fold.
2. Fold an 18-inch piece of floral wire in half, and slip over center of folded tissue; twist. With scissors, trim ends of tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.
3. Separate layers, pulling away from center one at a time.
4. Tie a length of monofilament to floral wire for hanging.

The the second link has instructions for a bunch of cute flowers like these:
Bubble Petal
Each bloom requires 12 (or six pairs) stamens attached to floral wire with floral tape and five 4-by-2 1/4-inch pieces of tissue paper. For each petal, wrap tissue halfway around 1 1/2-inch Styrofoam ball, forming a half-sphere; twist ends, and remove ball. Attach one end of a petal to the base of stamen with floral tape. Add the other petals one at a time. Trim pointy ends. Gently pull petals away from center.


This photo makes me want to be Rapunzel. There's a staircase at the reception location and maybe I'll get a cool photo like this before I sweat off all my makeup. Or at least some kind of awesome photo...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wedding Gift Etiquitte

Ok so, with a wedding reception this weekend I was reading along at the martha stuart blog and I have to say that, at every wedding I've been to, this does not hold true. almost all the gifts arive day-of at the reception. but whatever. here's the quote with the tape-tip that I thought was smart.:

"My most practical etiquette advice? Make sure there's a generous roll of tape somewhere at the reception—and recruit someone to use it to plaster the cards to any gifts that guests bring to drop off at the reception or ceremony, so the cards can't get separated from the gift. (Yes, guests are supposed to send the gifts to the bride's home, but at almost every wedding I've ever been to, at least a couple of gifts arrive at the reception.)"

back to paper flowers.... gotta be productive!


So I'm assembling my invitations. I've put them all together (tape/glue invitation into pocket folder, insert reception information, insert RSVP card and envelope, fold). I wore latex gloves to protect the paper from grimy hands and myself from paper cuts. Actually made everything easier.

But the pocket envelopes fold and I'd hated the matching stickers to seal them, so I didn't know what i was going to do. Until I remembered my wax seal. I used to love it and seal all kinds of random letters with my various seals (I have 4 seals and 4 wax colors).

So the hubs and I, last night, after we both got home at 9pm and were actually talking to each other since we had time before we passed out, started sealing all the envelopes. We got through about half. I bought red wax and we're infusing some of my Irish heritage into the system by using my Claddaugh seal. So red wax on black envelopes, how badass.

I also need to take photos of all my paper flowers. I'm now at about 100 done (so halfway). they're now piled up in the study closet.

So my DIY list:
  1. finish sealing invitations
  2. address invitations and make the A and B stacks ready for mailing
  3. finish making paper flowers
  4. finish spray painting the branches for the flowers
  5. try out the galvanized pail's with the Damask Ribbon (found at walmart, of all places) for containers for the paper flowers
  6. make the luminaries (I need to buy the lights, the velum, and stuff but have the stickers for the outside. found those)
  7. make the table cloth overlays for 15 tables
  8. make the initials banner to hang at the church
  9. favors

I went to a fabric store my new friend Wendy sent me information on. They are actually a home fabrics store and were having a huge HUGE sale on everything (100's of upholstery fabrics for $2-4 a yard--usually $20-50 a yard). I got 30 yards of sheer, red fabric and about 4 yards of some upholstery fabric for regular DIY projects I will undertake post-wedding (because seriously, it's nice fabric and it's super cheap. stupid to pass up. I got 4 different fabrics). So for less than $100 I got all that. So I'll save $100 in rental fees and I'll keep it, or probably sell it maybe. Downside: sewing 15 tablecloths. but it's not bad. Won't be too hard. Sadly, I'm more excited about the other fabric I got and finding some cool vintage arm chairs to recover like this:

*peacock blue: by fabulous jimmie martin.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


So I get glossy, I get red, I get splotchy, I'm going to cry, I need to start thinking about what products I will use on the big day. Oh, and my skin is super sensitive.

I've been using this Neutrogena One-Step soap/makeup remover for a month now and LOVE IT. I would highly recommend it. It takes off water proof mascara!

Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Powder, $32.50

This Lancome Mat Finish product might take out my oily redness too, but I know it's gotta be pricy and I'm not all that sure that Lancome won't make my face rash-out again. samples? thoughts?

if anyone even reads this blog, what have you heard? what are you using?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wedding Hair

Dear Carrie (my hairstylist)-
I want my natural curls to shine through but I want my hair to be unmovable, appear soft, stay put, not move under my cathedral length veil, or when I'm dancing up a storm at the reception. I DO NOT WANT 1980'S-1990'S PROM HAIR!!! I also do not want it to move as I hug all 150 of my wedding guests. Here are some ideas I found.

from the wedding bee

From Wish SE

Monday, August 17, 2009

Lovely Prayer...because I needed one today

“May the Warm Winds of Heaven
Blow softly upon your house.
May the Great Spirit
Bless all who enter there.
May your Mocassins
Make happy tracks
in many snows,
and may the Rainbow
Always touch your shoulder.”
Cherokee Prayer Blessing

Prayer Found at Kiss The Groom

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Invitations

So while I nibble on my 100 calorie Quaker Chewy S'more's granola bar, I'll post the picture of my invitations. So here you go:

I'll take better ones later, but I discovered something that I should have read when I ordered them: assembly required. See the main ivitation bit (far left, white square with black folder dealie), well I have to attatch (glue?) the white bit to the black bit! So I'm off later to buy a bunch of glue sticks, thought about those photo square thingies but then only the corners are secure. thoughts?

then to insert reception cards and RSVP cards into the pocket in the black part. I love the color and the way they feel. Plus I love that the guest book has our names engraved on the silver plaque on the front. I also got free wedding shower thank you notes, and I wanted to scream when I opened the thank you cards (Mr. and Mrs. ____ _____) :) yay!!! so fun!

oh and when I got home earlier this week, Coach told me to go look at my car (I drive his truck because my commute is 9 miles, his is 32 one way right now--my house needs to SELL!). He got the windows tinted. it makes a HUGE difference. Plus it was only $140 bucks. well worth it!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

My Invitations are "Out For Delivery"

My invitations are out for delivery! OMG! This makes me want to run home and wait for the UPS man like a crazy stalker! after all the drama, they better look fan-freaking-tastic!

Is it 5pm yet so I can go rip open the package? Pictures to follow.... YAYYYYY

Oh and my paper flower count is now over 80 made, sweet. almost 1/2 way there. :)

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Red Shoes

Great Registry Item

Holy cow, check this neat item out at crate and barrel!!!

It's on sale for $39.95!!

"Multitasking kitchen set cleverly nests eight prep essentials. Exclusive bright white design features large nonslip mixing bowl, colander, sieve/strainer, small calibrated mixing bowl with pour spout, and four measuring cups (1/4–1 cup). Durable plastic is dishwasher-safe; hand wash the nylon sieve."


So Now I know! I've been calling it "the black and white swirly patern" for ages. Its got a name, for shiz. and I then googled "Damask Wedding" and got this awesomness:

But now I want damask table runners. I've been debating what to do with the tables. and I think I'm going to email the lady at the catering company and see how much I'm paying for the overlays I'm just renting. if she has red table cloths, and I may get damask runners.... TBD

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

My Life as Mrs. Coach

So this is my first full season as Mrs. Coach. And I'm not even a Mrs yet! I'm in the school football program, as "Coach ____ and wife Colleen" which made me jump up and down, I'll be buying at least 3 copies of that program to keep. I think I'll make a scrapbook of all our sports clippings (him and my highlights as the wifey).

So for the last 2 weeks Coach has been back at school doing football camps, handing out gear, football strategy, etc. School doens't start until the 24th! Most other teachers don't report until next week. He was pulled out of a math training to do football stuff. And on the 1st we went to the "Coach's Get-Together" at one of the Varsity coach's houses. Met all the wives, coaches, etc. Coach is the Freshman Offensive Coordinator. This means he does the freshman crap games, then gets to go to all the Varsity games and write down the plays. Which equals, him being bored out of his mind, sweating his guts out, and still having to be there until 2 AM every friday night starting the 28th through December.

This week started insanity. Early morning equipment handouts, then other coaches meetings, then he has like 2-3 hours break, then practice from 6-8:30. If only it ended at 8:30. He didn't get home last night until after 9, crawled into bed, and left the house at 6:15 to start all over. *tears* so I only get to see him when we're passed out. nice.

Oh and did I mention he only coaches Football because he has to coach something in the fall to get his (measly) coaches stipend for the whole year, and he really only wants to coach Soccer--and is head Girls Soccer Coach? Yeah. Suck.

So I have to go to the games and sit with the wives in their special "section", wear my new Cougars polo (or I can order, for $40, a jersey with his name on the back--thinking about it) and Cougars zippie jacket (that he got me from the old Soccer Coach who dumped all her Cougar gear for me to pilfer, thank you... hehe). So I'm making someone come with me every game. Oh, and after the games we provide dinner to all the coaches and families. So I signed up for certain things. And can I just say, chili is gross--not looking forward to "chili" night. I'm bringing veggi's to that one for us. Barf.

So I'm a Football Widdow. And the thing's that I got from the coaches cookout:
  1. I felt out of place without a baby
  2. I felt out of place because I have a full time career that works long hours too (insert astonished faces here)
  3. I felt out of place without at least 2 babies.
  4. We will have to conceive our children during the summer or spring, Football is going to ruin any reproductive attempts. This is a lie (unless you consider the off-season, then yes):
  5. Coach's disdain for football is worse than mine, but I may just overtake.
  6. I hate not seeing him, not eating dinner together, and loosing him to work like this.
  7. I hate seeing him so tired
  8. The next 29 years of this are going to suck. But luckily I'm a good cheerleader.

K's Wedding

My friend from highschool Kristy (yes we're still friends. along with a few others from the same group! very cool) is getting married October 10. Even Coach got out of his coaching duties that weekend. So I'm trying to find a pretty blue or green dress to wear, and I'm having issues because the only ones I find are more than I'd hoped to spend. I'm hoping when nordstrom rack opens on the 21st I'll find one of these beauties there:

$140 by Js Boutique

$158 by Adrianna Papell

$128 by Maggy London

$69.90 by Maggy London


Another cute photobooth idea from over at Style Me Pretty
So far I'm thinking:
funny glasses
maybe a chalkboard
maybe those weird glasses with the slinkie-dealies for lenses.

This is Funny

this makes me love Taylor Swift even more. Look at Keith URban's face. haha

Monday, August 10, 2009

Sneaky Sneaky!

I'm slipping one of these beautiful and super funny cards into Coach's
lunch on the first day of school. :-) yes I'm corney!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Because I Can

Sports Countdowns

Photo Booth

I love the idea of a photo booth. I've seen them all over the internets. Now I loved the lacy in the Martha Stuart Wedding magazine, but then found the tutorials (you can make them! giggles! yes!) online for everything! h.o.l.y.c.r.a.p.

Download this design and take it to a copy center that can print the large file (they said they went to FedEx Office). I could totaly do that, get the funny glasses, make the funny mustache thingies (Martha's vs slightly easier version here), and set up my regular camera on the tripod! omg! so fun and cute!! ack!!!

then I started paroozing, found this Floral Monogram How-To (ugghhh! awesome!)."Silk flowers spell out a couple's initials on a silk faille banner. Start with a 30-by-40-inch piece offabric. Hem sides; sew 1-inch casing at top and bottom; insert 1/2-inch dowels. Hot-glue silk blossom to banner; hang with ribbon." How freaking easy does that sound!