Saturday, July 7, 2012
I flew home this past spring to visit my parents and was able to go to a bridal shower that my mom's most special friends put together. I can't begin to tell you what a blessing it is in my life to have a group of God-fearing women lifting you up in prayer. I am certain that through constant and selfless prayers by women who love me, I have been able to accomplish all of the projects I have blogged about previously and to come. It is not by my own strength that time seems to stand still to allow for pulling things together, but by the Lord granting favor.
The shower was truly an outpouring of love upon me and my husband to be. The food was wonderful, the decorations were beautiful, the games were so much fun, and the fellowship was unmatched.
Everything since that day has seems so real, finally. It is my turn to get married and I can't wait. New beginnings are a reminder of how we are loved - for he loved us first, gave a peace child to redeem the lost; granting new life, new beginning, for the souls that he calls his own. Scott and I will say our vows, promising to live as one with each other as well as the father, and will start our new beginning. My heart feels glad and I am at peace (which probably sounds crazy to everyone, as we are approaching our final month before the wedding)
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Well, I learned the hard way that trying to save a dollar doesn't always save you from frustration. I designed beautiful invitations and ordered paper in attempt to print at home; alas, it is never as easy as it may seem. I dropped off the invitations to be printed at Staples yesterday. Sigh.
Our printer could recognize the size of the cards but not the color, if only the beautiful yellow would come out yellow we could have saved a buck. Mike at Staples is doing a wonderful job but I'm heartbroken that I couldn't do it myself.
Total cost: $190 plus a headache and some tears.
Pictures soon to follow (of the invitations, not the tears) :)
Monday, May 21, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Fortunately I mentioned to my mother-in-law-to-be the burlap runner desire and was met with an idea. There is a warehouse type store in Youngstown, Ohio called Star Supply - they have a little bit of everything and nothing of spectacular value. There we came across a stack of old burlap coffee sacks that were $0.45 a piece and couldn't pass them up. They are each printed with labels and were shipped with the goods they once held from other countries, which of course made them more beautiful in my eyes.
We snatched up ten sacks and ended up cutting them into table runners. But had to cut them apart outside as they smelled like coffee, dirt, and Mexico.
Of course Callie Girl had to help us out a bit. We had to cut the side seams, unfold, and cut in half the full length. Thank goodness my MILTB had extra craft tables, rotary cutters, ruler, and lots of patience!
We did run into a small problem after we started cutting - the burlap began pulling apart from itself. Again, praise the Lord that my MILTB is fast on her toes, we used the surger to run up the edges of the runners (this gave the runners a look that was polished and made our $0.95 cent find look like we spend much, much more).
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
I read about an idea of giving bridesmaids a survival kit to make it through the wedding day and knew I had to make something similar for my girls. I had been waiting to try making a cute "boxy bag" and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to test out a new sewing project in combination with a wedding idea.
So here is it -
You'll need two printed fabrics and interfacing (I used left over material from the ties and vests to make mine), a zipper, coordinating thread, and about 30 minutes.
I started by cutting the fabric and interfacing into squares that were 8" by 10" - you will need two squares of your inside material, two of the outside material, and two of interfacing (craft weight works best for this project).
I ironed the interfacing to my outside material, then I matched my two fabrics (right sides together) and sewed the long length. I opened up and pressed the newly sewn edge flat. Do this for both sets of squares.
I pinned the newly pressed edges of the squares to the zipper and sewed to secure in place.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
I now understand why nearly every newly married couple goes away on a honeymoon - it isn't to cuddle for a week straight without having to be apart to go to work, it is really because you need a vacation after putting together one of the most stressful occasions of your life. Scott and I have had a particularly long engagement as we are now at a year and 4 months. The first year was delightful, nothing was any cause of worry and there was all the time in the world! Now being about 4 months out from the wedding I could swear tomorrow morning I may wake up to a head full of gray hair and a stomach full of ulcers.
Who had any idea that there were so many small things to have to worry about? Who knew that you needed chargers for under the plates and napkins that complimented the tablecloths, tents for sun coverage and double the amount of chairs to have seating for ceremony and reception, johns for people to pee and music to keep them grooving, pens to sign the guest book and programs so people don't forget who everybody is, gifts for the parents and a pastor for the 'i do', balloons for the party and tins for the back of the car, food enough for everybody and a cake with icing that won't melt off in the sun, bouquets for tossing and bouquets for keeping, photographers to capture every moment and plan covering every hour to keep us all on schedule. Man, I thought it just took one man and one woman who were so in love with each other that they couldn't imagine the rest of their life without the other part of their soul.
I had to take a break from the planning and the worrying about all the things that make up a party to focus back on the reason we even decided to have the party. I am in love with Scott. With that change of focus, we decided to cut the guest list to a small fraction of what it originally was so that we could stop worrying about all the things and focus in closer on each other.
Stepping away from everything to take time for ourselves and pray about our situation, I remembered hearing about the marriage triangle. It is such a beautiful visual to help remind couples what a marriage really takes. I had to share a copy of what I read, if you haven't read this before I am pleased to share it with you
The Triangular Model of Love
TRIANGLE ONE: GOD-HUSBAND-WIFE
TRIANGLE TWO: INTIMACY-PASSION-COMMITMENT
How the Sides of the Triangle Work Together
Intimacy = Friendship
Passion = Excitement
TRIANGLE THREE: A CHRISTIAN MODEL OF LOVE
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Things you'll need if you want to try this out:
Beading string (this looks like fishing line and I'm sure that would be an acceptable substitute if you have some lying around)
Glass beads in 3 different sizes or color (although, if you wanted them to all be the same that would be ok too!)
1 Larger bead type
We started by measuring out 3 pieces of string - each should be able to be folded in half (so it is basically two strands) and go around your neck to length desired of your necklace. Ours were roughly 38 inches long without the fold. All three strands get put through the clasp - folded in half so that you can pull the tails through the string loop to secure the strands. The larger beads are strung from the closure down as far as you want then separate the strands out. Two strands with each kind of bead. Again, you can add as many or as few as you want so long as they are all even. Braid this section of beaded strands together. Add the large beads on the left over strand area and finish by wrapping around the closure piece, knotting, and threading the left over strand back through the last couple of beads on the strand.
This project took about 2 hours to have a completed, but well worth it!