Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It's All About the Benjamins, Baby

Listen, I don't really think life is all about the Benjamins, it's just that sometimes I like to use lyrics from popular rap songs because I think that maybe people will thinks it's catchy and then, fingers crossed,  hopefully associate me with being cool. (As self realized nerd and someone who went to a performing arts high school, you're lucky I'm not dropping my "If it's not baroque, don't fix it" jokes...okay?) Anyways, back to the point at hand. We're about 2 months into the engagement process and about 5 months from the big day. Woody and I have both been working hard on getting everything ready for our new lives. Woody has been put in charge of the manly things on the list, mostly to do with the house we'll be fortunate enough to live in after the wedding. It's come along way with new floors, fresh paint and some landscaping. I've been put in charge of the wedding planning and I think I deserve a pat on the back because we're about 80% done with everything. We've got the church, the reception hall, dj, photographer, THE dress, I'm almost done with the centerpieces, and I finished designing the invitations last week. I spent the first few weeks trying to convince Woody to elope so this is progress for me. My goal is to finish everything up within the next few weeks so we can spend the remaining time just enjoying our engagement and preparing for the road ahead.

Since most of the big things are out of the way I am working on some of the smaller details and I've got something I want to talk about. I'm not trying to sound like a Stingy Sally, but it seems like if you put the word "Wedding" in front of anything it mysteriously quadruples in price. I was browsing Etsy and found that most of the ring bearer pillows were in the $90-$120 range. And I've got one thing to say, "PFFFFFFFF. THESE PEOPLE ARE TRIPPING, YOU HEAR ME?!?" Okay, thank you for letting me get that off my chest, I feel much better. Moving forward and being proactive, I made an exact duplicate of a pillow that was going for over $130. And I made it for $20.You'll have to take my word that it looks much better in person. I lost the charger to my good camera and was at a loss for good lighting. I had every intention of making the matching flower girl basket tonight, but I got distracted by The Bachelor and time escaped me. We've all been there, right? Maybe tomorrow.

If you want to make your own, here's the details: 

Before you begin:  Go to the Hobby Lobby website and get your 40% off coupon. They always have this and it will save you a bundle. I got my pillow I embellished there for about $15. Also, this week is 50% off all wedding items, so stock up.

1. What you'll need:
     1/2 of polyester/satin that matches your wedding colors
     Tacky Glue or Liquid Stitch
     Jewel button
     1/4" thick ribbon
     2" Ribbon in secondary wedding color (optional)
     Lighter or Candle

2. Cut circles from fabric in graduated sizes. I used 2", 3", 4", 5" and 6". You can use more or less depending on how dramatic you want your flower. Cut 8 slits in each circle equal lengths apart. Don't cut farther than about 1/3 of the way in.

3. Hold your circles (one at a time) with the slits about 2 inches above the flame from your candle. Focus on one petal at a time. They will curl in towards the flame. This takes practice. Have extra material on hand.

4. Use the tacky glue to glue each layer together. String the thin ribbon through the back of your button, this is where your rings will go. Super glue the button to the flower and the flower to the pillow.  And Voila. You just saved yourself a Benjamin.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Patience was left out of my fruits of the spirit basket

Patience for people, I have. Unfortunately, patience for projects I have not had the pleasure of knowing. Just in case you were wondering, wedding planning is no different. We've officially set our date and full wedding planning has commenced. We are keeping it small and simple, but the 250 page wedding planning book crammed full with checklists and Emily Post etiquette tips that's been sitting on my kitchen table is a constant reminder of the disaster that could occur if heaven forbid we miss one detail. 

Last weekend I had a dream that I was at the country club where we are having our reception. I was in the middle of  picking out table linens when out of no where tulle started pouring out of the ceiling. Every time I tried to escape from drowning in the fluffy fabric I would find myself more and more entangled in tulle of every color. It's kind of funny to think about now, but at the time was quite overwhelming. I woke up and had a long conversation with myself (as an only child this happens often) about the importance of taking things one step at a time. The anxiety I was experiencing is an obvious reflection of my need to complete everything asap. I have determined the wedding is the perfect time to learn to let go of my "must do it now or never" mentallity and learn to take my time and enjoy the process. I know I can't be alone in the quest for patience, so I made this little graphic to remind myself of where I need to focus my energy.  Patience here I come.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I caved

Do I like the timeline? No. Why? Well, for several reasons, the main one being it makes stalking so much harder. And let's be honest.. that's half the fun of facebook.  Ha Ha.. jk? Anyways, I figure it's only a matter of time before Facebook changes everyone's profile to the new layout so I figure I might as well embrace it and give it my own "Artsee Fartsee" look. Hope you enjoy!!