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Quite some time ago, probably around the summer of 2008, I was reading Weddingbee as a pre-engaged gal and found a post by one of the bees (perhaps it was Miss Pineapple – I can’t really remember) who had gotten a painting of her parent’s dog done as a wedding gift for them. Where did she find the artist? On Etsy. This was my first introduction to the website. I loved the painting and contacted the artist and had one done of our puppies for L for Christmas that year.

I soon realized that Etsy was an amazing place and have since ordered many things from different sellers. Earrings for Christmas gifts, custom-made jewelry for my bridesmaids to wear, my “something blue” for our wedding, amazing etched beer glasses  for groomsmen and Christmas gifts and so much more.

As I continued to read Weddingbee, still as a pre-engaged gal, I realized that a lot of the Bees made their own paper goods for their weddings. Hmm, I could do that! It would allow me to get things exactly how we wanted and perhaps save some money since I knew that when the time did come for us to get married, we would be working with a smaller budget. So I decided to start buying some tools (embossing heat gun, bone folder, paper cutter, etc.) so when wedding planning time came, they wouldn’t have to be taken out of our budget.

But I couldn’t be the crazy girl who bought stuff for her wedding before she was even engaged. (Clearly, obsessing over Weddingbee and other wedding blogs for more than a year before I was engaged did not make me that crazy girl) So I decided to set up my own Etsy shop and sell some items there so that the tools were actually for that and when wedding planning time came along, I coincidentally already had a lot of what I needed. I’m sneaky, huh? 😉

And so, Over A Paper Moon was born.

I started off with some embossed notecards – and even made two sales. Considering I didn’t do much to market my Etsy shop (aside from posting that link on the left side of my blog, which few people read), I didn’t think that was horrible. Then I got laid off and couldn’t really spend the money to buy more supplies. And then we got engaged. And well, all bets were off then. I did wedding planning pretty much 24/7.

But now, the planning is done. The wedding is over. We’re back from our honeymoon. And the holiday craziness is passed us. But I miss all the crafting I did for our wedding! I made EVERYTHING. Pocketfold invitations from scratch, our save the dates, a Swarovski crystal cake topper, programs that opened into fans, everything. I think it’s high time I get back to the Etsy world and maybe give this shop another go.

On Saturday, I spent a few hours making some Valentine’s Day cards and listed them in my shop. Take a look! And tell your friends. And have them tell their friends! 🙂 More will be coming soon. Since everyone that saw my work at the wedding told me I need to do this as a career. I plan on adding some invitations, cake toppers and other elements that got a lot of feedback from our wedding.

Let me know what you think – and if you are looking for anything specific – I’m always open to custom orders!

I want to get back in to blogging.  And when I read Jess’ post, I thought this would be a good way to get back in the flow.

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
Got Married!  Travelled out of the country with L.  Got a job that I like (so far), ran a 10k

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I’m not sure if I made any actual resolutions.  I know I wanted to lose weight for the wedding – and L and I did pretty good.  In conjunction with training for the Cooper River Bridge Run, I lost about 20lb from January – April.  I wanted to keep losing, but I just got off track and busy wedding planning and lazy and ended up gaining it all back.  I wasn’t nearly as skinny or in shape as I wanted to be for the wedding, but in the end, I’m still happy with the way I looked.  I also had the goal of running the entire CRBR and I did it!
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not anyone super close, but a couple of friends and aquaintances had babies.  And now one of my very good friends is pregnant with twins!  She is the first of my close friends to get pregnant.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My grandmother passed away in April.  To be quite honest, it was kind of time.  She wasn’t in pain, but she wasn’t really aware of her surroundings at all and hasn’t been able to speak for quite some time.  She basically just laid in bed in a nursing home.  She didn’t even always know when people were there visiting her.

5. What countries did you visit?
Cabo, Mexico for LM’s 30th bday and L and I went on an absolutely AMAZING honeymoon to St. Lucia

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
A more stable bank account (having a job and not relying on unemployment should help) and a new house.  L and I have our sites on one and ours is currently for sale.  So fingers crossed it all works out.
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
September 5!  The day I married my very best friend!!!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Becoming a wife – officially becoming a family. 

9. What was your biggest failure?
This is a tough one… I’m not sure I would categorize it as a failure, but I need to work on my approach to some things and realizing I can’t always get my way.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Ugh, I dropped a huge glass vase that we used for the centerpiece on our head table at the wedding while I was cleaining it.  It shattered and cut a deep 3″ gash in my foot 3 weeks before the wedding.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have inusrance at the time (Cobra was just getting too expensive and when I stopped paying it, I only had a month till I was covered under L’s and didn’t think it was a big deal) so the 6 stitches I got ended up costing us about $2000!  The dr. told me I would be fine by the wedding and I was for the most part, but my foot was still very swollen and I could only wear my pretty pink shoes for the ceremony.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Hmm… not that it was one thing that we bought – but our wedding was definitely a major expense, but so worth it.  We ended up firing our band 2 weeks before the big day and hired a new one – in the process we lost about $500, but it was one of the best decisions we made.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Although we had disagreements at times, L did a pretty good job working at his full-time job, part-time job and helping to plan the wedding.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Some of my family who didn’t come to our wedding for selfish reasons.  And well, I’ll say it, L’s mom.  She did quite a few things that we specifically asked her not to do and some of it really hurt my feelings.  IE – we told her one thing she could help us decorate for the wedding.  She did it and it looked very nice.  She then took it upon herself to decorate our guest book table with a collage of photos.  It would have been nice if I were in the pictures.  Instead there were more than 15 pictures on the table and I was in 1.  Yup.  Why would you do something like that?

14. Where did most of your money go?
Our wedding.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Hmmm, I’m not sure.  😉 😉 😉  OUR WEDDING obviously!

16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
“You are the best thing” by Ray LaMontagne – it was our first dance — or “Tonight’s gonna be a good night” (or whatever the actual name of that song is) by the Black Eye Peas
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
c) richer or poorer?
a) Definitely Happier
b) After some yo-yoing – about the same or a few pounds heavier 😦
c) I wouldn’t say we’re “richer” but we’re definitely better off now that I have a full-time job again.  We still have some big expenses (paying off that hospital bill and repaying some money to savings that we borrowed), but it’s not quite as bad as it was last year.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Blogging, time management when it comes to wedding stuff – my plans of doing nothing the week before the wedding failed big time and there was some important stuff that didn’t get done as thoroughly as I had hoped.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Procrastinating.  Worrying about little things.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
L and I got to not only spend our first married Christmas together, but we got to spend our first Christmas ever together.  As luck would have it, he got all the holidays off this year (just the way the schedule fell).  We drove up to CT on Dec. 23 and spent Christmas with my family until Dec. 28.  It was so wonderful.

21. Did you fall in love in 2010?
I fall in love with that boy over and over again every day of my life.  We both have our faults and some things we need to work on, but I don’t think there is anyone out there more perfect for me.  Seriously.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Hmm… I watched a lot of Gilmore Girls reruns 🙂  But I guess Army Wives, Law & Order SVU, Grey’s Anatamy and Parenthood would top my list

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Our wedding photographer.  Full report coming on that soon. 

24. What was the best book you read?
I didn’t read too many books, but I did finally read Shopaholic and Baby when I realized that I never had when Mini Shopaholic came out. 

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Cee Lo Green. There, I said it. And yes, this is on the basis of his one profane song that I LOVE SO VERY MUCH. — I have to agree with Jess on this one.  I love that song!

26. What did you want and get?
I wanted to have a perfect wedding day with my best friend – and I did!  There were some minor things that went wrong and if I could go back and do it all over again, I would never hire our photographer – but everything else was so, so perfect!

27. What did you want and not get?
I was hoping to have sold our house already, but if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be so we’ll see where it goes from here.  Just send happy house selling thoughts our way.  Our goal is to sell it by February to make some other things work out – we know that’s a pretty ambitious goal!

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
I don’t really remember seeing many movies this year…

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 27 years old.  L and I went to a training group run for the CRBR in the morning, then he took me to a lovely Italian dinner and we met friends out for drinks that night – it was a lot of fun!

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Marrying L made it pretty freakin’ perfect.  Selling the house would have been great though.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?
I favored big white dresses 😉  Umm, casual and comfortable, like usual.  This year stuck out because there was a lack of “business casual” in my life.

32. What kept you sane?
L and our puppies

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I have no idea

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The whole debacle with unemployment.

35. Who did you miss?
I miss living closer to my mom.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
I think becoming closer to some of my friends is the equivalent to this.  Also, though I probably won’t work with them again, the band we ended up hiring was fabulous to work with and were incredible and helping us get everything together in such a short amount of time.  It made up for the previous band we had hired and their poor customer service.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
Things will work out the way they need to work out.  Don’t depend on other people’s research for something that is important to you.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I’ll take a few lines from our first dance…
“Baby, we’ve come a long way, baby/You know, I hope and I pray, that you believe me/When I say this love will never fade away/You are the best thing/You are the best thing/You are the best thing that ever happened to me”

More than two months ago I wrote a post telling you all (if there is anyone even reading this) that I was coming back.  I lied.  Big time.  And I’m sorry. 

Let’s have some bullet points to catch up as best we can, although I know I’ll miss lots of things since it’s been so long.

– as of today, there are 36 days until our wedding. THIRTY-SIX. DAYS.  Holy shit.  My plan of getting everything done ahead of time is slowly fading.  I’m still trying my best to make it happen, but our super long to do list is overwhelming at times.

– You may remember that we booked a trip to Cabo last year for LM’s 30th birthday.  As it turns out, all the boys backed out for various reason, but L was going to go with the rest of the girls anyway.  Then plane tickets were about $800 and we just couldn’t do two.  Or one, frankly.  Luckily I had some airline miles and purchased my ticket (direct both ways and first class coming back!  Why was it less miles than a coach ticket? Who knows, but I wasn’t complaining).  13 girls went and it was amazing.  We were all pretty depressed that it was over when we came back.  I’m sure L would have had a fun time, but it was definitely a girls trip.


Part of the group shopping in town one day

Our invitations went out the last week of June.  I wanted to send them out the week prior, but it just didn’t happen.  I made these babies from scratch and was so happy with the way they came out.  There are definitely some imperfections, but I’m sure few people will notice.  I blew my budget on printing costs though because when I called Kinkos to find out their price for color laser printing they misquoted me and I didn’t find out until I printed all 300 sheets one day.  I couldn’t do anything about it because I didn’t have the quote in writing.  Then I realized that our logo was off center and had to reprint parts of it.  Oh well, we love them.


Rather than using an inner envelope, we used these personalized oval tags to write out the informal names of everyone invited from the family

If anyone wants a tutorial, I’m glad to give one (and I promise I’ll post it in a timely manner, if you ask 🙂  I’m not going to lie, they were time consuming, but not all that hard.

One note… we used a post card for our RSVP to save on postage.  I’m just letting any detail oriented bride out there know that they only make one postcard stamp design for the entire year.  This year’s?  A polar bear.  Yup.  For the entire year.  It looks like the coca-cola bear, minus the coke.  We ended up going with it because that was the whole reason we chose the post card – it would have been easier to make a regular RSVP.  Just letting you all know.

– At one point, we took some more engagement photos with our photographer.  We’re a little disappointed with him because as it turns out, he’s not very creative and needs a lot of help.  L’s sister used him too for her wedding and they missed some key moments that would have made great photos.  Too bad photography was the one thing I wanted to splurge on and now we’re not happy.


One of the more creative shots

I’ll give credit after our wedding 🙂

– We went home to CT to get some baby pictures for a slide show and also had a shower for my family up there.  We got lots of great stuff including all of our ‘every day’ plates from Crate and Barrel. As it turns out, most of my family won’t be coming to the wedding which really bums me out.  And it’s not even for good reasons.  We have received very few ‘no’ rsvps and all of them except for two are my family, one is from the woman who did our premarital counseling and the other is a friend of both L and I, but was actually on L’s list.

– We also had a shower thrown by L’s family.  It was huge, around 50 people.  His mom wanted to make it into a “pre-rehearsal dinner” or “mini-wedding” so some of his family that we didn’t want to invite, but had to would feel like they were at the wedding and wouldn’t come.  That’s not what we wanted.  We didn’t want anything to overshadow the wedding.  There were some elements that we didn’t like, but overall it was nice.  We told her over and over again that we didn’t want dancing and she had loud music and a dance floor anyway.  Luckily no one actually danced.

– I had a makeup trial with a girl from my sorority who offered great prices, but I looked like a street walker when I was done.  Instead, I’m using the same girl L’s sister used.  More expensive, but worth every penny.  I would post the before and after photos, but I want it to be a surprise for L.

– I finally had a hair trial.  I was having a hard time finding someone since I don’t know the area where we’re having the wedding.  My makeup girl contacted a photographer she’s worked with a lot and got a name.  The girl did a great job and I’m excited.  I’ll save those photos for post-wedding too – or maybe just in a password protected post.

– let’s see, let’s see… what else?

– oh yes! my bachelorette party!  Five friends and I went to Savannah and had a great time.  My camera pooped out, so I don’t have any photos yet, I’m waiting to get them from everyone else.  Two of my friends from high school were not able to come and that made me really, really sad.  It was a smaller group, but a fun one, none the less.  Good Lord, I was even put on stage at the deuling piano bar.  I definitely wish I had had a few more drinks before that happened, but it was fun anyway.  Despite the fact that everyone said my face was the same color as my hot pink dress.

– We’re still trying to put our house on the market and had the realtor come over one day to do photos for the listing, but then it was too dark inside and we haven’t had her back yet.  L is debating waiting till after the wedding but I really dont want to do that because I spent so much time working on house stuff when I could have been working on wedding stuff and then I wouldn’t be so far behind now.  We’ll see what happens.

– I took my dress to be altered on Thursday.  It won’t be ready until Aug 23-25.  Yikes!  I’ve got faith in the lady though, she came highly recommended from my friend and she’s pretty reasonable too.  For a bustle and to recut the top (which requires removing beading, cutting it and then adding it back on), it will be $100.  Not too shabby.  I wasn’t sure she would be able to change the top at all, let alone for a price I could afford, and was so excited when she could. Now it is absolutely perfect and what I wanted.

– I think that’s about it for now!  Just more wedding, wedding, wedding!  I’m going to be damn bored after the wedding if I don’t have a job. Speaking of which, today marks the one year anniversary of that fateful day.  Although, I must admit, there were several months where I didn’t really look for a job as hard as I should have because planning our wedding was way more fun!

Hi. Hi. Hey. Hello. Hello? Heelllooo????  Is anyone still there?

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen (if any of you still exist), I’m back.  To be honest, I’m not really sure where I went.  I still haven’t found a new job, but for an unemployed gal like myself, I am very busy!  I originally started this blog to remember the little things in life and at times it makes me sad that while L and I plan a not-so-little thing (ie our WEDDING), I have majorly failed at the blogging thing. 

We’ve wrapped up many major and non-major details of our big day – including finally finding a church that we both agree on and like very much.  The plan is to write a recap post – or maybe series of posts in case any of you are still out there and care to read them.

In the meantime, we’ve been looking at some new houses.  L wants to buy something before the market seesaws back the other way and doing it before we’re married is probably the best idea (since my credit is not so great due to some student loan difficulties a couple years ago).  Anyway, we found one that we love that the builder forclosed on.  What is normally a $350,ooo+ house is on the market for $230,000.  However, that is still waaaaay beyond our price range.  We’re working with a real estate agent that a friend of ours works with who suggested our first offer be significantly lower than the asking price.  Significantly lower.  Basically, if they went for the price, we would be getting a house more than DOUBLE the size of our current house for almost the same price.  Crazy, I know.

But, it’s all dependent on a lot of other things working out.  So fingers crossed, because I’ve sort of fallen in love with this house and we’ve already talked about the different ways we would like to decorate, etc.  I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high though, because it would be the story of my life to be thinking and talking about this house so much and then not get it.

When out with the agent, we brought her by our house to get her point of view on what things we should change before we put it on the market.  She mentioned a few things here and there, but said that the first things that needed to change were the countertops in the bathrooms.  They are this really ugly dark green/white marble.  They make me want to puke, so I’m not surprised that she mentioned they needed to change.  Luckily, the cabinets are fine so it’s just the top that needs to change.

While searching for different ideas, I perused many different sites for some ideas.  I found some beautiful bathroom vanities at this one site.  They’ve got lots of great stuff, including the Indocraft Atlantis bathroom vanity that would look great in a half bath.  This site is part of the CSN stores (they have more than 200) and I’ve gotten a mirror from them before.  The quality and service is great, so I would expect nothing less from Just Vanities.

Well, off to more day dreaming about the house that may or may not be ours one day and moving on to some more wedding tasks.  I’m going to be bored after our big day!

Actually, it’s more like wardrobe dilemma, but I like alliteration too much.  Back in October, shortly after L and I got engaged, we headed out to Wilmington, NC to look at some potential venues and check out our first bridal show.  As you know, we chose a venue that is in Winston-Salem, no where near Wilmington or any other part of the coast.  But, while we were at the bridal show, we won a free engagement session – no strings attached!  When it’s all said and done, we’ll receive the disc with edited photos and rights to print.  All for free!  How awesome is that?!

The other great part is that we can do it anywhere in the Wilmington area.  Since we were so torn between a beach wedding or not a beach wedding and subsequently ended up with the latter, we love the option of doing our engagement pictures at the beach.  It’s a nice compromise. 🙂  So that’s what we decided to do – and the big day is Thursday.

You know what?  I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!  Thus, I need your help.

We’re able to have a couple of outfit changes and I think we’re going to start the shoot out by some little beach shops and then move on to the actual beach.

L will most likely be wearing nice khaki shorts and a button down shirt in some sort of blue. 

We’re going for casual, but nice.  So I’m thinking of a cute dress and then maybe pants.  Not sure.  Here’s what I came up with after way too much shopping in my closet and at the outlets I went to today.

Shoes are a big concern.  L is taller than me, but when I put shoes on, the difference is very slight.  If he’s wearing dress shoes or winter shoes, it’s not so bad because the slight ‘man heel’ or thicker sole help, but he’ll be wearing Rainbows, so that means I can’t really wear heels.  Especially the heels that go with some of these dresses because they’re about 3.75″ high.  He says it makes him feel short when I stand next to him.  And I feel like a giant.  I just don’t want to look stumpy with flats on.  And I don’t have any heels that aren’t super high that will go with any of the dresses – and I don’t want to buy new ones.

For dresses:


For the longest time, this is the dress I was planning to wear.  I bought it last year to wear to L’s sister’s graduation and our trip to Savannah.  Then I put it on again this year and hated it.  I took the time to iron it today and try it on again and I liked it much better than the other day.  Here, I have it on with beaded green flip flops. 


Same dress with the shoes I wish I could wear.  I love the way my make my calves look better. (Please excuse Shep’s tail in the photo).  Maybe I could bring the shoes for any photos that you won’t be able to tell how tall I am.  I like when photographers cut off the couple’s head.


Then there’s this dress I bought at the end of last summer.  It’s a dark purple color and I’m wearing the same flip flops as above.  (Also, I couldn’t help the sun coming in and this is the only mirror I can take pictures in)


Again, with the amazingly lovely, tall, tall shoes.


I found this one in Target today for $20.  It’s a darker pink and has a little more red in it.  I guess I would go with the same green flip flops.

And now for the second outfit.  This is basically the same outfit with slight variations.


Navy chinos from J. Crew outlet (on sale for $39!), a very light blue tshirt with knotted front and yellow cardigan.  I think the yellow is too bright though – I thought it was more pale when I bought it.


Same, but with a white cardigan.


Same with a slightly off white ruffly cardigan.  I’m just not sure if the ruffles go with the shirt.  Do you think they compete too much with the knot?


Same, but this white cardigan fits a little smaller, which I think I like better if I’m going to keep it open.


Just so you can see what the tshirt looks like on its own.


If I wore this on the beach, I thought it would look cute to roll up the pants and walk through the water.


Here’s the ruffly cardigan with a dark pink shirt. 

So here’s my question – which dress?  Or do they all suck?  I really want to wear pink because it’s my signature color.  Seriously.   But also want to choose what looks best. And what about the pants/cardigan option?  Blue shirt underneath or pink?  White cardigan or ruffly cardigan? (I’m pretty much eliminating the yellow bc I feel like it’s too bright – unless you think it looks fabulous).  You can’t really see it in the photos, but I have pink sandals on – so I still get a hint of pink in there.  Plus, I feel like you can’t get much more beachy than navy and white.

Thoughts?

Man, everytime I try to get back on the blogging track, it just doesn’t happen.  But, for anyone who is out there still reading this, here are my celebrations of late.

February 14 – the third Valentine’s Day that I have spent with L.  And it couldn’t have been more perfect.  I spent 24 years being bitter on Valentine’s Day because I never had anyone to celebrate with.  When CR  told me one year that I shouldn’t be bitter because all my friends loved me, I had to gently remind her that I would be sitting in our dorm room by myself that night while she and all other said friends were out with their boyfriends.  But not anymore.  I’ll pause so you can go vomit.  I don’t care.  It was so, so perfect.  But it was nothing crazy.  We’ve gone out for V-day the last couple years, but we decided to stay in this year. 

The morning started off when L came home from work with a dozen roses in hand and two cards – one funny and one sweet.  And his gift?  A new bottle of my favorite perfume, Chanel Chance.  He was quick to tell me, it wasn’t because he thought I smelled though. haha, silly boy.  I gifted him with some Bose in-ear headphones for his ipod (get these brand new off ebay for half the price they are in Best Buy.  I’m just saying.) and a “Deck of  Love.”

I originally saw the Deck of Love mentioned on a crafty blog that linked here.  What a cute, meaningful and inexpensive idea.  I set off to create my own deck of 52 reasons why I love L.  He seemed to really like it, and ignored the card that was stained with blood.  Note to self, when cutting through Xyroned paper with your good scissors, sticky stuff will get on them.  Do NOT attempt to rub the sticky stuff off bare-fingered.  You will slice your thumb open.  It will hurt a lot.  And it will bleed a lot. 😦

Then we went to church.  Yup, you read that correctly.  We went to church.  We’re still trying to figure out who is going to actually marry us.  We tried a Lutheran church in town that a few of our friends attend.  It was very nice, and much more similar to what I’m used to than what I would have thought.  L said it was very different to him, and there were a few things he would have to get used to, but he wasn’t opposed to it.  We admitted that we were both very nervous before we went in, but left very comfortable.  This coming Sunday, we’re trying a Methodist church. 

We headed out to grab a quick lunch and hoped to see Valentine’s Day, but all the showings were sold out.  Instead, we went back home and napped for an hour (unusual for me, but I was exhausted for some reason) and then headed out to a training program for the Cooper River Bridge Run 10k we are doing in Charleston next month.  I kicked ass, again. 🙂  Never would have thought so based on how I started the program (finishing at the end of my group).  But I was so proud of myself.  We did 3.5 miles and I’m in the 12 minute walk/run group (run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute). We went home, showered and L made me dinner – baked ziti because that’s the first meal he made for me when I came over when we first started dating.

Then we sat on the couch and watched the Olympics.  Nothing glamorous, but oh so perfect.


Beautiful roses 🙂


How glamorous.  No makeup. Wet hair. And Pjs.  But it was a great V-day!

February 15 – Our three year anniversary.  On one hand, I can’t believe it has been three years already.  On the other hand, it feels like so much more than that.  We spent the day together running errands and killing time while I waited for UPS to deliver his present (since for some reason it took over a week to ship!).  L ran out for his own errand at one point and came home with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and three envelopes.  By this time, his present had come and I had wrapped it.  I got a very cute card and tickets to Jersey Boys!  I have been wanting to see this for SUCH a long time!  I can’t wait.  And he definitely learned after last year’s handed-me-the-lap-top-to-show-me-what-my-present-was.  In envelope number 1, there was a series of pieces of paper “can’t take my eyes off of you”, “Downtown Charlotte”, “Turnpikes”, “Broadway”, “Garden State”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”.  By the time I got to “turnpikes”, I knew what it was.  The second envelope held the tickets.  So very perfect and I can’t wait to go!!  He seemed pretty happy with the ipod Nano I got him too!  Ok, so I may have broken our $50 spending limit, but I did get it on overstock.com for a fantastic price.  I bought him the nike+ for running for Christmas and didn’t realize it didn’t work with the ipod classic (they should really put that on the box somewhere).  He’s been wanting the nano and almost bought it the week before, but I managed to make him wait. 🙂

We both had to attend a board meeting for the VFD that night and thought about going to dinner afterwards around 8, but then we decided on a different restaurant and postponed our date until Tuesday.


Pretty Pink Flowers.

February 16 – L was working at the VFD during the day and I went up to run on the treadmill before we went to dinner.  My goal was to run 4 miles because that’s what our training program will be this week.  I started off running a mile with no incline.  Then I increased the incline to 4 percent (that’s what the bridge is) and tried to run that as far as I could.  The bridge is 4 percent for almost a mile and a half – whoo!  I knew I had to run at the incline for at least a half mile, because that’s what I did last time.  My goal was to go .6 miles, but once I got there, I knew I could go more and did .75 miles at the incline.  I was hurting, but it felt good to know I went so far.  I went back to a 0 incline and finished running the second mile.  Then I kept going.  I tried to run 4 minutes, walk 1 minute.  Sometimes I did more runing than that, but I never did more than one minute of walking at a time.  I got to 4 miles and felt good so I kept going.  Before I knew it, I was at 5 miles.  The farthest I’ve ever been.  I wanted to go to 5.5.  And then I thought, if I can do 5.5 , then I can get to 6.2.  And I did.  6.2 miles!  That’s exactly what the 10k is.  I was so freaking proud of myself.  Granted it wasn’t ALL running, but it was MOSTLY running.  L had come in just as I was finishing and he couldn’t believe.  The best part?  If I didn’t need to go home and shower for dinner, I could have kept going.

So I went home and showered and a while later we headed downtown to Chima.  It’s a Brazillian steakhouse that we’ve heard amazing things about.  Basically, there’s a very generous salad bar and then you have this little coin at your place setting.  If you want meat, you turn it to the orange side.  If you need a break, you turn it to the black side.  There are all these meat men (they had some Brazillian name, but I dont remember what it was) moving around the restaurant with large spicks with different meats on them.  And it was so freakin good.  Filet mignon, sirloin, rib eye, salmon, swordfish, leg of lamb, chicken, bacon wrapped chicken, beef ribs, the list goes on.  I only ate breakfast to prepare for this.  And we left barely able to move we were so full.

It’s quite expensive, about $44 a person, but completely worht it and we definitely got our money’s worth.  Plus, we signed up online to be a ‘preferred diner’ and got a coupon for $25 off, so that helped a lot.  I highly recommend this place if you’re ever in Charlotte, Ft. Lauderdale, Philly or Tyson’s Corner Virginia.


L should be our wedding photographer. How perfect is this shot?  One take and super fast becuase it was FREEZING outside.

Such a wonderful week of celebrations.  And everything was so perfect.  The celebrating isn’t quite over yet – my birthday is Saturday!  I think L is very excited for our official anniversary to be in September after we’re married.  He’s got three celebrations within 5 days of each other now!

Ed. Note: This is the post that I wrote and lost the other day.  I stumbled upon it saved in my drafts folder – I had no idea it was there!  The dates are a little off because I don’t feel like editing this from when it was written on 12/9. 🙂

Wow, my poor little blog has been ignored since November 19.  And before then, it wasn’t very much better.  You would think that since I haven’t had a job for, oh four and a half months now, that I would have plenty of time on my hands.

In those months, I have found plenty to keep myself busy with – especially now that we’re engaged.  If I wasn’t spending every waking moment searching for a venue, then I was mailing cupcakes or making envelopes (more on that after Christmas).  In anycase, I’ve been busy.

After driving to and from Connecticut and only spending two days there (that’s a 12 hour drive for anyone that’s counting), December was right around the corner.

We had planned to get our tree on the first Saturday inDecember – the same as last year.  We drive up into the mountains so we can cut our own.  Well, Saturday came and we had been to a Christmas party the night before and after consuming one too many root beer float shots, I slept later than we had planned.  And it was kind of gross out, so we postponed to the next day.

Sunday we drove up to Boone, NC (where Appalachain State University is) and cut down our tree and came home (more on that soon, too).  We hung out at the house for 2 hours while L worked on homework and I finished making envelopes before heading to a friends house that night for dinner where we stayed until 10:30.

Then I started thinking… when the heck were we going to put up the tree??  Or the other decorations for that matter?  This is our schedule:

Monday (12/7)
Day: L works at part-time station till 6; I run errands getting stuff for a party that night and prepare
Night: I have ornament exchange party at a friend’s house; L goes for drinks with all the husbands who weren’t invited to the party

Tuesday (yesterday)
Day: L works 24 hours at full-time job; I run errands to get supplies for a banner he asked me to make for a retirement party they are hosting at work next week and then clean the house so I can put out Christmas decorations.
Night: This is when I was going to decorate inside the house (minus the tree that was still in the garage in a bucket of water)

Wednesday (today):
Day: L works at part-time station; I finish any decorating I can do on my own
Night: We go to an award ceremony and dinner for his captain at work

Thursday:
Day: L works 24 hours; I start making cookies for the retirement party they are hosting next week.
Night: L is still at work; I do wedding research stuff.

Friday:
Day: L works till 6 at part-time station; I work on wedding stuff, etc.
Night: We have L’s work Christmas party at 6:30 and have a co-ed baby shower at 7.  Hmm, the Christmas party is 45 minutes away and the baby shower is in town where we live.  We will obviously be very late to the latter.

Saturday:
Day: We were supposed to run in a 5k, but L is working 24 hours for someone else.  I am no longer running because I didn’t register early enough and now it’s like $40.
Night: L is still working, but we have also been invited to a graduation celebration for his friend’s wife.  I may still go bc the friend’s wife is friend’s with CR.

Sunday:
Day: L works 24 hours for his normal shift

Monday:
Day: L works till 6 at his part-time station
Night:  Nothing.  Wait, what?  Did I just write ‘nothing’?  One night that we don’t have planned.  I guess we can decorate the tree this night!

Tuesday:
Day:  L works 24 hours
Night: L still working.  I’m going to dinner with CR.

Wednesday:
Day: L works till 6 at his part-time station
Night:  We have the monthly business meeting at the VFD.  Big meeting because we’re voting on a lot of positions.

Thursday:
Leave for his parent’s house and go to a beach music party that night

Friday:
Spend some time seeing family in friends near his parents’; drive back Friday night for a friend’s party.

Saturday:
Attend E’s graduation (she got her Master’s!), then drive back to L’s parent’s house to go to a family dinner party that night.

Sunday:
Attend a second family dinner party with L’s family.

Monday:
Drive together to CT

Tuesday, Wednesday:
Enjoy CT

Thursday (Christmas Eve):
L flies back to his parent’s house and has dinner with them.  Then drives to Charlotte to work to let someone go home early that night.

Friday (Christmas Day):
L works his scheduled 24 hours; I’m in CT with the fam

Saturday:
L works his part-time job; I’m still in CT

Sunday:
L works 24 hours; I drive back from CT

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So, there you have it.  We would be able to put up and decorate our tree on exactly one day.  and that happened to be 3 days before we go out of town.  Well, that’s not very much fun.  And a waste of a very pretty (and expensive) tree!

The other night, L said he would put in for a stand-by vacation day for yesterday so we could get some stuff done around the house.  When I texted him yesterday morning at 8:30 to see if he got it, he hadn’t.  It’s all dependent on how many people have also requested a day and how many other people are already on approved vacations or call in sick.  It didn’t look like he would get the night off either.

I continued on with my day.  Made his retirement banners, got a gift together for the baby shower and cleaned the house.  He texted me letting me know that he was getting moved to a different station for the night and I was bummed that he wasn’t able to come home.  I had just finished cleaning and sat down to watch a rerun of the Gilmore Girls when the doorbell rang.

Finally!  The kid I bought a wreath from for a school fundraiser was finally delivering it.  I opened the door and it was no pimle face teenager – it was L!  He had gotten the night off.

He did admit though, that he didn’t think it was going to happen and he actually was moved to a different station.  But just before he left they called him back and told him he could go home.

So, we put up the tree and decorated it and put up some of the outside decorations.  Unfortunately, it was raining really hard, so we couldn’t put them all up. 

Our tree is so pretty and I”m so glad we got it up!

I am really going to try to be a better blogger and post everday like I used to.

I’ve been waiting and waiting to ask my girls if they will be my bridesmaids.  L already popped the question to me, now it was my turn to pop a question to them.  I wanted to come up with a cute way to ask them, and in a previous post I mentioned that I was tossing around the idea of a wine bottle with a customized label (I would make the label, not buy) or getting them a cupcake and creating some sort of note.

I couldn’t wait any longer – I had to do this.  There have been so many times when I wanted to call or email them with a question or suggestion, but couldn’t because I haven’t asked them yet.  Not to say that I haven’t already asked them for advice and opinions, because I have – I just haven’t been able to ask them bridesmaid-related questions like, what do you think about this dress for you guys?

I’m sure that they all know that I am going to ask them, because we’ve talked about it in the past and these are my very best friends, but I am no way going to assume they will be my bridesmaids.  We were all in another friend’s wedding a few years ago who never actually asked us.  She just started sending us stuff for dresses and asked us when we wanted to go try them on, etc.  We all would have said yes regardless, but it was a little annoying that she didn’t ask.

Back to deciding how to do it.  I ended up with the cupcake idea.  There is one that I have to mail (A lives in CA) and two others that would be easier to mail so I could ask sooner.  I figured mailing a cupcake would be a whole lot cheaper than mailing a bottle of wine.  And cheaper to buy or make too.

I was going to make the cupcakes so it would be less expensive, but then I would still have to hunt out boxes that would be appropriate to mail them in.  So I went to a new cupcake bakery in town and they sell individual boxes to go with the cupcakes for $2 – so I just decided to get those and buy the cupcakes while I was there.  They’re definitely prettier than mine would have been, they are super tasty and really, not that expensive.

When I walked in and ordered 5 cupcakes with gift boxes and then a 6th cupcake (there is no way I could walk out of that store with a bag full of cupcakes and not be able to eat one!) the woman asked what the occasion was.  When I told her I was asking friends to be my bridesmaids, she thought it was absolutely the cutest idea ever.  She spread the news to the two other women who worked there who were equally as giddy.  The thing about these guys that work at SAS Cupcakes is that it didn’t seem fake.  One woman suggested putting small little penants in the cupcakes.  She came back with two options.  One had a ring on it and said “Congratulations!”, but I didn’t like that because it felt like I was congratulating myself – or congratulating my girls for asking them.  It was really meant more for someone to give it to a bride.  The second was a Valentine’s one that said “Be Mine”, she suggested that one so it was like, “be my bridesmaid”.  Plus, it was pink and black so it wasn’t too Valentine-y.

I chose cupcakes that had pink icing, they boxed them up for me and sent me on my way.  The whole time they made a fuss about me being a bride and it was cute.  I’d lie if I said it didn’t make me feel special.  They normally charge for the penants, but gave them to me for free – plus they gave me the 6th cupcake for myself for free :).

When I got home, I got started on making the cards to go with them.  I already had an idea of what I wanted to do.  Our colors are navy, green and pink.  I found some navy postcards on sale at Paper Source the other day.  It was a pack of 50 for $3.00.  I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but figured for that price I would pick them up and use them for something. 

Each card was going to start with the navy postcard.  I was going to add a pink layer and then a green and white polka dot paper as the top layer.  I then would use my Gocco to print the phrase on the green paper.    Pretty exciting because I already had everything I needed for this. 

The navy postcards were previously purchased with no purpose in mind.  The pink was a roll of wrapping paper (also from PaperSource) that I bought to use to line the envelopes of our save the dates.  And the green was a random piece of 12×12 scrapbooking paper that I bought awhile ago to use for something else.  I had one sheet and wasn’t sure it would be enough since I had used small pieces for other stuff, but somehow I managed to get 5 pieces out of it.

So, without further ado, here is the step-by-step process and the finished product at the end.

First I started by designing the text for the card.  I use the term ‘design’ loosley, because all I really did was type it up in Word using the Curlz font.  I did, however, know how big it needed to be.  The navy postcards are 6″ x 4.25″.  I wanted a small border showing, so I would cut the second layer (pink) a .5″ smaller: 5.5″ x 3.75″ –  and then the final layer (green – where the text would be) a .5″ smaller than that: 5″ x 3.25″.  I think the text came out to somewhere around 4″ x almost 3″.  I used a font size of about 40.  I printed it on a laser printer so that it would be compatiable with my Gocco.  (To burn a Gocco screen, the image needs to be carbon based.  So, printed from a laser jet, copy machine or drawn/written using a carbon based pen).

Since the Gocco screens are hard to get and can be expensive, I burned both messages on one screen.  This is me aligning the two pages on my Gocco getting ready to burn the screen.

I closed the lid and checked to make sure everything was lined up correctly and there were no overlaps or letters getting cut off.

I insterted a screen onto the bottom side of the glass and then screwed in the two flash bulbs into the separeate “bulb house” and inserted that part onto the top of the Gocco.  Press down firmly in one motion and let the bulbs flash.  This is what burns the image onto the screen.

Open the Gocco and peel back the papers that are most likely stuck to the screen (that’s a good thing).  You can see my text on the screen now.

Next step was to cut the green paper to the correct size (5″ x 3.25″).  I was really surprised that I managed to get all 5 pieces out of it – and just barely.  I’ve realized that I am a messy crafter.  This is surprising because I like to be neat.  I start off good, but a mess always follows.  I need more of a system.  For instance, I probably should have cut all the paper first, then got out the Gocco and done that.  I had stuff all over the table and scraps everywhere.

Next, I lined up the paper I would be printing on.  You can see through the glass on top of the Gocco so I could match everything up.  Then, I inked the screen and insterted it back into the Gocco.  I only inked the “will you be my bridesmaid” part first because it was hard to line up sheets for both messages and I didn’t want to risk messing it up.  I used the white paper to mark where the bottom of the green paper would be so that I could easily line up all the pieces.

Press down firmly to make a print.

Voila!  I removed the paper and set it off to the side to dry and inserted the next piece and printed. Etc.

The instructions say to liberally ink the screen, but I did it minimally since I was only printing 5 cards and didn’t want to waste ink.  Speaking of not wanting to waste ink, I took a scrap piece of card stock and scraped the unused ink and spread it on the “will you be my maid of honor” text. 

This is the screen once I scraped off the excess ink and moved it to the second phrase.  I had to add a little extra from the tube too.  I didn’t want to risk the print not coming out dark enough since I didn’t have any extra pieces of green paper in the event of an error.

Next, I cute the pink pieces from the roll of wrapping paper.  It is PaperSource wrapping paper in fuschia.  I love it because it doesn’t have the shiny finish on it.  I must admit though that it was much harder to cut out the small pieces than I originally thought it would be.  Since it’s rolled up it was hard to keep flat.  Plus the length of the paper was larger than my paper cutter, so first I had to cut the length of and then cut it in half so it would fit on my paper cutter.  All the while, trying to cut as straight as possible.  Then I had to trim all sides so that I knew it was straight, and finally trim down to size.

These are the PaperSource postcards in Night that would serve as the base of the notecard.

I started using a glue stick on the pink pieces to stick them to the postcards because I didn’t want to waste my Xyron adhesive.  Then I thought to myself, isn’t this exactly why I bought the Xyron?!  Why yes, yes it was.  This was one of those purchases I made over the summer when I was anticipating the engagement.  I have the Xyron 5″ Creation Station.  It puts an even layer of adhesive on the back of anything up to 5″ wide.  I wanted one of the bigger ones, but they were just too expensive.  I bought this one with a 50% off coupon from AC Moore.  I had used a smaller Xyron before and liked it, and this one didn’t disappoint.  It’s so fast, easy and mess free.  No more having to use multiple pieces of scrap paper to put under the piece I’m using the glue stick on.  No more getting glue all over my fingertips (I told you, I’m a messy crafter).  Plus, I was able to put it down and smooth it out easily without any of the weird creases that I got with a glue stick when using thin paper – and no glue clumps either. 

Simply put the paper in the feeder and turn the crank and watch it come out the other side.

It’s got a handy-dandy little cutter on the other side that slides across easily to cut your project off the roll.

Once you cut it off, peel back the celophane paper.  The adhesive is on the white, waxy paper which gets stuck to your project.  The celophane pulls the adhesive off of the white part where your project is not.  Make sense?  Sort of?

Once you peel the celophane off, easily peel off your project.  I did that and then stuck it onto the post card.  This one is a little off center, but the others are better.  There are a few different kinds of adhesive you can buy for the Xryon.  I was using the permanent kind because that’s what came with it.  They also have a removable kind, a laminate and a magnet/laminate.

After the Gocco ink dried, I repeated this process with the green pieces.  Rather than doing each piece individually and cutting it off, I kept feeding them through one after another to save adhesive.  Every time you cut a piece off, you get at least an inch of wasted adhesive (you can see in one of the photos above).  I wanted to get the most for my money so I put them close together so I wasn’t wasteful.

I then positioned them on top of the pink layer to finish off the front.  I think they look really great!  I was really very happy with them!

I added a piece of the pink in the same size as before to the back so that I could write a note to each girl.

This is the cupcake all boxed up.  They suggest wrapping the box in Saran wrap if you’re not going to eat them that day.  Since it could be a couple days before my girls get them, I went the extra mile.  Each box has a small elevated cardboard piece in the bottom with a circle cut in it meant to steady the cupcake.  Well, I cut some wooden skewers and put two in each cupcake to help steady it even more.  I know they’ll get tossed around in the mail and the icing will smush, but every little bit helps.  Plus, even if they’re smushed, they’ll still taste good.  I also took out that cardboard piece and wrapped saran wrap over the cupcake and underneath the cardboard and placed it back in the box.  Then I wrapped the whole box in Saran wrap like they suggest.

Note cards with personal notes on each one.

I was sad because the notecards were bigger than the cupcake box which was a challenge when I wrapped them to mail.  There was no way around it, they had to get bent a little.  But luckily the wording lined up perfectly and was centered on the box!

All wrapped up, addressed and ready to go!

I dropped these babies off at the post office this morning.  I think most girls will get them tomorrow (fingers crossed), and A will probably get hers Saturday.

Here’s a breakdown of the project:

PaperSource Postcards – Pack of 50 in Night – onsale for $3.00
PaperSource Wrapping Paper – Fuschia – $5/roll (bought to actually use for Save the Date envelope liners)
PaperSource Green and White Polka Dot Scrapbooking Paper – one piece – I don’t remember how much it was because I randomly bought it weeks ago.
5 Cupcakes from SAS Cupcakse – $2.75/each
5 Cupcake Gift Boxes from SAS Cupcakes – $2/each
5 “Be Mine” Cupcake Penants from SAS Cupcakes – they were ‘on the house’, not sure how much they charge for them
Brown shipping paper – already had
Gocco screens, ink and bulbs – already had
Shipping for 5 cupcakes – $24

I think my girls will be happy to get a cupcake in the mail – and I sure hope they say “YES!”

Since I was so happy with the way the notecards came out, I’m going to sell them in my Etsy shop.  Check back, they’ll be up soon – and remember, everything in there is customizable (colors, set ups, etc.).

I feel like I’ve been ignoring this little blog of mine, but I’ve been busy…

WE’VE GOT A WEDDING TO PLAN!!!

I’m going to try and get back into it, because one of the most time sensitive tasks is just about final.  We’ve got a venue – just about – we’re going to sign our contract tomorrow morning!  I’ll definitely share more info and pictures once that’s done.  Also exciting is that we will have our ideal date!

Moving on…

I haven’t asked anyone to be in my wedding party yet and nor has L.  We both wanted to wait until we had a definite time and place.  There are five girls that I will ask to stand up there with me.  CR as my maid of honor and E, LM, A, L’s sister J as bridesmaids.  I struggled with two of my  high school friends.  About whether to ask them or not.  And it was a very difficult decision.  I finally decided not to ask them, not as a snub though.  I had discussed this with them a few months ago when we were together, kind of in passing as part of another conversation we had about the whole bridesmaid role, and they both said that they wouldn’t be offended if I didn’t ask them and would be just as happy and excited to sit in the audience.

In anycase, I’ve come up with a cute idea to ask the girls that I will be asking.  At first I thought of creating a label for a wine bottle (I’m being all crafty these days – and since the job search still sucks, I have the time to do it) asking the to be my bridesmaid because we all love our trips to wine country, etc.

Then I thought about either making them or buying them each a cupcake and creating a small note to sit on top of the cupcake asking them and mailing it or dropping it off to each of their houses.  After tomorrow, I’ll finally be able to decide.

L is the one that needs your help.  I’ve searched the internet for the answer, and now I’m coming to you guys.

He will have 4-5 guys as his groomsmen.  It is apparently a southern/NC tradition to have the groom’s father serve as best man.   L being the traditional guy that he is, said that that is what he would do.  But he struggles with this decision.  He and his father have a very “business” relationship.  His family owns 2 related businesses and L has been working since a very young age. 

So he wants to know if it is impolite/bad etiquette to ask his dad to be a groomsmen, but ask one of his friends to be best man?????

I found answers going both ways – some say that it is bad etiquette and some say as long as your dad doesn’t care, it doesn’t matter. 

I’m kind of on the fence, leaning more toward, if his dad is OK with just being a groomsmen, then go with that.  But more importantly, go with whatever makes him happy.  As long as nothing is done to intentionally hurt someone, then we (he) should do what makes him happy.  If he doesn’t want his dad up there and is only asking him for tradition’s sake, then I say scrap it.

They don’t have a bad relationship at all – they just aren’t super close.  It’s a toss up – but what do you think??? Is it OK to ask him to be a groomsmen, but not the best man?

Ok, so as we wade through the process of trying to pick a location, I feel like we’re getting no where.  Some of the places we initially found that were available on our ideal date are no longer available.  And although we are somewhat flexible on the date, some of the places would be cut if they weren’t on a Sunday because we can’t afford them.

Anyway, I found this place on the coast that I really love – and I think L will love it too (I just found it last night and he was at work).  Anyway, they’re not available Labor Day weekend, and the only Saturday in September they are available is the 11th  – which is a no go for us.  August is a possibility, but I’m concerned about it being too warm for an outdoor ceremony – even in the evening.

Here is my question.  I ask that you be completely honest.  Our colors are going to be navy and apple green with dark pink accents.  We both love those colors and are set on them.  If we were to go with a Saturday on the first or second weekend in October, do you think that is too late in the year to use those colors???

My thoughts: Yes, they are too summery to use in October.  On the other hand, it would be on the water so does that give us a little more leeway?  Especially since it will still be warm?  I know it’s our wedding and we can do whatever we want but my fear would be that if we went with those colors in October people would make comments about them not being the right season.  A friend of mine got married on Sept. 8th a few years ago and her colors were black and red.  The colors were fine, but she chose black velvet table clothes.  In September.  The velvet didn’t go.  And we noticed it. 

What do you think?  You won’t hurt my feelings if you tell me it would look dumb.  I would rather know that other people think that than go with it and have people making comments when we weren’t around.

Well, hello blog world.  Are you still there?  I’ve somewhat ignored this little space of mine.  I either haven’t had much to say, or I just plain didn’t feel like writing.  How could that be since I have no job?  I don’t know.  It’s weird.  Sometimes I have trouble mustering up the motivation for things.  Like how I’ve looked at the pile of clean laundry grow larger and larger, but I just can’t seem to bring myself to fold it and put it away.  Or all the projects I have come up with to work on now that I have all this free time, yet, I just haven’t done them.  I know that I’ll eventually get a job (I will right?  Because I’m starting to worry) and I won’t have ALL this time anymore and I’ll be mad at myself for not doing it.

So what have I been doing?  Eh, not a whole lot.  I still spend a lot of time taking the puppies to the dog park.  Sometimes we’ll spend 3 hours there.  I know I could spend some of that time doing these projects I’ve come up with, but I just love taking them and watching them play.  Plus it’s so good for them to get the exercise.  We go almost every day.  Not always for three hours, but we do do that often.  It kind of depends on the weather and how many dogs are there and how much they’re playing.  Over the last two weeks though, every single day we go at least one, sometimes more, person has asked me if Shep is a puppy.  I just laugh and tell them that no, he’s not.  He’s almost two years old.  The question usually comes when he “kneels” down on his front two paws with his butt in the air, tail wagging wildly, jumping and twisting around and barking.  He’s quite a site.

We finally spoke with L’s uncle’s vet about Shep’s eye.  He says he thinks we should wait before we take his eye out.  His gut feeling is that the tumor won’t grow beyond his skull, but it might be a good idea to get an ultrasound to use as a baseline for down the road.  Also, he thinks we should have been advised to do that in the very beginning.  I’m not too happy with our opthamologist.  I think that he based a lot of his advice on the fact that we mentioned we didn’t have a lot of money to spend.  But what we met was that, we might not be able to pay for a $2500 treatment that day, but if it’s necessary, we can save our money and do it at a point in the future.  You know what I mean?  Anyway, we may go back or we may go to an opthamologist in Raleigh that works with NC State University’s Vetrinary School that was recommended by L’s uncle’s vet.

In other doggy eye news, he’s got this weird white/greenish gunk coming out of his eye.  I think it might be infected, so we’re trying to get him in this week to be looked at.  My poor puppy.

L surprised me with tickets to A Chorus Line on Saturday night.  I had mentioned that I wanted to go and then I just never bought the tickets, but he did.  It was a great show and a wonderful night together.

We’ve worked on the yard.  A lot!  We spend all day Saturday dethatching, aerating, watering, etc.  Hopefully we’ll actually be able to grow grass this year.  We’ve have a lot more wood to build the fence with and will be working on that too.  It was important to get the grass worked on so L could put seed down before it gets too cold.

Let’s see, what else?

L was at work last night and our friend had to come over when I heard a noise.  It sounded like something fell in the laundry room.  Even though the puppies didn’t budge, it still scared me.  I called L and he stayed on the phone with me while I checked the laundry room, garage and porch and found nothing.  While I was standing in the laundry room, I heard another noise that sounded like it was coming from underneath the house.  It was probably just Shep flopping down on the floor, but then I remembered we never locked the door to the crawl space the day before.  I freaked out so L had our friend come over and check it out.  And he didn’t even make fun of me. 🙂  Not to my face at least.

This same friend lives in a really nice neighborhood around the corner from us.  He and L worked together today in town and I went to lunch with them.  They stopped by his house first and L walked into the house across from him that the developer foreclosed on and told me all about it.  It sounded beautiful (plus I know how nice or friend’s house is, so I figured it had to be similar).  L took me over there after lunch and oh my God, I WANT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It is a steal, too.  Still more than we could afford, but both our friend and L said that it would be worth lowballing them for a better price bc they likely just want to get it off their hands.  It would be an awesome investment too since they are selling if for about $120,000 LESS than what it’s worth.

I want it.  No, like, I REALLY want it.  L said that he wants to just throw an offer out to them.  And I hate when he says stuff like that because he never acts on it, but it gets my  hopes up.  I mean, the liklihood of them accepting what we would be able to offer is slim, but it’s still the excitement of doing it. 

The house is unfinished and our friend was suggesting to put in the offer that they could leave things out, like carpeting, etc. to help.  I would love it if we could even look into it more, but I’m trying my best not to get my hopes up, because this is the one thing that L doesn’t really come through on.  He talks a lot of talk about it, but rarely does anything.  Perhaps this is why I’m bad at window shopping in general.

But if we were across the street from our friend – it’s a whole lot closer for him when I hear a strange noise 😉

We’ve got lots of stuff going on this October (also, how is it October already?).  L’s birthday is coming up which means a trip to his parent’s house and the state fair which I’m pretty excited about. 

We’re running two 5ks this month.  My very first.  We were only going to do one, but they just scheduled one on my college campus, so I really want to do that too.

Speaking of running, I’ve run 4 miles.  At one time.  Without stopping.  Pretty amazing if you ask me.  It takes me awhile to do it, but I’m not going for time.  I just want to do it.

I booked a hotel room for the Cooper River Bridge Run which is March 27.  They are very expensive that weekend and I’m afraid of them selling out, so I just went ahead and got one.  🙂

I guess that’s it.  I’ll try to post a little more frequently.  As I try to get more motivation for toher stuff in life too!

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by a woman who works for a company that sells beautiful mirrors and other home decor.  She told me she was looking for bloggers to review a product from their website – and I happily obliged!

I perused through the site and their is tons of really great stuff.  I finally decided to choose the Chatham Wall Mirror to review.

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Image courtesy of CSNmirrors.com

So once I recieve the mirror, I’ll do a review and let you guys know what I think!

In my abundant amount of free time I have now that I’m jobless, I figured I would try to exercise some.  You know, since I complain about how I hate the way I look, yet I don’t do a whole lot about it.  I heard about all the OnDemand workouts floating around the blogosphere so I decided to check them out.

I’ve been doing the Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred for about 6 days now.  It doesn’t kick my ass as bad as it did the first day, which is nice since I was pretty sure I was going to die, but it feels really good.  And at 20  minuts, it hold my attention span.  After I finished that up this morning, I continued to look through the rest of the lists and saw one called Surfer Girl Arms.  I was intrigued.  There aren’t that many workouts that specificially target arms on the list and I could most certainly use help in that area so I decided to check it out.

I hit play and realized that it was only 6 minutes long.  Hmm.  I’m all for the shorter workouts, but it didn’t seem like much could get accomplished in 6 minutes.  I decided to give it a try though because some is better than none, right?

In a few seconds two bleach blonde girls in bikini tops and shorts hit the screen.  They were possibly the most obnoxious girls I have ever seen.  Such airheads and the fakest smiles.  I had trouble making it through what turned out to only be 5 minutes of the workout – because of them, not the intensity of the workout.  That (the workout), however, was pretty good – but I would have liked for it to last a little longer.  It’s not often that I say something like that. 

But I guess I shouldn’t complain too much since they’re free and at my disposle.

During the months I spent obsessively pouring over wedding blogs, reading every single one I could find casually reading a post on weddings here and there even though I wasn’t engaged, I became obsessed with the DIY factor.  It just seemed fun, even though so many of those posts ended with the author saying how the project seemed like a good idea at the beginning, but it quickly became overwhelming/tons of work/stressful/etc.  It also seemed appealing because I figured I could make some of the “nicer” things that we wouldn’t be able to afford to purchase outright.

I’ve been Weddingbee-free for 7 1/2 months now – and have successfully avoided most other wedding blogs, but I still think about all the fun things I could do. 

But then I thought that even though a lot of DIY projects save a lot of money, you still need a lot of tools to create them with.  And while a lot of people have those crafting tools already, I do not, and some of them aren’t cheap.  And since L and I will have a very small wedding budget, I thought that it would be convenient if I already had some of those tools before we got engaged – so that those costs didn’t come out of our budget.

But I knew L would think I was crazy if he found out that I was buying things related to a wedding before we’re even engaged.  So I tabled the idea.

Then one day last month I was perusing the Paper Source web site (not a wedding site, but I could sort of get my fix that way 😉 and I clicked on their call out for rubber stamps.  I know people are obsessed with stamping and I thought I could find out more about it.  Under their new arrivals section, I saw this:

fire truck
Image via paper-source.com

Then it clicked in my head.  What if I bought this stamp and embossed it on note cards (I learned about embossing through some of my other DIY reading) and then marketed to some of the people L knows through work.  Isn’t it perfect for a little boy’s birthday party or thank you notes or something of that sort?  If I was selling these things, then purchasing the tools wouldn’t just be for wedding-related things and then L couldn’t give me a hard time about it.  (Foolish me, he obviously saw right through my reasoning and makes fun of me anyway.)

I continued to peruse the stamps and saw they had just about all the different mascots for the sororities at my college.  It clicked again.  Emboss that on notecards and email the chapter presidents about them.  Perfect for recruitment and big/little sister gifts!

I made a few initial purchases.  The fire truck and a turtle stamp, 2 colors of ink and embossing powder and a few blank notecards. 

It didn’t stop there.  Armed with the weekly 40-50% off coupons for AC Moore, I slowly purchased some other necessities: a paper cutter, heat embossing gun, a bone folder, etc.

But how was I going to sell these?  I turned to one of my favorite websites:  Etsy.  And I’ve set up shop.

I practiced a bunch and I finally added items to my shop.  Not just the fire truck and turtle notecards, but other decorative notecards, wine tags, etc.  I plan to keep adding new things – so check back.  And I always welcome requests for stuff that I might not have listed yet.

So, take a look.  And tell your friends!

www.overapapermoon.etsy.com

 

Good morning, afternoon, and evening to all of you new readers out there!! Hi I’m Heather, some of you may know me from Everyydayy however, did you know I moved?? Well I did. You can find me blogging over at EveryyDayy Grace now. I really hope you’ll check me out over there once in a while. Anyway, today I’m making a big comeback to blogging. I have been on a hiatus due to working crazy hours, and just having some crazy shit going on. Anyway, as I type this I am sitting at my desk at work listening to my John Mayer Pandora station patiently awaiting my last move in of the day. I actually wrote this post several months ago, while I was unemployed. As I sit here and read it now, I just want to smack myself, I would give ANYTHING to have a nap right now. Even my left pinky toe–oh ya it’s that serious!! 

I HATE NAPS.

Yea I said it. What are you going to do about it? Seriously naps can suck it! They are the sneakiest fuckers! One second you’re watching a movie, then you wake up 6 hours later, asking yourself how the hell you napped that long. 

They make you miss your Thursday night shows. They make you miss your normal dinner time and when you wake up at 9:30 craving hotdogs and beer and have to go to the damn store because of course you don’t have that at the house and you would have gone to the store earlier, but you fell asleep! 

So by the time you go to the store, cook, and eat it’s almost 11:00. Now you can’t go to sleep because you’ll get a stomach ache and you’ll be miserable anyway. So you decide to play with your blog and get frustrated until you start throwing pens, pencils, paperclips, anything in arms reach at your computer. 

You look at your clock and you’re like OH SHIT IT’S MORNING ALREADY! You make sure the boyfriend gets his butt and heads to work on time. By this time you’re hungry again so you make some breakfast, you knows eggs, turkey bacon, and toast. Unless of course you didn’t do dishes after dinner the night before and you don’t feel like washing the pan so you just grab a muffin (mmmm Cream cheese muffins!!!) 

Breakfast is done and Ellen is on, you laugh your ass of for a good hour, then it’s 10:00am. You can either go lay down and try to sleep, or push through it and screw with your blog some more. You know throw a few more pens, yell at the rambunctious kittens, and try not to rip the hair out of your head. 

11:00 rolls around and by this time you hate everything and everyone. You can’t go to sleep now because Rachel Ray is on. You play on your blog some more, by this time you’ve said fuck it, and you start a savings fund for a redesign. (Yes, hopefully in the next few weeks-depending on work and such) 2:00 and it’s time for Tyra, so you obviously can’t go to sleep now. 

Now you’re so tired that you couldn’t go to sleep if you want to. FUCK NAPS!