Saturday, May 29, 2010

77: Riding in Style

When we leave the ceremony, we will be transported by:

A horse and carriage!!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

78: Presents from Spain

FFIL & FMIL came back from Morocco and Spain the other day, and they brought back an awesome present that can be used at the wedding!

Champagne glasses with our names!

The stem is so pretty!

Here's the woman etching it for them 
(Yes, I took a picture of a picture. Don't judge. Didn't have the file itself & I can't scan it easily!)

The only thing I was hoping for was having the wedding date on the glasses. I really like the glasses the way they are, but it would be a nice thing to put on somehow. Advice?

Did you get any unexpected presents you could use in the wedding?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

79: Problem Solved!

Remember the minor setback I had earlier in the week? Well, I got new bags from JoAnn, and successfully made them all!

Did you come back from a setback?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

84: A Minor Set Back

Yesterday, Josh and I finally got around to heat pressing more shirts and the bags I had to get done.

I had two shirts for me,

a shirt for the nephew we're getting for our wedding present,

my mom's Mother of the Bride hoodie (which I'll post on later) and then bags for my BMs. I started with the bag for my flower girl:

It's so adorable!

The next thing I heard was...oh no! I was expecting that the rhinestones stuck to the heat press. Even worse:

The ENTIRE bag did!

Josh trying to clean it all off (he has pants on, don't worry!)

He referred to it as "molten bag" and "liquid bag"

I then happened to look at the bag, and found the tag...

Do not iron....oops!

The worst part was that the girl's bags were the same material (canvas), and we apparently can't heat press canvas fabric (I was going to heat press initials on them all)! So, I now have to go back and buy new bags made with cotton for all 7 girls and my flower girl rhinestones, on top of trying to figure out what to do with these other bags. I only have six, so I can't use them as OOT bags, unless I buy more, and I can't return them because I got them from Cheap Totes. Luckily everything was about a dollar each!

Did you have a set back while doing DIY?

Friday, May 21, 2010

85: Double Duty Gift

I won a giveaway a couple of months ago, and got two hangers from The Pretty Pearl, over at Etsy. I decided to get initials for me and my MOH:

It looks great!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

86: Keeping My Girls Warm, Part 1

Almost everyone gives their bridesmaids tank tops to wear at showers or while getting ready that say "Bridesmaid" or "Maid of Honor" on them. I originally was going to follow along and buy tank tops cheap (I bought iron-ons from Jubilee Rhinestones) and do them myself, until I recently decided to buy them hoodies instead. I was looking all over for them until FMIL found some at Kohl's on the clearance rack! They aren't exactly what I wanted, but at $4.20 each (marked down from $30 + 30% off), there's no way I could pass them up.

I got 7 hoodies (I just had to get one for myself-mine's even pink!) and went on my merry way. I washed the hoodies for the girls, and then went to work at putting the iron-ons on (after doing my testing)!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

87: Map Maker

Following Mrs. Ballet Flat's tutorial, I made multiple maps for various events and reasons.

I made a map with directions to one of my bridal showers:

I made a map to go on the OOT brochures, it has directions to the hotels to the ceremony:

I made a map with directions from the ceremony to the map, which will go with the invites:

It took a lot of time to get them perfect, but it's very easy. I followed Mrs. Ballet Flat's directions exactly, so go over and check them out if you want to try them! I think they look so much nicer than just printing out something from Google Maps.

*All photos saved, personal files
Did you dress up your maps?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

90: A Major Accomplishment

Four years ago, Josh and I celebrated the first of many major accomplishments together:

Just before graduating

Just after graduating

We graduated high school in June 2006, and yesterday, I graduated college with my bachelor's degree! Here we are, 4 years later:

Just after graduating (don't mind that I'm not looking)

In the next 3 months, we'll be getting married, another major accomplishment, with many more to come! I'm so excited that Josh has been by me through all of these accomplishments, and I can't wait to have Josh beside me during the rest of our major accomplishments.

*All photos personal photos

Has your SO been with you during major accomplishments?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

93: Cutest Wall Decor Ever!

I was browsing Pottery Barn Teen today, and found the cutest wall decoration ever!

Mini Mirrors, Hearts cute are those!? How cute would they be at our reception with our Valentine-ish theme?! VERY! And for $19 you get 20 hearts, no shipping. Not too bad since most other things are pretty darn expensive!

I don't think we can stick anything on the walls like this, though. I'm pretty sure we couldn't do anything with the walls other than tape, so I'm not sure if this will be fine with them or not. It really stinks.

Any tips on what I can do to put these on the walls?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

95: Quiet on the Blog, Busy in Real Life

I just thought I'd share that this week is going to be crazy busy, and I probably won't write anything until Monday or Tuesday. I'm finishing up studying for 2 exams I have tomorrow and a presentation on Friday, before I graduate on Saturday (only 4 days away)!!!

Even if I did get a chance to write this week, I haven't really done anything in the last couple days because I've been finishing up studying for other tests and finishing papers.

I promise I do have things to talk about! I'll be finishing up some heat pressing projects, my invitations (which I have!), seating charts and I need to do everything from March, April & May! I'll have lots to share!

I can't believe we're almost at the three month marker!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

98: Recording our First Dance Song

Remember when I told you about Josh asking a friend to write a first dance song for us? Josh was going to be playing drums for the song, and over the weekend we got to go to SUNY Fredonia (where our friend is a student) and record the song! We had so much fun, and I can't wait until the final piece is put together!

We went down and they practiced for about an hour, then they recorded for about 3 hours. The process is so amazing. They can take pieces from different recordings and piece them together to make one recording! It's crazy! We need to wait for them to add a bass line, clean it up, and send it to us!

Friday, May 7, 2010

99: Fitness Friday #19

It's time for a monthly check-in!

Weight: 152.4 (2.8 loss)

Hips: 37" (no change)
Natural Waist: 28" (2.5" loss)
Upper Arms: 11.5" (no change)
Thighs: 22" (1" gain)
Calves: 15" (0.5" loss)
BMI: 27.9 (Courtesy of National Institute of Health) (0.8 loss)

How many days I exercised this month: 4
How many days I didn’t exercise this month: the rest of the month
How I’m fitting in my dress: N/A but my first fitting will be June 14th! We'll see how it goes!
How I’m feeling: Really good!
Notes: I need to find some ways to just tone my muscles instead of working on losing weight. I don't want it to be a pain to alter my dress. I want my arms to look good!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

100: Lessons Learned

We are finally at 100 days left! It's hard to believe that 447 days ago we started this journey! Only 100 to go until we're finally married! I feel like I have so much to do still! Now that school is almost done (I graduate in 9 days!), I'll be able to really work on all of the projects I have left!

But, now for the point of the post, the lessons I've learned in the last 447 days:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

102: Everything's Working Out

Remember a while ago when I was talking about our troubles picking out our wedding date? You can go back and refresh your memory. I'll wait a minute. Just focus on the last couple of paragraphs.

Remember that part? Josh's only concern was softball playoffs? Well, we have the schedule, and guess what?!

Personal Photo

The season goes until July 13th! A month before the wedding! I guess there's usually trouble fielding teams once we get into August, so the commissioner decided to shorten the season by a couple weeks!

I knew it would all work out!
Did things really come together and work out for you?

Monday, May 3, 2010

103: Get a Grip!

I recently saw a post by Miss Dolphin on Weddingbee about these shoe grips to put on the bottom of the shoe. They are so adorable, I thought I'd share!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

105: Cake Testing Almost 20 Years in the Making

We have been going to our baker for close to 20 years. I have no idea when we started going there, but it was shortly after we moved to town in 1990. We have gotten every birthday cake from this baker, and I was hoping to get pictures from when we first started getting cakes, but I couldn't do it without searching through and scanning pictures.

Our baker is inside a local grocery store, Big M. We love the cakes, the make wedding cakes, and even better, since the reception venue is right across the street, there will be no delivery charge! Here are some cakes we've gotten in the last five years: