Onto other things... last night while suffering through my weight lifting class at the gym, I was trying to distract myself from the pain and I got a couple of crafty ideas. I might be pretty busy conjuring up stuff this weekend, but hopefully I will have good pictures to show for it! Stay tuned!
#1 I'm very happy that my new Cole Haan bag came quickly and it is GORGEOUS
#2 I am annoyed with blogger/ internet explorer not letting me make comments on blogs, therefore forcing me to use Fire Fox
#3 What was Jason thinking with letting Jillian go?? She is adorable, she has a great personality, and he got all hot and heavy with her in the hot tub. "Friends" don't act like that. Plus she has awesome clothes! Hopefully she is the next bachelorette.
#4 Speaking of the bachelor and clothes... What the heck is up with Jason's ugly ties (Thanks for pointing that out Missy, now I cant stop staring!) and WHAT THE HECK WAS MELISSA THINKING WITH THAT HORRIBLE TEAL DRESS?? It looked like a square dancing dress. I realize she is from Texas, but I would have to guess that most Texans wouldn't be caught dead in that frock! Plus all of the cheap jewelry... Less is more Melissa, less is more.
#5 I have no idea how my home laptop had 1002 viruses on it... seriously 1002... I guess I wont be watching past episodes of One Tree Hill on crappy Chinese websites anymore!
#6 Greys Anatomy, I'm not sure that I can watch you anymore. You bore me. Izzy is crazy, George has disappeared, Callie stop trying to make out with any girl that stands still.
#7 Bikini girl from American Idol, how did you get new boobs so fast??
#8 I'm ready to pull out my rainbow flip flops
#9 The new butcher shop by my house is amazing. I had stuffed salmon last night that was to die for! I will be a regular from now on.
#10 I am a little sad that St. Patty's day is on a Tuesday, but I will still celebrate!
#11 Speaking of St. Patty's day, I am really digging Green right now and Im normally not a big green person. I just made a new Green pillow for my couch. See Below.
#12 The Yahoo home page has a CDC warning that beer pong has been proven to spread the flu and mono. They're really warning people about this?
#13 Stephenie Meyer please finish writing Midnight Sun (yes I am a twilight nerd)
That is all for today. Questions... Comments... Concerns??
Saturday I began the final touches on my very first quilt. I am quite proud of myself and cant wait to start my next one. It will be given as a gift to a friend, so I cant divulge too much information about it on here until I give it to her!
I got the instructions for this quilt from the blog Crazy Mom Quilts. She has awesome step by step instructions for TONS of quilts! The name of this one is called "Ragged Squares quilt". When I picked it, it seemed like a very basic and beginner quilt. It was quite easy and I love the way that it turned out! I cant wait to try another one of her ideas! I decided to use Red, Black, and White for my Georgia Dawgs!
Initially I had planned on only hand making my save the dates, but when looking for wedding invites, I wanted something simple and classic. The prices of the invitations were ridiculously high in my opinion, and I thought my usual thought..."I could make these." My invitations were all entirely hand made.... all 215 of them. It was a long painstaking road, but in the end, they turned out perfect! I had a LOT of help from my mom, the scrapbooking queen with these. I couldnt have done it without her!
The save the dates were made in a simple postcard style. We used warm metallic white paper with gold hints through out, mounted on a black sheet of cardstock. We hand embossed maple leaves on them in bronze and silver and then ran them through the printer. Stuck a magnet on the back and VOILA!
I am obsessed with all things "C." My first initial is a "C" and my married last name is a "C." Both of my husbands initials are "C" as well. So I kind of have a love for the letter! I wanted to have a monogram cake topper, and those things are just too expensive to buy! I had the letter cut out of metal from Wedding Cuts. Then I painted it and glued on what seemed like thousands of tiny tiny pearls. I was happy with the result and it looked beautiful on my cake! Oh the centerpieces... I wanted a mixture of tall and low centerpieces with a lot of fall folliage. I bought 24 eiffel tower vases on ebay, and then spent a lot of time finding branches to fill them with. The leaves were all dyed and preserved sets that I bought at hobby lobby for 90% off after the previous fall. My mom and I hot glued ever leaf. Honestly, it sucked, and it took forever, but they turned out gorgeous so it was worth it!As long as I can remember, I loved the movie Father of the Bride, and I thought that Annie in the movie had the perfect wedding! I had the image of the tent from the reception in my head for my tent. Lots of twinkling lights, candle lit dinner. No one thought I would accomplish this, but I knew that I would! =) I had a lot of help with the huge tree branches strung in lights. My husband and a friend can take credit for the awesome hard work! I didnt really DIY this, but it was my idea so I think I can take credit for it! The lace around the flowers, is actually the sleeve of my grandmother's wedding dress. It was definitely something old! The dragonfly pin was my something borrowed in loving memory of my uncle.
One of my most very favorite details was my red shoes. Ever since I was a little girl I have been obsessed with red shoes! It was only natural that I would wear them under my wedding dress!
If you have any questions at all, please comment and I will answer the best I can!
EDIT: I decided to go with the red bag! I was in a time crunch because I was afraid RueLaLa would sell out, got it for a sweet bargain!
My friend Hayley told me about a website www.poladroid.net This website allows you to download their Poladroid program and you can easily turn your photos into the computer version of a polaroid. You can even "shake" the photo to make the picture show up.
Here are some of my favorite photos turned into polaroids. They make me smile!
Weekend To Do List: Drink wine, make a heart shaped strawberry shortcake for my husband, Valentines Bonfire, clean the house, upholster my ottoman, finish my quilt, possibly refinish our inherited buffet table, and who knows what else?
I will probably only accomplish the first three! HAHA
I'm gonna take a freight train, down at the station, Lord I don't care where it goes.
Gonna climb me a mountain, the highest mountain, Lord, Gonna jump off, nobody gonna know Can't you see, can't you see, what that woman, Lord, been doin' to me
Can't you see, can't you see, what that woman she been doin' to me
I'm gonna find me a hole in the wall, gonna crawl inside and die
That lady, mean ol' woman Lord, never told me goodbye
Can't you see, can't you see, what that woman. Lord, she been doin' to me
Can't you see, can't you see, what that woman been doin' to me
Gonna buy me a ticket now, as far as I can, ain't never comin' back
Take me Southbound, all the way to Georgia now, till the train run out of track
Can't you see, can't you see, what that woman, Lord, she been doin' to me
Can't you see, can't you see, what that woman been doin' to me
When I asked him what the song was supposed to mean he was confused by my question. He legitimately thought this was a nice song about a girl driving a guy crazy (in a good way). I can't imagine why I was confused with lyrics like "gonna crawl inside and die" or "mean ol' woman", but somehow it was still endearing because he meant it in a nice way! We still get a good laugh about it.
The next time he told me that a song reminded him of me, he did a much better job. It is was our song "Baby You Save Me" by Brad Paisley.
Although Valentines day is completely for the benefit of large corporations that make millions from candy, flower, and card sales... I secretly love it. Its nice that there is a day for expressing your love, which doesn't have to be in the form of flowers or chocolate, but could be a nice note or anything else thoughtful. This year we have decided to host a large valentines day bonfire. Not exactly the Valentine's Day norm, but a good excuse for a party!
Brad loves a good fire, he is pretty much a pyro, like most guys. It's in their nature! Having bonfires is one of his favorite things to do. He gets out on the tractor and gets the big burn pile ready, before dousing it in something highly flameable, and watching it light up like the Griswold's Christmas tree!
One reason I love Brad is that he takes joy in the small things. Put that boy on the tailgate of his truck, next to a roaring fire, or on a John Deere tractor, and he is in true heaven! He teaches me things that I wouldn't do on my own, and helps me to appreciate things that I normally wouldn't like. Because of him I can now drive a tractor!
He doesn't make a little camp fire... as my dad would say he likes a "Rip roaring Roy Rogers fire" whatever that means!? This is one of our past bonfires. He is the one holding the big log.
Since this Saturday is the Hallmark holiday known as "Valentines Day" I have decided that I will be blogging about my husband all week... Sorry if that's too mushy for you to follow, but that's love for ya!
4). Louisiana - Thats where Im from and where most of my family lives.
5). Lipstick - I have a million tubes that I never use and I always find reasons to buy more!
6). Lasagna - One of my favorite meals to cook!\
7). Lady Antebellum - I love their music
8). Lord - Jesus my redeemer
9). Laughing - Who doesnt like to laugh?
10). Living - The best gift of all!!
Comment me if you want to play and I will pass you a letter!
I admit, the past few times I have pulled it out in an attempt to make my favorite cookies, has been somewhat of a disaster. I decided that I would try to make them a bit healthier and substitute the 2 sticks of butter for Smart Balance which is "great for baking." I ended up with pancake flat, rock hard, cookies. DO NOT use Smart Balance for baking... they lie! Last night however, I used real, delicious, full fat butter, and they turned out DIVINE!!! So great that I ate 4 for breakfast with my morning coffee. I have no regrets! MMMMM
G.R.I.T.S. is the abbreviation for "girls raised in the south" but it also is a type of delicious goodness that many people outside of the south don't even know exists. Grits are ground from corn and can be served as a breakfast, lunch, or dinner food. There are southern cook books full of recipes and I've never had a serving of grits that I didnt like! My favorite are parmesan cheese grits! Yum!
Dont let their looks deceive you, they are a true southern delicacy!
When I say that I'm "southern as sweet tea" I think that says a lot. No where else in the country or world for that matter, can you go to a restaurant and ask for sweet tea, except in the south. Why in the world would you ever want iced tea without sugar anyways? Sweet tea is like nectar from the gods!
I have a serious affection for southern plantations. Part of living in the south, is taking a random road and seeing old plantations. Thank you Sherman for not burning all of them... jerk! My idea of a dream house is a big white house with tall columns and a long alley of oaks in front of it. Realistically, I realize that this will most likely never happen, considering the majority of these homes are now museums or national monuments. But a girl can dream cant she?? So here it goes...This is Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana. It is by far, one of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen! I spent a memorable day here with my family before my uncle passed away. It will always remind me of him.
What true southerner doesnt like Gone With the Wind? The movie, the book, I don't care I love them both! It has grace, charm, war, scandal, and most of all history. Like it or not, it happened, no use sweeping it under the rug. (This also goes back to my love of big white plantations)
Pralines, which I pronounce Praw-leans are one of my favorites! Usually made from brown sugar, evaporated milk and pecans, which the south is famous for. MMMM GOOD!
That is all for now... maybe I will make a Southern by the Grace of God Part II