Friday, July 29, 2011

Paneled Canvas: Please Vote!!! :Take 2

Hello Everyone!! I hope you are all feeling bright and shiny! =) As I said earlier this week, I am not going to be super active with everyone's blogs since family will be in town and we are prepping for Sissy's wedding =) Bear with me please, I WILL catch up =)

For those few of you who made it to my blog yesterday, clearly I had some technical difficulties as I posted the same picture TWICE! OOPS!

So I really would like everyone's opinion about the paneled canvases.  I really want to get one but deciding which picture to get is tough! I know you guys didn't get to see EVERY wedding photo BUT these are the few I have narrowed it down to....

OR something different all together???

Please vote!!
1, 2, or 3 or none of the above =)

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

DIY Inexpensive Wall Art

Hi Hi!!! You will all be happy to know that I was PASSED OUT by 9:30 last night and slept until 6! WHEW!! I really needed that sleep. I didn't even wake up in the middle of the night which is UNHEARD of for me! =) Thanks for the suggestions on how to go to sleep -- my favorite was a little wine ;)

Alright, so I wanted to share a quick, easy and inexpensive project that I had seen some where on a random site.  I tucked the idea back in my mind and then I saw it going crazy on Pinterest.

3-Dimensional Canvas Art
You will need:
4 Square Canvases
Sponge Brush or some sort of paint brush
Paint Color of your chosing
Wood Letters
Tacky Glue (or some other Adhesive)

{Ready, Set, CRAFT}
-Decide what your canvas will say; Mine will be Faith, Hope, Family, Love
-I painted the canvas first and then glued the letters onto the canvas. In hindsight, it may have made more sense to glue the letters and THEN paint everything but oh well =)
-Once the glue dried, I painted over all the letters again and gave the canvas one more coat.
-Repeat 3 more times
-Viola! And done!

Super easy and not an expensive OR time consuming project =) I haven't hung it because I am waiting to move into our new home. We still haven't heard anything back but tomorrow will mark 2 weeks that the mortgage company has had our paperwork so I'll start getting annoying next week ;)

Alright-y people -- today is my Friday as far as work is concerned! I will definitely be sharing all sorts of pictures next week from the rehearsal and then the wedding!!! EEK! I can't believe my baby sister is getting married! I am so excited for her and Douggles!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Time I Was Up All Night

Last night I couldn't sleep. I don't know if it was the caffeine I consumed or what. I tossed and turned. I tried watching TV, but I was so dang interested in ANYTHING that came on that I knew I would never get any sleep. I lay in bed with my eyes closed, trying not to listen to the sounds outside. Yeah right -- ever try to NOT hear noise?! That only magnifies any noise going on. I wanted to be in my husbands arms, listening to his slow, peaceful breaths. BUT, alas, the tossing and turning forced me out of bed. That and I could not get comfortable. I tried more pillows. I tried less pillows. I tried being in a sitting position. I tried laying completely flat; curled in a ball, on my side; on my stomach; nothing worked. Finally I got up out of bed. I did learn something -- I can catch up on all the blogs I didn't get to read during the day haha!

So it is 2:30AM and I have commented on all of your lovely blogs and am now creating a post.
I tried reading Something Blue. I am about 75% finished with it. I'm still not sold on Darcy. I don't know -- she is just so self-centered and shallow. I guess I was hoping to like her more at this point in the book. I have considered putting the book down several times but haven't. I keep telling myself it HAS to get better. So far I like ALL the characters EXCEPT the main character.

I don't know what is going on with me; why I can't sleep. Maybe I am just so excited to get through the next couple days so I can start my four day weekend. Maybe it is because I am just thrilled beyond belief that my baby sister is getting married on Saturday?

I have been practicing my toast for the reception. It is really good, if I may say so myself. =) It is sweet and funny. I just hope I can make it through the speech without blubbering! I have read it at least once a day for about two months. I was finally able to get through it with barely getting tears in my eyes. Then on Sunday, I was practicing it in front of Ruger. I could NOT keep it together. I was slightly embarrassed and no one was around to witness haha! I have decided that in the event that I get too choked up to get through the entire speech, I will have to just skip to the end and give Jess a copy of the toast lol. I refuse to be a blubbering ball of non-sense, even in the presence of close friends and family.  That is one thing that annoys me at weddings -- if you can't make it through a speech, I don't really want to hear your incoherent babbling, no matter how sweet the intention is. Call me crazy or mean, but let's be real -- no one wants to hear someone crying for 3 minutes and not know what the heck is going on!

In other exciting news, the NFL lockout is over...for the moment. The players have until August 4th to get it all together and get back in with The Union, otherwise, the latest agreement is void. Hopefully they get it together. I look forward to the NFL season from February until pre-season. In all honesty, I would have been very surprised if they wouldn't have reached an agreement. I mean seriously, the NFL fan base is HUGH and I feel that if there would NOT have been a 2011/2012 season, the NFL would have lost a good portion of that fan base. I probably would have stopped watching, at least for a bit. =/ Thankfully it hasn't come to that!

With the start of the NFL season, comes the Fall show lineup. I can't wait for our shows to start again. I'm tired of not having anything to watch and recently my attention span can't be held for the length of a movie!

I am so ready to get back into a workout routine. I have taken a little time off - I don't have an excuse, I just have. I am very ready to start back at it again BUT I have to wait until after Sissy's wedding. I have had the bridesmaid dress taken in twice now, I pick it up tomorrow and it needs to fit Saturday. I know as soon as I get back into my routine, I will drop a little weight before gaining a lot of muscle back which means my dress may not fit. SO I have to hold off.

Along with being ecstatic about Sissy's wedding, I will get to see a lot of my family and our friends. We have been pretty anti-social here lately, J has worked a lot and hasn't really been up for interaction, so we lay low and have well-deserved, relaxing weekends. It will be nice to see our friends though --  I miss them!
Alright, well I think that covers my middle of the night randoms. I hope y'all got more sleep than I did! Today is my Thursday as far as work is concerned and I'm pretty excited about that! =)

What do you do when you can't sleep at night?

Monday, July 25, 2011

DIY Lampshade Makeover

**I would like to note that I won't be very active this week because I will be busy at work and then doing whatever I can for my sister and her wedding that is THIS Saturday! SO I have some projects to share -- be ready for a week of crafts and 'how-to' posts. **

I worked my butt off trying to get this project together.  I first got the idea from here. I LOVED it. She did a beautiful job painting a stencil and making it look amazing. I didn't trust the way it would look on my lampshade and I can be heavy handed when it comes to painting PLUS I am impatient lol. SO I decided to paint a stencil onto some fabric and recovering the lampshade. It looked OK...
but it was kind of treacherous. ......

I hate to even share this with you because it is pretty bad BUT I think it is important to share the mis-haps in projects along with all the success.
So here we go...

This is what I started with:
This is the painted Fabric...
And how it would look with the light on...ICK!
Yeah -- so it is pretty bad and like I said, I hate to share it. BUT bad projects happen to good people haha!

Back to the drawing board I went....

I had another brilliant idea. I would cut out some fabric with my cricut and then re-cover the shade using the silhouette as the design.
Then I would use the cut-outs for the OTHER lamp shade and decorate a second lamp.

WELL the problem I ran into with the first design idea from round two was that the shade is tapered and NOT perfectly round.

Apparently with this silly project, third time was a charm for me. I went with the latter of the two ideas from the second round.
I cut out a bunch of the damask prints. Then, using the spray adhesive from this project in October, I sprayed the back of the cut outs and adhered them to the shade.

I am really happy with the outcome, even though it was not the look I was hoping to get. J really loves the way they look and I think it gives it a nice touch versus the lame boring lamp shade haha. Now to finish the other. =)

Have you ever had a brilliant idea that did NOT look like you envisioned??

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Paint and Floors

Ok SO first things first -- I didn't sleep well last night. Then as I was getting ready for work this morning, it sounded like someone was trying to break in through the walls of the house...turns out it was just the sonic boom of the shuttle re-entering the atmosphere for the last time.
THEN I went to Chick-fil-a this morning.  I felt like I needed a little pick-me-up and since I am not a coffee drinker, cokes are my go-to. I politely ordered a Dr. Pepper and drove away. As I was making my way to work, I took a big swig of Dr. Pepper....only it was SWEET TEA!!!! =( Now anyone who knows me or pays attention KNOWS that I LOATHE sweet tea! UGH! It is so disgusting to me!! I about spit it out all over my passenger seat but I begrudgingly swallowed it and 'flipped a B' haha. AS SOON as I walked into Chick-fil-a, they said:

"was your drink wrong?"
(why did you hand it to me if you were certain is was WRONG?! )
"we're very sorry!"
"It's Ok, it happens" (To me all the time).
UGH!!! Seriously -- I don't know why I have so many issues haha!

I FOUND MY CAMERA!!!! WOOO!! Maybe I didn't tell you BUT I misplaced my camera again after Saturday...turns out it was underneath a sweater in the front seat of my car haha =) So after turning our house upside down and frantically searching for it, I have been driving around with it right next to me - literally- all week. =) Wow sometimes I really am blonde! ha!!!

Anyways - -the reason it is so exciting that I found my camera is that I can share pictures of our paint colors and flooring choices, but not tile choices as we haven't picked that out yet. So here we go!

For the Master Bedroom:
Paint: Valspar - City Storm
Floor: Stormy Oak

For most of the house we are going with the following flooring and paint color
Paint: Valspar - Siene (The color !)
Floor: Brazilian Tigerwood
This paint and flooring will go through the most of the house. The dining room, front room, living room, hallway and all the additional bedrooms. The paint color is more brown than it appears in the picture -- I can't wait to paint a wall with it -- will be in the main part of the house, spare bedroom and craft room. I think the lighter color next to the main color will be the color of the spare bathroom.

For the Spare Bedroom:
Paint: Valspar - Siene
Flooring - American Cherry
We are going with a different floor color for the spare bedroom because the furniture in this room is a dark cherry instead of the light cherry pictured for the flooring. We feel this light flooring will create a very nice contrast. I am going to take the flooring sample and paint color to my parent's where the furniture is being stored to make sure it all looks good together.

For the 'man-cave'/office, I had J pick that color. We are going to store his fishing stuff in it and frame and hang some of his big fish catches
Paint: Valspar - Exotic Sea (middle)
Flooring -- Brazilian Tigerwood

For the craft room I am painting 3 of the walls with the Siene and painting one wall the Exotic sea.

We haven't picked out the tile for the kitchen, entry-way, bathrooms and laundry room.  We want to make sure it won't clash with the cabinets in the kitchen. We have picked out most of our lighting, but I will share that with you in a different post on a different day =)

I am very excited about all of this! The Husband is pretty excited when he isn't exhausted =/ I spoke with my friend who is a real estate agent and she told me to give my agent AT LEAST another week to obtain information regarding our contract before I start pestering her.  In reality, she will have longer than that because This time next week I will be visiting with family and getting ready for my sissy's wedding! Say a little prayer that we receive a closing date soon. I am starting to feel a little crazy in this funky limbo we are in, haha!

Happy Almost Friday!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

{Recipe} Jalepeno Cream Cheese Chicken

So I really enjoy new recipes -- a lot. Ok not a lot because sometimes I make it and think it tastes terrible. I have recently gotten pretty good at looking at the ingredients and figuring out if I would like the dish or not. I found this recipe through -- I was just perusing, trying to find something new and interesting...I just get tired of eating the same things lol. Enter:

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Chicken (Enchiladas)
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1-8oz package cream cheese
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tblsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Season chicken breasts with 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place into baking dish
-Bake until chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear -- approximately 45 minutes. allow chicken to cool; shred with forks and set aside
-In a skillet, heat and melt cream cheese. Mix in jalapenos, 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper, 1 tblsp of garlic powder, paprika, chili powder and cumin.
-Mix in cooked chicken and remove from heat.
-Serve in warm tortillas with Monterrey Jack shredded cheese.

I definitely altered the recipe. After mixing all the ingredients you are supposed to bake it in the tortillas for another 30 minutes! RIDICULOUS haha!  I know now that I will never be an over the top gourmet cook -- that crap takes too long haha! You can find the original recipe here. We really enjoyed this recipe -- it is pretty spicy, so try it before you add hot sauce, salsa, etc.
Enjoy! Let me know if you try it and what you think!!

Do you enjoy new recipes??
Where do you find them?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What I Have Learned

Today marks a mere eleven days until my sister gets married. She will walk down the aisle as a single woman and come back holding the hand of her new husband. Watching her go through these past few weeks leading up to the moment that family start arriving and all you can do is wait, has got me thinking about the last sixteen months of my life.

That's right people -- I have been somebody's wife for a smidge more than sixteen months. It is strange to think that I have not always wore a wedding band with pride, that I wasn't always his wife. 

I have learned so many things about who I was before and the person I have become in a few short months.

I have learned lots of good things about myself; I have become a really good cook. I'm an incredible baker. I have learned how to make J laugh. I have learned how to love unconditionally. I have learned to look at the brighter side of a situation.

I learned that I was selfish...I was so sure that I was already living for us and our relationship before we took the plunge and said "I do". I have learned that wasn't necessarily the case.
I was selfish. I hate to say that about myself because I like to think I wasn't. I was -- big time. I think I realized that about myself about a month into our marriage. I can't remember what the exact moment was or what was going on but I remember stopping in my tracks because at that moment I wasn't concerned with us, I was concerned with how whatever it was would effect me. It wasn't something conscious, it was there, underneath it all. I had no idea.

It was during that moment that I adjusted my way of thinking. I had to figure out how to put aside the 'all-about-me' mentality. It needed to be about what was best for us and our future as well as our present. We had to learn from our past -- both in our relationship to that point and past relationships. 

I think a lot of my selfishness was bred. I was raised to be thoughtful and courteous and caring. I have found that I dated a lot of guys, some of whom taught me about my own strength and others who expected me to be a different person. Sometimes it was for their family, sometimes it was for their friends and still, other times it was for the guy I was with and what he expected from a significant other.
When the last big relationship I had before J ended, I promised myself I wouldn't compromise the person I am or my values and I certainly wouldn't change. If someone didn't love me for exactly who I am, well that was just tough and I would move on. I held on to that pretty tightly. I didn't want to lose myself again in the person I was with - even if it meant losing that person.

I held fast to me -- I learned quickly that I tend to be slightly offensive. OOPS! Where other guys and their friends have told me it was me being a b!tch, J explained that some people just weren't use to my way of thinking or how outspoken I was. Well that made more sense. I wasn't going to change - just wear a different proverbial hat, if you will, when interacting with certain people.
I use to hate to admit that I did that -- wore different faces for different people. But in reality, you have to, for the most part. You act differently with your co-workers, friends and family. That's just the way it is -- then within those groups you have a different 'hat' for different circles.

I have always, and still, struggle with that. We are all so encouraged to be the person we are, yet we are expected to act a certain way based on the climate. I struggle -- I have an opinion on pretty much everything but I am not necessarily diplomatic in the way I present it. I feel like honesty really is the best policy on all things. I have learned to better convey ideas, especially if they are contrasting to the originator's idea.

I have learned that I need affection all the time. I really like hugs and I am not afraid to tell my friends and family that I love them. I do love them -- my friends have become an extension of my family. My family consists of the most important people in my life.

I have learned that I want to be accepted and loved. I know most people feel that way - but I use to try to convince myself that I didn't care. There has been an incident recently-ish that I have found myself a target of sorts. I am really unsure how it all came about or why I had been singled out but it was really hurtful. It happened and I have moved on -- my big thing is WHY. That's all I want to know. I had a similar situation happen in college. I thought this girl was my best friend. We lived together for three years and there aren't many pictures I have from college that she is not in. This still hurts me because I came home one day from visiting my parents and she had just moved out. No note, no notice, nothing. She hasn't spoken to me since. That was like 4 years ago -- she has since gotten married, I have gotten married. I have emailed her and tried to talk to her on facebook but I have never gotten a response. I just don't know what happened -- all of a sudden she was gone.

Wow -- sometimes writing it down, helps so much. I was feeling all misty and teary at the beginning of this post, trying to figure out what was weighing on my heart. Apparently a lot of stuff that I needed to say out loud.

I can't believe my sister is getting married in a few short days -- July 30th. I am so ecstatic for her and  Douggles -- yeah I call him that (sounds like snuggles haha). I am just thrilled beyond belief for them and slightly envious of their upcoming honeymoon. *Sigh* How I would love to go on our honeymoon again!

Have you had an light-bulb-on-moments recently?

Monday, July 18, 2011

{Recipe} Rotel Chicken Spaghetti

Do any of you Pinterest??? I got was totally an accident but I am SO glad it happened. You should definitely check it out.  I use to save everything as a favorite or email myself links if I liked something. This Pinterest keeps it all right there under one medium in your profile.
So anyway I have found a few recipes on there that look SO yummy! I was able to try on this weekend and it was SO delicious!

Picture from Plain Chicken's website
 *I adjusted the recipe to feed two -- we still had a ton leftover!
2 boneless chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can rotel
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tblsp butter
8 oz velveeta cheese, cubed
noodles -- cooked and drained

-Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. In large skillet, melt butter or margarine.
-Add cubed chicken, garlic and onion
-Cook over medium-high heat until chicken is no longer pink and no liquid is left in the skillet
-Stir in soup, cheese and Rotel. Reduce to low heat and cook until the cheese melts, stirring often.
-Serve over noodles
***The original recipes calls for you to bake the dish. we were too hungry to wait another 30 minutes haha! It was SO delicious!!!

Happy Monday!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

We Interrupt This Program

Hi Everyone! I have been absent and I am sorry. I was so busy this weekend!!
So I am skipping the wedding post this week for two reasons: I need more wedding/engagement stories/pictures and volunteers. So email me at lifeaftertheaisle at gmail dot com. I would love to feature you!!! The other reason is that I am wanting to share other things. 

THEREFORE -- I am linking up for What I'm Lovin' Wednesdays! YAY!!!!

--I am loving that our offer was accepted on a beautiful house. 
Still no word from the bank. booo!! I am going to wait until lunch on Friday to call our realtor for an update. hopefully I won't have to because I'll hear something! That would be nice. Nonetheless, we are still over the moon excited!

--I'm Loving this new dip recipe I have to share -- unfortunately I don't have pictures of it =/ So far it has been a huge hit.  We tried it at a friend's party and his girlfriend gave us the recipe because we enjoyed it so much.  This recipe makes enough to fill a 3 qt sauce pan.
2 pkg cream cheese (8 oz ea)
1 pkg hot sausage
1 can rotel
2 jalapenos - diced
shredded cheddar cheese

In pan, brown sausage. Melt cream cheese in sauce pan while sausage is browning. Once the cream cheese has melted, add the sausage, rotel and jalapenos.  Mix together over heat. Add cheddar cheese to taste/texture. Serve with tortilla chips.

We made this in a crockpot (so doubled the recipe) for the surprise reception we helped with a couple weekends ago and pretty much all of it was eaten by the end of the night! It is so delicious!

--I'm Loving that on Sunday, I bought the material for the bedspread I am going to make for our new home/bedroom.  I am very excited about it!! I had hoped to have started it by today but that hasn't happened.  I have been fairly busy with other things. Hopefully I can get it going one night this week and get it done by the end of next so I can share it with you.

--I'm Loving this adorable little hair clip I made last night.  I found the tutorial/inspiration here.
This is just a 'rough draft' -- obviously.  You can see the edges are fraying and there are pen marks all over it lol. But I wanted to make it to share. I am going to  mass produce them...well semi-mass produce them. You'll be seeing them soon =)

--I'm Loving that I have a blate with Chrisitna and Michelle tonight! I'm looking forward to some fun and laughter and of course good Mexican food! YUM!

--I'm Loving that it is Wednesday already!! WOO!

--I'm Loving my amazing husband who works hard to take care of us. Who is incredibly sweet and tremendously loving and he likes to cuddle =)

What are you Loving?

Friday, July 8, 2011

These Are My Confessions....


I Confess
I have been in a general state of annoyance all week. =/ DISLIKE! I'm annoyed when crap doesn't work at work.  For instance, we are supposed to be invoicing for services provided last month. Notice I said SUPPOSED to be....yeah that ONE part of our site isn't working. How stupid is that?! And it hasn't been working since mid-day yesterday.

I Confess
today I am on the road to getting my glitter back =)

I Confess
This week I have had body image issues. I know (Mom and Jess) it is stupid. I don't know -- I just feel like I LOOK wider. How weird is that?! I am hoping getting back into my routine will help with my image issues.

I Confess
Our realtor emailed yesterday and told me 'it won't be long' until we hear back from the bank! YAY!! So I guess no need to pester her today =)

I Confess
I can't wait to see J this afternoon!!! I want to snuggle on the couch and giggle with him =)

I Confess
I'm surprised how in tune J is with different aspects of life -- including his decorating side. I know that made him sound not so much like the man's man that he is haha. He picked out the color he wants for his man room and it is fabulous! I am going to use it as the accent wall in my craft room I love it so much

I Confess
I picked out new paint colors for the house.  Something about how peachy brown the other colors were was bothering me.  The new options have more of a gray base but are still brown. I'm excited =)

I Confess
I think they should make chocolate covered skittles. I LOVE LOVE LOVE eating skittles and m&m's together! seriously delicious...I eat them at a 1:1 ratio =)

I Confess
I am so incredibly happy for sissy and her man -- they have so many exciting things happening in their lives: moving this weekend into their new home, getting married in THREE WEEKS, going on a cruise. *sigh* the confession part: I am SO jealous! Not in the coveting, mean-hearted kind of way -- just in a happy-can't-wait-for-it-to-be-my-turn-to-move-wish-I-could-go-back-to-our-wedding-day-and-honeymoon kind of way =)

What are your confessions?! Go link up at Dandelion Wishes!
Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

DIY Fail & Thoughts on Thursday

--OK so I had this super great idea -- well a borrowed idea but still it was a really good one! I got all the supplies and started working on it -- I should have known it wasn't going to go well when the color is NOT yellow =( Needless to say, I am back at square one and really glad I did it on fabric first.  I don't have pictures to give you a better idea of what the heck was going on so I will have to share tomorrow.

--In the meantime, no word still on the bank.  I am still keeping my fingers crossed that we get word back from the bank by the close of business tomorrow. I have already decided I will call our realtor if we don't have any new information by the time I leave work tomorrow.  I am sure she is making calls and following up with the listing agent trying to get answers, but I want to be kept in the loop too lol!

--I have been struggling internally this week. It isn't anything major and it'll go away.  It has gotten better since I got back into running/working out this week. So hopefully by the end of the week it is in the furthest back, darkest corners of my mind again =)

--I'm already tired of all the speculation regarding the jury/outcome/etc of the Casey Anthony trial.  I have my own opinions and views on the whole thing but it isn't something I like discussing simply because so many have based their judgements on emotion. That's fine -- it is a very sad story no matter how you look at it -- I just don't enjoy discussing it. Unfortunately my co-workers do not share my same sentiment. They have been non-stop about it and are so convicted about it that I am finding it hard to concentrate.

--I told a friend at the beginning of the week that I wasn't feeling bright and shiny.  I am trying to glitter but it has been tough this week. I can't explain it -- I imagine what I am feeling is similar to Eeyore haha =) I'll be fine though; fear not!

--I spent my lunch hour yesterday looking at fans and trying to decide what I anticipate would look best.  I text J pictures to get his opinion.  We have picked out the fan for our bedroom.  We are positive about the look; it's going to look fabulous in our new bedroom.

--We have a specific color pallet that we have in mind for the bedroom.  I found a duvet that I immediately fell in love with. Well come to find out -- it is pea green NOT yellow like it was pictured and described on the website. I was so sad. I came up with a new idea though!! I am going to make the perfect comforter that is the perfect weight and EXACTLY what I want. I hope it goes well haha! I will let you know when I start the project and update as it progresses.

--My little sis gets married 3 weeks from Saturday! I can't believe it!! She's going to be a MRS!!! I am thrilled for her and I know we are all going to have a great time partying it up =)

--My very sweet and loving friend moved to North Carolina last Friday -- I think that is kind of what started my funky feeling =/ She lived right down the street from where I work so we had a lot of lunch dates. I'm really sad I won't have that luxury any more. She was my very first college friend and was one of my bridesmaids. Although we lost touch for about 2 years, when we re-united in 2009, it was like we didn't miss a day. She's an amazing friend and person. I am really going to miss spending time with her so often.

--I am so happy it is Thursday! I can't wait to spend time with J. I know we just did that but we have been so busy this week that we haven't had much time or energy to spend on us. Thankfully, it seems we will be able to sleep in a little before heading over to move the last of Jess and Doug's stuff into their new house. Then the rest of the day is mine and his! yay!

--Don't forget to come back tomorrow to see my DIY fail and whether or not I found a recovery option haha =)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Wedding Wednesday

This is Lishya
I met this beautiful lady through Project Wedding.  I was very active on that site and met some wonderful ladies! Lishya is beautiful and incredibly kind.

Her and her husband, Sean, were married at the Vellano Private Golf Club in sunny CA, May 23, 2010.
Lishya had her stunning dress custom made for her -- it is stunning with beautiful lace appliques and a delicate lace applique one shoulder strap.
Lishya had a stunning bouquet of peonies that had perfectly blossomed for the wedding day. 
I love watching the groom see his bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle.  It is always so moving, whether he is smiling or crying or both.  Lishya's groom was not a disappointment, as he took deep breaths in the hopes of keeping it together as his stunning bride walked down the aisle towards him
During the ceremony, the couple had a unity sand ceremony -- as is a very popular option to the unity candle ceremony.
You have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand: one representing you, Sean, and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be; and the other representing you, Lishya, and all that you were, and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.
The reception was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Vellano Country Club. 
Their table numbers were actually names of their favorite restaurants, as the couple LOVES food! =)
 Thank you Lishya for allowing me to feature you and your sweet husband!!

And for those of you who are curious -- my bio can be found here on PW =)
Happy Wednesday!

*Photos taken by PPF Photography