Poem – Note to myself 

During my retreat to Orlando this past weekend with some visionary and amazing ladies, I was asked to write a love note to myself. What felt right for me was a poem. Though I don’t normally write poetry, I’m quite infatuated with it and wanted to share, because when I was done it didn’t feel like it was just for me – but for anyone and everyone.

 

Dear one,

You have always been joyous and free

It is YOU, who were meant to be

Born a wild and wonderful child of the sea

 

Waves have rocked and shaped you

Stars have guided you

Winds have kept your navigation sure and true

 

Through mighty storms and disastrous droughts

You’ve always known what this world was about

Which is making sure your insides shine OUT

 

Giving to others the gifts that they need

To ensure, that though they might cut open and bleed

It was only the promise of hope, that was planted there as a seed

 

Love comes bursting from your heart

Your life is your art

Never doubt you were created perfect, right from the start

 

Sharing is caring…

Here are some things I found…

  1. These seem super summery, which is awesome since the weather FINALLY started cooperating here in Wisco: http://camillestyles.com/summer/the-perfect-bite-lemon-bars/
  2. My favorite greeting card artist came out with a new one… that is kinda related to the above post: http://www.curlygirldesign.com/blog/index.php/view/may_2013_release_sneak_peek_4
  3. I met these two at the local bridal show and they were so sweet.  It was just days after I’d gotten engaged and they gave me guidance and probably most importantly they have THE. CUTEST. (and best) BUSINESS. EVER. http://anorthwoodswedding.com/2013/04/26/featured-creative-sarah-from-a-la-crate/
  4. One of my personal FAVORITE finds: a new wedding happened at our venue (makes me giggle every time I find a new one to obsess over): http://www.studionoveau.com/blog/2013/04/08/carley-louis-the-barn-at-harvest-moon-pond/
  5. AND… another one!  It’s my lucky day! http://www.lighterfocus.com/barn-at-harvest-moon-pond-wedding/
  6. Adorable favor idea!  (if I was much, much richer) http://www.etsy.com/listing/123693515/etched-glass-mason-jar-mason-jar-glasses?ref=sr_gallery_28&ga_search_query=wedding+glasses&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_ref=auto1&ga_search_type=all

Gosh, I think that’s my finds for the moment!  I’ve been working so much I haven’t had time to stop and smell the roses lately (or stalk my favorite internet sites).  Hopefully I’ll make time for some of that more often soon.  Maybe it will be a mini resolution.  You can’t wait for inspiration to track you down… you have to go look for it (or at least google it).

Lions and Tigers and Wedding Bells, Oh My!

I’ve been engaged now for 7 days and 15 hours… and am loving every single minute of it.  I have been nothing but a puddle of grins pretty much since the moment of engagement.  I catch myself sitting there and grinning for no reason at all (except of course that I’m now a fiance to another wonderful soul who has asked to spend the rest of his life, to infinity and beyond, with me). I catch myself looking forward to riding the elevator at work, because my new sparkly ring sparkles especially bright in there.  I make sure to show anyone and everyone who happens to be riding the elevator with me. 

We are shooting for an April/May of 2014 wedding.  Spring, beginning of tourist season and mild weather and good prices for a honeymoon in Italy… priorities!  I’m working back in my scheduling from the honeymoon to the venue to how much we want to feed everyone (budget, budget, budget… ugly 6 letter word).  Plus there is something about spring, flowers blooming, snow melting, longer days… that just whispers “romance” to me. 

I have not made any real decisions about my wedding yet.  I haven’t decided on a theme, colors, if there will be a bridal party, where the wedding will be, what photographer, what kind of dessert, what kind of entertainment… wait… I have decided that I want a photobooth.  So, I have made 1 decision.  High five to myself!  I told my Mother about the photobooth and she was so excited that she said she would just keep getting back in line until it was done.  I think that having my Mom photo-bomb random people’s photo booth pictures sounds like a perfect summation of where half my genetic makeup came from. 

In the very initial stages of “real” wedding researching, I have come across this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okSwTIfUVY4&feature=youtu.be that I love.  Super adorable.

Lyrics:

If I was a flower growing wild and free
All I’d want is you to be my sweet honey bee.
And if I was a tree growing tall and green
All I’d want is you to shade me and be my leaves

If I was a flower growing wild and free
All I’d want is you to be my sweet honey bee.
And if I was a tree growing tall and green
All I’d want is you to shade me and be my leaves

All I want is you, will you be my bride
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like a sea.

If you were a river in the mountains tall,
The rumble of your water would be my call.
If you were the winter, I know I’d be the snow
Just as long as you were with me, let the cold winds blow

All I want is you, will you be my bride
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like a sea.

If you were a wink, I’d be a nod
If you were a seed, well I’d be a pod.
If you were the floor, I’d wanna be the rug
And if you were a kiss, I know I’d be a hug

All I want is you, will you be my bride
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like a sea.

If you were the wood, I’d be the fire.
If you were the love, I’d be the desire.
If you were a castle, I’d be your moat,
And if you were an ocean, I’d learn to float.

All I want is you, will you be my bride
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like a sea.

I also have a crush on this wedding & the photographer in general: http://www.danistephensonphotography.blogspot.com/2012/10/joel-erins-unforgettable-wisconsin-barn.html

I also really like this photographer’s work: http://www.lisamathewson.com/#/engagements/

I would love to have a barn wedding or something natural and rustic like that… but the logistics of getting out-of-town people from their hotels to the wedding worries me.  I want everyone to have a great time and be safe.  Everyone keeps asking if I’m going to have a large or small wedding.  I think the answer is just the fact that I can’t possibly not invite my family who are all so wonderful… and they alone make up something around 160 guests… so I believe the real question is how much will I be able to afford to feed everyone?  Will guests get champage and a brownie?  Or a nice sit down dinner?  Will I be able to bring my own beverages?  Or pay an arm and a leg for wine/beer/bubbly that is not poured from gold mallets promising youth and wisdom… therefore should NOT require an arm and/or leg to distribute to people.

Not entirely related, but kinda (everything in my mind has a glimmer or sparkle as it relates to wedding/engagement/love, etc right now… so I’m a bit scattered) is that I ran into this vendor: http://alacratevintage.com/ and not only were they totally adorable as individuals, their business is so perfect, relevant and unique.  They went to a bunch of antique stores when they were engaged and outfitted their wedding in perfect antique/vintage style.  Then… it was over and they were left with 85 tea sets and no immediate plans for starting a tea party gang, they weren’t sure what to do.  They ended up selling some of it on Craigslist and found a bunch of other people in the same boat.  They had the epiphany that it would have been so much easier to just rent that stuff instead of purchase it and then try and sell it.  Thus, their business was born.  So innovate and cute. AND they were especially nice and kind to me at the bridal expo when I was so utterly overwhelmed with all things sparkly and white (this was only days after being engaged!).

So, 7 days and 15 hours later I know I’m having a Spring 2014 wedding and their will be a photo booth.  That is all for now, and feels like just the right amount of decisions so far.

TTFN ~

Baby it’s cold outside… Weekend in pictures.

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Sunday provided a lovely day of snow… a rare moment of excitement when it comes to snow. The first snowfall is always the best.

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This guy has been suffering with fleas for a while… and after an exterminator, grooming, and all our extra quarters and dimes spent… he is relaxed and happy. Which makes us relaxed and happy.

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I made this wreath out of flowers from hobby lobby and fabric scraps. It hangs in the guest bedroom now.

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I love how the wreath (above) mirrors the sunrise here with all the colors. Such beauty.

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Some of my painting/crafting/present making that happened over the weekend. We ended up not having tv service all weekend so it was movies, painting and bonding with Tyson while Jason worked.

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I painted this after my sister sent me a lovely picture that inspired me. It hangs in the spare bathroom (below).

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Spare bathroom, decorated with my painting, a vase of the flowers I got at Michaels and some other repurposed (and hand crafted) decorations.

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I made this simple, yet flowery image to hang in the spare bedroom in the basement. It is pretty homey now :) Any homier and visitors won’t leave.

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Did a little moving/redecorating int he office. Now we have an actual desk to do our work at (Vince and I). For heavy studying, etc. It’s amazing how moving stuff around and little changes make a room all new.

Labor(ious) Holiday Weekend

So, this weekend I haven’t worked out yet.  Why?  Because yesterday and today I spent 9 hours painting.  Why? Because when else do you have that much time to dedicate to starting, and finishing a painting project?  Never.  Unless it’s a holiday weekend.

So instead of kicking back and enjoying hotdogs, beans and beverages.  I’ve been developing early onset carpel tunnel and understanding why people pay an extraordinary amount of money for someone else to do this stuff for them.  Jason worked both days and when he got home, he got the luxury of helping me with my projects.

It hasn’t all been hard work, we did take ourselves out to dinner last night and enjoyed some delicious steaks from Hooker’s resort.  Per usual, Jason cooked mine to absolute perfection!  We ran into Jason’s friend Jason and Amy at the bar and ended up taking in some local music in the form of “Vinyl Thunder”.  There was no cover charge, they were about as good as you would expect for that.  I’m pretty sure the drummer was blind and had to female escorts that he probably got from Craigslist earlier that day.  No one wears sequins like that unless someone pays them to.  We enjoyed chatting, aka screaming over the thunder the band was creating, and people watching.  To the woman in the flannel and the mullet-esque hair.  Choose one or the other, both is overkill.

Tonight we wrapped up the evening with one of our favorite at-home meals of chicken alfredo and homemade cheesy garlic bread.  I ate my left leg’s worth of bread and pasta and am feeling very content and full.  I’m following that up with some of the Widstrand’s house wine of Beaujolais-Villages red wine… super tasty.  As Jason said, “I’m not quite full yet, but I’ll fill the last of my stomach with wine”.  I cannot argue with his logic!

Here is some of the before/after photos of the last 48 hours of painting projects:

Front Door Before

Front Door After – both sides are the same new color(s)

Garage Door Before…

Garage Door After (same colors as the front door)

Front yard bench before…

Front yard bench after! Painted the wood slats, spray painted the iron sides black and added color embellishments.

Vince’s room before…

Vince’s room after!

New little Green Bay Packer’s Corner in Vince’s Room

I painted those shelves Vince’s current favorite color, light blue… and added a nice world map to his wall decor.

Sunday crafting

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I love pictures, and I love displaying them. I do not love 74 million picture frames on tiny tables. Gives me an eye twitch. With 2 old coat hangers, 1 bottle of black spray paint and twine (all of which we already had around the house)… I made this for hanging all our lovely memories we want to share, but not dust around. I’m pretty happy with it. It makes the hallway a little happier.

Spontaneous saturday night painting…

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set up and supplies (paper, tin foil as a paint tray, martha stewart paint, and gel medium to pull it all together)

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Vino: It’s the little things

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Chocolate: The little things

Wine on canvas

All the artwork has found a new home… I love that I made all of these pictures. Adds such character and is a good story.

It’s the small things.

I made this one too with some fun rub on designs and frames from scrap booking stuff I had. This one was really fun! Started with a white piece of paper and ended up with this. Pretty cool.

… And that hanging in it’s new home!
{I also found a canvas print my friend Terrisa had given me a while ago that fits in so perfect… score!}

Creation Station!
Ooohhh that’s catchy.

It was such a fun night!  It was all impromptu and I just grabbed everything I already had lying around the house.  Jason played video games and melted his brain while I crafted my little heart out! I have everything put away now, I blogged about it, and now I’m going to go to bed.

I know, I’m a rockstar.