Wedding DIY 101

Hi friends!

So…here we are – under the two-month mark until we tie the knot!  Yikes!  Things have been pretty much wedding, wedding, and all wedding around here. Usually, on the weekends, I’m with my mom running around to various craft stores picking up the odds and ends that I need for all of my projects and, during the week, I’m thinking about the things that I need to pick up during the next weekend.  My spare bedroom and dining room have become storage spaces for baskets, boxes, and bags that are full of paper, vases, branches, glasses, tulle, ribbon, lights, table runners, cookie trays, floral tape, and well, I could go on and on.  I’ll catch you up on some things that I either am or will be working on for the big day!

My brooch bouquet

It’s finally done!  It was a long process from finding my first brooch to pinning the final ribbon end in place, but it was such a fun project!  I had a couple set-backs while I was trying to put it together but, between me and my mom, we finally got it right!  The best part of the project was finding the brooches!  I spent a lot of time with my parents in antique stores and at flea markets and I also received many as gifts.  Each pin has a special meaning or memory associated with it and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out!

My centerpieces

I knew from the beginning that I always wanted to use some type of branch in my centerpieces.  I had ideas of using plain branches, silver branches, and large branches with candles hanging off of them.  Before I could make a final decision, my mom found lighted branches that had little purple (one of my wedding colors) beads on them.  She ordered one so we could see what it looked like and ended up loving them!  They have a battery pack that controls the lights and, by some miracle, we found vases that were the perfect size and actually narrowed to allow the pack to sit in the center so they can turned on with ease before the ceremony!  The bottoms of the branches will be wrapped in tulle so they are covered along with the battery pack!

My favors

(just a small jar I bought to test out the glass etching process…it’s SO easy!)

I am planning on giving out mason jar mugs etched with each guest’s initials as favors.  The mugs will be placed at the entrance to the reception room on a table with bowls of punch so the guests can grab a refreshing drink as they enter!  On each mug will be a tag with each guest’s name, table, and dinner choice.  I’m also sticking cute striped straws in each one!  I’m excited to see how they all turn out!

My table numbers

(obviously, not going on a table…but just a pic of us!)

I am planning on giving each table the name of a local attraction from the town where we are having the wedding.  When we get some great weather, Lee and I are going to head to each locale and have our picture taken there…and those photos will be our ‘numbers’ on the tables so the guest’s can find their way to their seats.  I just hope my hair decides to cooperate on the day we decide to take the photos!

Alright, friends!  I think that’s all I have for now!  I have to finish up my programs (which are another project), finish the gifts for my bridesmaids, and make my girls’ bouquets (which will obviously be the day before the wedding).  It’s a DIY extravaganza over here!!

With much Love and Laughter,

Something to share:  Are you crafty?  Do you have a favorite hobby or project?  I used to crochet but I haven’t in a long time…maybe I need to start again!

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My Registry Wish List

One of the best things about planning a wedding?

Registering for gifts!

Now, I do not mean that statement to come across as selfish and as if all I care about is gifts.  I just want our wedding day to be full of love and fun with our family and friends…but, you have to admit, it’s fun to make a wish list and pick out anything you want for your house and your future!!  Lee and I registered at Macy’s and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  My original plan was Macy’s and Target, but both of those stores are in the same towns…neither of which is close to us, so I changed to Bed, Bath, and Beyond so there was a local option for Lee’s family and our friends.

Here are some of my favorite items on our list:

KitchenAid Artisan Mixer in Pistachio

KitchenAid makes their mixers in the most amazing colors and it was so hard to decide which one to choose!  I eventually went with Pistachio because of the retro feel.  My style is not at all retro, but for the kitchen, I envision my grandmother using a mixer of that color back in the day…probably because she still has pots that are that color!!

Hotel Collection Bedding in the new Gates pattern

Our bedroom walls are a dark blue-green color and I wasn’t sure how this bedding would look next to them, but the more I studied it (Lee loved that I stood in front of the bedding just staring at it for more than a few minutes), I think it’s going to look great!  I can’t wait to freshen up our bedroom!

Martha Stewart Cutlery

These knives are colored and are coded with little pictures on them so you know their purpose.  How cute and fun is that!?

Cuisinart Pizzelle Press

My grandma has made pizzelles for as long as I can remember and they are always a family favorite during the holidays.  I’m hoping someday to be like my grandma and make all of those delicious things that she forces on us!  Getting this press is step 1!

Silpat Baking Mat

Apparently, I plan on spending a lot of time in my kitchen?

Rosette Shower Curtain

I think this shower curtain is so girly and pretty.  It’s a little hard to see is this picture, but it actually reminds me of a wedding dress.  There are raised rosette textures on the top and bottom.  I just painted our bathroom a couple of months ago and I think it would be a great addition!

Mr. and Mrs. Leather Luggage Tags

These are just for fun!

Obviously, there is a lot more on our lists…but these are just a few of the things that I am obsessing over!

If you are married, where did you register for gifts?  What was your favorite gift you received?
If you are not married, do you buy gifts from a couple’s registry when you go to weddings or do you do gift cards/cash? –
I have done both…it depends on my relationship with the couple. 

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Project #1: The Bouquet

Hello hello friends!

Here I am with the first wedding project to be getting underway!  I am a big ‘do-it-yourself’er and have about a million projects planned for our upcoming wedding.  Among these projects are my centerpieces, my programs, my favors, my girls’ bouquets, and my bouquet.  The girls will be carrying regular flower bouquets that will be made with hot pink roses.  A couple of months ago, my maid-of-honor and I got together and bought the supplies to make a bouquet.  I wanted to make sure that it was feasible and would not turn out to be a huge disaster.

We bought a dozen roses, floral tape, ribbon, and pins.  We lounged by the pool and put together a bouquet that turned out really well!  Fingers crossed that I will be able to replicate seven of them the day before the wedding.  Yikes!

While making my bridesmaid bouquets seem like a piece of cake, my bouquet is a little on the different side and, therefore, will probably prove to be a more difficult.  If you are on Pinterest, or even if you are not, I’m sure you have the seen the idea of a bride carrying a bouquet made out of brooches.  No flowers, just jewelry.

Having a brooch bouquet has always been something I wanted.  I think they are absolutely stunning and add such a unique touch to a bride’s ensemble!  I think a this type of bouquet will go great with my dress, too…which is a surprise that I’ll talk about later!!!

I am starting to put my brooches together by using craft floral wire to make stems on each one of them.  Right now, I have about forty of them and I am hoping to get a few more before it is completed.  My mom and dad are obsessed with antique stores and flea markets and they are always on the lookout for any piece I can use in my bouquet!  I am thankful for their hard work and the time they are taking to find the beautiful pins!

I still have a lot to do but I’m hoping it turns out the way it looks in my head!

Wish me luck!

Something to share:
If you are married and had a wedding, did you do many ‘do-it-yourself’ projects?
If you are not married or didn’t have wedding, are you a crafty or ‘do-it-yourself’ type of person?

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Popping the Question

Hi Friends!

First, I want to thank everyone out there for all of the kind words and congratulations on our engagement.  We are so excited and we are so thankful to have such wonderful friends and family!

Second…shall we get to the details of how everything happened?  I think so!

It all started Friday night, while we were out with our friends, Christa and Eddie.  Lee mentioned that he wanted to go eat at City View, which is a restaurant in Johnstown, PA.  City View is on top of a hill and has an incline that can be ridden from the bottom to the top.

I immediately said, “No, there is no reason to go and eat there.  Let’s just save some money.  I have a pork loin that I can make for dinner tomorrow.”  Lee said again that we were going to eat there and there was nothing that I could do to change it.  I gave it up, but when I woke up Saturday morning, I said, “Do you really want to go out to dinner again?  Let’s just stay home.”  Again, he disagreed and nicely told me, “Shut up. We’re going to dinner.”


We had a normal Saturday together, running some errands and walking the dog.  Then, we got ready for dinner and we were on our way!  We actually weren’t even planning on riding the incline up, but neither one of us could remember how to get to the restaurant without riding to the top, so we just decided to do that.  We got to the incline and purchased our tickets.  The next car was leaving in seven minutes, so we just hung out and snapped some photos and waited for it to leave.

Right as the bells were ringing to let us know it would be leaving, Lee said, “This is nice.  We’re alone.”
I just said, “Well, it’s chilly, so I didn’t think there would be a lot of people riding tonight.”

I had NO idea what was coming.

The car started up and Lee walked over to me and stood in front of me and said,
“You know I love you, right?”

I just said, “Yeah, babe…I know you do.  I love you too.”

Then he started saying things about how he has always loved me from the minute we met and how much I mean to him…at this point, I figured out what was about the happen and I am pretty sure I was starting to hyperventilate.

I wish I could remember everything he said…but I just don’t.  I felt like I was in another universe.  I just know that as he was saying the sweetest things, he reached in his pocket, pulled out a ring box, and got down on one knee and, in a strong, slightly choked up voice, asked me to marry him.

I just stood there, with my hand over my mouth, saying, “Oh my gosh. Are you serious!?” over and over again.  He put the ring on my finger and said, “Umm…is that a yes!?”

I shouted, “Of course it’s a YES!!!”

By this time, we had reached the top of the incline, gave our tickets to the man in the booth and made our way into the restaurant.  We were shown to our seats and, while we ordered our drinks right away, didn’t order our food for at least fifteen minutes because looking at the menu was not even a priority!  I was just staring at my ring and just saying how happy and surprised I was!

I honestly had NO idea we were going to get engaged.  I was completely caught off guard!

We eventually ordered dinner…and I can honestly say it was one of the best dinners I have ever had….for obvious reasons, however, the food was amazing, as always!

Our neighbors, Fred and Deb, were also at the same restaurant celebrating Deb’s birthday, so after we ate, we had a celebratory drink with them and then headed back to meet and celebrate with a few of our friends that were out.  It was the perfect night!

I can’t express how insanely happy I am and how perfect the proposal was!  I wish I could live in that moment forever!

Let the wedding planning begin!

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Neutrogena Event Recap!

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to be a part of a Neutrogena 2 Day Event being that I am officially a Brand Ambassador for Neutrogena. There was a great group of girls that I had the pleasure of meeting. Many of the girls there came from different parts of the United States to be at this 2 day Event. I learned so much about the Neutrogena products and the importance of wearing sunblock on your face 365 days a year. The amount of sunblock that we put on is also very important, let’s just say that you are supposed to apply sunblock every 2 hours to fully protect your skin.

I also had the please to meet Michelle Freyre who is the General Manager for Neutrogena in the United States. She was thrilled to see latinas at this event as she is actually Puerto Rican! She also had a special guest Kristen Bell who taught us about the importance of Recycling and also had some Q&A answers to how she maintains her skin looking beautiful and some of her DIY home recipes that she does.

From the breakfast, lunch, dinner and sweets in between it was awesome to share this experience with bloggers that I knew and the sweet people that I met that I hope to see again in the future!

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