Thursday, April 29, 2010

Happy Birthday to me!

No, it isn't my birthday quite yet... in fact, we are a few months out. I will be 25 years of age... this is a large birthday... especially for me. Anywho, I thought I would start my birthday list. So many things I want, and forget that I want... so I have decided this will be an ongoing post with the many lovely things I want. If you feel the need to buy me/make a birthday present, see the following list:

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A sewing machine
I don't really want a vintage one. I want one that is handy dandy with embroidering capabilities but, for aesthetic purposes... this picture suits me just fine.

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Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens. It's a big ticket item... but I would LOVE it like my own child... almost.

photo from: Casa Sugar

Some Shabby Chic windows... Not sure what to use them for just yet... but I want them none the less. 

A craft room for an organized assortment of craftiness and crafty ideas, and crafty items.

Urban Outfitter Jewelry Stand...
I have WAY too many some necklaces, and would love more to hang on this lovely jewelry stand. I think I would like to have a forest of these jewelry trees!


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After sitting for 8+ hours in front of the computer at work, and then coming home only to do the same thing for an additional for hours photoshopping has turned me into this... My back is all out of whack and my eyes are going crossed. I am now in the comfort of my bed, in a lying down position, with the laptop... next goal, the sore neck.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

lovin' you too long

I am sitting here listening to my Mustang Man snoring... and listening to Otis Redding. I just don't think there is a better way to end a Tuesday night.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Easy as 1-2-3

I had some lovely guests over for a Saturday night bbq. I needed to spruce the place up! What better than fresh flowers. I didn't want to go to the store, so I went outside to my bougainvillea bush a snipped a few pieces off. The colors are so vivid and are a great contrast with the cool colors that make up my abode. After the snipping, I needed a shallow vase... which I did not have, so I improvised. I grabbed my short wine glasses and filled with them with water. Oh what fun wine glasses can be! The bougainvillea weren't enough, so I ran down (well, Mustange Man drove me in his Mustang) to my local market to get some carnations! I know, I know, they aren't anything but a filler flower, but I think they worked exquisitely!

I had some left over carnations so I thought, I know the dudes are going to be outside, why not give them a little floral funness!? Initially the arrangement looked a little drab, so I used the stems from the first group of carnations to add some height.

I am not sure they enjoyed it as much as I did... but I think it is lovely.
Today when I arrived home from the 9-5 the bougainvillea was all droopy, so I pulled it all out and have a single short wine glass with an abundance of lovely carnations. And I think they are divine.


So, after spending Sunday morning with Mrs. B. Kim taking senior photos for her sister, Mrs. B. Kim decided I needed to know about these wonderful camera straps. Mine is just a regular ol' black one. So after she emails me the link I think to myself, "Self, is this a DIY project in the making?" WELL OF COURSE IT IS! I should probably have something creative around my neck to create creative thoughts inside my head!

These are some of the AWESOME ones that have inspired me!

My Mustang man is going to be working a bit late tonight... perhaps I can fit a few stiches in before he gets home!

Monday, April 19, 2010

3rd Pomander of all time

It is finished! :)

4 More to go. I will no longer bore you with the pomanders however... a new project is on the horizons... t'is a secret until then! 
In the mean time... Check out this amazing art work! This is my favorite painting of all time. 

"Tasha's Tulips" by John E. McClusky.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

"The bright day is done, & we are for the dark." -W. Shakespeare

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles W. Eliott

I have a slight fear of picking up a new book... I know I will grow to love and know the characters the covers hug. And when I am through reading- a small piece of me is left in the binding because I don't quite feel whole not knowing their continued story. I've lost some of my dearest friends by simply closing a book. The friends I was saddest to stop knowing were my friends in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The book came to me at a time when I really needed friends and strangers at the same time. I sat on my couch on a warm Saturday afternoon and read the entire thing without getting up (well, I think I subconsciously moved myself to the floor). After I was done with the book I felt a moment of sadness, and a great loss come over me. I was severely disappointed to not know the rest of their story, and the people they would continue to encounter. I was, however, moved to start writing letters to my own friends, as the book itself is based upon the written correspondence between friends.This hardly works in the day and age of email, texting and tweeting. My my dear friend in ChiTown and I have been on-again off-again pen pals since we graduated high school, but it always slows due to our busy lives. I would love to get new stationary and write to all of my friends, and they also return the favor. 

Perhaps a new goal has arisen... a pen pal in the making.

Here are some "Nuggets" I got from the book as well. 
Nugget = something that moved me!

"I can't think of anything lonelier than spending the rest of my life with someone I can't talk to, or worse, someone I can't be silent with."

"Men are more interesting in books than they are in real life." (I don't necessarily believe this to be true anymore, but, found it quite true at the time.)

"I have a parrot in my keeping too- her name is Zenoba & she does not like men." (I mostly loved this because my Chicken Little doesn't like men, or any one for that matter...)

"...I sometimes think I prefer suitors in books rather than right in front of me. How awful, backward, cowardly, and mentally warped that will be if it turns out to be true." 

Friday, April 16, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

75 Circles to completion!

My sweet sister cut over 200 circles last night to get our pomander process up and running! I had to follow suit and get busy! Here is a large stack of the gray circles that she cut, along with some that I had already made.

And I discovered tonight it takes 75 of those bad boys to create one pomander! So, I commenced with my gluing ways while My Mustang Man showed me You Tube clips of the hilarious Conan O'Brien.

Here is the finished product:

One down, 5 more to go... of the gray. We still have green and purple to do as well! But, if you ask me, I think this wedding is coming together swimmingly!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

DIY Veil!

After looking and looking for a reasonably priced veil my sister and I decided we would take the chance and try to DIY one. After a trek across town 3 times, we finally ended up at JoAnn's Fabrics, because all the other destinations were closed on Sunday. We got Styrofoam balls for the wedding pomanders and yards and yard of fabric. We also ran across some Tulle for the bargain price of $1.49 a yard, so bought a hair comb and then we were on our way.

Mustang Man was out working on his Mustang so it seemed to be a prime opportunity to test out my veil making abilities. I got all my things together and this is what I came up with:

Friday, April 9, 2010

Old Navy Accessories??? Could it be?

I may or may not have gone to Old Navy to get a particular floral dress for tomorrow. While I may have been at said store, a glimmer to my right caught my eye. "Dear me? Since when has Old Navy had ACCESSORIES?" is something that I may or may not have said to my darling friend Jess.
We may have skipped excitedly to said table housing these fabulous additions to the store! There may have been more colors than a gal knew what to do with! There may have been necklaces there that caught my eye for potential DIY projects as well. Similar to the pomander process... just not as puffy... The prices may not have been too shabby either. Perhaps another day will come when I may go to the Old Navy and peruse the jewelry section yet again... so to speak.

Pomander Progress.... continued: part trois

Also, pomander progress.... I finished what I could but officially ran out of fabric. It actually worked out in my favor though! I like the way it is able to sit more like a center piece. I do wish I had a little more fabric so I could have made it a little fuller at least, but for a first time, I think it will do!
I think because of the amount of time this took I might try out the tissue paper ones I made in high school Spanish class. Those look like a "lighter" bit of fun. Although these fabric ones look more fancy, perhaps what I am actually looking for is indeed light and airy. More to come after I test out the paper ones!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Saucy Succulents

My sister is having a "Desert Botanical Garden" Themed wedding, but for MONTHS now I have been totally obsessed with Succulents, ever since I saw these pictures

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I have wanted to create something of the sort. And then I stumbled upon this blog because Oh Joy! went into a particular store in San Diego and now I am re-inspired! Check out some of Tend's creations! They are absolutely stunning! And the creators are very green! They very rarely utilize cut flowers for their pieces because of the carbon foot print they create. So when using cut flowers, Tend goes local and everything is grown organically! The succulents in the bouquets and boutonnieres can be planted again after the big day too in what Tend calls a "love garden." A perfectly fitting name!

This bouquet is absolutely fantastic!

I love the juxtaposition of harsh and soft lines in these boutonniers.

This bouquet moves me.

And how amazing is this for a centerpiece. My sister is using succulents for her centerpieces and I would love to see something like this. It is just not something anyone would expect!

So BRAVO TEND! Your creations are gorgeous!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Good Friday!

And a good Friday it is! I have the day off due to holiday! I woke up, sun is shining, birds are chirping and a fresh shower is calling my name! At 10 am my sister and my step mom will be ding donging at my door and we will on our marry merry way to try on dresses! We only have one stop today, then FACIALS! Tomorrow we have two shops to go to, plus Nordstroms, but, one never knows, Nordstroms could be today!


My Mustang man and I watched Sherlock Holmes last night and it was FAR better than I expected, and I already expected good things! He was much less clumsy than I anticipated! Which made for a much better movie! I am tired of  the comic relief that is being clumsy. There were some many things I liked about it!!! I highly recommend!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Dedicated to My Mustang Man

I love you with everything I have!