Category Archives: Inspiration

New Years Eve Wedding

So, for anyone who missed it, I am engaged now. It’s still so weird to say. We have decided to get married on 12/31/11. I’m currently in the process of finalizing the church, the reception location, the photographer and still have so much to do – dress, bridesmaids stuff, flowers, DJ, decoration details, etc, etc. All the fun stuff is left really. Well, I mean, I guess it’s all fun. Anyway, I’ve been playing with ideas in my head of what I want this to be like and ultimately, I want it to be an awesome NYE party. I’m not huge on drawing attention to myself unless it’s for work and I’m showing off how awesome I am at my job. That’s really the only kind of praise/attention I am comfortable with. Weird, right? So, I’ve put together an inspiration board showing a glimpse into what I think I want my wedding to be like. It makes me happy.


Bridesmaids Dress

Holy crap – I LOVE this dress and want my bridesmaids to wear it. $2,945 isn’t too much to ask them to spend, right?

Dinner Party Table Setting

This past weekend I had a dinner party and had this vision in my mind of what I wanted my table to look like. I was able to hit my vision almost exactly and was so happy with my table.

The table cloth was really tough to find, actually, because my table is so big. It’s a 4’x4′ square. I found the “outdoor” table cloth at Bed Bath & Beyond last year. The placemats I also had from BB&B. The napkins are brand new from Williams Sonoma. They were only $7 each. I was going to make napkins, but I was crunched for time and these probably turned out to be cheaper than the fabric I would have used. The name cards are from Martha Stewart. They took some time, but I loved them.

We had a couple of birthdays to celebrate, so I make a chocolate cake with yummy buttercream frosting, but the birthday boys didn’t know I’d made a cake, so I put it in the microwave to hide until after dinner. Great hiding spot, but bad idea with so much cooking still left to be done. The frosting ended up melting off the sides of the cake, which was disappointing, but it was still good!

Club Monaco Chaya Knit Headband

A couple weeks ago, a friend asked me if I could make a gray headband/ear warmer for her. I told her I absolutely could and that I even had an idea of what I wanted to do. I had recently seen a headband at Club Monaco that I thought was cute and would be super easy to make:

I grabbed some yarn from my stash that I had left over from a hat I made a while back that was perfect and set out to recreate the headband. Four hours later, I had this. Pretty darn close if you ask me!

Photo Project Idea

So, I have a fun idea for a photography project, although I’m not sure what I’d do with/as a final project.

So this is the view out of my livingroom:

I’ve thought, it would be really neat to set my camera up in the window and set it to take a picture every five minutes for 24 hours. It would actually be really cool to do this in the spring for a couple weeks and turn it into a stop motion video…food for thought…so you could see the change in seasons. Or to take the one exact same picture every day for a year and do the same thing. Hmm…I like where my head’s at! Anyway, since we’re supposed to have a snow storm tomorrow, I think I may try to do my pic every five minutes for 24 hours tomorrow. More to come on whether I did it and how it worked out!


My parents are coming this weekend, which means lots to do before then.

I need some lilacs (my favorite flower) and some white tulips on my dining table, stat! I always forget how much I love lilacs until spring rolls around and then I’m pleasantly surprised when I start seeing them around. It takes me back to the bushes we had in the yard when I was younger and how I could have spent all day with my nose stuck in a bush.

Photos found on Oh, Happy Day!

Purl New York

Yesterday I took a trip to Purl, not knowing they had just moved to a much, much larger location where they have combined their yarn and fabric stores. The result is gorgeous. I spent at least a half hour there and would love to spend half my day just browsing the books and admiring the beautiful design of the space.

This wall is to the right of the door and right inside the front window. Just perfect.

This is where the registers are – I LOVE it! I want a wall like this at home!