Our Wedding :: Mr. & Mrs. Chair Signs

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As cheesy as this sounds, I was unbelievably stoked when I realized we had the perfect set up for “Mr.” and “Mrs.” chair signs. Most table layouts put the bride and groom’s backs to a wall which makes chair signs a little silly.

I have seen some really adorable signs. Wood cut-outs. Chalkboard signs. Even really beautiful floral displays. We opted to stick with the aesthetic of gold lettering but made a few slight mistakes along the way.Read More »

Our Wedding :: Quote Signs

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I am a total sucker for quotes. You can bet that I have Pinterest boards upon Pinterest boards filled with motivational or sweet, sappy quotes saved for a rainy day. I definitely have a few hanging around the house. I even kept a journal growing up to hold all of my favorite quotes (before the age of Pinterest) that I still keep handy.

So when it came to planning our wedding, we knew we had to include a few quotes to help capture our delightful and weird love. We selected three quotes. One that we both loved and one each to represent the way we felt.

The one we both loved is pictured above.

We are all a little weird
and life’s a little weird
and when we find someone whose
weirdness is compatible with ours,
we join up with them
in mutual weirdness
and call it love.

Dr. Seuss

My husband and I both openly embrace our weirdness and find that our individual weirdness blends well together. We both enjoy the little things in life and celebrate the momentsย that make life fun. Whether it’s playing in bubbles at Disneyland or taking goofy photos to get on the video board at baseball games, we always strive for laughs and fun, even if others may think we’re weird.

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Our Wedding :: Escort Cards

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Call them what you want… escort cards… seating cards…place cards. All the same, helping guests find their seats has become one of those most creative design choices at weddings today. Gone are the days of simple place cards and table maps. Today, we see everything from elaborate displays of photos to clever, theme-related tokens of the day. I have seen some really inspiring solutions both in person and online.

However, for our wedding, we went for a simple DIY solution that was personalized but didn’t break the bank on budget.Read More »

Our Wedding :: Bar Signs

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In January, we got married in a venue that required us to provide everything, except tables and chairs. In booking our caterer, we had the option of having the company stock the bar or providing our own alcohol. Given the venue’s liquor license limited the type of beverages we could serve (wine and beer), we opted to stock our own beverages. Who wouldn’t want the leftover wine?!

Our guests were, for the most part, from out of town so we decided to play up the “We’re from California” aspect. We stocked the bar with wines from California and craft beers native to San Diego. A little local flavor to delight the crowds.

Self-stocking the bar and straying off the normal course of selection meant we needed to provide some guidance to our guests. Thus, we dreamed up these signs for the bar. In theory, they were awesome! In execution… oof.Read More »

Our Wedding :: Cards Vase

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In planning our wedding, we wanted our details to be simple and classic. Lots of glass and candles. Very few flowers and white roses, at that. Clean, simple, classic.

I wanted the card “box” to fall in step with the aesthetic we were putting together. Buying or creating a box didn’t quite feel right. Nor did a birdcage or a lantern. In fact, it took us weeks of brainstorming to land on, what seems now to be, a very obvious selection.

Let’s just use a vase.

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Cross Stitch Thread Jar

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For the longest time, while cross stitching, I would create a nice little pile of discard threads on my side table that would inevitably get knocked off the table and get lost in my carpet or slide under the couch. Through a cross stitching magazine, I found that many cross-stitchers have a thread jar – literally, an empty jar to gather threads until ready to throw out. So novel and so simple! For the past few months, I’ve used an empty spaghetti sauce jar and it’s been working really well. Until one day, I decided to improve upon it.

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2017 – The Year of “Finish It”

As I embark on my new beginning, I’ve realized that I’m bringing with me quite a few unfinished projects along with me. These unfinished projects have been weighing me down for years. Literally, years. Therefore, 2017 is the year of finishing them. Said in the Mortal Kombat voice. FINISH HIM!

Normally, I would start the year with my good friend V over at Scribbles & Bits with #JustStashJanuary. However, I’m making this a Just Stash Year. That’s right. This year, I’m emptying the tank.

I went through my craft supplies and box of “Some Day Projects” (do you remember that from the Craft Purge of 2015?) to make a list. There’s a mix of projects for me and projects for my Etsy shop, so if you like what you see, you may be able to buy it! #Winning (isn’t that also from 2015?)

Here’s where I’m starting:

  1. Halloween Haunted House Cross Stitch Pillow
  2. Christmas Advent Cross Stitch Pillow
  3. Photos Organization
  4. Green, Black and White Striped Scarf
  5. Twine Wrapped Christmas Tree Ornaments
  6. Patriotic Santa Cross Stitch
  7. Christmas Snow Flake Hand Towels
  8. Cooking Santa Cross Stitch
  9. Christmas Recipe Book
  10. World Postcards Cross Stitch
  11. Mail Center
  12. Fabric Panel Books
  13. Ho Ho Ho Stitch Cards
  14. Red Snowflake Stitch Cards
  15. Old Sweater Hand Warmers

I’m sure I have more laying around here waiting to be made…

A lot of cross stitching in there to0! I’m looking forward to getting through these projects to make room for oodles of other techniques I’d like to try. It’ll be hard to put new ideas on the back burner, but I’ll be really happy when my desk is clear!

Stay tuned for all the fun and check out #ProjectFinishIt2017 on Instagram to see live updates! 

Decorating Our Small Apartment for Christmas

2016 was a tough year to get into the spirit of Christmas. With our wedding looming just over the New Year, decking the halls and fa-la-la-ing kept slipping to the bottom of my to-do list. As you all very well know, I love the holidays, but this year, I struggled to put in the full effort to do a holiday theme and max out my celebrating with cookies, custom gifts and good cheer. However, we did get a chance to decorate our apartment.

The layout of our 650 square foot apartment in San Diego is basically a box, but a few architectural details provided fun decorating opportunities. I didn’t get a chance to decorate my bookcases and dining room like I usually do thanks to a hoard of boxes related to the wedding (ahem – cases of wine), but we did get to experiment with garland throughout the rest of the space. Check it out!

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