Wedding Memories 11•11•11

Our wedding was the happiest day of my life, and it all went by so fast! So obviously I love looking back at our photos from that day. I am thrilled to share a few special moments from our day. These photos were taken by Briane Morse of Essence Photography; she is absolutely amazing!

The General Warren Inne

The General Warren Inne - the site of our wedding on 11•11•11

front of The General Warren Inne

Having my makeup done by the amazing, Nikki Evans!

my bridal bouquet

my engagement ring

the before shot... Brian hadn't seen me yet

Happiness...

Our wedding rings - my gorgeous platinum ring belonged to Brian's Great Grandmother, she wed in 1926. It now has her and her husbands initials and wedding date engraved, and ours.

I immersed myself in designing all the details of our wedding. Here is the place card design, and the cork place card holders that Brian made.

My mom took this one, looking down on us as we were having our photos taken before hand. (note that the date on the photo is wrong...nice one Mom) :)

I made this as a gift for Brian. A verse from one of his favorite movies, The Princess Bride.

My fabulous, glittery shoes!

This is our quaint setup for dinner. A wedding of just 22... perfection.

Our moms put the center pieces together for us the day before.

I put together welcome baskets for our guests that stayed overnight at the Inne. Water, cookies, popcorn, tissues, and hand sanitizer...the esentials of course!

Right after our ceremony, Brian and I escaped to the bar for a quick drink and some time to ourselves before heading down to cocktail hour.

The wedding favors were Philadelphia LOVE mugs, filled with nonpareli candies and hand dipped dark chocolate pretzels that I made a few nights before.

Brian had these custom jersey's made for us and his mentor and our dear friend, Phil Trip, who married us.

The next morning, no worse for wear! I surprised Brian by making these day after wedding t-shirts.

Costa Rica or Bust!

Costa Rica or Bust!

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An organized list

In my effort to become a better person (a.k.a. more organized), I have come across some great resources that I want to share. These are sites that I visit to get organization inspiration. One of these days its bound to rub off on me…right?

  • i heart organizing – she’s already a better person…great tips and photos here to inspire you to be more organized. Try not to feel too inferior…she’s pretty amazing.
  • The Family Handyman – This is one link that I’m going to leave up on my computer and just wait for my husband to get the hint.
  • Simple Organized Living – Andrea has thought of everything! She has organizing tips for everything you ever wish someone would give you tips on!

 

Do you have go-to blogs or sites to get your organization inspiration on? Let me know in the comments!

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If I were more organized, I would be a better person…

This is a phrase that I often hear that little voice inside my head uttering. When I look at a pile of mail, stack of magazines, stuff that needs to be put away, this is what I hear.

Why am I convinced that I would be a better person? Because clutter and disorganization makes me irritable. I get frustrated because I can’t find things. Right now I can’t find a spa gift certificate – ironically that is the very thing that could relax me. I swear that I just saw it…about a month ago…right there.

So what is my block…why don’t I just up and organize myself to avoid all the frustration? I need the right tools to get organized. I need the right containers, files, boxes, etc. I’m in what seems like an endless search for the perfect tools.

I’m going to start filing (here) when I find just the right thing. Then slowly I will purchase them, and eventually I will be a better (and more organized) person.

What are your favorite tools for staying organized?

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Feeding Station wishes

Found this via Pinterest a while back. I’m imagining it for the cats. We would need four bowls, and probably more space between them since something tells me they would stand up on the platform to eat.

Source: houzz.com via Sarah on Pinterest

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New year, new wallpaper

Once again, Smashing Magazine has put together some lovely desktop wallpapers for us to download and admire. I have chosen my favorites to start the new year off right.

Click on the photo to download them for yourself, and see the other designs as well.

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Hiatus

I’ve been away for quite a while and yes, I have a very good excuse…weddings take up a great deal of time, you see. Yes, I got married! Quite exciting, and a pretty big deal if I do say so.

Here are some photos, taken by Briane of Essence Photography. She is amazing at what she does, and such a sweetheart! She also took our engagement photos.

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Over the next week or so I’ll post the designs that I did for our wedding.

  • Our logo
  • save the dates
  • invites
  • menus
  • place cards (and Brian made the place card holders!)
  • shirts (there’s a photo of us in our T-shirts on our way to Costa Rica above)
  • and finally the Thank You cards.

Part of me is so happy to have the stress of the wedding behind us, but there is that other part that is just loved designing everything right down to the last detail, and I miss it. I have the bug…so now I am doing the design work for my best friend, Jen. She will be married exactly 364 days after we were, November 10, 2012. Good thing she got engaged…or else I wouldn’t know what to do!

Stay tuned…

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non-mushy lovin’

I’ve never been into hearts, pink, or mushy things…but every once in a while I will see something “love” related and think “ahh…that’s nice.” Usually it has to be non-glittery, have a vintagy feel, perhaps be a bit quirky, or be slightly rustic in it’s own way.

Anywhoo… here are a few Valentine’s Day/Love inspired things that caught my eye and met my non-mush approval.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

love

Sources, left to right: I Love You, in Binary Code – $10; two recycled wooden LOVE signs, painted to order – $42 each; Love What You Do print – $14.95; “Soldiers Goodbye & Bobbie the Cat”, 1945 – via Flickr.

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Friday wish list from Etsy and Supermarket

I’ve decided that I absolutely want need these things!

From one of the favorites, Etsy, and one of my newly discovered favorites…Supermarket!

Sources: Vintage large gas station number 3; Organic eco-portable laptop bag (even though I don’t have a laptop yet… I will someday and I’ll want this bag!); Vintage Art Deco metal sign letters; Anna Mix Necklace.

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9 Destructive Reasons We Cling to Clutter by Christine Kane

Today’s article is written by Christine Kane, a mentor, coach, blogger, and singer. She is very inspiring, check out her blog here.

Clutter might as well be a four letter word. I’m as guilty as anyone else, I definitely have clutter lurking in my home and life…but I’m getting better. This article has helped me, perhaps it can help you too.
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overwhelmed woman

“Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away.”

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A retired man once told me he loved going camping with his wife because camping showed her how simple life can be “without all that bloomin’ stuff she keeps everywhere!”

He’s right!

Our lives are meant to be simple. Our intuition and creativity thrive when given freedom and space. Clutter is a disease. Each moment we ignore the reasons we hold on to things we don’t want, those things rob us of energy, health, and clarity. Yes, clutter is destructive!

If you’re a clutter-clinger, be kind to yourself. Begin with an awareness of your thoughts and excuses. For starters, read over this list to see if you can find YOUR excuse!

Clutter Excuse #1: “I’d be a mean horrible person if I…”

Guilt is heavy gooey energy that convinces us we’re bad people if we let go of heirlooms, knick-knacks, unwanted clothing or gifts.

These items clutter up our lives and keep us in a comfortable – but draining – place. And conveniently, we never have to decide what we actually do want in our environment. We become environmental victims. Often, that spreads into other parts of our lives too!

Clutter Excuse #2 – “I spent so much on it!”

Do you punish yourself for having made a bad choice by keeping the item around? Or convince yourself that you’re going to get your money’s worth – even if it drains the heck out of you?

You won’t. And it will.

We’ve all done stupid things. And we’ve all had to let them go. Now it’s your turn.

Clutter Excuse #3 – “I might need this someday.”

I often wonder how many idle telephone cords exist in the world. Way in the back of old desk drawers. Stuffed on closet shelves. They can’t be gotten rid of.

Why?

Because we might need them some day.

Evidently, some day – in spite of technological progress – you’re going to need that particular grey phone cord that came in the box with a phone you bought in 1989.

Throw it out. Now.

Same thing goes for: The broken fax machine, switch plates from your first house, and every glass flower vase that came with deliveries.

Clutter Excuse #4 – “I might do this someday.”

I know. I know.

Someday you’ll take those broken pieces of china you’ve collected and create a beautiful mosaic birdbath. And you’ll go through those stacks of magazines and make that collage for your sister’s 30th birthday party. (She’s 51 now.)

Now – I don’t mean to deny you your plans and dreams. However, I urge you to consider experiencing theinfinite relief that appears when you let old project ideas go.

Call your sister and tell her the collage ain’t gonna happen. Buy a mosaic birdbath from an artist who makes her living from creating such treasures.

And then, make space for what you want to do. Don’t fill your space with what you should do.

Clutter Excuse #5 – “I gotta look good to my guests.”

CD’s. Books. DVD’s. Are these items treasured? Or are they simply a prop so your guests will be impressed by your intelligence and diverse tastes?

Remember this: we are motivated by two things: Fear or Love. Which of these keeps you clinging to items because of appearances?

Clutter Excuse #6 – “I Don’t Know Where It Goes.”

When items don’t have a home, it’s harder to determine whether or not they are clutter. Some things mayseem like clutter – like the cute card that your daughter made that floats around from drawer to drawer – but they’re not clutter.

They’re homeless.

Once you start defining spaces for items, then it’s easier to see when something doesn’t fit anywhere and should just get tossed.

Clutter Excuse #7 – “My thoughts don’t have any power. Do they?”

Everything has energy. The thoughts you have about the things in your home CREATE energy. If you are surrounded by stuff you keep out of guilt, then your environment holds guilt. If you hang on to stuff given to you by your ex, and you still feel bitter – then there is bitterness in your home.

Get it?

It’s either fueling you or draining you. If anything triggers you, then that is your barometer. Let it go.

Clutter Excuse #8 – “But I never wore it!”

See Clutter Excuse #2.

Clutter Excuse #9 – “There’s too much stuff!”

Overwhelm can stop us in our tracks. If this article makes you aware that there are lots of items in your life you don’t like, then go slow. Schedule small chunks of time each day. It takes time to be clutter-free! But the newfound clarity and lightness are worth it!

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Christine Kane is the Mentor to Women Who are Changing the World. She helps women uplevel their lives, their businesses and their success. Her weekly LiveCreative eZine goes out to over 12,000 subscribers. If you are ready to take your life and your world to the next level, you can sign up for a F.R.E.E. subscription at http://christinekane.com.

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Favorite Etsy find of the day

Scouring through Etsy.com tonight and I fell in love with this print. Need I say more?

Purchase it for yourself (or for me) here.

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