Carrolls, we are attractive

There are a few posts I am working on that I promised last week, but I had to take a break from that and share with everyone how beautiful my family is:

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Or at least how beautiful the incredible Meg Borders made us look. Family portrait success! This is just one teaser photo that has me dying to see the others.

P.S. Notice the hair? I finally did it all the way, not just the streak, not just the dark, but both – all skunky like and everything. (For a while I was just rocking the dusty brown with a blond streak, but with fall right around the corner I finally decided it was contrast timez!)

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There is no place like home

Turns out that September is traveling month, first Hawaii and now we are up in the Tri-Cities, Washington visiting my parents and my siblings. There really isn’t much I love more than being here with everyone. I love my family dearly and only wish I could be here for longer. Vacations are great, but nothing really recharges my batteries like a visit to my childhood home. I am hoping Sunday approaches VERY slowly.

And I get to kick it with the world’s best dog: KIPPER, my agility buddy and puppy training super star.

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Tomorrow we have a family photo shoot with the beautiful and talented Meg Borders and I am both super excited and terrified that I’ll look like a frumpalumpapus. Despite the irrational lady anxiety (this is normal, right?), it will just be really nice to having some non-wedding family photos of us, since, on the whole we are a pretty attractive bunch.

In other exciting news – next week will be DIY week where I will be posting the final project from the Pinterest Challenge I joined in on with Chronicled, and maybe one or two smaller DIY’s that I’ve done over the last month or so.

I am really looking forward to this weekend of love and happy memories – hope yours is similarly stocked.

3 Cheers for 3 Years!

Three years ago, today, I married Mr. Alex Moore and we are off to celebrate in Hawaii. My apologies for the quiet week last week and the equal silence that will be this one. More fun and games when we return.

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We have had many great days and several very challenging ones, but looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. I love you, you handsome bow-tie-rockin’ devil. Happy Anniversary, Mr. Alex Moore.

Love, your lady.

A bit more about SCREENPRINTING

Last week I wrote this silly little illustrated post about screenprinting. Today I wanted to follow up to that and share some images of one of the screenprinting projects I completed that remains close to my heart – my wedding invitations.

Now I haven’t spoke much about my wedding, but it was a lovely little affair, if I do say so myself. My favorite part of the whole thing (apart from marrying the best man, ever) was that because our budget was so tight, we had to be very DIY heavy, which ended up just making the day that much more special; that much more personalized to who we were as a couple.

I wouldn’t normally call myself “lady-like,” or refer to myself as a “girly-girl.” Actually I would say you might be more on target to use the opposite of those words to describe me, but I wanted my wedding day to be a bit more “lovely,” “soft,” and “whimsical” than I usually am. I was able to channel my inner-bride and develop a higher appreciation for delicate decorations like lace and handkerchiefs and vintage vases which made the day feel that much more like a dream. Maybe I myself am not that joyous and sweet, but after all the love Alex and I shared is and that is what we were celebrating, so it all seemed appropriate.

I have to apologize, I am writing this as if I have to defend my decisions to steer away from some of my normal aesthetics, but that isn’t what I mean to be doing. Really, I want this blog to cover more than our apartment (and hopefully eventually a house) renovations – to cover all things in our lives and our wedding day was absolutely an important milestone in our history together. Maybe that will mean that there will be some variety in the style on here, and that’s ok. I certainly have a great appreciation for all styles; I am just a bit pickier when it comes to what I have in my home.

End of the story is – I should have wrote about my wedding a long time ago on this blog. There were so many DIY elements and after all that is what I love to talk about. I just don’t want to go too much into weddings on here, so for now, here is this post and we will just have to see how successful it is and if any readers are hungry for more.

To summarize the wedding, here is a list of the elements we decided to do ourselves:

  • Screen-printed Handkerchief Invitations
  • Flowers, as in the centerpieces, my bouquet, and bridesmaids bouquets (because I am a completely insane person)
  • My birdcage veil
  • Boutonnieres for Groom, Groomsmen and all immediate Family Members
  • Programs and POM-POM packs for tossing
  • Escort Cards
  • Guest Book
  • Card Box
  • Music (not much to share here, we just used iTunes)
  • “Just Married” sign for the car
  • Thank You’s
  • Rehearsal Dinner (again, not much to share, we just bought some goodies and had a picnic in the park)
  • Didn’t have a cake, instead 20 PIES (we didn’t make them, but my Father-in-law did – NOMS)

Now the (illustrated) example I used in the last screenprinting post was on handkerchiefs and I decided to do this to best explain exactly the process I did with my invitations, although the post image was more for a season’s greetings.

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The best part of this whole project was that I was able to order 150 assorted handkerchiefs on eBay for approximately $40 and got my kit for $50, so these just cost over 50 cents each to make, including supplies I will use again. These ended up being an epic money saver, I got tons of compliments on them, and they were so unique.

So if you were wary about the illustrated results in my last post, I hope this puts your mind at ease. Screenprinting is pretty sexy.

And so are you.

Toodles.

Mon ALEX

Two years ago today I married this handsome devil:

(all photos by Studio 28 Photo, except second photo)

(PS – in the spirit of keeping some DIY content, I DIY-ed that veil, his and all the guys’ boutonnieres, and all the flowers – YAY)

In these last five years or so Alex has been patient, loving, and supportive.  Not every day was perfect, but whenever we did have one of those less-than-perfect days we worked it out, talked it out, hugged it out and ultimately grew closer, reminding ourselves that we want this relationship to last the rest of our lives and why we crazy kids got into this in the first place.  And for every rough day we had, we had one hundred wonderful ones.  Thank you, Alex, for everything – you are sexy.

And to anyone out there in relationship/partnership/marriage-world experiencing one of those less-than-perfect days, let me say that relationships/partnerships/marriages are a heck-of-a-lot of work, but when you find a good one and a great companion it is all worth it and only gets better and better.  At least that’s our experience.  That being said, if that partner is a jerk/cheater/straight-up bad person — get out, because I have had that experience too and it isn’t worth dating a dung-ball when there are diamonds out there. 

Anyway, tonight Alex and I have some romantic, laid back fun planned, then operation finish-painting-the-bedroom (almost done!) will recommence.

Happy September 4th friends, today is one of my favorite days and I hope you all enjoy it too.

WRITE THIS ONE DOWN

Ladies,

Since I am an expert in all things related to love and relationships (NOT), I feel compelled to share the following guidance with you:

If you come across a man who will buy you peonies, on a Wednesday, for no reason at all, trap, kidnap, or do whatever necessary to hold onto him forever.  Otherwise this man will be snatched up faster than an unreasonably low priced Eames lounger at the Rose Bowl Flea Market (seriously, who does not already own or desperately want one of these in LA??)

You’re welcome, women of the internets.

Gents,

Stop whatever you are doing right now and buy your lady some flowers.  No, you don’t need a reason, and yes, Batman Arkham City will still be there when you get back.

You can thank me for the loving you receive (for being such a sweet and thoughtful man), by buying me an Eames lounger.

UNIT B

As I mentioned in a previous post, we recently gave notice to the landlords of Unit B and we will be moving on to a new rental come July.

But before we get into the excitement of apartment hunting, the stress of yard selling, or the disaster of packing, here is a little of what Unit B has seen over the past two years:

*  Alex and I had a very DIY heavy wedding, so prior to the event itself we decided it would be best to move in then rather than add some stress to the back-end of all the festivities.  It was only a couple of weeks early but the point is, this apartment witnessed us in both the state of couple-hood and then as married folk, as well as the transition in between.

*  We found Jenny at a dog adoption event around the corner and she has pretty much been the best thing ever.  Plus Unit B has hardwood floors so the apartment has taught Jenny about traction, which is something I believe Jenny would say she is very grateful for.

*  We held many get-togethers with friends, including but not limited to:  Settlers of Catan dork-fests, margarita fueled guitar singalongs, Xbox Kinect dance-offs (the less coordinated, the better), Mimosas Volleyball and Pancakes (MVP) mornings, Christmas gift exchanges with heavy homemade eggnog consumption, and Oktoberfest after parties, which naturally involved things like Batman-masked hallway karate matches.

*  When we first moved into Unit B, literally almost every item of furniture was a hand-me-down.  Now, two years later we have started the daunting task of slowly replacing this furniture with items we love, very carefully selecting each piece.  This will naturally be a forever job, but it is exciting to have started this process together, I guess it makes me feel a little growed up.

(see below, ugly green couch – behind my silly dog’s yawn)

All in all, I believe this apartment will always hold a special place in my heart – regardless of how many more apartments we are to have.  This is where I lived when I married the man of my dreams, my best friend; where we had some of our first real fights, first real make ups, and this is where we grew so much as a couple and have really learned how to communicate with each other.  And of course, this is where our family has made its first expansion, adding the fluffy little bundle of joy that is our Jenny dog.   And now we are Team Awesome.

Now for a little tour — you didn’t think I was going to leave you hanging there with all that sappy stuff and no photos, did you? — for shame.  (Keep in mind, there is still a high percentage of hand-me-down/making-it-work business up in here)

Now raise your glass (pick your poison: beer, wine, Yoo-hoo,  Sobe Lean, Hot Tottie,  Ensure, etc) and let’s cheers to first apartments – may their happy memories always make you smile.  Salut!

Oops.. I just chugged the rest of my drink just thinking about apartment hunting.. groan..

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