Wedding Series – Invitations

Today I decided to start something new with this blog – a wedding series.  This past June I got married to a wonderful man, so, I am going to share how I made it happen.  Now, I will be the first to state, I am NOT a wedding planner, so bear with me on this one, it wasn’t easy and sometimes it wasn’t even fun.  But in the end, it turned out to be a wonderful day, with some of our guests saying it was “the best wedding ever”.  I’ll take it.

I’ll start with my invitations.

I spent many hours on Pinterest trying to find things/ideas that I liked.  With invitations, there are so many options out there, it’s really hard to make a decision.  But at least I was able to see a bit of a pattern with the invitations that I was pinning to my Wedding Inspiration board.

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Clearly, I like script.

With our wedding, I was trying to keep our budget in check.  I wanted to be able to splurge on my flowers, so I had to find areas to cut back.  And my invitations were one of those places.  I decided to explore Wedding Paper Divas as I had a couple of my friends use them with great results.  So I spent hours and hours looking at every invitation that had that ‘Je ne sais quoi’ that I was looking for.  I wanted the invitations to look more expensive than they really were.  So I found a few that I thought would work.  Now, committing to them was my problem.  I didn’t want regrets.  So I had these made:

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These invitations were beautiful, and very ‘cost effective’ – I think that I had to pay something like $225.00 for everything – including the postage to get these puppies out.

So, Wedding Paper Divas, A+.

PS. All photographs of my invitations are courtesy of my amazing photographer Nathan Walker of Nathan Walker Photography and they cannot be reproduced without permission.

How can something so UGLY turn into something lovely?

This is a post that I have been working on for a long time.  And by “working on” I actually mean that I have been meaning to work on.  Which also means that I have been procrastinating.

Anyways, a few years back, I got a teak table from this office furniture place I was working at (don’t ask, the job didn’t last long as it was not the right fit for me).  I knew that I wanted to paint it white from day one.  That did not happen for a looooong time.  So long that when we moved out of our condo 2.5 years ago, it was exiled to our basement, since we bought a new and fabulous dining table.  For about a year and a half it lived there, becoming a bit of a workstation for loading bullets (my trophy husband shoots guns, he’s very rugged).  So last fall, after many hours on Pinterest eyeing beautiful interior design, dreaming that I could have spaces as lovely as these in my own home, I became very dissatisfied with my second bedroom.

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Number 1, please excuse the poor quality of the images, I took these pics with my iPhone 4 which doesn’t take quality pictures.  Number 2, this room was terrible for a number of reasons including, but not limited to: mattress on floor, paintings not hung, no window coverings, etc.

So I decided to add some teak.

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So much better! NOT!

Now, this table is not light, and I find that I get my way when I do things myself.  My husband was resistant to this table moving upstairs because he wanted his little workstation.  But I wanted a little office area, and I moved this puppy all the way upstairs by myself.  I did this obviously by taking the legs off and swearing the whole way up, but I did it.  Now that I knew it would fit the space, I had to paint it white.  I prefer to spray, but I also knew that I didn’t want to have to move it again.  So I had to brush.

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I put down some plastic and started brushing away.  That way I was able to paint it without moving it again.

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So much better! Teak absorbs a lot, so I had to paint at least three coats on here.  You can see the colour is starting to show through on the left side a bit.

The reason I haven’t posted this DIY for the past year is that whenever I styled it, I was unhappy with the result.  Number 1 I had a super shitty computer until this past summer, and I have yet to find a proper chair for this office area (I’m currently using the rocking chair that you can see in the first few images (my time at the office furniture company is shaming me right now as the rocking chair is terrible for ergonomics)).  But I decided it was time.

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Now THAT is soooooo much better.

Oh and look at that, my DIY Lamp is here too!

Little bit of Blog love – #YEG version

I have been a part of this blogging world for about a year now, and going in, I knew nothing about anything really.  I would visit some blogs, mostly linking from pins I would find on Pinterest, but as the past year progressed, I have gotten a chance to see and interact with some of the blogging communities that exist.  We have one, of course, in our city of Edmonton, and it is really fantastic to see new people joining!  A friend of mine just started a new blog this past summer – her name is Alex and her blog www.AlexatLiberty.com is a lovely space where she shares healthy meals, beautiful photographs, her bestie (a Boxer named Micky), outfit posts and inspiration.

You should check it out!

My home is a constant work in progress

A few weeks ago, my mom went to Saskatchewan to help my grandmother clean out her old farm house.  This was the house that my grandfather built in the 50’s, that my mom was raised in, and that my grandmother still lived in (during the summer months) until she turned 90.  Last year she decided that it would be her last summer out on that farm, and that she was moving out.  That is how I ended up with this:

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My mom knows that my trophy husband is very outdoorsy and thought “Kyle would love this for sure!”.  Sorry mom, not so in love with it, but knowing that it was my grandmas, I knew I wanted to do something to it.  So I painted it.

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I took her outside, elevated her on a small box on my trusty painting blanket and painted her a glossy white, with this:

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I love this paint.  I have used it for pretty much most of my projects, its cheap and it does the trick every time. And if you always buy the same brand, your painted items will always go with each other – especially since there are about a million different shades of white.

After I let her dry, I hung her up on my gallery wall in my stairwell.  It is worth noting that I am constantly working on this gallery wall – it has never been ‘finished’.  But I think that adding this little doe to the wall adds the ‘je ne sais quoi’ I was looking for.

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Hopefully one day soon I will get my shit together and complete this wall.

Cute though right?

Giving Thanks

This weekend marks this years Thanksgiving holiday and my official start to fall/winter.  Although the cool days and freezing nights do make me a little sad, I do love this time of year.  We can officially bust out our fall clothes and boots and jackets since they’re finally weather appropriate.  This year, my mom brought me mums, so of course I put them out, with a couple little extras to make my front entry a bit more inviting.

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This Thanksgiving weekend, I would like to give thanks to my handsome husband Kyle – he is a truly wonderful man who never fails to make me laugh and smile. I am also thankful for my wonderful family – my mom June and my brothers Allen and Aaron.  They are such wonderful people, and I am so lucky to get to be a part of their family.  And also for my in-laws – who are such a major support to Kyle and I –  I can’t believe how I lucked out to score such amazing in-laws.

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours ❤