April 27, 2008
April 23, 2008
Hey! How's everyone doing out there in Bloggyland? If you've seen that little wedding countdown thingy below, you know that my wedding is now only 3 days away (and it's almost midnight, so nearly 2 at this point). Wow, how time flies when you're busy. I wanted to stop in before I leave town tomorrow and thank everyone for all the nice comments & best wishes I've been getting over the past few months. It's been great being able to chat about my wedding with you. I don't really have any local friends so I can't tell you how much your words mean to me. Thanks!
April 18, 2008
So, I was tidying up for the onslaught of British relatives when I happened upon an email from my cat loving Aunt Kathy. She sent me this link and it made me laugh so hard I was crying about half way though. Please watch this, it's so funny!
And in support of my own feline family members...
April 15, 2008
I bet you're surprised to see me. Yep, the wedding is now a mere 11 days away. There are family members flying from Australia and the UK at this very moment. My dress has a hem and a zipper (sorry ladies, no more piccies till after the big day). Gifts are arriving almost daily and I still feel the need to blog. There's your proof that it truly is an addiction.
I just wanted to share a couple things with you this morning before I get back to my dressmaking saga. The first is a book that I walked past a few moments ago on my way to the coffee pot.
Drunk, Divorced and Covered in Cat Hair. Now who wouldn't be drawn in by a title like that? I ask you. Maybe not the most appropriate subject for someone getting married next weekend, but this book is hilarious. It made me laugh out loud pretty much on every page. It's sort of a funny autobiographical look at a girl going through a divorce who ends up learning to knit along the way. It's hysterical, seriously. Buy this book and read Laurie Perry's blog too. If you're not convinced, I'm sure the blog will do it. I've had such a rubbish time finding a good book lately, so this one really made my day. Check it out!
And here's my latest Etsy mail from the lovely Mary of marajane01. This is my 3rd order (I think) from Mary and I'm gonna say it again, she's lightning fast and definitely takes the time to make sure the colors are correct when she prints (she spins yarn too). I love that. If you're considering buttons as giveaways for your handmade goods or you need them for a wedding favor, contact Mary...now! I'm going to use these to hold the names on these guys for the wedding. And if you're worried about me finishing all of these little projects, you'll be glad to know I only have about 10 more monkeys to make. Most are already assigned to their respective guests and divided by tables.
So that's it for me. I've got to feed the kitties and get to the needle & thread. More later. Have a great Tuesday!
April 09, 2008
This morning I was looking around on Etsy and came across this listing. OMG! It took me right back to my childhood. It's so funny how a thing or song can do that to you, isn't it? There's a great scene in the movie Ratatouille that I think really illustrates that feeling. Take a look at this clip (Keep in mind this is the only video I could find, it's bad and recorded in the theatre!) and you'll see what I mean (about 1:10 into it, but the first part sets it up if you haven't seen the film).
April 08, 2008
And one for me, haha. I already bought two of lindylou2's sachets, but I just had to get my own and one more to give. Which would you keep?
Dress Update: Yesterday I spent about 12 hours on the wedding dress. I've now got a silk skirt with lining basted onto it. I basted the skirt to the bodice to check the fit before stitching the skirt pieces by machine. It seems to be fitting nicely. Today I hope to start putting the lace skirt layer together. This will be a challenge. The pattern of the lace will overlap and I'll need to hand stitch the embroidery down to the adjoining piece. Does that make sense? Let's just say, it's not going to be fast or easy. Take a peek at the latest photo here.
April 07, 2008
Nick and I are not a silver doves & monograms type of couple. So, rather than get the usual custom printed match books & cocktail napkins we went for beer coasters. I found this website called My Wedding Labels, and they can print pretty much anything cool you might need. The print quality is excellent and they have tons of design choices. I'd much rather have these laying around than a white napkin with my name on it.
And last week I got my table numbers made (all 8 cocktail tablecloths too). I had to take a little break from the dress and do something else. I used some pre-cut scalloped ovals from Paper Source, my sewing machine, buttons & embroidery thread. I'll tie them onto the centerpieces with some fabric that I've used here & there. I'm very happy with the final version.
My goal for this week is to get my dress completely finished. My matron of honor arrives early Sunday morning for a quick visit. Wouldn't it be fun if I could just mess around while she's here & not be working on my projects? Wish me luck. As of last night, the dress had a skirt hand basted onto it. The first time I've seen it look like a dress!
April 03, 2008
As you all know by now, I'll be getting married in a few weeks. I'm pretty much making everything I can for this party, but for a few things I decided to just let go and shop! You'll be happy to know that the majority of our wedding party gifts are Etsy purchases (I'm making the rest). I've ordered a whole plethora of fun stuff, here's some now:
There's more to come too! I've been having some fun amidst all the work. :)
April 02, 2008
I meant to tell you about my favorite coffee in this post, but I got so wrapped up in my new cuddly toy that I kind of lost track. haha We stopped in to get a coffee at Seattle's Best this weekend and I have now confirmed it as my favorite brand of coffee. Nick and I tend to put a lot of cream in our coffee, we don't like it strong. What's great about Seattle's Best is that I can put a little cream in and still drink it. I love it. It has a very smooth flavor. They also have a blend that's named after a ginger cat. How could I resist that? His name is Henry and we had to adopt the plushie version. He just reminded me so much of my Jody (minus one tail). He even has the same little white feet & pink toes! So cute.
This past weekend Nick & I traveled to Ahwahnee to visit out friends Jim & Julie who are hosting our wedding at their home. We met some other friends there to talk about the sound & lighting for the event. I'm so glad to have worked in entertainment at Disneyland so long. I can't tell you what it's done for my wedding. Most of my best friends are techs at Disney, so the lighting and sound will not only be exactly what we want, but excellent (and nearly free). The place is shaping up for Spring too. The grass is coming in, flowers are popping up. Jim & Julie have really done a lot of work on their property to prepare for the event (Julie's really happy to be getting so many things done too). Nick and I are soooo lucky to have such nice friends.