Monthly Archives: June 2009

Dress Up Date! Fauxcinda is coming to life!

Yesterday, I had my second fitting with Brandie Thomas!  This was the second appointment to make sure that the muslin mock-up was correct.  From the last time there were a few changes that needed to happen:  the length needed to be a bit longer (I’m 5’9″.), the sweep train needed to be added, the pockets were going to be moved back, and a few more panels were going to be added to the skirt of the dress to get closer to the umph of the jcrew Lucinda dress.

For starters, here’s the Lucinda dress pictures.  Remember that we were going for a very close replica minus the $2500 price tag:

lucinda collage_0001Here are the pictures from my fitting yesterday…

Yay!  The dress is long enough!

fitting 2a

Yay!  The sweep train has been added!

fitting 2b

Yay!  Brandie cut the sweetheart neckline a couple inches deeper!  (PS I need a new strapless bra with more umph.)

fitting 2c

Yay!  Pockets!

fitting 2d

I think we are getting very close to the real thang!  In these pictures, I am not wearing the crinoline layer which is going to give the skirt a more full pick up all around.  I am also not wearing a proper bra.  I need a new strapless bra.

So at this point, Brandie is ready to start making the actual dress.  She is buying the white silk dupioni and cutting away.

Side note:  I’d like to do a Trash The Dress session down the road.  I could totally rock out my muslin mock up and not feel guilty that I’d be trashing my actual wedding dress… Oh the possibilities!!!

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Oh So Beautiful Paper Contest!

So I know that I was contest crazy a while back, and so I really haven’t gotten into one in a while.  Buuuuuuuuut this one is too good to pass up, and it gives me a reason to create another inspiration board.  I really have a blast looking at inspiration boards.  There is really nothing better.  They are FUN!  So be sure you check out this contest that is being held at Oh So Beautiful Paper which has you take a gander at the Delphine Press stationery line  and use one of their invitations in an inspiration board.  You could win 150 letterpressed Save The Date cards.  How fun!

I whipped one up and sent it in right away so that I couldn’t obsess about it for more than 20 minutes.  Here’s mine…


So what are you waiting for?  Head over to the contest, check out the details, and get cracking!  Contest ends on July 3rd!

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You could have recess all day everyday…

A and I have started to talk real-estate.  We know we love our little house.  This house was a POS, and A snatched it up and really flipped it hard to make it not only habitable but beautiful as well.  It was so bad that when he took me here on our 3rd date to show me the house he had bought, I had serious worries about his mental health.  The house had been neglected and run down for years, and he bought it as is.  When something is marketed as “as is” a little red flag should go up in most people’s minds.  In A’s mind, “as is” means “yay! projects!”, and that’s exactly what this house became: the land of projects.

Everything, and I mean everything, in our house was replaced, redone, or repaired.  Here’s a running list of things that we did in two years:  new water heater, new furnace, new duct work, new electrical, new plumbing, all new kitchen, new porch addition, new deck, all new windows and doors, all new lighting, new doorbell, new thermostat and smoke detector, new bathroom, repaired a/c unit, restored wood floors, painted everything, water-proofed the basement, and did landscaping.  And throughout all of these projects, we’ve filled numerous rented dumpsters.  In addition to all of this, our future plans include a new roof, and a basement bathroom.  We aren’t really sure though if we should sink anymore money into what we lovingly call “the money pit”.

We have started to realize that we will have to sell and move away from our little love nest once our little family expands hopefully in two or three years.  We have spoken on sereral occasions that our next house will not be a “project house” since our project du jour will most likely be raising a child.  In a moment of preempted excitement, I did a search for homes for sale in our area.  Amongst all the usual rabbel, I found the mother of all projects.  It’s an old school house that has been rezoned into residential property.  It has 6700 square feet which is about seven times the amount of space we have right now.  Take a peek…

house 1

house 2

house 3

house 7

And guess what…it’s being sold “as is”.  I think it’s a sign.

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So funny…

This video really has no place on my blog other than the fact that I found it highly amusing.  I hope you get a kick out of it!

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Lab Partners: Vintage Wonderland

Something about these prints from Lab Partners featured today makes me want to don a scarf around my neck and carry a basket wherever I go.  I want to live in this world where everything is pastel and food groups have their own individual shops.






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Camp Stationery

Usually when I find something that I want to share, I wait until the morning when my brain seems to be in best working order, but this stationery from the PH Design shop was just TOO CUTE!  As a former camp counselor, this made my heart sing.


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Moving on up. New gig!

I mentioned previously that I was interested in doing this blog thang fo’ real!  I love writing, I love researching, and I love interacting with you all that come visit and stay awhile.  I guess this would be an occupational hazard of a talkative librarian who is getting hitched.

If you remember, I had contacted a local wedding website because I had noticed that they had started a blog to accompany their home website.  I shot them an email stating that I was interested in posting on the blog and that I had a ton of ideas.  Over several emails back and forth and a meeting at their headquarters, I have stumbled upon a lovely little side job.  I will be writing a few posts each week for that feature wedding related info that local brides can use.

I am so thrilled to have this opportunity!  I really feel like the stars aligned with this one.  I’ll be writing on a wedding blog (which I love) while working around my own schedule (which I need) and trying to make this eventually a full time gig (which I hope).  For now, it’s about ten hours per week of work which equates to a couple of posts each week, but I really do believe that there is a need for this blog and that it can go very far.  At this point, this is by no means a living for which I could quit my other job, but who knows?  It has potential.  BIG potential.

I will still be keeping this blog going along at full steam.  I see this blog as my baby.  I can do whatever I want on this blog.  In fact, right now, I’m typing this post in the nude…just because I can.  When I write for QCW, I will probably put some clothes on.  I will also probably have to watch my mouth.  Fuck.

But seriously, this blog is just in it’s baby stages, and there is some tweaking and reorganizing that needs to happen, but it is going to be FANTASTIC!  Whenever you’ve got a spare moment, you can visit me over there!

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Easy Inexpensive Environmentally-Friendly Engagement Invitations

I love paper.  I luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv paper.  I like the look, the feel, even the smell of paper.

But yesterday, I found a pretty close second in the world of invitiation possibilities.  I want to introduce you all with a website that I stumbled upon called Paperlesspost.  This website lets you design custom invititations and announcements.  They will deliver the “envelopes” to your guests email accounts, and they will monitor the rsvps as they come in.  How awesome is that?

They literally have thousands of options to customize your invitation, and the quality of imaging is so good that you can see the texture of the paper you have selected.  You can manipulate the lay out, color, font, wording, everything!

When you sign up for an account, you receive 25 “stamps” for free.  After that you can buy them for a fraction of what you would pay with actual stamps.  For example you could buy 200 “stamps” for $10 which is the postal equivilant to $88.

I decided to try out my free stamps for our engagement party that is coming up this fall.  A and I want to have a casual cookout for our famlies and wedding party at our house.  Nothing fancy…just good food and good drink.  So I played around with the options and settings and found something that I love!

My guests will get a cute little envelope in the email that I send them, and when they open it, it will look like this:

engagement invitation_0001How cute is that?  They can click on the “click to rsvp” on the invite, and it will take them to a page where they can do so.  All this will be tracked for us.  Now, we are only inviting about 20 or so people to this engagement party, so it’s not huge.  But I could see this service being of great value to someone who is looking for an environmentally friendly, inexpensive, yet beautiful way to invite guests!

Has anyone else used Paperlesspost?  Let us know how that has worked for you!

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