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Give it a try…DIY envelopes and labels.

There are three key ingredients that I believe should be in a DIY project:  adorable, affordable, doable.  If one of those elements are missing, I usually won’t touch the project.  Why?

If it’s not adorable then I won’t do it because I don’t want a lot of crap messing up my feng shui.

If it’s not affordable then I look for an alternative product because baby girl is on a buuuuuh-get!

And if it’s not doable then I find someone who has more talent than moi to take care of the whole she-bang.

This DIY is all three: totally adorable, completely affordable, and absolutely doable.  We are going to make envelopes from vintage book paper and use free label print offs from the internet.  

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Intimate Weddings blog featured this step by step how-to article  on transforming pages from a vintage children’s book into envelopes measuring 4″x5.5″ which is somewhere between standard 4-bar and A2 envelopes.  This template could easily be adapted to fit other sizes of envelopes.  

Theeeeeeeeeeeeen once you’ve got your cute lil’ envelopes, you could print of some cute mailing lables.  Here are a few examples that are free for the parusing or the printing.  The pictures are linked to the sources.

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So cute.  So cute.  I’m sensing some correspondance in my future.  I think snail mail is coming back in a big way!

And thanks to iDIY for links to more great free downloads!  I saw your post on the downloads this evening and thought…hmmm…I should add that to my post since I was thinking about the exact same thing this morning!


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Bye-Bye, Budget. Hello, DIY.

I recently decided that I need to reel my budget in a little.  For the past few months of planning, it’s been like a wild little pony that doesn’t listen to directions.  I needed the Budget Whisperer, and it came in the form of my fiance.  🙂

I had kinda just been saying, “Oh well,” when it came to things that we were planning on for our wedding.  Then I received my flower/decor proposal from my wedding planner, and I was a little stunned.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love my planner.  Cynthia is fantastic.  She is very patient, creative, organized, and has given me some fantastic deals.  

The problem was that at our last meeting, she had mentioned that her company has a gazebo that they are building to look exactly like the pavilion at the end of the Twilight movie:  

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It is perfect!  It is exactly what I had hoped for!  I thought I was getting it for free.

Insert tire screetches.

It’s not free.  And now, upon reflection, I feel incredibly naive to think that I would have just been given this pavilion.  On the flower budget, it is listed to rent for $1150 which includes delivery, set up, and tear down.  This just isn’t in the budget, and A about had a cow when he found out how much it would cost.  He basically put his foot down, and he doesn’t do that very often.  

I tried to look at the rest of the flower/decor budget to see if there were things that I could cut that would justify the gazebo, but I would basically have to get ride of most if not all of our other decor.  

There is some glimmer of hope.  A and his father (and I) are pretty crafty/handy and have a pretty good build it on your own ability.  This weekend, we are going to Lowes to scout out parts and price this thing out.  I have a sneaking suspicion that I could build it for $500 or less and then sell it or use it when we are done.  It would be lovely to have the gazebo in our back yard after the wedding…  

I was kind of disappointed, but the fact that we are saving big time money and having a challenge of building it ourselves is kind of invigorating.  I will do follow up posts on this major DIY project as it unfolds.  

Here is another DIY project that I found on This Young House that I am considering at this point.  I’m not sure if we’ll need them or not, but if we do, we know how to do it for super cheap!  

These pretty globes are none other than the $1-3 replacement globes that you can find at your local hardware store.  

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Here they are lit up at nighttime:  

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I think they cast a lovely glow around them!  You could put a tea light, battery operated tea light, or (something I’m dying to try) a throwie!  Have you heard of these magical things?  

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They cost about 10-20 cents each in materials to make, and they last for ten times longer than batterie operated tea-lights.  Check out how to make these here on the Instructables website.  

We are also looking at other options to save money.  We have cut our guest list from 160 to 120 and are hoping for an even 100 for dinner.  I wouldn’t mind inviting more people to stop by for dancing and cocktails later in the evening.  This has saved major money as dinner is about $40 a head.  

I am really trying to figure out now what we want and how we can accomplish these things in the most cost effective way.  What was/is/will be your best way to save money in your budget?  Have you had any amazing experiences or ideas for DIY projects?  Please share!

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Yumyumyumyum.

pioneer woman strawberry shortcake cakeI am going to make this.  Tonight.  Are you jelly?  Jammed?  Well, you can make this too my friends. 

I have had a relationship blooming over the last year or so, and it’s with a woman that I’ve never met.  She doesn’t know me from Eve, but I’d lick her bowls in a heartbeat.  Take that as you will, pervy-pervs!

Her name is Ree Drummond, aka the Pioneer Woman.  She’s a fantastic cook who generously shares her recipes amongst other things on her blog.  She is my savior for oh so many reasons.  When I first met A, I could not cook to save my life.  I’m a smart girl.  I can usually figure things out, but cooking was beyond me.  And then I stumbled upon Ree’s blog where she not only gives clever advice about how to make her sinfully delicious recipes, she also provides step by step pictures for those who don’t know how to do things like chop an onion or use a double boiler.  

Anyhoo, since A and I have moved in together, my cooking repertoire has vastly improved.  He no longer dreads dinner, and while I may have an occasional relapse into boring or burnt, my dinners are usually beautiful.  

I have found that I’ve especially excelled at baking lately.  Here are some recipes from Ree’s website that I’ve made recently that have made people propose to me in the streets.  Click on the pictures to be whisked away to her recipes on her website.  

First up:  carrot cake…This little devil of a recipe was soley responsible for a pay increase at work…that and my eyelashes.  Kidding.  On both counts.  I think. 

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Next up:  apple pie.  The diabetic woman at work took an extra shot of insulen the day that I brought this for a teacher pot-luck.  I’m not joking.  She had 3 pieces.  And I was worried that my baking adventures had inadvertently caused the average glycemic index of the community to rise substantially…

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Next:  blueberry muffins…I made these for a select group of teachers at my school because the recipe only yielded 6 muffins.  I had to beat people away.  I wanted to beat a student who asked me over a dozen times why he couldn’t have the last muffin…after he had lunch…and had annoyed me for 20 minutes.  I wanted to eat it in front of him, but I saved it for a teacher friend who thanked me kindly through a stuffed blueberry mouth.  

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Next:  cinnamon rolls…These little bastards made the biggest mess that has ever been in my tiny little kitchen.  It also was the most time intensive and took up the most storage as this recipe yielded 8 PANS OF CINNAMON ROLLS.  I took a pan to just about every group that I visit within the week.  I even took some to my classmates in my evening grad class who were confused at first but then settled into a sleepy complacency when they had stuffed themselves silly.  

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Next:  peach crisp…Fresh peaches, lots of sugar, warmth, and butter.  What more do you want?  This recipe is super easy and incredibly delicious.  It’s so rich that one pan will last you quite a while unless you have no self-control in which case you can come to my support group.  

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So tonight I will be making the Strawberry Shortcake Cake.  That’s what she calls it!  Stop snickering, you bastards!  You won’t be laughing when I keep the whole cake for myself.  

Anyhoo, this post has nothing to do with wedding planning, other than it’s easy to find multiple reasons why I avoid eating healthy.  Check out P-dubs website today!

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