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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Oooo.... Ahhhh....

Aren't you WOWed by by lovely new paper trimmer? :)

It's the perfect thing to make gobbs of weddding invites. I'm very excited. If you want to get one of your very own try JoAnne's online with a 40-50% off coupon. Then they're a great deal!!!

Card cage

I was informed by my wedding planner that we will need a box or cage to hold any cards we receive at our wedding reception. After looking at lots of pictures of fabric covered boxes, pictures frames mounted on lazy susans, and cheesy white bird cages, I wasn't really satisfied with something I liked enough to display at our reception.

Fortunately, Matt and I were shopping at Target (pronounced Tar-JAY, of course) when I stumbled across this birdcage candle holder. I think it's cute without being cutsey. The verdict is still out and I'm holding onto the receipt, but I'm mostly satisfied that it will suit its purpose. Perhaps I'll dress is up with a little ribbon and a cute sign.

He thinks he's all that....

Winston has again decided that he wants to play and cuddle starting at 4:30 AM every morning and tries to get his way by laying on my face while licking Matt's nose. Despite his being repeatedly locked out of our room as a result, he still thinks he's "all that and a bag of catnip." Can't you tell?

Pretty Paper Flowers!

Matt and I ventured to Beverly Hills last weekend to visit Paper Source in search of ideas for our wedding invites. I wanted to check out their selection of patterned paper to line our wedding invite envelopes and see their options for cream/ivory cardstock. Of course I couldn't possibly walk out of such a cool store empty handed, so I picked up a neat kit to make your own paper flowers. It came with the necessary wire and floral tape, which I can now pick up on my own and make as many as I'd like with the pattern. Very fun! :)

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

My boss takes on the Governator!!!

I thought I'd share a couple of pics of my boss and the Governator while they duke it out in front of the CNSI building, originally commisioned by Gov. Gray Davis. :)

Fraser asked if the Governator if come back for the celebration of the opening of the CNSI building.

The Governor's responsed, as expected, "I'll be baaack."

Monday, September 18, 2006

Hair Brooch & Veil

I've been doing a little online shopping and just recently bought a hair brooch and a veil for the wedding. I really like the pearls on the brooch and hope the crystals will provide just a little shine.
I also bought a veil online. I got one with a single layer since I don't intend to wear a blusher, but instead got extra fullness with 108" in width. I also got a 1/8" satin ribbon edge so it has a little definition from my tulle skirt. It was a really good price at $12.99 in case I change my mind, is diamond white, and is attached to a metal comb. I hope the quality is as good as the reviews the company gets. I'll take pictures with my dress at my next fitting, the first weekend in October. Very very exciting! :)

Paper Trimmer

I bought a paper trimmer from JoAnne Fabric's online last night with a 40% off coupon. This Tonic Paper trimmer gets great online reviews so I'm hoping it will make nice straight cuts when we make our invites. My old Fiscars trimmers don't cut straight and leave jagged edges after a couple years of use.

Very exciting. :)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Yipee!!! 6 months to go!!!

Whoohoo!!! Exactly six months to go!!! I can't wait!!

(and we registered at Crate ad Barrel and Bed, Bath and Beyond this weekend!)

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Photo Contest!!!

I just got an email that I won honorable mention in a Travel Photo Contest that a travel store put on! I entered the maximum two entries for myself and then an additional two photos for Matt. They said there were almost 200 entries and both of ours were recognized! I got honorable mention with a $25 gift certificate and an Eagle Creek Packing System and Matt was listed as a "Noteworthy Entry." Not too shabby! :)

Seine River - Paris, France - Bastille Day 2001

Mostar, Bosnia - Summer 2003

To see the rest of the entries, visit the Travel Essentials site here:

Monday, September 11, 2006

Cactus Couple

When I was back east a couple of weeks ago, Katie gave me this ADORABLE little cactus bride and groom she made. I thought it was hilarious and very cute. I'm going to add hangers and use them on our Christmas tree every year. So cute! :)

Fun with favors! :)

I had fun tonight working on the labels for our wedding favors. Here's what we've come up with thus far:

The two bottles with the labels affixed are shown above. I designed the labels in photoshop, printed them on cream cardstock on our home printer, and affixed them to the bottles using spray adhesive. It was pretty easy to do. I also want to add a little thank you note on a slip tied to the neck of the bottle using raffia.

For Better (the Orange Blossom Mead) Label:

For Worse (Imperial Stout) Label: Now we need to figure out what we want to do for a kiddie favor. I think we'll probably end up doing rootbeer or another soda in clear bottles with a label that reads, "For Kids: and kids at heart." I think that will go well with our "For Better or For Worse" favor theme we have going on.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Icebreaker Buttons?

I saw these buttons on a another wedding blog and I thought they could be really cute for our party the night before the wedding. There will be lots of people from both sides of the family who won't know each other and they could be fun ice breakers.

The site wants to charge $2 per button, but I think I could make 100 for about $.60 each. Not to mention, if you make them yourself you can add all kinds of cute applicable phrases! :)
So cute! :)

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Rehersal Luncheon - El Zocalo

The last time we were back in Phoenix, we all had dinner at a neat little Mexican restaurant in Old Town Chandler called El Zocalo. They have a really nice patio in the back which would be perfect for our rehersal luncheon.

The menu would be:
Chile Verde Chimichanga
Cheese Enchiladas
Shredded Beef Flautas
Rice & Beans
Chips & Salsa
Sour Cream
Pico de Gallo
You can see a virtual tour of the restaurant's patio here: Link
If you click on the "Reception" option, you can see the inside of the restaurant which would be the rain location.