Wedding Festivities

As I mentioned last week, my sister-in-law got married a few weeks ago.  Yay for Christian and Tate!!  Because I am nice (read: pushy), I offered (read: pretty much demanded) to make a few things as wedding decorations.  I was very close to being a bridesmaidzilla.  I mean, I had a Pinterest board created about 5 seconds after the question was popped.  Mainly, I offered to make paper peonies for the bouquets and those origami flower balls as the centerpieces.  After the words came out of my mouth, Ryan just looked at me and shook his head.  He reminded me how time-consuming both of those projects are and said he just wanted me to be SURE that I could handle it.  I assured him – easy peasy (wink, wink).  I had several months notice, so done and done.  First, let me show you the finished pictures of the bouquets which took me the longest and I think might be the crown jewel of all the things I’ve ever made in my entire life:

Wedding bouquetsPrepare yourself for the fog horn level of tooting you are about to hear.  Guys.  These things were gorgeous.  And let me run down the steps to make them – 1) tear up sheets of printer paper, boil them, blend them in the blender and spread them onto trays to form sheets of pulpy paper; 2) draw the petal template onto the paper and cut out (each flower consists of…50 petals); 3) hand dip each petal into a paint/water/enamel solution; 4) shape each petal; and 5) hot glue (I burned myself SEVERELY once – bourbon and hot glue might not mix well) each of the 50 petals together to  make a flower.  This doesn’t include the drying time after steps 1 and 3.  I made 50 flowers.  If you ask people who saw me working during any point of this process, they will assert that I was working like I was a sweatshop employee.  There were trays of drying things splayed all around our tiny apartment.  And…I loved it!  Granted, it was a lot of work, but when a project turns out better than you ever imagined, you don’t really mind.  It’s akin to having a baby, I’m sure.

Thankfully, Ryan’s entire family chipped in to make the origami centerpieces.  I know this because I was sent video footage of the entire family sitting around a table, folding paper and depressingly looking at the camera while saying “Thanks, Lizzie…”  That’s right, minions [whip sound]!

The wedding itself was so beautiful.  The venue was amazing and the night was pretty much perfect.  Here’s a snapshot of the festivities*:

Wedding stuff 2

Wedding stuff

Yes, I did include a picture of my hair because it was gorgeous.  And one thing I want to mention is that my mother-in-law had the coolest idea of taking the picture Tate drew (I hate talented people) on the invitation and making it a giant framed guest book.  I love it!

So…there you have it.  And no, I won’t make your wedding bouquets.  Don’t even ask.

*After looking at the pictures again, I realize that there are more pictures of me than anyone else.  But…it’s all about me.  We all know that.

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Custom Stuff – Like Anything

First off, hello, hello, hello!  I know it’s been far too long and that you may very well have thought I died of some deadly disease (Ebola WAS going around) because I’ve been so silent for so long.  Honestly, I just got really burned out.  But now I feel like I’ve once again got something to say, so I am RISING LIKE A PHOENIX back into the blogosphere.  Me:

Phoenix rising

Illustration credit – [I have no idea and DID tried to find out and will change this reference if that person contacts me and threatens to sue.]

I’m not going to post as much as I did.  Well, I doubt.  I just can’t come up with that many projects to make and searching around online for fun stuff EVERY DAY was starting to become a chore and that’s not why I started writing this blog.  So, I took a break.  A long one.  But I’m starting to feel bloggy again.  We’ve actually done a LOT of things around the old Queen AnnE apartment which I can’t wait to show you all.  A lot of it has been on Instagram, but I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that not everyone follows me (probably because I don’t have many followers in general – you are missing out on some hilarious childhood pictures, my friend) which means I can safely share them here without everyone saying “Ugh – OLD NEWS, GRANDMA!”

ANYWAY…

For our anniversary this year, Ryan gave me a great present – and Etsy gift card.  At first I was like “I’m going to buy something super fancy and wonderful and I will cherish it forever!!”  But then I realized that a lot of the stuff I like on there is severely overpriced and I didn’t really want to “waste” my gift card.  So that led me to buy a TON of little things (I actually still have a good portion of the gift certificate amount left).  Things that have made me squeal with delight over and over again.  One of which I’m going to show you now because I just got the proof and I was so excited that my first thought was “this level of awesome needs to blogged about.”  But before I do, I just want to explain a bit about why I chose this particular item as some of you might find this “medium” of art to be…kinda old and dated and dumb.  First of all – suck it.  Second – you don’t know what you’re talking about.  Third – you are about to change your mind.  What am I talking about?  Cross stitch.  I know, I know.  You’re thinking of old-timey houses and lots of crisscross alphabets.  Well…you’re so wrong.  Let me show you what I found and am currently working on.

tenenbaums

Yes.  That is a cross stitch pattern of The Royal Tenenbaums.  A movie I love immensely.  IMMENSELY.  But then, upon further investigation of this Etsy Seller (weelittlestitches), I saw that not only do they do other awesome and hilarious TV and movie patterns, but also CUSTOM (hence the name of the post) patterns.  Guys, I love custom things.  Remember those custom pictures of Ralph and Ted that I had painted?  I seriously can’t get enough.  So…I bought a custom pattern, sent over some pictures and general information about us, and this is what she created:

Custom cross stitch

GAHHHH!!!  Ryan’s wearing a Space Invaders t-shirt!  I’m wearing flip-flops!  AND TED’S IN A BOX!!!!!!!!!  I think my heart may explode with happiness.  I can’t wait to actually stitch it!!

So that’s it for today.  I’ve got some other projects I did over the hiatus to show you guys, including my sister-in-law’s wedding projects which turned out wonderfully.  So…start getting used to seeing me around!  (Watch, I’m gone for another several months…)

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So…Ted’s Famous

I can’t believe I held on to this secret for so long, but Ted is in Jackson Galaxy’s new book called Catification.  Need proof, ya naysayer?Catification

Signed

Ted in Catification

Take THAT!  Who’s the liar now???!!  That doesn’t really make sense, but I just wanted to emphasize my non-lyingness.

The story is that they contacted us several months ago (see – it was MONTHS of secrets) about information on the cat shelves for possible inclusion in the book.  After I picked myself up off the floor, I contacted the editor who asked me to take additional, higher resolution pictures.  I did.  And they sucked.  I swear, our apartment is a black hole and you cannot get a good picture of those blasted shelves.  I’d have called someone over who can actually take photographs, but the cats are so scared that they’d never sit on the shelves with them in the room.  Dumb jerks.  That being said, the actual tutorial was not chosen, but they did choose one picture we sent of Ted.  All those other cats are hobos compared to Ted.  I mean, look at their sorry excuses for tails!  He should have been on the cover!  (I’m becoming a stage mother).

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