Monday, November 21, 2011

Wedding Card Book

We received so many beautiful cards for our wedding. 
The messages, notes, and blessings written inside meant so much to us, that I couldn't bring myself to recycle them. A few days ago, I posted this on Twitter:


Thankfully the wonderful Molly suggested I search Pinterest.
I searched and came across this idea
It seemed simple enough and a great way to save those cards that mean so much to us.
Here is my version: 


For the first two pages, I used an extra invitation and program from our wedding (the heart is covering our last names).



Overall, this project probably took me 10 to 15 minutes. 
It was very simple to do. 
The materials I used were a 3 hole punch, 2 large binder rings, and our wedding cards. 
Although I only punched two holes in each card, it was easier to use a 3 hole punch because this helped make sure the holes were as even as possible. 



I love this because with the binder rings, it is flexible enough to hold every card even though the cards are a variety of different sizes. Right now, our wedding card book is sitting on our mantle. I am excited to have it so that we can go back and read the cards on an anniversary, with our kids, maybe even our grand-kids one day. 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Locks of Love

Since my junior year of college, I have been growing out my hair so that I could have long beautiful hair on my wedding day. I was so happy with my hair on my wedding day. It was beautiful and perfect. 


But to be honest, long hair can be extremely annoying and frustrating. It would take me a good 10 minutes just to brush my hair after washing it. I could spend anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour blow drying and straightening my hair. I decided it was time for a hair cut. It took me a while to decide exactly how much to cut off. My hair hasn't been above my shoulders since high school. 

After a lot of back and forth, I decided to cut off enough to donate to Locks of Love.
I cut off 11 inches of my hair. It was a dramatic change, but I am very happy with it. 
Especially knowing that my hair will help someone in need. 

(the back after getting it cut)


(the front, Tim and I at the Renaissance Festival)


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

That Time I Met My Favorite Author

A long time ago,  I created a list of 101 Things to do in 1001 Days.
Lately, I haven't done a very great job of keeping up with it. 

One of the things on my list is to write my favorite author a letter, telling them how much I have enjoyed reading their books. Well I am pretty confident that meeting that author in person definitely trumps writing him a letter. 

Of course my favorite author is Nicholas Sparks. 
I was able to meet him a few weeks ago at one of his book signings.
I bought his new book, The Best of Me and now it is autographed! 
I was so nervous and excited all at the same time. 
Nicholas Sparks was very nice and it was so wonderful to meet him!



Have you ever met anyone famous?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Happy List (2)


I have missed creating happy lists, they always helped me focus on the positive. 
My current happy list:

1. Being his Mrs.
2. The beautiful fall leaves.
3. Getting the giggles from conversations with my first graders.
4. Admiring the beauty in an old building (picture above)
5. Living in our new home. 

What is currently on your happy list?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How to Improve Your Every Day Pencil Holder

Before school started I knew I needed a cute container to hold the pens, pencils, and markers I would be using every day. My mom gave me a wooden pencil holder that had seen better days. I decided to give it a make over. 


I grabbed a sheet of scrapbook paper, scissors, a bottle of Mod Podge, and got to work.




About 15 minutes later...
I had a wonderful new container to keep my pens, pencils and markers in. 



It now sits on one of my tables at school and I love looking at it every day!
This was a very easy project to complete. 
It did not require a lot of time or materials.
Plus I love the final product! 




What is one of your favorite things DIY crafts?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Fall!

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of the year! 
I love it even more, since every fall I will get to celebrate our wedding anniversary. 
I really enjoyed exploring fall in our new home. 

The trees in our new backyard are absolutely beautiful. 



I have also never seen so many acorns in one spot before.
Our backyard is full of them!


Today is also Halloween. 
We don't have a lot of decorations but managed to get a pumpkin for our front porch! 
I am so excited see all of the trick-or-treaters tomorrow.


Hope you  have fun celebrating fall and Halloween! 


Saturday, October 29, 2011

I am back!

Hello. I am back!
Did you miss me? I missed you all! 


I have so much to share with you. I have survived my first 2 months of teaching, I now have a husband (that is so weird to say) and am a homeowner! A lot of exciting things going on in life that I can't wait to tell you about. 

I have missed reading all your wonderful blogs and keeping up with you all. 
I am looking forward to getting caught up with everyone. 
How have you been?

Friday, August 12, 2011

Happy List

This week has been busy in a very good way. 
I have spent a lot of time getting ready for school to start.
I got to spend time in my classroom this week, rearranging furniture and working on bulletin boards. 
Here are a few pictures of things that have made me happy this week.


1. Seeing a beautiful butterfly in our flower garden. 


2. Our wedding invitations are waiting patiently to go in the mail. 


3. Spending the last day of my summer job making tie dye cupcakes (they were delicious and messy).


4. Looking up at this beautiful evening sky. 


What is on your happy list this week?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Dreams Do Come True


I have some exciting news! 
I am officially going to be a teacher! 
I'm so excited and nervous.
It is hard to believe that the one thing I have worked towards my whole life is finally here.
Dreams really do come true.


Have any of your dreams come true?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: Unity Ceremonies

One of the things I am having a hard time deciding on for our wedding is the unity ceremony. 
There are traditional ones like the unity candle ceremony. 


Since our ceremony is outside, this isn't the most practical option. 
The wind could blow the candles out and we don't want to risk burning down the historic site we will be on. 


Or we could go with the sand ceremony.

But we aren't really fond of this idea. Mainly because we are afraid it might get messed up with transportation between the wedding ceremony and our future home.

I am really considering doing a tree ceremony. 


The parents of the bride and groom can add soil to a tree in a pot. 
Then the bride and groom can either water it or add soil themselves. 
The bride and groom can then plant the tree in the yard of their first home. 

The last option is a Love letter ceremony. 


The couple writes love letters to each other before the ceremony and then place them in a locked box to be opened on a specific date. Most likely on their first wedding anniversary. I like this idea too. 


Which one would you/did you use?

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Quote Journal


If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I absolutely love quotes.
Above is my quote journal where I keep all of my favorite quotes. 
I have been pretty bad about updating it lately but am starting to get better. 


I cut quotes out of magazines and glue them in my journal. 
For a while I actually printed them from my computer (haven't always been a fan of my handwriting), but it took way too much time. 
Not only do I fill my journal with quotes, when inspiration strikes I  might doodle or draw a picture. 
I fill it with beautiful images as well. 
Guess you could say it is more like an inspiration journal. 


I made it myself mainly because I couldn't find one already made that I liked. 
It was really simple to make.
I bought a sketchbook at Michael's and then cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit the front.
Then glued the scrapbook paper on to the front cover. 
Pretty easy. 


Where do you keep things that inspire you?

Monday, August 1, 2011

Happy August!

Happy August everyone! 

Wow, I can't believe it's already August, this summer seemed to fly by.

Know what my favorite part of August is?
School Supplies!


Oh my goodness, I get so excited when those school supplies hit the stores (it's like Christmas)
I can smell freshly sharpened pencils, brand new notebook paper, and a new box crayons.
It is very exciting (must be my inner teacher).


What is your favorite thing about August?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Office Inspiration

I have seen a few bloggers reveal their offices/craft spaces lately. 
They are so beautiful.


Like this space from Little Miss Momma. I would never want to leave.
It's colorful, bright and happy!


And this space from Mrs. DIY & the Tennis Guy.
That desk is amazing, I'm obsessed with it.

These office/craft spaces are causing me to wish I had an office space of my own.
(Right now it would be more like wedding central.)
It would be a wonderful place to relax, be productive, and a constant space of inspiration.
I especially love the bunting decorations (my new obsession).

What would be one item you would have to have in your office/craft space? 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Love that Carolina Sky

Tonight the sky was simply beautiful.  
It had some simple wispy light pink clouds. 
So of course I had to take pictures of it.








Do you see any shapes in the clouds?
I can't quite decide if I do. 
It was so beautiful, the perfect ending to an awesome day. 
I just love the Carolina sky.



Sunday, July 24, 2011

Movie Love



We absolutely love movies. 
I think between the two of us we own pretty close to 150 DVDs. 
We enjoy watching movies at home as well as in the theater.

We enjoy a variety of different movies. 
My  favorite movies generally tend to be silly, musical or a romantic comedy. 
Some of my favorites are See Spot Run, Singing in the Rain, Rocketman, The Notebook and Love Actually, to name a few.

Tim's favorite movies tend to be more action filled, comedies, thrillers, science fiction, or superhero movies. 
His favorites include but are not limited to; Die Hard, The Hangover, Back to the Future, and The Original Star Wars movies (Episodes IV, V, & VI).

We have definitely found movies we enjoy watching together. We both enjoy children's movies, they are funny and listening to kids laugh in the theater is the best thing ever. We have had to comprise on some movies. I still have a hard time watching thrillers or really intense movies before I go to sleep, which basically means I don't really like to watch them at all (I get very vivid nightmares).

We simply love movies and watching them is one of favorite date night activities. 

What are a few of your favorite movies?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Happy List


Things that have made me happy lately:

Our beautiful wedding invitations arrived in the mail.  
Buying wedding bands. 
Having the best summer job ever. 
Relaxing weekend escapes. 
Receiving our first wedding gift (yay!).
The Hunger Games Trilogy, I am obsessed. 
Harry Potter 7 Part II. AMAZING. 

What is on your current happy list?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Courage


I needed this quote today. 
So many things are running through my mind lately about life and the unknown future. 
Not knowing if I will have a job or if Tim will have a job this fall is really starting to get to me. 
Deep down I know everything will work out the way it's supposed to, but the not knowing scares me. 
How are we supposed to find somewhere to live and start our new life together, if we don't know what we will be able to afford? This question is on my mind a lot lately. 
I am trying to stay positive and courageous.

We are headed to Boone this afternoon for a weekend escape.
It will be wonderful and hopefully we can fit in the new Harry Potter movie. 

Hope you have a lovely weekend. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Engagements!

We received all of our engagement photos from our wedding photographer. 
There are so many that I love but I promise to only share my top favorites. 



I love this one. 

And this one.



I was very happy with these and it makes me happy knowing we choose the right person for our wedding photographer. 
We are trying to decide on one we want to use in our wedding guest book. 
It's so hard to pick just one. 

Which one would you pick?

{Photo credit: Emma Loo Photography}

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Life Lately in Photos

Tie-dying t-shirts 

Seeing beautiful horses. 

Lovely roses from my sweet fiance. 

Getting back engagement pictures! (more to come soon)  

How was your weekend?



Friday, July 1, 2011

Making a Difference: The Shine Project

By now, I am sure you have come across Ashley, from The Shine Project
Ashley is so amazing and inspiring.
She is working hard to make a positive difference in the world. 
Just watch this video and you will be inspired. 



Her latest project is phenomenal, and I feel so blessed to be able to help out.
 Ashley is currently working to raise $20,000 for The Shine Project Scholarship Fund.
This money will go to four high school students from Cesar Chavez High School in Phoenix, Arizona.
  
How is she going to do this?
There are two ways to accomplish this goal and the best part is that you can help! 
The first way is with a CHANGE for CHANGE jar. You can pledge to fill up a CHANGE for CHANGE jar. 

Here is my jar: 


 I've already added some change! Such a simple way to help make a difference. 

{a few examples from Ashley}

In October, Ashley will be hosting a silent auction as the second way to help reach her goal of $20,000 for the scholarship fund. You can buy something or donate an item to the auction! 

For more information about CHANGE for CHANGE jars and on how to create your own, e-mail Ashley at ashley.theshineproject@gmail.com. You can also e-mail her for more information on how to get involved with the silent auction. Also please go check out Ashley's amazing blog.

Please spread the word about The Shine Project. 
I know the blogging community can come together to make a BIG difference.