Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
So, here are some of the ideas we're floating around:
- 15-day cruise (Rome to London with stops along the way)
- 14-day cruise (London to Rome then back with stops in both directions)
- 10-day cruise (Rome-Cannes-Barcelone-Naples-Rome)
- 10-day bus/train tour London to Paris
- 8-day bus tour London to Paris
- 8-day regional French tour (Normandy-Loire Valley)
Just some of our thoughts. We're totally undecided, and I'm pouring through the tour books and on-line. I planned a trip for us to New Zealand (3 1/2 weeks) just over 2 years ago, and Wade thought I did a good job, so I'm apparently the trip planner. That trip was mostly free touring, meaning we rented a car and I had our itinerary, activities and hotels / hostels / campgrounds booked along the way. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun. However, for this trip, I'd almost just rather sit on a boat or bus for most of the time, with some "free touring" before or after. I don't know why - I just would rather be looked after this time. It's more expensive, of course, and you have more rules (departure times, tour times, etc), so there are of course disadvantages, but you don't need to think as much!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
So far, here's what we've done this month:
-Made centrepieces (here, here, here and finally here)
-Booked my transportation to the church and our transportation to the reception
-Decided on bridesmaid dresses
-Registered for gifts at 2 of the 3 stores
-Made boutonnieres (upcoming post will be done on this)
Still to do in the next 2-3 weeks (not quite all done in the month of January, but you know ... whatev!):
-Book our rehearsal dinner venue
-Order the tuxedos
-Register at the 3rd store (actually an affiliate of the 2nd store we registered at)
-Decide if we want a videographer or ask a friend to videotape
-Book our honeymoon
-Meet with our tentative day-of-coordinator to find out if she's a match with our personalities (I am already sure she is, but Wade needs to be sure, too)
-Book the florist
So, needless to say, we're busy. Almost every day is wedding planning / doing, in order to get things done. Plus, some other things have come up in our life, that, well, distract us from wedding planning. So, posts have been less interesting: many brief posts. So I apologize, but please keep reading - there's more to (slowly) come.
Rachel tagged me with a new questionaire. This is like those emails that really circulated in the late '90s / early '00s that were so popular.
Here are the rules:
Step 1: respond and rework—answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.
Step 2: tag—eight other un-tagged people will be tagged.
Make a list of things you can see without getting up: laptop, tv, Wade, blanket, bank statements, 40% off coupon for Michaels, CDs, books on bookshelf.
What were you like when you were five? I talked a lot, wanted to learn to read, and liked doing all sorts of crazy gymnastics things (things that would break me now).
What are you wearing now? Dark brown pants (very wide-legged pants), a gray 3/4 sleeve shirt and socks (I'm at home, so I'm not wearing shoes.)
What color is your bedroom? Blue
What’s the last thing you read/are currently reading? Wedding magazines. Before that I read "Beedle the Bard", the J.K. Rowling novella. Before that I read "The Other Boleyn Girl".
Do you nap a lot? No, but I like naps!
Who was the last person you hugged? Wade
What's your current fandom/obsession/addiction? Blogging
What was the last thing you ate today? Hummus & crackers
What was the last thing you said aloud? "Grilled German Crackers" (I was guessing something on "Wheel of Fortune". I knew it wasn't right, but I was guessing! The right answer was Grilled German Bratwurst, in case you're interested.)
What websites do you always visit when you go online? Blogs, blogs, blogs. Email, banking, or CBC News occassionally. Then some more blogs.
What are you listening to right now? A commercial for something. I'm not really watching. Wade's watching "Wheel Of Fortune", and I'm looking up every now and then, guessing at puzzles.
Do you prefer watching movies at the theatre or at home? Home.
If you could have any super power, what would it be? I'm with Rachel: reading other people's minds would be useful.
What is your favorite weather, and why? Those hot (not humid) summer days when it's still warm at night. Yum.
What is your most challenging goal right now? Keeping occupied at work.
Say something to the person who tagged you: I hope my wedding is as memorable and fun as yours that I'll wish I could go back in time to re-visit it!
If you could have a house–totally paid for, fully furnished–anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be? New Zealand, in Abel Tasman Park or the Bay of Islands.
Favorite vacation spot? New Zealand or London
What is your favorite children’s book? Paper Bag Princess. The Princess rescues her Prince from the dragon, but he no longer wants her because she's "messy". So the Princess says: "Ronald ... you are a bum!" Best. Line. Ever.
Name one thing you just can’t resist no matter how bad it is for you: Chocolate, ice cream, and other desserts.
If you could meet anyone famous - dead or alive - who would it be? That's a hard question. So I'm changing it ... to ...
How many times have you been on a plane? Too many too count. I flew a lot for a job one summer, so probably at least 40 times. I guess that's not too many to count, but I don't think I could sit down and count it.
So, to all my followers (all 18 of you), consider yourself tagged and answer this survey! (Unless you've already answered, in which case you're exempt.)
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I first learned of Right To Play through Clara Hughes, possibly one of my heroes. She is a Canadian athlete who has won medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympics, in bicycling (bronze in 1996) and speedskating (bronze in 2002 and gold in 2006). Up until recently, Canadian athletes did not get money for receiving Olympic medals (that changed recently, though our athletes receive less than the average of other countries). At the time Clara won her medals, she did not receive any money. However, she was inspired by an athlete (Joey Cheek) who donated all his medal winnings to Right To Play. In spite of not receiving money, Clara donated $10,000 of her own money, in honour of her gold medal win, to the charity. How cool is that!
However, the IOC won't allow Right To Play to promote itself at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, the London 2012 Olympics, nor the 2014 Russian Olympics, as it has been allowed to do at the Olympics since 2000. It has been covered in The Toronto Star, Sports Illustrated and CNN, has been acknowledge on the Right To Play website.
Yep, that's the Olympic spirit.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Here's one of his most famous love songs:
And probably his most famous song (at least to North Americans):
I say we celebrate everyone's holidays. Why? Well, it teaches us about other culture's beliefs and traditions. And (more importantly) celebrations are fun, so why not celebrate?!
So I say:
- Slàinte, sonas agus beartas! (Health, wealth and happiness in Scottish gaelic)
- Gung Hay Fat Choy! (Cantonese wishes for the New Year)
1. I talk. A lot. And often quite quickly.
2. I didn't get on an airplane until I was 23.
3. I think I have some sort of hearing problem - sometimes I truly don't hear Wade when I'm concentrating on something else. He gets mad at me, but I truly don't hear him.
4. I am the only female in my generation: I have 2 brothers and all my cousins are male.
5. My mom's a nurse.
6. I work in health & safety (applying my graduate degree).
7. My first dog was a lhasa apso named Chu Chu. My second dog was a mutt named Tippy.
8. I drive a Honda Civic: fuel efficient and high safety ratings!
9. I wear glasses. I've worn glasses since I was 18, but had very good vision up until the middle of my teenage years. My vision isn't bad, and in fact I don't need to wear them all the time (but I do). I don't like glasses, though: I don't like when they get dirty (which is very easy), when they fog up or when they get wet. I find contacts irritating, however, and rarely wear them.
10. I like random facts. I find those stupid tidbits that most people ignore to be fascinating. Here's proof:
-Humans can only live a few days without water - but we can live weeks or months without food.
-Christopher Columbus tricked people in the "new world" into doing / giving what he wanted by convincing the natives he had many powers. He said that he could take the moon out of the sky if he did not get his way. He knew by studying the lunar cycle that a lunar eclipse was coming that night, and used that to threaten the natives.
-Giraffes have the same number of bones (vertebrae) in their necks as humans (or most other mammals). They just bigger bones. With joints.
-You know those Impressionist paintings of Paris? The painters had to imagine the trees. Shortly before that time, Paris was restructured, and the trees were re-planted. At the time of the Impressionists, those trees were just saplings. They painted them as if they were big trees, imagining and hoping that's how they'd looked in the future.
-And loving random facts is why I love trivia!
So those are the ten facts.
I nominate and tag the following blogs for the award:
And she's rambling again
Girl Learning Along The Way
Jestor (formerly known as Tea Tales)
Nicole and Jesse
The Sweetest Occassion
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
One thing I didn't mention: the discs and the vertebrae are all connected to each other. Each disc is attached to each vertebra. When you twist your back, your discs twist (bones don't "twist", so the disc, specifically the "tire" (annulus), is what twists).
Have you ever been on a tire swing? They're pretty sturdy. Have you ever tried to TWIST a tire? It doesn't happen easily. But if you do it enough, what do you think will happen to the tire? Eventually, with enough twist, the tire might form little tears.
If you twist your back, especially in an uncontrolled manner, little tears, or microdamage, can form in the "tire" (annulus) of your disc. The more you twist, especially when carrying weights, the more damage occurs.
Of course, I'm not referring to controlled twists when you're working out. I'm referring to uncontrolled lifting and twisting. For example, when you're loading the groceries into the trunk, and you're twisting back and forth from the grocery cart to the trunk.
What could you do to reduce this damage? As you "twist", move your feet, so that you're not twisting your back, but your whole body. Am I describing that right? Whenever I deliver training, I always demonstrate, so I'm not sure if I've described it right.
Friday, January 23, 2009
I just found out it is actually an abbreviation, or a portmanteau, of f...in' ugly. I'm not offended by swearing in some contexts. I do use swear words occassionally. I just try not to do so regularly, and I try to avoid it in print altogether.
I can't believe I didn't realize that. I'm a little naïve sometimes.
I also changed my focus on last week's post from pictures of horrendous weddings (and I would argue that the Fugly Fridays I featured were ugly to anyone's sensibilities) to featuring horrible stories. I also read a Buddhist teaching that if something is not beneficial, one should not say it. I'm not Buddhist, but I think many of its teachings are good, ethical ways to live, and are in balance with concepts in many religions, including Christianity. I think that ideal, of not saying things that are not beneficial, is a small step I can take to become a better person. Honestly, it'll be hard, but I'm going to try.
In that effort, I think that evaluating actions that I do not wish to embody is a better focus for my future "Fugly Fridays".
What do you think of this change? Will you still read the posts?
P.S. I will still look at those pictures of the ugly dresses and wonder, "what was she thinking?" Don't get me wrong here!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Please forgive the mass mailing. It ain't usually our style, but we're in a tight competition and we're pulling out all the stops! This may be our only shot at a proper honeymoon, so we really need your help to make it happen!
For the next eight days we need your votes via the Trees Instead Website, to help us win a free honeymoon and a plethora of eco-responsible prizes! Each day we will send you the link to the page and the answers to the questions, so all you have to do is click, fill in a few words and vote.
We were kicking butt, but our competition is a pastor who seems to have gotten his entire congregation voting for him, and now we're down 300 votes. Our only shot is consistent voting via the website. If we get your vote each day we think we have a good shot at winning.
For those of you who don't know: Hunter and I are finalists in a contest to win a honeymoon to Costa Rica and have trees planted in the names of all our wedding guests. For those of you who do and have been voting, Thank you Thank you!
You can vote once a day on their website from any IP address (IE vote once from home and once from the office:-) The best part is you don't have to register anywhere or give your contact info away. Just fill in and click submit! In only 2 minutes each day, you could really change our lives!
The Link and the answers:
On their website: *VOTE THROUGH JAN. 29*
Note that the questions change up every other day or so...
Today's Answers: Name of the Couple: Hunter Stiebel and Dana LaRue
Wedding date: May 24, 2009
Where is the TI Planting Location in ALASKA: Friends For a Green Alaska Reforestation Effort
Title of Valentines Day Page: Go Green for Valentines Day
Sentence Below the Title @ the plant a memorial tree in israel: Plant a tree in Memory of a loved one in the Holy Land
What would you rather give, flowers or a tree as a sympathy gift (this one is up to you:-): Yes or No
You are amazing for helping us out. Well, heck you're amazing without helping us, but you're just that much more dashing now! Please pass this along to anyone you think would like to help a couple who are full of love, and feel free to post it anywhere you think would be helpful! :)
Dana (aka Broke-Ass Bride and Miss Meatball), and Hunter
P.S. The Broke-Ass Bride is also a great blogger and resource, so if you haven't already, go check her out!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Yesterday's post was incredibly fun, and got a lot of posts from first-time posters. (Thanks for the blog love!)
I have different things on my mind today. (Well, that, and I can't book something fun every day - we'd run out of money!) Something more important is weighing on me today.
Today, I am reminded about marriage. I, and lots of other bridal bloggers, are in the process of planning weddings. Some of us are planning laid-back soirée; some of us are planning über formal and swanky affairs. But whether in your parent's backyard or the Ritz Carlton, we're all doing the same thing: we are marrying our great love. Whether he or she is your one true love, your soulmate, your other half, or your best-friend. We are speaking vows to love that person, no matter what, for the rest of our lives, in front of the rest of our loved ones.
Let's keep that in mind, shall we?
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
I did, however, sign up for a twice a week (Mondays & Wednesdays) aerobics class. The classes started a couple weeks ago and will run until the first week of April. The program is run by the city's recreation department. The program costs $73, which is odd because the city also has a similar aerobics program that is also one hour in length, but only runs once a week, yet it costs $75. I don't get understand. But I digress.
Tonight is class # 5.
And later this week, I'm going to try the 30-day shred that everyone in the bridal blogging community seems to be talking about. Especially Cyd.
Update: I bought the 30-Day Shred tonight on the way back from aerobics. Aerobics was all intervals. Ow. So I doubt I'll do the 30-Day Shred tomorrow. I'll let you know what I think once I do try it.
To clarify a few things:
- MOH Joce helped me eliminate the search from about 15 dresses (which she tried on!) to those 3. We both had "veto" power. MOH eliminated two v-neck styles. (I comment on that because the majority of you have voted you yourselves would prefer a v-neck style.)
- Dress 3 comes with a built-in crinoline; hence the extra fullness.
- Only 2 of the 4 bridal party members have tried on those 3 dresses: MOH Joce and BM Emily. MOH Joce preferred to fullness of dress 3, but really liked all 3 of the dresses. BM Emily liked dresses 1 and 2 best, but she really looked amazing in dress 2.
- I was worried that dress 3 would look like too formal.
- I have emailed to all 4 ladies that they may choose between dresses 1 and 2. In the email, I sent a list of the closest stores they can contact to try them on. For BMs Emily & Kristy, they both had about 10 shops to choose from. For MOH Joce, there are 2 local shops. And BM Crystal has 1 shop, which is unfortunate, but I figure maybe I can convince her that means she needs to visit me soon to try on the dress here! :)
Oh, and I am still seriously thinking of what some have suggested (including a girl at the bridal shop) to let MOH Joce wear dress 3. I'm not sure; she'd look so different from the others. Maybe she could wear dress 1 or 2 with a crinoline for a little more fullness. What do you think?
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
So let's just review some anatomy. Our back is curved into an "S" (well, sort of): the "curves" actually strengthen our back.
Our spine itself is a series of vertebrae (the bones in pink) connected by discs (purple with the blue centre). Each disc is actually made of two things: an annulus (purple - think of this as a car tire) and a nucleus (blue - think of it like a jelly doughnut).
The spine is strong when in its natural S-curve. What would happen if you twist or bend that strong "rod"? The tire is strong and somewhat flexible, but what would happen if you overstretch a car tire? And what would happen if you squish a jelly doughnut? I'll get into the relevance of why I ask those questions in future posts.
So what is a bridezilla? According to wikipedia, bridezilla is a portmanteau of the words bride and Godzilla (yeah, you probably figured that out). It is a generic term used to describe a difficult, unpleasant, perfectionist bride who aggravates family, friends and bridal vendors in the course of planning her wedding. A bridezilla attempts to achieve a "perfect" wedding day.
Are you trying to achieve a "perfect" day? Do you view your wedding day as "your big day"*?
If so, these are red flags that you may become a bridezilla.
Your day will not be "perfect"**. It just won't be. Get over it. But if you have a good attitude, it can be a great day, regardless of weather, your future husband's cousin showing up in an ivory dress (honestly, who does that?!), or even if you (gasp) trip and fall while walking down the aisle (as long as you're not hurt, you should laugh this off).
The next view "Fugly Fridays" will deal with the "bridezilla" nature.
Let me leave this post with a story, as I'll try to do for all bridezilla posts:
*Yes, I know that in my blog title I say that this blog is the "journey to our big day". But do I view it as "my big day"? I'll let you judge that for yourself.
**Note: with a positive attitude, in retrospect your day might seem like it was perfect, in spite of any glitches. Just be prepared to roll with those punches if you need to!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Arg! It's such a hard decision!
And tonight, Wade & I are going to start looking at suits/tuxedos. I'm sure we won't decide tonight, but we have to start somewhere! I'm still not sure what look I want (dark grey suit versus black tuxedo) because I like both so much. So we need to make Wade try on some suits & tuxedos for me! I think he's partial to tuxedos, based on what he's said, but even within the realm of tuxedos there are many options.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
And so, I made a resolution to take my travel mug to the coffee shop whenever I get coffee on my way to work at least 4 out of every 5 trips.
I don't get coffee every morning. I didn't want to create a resolution to remember my travel mug, but if I forget once then I've failed. And I didn't include week-ends, because sometimes I'm out and about, and I decide to get a coffee. Well, if I didn't know I was going to get coffee, I can't bring my mug, can I?
This won't have a huge impact. But I will reduce the number of paper cups I use.
This past spring, Wade & I decided we'd take our own re-usable bags to the grocery store. We forgot a few times, but now it's such a habit that forgetting is rare. And honestly, those re-usable bags are quite convenient: they hold a lot and we don't have to worry about the handle breaking or the bottom giving out. When I reflected on our success with this one small goal, I decided to repeat it with travel mugs.
One step at a time, people!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I promise to share some tips from the book on my blog.
Monday, January 12, 2009
I found out about it from Meg, at A Practical Wedding.
You can enter once every day until February 28th. Click here to enter the contest!
So along with your voting for The Broke-Ass Bride every day (until January 31) to win her a honeymoon, you can also vote for yourself every day (until February 28).
So what are you waiting for? Get voting!
What do you think of this idea: personalized books?
Flower girl C likes Scooby Doo, so I think she'd like the Scooby Doo themed book available on the website.
Flower girl L likes dancing, figure skating, and generally being artistically expressive through movement. I think she would enjoy this book.
Ring bearer K plays soccer in the summer, so I think he'd like this book.
I like the idea of giving books. I like to encourage the academic development of children. I also like the idea of personalization. I had personalized pencils and pens. However, "Krista" isn't a common name on personalized items, and when I was a kid it was even less common. My aunt actually had my full name engraved on pencils - that's really neat, especially when you're 9! My brothers both received personal books from that same aunt (I didn't because I was already too old for the books that were available at that time). I suspect my aunt actually ordered from the very same company that I've discovered on the internet - the titles of a couple books are very familiar.
Anyway, what do you think of this idea?
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Here are some common medical ailments that may afflict our feet:
•Bunions -- a protrusion at the base of the big toe, which can become inflamed. Bunions often develop over time from wearing narrow-toed shoes (eww).
•Hammer toes -- toes that curl downward into a claw-like position.
•Calluses and corns -- thickened skin from friction or pressure. Calluses are on the balls of the feet or heels. Corns appear on your toes.
•Plantar warts – warts on the soles of your feet (warts are an infection).
•Fallen arches -- also called flat feet.
There are many causes of these ailments, including heredity factors (if your parents both had flat feet, you’re more likely to have flat feet), other illnesses (especially diabetes), age (our feet change as we age), weight (if you’re overweight, your feet have more weight, and thus stress, on them), and shoe choice.
Here’s some advice for wearing shoes:
•Consider shoes with cushioned soles if you wear dress shoes.
•Compare the shape of your foot and the shape of the front of the shoe. Choosing shoes that better match the shape of your foot will create less pinching.
•Lower your high heel height by even an inch.
•Do lots of stretching for your calf muscles if you’re active in sports. Lean against a wall with one foot forward and one foot back. This is especially important if you wear high heels at work, since your calf muscle undergoes shortening and will be over-stressed once it is placed in a lower sports shoe.
•Consider using insoles, which can add a lot of cushioning to your shoes. The insoles can be trimmed to fit a dress shoe and can also be shortened to reach just the ball of your foot so they don’t make the toe box area of the shoe too tight.
•Wear good quality running shoes or walking shoes; this will make shopping, prolonged walks or your journey to and from work more comfortable.
Shoes, while a common cause (or at least capable of exacerbating existing problems or triggering problems to which you are hereditarily pre-disposed) of foot problems, are not always the cause of women’s foot problems. If you have foot pain or other foot problems, you can visit your doctor or a podiatrist.
Did you know that wearing high heels can cause headaches? High heels change your posture so that you can maintain balance. Your posture (back) changes its alignment, which can stress your back and neck muscles; neck muscle stress can lead to headaches.
I am not making any of this up: I found all the above information on these two reputable medical webpages: Canadian Podiatric Medical Association and Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
This store carries After Six, Alred Angelo, and others. We looked at a couple Alfred Angelo dresses. In retrospect, maybe we should have looked at a couple After Six dresses; their dresses are so nice and flowy. But there were 3 Alfred Angelo dresses we liked - I let MOH have veto power, too. Honestly, I was trying to canvas my bridesmaids as much as possible about the different styles they would prefer to wear. It may be my wedding, but if they're shelling out $200 (egad! I'm asking my friends to pay that much for me?!) then I should at least make sure they'll like what they're wearing.
I've never been a bridesmaid. I can't wait to be one - to have that honour, to plan my friend's bridal shower, to have fun planning the games, to plan and go on her bachelorette party, and to wear a fun, matching dress. I love bridesmaids' dresses. I love taffeta, silk, organza, and I do enjoy pouffy, over-the-top silhouettes. And I look forward to wearing one. But I'm asking my bridesmaids to get their feedback, so they can wear something they like.
Here are some of the things my bridesmaids like / dislike:
-MOH Joce does not like much ornamentation, but she does like detailing (pick-ups, ruching, etc.).
-BM Emily does not like bows or sparkles on the front of dresses.
-BM Emily didn't like bows in the back of the dress, either.
-BM Kristy does not like low-cut ... well, none of the girls particularly like low-cut tops, but Kristy (ahem) really doesn't appreciate it!
-BM Kristy & Emily don't like low backs.
-No one seems to have a huge preference between floor length and tea length
-All 4 ladies have told me whatever I decide is fine (well, that may be, but I want them to be happy!)
Hence why my January poll (I seem to put up a poll every other month) is about dresses. Readers, tell me what you would like to wear as a bridesmaid!
Yes, this is the exact image we'd all hoped the photographer would catch on our wedding day. Clearly, his rude action turned his bride into a screaming banshee (as demonstrated through her screaming monster look).
Thursday, January 8, 2009
There were 15 of them left, so I snatched up all 15!
But my wedding's in June, and these are clearly Christmas ornaments. I did a little deconstruction work by pulling everything out of the styrofoam:
I put the white rose and the plain green leaf back in to each container:
And ended up with this:
By the way, each little rose centrepiece cost:
Can you read that? The tag says $9.00 but they were 75% off: that's $2.25 each! Not too shabby - I couldn't have bought the little containers, styrofoam and silk roses for that price.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
And this one was almost as easy as the hydrangeas.
I started with:
-3 eiffel vases
-Dozen silk peonies ($6.99 each, I think, but again, I'd have to check)
-2 hangy thingies, each having several hangies (you'll see what I mean in the picture; $9.99 each)
I put the peonies in the vase. I cut the hangy thingies of the branch, and spread them around the peonies.
And I came up with this:
So I call these vases the "peonies with tendrils" because I don't know else to describe them.
What do you think of the "tendrils"?
Here's my favourite part:
Of course it doesn't feel like you, because for most of us, this is a once in a lifetime occasion. It's only natural that some elements of the day will feel surreal and different.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
For the hydrangea centrepieces, I needed:
-15 silk hydrangea stems ($8.49 and $9.99 at Michaels, all purchased 50% off)
-Glue gun & lots of glue gun glue
-3 tall Effeil vases (will check the price next time I'm at Michael's)
This project was easier than the orchids. I started with the hydrangeas and removed some of the excess stems.
The hydrangeas are on the left in the above photo
The hydrangea centrepiece is on the left (beside an unfinished orchid centrepiece)
So, now I have a question: what do you think? Obviously, the tall centrepieces will be spread out amongst the many short (very short) centrepieces. These centrepieces look very different. Will they look weird or out of place to be in the same room as each other? (They will be long tables)
According to the knot, we have 140 items left to-do, 16 of which are overdue.
Here are my priorities of what to do in January:
-Order bridesmaid dresses
-Look at tuxedos/suits
-Decide on a florist
So those are my goals for January! I'll keep you posted. I figure, once it's April, we're into crunch-time, so I'd like to have as much as done as possible!
Monday, January 5, 2009
I created with the following items:
-3 tall white orchid centrepieces
-3 tall white hydrangea centrepieces
-3 tall white peony centrepieces
-15 short white rose centrepieces
I will also have around 50 frosted tea light holders that I bought super-cheap this summer.
Today, I'm going to review how I made the orchid tall arrangements.
Items you'll need:
-3 Floral balls (um, $3.49, I think, all purchased with a 40% off coupon or a rare 50% off coupon
I chose white floral balls instead of the green ones so that if I didn't cover the entire surface it wouldn't be obvious
-15 (estimated) silk orchid stems ($6.49 at Michaels, all purchased 50% off)
I had lots of orchids, so I just added more and more orchids for a really full floral ball
-Glue gun & lots of glue gun glue
-3 tall Effeil vases (um, not sure the price, I'll check next time I'm at Michael's)
I started by taking the orchids off the stem:
I found leaving about 2" to 3" of stem on the orchid worked well. Then, I used the back of the stem to poke a hole in the styrofoam ball. I took a picture of the ball with the hole, but it didn't turn out so well! After you've poked the hole in the ball, put some glue on the stem of the orchid:
I put the orchid back into the hole I just poked:
Save the stem of the orchids! They will stabilize your floral ball when it's done. I poked some of the balls with the stem as the first step, others I poked the stem into the ball as the last step or near the end. Neither step worked exceedingly better than the other - if you do copy this, play around with the order to find out what order you like best.
When I thought I was done, I wasn't. I decided the orchid balls on their own weren't enough, so I used that elasticky clear necklace material to hang some orchids from the orchid ball. I could have used fishing line (and it would have been even more clear!) but I was too lazy to go get some. Ah well!
The finished product:
What do you think?
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Wade & I hosted an engagement party on the Sunday of the long week-end in February (called "Family Day" here). We invited most of our aunts & uncles, some of our cousins, and most of our closest friends. It was a good, but exhausting, day, and I couldn't have done it without the help of bridesmaids Kristy & Emily. They were god-sends that day.
I applied my scrapbooking skills to card-making. I can't break down the cost, but I bought pearlized pink cardstock and heart images. Then I cut the cardstock in half and folder it in half to make each invitation. I glued the heart images onto the front and wrote a note inside each card inviting that person to attend.
I chose to go with pink because the engagement party was just days after Valentine's Day. Plus, I like pink, but would not subject Wade to that much pink for our wedding.
You could have the post-wedding blues, like these girls:
Source: Cyd, via Miss Trini, via Ruby Slippers. It's a popular video.
Do you not follow or regularly visit the Broke-Ass Bride? Yep, you probably do. She is also know as Miss Meatball on Weddingbee.
The Broke-Ass Bride, aka Dana, aka Miss Meatball, has entered a contest to greenify her wedding. (Yeah, I know that's not a word. Oh well!) And she's now one of the finalists. To help The Broke-Ass Bride with the contest, click here to support her entry to win an eco-friendly honeymoon or an eco-friendly runner up prize such as carbon offsets.
Saturday, January 3, 2009
It's true. It's such a girly thing to like candles, but yet so many non-girly women I know also like candles. Candles are a ubiquitous hostess gift. They are used to create a soft glow, a romantic ambiance, a relaxing bath, and so many other reasons.
But most of us are bad about leaving the room "for just a minute" with a candle lit.
Friday, January 2, 2009
I told Wade about this latest engagement, and his response was that he thinks we've started a trend.
Yeah, Wade, it was all us.
J showing off her ring:
Wade really likes movies (I do, too, but Wade really likes them) so we watch everything except scary movies - action movies, dramas, chick-flicks, and even kids movies. Finding Nemo is an amazing kids movie. If you haven't seen it, you should. Dude!
Why do I tell you this? Well, when I was informed that yesterday's post was the featured post at Worth a Thousand Words, my first thought was "Dude! Sweeeet!," the way the turtles say it.
You should go to Worth a Thousand Words and enter the contest by commenting on the picture. The winner gets his/her blog posted and gets a gift card for $10 to Starbucks. Awesome!