doin’ work!!

The past few weekends have been BEYOND wedding packed. I have to admit, I’m loving getting stuff done! These weights that have been on my shoulders are getting lighter and lighter ever so slowly.

            A few weekends ago Kate, Lynn, and I met Caroline in New York City for bridesmaid dress shopping. We took the train in from South Station in Boston to Penn Station in New York. I HIGHLY recommend taking the train! It took about the same time as it would if we drove, but we could relax and enjoy some down time without having to worry about driving/parking in the city. Plus, there was gin so, you know. I would say it was pretty reasonably priced too! I will definitely do it again.

            We met with Corie from Little Borrowed Dress on Saturday afternoon and the girls tried on dresses. It was honestly such a great experience. Connie was beyond nice and helpful and she had every dress they offered in almost every color you could imagine at the show room. This was such a better alternative to just ordering online. Everyone said that they were glad that they tried them on because they are all getting dresses they would never have ordered online. I am so so pleased with the result. Plus, they all looked ah-mazing in the navy color that they have. I am way too excited to see everyone together wearing their dresses! Plus, for $50 (or $150 if you want to buy it), how can you go wrong? 6 billion thumbs up for Little Borrowed Dress!

            This past weekend Drew and I got to stay at the Coonamesset in Falmouth (for freeee!) to plan the specifics of our wedding day. They made is super super easy. I think the whole meeting took around 30-45 minutes! It was great! We chose our dinner options (chicken or beef?), table linens, our cake (FUNFETTI. ITS HAPPENING.), where our pictures would be taken, and a whole slew of other things that are not seemingly important, but boy are they. Its nice to have those things squared away already…especially since my wedding brain is on the verge of exploding with invite wording, suit colors, shoe woes, and hair clip options.

            Our next Everest is invites. I am finding it nearly impossible to find any sort of stationary company on the Cape that has decent samples of their work. I know that sounds wicked whiney and annoying, but it’s the truth! I have one more option to seek out in Falmouth. If they don’t work out, then its off-Cape we go! I am really trying to keep it to a local place so I can talk with them face to face and find exactly what I want. I am sure weddingdivas.com and mygatsby.com do a wonderful job with invites, but ordering my invites online scares the hell out of me and I don’t think I can bring myself to do it unless I absolutely have to. Anyone with suggestions- I’m all ears!

            We are officially 5 months away from the big day. Drew and I decided that we need to stop watching Scrubs all night after work and actually do wedding stuff. We say this, but do we mean it? Debatable. Ask us again in March when I am completely bald and Drew has gained 56 pounds due to stress eating reeses’s peanut butter cups.

 

PS- my toenail fell off, so that’s gross.

194.

194. I feel like this post would be a lot cooler if it were “200”, but apparently I missed that. So, oh well.

194 days until I become a Mrs. I know that this is cliché and a lame but where did the time go? I know I’ve gotten a good chunk done, but getting into the 100s makes me feel very panicky and nervous.

Next month I will be going to NYC with my posse (aka bridesmaids) to visit the Little Borrowed Dress showroom. I am super duper pumped about this. Not only because I get to put a little checkmark next to “bridesmaid dresses” on my mental checklist, but because I get to visit Manhatten for a weekend AND if everything goes to plan, this will be the first time I will be able to get together with my half of the wedding party. Totes excited, guys.

I’m not sure if I have mentioned Little Borrowed Dress before…Caroline found them for me since she’s totally awesome and upper/lower east side (I feel a lot less touristy when I say “manhatten” and “lower east side”…even though I cant remember if Caroline lives on the upper or lower). Basically, they will let you either “borrow” (rent) a bridesmaid dress for $50 or you can buy a dress for $100. I don’t know about you, but I know that bridesmaid dresses can run upwards of $150 and I really hate the thought of making people spend that kind of money on a dress that they don’t love. Anyway, you can either go and visit their showroom so they can take your measurements and have you try on dresses, or send everything to them and pick the style of dress you want from their website.

If you go the online route, they will send you 2 dresses just to make sure you can get one that fits just right. I thought that was pretty cool. If you go in person they obviously have a better chance of getting your measurements and sending you the right dress. If you are borrowing your dress, they send you a prepaid envelope that you can use to send your dress back the 1st business day after the wedding.

It just seems like a great idea and an even better way to cut some costs. And- they are TOTALLY legit too. I was afraid it was going to be some creepy woman running this from her New York City basement or from the subway, but Carolien checked it out for me and confirmed that this was not the case.

I am currently on the shoe hunt. Since my toe is disgusting from smashing it into the stairs, I think any sort of open toe/peep toe shoe is 100% out of the picture. I didn’t realize until I started looking around that I had my heart set on peep toe shoes. Its hard to find any navy blue round toed shoes anywhere! I look awful with any sort of pointed toe, so that’s out too. I am looking at the dyable shoes, but they all seem to be opened toed. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.

My Best Friend’s Wedding

Yesterday I got the best piece of news I’ve gotten in a long time (that doesn’t have to do with the house)…one of my best friends in the entire world got engaged. I’ve known Katie since what seems like the womb, but really since Kindegarten.

Katie and I in my parents kitchen. Yes, we had been drinking. Yes, I apparently thought we were filming a Pantene Pro-V Commercial. 

My very first memory of her is music class at Memorial Elementary School circa 1991. Mrs. Tolland was playing music for us to dance to, but I just sat at my desk because I was too shy to get up and cut a rug. Katie, on the other hand, was doing this spastic dance in aisle next to me. She was dancing around until she slipped and hit her face on her chair. Next thing I knew, there was blood smeared all over the face from a split lip. Exactly one week later, she somehow managed to get a bloody nose. I remember thinking “WHAT is up with this girl??”. As it turned out, she lived about 4 houses down from me. We became fast friends.

Looking back on our early friendship, its amazing that we even became friends in the first place. I liked to play dress-up while Katie wanted to be outside and getting dirty. I hated dirt. I loved playing with Barbies, and she hated them (even though she was Princess Barbie for Halloween one year…I still have the most hilarious photo of her in the Halloween parade!). She cut off her American Girl Doll’s hair playing Hairdresser, while I changed my American Girl Doll’s outfits 12 times a day and refused to take their hair out of the braids that they came in. I think the real reason we became friends is because we were both only children and the only only children (is that grammatically correct? Don’t care) on our street. A true friendship blossomed.

In middle school we started experimenting with our hair and makeup. We used sun-in like it was our job and put on more eye shadow and lipstick than any 7th grader needs. We cut our own hair, and sometimes each others (Katie needed to get her professionally done after I got my hands on it. We thought it looked great…apparently it was a disaster). One time, I cut my own hair and called Katie immediately after:

Me: Hey. I just cut my own bangs!

Katie: Oh my God!!!!!! Why would you do that?!

Me Um, because I wanted to?

Katie: are you okay?? Did it hurt??

Me: …no. Why would it hurt? I’m, curling them now.

Katie: HOW ARE YOU CURLING THEM?????

Me: With a curling iron!!! How else would I curl them???

Katie: YOU ARE CURLING YOUR VEINS WITH A CURLING IRON?!?!?!

Me: Bang, Kate. BANGS. As in my hair.

Katie: OH, good. I was worried.

In 8th grade Katie acquired a huge trampoline. It was positioned underneath a tree and behind the fence in her yard. If you jumped high enough, you could grab onto a branch and pull yourself up into the tree. We would wait for a car to drive by and then pretend to fall out of the tree onto the trampoline. We were horrible, horrible children.

High school was spent reading her cousins Seventeen magazine from the early 90s and surfing online chatrooms. We also rescued a chicken that was found in my backyard & named him Bosh. There IS a reason why we named the chicken “Bosh” and it is a secret I will forever keep and take to my grave. We discovered late night informercials and had the most painful experience of our lives with Nads. Summer nights were spent staying over each others houses and staying up all night just to walk to Dunkin in the morning to get breakfast. One time Katie thought it’d be a good idea to stop at Honey Farms instead and buy the most gigantic piece of beef jerky you’ve ever seen. Half way home she decided she didnt want it anymore and put the rest of it in someone mail box. Your welcome, Main St in Upton.

After high school, I stayed in New England to go to school (all 5 of them) and Katie moved to Maryland. I was worried what would happen to us since we wouldnt be seeing each other everyday anymore. I quickly found out that our friendship could survive a few weeks without talking and a few months without hanging out. We are able to pick right back up where we leave off every time. That is a very rare thing, I feel.

I am so so so happy for Katie and her fiance Bernie. I can’t wait to see them get married and start their new life together (IN MASSACHUSETTS, RIGHT?? not maryland. please, not maryland). They’ve had a long road together and I am so thrilled that the road has no end.

(PS- I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time…writing this entry was the best thing ever)

My Girls.

Since all but one of my bridesmids have gotten these (I’m looking at YOU, Caroline), I can finally post what I have been working on since May 26th!!

Image            This is how  four lucky girls to be my bridesmaids! I wish I could take the credit for this idea, but thanks to pinterest and this website, I stole it.

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So, I bought wooden cigar boxes at Joann’s for about $6.00 each and stained them. I think the stain was around $5 for a small can.

Fun Fact: Staining is totally easy and fun but WAY messy. If you ever stain something, make sure you lay down a lot of newspaper and to not do it in your living (unless you are looking for a reason for your fiancé to murder you in your sleep). This is a basement/outdoor activity. Luckily we have a big porch and I was able to do it there on a nice weekend afternoon.

Stain actually dries relatively quickly. I only needed to do one coat because it was so dark and it took to the wood really well, but if you need to make touch-ups or one part needs to do a second coat, be WICKED careful. Since stain is so runny, you really need to apply a second coat to the entire piece of wood if you are planning to go back and fix something. If you need to just touch up the corners, use a small paintbrush to dip into the corners.

After the stain coat dried, I stenciled on the white anchor. I couldn’t find an anchor stencil at any of the craft stores, so I just googel imaged a clipart anchor, resized it in MSPaint (hellz yeah!) and then printed it on card stock. I used an exacto knife to cut the middle part of the anchor out. Using white craft paint and a stippling brush, I stenciled the anchor onto thefront of the box. I just eyeballed it to make sure it was at least semi in the middle of the box. I’m not into doing math in my free time. Or anytime ever.

Next, I painted the inside of the box navy blue using craft paint. That took a few coats because the wood isn’t the best quality and kept streaking (sorry girls, I’m not sorry…I’m on a budget!!). I think the white craft paint and the blue craft paint bottles were $2.00 all together? Somewhere in that area. I could’ve gotten a better quality paint, I’m sure, but again, budget.

The white frame and letters on the inside took me the longest and was the most miserable part of this whole project, hands down (fair warning: the next 2 paragraphs is going to be a big long ramble). So, I was going to paint the white frame onto the box, but I decided that would be too difficult because it would probably need 0293749323 coats to cover the blue. So, I found a template online and traced it onto computer paper. I cut out 4 frames and then started with the blue alphabet stickers. After a half hour and a TON of frustration, I finally got the letters straight and semi in the middle of the frame. Then I laid the frames letter side down on contact paper and cut around them,  following the frame shape but keeping the contact paper about an inch out all of the way around so it bordered the frames. So, after they were all cut out, I pressed them onto the box and boom- they looked awesome. Took them outside, spray shellacked them, and the let them dry. The next day I went to check on them…the contact paper was peeling off the paper.

SO. What to do? I tried spray glue. That worked for a little while, but it started to seep through the paper and made ugly marks near the letters. The spray glue ended up sinking into the wood causing the frames to fall off anyway. So then I tried rubber cement. That seemed to work the best, however the paper the frames were made out of were so ruined from all the different glues that they looked absolutely awful. I ended up having to get white card stock (what I should’ve used in the first place), new stickers, and using just rubber cement. No shellacking, no clear coating, no nothing. They ended up looking SO much better!

After I was done with the boxes themselves, I needed to get stuff for the inside. I made 4 cards  “My Girls”, “Our Day”, “Your Dress”, & “Your Role” explaining all the details we have nailed down for the wedding (you know, all 2 of them), what colors I am using, and a short description of each bridesmaid since most did not know each other. I went to home depot and grabbed a few paint sample cards to throw in there to show the color scheme I want to use, a packet of stickers I had grabbed at AC Moore for each girl, and a copy of a picture of myself and the bridesmaid.

Thankfully, I like this stuff. Our wedding is going to be 95% crafts, I’m sure. But tasteful crafts! I had a lot of fun making these (even though i threw a few fits here and there).

Longest post yet! Hopefully I can keep it up for another 360 days!