Wednesday, May 25, 2011


I came home, after my first training session and was WHUPED!

But, I decided I wanted to get some things accomplished tonight. So I pulled out the shelf we registered for and I ended up buying with a gift certificate. It is seriously heavy, like ninety pounds, but I managed to wrangle myself to put it together.

No bloodshed, no screaming fits, I just read the instructions and it came together quite nicely.

There were a few prayers to Hephaistos, to be fair...and one shameful thumb-bashing with a hammer. But all in all, I was pretty proud of myself.

But the real drama was putting it in the computer/craft room. Below is the picture of what my previous cabinet looked like.

And now, the same amount of stuff in the new shelf!

I wish I knew why things like this make me so pleased, but I am thoroughly exhausted and thoroughly tickled.

So I'm going to pass out...blissfully fatigued.

Goodnight all.

I am now wedded

Yes I know, you've all been *dying* to read all about it!

On May fourteenth, around 4:30, I married my best friend. It was a beautiful day, a moving ceremony and a great opportunity to share our love with those closest to us. I won't give a complete play-by-play, but I'm happy to give a condensed version!

We got to bed late after the rehearsal dinner and care package stuffing we did the night before, so it was almost midnight when he got me to my mom's. I was sad to not see him until the wedding, but I wanted to stay somewhere else the night before our wedding. So we said our goodbyes and I tried like crazy to get to sleep despite the lists and details I kept checking and re-checking I did.

I woke up early, before seven, too excited to sleep. It was like the morning of a summer vacation! Despite the massive amount of details and pressure, and mostly in thanks to my mom and now mother and sister-in-law, the day was pretty calm for me. I got up early at my mother's house and finished making my fascinator. (Which I will post about later) And then spent the next three hours with my sisters getting our hair done. It was a very nice and calm time for us to just spend some time joking and goofing off. I was very thankful for it.

Then we rushed off, grabbed our dresses and ran to the wedding site to finish getting ready. That's when things started to get "real". I wasn't really in love with my wedding dress, instead letting my mom and mother-in-law pick it for me. But with my hair done, shoes on, makeup finished, I put on the fascinator...and started crying. It wasn't until that moment that I really and truly felt like a bride. It was happily overwhelming.

Then we ran outside, while the boys were nestled away inside, one of the few traditional vestiges in our day. And we had our pictures taken before the rain started. I was cloistered away in the small ladies' room which had no air conditioning and was rather stifling and had no chairs. So every time one of my female guests went inside, there I was!!

It wasn't until everyone was moved to the dining tables inside and the altar, flowers and arch were moved, did I really start feeling nervous. Moving the wedding inside meant the women had to travel down a very steep, but picturesque stairway to get to the ceremony. No pressure, right?

But our entrance music started, and I heard Joe was standing there. The song changed to an instrumental version of "He'll Make Me Happy" from the Muppets Take Manhattan. That alone was enough to almost make the whole bridal party sob! My dad took my arm, whispering "I don't know how you can be so calm right now." To which I responded, "Nothing else to be, there's nothing else to really worry about except the stairs."

One by one we made our way down the stairs and my dad passed the torch, symbolically and there I was, looking into the eyes of my best friend, who would soon be my husband.

I could write a whole separate entry on the ceremony, which was a "druish" one, celebrated by our friend and reverend, Michael J Dangler. But suffice it to say, I ended up "enflam[ing] this union with a kiss" and we were married!

After all the stress and worry leading up to the wedding, it was a beautiful service and I really am so fortunate that we got the wedding we wanted and shared it with as many as we could. It was such a relief to have it all done. (You can totally see it in our faces too!)

I can't wait to start the next chapter of our lives together!

~ <3, husband!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

An Award!

So I got a peer award today from Caroline, over at Wandering the Numinous Wilds.
Her blog is filled with recipes for healthy meals, amazing art and musings on her
faith. It is worth checking out!

She nominated me and three others and I'm terribly tickled. So, I want to pass on the love.

The Rules:
If you are tagged...

Thank the person who gave you the award
Share 7 random bits about yourself
Pass the award on to a few of your favorite blogs
(And don't forget to let them know!)

About Me:
  1. I pick up worms in peril, and place them in the grass.
  2. I love nature.
  3. I hate extreme temperatures (yes, it is ironic when you combine this and #2).
  4. I love brightly colored decorations.
  5. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
  6. I wish I made my own clothes.
  7. I want to always continue to see the world with excitement and wonder.
The Blogs I choose:
  1. Nikki, over at BohemianGirl. Featuring crocheting, theatre and life. (<3 Ya' girl!)
  2. Crystal at Mused. A blog about inspiring, creating and living life. It has truly been an inspiration to me. (Thanks darlin')
  3. Dandelionlady at Dandelionlady. Vintage crafts and tutorials, recipes and gorgeous art, this is a blog of many colors and worth saying I love!
  4. Stephanie over at Scribbler to Scribe. Anything you could possibly want to know about the art of writing. Interviews of various persons in the writing industry, contests and tips. Great for the writers in your life!
  5. Jillian at Return of the Girl: Her blog covers crafting, writing and being ridiculously clever and insightful about life in general. I wish I had words flow out of me the way she did.
So there you go, the fie blogs I read most often! Check them out and have a fantastic Thursday!!!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Crane Bag

So, I have been working on my future husband's groom's gift. Secreting away supplies, getting advice from our favorite MJD and stressing over leather working tools, hand stitching and other sundry concerns with the project.

And today I finally finished it and gave it to the man. So I can post pictures!

First of all, here are some links to a description of a Crane Bag.

Anyhoo, with the secret help of MJD, I acquired a side of leather, checked out his own bag for reference and then just set to cutting and punching holes and stitching leather.

(About 80% done here)

(The boy opening)

(Inspecting his new bag)

(Bag front with a raw edge and the back with belt loops)

(Side view with strap ring and interior)

I have to say, despite the fear of screwing up royally, and the cost of leather, I really really loved this project. The Love I tried to sew into each stitch and the great feeling of accomplishment when it was all said and done were so worth the anxiety. And his smile when he opened it was really the proverbial icing.


Monday, May 9, 2011

Something old and new

I've been working on wedding stuff. A lot of wedding stuff!!

Mostly, trying to finalize all the details and trying to put together the last minutes gifts and such for family and my groom.

So as not to spoil the surprises, here is what I can post. Black and Peacock feathers, white candles and one of my grandmother's old pieces of costume jewelry later, and here is what I have for the unity candle set.

Marriage fills me with joy. thankfully, I met a person of the opposite sex that I wanted to spend my life with. I wish everyone who wanted it had the ability to share in the joys and benefits of marriage.

All I can do is try to live in love and share the support and love of those around me. Oh, and vote!

<3 you all!!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011


meraki [may-rah-kee] (adjective)

This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put "something of yourself" into what you're doing, whatever it may be. Meraki is often used to describe cooking or preparing a meal, but it can also mean arranging a room, choosing decorations, or setting an elegant table.

(Hephaestos, Greek God of metalworking, masonry and sculpting.)

I came upon this word today, stumbling across it then finding a definition.

I think this is a great word. I know lots of people who find joy in art, but everyone has something they find pleasure in creating. Be it a clean house, happy children, putting your heart and soul into something you create or do.

So my question is, what do you do with meraki?

There will be a surprise for the respondents!!!