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Beard shots


I love my mans beard. He’s letting it grow out for our wedding, I have no idea why but its so sexy to me.


DIY Marquee Light


I am re-posting this because they have a great site and this is a really cool project.  This is not my project but hopefully I’ll have mine up in a few weeks.

FEBRUARY 5, 2013

I know some of you have been waiting for this so here is the DIY on the marquee light sign Nicholas made for our shop! This was a really fun project. We looked at getting it custom made with real metal but the cost was about $2,000. After I showed Nick the DIY from Jordan, Nick did some of his own research and found this DIY fromCrafts Unleashed and decided he’d try to make it himself. 


Supplies: – 12″ Cardboard letters *we bought ours here at Joann’s so we could pick them up right away instead of waitfor shipping. they happened to be on sale for $2.99 but if yours aren’t on sale, don’t forgetto use a coupon for extra savings! If you don’t have a Joann’s near you, the lettersare also available here at consumer crafts! – Spray Paint *we used Rust-oleum Hammered in Dark Bronze to get the real metal look.We tested a few different colors though so you may want to do the same to make sure you’re getting a color you like.  – String Lights (we bought ours from Target) – Drill- Xacto / Blade

First you’re going to take a straight edge and cut out along the edge of the letter.You can cut out right to the edge but Nick left a little border as you can see from the photos.

All cut out! Nick took the blade and cleaned up the edges of all of the letters too.Flip the letter over and now you’re going to do the bulb placement. Figure out your bulb spacing and draw a circle for the placement.Then drill the holes. Nick used 5/16 drill bit (which was the biggest one he has) but it was not quite large enough, he had to make the holes a bit larger after he did the drilling. So if you have a bigger drill bit, go with that!

Spray paint all your letters. Spraying the back is not necessary.All sprayed!Now place the bulb through your drilled holes and attach the string.
It depends on the letters (since some letters have more bulbs)but Nick said you can do about 2-3 letters per 1 box of lights (1 box is 25 bulbs)
To hang up our letters, Nick drilled holes in the wall and used light strings to hang the letters. He also used the cardboard we sprayed on as a template for the wall. Nick tucked all the extra string in the back. Since they have hooks attached to the lights, it made it pretty easy to hide all the extra wire.That’s it! Nick is a real diy’er, He also made the checkout table in the photo above too! In total we spent about $150 on this project! As much as having real metal would have been cool, I’ll take spending $150 over $2000 any day 😉 Obviously for this many letters it was pretty time consuming but a rewarding end result! If you are just doing your initials or something, it’ll go a lot faster. Hope you have fun with this project. If you do try out this project, I’d love to see how it turned out! Maybe try a color for the letters (I should have done YELLOW! 😉 they don’t have to have the metal look. Or you could try it with the 8″ letters which would be cute. Anyway, if you have any questions about this DIY, just let me know!

Controlling the situation

Really when you get right down to it sometimes the only thing you can control about a situation is how you will respond to it. I’m not loving and forgiving by nature. Honestly my first response is to lash out and protect myself or kill anything that’s in my way. This is often not the best response. It’s taken a whole lot of wrong decisions for me to realize I have been pretty bad at responding to people for my most of my life. Pride is a huge factor. Pride cometh before the fall. If put into a bad situation and you respond with kindness or forgiveness, does it make you look weak? Wrong question. Does it matter? In the big picture kind of thing not at all. How does it make you feel? That’s a better question that actually pertains to yourself. Usually if you respond with anger or shut down or protect yourself it feeds these feelings and they become your safety response to situations. Lets say you choose kindness, forgiveness or just take the higher road and keep your mouth shut. What does that action do? Usually no harm to you or anyone around you. It builds character instead of walls or negative responses. It frees you from that situation. When a person can put you into a situation that causes you to respond negatively by them pushing negativity onto you then they just took control of you. Don’t allow them to get the response they expect deserve or want. Good luck it’s hard but it works.

The best compliment you can give or receive?

My life is better because of you.

My man…

Has the sexiest facial hair ever! How could a girl be so lucky? When he’s growing his beard out he has a circular spiral cow lick that grows in right behind his back jaw muscle. It makes such an awesome hair spiral that I wanted to take a picture of it but unfortunately for me he’s not fond of taking pictures so you can’t see it here but trust me it looks like the center of the universe or something. I know, Im crazy but to me it’s so sexy. LOVE.


Wedding dress fitting

Today I have my wedding dress fitting! They are putting a corset back into my dress. My mom came down to go with me and it will just be us two going. That’s kind of exciting in itself, we never get to spend time with just me and her. That’s all I have to say. I just wanted to document this day, this morning, this buzzy feeling of excitement. Have a great day world.

My very own Wedding Slippers

My very own Wedding Slippers

These make me feel like Cinderella or something… who knew shoes could make you feel so special? I bet a thousand girls knew and they just weren’t telling me. I choose to get flat wedding slippers since the wedding is outdoors and I love them so much and did I mention they are SO comfortable? And did I mention they make me feel like a princess? 🙂 Antonio Melani… THANKS MOM!

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