Friday, May 31, 2013

Here comes the Bride

So happy for my friend Heather and her new Hubby Matt. It was such a wonderful wedding, with so much work put in.
AND she really used my sign! :)
Look, the little girl carried it down the aisle!! Then the vows, and the Kiss and the holding hands.. so romantic!
This year is the year of the weddings, three of my girl friends are getting married in the next couple months. For one of them for her bridal shower I made a "Here comes the Bride" sign in her blue and yellow wedding colors.
I cut a piece of ply wood 24x14, sanded it down
applied two coats of yellow paint and let it dry.

With my Silhouette I cut out the words and stuck them on transfer paper. Laying it out on the board until I found the perfect position.

Then attached them to the board

I painted to coats of blue paint over it and let it dry for a couple minutes.

With the little Silhouette hook I took the letters off the board

and tada, it is done and the beautiful bride can now walk down the aisle! :)


Thursday, May 30, 2013


May is one of the biggest wedding month in history.
No question that we as well attended two.
With only 106 days left for ours, I'm in wedding mode. I love to paint signs, but mine are all done. I can't have any more or it would look like a SCHILDERWALD which is the german word for "You can not see the forest for the trees." 
Not sure if there is a one word translation for that one.
ANYWAYS.. When my colleague and friend Carrie got married, almost two weeks ago, I had the perfect excuse to paint another one of my beloved signs.
Congrats Carrie and Chris!!
We are very happy for you and wish you all the Best!
(They are laying on a beach in Bali right now enjoying their honeymoon)
I'm not jealous at all.. 120 days and I will be enjoying my first vacation of the year - our honeymoon!
So when they come home and unpack their dirty luggage and their quadrillion wedding presents, they will also find this one.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Doggie Dinner Table

 In our household the dogs come first, before me or Brian or plans for the weekend/nights. They are very spoiled.
So it is no different for their dinner time, the dogs come first and should eat in style.
When I saw a dog dinner table at Brians colleagues house I had to take a picture

and create them myself. Off to my favorite Home Improvement Store for supplies.

I bought 4x 14" legs, everything else we had at home.
Measuring wood, cutting, and screwing all pieces together

applying wood conditioner, black stain - 1st coat,

2nd and 3rd coat,
attaching the legs with screws and wood glue and staining some more,
applying 2 coats of glossy polyurethan to seal it all.

Let it all dry over night and hot glueing a fork and spoon to the sides.
I hammered the fork down so that it wont poke in their eyes.

And finally Toby got a new dinner table in the perfect height for him.
 I just have to do it all over again so that Steele gets one too, a little less in height. He can barely reach this one! :)
This might be the project for this weekend.. let's see what else I can come up with.

Friday, May 10, 2013

So Close

We were so close to receiving Brians wedding band this week.
Last Saturday we finally picked out a ring for him, but because they didn't have it in the right size they needed to ship it to us.
All week I was expecting the UPS truck to stop at our house and finally yesterday I saw it parked in front ouf our house, the guy already at the door while I was still in the car. I'm quickly getting home, parking in the garage, wondering what Toby and Steele are up to. 
I already hear both of them running back and forth, barking and going wild, seeing their favorite person, the UPS man, in the window of our front door.  
Of course the minute I get to the door the guy has already left. Opening the door, I see him, and wanted to get a hold of him. Unfortunately he got in his truck and drove away, but didn't close the baby gate on our front porch. SO Toby sprints out, there is no way I can reach him and he just runs across the street. Cars honking, slamming on their brakes and he runs back, right across the street again. I'm screaming, waving my hands. Cars are all to a full stop, but Toby keeps running up the street into the woods. I'm close to tears, not sure what I'm going to do.
We live on a pretty busy street during rush hour and cars are everywhere. I see him in the woods, call him, he comes running towards me, but before I get a hold of him he again runs on the street and back into the woods.
I'm running up and down the sidewalk like a crazy person, maxi dress in hand, yelling for Toby and about 20 minutes later see him. He comes running towards me, I see cars coming, and just hold up one hand to stop the cars and one hand to get a grip on Toby.. and finally got him.
SO CLOSE for him being hit by a car. Thankful that Jesus watched out for us.
Nasty Toby Tobes had a trillion green sticky balls in his fur, muddy legs and was completely wet from playing in that little stream.
How do you teach a dog to look left and right before crossing a street?
So while I was upset with him, myself and the UPS guy, I went into my craft room and crafted my mood away.
Drop Cloth Curtains it is. I needed a new look on our front door anyways.
Its Spring and that dark red color was just not right anymore.

Have you ever used drop cloth for anything besides a drop cloth?
It didn't even ocur to me until one day I searched for light beige/grey cotton fabric and couldn't believe how much a yard was and googled cheap cotton fabric and drop cloth came up. On my next shopping trip to my favorite Home Improvement store, I picked up a 4'x15' drop cloth for $20.00. Washed it, cut it in half, sewed a little bit left and right, made a loop for the curtain rod and in a couple hours was done and my mood better.  
Here is the final result.
Here the comparison
after before

 Now we have a fresh look, just in time for the rain this weekend nice weather and need to track down the UPS delivery.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Request for Response

While I ordered all of our invitations, RSVP cards, Thank You Cards online, I didnt think about a version for my German guests.

When running out of the RSVP cards I decided I turn leftover invitations into those and not order any more cards online.  

Who doesn't like repurposing something, saving money and trees.

I cut off the part with the text with an exacto knife.

Printed the RSVP text in German onto a piece of paper and cut it to size
The tree is on the front of the card, the back is plain purple and perfect for the little note.
TADA, an easy project and some relaxation for me.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Our Engagement Shoot

  Our wedding is 130 days away!
It seems like a very long time to go, but it really isn't.
One thing we got taken care of - our engagement shots.
It was so much fun, 4 hours on the farm of our photographer with chickens, horses, cats, dogs..
When we had the date set, I started thinking about what kind of pictures I would like to have.
I started painting some props and went through decorations/games in our house.
We had 2 photographers, 3 cameras and in 4 hours they took 3,600 pictures!
Narrowed down to 1,600 and I was then in charge of picking my favorite 50.
I selected 300! :)
Here is a collection of just a few of them.
We started in the studio inside.

Changed outfits
Then went outside to find Toby and Steele digging huge holes.
(Don't listen to her, we didn't do it!)
 I got the chalkboard from Good Will months ago and wrote a little saying on it.
Brian & Carina
Sitting in a Tree
First comes love
Then comes Marriage
Then comes... 
Getting up on that tree was harder than it seems and staying up there even harder. That was some leg workout. We both were sore the next day! :)

We have the white wooden Love letters at home, the chalkboard I got years ago in Germany. It has the right size for our wedding date and was already part of our Save the Date card.

Of course our two boys had to be in some pictures too.
It was harder than I thought it would be to have them pose in the pictures.
(I should have remembered from our Save the Date shot
When I painted the sign "Our Parents are getting Married" I pictured them sitting next to each other with the sign leaning on them. That didn't work out at all. So we had to pose with them and hold up the sign. Now it kind of looks like that our Parents are getting married. WEIRD

I stole her Heart, So I'm stealing his Last Name, two more signs I painted.
Scrabble tiles - Always and Forever
On the chalkboard
I'm going to be a Whitaker


and of course there were some "serious" ones! :)

I was really worried beforehand, because I'm not that model kind of girl, posing is not in my nature. We really had a blast though. Thanks to our photographers Matt and Robb who are totally down to earth guys and took away that awkwardness in the first minute.
Now we have to figure out what to do with all the pictures. I'm thinking photobook and print outs for the wedding (and our living room)