An Oldfashioned Pastime

It seems that every one I know is either expecting a baby or just had one – and by everyone, I mean two of my best friends/Bridesmaids and another close friend of Mike’s and mine. I figured with all these baby’s popping up around us, something needed to be done.

Now, before you get excited, I’m not expecting! I’ve only been married about 4 months!!! Instead, I let my creative juices start flowing and I’ve taken up quilting. I’m going to give a little teaser, but since my first completed quilt is a gift, I’m not showing the whole thing :) Who know, you might bet a peaks of the next ones I do too!

IMG_1126Don’t worry, I didn’t sew Barkis into the quilt. That said, he’s a huge fan of “helping” me make them!

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A Love Song 73 Years in the Making

Some days you need something to make you feel warm, fuzzy and happy. This video is one of those things. The background is covered in the video, but I do have to say. This sweet man is an example of exactly the kind of love I want everyone to experience in their lives!

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January 20, 2014 · 4:52 pm

2013 in review

It’s that time of year again, a review of my year as a blogger. Albeit one you don’t hear from all that often! Check it out, it’s got all the highlights of the year. Oh, then go and read a couple of posts that are new to you!

Happy New Year!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Wedding Details – the Cake

From the time we got engaged until about two weeks before the wedding, Mike and I were planning on having cupcakes in place of the traditional cake. I looked up so many different styles of cupcakes and had decided on a very simple one. Swirls of icing with sugar pears scattered down one side. Simple yet elegant. The original plan was to make them myself, Joy was all prepared to bake up a storm with me a couple of days before the wedding. Then I was going to have someone make them for me. Then I switched back to making them myself – $400 for 100 cupcakes? I don’t think so!

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Eventually I decided that baking that many cupcakes myself was never going to work. One week before the wedding I changed the whole game plan. I buckled down and 6 days before wedding baked up three, three layer cake tiers which I promptly wrapped and popped in the freezer.  Then two days before wedding, Joy and I filled and decorated them to create a simple cake.

Insert photo of Mike and I cutting cake!

Yep, I was one of those crazy brides that does her own wedding cake.

*Top photo provided by my cousin Tara Troy, bottom photo by Jenn from Jennifer Galliot Photography*

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Wedding Details – the Dress

The one detail that everyone asks about from the moment you get engaged until the bride walks down the aisle is the dress. People want to know what it is going to look like, what kind of style the bride is going for. They just want to know everything about it! Then there is the poor groom, he often gets to know NOTHING about the dress until he see’s his bride. I of course decided to make Mike into one of those grooms who had to wait :)

When we first got engaged I started to stress about the dress right away. Would I be able to find one that I liked? Would I be able to afford it? How many places was I going to have to go to find it? Would Mike like it? (that one stressed me the most!).

1450222_483236831790435_1195057786_nThe classic shot of the dress before wearing it – love that it’s outside and NOT in a window!

Well, I was lucky. I found my dress within a few weeks, at the very first place I went to – a Bridal Show with my friend (and one of my bridesmaids) Helga. There were dresses there for up to 80% off, and I managed to snag my dress and veil for all of $500!

Of course having it for so long in advance I had my moments where I doubted if I liked it, heck, at one point I was sure I hated it! Thankfully, after all the alterations were done (hemming, taking in and adding some straps), I LOVED it.

992755_10153446464210532_1530184032_n**Photos taken by Jenn from Jennifer Galliot Photography

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I made a Duvet!

Last year I shared Mike’s and my busy Labour Day weekend with you and in it I showed you a picture of the duvet cover I made for our bed. While I am crazy proud of it, I have to admit it was crazy simple to make. If you want to make one too (it is so hard to find ones that I like) this is all you have to do. Get a sewing machine, some pins and two flat sheets (for a queen duvet I used double sheets). Yeah, there really aren’t many materials that you need.

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What do we do now? Well, but the nice sides of the sheets together and pin all the sides, if you have a pattern you can try to match them, I got around this by using one side patterned and the other plain. Allow cats to “help.”

Next step? Sew three of the sides shut, leaving the bottom. I then did a little bit of sewing on the sides of the bottom, about 6 cm from each end. Then to make the new cover stay on my duvet better (I hate how they always slide apart), I attached little scraps to the top inside corners and added a fabric loop to the top corners of my duvet.

That’s it! It’s just that easy. I really don’t know much about sewing and even I managed to crank one out in about 1 hour and the only reason it took that long was because I three kitty “helpers.”

Good luck if you decide to give making a duvet a go :)

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Wedding Details – the Flowers

As I have mentioned, I decided to DIY several things for the wedding. The one that was the most time consuming and stressful was the flowers. Sure, I could have forked over the money and had someone else put together a bunch of beautiful real bouquets for me, but those are so sad when they die :( Also, they are crazy expensive. I’m pretty sure I would have been looking at several hundred dollars to have my bouquet, four bridesmaids bouquets, 9 boutineers and something for the flower girl. Instead I spent about $50 and had them all! How you ask? Why I used paper!

1459813_483227668458018_213086431_nOne of the bridesmaids bouquets

Thanks to the wonders of the internet I found instructions on how to make kusudama flowers (origami) and rolled roses. Sure, it involved a bunch of cutting, folding and rolling, but it really wasn’t too bad. I’d guess I spent about 3-4 hours working on the flowers, but it was spread out over several months. I know even have my bouquet resting in a beautiful vase (received at one of my showers) on our dinning table. How many people get to do that after the wedding?

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Now the hard questions that one is supposed to ask BEFORE undergoing a DIY project for their wedding:

1) Did I save money? YES!

2) Was it something important to me? Yes

3) Was the time + effort worth the outcome? Yes

4) Do I regret making my own paper flowers? Not for a second!

Over all score? Love them, and so happy that I did it that way. I don’t think I would have been as happy with real flowers as I was with my home made ones.

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