Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Thinking about the walls

I can't help but think about how I am going to decorate the walls in our house! I have a ton of stuff to hang but the problem is...what am I going to hang where? I have made an oath not to buy anymore "stuff" until I use what I currently have.

I am thinking about a plate wall and liking some of these..





Images via design sponge, amy sandoval photography, and The Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica

I have also found some vinyl art that I am loving...all of which can be found at Willow Creek Signs on Etsy.





They are so simple but add so much to a room! Love love love

Monday, March 29, 2010

Weekend Recap..

So this weekend a group of gals went to downtown Grapevine to celebrate my bachelorette party. The day consisted of wine tasting, eating, a lingerie party, male strippers, and an 80's tribute band.

These are only a few of the pictures..there are some that are NEVER leaving my camera :)

First stop. The group.

The wine. I chose the combo flight. Amazing.

Winery #2.

Me and Lauren with our Desert Rose..

Clair, Lauren, Kalynne, Casey

Going to fast forward past winery #3 and the restaurant...

Now to the main event, Clair got me my very own male stripper

Drum roll please....

Caleb (my nephew) was our 5 month old male stripper. He made the day! Everyone can thank my very talented sister, Clair, for coming up with the idea and making his entire outfit!

I love this kid!

I then opened my presents from everyone. Thank you!! I got some great stuff ;) And then we left for the Glass Cactus at the Gaylord Hotel. There was an 80's tribute band playing..here is one picture, you can use your imagination on the rest!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

On this Thursday morning..

Wishing I had a couple of these in front of me..

Pumpkin Ginger Waffles



Apple-Cheddar Waffle Panini


Are you serious..I would have never thought of this but it looks AMAZING!
Both images brought to you by Country Living.com

Not only am I thinking about food, I am thinking about my bachelorette party this weekend! Girls, wine tastings, and food! Count me in!!

D'Vine Wine is stop #1. Can't wait!!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Going under...

We went to the house yesterday evening to get a start on leveling the house..I say "we" because I was there for moral support :)

So, here is the entrance hole :/

First, Ryan goes in the house and puts this gadget on the ground. It sends a laser through the house so you can determine how low or high the floor is. (I can't explain it as well as Ryan did. Sorry.)

Then he takes his handy tape measure and does his thing. (I believe he is measuring the the length from the floor to the laser beam.) I enjoy watching him..2 weeks and 3 days and he will be my husband!

Now it's time for Ryan to get under the house. But first, he makes sure there is not any little critters waiting to come out and play.

He's almost in! This picture reminds me of the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz.

And Ryan in action! LOVE HIM!!

"We" didn't finish but we did get the bathroom level! :) It's a start.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Before (Inside)

I wish I had before and AFTER pictures, unfortunately the inside of the house is not completely torn out. I would say 70% of the house is torn out? But, that might be wishful thinking on my part.

The kitchen...

to the left of this picture is the back door.

( No, we are not keeping the computer or guitar.)

Bedroom 1 (which is going to be the guest/office room). It is right off the kitchen and back door.

Door leading to hallway..

Looking at this door in person really let's you see how slanted the house is! (It's slanting down to the right)


This is just a small closet next to the shower.

it doesn't look like much but the bathroom is actually a pretty good size. I forgot to take a picture but there is actually a large linen closet behind the door.

Bedroom 2, can be entered by the living room and hallway.

Living Room...

I'm standing in Bedroom 2 looking into the living room. LOVE the fireplace!

Front door

And to the right of the living room is the kitchen.

So there you have it! That is the complete tour of our home :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

A little honeymoon inspiration..

I am so thankful that my little sister watches the Food Network like a crazy person. Love you Jessica ;)

She has found two places that me and Ryan have to visit while we are in Portland,OR.

1.) Voodoo Doughnuts

2.) Pine State Biscuits

Both I am VERY excited about!

A little wedding inspiration..

After working on the house, I went to my Mom's to get started on our centerpieces! I am proud to announce that we started and finished them! That's a huge check off the list. Here is the picture that gave me the inspiration for the centerpieces.


Ours are different because we used curly willow instead of branches and the colors and blossoms look a bit different. But this is the basic idea.
Picture via Oncewed.com

Weekend 2

Well as predicted we were not able to work on the house Saturday. It snowed a blizzard all day! Luckily the storm passed and the sun was out on Sunday and worked on the house from about 1:30-5. I have the before pictures of the inside on my camera but, I don't have my camera to computer adapter with me :/...it's at home. I will get the pictures up tonight or first thing in the morning.

This house is very old and it's a pier and beam house therefore, it's not level. Ryan got the leveler out yesterday and determined exactly how unlevel it is. The results did not come as a surprise to me because the house is noticeably slanted. I do, however, feel bad for Ryan; he has to crawl under the house, jack it up, and make it level.

Ryan is planning on going over there Tuesday after work to get a start on making it level. So, he is going by there today to throw bombs under the house to kill whatever might have been living under there for the last 3 years.

Wish him luck!

Friday, March 19, 2010

It's Friday!!!

72 degrees outside, sunny...I'm thinking one of these sounds pretty darn good right about now!


Even though the weather is going to be nasty I hope everyone has a great weekend! I'm thinking of eating and watching movies all day with the hunnie!

3 weeks

Wow! I can't believe the main event is right around the corner! I feel like I have so much to get done. But really, it's lots of little things, the niknak things, the small necessities, the things that take time.

But, I am not going to stress ;), if they get done, they get done - if they don't, they don't!

The rehearsal/rehearsal dinner is three weeks away from today! The wedding is three weeks and one day away from today and the honeymoon will start in three weeks and two days from today!!

Thinking about all the festivities has put me in a great mood this morning!


I just love this picture, it's so simple and beautiful :)
picture via speaktomelove.blogspot.com

So, our plan for the weekend is to tear out the interior of the house but we have a chance of SNOW/rain/wind tomorrow with a high of 39! Where does weather like this come from? I swear, only in Texas. Sunday is supposed to be windy with a high of 51. So, I can't promise that we will get over there Saturday but we are going to try for Sunday!! Wish us luck. :/

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Things on my mind..

Sometimes my mind feels like a constant slide show! Problem is that the slides have nothing to do with each other. I wish I could focus on ONE thing and complete that thought/task before my mind to decides to skip to something else. My way of managing the the array of slides is to write EVERYTHING down! That way I can always remember what I was thinking and/or supposed to be thinking about.

This is the first thing I was thinking about today...


but don't we all? I hate that money consumes your thoughts! Just breathe and live!! Song on my mind when I just wrote that... "I want to break free" Queen..love love love Queen. (wink to Tonya H.- she loves Queen too)

picture via RealSimple.com

I am also thinking of the colors I want to paint the walls in our house. I thought I had a color scheme down but then I saw this one this morning...


I was thinking...the top left grey in the living room, the green in the kitchen w/ white/tan cabinets, and that's about as far as I've gotten. I want to use light blue, really light yellow, and tan in the other rooms but I am not sure what to put where?

I am still looking for other color schemes that might just blow me away!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patty's Day!

I hope everyone is wearing their green today!

I am absolutely obsessed with Etsy.com. It's a website that sells strictly handmade or vintage items. I ordered Ryan's wedding ring from a shop called Fabuluster based out of Topsham, Maine. The ring, to say the least, is amazing. Ryan picked the design he liked for the outside and then in the inside is molded in the shape of my finger print. Here is a picture that Meegan Weaver, our wedding photographer, took during my bridal portraits.

Besides the ring, I have ordered lots of other items to help personalize our wedding day. Etsy is awesome because you can find almost anything, it's reasonably priced, and your helping out people who hand make the items they sell!

Here are some home decor items I have already fallin' in love with this morning.

Throw Pillows (each have a bit of green to celebrate this St. Patrick's Day)


found at Designed by Annabelle shop on Etsy


found at Lynnes This and That shop on Etsy


found at Elegantouch shop on Etsy

I hope all have a safe and green St. Patrick's Day!