Friday, February 28, 2014

nurse themed ruffle apron - amy's bridal shower gift

i promised you a blog post about this, and now FINALLY there is a blog post.  and such a hodge podge of photos to go with it, since i had two models and a tree hanging variety to choose from.  i could have posted a bunch more that all looked exactly the same, simply because i love these aprons... but i resisted.
first things first. these hangers. love them. all brides should have one, and they should order them RIGHT HERE. i've placed orders super late in the game, and they've arrived with plenty of time to spare.  i may just order a generic "bride" one for my upcoming weddings this year, just incase.  but seriously people, take care of your brides and get them a fantastic custom hanger to put their wedding dress on.  unless i am invited to the shower.  then don't steal my thunder.
my sister modeled this first chunk of photos, as she is drafted in to every time i sew something. so here is her "photo cred"... just look at that smize she has. tyra taught her well.
so about the fabric...
i came across it (actually my mom did) when i was shopping for the fabric for betsy's airplanes apron for her october bridal shower.  i thought about buying it right then and there, but decided to wait until the bridal shower was closer and then go for it.  i think i hoped for a black friday sale or something, but nope.  nothing.  the apron takes five fabrics, and since there were only four i had to come up with a way to either find a coordinating fifth, or just deal with what was there.  so i decided since i liked the bandaids so much, i would use it ALL OVER this apron.  i made it the belt, as well as the second and fourth ruffles.  yep.  super happy with it.  it helped break up the stark white-ness of the rest of the apron.  yeah, i know.  white, such a great color to use around cooking... but since amy just finished her nursing degree and landed a job that officially starts days after the wedding, it was all so appropriate.
of course, i had to save the bridal shower "excitement" photos for this blog post. because it's just that much more exciting!
this past weekend amy was here (and we attempted to knock out her wedding favors... i'm sure there will be more on that after this weekend. ha!) and she just happened to bring her apron with her. so while sarah was inside fighting the printer, amy (and rue) came outside to model. such a fabulous job all around.
i just love how brutally honest rue is in this next one... seriously, tell us how bored you REALLY are.
then it was back inside to assemble the ONE successful favor. one down, 124 or so more to go.
let the wedding countdown begin! right now, it's at nine days... say WHAT?? bachelorette party this weekend, and before we know it, she'll be stuck with luke FOREVER.  nah, he's a pretty good guy.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

amy's bridal shower

the realization of that this was nearly a month ago, her bachelorette party is this weekend, and her wedding is less than two weeks away now... this post needed to happen!  if you remember the invitations, here is the final product of amy's bridal shower.  primarily socializing photos & amy opening presents (and food) but it is what it is.  and we had a fantastic time.  even me, who found the ice in the driveway and fell on my bum.  that was uber exciting!
i realize i don't have any cool pictures on my camera of the insides of these cupcakes, but they were basically DIY funfetti cupcakes to match amy's wedding colors of blue & green.  i purchased wilton's batter bits from joann's in the colors, mixed them in and they baked up delicious.  there's a picture on my instagram somewhere... they look like a mix between fruity pebbles & aquarium rocks, but tasted a billion times better.  the punch i mixed up was blue raspberry koolaid (or berry burst.  whatever the blue packet is) mixed with country time lemonade.  it was a bit on the sour side, but super delish.  and very blue.
i'm starting to wonder who was the guest of honor... amy or rue. probably rue...
jenny's brother drafted up a madlib for us to offer her some wedding advice. some of the words proved to be rather interesting... someone used "moist" at one point. haha
spoiler alert. i got amy a hanger & made her a ruffle apron. more on that later this week
and of course, finishing things off with amy & her momma dori :)
after all the guests came and went, we knocked out some hardcore wedding planning for her, and checked a bunch of things off her list.  right now, it's down to double checking that list and getting ready for a rockin' bachelorette party this weekend in reno.  i will do my best to get some blog worthy photos from that as well :)

Friday, February 14, 2014

saying goodbye: it's just a "thing"

yesterday was kind of a big deal, but at the same time it feels like it shouldn't be.
so i'm blogging about it.  deal with it.
yesterday, i sold my first car.
"first car" being the one that my dad bought the day after i my car was totaled because i needed to get to work on monday.  it became MY car officially the day the final car payment was paid, and the number was crossed off my make shift count down chart (i have one going for my rav4 as well, because that's how i roll)
it took us an entire day of car shopping to find this car that day, but it was found.
i can't say i "loved" the car... but it served me seven and a half years worth of my life.
long work commutes, college degrees, first days as a wedding photographer, life in general... surprisingly this wookie car made it through.  last june was the tipping point though, and i had to call it the end.  don't worry, we fixed it all up well before selling it.
i'd be lying if i didn't get a little emotional over this car going on to a new owner.
but i did.
and i felt dumb about it.
but then i remembered the time my parents got rid of our astro and brought home the ugly silver van.  i was upset over that too.  so i felt a little more justified as my "allergies" kicked in as i drove the car for the final time.
it's just a thing.  and as much as i disliked the car more often than not...
it served me well.
farewell, corolla.  you're on to a new life now.