Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

One Week…(and that Barenaked ladies song is stuck permanently in my head)

by artjynx

It’s Saturday morning. Exactly one week til the wedding day. Scott and I have been doing that annoying to everyone else couple’s thing…(this will be the last time we go here unmarried….sort of thing). It’s only annoying when other people do it, right? ;) This 3-Day weekend couldn’t come at a better time. I’m making some last minute DIY crafty things (and figured out how to do them right after only 4 tries and realized that I was putting way too much thought into making them perfect). One thing I’ve learned about this DIY stuff is that usually they are really simple and only look complex. All those ETSY people can’t be totally constantly working, yes? We still have some big things to get done but we’re waiting on a few vendors before being able to do it. I’m pretty confident we’ll get it done and if we don’t or it’s not perfect…I’m sure people will have a good time anyway. We’re also dividing that time into just being together and enjoying these few days before it’s all a sweet memory. I’m constantly told that it will be over before I know it, so I’m trying to capture as much as I can.

I will be going to Design Camp in a few weeks after the wedding and one of the classes I’m taking is an iphone photography class using an iphone app called hipstamatic. Luckily, I started playing with it early to make sure I had downloaded all the fun stuff. It turns out that the makers of hipstamatic created a special free lens just for SXSW. I wasn’t able to go this year due to wedding circumstances….(design camp was the consolation, but I think I’m totally fine with that). Anyhoo, I’ve been using that free lens constantly and think it’s my favorite. We went to Wolf Pen Creek Park yesterday to soak up the awesome day (i keep looking at the weather and I’m very hopeful our wedding day will be just as pretty).

What a great day to do nothing. We did do a lot yesterday, but this was a break from it all. It makes me very grateful for all the awesome, wonderful people in our lives and our upcoming wedding. I keep pinching myself mentally (yes, it’s possible) that I get the honor of being Scott’s wife in just a week. I hope I can do it without crying. I’ve always been annoyed with myself for being overwhelmed with emotion for certain things. I just want to enjoy it and be happy…but the whole idea of it hits me at once and boom waterworks. I’m going to try to put most of this in writing this week, and hopefully I can emotionally wrap my head around it and just be relaxed and happy. Not a teary eyed happy. Either way, happy. I love you, sweetie!

Door happy

by artjynx

Ok people. It’s getting down to the wire here….to day is the 3rd. of. February. Meaning less (!) than 2 months away from our wedding day. I haven’t yet been able to figure out how many people can blog every day about the current state of their weddings. I’m trying to figure out if it’s that I’m too busy with full-time job and freelance and wedding to-do lists or that I simply have poor time management skills. Anyhoo, the point of this particular post is regarding the doors for our wedding pic backgrounds…that we painted last Thanksgiving. I told you I was busy! Scott managed a christmas post before I could get to my door post.

Again…I’ll try to stay on subject here. When we first got engaged and my brain was thinking we had TONS of time to do all kinds of DIY projects (you can stop laughing at anytime now) I had the brilliant idea of having a really nice funky chic background for wedding pics and for anyone who wanted their pics taken at the wedding ..possibly for the photobooth inside. My MOH, Alexi, who is the downtown Bryan Horse Drawn Carriage lady reminded me of a stash of doors collected by a building owner in Downtown Bryan. Zane Anderson currently renovates old buildings and tries to leave the charm but saves as much of the original hardware as he can. Sadly, many of these doors are in somewhat poor shape and their only hope is that some insane bride comes along to rescue them with a coat of paint and put them in her wedding. “Score!” Zane sold me about 7 of these doors for relatively little money. We stored them in Phil’s (BM) Garage till we found time to deal with them. We hired a guy to sand them down for us and clean them up a little before painting.

After Thanksgiving, we set to work the rest of the weekend painting and re-aging the doors:

awesome doors in Phil's garage
Tina painting and then distressing antique doors to be backdrops for wedding pictures.

Door Gallery:

I found a great tutorial on aging furniture at Design Sponge. The colors are bright and gorgeous…no light pastels at this wedding. I think with the photographer we hired there will be some beautiful bright pics with these doors as a background. I managed to find an old bench too off of craigslist that should be a nice contrast. My bridesmaid, Molly, and I spent and entire evening sewing paper garland…I learned oodles about my sewing machine and I’m excited about it. There will be lots of colored paper garland over the doors and photobooth. We’re going for a casual fun atmosphere. I encourage people to wear bright colors and not expect a huge amount of formality after the ceremony. ;) I will add pics of the garland as soon as I get home.

Coming soon….the uber-bouquet making party of ’11. It’s gonna be crazy.