Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday Etsy Find: Ring Bowls

Ring bowls are becoming very popular replacing the traditional ring bearer pillow. I had my two ringer bearers carry a bowl each. One bowl said "I DO" and the other "ME TOO" with our wedding date 08.08.09.

I hate to say this because I love the idea of the ring bowls, but I think my ring bowls were poorly made because when I received them in the mail one was cracked on the back. I had the seller send me a new one of the one that cracked again. Then right before ceremony the other bowl cracked on the back. I was so upset. The seller might be better now on the quality, but I wouldn't use this seller again.

I love love the concept of the ring bowls. Because you can actually keep and use it. Unlike the ring pillow. Really...what are you going to do with that? A little nap pillow, a foot rest, baby pillow?? No clue. Just one more thing you throw away after the wedding. At least with the bowl you can use it to put your rings on when you are not wearing them or use them as an ornament. For me my dogs got a hold of 2 of the bowls and ate them. Yes you heard me right ATE THEM! I was soooo mad at them. Luckily I had one bowl left (it was cracked on the back), but at least I have one. Now it is in a safe spot from the heathens (I still love them). I think I will get some more made from a different seller to have as personal keepsake.

Here are some other great ring bowls from some Etsy sellers. NOTE: I did not include my seller because I wouldn't send you to such poor quality. However, I believe these are sellers who have good quality bowls.


Seller: Elm Studios

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Our DIY Bedroom Makeover

My husband and I live in an older home (like 45 years old), which use to be his grandmother's. Back when it was built in the 50's it was built with the best materials of it's time. The house had the most modern features and upgrades and the great decade could offer like: pocket doors, push button switches, 3 socket plugs, birch wood paneling, open floor plan, etc. The house is in great shape for being the age that it is, but she definitely needs a little face lift and touch of some modern flare.

We started a few years ago to pull up the carpet in the living room & the main hallway. The carpet was at least 30 years old and needed to be taken up. Recently Mike read an article in a magazine (I think Men's Health) about all the bacteria and germs that live in your carpet. He was so disgusted by it the next day when I came home from work the carpet was ripped up in our bedroom. For a few weeks our bedroom floor was a slab of concrete. (BTW carpet is so disgusting when you pull it up. All the dirt & stains that you are unable to vacuum & clean are under there and it is just NASTY....gives me chills just thinking about it. GROSS! Ugh!)

Renovating is sooooo expensive. Luckily my husband enjoys doing a lot of projects himself that help us save money and I have to say they turn out great! He has a great gift when it comes to carpentry and design. Anyways on to the DIY story.... It all started because one of my good friend's was replacing their wood laminates with real hardwoods and offered to give her laminates to us and some that were new in the box for FREE. Could NOT pass that up! Great deal and so gracious of my friend and her husband. Then we decided if we are redoing the floors then we should paint our bedroom to a more tranquil & relaxing color. Thus, our 3 week project began!

During the 3 weeks we temporarily had our bed in our living room with out any frames. My husband said he got a better night sleep with out the frame so he decided he was going to build our own custom made bed! I was thinking....he is nuts! He doesn't know how to do that! Well I was more than pleasantly surprised. He built the most beautiful bed I have ever seen. I was soooo proud! It is sooo awesome! It is solid pine that he stained a dark brown. The bed is really high up so our dogs can not jump and sleep with us anymore (it really sucked before because all 3 slept on my side...yes, 260lbs worth of dog on me). We even made our own upholstery headboard (almost done just need to add more buttons). We bought the fabric, foam & made our own buttons. It looks great!!

Here are before and after pictures of our DIY Master Bedroom renovation.

Before.....

Mike starting to paint the walls after stripping wallpaper, texturing & priming the walls.
Bentley, Maverick, & Lucy really wanted to help out. ha!
Left side of the wall.

Now for the awesome AFTER !!!!!!!!!!!

Ta da!!! When I came home one day from work Mike had completely decorated and set up our room! I was speechless! Mike even framed and mounted the pictures from our wedding himself!
Floral decorations were given us to our friend 
who gave us the floors too!!
Facing the doorway. Mike installed a new fan too! 
More up to date from what we had before.
Don't those floors look awesome!! So much better than carpet!
My dresser! I love this antique dresser (use to be my dad's). 
It fits in really well with our room. LOVE!
My side of the bed.
Mike's side of the bed.
(Sorry for such a grainy pic, I had turned off the flash...bad idea)
Mike's dresser he had refinished. It was original painted black with no hardware or legs. Mike stripped, stained, made his own legs & added hardware. It looks awesome!!
Our curtains...I am not a huge fan because of the color, but we are still working on it. At least we have something!
I know this was seen in a previous picture, 
but I had to really get a picture of this one by itself! 
Trung gave us an amazing gallery wrap from our TTD session! 
It looks incredible in person and MUCH bigger!!

All in all I am extremely pleased with our new room. It is my favorite room and I hate leaving it. It is so cozy and I can't wait to update the rest of the house or have a new home with the similar look of our new master.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday Etsy Find: Stamp it!!

When I was addressing all of our save the dates and invitations I thought my hand was going to FALL OFF! My right hand went into a cramp soooo many times it was terrible! I needed an ice pack at the end! No wonder people hire calligraphist or do labels!

For my though I didn't have the budget to hire a talented calligraphist and I didn't want to do labels because I didn't want people think our STD's and invites were junk mail (I invested months of tears and sweat designing those things I wasn't about to have someone mistake them as trash! NO SIR!). Personally I am more inclined to open mail that my address was handwritten.

Today's etsy find is a custom RUBBER STAMP, which I think will be a HUGE time saver with your paper products (STD, invites, thank you cards, Christmas cards, etc.). Of course you can't stamp individuals addresses, but you can stamp your own address. That will save 1/2 of the hand pain. Plus I think they look really classy and elegant.

They are sooo easy to use! To make it even look more custom you can select a ink rather then black, which could be similar to your colors.  

Here are some affordable rubber stamps from some etsy sellers.

Seller Note Trunk....




Seller lettergirl .....

These look like actual handwriting....it would fool me!

 
Seller Stamp Out Online....

Seller Custom Art Stamps ....

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I am in LOVE with our TTD pics!!

I had posted a few teasers of our TTD session a couple weeks ago! My incredible photographer posted about 20 more on facebook! I was so excited I had to share! These came out much better than I envisioned initially! We will be seeing the rest this Friday!!! Yay for TTD!!!

I loved climbing into this lifeguard tower. So fun!
I didn't get any cool veil shots on the wedding day
(because I was soo hot from the Texas August heat!). 
So I brought it out and I am glad that I did!
I am soooo short!! I need to wear my heels more often 
(wearing flip flops in this photo)
I love this one!! Just beautiful!! 
*Side note.....my mother in law made my veil. 
I love how she did it. Gorgeous!
I swear this is my nerdy laugh.....
This is more like it!
This is classic Mike!! LOL! He is a goof ball!


He is holding me tight so I won't fall down. 
These waves were strong!
I love love love this one and the one below. 
This is so us! Very playful!

I love love love how these turned out! They were so much fun! I recommend everyone doing them!!

~Liz