Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pregnancy week 4

I am going to be doing my best to post a photo update for each week of my pregnancy. 

 I didn't tell anyone for my first month and I didn't find out that I was pregnant until week four. So this will be the first in what I hope to be 35 weeks (because I missed my first three) of my pregnancy. I am actually on my sixth week so far but because I didn't tell anyone until the middle of my second month, I am just now posting these. I will also be posting weeks five soon. I think I like being able to do each post at the end of the week that way I can share information that has happened that week and show more progress in the photos.Hope you all like them. I got my inspiration from this lovely blog but if you are going though a pregnancy there is a ton of inspiration for maternity photos on here that are all amazingly and uniquely done.
I'd love to hear your opinion and ideas on this anyone other mommy-to-be's out there?

p.s. some kind readers pointed out a error in the photo. Desiger should be desire but I am unable to fix this problem due to the online editor I use on the photos.  -.- I apologise and will do my best to make sure the next months is error free. Thank you for continuing to read even past my flaws. You are all the best! <3

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Things That Matter Most

I'm not really sure how to say this. I've re wrote this several time. John and I have been praying and asking God for a child for 11 months now and his answer has finally been 'yes'!
We are expecting! I'm pregnant and I'm going to be a mother! 
I can honestly say that the first thing I did was fall to my knees, cry, cry more, thank God about 100 time and cry more... in the bathroom. Then I showed John a video I made a while back for him to announce that I was pregnant. He really liked it though I think he had a hunch because he was grinning ear to ear the whole time. :P 

There is a lot of stuff going on in our lives right now. We don't have a house, our lease is up in Dec., we owe a lot of people a lot of stuff, I'm just getting my photography business up and running, I'm working on my Etsy shop still, We have a wedding to go to soon, I think to myself that there is a lot to do and still be done but this is GODS timing and I could not be more blessed. All I have ever wanted was old house with lots of children running around and bring life to ever bit of it, to be a mother, make cookies in the kitchen, watch Disney movies on Friday nights, chase children around a big yard, and be called a good wife and mommy. So yeah, life is still going to have bumps in the road but if God has lead us this far and given us so much, I have faith he will care for us all the days of our lives and continue to bless this house. And in the end, these are the things that matter most! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Renaissance Wedding

This set of board is my first I have done for an actual event! You can’t even imagine how excited this makes me! My friend is getting married soon, so, of course I asked if I could make her a set of event boards... she said sure, so here I am! I hope you like it L. :D
 1. She wanted the colors to be traditional renaissance royal colors so of course I made the bouquet with traditional flowers also. 2, they are deep red roses with 'black' calla lilies; which can also be used for the flower girl to throw and to scatter up the aisle before the wedding and as centerpieces. 3. This church looks so much like a castle and the best part, its right in town! 4. Because the aisle is carpeted deep red (lucky L) I  think adding a bit of soft cream fabric and lighter flowers would accent it well without over doing it. 5. These invitations are so perfect for this event and are priced the same as homemade invitations, and they are customizable! 6. A home-made sign is a great way to let people know were the wedding is and much classier then balloons or ribbon on a church bulletin board.
 1. These bridesmaid dresses were picked by the bride to be and are great in bringing in the main colors.2. A royal necklace to be worn by the 'king' (groom) along with 3. And 4. To tie the outfit together. 5. This is another pick from L. A Cute angel flower girl. 6. Even the groomsmen get to dress the part, of course, not as snazzy as the groom but still dashing as knights. 7. This wedding dress is not over done but suiting to the theme and elegant. And paired with 8. It’s hard to guess who the 'queen' of the evening is.
 1. What renaissance wedding would be complete without a castle?! This cake is fun without being overdone and goes with the theme so well. 2. and 3. Are great ways to display and serve period styled food 4. Barbecue turkey legs 5. Roasted whole chicken with veggies and 6. Roasted vegetable skewers are perfect meal choices and add to the vibe.
1. Apple cider is a good choice for all ages and is good for any seasoned wedding. I also love the metal cups. <3 2. A cart is a unique and clever way to display gifts from guest while adding something theme related to look at. 3. Barrels full of flowers makes for a sweet centerpiece while being subtle, simple, and cheap and non-distracting to guests. 4. Nothing is more renaissances then a rustic, distressed, DIYed table with mason jars of apple cider and a simple setting. It’s also budget friendly; as is 5. Which are homemade hart shaped bird feeders for guest favors. 6. A wide hoop on the inside the 'couples tent' (8.) full of blankets, pillows, and candles makes for a romantic getaway during dinning for the new couple and also fits perfectly with the setting. 7. These sword in the stone place holders are so cute and make a sweet extra take home for guests. They are also easy to DIY with river rocks, a paint pin, and small toy swords.

I hope you all enjoyed it boars and have a wonderful, fun day! Remember, I'd love to make you a set of event boards if you have an idea or event coming up. Just comment on any of the event posts and I'll do my best to please. <3

Comment time! What do you all think? Anyone else doing a renaissance wedding? Have any good ideas to leave with the bride to be? Let hear it!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Bitter sweet Return

Hubby and I are finally home from our week vacation to Newport News for our anniversary. We had so much fun just relaxing, shopping, and hanging out with my family but boy did it feel good to pull into our drive and be home. As my sweet husband started bringing bags in I decided to go out on the deck and check on my small veggie garden. As I made my way out I was shocked to find a LARGE branch (the size of a small tree) had fallen on our room and caused part of the gutter to fall in. On top of that, my garden was destroyed and all my pot was strewed across the deck. The poor dead plants striving to hang on to what little life they have left in them. We had NO idea that yet another storm had passed through our town! The upside (because there is always an upside) is that we turned off all the power to save electricity for the week we were gone, so, our computer and such are all fine. Also, our land lords sent someone out and they cut our front lawn. This is a big deal because the gas was almost as tall as I am... and I wish I was exaggerating that -.-. Someone must have seem the branches or came to check on us because parts of the tree that fell on the deck (the entire tree fell next to the deck but only the large branch hit it and the house... God blessed us) because part of it had been cut off for use and I was able to go on the deck and clean up part of its mess. So, in a way, it is good to be home; but, it will be a while I think before we are all settled in again and things are back to normal.

A Country Wedding

I'm at it again with a new event boards! After seeing loads of inspiration on Pinterest and Etsy, I decided to create a country wedding event set! Hope you all like them <3

1.These wedding invitation have just enough rustic look without being over done and would also be easy to make on ones own on the low. The different prints make it less formal and charming. 2.Galvanized bins full of babies breath adds the just the right amount of softness to the end of each row without being over the top. 3. For the bouquets and centerpieces I chose coral bell and echinacea to bring in the main colors of yellow and red and give the setting a relaxed yet elegant feel. 4. The location of a big red barn is both budget savvy (you can ask a local rancher to use the property for much cheaper then a wedding venue) and classic and makes for a great back drop for the wedding as well as the fallowing reception!

1.For the wedding gown I chose a vintage, cream, train-less, lace dress. I think it combines timeless beauty with rustic sophistication. 2. You can't get much more country then these adorable red checked gingham bridesmaid dresses; they combine the shape and lace of the brides dress with the fun and lively atmosphere good ol' country cookout. 3. These gentleman's ties and coral bell boutonniere go dashingly along side any bridesmaid or wife to be. 4. Who says a bride has to wear all white?! these shoes add personality and compliment the bridesmaid dresses so well. 5. These cream lace shoes do the same tying the entire wedding party together.
1. As the evening whines down these candles will not only cause abundant lighting for extended partying but also 'oow's' and 'aww's' and are simple to set up in advance. 2. What is better for a barn house wedding then a cook out!? This serve-yourself buffet with classic cookout favorites (with a twist) will make any guest happy. 3. These hanging jar lamps are not only cheaper then sting lighting to make, but also packed full of country charm. 4. A easy-to-make chalk board is a cute and ideal way to list food and drink options as well as a little note from the bride and groom. 5. home made lemonade is a southern country must and can easy be infused with favorite flavors or alcohol for a cocktail hour if desired. 6. changing the wedding venue into the reception venue saves time in driving from location to location and money! It can easily be done even on the other side of the barn house during a cocktail hour!
1. Fresh lemons in jars add to the southern feel and bring a fresh sent to any setting. 2. Instead of having a wedding book signed or picture frame, try this cute idea, a handmaid quilt signed by guest using a fabric pin. 3. Candy and unwanted food is so over done, try using things like seeds as an adorable, theme related gift for guest. 4. Keep things simple and add to the back yard feel by letting guest help themselves. This basket idea goes with the barn house feel and allows ease on the bride and groom. 5. These adorable place cards are sweet, cheap, and simple. Spray a tube of farm animals (found at the dollar tree) or two with any colored spray paint for instant chic and just tie name tags on or make a slit in the mouth with an exacto knife for cards to fit into. 6. Burlap is simple and compliments the rustic look of a country, outdoor setting and also puts the fear of spills to rest.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Family Love

I have a new post on SNP (saving now photography). Its a photo shoot I did for my parents.

I'd love for you all to check it out and see what you think <3

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Through the Storms

I regret to say that our power is out. Here I am, at McDonald using the internet, wishing I had AC. Alas, I do not, so, today me and the Hubby hung out in a hot house, cooked on the grill as much of the food in the fridge that we could (the power has been out two days now) and washed dishes outside in a big bowl (we have a well but it uses electricity for to pump the water to it). Sigh; and I thought before we were living wild. NOW I feel like a pioneer! But the Lord never ceases to amazing me and we ended up have an AMAZING smoked barbecue chicken and smoked bean dinner off the grill (more on that later) and then relaxed in the cool water of Hawks Bill Creek, while watching the ducks go by. This storm has caused a lot of damage all around, and yet, as I watched the same little duckling and its mother  that we saw just a few days ago, swim by, I knew, God keeps us save and even in the roughest times, looks out for the smallest of us all. We are blessing. I know I say that a lot, but I mean it and I feel it. I feel loved in the heat of the day, though candle lite nights in a hot heat-less house, spending two hours trying to get the grill to start, and struggles of our days but I know, that at the end of the day, we still have a roof over our heads, food in the cupboard, warm blankets to sleep under, a husband to read stories to me by candles lite, and a man and dog and God who love me more than anything. Yes, I am blessed.