Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Although I seem to constantly have Wedding Brain, it's not as all consuming as it seems.
In light of our upcoming nuptials and the New Year, Rob and I have been talking about our Life Plans again this week. We want kids (2), we want physical custody of Alina, and we want a house, not necessarily in that order, within 5 years of our wedding.
We'll see what shakes out.
[Its still hard to picture doing the whole pregnancy, birth, juggle work and kids right now. Alina is a different story because we only get Baby Girl on weekends- no work juggle. And no birth. And plans hinge on ability to conceive, too]
Anywho, the only kink in the plan is how we get there. Ok, ok, big kink.
I hate the idea of leaving my kids with someone else... heck, that's even if they was someone else to leave them with. Paying a stranger is out. [Babysitting occasionally is one thing but I don't want a total stranger raising my kid, and when you look at the number of hours I'd be away working full time, that's pretty much what we're talking about.] And I don't want anyone else raising my kids!
So how do we work around this? We've been marinating on how to work on our own schedule. Start our own business now and build it so that by the time we want to have kids, one of us can quit [fingers crossed both of us could quit] and be at home [...and that's PC bull, I wanna be the one at home hehe].
But what are our strengths? What can we do better than others that would set us apart and allow us to create a niche for ourselves? One thing all this blogging and wedding planning has taught me is I like planning and I like weddings. One thing it reminded me of is my love for photography. It's been years since I got behind a camera with purpose and I miss it. Lack of time and equipment has led me down a dark, artless road. Bleah.
If I can get back up to par and develop a portfolio, I might have a fighting chance. My current work schedule allows me the time to do it, now I just need the equipment [buy a camera or buy a ridiculous dress, hmmm, tough choice...].
And how does Rob factor into this? Boy is a DJ, people! And a damn good award winning one, at that. All we need to make him event-capable is FINALLY install Serato [think of it as a program that lets you play your MP3s through a turn table; we;ve owned it for close to 3 years now and haven't even played with it yet] and buy a PA system- heck we can even rent that awhile. If we pimp him out as a wedding DJ, me out as a wedding photographer, or the whole package at a cut rate... we may be on to something...
I'm floating off into LaLaLand, dreaming about working for ourselves, doing something we love to do and get paid for it, and being with our kids.
So until our wedding, I'm going to be working on getting that camera and building a portfolio, much of which will probably end up here.
Wish us luck!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
An ode to weirdness on Christmas.
Pre-lit upside down trees are all over the internet... of everything here, this is the only one to which I say...
Now this is my kinda tree.
A jeweler in Singapore brought new meaning to the phrase "looks like a million bucks" with this tree comprised of 913 carats of diamonds! Talk about blang BLANG!
Knit yourself a tree!
::hiccup:: Lotta work goes intop this one ::hiccup::
[all photos above from elanso.com]
In honor of Christmas Eve, all things today shall be be Christmas
Cause I said so.
First off, Christmas cupcakes, care of Cupcakes Take the Cake and today's guest blogger
Marilla from Cupcake Rehab.
First off, the snowmen, in honor of my own SnowMan and fiance.Yup, that's a fruit roll-up scarf.
These Christmas Ball ornament cupcakes look so good I want to hang them on a tree!
And now MY favoritest cupcake of the Christmas seasons- the most precious penguins ever. So we have a cold weather-creature fetish. Deal.
And now all other things good and beautiful about Christmas cupcakes.
Happy Holidays! Be safe and be loved!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Always sweet to get notes from your guests, and what better way than a notebook right on their table? They can make entries at their leisure and the books will be a fabulous keepsake, not to mention a great way to number/ name your tables!
...or not, and nver will with this great idea for a DIY cupcake stand
What You’ll Need:
2 terra cotta saucers (I used a 7” and a 10” saucer, but you can use any size you like)
2 terra cotta rose pots (The pots I used are 5” and 6” high. You can use any size as long as they are taller than the height of your cupcake and frosting.)
2 yards ribbon (or what ever it takes to make it around the circumference of your saucer)
Decorative or scrap book paper
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Sponge paint brush
Terra cotta pots are available at most nurseries and home and garden stores.
Cupcakes shown are available at Hello, Cupcake in Tacoma, WA
1. Begin by painting both sides of your terra cotta saucers and only the outside of the terra cotta rose pots with your acrylic paint and sponge brush (see figure one and two). Paint a second coat if needed.
2. Allow the paint to dry completely.
3. Turn the saucers upside down and glue the bottom of the rose pots to the back side of the saucers using your hot glue gun. Use a generous amount of glue. (see figure 3)
4. When the glue has dried, turn your cake stands right side up and carefully glue your ribbon to the edge of your saucers. (see figure 4)
5. Cut two circles out of your paper to line the inside of the saucers. (see figure 5)
6. Stack stands and arrange your cupcakes.
2 terra cotta saucers $7
2 terra cotta rose pots $3
acrylic paint $2.50
2 yards ribbon $4
1 sheet paper $1.50 Total = $18 for two stands
"One easy DIY project that I loved was our cupcake flags. They can be anything – a picture, a graphic, a phrase – whatever follows the theme of your wedding. I made little 2” designed circles with horseshoe, a hitched horse and tandem bicycle images with phrases like “lucky in love”, “gettin’ hitched” and “bicycle built for two”. All you need is thick paper, a circle cutter, white lollipop sticks from the craft store, and some clear strong glue. Voila!"
Monday, December 22, 2008
Some dresses that I've been checking out...
of course, now that I've found
out of Australia, it's highly likely that I'll have whatever look I decide on custom-made by them!
Designed by Henry Roth for Kleinfeld
Besides swooning over looks I;d like to see in my own wedding photography, these shots make me want to pick up a camera and find that special shot on my own,
Originally uploaded by Tim PopUp
And yes, my cats, too are oft tortured by penguins for a photo op.
So when I came across this on Flickr, how could I not share (and put is somewhere safe to share with Rob later? He'll get a giggle, too )