Thursday, February 23, 2012

Easter Egg Decoration

A little early for Easter but saw the idea to sew pieces of fabric together and couldn't resist!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I made the team!

Yah! I made the PSA Essentials Design team for a second year!

Check out my listing on today's blog and read about some of the other designers:

PSA Stamp Camp

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Homemade pasta, that's amore!

I always buy the homemade pasta from the Bluffton Farmer's Market and have been anxious to try making it myself. When I was a kid we would make homemade pasta and it seemed like an exhausting process because we used a hand crank.

I got a pasta roller/cutter attachment for my KitchenAid mixer and have used it a handful of times already. It is surprisingly easy! The hardest part seems to be finding a grocery store that carries semolina flour. It takes me about an hour to make 8 small "nests" of pasta. The end result is totally worth the effort - light, fluffy and flavorful pasta.

The set-up:

Rolled sections and cut sections:

Final product:


Thursday, July 21, 2011

All Thank You's are not the same

Luke’s aunts were kind enough to throw me a bridal shower on April 2 in Chicago. My mom flew in from Massachusetts and we had a blast touring around the city with Luke’s Mom and Dad. Check us out at “the bean”:

The shower was tons of fun and included Luke’s family, aunts, cousins and some friends. They certainly showered us with a myriad of gifts. I wanted to do something creative for a thank you card. Since Luke didn’t come along on the trip I thought it would be fun to send custom photo’s with Luke and I, a thank you sign and the gift they gave us. We had a blast going through the list and setting up the shots:

I had all of the pictures printed and then wrote a thank you on the back of each.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Shower the people you love with love

My friends from “Team Hilton Head” and “Team Massachusetts” threw Luke and I an over-the-top, knock your socks off, best ever couples shower. The hostesses put months of work into it and it showed! There were personalized candle holders, flower arrangements, tapas from WiseGuys, a collage with pictures of Luke and I, homemade favors and lots of fun! How do you thank someone for doing so much for you?

I hand-embroidered them each a handkerchief with their monograms. They came out really cute!

And here are the lovely ladies that made it all happen - thank you!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

All You Need is Love, Actually

By far one of the best wedding scenes in a movie comes from "Love, Actually" when the musicians surprise the bride and groom with the song "All You Need is Love" by the Beatles. I've watched this over and over and was even inspired to play this song when I walked down the aisle because.... all you need is love.

Watch the YouTube clip Here

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Say Yes to the Dress

One of the first decisions I made for the wedding, even before the date was set, was that I wanted to wear my mom’s wedding dress. The dress had been preserved and shrink wrapped in a box for almost 40 years - I had only seen it in pictures. My mom barely even remembered what it looked like except that she ripped one of the sleeves a little on her big day.

Last May, when Luke’s mom Anita and my mom were both in town, we opened the box. It’s a beautiful gown with a delicate lace overlay and long train. The dress fit perfectly but their were a few alterations I wanted to make - turtleneck and long sleeves weren’t going to work for me. Fortunately, my Aunt in Massachusetts owns a tailoring shop and volunteered to help.

I fell in love with the final dress and felt beautiful when I wore it. If I was in a store and saw it, I probably would have purchased the same dress!

Before shot:

After shots:

Me and Mom:

Of course we had to do a re-enactment of my parents wedding photo: