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One Lovey Blog

I just saw that the lovely August15bride has given me my very first blog award! It is so unexpected .. I don’t eve have an acceptance speech ready LOL. I will just tag 6 lovey fellow wedding bloggers!

1. Sweets and Life
2. The Roddy Bride
3. The Snowflake Wedding
4. WrittenBliss
5. The World Around Her
6. Wedding Planning with Joy

Happy Planning ladies!!

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Now that I have something for Miss G for her walk down the aisle, I need to have something for Little A as well.

My mom originally sent me a link to the ever popular Paloma’s Nest Ring Bearer Bowl.
They are nice and simple. Then last night a thought popped into my head …. Dad just got Mom a kiln! Maybe we can make our OWN bowl! I picked up the phone and gave Mom a ring. Yes it was easy to do, but (there is always a but) she hasn’t really set up the kiln, which basically means it has no power right now. She offered up an alternative. A polymer clay bowl! She has worked with polymer clay before. She made adorable little grape wine charms for my brother’s wedding back in 2006. I love the idea that it will be handmade and that it will have some color. Let’s face it, our wedding has COLOR!

I found a video tutorial:


Create a Mold for Your Polymer Clay Bowl — powered by ExpertVillage.com

Have you looked for alternatives to a pillow for your ring bearer?

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DIY Pomander

Before Miss G left to go visit her father we had a discussion about what she would like to have for her walk down the aisle. I gave her a choice between:
1. A Basket with flowers
2. A small bouquet
3. A Pomander

To my surprise (and delight) she picked a Pomander!!

Tonight after work I headed to Michael’s and found some fall bunches on sale for $2.99 each and grabbed a styrofoam ball. I got the 6″ ball because I wanted it to have some substance to it. I also grabbed some satin royal blue ribbon, but it may be too wide.

I started by taking off the heads of the sunflowers from the stems. If you use a different type of flower you may need wire cutters to take them off.

Then using my Tacky Glue I covered the base of the sunflower and stuck it into the styrofoam ball. I started by simply making a straight line of flowers in a row. Too close together and the flowers pushed on each other and wouldn’t glue down. Too far apart and you could see the white. Try to stagger the flowers to help fill in the gaps.

I did one side and then allowed it to dry. I got this much done already with 2 bunches. I still have 4 bunches left so I will have left overs to make her a wreath for her hair as well.

Cost:
4 – bunches of sunflowers at $2.99 each = $11.96
1 – 6″ styrofoam ball = $5.99
1 – 4yd roll of ribbon = $3.99
Tacky Glue – already in craft supplies

Total $21.94

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The sound of music

The last few days I have been trying to get Mr. B to sign off our our music choices. Both for the ceremony and the reception. We still haven’t finalized our reception music, but I did send off our list to the ceremony musicians. Here are the choices. Remember that these songs will be acoustic guitars/bass and there will be no lyrics.

PRE-CEREMONY (PRELUDE) PROGRAM:
*to include but not limited too the following songs*

“In My Place” by Coldplay
“The Luckiest” by Ben Folds
“Angel” by Jack Johnson
“Here There And Everywhere” by the Beatles
”She” by Elvis Costello
”Stolen” by Dashboard Confessionals
”So Happy Together” by The Turtles

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MOTHERS: Hymne by Vangelis

I don’t think any of our song choices are “traditional”. I will be listing our songs on the programs so that people don’t have to wonder what is being played.

Have you strayed away from tradional ceremony music?

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I just realized that I never showed you the suit we bought Little A. We bought it the end of March after we bought Mr. B’s suit. I found it at Burlington Coat Factory during an Easter sale. It is a Calvin Klein suit and I got it for only $49. It didn’t come with a shirt so we need to find one, but it was a great price for the suit. As you can see the pants need a little altering. I don’t want to do anything permanent because let’s face it, he will grow LOL.

I also found him a pair of converse just like Mr. B’s on ebay for $19

That puts the grand total (so far) for Little A’s outfit at $68, definitely under my $100 budget.

That makes 3 down and just Miss G’s left to go.

Did you take advantage of any holiday sales when buying stuff for your wedding party?

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At the beginning of the month Mr. B and I took some time on a Saturday morning to go and register. Originally registering had not been on our “Things To Do” for the wedding list. I already have a house, I already have a LOT of stuff. Why did I need more?? Then people started asking where we registered. At first I was brushing it off, explaining that I already had a house full of stuff. Then someone along the line pointed out it would be nice to get NEW stuff. You know, stuff that my EX didn’t use. That made sense. Most of my “stuff” did come from my first wedding and marriage. Out with the old, in with the new!!

We made a short list of things that we wanted to replace in my house. Things like sheets and towels were obviously on the list. Then I took inventory in the kitchen, a few things needed replaced. Gadgest had broke over the years, dishes were scratches, and napkins stained. With an idea of what we needed we decided to head to Bed Bath and Beyond, but they were not open yet. To kill time we headed to Target. I originally wasn’t going to register there because the return process has changed so drastically in recent years. We added a few essentials while we were there and I took pictures of Mr B having fun with the scanner.

A Carpet Cleaner is a must have with kids!


A new microwave that won’t have a broken display

Then we headed over to Bed Bath and Beyond.

Unlike Target they have an associate who sits down with you and goes over everything. It kind of feels like a sales pitch, but she was very friendly and helpful. She took us on a tour around the store explaining different sections and gave us some recommendations when we asked. Then she turned us loose with a clipboard and the scanner gun. Mr. B definitely turned into a little kid, scanning anything I even mentioned LOL.

scanning a toilet brush, I can never find one at the house when I need it.


nice new napkins, good thing Mr. B works retail and knows how to type in codes

One thing that Bed Bath and Beyond offers that is different than Target is a an Incentive program. They give you a list of companies that offer you a free gift if you register for a certain dollar amount worth of their product. I had heard of “gift with purchase” and “free mail in offers” but never a gift with registry.

Once I went over the list I realized that a few of the companies we had already planned on registering for their products. For example Calphalon was already the type of pots and pans we wanted. For registering for $500 worth of their cookware we get a free knife! Not a bad deal at all! There are also gifts if your guests complete your registry for those same companies. It is definitely a great marketing idea. If/when I recieve any of the free gifts I will be sure to let you know.

Did you get any free gifts when registering? Are any other stores offering programs like this?

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Blue outfit blues

I mentioned before that I have been having a hard time find cute outfits I like in plus sizes. I don’t have any definite dates for any showers or parties, but I know that there will be some. The last few times I haven’t had kids my friend and I did some shopping around town looking for options. I haven’t purchased anything because nothing has jumped out at me. Here are a few outfits I like.

#1 – Blue Floral Dress

Robbie Bee dress at Dillard. Currently on sale for $55. I have a few Robbie Bee dresses and they always fit so nice. I didn’t try this one on, but it is very simlar to a green one that I wore on Mother’s Day.

#2 – Skirt and Tank outfit

Lane Bryant skirt and tank. The skirt is $49.50 and was really the only part of the outfit that I liked.

#3 – Dress with and without shrug

Lane Bryant dress. The dress is $69.50 and the shrug is $29.50. It was okay, but still didn’t really flatter my figure.

#4 – Ebay Dress

Rockabilly Dress on Ebay. I have been watching this dress on ebay for a while. Right now it is 15% off, but I am still hesitant to make a purchase.

Which outfit do you like? I am open to other suggestions as well.

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