May 12, 2014

Big news!!

We're married!

Now that the crazy year of planning is done, I hope to share more about our day soon!

March 09, 2014

Infinity scoodie

A few months ago I had a nice break from classes, and decided to pursue a new craft project- an infinity scoodie.  I wanted to make my own pattern and after some trial and error, pulled it off!  A friend saw mine and asked for own of her own and it turned out so good.  Here are some pictures of the final result of what I made for her:

Nicole picked some colors that I wouldn't have chosen on my own, and they were so perfect!  After I started, I couldn't get over how much I loved them together.  The yarn I used is super soft and the whole piece is really comfortable to wear.

I added some details that weren't on my original, including a cord with tassels to tighten the hood and a satin liner to help give the hood shape and for more warmth.  

The scarf part is really long (it reaches the ground when hanging straight down and loops around 3-4 times.

I love this scoodie and am looking forward to making more.  If you are interested in one of your own, feel free to contact me, either through blogger or my Etsy store.  (There isn't much on my Etsy shop right now, but you can send me a message and we can consult on an item.)  Thanks!

February 28, 2014

One year ago

My posting has been terrible for a while now, including this event that has now happened one year ago (yesterday) that I never actually finished writing about.  Last year, on February 27th, we lost our kitty Miles.  It was sudden and unexpected, and tough on everyone.   We still miss him so much and while our other three kitties are doing fine, we know that he's irreplaceable.  We miss you Miles!

October 20, 2013

Wedding Planning 1: Dress Inspiration

Since we got engaged 6 months ago, I've been looking for the perfect outfit for the big day.  I spent a lot of time searching through Pinterest, Etsy, and random Google inquiries, and found some really unique ideas to help inspire me!  

Here are some of my favorites:

This dress by Wai Ching stuns me every time I look at it.  There are photos submitted by brides with custom colors they chose for their dresses, and every single dress looks amazing!  I love the sheer areas and the color layers flowing out underneath.  If it was in my budget, I'd definitely go for this dress.

This embroidered dress by Aida Coronado on Etsy.  I like the simplicity of the design, with the pop of color on the bust.  This would be such a great (and comfortable) dress for an earthy bride.

And this handmade dress by Rai Alexander, also on Etsy.  It has stunning appliqué of a forest scene that reminds me of dressed-up patchwork festival dress.  I also like the detail of the bride and groom on the bottom of the skirt.

While I didn't pick any of these dresses for our wedding, I think I found something that captures my personality perfectly, fits my budget, and that I'll feel comfortable and beautiful wearing in May!  Can't wait to share more of my wedding ideas soon!

You can check out my ideas on my Pinterest wedding board, there are a bunch of ideas I've gone through in the process, including black and white, separate pieces, casual and fancy ideas, and accessories (part of what I'm wearing is posted too, can you guess what it is?)

October 11, 2013

Karen & Mark: 2 years

I've rarely been posting lately because I've been so busy (school, work, wedding planning, camping, crafting, etc.), but this is a special day to write an entry.  Today is the 2-year anniversary of Mark and my first date, basically the start of our relationship.  We were nervous, excited, and spent the evening sitting outside a restaurant drinking beer.  Mark held my hand,  hugged me goodnight, and we've been nearly inseparable ever since. 

We've since moved in together, gotten engaged, and are planning for the rest of our lives.  I can't imagine my life being any better than it is and I'm so lucky that I met Mark.

Here are some of my favorite pictures of us over the last few years:

 Our first photo together.

Our first big road trip (in the Black Hills)

Vacationing in Florida with Mark's family

Camping last fall

Now we have a fun day planned to celebrate: I booked a hotel in the city (we're far enough in suburbia that it's way more convenient to stay in the city for a night if we want to let loose), so we'll be swimming in the pool, grabbing some yummy dinner, hitting up a few bars, maybe even some dancing!  

(I'm hoping to post some more soon, I have a bunch of recent craft projects, including a Halloween costume idea to share!)