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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Woohoo!

SPRING HAS ARRIVED!!!! Lubbock has had highs in the 90's the past couple of days. The first thing I did when I got home from work yesterday was spend some time laying out in the back yard. Ohhh how I missed having a back yard!! If it weren't for laying out, I would probably never truly relax. Perhaps this is why I am extra stressed out during the winter time.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Scabiosa Love

Once upon a time, I fell in love with the bouquet above. I decided that my bridesmaids would carry bouquets just like it. After some intense research, my florist figured out that the flowers in it are called Scabiosas. A few weeks went by.... and then we got the bill. No more scabiosas. Sad, sad sad day.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Chelsea's Shower

This weekend was my sister's shower. We had a great time catching up with old friends and relatives and ate lots of delicious little treats! Chelsea & Seth got a lot of wonderful, useful gifts.
Thanks to everyone who helped out and to the Musgrave's for lending their beautiful home. I can't believe their wedding is less than two months away!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday Inspiration

Pretty, pretty photo shoot!!! Who knew navy and baby pink could blend together so well??

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Vertical Succulents? Yes please.

I think I need a vertical garden. Too bad I can't even keep the one mere succulent plant that I have looking good for more than a week though. Sigh.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Two Minutes to Blog

This day has been insane. Totally, completely crazy.

You know what else is crazy? This "Keg Apartment".
It's apparently made out of an old tanker truck. I probably won't be living in one anytime soon, but I guess I can see the benefits. Maybe?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

OCD? Maybe.

Is it possible to be an obsessive-compulsive email responder? If so, I think I fit the bill. Every time I receive an email at work a little box pops up in the corner of my screen as a notification. For whatever reason, I absolutely cannot STAND to leave a message in my inbox. Therefore, I will promptly stop whatever it is that I am working on to answer the message. 85% of the time, the message is anything but urgent. One of my co-workers has a program that monitors statistics on her email and she said I am the fastest responder out of all of her contacts. An average of 3 minute responses. I can't decide if I should rejoice in this achievement or feel like a total loser.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Humbled Five Times Over

Graduation is coming up in a couple of months, and since I work in the Office of Admissions/Student Affairs, we are in charge of putting several of the events together. My boss asked me to come up with a new invitation this year because they have been rather dull in the past. I really wasn't sure how to create an invitation that was fun but also sophisticated enough to be a graduation invite. So... I just started playing with several ideas until I came up with a few that I liked.

This one was the original. I decided the border was a bit too curly/girly, so I trimmed it down for Option 2:
 The red background literally took me five hours. Someday I will figure out the wonderful world of Illustrator. This version was definitely my favorite, but I knew the color would cost us so I developed a plainer version... Option 3:
After an office vote, we all decided we liked Option 3 the best. Next step? Get it approved by the Associate Dean. I went home that day feeling pretty confident that he would like at least one of the options that I sent over. 

The next morning, I found out that he had deemed my beloved design as "an invitation to Cinderella's Ball." If you know me well, you won't be surprised to hear that I shed a few tears at my desk after hearing this. I took his opinion a little too personally. Needless to say, I wasn't very excited about starting over from scratch since I had already wasted almost an entire week working on the first ones. I took a break for a few days, gathered what little pride I had left, and tried to come up with something more man-friendly. Hence, Options 4 and 5...
Of the two terribly dull options, Option 4 was my favorite.

 And here we have Option 5, which took me all of two minutes to create. I had to throw all of my personal opinions about invitation design out the window to come up with this one:
And which one do you think made the final cut? That's right, good 'ole Option 5. I will probably not be letting anyone know that I created these little numbers when the time comes for their public appearance. I'm just too embarrassed by the quality. But I did learn a valuable lesson here: less is more in the professional world. Leave the fancy, modern invitations for personal affairs.

Practice Makes Perfect

My second try at the whole headband thing. I'd say it's an improvement from the first one! Next I'm going to experiment with some different fabrics. We'll see how it goes...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Busting Out the Scrapbooking Supplies

Tomorrow is our Spring Holiday!! I'm so ready for a three day weekend. Best of all... I DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE TOWN!!! This will mark the last weekend for the next five weekends that I will actually be in town. Things are about to get crazy... but I'll make it.

I'm dedicating tomorrow to making our guest book. I've decided to go the non-traditional route and have a guest book box rather than an actual book. It might be because I've just been wanting a good excuse to make a fun craft. I have been eyeing several of them on Etsy for a while now and they sure look like fun. Either way, I'm looking forward to it!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Personal Succulentertainment

We've had a few warm "teaser" days over the past couple of weeks. I am starting to get very anxious about planting flowers and working in the yard. I'm sad that I won't be able to plant a real flower garden this year since I'm renting, but I will definitely be using my fair share of planters and hanging baskets.

I'm planning on decorating the courtyard at the wedding with different types of green plants, so I've been researching online trying to figure out which plants I might be able to keep alive and well for a couple of months beforehand. The other day we went to Lowe's and found some ferns that I'm absolutely in love with.


I got two of these to help spice up the front of the house. If I can manage to keep them alive until June, I'll use them as decorations! Otherwise I'll just have to replace them with new ones. I also recently discovered succulent plants. They're sort of like a cactus but with a lot more personality.


Love this little guy. Can't wait to add more to my collection!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Just Beachy



Ohh to be at the beach without a care in the world. Nothing to do all day but bask in the sun. Three-ish months and counting! Until then... the lights in my office will have to be my sunshine.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Rainy Monday

It's been pouring buckets in Lubbock all morning. I was woken up at 5:30 by a very vocal thunderstorm. I love thunderstorms, but I was really hoping to actually sleep all the way up until my alarm this morning for once. Unfortunately, even the time change could not trick my brain into sleeping all the way through the night. Oh well... I always welcome rain!

Days like this one sometimes make me wish that I lived on the East Coast so I could own really fun umbrellas and rain boots. I've always wanted a bright pair of wellies.
Stay dry out there!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Blog Obsession of the Week

Ever since I laid eyes on this bridal shower photo shoot on The Wedding Chicks Blog earlier this week, I've been obsessed with shabby chicness, buttons, and vintage dresses. And the soft green dishes. Ohhh the dishes (which were $4 at TJ Maxx!!!!).
Seriously in love. Someone get married so I can re-create this shower. Chelsea?? Want another shower?!?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Creepy Crawlers

I found seven big brown spiders within my first three days in the new house. The first one I found was crawling right toward my bed as I was about to get in it. The second one was in my shower when I went to turn on the water. I can't even look at a big spider without getting goose bumps all over. I'd say this is a good sign that I suffer from arachnophobia. A couple of days ago Ethan was nice enough to spray every possible nook of the house for me... inside and out. I haven't spotted another one of the little boogers since, so hopefully the infestation is over.

Here's a nice little bit of information that I just read on Wikipedia: "Arachnophobes will spare no effort to make sure that their whereabouts are spider-free, hence they would have had a reduced risk of being bitten in ancestral environments. Therefore, arachnophobes may possess a slight advantage over non-arachnophobes in terms of survival." A slight advantage? I like those odds. Perhaps my efforts are not pointless after all.

I don't like posting without pictures because it seems too boring. I looked up some brown spider pictures but I honestly can't bear to put one of them on here. Here's a pretty (and completely harmless) spider for you instead...
{Queen Elizabeth Spider by Ann Wood Handmade}

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Home Sweet Home

Yesterday I unpacked my very last box. And it felt reallyyyy good. All that I have to do now is arrange the closets! I can't believe how much more at home I feel in this place. I have spent more time relaxing in the past two evenings than I have in the past 6 months. Maybe it's because I actually have some space to relax in. Here are some pictures...







The guest room still needs a bed...




I can actually walk in my closet now!!