Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Come follow me on my new adventure on planning my wedding, the DIY tricks and tips, freebies, and all the fun stuff in between.

It feels good to be back in the blogger world! So dear fellow bloggers, won't you join me on this fun new trip?

Mrs. Nearly Wed!

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Inspiration: Wedding!

Like I just said, it's a 'new' engagement, but I've been planning our wedding since our second date, and then seriously planning for the last two years or so.
Here we go... We have a venue. A sweet barn reception and outside ceremony.
Explain it in a few words? Rustic, loving, colorful, diy.
Let's start with pictures....
My grandmother is actually working on
a quilt for you to do this.
We grew up with quilts and love them.
It has our wedding colors in it
and guests will sign it instead of
a book!

One of the things you should know about me.... I'm an
old ball blue jar collector. They will be everywhere
on our wedding day.

Grooms with different color ties
and no jackets is what we love!

Different color dresses! <3 br="">And different styles!

Lots and lots of wood and signs.

Naked funfetti cake!!!!!!!
Meeting with the baker in the next
few weeks to go over more details.
I can't get over how perfect this is!
So now that classes are sadly starting tomorrow, it's time to just brainstorm some more, hit up some more bridal shows, and do little things until January comes and I can focus on it more after graduation! It all still seems a little unreal to me. I can't believe it! I'm so thrilled!!!

Let's Catch Up....

So I want to start actively start blogging again... what a better time... I'm newly engaged and going on my last semester of college!

July 4th, I no longer became a girlfriend and became Michael's fiancé! AH! Four years and a few months lately, it's happened.

So we are planning a fall 2014 wedding. I'm sure that will be the majority of what I'll blog about now. Feel free to give me your input! Inspiration post coming soon.

Thanks! I hope I say motivated this time to stick with it. Don't leave me.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The things I'm most afraid of....

I am a worry wort so I worry about everything. There is a difference between being scared, and worrying.
I'm scared of things that don't effect me in my day to day life.
Like I scared of sharks, scared of
Then there are things that I am scared of that do effect me in my day to day life.
Like getting cancer. I know it sounds dumb, and no it doesn't effect me everyday. But there are days that I think about that and my future and stuff. Breast cancer is in my family, so it's in my bones. It's scary.
Also being a bad parent. I have an amazing mother and an absent father. I'm scared that I'm not going to teach my future children the lessons they need to succeed. I will babysit kids and know, 'gosh I could not do this all day, twenty-four hours a day, forever. I think I'm too selfish in the fact that I love my me time and I love sleep.
That also brings me to another fear. I've said before, 'no I don't want children' and now that I'm getting older I think, 'well if it happens, it happens.' and I'm scared that five-ten years from now I'm going to really want children and not be able to have them. It would be myself to blame because all this time I didn't want them.

It's normal to have fears. We're human.
Some fears we create for ourself- like mine.
There has to come a point where we let those go.

Monday, May 6, 2013

What do I do?!....

Day 6 of Story of My Life challenge, What do you do?

I do a lot. My schedule is so crazy. Just saying. Instead of giving a paragraph description, I'm going to give you a day by day description.

Monday is class 12n-5:50p, work from 6p-11p
Tuesday is class 10:30-5:50p, work from 6p-11p
Wednesday is the same as Monday.
Thursday is the same as Tuesday, minus the work.
Friday is usually work 9:30a-4p
Saturday and Sunday is everything... editing, writing, homework, spending time with family, and napping!

Monday- Wednesday I work at health club. Friday's I work at a winery.

The thing that is scary to me is that all this is about to change. Summer classes and my last semester next fall, everything is changing.. needing a new job, needing a change. It's all scary.

In between all this I have to fight to find time for friends, myself, my family, and my boyfriend.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sunday Social

Linking up with Ashley Lately for Sunday Social!

1. Four favorite things to do on a weekend. 
1. Catch up on the weeks shows- New Girl, Modern Family, The Office
2. Nap. Sunday is usually nap day.
3. Sleep in. I like to sleep. So sleeping in is usually a must on the weekends.
4. Seeing the family. Every Saturday or Sunday is family day. Go home to see everyone.

2. Four favorite things about your best friend.
1. There are always always there for me.
2. They are encouraging and positive.
3. They let me vent without judging.
4. It's always a good time with them.



3. Four things you'd do with $100,000.
1. Pay off student loans.. there wouldn't be much left after that,
2. Buy a house- downpayment
3. Save for a rainy day!
4. Take a trip.

4. Four favorite books you've ever read.
Okay, this is embarrasing, but I hate reading and never ever do.
1. Chelsea Handler's books.
2. Soul Pancake- Rain Wilson
3. Mindy Kaling- Is everyone hanging out without me
4. ???

5. Four favorite snack foods.
1. Cheeto Puffs
2. Cereal- not a snack food, but I treat it as a snack
3. Cheese and crackers
4. Grapes or Bananas

6. Four things you must to daily.
1. Talk to my mom.
2. Instagram.
3. Drink lots of water
4. Mascara and eyeliner!

Happy Sunday everyone... it's now my nap time! :)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Derby Day! & Pie

It's Derby Day here in the Bluegrass State.. in My Old Kentucky Home!

Mint Juleps are being poured, drank, and poured again. I can't tell you if they are any good though- I've never had one. 

I can tell you the winner of the race! 

ORB! with jockey Joel Rosario.
5-1 making over $1.5million.

It was a little muddy.

Also, first female jockey,
Rosie Napravnik
(all photos courtesy of the Huff Post)

Along with the Derby festivities, I made a Derby Pie May Day Pie (the first one is trademarked and take affiance to anyone else using it). Thursday was pie day in the art building, so there were lots and lots of different pies. To prepare everyone for today's events, I picked this pie. 
It's super easy, super delish, and my favorite. 

Pie and handmade pie pan.
What ya need for the pie filling:
> 1 cup sugar
> 1/2 cup flour
> 2 eggs, beaten
> 1/2 cup melted butter
> 1 cup chopped walnuts
> 1 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
> 1 teaspoon vanilla
> pinch of salt

*Note! The real recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of Kentucky bourbon, but I've never added it.*
*Note! I usually use 1/2 walnuts AND 1/2 pecans.*

How to:
1. Combine flour, sugar, and salt in bowl.
2. Add eggs, butter to mix
3. Stir in nuts, chocolate chips, and vanilla (and bourbon if using).
4. Pour mix into piecrust
5. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.
6. Cool before slicing.

Now for the crust. So simple and can be used for any pie really.

Pie Crust:
> 2 3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
> 1 teaspoon salt 
> 1/2 cup vegetable oil
> 1/2 cup milk

How to:
1. Mix all with fork
2. Pat into ball
3. Roll out on lighty floured surface (or between two wax paper sheets)
4. Flip into pie pan

*Note! No need to spray pie pan. Crust has oil in it so it's not needed!*

It's pretty much like a big cookie pie. It's amazing. Very simple. Try it soon and get back to me on what you thing!

Hope you enjoy!

Happy Derby Day!

Favorite Quote!

Day 4 with Story of My Life: Favorite Quotes and why.

"Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect... It means you've decided to see beyond the imperfections."

You know someone who always in a bad mood or every little thing ruins their days. And it's not like they've just had a bad day, they are always like that. I love this quote because I try to be happy and see the positive things in everything. Yes, when something bad happens to me, I get way down in the dumps, but the next day- after a good cry, a nap, and a shower- I am much better. Life isn't perfect, you can't expect it to be. That's what makes it interesting, ups and downs. You find out who your true friends are, how great the Lord is, and what to do in doubt. 

"If you acted the way you wish you felt, soon you'll feel the way you act." -My Moma

My mother has told me this quote since I was a preteen. It's not saying, be fake or put on a front, it's saying stay positive! Act positive when time are low, and before long, you won't have to act anymore- it'll come natural. Act like you love everyone, and before long, you will love everyone. Moral of the quote, be nice, stay positive, and don't be mean. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Things That Make Me Uncomfortable...

Day 3 of Blog Everyday in May with Story of My Life.

There are many things that make me uncomfortable.

Along with Jenni, one includes things that happen in the bathroom. Last summer we were at a friends cookout, with lots of people, and even more food. There was this really awesome dip that I ate. Little did I know it had beef in it- which I haven't had in three years. It hurt my stomach so bad. You know when you try to hold it... you start to sweat, then get chills, then just want to pass out? Yeah that happened to me. I don't even like to talk about it with Michael. It was so uncomfortable.

Almost as much as that, I don't like to hear what people have to say about my work. I rather hear the negatives about it- how I can fix things, than the positives. I don't know why. I makes me nervous and blush when people like my work. I put so much effort, time, and sometimes blood, sweat, and tears into everything I make- which you would think it would make me so thrilled when people appreciate it, and I am thrilled, but I shut down when people say it. For example, during our critic this semester in Metals (you know what that is now, right?!), my professor was saying how proud and impressed she was with how much I've improved over the last few months. Several people were commenting on them, and I didn't know what to say! I need to get over it.

We are all human, everything isn't going to make feel comfortable.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

What is Metalsmithing?

Day Two of the 'Blog Everyday in May' challenge with Story of my life.
Educate us on something you know a lot about!

I'm taking this opportunity to tell you all what a Metalsmithing is about. When people ask me what my major is and I say 'photography and metalsmithing' I always get the huh look, and question. It's technology called Jewelry and Metalsmithing.
We do a lot! We work with mainly silver, copper, or bronze. There is solider (a lot like welding) involved. Sometimes lots of hammering, and lots and lots and lots of sawing. If I had a nickel for every saw blade I've broken, I'd be on an island someone blogging- not in my metals studio!
There is casting of silver and bronze, stone setting, smithing- which is the lots of hammering part, dye forming, enameling, and granulation.

Most fav- enameling and granulation
Least fav- casting

As smithers/ jewelers, we make vessels, jewelry, body wear, anything really.

Here's how you do a basic piece:
You start out with a piece of metal and your sketch.
Easiest to sketch your design on the metal before sawing it out.
File file file.

Smith or texture the piece with some hammers or maybe a roll press.

Clean clean clean it. With a brass brush and soap, pumice, and 'the pickle' (a water/ powder mixture).
Get to solidering whatever you are going to add to it.
Clean it again.
And keep going from there.
The last step is the patina (coloring).
I seem to favor the Liver of Sulfer, which is turns copper black and silver a rainbowish/ blue color.

Most of my things are big, over sized necklaces. This last semester I've really started to think ahead for my BFA show (a gallery exhibit in which profiles your work your last semester in the program before graduation). I'm doing these dark metals, with different waves and movements, that are pops of green and cream. They have chains and hematite stones to give dimension.

Here is some of my work:

Cast silver and bronze ring.
It's two pieces! 

Set enameled piece with bronze back piece.

Granulation earrings.

Head piece with chain vale.
Enamels, granulation, stone setting, love.

Back of piece.
How you've learned something new. Maybe the next time someone says they are a Metals major your eyes won't go crossed!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Ready for a Good Laugh?

Prepare yourself. Run to the bathroom real quick. Put your drink down.
This is a great story.... and a long one (but aren't all of mine?)

SO! Let's start with
Monday: I get verbally attacked by my professor who wants to blame an entire class project on me when I have completed my tasks.
Then Tuesday happens.... One of my summer classes gets dropped (a stress management, gen ed) and I can't find a replacement class that will fit in my summer or fall schedule. The same professor tells me that she isn't pleased with my work so she's going to give me an 'incomplete' for the semester and I just need to redo it this summer........ uh I'm taking three summer courses, working, and I don't know- taking a little break?!!!!
I cried for three straight hours- couldn't stop. Took medication to calm myself down before going into work. Which then made me all mellow and weird the whole night.
Today is the best... for real, go to the bathroom if you haven't.
So tomorrow is Pie Day in the art department on campus. We have like 30 pies coming in from students- yatta yatta. Of course I'm making a pie- a Derby pie, being as it's my favorite and it's Derby weekend! After staying in the studio until 9:45 working on a sculpture piece that's due tomorrow, I go to the grocery store to get stuff for the pie.... flour, chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans, oil, a brand new ($7) stainless steel pie server..... I go to my car after checking out and realize, I've locked my keys in my car and don't have a spare. Awesome. It's not 10:15pm. I call AAA and they arrive 30 minutes later. The sweet (drunk) old man unlocks my car... I'm exhausted, ready to bake this pie, take a shower, and go to sleep. So I get in my car and drive off. Wellllll when I get to my place, I realize I forgot the groceries sitting on the curb where I sat them as the man popped open my door. So I turn myself around to go back and get them. What do you think the chances of them still sitting there are? I think, they are still there or someone turned them back in. It's $25 worth of groceries. Nope. Someone jacked them. All gone. Waste of money. So I buy the groceries again! I get to baking- got the wrong chocolate chips, didn't need flour or oil, not enough walnuts. They pie is in the oven right now, so we'll see if it comes out.
At least today I can't stop laughing as apposed to yesterday where I couldn't stop crying.
It's nearly one am and I have class bright and early in the morning.

Hope you got a good laugh too! Happy Wednesday Thursday everyone.

250 or less, okay more

Story of my life is really extending a serious challenge. For one that's just getting back into the blogging world after a time away, this is ubber difficult. Blog for 31 days! My goodness. I am going to try so hard to do this. I want to. I need to. I can do it!!

Today's prompt: The story of you life 250 words or less. 
I am a 22 year old gal, living in the outskirts of Lexington, Kentucky finishing up my last year of undergrad in Fine Arts. I am a photo and metalsmithing major. I grew up in Nicholasville, KY with an older sis and a pet pooch Daisy, a chocolate lab. My sister, Heather, has given me the greatest joys- my niece and nephew! I was the biggest daddy's girl growing up. That all changed with my parents got divorced a week before my 15th birthday. I am now the biggest moma's girl you'll ever know. I can't go a day without talking to her, and still occasionally sleep with her. I met my boyfriend of just over four years in high school. After graduation, a few bad relationships that help mold us into the people we are now, we reconnected. We've been together ever since. He is what keeps me sane, focuses, and motivated. I am a dreamer, a doer, a relaxer, and a thinker. I am pushing myself harder than ever to finish up college in the next seven months so we can move on with our lives... to marriage, a life together, and making dreams reality!

So that's probably not 25 words, but whatev!

Oh how Pinteresting!

It's a good day- it's a day I can reflect on my pins!
Linking up with The Vintage Apple!

The Vintage Apple

I've been wanting an anchor tattoo...

Sad to see Pam and Jim go through rough
times in life...
How beautiful is all this fiesta?!
Pantry around the fridge, how smart!

I want this!!!

I've been reciting this to myself for the
past month or so. So grateful for the
Lord's understanding.

So hilarious!


My biggest fall back- snacking.

Cookie dough buckeyes? Yes please..
Like I said, fall back.

You can check out all these pins and more here!!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday Social

Linking up for Sunday Social for the first time. I've been out of the blogging world for a while and most of my link up peeps are no longer bloggers. :(

1. Did you ever sleep walk as a child?
Yes! I haven't in a few years. 2 times really stick out of my mind... Once when I was like 5-6, I tried to go out our front door. We lived near a really busy street, so my dad would put his tool box in front of the door and bells on the handle at night. Crazy kid. The other one was when I was probably 19-20, I went out my mom's front door, sat on her front porch, and rocked in the rocking chair. There was a house across the street with a really loud fountain. Why do I remember (or do) this stuff?

2. Did you ever run or sneak of the house?
I wanted to run away once- wrote a letter to my parents and everything. I was like 11. I cried my eyes out, fell asleep, and got over it.
Not my house. I have an older sister that did a few 'rebelish' things and I saw the repercussions. My mom was serious business. But with that said, my best friend was the rebel middle child in her family, so we'd 'go to bed' and sneak out the window in her room. We were crazy.

3. Did you have an imaginary friend?
I didn't. I would have really realist dreams and wake up thinking, 'did that just happen? do I know them?'

4. Did you ever go toilet papering?
No... again, I think my sister did that once and got in deep trouble.... or was that cow tipping?

5. Did I ever sneak shows I wasn't allowed to watch?
Oh yes. I remember in 8th or 9th grade I was sneak watching Nip Tuck but it was forbidden. Watching it now, I know why. Also, Dawson's Creek as a pre-teen, and Rugrats at my grandparents house!

My childhood was interesting.... thanks for letting me realize that!

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

I'm starting to get into crock pot recipes. I'm finding that a lot of meals that I like can be done much easier in a crock pot. 
So one of my favorite meals.... chicken teriyaki! 
I add too much sauce for my own good.
I saw this on, where else, Pinterest. It was amazing! 

1 pound of chicken diced
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce (whatever is your favorite)
1/3 cup sugar
3 garlic cloves, minced
favorite rice

side notes 
> I added 3 pounds and it still wasn't much, so if you want left overs- add more! Just throw a little more of the other stuff too.
>> I used garlic powder instead of cloves (because I forgot to get them at the grocery and it's all I had)
>>> I used Uncle Ben's Teriyaki Style rice... you know the 90 second kind. :)

How to:
1. Combine all ingredients except chicken
2. Dice raw chicken
3. Add chicken to sauce and combine
4. Pour chicken mixture to crock pot
4. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, or until chicken is cooked throughly
5. Cook rice and pour chicken over

Super fast and easy. Super yummy!
I don't know what it is about chicken teriyaki, but I love it reheated!

Hope you enjoy it!!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Miss to Mrs

Last weekend was my very best friend (since the third grade) bridal shower. I had so much fun planning it.

Her wedding colors are pale pink and grey- so to make it a little girl, I did the shower in pink and gold. Being the over- planner and coordinator that I am, I have been buying stuff here and there for months and months now. I made pretty much everything.. from the invites, signs, cakes, games, recipe cards, etc.

Inside the invite, I included a recipe card for everyone to fill out and bring to the shower with their favorite recipe on it to give Emma. She's learning how to cook, so she needs to fill up her recipe box.

She received so many gifts, I thought everything off their registry was at this shower.

So here's the good stuff; pictures...

The invite...
(that had the wrong date on it!!!)

Welcome table.

The cake. I made. ;)
Cake and cupcakes!

Flower arrangements.
Baby pictures! 

Beach hat I got her with her new initials!

Me with the Mrs!

 After the shower, everyone was showering me with compliments.... saying I should be an event planner. It was bitter sweet to hear this considering that was my first major going into college.

The shower was perfect. There was a great group there, all the bridal party made it, and I got to see old high school friends again.

Just a little over a month now until Emma's big day!