Happy Holidays, hive! May they be merry and bright!
Happy Holidays, hive! May they be merry and bright!
Yikes. I can't believe it's been over two months since my last post on this poor little neglected blog of mine! I promise, I haven't abandoned the place... I've just been a little busy. Thanks so much for checking in on me, though, and letting me know that I've been missed. You're all too sweet!
You might notice that the place has been freshened up a bit. (Good riddance, drab gray background!) After all this time, I've finally figured out how to brighten things up. It's much nicer, don't you think?
Anyway, I'll get back to posting with a lot more regularity real soon... including those recaps that no one probably cares about anymore. I'll also let you in on the big news that's kept us busy for the last several weeks. (I'm a tease, I know!)
So with all of that out of the way, how have you been?
Because we each have a story to share, here’s mine.
Sniffin' out information
Growing up, I guess you could say that I was a different kind of child. When others my age were out playing and doing normal kid stuff, I could usually be found in my room, Webster's Collegiate Dictionary in hand, looking things up. If it wasn't the dictionary, it was the encyclopedia. If not that, then the huge collection of old GEO magazines that my dad had picked up for $5 at a yard sale. Bottom line, I was an inquisitive little thing.
I still have that red, cloth-covered dictionary. These days, though, I'm much more likely to Google something than reach for the bookshelf. So naturally, when Mr. Y and I got engaged in July 2008, one of the first things that I did was hop on the computer and start Googling like a mad woman. I seriously hadn’t the first idea of where to begin. Colors? Dress style? Favors? Unlike my younger sister, who had been picking and choosing details for her dream wedding since she was like, oh, five… I hadn’t a clue what I wanted. Nope, I was the kid slouched over the desk with her nose buried deep in a dusty old book.
Itching for the 'bee
So, in doing what I knew best, I discovered the wonderful (if not overwhelming!) world of wedding blogs. I had a vague idea that we would have a family tree theme, as a nod to our shared passion for genealogy. Silhouettes came to mind as a detail, so I started searching. Before long, I found the instructions on Brooklyn Bride for the digital silhouettes that would become the official logo of our little shindig. Searches on other DIY projects led me to Once Wed, Style Me Pretty and eventually, Weddingbee.
Anyway, my addiction to Weddingbee didn't begin initially with the blog, but on the boards. In the hive, I found a welcoming community of friendly women in various stages ranging from “pre-Will You?” to “post-I Do!” Not having any other real-life friends planning weddings at the time, the boards satisfied my need for fellowship with other brides-to-be who knew exactly what I was going through. So, I lived there as “craftypants”, commenting daily on others’ threads and bouncing ideas of my own off the friends that I’d made in the hive. I was on there A LOT.
Trying my paw at blogging
Unlike many of my fellow bees, I did not begin blogging with the intention of applying to Weddingbee. My blog, which I started in April 2009, was to serve a more selfish purpose: to keep this procrastinator from putting off important wedding-related tasks and projects during the final stretch of our planning. I figured that if I posted about it online, for anyone and everyone to see, I’d be much more likely to carry out my plans and stay on target. In the process, I figured that in my own little way, I could pay forward some of the help and inspiration that I’d received from my favorite bloggers.
Having a little faith
I never really considered even applying to become a WB blogger until an aspiring bee (the future Mrs. Bunny) encouraged me to apply. Me? Do you really think? Really? But it's so late already! I was stunned by her confidence in me, and figured that I had nothing to lose. So I applied.
I found it hard to believe that readers would enjoy posts about a wedding that was nearly completely planned. You see, by the time that I got the idea to apply, all but a couple of our main details had already been decided upon. My dress had long been purchased, our venue and photographer were contracted months in advance, and our precious cake (the final version of it) had already been set. Rather than engaging the hive by asking for opinions and advice, I would be conducting more of a bridal show-and-tell. I had my doubts.
Bunny was right all along! I was accepted as a bee and began my life as Yorkie. If it wasn't for her suggestion, though, I never would have applied. At a time when she herself was longing to become a blogger, she encouraged me to give it a shot, too. Thanks, Bun!
Hot diggity dog!
The decision to become Yorkie was an easy one for me. I chose it in honor of my real-life little pint-sized pooch, Bella. The little dance I did when I first read the acceptance e-mail sure reminded me of her. I had to laugh, though. Mr. Y's first impression of my icon was that it looked a bit like an Ewok. (Boys and their Star Wars! Ha!)
As wonderful and rewarding as my experience as a bee has been, I found that at times, attaining beedom so late in the planning process was a bit of a challenge for me. Before blogging, I'd already joked that I felt as though I had two full-time jobs: my day job and planning the wedding. Finding in the additional time to write my 3-4 posts each week was not always easy. Especially considering that it takes this puppy at least an hour and a half to crank out just one. So it wasn't uncommon for me to be up as late as 3:00am during the week. The silver lining, though, is that my time-management skills strengthened and the procrastination problem lessened a bit!
Echoing what other bees have said, though, the encouragement and support from readers definitely made it worth it!
With the help of Adobe PageMaker, I created a two-page layout. I separated each question with a colorful frame and labeled it in a fancy font. I also threw in a few photos here and there for a personal touch and added interest.
As I mentioned earlier, everyone has a story to share... even a short-term bee like me. Thank you so much, hive, for embracing and encouraging me throughout my planning process, but especially during the final stretch when I needed it most! xoxo
"What could it possibly be?" It only took me all of a split second to answer my own question. (After all, I'd been waiting an agonizing eight weeks since our wedding for this little bundle to arrive.)
We have photos, folks! Tons of beautiful, professional photos of our special day on four DVDs. (If only Marina at Ambiance Studio had any idea of the crazy blog stalking that had been going on at Casa Yorkie over the past two months!) So, you know what this means. Recaps are on the way!
Have you been the recipient of a lesson in patience recently? What are some things you've had a hard time waiting for?
So if you've been putting off stocking up on supplies for those DIY projects, here's your chance to get what you need while scoring major savings!
* There are some restrictions, so be sure to read the fine print. (You won't be able to apply the discount toward Yudu, Cricut or Slice products. Sorry!)
You've heard bees rave about Gilt Groupe and its unbelievable sample sales for some time now. It's where I scored my precious pink Kate Spade peeptoes and where Mrs. Hot Cocoa found her incredible Badgley Mischka rehearsal dinner dress. Scanning the site's sales is part of my daily routine!
Well, you can imagine my delight when the announcement of Gilt Fuse arrived in my e-mail recently! The new site promises women a wider range of styles from designers that we know and love at much lower prices. That's sweet music to this budget-conscious girl's ears!
Gilt Fuse will be opening in limited release beginning at 12:00pm EST next Wednesday, August 12th. The catch is, only current Gilt Groupe members will be able to access it before its wider release in the fall. So, if you're a current member, mark your calendar! If you're not yet a member, what have you been waiting for?! Gilt Groupe membership is by invitation only. You are welcome to join in on the savings by using my personal invitation!
1. Prepare the letter-shaped ornament by removing its hanger and folding back the loop-shaped tab.
2. In a well-ventilated area, with newspaper protecting your work surface, evenly coat the front of the letter with spray adhesive. Carefully transfer the letter, sticky side up, to a clean sheet of paper. Liberally apply glitter to the letter (bury it, in fact!). Lift the letter and tap lightly to remove any excess glitter. (You can reuse the glitter. Pour it back into the jar by using the clean sheet of paper as a funnel.) Repeat process, if desired.
3. Cut a 3' length of floral wire, fold in half, and twist several times. Fold the wire in half again and twist several more times, leaving a 1" loop at the folded end. Trim to approximately 6". (You should end up with something resembling a crude sewing needle.) Repeat so that there is one twisted wire stake for each "foot" or base on your letter. (I made two stakes each for the letters "M" and "K".)
6. (Warning: There steps create quite a mess. I chose to work outdoors.) Unfold the moss sheet and cut a strip approximately 2" wide along the short end of the sheet. Using the U-shaped pins, attach the moss to the wreath. Continue attaching moss until the entire wreath is covered and no Styrofoam can be seen. (Hint: This process can be rough on your fingertips. A thimble may help when pushing the pins into the foam.)
9. Trim the tea rose branches to size and attach by wrapping the cut ends to the wreath with floral wire. The individual blooms can be arranged and held in place with a few U-shaped pins.
10. Use the leaves as filler. To attach, poke a hole on either side of the center "vein" near the base of the leaf. Insert the ends of a U-shaped through the holes and into the wreath.
11. To make a handle for the wreath, cut a 14" length of ribbon. Fold the ribbon in half and tie a knot about 4" below the fold, creating a loop. Wrap the loose ends over the top of the wreath and secure in the back using T-shaped or pearl-head pins. Hide the pins by covering them with bits of moss.
The last few days have had their share of trials, be it cancelled flights due to bad weather in Dallas and Atlanta to my bridal shower-gone-awry yesterday that ended almost as soon as it started with my aunt's visit to the emergency room. In spite of all that, there's an overwhelming sense of love and excitement in the air. Prayers have been answered. There isn't a gray cloud anywhere in the sky. This is the day we've been waiting for!
I'm honored to have been able to share the last bit of our planning here on Weddingbee. The time has sure flown by fast! Your encouraging and supporting comments have given me just the boost that I've needed to make it to the finish line in this wedding planning marathon. Just a few more steps to go!
Thank you again to the readers and to my wonderful fellow Bees! You are all such amazing and inspiring women!
With much love,
Soon-to-be-Mrs. Yorkie :o)
Abuela & Abuelo Yorkie in Cuba, 1947
In addition, Mr. Yorkie and I will be toasting with the exact same etched crystal coupes that Abuela and Abuelo Y sipped champagne from on their wedding day in 1947. Here they are, decorated by Momma Y with bits of lace from my dress.
As I've mentioned before, both of us have done a bit of research on our family histories. We will be displaying some of the treasures we've unearthed over the years during our reception. Each of the 16 tables will feature a different last name found in either of our family trees, as well as a photograph of those direct ancestors. Here you can see a photo of my great-great-grandparents, displayed in one of the vintage-looking frames we've collected, along with the table sign. On the back of the sign is a brief biography of the family.
There are a few other lovely things that we have in the works, but I'll have to share those with you in a future post. The programs are calling my name!
What kinds of special details will you be adding to remember and honor those who came before you?
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