Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Resolution Recap

Last January, I blogged my three resolutions for 2010. I accomplished 2 out of 3. I’m ok with that. It would have been nice to have met all 3, but that’s life and I will just roll that resolution into 2011!

Here’s a recap of my 2010 resolutions and how I did:

Resolution 1: Learn how to sew and incorporate that into Hello Cupcake
Result: I did! I mean I really did! This last year I made a toy for Ginger, a dress, the tank top in the picture, 2 prize winning Halloween costumes, a screen print pet pillow and a ruffle pillow!*Resolution 2: Participate in a craft show: I think this one may be the hardest. I will have to build up a collection of work and then get accepted into a show. I’ve already got my sights set on the December Renegade Craft Fair
Result: Check! It wasn’t the Renegade but I did participate in Indie Mart. It was a success and a GREAT learning experience.Resolution 3: Practice Bikram Yoga: My goal is 2-3 times per week. There’s a woman at my studio that went for 365 consecutive days! A year of yoga without a break. If she can do that, I can surely do it a few times a week!
Result: Fail. Total fail. I probably worked out an average 2-3 times per month! This resolution will HAVE to roll into 2011.

Bottom Line: Good for me!
*I also have a few funny projects I started that went into the scrap pile. I will have to blog those later :)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I spent Thursday through Tuesday for the Christmas Holiday in Big Bear with my family. Poor Christoph had to work so Ginger and I made it down without him. It was 5 full days of family time. Amazing meals, walks in the snow with the dogs, snowmen, playing card games, relaxing and warm fuzzy feelings.

We really lucked out with the weatherTaking the dogs for a walkOur Christmas tree….by the time we made it up the mountain we couldn’t find a tree (real or fake!). So I made the most of what was available.I hope you had a great holiday!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Crafters Paradise

Reasons why I love San Francisco:

Besides being able to have sushi delivered at 2 AM, I have also found some highly unusual places to find treasures for crafting, decorating, getting inspired…you name it.

My two favorite places to peruse for unusual finds are:
Scrap:Scrap is a nonprofit creative reuse center, materials depot, and workshop space.

What you’ll find: textiles, buttons, paper, craft and office supplies, plastics, wood etc.

Building REsources: Building REsources is a nonprofit center with reusable, recycled and remanufactured building and landscaping materials

What you’ll find: Brick, tile, marble, door nobs, wood, cabinets, toilets etc.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Wedding Dress Shopping is Like Working Out*

After we got engaged I was looking forward to starting the dress shopping experience. In August, my Mom flew up to San Francisco for us to go dress shopping together. I had booked appointments at two bridal salons in the city and I left both appointments feeling underwhelmed by what I saw. The only thing I liked even remotely was over of my price range (by around $1,000!). Yet the sales girl continued to call my phone on a weekly basis to see if I was interested in the dress. One time she even called to tell me that the price of silk was rising and that the dress was likely to GO UP in price! Mind you this was a dress that was also two seasons old. I told her that there was no doubt in my mind that this was neither the dress nor the designer for me and asked her to stop calling me.

In September, Christoph and I went to visit some friends in New York City. While I was there I went dress shopping with his cousin. I found a dress I really liked but wasn’t ready to pull the trigger without showing it to my Mom first. I spent the next three months trying to track it down that dress!

I was finally able to track it down and knew that is was going to be at a trunk show in San Diego. So I booked a flight down to So. Cal, hopped in a car with my Mom and sis in law, drove two hours each way, tried on the dress and bought it on the spot!

I am not going to spoil the surprise of which dress I picked. I will say that it came from THIS line and the pic above is from the company’s website.

Things they don’t tell you about dress shopping:
-You may find a dress online you want to try on, and then find a store that carries the line, but they may not have the style of dress you wanted. Call in advance!
-Trunk Shows: They still won’t have every dress you saw online! Call in advance to request what you want to see.
-Sales people will ooh and aww over everything you try on. Bring someone who will give it to you straight.
-They only have dresses in size 8-10 in stock. Get ready to be pinned up all over the place.
-Wear undies that you are comfortable standing around in.

Wedding Dress Shopping is Like Working Out* because it is draining!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

To-Do List

I’m in the process of writing a to-do list of things to work on for the wedding. On the list: Dance Lessons.

But I guess if that doesn’t happen we* can always resort back to these sweet moves.

*Christoph has a really good dolphin costume

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My bestie's aka bridesmaids

When we first got engaged I took a 2 month hiatus to not think about wedding related stuff and just bask in the feeling of being newly engaged.

Then we kicked it into high gear. Picked out and booked a venue, photographer, houses to rent the weekend of the wedding, looked into caterers etc.  Then another huge break. 

Now here we are back in high gear.  7 months to go!

This weekend I am in Dallas.  I get together with my college girlfriends for a reunion/party every year around this time.

Three of my four bridesmaids are friends of mine from college that I've known for around 10 years.  My other bridesmaid is my sister in law who I've been friends with since the 9th grade!  Amazing right? Then she goes on to marry my brother (they were also high school sweethearts)!  

My bridesmaids are the best.  They truly get me.  I asked all of them either in person or over the phone.  After the squeals and gittiness  set in I sent each of them a bridesmaid overview kit.  I love it.  The kit includes: the four of you, attire, expectations and promise. 

I originally got the idea to do this for my bridesmaids HERE and then I changed it up and made it my own.