With a New Year, A New Choice has Been Made

I have really enjoyed blogging over the past few years.  But since Jan left, I met a guy and we are now it our late 20’s I feel like the blog has taken on a new dynamic and feel from where it originally started.

I have decided to put this blog to bed.  I might come back to the blogging world under a new existence, but for now…I will be focusing on my wedding planning and blogging on my wedding website.

Thank you all for your continued support and following!

Ray

Wedding DIY- Boutineer

This past weekend we were up at my sisters house for some basement remodeling.  My sister and I decided to knock off a couple of items from my wedding to-do list.  One being the creation of the fellas boutonnieres.

  • Here is a picture of the supplies I purchased from AC Moore.  I couldn’t find a good tutorial so I went into this project simply looking at pictures on Pinterest for inspiration and walking around the store for ideas.unnamed (7)
  • Step 1: cut the burlap into the shape you would like and use hot glue on the back of the burlap to further form the burlap into a proper base.unnamed (6)
  • Step 2: glue each element onto the burlap.  I used hot glue for this as well.unnamed (5)
  • Step 3: wrap a piece of twine or ribbon around the bottom of the flowers/feathers/greenery.  I used a tiny bit of hot glue at the top and at the bottom to keep the twine/ribbon in place.  Please note, my pictures show the bottle cap on before I put the ribbon on…I did it out of order and highly recommend the bottle cap by glued on AFTER you adhere the ribbon.unnamed (2)
  • Step 4: fill the bottle cap with hot glue and smash it onto the burlap.  Be careful, it might be hot when you are trying to hold it in place and let the glue set.unnamed (4)
  • Step 5: use hot glue to stick the pin to the back of the boutineerunnamed (1)

Each one took about 5-10 minutes.  The total cost for the materials $28.50. This amount did not include the cost of glue sticks for the hot glue gun or the feathers (we collected the feathers from her chickens as an extra special touch).  Here is the finished product!

IMG_6229

Ray

 

The Many Faces of Gypsy

I love my dog.  She runs our life now and I don’t care.  I general she is an awesome dog!  She still has an occasional accident in the house which we feel is her being angry at us.  She has become a lot more affectionate since we first got her!  She actually wants to be around us and get pets.  Here are some photos to bring a little joy to your life.

IMG_5095 IMG_5143 DSC_0712 DSC_0728 IMG_5301 IMG_5395 IMG_5403 DSC_0907  IMG_5859

Ray

My Fears Around Being a Boss

When I started my new job, I became a boss.  I actually had someone reporting to me two jobs ago, but this seems different.  This time, I am running my own department.  I’m the head of the department with no one to go to except my CEO.  It was scary, but exciting all at the same time.

I’ve strived to be a good boss, someone that my employees appreciate in hopes that they won’t quit and go somewhere else.  One of the things my CEO stressed when I took the job was finding a way to keep my two employees happy and a part of the team.  I’m thinking about this more and more as the year is coming to a close because we will be having evaluations soon.

I hope my staff feel like they can discuss their roles and future freely with me.  Now that we have gone through an annual meeting together, I feel as if we have bonded which I believe helps in the communication.  I do feel as though I might need to grow some balls in order to communicate some of my feelings better.  Being a boss is tough!  I can’t be everyones best friend, but I sure do hope everyone likes me or at least isn’t talking a bunch of shit behind my back!!!!

Ray

Wedding Bells All Around

The Penguin and I had several weddings to attend this year.  It helps going to weddings to see what we do and don’t like.  Granted, we both have a fairly clear idea for our wedding plan, but it just solidifies what we want!

Do:

1. Hang out with your friends and family!  I want to spend as much time with everyone as possible.  We are planning to involve everyone in our Friday night activity (no sit down rehearsal dinner).

2.  Prepare our guests as much as possible.  Inform them we will be providing a shuttle and of all the pre/post wedding activities.

3. Open bar for the duration of the wedding…no stopping during dinner service!

Dont:

1.  First dances.  I find them awkward and uncomfortable.

2.  Cake!  Neither of us love cake, so why bother.

3.  Flowers won’t have a focal point at our wedding.  They die and I prefer to use things at the wedding that I can keep for the future.

Looking forward to the 2015 wedding season.  We have a Boston wedding, Turks and Caicos wedding and a Pittsburgh wedding (just to name a few).  Here are a few shots from three of the weddings we went to in 2014.  Love all the special touches each couple incorporated!

IMG_5693  IMG_5924IMG_5711

 

Ray

I Haven’t Found a New Work Bestie

I feel like after Annual Meeting I always bond and find my work best friend.  After this Annual Meeting, I don’t feel like I have found that 😦  I did bond and share some great memories with select staff members, but I don’t have a work bestie.  I’m just not sure it will happen for me with the group of people I am working with.

I feel like part of that is the role I am in.  I am the youngest person in an office so I feel like it is a little harder to bond with the people my age.  I suppose I don’t need a work best friend, but I do feel a little lost without one.

And on that note, I did not send save the dates to anyone at work.  I figured I would want to see how things progress before I send out invitations.  It might be tough to decide who to invite vs not.  Maybe just invite my boss and team?  That is three people and no one would judge me inviting just those people.  Or maybe I don’t invite anyone?  Decisions, decisions….I guess I still have some time since the wedding isn’t till September 2015!

Ray

Holiday Craft Project

I’ve had a craft project in mind since I saw an etsy pin on pinterest.  I’ve been collecting wine bottles this year in order to create my idea.  The other week, I headed to AC Moore for decorations.  The basic idea was to create snowman and santa wine bottles.  I always find myself having a hard time giving gifts to my non-immediate family members, but who doesn’t love homemade holiday decorations?!?!

Step 1: remove the labels off of the wine bottles.  I soaked the bottles in warm soapy water and most of the labels peeled right off.  For the ones that did not, I used goo-be-gone.

Step 2: spray paint the bottles (red and white)

Step 3: let dry!

Step 4: decorate 🙂  see final product below for inspiration

IMG_6015

Ray