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Natasha

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We’re Home!

We’re hitched, honeymooned, home, and working on all the fun paperwork that comes after the wedding! I have my first piece of ID with my ‘new name’ and am feeling a little bit sketchy because I have identification with two different names. I know it’s normal for this point in time, but it still seems strange!

I’m working on loads of tutorials and DIY wedding posts, but I’m going to hold off on most of them until after we have the ‘real’ photos. I’ll also be posting self-catering tips over on Nibbles and Noshes in the coming weeks. For now, I’ll just say that I was thrilled to overhear guests saying “look how they did the icing!” while looking at my (self-made) cake. =)

Even though I’m not posting about the wedding yet, I have to share some honeymoon photos! We visited two other islands – Kauai for the first time and Big Island for the second. Kauai was a delightful change of pace from the traffic and bustle of Oahu. We took an awesome boat ride up the Na Pali coast and even got to go in several sea caves:

The next day, we took a helicopter ride that circled the entire island:

We also finally found something I’ve been looking for since the first time I visited two years ago: sea glass!!!

glass beach kauai

A few other highlights from the trip included visiting Hanapepe’s swinging bridge. It’s like something out of an Indiana Jones movie!

hanapepe swinging bridge

historic hanapepeWe finally visited the petroglyphs in Volcanoes National Park:

petroglyphs

And, of course, there were plenty of beautiful flowers:

hibiscus

I can’t wait to get working on all my DIY wedding posts, but for now it’s back to unpacking, laundry, and paperwork. I look forward to sharing more soon!

Natasha

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DIY Wedding WIP #7

We’re getting married next week. Next week. Wow! I’m so excited for my parents and sister to be here, and looking forward to seeing a few extended family members I haven’t seen in a long time. Also really cool is that one of my cousins and her husband will be here. I was a flower girl in their wedding a long time ago. We’re all going to a luau together next Thursday night and, even though I’m sure it will be cheesy, I think it will be a good time, too.

I certainly have enough to do in the next week, but things are still on schedule. Because royal icing sugar cookies last two weeks, I’ve been baking lots of them this week. I’m pretty pleased!

leaf and luau cookie

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Monday Dose of Cute – Greedy Guinea Pig

Tiki has a habit of moving her food around. The other day, I found she’d moved her dish and a tube of hay to set up a little buffet for herself!

greedy guinea pig

It looks like she’s saying “Mine! All mine!”

Natasha

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DIY Wedding WIP #6

Just over two weeks! It’s very exciting, and I feel like things are actually under control (for a change). I don’t have many pictures to share this week. I’ve made earrings for myself and my sister, but I can’t seem to get a good picture of them! They’re silver and crystals, so of course they’re complicated to photograph.

This week’s big accomplishment was getting (almost) everything finished for our “arch.” I found bamboo, PVC pipe that fits over the bamboo, and two large aqua flower pots. I cut the PVC to length, so now we just need to cement the pipes in place!

flower pot

The arch will have three pieces of bamboo – two legs and one piece across the top. The top piece will hold a backdrop of paper flower garlands I finished up yesterday. They took way longer to make than I expected, even with my Silhouette Cameo helping! This isn’t the best photo, but here the garlands are taped to the under side of our murphy bed. It’s just a little bit wider than the arch will be, so it was helpful in deciding how many strands to make.

flower garland

For decorations, all I really need to do now is finish up the two dozen white monkey’s fist knots I’ve made, which won’t be that bad. I was hoping to have all the non-perishables out of the way by the end of this week so I can begin focusing on food after the weekend, and I’m right on track. I’ve already made up one batch of cookie dough and put it in the freezer, and I’m going to make more soon. I’ve been experimenting with the cookies and meringues, and I know I can make them a week early and they’ll be just as good. That means this time next week the oven will be blazing!

No matter what happens with further preparations, we have the necessities: an officiant and, as of two days ago, our marriage license. That means we’re good to go, right?

Natasha

 

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Wordless Wednesday – Bogged Down

Sadly, the very much stuck Jeep belonged to the driver’s wife…

boys and their toys

Natasha

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Etsy Treasury Tuesday – Fireworks

Is it a cliche theme right before July 4th? Probably, but it seemed appropriate for several reasons. First, I like the bright colors and they seem very summery! Plus, in addition to the upcoming 4th, the USA vs Belgium match will start in just a few hours. I’m really bummed I won’t be able to watch the whole thing, but excited it’s because we were finally able to work out an appointment to pick up our marriage license. Is that something you need an appointment for in other states and I just never realized it? Oh, speaking of wedding stuff, I may or may not have any additional Etsy treasuries to share this month. We’ll see. Anyway, here’s this week’s treasury: Fireworks.

etsy treasury

Natasha

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Monday Dose of Cute – Bath Day

I read somewhere that guinea pigs like baths and enjoy swimming. Clearly Tiki didn’t read the same article! I never knew a rodent could give the stink eye, but here it is.

bath day

Natasha

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DIY Wedding WIP #5

I set a personal record this week, but not at the gym! I ordered a record number of items on Amazon, and had my single largest order ever – 35 items. o_O  Then I realized I’d forgotten a couple things and placed another order the next day. Yikes! Before you think I’ve totally lost my mind, a dozen of those things were really small and under $2 each, but still. This week’s influx of items means I’m almost ready for our wedding in just barely over three weeks. I still need some small dipping spoons and two nice paper tablecloths, but I think that’s just about it. A few things haven’t arrived yet, but a whole lot showed up an hour ago!

Here’s what I ordered 12 sets of. I’m a little worried the tables will be too big, but I’ll make sure to bring some pliers so we can get them working if it has to happen that way.

tablecloth clip

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Wordless Wednesday – Pink Hibiscus

pink hibiscus

Natasha

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