Friday, March 30, 2012

The chalkboard

Remember this post? I am finally revealing what Kevin and I did with that painting-picture-board-thing I showed you a while back.

Every photobooth needs a good chalkboard, right? So, we searched the frame section at Goodwill (have I mentioned how much I love that place?) for a board that would fit our size requirements (Kevin was particularly concerned about the size) and walked out the door with this one for a buck!

I began by peeling off the "painting"...but that didn't want to come off nicely so I gave up on it and flipped to the other side. (The front, now bac,k looked pretty rough and I later covered it with color corresponding paper.)

 Next, paint. I went to Walmart expecting to have to purchase some brushes and paint but found out they now produce chalkboard spray paint! Well that was handy dandy so after a good clean swipe of the board I sprayed on three thin layers of the paint.

It works!

Second Step, fix those tarnished edges. I had tried to spray paint the edges a pretty coral color but it was just not covering so I came up with another idea. I stocked up on ribbon at hobby lobby last time I was there and decided that would be a good fix.

Sewing scissors, ribbon, hot glue......


Third Step, cover the hanging indention. Since I chose to use the back side there was this long indention at the top of the board. I decided much earlier that I'd cover it with a bow. Problem is, I'm not a fabulous bow creator so I did some searching and came across this tutorial. (Note: since my ribbon isn't double sided, I didn't make it out of one continuous ribbon piece. Each layer is separate from each other and then hot glued together. )


yeah...phone camera, deal with the flash

I'm pretty excited about the finished product! Did it in under an hour (well after the spray paint had dried) and it was pretty easy too. I'd recommend giving your chalkboard skills a try.


Thanks roomies for the fun message!




Pearls:
-Spray as even and smoothly as you can, you don't want a bumpy writing surface
-Don't be alarmed if it doesn't "feel" like a chalkboard
- If you're going to cover the back in paper like me, do it before you ribbon but after you paint. I attached mine with hot glue and it's holding together nicely
-I lined one edge of the ribbon along the top back edge of the board and slowly worked my way around the board, then I folded it onto the surface of the board and slowly hot glued all the way around.
- The bow has a lot of hot glue holding it down to the surface of the board
-Did I mention how much I love and use hot glue? It's my best friend...no but seriously, it is. (ah the life of an ID major)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wedding Wednesday

Wedding Wednesday is a popular theme amongst blog world so I'm jumpin' on the band wagon...


Kevin and I attended a number of weddings this past summer and one of our all time favorite parts of nearly all of them has been the photobooth. We're not talking the kind you find in the middle of malls, no. We are talking, curtain, photographer, lots of props, and as many people as you can fit in the camera shot. They've been great, the photos are fabulous and my favorite part is you can tell how much fun people are having.

So we have begun the collection of props and putting together that part of our wedding. Thankfully, Phi Lamb has given me several opportunities for lots of random costumes. Plus OU likes to give away free things like foam fingers so you betcha that sort of stuff will be there.

Many thanks to Goodwill for these. Little bit of spray paint and these curly stands will hold some props
I put my cov group to work a couple weeks ago and had them cut out some props like mustaches and bow ties from card stock paper. I googled for templates to trace, cut them out, brought out colored paper, and let them run with it. The results are awesome! I spray painted the sticks, bought from Hobby Lobby, and hot glued them to the backs of their creations.

Glasses, hair bows, bow ties, mustaches
I made the signs on the computer, printed them out, and mounted them to foam core board. You can see the way I hot glued the sticks to them below. They are now sturdy and ready to go.


I'm pretty happy with the results and can't wait to see how our guests enjoy them!



Pearls:
- Take the time to go slow and be patient.
- Utilize your friends, you may think they're tired of hearing about wedding but some of them really are interested and want to help
- Google for templates, etc...there's all kinds of ideas out there! 


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spring Breakin Endin

Spring Break is officially over, my very last spring break as a student. Adios student breaks, I've officially had my last of all of you, I may be using a bit of summer break but that's mostly to move and get last minute wedding details in place and not exactly summer vaca.

But that's okay, I'm good with that because that means that I am super close to being done with school foreva!

I was going to make a spring breakin blog but time flew from me and I didn't do so...also Kevin has practically all those pictures...so my friends, later. Later I will share with you pictures from our apt shopping and mini adventures. I also had started one on our photobooth props but that too must wait till later.

Today I am dedicating this blog to my roomies. That's right Kristina and Emily, it's all about you!...well sorta. Not too long ago a crazy set of books ( I bet you can't guess which) hit my apartment. The first to go was Emily and Kayla (yes, yes not a roomie anymore, doesn't matter) was real close behind her. Kristina followed a little slower afterward. Then when I thought the coast was clear, Janessa jumped in! I am alone.Regardless, their enthusiasm was always entertaining even if I never plan on reading this series.

Well for the first time ever! Emily and Kristina were not together on the midnight premier of a movie....if you haven't guessed by now, we're talking about the Hunger Games people. They decided to wait till they were together to see the movie (aww sweet besties they are).

Here they are all ready to go...
This is Emily's shirt...she made it!
Did you read the comment under that last picture? Seriously, we've got dedicated fans here...Emily is amazing, even if I don't read the books and get the symbol, the shirt is fabulous.

So Since I am not reading this book, what's the story people? Why do you like them and did you enjoy the movie?

Pearls:
-Enjoy books with friends, you can talk about the plots and characters, it's way fun
-Always hold tight to your friendships
-Enjoy all school breaks! 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Breakfast

Yesterday to celebrate St. Patrick's Day and the beginning of Kevin and I's final spring break I told him I was going to prepare us a tasty breakfast. He had no idea what I was going to force him to eat but he happily agreed to my plan and showed up on right on time.

Earlier in the week I'd seen these lovely green pancakes and was inspired.My whole life pancakes have been a huge part of breakfast celebrations in my home but we've basically always made them from the box. In an effort to build upon my wife skills of making homemade meals I decided that I would try and make these pancakes from scratch. So I scavenged the internet and stumbled upon this recipe (and yes don't worry, I've pinned it) and was pumped to discover I already had all the ingredients.

So onward to making them!

No color boost here, that's the real green deal!
Green Eggs and Green Pancakes, complete with green plates!
I was pretty proud of my work.
My hungry man was quite satisfied as well.
 The pancakes were just plain fun to dye green and still looked real tasty. The eggs on the other hand...those were pretty awful to look at dyed green, especially as I cooked them...slimy green isn't really appetizing. I scrambled them hard and they tasted like normal scrambled eggs but I don't think I'll be dying eggs again.

In the car and on our way decked out in green for St. Patrick's Day

After breakfast we embarked on our home search. Kevin has it all organized for us because he is our home search captain and I am the wedding planning captain, call us cheesy but we're loving our co-captain organization. We saw three places and drove around a lot to look for rent homes. We're torn between renting a home or an apartment...suggestions?



Pearls:
- Before you plan to prepare your meal make sure you have all your ingredients. I may have fibbed a bit when I said I had them all...I mean I did earlier in the week but come the morning of...our milk was no more.
- Leave yourself plenty of time to calmly follow the recipe and make sure you measure everything out right, it's not a hard recipe so I encourage you to try it out!
-Serve it up and enjoy! Get creative with the green theme...I think next year I'm going to take it a bit farther.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Pink Lemonade Lovin'

Recently, Emily and I had a roommate afternoon where we ran random errands, and made some random decisions. One of which was purchasing an exciting spring baking mix and icing:
Yes you read that right, Pink Lemonade cookie mix! Talk about exciting! We exercised self control on actually baking them until today when we had the lovely Miss Kristina home to join in on the fun.
When it comes to baking, we aren't too concerned on the looks of our creations, only the taste, so you'll have to excuse our blob-shaped cookie goodness.
While Kristina and I allowed them to cool, Emily couldn't stand the wait and ate a straight-out-of-the-oven-toasty-warm lemonade cookie...okay, okay, we gave in after seeing her very satisfied face...but we did allow the rest to cool and tried to prettyfully ice them:

And now we are ready for spring break! Bring on the sun, sand and water...oh wait I'm not going to Florida this year :(

Pearls:
-Only bake with friends, you'll share more smiles this way.
-These are super easy to bake and so they don't require much advice
-Bake these now!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Wedding Update

We are now three months out from our wedding and today being Friday means we are exactly 12 weeks away! Hooray!!!

12 weeks sounds a whole lot closer than 3 months. Right now I'm just looking forward to spring break since Kevin and I are going to begin our home hunt together then and I am super excited.



This past month and half though, Kevin and I have been remarkably productive getting wedding things secured. I love the feeling of checking things off my mental list. It's also been rather entertaining to see our take on different aspects of the wedding.

A few weeks ago we went to the florist and hashed out final details there, I swear Kevin only said like 2 words, "sounds good." Then we go to Al's Formal Wear to try and remedy our terrible idea of selecting a tie online (it came in bright orange...that's not coral my friends... problem).  We walk in the door, I start the conversation and next I know, who's running the show? Kevin! He selects the ties, selects his vest and shirt, and fills out the documents.

What all have we accomplished?
We've spoken with our church and worked out some questions, finalized things with our florist, selected groomsmen attire at Al's, I got my first dress fitting, ordered table cloths, ordered special reception items, ordered biodegradable confetti, made reservations for our rehearsal dinner, my mom has booked our honeymoon, we bought our honeymoon plane tickets, and approved our second invitation sample (you can read about that process here). Invitations and envelopes are being printed and hopefully we will address them over the break.

I'm feeling pretty good with where we are at. If you've done this before, any suggestions for us?

Pearls:
-don't stress about every little detail, pinterest is especially unhelpful on this, so many tiny details on there that are precious but goodness not worth losing your mind over
-work together, even if your man doesn't care so much about the flowers, take him anyway!
-when ordering online, search for coupons by googling coupon codes for the store
-be prepared for meetings, get your lists of questions and goals in place
-have fun!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Senioritus Begins

Capstone and I have a love hate relationship right now. I enjoy my project and the spaces I'm designing, and I have a great architect partner but I don't feel like putting time into it outside of class. I'd much rather plan a wedding, hang out with my roomies, watch meaningless tv shows like The Bachelor, read leisure books, craft, and spend time with the best fiance I could have ever imagined.

Midterm Capstone Review: 50 days till it's due!
 Besides the only other important class I have is management and I'm pretty good at reading my articles and book on time for class once a week every Wednesday night. Belly Dancing and Personal Fitness don't really require out of class work, and I love those classes!
Who doesn't love finding hidden love notes?

Plus I enjoy going into my office and working like a real person on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Oh and guess what? I've got a full time job awaiting me there come June 12th. Yep I've secured a job and thus paying attention to my school work is even less enticing.

Who wouldn't want to work for these two beauties?
Yet even with all these excellent reasons, I will press on and finish my work well. Senior year is almost over and there are exactly 66 days!


Pearls:
- Don't procrastinate, don't procrastinate
-Focus, focus, focus
-Remember that we are called to do our work in excellence in order to best present Christ
 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Texas Our Texas

It's another big day! Happy Texas Independence Day! Grab your boots and hat and parade them around today, enjoy celebrating the great state of Texas!

You can read more into the history of Texas Independence Day here. Or maybe you'd rather, read what Texas Bob enjoys about Texas. On the other hand, some of you may need to be convinced that Texas is in fact the best state, so you should check this site out.



I couldn't let you go though without making sure you read a few of my favorite reasons from the last site in that paragraph:

49. Schlitterbahn is the greatest waterpark in America, and it makes excellent use of its Hill Country surroundings. ---TRUTH!

42. No state income tax, suckaz.---Sadly, I've done myself in with this since I've accepted a job in OK

37. Tex-Mex. Comfort food, hangover cure, drunken latenight scarfing: It has many purposes, all of them delicious.---You have no idea what you're missing! SO GOOD!

34. When you say you're from Texas, no one in the world needs to ask where that is.---'nuff said

17. Blue Bell ice cream and the way Texans are fiercely loyal to it.--- Yep it's from our state

15. Fiesta Marts carry food you never knew existed.---Go to Texas, check one out, it's like no other grocery store than you've ever seen.


7. The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo draws farm kids and their animals to Reliant Park and some of the biggest concerts of the year.---I already talked about this...you know you want to go!

1. Texans are so damn charming when they brag about their state. (Um, aren't we?)---Yall love me!




Pearls: 
-Say the Pledge of Allegiance to Texas:    "Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible."
-Be a proud Texan

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Baby Blue is a Teenager!

Her model shot, she's like 3 here.
Today is a huge day! I know I said that about last Friday but today is bigger in the personal lives of the Sitten clan. Today my littlest baby sister turns 13 years old! It's also 3 months till Kevin and I's wedding day and our 28th dating monthiversary! But this post isn't about me, it's about Cheyanne Blue turning 13! I swear it was just the other day that I left 5th grade early to go see her in the hospital.

As usual, we are celebrating this occasion with pictures! I don't have any real baby pics of her but my how she's grown just in the past five years. I hope you enjoy the many faces and poses of our baby. We love you Cheyanne Blue! Have fun with your teens and never forget we'll be there for you always!

(Note: pictures are not necessarily in chronological order)

Veronica and Blue Day at the Mall
Thanksgiving at the park-2006

Checking out OU-2007. She'll be a Sooner one day....
Our Uncle's puppy, she loved when she came over.
Oh that face!
Family Picture-2006 I think.

My graduation lunch at church

Hanging with our cousin Jordan
Christmas 2008
funny faces

Christmas on the Beach
We made her into Ursala!

ICE exhibit- aka Adventure Day
Hanging out on the dock

Spring Break 2011


Pearls:
- Enjoy every moment with your little siblings
 -Take lots of pictures!
-Look back and smile...God is good All the Time!
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