WE. ARE. PREGNANT!!!!!!
I’ve been dying to share the news for weeks! And before you ask, no we didn’t make a honeymoon baby!
To all you mothers out there, I’m SO FREAKIN’ stoked to soon be in the motherhood club. When I was a kid, I remember thinking all I ever wanted was a family of my own. It’s so surreal to have finally reached this point where I’m making that dream come true. What’s even more tear jerking is my husband wants kids as much, if not more, than I do. We’re the ultimate team right now, and (prepare yourself, I’m about to get super gushy), I love him and he’s going to be just the most amazing dad ever.
Oh, and don’t worry, I’m not going to turn the blog into “brittanyMakes babies” or whatever. Honestly, I don’t expect much to change here on the ‘ol blog, maybe just a few baby bump updates and nursery focused DIY’s and such.
Anyway, we’re ecstatic, and I’m just so happy to share the news Happy Monday!
I’m so lame! I couldn’t come up with anything to post these last few days, moving really takes a toll on me. I feel physically and emotionally drained. Physically, because I can’t believe how much stuff we’ve accumulated in the last year, all of which had to be boxed, lifted, transported and relocated. Emotionally, because I’m so sad to leave our loft, even if better things are on the horizon, and the fact that EVERYTHING IS IN A BOX. What a nightmare! I can’t find anything. Woe is me, right?
I’ll be my normal self soon…
Moving is the hardest when you have to undo the things you just did, take apart the things you built, and paint over your favorite walls. But it’s all for something good, something better. I just hope my plants survive in the mean time…
First off, have you read Sarah’s blog yet today? She’s hosting a fun little interview sesh and today I’m the guest! You’ll learn a few things about me, including my all time DIY fail. Check it out here.
On a similar note, we’re in full moving mode. All that’s left in our loft is only our bed, AND our Christmas setup for the Holiday Challenge, which is quite a sight let me tell you.
One of our neighbors stopped by to check out our unit, and to my surprise he didn’t say one. word. about our glamorous holiday setup. I think he was too confused to acknowledge it, but its quite possible he’s hiding his own Christmas shrine in his loft. #youneverknow
We’ll officially be back in the burbs this weekend, back where we came from almost a year and a half ago! The plan is to stick it out in our old place for a few months before we move onto something different. We’re saving a ton of $ along the way, and lord knows when two accountants get married, saving dough always wins, no matter how much we love our loft (and our commute!).
I’m sad, but ready for the change (and challenge). We’re going to make the best of our spaces, and if anything it just means new blog content, right? My plan is to post some bon voyage before-and-afters of our loft, and finally put together what bits we have for a “home tour”. Hang in there with me as we transition, the fun DIY content will return before you know it!
Today’s my birthday! Woot!
I’m celebrating today by offering 2 lucky readers a pair of the most exclusive metallic paint product around. So exclusive in fact, I’m actually the ONLY one in the US to have them in my hands. What what! How’s that for a giveaway?
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Hey! Did everyone have a great Labor Day? I finished up some incomplete projects, got started some new ones, and finally started writing my thank-you cards. Am I the only one who avoids writing thank-you cards like the plague? There’s just so many of them!
Oh also, did you notice any changes around here?
New header, woot! Another change I’m working on is selling our dining table (sad-face), but we’re ready for something different. If you’re interested, and live in the SF Bay Area, send me an email! Otherwise it’s going on Craigslist while I cross my fingers it sells in a flash.
Another exciting thing happened this weekend. You may have spotted a sneak peek on Instagram, we got a new rug this weekend!
Ah, beloved rug! Thank you Ikea for finally getting rid of that weird teal border! My living room looks amazing, than you. xoxo, Brittany.
Happy Monday friends! I promised some fabulous wedding DIYs, and now that the wedding is over, the honeymoon is over (boo! come back to me Italy!) and we’re finally unpacked, I’m going to share with you the crazy ideas that went into our big day. First up, DIY marquee lights from paper mâché letters!
I crafted these marquee lights out of the 24″ paper mâché letters from JoAnne’s. I believe they’re about $12 each, but you can get them cheaper if you have a coupon. These letters were going to be indoor decor, which is why we opted for the paper mâché ones. I don’t recommend using paper mâché for outdoors! If you’re interested in making an outdoor marquee letter, Kristin has a great tutorial on crafting outdoor marquee lights.
Alrighty! Let’s show you how to make these bad boys. First, I flipped the letters on the reverse side, took an Xacto knife and cut out the backside. You’ll find some crimped cardboard inside the letters which the manufacturers use as stability. You just pull out the crimped cardboard, it’s that easy!
Next, I flipped them back over and primed them, then drilled holes every ~2-3 inches. You can actually see my math in the second picture below!
Once the holes were drilled, I sprayed 2 coats of high gloss black spray paint. I let the first coat completely dry before I applied the second.
Attaching the bulbs was so easy, but it started to get tricky once I had to attach the cord and sockets. I wanted the cord to be hidden inside the letter so that the letter would lay flush against the wall.
For these four letters I used 4 packs of the frosted bulb lights from Target, you can also find them at Cost Plus but I think Target’s are cheaper. I had some bulbs leftover which was no big deal, I just hid the empty sockets inside the last letter.
All of our guests were so impressed with the sign! Our initial plan was just to have the sign hanging behind the dance floor, as a neat background for any pictures taken while we were dancing.
But then the party got cray cray and the LOVE sign became the backdrop for our costume/photo booth!
I have to thank my husband for owning that Mexican wrestler mask.
It’s so awesome how some things turn out a thousand times better than planned.
I’m so happy to be getting back into the swing of things. Of course it truly is a blessing and a privilege to get away and go on vacation, relax, travel, eat good food and spend time with my man. But I must admit, my normal routine makes me happy too! I just need some Nutella gelato and my “normal” life is complete! I guess I’ll stick to my spoonfuls of Nutella and a side of ice cream…
I’ve been so antsy waiting to see pictures of our wedding day! Jamie, my photographer and owner of Studio13Designs, is BEYOND amazing! Jamie blows me away with each photo she takes, and she is truly an inspiration in the world of artistry. She has been my photography role model since the minute I picked up my first camera, and I stare at her in awe as she captures the world through her lens. It would be a dream come true to have an ounce of her talent. How could you disagree?
Studio13Designs has been a sponsor for my blog for about a year, and I love working with Jamie! We have known each-other for more than 10 years! Our wedding wouldn’t have been complete without her. I owe everything to Jamie, as she has captured more love and happiness than I could have imagined during our wedding day.
Today, on her blog, Jamie posted a bunch of photos from our #bigitalianwedding. Check them out! I’ll be posting some tutorials soon on some of the decorations you see in her photos. They’re going to be great!
I don’t know about other bloggers, but let me tell you, I read a lot of blogs, and I love it! Reading blogs of all shapes and sizes was actually the primary reason I started this blog – I realized ‘Hey, I have a voice and creative ideas, too! Let’s do this!’
I used to be able to manage my list of daily reads pretty well, but I’m now at the point where all the space on my bookmarks toolbars in Mozilla, Internet Explorer, AND Chrome, are completely maxed out! I never cared or understood how to use Google Reader, and I didn’t think to research other reader alternatives, I was pretty satisfied with my morning routine clicking straight to the blogs I wanted to read in the same order, every single day. Talk about a creature of habit!
I don’t even know how I stumbled on it, it must have been a re-marketing campaign while perusing the internet, but I landed myself on NetVibes reading about their awarded personalized dashboard and thought ‘what the heck, let’s give this whole reader thing a try’. About two weeks ago I signed up for a free account I can’t tell you how much my life has changed. Having a real time feed of all the blogs I read in a day makes me feel like I have the entire internet all in one place. It’s more than amazing!
NetVibes has been around for a while, but it’s completely brand new to me. I’m still learning how to use it, but so far I’ve used 3 different views to read my daily blogs – the classic widget view (below), which is laid out in a tile board similar to Pinterest, and each tile lists the most recent 7 or so posts from each site.
I also like the current activity view, you can see all the posts that were published today
My new favorite view is the image tile view for all posts most currently published. I’m totally into this visual method of reading a feed!
OK, OK, so I’m fully aware that utilizing a reader is a no-brainer for most of you folks, which makes me wonder, how does everyone else read their favorite blogs? What readers do you use? Or do you prefer to click directly to sites? Do you keep a list of your favorite blogs? I’m so interested!
PS: if you’re curious about what blogs I read on a daily basis, I created this page dedicated to them for easy access. You can find the link to this page is on my right sidebar.
If only you knew the real life of an accountant. Being a blogger/accountant is so hard sometimes, it’s like mixing oil and water. Seriously, all normality is lost during month-close, but I’m slowly climbing out of it and have found a spare minute to share with you the journey I took in finding the perfect gold spray paint
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t had very much luck picking out the perfect gold spray paint straight off the shelf. The paint can caps are deceivingly shiny and beautiful, the majority of the paint cans claim to be metallic but aren’t, and I usually don’t have enough patience to test out a bunch of random gold spray paints.
Today is the day we’re going to test out some options, because I believe with all my heart there is a perfect gold spray paint out there for everyone. I chose 5 readily available gold spray paint cans from 3 shops – Michael’s, Home Depot, and Blick Art Materials.
In all my gold experiences, I’ve come to the conclusion that the color spectrum of gold falls into a quadrant of 4 distinct shades: brassy gold, yellow gold, green gold, and a warm honey gold. Each shade holds a purpose, and it’s up to you as the designer to determine which shade jives best with your look.
Usually if I decide to ‘go gold’ on a project, I look past using gold spray paint and go straight to gold leaf. We all know how much patience goes into playing with gold leaf! I wanted to find a paint that would compare to gold leaf, to save myself a headache and my carpet from a bazillion flakes of foil.
let’s find the best can of gold spray paint!
Montana Gold Acrylic spray paint is a professional spray paint that artists typically use for creative tag art. Unlike some other professional artist spray paints, Montana Gold has characteristics in its formula that parallel home improvement spray paints, in that it can adhere to almost any surface. The paint is flexible and has decent coverage, and it sounds silly but I really like the spray cap – It’s super comfortable! I was surprised that this paint turned out to be one of my favorites, because when the paint first comes out of the can, even after shaking vigorously, the paint was clear and appeared watery. It was as if the paint turned to gold once it hit the air.
What I love most about this paint is that it dries with a super shiny with an almost lacquer-like finish. The only qualm I have is that the paint is a bit runny, so you definitely need primer first, then you have to spray 2 light coats in order to get full coverage. This paint falls into the honey golden shade I mentioned earlier, it’s so beautiful and complex, and mimics gold leaf in a way I wouldn’t have expected from a spray paint.
Design Master paints are readily available at Michael’s. I’ve never actually tried this brand until now, and I can’t believe I held out for so long. Both Design Master paints below are high quality, and are shockingly metallic in person. The Gold Medal paint can is probably the most beautiful of the yellow-gold variety. Both cans of paint are so buttery smooth and rich it was difficult picking out which I liked better. Although, if I was forced to choose I’d have to say my favorite between the two is the Brilliant Gold.
You can see what I mean about the shades of gold, right? Gold Metal above is a yellow gold, whereas the Brilliant Gold below is a warm honey gold.
The next two cans of paint are perhaps the most common brands amongst crafters and DIY enthusiasts. I’ve used these cans in previous projects, but I can’t say I was ever ecstatic with the results. Rustoleum’s Metallic Gold spray paint is more photogenic than it appears in person. In person the paint is a greenish gold – not my fave. Although, I am a big fan of Rustoleum’s paint formula – it’s adhesion qualities are en point, I’ll probably skip on their metallic cans and stick with their colored paints.
Michael’s also sells Krylon brand spray paints, such as this 18K Gold paint can. The paint is great, I really don’t have any negative things to say about it, it just doesn’t live up to the other 4 paints here. I do think it’s a little overpriced for being a smaller can, but that’s just me being a cheap-o. Since this paint is in the yellow category of gold, I would suggest only using this paint for small projects. Anything larger than a picture frame will look more yellow than gold. I also wish Krylon would change the cap – the cap looks like a beautiful metallic rose gold, when the paint is more like the color of the clock on the label.
Well there you have it! I hope this post is somewhat helpful for the next time you decide to go gold.
This is an exciting day! I rarely post about my wedding plans on this site, mainly because I want to keep the more personal items separate from the blog items. Although, I have been compelled to share the important moments, like the proposal or wedding DIY projects like the initial charm necklaces. And today I feel compelled to share with you – we’ve booked our honeymoon!
Art Print via Keri Bevan
We’re going to London!
In reality, we’re going all over Europe – London, Paris, Italy, Spain. The plan is to catch a ride on a Mediterranean cruise (that’s the next step in “plan honeymoon”). I’ve always had that strong itch to travel, but my man, he’s cool hanging out at home and spending the money on a new TV. I’m just SO EXCITED we’re going to Europe together. There will be plenty of tropical family vacations in our future, but Europe is something special, and I know the trip will be absolutely unforgettable.