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On either side of the fountain during our engagement session and wedding. | Images by Pink Shutterbug Photography

Highway to Happiness: Vendor Reviews

While I’ve already shared my thoughts on the venue, we do have a couple more vendors that certainly deserve a shout-out. Pink Shutterbug Photography: Recommend We searched high and low for a photographer that fit both our (admittedly small) budget and uncomplicated style. Thankfully we found Kara to fit the bill and she did a fabulous job for us. What made her practically perfect for us was that she specializes in family portraits, doing only a handful of weddings each year to “keep it fun,” she says. Because of this she can keep her package prices low and keep her[Read More...]

by 04/23/2014 0 comments Wedding Recaps
Tuesday Reviews-Day: the Southern Bite Cookbook

Tuesday Reviews-Day: the Southern Bite Cookbook

I admit, I hadn’t heard of SouthernBite.com until I got the press release about blogger Stacey Little’s new book, the Southern Bite Cookbook. You see, I’m from the south–southeast Louisiana, point of fact–and I’ve never really had to hunt farther than my own bookcase (if even that far) for a little taste of home. But for fans of southern cooking who either didn’t grow up with it or maybe missed learning at the mother’s or grandmother’s elbows, sites like SouthernBite.com can be a fun and useful resource and offer a sense of community among the comments. Todd, who grew up[Read More...]

by 04/22/2014 0 comments Tuesday Revews-Day
Mama Leadfoot showing her silly side.

Highway to Happiness: And That Was That

Once everyone had their fill of dessert, people started to say their goodbyes and make their way out to whatever plans they had for the rest of the day (there was a pretty big college football game going on in town that night, so some folks had tailgates to get to). I was able to see most of our guests off but I did miss a few because, as careful as tried to be, I still ended up having to excuse myself to be sick for a bit. Based on the time-delay these reactions tend to have, it must have been[Read More...]

by 04/18/2014 0 comments Wedding Recaps
Curiouser and Curiouser…

Curiouser and Curiouser…

Isn’t it awesome when a project comes together and turns out the way you want?! I’ve been plotting and planning and dreaming up this month’s Gauche Alchemy project for months and finally made the time to put those plans into action. Taking action is a big thing in life right now–we closed on the house, the convention schedule is heating up, I’m about to wrap up my wedding recaps which means I can get back to a more steady, regular blogging schedule, and my birthday is coming up at the end of the month which always gives me a bit[Read More...]

by 04/17/2014 0 comments In The Studio
Welcome to the Gingerbread Diaries!

Welcome to the Gingerbread Diaries!

So, yeah, this happened: After, of course, a lot of this: (No, we didn’t sign that much paperwork at the closing, that stack happens to be the 7.5# of paperwork generated by the loan over the last 3 months, not counting the 140+ email threads in my House folder on gmail!) I’d love to say we went straight to this: But, alas, Todd had to head back to work for the rest of the afternoon and I had to go do super-fun things like set up our utilities account and arrange for the all-important Internet! (While it’s true we’re not moving[Read More...]

by 04/14/2014 0 comments The Gingerbread Diaries
Highway to Happiness: Trading Sweets

Highway to Happiness: Trading Sweets

As the third course was cleared and the conversation began to ebb, our guests’ glances began to stray to the dessert table in the far corner of the room. I had deliberated for quite some time how to display our cupcakes. The standard tiered stack is always a good go-to, but since we were dealing with a smaller quantity than those large displays hold, I wanted something that would have a bit more presence without looking bare. Going over what I had on hand, I came back to these telescoping plant stands that a friend gave me ages ago. In[Read More...]

by 04/11/2014 0 comments Wedding Recaps
Defying the Flaky Artist Stereotype

Defying the Flaky Artist Stereotype

Oh, you know the ones. Super creative, but man is she ever hard to pin down. Constantly sells her art but is in a panic every tax season. Never runs out of art supplies but might forget to pay the light bill. And so on and so forth. We’ve all either heard about or known someone like this–after all, stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason. But it doesn’t have to be this way and I, for one, would like to see more of my fellow artists and creatives defying this conception and showing just how good at business they can[Read More...]

by 04/10/2014 0 comments Creative Business
Highway to Happiness: A Few Words Before Brunch

Highway to Happiness: A Few Words Before Brunch

We’d made it to our seats, our DoC asked us what wine we wanted to drink, and everyone got settled in chatting among themselves while we waited for our first course. Now, we hadn’t asked anyone to make any sort of toasts on our behalf, but once we were settled-in, FIL Road Trip stood and gave us a very sweet toast–I wish I could remember what he said but it escapes me at the moment. Hey, would you look at that–I wasn’t he only one who changed after the ceremony. FIL RT had swapped his white sports coat for a[Read More...]

by 04/09/2014 0 comments Wedding Recaps
Tuesday Reviews-Day: Year of No Sugar

Tuesday Reviews-Day: Year of No Sugar

Have you ever picked up a book that you just wanted to love so very much but found yourself wanting to throw it across the room 50 pages in? That was me with today’s review book, Year of No Sugar by Eve Schaub. Inspired by a lecture by Dr. Robert Lustig, Schaub proposed an experiment to her family: go 1 year with no added sugars (fructose in particular), just to see how hard it would be. She, her husband, and their two daughters went without things like table sugar, honey, molasses, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juices, and artificial sweeteners for one[Read More...]

by 04/08/2014 0 comments Tuesday Revews-Day
Highway to Happiness: A Little Dance

Highway to Happiness: A Little Dance

Once our DoC introduced us and we entered the Owl’s Nest, we went straight into our first dance. Considering we’d just spent 15 minutes (give or take) with all eyes upon us as we completed the marriage rites, I can’t explain why the same pairs of eyes watching us dance felt so awkward but it did. Still, I was glad that we decided to go ahead with the first dance and share that moment together and with our guests. I still love our song, as well, and it’s just another memory to call up when I hear it on my[Read More...]

by 04/07/2014 0 comments Wedding Recaps