Monday, April 30, 2012

Martha Monday!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Paper Crane Quest: Follow up (Includes actual wedding photos)

If you read my other blog you know that I just got married in October. I'm crazy so I basically decided to have a DIY (do it yourself) wedding. When I first got engaged I really planned on doing all of the catering, decorations, flowers, cake, invitations, etc myself. Thank goodness I got some sense talked into me before the wedding and only ended up doing the decorations, flowers (bouquet, boutonnieres, and flowers for my Mother, his Mother, my Step-Mom, and our four Grandmothers), card box, flower girl basket, and the outfit for my Chihuahua who was the ring bearer. 

One huge endeavor that I took on was The Paper Crane Quest (Get it? Our last name is Quest! lol). Basically I decided it was a good idea to make 1,000 paper cranes. In the Japanese tradition, if you make 1,000 paper cranes your wish will come true. It all sounded very sweet and romantic and I thought, "Well, if I make all these paper cranes then I won't have to make any other decorations. Blah blah blah nonsense."

It was a crazy thought and so very untrue. But ended up actually working out in the end. :)

I didn't end up making 1,000 cranes. Once I ran out of paper the first time I just gave up.  The number of cranes I would have had to make per day to reach 1,000 by my wedding was just too much. It would be like having another job. I also made the HUGE mistake of using card stock paper instead of origami paper. I picked it out because it was black and white wedding themed paper and was in squared sheets. If you've never used card stock, it was basically like trying to fold little cranes out of cardboard. It hurt my hands, cut my fingers, and took forever to fold. I ended up folding so many I could make them while watching the TV. lol I think in the end I ended up making about 400 cranes. I never counted because that was just another chore that I didn't have time for. 
As it turns out, 400+ was more than enough to decorate with! I don't know what I would have done if I had really made 1,000. Here is some of the ways I decorated with them:

To make my wedding bouquet I placed some of the cranes on green floral wire and secured them with hot glue (the cranes will have a hole in the bottom that you can stick the wire into). Then I dispersed them amongst long stemmed silk dark purple lilies and wrapped most of the stem with a large purple and black ribbon.

As I said above, if you make your cranes right they should have a whole in the bottom. Take your crane by the wings and blow into the hole while gently pulling the wings apart. This will inflate the crane and allow it to stand upright better. Cut a small slit in the top and you can use them as place card holders like I did!
These were so great and I wish I hate better pictures of them. We made two of them, one with white flowers (for my side of the aisle) and one with dark purple flowers (for the grooms side). My wedding ended up having to be inside instead of outside so we used them instead to decorate the two candelabras on either side of the staircase I walked down. They are simply made from styrofoam craft balls, green floral wire (to secure the cranes like in my bouquet), silk flowers, cranes, and a ribbon to hang it.
They also make great hair accessories! Lookin' good Randy!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Martha Monday!

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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Dirty Talk for Housewives!

Ok, well it's not really dirty talk for housewives. It's actually a scene from the movie "Hebrew Hammer". But it's hilarious, and definitely something I wouldn't mind hearing from time to time. ^_~

"You want me to talk dirty to you?
 You want I should dirty to you? 
Want I should talk dirty to you? 
I wanna have lots of children by you...
I wanna get a stable, good-paying job...
I want to move to Long Island, somewhere fancy, but not fancy schmancy. 
I want for our children to go to private schools. 
Abraham will go to Yale. 
Little Isaac will go somewhere Ivy League, maybe Vassar. 
And everyday, I want you to tell me what to do...
When I should do it...
And how I should live my fucking life!"

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Hostess (And The Importance Of Gifts)

(For me?)
The literal definition of "Hostess" is a female that provides hospitality, BUT as Domestic Goddesses we know that the real definition of Hostess is "Bitch that runs the show"!

Now lets talk about something that I am a HUGE advocate of: The Hostess Gift. This isn't just for rich people and Europeans, you can do it too! :D

It is polite to bring a hostess gift to a dinner, special occasion gathering (i.e.- Holiday party, etc.), if you are staying overnight at their house, or any event where the hostess has don't all the work to plan and arrange things. It shows your appreciation for the hard work that they've done and at the very least makes you look polite. :) One easy gift idea is of course flowers. If you've been to their house before, buy flowers that match the color scheme of their living room, dining room, or kitchen. This shows much more thoughtfulness and looks better when she displays them. If you've never seen their house, get a nice seasonal arrangement or roses. REMEMBER: Different rose colors have different meanings so make sure you pay attention! You don't want to send her or her spouse the wrong message. Also, if you'd like to be SUPER considerate, buy a vase or get flowers that are already in a container just in case she doesn't have one available.
(Look how happy these people are that they brought a hostess gift!)
Another great gift is of course BOOZE! Now I'm not saying bring over a case of beer (unless she really loves a certain type of beer). A nice wine or bottle of champagne will do. And of course I am always an advocate of Pink Champagne as a hostess gift. It's elegant, delicious, and girly enough so the hostess knows it's just for her. I know I shouldn't have to say this but it happens so I'm going to: If you bring over alcohol (or anything else) as a hostess gift and it doesn't get finished that night DO NOT TAKE IT HOME! It is no longer yours, you gave it as a gift to the hostess, it is extremely tacky to steal it back. Oh and you spending a lot of money on it is not justification. If you have that much of a problem with spending money, gift her a less expensive bottle. It's the thought that counts and stealing back your gift says that you only think about yourself. 
There is however no problem with buying hostess gifts in bulk! See a set of wine glasses on sale super cheap? Go ahead and get them! Maybe add a personal touch by painting them, that way you also have the option of splitting them up or giving them as a set. Caterer gave you a couple extra bottles of wine? Why not store them away to be used as a hostess gift later? 

If you're coming to My house for dinner. A puppy would be an appropriate hostess gift. Preferably something that is small, fluffy, and easy to train. ^_^ J/k

For more fantastical gift ideas, go to the Patron Saint of the Domestic Goddess...Martha Stewart! 

Monday, April 2, 2012

Martha Monday!

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