And somehow the wedding week is here(!)…

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oh. My. Goodness. How?

Marriage License I’m not kidding when I say it feels like just yesterday that we got engaged, but yet, somehow we’re here. And by here, I mean in Missouri with our marriage license in hand.

This past weekend – a short 18 hour drive later – Jeff and I landed in Missouri ready for a week of running errands, last-minute projects, and most importantly, celebrating!

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetAnd so far, even through all the craziness that is the week before any wedding, I’m more excited than ever. Not only for the big day, but you know, to get to marry Jeff and that whole bit. 🙂

I hope I don’t sound like a broken record, but again, thank you all for your love and support. What a fun year it has been leading up to this week!

Can’t wait to check-back-in post-wedding with all the fun (or maybe not-so-fun) details of the big day!

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Before that wedding of ours, lets take a trip back in time…

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shall we? But first, can I mildly panic that our wedding is ONE-MONTH from today? Someone save me! 🙂

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So in honor of #ThrowbackThursday and the big day just a month away, I thought I’d dedicate a special little post to some of the older days of Jeff and Anamarie. Longgggg before we had this little blog.

Indulge me as I take you on a trip down memory lane…

First photo together^^In fact, shortly after we met, I forced Jeff to stop and pose for our first-ever photo on a walk one day. Little did he know how many photos I’d make him take over the years. Poor guy.^^

So much so, I had a difficult time going through all the photos for this post. But don’t you worry, I dug some of my favorites out of the ol’ archives (sidenote: favorites do not necessarily mean flattering).

76574_574493583431_778808_nDSCN2521^^Including our first trip to a Virginia winery, and as you’ve seen over the years, something we only moderately enjoy.^^

DSCN2551^^And when Jeff graciously offered to put together my new “grown-up” furniture from Ikea in the tiny room I was renting at the time. Jeff building furniture – another, “little did he know” moment…^^

DSCN2775 DSCN3220 DSCN3302^^Or how he apparently brain-washed me into becoming a sportz fan. Go Nats, Cowboys (boo Redskins), Hokies…see what I mean?^^

But don’t fret, as payback I’ve subjected him to many vacations/trips (long-hours in a car with me!), including a week with my family in Alabama.

IMG_0554^^What? You don’t normally eat bread bowls the size of your head?^^

IMG_2142^^Jeff: If you take one more photo I might lose it.^^

IMG_2203 (1)↓And the obligatory couple’s costume on our first Halloween.↓

DSCN3363^^Children of the 90’s, you totally get it, right?^^

↓But most importantly, the time I publicly embarrassed him in front of his friends during heated game of arm-wrestling.↓

2012-06-09 00.11.24Okay, so maybe I didn’t embarrass him or even win, but I’d like to think I did.

Regardless, I love looking back on the fun we’ve had so far! Now, to just get back to all that wedding stuff…

IMG_1046 (1)In the meantime, peace out. Just kidding. I’m not that cool.

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DIY Wood Table Numbers (+ a recipe for a homemade wood stain)…

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DIY Wooden Table Numbers Finished 3… and our wedding centerpiece quest continues! You may remember that we’ve (and by we, I mainly mean Jeff) worked on a few other DIY projects for our centerpieces, which I shared here and here. Well, this past weekend, we started and finished another element of the multi-part centerpieces!

I think Jeff curses my name every time I give him an idea for another project, but I’d like to state for the record that I personally blame Pinterest.

I’m assuming the title kind of gave it away, but in case it didn’t, I thought I’d let you in on the juicy details of our weekend spent working on table numbers. I know, I know the content couldn’t get any more riveting if we tried.

But hey, I’m certain there’s someone out there interested in the play-by-play, so here’s the DIY scoop (mainly written by Jeff, of course):

Just looking for the recipe for stain? Skip to step 5! DIY Wooden Table Numbers1. We purchased 1/4″ x 6″ (48″ long) oak project boards from Home Depot (our home away from home) and cut to desired size. In our case, we cut each of the 48″ long board into 16 three inch strips, then cut an inch and a half of each one to end up with each piece being 3″x 4″.

2. We found an oak dowel the size we thought would would work best. We went with 1/4″ and cut to length. Since the table numbers will be going in empty wine bottles (and you were wondering what my contribution was in all of this. well, the wine wasn’t going to drink itself. 🙂 ), we used a bottle to measure about 1″ above the opening of the bottle.  

3. Once we cut the dowels to length, we notched one end of each dowel to half the diameter starting at a 1/2″ from the end. This allows the number panel to fit against a flat portion of the round dowel, making the gluing easier.

4. Using sand paper, we lightly sanded the edges of the boards to clean them and prepare for staining. 

*Sidenote: We’re about halfway through this process, and looking at all of these photos of my main man “working for the weekend” (err, I mean wedding), reminds me how ridiculously lucky I am to have him. Just throwing that out there. Continue on. 

5. We made our own stain using vinegar and steel wool. Just living the organic dream over here. DIY Stain RecipeWhile there are plenty of recipes and tips out there, we went with this popular method for creating a instant weathered look to wood. To make it yourself, take a mason jar and put in one piece of steel wool (we used 00 grade), fill halfway with apple cider vinegar and let it sit overnight. We tested it at this point and found it turned the oak to a weathered gray, but we wanted something darker. Thus, we added two black tea bags to the jar, and again let it set overnight. The next day, we removed the tea bags and the remnants of the steel wool and filled the rest of the jar with water. DIY Wooden Table Numbers Part 26. We applied stain to the wood as you would any stain. It goes on clear but the vinegar/steel wool solution will cause a reaction with the tannin’s in the oak to change its color. We found that the more red the oak the darker the stain turned, and the whiter the oak the more gray it ended up.

7. Once the stain was dry, we hot glued the dowels on the boards.

8. Finally, we painted numbers on the boards using a stencil. 

Lastly – this is optional – we put on a quick spray of a matte finish clear coat to help protect things and prevent the stain from bleeding out overtime.

And before we knew it, we were all done! DIY Wooden Table Numbers Finished 2 DIY Wooden Table Numbers FinishedIf you want try this at home and have any questions, let us know.

After the wedding, check back here for photos of what I hope showcase just how all our DIY centerpieces finally came together. If they don’t come together, there might just be photos of me crying. 🙂


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