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Weddings: Bouquets

22 Oct

Three weeks ago, my best friend got married, and I got to be a bridesmaid. I’m going to post pictures as soon as I get them, but for now, I get to obsess. Ever since the wedding, Chris has been talking a LOT about getting married. We both know we’re not in the right place right now, but it’s something that we’ve been filing in the “soon” folder that’s coming out. Strongly.

I’m the girl who’s been planning her wedding for years, but Chris and I agreed to put it on the back burner for a while because I was going crazy on a regular basis. And I wasn’t allowed to obsess about it for hours days weeks at a time. Until now. Mwahahahaha.

So that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 3 weeks. Looking at wedding porn and dreaming about what our wedding will look like. So I decided to start a series. Basically just pretty things that are pretty. Some of which may or may not be relevant to my future wedding.

I fell in love with these when I was surfing the web a few weeks ago. I’m a big fan of certain aspects of all of these bouquets. I love the design of the first with the roses and the feathers, but I wish it was bigger. I love the sheer size of the second one, and the wires/twigs around it are awesome, but I don’t like that it’s multiple colors. The third one is just adorable, but I love bigger feathers, and the fourth has a super cute handle, and (for other people) I like the different variety of the same color flowers.

Certain aspects of these bouquets will be seen in my future bouquet, but you’ll have to wait to see that *wink wink*

Oh, also, I plan to get my flowers from Costco (for around $13 a dozen) and make my own bouquets (you can pre-order flowers from Costco) using the techniques in this video:

What flowers are you loving? Have you seen any bouquets that caught your eye? Are you wondering why I’m crazy?



11 Jul

First of all, it rained today, so yay! The power actually went out at work for 3 seconds, which doesn’t happen. This is from earlier today:

So, when I was pulling weeds on Saturday, I was admiring my vegetable garden, and I thought I’d share.

That’s one side, with the 4 tomato plants, 3 of which are significantly larger because they get sun 13 hours a day, while the fourth gets it about 9 or 10.

These are my current pride and joy – my onions. I didn’t expect these to grow at all, let alone this big. I thought I’d get maybe 2 or 3 small onions, but at this point, every single one that we planted is growing, and they’re pretty big. Each leaf represents one layer of the onion, and they’re all at least 8 or 9 layers so far.

They smell amazing, too.

I’m also pretty in love with my carrots. These were planted early June from seeds, and I didn’t expect them to grow at all, let alone how many of them are growing. They’re pretty darn cute, too. Here, you can see some carrots next to our super cute

Here’s the cucumbers you can’t see in that first picture:

I hope they’re the climbing kind instead of the bushing kind. I don’t know, though, I wasn’t there when they were purchased. The climbing cucumbers did really well last year, though, so I’m hoping these do well too. They were pretty tasty.

Another thing that did amazingly well last year was zucchini. I think we actually still have zucchini bread (just don’t tell Mike and Brandon) from last year, so I hope these do well this year.

They were planted in this super rich soil from a seed after memorial day, and today, after the rain, those buds opened up and were a beautiful orange color. Which means we’ll get fruit soon.

The thing that I was MOST excited about in my garden was the spinach. I LOVE spinach. I could eat it all day every day. And ONE plant came up early and was getting big enough to be picked. Then Saturday, I went out to the garden and found this:

Some stupid rabbit ate my spinach! They didn’t eat the carrots, just the spinach (carrots are actually bad for rabbits’ digestive systems) but REALLY rabbit? was the necessary? I really need to put up rabbit fencing.

So finally, there’s the love of my life, my basil!

I planted it earlier this year from a “plant in the package” kit that was a year old. I expected one or two seeds to come up, not ALL OF THEM! I guess I’ll be buying Buzzy Seeds from now on. They’re the ones you get in the dollar bins at Target, which, if you actually read the packaging, they’re guaranteed to grow. The tomatoes are Buzzy, too. I’ll let you know the flavor when we get some tomatoes out of it, but the basil is an amazing, strong flavor, and I can’t wait to make pesto.

Speaking of Buzzy, we bought a bunch of cutesy pots with the names of the herbs on them (chives, parsley, etc) but it was impossible to get them out of these round pots. I thought I’d killed them all, but we seem to have chives growing.

Back to the basil, though. I planted this in Marchish, and then moved from school and back into my mom’s house. Well, I set the bag of basil on a box in the back of the truck so that I could organize some stuff, and it ended up being closed up in the back, driven around campus a bit, and falling to the floor of the truck! Poor, traumatized basil.

I did prune some basil today. There was a terrifying moment with a beetle, and I’m still too creeped out to look at pictures of beetles to identify exactly what kind it was. It’s sitting on my counter, looking pretty 🙂

What are you gardening?

The Magical Garden

10 Jul

My garden is magical. I swear. How else would it fill so quickly with weeds? It seems like yesterday that I planted my snapdragons and then BOOM now it looks like this:

Ok, so maybe it was 2 months ago and no one’s weeded since then. But really, it hasn’t rained in like 2 weeks and everything that’s not a weed is dying. We had an ozone action day on Friday. I’m still trying to figure out why, since it’s not like anyone who hasn’t been watering their grass even has grass to cut anymore (note the sad grass in the background of these pictures.) Even the succulent was like “WTFFFFFF mannn??”

Poor succulent. It just doesn’t understand.

And the Japanese Maple out front is none to pleased.

Kirby was just annoyed that he had to be outside.

Before going out back, I opened up all of the windows in the house and turned on the water out front that has a buried soaker hose. I turned on the radio and went outside to start weeding when all of a sudden I hear this weird white noise. I thought that it was the radio, but I had no idea why the radio would randomly go out so steadily and for such a long time. Upon further investigation, I discovered that the soaker hose had EXPLODED in one area, SHOT the impatiens that it was under at the house, and was spraying water at the open window. Uhh oops?

Anyway, through the magic of television the internet, this is what my garden looked like an hour and a half later.

See those snapdragons? We bought them for a grand total of $1.50 on 75% off clearance because they’d been through a late frost and they thought they weren’t salvageable. Turns out, they were. They’ve bloomed 4 or 5 times so far this year, a different shade of pink each time, and hopefully they’re going to drop seeds at some point so we have these again next year. I planted hyacinth and allium, but they never came up. Basically, we forgot to put them in the ground in November, so we put them in the freezer and hoped it might work. Clearly it didn’t, but that was another sale purchase so it didn’t matter that much.

After that garden, I moved onto the coreopsis area, where the garden gnome was hiding behind some thistle.

It cleaned up quite nicely

Free gnomeo!

There was also the parts that I didn’t take before pictures of

Just pretend that behind the ornamental grass and the other thing that I don’t know the name of and can’t believe I didn’t kill last year, there’s a TON of weeds.

It took be about 2 hours to get everything done. I packed a basket full of weeds (Which I also didn’t take a picture of) and I’m feeling pretty accomplished. I also cleaned my whole kitchen and got rid of an obscene amount of mail, including some quality coupon clipping time, AND made muffins from scratch (I’ll show you that tomorrow)

For now, here’s some pretty pictures of flowers.

I love lillies.

I don’t love the hoop things that we bought for them.

Doesn’t it look like a magazine? I don’t think there’d be so many weeds in a magazine.

Oh, and here’s what happens when you plant leeks and then ignore them for 2 years.