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Handmade Wednesdays: Scrapbooking with Lindsey

As a picture crazy lady, I love to scrapbook.  And because I have had a lot of time on my hands lately, I have been trying to get as many of my memories and favorite family photos down on paper.  I figured since this is my current crafting extravaganza, I should share this scrapbook idea with you!

I absolutely love my little nephews (Bonnie’s kids).  They constantly amaze me and make me smile – though sometimes they can be little rascals.  I have a whole scrapbook dedicated to their little lives and fabulous memories.  Here are two pages of Bonnie’s middle son Asa.  He is such a bundle of energy and always getting into some sort of trouble.  I had a bunch of pictures of him doing silly things and wanted to put up a few pages showcasing his many adventures.  I’m sharing this page because it is a different layout, but super simple and easy.  It’s perfect for those pages where you have a ton of pictures that have cropping capabilities, but you don’t have a lot of pages in your book to spare.

Basically, I just found some papers that coordinated well, cropped the pics, used my Creative Memories wave cutter for the border and a punch for all the squares and I was all set.  Hope this layout helps with your current scrapbooking needs!


When Wedding Photos Go Wrong

Usually my wedding posts are happy and sweet about lovely things concerning brides and grooms and all that is the splendor of the day. Once in awhile though, I feel the need to poke fun at the seemingly perfect day. After all, no one is perfect and there are many more awkward moments than perfect ones. So, I happened to stumble across some amazingly bad wedding photos and decided that we should celebrate the best of the worst today. Here’s what I found. Enjoy!

 Blame the old trends of past decades, bad photographers or just bringing to light the awkwardness that is there, these photos are gems. I believe something really bad is as good as something really good, and these are proof. I hope  you got a good laugh, and if you have any awkward wedding stories, let us know below! If you like this, check out our other editions (twothreefourfivesix, and seven) as well as our awkward engagement photos and Worst Christmas Photos collections.

photos courtesy of the amazing site awkwardfamilyphotos.com

Claire - March 22, 2013 - 1:58 pm

@Courtney that’s hilarious! i’m glad we make the internet seem smaller and that we can all enjoy the photo

Courtney - March 20, 2013 - 8:20 pm

I just happened to stumble across your blog randomly, and what a jewel it is. I went to college with the couple that is the 4th picture from the bottom, the one with her parents stalking in the back ground. Actually I am pretty sure that my Dad officiated the ceremony for them. I thought it was hilarious that they were on here, especially because we have all laughed hysterically over this exact picture with her.

Corinne Rodrigues - July 20, 2011 - 7:11 pm

These are absolutely hilarious. Trying to decide which my favorite one would be….I think it’s the bridesmaids with the matching curtains!!!

Lindsey - April 11, 2011 - 1:24 pm

Oh my…. Movie Star and I just spent a few golden moments mulling through these and laughed and laughed. I believe his favorite was the little girl being checked or perhaps it is the one with the shirtless dancing man. It’s such a hard choice!

Featured Wedding of the Week: A Classic Autumn Country Affair

This week’s wedding is a little more spectacular to me than it may be to most, because it is in Colorado, not too far from where I grew up. This gorgeous event took place in the famed town of Aspen, Colorado. Although the municipality is renowned for it’s slopes in the winter, this wedding shows off the beauty that’s present in Autumn as well. As someone that’s grown up in the Rocky Mountains, I believe this is the most beautiful season of them all. This wedding is teeming with rich colors and wildflowers along dirt roads, streams and in barns. It’s romantic simply by it’s colors, but old-fashioned country touches make this a charming occasion that won’t be forgotten.

Unlike most weddings I see, there is not a thing I would change about this one. It is perfectly done rustic and old-fashioned Autumn and it is an inspiration for others planning their wedding.


Bridal Dress: Amsale ~ Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale ~ Makeup: Fiore Beauty ~ Hair: Marilee Albin ~ Wedding Photography: Aaron Delesie ~ Wedding Cake: d’Elissious ~ Catering: The Little Nell ~ Wedding Production and Design: Oh, How Charming ~ Wedding and Floral Design: Mindy Rice ~  Wedding Design, Lighting, Furniture, Floors and Dance Floors: Barker Decor Service


photos @ Style Me Pretty

John Kamen - April 20, 2011 - 7:03 pm

Wow, what a great wedding! I am from a ski town too, and love spring weddings in the mountains. How much do you think Diamond Price figures into the purchase of the wedding rings?
Thanks, John

Fabulous Etsy Finds: Doggy Gear

Even the toughest guy around enjoys spoiling his dog a little.  Admit it, there is a joyful satisfaction in seeing them wag their tail and jump on their hind legs in anticipation of something great—whether you’re tossing a tennis ball or sliding them a few scraps from the dinner table.  My dog is so loyal and undemanding (a refreshing break from the kiddos) so I like to keep him happy and healthy.  Here are a few things that I found on Etsy that can make life with your dog even better.  Some of them are pretty, some of them are practical and some of them are both. **Please note that you will not find any doggie outfits on this list.  I am not a fan of dressing up furry critters unless they live in the tundra.  It makes them look creepy and miserable and its just not right.**


We all know the ‘cling, clang’ sound of your dog’s tag banging against his collar.  I personally think its cute, but do acknowledge that there are situations where it might not be ideal.  For instance, your baby is a sleeper or your landlord is anti-pets.  Whatever the reason, here is your solution.  These tags slide right on to the collar for a noise-free dog…well, except for the barking that is.  This seller also has a variety of super cute ‘noisy’ tags too!


You know the drill: put on your shoes, leash the dog and ball up a plastic bag for the scoop of shame.  Instead of clenching that bag in your sweaty palm,  try this.  Here is a little monster pouch that attaches to your leash and holds bags for you.  So when your dog does the deed, you can casually slide your bag out with style.


Have you ever tried to pick up a large dog?  Not very graceful, is it?  Niether you or the dog wants your hands down there.  This dog sling helps you lift your dog with ease.  It made me think of my mom’s dog, Lady Bird, who in her older years is taking more spills that she needs help recovering from.  but you could also use this on your young sprout who just needs a little boost getting into the car or whatever.


Dogs get dirty.  Its what they do.  And after a particularly muddy romp outside they occasionally need some wiping.  This towel is made specifically for that purpose.  It is even equipped with a loop so that you can hang it right by the door.


Dog treats are another burden that dog ownership requires you to carry around.   And once they’re gone, your hands smell like bacon for the rest of the day.  Well now you can relegate that bacon-aroma-snack-toting duty to this handy little pouch.  It clips onto your pants for added convenience.


There is nothing super special about this leash and collar set.  I just think its pretty and its a great deal for a leather set.  That is all.


This seller has so many splendid pet dish mats.  And they are all made of oilcloth so they wipe right up.  Clean floor,  clean mat, happy owner.


Did you know that not all dogs appreciate frequent washing?  In fact, several breeds get dry, itchy skin when they are washed too often.  My Buster is one of those breeds.  So I love this product.  It deodorizes and protects against fleas in between washes.  You can just shake it on and brush, or you can even sprinkle it on their doggie bed and let them do the work for you.


Now that their coat is in order, it is time to do something about that breath.  Dogs are notorious for stank breath.  These yogurt and parsley flavored snacks are just what the dentist ordered.  Give them a biscuit a day and soon they will be the envy of the bark park.


Everyone gets a boo-boo once in a while, even Fido.  This therapeutic salve is naturally anti-septic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal.  It relieves dry or damaged skin, and will help speed the recovery process because of its beneficial properties for the outer skin tissue.  It is a gentle, cooling, and soothing balm with a calming Lavender-Peppermint scent.  Its great for  raw/sore/inflamed skin; softening split or brittle nails; discomfort due to cracks, calluses and scratches; or tender paws after long walks on the hot pavement or salted snow.

Lindsey - April 8, 2011 - 2:54 pm

OMG I am going to make some of these

Spring Clean the Green Way


The snow has stopped flying and our feathered friends are back singing their love songs. It is time to chase the winter blah out of the house with a good spring cleaning. But let’s do it Green. That’s it: Green Spring Cleaning! Yes!

Get rid of the clutter.Reading materials the first to go as they are easiest. Newspapers are easy to deal with as they can simply be recycled. Let go of them if they are more than a few days old. If you want to to keep an article, cut it out within the first few days avoid a buildup, and start a scrapbook to save them. Magazines more that 2-3 months are outta there! Again, cut out your special tip and add it to your scrapbook. You can donate these leftover magazines to a nursing facility for elders to enjoy, locals schools and daycare centers for crafts projects and and research resources.

Moving on to bulkier items. Broken toys may be difficult for your kids to part with, but they are simply dangerous and an eye sore. Toss those. It’s better for your child and the whole family. Other toys that your kids don’t use, donate to a daycare, charity or thrift store. Don’t worry, your kids won’t miss them, because they don’t use them. Do you have sports equipment sitting in your house our garage unused or barely used year round? Gather it up and either donate it to a thrift store or charity or sell it in a garage sale. Make a few extra dollars to your summer vacation and avoid adding to the landfill.

Once your house in uncluttered, it’s now time to get down to the business of cleaning. Keep chemicals out of the house as much as possible.It’s feasible to use non-synthetic cleaners in lieu of chemical-based cleaners. Green Works by Clorox is an example. Check labels for ingredients to be sure. You can also make your own natural cleaners to save money and a trip to the store. Undiluted white vinegar can cut grease and odor. At a ratio of 3:1 mixed with water, it cleans windows inside and out to a clear shine. Use coffee filters to wipe dry. They are best to use, because they don’t leave streaks or lint. Keep a spray bottle of this handy to take the winter film off of mirrors and tiles. Baking soda can also work wonder all by itself. Sprinkle onto a damp sponge to scrub sinks, countertops and tub residue. Lemon juice down the drain eliminates bad odors and neutralizes the stink of onions and garlic. 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil mixed in a 1 cup of water will banish mold from tile grout with some scrubbing. It works great in the shower and on the fireplace, too. Grapefruit seed extract liquid concentrate in a 30-60 drop does into 32 oz of water is the safe and natural way to kill germs. Use it to clean and freshen trash can and clean pet dishes withough chemicals. However, rinse dishes well, because grapefruit extract doesn’t have the best taste.

The last to go is the dust. Microfiber dusters pick up almost everythng and can be washed for repeated use. Don’t forget to look up and those cobwebs with a long wand duster. Wash the drapes to get rid of staleness and musk. Hang them outside to dry rather than using the dryer, if possible, to bring the fresh air inside.

Now that your house is spin and span, enjoy! Your home looks, smells and feels asa fresh as a pretty Spring.



photo courtesy of Spark Your Wellness

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