I know, I know. You're waiting on the edge of your seat for escort card photos. Next week for sure (and boy, are they going to be great! Started last night with the velvet ribbon, which is proving to be more challenging than anticipated, but I will prevail! Photos soon!).
Anyways, today was not a paper-creating day. It was one of those mornings where, all of a sudden, three hours had gone by and I was quite literally covered in dirt. Oh, that doesn't happen to you, too?
It all started with this -->
You may recall in a blog post a month ago, the amazing (if I do say so myself) umbrella stand that my husband and I created and the potted plants I nestled in the cinder blocks. Well, about a week ago, one of the plants decided to kick the bucket and has been brown and crispy ever since, and the other plant is well on its way to plant heaven as well (don't be fooled by those flowers, the inside was completely crisp). Now, this is not the happy image I like to look at during my breakfast and/or cocktail hour on the roof. Easy fix: a quick little walk to our local nursery 3 blocks away, coleus was on sale so I bought 2, and boom, my umbrella stand is Pinterest-worthy yet again!
My sister-in-law is getting married on 10.10.15, so when she emailed me on July 1 to see if I was interested in making paper goods for the wedding, I jumped at the opportunity. The past month has been a blast: we've created shared boards on Pinterest, texted while out shopping, exchanged more than 100 emails (no joke) between me and the bride and the MOB (aka "MIL"--my mother-in-law), and face-timed to look at possibilities together. Ideas have evolved, supplies have been purchased and returned and replacements bought, I made a Google spreadsheet that is color-coded and has no fewer than 5 tabs (duh, I wouldn't settle for anything else), and I've spent several hours cutting and gluing vellum (most of which was excruciating and challenging and would make me swear to never use vellum again if it weren't so darn pretty). Anyways, here's a sneak peek at what I've created so far! More photos to come later this week when more supplies arrive in the mail, and I'll share "the big day" as well :)
Here's what I finished today: the placecards! These will be tied to the napkin at each place setting. The white cardstock square is stamped with silver ink, a vellum square printed with the guest name is glued on top, and this square sits atop foam tape above the silver napkin tag. Stunning!
The "midnight collection"? The "tuxedo collection"? The "black and white collection"?
The "Black Tie Collection"!!! Featuring blacks and whites and grays...still happy and fun, just not so bright and colorful. Available on my shop and on Etsy.
Maybe I'm alone on this (in which case this just sounds weird), but I pride myself in having a mental inventory of what I have stocked in my home. I always have at least one can of tuna and a can of diced tomatoes around (doesn't everyone??!), I'm confident that the jar of peanut butter in the cupboard is at least one-fourth full (and when it dips below a fourth, you can rest assured that "PB" will be on that week's shopping list), and I'm sure there are at least 6 rolls of tp and 2 rolls of paper towels tucked away in our coat/utility/hall/everything closet until the appropriate point of "running low" when either or both items are put on the shopping list. Wow, I've now convinced myself that I most certainly must be alone in these strange habits.
Unfortunately, this mental system failed me yesterday when I *thought* we were running low on milk and, knowing I needed 1 1/2 cups of milk for dinner (Herbed Summer Squash Pasta Bake--omg this was so delicious and amazing) I picked up a half gallon of milk when I ran out to the store yesterday. You can imagine my shock when I got home only to discover: there was already an unopened half-gallon of milk way far back on the top shelf in the fridge. What can I say, I reeeeeally don't like running out of things (which explains why I bought milk the last time I went to the store....sigh).
So what's a gal to do?? It seemed like a losing battle since homemade crock-pot granola for breakfast is really the only time I use milk. I should also mention I'm the sole milk drinker in our house as my husband has this (awful) habit of putting half and half plus whipping cream on his cereal and then justifying it by saying "I'm Scottish." Don't get me started. Anyhow, in this day and age, Google pretty much provides answers to any and every question I have, so I literally searched for "ways to use up extra milk." (Wouldn't you?) Making cheese came up a lot, which sounds super cool and very me-like, but when I read a recipe with some intimidating and science-y words, I have to admit it scared me a little. Pudding also came up a lot, but the recipes kept calling for whole milk, which I didn't have. So then I googled "skim milk pudding recipe" (obviously) and ta-da! A recipe for pudding that called for a whopping 3 cups of skim milk!
Huge kudos to Karlynn Johnston of The Kitchen Magpie and her recipe for Homemade Skim Milk Chocolate Pudding because she has helped me discover that I've really been missing out on pudding for, oh, my entire life. I've never been one to eat those processed little tubs claiming to be pudding that you can buy (which, by the way, aren't even in the same pudding universe as this homemade goodness), but only SIX ingredients were needed in this amazing recipe (all of which I can pronounce!)
Hi! I'm the creator of Pot Belly Bird, hailing from Spokane, WA. Here in my blog, I'll tell you about all the fun stuff I'm up to in addition to making cards, like cooking or biking or gardening!