A Day of Flappy Ideas

Hmmm. Have I revealed this yet?

I am a teacher.

An excessively bookworm-y teacher.  Books were my first love as a kid, and now I’ve become a teacher who loves introducing classic, innovative, and/or hilarious books to my kids.  I also love making books with my students. Flap books, lap books, accordion books, tab books, shape books…they are so fun to create, and they can be a keepsake of a unit of study!

I’ve assembled hundreds of them, so I wonder, what would be 200 more?  Only these 200 books would be used for our wedding!  Here are some book-like invitations from Zenadia Design that I admire:

Top Secret?  I'd be so excited to read it!

Top Secret? I'd be so excited to read it!

Probably once a week, I dream about recreating the following invitation book.

The beautifully simple cover

The beautifully simple cover

The response card is the last (and perforated) page.

The response card is the last page. See the perforation? It's all so perfect.

The booklets below are wedding programs!  I’m planning to make booklets like these, but blank inside, as end-of-the-year gifts for my students.  Maybe I’ll make a few hundred extra for the wedding. 🙂

Simple and sweet!

Simple and sweet!

April 30, 2009. Stationery. Leave a comment.

A Day of Gigantic Ideas

Who needs TV when I have wedding blogs?

While channel-surfing through wedding sites a few months back, I came across some HUGE invitations.  I love this idea!  According to what I’ve seen so far, here are the makings of the perfect, ginormous wedding invitation:

  1. All of the info normally found on invites (names, times, places).
  2. A rockin’ concert-poster design.
  3. Ginormous-ism.

 Sounds do-able!  I’d love to have one displayed at my wedding for people to sign.  Here’s an example from Weddingbee:

Artwork and a guest book!

Artwork and a guest book!

 The poster invitations below are so creative.

I'd replace the birdies with bunnies.

I'd replace the birdies with bunnies.

Love all the details

Love all the details

I don’t think this is the style I’d prefer for my wedding, but I can definitely appreciate the creative design and the humongous-ness!

April 28, 2009. Stationery. Leave a comment.

Sunday Bunday!

When Adam and I first started dating, he introduced me to a site called Woot.  He checks the site for their daily deals on techie things.  He’s also a fan of their shirts, which are created by the Woot community.  He started buying me shirts whenever they reminded him of me, and now I have a collection of cute and funny T’s.

My favorites, of course, are the bunny shirts!  Adam bought me the following shirts:

Over-crowded elevator

Over-crowded elevator

Imposter

Imposter

We both have the following shirt!  And yes, I once asked him to wear it on a day I was wearing it.

Art season

Art season

And we didn’t purchase the following shirt, but I think it represents us pretty well!  The bunny to the right would be Adam, who loves steak and bacon and all other forms of meaty man-candy.  On the left would be his sister, dad, my sis-in-law, and me…all vegetarians! 🙂

You have to try this, guys

You have to try this, guys.

Love it!  If you want your own hilarious, super-cute shirts, stop by Woot and have look around!

April 26, 2009. Bunnies. Leave a comment.

E-Picture Day Two!

I adore our engagement pictures.  Here are more fun shots taken by the kind and talented hannahelaine of hannahelaine photography.

We own this city!

We own this city!

Ka-booooom

Ka-booooom

My turn!

My turn!

Watch out now--his turn!

Watch out now--his turn!

We had so much fun shivering, jumping, laughing, and dancing in the city.  I wonder if a city wedding could be in our near future…

April 24, 2009. Chicago, Engagement pictures. Leave a comment.

E-Picture Day

Last month, Adam and I met with an amazing photographer from Nashville named hannahelaine.  She was an answer to many hopes and prayers!  I wanted (yearned and ached for) engagement pictures but was having trouble convincing Adam that it’s perfectly normal to take these shots and actually quite common.  I wanted a fabulous photographer but had no idea how to find one.  Either divine providence or my addiction to wedding blogs led me to find her on Weddingbee, my favorite wedding site of all time.  I also wanted photographs that thrill and delight. 🙂  We have a zillion pictures together, so I wanted our e-pix to be extraordinary!

And thanks to hannahelaine, I believe they were.

Bunny love

Bunny love

In the wilderness of Chicago

In the wilderness of Chicago

Just loungin'

Just loungin'

Stained glass romance

Stained glass romance

More e-pix are coming this way soon!

April 22, 2009. Chicago, Engagement pictures. Leave a comment.

Sunday Bunday!

Last weekend was Easter Sunday!  I love everything about Easter.  I love the history; I love the bunnies and chicks everywhere you look; I love the eggs with surprises inside!

My family never had Easter eggs or Easter baskets.  My brother and I took a picture with the Easter Bunny once (we looked terrified), but that’s about as close as our Korean family came to celebrating it American-style.

As I grew older, I loved learning about other people’s Easter traditions.  Easter egg hunts sounded like SO MUCH FUN, and what kind of genius came up with chocolate bunnies?  Last year, I was on a crafting-blog kick and came across another stroke of Easter genius…

Secret Pocket Easter Eggs from Sew, Mama, Sew

My gosh, they're cute.

My gosh, they're cute.

Hi there, little bunny guy!

Hi there, little bunny guy!

 The wonder behind these reusable Easter treats posted her pattern and instructions, too!  I wonder if I could make these work as wedding favors…

April 19, 2009. Bunnies. Leave a comment.

Day of Dresses: Part Two

I should have known that once I started looking, I’d fall in love with a dozen wedding dresses.  I just love things that are pretty, and wedding dresses are sooooo pretty.  Here are more styles that I adore:

Modern, fitted, gorgeous

Modern, fitted, gorgeous

Pleated, modest, classy

Pleated, modest, classy

Princess-y, shimmery, pretty

Princess-y, shimmery, pretty

Old-world, detailed, romantic

Old-world, detailed, romantic

Oh la la~  So much to choose from!  I’m getting eager to start trying some on. 😉

April 15, 2009. Wedding dresses. Leave a comment.

Day of Dresses

My future mother-in-law is shocked that I haven’t gone shopping for wedding dresses yet!  I have several reasons for this:

  1. I don’t know when or where the wedding will be.
  2. I want to go with my mom, but she lives in Florida.
  3. I’m thinking of wearing the dress I wore to prom.  Is that crazy?

Late last night, I began an innocent search.  I decided to save all the dresses that I immediately liked and try to narrow down my taste and style.  I started at Jim Hjelm, because I fell in love with this dress a while ago:

Sweet, chic, and simple

Sweet, chic, and simple

More views of the dress

More views of the dress

Before I knew it, I was saving dresses left and right!  For example:

Fitted, feminine, and dramatic

Fitted, feminine, and dramatic

Soft, unique, vintage-y

Soft, unique, vintage-y

These are all so gorgeous.  I’ll share more of my finds with you tomorrow!

April 14, 2009. Wedding dresses. Leave a comment.

Sunday Bunday!

Get ready to say, “Aww.”

Awwww

Awwww

And this concludes today’s Sunday Bunday. 🙂

April 12, 2009. Bunnies. Leave a comment.

Hottie-Day

And I’m not just talking about my fiance ;D

I love HOT colors…namely, hot pink!  It makes me feel happy and bright whenever I see it, and super-saucy whenever I wear it.

I always wanted bright pink at my wedding but originally got a veto from Adam.  Then I started suggesting a cheery, citrus-y color palette: grapefruit pink, lemon yellow, and orange.  To my delight, he loved it!

Just to be clear, there are no pastels allowed.  Only super-bright, HOT pinks, yellows, and oranges.  Is it just me, or do these colors just feel happy together??

An inspiration board to get us started!

An inspiration board to get us started!

A pretty and bright arrangement!

A pretty and bright arrangement!

The colors in a darker, more intimate setting

The colors in a darker, more intimate setting

Sources:  Fine Stationery and A Treasured Petal

Le sigh, I love it all!  Could these be the colors to end all my color-palette-searching?  We’ll just have to wait and see!

April 10, 2009. Decor, Flowers, Lighting. Leave a comment.

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