Tasting

We had our tasting this weekend, and what a great time!  We tried every appetizer, entree, and dessert option possible…it was delicious.  What was even better is we were able to come to decisions about what we wanted pretty quickly.  Our venue (which is also our caterer) has thought of everything and done an amazing job, I would recommend them to anyone (www.ctweddinggroup.com).  Here is a little menu preview with pics:

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January

I can’t believe we are already coming to the end of January.  Since Thanksgiving we have been non-stop, with holidays, friends, parties, wedding planning, work, and everything in-between.  There is too much to write about but I thought I would share some pictures from lately (since I’ve been so bad at keeping up on here).  As we get closer to wedding time I want to share a lot more of the planning and inspirations I have had, that’s something I really want to do in 2014, that and good posture…I think the first will be easier!

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(snow snow snow)

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(I having been learning how to knit and loving it.  Baby hat!)

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(the first thing I knit! been obsessing over salami lately…can’t stop. icicles on our roof!)

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(the beautiful plates we registered for last weekend.  I’m obsessed with them)

This weekend we have our tasting!  I am (we are) looking forward to trying all the different food and pick our menu, this way I can order invites.  The wedding is creeping up and I have so much to do! Not complaining at all though, it has been such an exciting time and I love nothing more than organizing so it’s been beyond fun (though definitely stressful!).

xo-J

Door Test

Well, it’s been a couple weeks and I’m still obsessing over the idea of making a “vintage” door for our wedding.  I decided this weekend, before going out an buying a door, paint, and spending money I don’t have, I should do a test run to make sure it is even going to work out.  I thought I would share what I did because you can basically do this to any furniture, shelf, door, etc.

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Some side notes to this project: 1. make sure you are well ventilated.  2. don’t clean your brushes in really hot water because you will breathe in the chemical steam 3. once you have breathed in the chemical steam make sure to freak out and call family members and poison control…ha seriously, I’m a mess!

WHAT YOU NEED:

Brushes – I got some 99c ones
Paint – I used acrylic since it was a small project. You need white and whatever color you like
Wood Stain or brown paint
Sandpaper
Tea Candle

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DIRECTIONS:

1. Sand your surface.  I used both medium and fine paper.

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2. Paint the white, allow to dry, and then paint the brown, or use stain.

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3.  Make sure you have allowed both layers to dry, then give it a bit of a wipe, here is what mine looked like after paint and stain:

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4. Take the tea candle and rub the wax off on any surface you are going to want to look old and come through the color.  I did this on the edges, by the clasp, and throughout the box in different places.

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5.  Wipe off excess wax bits lightly with a clean brush, and then paint your color.

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6.  You want to then take either a small butter knife or sandpaper and rub off where the wax was, this will make the white/brown come through.  I ended up sanding this a bit too while it was still drying which came out nice.

7. Enjoy!  All done!

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I’m really glad I tested this out on a smaller project.  When I do this next I will use a full brown paint instead of just the stain over white, and I will wax in a lot more places so I don’t have to sand as much after the color layer.  I do think it came out great though.  I’ll use it for Christmas cards!

xo-j

Starting out

So, I’ve been here a full week, and I’m loving it.  It gets a little lonely during the day while Jay is at work, but the projects are never ending so I’m always busy.  I really want to share pictures of our new house (we’re both in heaven, we live in 3x the space as our apartment!) but I want everything to be done first.

This past weekend my Mom & brother were up here for a family party, Jay and I went to a concert, and we hung out with family at the pool.  We can’t wait until the place is all done and I am working again so that we can get in the full flow of life up here.  In the meantime, I’m enjoying getting to be with Rondo all day and putting together furniture…I am the master of all tools now.

Here are just a few pictures from lately…

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(new backyard)

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(bob dylan, my morning jacket, & wilco)

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(ice cream date with the boys)

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(worst laundry assistant of all time…but we have a washer in our house…the things you appreciate after nyc)

xo-j

lately

Well, we moved, we had a long weekend together in our new house, and now I’m back in NYC!  Ay!  I am working at my job for a couple more weeks down in the city and will permanently move up to be with Jay next Tuesday.   I can’t wait to be there and get going on our house.  We have done so much work already, but there are a still million things to do.

Here are some pictures from life lately…

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(our new backyard!)

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(spent the 4th with the cutest kids around)

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(falling asleep sitting up…he has so much space to run now!)

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(our guest room that I love and Jay hates. the disaster of furniture boxes that is our living room.)

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(back in the sweltering city. rondo trying to get packed. the plaza construction looks like the plaza!)

xo-j

 

My boys

I know I always say we are busy, but this weekend was really crazy…and for us to say it’s crazy is something.  Friday, I ran into a friend who was moving the very next day (by chance on the subway!) and ended up getting to say goodbye to her at her apartment, went to meet Jay (who had been celebrating his last day of work!) and then stayed out way too late with friends.

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Saturday we went to Smorgasburg, a bbq with friends, and Postal Service at Barclay’s. It may sound silly, but having things that both Jay and I were loving long before we loved each other (like PS) makes me so happy!

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 Sunday I went home to celebrate my other main man, Dad!  We had a yummy brunch, family walk, relaxed in the house, and went to the fruit stand.  Dad, love you, you know this.  (see ridiculous cat pet below)

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Hope everyone had a great weekend!

xo-j

Engagement photos (part ii)

Julie just posted the second half of our engagement photos, and I’m in love with them!  These were taken on the Brooklyn Bridge, and though we look happy and lovely in them it was quite an adventure.  It was over 90 degrees, the balloons were the bane of Julie’s existence, and no one had eaten.  Silly problems I know, but not ideal for when you are supposed to look insanely happy to be together (ha!).  Here are some of the photos, the rest you can see at Julie’s full site here.

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I can’t wait to frame all of these all over our house! Julie, you are amazing, thank you thank you thank you!  You can see our first set of pics here if you missed them!

xo-j

Gov Ball

This weekend was Governors Ball!  We had a great time seeing amazing performances all weekend…we did have to do it covered in mud, dirt, rain, and more mud, but it was fantastic!  We are suffering trying to stay awake at work today!  We got to see so many of our favorites (yeasayer, bloc party, kanye (!), lumineers, alt-j…so many others).  A great way to spend a weekend with friends and family.  N & S, so happy you came out and stayed.  S you are a trooper!

Here are a few fun ones from the muck…

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engagement photos (part i)

I couldn’t be more thrilled to share with you the first set of our engagement pictures!  Julie shot these throughout our neighborhood and we couldn’t be more in love with them.  You can check our her full site here and blog here.

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There are more on her site and more to come from other locations.  I feel so lucky to have Julie not only as my future family, but to know such a talented photographer!  Thank you again Jules for doing these, we never would have without you!

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what a weekend

This was a wild weekend!

Friday night was my best Bug baby’s birthday!  We even got a surprise burlesque show out of it…who knew that was coming?!

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Then after a late late night, we did our engagement pictures with Julie all day!  I can’t wait to see them all!!  Check out her amazing photography here. She did send me one and without ruining her getting to share her work here is one…

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After the long, hot, hot, hot, day of picture taking, we were off to dinner at 1 or 8 and out with friends for another late night.

Sunday, I got up and met Mom for some shopping in between Brooklyn and Flemington…little did I know we would end up finding my wedding dress!!!!!! I wish I could share pictures of it…it’s beyond perfect and I’m obsessed.  Mom (Dad too) thank you so much…so much.  I wish I could wear it everyday!

Here are some other pics from last week…

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(my mug from england and amazing tea from pukka)

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(grown men & girly drinks)

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(he has always loved this chair, but lately it is the main place i find him…weirdo).

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

xo-j