2016: The Year of Weddings

One night at dinner, Hunter’s sister made a comment about how many wedding related events the 2 of us had been to that year, which got me thinking it’d be interesting to break it all down in a post. So by the numbers, in 2016 we went to….

11 Weddings

From April through November (with the exception of August and September), we had at least one wedding a month.  The highs were 4 in June, and 3 in October.
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4 States

Most weddings were in the southeast (South Carolina, Georgia, & North Carolina), which makes sense because we’re both from here.  Maine was the lone state visited in the North.

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4922 Miles Traveled

Obviously the Maine trip accounted for the majority of the miles, but the closest venue was still 8 miles away.  What felt like the longest trip was by far the 7.5 hours in the car with my cat Cleo coming back from Raleigh.

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17 Rehearsal Dinner / Wedding Outfits

Ultimately I needed 17 outfits between 11 weddings and 6 rehearsal dinners!  I totally wore some dresses twice, and borrowed a few from friends.  Normally I have a few bridesmaid dresses in there, but Hunter and I were only in 1 wedding each, and it happened to be the same one.  I did hand out programs at another, if that counts..

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18 Additional Wedding Related Events

Only counting the events I attended or hosted, these are all the additional showers, parties, bachelorette weekends, and rehearsal dinners outside of the actual wedding.  I’m exhausted thinking about it all!
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4 Family Weddings

The last family wedding was in 2011, so naturally we had 4 within 6 months!  At each family wedding we took a photo of the 4 couples and the white dress just moved down the line.  I loved having an excuse for everyone to get together every few months, so I’m sad the weddings are done – family vacay next year?

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All in all it was a busy year, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!  Weddings are such a happy time and I loved being able to celebrate so many couples this year – including tying the knot ourselves!  I think we’ve earned the title of professional wedding attendees though.

Now we look forward to another busy spring in 2017..

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Life as of Lately

I can’t believe it’s basically March already.  New Years seemed like just the other day!  Since the wedding is getting closer by the day, we have been getting busier and busier.  Last weekend we were lucky enough to spend some time with our family in town and knock out a lot of items!

Patty, Pegs and I enjoyed working on the rehearsal dinner details, but mostly the wine tasting they offered at the end. Wine on a Friday? Yes, please!life 05

Saturday morning Mom and I were up and running errands. Last time she was in town we grabbed breakfast at Vintage Coffee in Mt. Pleasant, and went back again because it’s so good.  Errands are always better with a breakfast sandwich and mimosa in your stomach 🙂

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Hunter’s aunt and uncle threw us an oyster roast that night and we had so much fun with everyone!  By the end of the night my cheeks hurt from laughing so much.  Plus, this was Pegs’ first oyster roast — so now she’s a seasoned pro 😉

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We enjoyed lunch at Leon’s on Sunday.  Taylor and I are clearly working on our bridal bodies with the ice cream.. But after a lunch of fried chicken and brussels sprouts, you need to wash it down with soft serve and sprinkles.
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This has been a crazy week at work, so I have enjoyed working in the yard and crafting at night to relax.  I trimmed back my hydrangeas, ferns, and lantana, dug up a rose bush, and planted a camilla one night to start getting the yard ready for spring.  Of course, we’re back in a cold snap, but hoping it ends soon and I can spread some pine straw and plant more flowers!

My goal is to get LOTS of things done this weekend — for the wedding, my shop, and the house — so stay tuned!

Corn Hole Boards – Part 2

This post means I’ve finally finished the corn hole boards!!!  You have no idea how excited that makes me..

Alrighty, so in Part One of my corn hole board adventure I basically got the boards ready to paint, and primed them.  Now it’s time to recap the fun (and extremely time consuming) part of painting a design on them and making them personalized.

Repainting Corn Hole Boards – Part 2

What you’ll need:

  • Corn hole boards
  • Paint
  • Paint brush / roller
  • Painter’s tape
  • Pencil
  • Yard stick
  • Printed out letters as a stencil
  • Polycrylic base polyurthane

Now that I was ready to paint, I needed to decide on a design.  I had a hard time choosing between something nautical with a W, or something football related.  I even sourced some help from you guys on Facebook and Instagram.  Ultimately, football won out and I decided to do full Georgia Tech and Clemson football fields.

I looked through my paint supplies, had Hunter choose a Clemson orange, and headed to Hobby Lobby for the rest of the paint I needed.

Before I started painting, I had to do some math.  I figured out how big the end zones would be, where the 50 yard line would be, measured and drew lines on both of the boards.  Once those were done, it was time to start painting the grass.

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After I did the first coat of green and the end zones, I figured it’d be a good idea to use painter’s tape for clean lines (mine weren’t as good as I had hoped – I blame it on the wine).  I added the painter’s tape on top and then worked on another coat of green.
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Four coats of green later, I was happy with the grass color and I removed the painter’s tape.   Then I put some painter’s tape down on the other side to work on the end zones.  The orange and gold end zones took about 3 coats of paint.

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Note: This was about the time a tree came into our garage, aka my corn hole board painting area.  The boards got wet, but seemed ok, but there was a long break in painting progress.

With the base colors done, I turned my attention to the yard lines.  This involved more math.  I figured out how big the “field” was, then determined where the 50 yard line needed to be and drew my lines using a yard stick to keep everything straight.  Then I measured, and drew out the 10, 20, 30 and 40 yard lines on both boards in pencil.

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Now on to the end zone lettering —  I needed the letters to be 4″ high to fit nicely in the end zones, so I found the right fonts to use online, and typed out Clemson and Georgia Tech in the right size.  I printed them, and cut the letters out to make a stencil (somehow I forgot how long cutting out letters takes).  Then I arranged all the letters in the end zones to use as a stencil, and traced them with a pencil.

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I also traced out where the Clemson paw would go at the 50 yard line, and the GT logos at the 35 yard lines, like the real fields.  I skipped the ACC logos… I was already way behind on time and not trying to add on more work at this point.

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Once I had a guide for the letters and logos, the letters were painted white.  They got 2-3 coats each before I was happy with the color.

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Then, I outlined the letters a few times in navy blue, or purple paint. The outlining process helped cover up any blunders I had when painting the letters too 🙂

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The logos needed paint next.  The paw print became orange, and the GT logos were done in gold.  After a few coats for each of those, they were all outlined in white.

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Finally it looked like I had made progress!

Next, I painted all of the yard lines and added the yard line numbers.  I used my yard stick to make sure the lines were straight, otherwise I’d have some crooked lines..  Since I didn’t have much real estate to work with, Only the 10 yard lines are marked on the boards.  Adding in 5 yard lines would have gotten a little crowded.

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The last part of completing the football fields was to paint was the numbers for the yard lines.  I tried to keep my handwriting consistent and I did 4 sidelines worth of 10-50 yard lines.

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I give you football fields!

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Once the tops of the boards were painted how I wanted them, I needed to paint the sides to cover the primer paint.  I had bought some gray paint when I thought I’d be doing more of a nautical theme, so I used that to paint the sides and the bottom.

I lined the edges of the top with painter’s tape to prevent any bleeding on the “field.”  Of course, it took 3 coats of gray to be a nice color with no primer showing through.

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I think we’re on like step 15 now…. At last, the painting was done!  The last step was to seal everything in so nothing would ever chip.  I headed to Lowe’s to get some polyurthane, and thank goodness I talked to the paint guy while I was looking.

Since I used acrylic paint for all the football field details, and acrylic paint is water based, I needed a water based sealer.  If I would have used regular polyurethane, then the paint would have cracked and all my work would be dunzo. Seriously, thank goodness I talked to the guy.

I picked up a can of polycrylic sealer instead, and applied 4 coats.  It recommends 3, but I was determined that all the hours of painting I put in wouldn’t be put to waste by them chipping from a lack of sealer.

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Finally, we needed bags for the boards.  I had to keep with the football theme, so I ordered a ‘house divided’ set from Baggo so I could have both Georgia Tech and Clemson bags in complementary colors to the boards.

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A few weeks, lots of rain, several coats of paint, and 75+ man hours later, the corn hole boards were finally done.  Luckily there’s a lifetime left to enjoy them 🙂

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With this project done, I feel like I’ll have plenty of free time after work!  Now back to our guest room

Weekend Wrap-Up

Another weekend is over, and it was filled with family, friends, and getting a few projects done!  I also can’t believe it’s almost November — this year has flown by.

Pegs was in town this weekend and I had fun with her in town.  We enjoyed a big dinner at 5 Loaves, walked on the beach, tried out Vintage Coffee‘s breakfast sandwiches, watched football, went shopping, etc… We were pretty busy.

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There were 2 highlights of the weekend: The AMAZING engagement party that our friends threw us on Isle of Palms..

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And Georgia Tech doing the impossible and beating FSU with the “block 6” play.  Seriously, this was the Miracle on Techwood, and I can’t stop watching the replay…


It wouldn’t be a weekend at home if we didn’t knock out any projects.  While Hunter was on a short business trip, I hung my CofC diploma, and his Clemson “diploma placeholder” (we still need to get his framed).  I was sick of looking at bare walls when working from home, so these went up!  Still a lot to do in here though..IMG_5987

Another room in progress that got some love was the guest room.  I’ve been in love with the palm frond print for awhile, and finally found some great pillows on Etsy with it so I could add it to the guest room!  I also found a navy blue throw from Target for the end of the bed in the cooler months.  More navy blue coming to this room soon 😉

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Something that’s been on our to-do list for quite a few months was to get our Charleston harbor map framed.  We picked it up from Hobby Lobby on Friday and hung it after dinner.  I’m so happy to finally have something on the wall in the space between our door and window — much nicer to look at than a bare wall!

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A perk of having Hunter’s parents over to watch the Clemson game was getting a new light fixture put in our guest bathroom.  We love the galvanized look it added.  You can find the light at Lowe’s, and might be seeing similar lights being installed outside soon…

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Sunday morning we had one last big family brunch at The Shelter before everyone headed home.  That afternoon we represented Las Olas in the corn hole tournament at Revelry and enjoyed a good bit of the beautiful day outside.  We finally hit our limit, and enjoyed a lazy night on the couch… with Cleo.

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It was a great weekend with family, and productive as well!  I’m already looking forward to being with everyone again.

I’ve got some great stuff that I need to sit down and write about, so hopefully I’ll have some time during these rainy days…

Corn Hole Boards – part 1

Last summer Hunter’s parents brought over a set of old corn hole boards that they didn’t use so we could have them for the yard, and especially for the house warming party we were about to throw.  We were both thrilled to get the boards, and also thought they’d be fun to have out at our wedding, so a repaint job was in the works..

Repainting Corn Hole Boards – part 1

What you’ll need:

  • Corn hole boards
  • Hand sander
  • Sand paper
  • Primer paint
  • Paint brush / roller

Before I even decided on what design I wanted to paint on the corn hole boards, I needed to do the hard part and prep the corn hole boards for a paint job.  Below is a picture of what we were working with — not exactly our style:cornhole 01

The boards actually had some texture to them, as if they were maybe covered in a sealer and when it dried it left bumps all over the boards.  The first step was to smooth everything out with my hand sander.  Start with a lower number of sand paper (like 80) and gradually move up to a finer one (like 220) as the boards become smoother.

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Since we had to cover some black, green, and yellow, we needed a good primer.  I picked up a can from Lowe’s that mentioned it was good on wood, and for the outdoors.  One Saturday afternoon I started on the top and painted a coat — let it dry — flipped it over — and painted a coat on the bottom until they were ready to dry overnight.

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I decided that white was going to be a primary background color for the boards (with a design on top), so on Sunday I did another coat on both the top and bottom since you could still see some color coming through.
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Even after 2 coats the white isn’t perfect,but I think after 1 more coat on the top it’ll be good.  Back to Lowe’s I go, since the 2 coats used a whole quart full of primer for the 2 corn hole boards!

Next steps: The last coat of primer on the top, then the fun part of painting the boards with a custom design 🙂  This has taken longer than expected, but I’m excited to get it done.  To be continued…