Mad Men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Hello There!

I wanted to share our engagement pictures and give some info about the elements that went into making this photoshoot successful!  We used the engagement photoshoot to try out the hair stylist, makeup artist, and photographer that we chose for the wedding.  Thankfully we loved each one!  We had such a fun time with our Mad Men inspired shoot!  I hope you enjoy.

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

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Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

This is my favorite one!

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Mad men Themed Engagement photo shoot -San Diego

Photographer: One Two Snap Photography

Location: W Hotel San Diego and Santa Fe (Union) Train Depot

Hair: The Salon at the Vineyard

Makeup: Ruby Jauregui

Dress: Anthropologie

Blue tie: Style Stash

Luggage: Ebay

Crafts for Kids – Decorative Stones

‘Ello All

Today’s post is a craft that I did this weekend with the children at the church I work for.  I am a Children’s Ministry Coordinator and focus on children from nursery age  up to 5th grade.  For Father’s day I wanted to create a craft that I knew the Fathers were going to love, so I asked around and the dads I talked to said they loved getting decorative stones from their children.  They are easy to do and great to put on a desk or shelf.  I went to Micheals and got a pack of their median sized rocks and tissue paper squares.  I knew I wasn’t going to have time to cut up squares of tissues paper so I spent the extra money on them.

 Gift for dad.  Easy decortive stones for kids church craft from bumblebreeblog.

Here  is the sample craft that I made so that the volunteer teachers and the children would know what we were doing.  I gave them tissue paper, watered downed white glue (homemade Mod Podge), and cut out cute sayings so that they could glue those on as well.  I added some that were gender neutral for our children who don’t have a father in their life.  They great thing about children is that they never do what is expected.

Gift for dad.  Easy decortive stones for kids church craft from bumblebreeblog

This beautiful creation was created by one of my 3 year olds.  She had a great time adding more and more paper.  Aren’t the textures great on this rock?  She is so creative and was so excited about being able to give it to “daddy”.

Gift for dad.  Easy decortive stones for kids church craft from bumblebreeblog

This creation was made by one of our new 3rd graders.  He said he wanted it to look like a frog.  What a great 3-D imagination this boy has!

Happy Mother's Day 4

These were created by the rest of my grade school kids.  You can tell they are still very wet.  Isn’t it great that they added some cute googly eyes!

Hope you enjoyed my post.  Its fun to post the crafts that children actually make rather than the crafts we hope they will make.  🙂

Happy Dad’s Day – Clean and Simple

Happy Monday! Today I am sharing my CAS Father’s Day cards. It really highlights the dad’s day set from Lawn Fawn.  I wanted to use kraft paper to create that masculine feel.

Happy Dad's Day! Clean and simple red couch card from bumblebreeblog.

I created the first card for Steve’s grandpa.  I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous washi tape from Freckled Fawn .  I makes me think of a well worn chair that my maternal grandfather would sit in, watching TV or reading with his cat and dog.  He passed away this winter so this card was in memory of him and I am glad I get to share it with my new grandfather-in-law.

Happy Dad's Day card from bumblebreeblog.

This last card is for my paternal grandfather.  He just moved back to the same town as my parents, because of his health.  It has been very nice to visit with him and get to know him better.  I thought the blue, white, and kraft were a perfect combination.  I got the inspiration for this card from the Lawn Fawn site: here.

Thanks for looking!

Lawnscaping Challenge #59

Hello hello!
I typically don’t post on Friday nights, but with all the wedding stress I needed some “just for fun” crafting time. I have had this color scheme on my mind for a while now. I also knew it would be perfect for the LawnScaping Challenge #59 which focuses on coloring.

A challenge on coloring?  How fun is that – and perfect for stress release.  I know that many people do not color with prismacolor pencils, but I love the bright and uniform look.  I used the critters on the savanna set and die and the critters ever after set by Lawn Fawn.

Thinking of You card from bumblebreeblog for Lawnscaping Challenge #59.

I made this card with my sister in mind. She loves giraffes and I bought the set knowing that she would love it!   I hope she doesn’t read this blog post until after she gets it in the mail.  🙂  Oh well.  Anyway, I used the beautiful mint ruffle ribbon and washi tape from Pick Your Plum.  I distressed the puffy oval with black distress ink and used pop dots to give it some dimension.

Father’s Day Cards – Embellishment Galore

I created these cards a couple months ago knowing that I wouldn’t have much time around Father’s Day with the wedding stuff going on. They aren’t perfect, but I think the recipients will like them. Woohoo! Finally a new card post. 🙂

Camping themed Happy Dad's Day card from bumblebreeblog.  Perfect for Father's Day!

The first card is for my future Father In-Law.  Some of my fiance’s best memories are camping with his dad.  Most of the embellishments are from my stash or were purchased at Tuesday Morning (who could turn down  deals like they have?).  The “happy dad’s day” is from Lawn Fawn.  The tree image is actually from the package that the embellishments came from.  This is an innovative way to make use of all the materials available.

BBQ themed Happy Dad's Day card from bumblebreeblog.  Perfect for Father's Day!This card is for my dad.  He loves to BBQ, and even built his own smoker.  All the embellishments are from Tuesday Morning.  I couldn’t say no to those bottle caps and vintage treat pendants, and, of course, how cute is that little BBQ?  The washi tape and bakers twine is also from Pick You Plum.

I hope you enjoyed my Father’s Day cards.  I have two more posts coming up, so stay tuned for more father’s day inspiration!

Wedding Invitations – Our good, bad, and ugly

Hello team,
I don’t want this to become a wedding blog, but there are probably going to be a few more posts like this one, especially since my fiance and I have just reached the stage where we have to start making things for the day of celebrations.  There are 68 more days until Steve and I get married and it has been crazy. 🙂

For this post, I want to share our advice on dealing with vendors, particularly for wedding paper products. I’m going to go over the good and the bad parts of our experience, and hopefully you will be able to find something useful for your own events (even if it isn’t a wedding).

Wedding Invitations - Our good, bad, and ugly.  Advice on dealing with venders from bumblebreeblog.

Save the Dates

Good

We were super happy with our StD. I found a beautiful templet off weddingchicks.com. We uploaded some of our engagement photos, saved them as a jpg, and sent them to a local copy/print shop. Super easy and the process was great.  We were even able to print 6 different versions without any added cost.  Win!

Not as good

The way the return address was placed on the templet, the post office got confused and mailed about 15 StDs back to us.  That was kinda disappointing, but we just placed those in envelopes and mailed them again.  Easy fix.

Mad Men inspired engagement photoes for Save the Date.  Check out bumblebreeblog.wordpress.com Mad Men inspired engagement photoes for Save the Date.  Check out bumblebreeblog.wordpress.com

(Didn’t One Two Snap Photography do a great job on our Mad Men inspired engagement photos?  We love them! UPDATE: Check out the rest of our photos here.)

Wedding Invitations

Good

We loved out StD so much we wanted to have all our wedding paper product match. I soon found out that the company that produced the StD template was local. I emailed them and asked if they had a invitation package that matched the StD. They didn’t, but said we could have one custom created. I was super excited and happy. The good part is that the invitations matched the StD perfect! All the beautiful details that we loved about the StD were in the wedding invitations.

Not as good

Around the beginning of April I started to get concerned that I hadn’t heard anything from the company. I emailed and didn’t hear anything for about a week, so I called. After a few days of no reply, Steve emailed them again. We finally got a response and were able to move forward with the proofs. The communication was not great between ourselves and the vendor. They were also later in communication which cause the processed to be rushed and mistakes made.

The ugly

Since the process was so rushed we didn’t request to view a sample before printing started.  I was not very happy with the proof of the envelope  liner but picked the better of the two, and ended up being unhappy.  The company forgot that we had paid to have the envelopes printed, which caused even more of a delay and for us to rush the guest list which caused some incorrect addresses.  We finally received the invitations late and had two days to assemble and send out the invitations.  The worst part was, we soon found that one address was double printed, one wasn’t printed at all, 4 had letters cut off, and one even had a last name cut off completely.  For the amount that we paid to have everything addressed and printed it was very disappointing.

Advice

How do we think these things could have been, not avoided, but lessened

1. Don’t let the vendor talk you out of  yourtime table (if your timetable is doable by the vendor).  We let the vendor talk us out of having the invitations finished by early April so we could have plenty of time to assemble them and deal with issues.

2. Trust your gut.  If you feel that your vendor should have contacted you by a certain point, contact them and increase your communication with them.

3.  Be assertive with what you want.  Some things are not doable but you won’t know until you ask.  Don’t be too attached in case your requests are not achievable, but it never hurts to ask.

4. My fiance, Steve, works in project management, and has been saying over and over again that he wishes he would have monitored the vendor more closely. It is perfectly fine to keep up regular communication with a vendor, especially when they are providing a time sensitive item like and invitation.

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Bridezilla Verses Assertiveness

If your experiences are similar to mine you have had friends and family who have joked about you being a bridezilla.  I was so worried about being a bridezilla that I was scared to be assertive at all.  This is my biggest advice to future brides.  Don’t let your fear cause you to settle on a situation that others think is better, but you don’t agree with.  You do have to compromise with our partner, but as long as you communicate openly there should not be many situation that you will feel really bummed about later.  The day is about you and your significant other and those are the only two people who have the deciding factor.  There is nothing wrong with having nice things, that you truly appreciate, at your wedding.  If paying a little extra for custom make invitations is your thing or life size ice sculptures of you and your soon to be husband/wife makes your heart smile, and you can afford it, go for it!  Just having something impressive doesn’t make you a bridezilla.