Monday, November 21, 2011

Twilight + 365 Challenge: 6.3-6.12

Ben took me to see Breaking Dawn on Sunday. I had been impatiently waiting to see it for a year and a half and was really nervous that it wouldn't hold up to my expecations. But I loved it! Yes, there was a bit too much of *ahem* "marital bliss". And when they showed that one scene at the end {I don't want to spoil it for anyone}, it was probably a little too gruesome, but it actually didn't bother me. Maybe because I read it in the book and was expecting it? Ben was like "eww what the heck?!" haha! Oh, and the scene with the wolves talking was just plain ridiculous. But come on, people, this is not The Great Gatsby. What did you expect?

{sidenote: I hated The Great Gatsby, so I'm really glad it's not anything like that!}

No, it is not a cinematic masterpiece. And if you haven't read or read but didn't love the books, you will probably hate the movie because, well, it is pretty darn weird. But, unlike many other books-to-movies, the story went right along with the book, which made me so happy. It's exciting when you can literally watch your imagination come alive on the big screen. I'm sure there will be people who can't get over the general cheesiness of the story, but that doesn't really bother me because I already know that vampires and werewolves aren't real, so my entire world isn't grounded upon the foundation of the series being based on facts. Plus, the majority of people who read the books are probably going to love it for the simple fact that it is Twilight and we are just plain obsessed. :) And that's that.

So, I'm really good at taking pictures and really bad at uploading them onto my blog. Get ready to see a plethora of 365 pictures over the next few weeks in hopes of sloooowly catching up.

surprise peonies from Ben that he had delivered to me at work

delicious summer fruit salad

the bonfire we built while camping at French Creek

anniversary dinner after horseback riding

my flowers are actually growing!

crab rangoon from my favorite Chinese place

the perfect morning

no, i did not grow these myself, but aren't they pretty?

a lovely almost summer afternoon

the NY boys' semi-annual tournament weekend

Thursday, November 17, 2011

It's Almost Time!

Woohoo!!! After almost 1 1/2 years of waiting, we finally get to see Breaking Dawn! Although I will not be at the midnight premiere {having to be at work by 7am tomorrow immediately nixed that option}, the husband said he's taking me to see Breaking Dawn this Sunday! Yipee!! Be expecting a review on Monday or Tuesday afternoon. :)

Please tell me I'm not the only 29 year old girl {I still feel too young to refer to myself as a woman} obsessed with a vampire love story...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Seafoam End Table

No Living/Dining Room paint pictures yet. I'm sorry, I have been a very lazy photographer lately! Well, that's not true. I have been a very lazy personal photographer, but I have been very ambitious when it comes to doing some marketing for my photography business. I made my own business cards and sent them to be printed yesterday {yipee!} and I created some mock-ups for Christmas cards to advertise for upcoming Holiday photo shoots! If you'd live in the Philadelphia or Wilmington area and are interested in doing a shoot or just tto view some of my pictures, check out my website: natalie wagner photography

Anyhoo, I won't leave you with nothing. Here is one fabulous little project I finished a few months ago. It started out as a nightstand of sorts that I discovered at Goodwill under a pile of old frames and covered in dust. After a good scrubbing, it looked like this:

I believe it used to live in the castle on the movie Beauty and the Beast. Seriously, doesn't it look just like the huge wardrobe? That's what Ben said, too! Actually, his exact words were "What the heck is that ugly piece of crap and why is it in our Living Room?" ... "But doesn't it look like that wardrobe from Beauty and the Beast?" ... "Yes...when can I throw it out?"

I can understand his hesitation to keep this piece. There was some definite wear and tear on those beautiful legs.

However, here is after I primed it and painted it a soft aquamarine:

 BAM! Our formerly ugly duckling of an end table is now a beautiful swan! Wow, that was pretty lame...

I loooove these intricate details. They really set it apart and remind me why it's so much better to buy used furniture than drop a bunch of $$ on generic stuff from a department store that everyone else has {haha, that reminds me of the episode of Friends when Ross and Rachel bought the same apothecary table from Pottery Barn} and that will probably just fall apart anyway. Used furniture is great because it has already held up to the test of time, so you know it is built to last.

I am obsessed with the top; it's so unique!

I tried it as a nightstand for a bit. Though it looked pretty, it just wasn't right for the space. Plus, I needed the storage provided by my current table {for my Bible, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, etc.}.

Ahh yes, this is juuust right. It now serves as an end table in our Living Room and Ben and I both love it! The color is unexpected and, though subdued, it gives just the right amount of oomph to the space.

Of course, since these photos were taken, we painted the Living Room a warm, light gray color...stay tuned for more photos! :)

Have you completed any projects lately {or not so lately, that you have been too lazy to post}?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Beachy Bridal Shower

New paint pictures coming soon, I promise! We had company on Sunday and the house is still in a bit of disarray. In the meantime...

I may have mentioned wayyy back in 2010 that my mom and I were hosting my sister's Bridal Shower a few months before here Miami Beach Destination Wedding. Well, here I am, almost a year later, FINALLY posting pictures. Oh well, better late than never!

the beautiful bride-to-be and me

Rach, opening her shower gifts

bridal shower games

our adorable little 2nd cousin, Jenna

the cupcake toppers I made {her wedding colors were coral and aqua}

a banner I found online {I believe it was from weddingchicks or ruffledblog} and printed out for the shindig

And here are some post-party outtakes...

Rach & Mom, about to indulge in some pretty and delicious leftovers

ouch! we bumped heads :p

i love her :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Painting Party

So, we decided to hold off on buying a house until we have more money saved up because a massive purchase like that is not something we want to settle on. Normally, this is something that would have sent me in a spiral of sadness {all of those great new decorating ideas down the drain!}, but my husband is a genius and lured me into the light with these five little words: "Let's paint the Living Room!" Oh that man is pure genius! Of course, painting the Living Room turned into painting the entry and the Dining Room as well...but it's an open space and we used the same color, so it was a good compromise!

He's been painting before and after work all week while I watched from the couch, sick as a dog. Once I started feeling better, I finished up the trim and today I'm just cleaning, organizing, and re-purposing/re-decorating. I can't wait to share the after pics! We went with Kilz's "Pewter Ring" but color-matched and used Behr Premium Paint. It looks sooo good! Stay tuned for pictures! :)
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