Planners, and agendas, and diaries, oh my! If you look at this blog a bit you'll probably notice most of the posts are about some sort of organization. The obsession is real.


Don't you just hate those Tuesday maintenance days? You conveniently end up not having classes or work and you want nothing more than to play World of Warcraft for countless hours...but you can't! Well today is extended maintenance because its Patch day!! Yes, 3.0.2 is upon us... and I hope you're as excited as I am. Unfortunately the US Servers have and will be down from 2 AM PDT until 2 PM PDT.

I know what you WoWers are thinking... What the hell am I going to do? Instead of staring at the clock QQing, just do some of these things that other people apparently enjoy?

7. Troll The WoW Forums.

Those of you that know me personally, know that I'm not a big clothes shopper. Sure, I love to buy makeup, but owning 3 Urban Decay palettes will insure that there isn't a single shade of eyeshadow I need. And really, most of the time I would rather spend my money on the latest gadgets. Although I do tend to buy nail polish on a regular basis.

This week happened to be an exception. Every store I popped into with Nick the last few days has been having some sort of ridiculous sale. Realistically, I was in need of some new clothes as my husband reminded me that I have 6 identical black v-neck shirts hanging in the closet... Yep, it has gotten to that point where my fashionista husband has to rag on me to finally buy some darn clothes.

So I gave in of course and got some new things!






I recently stumbled on a cute fabric cork board on Pinterest and thought it would be the perfect thing to hang above our bed. I might not have jumped at this little DIY project as quickly if I hadn't already had a rather large cork board leftover from our wedding.


What you'll need:
- Cork board
- paint (if cork board isn't the color you want)
- fabric
- silver push pins

All of my supplies were purchased from Hobby Lobby (love their coupons), and I did use acrylic paint which is different than the pinner I got this from. 



I started off by painting the cork board the night before with a glossy acrylic black paint so it would match the rest of our bedroom furniture. I know some of you are thinking "glossy?" this paint really has a very light gloss to it. After painting two thick coats of this stuff (outside) I let it dry over night.

The next day I measured and marked the back side of the fabric using the cork board itself. I then marked an extra inch on all sides so I could iron the fabric for a clean line. Since, the fabric I picked was a bit stretchy I secured the fabric down with regular fabric pins. That kept it from moving on me while I tried to put the silver push pins in. It didn't take long to get all the silver push pins in and then it was happily hung with command strips above our bed!




I also had enough fabric leftover to cover a pillow!



I've been on a serious organization kick lately. I would like to thank Pinterest for that. I've seen a lot of things that I knew I could make for myself. I originally made printable PDF pages for my wedding binder. I had so many paper notes and lists I wanted to just make a set of printable things I could utilize during my crazy wedding process. Anyway, I saw some really cool home management binders that make planning schedules and keeping information together really easy.

I typically have to make an effort to keep myself organized and on track with my agenda that I keep with me for school, work, and anything else I pencil in. I wanted to make a binder that could include Nick's appointments and work schedule in as well as some of our important information to have handy. And since I'm not a huge cook and Nick literally eats only three different things I included my recipes with the rest of the binder.

* If anyone is interested in these PDFs let me know in the comments *

The Tabs I used are:

Info
Contacts 
Goals
Calendar
Party Planning
Finances
Shopping
Recipes



User names & passwords {download this pdf}
Important dates {download this pdf}




{ I made full sheets for individual days in the Calendar section so I could reuse them by just putting sticky notes for things to do}


PDFs not shown above:
- Monthly checklist {download this pdf}
- Monthly budget {download this pdf}
- Year at a glance {download this pdf}
- Adresses {download this pdf}



I think one of the most important elements of your wedding is your invitations. They give your guests a little glimpse of your wedding. I wanted to do just that... on a budget. 

After Nick and I had decided on our theme I was positive I wanted to make a lot of the stuff myself. Since our theme is a bit rustic and summery I thought that making some of the elements  would further fit the theme. I must also confess that I'm a bit of a control freak and perfectionist when it comes to certain things. My wedding is one of them so of course I wanted my invitations to look and feel like us... I admittedly looked around online and compared prices/options because it surely would be easier to order some, but I just didn't find anything that really caught my eye so I fired up Photoshop and got to work.

I spent several weeks just messing around with ideas on photoshop for my design and looking at inspiring photos on Pinterest. After several mock ups and font changes I finally came up with a design I liked and just went with it. I then went in search of the products I'd use to print the invitations on. In the end Hobby Lobby became my go-to store because they are always have such wonderful sales and have a huge variety of crafts and decor. I ended up using coupons and catching a scrapbooking material sale. I purchased cream colored card stock, paper bag colored card stock, and 5x7 envelopes and 4x5.5 envelopes and notecards in the same color. 

While in Hobby Lobby I found the cutest brown paper tags that came with twine. They were a bit pricey for my taste and I figured I could just cut the card stock into similar tags. I had originally planned to tie twine around my invites into a simple bow, but the tags were so cute I just had to incorporate them. I'm so glad I did, because the invites look like cute little packages wrapped in paper and tied with twine!

I am beyond thrilled with how they turned out and I feel it was very rewarding (although time consuming) to make these myself. 



Over the last couple of years I always seem to take pictures of my desk setup. This year is no different.
2012:


2011:

2010:


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