Look! Pictures!

Posted on January 31st, 2010 by Chet

I added a new page to the Web site. Now all of the pictures that Nicole uses in her blogs can be found on our Gallery page! It’s all possible thanks to a pretty awesome WordPress plug-in called Media Library Gallery. Nicole had asked me to figure out a way to do this awhile back, and I have finally figured out how to make it possible for her.

Hope everyone enjoys it!


Posted on January 28th, 2010 by Nicole

My name is Nicole, and I’m a bad blogger. It’s been two weeks since my last post. Oops.

But, my wedding was featured on A Practical Wedding (you know, the place I spent most of my time reading during the planning process and now still.)

So, you should go read. It’s about not loving your wedding. And it’s awesome, if I do say so myself.

And, I promise to blog. Cross my heart and hope to die. K?

Ode to marriage

Posted on January 14th, 2010 by Nicole

I know I promised honesty, and I will. But right now, I must focus on the good in life.

Anyone who tells you that living together is like being married is full of crap, in my humble opinion. There’s a sense of being married yes; you have joint bills, animals, responsibilities blah blah blah. But once you cross that threshold into being legally bounded (bonded?!) together, there is something more.

Right now, my husband and I are experiencing that something more. We’re invested in each other, and that means that is he is going through a rough spot, then I need to be there for him. That means my other stuff (blogging, commenting, reading, writing, what have you) goes on the back burner.

So, that’s where I am. I’m going to be doing recaps (with honesty) but the other stuff I had planned is just going to have to wait.

Ponderings on the event

Posted on January 7th, 2010 by Nicole

I haven’t spoken much about the wedding, as I’m sure you’ve noticed. This is because I’m still trying to catalog all of my feelings from it. Some feelings good, some feelings bad, and some feelings in between.

This is the reason why my posts have been scattered and DIY and 365 rather than anything of meat. But don’t worry. I’m coming out of my proverbial closet, and I’m going to be honest about all of the wedding stuff —  the great, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Hope you’re ready.


Posted on January 4th, 2010 by Nicole

I made corks for the wedding. Odd, eh? I wanted to use them as place markers for the family table (we didn’t do a head table) but I was over-ruled. So, we ended up using them to label the food and the cakes.

© BrickWood Events

Pretty huh?

So, how did I do it? Well, very carefully.

First, you need a bag of corks. These can be purchased at any beer or wine making store. We got 25 corks for $4.00

You also need an exacto type knife (I used the utility knife from my tool kit) and something to cut on. I chose to cut on my wedding to do list, it was cathartic.

First step: cut about 1/3 of the way into the cork so that you can create a base. Basically, you have to cut the bottom of the cork off, and it’s a pain. But don’t be afraid!

This is what the bottom of the cork should look like.

Next: you’ll want to sand down the bottom of the cork so it sits nicely. Just keep sanding until you’re happy.

See? Pretty.

Now, the obnoxious part. It’s a toss up of whether this is easier or harder than the other. The thing you have to focus on here is a) cutting straight and b) making it wide enough to be able to slip paper into, but not so wide that it won’t tightly hold the paper.

Voíla! You have a pretty cork place holder thing. You’ll notice they aren’t perfect, but they were really nice. A quick google search shows that you can get about 8 corks for $12.00 that are like this, which is like 1.50 each. Ours were 25 for $4.00 or .16 a piece. My math may be wrong, you’re more than welcome to correct. In this case, I felt like this was legit as far as a craft goes. (Unlike the invitations) One thing to be wary of is blisters, which I had after 25. Not the kind that can be popped, but little red ones. Just a warning.

On another note, I heard that someone is following my directions for the garter. That makes me so happy! If you do any of these, please send photos? There is absolutely nothing like hearing people read your blog to make you want to keep blogging.