Jul 6, 2015

Fake It Until You Make it!




For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with good handwriting.  I am pretty sure that is the teacher that has always lived inside of me! She I have been practicing my handwriting and calligraphy skills for as long as I can remember.  Every Christmas I asked for new calligraphy pens to go with my set... and I am talking at like 6 years old this life long obsession started.  HOWEVER, that does not mean that I have the best handwriting! So.. when it came to addressing our Save The Dates, I practiced and practiced and practiced until my hand was stuck in the writing position.  Not pleased with my results I decided to FAKE IT!  

That's right, I cheated! But I promise you, if you need to address a ton of envelopes, this is totally worth it and you won't have to pay someone hundreds of dollars to do it for you.

Okay so it's this easy!

Step 1:  Choose a font.  There are several free font websites that allow you to simply download any of their fonts for free! My favorites are dafont.com  and  fontsquirrel.com.  There are sooo many out there though so just google "free fonts" and take your pick.  

Step 2: Format your printer to print on your envelope size. 

Step 3: Start printing your addresses on your envelopes in the lightest grey you can find, but can still see in order to trace.  I have found that other lighter colors seem to pop through your pen color, but grey didn't. 

Step 4: Take the amazing new pen you bought and trace over your printed addresses.   










That's all folks!! 

It is super easy, looks amazing, and saves you time and MONEY! 
You can get as fancy as you want or as simple as you want depending on the font you choose.  I decided to go with simple since I had SO many to send out.  If you decided to take this route, send me a picture of your addressed envelopes and I will add them to this post! :) 

xo, 

Jul 1, 2015

Living in Chaos: Kitchen Remodel Part 1

I wanted to update my lovely readers on what has been going on in my life lately, and what has been keeping me away from regularly blogging.  Well here is part of it... We have bought our amazing little first house together and we are trying to make it our own.  The first thing we wanted to do right away was update and expand the kitchen.  It was a precious little kitchen to begin with, but it was just that.. LITTLE!  We have actually done so much in the past month, and our kitchen is almost done.  However, instead of posting a million hundred pictures on here today, I am going to post the remodel in parts.  Here is part 1: mission expand kitchen.  

Before: 


Before of the dining room that backs up to the kitchen:


And we start making the big mess...









We are going to use this wall for added storage with cabinets and a cute little bench breakfast nook.  


The view from entering from the living room. 


My dad's favorite part.. 









And these two handsome fellas..


The wall was supporting parts of the ceiling and the attic so we had to come up with a way to keep the wall open, but also still look great.  My mom found these awesome beams that came out of a house in Newberry, SC that was built in the 1850's.  I am in LOVE with these beams! 


The beams going up! 


When we removed the wall, we had to put flooring down and sand and stain it. 




 Tada! The beams are up! 


We are so lucky to have family that is helping us do all of this! We are loving the transformation of our little galley kitchen into a large open french country kitchen.  More posts to follow soon! :)

Thanks for stopping by!
xo,

 
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