Tuesday, February 28, 2012

wedding crafts.

Card Box Gramps made for us!
It has been a busy few months here at craft corner! ha. I have been a busy bee making the wedding decorations and accessories. I tried to come up with a creative way to label the tables and Andrew and I thought naming them after the lakes in Northern Wisconsin would be appropriate. I looked up the lake maps on the WI DNR's website typed out the lake name, then printed them on texture paper. I think they turned out quite nice!

table signs
I have been trying my hand at jewelry making on my test subjects {the bridesmaids}! I have made some braided beaded bracelets in the fall colors, I am now just trying to clean up the clasps... a bit tricky. Any suggestions would be helpful!
bridesmaids bracelets
My first wedding project {besides the save the dates} were the bridesmaids earrings... they were so fun to make!  Next on the docket are the invitations and the bridesmaids hair pieces. I have got the design for the invitations done, now just working with the tricky wording. And the hair pieces just need to be attached to the barrettes! It is all starting to come together!
bridesmaids earrings
Don't forget to keep checking the wedding blog and Andrew's loon blog!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Runnin' Runnin'

Since I have been home, I have gotten back into running. I ran the Sampson Stomp 5k in January and the Steve Cullen 8k in February, and am signed up for a St. Patrick's Day 5k.
Samson Stomp 5k with Andrew, Hans, Aunt Mary, and mom!
The 5k was a bit brutal as I hadn't trained much at all and it was terribly cold out that morning. However, once the race got going the sun came out and it was perfect. Andrew led the way and finished first in our little family team with no training he rocked a 27:56 . Mom was hot on his heels (as you can see here), then Mary and Hans finished holding hands (insert awe here), then finally I rolled in last out of our group (not embarassing at all!). I finished in 32:38 , not terrible for no training. This St. Patrick's Day race you will see smoke coming from my shoes!

Mom and I bundled for the Steve Cullen 8k, the wind chill was -8 that day... brutal.
The 8k was a bit more challenging. I have never run a 5 mile race, and I had just four days before ran 5 continuous miles. I was nervous. It was so terribly cold out that I almost backed out, I am so glad I didn't. It was so rewarding crossing that finish line. Mom and I paced ourselves just to finish, nothing fancy, no injuries. So we finished at a verry slow time, but guess what, we finished.
So cheers to a very busy Mardi Gras weekend (working every night this weekend), stay safe and have fun!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Here's to Now

Whoa. It's been a month since Andrew and I have been engaged, and a week since he left for Louisiana. 
Time flies hey?
By day I am a receptionist, by night a bartender, runner, and wedding planner :)
My desk
We are really making progress on the wedding planning, I think I have more fun with it than Andrew ;)
Be sure to check out our wedding blog, there will be a post  bridal party post once everyone knows!

Andrew's first week is going well, lots of prep work before the expeditions begin! His first group comes on February 6th, so him and Darwin need to find the loons and capture a few before they have an audience!
Well, that is all for now! Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Well, as most of you have heard, Andrew and I are engaged!
"Engagement" photo at the cabin

It was Christmas at the East household on December 27th. Mixed with all the presents there was a big chunk of oak sitting under the tree with a bow on it. Andrew and Janelle played Santa and divvied out the presents and I get the chunk 'o wood.

I obviously leave the chunk o' wood to last because I was a bit confused. So when I finally get to it, Andrew takes my hand and says that this piece of oak is to be made into a mixing bowl for our kitchen. However, it will take a lot of work to make, we will have to make it together, and we will have to continuously take care of it just like a marriage and then he asked me if this could represent our marriage... and I said YES! 
Andrew had gotten this idea from an author he has been reading a lot of David James Duncan (The River Why, River Teeth, and My Story as told by Water). The chunk o' wood is currently oak, but we also have options of pine, basswood and others all of which were chosen and cut by Andrew's dad, Gene.

We have already set a date and place: October 13th, 2012 at Lakewoods Resort in Cable, WI. 
Thank you to all the family and friends who have been there for us and helped us get to where we are today :)