My First Blog-aversary!

It’s been just over a year since I started this blog–I nearly missed it! And I want to do something special to commemorate such an auspicious occasion. And what’s more auspicious than television? No, I’m not going to post a video for you. I’m going to post a recap episode! Just like on the sparkly screen, instead of actually putting in work to make good content, I’m going to rely on previous content to drive this post! (I’m on a low budget with the wedding and all.)

In the first year of my blog:

  1. Wrote my very first blog post
  2. Designed and posted first pattern on Ravelry (tiny red panda!)
  3. Performed many experiments health-ifying baking with applesauce
  4. Got engaged
  5. Artfully executed my first wedding photo shoot
  6. Went vegan
  7. Changed my branding twice
  8. And opened up about a very personal issue

It’s been a pretty big year for me, and I’m so very thankful for everyone who takes the time to read and comment on my blog! As it stands that the next year of my blog will be even bigger, with the wedding, and opening that etsy store. Stay tuned!

Is there any content you’d like to see on the blog? Specific recipe you want me to try? Craft you want me to make?

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Being Engaged – Early Days

I have been engaged for just over a month now, and I can honestly say I’ve felt a lot of emotions about getting married–not all of them positive. Not the actually being married part, that I am excited about. No, it’s the wedding planning part. I have been intimidated, overwhelmed, angry, frustrated, excited, happy, creative, thoughtful, etc.

In short, I’ve been stressed. So I got a book, and I started reading some blogs (specifically A Practical Wedding and Offbeat Bride). And not only did it help lower my stress levels, I also learned some stuff!

I started out with the notion that this was our wedding, and we would do it however we wanted. Also, that getting married was merely a formality, since we are already living together and will be legally common law by then. However, I soon realized that it’s not just our wedding, and it’s not just a formality. It is a time for our closest family (and friends) to celebrate that we are starting a new family ourselves. And who we invite will shape how our wedding is, and how we remember it. Those aspects will be way more important than the wedding colours or decorations.

That does not mean that I have not spent a lot of spare time going into picking colours (check!), designing invitations (check!), and all the awesome possibilities for decorations that are available. Do we want real flowers? Fake flowers? Ribbon flowers? Do we want mason jars to be a prevalent theme? There’s so many options and I am really excited to get crafty over the coming year. I also rediscovered how much I love stamping, while designing (and testing out) the invitations! There’s something so satisfying about putting ink on and getting that perfect stamp on the page. And there’s no doubt with the finished product that some time and care was put into it.

All in all, things are looking positive, and I’m sure (hoping) the excitement will bolster me through the rest of the planning to come!