Pinspiration, Girl on Fire

I am still exhausted from this move. We basically drove straight through from Maine to North Carolina in 24 hours. But to be honest, I was wide awake the whole drive. Why? The Hunger Games. I know, I know, I’m behind the times. I never really tend to jump on bandwagons. But since I had an astronomically long drive ahead of me, I figured I’d listen to the audio book. It was a great book! It kept me interested and engaged (and awake) for the whole drive.

I saw this pin today from When Geeks Wed and I thought it appropriately went with my recent car trip.

This makes a gorgeous Girl On Fire dress! What do you think?


My Apologies

My sincere apologies for the missed Monday post. Our moving from Maine to North Carolina has been nothing short of nuts.

I’m afraid today’s post will be no better because we are still recovering from the 24 hour move-a-thon. Packed the car, drove 17 hours, unloaded the car, and collapsed.

Here’s our new digs though!


How Tetris Is Applied To Life & Book Pinspiration!

This is the theme of our life right now:

Picture a 16′ truck and then we have to get 1100 square feet into it. Who knew Tetris prepares you for real life? I should take a picture of the truck when it’s all packed just to document the triumph.

Today should be an escape. It’s rainy in Maine, so the best thing is to when it’s rainy and gross is NOT to pack an entire house, it’s to curl up with a good book!


One of the DIY projects I had to scrap was the hanging book art I wanted to do. So on this rainy-type day, here is some hanging-book Pinspiration.

The Moving and Wedding Day Approach-ith

Today is the Two-Months-Till-Our-Wedding Mark! A normal bride would be touching base with all her vendors, talking over shots with her photographer, writing her vows, planning the nuts and bolts of the ceremony. Me? I’m picking up my whole life and moving it 8 states away.

In all the stress and planning, I have found a moment of excitement. We are renting a house this time, which is really exciting because we get more room to spread out and get to see what it’ll be like to own our own home. My excitement comes in figuring out how to dress up our rental house. As with any rental, we can’t paint, or alter the house in any way. But after doing a little research, there are LOTS of ways to make your rental house a home.

One of the most interesting things is decorating the bland counter tops that inevitably come with a rental. Apparently you can apply faux granite stickies to counter tops to jazz them up a bit, which is kinda cool!

I cannot vouch for the quality of the product because I’ve never tried it, but I think it’s kind of cool that there is basically a decal for your counter tops!

Lighting for your apartment is crucial. The lights that come with the place are usually horrible overheads. Invest in a few floor lamps, or sometimes you can replace the over head with a chandelier, just make sure that you can put it back when you leave!

To be honest, the biggest problem is the walls. I really want to know why landlords have to go with white. I understand the need for neutrals, but there are some really nice beige shades out there! So what’s a girl to do with white, unpaintable walls?

Answer: DECALS!

There are a TON of wall decals out there. They don’t harm the walls in any way so they are perfect for renters depressed by all that white. The website for the decals above is pretty pricy for the bigger decals, but there are some smaller ones that are affordable.

And last, but not least, my favorite way to dress up your apartment: Adorable Poster-Sized Pictures!

I think this would be great to do with wedding photos! Not sure I should tell him I’m going to blow us up to 10ft high and hang us in our house…

I have to find things to smile about during this time because if I stop and think about it for too long I’m pretty sure my head would explode. One more week here in Maine! I will miss it, but we’re looking forward to new things!



Saving Money…On A Move

I am beyond tired. I wasn’t sure I could reach this level of exhausted, but here I am. Moving is the worst. Getting all your affairs in order is probably one of the most difficult things.

Our latest challenge: can you fit 1,100 square feet into a 16 foot moving van? I really hope so, because I’m pretty sure we can’t afford the 24 footer. It might mean trashing some furniture, but the difference in price is huge.

A few tips on saving money for a move:

1) Do the hard work yourself. It sucks. It’s stressful. But it’s also cheap. Buy some pizza, invite your friends, and you have instant movers…and it will only cost you about $40. Movers help take the stress off you, but to me, the lifting of stress isn’t worth the $3000 the movers would charge.

2) Get quotes from all the truck company rentals. Budget seems to be the cheapest for us.

3) Look up coupon codes. It’s really easy, just Google “Truck rental coupon codes.” Different sites can probably provide you with different coupon codes. We got a coupon code for AARP…and of course we have AARP…yup…

We have to take a look at the 16 foot truck to make sure we can actually fit our stuff in it. Fingers crossed!


A BIG News Life-Update And You Get Assess How Nuts I Am

I promised a life-update, so I suppose now is as good a time as ever!

A few months ago, just as one of the worst Maine winters I have ever lived through was drawing to a close, I turned to my hubby-to-be and I said, “I gotta get out of here.” It was always sort of understood that I would want to move away from Maine and on to bigger and better things at some point, but this winter had really sealed the deal for me and we sat down and talked about maybe moving sooner.

Deciding to move in general was a discussion we’d had before so it wasn’t like this was a complete shock to him, it’s just that neither of us had thought we would try to move before the wedding. However, for my mental and possibly physical health, I didn’t think I could face another winter. So we sat down and decided what places would be best for the both of us. I wanted a bigger city and somewhere warm, and he wanted to be able to get away into nature when he wanted.

I began applying all over to jobs that suited both our needs and after just about three months of applying, I got a really great offer from a place in North Carolina. We talked it over, and decided it would be a great move for us, it ticked all our boxes (and a few more) so it is decided. I have all but signed the paperwork, which will be finalized when I fly down to visit in two weeks.

So, in July, we will be packing up our life and moving everything to North Carolina. I am really excited, but also super stressed. It is coming at a good time in the wedding process because we are all set and secure with our vendors, and I have a few more projects to finish up and I’ll be done with my DIY-ing. We will have to spend extra money on a flight back up to actually attend our wedding, but other than that, it’s not going to be too bad!

SO, right now, I am working on one more big wedding project that the hubs is currently building and I am going to start painting. I also have been sewing something for it as well! Can you guess what it is?

So what do you think? Am I crazy? Has anyone else had a major life event happen right before their wedding?