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Weekend update

October 27, 2014
Apologies for the lack of posts lately. I was married earlier this month and then was hit with two deadlines at work, so my life has been a little bit hectic. Thankfully things are calming down and I am back to being able to relax and enjoy each day.
This weekend was full of adventures! Saturday morning, I met up with a friend in Chatfield for a beautiful breakfast in the park including pastries from a local bakery and falling leaves. We joked that we were on the perfect date 🙂
After a bit of catching up (though it’s never enough, is it?) we went to check out a painting demo at Adourn. I’d never been in this shop before, but suffice it to say it is one of my new favorites! Distressed furniture, reupholstered chairs, delicious smelling candles, everything handmade…it was beautiful! Not to mention the wood floors and large windows that let the sun light up the shop.
The painting demo was for Miss MustardSeed’s Milk Paint. I’d heard all about this paint on blogs and Pinterest and was excited to see how it worked. The demo was great and inspiring, so my friend and I each bought a bag of paint (which we then split in half and shared, so we could try out two colors). It was really hard to pick a color since they’re all so interesting.
One thing I really like about this paint is that you can mix their colors to create your own unique color. I purchased Trophy, a medium gray, and my friend picked up Dried Lavender, a soft purple with gray undertones.
I was super excited to test out this paint, so I’ve already begun a project. Watch this space for that coming soon.
Saturday afternoon was spent with some friends from college who were in town. One of my friends was competing in a Crossfit Challenge, so we watched him. I’m blown away by the level of fitness of the competitors; they’re so driven and dedicated.
Then a few of us ventured out to FourDaughters Winery. I’ve been meaning to go here for quite some time, and Saturday was the perfect day for it: sunny, breezy, a lovely late fall day. The winery itself is impressive, the building is stunning and the countryside setting is perfect. We did a tasting to explore all of our options which resulted in trying some unusual and tasty wines.
I was very impressed by the food they had. We started with melted Provolone covered in olive oil and herbs and it was so delicious I’m going to implement it in my future holiday menus. The entrees were delicious and well, very reasonably priced, and for once the portion sizes normal, not the massive sizes we’re used to receiving at most restaurants.

And that was just one of my beautiful days this weekend. I’m so lucky to be surrounded by some incredibly vibrant people, all of whom bring something different to my life.
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Wedding bells and coffee tables

October 7, 2014
Saturday is the big day! I can’t believe it’s here already. Keith and I always sit down at the beginning of the week and make our mental list of everything that needs to get done, and the last two weeks, these chats have started with, “um, where did the last week go?” Between both of us still being newbies at our jobs, finishing the last pieces of wedding décor, cleaning the house for his parent’s visit and trying to enjoy the beautiful fall weather we’ve had, time has disappeared.
That being said, we’ve enjoyed this process so much! This past weekend, we were lucky enough to spend the afternoon and evening at a wedding of two of our friends who also met at camp. Seeing them, seeing how happy they were, was the push that Keith and I needed to go from wedding planning mode to excited mode. And I can confidently say now that I am so excited for the weekend to come!
Fun fact. While we were doing our final preparations and house cleaning for Keith’s parents, we decided we needed to finish painting a coffee table a dear aunt of mine gave us. She’s been redoing her house and had a table to get rid of, which Keith and I promptly claimed. Unlike most of our other projects, this table only sat in the garage about two weeks before we tackled it (I’m hoping to make that the trend, but I’m not holding my breath).
The coffee table from my aunt.
The table was ripe for redoing! Keith originally wanted to paint it red and black, but we ran out of time to get paint and since we already had a can of a beautiful minty blue, he said we should just use that instead. We did the base coat in white last weekend when we had a free afternoon, and the table sat in the garage until this past weekend when Keith jumped in and said we should get it done before his parents arrived. So we did a quick coat on Saturday afternoon before the wedding and did a second coat Sunday night, and it looks adorable! It’s perfect for our game room in the basement. (I’ll add a picture once I have one of the finished table).

So that’s about where I’m at right now: a bit rambling, a bit sporadic and TONS of excited!