Even if you have been married for a while or are not planning on getting married anytime soon, you have probably seen the beautiful silk covered wedding memory albums for sale, like Marcela Creations’ albums. I personally think these albums are great, except for the price tags, the ability to easily ruin the covers since they are silk, and the inability to easily add pages or remove them away since they are often post bound instead of three ring bound. Last year, I ordered an old Hallmark wedding memory album on Ebay because it had a hard cover and was ring bound. However, I was never very pleased with the cover itself. It looked dated and just was not what I was hoping to find. I did however order Marcela Creations’ wedding memory album refill pages for the album I ordered on Ebay, and I was very pleased with those pages. They captured all the important information from our wedding and wedding showers without including too much information.
While partaking in my usual Sunday afternoon online browsing recently, I came across this ring bound, leatherette memory/scrapbook/photo album in ivory made by Pioneer. This album includes with 20 12×12 top-loading page protectors. I have not used those pages though. I replaced them with my Marcela Creations’ wedding memory album refill pages (8.5″ x 11″ in size) and adhesive, self-stick, photo safe refill pages from Target (8.5″ x 11″ in size as well. They are great because you can place your pictures vertically if that is how they were taken, so you don’t have to tilt your head to look at all the vertical pictures when going through the album). I have almost completely filled in my wedding album memory refill pages, and I am currently working on placing my wedding invitation, shower invitations, newspaper articles, and a few pictures from our wedding and honeymoon in the photo refill pages.
Probably what I like most about this Pioneer memory album is that is like a small box with a pretty ribbon closure. So, if you have this album closed and the ribbon tied when you pick it up and put it down, you will not have to worry about pictures or other mementos falling out of their pages and the album. I also like the price-at only $28, it will be easy to replace if it ever needs to be replaced. I purchased my album from Overstock, but it looks like it is available at a variety of other stores, including JoAnn’s. Here is a picture of my album
One of my projects for next year is going to be organizing my pictures from years past, and now that I have discovered this neat photo album, I plan on purchasing it in navy blue to help organize all my other pictures.
On an entirely different note, below is a picture of the wreath I ordered from Ballard Designs that I wrote about a few weeks ago. What do you think about it? I love it! I have had it for close to a week, and it seems to be holding up well. Due to the very warm December we are having in Alabama, I am having to spritz the wreath with water a few times a week, but it does not take long.
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Happy Friday readers! Today, I thought I would share an experience and revelation from my makeup routine. Do you have trouble getting your eye shadow to show up on your eyes, much less last all day? Due to my extremely light complexion, I had that problem until one day, by chance, I made a change to my makeup routine. A few years ago, my eyelids were all of a sudden becoming dryer and dryer. So, at the suggestion of a friend, I tried applying a gentle moisturizer to my eyelids immediately after showering (applying it immediately after showering gives it time to dry a little before I apply my makeup). To my surprise and delight, I also found out that the moisturizer acted like an eye shadow primer-it intensified my eye shadow and helped my eye shadow last all day without fading.
I personally use Curel moisturizer on my eyelids. Several people I know like Cetaphil‘s moisturizer, but for some reason, Cetaphil burns my skin. You might want to check with your dermatologist before adding moisturizer on your eyelids to your skincare routine. I asked my dermatologist about applying Curel to my eyelids since they were dry, and she indicated that was a good solution for my issue. Below are pictures of my base eye shadow. The first picture is without moisturizer and the second picture is with moisturizer. The difference with the base alone is huge. It’s no wonder I never looked like I was wearing eye shadow prior to my moisturizer revelation. Do you have any makeup tips that have made a difference in your routine?
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Happy Friday Everyone! I hope you are all looking forward to the weekend. I know I am.
Have you ever wanted a portrait of you, your loved one(s), or a beloved pet, but you did not necessarily want to pay the price associated with most portraits? I am in the same boat. I knew I would like to get a nice oil portrait of Jordan and me at some point, but I thought that would be many years down the road. In fact, it probably will be many years down the road. However, Emily stumbled upon a nice alternative this summer when she and Drew vacationed at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, Alabama, for a few days-chalk portraits by Arthur Smith! Arthur Smith is an artist primarily based out of Birmingham, but he spends a good portion of his summers drawing portraits in Point Clear at the Grand Hotel. His facebook page and his website contain more information about his work, pictures of his work, and his contact information.
Here is a quick summary of his work.
-Most of his portraits are 16×20 in size.
-A portrait with one person is $100. A portrait with two people is $150, or you can order two separate portaits for $200 total.
Although Mr. Smith often draws his portraits while the subjects sit for him in person, Emily and I just gave him pictures from our wedding to use. In no more than two weeks, he had completed all four of our portraits (Emily and I both ordered two portraits each-one of each of us and one of our husbands). Prior to completion of our portraits, Mr. Smith also met with us to make sure we were pleased with his work. Upon our approval, he added some finishing touches to our portraits, and they were complete!
Since the portraits are chalk, Mr. Smith does recommend framing your portraits, including glass and matting. One day, I might get nicer, more custom frames and mats for my portraits. However, for now, I just picked out some frames in stock at Michael’s (18x 24 frames) and mats that were in stock as well. Below are pictures of our portraits. What do you think? I am very pleased with them and am so glad Emily found out about Mr. Smith. It’s not everyday you run across a chalk portrait artist.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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So, this week’s post was supposed to provide more information about our recent trip to the Grand Hotel in Point Clear. I’m still editing those pictures, so please bear with me. I promise: we’ll finish up with the Grand next week! In the meantime, I wanted to share my most recent purchases at Bath and Body Works. Seriously!
This week, select shower gels and body washes are $3.00 each. I could not resist getting some of the men’s body washes for my husband! I’ll probably use some of them for myself, too:) The Ocean fragrance was my favorite, but it looks like it is sold out online in the $3.00 wash. If you are near a store, though, you may still be able to purchase Ocean. If you aren’t near a store, there are several other fragrances available online at the $3.00 price. Plus, the Classic fragrance is now only $2.75! Classic wasn’t available at the store where I made my purchase. Oh, well! I still got some great bargains!
Ladies, what’s your favorite Bath and Body lotion or cream fragrance? I love, love, love Shea Cashmere & Silk hand cream, and right now, it is available for $5.00. Regularly, it’s $10.00 per tube. If you can’t find it in your local store, you can buy it on the Internet! I think I almost bought out my local store, but I only buy this cream when it’s on sale. Why pay more for it when you can get it half-price? I love that I can stash it in my handbag because it’s so small or take it on an overnight trip.
These washes and creams make great gifts for members of the wedding party, hostesses, or anyone else on your gift list, but the Bath and Body Works sale changes every week. If you don’t want to miss these deals, hurry to your nearest store (even if it’s online). Happy shopping!
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