♡ Bridesmaid Boxes ♡

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Bridesmaid Proposals seem to be a big deal, so I made some for my four bridesmaids and they turned out pretty good. The theme was mainly pink and gold although I included other colors from our wedding color scheme as well. The hair ties had a pop of burgundy, and the ribbon around the mini champagne were navy blue.

(When I told my future mother-in-law about bridesmaid boxes she had no idea what the heck I was talking about lol)

I found the boxes at Michael’s, the sparkly gold letters, and the scrapbook paper that I used to cover the inside of the lid. (One box is missing because I saw one of my bridesmaids earlier than expected so I gave it to her earlier than expected.)

The mess I made as I assembled them all. Pretty much everything is from Michael’s except the cute ‘I do crew’ glasses, and the mini clip boards I found at Wal-mart. I added navy blue, burgundy and red hair ties, and tied them together using some gold washi tape, then clipped them to the mini clipboards.

I used a chalk pen to write on the clip boards themselves, “To have and to hold you hair back“.

The cards I happened to find at Winner’s! Unfortunately I couldn’t find four that were all the same so I ended up with a few different designs. But I thought it made it more personal for my bridesmaids as I chose ones i thought they would like the most, and ones I thought fit their personalities.

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(I found the idea for these neat little inspiration cards on Pinterest so I take no credit.)

On the inside of the lid I put some pictures of me and each of the girls as well as inspiration cards. All pertaining to the theme and vision I have for my wedding and their day of looks.

One was for the overall theme of the wedding which listed the main and accent colors. The other was a little inspiration card for their bridesmaid dresses, accessories, and whatnot.

I’ve decided on doing mismatched dresses, but keeping them similar-ish in color. I feel it makes it feel a bit more casual, plus the girls get to pick a dress they love and suits them the best. Plus I think the mismatch has a more magical & whimsical feel.

 

Thanks for reading! xox

Nanowrimo Experience

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This November I participated in Nanowrimo for the first time ever.

For those of you that don’t know or have never heard of Nanowrimo it stands for National Novel Writing Month. And every November people strive to reach the objective of writing 50 000 words by the end of the month. It’s a daunting task to say the least.

Unfortunately I failed, and I failed hard.

I thought I’d share my project, my experience being a newbie, what I learned, and what I can improve and work on to succeed at Nanowrimo next year.

My Project

I started fresh on an idea that had been in my head for a while. I went into Nano with barely a one page summary of what my story would be about. A simple premise for the story and the characters.

Having signed up at the last minute, there was little planning done on my part. I was no where close to the amount of planning and outlining that some participants do in October to prepare to write in November. I simply had a short summary and a few key scenes jotted down in bullet point form.

My project was originally a dark fantasy. I intended for it to explore some themes of life and death, as well as time. I went in with the intention of creating a serious story but the characters had a mind of their own and insisted on making it more a comedy, with a few dark twists thrown in.

Overall it will never see the light of day until it goes through extensive revision and rewriting.

Why I Failed

1.I didn’t have a real plan, or outline.

I was pantsing this year, basically just start writing an see what happened. That was an awful idea. Things were going well for my story until I was about 15, 000 words in, then I had no idea where my story was going.

One reason was I was getting lost in my own plots and subplots, which is horribly embarrassing. They would go astray and I would completely forget where I wanted them to go in the first place.

The second reason was that since I had no real outline I also didn’t have any clear cut scenes created. I had a few to work with in the beginning, but as I wrote I just continued adding scenes I though worked, or were interesting. That did not make for a cohesive story and I ended up losing inspiration and motivation to continue as the story went on.

The fix: A very clear fix for this one = write an outline for the plots and as many key scenes as possible before jumping in an writing the story.

2. I was inconsistent.

Despite having the best intentions to write like a mad person everyday I did not end up doing that.

I started off quite strong but when week three rolled around that’s where I really lost momentum. I didn’t write for about almost a week straight which is probably what pushed me into the danger zone, and then I just couldn’t write enough to make up for those lost days.

This one is entirely on me. I have a habit of getting bored with things and distracted by new ideas, and different projects that spring to mind – always while I’m supposed to be focusing on something else. Ideas are funny like that.

The fix: Don’t take any days off!! Even if I start feeling lazy and distracted.

3.I didn’t know my story.

I like to think that I have some good ideas occasionally. The only problem is I don’t know where to end it. I think this was the biggest and most honest reason for my failure. I didn’t know my own story that well, at least not well enough to write it yet. #I’mafraud

I knew the main idea of the story, but not it’s true direction. I didn’t know where it would end up when I started writing. I literally had no ending, so I was writing with no end in sight. That is motivation killing for real.

I knew the characters themselves, but I couldn’t accurately nail down where they were going or where they would end. How the characters interacted with each other was another main issue. This one actually got a bit better over time though, essentially I got to figure out their relationships a lot better while writing the scenes.

The fix: I will definitely be planning earlier next year, and taking the time to really mull over what the story will say, and where it will go. I will definitely be fleshing out the significant sections of the story before I start writing a single word, or picking names for every character and their ancestors- which is a wonderful and terrible habit, a lot of fun but takes you away from the actual plotting and writing.

So for next year…

I might have to force myself to write the ending first so I know where I need the story to end up.

Thanks for reading! And let me know about your own Nanowrimo experience.

♡ Ottawa Wedding Show ♡

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Good Morning! Being recently engaged I thought it would be a good idea to check out the Ottawa Wedding Show, with my mom and future mother-in-law, to see what’s what. It was definitely a good choice. I left with a … Continue reading