Continuing our home improvement mad dash(31 days ’til the big day), I assisted Joe last night with the vinyl floors in the kitchen.
Because he is working so much over time at work, we didn’t even start working on this project until almost 9 pm. (Which is why I have bags under my eyes this morning).
Thankfully the builder of the house(complete nut job) was so bad that the floors were barely glued down.
So ripping up the subfloor and removing staples were the only hard jobs.
He pulled the oven out of the wall for me so I could clean it while he pulled up boards.
For the next hour I proceeded to clean the five years worth of “bachelorhood” off the oven with Q-tips no less because there was no other way to get in all the crevices and my super secret (incredibly powerful) cleaning solution.
Joe has owned the house six years.
Five of those years his single brother also lived there.
Plus Joe’s two teenage sons every weekend.
You do the math.
There is a lot of “bachelorhood” that I am removing from the house. :)
Anyway, we are super pleased with how much we were able to get done in such a short time, and Joe said ripping out those boards was good therapy after all the work drama/mess we are going through currently at our day jobs.
I had tried to use Orange Glow Cleaner (not oil) to clean the cabinets earlier, but the tricky cleaner did have oil in it and it got all over the floor.
So Joe looked like he was trying to remove vinyl flooring in a Slip and Slide.
By this point we were almost slap happy because we were so tired and were laughing hysterically.
And then I got sidetracked(real word?) and went in the living room to admire it for a while.
I did come back though and finish pulling up staples.
Common Sense note:
My super secret cleaning solution is not very secret as I found it on pinterest; but it does work amazingly well. :)
Rene’s (not)Super Secret Cleaning Solution
Microwave 1 cup white vinegar for 90 seconds.
Pour into a spray bottle with 1 cup of Dawn dish soap.
Shake gently to combine.
Spray on surface and let sit for 1-2 hours.
Wipe and then rinse the surface.
This product removed soap scum and grease build up that I thought would never come off.
Works incredibly well in bathrooms. I even used it to clean the floor.
This week as been busy on the wedding planning, home improvement, and work front.
I had planned to do individual posts on our hardwood floors, invitations, wedding announcements, making our wedding bands, engagement pictures, etc. And then life happened. So you are getting it all in one post.
Wedding Band Workshop
We made our wedding bands last Saturday. Joe, my fiance’, was able to melt down his birth father’s gold class ring (his birth father died at the age of 22 with a rare form of bone cancer) to use as his wedding band. It was a great experience. I highly recommend it! You can read all the details about the class in this post.
I skipped several steps with my photos but the class ran from about 9am to 5:30pm. It was a lot of work but totally worth it!
Wedding Party Attire
We finally got everyone’s clothes for the wedding. It only took me two months to figure it all out. It will be bright and colorful, and I love it!
My fiance’, Joe, is making the guest book for me. He is pretty artistic when it comes to this stuff. He is making it out of sheet metal. He started doing some small trials in order to achieve the right patina. I can’t wait to see the finished product.
The hardwood floors got delivered this week! Yay. It was like Christmas in August. You can read the story behind these floors in this post.
I had given up on finding the random sized tablecloths I needed for the wedding. I had just decided to make them or rent them for $14 plus each. Eek! But on a whim yesterday I checked Craigslist just one more time….And I found a restaurant closing in Clemson, SC that was selling all their odd sized (the odd size I needed) for $3 dollars each. And most of the tablecloths were brand new. Yay. So tomorrow I am headed to Clemson to pick them up!
Wedding Invitations, Announcements, Programs and Thank You Notes
As of yesterday, I have all my “paper products” finished for the invitations, announcements, programs and thank you notes. Phew! It was a lot to get done.
I really love sending invitations or notifications for any of life’s big events.
So sending save-the-dates was fun.
And practical, in a way. I was so tired of answering the question, “When is your wedding?”
I didn’t want to spend a lot because there are so many other more important things that needed to be paid for.
I did some searching around the web for fun ideas.
I wanted something very informal and that gave a little hint as to the feel of our upcoming wedding.
After looking high and low, I settled on Wedding Chicks templates.
Weddingchicks.com has been great resource for me in all my wedding planning. Lots of free goodies, too.
Anyway, I settled on their mason jar template mostly because I have always wanted to use blue mason jars for my wedding, even before it was a trend. Ugh, trends!
Their free templates are so easy to use and require no large downloads, editing or heavy lifting, aka any non-computer person can do it.
Side note: Because I wanted to use the save-the-dates as postcards to save on postage, I did have to tweak the final copy in order to get it all to fit but it turned out fine.
I saved the front and back of my document; took it to a local printer in town. Viola! 80 “custom” save-the-dates for $15!
Then came the postage.
The “new and improved” postcard stamps from the USPS have a bright Hawaiian shirt on them. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
But bright Hawaiian shirts are not what I wanted on my postcard.
Most normal people would have smacked that stamp on there, and moved on with their lives but oh no! I can’t let a detail like that get by me. I have to fret about it until I come up with a solution.
I went to stamps.com and created my own postcard stamp which in the long run cost me more than regular postage, but I didn’t care.
Common sense note: Because stamps.com is an independent company not associated with the USPS, I did a quick Google search for coupon codes. Thankfully, I found a few good ones that worked! Yay, $ saved.
Here is the finished product. I loved the way it turned out except for the fact that one side was glossy. I really wanted a matte finish all over but oh well.
Tomorrow, my fiance’ and I are making our wedding bands. And no, we are not making them out of hemp or anything:).
We are taking an all day class off of August Road in Greenville, SC. Melting down the gold, shaping it and doing all the stuff to it so it looks good. Love all my technical terminology?:)
My fiance’ is really excited about the class; I am just along for the ride, although I am sure we will make some great memories.
We both work at a materials laboratory as our day job which means that we deal with metal processing all day, every day. Of course I just handle all the paperwork, but Joe actually works with metal on a daily basis so the class is right up his alley.