BFF greeting card.

there are many, many miles between me + some of my closest friends. it may be a “part of growing up,” but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. although, I do love traveling to see them, the rendezvous must be much more strategic these days. taking into account vacation days, coordinating work + life schedules, travel logistics, and families. I miss the college days, we’d meet on a whim; whether it was to get ready + go out or stay in + drink wine.

I love snail mail. people don’t receive enough happy things in the mail [#bills]. I thought it’d be fun to create a greeting card for my friends afar. by going the DIY route, I can personalize the message + add a fun touch. so that is what I did ..

BFF greeting cards.

BFF greeting cards

BFF greeting cards

BFF greeting cards

BFF greeting cards

BFF greeting cards

I just designed the cards in a word document. I added a wine glass clip art. and for a subtle touch, I let the text go gradually from grey to black moving down the page. for the wine glass, I used mod podge, glitter, & a paint brush. I just filled in the “wine”.

BFF greeting cards

cheers! to pretending we’re drinking wine together right now.

2014: year in review.

2014: year in review c/o LLinaBC.com

oh, 2014. you were one for the books.

we moved into a new apartment in des moines. • I accepted a new job in march. • in april, I attended go blog social [a blogger conference] in kansas city. • we had the most magical engagement photographs taken. it was my pinterest dream come true. • I got married. which I’m sure you probably didn’t even know, because I barely spoke about it. not here, or here, and surely not here. I may have even forgotten to share our wedding video. insert: an overload of sarcasm. • we added a sweet, little furbaby to our family + named him Sir Rigby. • we spent the holidays in chicago. •

top four posts of 2014:

hot buttered rum • 10 things you must do in des moines • DIY coasters • bridal sparkle •

honorable mentions:

apple cider moscow mules • DIY housewarming basket • the opening of pinot’s palette • date night at malo •

I cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store. I am hoping for an amazing first year of marriage. filled with loads of traveling + adventures. more exploring the great city we live in. much health + happiness. and a lot of time with friends + family.

what were your favorite moments of 2014? what are you looking forward to in 2015?

happy monday!

wedding // the DIY bride.

Hi! I’m Samantha from The Brunette One and I’m super excited to be guest posting for Chelsea while she is off getting hitched in the Dominican! She left Iowa just in time, a cold front just came in and I would love to be on the beach soaking up the sunshine!

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Chelsea asked me to share something about my wedding adventures (you can read more about my wedding adventures here – I’m waiting to post all the details of our day – our wedding is going to be published so that put a slight hold on sharing all of our beautiful images captured that day). Where do I even begin?! My husband and I tied the knot this past spring on May 31st. Our wedding was absolutely magically. I chalk it up to celebrating our love in front of all of our friends and family who could make the trip and dancing the night away with all of my favorite people.

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We had a year and a half engagement, and in my book that was more than enough time, maybe too much. I’m a planner by trade and I was my own worst client. I took on every DIY project from center pieces to designing and printing all of our wedding stationary (save the dates, invites, menus, and our wedding programs). I blame Pinterest. :) But the lessons I took away from being a “DIY” bride and want to share with you today is that it’s ok to delegate and ask for help with projects – that’s why you have your parents, aunts, uncles, bridal party, etc. They want to help (most of the time…). It’s ok to nix some projects, and if something doesn’t go right, absolutely NO ONE will ever know, or for that matter, care. Everyone who shows up that day is there to celebrate you and the love of your life, not if you didn’t get to add two more chalk board signs, or if a name is misspelled on the wedding program. Shit happens and makes for a good story later on when you reminiscence about your big day.

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So take a deep breathe and have FUN with all of your wedding projects and events as the big day arrives. Take it all in on your wedding day, it goes by in the blink of an eye (so cliche but oh so true).