Home Sweet New Home

As new Saint Petersburg residents, my husband and I have decided to have touristy dates to explore our city. We were born Tampa Bay Area residents, but I’m sure this isn’t uncommon, no matter how long you live somewhere, the experience as a resident compared to a tourist is very different. As residents, I find we often take our landmarks for granted. I can’t tell you the last time I went to the beach! Yesterday was our first trip out, doing something other than trying the many restaurants, which I very much enjoy.

Sunken Gardens in St Pete

This sunday, we took a trip to the local tourist stop, Sunken Gardens. In truth, we had considered it a venue for our wedding, before we found the Powell. The pictures I found only though, just didn’t do the gardens justice. Sunken Gardens is absolutely gorgeous though. The experience, as new home owners, is likely different from the average visitor, but maybe not. We couldn’t help looking for what might look nice in our own yards. The previous homeowner loved her garden, and we found that many of the plants we saw here we already have! After leaving, I wished I had taken more pictures. I was too busy enjoying my time with my husband. Not a bad thing! I also find myself now wishing that I had a nice ‘real’ camera. For now, my images come to you via the have-with-me-everywhere iPhone. I will say, I don’t recommend visiting the Sunken Gardens in the summer. Spring is probably best. We were a little cold in all the shade and wind this weekend, but it was still lovely.

Now that some of the craziness is dying down for the early part of the year: Moving, Holidays, Bridal Showers, Baby showers, (because you know there will be much more this year!,) we can now enjoy each other and our new home…. and of course, get to crafting. I haven’t posted anything here yet, because I’m really just getting started, but if you are on Twitter you can follow along here.

Happy Monday.

Better late than never?

I know, I know. I had made a resolution to blog more often, and I failed that attempt. For a bit I felt that I just didn’t have the time to do anything crafty, I was busy planning my wedding! That’s right folks, I’m officially married now! I must admit, I was definitely in a fog for most of the planning process and actually, as my eyes are extremely expressive, I can even see that foggy mentality in most of my wedding pictures, eek! But everything worked out in the end. No disasters, really… Now that the fog has started to lift it hit me, “Ummm, duh Christina, your wedding planning can count as crafting!” Of course I had plenty of help but I’m proud of the results all the same, if not even more so. My girls were so wonderful throughout the whole process and I am forever thankful. What may surprise of you is that my husband was the biggest help of all. I was down to my last few months of college as we got into the final stretch and there were many things he had to take over completely. Because he is so great, that even included the decor 😉  So many details in a wedding! We survived, and here is our proof 😉 A glimpse of our oh-so-happy day:

My husband’s signage handiwork…

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The work of my crafty mother-in-law…

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The cork board we worked on together and thought it would never work out right but in the end we found all the right pieces and she was able to glue down our work.

This beauty is now a staple in our living room. I love it!

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Our card box. I have many lessons on crafting to learn from my mother-in-law. A few hiccups on this one but in the end, amazing!

My Matron of Honor’s handiwork…

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The cake…

Richard Harrell Photography-0556We found this cake topper on Etsy, from CakeTopperConnection

The stand is a candle holder from Michaels that my husband glued a metal plate to the top from a thrift store and spray-painted bronze.

Richard Harrell Photography-0350Ok, so maybe I just produced this show instead of participated? My husband spent a good amount of time applying these labels ever so carefully. We bought two sets of these labels just in case we applied some wrong or if one of the wine bottles broke during travel. Of course, we also packed some blank bottles just in case. I will add credit to the maker of these labels as soon as I find out who my husband got them from. I do know, our great friend, and one of our groomsmen, Francisco, is responsible for the graphics seen throughout our wedding with a joint effort from my husband, of course.

Richard Harrell Photography-0349At least I can say I did this part! 😉

Richard Harrell Photography-0023One of my favorite touches and of course, not at all my own craftiness but the work of DestinationLtd

AND NOW, because some of you have never seen my face before, some pictures of me, my dress, my new wonderful husband, and our wedding party. Meet the gang!

(Note the blank look on my face, I wasn’t kidding!)

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Richard Harrell Photography-0152Dress by Stella York

Purchased from The White Closet Bridal Co. If you are local to Tampa Bay and getting married, don’t waste your time anywhere else!

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So… months and months of search for shows… last minute, and $17 at Ross. Proud moment. Somehow found perfectly matching flats in the exact same color and fabric.

Richard Harrell Photography-0235Again with the blank stare! Such a fog! Oh, and the bridesmaid dresses are also from The White Closet Bridal Co.

Richard Harrell Photography-0298Yes, a cheesy shot. I’ve always agreed. But it is so cheesy and awkward that you can’t help laughing while you are doing it. So…. yeah.

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I should also note the photos are all by Richard Harrell Photography. The wonderful food and wedding planning by Nellie’s Catering. The flowers are from Flowers by Fudgie. The to-die-for desserts were from Sweet Tweets Cakery. Hair and Makeup from Michele Renee Studio. Also, the getaway boat was perfect – Captain Jacks Charters

Hope you enjoyed My Sew Called Adventure. Now that we are back from our amazing honeymoon in Argentina, it is time to settle back  into the groove and get started on the next adventure, crafting. You thought I’d say baby? Ha! Give me at least a year before THAT adventure. 

On a side note, though more relevant to this blog than anything else I’ve posted so far tonight, this past week I ordered some new fabric and dug out my sewing supplies. I’m ready to get started on some new crafts… AND my sister-in-law is prego which means I now I have a pretty good reason to get to work on perfecting that bib and trying some other useful baby stuff! Very excited!

Until next time, happy crafting.

Love, Christina