Thursday, August 30, 2012

{Sneak Peek} Engagement Shots

We have the best photographer.
Hands down.

Nick and I both are not fans of getting our picture taken, and Jessie is wonderwoman with a camera!
She made us look so good! :)
She was an email/text away when I had a question, and so easy and laid back to take pictures with.
Can't wait for her to photograph our Big Day!!

Now onto the good stuff. 

51 days peeps!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What I'm Loving Wednesday {First Edition}

Hope everyone is having a great Wednesday!

As i've discovered more about the blogging world, I have stumbled upon some great daily Linky Parties.
I've decided to add the What I'm Loving Wednesday party @ Little Daisy May to the mix.
What a fun way to share with you the Fun stuff i'm obsessed with!

This week i'm {Loving}:
These cute wedding dress hangers. I'll be ordering one of these bad boys with Mrs. Hodges on it asap!
{Surreal that our wedding is in 52 days!!}

Roo has an obsession with Zelda. I can't even begin to tell you how many hours i've watched him fighting bad guys and "ooh-ing" over awesome new weapons and ideas from the creators of Zelda.
So I'm {Loving} these Triforce and other Zelda themed cufflinks. 
They will be making their way into the wedding day!

Also {loving} this cute shirt. Planning on snagging this to wear during our Bachelorette Party weekend!

 This is a unique and fun twist on a scrapbook that i'm {Loving}
I'll be hoarding every scrap of paper from our Honeymoon to make one of these little guys!

I'm {Loving} this Typography.
I may or may not have been writing "Brittany Hodges" in this writing everywhere.
{Why yes--i'm as silly as a twitterpated 13 year old girl}
I'm also {Loving} these Jute containers that I snagged from Pick Your Plum a few weeks ago!
I picked up two sets of them and can't wait to transform them into a rockin' Fall Craft!

And a few more gems I found on Pinterest!

I can't wait to go to Smith's Grove and pick some unique pumpkins and a ridiculous amount of mums!

And of course Fall wouldn't be complete without making something deliciously pumpkin.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

55 days and counting.

We are getting closer and closer.

Isn't he adorbs? 
This is his "You've taken a million pictures today so i'm not smiling anymore" face. 
He still humors me--even when annoyed!
Can't wait to marry this stud.

Here's my week in review!

We hung out with some good friends Saturday, eating dinner and playing Settlers of Catan. I'm not gonna brag--but I came from behind and smoked everyone! I think Nick regrets teaching me all his tricks--and it helps that he can't be ruthless to such a sweet face!

I've also been working on more wedding crafts--and I created a ring box to keep our rings in on the wedding day. Tell me that won't make the cutest little pictures. 
Stay tuned--because i'll be posting some more wedding crafts
some of our engagement pictures next week!!

We've really been taking advantage of the beautiful weather by running, playing disc golf, and walking the pups. Sweet fur babies can't get enough of this weather!

Can't wait for picking pumpkins, scarves, boots, turning leaves...oh and our wedding!!
Exciting season!

Monday, August 20, 2012

{Freebie} I will.. Printable

Guess what I have for you tonight?
A {Free} Printable!

I've been trying my hardest not to pull down all my Fall decorations.
But let me tell you..
The second i see a pumpkin or mum for sale they're going up!

To keep myself happy and content for the next several weeks, 
I decided to switch out my monthly printable frame. 
Usually I find a snazzy free one on Pinterest--but this time i decided to make one!

Click here to get a copy for your house!

And while you're here...
I'd be happy as a bee to have you as a follower! 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

{Tutorial} Pumpkin Clothespin Wreath

Can you tell I love Fall?
And that I {love} making wreaths?

Almost every door in my house has a wreath.
They are one of my most favorite things in the world to make! long as they don't involve food.
{Especially} red hots.
In the middle of summer.
On the front door.

That did not turn out so well last year. And lesson learned. NO more food wreaths!

Today's wreath is my original twist on a popular trend.
I always try to search online to make sure no one else has come up with the idea too--
and this one is 100% mine! :)

This wreath is so simple, it almost doesn't need a tutorial.

You will need:
Clothespins {I used exactly 63}
12 in. Wire Wreath form
Modge Podge
Sponge brush
Scrapbook Paper
Raffia, Tulle, & various other ribbons



Cut strips of paper to fit on the flat, front part of the clothespin.
Then modge podge the paper onto the clothespin.

Tip: I saved a {huge} step here by keeping the clothespins clipped to the paper they came packaged on. It allowed me to get them done faster, and keep everything much more organized.

{Yes i know the picture shows exactly what i told you not to do--but i had to do a few extra later}

After clothespins dry, begin to place randomly around wreath form. 
I chose to clip mine on different tiers of the form to add some dimension.

Leave a two inch space at the top to place your raffia and ribbon.
Double tie the raffia to the top tier of the wreath form.

Fold tulle until you create nice, fluffy bow.
I layered two different types of tulle to get a fuller bow and tied together with a ribbon.

Attach bow by threading ribbon through the 2nd and 3rd tier of the form and tying tight in the back.

Fluff bow and tie a few pieces of raffia at the top to create a hanger, and you are done!

Break down:

Wreath form- $2.47 @ Hobby Lobby
Paper-  $.90 for 3 sheets @ Hobby Lobby
Clothespins- $1.88 for 100 ct. @ Wal-Mart
  {Make the trip to Wal-mart to get your clothespins--you'll pay way more for less at Hobby Lobby}
Raffia- $1.00 @ Dollar Tree
All other materials I had on hand.

Total Cost- $6.25
 Another cheap Fall decoration!

Come on Fall!!

Partying at:
Made in a Day
Live, Laugh, Rowe 
Domestic Superhero 
Happy Hour Projects

Saturday, August 18, 2012


This has been a tough week for our family.

This time last year we were saying goodbye to our sweet grandma.

She was strong-willed, hilarious, faithful, smart and the rock of our family.

Her death has really put into perspective the importance of family and making the most of your days.
I've really tried to slow down recently and look around to find the beauty in my life.
It's so easy for me to get caught up in work, where i need to be, what i need to do, and the ever-present wedding planning--that life just seems to zoom on by.

With all this--i've been inspired to start a new weekly blog series called...

This is my week in review!

Lots of puppy love
Front porch sittin'
Craftin' up some chevron pillows to go with a new project {to be posted next week!}
New Running shoes
Trip to Franklin with Roo to pick out his ring
Date night with great friends!

I encourage you to look around you and find something each day that you are thankful for,
and snap a pic of it.
Post it to your blog and link it here in the comment section.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

{Tutorial} Pumpkin Embroidery Hoop Wreath

We are in FULL Wedding mode now adays in the Hodges/Mabus households.
{66} days and counting.
Hard to believe it is just around the corner!

The parental units have been working so hard on getting all the final details of the invites done, and we're finally crossing off some things from the To-do list.

Still WAY more to do--but let's just not think about that!

With all this going on--I've still managed to get in the ol' craft room and de-stress by doing what i do best. Making a MESS! {I mean crafting}

Today's project was inspired by this little gem I found on Pinterest.

I love how inspiring Pinterest can be--and It's such a dangerous great place for a creative mind like me!

This "H" wreath is going to look so great on the door in the fall.

 You will need:
18" Embroidery hoop
1/2 yard of Orange Burlap
Rotary cutter
Black Acrylic Paint
Spray Adhesive
Round paint sponge
Paint Sealer [Not pictured]
Assorted ribbon for top.



Start by placing the embroidery hoop on top of the burlap, and cutting roughly 2 in. around with a rotary cutter.

 Use a stencil or computer to print off a letter. I uses Times New Roman in size 700.

Carefully cut around the letter--creating a stencil from the paper.
Spray adhesive onto back of stencil and firmly adhere to burlap.

Lightly use round paint sponge to to go over stencil.
Let dry and go over again.

TIP: I recommend that you use a heavy cardstock to stencil with. I did not have any on hand--so i had to use regular printer paper. I noticed several places where the stencil was starting to give a little.

Take stencil off and admire how awesome your stenciling skills are!

I sprayed a sealer on mine after it had dried--since mine will be outside. It just helps to protect the paint a little more from the elements. Totally optional though.

Place burlap into embroidery hoop and adjust and tighten. Trim the excess burlap on the back.

I added various ribbons for texture and contrast.
Burlap and tulle ribbons are from Hobby Lobby

 Place on door and admire your beautiful new wreath.

{I did notice i need to adjust my H--seems a little crooked!}

 And you are done! Now you have a festive wreath to send you into the Fall Months!

Break down:

Embroidery hoop- $3 {1/2 off at Hobby Lobby}
Orange Burlap- $2 {I had plenty left over for another craft}
All other materials I had on hand.

Total Cost- $5

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Keep Calm & Buzz on

After careful consideration, I've decided to dive head first into my first public blog!

I've always had a private blog--but there's just something {oh so} exciting about opening up and allowing others a little peek into my world.

{Watch out!} It can be scary in here.

I also hope to use it to discover a little more about me, and of course share all sorts of DIY, Decor, and random things that i'm loving!

So as I dive into this public blogging dealio further--i'd like to welcome you to---Bee of Good Cheer!
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