This post is sponsored by Basic Invite, all opinions are my own.
Brad and I have been married for seven years, planning our wedding was crazy, stressful and yet so much fun. I loved picking out themes, flowers, dresses, cake and everything else. Even after we picked our May wedding date, I played out so many scenarios in my head. I planned several weddings for each season.
I took the month of August off from blogging, but I’m honestly surprised I didn’t end up taking the whole summer off. It was quite a summer! I’m at a point now, where I can talk about it … or most of it. I started blogging in the beginning as a source of therapy and fun, so onto the therapy!
Several things actually started prior to summer, but everything converged in chaos during our warmest months.
Brad and I are preparing to clean, fix and stain the deck on our new house, which inspired me to share a project from last summer that didn’t make it on the blog yet.
I can’t take credit for anything you’re about to see, all the credit goes to my crafty and talented mother-in-law. She has the cruise bug worse than anyone I know and is drawn to all things nautical. This is the woman who made a cruise-themed Christmas tree for their living room.
At the beginning of summer last year, she was anxiously anticipating an upcoming cruise so she decided to deck out their deck with some awesome handmade nautical items (please tell me someone else appreciates all the ways I can use “deck” in this post). I’ve linked to her inspiration with each item as well.
Spoiler Alert: The traditional and “modern” gifts for the 7th anniversary have nothing to do with stars.
For Brad and I this year, stars were the thing we got to celebrate. Rather the very cool thing that artist Jennifer Beck, of Modern Map Art, made for us: a custom star map. I got our star map for free in exchange for reviewing it here. Continue reading →