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a birthday… oh yeah, and a wedding thrown in too, surprise!!!

19 Sep

talk about throwing something together last-minute,  and by last-minute i mean about 40 hours before.

so on friday afternoon i get a message from my brother’s girlfriend nikki, asking when i would be alone to talk about some very classified information. as luck would have it, i was free at that very moment. (thank goodness…. less than 40 hours to prepare would have been nuts)  so she came over with this grin on her face, that only a little kid would have when you know they have a secret, like stealing a cookie or something. she prefaced the conversation by making me swear with one hand over my heart, that i would not tell a soul what she was about to divulge to me. and with that, she blurted out, ” me and your brother want to get married this sunday!” i smiled from ear to ear and said, “WHAT?????!!!!!”  i think we even did a little party dance too. ( it’s hard to remember the details at such an exciting moment, lol!) so  since nikki had already planned a full weekend of birthday fun for my brother, everyone was already set to be at their house on sunday for a bbq. with no spare time for her to plan the surprise wedding of the year, she looked no further then your truly to do the planning.  for anyone who knows me, you know that party planning and weddings, and any gathering for that matter is my most favoriteist thing in life!  so i was definitely up for the challenge. luckily i had saved a substantial amount of stuff from my own wedding, so there was little to buy, but much to do. to throw into the mix of things, i also had a work meeting that night and a full book at the salon the next day, so the small window of time that i and to decorate was going to be saturday night after work. we’re talking about 5 hours to be exact. along with the help of my mother, i blew up balloons, hung paper lanterns, arranged flowers, lined up chairs, fluffed tulle, and streamered everything else. all that was left to do was waiting to reveal the secret to everyone else the next day. the day had arrived and  everyone started to show up as expected, but as the anticipation started to rise in mimmo and nikki, they didn’t want to wait any longer, and asked me to deliver the exciting news.  so i gathered everyone into the kitchen.  i started by saying how we had all come together to celebrate mimmo’s birthday, but that wasn’t the only reason we were here! nikki raised her left hand revealing the engagement ring that mimmo had proposed to her with just the night before. the room went crazy with excitement!! it took me a minute to quite them all done, just long enough to say, but that’s still not the only reason we are all here ….. we are also having a wedding…… TODAY!!!! no one could believe it. we drew open the blinds to reveal the decorated backyard, and the reality was starting to settle in. the excitement and tears in the room was overwhelming. our friend nina performed a sweet little ceremony and we partied the night away! it truly was a perfect day and a perfect little wedding. we are couldn’t be happier to be a part of this special day, and even more happy to have nikki officially join our family ( which of course she always has been because she’s the amazing mother of my amazing nephew) congratualtions you guys, we love you

xoxo, gina and giuseppe!! 

oh yeah, happy birthday too! (i almost forgot with all this excitement)

her’s some pictures of the birthday/wedding day bliss!!

… head of the table …

6 Aug

finally the day has come! head chairs for my kitchen table!

….. hooray …..

we are going on almost two years in this house and

using make shift chairs just wasn’t cutting it anymore.

but thanks to a friend of my who’s been stashing some

antique chairs in her garage for who knows how long,

our lonely kitchen table is finally rescued.

she let me snatch up these little goodies

to actual get some use out of them.

so with a good sander, a little painters tape and of coarse, my favorite…..

… spray paint …

we turned these old antique chair’s into fresh and modern accent pieces.

check out our before and afters!!!

happy diy to u!!!

… house to home …

25 Jun

here’s a couple of things we’ve done around the house lately,

to make it feel more like a home!

it’s funny how a couple of cans of spray paint and chalk board paint can make me feel so happy.

i’ve also been rearranging furniture and re-styling shelves.

the husby thinks i’m crazy, but it just makes everything feel fresh and new,

plus, i just can’t help myself. i like change!

…..

added the anthropologie letters above the bed

spray painted the legs and basket

chalk board paint

downstairs, pick me up!!!

20 May

my house was feeling sad and beige, so with winter over and gone and spring in the air,

i decided my downstairs needed a little life brought to it.

 this house decorating has definitely been a process.

we didn’t do much when we first moved in cuz we were planning our wedding.

so with all that excitement over, the house is getting some much needed attention.

i have a huge list of renovations and fun little projects i want to do, but here’s the start.

before….

during….

and after…

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