Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Last Chance on Etsy Items and a Winner


Friends...life is crazy right now and that's all there is to say about it! I apologize for being a little MIA here on the blog but that's just life right now for me with working at my day job more and opening a brick-and-mortar version of the shop in just a few short weeks...it's just plain nuts! But in a good, very blessed way : )


 I wanted to let you know that several items currently for sale in my etsy shop will be removed in a week or so to be taken to the new shop. So, if you've had your eye on anything, now's the time to buy before it's too late! Head over to the shop to see what's up for grabs!


And for the winner of the Shabby Apple giveaway...

It's lucky number 43 Sally! Congratulations Sally! I'll be in touch with you about claiming your prize.


Hopefully I'll be back soon with sneak peeks at the new store...it is so ridiculously cute I can't even stand it!!

{live beautifully}
Courtney

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Shabby Apple Giveaway

Hello from the couch! I'm at home sick today with a nasty cold. Believe me, this is not a good time for this with my at-work workload doubling recently and opening the shop in a few short weeks...but I'm down and out nonetheless! I totally feel like Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail when she has that horrible cold and Tom Hanks brings her daisies...except trust me, my hair does not look that good...


Anyway, today I have one fabulous giveaway for you all! The wonderful folks over at Shabby Apple have kindly offered to give one of you, my lovely readers, a gorgeous necklace from their line! One lucky winner will receive The Duchess necklace, a lovely vintage-inspired cameo on a long chain.


Can I just tell you how much I love this piece?! It is so stunning, and you know I have a weak spot for anything silhouette/cameo.


To enter the giveaway, leave a separate comment for each of the following things you choose to do:

1. Like Shabby Apple on Facebook
2. Visit the Shabby Apple website and tell me what your favorite piece is. There's so much to choose from, from adorable dresses, to vintage inspired jewelry and cute fitness gear!
3. Be a follower of Honeycomb Creative Co. (via Google Friend Connect on the right or just via RSS/ a reader program)
4. Like Honeycomb Creative Co. on Facebook.

That's four chances to win! How easy is that?

And best of all, Shabby Apple is offering 10% off to HCC readers by using the code honeycombcreations10off at checkout! Fabulous! Their stuff is all vintage-inspired goodness, and I know you'll love it if you haven't checked it out already.

Contest is open to those with a US mailing address, and it will close Sunday, February 26, at midnight CST. Sorry, no exchanges if you win the necklace. It's yours to keep. Good luck everyone!

{live beautifully}
Courtney

Monday, February 20, 2012

Spring on the Coffee Table


Hello my name is Courtney and I'm addicted to changing the decor on my coffee table. Does anyone else have this problem? Maybe it's because most of the other decoratable surfaces in my house are shelves, and those are a pain. But my little coffee table gets redone at least once a month. It's where I display my most favorite finds. If it's on the coffee table, you know I'm in looove with it.




My most recent find is this French wire tiered stand. Talk about in love!! And I scored it for a great price too! I bought it on a buying trip for the shop, but I don't think I can bring myself to part with it.





Currently, it's displaying some spring gardening bits. And yes, it is leaning a tad : ) I don't think it was really meant to hold all that weight, but I couldn't resist adorning it with eggs, nests, a small garden cloche, twine and clay pots. Maybe if I decorate for spring it will feel more like it outside? Here's to hoping!



This nest was the only thing I purchased from Curious Sofa in Kansas City before Debbie Dusenberry closed her brick-and-mortar shop and went exclusively online. Let me tell you, that place was just as fabulous as all the magazines said it was! I'll never forget my trip there. You can still shop Debbie's amazing finds and take home a piece of her incredible style through her online shop and etsy. I highly recommend it!


And just for fun, here are all the "looks" the coffee table has gone through in the nine short months we've lived here. Also note the progression in my photography skills...yeah, I don't want to go back to September! We'll just blame it on the terrible camera : )


{a little wonky...but charming}

How about you...do you have one spot you love to redecorate constantly? What are you digging right now?

{live beautifully}
Courtney

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Our Wedding

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I hope it finds you well and well-loved, be it by your family, friends, husband or boyfriend, I hope today is something extraordinary for you.

In honor of the day of love, I thought I would {finally} share with you some of our wedding pictures. I had big plans of hosting a "wedding week" with a daily post on each section of our wedding day, followed by a linky party for you to link up your own weddings, but as usual life has gotten in the way. Things are a bit crazy here what with opening a new shop, and some big/exciting/scary changes in my professional life as well. No worries...I am superwoman and can run a brick and mortar shop, online shop, handle a major career change, blog, keep my home gorgeously decorated and spotlessly clean, workout like a celebrity and have a healthy dinner on the table by 6....NOT. Needless to say, I'm a little behind at life in general so I'm thrilled to be getting this post up at all : ) Tell me...how do you keep your life in balance? I'm sure my duties pale in comparison to some of yours, especially to those of you with children!

Ok, enough of the life-dump and on with the show : )

Our Wedding: June 17

{Getting Ready}


My maids of honor, my best friend and sister, helping me into my garter. I think the top right picture is so adorable- my cousin/flowergirl mimicing me putting the garter on. Bottom picture: all my girls' hands on me as they prayed for me before the ceremony. That was such a special moment.


My mom helping me fasten the string of pearls my dad gave her on their wedding day. Bottom left: my handsom groom getting ready. The guy behind him is our dear friend Stephen. We didn't think he could be at the wedding because of a conflict, but he surprised us at the last minute and drove overnight to be there for the big day. That was one of the very best presents we received!


I love the shot of my dad holding the mirror for me so I can touch up my lipgloss.

{Formal Portraits}


All the guys. I loved their dove gray tuxes! Plus I love the picture of my mama, sister and me...so special!

I loooooved my bouquet! It was made up of my three favorite flowers, peonies, ranunculus and hydrangeas, and hand wrapped with lace and pearls. Aren't our flower girls and ring bearers so sweet?


All my girls! They were gorgeous!! My mom looked amazing too, as you can see!





{The Ceremony}

The ceremony begins! plus a few shots of our stationery.


Here I come! I walked down the aisle to a pre-recorded song, All Creatures of Our God and King by David Crowder Band. It took longer than we thought for everyone to get down the aisle so I had to force them to open the doors for me before the song ended. In this picture my dad is still asking me if we really are going now...I knew we had to : )


Matt's looking very serious in that top shot : ) I think our ceremony was pretty laid back though, and we had lots of fun.


I so love this shot of us praying together after lighting the unity candle. So gorgeous.


Our first kiss as husband and wife!



Leaving the church as a married couple. We couldn't be happier!

{Outdoor Formals}


This was our Christmas card pic and the one we got our largest print of. I love it!


I die every time I look at this picture. It's like Pride and Prejudice, right?!


Fave picture of me...and the one you guys probably recognize from blogger/pinterest.





He's just so handsome : )



I love this one because it was totally candid...just us squealing to each other that we're finally married!



This one hangs above our couch. So romantic.


One of my very favorites from the day. A sweet moment captured.


Our super sassy wedding party. Love them!



Celebrating!


The guys look so awesome in this one!



This might be one of the best wedding pictures ever taken. Matt loves this one!


My sweet girls in their dove gray dresses.

{The Reception}


French Macarons! It was a very big deal to me to have these there, though I never got to taste one.


The dessert table. I wish we had a better pic because of how much time and energy was spent planning and decorating it. It included vintage cake stands and tableware, a cupcake tree, our lace-trimmed wedding cake (handmade by my best friend who is a total rockstar!) French macarons, a mini-candy bar with white candies in apothecary jars and treat bags with our monogram hand-stamped on them, as well as napkins I spent hours painstakingly stamping with a custom Eat, Drink and Be Married stamp. Shout out to my bridesmaids and my mom's best friends who helped me with the stamping/prep and putting it together!


Our whole wedding party "rocked it" into the reception, and I love this picture of two of our closest friends Kevin and Megan breakin' it down. They made such a fun pair for the evening!!


I have come to really love this picture, and it's currently framed on top of our dresser. This is just before we cut the cake. The cake topper was my grandparents'.






We had cupcakes for our guests, as our cake was just a small cutting cake for us. I love cupcakes and think they are so charming so I was excited to do that for the wedding.


Laughing out loud at the hilarious toasts!


Tossing the bouquet


And my bff caught it!


I totally love the looks on our faces here! Too cute!


Success!


The best idea ever...tie the garter around a football with a $50 in it. The guys won't stand there and stare when the garter is thrown anymore!


This might be my favorite picture from the day. It was snapped during our first dance.


So sweet.


Dancin' with my daddy.


Such a special, meaningful pic of Matt dancing with his mom.

Well, there it is, our wedding! This wasn't even half our photos or half the stories and memories behind the day, and I wish I had the time to share them all! It truly was the best day of my life and every detail was perfect. But the best part isn't the wedding, it's the days, months and years that come after, and I couldn't be more thrilled to see what comes next on the ride called marriage to my very best friend! Love you babe!

Happy Valentine's Day!

{live beautifully}
Courtney


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