I’ve been back for like 10 days at this point and I’m still scrambling to catch up. So needless to say, I’ve been gazing longingly at these pictures a lot. I’d like to go back now please!
First up, a few highlights from Spain.
Me, Kirsten, and Ramon
Me and Kirsten
We basically just hung out in bars, eating and drinking lots. It was warm and glorious!
Shane at the Rodin Gardens
Shane and I in Marie Antoinette’s Gardens
We just ran around like chickens with their heads cut off the entire time we were in Paris. It’s a lot to see!
Shane hanging by the AIMSTERDAM
It was much more chill in Amsterdam, but a lot rainier so we have much fewer pictures. A lot of wandering around and drinking lots of delicious beer. Uh! Also glorious!
Ok, from now on it will be back to the regularly scheduled programming around here! Thanks for letting me gush!
So not to get too barfy but I wanted to share a couple pics from my WEDDING, because that is an actual thing that happened a couple weeks ago. Crazy!
Kinda sweet right? We got married on the Playa de los Muertos (yeah Beach of the Dead!) in Spain. My bouquet was picked from the wild after lunch, and after our little ceremony we drank champaign under the Milky Way. It was pretty ideal.
And now I’m Ms Allyson Dykhuizen! … oh wait yeah that’s the same.
This afternoon I’m jumping on a plane for Europe! Shane and I are getting married in Spain on Sunday, and then we’ll be puttering around Europe for a couple weeks. Kinda cool right? I made a page with more information about our trip, if you’d like to read about our plan.
Shane and I right after we got engaged in July
Getting married is pretty nuts, and I thank my lucky stars every day for not having to plan a wedding. Because, you know, it’s not like I’m doing anything else important these days. Like writing a book and running a magazine. Designing embroidery patterns. Designing knitting patterns here at The Sweatshop of Love! I don’t know how people plan weddings. Putting this thing together was enough work!
We’re getting married on the beach, so it’s super casual. In fact, I pulled my dress off the rack at H&M for $40! Not too shabby. I wanted a little touch of a little headband/fascinator thing kinda. I found this, which I loved, but obviously couldn’t justify $290 for a headband. So I crafted this together with some tule, a cut up silk rose, and some ribbon. Pretty cute right?
My $40 H&M dress is very short. VERY short. So I thought it would be a fun touch to stitch up some little tap pants to wear underneath. I vaguely used the Purl Bee City Gym Shorts pattern, added some lace, and there you have it.
I’ll be back at the end of the month with more pictures and stories to share. I’ve got a couple posts that will be popping up here while I’m gone, but otherwise it’s going to be pretty quiet around here until Sept 29th.
Wish me luck! And if you have any Paris or Amsterdam recommendations please let me know!
Soak Wash Ravelry Inspired Nail Polish Colors!
I scoped this adorable set of nail polishes in the Soak Box booth at TNNA last month, and was SO excited to get them in the mail from my friend Teresa Gregorio a few weeks ago! It was such a sweet surprise! I was itching to crack them open.
Nail Polish in Action!
I had to, of course, use every color at once, so I used the pink-y ones on my toes and the grey and green on my fingers. Matching has never been very important to me so this worked out just fine.
Shane and I
This past weekend Shane and I zipped up to Grand Rapids for a wedding and my nails were looking hot! And Shane and I were looking pretty adorable all around if I do say so myself.
Shane has already gone back to Chicago, but I’m chilling with my family for a couple more days before heading back to the real world myself. My niece and nephew call pop cycles ‘cold ones’, like, “Grandma can I have a cold one?” and, “Aunt Allyson where’s your cold one?” so the kids and I have been enjoying millions of cold ones! It’s pretty damn cute. Cold ones for everyone!
These are way more CHRISTMAS than I like my cards to be, but since Hanukkah was SO far before Christmas this year and I did not have my shit together enough to get my cards made in order to send them before Hanukkah, I embraced the Christmas a little more than I usually would.
In all the saddest colors!
For these I got to pull out my sewing machine and sew into the fronts of the cards back and forth to create a tree shape. Then I just cut stars out of decorative paper, glued it to the top of the tree, and DONE! I think the turned out pretty damn cute.
The Family! Me & Velma, Shane & Champ
Shane was very committed to sending a family picture with our cards, so we both grabbed our kids, sat in front of the tree, and got this cute pic! Miraculously. There were a LOT of outtakes.
Adorable kissy outtake, and the animals are pretty funny in this one!
Crazy Single Cat Lady Christmas Pic Prep