Happy 2014!

Happy new year, everyone! It is absolutely mind-boggling to me that one year ago, I was preparing to go back to school in a week. Fast forward a year and I am preparing to throw myself into my final thesis quarter with everything I’ve got for ten more weeks. THEN I AM DONE! I have been terrible about showing you all my work with the exception of the first quarter or so, but I promise there will be a final portfolio in the works this quarter with the highlights. I managed to pull off another 4.0 quarter and couldn’t be more pleased! But enough about school… let’s get you a bit caught up on the goings-on around here.

The Christmas season was more of a whirlwind than usual for me this year. Between completing many holiday string art orders (all of which had to ship by the same week as my finals…), completing finals/projects, and then mixing in the usual holiday craziness, I was doing everything imaginable to keep my head above water. However, once I finished everything on the 21st, we were able to enjoy a relaxing Christmas week with both of our families! We flew to New York on the 22nd, then to Nebraska on the 26th, and finally back to Los Angeles on the 31st. We spent the entire trip seeing old friends, relaxing with family, and (as usual) getting spoiled by everyone’s incredible generosity. After getting off the plane, we spent New Years Eve cooking an amazing surf & turf meal, playing our new Wii (WOOOO!!! My arm is killing me…), enjoying many cocktails, and embracing a wonderful night in together after a lot of traveling! New Years Day is the anniversary of our first date, but I have a bunch of fun things to post from that, so it will get its own post later! :)

Let’s see… what else has been happening? Or I guess not really happening over the past few weeks… wedding planning! We took a mini hiatus from planning in December for the most part due to the madness (see paragraph above!), but we did manage to draw, design, order, and prepare all of the Save the Dates. I plan to address them today and get them in the mail shortly. I will have a bigger wedding update post shortly, where I will share some of the fun stuff that we have accomplished for our big day!

Finally, I missed my second blogiversary on December 12th since I was up to my ears in finals and string art, but feel free to look back at some of the fun post from last year!
First Blogiversary – Day 1: New Layout and Survey!
First Blogiversary – Day 2: A Day in the Life
First Blogiversary – Day 3: Big News!!  (This is one of the top three most popular blog posts to date when it comes to comments!)
First Blogiversary – Day 4: The Year In Review
First Blogiversary – Day 5: Survey Results, Your Questions Answered, and a Little Something Special!

I am hoping to have at least one fun second blogiversary post for you over the next week, so stay tuned!

While there is a ton more to say about the past month and the upcoming few, I think this post is long enough for today. I don’t start school until late next week, so you will be hearing from me a lot until then! See you tomorrow with a recap of our New Years celebration and resolutions.

P.S. Before I leave you for today, I wanted to give a little shout out to our late December/January sponsors: Hammer It Out and NCF Furnishings. They were sweet enough to sponsor Our Cozy Cubbyhole during the holidays when I never posted, so I threw in all of January as a little thank you to them. You will hear more about them soon, but I wanted to give them a little love today too! Thank you!

October Sponsor: Pink Fox Designs

Ready to see come SERIOUS talent?! I am so so so excited to introduce you to our October sponsor, Kirsten from Pink Fox Designs! Here is a bit about Kirsten, from Kirsten, herself:

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I’m a web and graphic designer who recently graduated college and run my Etsy shop on the side. I design logos for people’s small business, business cards, and other branding designs for them. I also create digital posters, digital invitations, and I am in the process of considering adding mugs and candle holders I make. I’m also a photographer who loves hiking and I sell a few of my photos.

Kirsten’s work is absolutely gorgeous. I mean, super stunning! Her Etsy shop is full of goodies, from amazing business card designs…Business-Card-yellow-example Business-Card

… to lovely wedding invitations (hmmmmm… perhaps I need to convince Kirsten to create OUR invitations!)…yellowgrey-suite

…to the cutest prints and breath-taking photography!Somewhere-Over-Rainbow adventureframePink Fox Designs also has lovely mugs, stationary, the cutest notebook ever with the adventure design above, and even some fun, seasonal Halloween items! :)

A huge thank you to Kirsten for sponsoring Our Cozy Cubbyhole this month! You can find the link to the Etsy shop in our sidebar for the rest of October. Be sure to show Pink Fox Designs some love!

We Set the Date!

Happy Friday! Sorry for the late hour of this post, but while I was taking photos for it, THIS happened:

Look ho happy this dog is! Almost as happy as we are!!! :)

Look how happy this dog is! Almost as happy as we are!!! :)

We got our kitchen back (in case you missed it, our neighbor’s apartment flooded on Saturday)! They are still finishing the drying process from the other side of the wall, but we are pretty much done with everything inside our unit. The apartment suddenly feels huge now that everything has been moved back to its original place (that’s another reason this post is late… I went on a put-our-house-back-together binge).

I digress. The happy news I planned on sharing with you all today was that we have officially set the date and picked the location for our wedding!!SetTheDate_Featured

As you can see by this adorable engagement gift from my two beautiful cousins (and bridesmaids), we have an official countdown going! I won’t make you do the math… we are getting married on June 14, 2014!

First of all, can you tell all of these photos were staged outside, since (at the time) the house was still in shambles? Secondly, the super cute embroidered quote was an engagement gift from Laura & Dave. We also received an amazingly thoughtful gift from my Aunt Kathy, who framed the lyrics to our engagement (and probably first dance) song and decorated the frame with our names, the vineyard name where we got engaged (and it’s lovely sunflowers!), and some pictures of our mugs.SetTheDate3
It is so sweet… I cried when I opened it! Anyway, this wasn’t meant to be a gift parade, but these three thoughtful gifts deserved a little shout out!

Anyway, so the location where we are getting married was actually the one I posted a few weeks ago. This will be the view from both the ceremony and the reception:

It's impossible to pick a bad venue when you are dealing with these views...

Minus the porta potty and grape nets!

I probably won’t post many more pictures of the venue for two reasons. First, I want there to be a bit of a surprise for those who are attending! Secondly, rather than go with a big, fancy vineyard, we chose to go with a small, intimate private family vineyard property. We loved it because it is like working with a totally blank slate, and the beauty of the event will be the location/view (obviously) and the imagination we put into making it feel like a truly personal, one-of-a-kind celebration. I am certainly not saying that the pictures aren’t much to look at (Ummm… hello, look at that view! And it’s not the only one…); I am simply saying that it will be hard to show you “our” venue until we have injected our imaginations and personalities into it!

Hmmm… what else do we need to cover? We have decided on a photographer, a cupcake baker, and potentially the caterer. I have also decided on the exact dress style I want, and am waiting to receive fabric samples for the dress that I think could really be the one! In fact, for the observant folks in the bunch, the pretty lace in all of the pictures above may or may not be my stunning “something borrowed…” the gorgeous veil my mom wore in her wedding that I have always loved.SetTheDate2And all of this wedding planning means only one thing… if you know me even a little bit, you KNOW that I have a spectacularly organized wedding binder. Thank you Martha Stewart Home Office!SetTheDate4_WeddingBinderSetTheDate4_WeddingBinder2

Yes, there are three rows of tabs. So what? Want to know my favorite part of the whole binder?SetTheDate4_WeddingBinder3Have an amazing weekend, everyone! :)