LIFE LATELY

I can’t believe it is already mid-March. So many folks around me are whining for springtime, and I love spring, but I just can’t believe how these past few months have swept by.

Let me catch you up. This winter has been all sorts of family celebrating, many websites built by this guy, a quick trip to Brooklyn, NY to move this gal home, a new job working for my church, and creating/dreaming/planning for new Wedding Format things! It’s been a whirlwind to say the least!

We moved Leslie home from Brooklyn mid-January (Leslie is Dave’s older sister). She’s now working with us! With Leslie on board, the Wedding Format is now offering wedding planning and desserts! We’re so excited about this change. We’ve wanted to add wedding and event planning to our repertoire for a long time, but with all of my other responsibilities in the business, I didn’t feel I could give it the time it needed. We’ve had probably too much fun purchasing to improve our company packaging as well as dessert table rentals. Basically, I have heaps of cake stands and platters lying around with nowhere to store them :)

In January, the two head pastors at my church approached me to see if I’d be willing to be their assistant. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time and have continually postured myself to volunteer wherever needed. It isn’t very many hours a week, and it is completely flexible. It’s a perfect fit.

Finally I’m feeling like I’m doing everything I ever dreamed to do, aside from slinging espresso drinks behind a counter I own. Maybe Dave and I will save some bucks so we can buy our own espresso machine ;-)

Last week while Dave was out of town, I snuck away for a couple of days to visit my cousin, Stuart, in Kansas City. He is currently interning at the International House of Prayer. I interned there about 7 years ago, and it is still a huge part of my life. I make it back for a visit a couple of times a year, but being there with Stuart was exceptionally sweet.

Alas, I will leave you with a few iphone photos to expand our story from the past few months (and to keep things pretty around here):

1. Dave got me a wedding band for our anniversary — I love it like crazy
2. Apron I made for my brother’s wife for Christmas (modified from this tutorial)
3. While in Brooklyn, we made several visits to Blue Bottle 
4. We celebrated 75 years of heartfelt living with my grandma over tea
5. Leslie made mini bundt cakes, and we photographed them
6. Made hummus for friends who had a new baby
7. Leslie made more cake, and we filmed it
8. (Not pictured) We ate some of that cake!

Sick day

I hope you’ve all had a beautiful holiday! I’ve been sick so I’ve been moving slowly over here and canceling a lot of plans. I took one “official” sick day, laid in bed, and read a book. I’ve still had work to do, but I’ve been giving myself some grace and a lot of rest. I did manage to scan a batch of polaroids from a recent wedding and stumbled across some from this year’s vacation. I’ve kind of been dreaming about the beach ever since :)

Christmas Scenes

Merry Christmas my friends! I hope you are all enjoying the season. Des Moines finally had a good dose of snow dropped on her. We’ve been spending free time pushing out our neighbors cars. Let’s hope they’ll return the favor when the time comes :)

I spent the weekend after my birthday sprucing up the apartment, trying to make it feel as cozy and Christmasy as I could handle. I’m not one for very traditional Christmas decorations, but we’re slowly acquiring a few things we love. This year for my birthday my parents gave me a few vintage ornaments; I think they are perfect for our tiny silver tree (purchased from Hobby Lobby last year). Also given to me for my birthday from McKenzie is my larger silver tree! She’s still tiny, and apart from two homemade cinnamon ornaments from my cousin Stuart and the lights she came with, she’s bare, but I don’t mind it at all.

 

A GOOD REFLECTION

Because I really like my work and am so happy to dive right in, I like to spend Monday mornings reflecting, reading, and listening to a sermon or two. This might seem strange since we keep Sunday as our Sabbath day, but its easy to leave it there, on Sunday.

Part of our pastor’s message yesterday focused on a little challenge he set up for himself; He gave himself about two minutes to pick his favorite 5 verses. Or rather, what things about Jesus would he want to tell someone?

I thought it was a good exercise and decided to do it too. It’s quite revealing of how we view and relate to God. So, off the top of my head, here is what I chose (mine definitely became 5 passages rather than 5 verses).

His left hand is under my head,
And his right hand embraces me.
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
Do not stir up nor awaken love
Until it pleases.

Who is this coming up from the wilderness,
Leaning upon her beloved?

I awakened you under the apple tree.
There your mother brought you forth;
There she who bore you brought you forth.

Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm;
For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy as cruel as the grave;
Its flames are flames of fire,
A most vehement flame.

Many waters cannot quench love,
Nor can the floods drown it.
If a man would give for love
All the wealth of his house,
It would be utterly despised.a

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.  And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.b

God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’c

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.d

For your Maker is your husband,
The Lord of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.e

a. Song of Solomon 8:3-7; b. Revelation 19:11-16; c. Acts 17:24-28; d. Hebrews 1:1-4; e. Isaiah 54:5 NKJV

27 FEELS ALRIGHT

Wednesday was my birthday, and, although it was a pretty low-key day and we weren’t able to squeeze in everything I had hoped, it was nice. AND I won’t feel guilty to keep celebrating a little and squeezing in those extra things in the coming days :) I’m hoping to spend some time this weekend making the apartment feel a bit cozy and festive and spend a couple of hours shopping in the East Village. David got me a beautiful wood slab cake stand, and instead of cake we had root beer floats.

Now back to work. After a birthday and Thanksgiving, I’m feeling behind. We’ve been blessed with several opportunities lately to take photos for friends. Adding those sessions to the wedding we shot this past weekend, I have much to do! Good thing I love it a lot :)

STRING ART

This little lovely was created for my friend Nicole. Earlier this year Nicole and husband Scott were visiting, and Scott noticed the string art hanging in our office. Not long after their visit we began talking about a commissioned piece for Nicole’s birthday.  I made some preliminary sketches for how I wanted it to look, but first I needed to find a piece of wood so I knew the dimensions of my canvas. I found this piece at our local salvage store. After a little trim, wood glue, and sanding, it was ready. Then I began finalizing my design. I admit I was glad when Scott chose a small word :) Though string art is lot of fun, it is also a lot of work. I remember after doing it before, I didn’t think I would do this kind of project again. But who knows, when I look back at this, it makes me want to do another!

 

*TIPS
When we began our string art for Easter earlier this year, my friend gave me a couple of tips and I’ve added some of my own: First, create a guide for the distance you want between nails. For me, this was a piece of paper with a few drawn dots. You aren’t using this for every nail you pound in, but it is helpful to hold it up to your nails every so often to make sure you are still on target. Secondly, use pointed-nose pliers to hold your nail in place. I used small nails (5/8″ on my first pieces and 3/4″ on this one). You can use different length nails depending on the thickness of your piece of wood, but regardless, they are small. Next, outline the letters first and last. Wrap the string around the letter (or image) before you fill it in. Outlining at the completion of a letter/color will give it a crisp look. As you wrap the nails, you need to put a lot of tension on the string so it doesn’t unravel behind you. You could use a small screw-driver to hold the string down, or I preferred to use both hands and keep a finger on it. You can also play with how you wrap a nail. You may wrap inside or outside depending on the line you wish to achieve. I find this especially helpful on interior or exterior corners. Lastly, SUPER GLUE! Super glue your knots before trimming the string.

If any of you have made string art projects of your own, I would love to see them!

BREAKFAST WITH FRIENDS

Breakfast with friends is completely worth a few extra dishes.

Our friend Josh’s fiancé, Heidi, has been in town so Dave invited them over for crepes this morning. Saturday morning crepes are as traditional as Christmas in the Poyzer home (seriously, check facebook or instagram on a Saturday, and you’ll see they’re all doing it).

Josh and Heidi asked us a couple of weeks ago if we’d photograph their wedding next spring to which we feel excited and honored. We think it will be an awesome shindig, plus we’ll actually get to spend most of the day with them. Many of you have probably experienced traveling to a friend’s wedding only to leave feeling like you didn’t get to spend hardly any time with them. It’s typical on such a full day. Well, its our little secret that wedding photography is the way we get to spend such a special day with our friends :) We really love it.

Today the weather is unexpectedly beautiful, and the light and breeze matched with such great company made for a lovely November morning. Today reminded me how much I love living in our neighborhood and how privileged we are, all of us, to open our homes and our hearts to people.

I hope you’re all having a beautiful weekend,
mariah

New things at The Wedding Format

It’s been quiet here, no? The mister and I have been keeping busy recreating our website for The Wedding Format and adding new content. We have lots of exciting ideas for that space in the coming months. Our friend Emily listened to us gab one afternoon and read a few things we’d written, and then she took control and cranked out the awesome copy. We were so pleased she was able to work with us on this project. She’s actually a former bride of ours so we felt she offered a unique perspective of our growing business (and she’s great at what she does!). Consider following us on Bloglovin’ so as not to miss any of the goodness! I still have ideas and things to share here, but for the time being, I’ve felt I should put my focus on blogging for our family business. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find balance in doing both. I look forward to seeing you guys at The Wedding Format blog!