Friday, December 30, 2011

Best Year....Ever

This year has definitely been an eventful one.

This year my best friend asked me to marry him, we made it official this summer.

We moved to a new city this fall. Hubby started his career as a history teacher, and I started my graduate school to be a School Psychologist.

We're ending our year by spending time with our family that's here from out of state.

Have a great New Year's!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Story About Me

I'd like to tell you a very personal story about me. This is not for a pity party; its so others can hear it who may need to know they aren't alone or for some to maybe better understand those they love.

          Three years ago, I had a really hard time sitting through my classes in college. I would often feel dizzy, sick to my stomach, and clammy. It was a fight to just stay in my chair for fear of becoming sick, let alone paying any attention to what was going on in the classroom. When I would drive down a certain bumpy road, I would experience pain and nausea, too; so I would drive out of my way to avoid that road. I would have awful ringing and pain in my ears, and most of the time I had to really concentrate when people were talking to me so I could hear what they were saying. I knew there was really something wrong when I would have really bad vertigo spells without any warning. It was Christmas time and I was shopping by myself when I had my first vertigo spell. It came very quickly and felt like I was being pushed over and spun; I had to hold onto the shelving in the store so I wouldn't fall over.

I went to my family doctor, and he told me I had an ear infection. He sent me home with antibiotics and told me to come back in 2 or 3 weeks if I wasn't feeling better. The second time I went back, he said there was still fluid on my ear and gave me a stronger antibiotic and numbing drops for my ears. The third time he gave me two antibiotics that you would usually get if you went to the hospital for something more serious than my diagnosed ear infection. I called my doctor after the medicine still didn't work, and he sent me to an ENT.

The ENT checked out my ears and asked me about my symptoms. He took an x-ray of my head and had my hearing tested. We sat down and talked and he told me I had Meniere's disease. He told me that he actually suffered from the same disease and so did his mom. His mother's illness went undiagnosed, and she became deaf. When your doctor sits you down and tells you that you have to change or you will go deaf, it kind of hits you like a ton of bricks.  

This is the way my doctor explained it to me: a person who has Meniere's doesn't regulate sodium properly. Their body retains too much, and it causes fluid to build up in their inner ear. This helps cause the ringing, hearing loss, and vertigo. He told me I had to keep my sodium (salt) intake at 1500-2000 mg/day.  Most people don't look at sodium on food labels (normally just fat, calories, carbs, and protein); I never did. Other things like caffeine (ironically, I started to drink coffee a couple of months before all of the big symptoms like the vertigo and ear pain started), alcohol, and stress make it worse.

As  you can expect, I went into a sort of denial stage; then I got depressed; then I went overboard on the whole sodium thing. I ate like a rabbit for about 2 weeks and then rebelled. I also found out that "sweets" don't have a whole lot of salt in them, but that didn't do me any good, either. I finally set myself straight and went to the grocery store one day to just read labels on the foods I normally eat. I quickly realized that I was going to be doing a lot of cooking in the future or go deaf. My dad was really supportive of me (I was living with him at the time). Our new diet also helped his high blood pressure! 

After changing my diet and cutting out my coffee, my hearing slowly improved (not to a perfect level, though) and my vertigo virtually went away. The thing that I was most happy about was that the pain in my ears went away. I must admit that I have met other people who have this disease at a far worse level than I do. My ENT told me that we caught it early, but that isn't the case for some people. I met a woman who had to take all kinds of pills and LITERALLY had to always eat like a rabbit.

Another confession: I don't always do my best with the whole salt thing. Sometimes I'm more lax with my diet, and I can definitely tell. I really like popcorn and eating out with my friends or my husband. And my body lets me know I did wrong. Every now and then I'll have a vertigo episode, or I'll have that pain in my ears.Then I hop back on the wagon. Lately, I've made a commitment to doing better all of the time. Yes, I can go out to eat, but not frequently. Yes, I can eat at other people's homes who do not have the same diet as me. As long as it doesn't happen all the time, I'm okay.

With my renewed commitment, I'm going to share with you all how I alter recipes or make things on my own (with my favorite low-so cook book). Like I said earlier, most people don't even look at labels whether they have a health complication or not. Eating less salt can help you avoid high blood pressure (healthier heart!) and can help you and your family avoid obesity.

I'm sorry if you think this post was too long or was too personal. I needed to get this off of my chest because I believe that maybe, just maybe, I can help someone else who felt just as helpless as I did.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Recipe Thursday: Crock Pot Stroganoff

I've been trying out a lot of new recipes lately. So, I think I'm going to try and share one once a week with you all. 
Here's one that we tried last week that I've fallen in love with.

Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff with Cream Cheese
my notes or changes are in blue

1& 1/4 pound cubed beef stew meat
2 can condensed cream of mushroom soup I chose the reduced (lower) sodium kind, sometimes you have to really look for it in the grocery store
1 chopped onion We aren't super big on onions, so I used 1/2 onion
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 c. water (or a little more if you want saucy). Next time I think I will use a 1/2 cup
dash of garlic salt I used garlic powder, not garlic salt (again, avoiding the salt but still adds good taste)
8 oz cream cheese (cut up)
Egg noodles or Amish noodles

In slow cooker, combine uncooked meat and all ingredients EXCEPT cream cheese and noodles.

Cook on low setting for 8 hrs or high for about 5 hrs. Approx. 15-20 min before serving, add the cream cheese; stir occasionally until melted. Approx. 10 minutes before serving, add uncooked noodles, push down in sauce to get lightly coated; replace lid, but stir occasionally until noodles are soft & ready to eat.

The hubby and I really enjoyed this! On a scale of 0 to 5 (0 being I never want to eat this again and 5 being I really like this and want it often), hubby rated it a 4 and I'd rate it a 4.5.

I don't have a picture of our finished product; in the future, I hope to have a picture for you.

Let me know if you try this and what you think.

If you have any recipes that you'd like to share, I'm always looking for a good one! 

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Good Wife Should....

Lately, I've been pondering about my role as a wife (that's still weird...good say). I think that everyone has different expectations of what wives should and shouldn't do. 

I'm pretty sure my grandma Lucy would say something like 'feed your husband and have lots of great grand kids for me.' Some people would consider pulling your own weight with the household income to be a given. Others may say to take care of the house and children. Sew, cook, bake, clean, wear heels on the carpet, you know.

The lines of expectations are kind of blurry for me. I'm still in school and will be for another two years. I have a graduate assistanship which takes up 20 hours a week, work my retail job on the weekends, and am at school all the time. Sometimes I don't feel like I'm fulfilling my wifely obligations (cooking, cleaning, etc.) when I come home from a 9 hour day at school and just want to sleep when I come through the door. 

The hubby and I, I think, have been doing a pretty good job of balancing all of the house chores, but with him working full time now, it's getting harder.

How do you handle all of your obligations? What are your expectations of a wife's role?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

It creeps up on you

I was giving a test for a class to a young child last year, and I asked her what the four seasons were. She said, "summer, spring, fall,"

I've been seeing it everywhere, and it's not even Halloween yet. Working in retail, after the back-to-school rush, your mind automatically starts preparing for the holiday season, which, literally begins the week or two after Halloween. 

Earlier this week, I went to a craft store that's notorious for having their Christmas products out for at least half of the year (you know the one I'm talking about, the one that I could spend all day in just looking). Aisles and aisles of red and green. Even stacked on top of the non-Christmas themed aisles.  I was thinking, " Really?"

Then, earlier this morning, there was a post on a blog that I read about already thinking about saving for Christmas. Being a newlywed, this hit home with me. Money is tight right now for just about everyone, especially us newlyweds or soon-to-be-weds. I don't think people would expect a lot from us, but I love seeing the joy on people's faces when they've opened a gift that I put a lot of thought into.

So, the article I read suggested opening up a new savings account just for Christmas. I really don't think that's necessary unless you have a slew of kids and save the whole entire year for Christmas. Other people I know (namely my mom), buy little things they see all year round when they're on sale. The problem people have is not being able to find these things when it comes time for Christmas (I tend to get a few things around Valentine's day from my mom or grandma that were meant to be given at Christmas. lol).

I think the hubby and I will be sticking to Dave Ramsey's envelope system. I've read most of Dave's book The Total Money Makeover and I really like some of the things that he has to say about money....anyways. 

How do you handle saving for Christmas (and other money things) in your family?

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Starting School...Again

It's that time again...

I LOVE back to school time.

  I LOVE buying school supplies. Even as a kid, I loved picking out what folders and binders I would have for the year. My favorite was always Lisa Frank, of course.

Having all of these new supplies makes me feel organized and at peace with the least until mid-semester when things get crazy and I stop using my planner.

I started graduate school at LSUS in their Specialist in School Psychology program about 2 weeks ago. Things are kinda hectic carrying 9 hours, a full time (20 hours/week) graduate assistantship, and working at my part-time job. Justin has been really amazing with helping keep the house clean and food on the table...although I sometimes wonder how often he secretly eats Ramen when I'm not around. Justin is still busy searching for a job. He had an interview earlier in the week that wasn't fruitful.  

This morning, Justin and I drove down to Jonesville for his family reunion. It was the 200th anniversary of the McClure's moving to this region. It was really nice meeting more of Justin's family, and I always enjoy spending time with his parents. I'm even sitting here (sort-of) watching the LSU game at their house. I must admit that I'm a Razorback girl thru-and-thru! We're going to swing through and visit my dad tomorrow on our way home. I, unfortunately, do not get to rest from my labors on Labor Day (yay for holiday pay!).

I hope all of you have a great Labor Day weekend!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Being a Newlywed

Sometimes being a newlywed stinks:

Our apartment, however safe and clean it is, happens to be right next to a railroad track.
This isn't like the locomotive clock that my brother had as a kid that blew its whistle every hour, but had a light sensor and didn't make noise at night. NO, no, no. This railroad track has real trains that come a various hours in the day and night. And they blow their horn a LOT because of the railroad crossings. yay us!

Or, yet again. We are sitting in a hot laundromat, and we're both scrambling on our lap tops while waiting for our clothes because we don't have the internet at home.

While others go out on fancy dates (eating out or a movie), we stay home and watch an old movie or play Wii. 

Other times it's great:

Like today, when I was at work for only 6 hours and I missed my husband. It felt great to walk through our door and say "honey, I'm home!" and get my welcome home kiss.

The 3am train is bearable because he usually wakes up, too. We both sigh from annoyance, and I get another chance to say "I love you".

Because we don't go out for dates or whatever, I've really gotten to know the man I married. We talk and have fun without spending any money. Tonight, for instance, I came home from work and he was cooking me dinner. He made bread and chicken cordon bleu from scratch....for me. :D know, I think I have more fun making dinner with him and watching a movie at home than going out to a movie and dinner (although, I'm dying to go to Joe's Crabshack when we get a little moolah!!!!).

All in all, being a newlywed isn't that bad. I honestly wouldn't trade what I have for anything else.

What's your favorite memory from your newlywed year?

Friday, August 19, 2011

Things I'm Thankful For

  • My husband who loves me (who I'm crazy about).

  • Temple covenants that I have made.

  • My family (old and new) who love me and help keep me sane. 
  • Having a nice safe place to live.
  •  Food on my plate.

  • Air conditioning and other modern "conveniences" (more like a necessity in this 107 heat).

  • Having a job (no matter how much I may complain about it).

  • Feeling safe at night when I close my eyes. 

  • Good Health.

This is just a few things that I decided to remind myself that I'm thankful for. Sometimes I think that we (meaning me) get caught up in the things that we think we want and need and forget all of the things that we do have. It's my goal that when I utter a complaint or an "I wish I/we...." that I make a list in my head of the things that I am grateful for. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

New Ward

Change is scary. At least I think so. Justin and I have been experiencing a LOT of change. I've basically had my fill of it.

One part of moving that could be/is stressful and/or scary is finding out where your new church is (or, if you aren't LDS,  choosing a new home church). 

Justin and I went to the church website and typed in our address to find out where we're supposed to go. We went to the Shreveport 2nd ward to find out that the next Sunday 3 wards were meeting to create a new ward. That week we found out that we're in the new Bossier City ward. Last Sunday was supposed to be just fast and testimony meeting with a talk from the bishop afterward. Justin & I didn't go because I was awfully sick. So, this weekend is stake conference. Basically our whole experience has been jumbled and we've been shuffling around waiting to get back to a normal routine as far as church goes.

We're trying to just go with the flow. What was the most stressful or worst part of moving to a new place? What was the best part?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Wedding Cake (and other wedding pictures)

Here's my BEAUTIFUL cake! Made by my Mother in law Linda McClure. 
Ms. Linda, as I've probably said before, is the pioneer of electronic cutters for cakes. Visit her website or blog

Here's my handsome husband.

Here's an okay picture of my dessert bar. 
Everyone wiped out our cupcakes, that's why there aren't hardly any on my cake plates (That I MADE). 
I borrowed this cute piece of furniture from my grandma and turned this into a cute display. Remember the banners I made? That's one of them!

Anyways, Justin and I have finally gotten settled in our new apartment, and celebrated our one month anniversary yesterday. We haven't killed each other yet, and my cooking hasn't killed him. LOL

Now that the wedding is over, I'm wondering where to go with this blog. Any ideas?

Because of dietary restrictions, I have to cook with low sodium (salt). Which means that I usually have to make things from scratch (can't used canned sauces, pre-made freezer meals, etc). I've thought about blogging about my adventures with cooking, along with everyday life. What do you think?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I'm a married lady!


Justin and I are finally married!

Here are a few pictures taken by our photographer in Idaho Falls....In the Moment Photography.

The next picture is a fun one of me, my mom, and my brother from Jeanette's Photography at our Mississippi reception.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Doily Banners

Hello all! It's finally time for another craft update!!!

I made two banners Monday. One says "Love is Sweet" and the other says "Thank You."
My very soon to be sister-in-law Jessie of Confetti Creations made the iron on letters for my banners. She's awesome; you should go check out her it!!

I ironed my letters onto my fabric circles. And then hot glued the circles to the doilies and the doilies to the ribbon.

And you get something like this!


Sunday, June 26, 2011

My Grandma's Diaper Cakes - Part 2

This past week, I took pictures of some new diaper cakes that my Grandma K has recently made.

The first is a 12'' fairy cake. Super Cute!

The next is a 12'' Winnie the Pooh cake.

The last cake is a 10'' monkey cake.

I LOVE the ribbon on the front with the monkey faces.

Make sure you check out her website and "LIKE" her on Facebook. There are teasers of some custom summer themed cakes on her Facebook page; check them out!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

2 weeks to go

Wow. The big day is almost here.
Monday I left Louisiana and started my trek to Idaho. Three days of loooong driving. I'm really glad that I'll have my partner in crime with me for the trip home.

I got here Wednesday night and basically crashed out for a good number of hours.

In the few days that I've been here, I've accomplished a lot of little things from my list. My mom is still in Boston with my step dad at Brigham and Women's Hospital and won't be here until the week of the wedding, so my awesome grandmother has been my right hand woman.

Tuesday I'm having my bridal portraits taken. I really don't like getting my pictures taken (especially if its just me in the pictures). BUT I have found an amazing photographer that I really feel comfortable with. Shawna from In the Moment Photography is my photographer. We are going out past Idaho Falls to an abandoned house and barn in a field to take my portraits. I'm so excited!!!!

Anyways, that's all for today. I've got lots of crafts to finish up with the help of my grandma. I'll be sharing more next week. 

Oh, I'll probably post tomorrow about new diaper cakes that she has made.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Cake Inspiration

Everyone loves cake. Other than the bride, it's the cake that is the centerpiece of the reception. 

I've been debating about my cake for a really long time. As you know, I really like the vintage look and I like doilies. I've toyed with lace looks and other vintage inspired designs, but today we came up with our inspiration.

I saw this cake in a magazine laying around Ms. Linda's house last night, and I couldn't get it out of my head. It screams vintage (and "eat me").

What do you think?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Bridal Shower

Here's a few fun pictures from my shower yesterday. 
Here's a few pictures of the cake that my future mother-in-law made.

She used images from my bridal shower invitation and incorporated them with the cake.
If you'd like to see more of Ms. Linda's cakes, visit her website.

We played some fun games. Ms. Linda covered up the labels of spices in a spice rack and had us guess what they were. I use spices, but I guess I never really take the time to really look at them or smell. them.

We had a really great time! I'm really thankful to all of the ladies that came to my shower. 

What's the best shower gift you received?

Friday, June 10, 2011

Card Basket

Hey Everyone! Sorry I've been MIA a lot! 
Things are beginning to get crazy. I'm leaving town in about a week and a half to head to Idaho, so I'm running around like a chicken with its head cut off...

So, some new pictures for you all. I've been wrestling with the thought of making a card know what I'm talking about...the trendy CARD BOX.

I even started making one and decided it was a no for me. I was in Pier One the other day (I really like walking around there and looking at stuff, it's my window shopping store!), and they were selling these baskets for $1.50. So I got two.

And, VOILA! I have a card basket and a basket to hold our favors.

I'm going to put "Thank You" on one and "Cards"on the other.

I found more ways to use my doilies and the buttons.

Anyways, that's all I've really got for today. Tomorrow is my bridal shower (YAY!). 

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Bridal Shower Invitations

I was going to wait a few days to share another post, but I'm so stinkin' excited about this one!!!

If you didn't know, I'm an avid owl lover (avid may be an understatement). I have restrained myself and kept owls completely out of my wedding. Until now...

I saw a bridal shower card (that i can't currently find to reference) that I loved, so I made it my own.

There's this neat thing that I learned about recently called digital scrapbooking. It's really cool for us ladies that don't have a whole lot of time, money, or space to store all of our crafting stuff. You can literally buy digital scrapbook paper (cute files) and make them on your computer and print them later, if you want.

So, I found a website that gives a few freebies every month, and one of the backgrounds was exactly what I wanted. I bought a file kit with 8 different owl images for about $2 (you can't really beat that!).

I used MyGrafico. Here's a link to their freebies.

Anyways, basically you take the jpeg files and put them on a PowerPoint slide and add text boxes, etc. It took me maybe 20 minutes to finally get everything right for the invitation. You save it as a jpeg file, and then have them printed at your local drugstore. 

Here's my invite (with blurried details):

Cute, huh? I'm really excited about my shower. My best girl friend and my future mother in-law are hosting it next weekend!

So ladies, have any of you tried digital scrapbooking?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Summer Sun

Hey ya'll! Sorry its been so long! Life's been kinda hectic and blogger wouldn't let me upload any pictures for the longest time.

Here's what's been going on: 
School is finally out, and the weather is starting to get hot here in Louisiana.
Justin graduated a couple of weeks ago. I'm so proud of him!!!

I've got a couple of great finds that I've come across lately.
First are these great milk glass bud vases I found for less than a dollar each at Goodwill.
I cut some flowers from our yard and put them on the mantle. LOVE IT!
Next, I found the P-E-R-F-E-C-T ear rings to wear for the big day. I saw them and started drooling. I think they match my vintage-y look nicely. 

Okay, after my last post about shoes, I was determined to get the ones I wanted and I literally searched the web for at least 2 hours trying to find the ones I wanted for a lower price...and I found them! They were originally $98 and I found them for $63. WooHoo!

Lastly, my birthday was this past weekend! I spent the day with lots of loved ones and friends. I also made my Great Grandma Wanda's Carrot Cake.


Coming soon, I will have a post about a great ETSY shop that I've had an experience with and more wedding crafts!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Shoe Dilemma

I'm baaack! The semester is O-V-E-R! So, now I'm working close to full time at my part time job and focusing on wedding details.

Today I updated my budget and emailed vendors to check on competing prices. I'm a haggler.

Okay. So. I have this dilemma. I am inherently frugal (thank you mother for instilling this in me). It's about time that I take my dress in to get it altered and I need to have shoes first. Here's the issue:

Beautiful, Beautiful SHOES!
All of the above shoes are approximately $100 and are by my new favorite designer Poetic Licence.
I know, I know. They're wedding shoes. I'm supposedly allowed to splurge. BUT  I really am feeling guilty about even considering buying $100 shoes.. I've never bought shoes that cost that much and probably never will again (if I do).

Here's a cute casual alternative that I would definitely wear the heck out of after the wedding. And hey, who is really going to see my shoes, right?

They look a little more turquoise than in this picture. And...they're less than $40.

So, ladies...Are my splurge shoes worth it? Is this a stupid question (I'm thinking it probably is)? Which ones do you like the best?

Monday, May 9, 2011

2 Months!

So, its getting late, but I really wanted to post today even though I don't have a whole lot to say. Here goes:

We've got two months left until the Big Day!

So, I've got a crazy long list of things to do for the wedding, but I'm trying to put it off until finals are over this week.'s some hair inspiration to tide you over. I love these! 
Which one is your favorite?

Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Spring Break & Grad Invites

Last week, Justin and I went with a group of friends on a Church history trip. We went to Independence, MO & Nauvoo, IL. Here's a few pictures.

We had such a good time!

So, Justin is graduating later this month! I'm so excited!!
We made a few simple announcements for his family. Here's Justin making some.

I blurried out some of the details, but we got some really neat scrapbook paper and printed up our own announcement. I downloaded a really neat font to do his name. We made about 20 of them, and they were really cost efficient. 

There is about a week and a half left in the semester for me, so I might be silent for the next week or so. There will be plenty of DIY wedding crafts after class is out, scout's honor!

Friday, April 22, 2011

DIY Fun with Doilies

Sorry it has been so long since I posted! It's the end of the semester and things are getting crazy!!

So, a few weeks back I came across a tutorial on Tatertots and Jello. It was actually a guest posting from Erin at Lemon Tree Creations. She created this AWESOME doily mobile for a nursery, but I'm taking her idea and applying it to my wedding. 

As I showed you all earlier, I found some really cute fabric that goes well with my colors and my vintage/antique-y look that I'm going for with my wedding. Here's what I made!

I hung a few from the chandelier in our dining room so you can get a feel for what it would look like.

Cool, huh?
I'm going to hang them in the gazebo for our reception up north!
I'm also thinking about twisting this idea again and make chair ties (instead of sashes/bows).

Well, that's all I have for now. I hope everyone has a great Easter!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Project Preview

Hey ya'll. 

I've got a huge research prospectus due on Friday for my Neuropsychology class, so not much wedding stuff is progressing. I have to present a potential research experiment about altruism, and it's worth about 40% of my semester grade. So, wish me luck!

Since I haven't done much, I'll share a couple of pictures with you.

The first is of an awesome find I got last weekend while garage sale-ing.
Super cute cake plate for $2! 

Next is a sneak peek for an upcoming project.

I found these super cute fabrics at a local fabric store. They happened to have a sale when I was there. One was on clearance, and the other two were 50% off. I only needed a 1/2 yard of each, so I paid less than $6 for my fabric. I was going to buy fat quarter bundles online, but (a) I didn't need that much fabric and (b) they were all more expensive that what I found.

I'm really excited about this project and can't wait to share it with you all when I get done!

Oh, before I forget! I want to invite all of my new followers! About 5 new people have joined in the past week! Leave me a comment and let me know who you are. Also, if you have a blog of your own, share it with us!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Newsprint Pomander Tutorial for the Brave

If you remember, I posted a few weeks about these beautiful pomanders that I wanted to make for our reception. Well, I made one (actually 2, the first one was really awful).

I got ideas how to make them from this tutorial, but my instructions vary a little bit. Here's the step-by-step tutorial.
You'll need a Styrofoam ball, hot glue gun with a couple of glue sticks (I think I ended up using 3 or 4?!), some ribbon, and circles of newspaper. I used a coaster I have as my template.
I folded my paper circle in a shape that kind of looks like the "fortunes" we used to make in middle school.

I put a tiny dot in the center so my fold would hold.

What worked best for me was to put my hot glue directly on to the ball. You take the folded circle and squish it on to the ball. Hold it there a few seconds to let it adhere.
Important Note: Make sure you put the "petal" straight vertically. If you start trying to fill in the empty spaces by kind of adhering them sideways, your pomander will look uneven and weird (that's what happened to my elusive first try).

Glue the ribbon when you're getting close to the end. Then fill in petals around it and spaces that you may need another one.

Here's a look at the finished product. I think it looks really nice. I'm not sure it fits in just right with the look of my wedding that I'm trying to get across.

So, the pomanders were pretty cheap to make. I bought a 2 pack of "medium" Styrofoam balls for $4.99, and I already had all of the other supplies.

So, here's the truth about making these little poms: 
It took me a relatively long time to make just one pomander. I think it probably took me 45 - 50 minutes to complete one. I can only imagine how long it would take (in total) to make all of the poms that I would need. I'm thinking I would need 15 of them, at least. I don't really have that kind of spare time these days.
They don't turn out THAT large. Here's a picture relative to some objects that are on my mantle.
I can only imagine how long it would take to make a pom using one of the larger Styrofoam balls.

Lastly, the tedious part was not cutting out the circles (which I thought it would be), but the hard part was putting all of the petals on the ball. It only took me 3 or 4 minutes to cut out the circles (it's really easy to cut newspaper in large stacks). The tedious part is adhering all of the petals so that it looks even. I'm sure I'd get faster at it after doing another pom.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE these poms. But I've decided to not make any more of them. I don't have the time or the patience.

This project is great for someone who has patience and time on their hands (or a bunch of bridesmaids or a mother that is willing to make an afternoon of making these).
Okay, last tip: use a low heat glue gun or you will burn the mess out of your fingertips.

In lieu of not doing these poms, I have yet another DIY project I'm considering that should take less time. Click HERE if you'd like to take a peek.