Team Project Pan April Update

I will just warn ahead of time that this isn’t going to be some fantastic progress month. I did a lot of testing of makeup this month while getting ready for the wedding. The week leading up to the wedding I barely wore makeup. During the days I was wearing makeup, it wasn’t the project pan items. I was also attempting to finish up some sample size items for the beauty balance, leaving me using project pan items even less than usual. I am sure next month will be more effective.

It was, however, lovely and refreshing to have gotten an opportunity to refresh and change out some items at the end of last month. That is really a fantastic way to renew interest in the project.

Let’s start with all the little sample size fragrances. I did use a fragrance this month but then added two more in, so that’s not exactly progress. I currently have 10 little bottles of fragrance.


I’ve been concentrating on the Omnia and it’s pretty close to being done. It is a nice fragrane that does not last through the day for me. If I thought to put it in my handbag and reapply at lunchtime, it would already be gone. But I don’t do that, I use what I keep at work instead.

Last month’s photos above. I’ve used both palettes a bit, the finishing powder in the cover FX palette in particular is developing quite a dip. I bet we see pan on that before the end of this quarter. The highlighters are a little on the dark side for me, I should try them as eyeshadow. The contour is fine, and I have been using the brightener as both an inner corner eye color as well as a regular highlighter. I’ve continued to expand the pan on the sleek palette but slowly. I have used this less because I’ve been using more powder foundation.

This month’s photos:

I had both my bare minerals powder foundations in this project. I finished the original formula and am now left with just the matte formula. I have decided I rather enjoy having the matte formula in my collection so I don’t think I am going to be worrying too hard about getting that one used up this quarter. I’ll just rotate it in when I can.

No dip is seen in the charlotte tilbury powder sample yet, I used the olive oil face mask only once, and the peach colored eyeshadow two or three times only. There’s a tiny bit of progress on the cover fx powder, but I have decided I’ll concentrate on the charlotte tilbury one now. I am still working away on the mac paint pot, no pan yet but I’ve been trying to wear it down pretty evenly. The little clinique eyeshadow I am using to set my base has just the tiniest bit left, I think it’ll be gone next month.

When it comes to lip products I have realized it’s a bit unwise to have chosen two bright coral colors to try to work on this quarter. I have used them both, and I am getting into a bit of a routine now with them. Apply the liquid lipstick in the morning and then when touch-ups are needed, the cream lipstick is great for that. This eliminates the problem of the cream lipstick being a bit sheer as well, with the punch of liquid lipstick under it, sheerness isn’t noticeable. I’ve used the gloss a bunch but I don’t like it. And, the bite lipstick I love, I bet it is gone next month. I am proud of the little progress I made on the flower beauty coral lipstick. (I did not include photos of the liquid lipstick and the gloss, progress cannot be seen.)

Last month I forgot to include a photo of where I am on the it cosmetics eye pencil. No matter, it doesn’t look like I made progress on it this month despite feeling like I used it regularly. So, this month’s update is the same as last month.

Steady progress was made on both the deva curl cream and the cover FX primer. I like both products fine so it isn’t much trouble to use them. I am eager to work on some other hair product at some point though! I feel a bit in a rut right now. It is rather hard to figure out where I am at with the blurring primer. I do think that I used less of it this month because I was using a bare minerals primer with my bare minerals powder foundations.

You’ll notice that I’ve added in my It cosmetics illuminating cc cream. It doesn’t stick to my face very nicely so I am going to work on using it up. Currently, I am mixing it with other foundations and that seems to be working nicely. I am sure it’ll take me ages to finish that one.


Last month I removed the L’oreal eyeliner from my collection. That was a declutter. I started out using the artist color pencil but then quit because I wanted to use it on wedding day. From here on out progress should be faster. That being said, this is a REALLY nice product. The style sepia eyeliner continues on, but I do think I’ll be done with that next month. Here’s the photo update:


So, overall, progress was made. Nothing particularly notable, except for the bare minerals original foundation. But I do feel rather good about the progress overall. Especially since I know I had to allow for various testing situations and special make up use as well as days of no makeup use.



I had some spinning I was going to blog about today, but turns out the wedding photos were blogged by my sister in law this weekend. And, I figured some might want to see them. So, that’s what I am doing today. Plugging her blog post and waiting on craft photos for later in the week.

After 8 Months

I am not absolutely positive, but I am pretty sure I haven’t done any wheel spinning since the end of August. I put my wheels away when Rose arrived as she was definitely going through a destructive teen stage. I am glad I did, all things considered. She is great now, but we did lose a lot of items from her destructive chewing.

After the destructive phase ended, a few months after we got her, I was just too busy in general to pull those wheels back out. I wanted to finish a bunch of knitting and reduce my yarn stash. I had major work projects. And then? I got engaged and had a wedding to plan. The spinning wheels stayed quietly in their closet as all these life events and plans happened.

Then I almost finished my lintilla shawl. I ran out of handspun yarn JUST before the end of the knit and JUST before family got into town for the wedding. That got set aside. Until this weekend.


I already had the wool singles done, I just needed to spin up a couple mawata silk pieces and then ply those with the wool. I could easily have just spun one little mawata, but I did two. Then I finished knitting my lintilla!


I love it. It’s slubby and fun. It is super soft with all that silk. I did all the dyeing for both the wool and the silk. It is absolutely something I made from start to finish.

Now I am off to find some fiber and do a real spin. Or, perhaps I’ll do some plying from spindles. I don’t know! But, I am definitely going to take some time to do some spinning. It might take me a minute to get squared away with it again!


It’s one week after our big event. My nails are beginning to chip. The flowers are beginning to die, though I did remove all dead flowers and put together new vases with those that were still viable.


We are working our way through our leftover food and doing pretty good with that. Some got frozen, much got eaten, and the salad we couldn’t get through had to get tossed. Our certified copy of our license arrived today so now we can plan a day off to go get name change stuff taken care of. I am still sleeping quite a lot, though I am hoping with a nap today I’ll be fairly caught up again. I’ve gotten back on my diet, despite the consumption of leftovers, and am only 3 pounds over my lowest weight. Not bad! With the massive success I had with it, I do want to keep it up.

Goals for this weekend would be taking up spinning again. I need to get some mawata silk done so I can finish my lintilla scarf. It’s so close to being done! I also want to get more of my craft room cleaned up, it’s pretty nutty in there as I mostly just dumped decor in there after the wedding was over. I am going to let Mr. Ink know that it may be time to start getting my loom put together so I can experiment with it, but since he works this weekend, I won’t push it. And I’d like to get a good start on thank you notes, I am terrible at writing them and the sooner I work on it the better chance we have of it actually getting done.

Meanwhile, what I am actually getting done isn’t on the goals list.


But I am definitely going to town on it! These tiny 10 stitch rows are deeply satisfying to me especially when paired with a yarn that changes colors. I’ve been working on this while chilling with the dogs in a quiet house. It’s much needed. Miss Butterfly is at camp and Mr. Ink is at work and I am truly enjoying the house to myself. But I do truly hope to have a little spinning to show off in the near future!


A Few More

Another wedding related post and then 2 more photos and then I am probably done for a little bit. Perhaps.

While I went back to work on Tuesday,  I really didn’t feel like a human again until Thursday. I really thought I was coming down with a cold or something. I was sleeping quite a lot extra and feeling so brain foggy. But, it turns out it really was just leftover exhaustion.

Anyhow, both groomsmen and Marja gave toasts at the wedding. Since it was such a small venue and no waitstaff, one of the nicest things to see was the bridal party serving the champagne right before toasts. I loved that, it felt very personal.

I truly wish someone had recorded the toasts. They were beautiful. The best man had clearly worked so hard on his. It was funny, it was touching, it made me tear up, it made me laugh really hard, and most of all, it was true. I loved that all three of them touched on these long term friendships and how it almost seems appropriate that no one can even really remember when we all walked into each other’s lives. And once those three toasts were over, Mr. Ink said “Ok that’s enough speaking now” which was ridiculously on brand for him.

After a while though, much to my surprise, Mr. Ink decided that he wanted to speak! You could have knocked me over with a feather. And so he did. He thanked people for coming. He then thanked me and let everyone know that all these details were entirely my vision. Then he thanked his sister in law, stating that she is like my general, making my vision happen. This is basically the most accurate way to have put it, as she truly went above and beyond in every way to make sure I had my wedding just as I had imagined it.

Anyhow, here’s Mr. Ink speaking, which thankfully Marja captured on camera.


And then we got to the cake cutting. You may notice my apron, Marja and I had gone on the hunt for vintage aprons since so much work would be done by guests. I chose one for the cake cutting.


The cake was TRULY delicious.


And I absolutely thought we’d be eating cake forever. But, after brunch on Sunday there wasn’t much left. I guess that’s what happens when the cake is GOOD.

There’s so much happiness in these photos and I am so glad to be able to post them. I am looking forward to seeing the professional photos but there’s something special about these little moments captured as well.

Then There Was This

The bridal party consisted of Miss Butterfly and my Maid of Honor Miss Marja. For the groomsmen, there was the best man and another groomsman.

The groomsman, during our outdoor photo shoot before arriving at the venue apparently had a brilliant idea for a photo. He didn’t say a word to me though.

Right after the ceremony, he said: “I had a great idea for a photo.” Knowing that I tend to view his nutty ideas with a certain degree of skepticism, he quickly added: “Don’t worry, my wife approves.”

Here was his idea:

He had quietly texted his wife and said “Bring your knitting!” She did! So, here I am getting a row in on someone else’s knitting in order that there could be photos of me knitting in my wedding dress on my wedding day. This thrilled all the guests quite a bit actually, and I loved that it happened as a complete surprise to me. If I look a bit dazed, it’s partly because I was. I was basically floating on air the entire evening, moments rushing by me at the speed of light, and my brain just couldn’t keep up or really track at all. I just mostly did as I was told. Now I get it. There’s something very different about being a bride, even if the bride is a massive planner who manages large events on the regular with no big issues. As the bride, I just couldn’t keep anything straight. It is most certainly an “out of time and place” moment in my life.


If I were to describe my wedding day, I’d call it magical. I am sure I’ll have additional more coherent thoughts on the subject in the future but for now, we’ll call it magical. I am going to start by showing off my details, and we’ll save a few other photos for future posts. I will also mention right from the start though that I did not touch my phone the entire day. I did not take one single photo after my initial arrival at the home we got ready in. I concentrated solely on participating in the day without being distracted by photos and posts and so on. As such, I have to rely on those who did take photos and those are still coming in. The professional ones my sister in law did will be up in the future as well.

Anyhow, on to the detail photos and my explanations behind them.

On one of the walls were these three wooden arches, so I figured the ceremony could be centered around those. Mr. Ink wanted to use maple trees in the decor. He called around and found a place where he could get maples delivered, 4 of them, that were coming from far enough south to have already grown leaves. That wasn’t going to be possible from our area. He made absolutely certain that the place he chose could deliver them before the wedding date and that they knew that he would be using them in wedding decor. Those 4 trees arrived. Three with leaves and one without. Mr. Ink actually thinks it may be diseased. We were disappointed.

Meanwhile, I’d spent all this time thinking about how I was going to make trees in landscaping buckets look wedding appropriate. I had thought to wrap the buckets in fabric, with more fabric wrapped buckets to give them height. After a while, the idea just didn’t thrill me. Until a point at which I had the brilliant idea to find weathered-looking wooden crates. If I made absolutely certain the crates were large enough, I’d be able to use them for height as well as turn them over and put the fabric wrapped bucket in the crate. With a little floofing, the fabric would look great, and the entire thing should have the vintage vibe I was going for right from the start. I called my mom and asked her to bring some fabric for the buckets and she was able to find teal/turquoise colors which fit the theme.

I did a dry run of the crates once the trees came in and decided I could also use some of Mr. Ink’s latest evergreen collection acquisitions as well. Then, I’d tossed in a couple doilies and thought that the empty edges could have doilies and vases.

Back to the trees. Mr. Ink had to go last minute tree shopping to add another tree to the mix. He could not find another maple with leaves, again, too early in the season. But, he’d been wanting to purchase a bougainvillea for his collection. This would be an indoor/outdoor tree, one which stayed out during the hot months and would come inside and overwinter indoors. So, in the end, a bougainvillea was purchased as the final tree. It all looked quite lovely and I am glad I was able to think of it and settle on something.


Right from the start, I knew I’d be using mason jar vases with recycled sari silk bows. I pulled out all my mason jars and then was able to add to that collection with mason jars from Marja’s mother’s collection. I had originally ordered bulk flowers from the same shop that was doing the bouquets. She had warned me that I should not purchase Costco/grocery store flowers because they wouldn’t last as long. But, with the additional mason jars, I knew I’d need more flowers. I did end up purchasing flowers for the rehearsal dinner from Costco.  I am here to tell you that you need not fear about Costco flowers. I purchased my Costco flowers on Thursday before the wedding. The ones from the shop arrived on Saturday, day of the wedding. It’s now Wednesday and the Costco flowers are holding up better than the ones from the florist.

Mr. Ink’s sister in law rallied her troops (The significant others of her sons) to do the floral work and they turned out so beautifully that I teared up looking at them. They did such a nice job!


We ended up with so many mason jars of flowers they were just added anywhere they would fit, and this made things look so fantastic!


I had looked through my own stash as well as Marja’s mother’s stash of vintage linens to find a number of dresser scarves to use during the wedding. Once beginning to set up the tables, my mom realized that crossing them actually looked better than having them individually on the tables. Very cute! I also had an assortment of vintage and store-bought vintage feeling salt and pepper shakers for the tables.


Included with the venue was a large farmhouse table. I loved the wood and the chipped paint and didn’t want to cover that in linen. So, Marja and I went antiquing. We found a number of vintage linens that could double as placements. We then found more in Marja’s mother’s basement, and then a few more in my stash. I supplemented that with a few from etsy, and I had cute vintage mismatched placemats for my farmhouse tables.

Once the flowers and the candles were added around the room the entire thing was just about as pretty and magical as could be. My vision realized by all the hard work of those attending.

Mr. Ink’s sister in law, who really did spearhead the directing of traffic and making my vision happen, took one look at the outdoor patio and had Ideas. She put a bar out there as well as some appetizers. But, what she really loved was the space and she went out and purchased multiple live plants to decorate the area. I hadn’t thought about the outdoors at all because when I’d viewed the venue it was snow covered outdoors. When we viewed it right before the wedding I just couldn’t add anything to the plans. But she could, and she did, and it was beautiful.


Now on to the candy bar. Miss Butterfly wanted a candy bar. I don’t care about candy. So, I told her I wasn’t doing one. But, Marja decided a candy bar would be fun so she decided to take that on. It really did turn out lovely and she seemed to have a fantastic time putting it together! She and her mom also made the mints, which were very delicious!


The cake was something I was quite worried about ahead of time. I wanted a very specific cake from a very specific baker. I knew the cake would be pretty and delicious. But, the ordering was very difficult and I wasn’t sure I trusted the order to get to the baker. I must have confirmed that order 3 times after the fact, and they assured me everything would go as planned. We had agreed that I would purchase red flowers for the top of the cake, and that in doing so, the baker would add the flowers to the top of the cake during set up.

At some point upon my arrival, I looked over at the cake and realized no flowers were on it. I asked Mr. Ink’s sister in law. She said “Baker is gone, he didn’t do it.” But at that point, I found I didn’t care. Not even a bit. My mom stepped up to the plate and got those flowers on the cake making it look quite pretty. See? No worries at all.


One final sweet and unexpected detail. There was a chalkboard provided at the venue. we attended that Alabama wedding last year, you may remember? Well, the bride at that wedding had learned a little lettering for her wedding, and she was willing to put that to use for ours.

There you have it, all the tiny details and associated photos that I have so far. These were all taken by my mom I believe. I am so glad she took the opportunity to get them. More to come, of course. This could be a rather lengthy process.