I feel like I spent the majority of this weekend curled up on the couch under a blanket and at least one pup. And it was fantastic. Since wedding season wrapped up, I have had a lot of long-sought-after free time on my hands. The first few weeks I spent that newfound time with video games and Netflix — a necessary veg time, to be sure — but I’ve finally gotten into that groove that’s equal parts productive and totally relaxing.


Paper & Honey blog / @paperandhoney on Instagram


After a date night on Friday with my main man and our favorite local Mediterranean restaurant, Saturday was spent completing some chores that have been on our to-do list for the better part of this year. Like rearranging our pantry and turning our basement bar from a catch-all storage unit to an actual bar with alcohol previously stashed in the back of a closet. I gave my blog some much-needed attention, too — see that fancy favicon in your browser tab? Yeah, no big deal. I figured that out all by myself, no hand-holding required. I’m essentially a web developer.

(Apologies to all web developers I’ve just insulted. I have no idea how you do it.)

As my site hasn’t been updated since it launched in January, I’m hoping within the next couple of weeks I’ll be able to style, photograph, edit, and upload images of the gorgeous stationery I’ve worked on this year. I’ve also written a few blog posts and am in the process of developing a couple different series. This is HUGE for me, guys! I am not a blogger. But I have a lot of thoughts and would love this space to become one of encouragement and loving on other brides and business owners.


Paper & Honey blog / Love Does by Bob Goff


Max, an operating room nurse, was called into work around 6am Sunday morning, so the house was still when I ended up getting myself out of bed. I took advantage of the quiet by reading a book that’s been collecting dust on my shelf since March when I attended Making Things Happen. I’ve heard only phenomenal things about Love Does but haven’t had the motivation to begin it — I’ve always been a fiction person. I would much rather read about dragons or unsolved mysteries or zombies than business advice! Surprisingly I was totally engrossed in Love Does since the beginning. This passage is my favorite so far:

“Being engaged is a way of doing life, a way of living and loving. It’s about going to extremes and expressing the bright hope that life offers us, a hope that makes us brave and expels darkness with light. That’s what I want my life to be all about – full of abandon, whimsy, and in love.” Bob Goff, Love Does


Yes. Yes yes yes. Bob, I like you.

And then Max got home and brought sprinkled donuts and it was the best Sunday morning.

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While I worked on website things, Max was busy in his workshop.

(It’s our garage. But doesn’t “workshop” sound fancier?)

Ever since my friend Amanda of Wit & Whistle posted about her DIY chevron coffee table I’ve been fiending for one of my own. We’re using pine instead of barnwood and staining the entire thing a dark walnut! I am SO ready to get rid of the boxy, black, IKEA table that currently takes up too much space in our living room. Max is a perfectionist when it comes to his carpentry and gets really focused on all the imperfections, where I see anything he makes as magic. This is going to be a goooorgeous table! I’m a lucky lady.

Here’s to a restful and warm week ahead!  -L



All photos from my Instagram.


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  1. Kat

    November 10th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I loved reading this!! So proud of you and can’t WAIT to start blog stalking you & all your pretty!!:) xo!!!!!

  2. Laura

    November 10th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    girl, you’re the best. thanks for being the most encouraging! xo

  3. Julie Wylie

    November 10th, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Lovely post as always, Laura! That table looks like perfection, already! Isn’t having a handy-husband awesome? 😉

  4. Laura

    November 10th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    YES. so awesome. our house is full of all sorts of next-level DIY projects thanks to him! I mostly just pick the colors. 😉

  5. Eith

    November 11th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    We are in the same boat together! My wedding season ended November 2nd. I have two weddings left to edit and after that, I’m not sure what to do with myself…thinking of getting a home based part time job LOL. I think our blogging journey will teach us so much to make 2015 a kickass wedding season! Your blog is so gorgeous by the way.. You do a great job taking photos for it 🙂

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