Monday, October 13, 2014

Fancy Tailgate Party

Happy Fall!  Even though I am still eagerly awaiting the cooler Fall weather here in Western Idaho, there are other things happening around here that definitely lets me know that Fall is here!  The college that I work for has a football team for the first time in 37 years and this weekend was our first Homecoming game.  Since I work in Special Events, we had to set up a tailgate like no other.  
 Everyone loved my Yotes banner that hung on the front of our canopy.  We brought in an oriental rug and had the fanciest set-up in the parking lot.  The president of the college declared us the winners even though there was no competition which is really too bad!
 We used real silver and all of my pretty white candle holders from my wedding.  The gold and purple chiffon is from our event supplies.  We set the tables with purple and gold chargers and both tables had cupcakes as decorations.
 I love being able to use my white serving pieces whenever I can.  No matter what the occasion, it always works perfectly to set a pretty table!
 Even my bar cart came in handy.  It was the perfect place for our silver punch bowl full of apple cider and all the extra cupcakes.
 This was a potluck and we all brought something to share.  There were brat bites, pulled pork sandwhiches, chips and salsa, corn salsa, little smokies, tortellini salad, shrimp cocktail, caprese bites,  brownies, cookies, cupcakes, petite much delicious food!

 We even had purple and gold gumballs which everyone loved!
 As you can see, no one could beat this fancy tailgate set-up.  We were challenged by the people next to us that next time, they were going to bring it.  I think we are going to pull out a secret weapon-my vintage camp trailer!  No one could beat that when you add some lawn chairs and pink flamingos to the mix!
 And of course, the Homecoming football game!  It was a nail biter until the very last second but we won by 4 points by the skin of our teeth.  So far, the Yotes are 4 wins and 2 losses on their first year of football.  Go Yotes!

 I recently entered a fun Fall swap and was partnered up with my good friend Jenny from Jenny's Heart.  I love that we always get partnered up.....we are kindred souls!
 The swap was to decorate a cookie cutter in either a Halloween or Fall theme.  I like them both so I let her decide what to do for me.  She chose Halloween and I think she did a fabulous job on my cookie cutter!
 And she spoiled me as usual with all the other goodies that she sent along.
 What a fun idea to send me a fun autumn cake mix!  Cody has already asked when I will be making it for him.  And all that candy is gone already.
 I just love this tumbler with my initial and in my favorite color.  Thank you sweet Jenny for sending me all this wonderful stuff and for being such an amazing friend!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Outdoor Fall Vignette

 Fall is by far my favorite time of year!  I have had the inside of my house decorated for Fall since the beginning of September but I thought I better save the outside until the calendar actually said it was Fall. Wouldn't want the neighbors to think I was crazy!
I bought a couple of mums but the rest was all stuff I had already.  I set up this little vignette in the front of the house in the flower bed and it looks so festive.  I just need to add a few real pumpkins from a local pumpkin patch.

 Cody brought two random pieces of wood home from work for me and made them in to a sign for me.  I painted the "Happy Fall Y'all" and the pumpkins on it.  It is very rough and rustic which is perfect!
 It has been quite warm here the last few days so my mums were in desperate need of some water, unfortunately they don't look so good here.  My vintage window with broken glass is the perfect place to hang my burlap bunting and sit a few gourds in.  
 This little mum is sitting in a vintage bed spring.  That crazy looking thing in the basket is a dried out gourd of some sort.  
 I got the mums at Home Depot and this one came in this neat galvanized metal bucket.  I love the graphic on it.
 This Fall vignette makes me so happy every time I see it.  I hope it brought a smile to your face too! 

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A beautiful September wedding

 I thought I would share with you a few of my favorite photos from the wedding that I planned last Saturday.  The rain didn't bother us too much but the wind was another story!

Chandra is a gal that I went to school with.  We weren't friends in high school but when she put out a plea on Facebook about needing someone to help her plan her wedding, I told her that I would help her since it is what I love to do.
 Not only was I the wedding planner, I was also the designer for the Save the Dates and Invitations, the makeup artist for the bride and her two daughters and the photographer!  Wow, when she called me her Renaissance girl it couldn't have been more true! 
 The wedding was held at my parent's house where I was married 5 years ago and my mom made the cake.  It was beautiful, she always does such a great job!
 Both Chandra and Brian have a daughter of their own and it is so lovely to see how well the girls get along together.  They were both so happy to see this family finally joined as one!
 I rented a big lens to shoot this wedding with and I had the hardest time sending it back after seeing the amazing pictures I took with it.  I know it isn't the camera that takes the great pictures, it is the person behind it, but I am even shocked at how well I did!
 A big congratulations to Chandra, Brian and your girls.  You had a beautiful wedding day and I can't thank you enough for letting me be such a big part of your day!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall Favorite Revisited: PUMPKIN ROLL

 I pretty much skipped over making any apple desserts and went straight to making pumpkin ones instead.  First up-PUMPKIN ROLL!  It is a favorite in my house and this is just the first of many that I will make this Fall.  So, for the first official day of Fall, I am revisiting this old favorite and sharing with you how simple and delicious this pumpkin roll is.

And because Saturday, September 20th was my birthday, I had to share this picture of my sweet husband and the yummy cake he baked and decorated for me.  I helped him a little bit but it was all his idea!  I sure do love him!
I am so happy that Fall is finally here, well, at least the calendar says it is.  We are expecting temperatures in the 90's for the next 2 days and then it will drop to the 70's by Friday.  I have a wedding that I have been planning for over a year on Saturday so fingers crossed that it doesn't rain!

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Come take a tour inside my camper

 We finally went up to get our camper and bring her home this weekend so now I can give you the grand tour of the inside!
 Here she is parked outside in the street in front of our house.  Come on inside with me!
 Here is the little dinette.  We covered the cushions in a fish-themed fabric so of course I had to decorate with a wicker fishing creel full of ivy.  The table is set with my vintage Corelle "Spring Blossom" dishes straight from the 70's.  You can also see the thermoses I got to put in here from my last post.
 My little kitchen has a peach stove and sink.  Cody loves making coffee in his blue percolator.  Don't you love my retro canisters?  I got them at a yard sale a few years ago and only paid $1 for all 3!  I am always on the lookout for anything vintage that will go great in here.

 Here is the bed made into a couch.  When we are up camping we always keep it folded down so we don't have to make the bed everyday.  I store extra bedding in the loft along with our clothes and Cody's fishing poles.
 And here is the back with the bed down.  See my tray from my last post?  It works so well for sitting in bed and reading or whatever!  The duvet cover was a thrift store find that I got for $10.  It was brand new and I fell in love with every single detail instantly!
 Here is the little plaque outside the front door.  Funny fact--Cody's parents lived in Bellflower, California for a short time.  Oasis campers aren't too common, at least I don't think they are.
When we bought this camper over 5 years ago, Cody painted the outside as well as hand-painting this logo that is on the front and back of the camper.  It needs to be redone already but I think it just adds to the charm!
 Here are some more shots at different angles.  Not only do we have the ability to use power if it is available, but we can also use the gas lights if it isn't.  That is so nice!
 The frames that I have hanging will soon be redone.  I have fun ideas for them, but for now they are in their natural state!
 We love this camper so much.  Of course it would be nice to have a bathroom in it, but for now, it is perfect just the way it is.  I hope you enjoyed the tour of my vintage 1967 Oasis Camper!

Our camper has been featured on Vintage Camper Trailers Facebook page!  Check it out here.

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