Sunday, November 9, 2014

Pallet Signs

For some crazy reason, I told my friend that I would do a craft show with her next weekend.  What was I thinking?!  My weekends are so precious and the last thing I want to do is spend my whole Saturday sitting at a craft fair.  But I never spend anytime with this friend and I have so many creations that I should probably try to sell.  I am sure I will have so much fun when I am there and maybe I will make a little extra money too!
Luckily I have a lot of things already made up but I wanted to make some new things too.  Cody brought a few pallets home from work and I put him to work cutting them up for me.  These simple signs are just a piece of the pallet that I painted with a bit of watered down paint.  The "o" in LOVE is a felt rose.
 The lace and pearl trim take these signs from just rustic to rustic and romantic.  I just have to decide if I want to make them hang by pearls or something else altogether.  I love these signs and would totally buy one so hopefully others will too!
I will have to take pictures of all the things I am going to be selling.  I really do have some great things! 
And I just had to share these adorable little ceramic pilgrims.  I bought them at a thrift store for $1.50 and I just adore them.  I think that someone must have painted them at a ceramics shop because there are no markings.  The person who painted them did an amazing job!  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays so my house is all decked out in the few Thanksgiving decorations that I have and these just might be my favorites!

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Missing in Action--that's me!

I have been seriously MIA lately but I have good reasons why!  I have been spending a lot of time with my handsome nephew and I always like to take as many pictures of him as I can!
He has already been introduced to one of my favorite Fall traditions--watching "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" He loved it and wiggled around to the music.  His Uncle Cody has also made sure that he will be a San Diego Chargers fan just like him and got him this super cute beanie to wear when they watch the games together.
I have also been busy taking family pictures this fall.  It seems like this time of year is my busiest time, just like any photographer!  Of course I took family photos for my brother and his cute little family.  I can't get enough of my little Fish! 
Here is another cute little family.  He works with my brother and after seeing their maternity photos, asked if I could do some for them.  They are expecting a new little boy sometime this month.
This is my friend and roommate from college.  Her cute little toe-headed kids were so much fun and have the cutest personalities!  
Another college friend of mine had me take some pictures of her son's baptism.  The lights in the chapel would not turn on so that was definitely a bit of a problem but the photos turned out great!
I also found these amazing new pans while out grocery shopping a few weeks ago.  I instantly fell in love with the color and wanted all of them.  At only $6 per pan, it was a steal of a deal even if Cody did have to talk me into buying them.  So glad I did because I love them!
I also got a new car.  I drive over 300 miles to work and back each week and needed something more reliable than the Honda I was driving.  So I traded in my gas hog 4Runner and got this Mazda Tribute.  It isn't as good on gas as the Honda but is better than the 4Runner.  I kind of like it!
So that is what I have been up to lately.  Definitely keeping busy!  I hope to find some time soon to get some crafty projects in so I can share them with all of you!

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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