Saturday, August 11, 2018

Surprise Wedding

This past Wednesday, I planned a surprise wedding for a dear old friend of mine.  Originally, they had planned to have their wedding this September but pushed it back until next September.  After learning that her mom doesn't have a lot of time left due to brain cancer, they decided to move the wedding up and held a surprise wedding.  They invited people to the wedding via Facebook by telling them they were just having an End of Summer Soiree.  
When the guests arrived, this is the sign that they saw to tell them that they were here for a wedding.  Some people figured it out ahead of time but some people were completely taken by surprise!
I also made all of the centerpieces, aisle decorations, bouquets and boutineers.  I used babies breath, monte casino's, spray roses and lambs ear for the aisle decorations in mason jars. 
The centerpieces were babies breath, billy balls and lambs ear in a mason jar wrapped in burlap with a silk sunflower on top of a wood slice. 
The bouquet consisted of sunflowers, babies breath, monte casino's, spray roses, billy balls and lambs ear wrapped in burlap ribbon.  The boutineer was a billy ball, lambs ear, babies breath and monte casino's.  They were exactly what the bride wanted!
We held the ceremony at a friends parent's house.  August in Idaho is very hot and very smoky due to the fires in the area and although it was over 100 degrees, it was still a beautiful evening for a wedding.  We hung lace curtains in the tree and placed one of my mirrors on the tree as well to create the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. 
My candle chandelier was the perfect finishing touch hanging from the tree! 
I love planning weddings and I loved planning this one.  Mostly because it reunited me with friends that I have had almost all of my life as well as the mom's of my friends.  I can tell you that I spent many days of my younger life with all these ladies pictured below and I have so many memories with all of them.  We've talked of having a grown up slumber party in the basement of one of our friends' parents just like we did when we were kids.  I hope it really happens!  Please keep Janet, the bride's mom (lady in coral) in your thoughts and prayers as she fights against the cancer that they are unable to do anything for.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Outdoor Daybed

I have always wanted a screened in porch on my house.  One day I will have one here, but until then, I have this outdoor daybed where I can day dream about it.
Cody built this daybed for me years ago using a queen size head and foot board.  Click here to see what it looked like before I painted it.  I put on a quick coat of white paint and it was instantly better. 
Next, I free-handed some flowers on the back of the headboard using acrylic paints.  I am by no means an artist but I think my flowers turned out pretty cute. 
I also made a fun banner using some fabric in colors that match my flowers.  I was waiting to find the perfect sheet to put on the feather bed I have on it and I finally found it at my favorite thrift store on Friday. 
I hung some solar lights around the edge.  It will make it extra pretty at night. I have also decided it needs some sort of a chandelier hanging down from the middle of the ceiling.  I must figure out something for this soon!
My pink vintage TV tray is the perfect side table holding a lantern and a jar of silk peonies.  You have to have somewhere to place your drink and your book! 
Even though we still have at least 2 more months of hot summer weather left, I am already looking forward to the weather cooling off and taking advantage of my newly made over daybed!

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Fire Starter Kits

We have so many pine trees on our property that naturally we have tons of pine cones.  I was trying to come up with ideas as to what I could do with all of those pine cones.  Come Christmas, I plan on making cinnamon scented pine cones, wreaths and other fun pine cone arrangements.  
For summer, I decided to make Fire Starter Kits.  I went about gathering my supplies, some from my yard and some from other places. 
Dried pine needles make the perfect tinder.  Pine cones work great as kindling.  I baked them to make sure there were no bugs in them.  I bought mini packs of matches from the dollar store and a co-worker just happened to have a bunch of sage in her yard and she brought be a big bag of that.  I put everything into a mason jar that I got at the thrift store. 
I love this project because it uses up some of the many, many pine cones and pine needles in my yard.  It's also a great way to use up lids that have already been sealed that you can't re-use for canning.   
I tied some twine around the matches and the sage to make it a bit more special.  Plus you can use the twine to start your fire.  
Everything fit perfectly into my jars, including the sage which will make your fire smell extra nice and it will help keep the bugs away! 
I made a nice little label for the top of the jar that tells you what this is and a tag that I tied around the lid of the jar that tells you what's inside. 
These are perfect little summer gifts for the camper or s'mores lover in your life.  They would also make a fun favor at a wedding or other get together.  And of course they aren't just for summer, these would be perfect for winter time too...which by the way, I am really looking forward to!

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Only a few things I like about summer...

The 4th of July.  
Summer is my least favorite season.  I hate being hot, I hate sweating, I hate temperatures above 75 degrees. This week we hit 100 degrees for the first time and I am already done with summer now. But I love celebrating Independence Day and decorating for it.  My home sweet home sign outside got a new arrangement in the jar and I love it!
And my chalkboard inside got some new chalk art too.  I had more decor for the 4th of July, but you've seen it before so I thought I would just show you the new stuff! 
Yard Sales.
I love yard sales and sometimes I find some great stuff!  This ladder is adorable.  It's not too tall and not too small.  It's a little wobbly so it will work perfect as a garden decor piece. 
I don't even know what these wooden box things are but I liked the look of them and will hopefully come up with something to do with them soon. 
This heavy duty iron candle holder was only $3.  I can decorate it up or leave it plain like it is now.  I just thought it was too cute to pass up! 
This vintage gate/fence thing matches the gate I already have.  Who knows what we will do with it but I couldn't pass this up either! 
This window only has one pane of glass but I don't care.  I will use it anyway and love it!
These chairs aren't from a yard sale, they are from my work.  Someone was getting rid of a bunch of extra chairs and these came home with me.  I just love old wood chairs!
The other thing I like about summer, camping.  But we have no plans to do any of that this summer.  Maybe next year!

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Enclosed Garden in the Works

I had a vision.  I wanted a pretty enclosed garden where I could have a potting bench and all of my flowers and veggies would be protected from squirrels.  I also have this amazing husband who listens to my crazy ideas and makes them come to life. 
Slowly but surely, it's starting to be built.  We have to post holes dug and the posts placed.  The door is ready to be set and chicken wire should be going on any day now. 
I already have my potting bench in place and have been planting more flowers on the regular.  This table came with the house when we bought it and it is the perfect potting bench. 
I even have a sink that will be set up with water for washing my hands and watering my flowers. 
We've already got the garden planted.  In this section, we have raspberries, cilantro, artichoke, strawberries, zucchini, watermelon, onion, 3 kinds of peppers and pumpkin. 
This old truck bed has asparagus, raspberries, strawberries and tomatoes.  We started with a garden bed this size last year to see if we could actually grow stuff and since we succeeded, we decided to go bigger! 
I did a little potting at my bench today and planted some succulents in this old bird cage.  I am really looking forward to to this enclosed garden coming to life and planting so many wonderful things in it! 

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Jam with Ball House Party

Today I got to host some friends at my house for a really fun canning party.  I had signed up years ago with House Party to participate in some of their party activities but was never chosen so I sort of forgot about it.  This Ball party intrigued me so I signed up and was chosen to be a host! 
They sent me all the equipment that I needed to host the jam party.  I got an enamel waterbath canner, 12 jars, canning accessory kit, a recipe book, recipe cards and coupons.  I bought a jar of pectin and the sugar and my guests brought their favorite berries. 
We made 2 batches of mixed berry jam and everyone was so surprised by how easy it was to can our own jam.  We mixed the berries, the pectin and the sugar until it was ready to be put in the jars.  Then we put the jars in the bath and boiled them for 10 minutes. 
Even my friends 10 year old daughter joined in on the fun!  She had so much fun and was telling her mom about all the stuff she wants to make now with her new-found canning skills!
After the jars were sealed and had cooled off a little bit, I gave my guests something fun to decorate their jam jars with.  I cut some fabric into squares and made a custom tag to describe what we made.  We tied it on with twine and everyone got to take home a goodie bag with their jam, recipe and coupons. 
Here we all are after our jam was done.  I can't wait to see what kind of stuff everyone is going to can now!  We made 2 batches in less than 2 hours and I know that everyone will be having homemade mixed berry jam for breakfast tomorrow morning!
If you haven't already signed up to host your own parties, you should!  Visit Ripple Street to sign up and you might just be hosting a party of your own soon.  At the end of the month, I get to host a Kikkoman Grilling Party and I am really looking forward to it. 

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tea Cup Exchange Reveal

I joined Stephanie's 12th Tea Cup Exchange again this spring and as usual, it was such a fun swap to participate in!
Here are the goodies that I received from Sheri in Las Vegas. Peach tea, a tea towel, recipes and a seed tin. There were also some gardening gloves in my package but I quickly put them to use and when I took this picture, they were too dirty to share! 
Sheri included a note with my package of goodies and it was fun to find out that her son-in-law comes from my area of Idaho.  It's a small world we live in.  Thank you so much for all of my stuff, Sheri! 
This is what I sent to Linda in Oregon.  
A tea towel, some tea, washi-tape covered clothes pins, a vintage finger tip bowl, a mini candle and mini matches that I decorated with vintage sheet music and of course, a tea cup! 
The tea cup has gold trim and pretty butterflies, perfect for spring.  Linda sent me a thank you note and I hope she enjoys her goodies!
Thank you Stephanie for always hosting such a wonderful swap!

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