Monday, May 22, 2017

Shabby Chic Bridal Shower

My niece is getting married on June 24th and I am planning her wedding.  I also got to plan her Bridal Shower.  We had it this past weekend and I wanted to share some of the few photos I took.
I got to do whatever I wanted to do for this shower so of course I did what I love--Shabby Chic, Roses, Pink, Aqua and White.  The first thing I did was design the invitations.  We held the shower in the building that I work in.  It's an old house with a living room and dining room downstairs.  It worked out perfectly and even though it was hot as heck, it was free and you can't complain about that! 
Since my theme was things I love, I used things I already had to decorate.  The outside porch greeted people with this adorable vignette.  A little old ladder, some pretty lace, a rag garland, aqua ampersand and a mason jar filled with colored water, babies breath and pink roses was my favorite decoration of them all! 
I kind of went crazy and made sure everything went together.  The water bottles had labels that matched the invites.  I also made matching paper cones for homemade caramel corn but I didn't get a picture of them. 
Instead of having a traditional guest book for people to sign, I bought my niece an address book that people wrote their name and address in.  This way she has all the names of her guests plus their addresses for sending out thank you cards! 
I took their engagement pictures on Mother's Day and printed some out to hang on the mirror above the mantle.  I made another rag garland and decorated white lanterns with pink roses and aqua ribbon.  Another mason jar of flowers adds the finishing touch. 
My mom, sister, sister-in-law and I made all the treats.  Since the shower was held at 2:00 in the afternoon, we opted to do all desserts.  I got to bring all of my white metal serving stuff to display all the food on. 
We had cake, cupcakes, sugar cookies, brownies, caramel corn, chocolate covered pretzels, wedding mints and fruit.  For party favors, I put 2 Hershey's Kisses in a spoon, wrapped it in tulle, tied it with a ribbon and a matching tag that said "A spoonful of kisses from the soon to be Mrs." 
My mom made the cake and I made a matching banner that said "B loves J".   We didn't even cut the cake so we sent it home with the bride to give to her groom. 
Bri got a lot of great stuff and I think this ironing board lady is the cutest.  What a clever idea for a wedding shower gift! 
We played games, like this one wear you had to draw a picture of the wedding dress on top of your head.  Easier said than done! 
And here is my sweet little niece wearing the bow hat I made for her.  Out of all the presents she got, there were only 2 bows which made for a pretty sad bow hat!

I had so much fun planning my nieces shower and can't wait for her wedding!

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Vintage Container Garden Progress

These spring weekends have been so busy.  I've had events on Saturday which leaves only Sunday for me to get everything done.  Somehow I have managed to do some yard work and get some flowers planted.  I have added a few fun things to my vintage container garden and I am always on the lookout for more!
I found this vintage chicken feeder at a yard sale this fall and was able to snag it for $5.  I knew that I wanted to plant alyssum around the bottom.  I have it sitting on an old metal step ladder in my favorite corner of the yard. 
This metal wash tub has a faded red/orange color to it and this bright orange Gerber daisy was the perfect flower for it.  I might still plant something else around it. 
Having a log planter has been on my list for awhile now.  I mentioned it to my brother in law and he was quick to make me one.  It's a little small, but I love it anyway. It has pink geraniums and orange violas.
Now I want these lining both sides of our driveway.  That's going to take a lot of flowers and we better start collecting logs now! 
I made this tiered planter years ago and had all of the terracotta planters painted white.  After being out in the weather, it has aged to perfection and I love this look better than the original.  I have pansies planted in this. 
One of Cody's Christmas presents last year was a street sign.  Our driveway is long and can be hard to find if you aren't paying attention.  A custom made, double-sided street sign now hangs proudly out front on one of the light pillars we have on each side of the driveway.   
Hope you are enjoying Spring!

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Spring Has Finally Sprung!

After the crazy winter we had this year, I didn't think Spring would ever get here!  It's definitely late in its arrival, but it's finally here!  We've been spending weekends cleaning up the yard.  We lost quite a few trees because of the snow so there has been a lot of chain saw action around here.  I have all of my hanging planters filled with new plants and am slowly adding more flowers wherever I can.  I also decorated the front porch to celebrate the season.
My mother-in-law made this wreath for me and it is perfect.  I love the colors and the flowers and it looks so perfect hanging on my front door. 
I already had my address buckets filled with my favorite color of hydrangeas so the wreath was the finishing touch that my front porch needed. 
We haven't had cows in the back pasture since November and I was surely missing having new little friends out there.  These new neighbor cows showed up a few weeks ago and they are the friendliest ones that have been out there so far.  They are the cutest twin brothers, properly named 56 and 56.2! 
Our Asian Pear tree is blooming beautifully and I caught this little bee buzzing around the blooms.  Unfortunately, our apricot tree didn't make it through the winter and it was one that we had to cut down.  I am lucky I got one harvest out of it last year. 
And my most favorite part of Spring, the lilacs are finally blooming and ready to be cut!  I went out this morning and cut a big, beautiful bouquet to bring inside and enjoy.  I wish you could smell these amazing lilacs, my house smells divine! 
I also decorated my vintage gate with my Spring Monogram Wreath and my framed nests.  The decorated gate goes perfectly with my Spring coffee table vignette that I put together on my made over tray.  Spring is finally here and I am so happy that it is!

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Thrift Store Tray Makeover

This morning I was browsing Pinterest and someone pinned a tray makeover that I loved.  I had the tray and was just waiting for inspiration to strike.  Today was the day!
I bought this tray after Christmas at the Idaho Youth Ranch for $3.  As cute as the snowmen are, I think my made over tray will get a lot more use! 
The sun is shining and the spray paint dried really fast.  Next time I would prime it first because those snowmen were hard to cover up.   
Next up, I took some twine and wrapped it around the handles.  Super easy makeover that makes such a big difference! 
The twine handles are probably my most favorite part. 
I had this vignette on my coffee table on a different tray and I switched them out. Bella refused to get off the couch, I guess she wanted to be part of the photo shoot! 
I have done a similar coffee table vignette using these elements before but I changed this one up just a little bit.  I added the lantern and put the little nest and eggs inside of it. 
Another picture with Bella in the background.  My tray makeover turned out great and makes this vignette even better!
I have 2 more trays that need to be made over.  Hopefully inspiration will strike soon for those too!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Spring Tea Cup Exchange

This is the 3rd Teacup Exchange I have participated in at The Enchanting Rose and as usual, it was fantastic!  Stephanie does an amazing job organizing this and I have always been so lucky to receive wonderful packages in the mail.  
Esther sent me a beautiful box of goodness with this Vintage Snack Tea Set.  The pretty aqua background is accented by purple violets and little splashes of gold.   I do not have a snack set like this and I love the shell shape of the plate. 
She also included a ruffled baking dish in my favorite color, tea, cocoa, chocolates, mini whisks and a sweet notebook.  Everything was wrapped in pastel colored tissue paper and it was so fun to unwrap it all. 
The markings on the bottom of the plate and cup helped in finding out more information about my newest tea set. 
My collection is growing and growing and I think it's time to figure out a new way to display all of my lovely tea sets.   
I had some fun taking photos of my new tea set.  Here it is with a little birds nest and eggs in it.  Perfect for spring! 
All decked out in pretty pearls. 
And sitting on a luscious bed of hydrangeas.  I had a lot of fun playing and finding ways to show off my beautiful new tea set. 
I sent a package to Jennifer. who I just found out is one of the bad apples that doesn't play by the rules.  She didn't send a package but gladly received one.  It makes me sad that I gave her this and she didn't return the favor to someone else.  She also hasn't communicated with Stephanie or me. I love the vintage looking roses on the tea set I sent her.  I also sent some tea, a vintage doily, some lights, washi tape and a sparkly letter J. 
A big thanks to Stephanie for another awesome tea cup exchange and to Esther for all of my goodies!

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Monday, April 3, 2017

60th Birthday Party

My dad turned 60 on March 15th and we threw him a surprise party to celebrate!  When my mom and I first started planning this, she didn't know that she was headed to the ER soon to have her gallbladder removed.  So at first, she was planning a small little party with nothing too special.  Once she had her surgery and started feeling better, the plans for the party grew and grew.
Trying to find ideas for party decor for a man's 60th birthday party wasn't very easy.  So using my very favorite picture of my dad as a little boy, I decided to create a theme using a picture of him as a little boy and a picture of him now.  I created this invite and sent out over 60 of them to all our friends and family. 
I made a fun fact sheet about the year 1957 that I framed.  This picture was used on his birthday cake, which I didn't get a picture of.  My camera was stuck in my sisters car so I didn't get pictures of the food set up or of the party and all of these were taken with my phone.
The place where we had the party has a mantle that was perfect for decorating.  The centerpieces were double-sided and I placed one on each side of the mantle.  The fact sheet was in the middle along with a picture of my dad then and now.  I also made a fun little banner to hang. 
I have a huge craft closet at work where I keep all of my event inventory.  I knew I was going to be using black so these boxes that I used at the 2015 Scholarship Gala were perfect.  I wrapped some twine around them, glued a piece of styrofoam in the bottom and stuck a dowel in that with some kraft paper basket filler on top. 
I bought a roll of kraft paper at the Dollar Tree and made the medallions with it.  Black poster board was glued to the medallion and then a cut out of the picture was glued to both sides of the medallion.  I set these on top of a slice of wood and used these as centerpieces on all of the tables.  Each table had a black tablecloth as well. 
The banner used the same elements: kraft paper, black poster board and pictures of my dad.  We were able to keep this party a surprise which we didn't think we would be able to pull off.  My dad and the boys went shooting that morning while the girls set out to decorate and prep food for the party.  My brother told my dad he needed to go look at some shelves and when my dad said he would just stay in the truck, my brother had to tell him no.  Then my dad saw his cousin's truck and knew what was up but he was still surprised! 
For the second surprise of the day, my dad was honored with a Quilt of Appreciation from the American Legion.  He had no idea that he was receiving the quilt but the biggest surprise came when he turned around and saw us all there.  We all drove up to see him receive his quilt and he was so surprised! 

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