Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunflowers on the Chalkboard

We are getting into late summer here in Idaho.  It's still hot and smoky but the nights and mornings are cooling down and I am longing for fall more and more everyday.  I decided to re-do my chalkboard today to go along with the late summer vibes.  Sunflowers are the perfect transition flower, don't you think?!
I drew some simple sunflowers on my chalkboard and wrote a sweet little quote to go with it.  Then I busted out my silk sunflowers to decorate the dresser that my chalkboard sits on. 

I love these sunflowers in the blue mason jar.   
These silk sunflowers are huge!  Look at their size compared to the small ones at the bottom. 
The tiny sunflowers are so fun and so cute.  They really add a delicate look to all of this. 
All of this sunflower fun makes me want to go out and pick some fresh ones.  I guess I know what Cody and I will be doing on this late summer afternoon! 

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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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