Friday, August 31, 2012

Handmade Rustic Romantic Wedding

Time flies so fast! It seems like just last year that the kids were young and their friends were often found hanging out at our house. It was quite busy at times when they were little as I had two sons and a daughter all withing three and a half years. 

I did not anticipate that would mean marriages, houses, and babies all coming in rapid succession years later. LOL! It has been a busy few years again. They have managed to get married (all three), buy homes (two oldest), and have children (oldest and soon to be second) all in order. 

My daughter was married this past June. She and I had great fun making the wedding decorations. Doing so allowed me to make extra trips to Missouri to spend time with her also. I thought I would share some pictures of the wedding decorations.  The wedding was a small destination wedding that occurred lakeside and required everything be brought in and out in a short time.

Coffee stained tags, skeleton keys, and a faux old window frame directed guests to their tables for the reception dinner.

A birdcage served as a wedding card holder.

The table top decorations were burlap, green bowls wrapped in twine and filled with succulents and glass beads, numbers, and mason jar candle holders.

 Doves punched from scrapbook paper were scattered on the tables.

The jars were filled with beans and peas to hold the battery operated candle.

Gifts for guests included sunglasses, a cd of the music played (classic rock hits!), and home made dog treats.

The wedding programs were made using the burlap, scrapbook paper, and twine.

The wedding celebration was wonderful.  Family and friends all enjoyed themselves.  And the bride reported  she felt she had the perfect wedding.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Adding a little interest

Still waiting until I can get my wooden floors, but in the meantime have found a few other ways to improve my kitchen.  I used the Giani Granite kit to improve the counter tops.  Removed and repainted where there had been a wallpaper boarder.  And this weekend I striped a wall.

The was was the grey blue color... which worked but, truth be told, I was just getting bored with it.

It sorta sets of the front entrance which opens right into the kitchen.  And who knew that striped could be so easy and quick to paint if you just add them to the color you already have on the wall.  Gotta love quick easy updates!

So there you have it, a little stripey interest and a quick easy weekend project.

(Sorry bout the poor photo quality...  just could not get enough light to get good pictures... and wood floors will look so much better....)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Avoiding housework...

Some days the house is mostly under control and I just don't feel like doing the things necessary to shift from mostly to completely.  Ever have those days or weeks?

Last night instead of doing some cleaning, I messed around with chalkboard art...

This was copied from   Definitely need some practice and tools to make chalkboard graphics look professional.  But hey!  it got me out of housework!

Posting photographs always makes me see the things I want to do differently:  put a frame around the area I painted with chalkboard paint, find a better way to display the areal pictures of our property, change the light in the entry, etc.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Summer Sunsets on the Northern Plains

May all your sunsets be glorious....