Last couple of months have been busy since I returned from
Texas. Our garden has grown, produced and keeping me stocked with goodies. You
just can’t beat fresh food. I was able to freeze homemade marinara sauce and tomatoes.
I am not a flower person, but I added a rose bush and a couple hibiscus plants to
my collection. Now we are ready to sit down and plan out our fall planting. We
will be moving our garden and planning some landscaping we need to do as well.
We just finished going through all the family history boxes
and are starting the reorganization. It took some time to get started. But we
did it! Now I can concentrate on proper storage and organizing it for future
generations. Let’s just say I will be glued to the scanner for a while. We are
finally going to step into doing our family genealogy. Added that to our list
of projects this year.
We are still working on my glass storage and organizing the garage. Unfortunately, that is where all the storage containers from the family history went. Now I need to get them in the attic so that I can get more room in the garage. I am excited about having an organized area to do my work. A new work bench is needed and hoping for a few new toys this year to add to my arsenal. There are so many things I wanna do!
I spent the weekend working on stripping electrical wiring
for the copper. Marie so graciously let me have it from the little ranch house
renovations they have going on. It ain’t easy but worth it. I use so much
copper in my projects and you can’t beat ‘free’ supplies. A little elbow grease
and I now have a nice supply of copper wiring. A little advice on copper
wiring, it will tarnish. I only stripped the outer casing on the wiring. I will
strip the inner casing when I know I will need it. Saves me from having to clean
the wiring again before I use it.
Today I am finally sitting down and make a list of projects I want to do. I am a list person. I even have a list of lists on my phone with a reminder for me to check them. You laugh, but it helps. Oh, and I love reminders. I just must remember not to cancel them until I get things done. But back to my list making today. I am starting on my project list. Some are things people have asked me to do, some will be things I want to do for myself, and some will be for Christmas. So, I will do a little research, get the plans ready, check my supplies and start planning my schedule to get things done. Are you ready to see what I will be doing? Me too! Now the fun begins!
Before I headed to Texas, I worked on a few things for Tennessee’s baby shower. Decoration for the baby’s room were also going to be decorations for the shower. I whipped up a few canvas for Archer’s room as well a little night light. Deer were the theme for this little celebration. A couple baby wipe keepers help round out a few of things for her gifts.
The weather was hitting us hard before the shower but eventually cleared up. What a day!
Marie made a sweet little baby blanket. Quilting the lovely
blocks to the theme and embroidery. Isn’t it beautiful folks?!
We planned a sweet spread for the celebration. Cheesecakes
and cupcakes were provided by their family, but Marie had the cutest little
cookies made too.
We had a cheese boards chalked full of various cheese,
meats, fruit, olives and preserves. We had a couple wheels of cheeses on our
new cheese slicers. What fun! Several different types of breads that included
olive oil dipping with fresh herbs from Marie’s garden. A couple of pastas with
meatballs and grilled chicken to be topped with homemade marinara sauce and
alfredo. We had little caprese skewers as well as sliced heritage tomatoes to
add a little fresh touch. Fresh fruit and dip to satisfy the cravings of the
mom-to-be. And of course, we had a little sangria punch (non-alcoholic)! I made
sure there was a little sparking while for those not expecting. Rounding it all off with some sweet tea (and
Tennessee had a great time and loved everything. Now she is just waiting for her little blessing to arrive. Marie, Ashley and I enjoyed planning this special day. Thank you again to Ashley for braving the kitchen with me this time.
Today we are heading down for Antique week. Follow us on Instagram for our sisterly adventure this week. We will share latest ideas, news and fun over the next four days with you is Instagram. Woot woot…let the adventures begin!
Just when my husband thought it was safe to relax, I let him know that the garage was next on my list. I had piled all the bins that I emptied from the closet to the garage. It was bad enough already from all the glass work I did last year. I had been waiting for the shelving unites from the closet to use in the garage. I need to start organizing my glass inventory.
No complaints from the hubby. All he askes is that I leave
him a 4th of the garage for his work and workout area. So, we rolled
our sleeves up and started working on the garage. He did have to adjust some
shelves to hold glass when it comes in.
Wow, I have a work bench now. I have a habit of piling
things on it when I am in a hurry. I had all my Dremel stuff on the bench as
well as little things that needed to be fixed.
I separated out the glass into two areas. I think this will work better and keep people from being cut on the glass sheets. Still need to make dividers for the big pieces of glass when they come.
I have a couple wood pieces I need to decide if I am going
to fix or get rid of them. There are
also a few chairs I need to donate. But the bins will have to stay in the
garage until we figure out the rest of the mancave closet. I still have a few
things I need to get for my work. I will worry about where they will go when
the time comes. After a long day of work, we can now walk in the garage.
It was the big day y’all! I am nervous because no one has seen the cake stands yet. I am lucky that I have such a great glass supplier here in town, Osceola Glass and Mirror. They were incredible help through this whole process. I knew what I wanted to do and when the 1st idea had a glass issue (no longer made) they were right there to help me figure out what to do next. And now everything was going to finally be revealed not just to y’all but to the bride and groom. They had no idea what I had done! We arrived a little early to set up the stands and dessert. Craved Creations did such an amazing job on the cakes. Once we were done, we were off to find our seats.
Amber and Chris had decided on Ashton Gardens as their wedding venue. What an incredible placed! The venue is tucked away and surround by beautiful trees. The bride’s father, Dave, made the huge cross for the service. Amber was stunning in her gown and whole service was amazing. I could not be happier for Amber and Chris. What an amazing day!
They walked down to the reception to the theme from Star Wars. I laughed and it just seemed right. I will admit I teared up when Lacey gave her maid-of-honor speech. Two girls (both an only child) that decide long ago that they were sisters. And Chris now Lacey’s brother in our eyes.
When Amber went to throw the bouquet, Lacey was determined she was not going to catch it!
What a relief! Amber and Chris loved the cake stands. I did the stained glass for them to keep and the cupcake stands were personalized for the wedding, but I will reuse them. I used removable vinyl for the messaging. I decided to go clean and simple on the stands. (I have future projects with these already planned.) And I can not say enough about UV glue for glass. Amazing product!
Thank you, Chris and Amber, for letting us share in your special day. It was an honor to take part in your celebration. We love you both!
I swear I really am working. Amber and Chris’s wedding is coming up and I am working my fingers to the bone finishing up their cake stands. I am nervous and excited because this has been one crazy project. I will tell y’all about that later.
My office looks like a hurricane hit it again. I am learning that is just the way I work. But still y’all, it drives me crazy. Nope, not gonna share photos of it with you right now but I am sitting in the middle of this mess trying to write. Disturbing!
It’s the middle of January and this year is already flying by. I am working on my list of trips I will be taking this year. After the wedding my next big thing is going to the spring Antique Week in Texas with Marie and our spouses. It will be the guys first time going. The following weekend we have a baby shower to do so I will be staying another week with Marie. Then in May we have a Mother’s Day luncheon, our son Nick graduates from college and hopefully, we will be back in Tennessee to our friend Mike’s place for a friendly gathering and cattle corralling. That will get me through May for my trips this year. Of course, that is all subject to additions and changes but so far so good.
Today I am adding the finishing touches to my projects. I can’t wait to share the beautiful event with y’all. It’s so exciting!!!!
I hope everyone had a happy holiday season. I am already working on a few projects. We have a quite a few things happen in January. Marie is going to be a grandma! We have a few parties Marie wants to do this year, so we are starting the plans for those. Amber and Chris get married in a few weeks and you will see the cake stands I have been working on.
During our Christmas visit we were able to squeeze in a little shopping. Just wait until you see what I am making! I picked up a lot of new goodies and so did Marie. From Fort Worth to Mineral Wells, we hit the best places and came home with so many new ideas. Hang tight y’all, we have a lot going on to share with you this year. I am so excited!!!
I am always interested to see how people plan the new year. Some I know make resolutions (I don’t). I am already deep in the planning stages for what I know I am doing this year. I am sure Marie will throw me a couple more projects along the way. But I am one of those that likes it all planned out to some extent. I don’t like deadlines or to be rushed. When it comes my art, nope, can’t do those hard deadlines. I must feel it people (I am laughing so hard right now at that)!
So, do y’all stock up on your next year Christmas craft supplies after the holidays? I did it before because I was afraid things would not be there after Christmas. So glad I did because a lot of things were gone! I have yellow stickies on things, so I can remember why I bought them and the ideas. Marie and I were both trying to get last-minute decorating pieces and found the stores were out way before Christmas was even here. Sad but also good for those of us who are already working on the next seasons ideas.
Well folks, hang tight and get ready for what we will be sharing next. Marie is hunkered down on the ranch trying to keep warm. It’s a little cold there in Weatherford Texas. I am sitting here in a sundress and barefoot. It is a lovely 85 degrees here in Saint Cloud. I have tomatoes ripening on the vine and new blooms on my little lemon trees already! I bet Marie is happy she had that green house built last year.
Happy New Year Y’all!!!
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Thanksgiving has come and gone. It was a nice small celebration this year at Marie’s house. My house is ready for Christmas. I have a tree in the man-cave that is a little outdoorsy and my Texas tree in the dining room. I am starting a new tree in our bedroom that consists of ornaments that represent our childhoods. It’s a little bare but I am excited to collect ornaments for it. It should be fun! We have few gifts left to get and I am back in my office working on my next project.
Amber and Chris’s wedding is coming up in January and I am working out cupcake stand designs for 250 cupcakes. I am excited to do this for them. It is something new for me and I can’t wait to share the finished project when I am done. That reminds me, I still haven’t found a dress for the wedding!
My office is piled high with new supplies and ideas I have had over the past few months. I kind of organized it when I got back after Ashley and Joshua’s wedding. Now it is a mess. I had picked up some Alexander Henry fabric there at Gibson’s in Weatherford, so I want to make myself a couple of skirts for the holidays. I am in love with his fabric designs. They are kind of a retro in style and have a little funk to them. If you are looking for something a little different, check out his fabrics.
I spend part of my time in the house and part in the garage working with glass. Right now, I am working on adhesives for the glass. You have your usual came or foil methods for stained glass, but I am looking for something stronger and that will set up quickly. A lot of research is being done right now. You have glass adhesive that I use in small projects and jewelry. But I need stronger! Local glass company suggested that I use UV adhesive. I will be ordering that next and practice on a few pieces.
In the house I go from working with vinyl on my Silhouette to fabric in my guest room. Marie is going to be a grandmother in January and there are few projects for the baby I want to do. I also have ornament ideas and a pile of wood plates, trays and boards on my floor. And somewhere on my work table is antique lace that is over 100 years old. Not to mention, I have a pile of pillow forms in my guest room too that need to be done. Oh, and the glass that is on my other table and in my garage and the windows I got from Marie.
As soon as I can post what has been done I will. But I don’t want to spoil any presents for anyone before Christmas. What projects do y’all have going on right now?
What a beautiful rehearsal! Before I share more on the wedding day, I want to share with you a few of the things that were made for the wedding. I know I had talked about them and didn’t share much about them with you. You already got an update on the dream catchers. But did I tell you about her bouquet?!
When Ashley asked me to make her bouquet, I felt so honored. She had this idea in mind for years and I had been saving brooches for her bouquet. So, it was so exciting when the day came that we were to make her dreams come true. But there was one catch! Yes, it was no longer a colorful brooch bouquet. She wanted white, off-white, silver and gold. So back to the drawing board and we collect more in the colors she wanted, and I made her bouquet. I hated it! I tore it apart and started over!! It just didn’t say ‘Ashley’ to me. I felt that it would just wash out and she trusted me to do it the way I thought represented her best. Here it is y’all!
They had planned a sand ceremony for the wedding, so Ashley asked me to etch her a container with an ‘S’ and the year for them.
Her bouquet was also going to need a good strong holder for the reception to display it. This is what I came up with for them.
Ashley decided that she was going to wear turquoise for her jewelry and Marie had found some great antique pieces. We just weren’t sure how they would look with the dress, so Marie had to pass on them. I had picked up a Victorian turquoise brooch when we were in Salem and I gave Ashley the option of borrowing for the wedding. In the end I had made her earrings, two turquoise necklaces and a turquoise hairpiece to wear.
The flower girls head pieces were another creation for the wedding.
I can tell you that each piece was made with love.
Marie and I had an amazing and exhausting time working on the wedding for Ashley and Joshua. And in the end, it was worth every moment to see the love and happiness on their faces.