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!
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!!!!
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.
Ok, I am working on wedding projects. I also have a husband out of town hunting. There is a great deal going on here when I get that message from my sister. While Marie is having her back yard worked on before the wedding, she has a little project idea she needs me to add to the list.
You see, Marie has had a greenhouse built from old windows and doors. It really is beautiful, and she needed one. However, there are a few areas that are a little odd and there aren’t any windows to fit. George, the amazing and talented George has had a great idea that maybe I could do some stained-glass pieces for those areas. Yes folks, we are now a month out from the wedding and Marie has requested not 1, not 2, but 5 stained-glass pieces for the greenhouse.
Branded and always Texas Proud Stained-Glass Greenhouse
Now I am in glass mode folks! I drop what I am doing and try to get some ideas. I had already worked up their cattle brand for a present for Jeff. And of course, we must have something Texas. George suggests the Texas star perhaps. I am nervous at this point. I think about my sister and what she loves as well as where these pieces are going. Just to add a little more pressure, we are now having the rehearsal dinner served from the greenhouse.
I pour my heart and soul into these new pieces. Two are my own original designs. With raw bleeding fingers I am pushed right up to the time we leave getting these done. I did not send Marie any pictures of what I was doing or what they would look like. But I must say, I believe she loved them!
I am in love with my Dremel. Let’s be honest, it is a tool that can be used in so many ways. From carving wood to fixing tile in the bathroom the Dremel can handle it all. Currently, I have three of them. I have the mini engraver, a cordless one and of course the big workhorse. I have used it on metal, wood, glass, plastic and stones.
Rambling Rose Wine Glass
Bicycle for two for Skeeter and Carol Beer Mugs
Wedding gifts for Skeeter and Carol
One of the ways I use it the most is on glass. I love the feel of the glass when you etch with the Dremel. Wet or dry, engraving with the Dremel gives you great results. You can etch/engrave sea glass to wine glasses with it. The ideas are as endless as your imagination.
Deer it is
Fish for Nick
When my daughter Lacey was in elementary school, one of the things expected of parents is to help earn money to support the small private school. Classes would make baskets to be auctioned off as fund-raisers. I etched beer glasses with my Dremel for a bar-b-que basket the class did. It drew a lot of attention and I must admit went for a good price too.
Captain Bob Retirement
I have etched a few beer mugs and wine glasses through the years. Wedding gifts of custom pitchers and glasses make great gifts. Customized jewelry and Christmas ornaments all can be with the Dremel. Reverse engraving on a mirror and a little glass paint make unique items to give or sell.
On Pinterest you can find incredible ideas of how to use the Dremel. But I warn you, etching with the Dremel can be addictive and the possibilities are endless as what you can do. Just take a look at a couple of the boards on Pinterest for glass etching with the Dremel.