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His Name is Archer

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 unsweet).

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.

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Amber & Chris Part 2

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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.

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Setting up


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!

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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.

 

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When Amber went to throw the bouquet, Lacey was determined she was not going to catch it!

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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!

What a beautiful couple!

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Lacey and Amber – Friends and sisters!

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Wedding Day!!

Wedding day!!! Are you ready to see more pictures of Ashley and Joshua’s big day? Where do I start?!

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Wedding Party

We had hay bales to put out for seating, florist delivering flowers, furniture arriving, tents to arrange, miscellaneous sewing and ironing. Jewelry repair and last-minute details before we could even dress ourselves.

 


Prayers said for over the bride for their big day. Groom hung out with his wedding party waiting for it all to start.

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Ashley was a beautiful bride and there were so many special moments.

Here we go people! Getting seated.


Incredible music and the groom took his vows to a whole new level. He wrote her a song and read his vows to her. We were all in tears!

They are hitched y’all!! It’s done! They are married.

Great reception! Food was amazing and so was the music. Father’s speech had us all in tears and wishing we had a videographer.

Dancing and celebrating.

 

 

Family sing the Perkin’s family song.


Off they go! What a wonderful ride and a great send-off to start their marriage.

Congratulations Ashley and Joshua Siegel!

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A very special thank you to all those he helped make this day so special:

Weatherford Gardens

Grape Vine Vineyards

Borrowed Treasures

Rachel Henry Photo

Cloud Creative Events

Venus and Co

BA Beauty

La Tovola Fine Linen

Blue Mesa Grill

DJ Cale

 

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Rehearsal

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Backyard prep for rehearsal dinner

Well, it’s finally time. The house is ready. Marie and Jeff have an incredible backyard thanks to the hard work of David Bergman and Nacho with Weatherford Gardens. He went above and beyond in not only making the backyard a place out of a Hallmark movie, but he also helped prepare the whole yard and pasture for the big day. I must say, I have not seen a yard look as incredible as this one does. George Perry of George Perry Construction is the masterful craftsman who build Marie’s greenhouse after he did her renovations in the house and Biv’s playhouse. I can only imagine what the first snow fall is going to look like back here. Total Hallmark moment!!

 

 

Tables were provided by Kim and Lindsey of Borrowed Treasures in Weatherford Texas. They also provide seating, tables, glassware and so much more for the wedding. Check out their website y’all! As a bonus, they also rent out their location in town as well as have sets for holiday pictures.

 


Marie worked hard to set the table décor while I worked on the greenhouse. A few table runners from my stash of extras helped bring a little softness and a great backdrop to Marie’s finishing touches. Mother nature was lending a helping hand with a few fallen leaves. It looks like Marie planned them.

 


Dinner was some tasty barbeque catered by the Mesquite Pit in Weatherford Texas. Desserts were the perfect ending of the meal provided by the groom’s family. Wine from the Grape Creak Vineyard would be served. A special thank you to Fred and Kathy Harper for helping serve dinner. You were great!!

 


Marie had trash cans painted by Kylie Lacefield. Gave a nice touch to an otherwise not so pleasant necessity.

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As the sun started to set it only got prettier folks! What a wonderful start to this romantic weekend here on the ranch. Can you feel the love in the air yet?

 

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Dream Catcher Finally!

So, have you been trying to figure out how the dream catchers were going to come out for the wedding? Let’s look at where we started here.

 

We added more and more dream catchers as ideas came and the arch grew. We also had to have some for the trees at the wedding!

 

 

Beth and Jimmy helped me get them arranged and hung for the big day.

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Hanging and ready for the move. Man I am stressing right now!

I stressed watching them move the arch and get it situated but so far so good.

 

And the flowers were the final touch needed to make this the center piece to be remembered!

 


Special thank you to Josh Plumlee for making the incredible arch!!

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So beautiful!!

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Stained Again!

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Almost Finished Greenhouse

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.

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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.

 


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!

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Ashley’s Shower

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We were home late on Sunday from Massachusetts and I was back on the road by Tuesday heading to Texas. It’s shower time y’all!

I arrived Wednesday at the little house and unpacked before heading up to my sister’s. My car was loaded with wedding decorations including the bouquet. Talk about a nervous drive trying to make sure nothing got screwed up. But I was glad I was able to bring it out and now we can focus on the shower.

 

We hit the ground running when I arrived. Reviewing through the menu and getting our lists together of what we still needed to buy. Decorations have been accumulated and it was time to start getting them up. Marie’s house is looking amazing and all the work being done for the wedding is really paying off. I can’t wait to show you all the work when it is done.

 

Thursday is a day of decorating, getting our nails done (mine look horrid after all the crafting), grocery shopping and of course the liquor store. I have things to do! Ashley comes in to try on her dress so that I can get an idea of what needs to be adjusted. Oh my, her dress is beautiful and all lace! And it needs to be taken in quite a bit. Holy cow!!!

 

 

Friday I am deep into my cooking mode so all worries about alternations will have to wait. I make my Sangria using a Llano red wine and a berry brandy. Llano is one of my favorite Texas wine companies. They also have an amazing port I highly recommend. So here was the menu for the shower. I had to make up the chocolate bread pudding for the dessert tamales and prep the rest of the menu. Luckily the beans, rice and tortillas came from Rosa’s and would be picked up before the shower along with a few other things. We had a few last-minute decorations to make and were so glad Beth and Carla came over to help. Chairs are delivered from Borrowed Treasures. I love the assortment they brought and can’t wait to see what they do for the wedding. Our brother Chip and his wife Noemi arrive with our niece Anita. Woo hoo!

 

Saturday as Marie is rushing around running last minute errands (our brother too) I have Anita working those arm muscles helping me with the two sauces for the tamales. The cookies as gifts were so adorable from Back Home Bakery. Long story short, it was great! Everything went well for the shower. We had over 50 people show up and Ashley was happy. We took care of the food and venue so that Havalah and the rest of the bridal party could concentrate on the bride. Noemi and Beth worked hard helping me with the food and clean up. My brother cooked the meats and jalapenos and Clarinda was the photographer. Michelle made the red sauce, yummy! I am so grateful and thankful for everyone’s help!

 

Sunday was a day spent finishing the headdress for the flower girls, taking in the wedding dress and chatting with my sister. Ashley will be a beautiful bride and I know that when I go back before the wedding, more alterations may be needed. The wedding is just a month away…

 

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