Y’all, I’ve had the blahs since we got back from Texas. It was an amazing wedding and we had a great time in Texas. But my heart just hasn’t been into it lately. ‘It’ means anything. We had such a busy year last year as you well know. And I was excited to share about the wedding when we got back in January. I sat down at the keyboard and nothing. I struggled for the words and images to share with you. Exhausted both mentally and physically, I sat day after day at my keyboard and wrote, deleted it, wrote again, deleted it and on and on. I haven’t even been to Disney in months!!! For those of you that know we well, I love going and getting my exercise walking around the different parks. And nope, haven’t been. Don’t even know the when was the last time I went!
I sat in my office and was overwhelmed with the chaos. Uninspired to do anything. Slowly I started rearranging it. Little by little cleaning and reorganizing it until finally I felt that I could stand to be in it. I took a long look at my house and felt the same thing. The blahs were overwhelming me. So, I started to make a list of what I wanted to change around me. I decided to start in the man cave. When we added on to it a few years ago we had a huge closet built for storage. It has been driving me crazy (and my husband) that we had just threw up some shelves to hold bins and not really organized it. I took a trip over to the Container Store and had them work me up a design for it. With a couple tweaks from my husband, I placed the order and patiently waited for it to arrive. When my wonderful husband is going to have time to install it, I don’t know.
You see, there is this snowball/domino effect happening now. While I was working on my glass projects last year, I was frustrated that I didn’t have the room or organization that I needed. Those shelves that are in the closet now, I need in the garage to organize my stuff out there. I can’t start working in the garage until we do that closet. And I can’t do the closet until my busy husband can put up the new shelving system picked up yesterday. Oh, and did I mention how busy my husband is right now?!
I haven’t even finished my guest room yet. At least that is painted but I need to rearrange it so that it is easier for guests to sleep in there. You would think with all of this I would be excited and posting the progress. What progress? Blahs remember? I am hoping that if I just keep moving forward, I will get through this. I wish I could blame it on the winter blues but this Florida folks. Blue skies and high 80s is all I see here. Oh, and my sister, she has the winter blues there is Texas. Marie is cold, tired and already has that little ranch house torn up and being remodeled by George. David has been working in her backyard with the hundreds of bulbs that were planted and the irrigation system going in. Her orchard is planted. Winter blahs have us both in it’s grasp. Not fun, not fun at all.
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!!!!
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?
Wedding day!!! Are you ready to see more pictures of Ashley and Joshua’s big day? Where do I start?!
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.
Seating with hay bales
Lounge Seating 1 Borrowed Treasures
Lounge Area 2 Borrowed Treasurse
Dresses are ready
Flowers Venus and Co Creative Cloud Events MAAskey
Flowers Venus and Co
Borrowed Treasures tables
Flowers Venus and Co
Venus and Co
Prayers said for over the bride for their big day. Groom hung out with his wedding party waiting for it all to start.
Ashley was a beautiful bride and there were so many special moments.
Here we go people! Getting seated.
Taking our seats
Robert walking his mother
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!
Here she comes!!!
Ashley and Jeff walking the aisle
Ashley and Jeff walking down the aisle
They are hitched!
Grooms vows emotional bride
They are hitched y’all!! It’s done! They are married.
They are hitched!
Great reception! Food was amazing and so was the music. Father’s speech had us all in tears and wishing we had a videographer.
Here they come…Mr & Mrs Siegel
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.
Get A-way car
Congratulations Ashley and Joshua Siegel!
A very special thank you to all those he helped make this day so special:
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.
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?
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 have been busy working on wedding projects this week. One of my projects was to make flags for the wedding. I used my Silhouette to make a pattern for cutting out the duck cloth. I purchased a burgandy wine duck cloth to go with the wedding colors. I could have just cut it out with the Silhouette and save myself some time, but I forgot I could do that. Then I used my Silhouette to cut out HTV (heat transfer vinyl) for the wording on the flags. Once I was done with the Silhouette and had cut out all 45 of the flags, I used heavy duty Wonder Under and my Cricut Easy Press to make the flags. I love this little heat press. Then I pressed the little saying on the duck cloth. When all was said and done, I had decorated the flags up and prepared them for the final touches when I get to Texas.
Ashley had a couple requests for me to do. Again, using my Silhouette, I made tote bags for her wedding party. It took me a little while to find the font that I wanted but once I did, it was all magic from there. I purchased the beautiful rose gold HTV from My Vinyl Direct. I am so pleased with their version of heat transfer vinyl. I think they came out pretty good, don’t you?
I also made some vinyl decals for her. I don’t know how I ever lived without my Silhouette. I made these decals and they are ready to go on whatever she wants to use them on. I can tell you that I will be ordering from My Vinyl Direct again. My order was completed and out the door on the same day. I received it in a couple days from them and it was perfect. Great service and prices. Now, let’s hope that Ashley likes what I have done for her.
There is a great deal going on right now. We are down to the wire on the wedding shower for Ashley. That means I have a lot to get done before I head back to Texas. I had her brooch bouquet just about finished and torn the whole thing apart yesterday! It just wasn’t what I thought it should be. I scrapped the whole thing, ordered what I wanted for it and now I am waiting for my deliveries. Crazy I know, but it just didn’t speak ‘Ashley’ to me like it needed to do. I think my sister and niece were a little surprised at the news, but they know if I don’t like, ain’t nobody gonna see it.
I will be finishing up the rest of my to do list for the wedding next week. Bouquet, hair pieces, corsages, jars, flags, dream catchers…the list goes on and on. But I will be done and everything ready to head to Texas with me in a few weeks. I will be taking a few days after the shower to visit my daughter Lacey in Houston. She just returned from vacation with Abby and Maya, so I can’t wait to catch up on what is going on with her. I am hoping to see Amber and Chris while I am there. It will be great to see them. Their wedding is just after the new year! You will see what I am doing for Amber later this year.
We now have our official Facebook Page up and running as of yesterday. Look and ‘like’ our page so that you can see the latest of our adventures in your newsfeed. We are also on Instagram and will be posting little pictures and videos of our adventures between our blog posts. Our Pinterest boards are growing, and we are sharing the great people we have been following with you. We are also on Twitter.
It is all so exciting for us. Marie introduced me recently to an app called Marco Polo. On this app you send little videos for free back and forth instead of having to type out a text message. You can find it in the app store so check it out. We have had so much fun with it and when we shop it is easier to communicate when you need someone’s opinion. No longer must we take pictures and try to get them to send. We just make a little video and share.
In September we will be adding a series of blogs/posts called ‘Tips, Hacks and Cowboy Hats’. It will be where we share helpful hints and open it up for you to share your helpful ideas with us or questions. I always find it interesting when Marie and I cook or work together at the different ways we do things. And I am always learning about new tools, programs or apps from Ashley and Marie. They seem to know what is the latest and greatest that will make my life easier.
So, have a great weekend, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. I can’t wait to hear from y’all and please share with us your ideas or questions. What are you working on? Is there something fabulous you would like to share? Hope to hear from you soon!
Remember in our post ‘And We’re Off…’ when I talked about projects I was working on? Here is an update on Ashley’s wedding decorations I am making.
Taking them apart is a lot easier than putting them together. Catching dreams here.
Oh the mess people! Work in progress here.
Sammy helping with the dream catchers
I started off taking apart dreamcatchers my sister had purchased. The feathers and all did not work with the vision of the wedding. I had feathers floating all over my house after that. Sammy even got into the fun for a while.
My neighbors by now are used to coming home and finding things hanging in my trees. One day I will break down and make myself a paint tent but until then, my trees will have to do. Some of these are macramé hoop and some are hula hoops from the dollar store. I removed the beads inside and stripped them of the covering if I was able too. Then hung them to be spray painted. When you are working with light colors you want to make sure that none of the dark shows. I even covered some in white tape to help with string get a better grip on the hoops because sanding wasn’t doing it for me.
And the winner is…
This is how we wrap
Some of these are too big for the lap.
Plastic needles for the sewing
It’s a start
I use Lily Sugar’n Cream cotton string/yarn to cover the hoops. It works great and won’t damage the doilies when you attach them. Some of the macramé yarns are rough on them. After wrapping the hoops, I attached the doilies using the same yarn. We bought some of these at Antique Week in Warrenton and I had quite a few already.
I got two…only 15 more like this. But then there will be more!
Got it going on now…
Hoop de doo
Give it a swirl
So close…but not done.
Then it is to the stringers. I have everything from vintage lace and ribbon to yarns and muslin that I am using. I try to get an assembly line going so that I can focus on each stage instead of having chaos in my office. My husband made me a bar to hang things from to work and it made it easier when I got to the stringers. But now I have taken over my dining room. I see new tables in my future for my office and a little rearranging in there too.
Got it going on now…
Rack and Stack
Tatting never looked so dreamy
I am not finished with these beauties yet. There are feathers and so much more to be done but so far, I am pleased with my progress. Tomorrow I will sit and work on the pompoms and tassels for a while. This is love ladies and gentlemen. My niece would tell you I am not known for showing emotions, but there is a lot of love for her in each twist and turn I make. It warms this Mimi’s heart that she will know she is surround with nothing but love.
When I am done, and they are hung at the wedding I will update you on these beauties. Until then, look at Pinterest at some of the great ideas people have come up with on dreamcatchers. See y’all later, I’ve got to get back to work!