Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Bridal Shower Tea Party

Just last weekend, I hosted a bridal shower tea party for my future daughter-in-law. It was so much fun to plan and even more fun having it!! I tried some new recipes and with the help of one of her lovely bridesmaids, we actually pulled it off. Here are the results (I bet you'll be hungry after reading this!).
 Invites designed by my sister and me.

Everyone got to choose their own tea cup to keep! I've been collecting them for more than 30 years (time to purge!!)




Fun little game. Winner got to keep the pitcher and candy.


I designed these letters and created the tea caddy from an old toolbox.


I created the cake/cookie plates from candlesticks and dishes. Collected a bunch of vintage plates just for this shower. I love them!


Teabag shortbread cookies dipped in dark mint chocolate!

Apple and puff pastry roses...hard to make, but oh, aren't they pretty?!

Lemon curd blossoms. 
Easy as pie!

Lots of goodies!

The bride-to-be and me  (in our party hats!)
Linking to Make it Pretty Monday at  the Dedicated House. Visit here.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Coming along slowly, but surely ...

Our screened in porch is structurally finished. We just need to add the screen and the screen door and I'll be able to unload all of the wicker stacked up in my family room (not that a screen will protect it from the elements, but it will cause a lot of dust so the less the better.)



I'm super excited to get to work on a few projects for the porch. Namely, a hutch that I plan on transforming with paint and some beadboard.
Speaking of projects, I'm starting to get ready for my future daughter-in-law's bridal shower, which myself and her maid of honor are hosting. We're having a tea party and I've been living on Pinterest -- so many ideas!! And those ideas give me my own ideas -- so much fun. The first project is to transform the old toolbox (right) into
a tea caddy. Working on that today.
Check back soon for a reveal !


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Unbelieveable Yard Sale Finds

I have had great luck this year with yard/estate sales. Bargains beyond belief!





First, an older lighthouse bed and breakfast in my neighborhood had an estate sale. I can't believe the buys that I got! These people just wanted everything gone so prices were $1-$5 on most items (most of the furniture was gone when I discovered the sale). Above, a whole truckload of goods. Old handmade toolboxes, an antique tractor wheel, a bench, heavy ceramic planters, tools...






We also bought this boat for $5; we are going to turn it into a drink station for the wedding (and maybe a planter after the wedding).


I have visions of making this wagon wheel into a table.


I also got these adorable (one solid brass) lanterns for $1 each...I have no clue what I will do with them -- they are none working, but maybe candle holders? Just decoration?

Finally, I got a whole wicker set at a different sale -- settee, coffee table, end table, rocker and chair -- for $50! And, it's beautiful wicker. Oh, and she threw in all of the cushions. It is stacked in my family room (the porch isn't finished yet). Since I spent so little, I elected to splurge and have them professional re-covered .... you will see them in an upcoming post.That's all for now!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

New Year, New News!!

Is anyone still out there? Readers, I think I am back. I have so much to tell you and so many projects going on it's just crazy. Believe me, I have so much to post!!

So...what is going on? Well, my oldest is getting married this spring -- in my backyard! There will be fun posts coming up. So, of course, in order to prepare for the festivities we are doing major renovations. A screened in porch, a patio, landscaping, painting! Nothing like having a wedding to get you moving! We got the patio and porch floor poured and it's stamped concrete! Cool stuff -- looks like slate. Above, this is before they added the dark stain and coating. For some reason I didn't take final photos, but you'll be able to see it in update photos.

So, here's how far we are with the porch...just the framing and trim so far (yes, I know winter is here, but contractors have failed to show up). So, looks like we'll be building over the winter.


Next blog...some amazing yard sale finds. Stay tuned!