Friday, June 29, 2012

A Story Book Shower

I finally got around to making another event board! :D This one is one that I made for myself. I was wanting make this set for a while now. No I am not pregnant, I just have been dreaming of this shower idea FOR EVER! Like the rest I have numbered the pages and am posting info about each item.
I love the idea of a 'grown up' story book them. I hate all these babyish baby showers. I know that sounds odd but come on! The baby isn't the one attending except via mommies belly so why do we see the need to overdo the 'cute' factor and forget that the people attending are adults. So I like to make things simple and grown up with just a hint of fanciful fun. <3 ok, enough ranting, Here's the list low down.
1. I just love the idea of golden embossed shower cards. These ones were originally made as wedding invitations but the main idea and style can be easily recreated to fit for a baby shower.
2. No story book shower would be right without some vintage, old, story books. They can even be written in the front cover and handed down to be read to the baby!
3. Something about dinning in the woods is just so story book to me. It reminds me of snow white or sleeping beauty and makes my heart sing <3
4. Lighting is always key when hosting an event outdoors. These small flower light are just whimsical enough to hang all day long and then look magical all light up at night. Like little flower fairies. You can even add candles to the table and hang little mason jars with light in them from trees to give the feel of fire flies.

5. I found this adorable garland on Etsy for about $10. It would look so beautiful scattered on a buffet table or hung from a tree. Made from vintage French story books, it adds just the right touch.
1. Wild flowers are cheap, simple, and can be found in just about any yard which makes them perfect for a simple but elegant shower and they tie in well with the theme.
2. Using old book or whatever books you have is an inexpensive way to display flowers, candles, and center pieces at varied heights.
3. Antique dishes can often be found on the low at thrift shops, antique shops, and yard sales and add to the charm of a story book shower and makes any setting seem nicer.
4. Don’t you just love these apples-turned-candles. They scream story book and when it gets late, you will have extra lighting with a sweet smell.
5. What story book shower would be right without a page runner? It might not be for everyone but this runner is so simple to make, giving any host a break and adds to the theme so well.

6. Every good story has a witch in it, so it wouldn't be right without the magic crystal balls. You can even use already-owned clear Christmas ornaments with the tops taken off to mimic the look of these plant orbs.
I decided on a candy bar for this event because what mom to be doesn't want to indulge a bit before the baby come? ;) I also chose alcohol free, mommy safe drinks.
1. Keeping with the theme, I decided to pick citrus infused water 'old mother cupboard water'
And 2. Fruit infused tea 'witches brew' for the drinks.
For the treats ... 3. I picked a storybook cupcake stand to display this adorable butterfly 'fairy' 5.cupcakes.
4. Poison apples, 6. Jake's magic beans (jelly beans in a pretty jar), and 7. Golden goose eggs (Ferrero rocher)

So I hope you all enjoyed the set as much as I enjoyed making it. I'd love your feedback and ideas. If you have a set you would like me to make just leave a comment about it and I'd be happy to try and make your dreams come true!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sweet Southern Summers

Every Friday in summer our town puts together a concert of some kind at a little event area right by Hawks Bill creek.
 So this past Friday me and the Hubby decided to go to one. The sing said "funk and blues" well I'm not one for funk but I actually do like some blues. Sadly, they played a lot of fun and NO blues. I guess they though rap was blues because they played a lot of that too -.-.
This old lady was seriously jam'n to 'Get low' when I took this photo. I couldn't help myself. Is that hilarious to anyone else? no, just me. Oh well.
 Before heading over to the concert My Sweetie and I sat by the creek and watch this little kitty that always seems to be there.
 I just love this photo. I tried using a tent to it so I hope you all like the outcome. I know I do <3
I think the little cat liked watching the ducks as much as we do.
We had such a fun time and I'm so glad we live somewhere that has free summer concerts by the creek, cookouts all summer long, and sweet southern tea on the front porch. I never thought I'd fall for a small, middle of nowhere town like this but I have. We are so blessed. 
So how did you all spend your weekend? Anyone 'Get low'... (in the garden or doing yoga that is), or hang out outside at your favorite place? Or did you stay inside and hang out with some friends to beat the heat?

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Creepy crawlies and Critters.

 Warning: if you are light of heart or just generally dislike spiders and bugs, you might want to scroll past the first few photos. 

Now that it is summer our house it's increasingly becoming a play ground for thing like this
As you can see, this guy was the size of the drain in the tub!Forgive me if it looks dirty, we haven't used it since Feb. 
This wolf spider actually crawled out from that drain! yeah, eww! but my strong brave hubby killed it for me; but not until I got these photos for you all to grows out about :) Aren't I the best :P
We have also been getting a LOT of moths in the house.I think, in part, because we leave to front doors light on all the time >.<
 This little moth was SO small. If you can tell in the photo above, that is my camera lines against the bath room mirror, which he was resting on! It took me forever to get a clear photo of him he was so small!
I loved the color on this one’s wings. I didn't get a good photo of his back. There was a lot more of that pretty orange on the back side of his wings. He was between the back sliding door and me so that's how I got his photo of his underside. Hope you all didn't mind all the creepy crawly's that are quickly starting to call our house home. Now here are some sweeter critters for you all to eye at :).
The Hubby and I were driving down the road and I may or may not have been going 5 over the speed limit when a cop pulled out from a drive behind me. He didn't turn on his sirens but I got nerves so I slowed down and right when I went over a hill were he couldn't see over, I drove down a random drive. It was so crazy and felt like something out of a movie but we ended up on this small gravel, one lane road with rolling hills of fields and on the side of the road was a deer. I stopped to take a photo and then pulled over and took a few more. It was amazing! Sometimes you really DO have to take the least traveled road to see the glory of God. Even if you got there by fear of a ticket.
We have a creek in town call Hawk's Bill and I always seem to be amazed at the life it holds.
This guy was hopping from rock to rock catching fish in the creek as ducks passed by.
And this little guy. It looks like a beaver in this photo but its a weasel. The live all up and down the river. My Sweet and I thought they were river otters at first until we got closer because the like to stay on the edge of the creek and swim around catching fish but at a closer look we learned the truth.
I chased one down on the side of the river. They go so fast I was so glade ANY of the photos I took of them turned out. Here one hiding in the tall grass.
Pepper decided to try his paw at hunting! :p Its ok, he lost its sent and ran off distracted shortly after I took thing. haha. I just love his little butt peeking out over the tall grass and his little nose to the ground... its even better that the critters get to live after his little jot too!
These small herons love to hand out on the rocks that cover the rivers edge and scatter over the bottom of the creek, sticking out, unwilling to give into the currents or erosion.

I love the contrast of their eyes and their long head plumes.
This was a particularly friendly duck.
He surprisingly didn't even get up even when I was only about a foot away.
I like to think hes smiling instead of hissing -.-.
Then, he decided I wasn't going to do anything, and went back to sleep.
This little duckling was stranded going down current, crying for his mother. I Begged The Hubby to stay by it with me while it cried for its mother until he/she found its mother. At last, after about 10 min. the mother came crying and flying in! I was so happy :)
It was so sweet seeing them call to each other and see the little baby rush so fast to his/her mother.
I had to post this last one because I think it is so cute. I hope you all like the random nature that is my life. I know that I do. :) I hope you all have a wonderful, blessed week... and get out, enjoy God creations, even if the DO get in your house some time ;)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer Wreath

I've finally reluctantly gave into the inevitable decided to pack away my winter wreath and was left with a sad naked door once again. So of course I had to get another wreath up there! I thought about buying this lovely one. Sadly it was sold out and I was a little wiry of spending $35 on a wrath anyways.
After much debating on weather to buy or make one I decide on the ultimately cheaper rout and made my own. I figured I could come up with something close to the one above and even save a bit by trying it myself, and, if it failed I could always wait until more were for sale. So I got out my sewing machine and headed off to the craft store is search of some cheap yearn and felt.

After watching a dozen tutorials on how to make different flowers ans such I decided to go with simple roses, pink ruches (I think they look like carnations a bit) , and sunflowers (which I sort of made up after looking at how some I saw at Michales were made). 
 I think the final product came out quite different then I expected but in a good way. I took the Hubbies suggestion and kept it simple by allowed a lot of the yarn to show through.

 So for $5 of felt (at a dollar each) and $6 for the foam wrath, plus some multicolored yarn from the dollar tree, this Project cost me a total of $12. Not the cheapest wreath I've ever made but still much better then the original $35 I would have spent if I bought the one on Etsy. All in all i am so pleased with the out come and its a nice bonus that I got to save a few bucks too!
Here is a couple of videos I made on how to make the roses and the pink ruched flowers. Hope you all have fun making your own summer wreath! <3

I know I say 'umm' a lot. sorry about that. -.- I hope they were both useful.
Have any of you made something lately that you originally though would cost to much? Anyone else make wreaths or am I just old school like that? :p I have a wonderful week and get your craft on.

Unexpected Joys

The little things in life sometimes make the best memories. 
 About two weeks ago John and I went into town to get some stuff down. It turned out that the place we were trying to go to was closed so instead, being that it was a weekend and we had no other planes, we decided to check out Main Street. There were so many antique shops that I have been missing out on all this time! So, after a long afternoon of window shopping, we were about to head home when we saw a banner saying there was to be a 'dance'n in the park' that night.
So we stayed! 
 It gave me a great opportunity to take photos of the kids there.
 This brave little boy even came up and asked if I could take his photo. I asked him to give me his super hero look. :D

 I was surprised at how much I enjoyed taking photos of them all. I thought It would be harder but with all the music and people I think it made it easier to get pictures with smiles all around .
I really like this one. It makes me want a child so bad and think of how wonderful I know The Hubby will be with our children one day. <3
 I had to take a photo of this car. why? Do I have to say why? I mean look at it!
This sweet baby stared at me like this for a good full minute while I grabbed my camera. Then looked away. I had to wait about an hour before he gave me this look again. Lesson: ALWAYS have your camera ready!
All in all, we had an amazing time. This just goes to show that even when something is unpredictable and unplanned sometimes something wonderful can come out of it. Now if only I can learn to apply that to the rest of my life. :)

Hope you all have a wonderful Father’s day weekend and get out there and share some kids some love all you dads. <3 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

On the Move

My garden if finally in fool bloom!

 We even had enough growing that I dried some cilantro and used it in tacos the other night!

Things are sure on the move out there and I can't wait to have more fresh produce from my garden.