Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kate's Wedding Decor

  Kate's wedding was at 2pm Sunday afternoon.  We had from that morning till then to decorate for the wedding.  It was very hectic and crazy but amazingly enough, I did manage to stay sane! If I hadn't had my 5 BFs to help, it wouldn't have happened! They were amazing!  Kate didn't really know what she wanted, she was very busy with school and Kailyn so pretty much left it up to me.  Now, I'm not saying we didn't have a couple of meltdowns, only 3!  Example, at one point she thought she wanted a "black and white" wedding!  Meltdown #1 on my part!  The whole point of her having a fall wedding was cuz of all the beautiful colors, right?  Fortunately she came to her senses, (after much debate), and went with the gorgeous colors of fall!   We were on a very tight budget so this was a very "thrifty" wedding.  Most of the things we used, I already had.  Most everything else, I shopped Hobby Lobby's 50% off days and used a lot of their 40% coupons.  Love that store!  What I did purchase was mainly small things such as ribbon etc.  Since the food they wanted to serve was bar-be-que, we choose to use clear plastic plates, cups and utensils, all bought with HL coupons.  The chairs, tables, tablecloths and overlays were all part of the venue package.  Wrapping the beams above the reception area with white twinkle lights was something I debated doing because of the time it would take.  In the end, we did and it was so worth it! It just made it magical, even in the daylight! 
Sorry these photos aren't better, I was a bit crazed that morning and didn't think about photos till it was almost to late!  Be prepared, there are a lot!
You know I've got to start with a wedding pic!
Kate and Josh
This at was the entrance to the  farm, wedding sign painted by
Kate's BF, red metal arrow, half price from HL.
This was the Bridal party table, the Mr. and Mrs. was painted by
 Kate's BF.
My winter wreath and candle sticks on the mantle unit behind the Bridal table
(candle sticks bought at yard sale last summer for $2.00)
My pumpkins and garland

Kate's Bridal bouquet, put in vase on Bridal table after ceremony
(We did all the flower arrangements and bouquets)
All the fall flowers were picked out and ordered from
Kroger's for an amazing price.  All the ribbon was HL,
at 50% off
All the Bridesmaids bouquets were used as  arrangements
on the Bridal party table, middle, Kate's, the other 2, were
her bridesmaid's bouquets
 For the centerpieces on the tables I used a mix of fall flowers in
clear ball jars with burlap ribbon.  We put them on my vintage
ironstone platters with shredded paper and pumpkin pods
which I already had
View of some of the tables

I used vintage windows and antlers on the back wall.  Windows are
 from the flea market, $5.00 each, (already had), the antlers I borrowed
from Josh.  (using Josh's antlers was a surprise for him, and he loved it)!
Close up of antlers

This is the cake table.  It was very warm and the icing started
to melt which caused the top layer to slid a bit.  The cake,
cupcakes and groom's cake were all made by Josh's sister, Julie.
Julie's husband made the fabulous log cake and cupcake  stand
 and log slice for the groom's cake.  The large moss piece under
  the cake was purchased at a local décor shop with a 20% off coupon. 
 Silver mint julep cups (which I had) were used to hold the utensils

Kate found the cake topper on Etsy, it was perfect!

The Groom's cake
The guest sign in and favor table
Julie made little pumpkin breads for us to
give as favors to our guests
dry erase boards, 50% off, HL
Instead of a guest book, I bought some plain cards from Michael's for 
50% off and then stamped them with images that fit our theme, 
deer, bear, pumpkins, acorns, pine cones, etc.
(Some of the advice they got was quite interesting and funny)!
I used one of my vintage suitcases for cards.
I made the card sign out of  scrapbook paper from
HL, 50% off
I used on of my windows as a frame for pictures of
Josh and Kate from different periods of their relationship.
Easel was borrowed from my next door neighbor
My swan was the centerpiece on the food table which
unfortunately I didn't get a photo of
This is a shot of the rotunda, in the center I  used some of my
vintage wicker furniture.  Not shown on the left side was the drink
table and on the right was the food table
Josh and Kate didn't see the reception area till they entered after the ceremony and thank goodness they both loved it!  The process was very stressful and nerve wracking but also fun and very rewarding!  My next (and last) post will be the wedding photos.  
Till next time.....

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Kate's Wedding Venue

A while back, I made the decision to slow down on blogging.  It was getting to be stressful  and over time, I lost the FUN!  Now, as you can see if you've been a frequent visitor, the periods between posts can be somewhat long or not, depending on if I want to post..... or not!  No pressure "to keep up"!   It's been so much nicer and a lot more relaxing to just post when I feel like it and to not be worrying about the rest!  Just thought I'd let you know what's going on in case any of you were wondering.  I'm still here,  just on my terms and enjoying it a lot more!  I'm still visiting, enjoying your blogs and leaving comments.  Hope you all will continue to visit and keep in touch!
I promised you guys photos of my daughter, Kate's October wedding and am finally getting to it!  
Since there is so much to show you, they photos will be broken up into 2 or 3 separate  posts, ceremony site, reception decor, and, the wedding.  A lot of the photos were taken before everything was done, taking pics was not high on my list at the time!  We just had the morning before her 2:00 pm wedding to set everything up which was pretty stressful!  Fortunately, my 5 BFs were there to help!  I couldn't have pulled it together without them!  Kate didn't really have a clear vision of what she wanted so it was up to me to kind of put it all together.
 I decorated their little rental house when they moved in, (all with things I already had from flea markets, yard sales, etc.  All they had to add was his bedroom furniture and a couch, they were very happy with the results so I had a pretty good idea of their style.  They both like a lot of the same things I do, style wise, sort of  simple, rustic, and classic.  Luckily, I had most of the stuff that I used for the reception and had to buy only the small things.  I used a lot of 40% coupons at Hobby Lobby!  For doing a wedding on a very tight budget, we were all pleased with how it came together.
The venue was on a small horse farm about 10 minutes from our house that Kate found on the Internet.  We visited, fell in love with it, they had a date available in October that would work for us,  we picked a package that covered what we needed and went from there.
Before I show you the venue site and ceremony site photos, here's a wedding photo to give you a little taste of the wedding!

Kate and her "girls"

The venue

The path to the pool house where the Bridal party gets ready

Looking toward the secret garden from the reception pavilion

This is the arbor, entrance to the reception pavilion at one end
and the rotunda at the other end, both are covered in vines and twinkle lights.
(Shown is the antique wicker furniture I brought for the rotunda)

View of the reception pavilion

Looking into the secret garden area next to the pavilion

A view of the property

  The ceremony site, we used log stumps and pumpkins for the aisle decor

This rustic fence and garland defined the seating area

The weather was perfect, the setting was gorgeous,
we couldn't have asked for anything more!
Next, will show you photos of the wedding décor.
Till next time,
I'll be parting at these fun parties:

Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Trauma.......

 Christmas trauma is when your Mom makes you sit on the lap of a very big stranger with white hippy hair, a long beard and wearing a very out of style bright red suit!
I couldn't resist posting this picture of Kailyn's visit to see Santa!  She's 17 months and thinks she's a big girl, and in this pic, a very unhappy big girl!
I haven't been posting much lately, been busy with life, wedding, holidays, etc.  I'm leaving to visit my family in California, yeah, heading for the "OC". ( I'm not planning on meeting up with any of the "OC housewives)!  I'll be gone for 2 weeks and when I return, hope to get back into the blogging mode, still have wedding pics to show you guys!
Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year!
Till next time......

This week I will be partying at:
Boogieboard Cottage
Rain on a Tin Roof
Knick of Time
Cedar Hill Ranch


Sunday, November 10, 2013

2 Boys - 2 Veterans

Just to give you a head's up, this turned out to be a longer post then I intended!
I've been a bit of a slacker at blogging lately.  Honest, I have a really good reason!  Sunday, October 13th, was finally the wedding day we'd been working towards since March.  Will be posting about that soon, but since it's Veteran's Day, I thought I'd do the proud Mom thing and tell you about my two sons who both proudly served their country.  They both went into different branches  of the military as soon as they graduated high school in June, at age 18.  Chris, my oldest joined the Marines and left for boot camp in July, much to my chagrin, Paris Island, South Carolina, the other side of the bay from Hilton Head is the hottest, most humid place to be in the summer!  I tried to talk him into waiting till fall but no luck!  I've vacationed in Hilton Head and it seemed like a whole different weather zone then Paris Island.   He was there for 3 months, which seemed a whole lot longer to me!  When we went to his graduation, the end of September, the weather was still horrible, I literally thought I was going to melt away it was so hot and humid!  He looked like death warmed over, pale, and thin.   From what little I found out later, it's a wonder any of the kids survive what they are put through there!  I guess what "they" say is true, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger"!   He said it was really hard and a couple times thought he wasn't going to make it.  One of his accomplishments was to make the highest level of marksman,  which thankfully was never put to the test, to my knowledge anyway.   His job was to work on and repair the electrical systems of the big choppers that went out on missions and medical  runs. Most of his experience was positive but like most soldiers he had his hard times which he didn't really talk about except for one truly traumatic incident.  About 6mos or so before he was to get out, one of his choppers was going on a routine mission to get medical supplies.  The pilot was a female captain going out on her last trip, she was going home in 2 weeks. Every one on board was in his group of buddies.  He waved them out when they left, they did not return.  The Talban shot them down and everyone was lost.  To make it even more horrible, they filmed the whole thing and then put it on U Tube.  It took him a long time to get past it. He only talked about it once and has never talked about anything else.  Truthfully, I think I'd probably rather not know anything else!
 He was in for 5 years and did 2 deployments to Iraq.  When he came back, he finished out this tour in California, down by San Diego which even though it was far form TN, was close to my sister and his cousins which he'd visit on weekends when he could.  He's 27 now and doing well, working for a private airline company here and loves what he does.  A lot of the country music stars and celebrities keep their jets there and fly in and out.  They've also used the hangars there to shoot some music videos and have some big charity events.  Needless to say, he's having a great time.
Aaron, my middle child, joined the Air force as soon as he graduated also and signed up for 4 years.  The Air force is kind of a family thing, being that his dad and grandfather were both in, in fact, his granddad retired from the Air force after 20 years.   Aaron scored in the top 10% on the placement test they all take when they first join to determine what they might do job wise.  He got to pick his job choice which was to be a crew chief on fighter jets which is one of the top jobs you can have.  He was over the guys that checked out the jets and made sure everything was in working order and if not, repaired.   His boot camp was in San Antonio, Texas, another super hot, humid place.  Compared to the Marine boot camp, his seemed more like summer camp!  It was nothing like the Marines!  For his first tour,  he lucked out and was sent to England for a year.  He got to travel and see places he wouldn't have had the opportunity to visit otherwise.  He was then stationed  outside Raleigh, NC for the rest of his time in.  Luckily for me, he was only deployed to Afghanistan once.  I was a pretty lucky Mom, both my boys had jobs that kept them pretty much on base, not out in the middle of things.   The bad part for them was that both their bases were bombed quite a lot but they said it wasn't that big of a deal! You heard them coming, you hit the ground and, that was that!   It sure would've been a big deal to me!!  He's been home now for 2years, works for a landscape company that specializes in doing green roofs on commercial, office and government buildings.  He travels out of state a lot but enjoys what he does.  Joining the military wasn't something that I really wanted for either of them, especially since we were in an active war at the time but it was their choice and I'm very proud of both of them!
I don't have  many down loaded photos of them during this period cuz I wasn't doing stuff on the computer then so bear with me!  Some of these  pics are photos of pics and are not the best.

This is Chris when he was 4 or 5, we were visiting my sister in CA.  My brother-in-law's brother was a Captain in the Marines and flew these choppers in Desert Storm.  He took Chris down to the base to see them. He actually got to get in one and sit in the pilot's seat.  Who would've guessed  that years later Chris would spend 5 years stationed there, working on these very choppers when he wasn't deployed overseas. 

This is a pic I have of Chris in his dress uniform, he was getting ready to go to the Marine ball in San Diego.  (my friend printed this off for me and was low on ink, that's why it's a tad purple but it does fit with his units nickname)!
The patch was his unit's name and insignia.
No one has a better looking uniform then the Marines!

This is Aaron, graduating from boot camp in San Antonio
 Aaron and Kate after his graduation

This is one of my favorite photos of Aaron and one of his jets

This was taken one Christmas when we were lucky enough to have them both home.

Till next time......

This week I will be partying at:
Be Different Act Normal

Saturday, November 9, 2013


 Exactly one year ago today at 6:15 in the morning, my life was changed forever!  I came quite close to leaving ok, the big D word, dying!  I had a major heart attack but was lucky enough to make it to the hospital in time!  A friend talked me into writing about it and  I thought I'd repost it for those of you who may not have seen it.  Heart Attacks in women have quite different symptoms then in men which at the time I didn't know.  So, hopefully, you all can learn something from my experience!
(click on title to go to post)
PS.  To lighten the mood, here's my sweet  Kailyn ready for fall!
Till next time......
This week I will be parting at: 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Dress for her, dress for me.....

Hard to believe it's almost October and for me, that means a wedding is FAST approaching!  This summer I've been busy planning Kate and Josh's wedding.  Sunday, October 13th is the big day and it's almost here!  Things are coming together, and if it all works out like I want, I'll be one happy girl!  This is my first and will be my only foray into the wedding business!   Needless to say, the closer it gets, the more I wonder if I've done everything I need to do, have I forgotten anything, is it going to look like the vision in my head, am I going to be able to put it all together on the day?   I will be doing a few posts to fill you in on the progress.  This one is about the dress, no, not her dress, my mother of the bride dress and Kailyn's little flower girl dress.  I DREADED looking for something to wear, I don't even know when I wore a dress last!  I saw this one at David's bridal while Kate was trying on her wedding dress.  I liked the color, it was a bit fancier then my taste but they happened to have my size so I tried it on.   Kate really liked it, surprisingly fit well and looked ok.  I hem hawed around for a couple of months, couldn't make myself go out looking so ordered it.  You all know me, I love a bargain, it was on sale for $99.00! I looked for shoes, they had some dye able ones there that were cute.  The ones I liked were $59. which I didn't want to spend so kept going back.  I lucked out, they were marking things down for the end of summer and I found a pair that I liked, now, don't faint, for only $12.99, marked down from $60.00!  With a $5.00 dying fee, they ended up being less then $20.00!
On to the photos! 
Kailyn's dress 

We couldn't decide what we wanted Kailyn to wear, all the dresses at David's were pretty pricey and not what we really liked.  I got on Etsy and surfed flower girl dresses and found the perfect one ! It's from a shop in South Carolina, a linen/cotton mix with her monogram and a handkerchief hem.  The monogram is done in tan as is the sash.  It came quickly, the owner of the shop, Ronda was very helpful, and price wise, it was $54.00, much less then all the ones we'd looked at up till then.  It fits her perfectly, she looks adorable of course!  The pic of the one from the shop has anchors on the bottom of the sash, ours does not.
The name of the  Etsy shop is Zadabug, (click on name to visit), the owner is Ronda Lancaster.  I highly recommend it if you need a special dress for your little one!  She also has other monogrammed items that are just as cute!
Photo from Zadabug's website on Etsy

This is ours
(hasn't been pressed yet)

Kailyn's monogram

Hem detail
Kate and all the wedding party will all be wearing cowgirl/cowboy boots.
This is a picture of the ones (or one) I found at Khol's for Kailyn.
They were $54.00, I waited for a coupon and not only did I get 20% off, they were on sale for $21.00!  They ended up being less then $20.00!  This pic is from Kohl's website, I ordered K's but they haven't gotten here yet.  They are brown with embroidered flowers. She loved "stomping around" in them.
Now, my dress
Sorry this pic isn't the best, it's from David's web site not so good, but it will give you an idea of the details and shape of the dress

 It's a really pretty taupe color which this photo does not do justice

Next time, I'll tell you all about the place we found to have the wedding!
Till next time.....
This week I'll be partying at: