Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Independence Day Table for Two

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch is hosting her weekly Tablescape Thursday.  Please go by and visit Susan and see her gorgeous tablescape she has created for the week.

I set a simple table for two for the Fourth of July in the kitchen where we eat all our meals.

The red, white and blue ...


Simple table for two.

Vera Bradley salad plates ... I love these!  These are my all time favorite plates! 
 I thought Vera Bradley made only handbags and accessories.



I adore Battenburg lace ... I have had these napkins for years.

Placemats - Williams Sonoma (clearance)
Dinner plate - Butler's Pantry Gourmet
Salad plate - Vera Bradley
Napkin Rings - Style Sisters
Flatware - Reed and Barton

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy 4th of July here in the United States!

Thanks for visiting and God Bless America!
Donna

Monday, June 28, 2010

Thrifty Finds

I am linking up to Linda at Coastal Charm's Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays.
My favorite store Hobby Lobby is having an 80 percent off sale and I found some great deals this week.  I always love a great deal!  I hate to pay full price for anything.  Here are  three of my thrifty finds.

I love this amber colored glass  fleur de leis!  It will go in my bathroom. 
It was marked down to $2. 


I also love crowns (my husband calls me Queen Kahuna - long story).  Anytime I see something with a crown I love it!  This is a bottle that can be filled ... I will use colored water.  It has a  picture frame on top of the stopper. It was $2.


And this is a large piece and it was only $4!!  I snatched it up in a hurry! 
 I think we should live by this saying everyday of our lives. 
LIVE LAUGH LOVE

I have enjoyed joining the Bloggerette Sister Sorority and I am still going through the list.  I will eventually get around to meeting all the Sistas!

Thank you for visiting and God Bless!
Donna

Friday, June 25, 2010

Bloggerette Sister's Sorority

Karen at Some Days are Diamonds has came up with a great idea of meeting other bloggers. 
Today is the official gathering of the Bloggerette Sorority, a fun new blogging spot to meet new friends and have fun.  Thanks to Karen for having such a great idea so we could meet other bloggers. Be sure to check out Karen's blog ... just click the Bloggerette Sorority button on my sidebar and you will be there.

Karen asked us to create something from the photo she provided. I decided to join last night so I had to get busy. Here is what I created from scrapbook paper, buttons and ribbon.  I knew I would display it in my sewing/craft room so I used the colors to coordinate with my decor.

And we were asked to include a photo of ourselves ... so here I am!

I can't wait to see what other bloggers have created ... I am off to visit now.

Thanks for visiting and God Bless,
Donna




Thursday, June 24, 2010

Flip Flop Pillow ...

I made this flip flop pillow for the guest book and program attendant at Jennifer's wedding.  The young lady who was chosen has Cerebral Palsey and is a sweet friend of our family.  Jennifer was giving the bridesmaids Yellow Box flip flops to wear at the reception so their feet would not hurt dancing.  We knew our sweet friend could not wear flip flops so I made her this flip flop pillow!

I could slide my foot into this soft pillow!
I knew the colors of her bedroom and then chose pink and green for the pillow.
The size is 17" x 8" x 3"...  a large flip flop!

Here you can see the "sole" of the flip flop with the green pin point fabric.  I decorated the thong of the flops with roses and ribbons I found at Hobby Lobby.  Our sweet friend just adored her pillow!

This pattern is very easy to make.  I think any young girl or someone who lives on the beach would love to have a Flip Flop Pillow!
  I hope you enjoyed one of many things I made for the wedding!

Thanks for visiting and God Bless,
Donna

Monday, June 21, 2010

Thrifty Finds

I am joining Linda at Coastal Charm for her weekly Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays. I always enjoy seeing what other nifty items bloggers have found. Please go by and visit Linda and read about the Alabama Gulf Coast. It is a beautiful place to visit ... just a few hours from my home.



My neighbor had a yardsale several weeks ago and what she didn't sell she was giving to the local thrift store. I didn't see dishes on the tables ... they were all in a box. Good thing I asked. Here are a couple of things I brought home.


This is an old ironstone dish ... I think it is a gravy bowl. I just thought it was adorable and free! I am using it in a bedroom with flowers at this moment. Who knows where it will be tomorrow! I love old ironstone pieces.

This is a closeup of a Homer Laughlin platter that I brought home with me too. I love the floral design on this piece.


Another look at the platter.
I will probably hang it somewhere in a room I hope to redo soon.
Best of all they were free!

Thank you for all of your comments on the wedding ... whew I am glad it is over! It is a joyful time, but so stressful at times.  I am now going to be sewing more and tending my garden.

Thanks for visiting and God Bless,
Donna

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wedding Reception ...


The wedding reception was held at the local Country Club here in town.  Let me just say we are NOT members and we are NOT Country Club people :)  We just needed a venue large enough for the reception and there are not many options available in our area.  So we rented the club for the night. These pictures I have shared with you were taken by me or my niece who was a bridesmaid.  I can't wait to see the "real" ones.  I hope you enjoy! 

This wreath was outside as you came in the doors.  It is huge and just gorgeous.
The Mr. and Mrs. W
The first dance.
Daddy and daughter dance.  Let's just say that she has always had her Daddy wrapped around her little finger ... very tight.  Jennifer has always been a Daddy's girl.
Huge flower arrangement among the food display.
Table arrangement ...
How sweet!
Notice the green apples in the arrangement.    These alternated with the larger arrangements above on the tables.
Bride's cake ... it was white buttercream with white cake.  Very simple and elegant like she wanted with fresh flowers on top.
Cutting the cake.
The groom's cake and the toast!  Jennifer had seen this cake in a magazine years ago and always said this would one day be in her wedding one day.
Large arrangements with the green apples in the vases.  Let's just say we will be eating apple pies for a long time :)   I loved the purple chair ties.
Alternating tables ...
Jennifer changed dresses halfway through the reception.  Someone said she looked like a cupcake.  We call it the "cupcake dress".

Tossing the bouquet.
A special table was arranged for Amber with her "Maid of Honor" bouquet, candle and a bridesmaid Precious Moment along with other pics of her.  Sorry about the glare ... I am not a professional! 
Jennifer is a pharmacist and she loves candy.  She collected apothecary jars and they were filled with their favorite kinds of candy.  Guests could fill their bags with candy for favors.
Leaving the reception.
I was telling them to have fun on their honeymoon.
The Rolls Royce with Just Married! 
Have I shared with  you my husband's name is Royce?  And this is NOT our car.  My Royce drives a truck! 
I wish I did own this car!  Can't you see me driving this around town? Ha!
I have flowers all over my house and I have given flowers away all week.  This is the huge wreath in the first pic above.  I have kept it in Amber's roll-in shower in her bathroom along with the pew markers so I could spray it with water.  I just love looking at it!  I have taken flowers to Amber's gravesite every day.  They are still beautiful.

Thank you for all your kind comments you have left me.  I read and appreciate each one.  I have tried to catch up all day with blogging.  This has finally been a day of rest.  A wedding is such a wonderful event but so tiring!

The bridesmaids luncheon was beautiful as well.  I will let Jennifer share it with you on her blog http://weddingbellsandfairytales.blogspot.com/ when she returns from the honeymoon.  I will let you know when she posts it on her blog.   I know she will post about the wedding as well.

Thank you for visiting and God Bless!
Donna

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

More Wedding Pics

Lots of pictures!
I hope I don't bore you.  These are pics I took myself before the wedding on Saturday.

Jennifer came back to her hometown to get married in the church where she and Amber were baptized together.  This church holds many memories!  The pastor that baptized them conducted the wedding ceremony.

Sashes hanging from wreaths on the front doors of the church.  There were four of these.

Close up of the W's I embroidered.

This one was taken from the balcony above.  You can see the photographers taking the professional ones!
Pictures were taken before the wedding to save time for the reception.

Getting everyone in place!

The bridesmaids dresses were a light purple color (iris) ... Amber's favorite color.  You can tell that Jennifer wanted her sister to really be a part of this wedding!  The flowers were bright colorful summer blooms.  The bridesmaids bouquets are in the post below.

Pew markers ...

Picture of Amber in her prom dress and the candle lit for her during the ceremony.

Unity candles...

I made these charms to attach to mine and Jennifer's bouquets with Amber's picture on one side.  On the opposite side is a piece of the purple dress she has on in the picture above with a few sequins and strands of her hair.  We will cherish these charms forever! 
She walked down the aisle with us :)

Jennifer getting dressed.

These pictures are pictures I took of the bridal album I have of bridal portraits taken several weeks ago.

Jennifer was getting tired the day of bridal portraits and stooped down when this pic was taken.  I love it!

I can't wait to see the professional photos.

I can't believe my baby girl is married!  She is now in Hawaii on her honeymoon!

Next post will be of the reception.  You have to see the dress Jennifer changed into halfway through the reception.  It is adorable!

Thanks for visiting and God Bless,
Donna