Jan 28, 2012

Natural Valentine Wreath

I know its not even February yet, but Valentines Day is coming up and I love love love this holiday.  Even though it gets a bunch of crap about not being a real holiday, I think its is one of the best days of the year.  I remember not having a Valentine one year in college and as I was at work I swooned as I was watched the dozens of men walking out of the grocery store next to where I was working, all carrying roses, chocolates, and balloons.  It didn't make me sad, because I love love.  And I loved how it brought out this romantic side in all of those men.  In high school my Dad used to leave me red roses in my car when I didn't have a Valentine.  That is one of my sweetest memories of him.  I am happy that I have two Valentines this year, my two boys, and I will cuddle with them both February 14th as I will surely make them watch one of my favorite romantic movies, Pride and Prejudice. : )

Since its almost February and Valentines Day is in the middle of the month I wanted to hurry and make a Valentine Wreath to replace my Christmas one.  I wanted to come up with something really natural, which was challenging  since most Vday decorations are really cheesy.  I had a few ideas but when I saw this heart shaped twig wreath I thought it would be perfect.  Dried florals where half off at hobby lobby so it I was able to get a few bunches and then use leftover materials I already had so I spent less than $15!  I thought it was very fitting to use dried lavender because of its history in being used for romantic purposes, such as to scent love notes, and its said that women used to attract love by wearing it in a sachet in their pockets.

I wove in the lavender.
Then I wove in the other dried flowers.

I added pink rose trim around the inner heart shape and glued a stick vertical on behind so I could fashion the point on the top of the heart.

I glued a twig horizontally to add some love birds.

all done :)

 Valentine Wreath hung about fireplace!

OH Yes! My BEAUTIFUL little boy is 10 MONTHS old today.  I can't believe it.  He is the happiest and most loved baby there ever was.  He loves music, loves to dance, loves to smile at everyone.  Everywhere I take him he is charming every person with his sweet smile.  People are so nice to me just because I am toting around this happy smiley little guy.  He is going to be like sunshine to this world, just like he is too me and his daddy. 

Cohens Favorite song on his Playlist..this week

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust.
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Jan 15, 2012

Carlie's Bridal Shower

My husbands sister Carlie is getting married in less than two weeks and I couldn't be happier for her and her fiancĂ© Derek.  I'm so excited to be a bridesmaid in her wedding.  As one of my bridesmaid duties I took on the task of the Bridal Shower and with the help of all her family and friends, it was pretty easy!   I got to use a lot of cool antiques I have been collecting and a lot of ideas I've been collecting in my head as well.  The shower was this past weekend and couldn't have been better, with a great turn out, and so many yummy things to eat!

We decided to have a brunch shower Saturday morning and were going for a girly, vintage, breakfast, picnic vibe.  Her aunts and some lovely ladies from church all pitched in to make a delicious breakfast spread including fluffy biscuits, cajun breakfast rice, beignets with honey, mini hashbrown casseroles, grapefruit with sugar, a grits and sweet potato bar, sausages, and mini pancakes with blueberries!  To drink we had orange juice, hot chocolate, and milk served in real glass milk jars.  I have seen a bunch of dairy crates, but with no jars, and when I found all of the jars in the original wood dairy crate, and had to have them!  They weren't cheap but I knew I could use them for plenty of parties in the future.

 I used a pale burlap to cover the table with and ribbons and lace running down the middle.  We hung some pretty quilts on the walls and put a vintage tablecloth on her gift table and topped it with an old metal dairy crate filled with random jars of flowers, and put two red "lovebirds" on the handle.  The rose sheet (on the chair), table cloth, white picnic basket, metal crate and bottles were all purchased from The Cozy Nest in Downtown Attalla.  Me and Sydney went to thrift store and got a few sheets with pretty patterns to use for the banners.  It took a while to get them done but they looked so cute streamed across the ceiling.  It was hard to get a good pic of them!  We used white chair covers and tied them with all different kinds of ribbons that a friend from church has been collecting.

Here is the happy bride-to-be about to open her gifts!


This was so much fun and I can only hope any future showers I plan will be go as smoothly.  When you have such wonderful friends who are willing to help, you can easily turn a vision into a reality :)


Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust.

Jan 10, 2012

Thrifted Tuesday: Provincial Life

Thrifted Tuesday: Provincial Life

It's been a great week already.  Firstly, my team won the National Championship last night and I couldn't be prouder to be a BAMA fan!  Secondly, I have my first Shabby Apple dress on its way to me for my sister Carlie's wedding.  (Her shower is this weekend and this week will be full of preparing!)  Thirdly, I am so excited that one of my favorite Disney movies, Beauty and the Beast, is coming to the movies in 3D this weekend.  Belle kind of inspired this outfit, the kind you would wear to the library to check out your favorite book that you already have read numerous times...in my case Pride and Prejudice.   

My second year of college I was lucky enough to live and work in Disney World as part of a college internship program.  I had a couple of wonderful jobs there, I got really lucky, and when I wasn't working I got to go visit the parks for free!  One of my roomies, Jessica, went with me to see the Beauty and the Beast play at MGM one day, and each of us left with a crush, her for Beast (when he became the prince of course), and me, for Gaston.  And the very best part to us had to the performance of the song "Bonjour." (the one that Belle sings in the scene below).  

Shirt, blouse, and belt (thrifted)  Shoes and fox ring (Modcloth)  Clock Necklace (Trade Days booth)
Book (Penguin Classics Clothbound Edition Pride and Prejudice)

Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins

I made these yummy muffins this weekend and they were a big hit.  Thank goodness I have so much family close by to share them with, so that I didn't eat them all up myself.  I love the combination of banana and chocolate, and I try to put chocolate in everything I bake if I can!   The best part that was Cameron really loved them :).  

Here is where I got the recipe.  Enjoy! 

Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust :)