Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Baby Shower Luncheon


I wanted to share with you a few photos from the baby shower luncheon on Sunday.  It went very well.  We had 19 guests.  Grandpa-to-be started the event by pinning a beautiful white orchid on his daughter and Mommy-to-be.


We decorated in yellow's and blue's with a splash of purple from the Iris.  We were in the Grandparents 170 yr. old farm house and the decorations meshed seamlessly with the home.  


We used miss-matched floral china of mine as well as the blue owl pitchers from my collection.  Various table runners added color and texture to the white tablecloths.


The shower had a definite vintage-romantic quality about it.  The fresh flowers really brought it all together.


The food was provided by my friend's restaurant.  Not only does she and her husband live in this 170 yr. old home and host weddings and events on the property, but they own a cafe and bakery as well.


The flower pins were a big hit as a party favor and the three littlest guests received talking farm puzzles as their favor.


Little touches go along way when planning an event.  Making the food a part of the decorations is not hard when you use pretty colors of frosting set on a chunky white tray.


Even though the weather was cold and grey outside, laughter, smiles and the cutest baby gifts ever kept the inside bright and cheery!


The older I get, the more I enjoy these types of events.  It always takes you back to your own baby showers and the babies you once held in your arms that are now grown.  It's so bittersweet.


With the overwhelming positive response of my handmade invitation, I may never use a store bought one again.  Showers of blessings today!

Joyfully,

Monday, March 14, 2011

For a Wee One ~


Yesterday I attended a baby shower for my friend who is expecting a new grandchild.  This is the gift that I made for the new baby.  It is an Owlie Sleep Sack.  The free pattern is made by Teresa Cole and posted on Ravelry here.  It was a fun pattern that came together quickly.  It was a hit with the guests.  If you are in need of a baby gift, this is sure to please.  Blessings!

Hugs,

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Scripture


"Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.
Indeed, the water I give him will become in him
a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

John 4:13&14

Blessings,

Saturday, March 12, 2011


I had a sweet surprise yesterday.  My friend, Tricia, whom I've known for several years now dropped by.  Our girls have played volleyball together, currently go to highschool together and Trish and I have been in Bible study together on many occassions.  She saw this book and thought of me.  I love that!


The author, Erin McKean, has a blog called A Dress A Day where she chronicles her love of vintage clothing and patterns.  She began writing a series of posts which became the makings of the book.  It looks to be a very fun read.  Thanks Tricia!

With joy,

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Pretties


My brother recently sent me this photo of my parents on their wedding day.  I had never seen it.  They are still happily married 50+ years later.  


We are getting very busy at the farm.  Weddings are being booked left and right and my summer to fall calendar is filling up.


All of these photos were taken last summer.   I'm in a wedding state-of-mind.  I'm enjoying the stroll through my memories.


I truly love my job.  I have a wonderful set of bosses who happen to be very dear friends.  Event planning with them always involves pretty things, good food, great conversation and lots of laughter.


The fact that they live on the farm where we host weddings, showers, dinners, and parties is an added bonus.  The fact that we share the same love of vintage, shabby chic and romantic things is a gift.


Each wedding is different.  Each couple will surprise us in ways we hadn't planned, and that makes it fun.  Even when it's challenging at times, it's still fun!  


It won't be long before I'll be spending a great deal of time here at the farm.  A slice of heaven in the countryside.

For more Friday Pretties visit Joyce at

Joyfully,

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pocket Full of Posies


Last week I showed you the many petals I was making.  Today I'd like to share with you the finished blossom pin.  I have been busily making them as a baby shower favor for my friend who's shower is this weekend.


I found the tutorial for the pins here.  They were really fun to make and are a great way to use up scraps. I really enjoyed stringing the petals and seeing how the different fabrics came together.


Most were made while watching a movie.  It goes really fast when you have everything ready to go.  For my flowers I used eight petals on the bottom and six on the top.  I made a couple of pins with the left over petals and I like those the best, each petal being different.


They are cute pinned on a sweater, jacket or purse.  So many different ways to package them, but this reminded me of spring.  We are having a rainy day today and I can see some green poking it's way through the ground.  I will enjoy these flowers until the real ones come!

Hugs,

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Roses in the Mail ~


For Valentine's Day my husband had me do alittle online shopping with Cath Kidston.  Ordered on Feb. 9, it arrived yesterday.  Something about a delay in customs.  Pure torture on my end.  Look at the beautiful mailing envelope!


This is the bag I chose.  I'm in love.  Roses in March, I'll take them anyway I can get them!  It feels like I'm carrying a garden on my arm.


I also couldn't pass up this darling little card of buttons.  I don't know if I'll ever be able to take them off the card as they are too cute to remove from it.  It's amazing how a little Cath can brighten a day.

Joyfully,

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sunday Scripture

"I cried out to God for help;
I cried out to God to hear me.
When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
at night I stretched out untiring hands
and my soul refused to be comforted.

I remembered you, O God, and I groaned;
I mused, and my spirit grew faint.

You kept my eyes from closing;
I was too troubled to speak.
I thought about the former days,
the years of long ago;
I remembered my songs in the night.
My heart mused and my spirit inquired:

Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again?
Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?

Then I thought, "To this I will appeal:
the years of the right hand of the Most High:

I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will meditate on all your works
and consider your mighty deeds.

Your ways, O God are holy."

Psalm 77:1-13


Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Pretties


The kiss of the sun for pardon,


the sound of the birds for mirth,


one is nearer God's heart in a garden,


than anywhere else on earth!

These pictures from my garden, taken last summer, remind me that there is spring on the way!  40 degrees and rain today.  Hopefully all the snow will wash away.  Blessings!

With joy,

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Petals of Color


I'm in the middle of several projects that I wish I could share with you but some are custom order gifts for people who read my blog and others that can't be disclosed yet either.


The past few days have found me making these fluttery petals for a project I will show you when finished.  It's quick and easy and is boosting my spirits with colors of spring.  I got a kick out of my daughter yesterday when she saw me piling the petals in my favorite vintage pyrex bowl.  She started to laugh and gave me that "of course you would" look.  It made me think about the things I love that I use that other people might not ~

I wear the vintage aprons I buy at flea markets,
I carry crocheted hankies in my purse and use them,
I prefer random floral, chipped plates on my table 
over matched sets,
I burn the bunny shaped candles sitting on the vintage tablecloths that don't fit my table
I will wear a hat if the occassion calls for one (in my opinion)
the list goes on and on...

I have a hunch that most of the people who read my blog do the same things and I'm so glad to belong to a blogging community that shares the same interests as me as well as the many things I learn from the ones that have other interests than mine.  What a blessing you all are!

Smiles,

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Red Riding Hood


I found this darling image on Flickr today.  I'm amazed at how we take scary children's stories and turn them into pretty little books and cards.  This is a get well card!  Oh my, get well or you might be eaten by the big bad wolf!


My teenage daughter and her friends are anxiously waiting the arrival of this movie set to come out next week.  Ok, maybe I'm alittle excited too!  


Joyfully,

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Photography

no flash - auto mode - artificial light

Jodi, from Pleasant Home has been doing a series of posts on taking better pictures for your blog.  Teresa, from Meadowbrook Farm has been doing a series on photography as well.  I have been practicing.

no flash - auto mode - natural light

I can tell that the natural light is much better except I do like the first picture, even though that might be because I like the richness of colors and patterns around the vase.

no flash - auto mode - artificial light

This picture, of my new book, however, doesn't photograph well under artifical light.   Sometimes, when the skies of Michigan are seemingly forever gray, I have to take pictures in artificial light.  

no flash - auto mode - natural light

Jodi is going to be doing a post on taking pictures in artificial light so I'm looking forward to those tips.  Compared to these women, I have a long way to go.  Practice, practice, practice.  My camera is a Canon Rebel XT.  Have a wonderful day today, friends!

Hugs,