Thursday, May 31, 2012

Facebook GiveAway- The Goods

I've met the 200 likes mark on my new facebook page in just one week, Woo Hoo !
Time to announce the give away. Drawing will be held as soon as I hit the 350 likes mark. Then I'm thinking of having a drawing at every 500 mark. ie 500, 1000, 1500 etc.
As soon as I get 350 likes I'll pick a winner, so encourage your freinds to "like " me.

Here's what you get. Set of 3 vintage bingo cards, set of 6 vintage paper poker chips with Fleur-de-leis on them in red white and blue, Skeleton key, metal drawer label pocket.
Card from French Candy featuring the Louvre on the front and french advertising on the back. An old player piano roll with words, a metal clock face, a journal and note cards,
A Pair of baby shoes and a unique shoe stretcher.
Two little library books, a vintage Firemans Fund Ruler, and a large metal waffle rosette.
How do you win? click the button below, which will take you to my facebook page. When there, click "like" me. Be sure it worked because sometimes it doesn't. How do you know? Refresh page and see if it now says "liked". Then you are entered. I'll draw a name when I hit 350 likes from those people registered on my facebook page. Responding to this post does not enter you in this give-away.

Open only to US and Canada residents. If the winner does not want the items or does not respond to their notification, another winner will be picked until the prize is given away.

Good luck

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wedding Decor Part 2

We'll continue now with one of my favorite areas... the

Cake Table

The wall behind the cake table was the Bride's idea and she and her mother spent hours making these pinwheels.
It turned out beautiful and made a great backdrop for the photos.
See the cake table decorations?
Those are vintage frames, the "platter" was a improvisation because we could not find a cake stand the right size. Made by placing vintage lace behind the glass and then a piece of plum fabric behind that. I sat it on books to give it strength, the cake weighs a lot. The brides maids placed their bouquets around the cake table after the ceremony. It turned out perfect.
And What a pretty topper Kalynne chose


My son has an extensive vintage camera collection. It was decided to use these in all the centerpieces.
We added in vintage soda bottles and some oil lamps as well as old books and candles to round it out. The bride made the table numbers.
Oh did I mention that he is a wedding photographer as well. One of the first questions he was asked when he announced his engagement is "who will be your photographer". He knew immediately who he wanted, and I hope to share some of her photos with you soon.We also

I reserved this special bottle for the sweetheart table which is directly under that balcony in front of the mantle. It says "Squeeze" with a boy and girl arm in arm on the label. The book has a young man behind a field camera (another photographer reference) and is titled "making his way". There was also a bunting across the front that says Mr & Mrs.

My son wanted a cigar bar for the guys. The chalk board is a vintage camera film pack painted with chalk board paint. The matches are all vintage, even the easel is vintage.
This area was a huge hit with the guys.

Water and Iced tea with chalk board labels for Sweet and unsweet
Plenty of sodas on ice in a vintage wash tub provided by Stone Oak.

Kalynne's idea for favors was a popcorn bar complete with flavors, sweets and nuts, and bags to take it all home in.

Well there you have it. Months of planning, culminated in a most beautiful occasion enjoyed by all.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Wedding Pics, Finally part 1

I'm finally getting around to posting some wedding decor photos. It's been a whirlwind couple of months, so sorry for the delay.

I have no daughters so I was especially excited when my new DIL, Kalynne, asked if I'd help with the wedding decorations. Of course I said yes. She had lots of ideas and did lots of pinning on pinterest. My job was mainly to find the goods, and help HER visions come to life, and I threw in a couple of ideas as well, all subject to her approval. I love the motto of my good friend and florist, Alison..."we work for the girl in the white dress".

First and foremost Stone Oak Ranch in Murchison Texas is a fabulous venue. With this as a backdrop we could not go wrong with the decor. This table above was their property, we added the window with pictures of the bride and groom, and the coke bottle crate with vintage bottles. A large galvanized tub was filled with ice water bottles, which was a nice touch for the comfort of the guests. The sign in book rounds out the sign in table decor.
Simple benches are provided for seating and vintage galvanized buckets filled with babies breath are all the decorations needed for this area. Tip: Make sure your buckets hold water :) Several of mine had holes in the bottom...oops

And they stood under this fabulous tree festooned with vintage chandeliers to take their vows (all provided by Stone Oak)
It was beautiful

As everyone headed inside the barn for the reception, this seating chart (made by the bride) helped us know where to sit. The cake toppers belong to the parents of the bride and groom. The frame is a wooden one I picked up awhile back.It was spray painted a champagne color. Kalynne used burlap for the background, some simple jute held the cards.
On the back wall is a beautiful area, the frame, mantle and chandelier belong to the venue.
I added a hodge podge of vintage items, bringing in the vintage soda bottles again to decorate this mantle area. I did not know this area existed till decoration day.
But I had boxes of props in my car. It seems that in both weddings I've done, I have had a "surprise" area. It helps to bring extra stuff just in case. I usually end up liking these areas the best, go figure.

One of my favorite items was this "My Gal Tomatoes" Crate label. So cute.

This balcony is above the mantle area. The bride purchased the bunting online. It was made from burlap flags and says "eat drink and be married".
Tomorrow the Cake Table and Reception Centerpieces

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day-A change in perspective

Two years ago I heard a story of a local Marine who had been killed in Afghanistan. "How sad" I thought, "that poor family". Then, I'm sorry to say, the story left my mind for other things.

A year ago my son met a girl, she became his wife last month. That Marine was her Brother.

I have, in the last year, gotten to know her family, and her brother through them.
It has changed me.

This memorial day will be different for me, as I reflect not just on those who served, but those who've died... and one in particular. A young man that I'll never get to know but who's family is now part of my own.

This is who we honor today, Never Forget

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