Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Making it big

So remember the pumpkin I painted last year?  If you don't you can read about it here. It looked like this:

 I had noticed recently that people were pinning it like crazy, and I heard from several people that it was one of the first painted pumpkins to pop up when you search "painted pupmkins" on Pinterest.  Sure enough, I just checked to see for myself and there it is!
 
Anyways, I got an email yesterday and it's going to be featured in an article on Countryliving.com!  How cool is that!
 
If you remember, I actually didn't win the pumpkin contest last year.  I lost to a Duck Dynasty pumpkin...
 
Thankfully those bearded guys have kind of fallen off the map this year and I have a fabulous idea that's going to knock their socks off.
 
Pumpkin decorators beware!
 
In the meantime, be on the lookout for my gumball machine pumpkin on Countryliving.com!


Friday, September 26, 2014

The Last Sail Before the Veil

Being that my sister has now been a married women for almost two weeks, I think it's time to share pictures from her wedding!  But first, I have to blog about her bachelorette weekend because that was a very important step, not to mention SO much fun!

 
 
Instead of going out to a bunch of bars, we decided to go to Kentucky Lake and rent a cabin, along with a boat.  Talk about amazing!

We started off the long weekend with a bloody mary bar upon arrival. 
 
 
And a celebratory shot.

 
Then we headed down to the dock for a little swimming before dinner...
 
 
Which was a grilled pizza bar.





 
I am dreaming of that right now  YUM.

 
The decorated mantle with all of its rustic perfection!


After dinner we played bachelorette trivia games, which are always good for some laughs.





 
The next morning we got ready to head to the boat dock to pick up our boat!  Check out how amazing the décor looked in the morning sunlight!


 
After renting our pontoon we headed out onto the water for a beautiful day in the sun!  We could not have asked for better weather.  It was perfect outside!
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
It's cool to pull 10 plus people using a jet ski right?  We were headed to jump off the rock quarry!

 
Which is this...And let me tell you, I am not an adventurous person, but I decided to go for it, and once you get up there, there is really no way to get down unless you jump. And let's just say that two months later, I am still feeling the effects off landing wrong in that water!  My tailbone may never forgive me.
 

The crooked sunglasses pic that usually means you have had to much to drink!


The sun made us sleepy.....
 







 
When we got home we had to clean our battle wounds.  Boating is a dangerous thing!
 

 
What a fantastically fun time with some awesome girls!  I might just copy for my bachelorette party!
 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bridal Shower DIY

My little sister is getting married in 10 days.  10!  Whoa.  Her bridal shower just so happened to the same say that I got engaged.  What a crazy day!  I was pretty proud of myself for pulling the whole thing off with the help of my mom.  All of the decorations were made by yours truly!  We had it at the clubhouse of my grandma's condo community.  I went with a rustic type theme, and the décor ended up matching the venue pretty well!
 
To label the food, I painted wine bottles with chalkboard paint, then wrote the name of the food on each bottle, put some locally grown wildflowers in them and tied twine around the top. 
 
Price- $2.00 (I already had the bottles, chalkboard paint, and twine.  I just had to buy the chalk marker.)
 
 
I love how it turned out!
 
 
I hung twine across the bar and clothes pinned pictures to it. 
 
Price- $7.00 (I already had the twine and the clothespins, I just had to print out the pictures.)

 
 

 
We had a fruit pizza bar, seen here. 




And more importantly, a mimosa bar.




 
For the tables, I used plain, cheap-o plastic table cloths in my sister's wedding color.  Then I put a strip of butcher paper, and a square of fabric.  For centerpieces, I painted a terracotta flowerpot with chalkboard paint, then decorated it with wildflowers using a chalk marker. 
 
Price- $9.00 per table (Tablecloth- $1.00, Butcher paper- free from school, Fabric $6.00 a yard with less than one yard used per table, Flower pot- $2.00, Zinnias- $3.00 each.)




 
I love this old window that I decorated with chalk marker!  This will definitely be making an appearance at the wedding!  I'm just going to change "Future" to "Mr. &"

 
We were so excited about how good it looked!









"Old, new, borrows, blue, Lauren is ready to say I do"


 


Lauren with my Grandma and Aunt Lisa


Lauren with her lifelong friend Sara and her mom.


My mom with her two aunts.


Time for a little trivia!


Some of Lauren's friends with their sisters and moms.




My favorite kids to babysit with their mom!
 
Trivia winners!


Lauren with her favorite gift. (The gift I gave her of course)





Lauren with her high school friends.






Bridesmaids!


My furture flower girl! (Little did I know)


Now that is a beautiful bow-bouquet if I do say so myself!

 
10 days people!  10 days!



 
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