Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wedding Wednesday #1 - Props and Cake tops

The cherry tree is in bloom.  It's raining here again.  Imagine that.  April in Washington usually does equal rain.  So I came home and walked on my treadmill for a couple of hours, watched a movie.  It was "Sweet Home Alabama."  I know it's 10 years old but we don't watch a lot of movies around here so I'd missed it.  There was a wedding at the end... it got me thinking.  Perhaps I should try a weekly "wedding post", a weekly place to show you some of our ideas and perhaps even ask for your opinions and suggestions!  After all... it's just sixteen short weeks from this Saturday... not that I'm counting.  And yes, that is why I spent 2 hours on the treadmill!

I've come across a few props to use for the wedding, things that I have around the house.  I thought of this book over the past weekend... while the engagement photos were being taken here at Red Gate Farm.  Since the wedding will be at the home of the groom's parents they decided to have their engagement photos here.  I thought this vintage book was a cute prop... except for the scary old woman on the cover.  Not sure what she was doing on a book about poetry.... Really, if you don't believe me look up "Heart Throbs" or "Heart Throbs 2" on Etsy... not joking here folks!  Not just a scary woman but a sequel too!

I also have a few cake toppers from a huge box of cake decorating items I purchased on eBay a few years ago.  I used them for my parent's 50th Anniversary Party a couple of summers ago.  These little guys are Lefton and are actually napkin holders or made to hang on taper candles since they have a little ring on their backs.

These plastic guys are probably from the 60's...

My mom brought this couple over.  They are probably from the 40's or even late 30's and are really cool and of course vintage!  They are either china or bisque.  My daughter really liked this set... not sure if any will make it onto a cake but we will certainly be sprinkling them throughout the vintage decor.

My mom also brought this cake top... from my grandparent's 35th Wedding Anniversary.  I remember this party.  I was 6 and got to wear a corsage... then the big nasty corsage pin poked me... hard.   Hmmm, maybe this is were my dislike of corsages comes from.... as the mother-of-the-bride I don't want to wear one... I'm thinking cool vintage pin instead.

And a cool item I scored this weekend?  A drop leaf table.

Yellow, old and chippy.  And just $35.00.  I love the curvy top and the curves on the apron.  I think it will get a coat of white paint and some additional distressing.  It will be just right for a table at the wedding.   Perhaps the cupcakes and a cutting cake that will hold one of those cake toppers?  What do you think?

And an update on the seeds I planted that were then ravaged by mice?  Well some of them are sprouting so I guess the mice family didn't get them all!

Almost a weekend... again,

Sunday, April 22, 2012

4 for 25 cents

It was a good weekend.... a long one again as I had Friday off.  I went to a couple of large rummage/garage sales at some local churches, with my mom.  The first one was a bit disappointing but at the second one I scored 6 more milk glass vases... and yes, they were just 25 cents a piece.  So my little sign I happened to have isn't quite right, but you get the idea.  I also found a large, ornate oval frame.  Currently gold, but soon will be white with a chalkboard to fill it.  Of course, it too is for the wedding.

The weather turned out to be quite fabulous.  Sunny and warm.  Just the kind of day to hit the gardens or the garden stores.  I did both!  On Friday my mom and I went to a couple of local nurseries.  One of my favorite things to do on a nice day is wander around a nursery or garden store.

Friday night brought dinner out... at a steakhouse... with my parents, my husband, my son, my daughter and the soon to be son-in-law.  It was a wonderful to spend a few hours and enjoy a meal with everyone.

At home, the plum trees are in full, full, full bloom.

I surveyed the damage in the greenhouse....  I don't think the mice got all the seeds.  A few have even sprouted.  But the traps with peanut butter and white chocolate chips, which my husband prefers from experience, are loaded and waiting for further seed stealing intruders.

I found a new zinnia at the garden store... a true purple with a lime green center called Purple Queen.  I planted all 75 of them, for the wedding of course.

And also blooming at Red Gate Farm?  The Magnolia.  It is probably the best show in the 8 years of bloom watching.

And to those of you that have asked... the wedding is August 18th.  I'm sure you'll be totally sick of me by then!

Here's to the end of a wonderful weekend.... only 4 more days to the next one!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Seeing isn't always believing....

We were fortunate to have beautiful weather over the weekend... the kind of weather that makes you get outside... for fun or perhaps to start a project or two.  I had my pick of projects from my list... my husband got started on the concrete curb that will encircle the vegetable garden and the new fancy wire fence.  

The skies were blue and the signs of spring everywhere.  A few hardy magnolia blossoms were leading the way... in another week or so the rest of these delicate looking blooms will be gorgeous.

The peach trees are blossoming with a promise of a nice crop come August.

And me?  Well I have some company right now... a little dog is visiting Red Gate Farm.  A fast little dog that likes to run and jump.

So with visions of the upcoming August wedding... and lots of flowers in milk glass vases...

I locked myself and the little mischief maker in the greenhouse for a marathon seed planting party.

We spent hours upon hours filling pots with soil and adding seeds.  Well actually just me... the little miss was busy taking a nap on my jacket.

The wedding colors are purple and green... so I planted extra flowers in green, purple and white this year.  The green of course includes Bells of Ireland... a fun flower.  So unusual and kind of spike-y.  I planted 25 of these.

And for myself?  Lots of sunflowers... Five different varieties including my favorite Teddy Bear variety.

Some larger types for cutting...

In all I planted 150 sunflower seeds.

And I add more hollyhocks to my gardens each year... One of my favorites is this double variety named Peaches and Dreams.  I planted more of these along with a white variety named The Bride, how fitting... and a third mixed variety.  In all I planted 90 hollyhocks.

Of course the major player in my cutting flowers is zinnias... hundreds and hundreds of zinnias.  I plant them in different beds as well as in the vegetable garden for cutting.

I planted many varieties.  Some the regular types you see here but some are more bushy and compact.  Of these type I plant all white ones in a bed at the front, as well as a yellow and orange mixed variety with my sunflowers.

This one was one of my favorites last year.  Queen Red Lime.  Red Queen Lime?  I forget the exact order...

I love how zinnias come in so many shapes and colors.  A beautiful red and round style zinnia.

This is about as purple as I can find in zinnias.  We'll see if this color will pass the purple test to be used in the wedding.

And my absolute, all time favorite is the lime green zinnia named Envy.  I planted tons of these for myself and the wedding.  In all I planted between 1100 and 1200 zinnias.  Yep, I said 1100 to 1200 zinnia seeds!

Of course there were also 100 french marigolds, 100 Mumsy margiolds, 250-300 sweet peas, 60 cucumbers, 14 peppers and 15 tomatoes.  By Sunday evening the greenhouse was overflowing with trays... I had soil packed under my nails and was very happy with my accomplishment.... already dreaming of the beautiful flowers I would enjoy come summer.

I went out to the greenhouse on Tuesday evening to check to see if anything needed a bit of water... and to my surprise and utter dismay I noticed that something had dug into the peppers... the tomatoes... the zinnias... the cucumbers... the marigolds... it had dug into EVERYTHING!!!  I was shocked and couldn't believe what I was seeing.... then I remembered the little mouse I had scared when I picked up a pot on the ground on Sunday... I guess he invited his friends for a buffet dinner... courtesy of me and my seeds.

Needless to say, the mouse traps are set, two culprits have already been apprehended and I'll be seeing what I can salvage this weekend.

Flowerless and seedless for now,

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Vintage wedding finds....

Yesterday marked my first Friday of many Fridays off.  For the past few years I've taken Fridays off through out the spring and summer.  It's a great to have a long weekend but it also means the ability to hit up some estate sales or flea markets.  All the good ones seem to begin on a Friday not a Saturday.

My mom and I went to a local retirement community's annual sale, a large county wide garage/antique flea market type event and a couple of thrift stores.  I'm always hunting for my own vintage pieces but now I'm also looking for items for my daughter's upcoming wedding.

A neighboring county holds a HUGE tulip festival each year.  Part of that festival includes the above mentioned county wide flea market.  Although I didn't see any tulips, except for my own yesterday, I did find some fabulous items.

This beautiful milk glass cake stand was a steal at $15.  It came from the local retirement community's sale.  It will be put into use for the cupcakes, instead of a traditional cake, to be served at the wedding.  I'm on the hunt for another one and also plan to "build my own" out of a large milk glass cake plate I have and a small dish.  Since there will be 300 mini cupcakes I'm going to need a lot of cake stands!

We found a couple more small, cheap milk glass vases for the tables.  The plan is multiple vases filled with one or two simple flowers.  We're thinking 2 big and 1 small vase on each 60 inch table.  I'm now just looking for the smaller size but I couldn't pass up another larger, unusual one for $3.00.

My mom purchased this vase for the wedding.  It's really thick and very different than most of my milk glass vases.  It will probably be used on the wedding party table or perhaps the "sweets" table.

And I couldn't pass these up either.... my daughter and soon to be son-in-law's initials!  The vendor had only 4 of these little, vintage plastic "cards"... k, s, u and w!  What are the odds that it would be their initials?  And for just a dollar!

If you tilt them you can see that they are actually some sort of children's educational cards for learning the alphabet.

I also found a bag of scrabble letters for just $2.... my intention was to be able to spell "love" for a wedding photo with the rings... out of a huge bag of letters?  No "v"!  I guess I'm still on the hunt for more letters!

For table numbers we've decided to use flower frogs to hold the actual numbers... mostly the spiky kind, which I have 12 or 13 of already.  I found this wire one at the flea market... I've been wanting one of these for a long time.  And it will still hold up a card or number.

But the real find of the day?

Can you guess what it is?  I'll share with you next time....

Enjoying a long weekend,

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Wishing all a Happy Easter... Hopefully you are enjoying the day with family and friends,