Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wedding Wednesday #13 - Someday is not a day of the week...

"Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow." - Mark Twain


Yes, I am known in my family as a procrastinator.  I'm the girl who was sewing the buttons on my wedding dress... and completing my veil the day before my wedding... after all, it will only take a minute, right?

This time around, for my daughter's wedding, I've tried to stay on top of things and for the most part, surprise, I have!

But now, WOW!   I can't believe another week has gone by... the countdown is under the 4 week mark!  While on vacation (or should I say staycation) last week I managed to check a number of projects off my "list".... pretty good for someone who's middle name should have been "miss procrastinator"!

Although I still have tons of projects partially completed, I did finally manage to finish all of the chalkboards.  Including this one that I painted on the reverse side of the glass that came with the frame for something a bit different.

I painted, distressed and waxed a funky little vintage shelf.  I used ASCP in graphite.

It came out just like I imagined... originally I thought about using this on the cupcake table to display cupcakes but now, after all the milk glass pedestals, well I have something else in mind.

And, "knock on wood"... not that I'm superstitious... but I've managed to keep the wedding plants and flowers alive.  Just 3 1/2 more weeks to go!

The zinnias are growing like crazy and most are flowering.

Even some multi colored bachelor buttons have arrived...

I am however a bit disappointed in my "purple" zinnias.  They are more pink than purple.  I shouldn't be too surprised since I've never seen a true purple zinnia.

Oh well, at least the lime and white zinnias are looking promising!

And the hydrangea topiaries?   Well, they have tons of blossoms just starting to show...

I think they are going to be show stoppers in a couple of weeks!

Of course, I couldn't resist starting a few projects that weren't on my list... one with some glitter, glue and ribbon...

Inspired by a $.60 piece of vintage sheet music no less...

Everything else I had on hand... I even got to try out my new "fancy" cutting blade for my rotary cutter.

But this project?   Well it's a little surprise for the bride on the wedding day... to see it you'll have to be sure to come back... after August 18th... because actually, it isn't quite finished yet...

After all, since I have no buttons to be sewing on August 17th I have to have SOMETHING to work on!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wedding Wednesday #12 - Got Milk?... milk glass that is...



You just knew that one of these "Wedding Wednesdays" would be about milk glass, didn't ya?

Much of the milk glass I've collected is old, but this set of three cake stands is replica... the other two stands are vintage.  I picked one up at a local antique store and the other at a rummage sale at a retirement home.  Both were $15 which I thought was a steal.  I think the cake, or should I say cupcake, table will look fabulous!

Most of my milk glass collection has been thrift store finds.  All of the piece below came from a local thrift store... the most expensive?  Just $2.99... can't bet those prices!

I have pitchers, creamers and even a sugar bowl to use...

And of course, lots and lots of vases....

As you know, the bud vases will be clustered on each table in sets of three.... but I also have other vases to use for larger floral bouquets to use all around.

After all, my collection is pretty large!  I'm not sure what my husband will think when I start packing boxes and boxes up of this stuff....

And what to put in some of these larger vases?  Well perhaps some of these dark purple hydrangeas that I stole acquired from my son's gorgeous bush!

Just the perfect color for this purple and green wedding.

His hydrangea bush is huge and covered in fabulous, monstrously big blossoms.... I hope some of them will still be looking this good in August!

Counting down the days... 4 1/2 weeks to go.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

seed to start to bud to flower.....

July has been living up to my expectation or definition of summer.... blue skies, warm days, flowers (and weeds) growing like crazy.... today is all about the flowers I grow from seed.

The first of my sweet peas are blooming.

I plant sweet peas in a couple of locations but this one is in the vegetable garden, for cutting.  I love to have a little bouquet of sweet peas in the kitchen window.  Hopefully soon I will be cutting away...

Nasturtiums are another easy to grow flower.  I decided to use them in some baskets this year... on the pumphouse...

as well as the greenhouse...

This is one of my favorites... it's actually a paler yellow than what appears here, named Peach Melba.  I used to plant this one in my "pink garden" since I like the pale yellow with pink... however they can tend to reseed and takeover a space if left alone!

My Wave Petunias are really coming into their own... this one is a pale lavender with a darker purple center named "Silver".  I used it here last year and by the end of summer it cascaded out of the little pot and down the side of the porch.... putting on quite a show.  These seeds take FOREVER to become actual plants... even longer than the impatiens I grow.

My french marigolds... not only from seed but seeds I actually saved myself from last year!  Success!!

The sunflowers in the metal trough are growing nicely... I can hardly wait for their sunny faces to show in front of the pumphouse.... especially the "Teddy Bear" sunflowers!

But the star of the garden and garden season is the zinnias.... I have literally hundreds of zinnia planted in the vegetable garden for cutting as well as other varieties through out other flower beds.  These two rows are the "wedding zinnias".... they should all be lime green "Envy", pure white appropriately named "White Wedding" and a true purple with a lime center (I forget the name...).

Here is the first of the "Envy" zinnias to come....

This one is "Swizzle Cherry and Ivory" zinnia.... in another spot in the veg garden...

Oh!  And what is this Envy zinnia doing over here?  Hmmmm maybe those mice in my seeds didn't just eat them... I think they must have rearranged a few of the flats too....

A pretty pink "Cut and Come Again" Zinnia....

This one is a pale, almost lavender zinnia.... probably also a "Cut and Come Again"....

Even the buds are pretty....

And finally... bushy Mexican zinnia planted along the edge of the trough of sunflowers...

Next week I'll be spending much of my time here... in the gardens at Red Gate Farm... hopefully enjoying a continuation of summer... And what are those metal posts?  Well hopefully I'll be sharing my "fancy wire" garden fence with you next week!  My birthday present from last summer!

And since our Internet at home has been rather fickle of late...

You may not hear much from me... of course, that may just be due to my enjoying the sun, a Coke and my Kindle instead...


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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wedding Wednesday #11 - Suitcases, not just for packing for a honeymoon...

Pinterest is full of fabulous ideas for using vintage suitcases in weddings and receptions... We came across a matching set of 2 suitcases and a train or makeup case recently.  An off white set even... intact with the keys!  We know what we'll do with two of the cases... the third, and the largest, is still up in the air.

For the train case?  Well they make the perfect spot for cards at the reception....

A lace and linen table topper hides the rocks in the bottom... rocks needed to keep the case from toppling over.  The lid is fairly heavy and has a mirror which meant it wouldn't stay put!

My vintage chalk board fits just right against the lid... with a gentle reminder of the purpose (ok, maybe that's not really a gentle reminder).

See?  Keys are still attached to the handle!

And here's the mirror... another idea is to write on the mirror itself with something that can be removed... like lipstick or perhaps a garland instead of the chalkboard?

And the stool it is perched on?  Well this stool was my grandma's.  When I was a little girl we went there on most Sundays for dinner (or supper)... served at noon of course.  I was the one that sat on the stool instead of a chair since there was a shortage of chairs and space.  Now the stool sits in my dining room but will be a sentimental addition at the wedding since my grandma passed away 8 years ago.

And a side view... just in case you were wondering...

And the medium sized suitcase?  Well it is destined to hold the programs which will actually be fans as well.  August, even in Washington, can be hot!

I have a vintage folding chair I picked up last summer for $5 that will work to hold it...

See the cute little number on it?  It adds character... and would be so cool if it was an "18" for the wedding date!

It fits perfectly!

Another lace tablecloth or runner to line the bottom... although this one doesn't need any rocks in the bottom.

My fabulous "I DO" letters work in this lid... since they are vintage sign letters they even have little clips on the back that I clipped right to the satin pocket on the lid... no falling over!

The programs are one of the final projects to be completed.  The ceremony is being finalized and so until we know every detail I can't get started on them.

They will be made out of this fabulous paper from Paper Source (which for the first time actually looks purple in the photo!).

The little white "thing-y" on top of the purple pile is a fan/program from a wedding my daughter attended last summer... Ours will be similar with a plain wooden stick and perhaps a bit of ribbon.

And you know my cousin (who had a daughter get married last summer and one will be married this summer the weekend before mine) told me that the last 4 to 6 weeks would fly by... well I think she was right... we've officially stepped onto the wedding roller coaster and it's crested the peak and is screaming straight down the other side!

But fortunately I'm off work next week... now I just need to find a purpose for the largest suitcase... work on my wedding project list, weed, weed, weed and perhaps even spend some days in the sun since this vacation is actually  a "staycation" (or "work-cation) at home.  My usual footwear in the summer is Chaco sandals... similar to Tevas... and if you ONLY wear them all summer you end up with a great tan line in the shape of a "Z" across the top of your foot... a tan line however that won't look so great in the new slingback shoes I purchased for the wedding... Good excuse for a bit time in the Adirondack chair with an iced tea and my Kindle... between chores and projects... don't ya think?

Five and half weeks and counting....