girls just wanna have fun

Last night was Katie’s lingerie shower and bachelorette party.  It was SO MUCH FUN!  We started the night out at Katie’s town home for her lingerie shower.  I’m so sad I don’t have pics from that cause they were all taken on Katie’s camera.  We played the panty game where Katie had to guess who had bought her which panties. We also played the purse game, and she opened lots of gifts of cute PJs, bras, and even a cute robe.  Speaking of “cute,” we played a game where everyone got a clothespin and if they said the word “cute,” they got their clothespin stolen from them and whoever had the most clothespins in the end won a prize.

Here’s my little gift for Katie (although I cropped the bra out for her sake!)

 Then after her shower a few girls went for a bite to eat at Jackson’s and then we headed out for some karaoke. We had such a good time, and laughed all night long.  Katie of course led us in singing Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel,”  which in case you are wondering, is not an easy song to sing! Thanks Katie.  All in all, the night was a success!  Bring on the wedding!!

Happy Birthday, Mama!

Today is my dear mama’s 40th birthday 😉  Haha. Ok, so maybe not 40, but who’s really counting?  I know one thing.  I’m so glad to be blessed with my Nana’s and mama’s genes, because they’ve never looked their age (and that’s a good thing!).  I’m so blessed to have the mother that I have.  She taught us right from wrong, and although we fought her rules from time to time growing up, I’m grateful for the things that she taught me.  And honestly, my sisters and I have always been pretty close to our mom.  She is the rock of our family.  We wouldn’t know what to do without her, and I love that we are so close!
So HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!  Thanks for all you do!  WE LOVE YOU!!

To-do lists

Today marks the 1 month countdown to my sister’s wedding.  Both Greg’s sister and my sister will be getting married within 3 weeks of each other, and then 2 months after that, it’s our turn 🙂  And speaking of our turn, we finally got the save-the-dates mailed which means……I finally get to show it to you! They turned out so so cute thanks to our good friend Dana 🙂

Anyways, lately I have been planning my sister’s lingerie shower, and I’m so excited about it because I have so many cute ideas in my head!  I just really hope she likes them.  I tend to like things that are more girly, for instance anything that is pink, white, lacy, or vintage.  She leans more towards the modern style of things and is not so much a fan of pink.  But, it’s a lingerie shower, so I’m hoping she’s more open-minded about the girly stuff 😉  I wish I could show you some pictures of a few things I have for the party, but she reads my blog, so I’ll just have to do an after-party blog!

Along the lines of party planning and wedding things, my to-do list for today is ridiculous!  I also worked the past 2 nights, so hopefully my body can keep on truckin’ for a few more hours to knock out some of these items.  First on the list: get fitted for my bridesmaids dress for my future sister-in-law’s wedding!  Then it’s off to Victoria’s Secret for some goodies for Katie; Party City/Hobby Lobby for party supplies; Dreamcakes to speak with them about wedding cakes; I also still gotta buy Emily’s graduation gift (kinda late on that one!); need to call a florist; and make it to a 4pm vet appointment for one of my pups! Whew.  I’m exhausted just thinking about it all, especially considering how much I really just wanna crawl in my bed right now.

Maybe just an hour nap… or two.  That’s probably best….

mother-mother-daughter bonding

Today I had the pleasure of attending the Scott’s Antiques market in Atlanta with my mom and future mother-in-law.  Kendall has blogged about Scott’s Antiques before, and it always looked so neat! There are hundreds of booths with items ranging from antique toys, hand-crafted furniture, jewelry, home decor, rugs, garden tools and decor, old windows, artwork….the list goes on and on.  We were there for about 5 hours!  Some of my favorite things that I did not walk away with were these beautiful solid wood farmhouse tables (which I would LOVE to own one day), an antique Westinghouse fan (which was really cool, but not quite worth $60 in my opinion), and a cool old wooden ladder (that I thought would look really neat in a bathroom one day with towels hung over the ladder rungs.)  I can’t believe I didn’t take a single picture, but here are some pics I pulled from the internet to give you an idea of what we saw…

This table is from Pottery Barn, and retails for $1,400….the tables we saw today were just as beautiful in my opinion, and they ranged from $300-500.  I HAVE to go back and get one of these tables one day! So so beautiful!
This looks JUST like the fan I passed up for $60.  I’m kinda kicking myself for letting it go. I should have tried to talk the lady down on her price.  Isn’t it neat?!  And it worked!
I did walk away with six of these though…
They retail at Pottery Barn for $24 each, and I paid $7 and $8 each for the ones I found.  And I found Pepsi and Coca-Cola ones.  I plan to use them at our wedding reception somehow.
Kendall found this very very cool antique tin wash stand thing (I don’t really know how to describe it).  We decided it would make a great standing cooler for parties (and receptions!).  And my mom was able to walk away with a large pretty wrought iron plant stand.  We saw it and asked about the price, and the lady quoted $100 for it, which I knew was well more than what my mom had in mind to purchase it.  While my mom was looking at it some more, the lady noticed my engagement ring and of course starting asking all about my wedding plans. Then my mom comes back and we get talking about how both my sister and I are getting married this year.  After a 15 minute conversation, the lady decides she wanted to just give my mom the plant stand!  She said it was her gift to the “mother of the brides!”  How sweet is that??  
So all in all, it was a great day at the market.  So nice to spend the day with my mom and mother-in-law 🙂

wedding project #1- mossy initials

So after writing my post this morning about wedding ideas, I got motivated to actually make some headway on some of those plans.  First I headed downtown to Davis wholesale florist to find out about flowers (since I had planned on just ordering and doing them all myself).  I quickly got talked out of that idea when I started walking around, looking at all the options, hearing about what’s in season and what isn’t, and listening to the wholesale guy tell me I must be crazy for wanting to do my own flowers.  Obviously, the main…well, only reason…I ever made that decision was based on cost.  Florists are freakin’ expensive!!  Bouquets for $50? Multiplied times 6 bridesmaids?  I think not.  However, while I was down there the wholesale guy introduced me to a lady who independently does flowers for weddings and events with her husband from their home.  He also told me he would let me know about some other independent florists they work with a lot who would do really great work for much cheaper than these big name Birmingham wedding florists..  So, maybe I’ll let someone else take care of flowers after all. We shall see.

Anyways, back to my projects.  After the florist, I headed to Hobby Lobby to get supplies for making the moss-covered initials.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do an “A” and a “G” for Amy and Greg, or do a pair of “Bs” for Boggs.  Once I got home though I decided I liked the “B” idea better.  I whipped up a quick dinner for me and Greg, and then after he left I got to work….

3 hours later….I had finished ONE.  Boy, did I underestimate this project!  I’m pleased with the result, but it could be a while before I complete the second B.  Here’s what I did…

Supplies: *All my supplies were found in the silk floral department*

  • Styrofoam board (mine was 2″x12″x36″), and I cut it in half to allow for both letters)
  • Moss
  • Glue
  • Floral pins (look like really wide silver bobby pins)

The tutorial I followed used hot glue to apply the moss. Luckily I decided to just buy some crafting glue (it was actually wood glue), because for the amount of glue that was all over my fingers during this project I can’t imagine trying to use hot glue!  Also, you could go the easy route and get some large wooden letters from the craft store.  I looked at both Hobby Lobby and JoAnn’s Fabrics, but I didn’t like the font of the options they had, so I opted to just make my own.  My “B” is font style Lucida Handwriting, if you were wondering 😉  Ok moving on…

I started by printing the biggest “B” I could fit on a single piece of paper to be my guide.  Then I free-hand drew the “B” onto the foam board until it was shaped the way I wanted it.  Then I took a steak knife from the kitchen drawer and started cutting away until I had the completed form.

Also please note that you WILL make a huge mess during this process.

 I found two kinds of packaged moss at Hobby Lobby, and not knowing which would be easiest to work with I bought a little of both.  One is called “Preserved Sheet Moss” and the other was “Moss Cloth.”  Basically, one was a bunch of pieces of moss and the other was a large sheet of it.  I decided to start with the large sheet because it fit perfectly onto the entire front of my letter.  I placed my form face-down, traced it to the sheet and then cut.
 
Sheet Moss
Moss Cloth
 Once the front was done, I just started taking strips that I had cut and as many bigger pieces as I could use to glue around the remainder of the form.  You can blend in seams just by mushing (is that a word?) the moss together and tacking edges down with the floral pins.  But as long as you use the whole cloth to cover the front, then at least that is smooth and seamless. The rest will blend in pretty well. 
And after you’ve completely covered your work station, yourself and the floor with Styrofoam and moss, you will have your finished product! 🙂
All that’s left is some pretty ribbon for hanging!  Oh yeah, and the other “B!” ha

wedding talk

Somehow I have managed to not do a lot of wedding talk here on my blog.  When we initially started planning, I had in mind to do a post full of ideas and pictures, almost like a style board.  I still want to do that eventually, but with so many weddings being planned right now (mainly my sister’s and future sister-in-law’s), I kinda want to keep things a secret until their plans were pretty much finalized.  Is that selfish?  I guess in a way it might be better to lay out my hopes and dreams for our wedding, so my ideas don’t get used by someone else. But, at the same time I’m afraid to say too much, just in case.  Although, there’s really only a few things that I think are really unique that I want to keep a secret.  So, I guess there’s no harm in sharing what I’ve come up with so far.  (Man, did I just talk myself into that, or what?)

Ok, so I posted this before, but to give you an idea of setting….here is our cute little white church where the ceremony will be.  I absolutely adore it!

ChristChurch

The reception will be just down the road at the Newton-Davis House.  I envision that most of the reception will be spent outdoors, giving it a backyard feel.  The band will be setup outside, and most the tables and chairs will be out in the yard, and there’s even a tiny little barn out back too.  We are thinking of having a late afternoon wedding, so that hopefully the sun will start setting during the reception 🙂

 As for decor, I LOVE the rustic, backyard garden look.  I plan to use lots of wood and burlap materials, and lots of color.  People keep asking me what my colors are, and I just tell them, ‘lots of bright colors,’ cause there’s no one particular color I want to focus on.  To give you an idea, because I know everyone loves pictures…here’s what I have in mind…weddingideas1 weddingideas2 weddingideas3 weddingideas4

ok, so maybe not the hat for Greg, but I love the neutral colors of their attire and this bride’s lace shawl!!  I so wish I could find one
And of course no trailers 😉

So there you have it. A little sneak peek for now!  Even though there have been some stressful moments here and there during this planning process, I really am enjoying figuring out my style and finding cute little things that will make it “ours.”  And our Save the Dates are FINALLY getting mailed soon.  I didn’t think we would ever get those suckers done, but they look phenomenal thanks to my good friend DK and her amazing graphic design skills.  Shout out to Cayenne Creative!!  She designed our Save the Dates, and as soon as they are in the mail I will post it on here as well 🙂

Alright, well my to-do list for today is quite hefty.  I’m working on planning my sister’s lingerie shower, meeting with Greg to view our Save the Date proof so they can begin printing, maybe do some more bridesmaid dress shopping, and heading downtown to the wholesale flower shop to scope out some wedding flower options!  Wish me luck!

my little garden

Last year I put my green thumb skills to the test and had 2 little tomato plants- one cheery tomatoes and one big tomatoes.  The cherries did pretty well, and Greg was able to enjoy a few throughout the summer.  But my big tomatoes never go any bigger than a ping-pong ball and never turned red.  Well this year, despite last years semi-failures, I decided to go even further in my gardening adventures.  I bought 2 large tomato plants (Better Boys, to be exact), 1 cherry tomato plant, 2 strawberry plants, and 2 green bell pepper plants.  I also bought a huge wooden planter, made from an old wiskey barrel, to use along with a smaller wooden barrel planter I owned from last year.  Here’s how my little garden looked the day I planted everything…

The strawberries have done kinda ‘eh.’  They made fruit, but nothing like the “large fruit” the info label on the plant said they would produce.  I don’t think I’ve planted them in the optimal container they need.  I think strawberries need more space.  They have also stopped making fruit for the time being, but after doing some research on the internet, I think they should begin producing again in the early fall.  The cherry tomatoes have done the best so far.  I just picked the 1st two this week, and gave them to Greg to eat. He said they were delicious!  And there are a lot more in the process of growing.  The big tomatoes seem to be doing much better this year.  They are growing bigger than last year’s crop, but are still very green, so it’ll be a while before they are ready to eat.  I was a little worried about the bell peppers at first. They took a while to begin growing fruit. For a good month or so it was just the leafy plants, but about a week ago, tiny little bell peppers began to spout!  So, I’ve got my fingers crossed that they will do well!  Here’s how things look as of this week…

And speaking of my garden. I don’t think I ever posted about the BEAUTIFUL lillies I had in my front yard.  These flowers just popped up the following spring after I bought my house the summer before.  They are were absolutely beautiful! (they’re gone now until next spring) And luckily this year, they multiplied!  Oh, I LOVE them 🙂