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Full circle…

Back on Valentine’s Day, I posted a picture from my wedding. I think it’s fairly obvious from the picture but we had a Renaissance themed wedding. It was a lot of fun and I could talk about working on all of the costumes and decorations, but I will save most of that for another day. Today, though, I want to talk about one of the table decorations. Sully’s mom, Martha made beautiful wedding favors. I looked at baskets, bowls and other containers for the favors to sit on the table. I like the looks of the grapevine wreaths, and we worked on some different ideas.  I have some pictures that I will add later.  Here is a quick description, we wrapped metallic gold ribbon around the wreaths, we glued cake circles to the back and added decorated paper butterflies and dragonflies to the front.

They looked really great with the favors in the center.  I have pictures of their awesomeness somewhere, I will add them when I find them.  We thought people would take them home but hardly anyone did.  I ended up taking home about twenty of the wreaths.  The next Christmas I used them to make wreaths for Sully’s parents, my parents, my sister’s family, my brother’s family and Sully’s grandparents and a Christmas wreath for us.

When Boo was a baby I made one that matched her nursery colors and hung it on the outside of her door.  Now it hangs on the outside of her bath room doorI like the idea of using the wreaths from the wedding, so I found a great spot over our pantry door in the kitchen and there is always a wreath hanging there now…

  
  
 
                
This is my wreath for St. Patrick’s Day.  I mentioned working on it in another post.  This is a slightly better picture.
 
 
 
This is my Spring wreath…
I started this one last year, I wrapped the cool butterfly ribbon around the wreath.  I hung it up to get a feel for what else would look good.  Stuff happened and I never got back to it.  I found these great flowers at Michael’s and then added the butterflies, also from Michaels
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My Summer sunflower wreath…

 
 A few years ago, I found this pretty blue fabric ribbon, the flowers are probably daisies.  I had already bought the sunflowers for another project.  I really liked how the sunflowers looked with the blue in the ribbon and how it brought out the yellow in the flowers on the ribbon.

Here is the wreath that I hang in the fall…
I made this several years ago.  I bought two bunches of flowers and a couple of acorns and just stuck them in between the grapevine pieces. 

This hangs in the kitchen during ‘ordinary time’…

 Our kitchen has a Mickey Mouse theme, the main colors are red, black and white.  I would like to add a Mickey or Minnie to the wreath but I haven’t come across anything that will work.   A few months ago, I decided that it would be nice to have a wreath for non holiday time. Both Sully and I were raised Catholic and so we jokingly refer to non holiday time as ‘ordinary time’.

I have a Christmas wreath, actually I have two since we inherited the wreath that was given to Sully’s grandparents.  They are packed away in the garage, I think I know where they are but I want to get this post up on my blog before Easter.

 

I have more wreaths out in the garage, I will probably decorate more of them for other holidays.  I could use a non Christmas winter wreath, and Valentine’s Day is an option.  I saw a cute idea for a Mardi Gras wreath last week.  I could make a patriotic one to put up for the 4th of July and other national holidays.  I could make a separate Halloween wreath or one for Easter.  What about Earth Day?  Columbus Day?  Arbor Day?

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Don’t pinch me…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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A week or so ago, Boo and I were in WalMart and we saw some very cool St. Patrick’s Day t-shirts. I love the design on mine but I am not fond of the regular men’s collar.

 

 

 

 

I decided to cut off the collar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little research online led me to a few websites and some groovy ideas.  I finally settled on using embroidery floss to make a decorative edge.

Blanket stitch with black embroidery floss around the neckline.  It turned out really well.  It didn’t really take that long to do and I like that the stitch goes along with the Celtic knotwork on the shirt.

 

I planned on getting Bangers and Mash for dinner but our grocery store apparently doesn’t carry the meals anymore.   I was pretty bummed about it but next year I will figure out how to make my own.   We had a good dinner and a fun night.

 

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Making the best of it…

It was another long Friday.   Boo and I left the house around eleven  to spend the day with Martha and then transport T.W. from dialysis back to the care center at around 9:00 PM.  We drove to Martha’s house and then all three of us went to visit T.W. at the care center.   I am going to say that the visit was interesting and leave it at that.  We left there and went to lunch, we had a great time.  Martha and I even dissolved into a fit of giggles a couple of times.  Boo thought we were nuts but honestly, we really needed a good laugh, with all of the worrisome stuff going on lately.  

After lunch we did some shopping, Boo and I ran into the mall while Martha rested in the car and did some reading on her Kindle.  We checked out the newly remodeled Disney Store it is very cool.  Our vacation savings plan was started, I finally put some money on a gift card.  My plan is to put at least $25 on the gift card every paycheck.  I figure by October I will have at least $400.  Is that right?  Uhmmm, that’s eight months (if I include October)  multiplied by $50, so yeah, holy crap.  That’s $400!   Fantastic, I wish I would have started it in January.  Maybe I can add some extra money each payday to make up for the $100.  Hmmm, I will have to think about it and post an update.  

Meanwhile back at the mall…Boo and I stopped at Build A Bear so we could get a cute dress for her new Lucky plaid bear.   Molly looks quite spiffy in her shamrock dress.  I will have to add a pic.  We finished up shopping at Michael’s.  I found a great St. Patrick’s Day bow to add to the wreath that I hang in the kitchen.   The St. Patrick’s Day decorations were 50% off so I also grabbed some sparkly green fake carnations and some stickers.  There were some great looking Gerbera Daisies that were 40% off so  I grabbed a few of those too.  I got a few more things, most of it was on sale and I used a gift card, so it was a good trip all around.

Here is the wreath with the new bow.  I got the shamrock garland that is wrapped around the wreath a few years ago out of a clearance bin.  I think it cost me a quarter, look at me, such a big spender.  I love the new bow, the shamrocks are perfect, the white ribbon lightens up the wreath and bow itself really adds some dimension to it all.  All in all I am really happy with it all.  The lighting isn’t the greatest, I will try to take a better picture tomorrow when there is more light.

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Six days…

 Ugh, I can’t tell you how sick I am of being sick.  Don’t get me wrong, I am feeling much better than I was over the weekend.  I still have the runny nose, stuffy head and occasional cough, just enough to make me feel blah.

I want to scream because I have a bunch of stuff to do and no energy to do it. It’s not my usual complaint about Spring Cleaning either.  For the last ten days, my house has slowly fallen into a bit of a mess.  It was somewhat unavoidable, between all of the hours spent helping out with T.W. and the time that I have been sick there hasn’t been time to work on the house.  Next Wednesday, Kayla is coming to stay until Saturday, while Val and her husband take a short trip to the East Coast.  I’ve got to get this house back in order between now and then.

Six days…since I got sick, and, six days…until company comes.  Kill me now.  🙂

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Do your practice…

Ok, last week I wrote a blog post about being hesitant to edit my WIP.  The post was written on March 8th, Following your dreams

At the end of the post, I admitted that part of the problem is that I am concerned that the whole thing might suck.

Here’s the thing, it might suck.  It might be the most awful thing ever written but at least I wrote it.  I put in the time and effort and actually created something.  Not everyone can say they have written two complete novels.  Yes, all of the writers out there are agreeing with me while at the same time wondering if any book is really finished, really complete, but I digress.

It might suck and it might not, the important thing is I wrote it down.  Now, I need to edit it.  I will keep writing and fixing it and making it better until I don’t have to worry whether it sucks or not.  People don’t take up an Olympic sport in April and expect to make the National team in time for the Summer games.  It takes time, effort and a lot of practice.  My dad would say that if reaching your goal is important that you better be ready to put your blood, sweat and tears into it.

I need to cut myself some slack.  It’s okay for the writing to be bad, I just need to get in there and.. do my practice…

Yay me!!!

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Shhh, reading…

Since I am still not feeling well, so I thought I would share something cool from another blog.  I saw this posted on the Changing Hands Facebook page.

According to the Words on Paper blog it all started with this tweet…

In the conversation that followed the original tweet Sarah EnniTracey Neithercott, and Erin Bowman came up with a great idea.  (Click the names for links to their blogs.)

These awesome book covers…
        

http://www.sarahenni.com/2012/02/10/go-away-im-reading/

The covers are made to fit the traditionally-sized YA book.  You can download PDF’s of the various designs. Printing instructions say take the PDFs to your local FedEx or Staples and get them printed on tabloid paper (11x17in). Matte cardstock is recommended rather than glossy so that the Go Away message is easily read.  A 60-80lb paper is perfect, lighter paper will make the page too thin and heavier will make folding bulky.

 I love the colors all together, so very pretty.  I get overly excited about things being uniform like this.  I get annoyed when a book series changes the book cover design mid series.  This makes me think I can fix that problem.

“Go Away” Dust Jacket Series by Erin Bowman, Sarah Enni, and Tracey Neithercott is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.  Based on a work at www.embowman.com

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Another day…

I can’t believe I still feel so crappy.  I least I slept better last night, thank the heavens for Benadryl.  Sully was working from home so our ‘Community’ marathon continued.  I didn’t do much but rest.

Here are some fun clips from some ‘Community’ episodes.

Spanish 101 (Season 1, Episode 2)

Abed and Troy’s Spanish 101 rap, click here for the link.

Modern Warfare (Season 1, Episode 23)

Community Modern Warfare Trailer, this is a great fan made trailer that for the epic paintball episode of Community “Modern Warfare”. Click here for the link.

All clips belong to NBC. No copyright infringement intended.