May 26, 2017

Rustic Memorial Wedding Display

I fell in love today. With this rustic memorial wedding display. It seems simple enough to make - with weathered wood, a small black chalkboard, some twine and mini clothespins. We live in a time where our extended families aren't scattered close together like chocolate chips in a freshly baked Toll House cookie. But it wasn't always this way. My husband's grandparents had a large, three story house on Orleans Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. Even after the youngest girl was proudly sent off to nursing school, the children (now married) returned to live with their parents and an odd assortment of very old aunts they barely knew. That intimacy - of loving and being loved - on a daily basis by aunts and uncles, cousins and grandparents may be lost to some of us today. Many are gone before we have a chance to say goodbye. Keep your sweet memories alive with a thoughtful "Until we meet again" memorial photo display.

Summer Bridal Shower Idea - DIY Tart Station

What a refreshing summer bridal shower idea - both affordable and fun. I found it today at a blog called Sandy Toes and Popsicles and you can follow the link below to find all the details. The mini graham cracker crusts are available in packs of six for less than $2.00 at Walmart and the possibilities for fresh fruit are endless. I wouldn't use bananas as shown below unless you want to dip them in lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. The same holds true for apples. Peaches, mangoes, cantaloupe, seedless red grapes and even watermelon would be perfect to make a delicious fruit tart. And don't forget the cherries!


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May 19, 2017

13 Exquisite Vintage Wedding Ideas

Even if you weren't dreaming of a vintage themed wedding, some of these breathtakingly beautiful ideas may make you think twice. Some - to be fair - are outside of your budget and mine (sheer panels and Swarovski crystal chandeliers you might expect to find in the grand ballroom at Buckingham Palace), but others (thrift store books, picture frames and tins) are easy and affordable to make and find. To make a simple Mason jar centerpiece even more exquisite, Krylon now makes glass spray paint in a range of beautiful frosted colors - aqua, ruby, cornflower, sea foam and rose.

Vintage Wedding Ideas

Champagne and passion fruit nectar - deal me in.
Last year I picked up a set of vintage hurricane lamps just like these
at a church rummage sale for about a dollar each!

I'm obsessed about paying homage to those
who loved, nurtured and prepared us
for the most important day of our lives.
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May 9, 2017

Breathtaking White Ranunculus Bouquet

This breathtaking white ranunculus bouquet - a moment in time captured so beautifully by Iris Photography - is a lovely and somewhat haphazard arrangement of white roses, ranunculus, dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus leaves. While many wedding flowers have multiple meanings, the ranunculus symbolizes charm, attractiveness and an everlasting embrace of love and devotion. Who doesn't want all that? While I love the simple elegance of this green and white ranunculus bouquet, these beautiful rose-like blossoms are also available in light pink, hot pink, yellow, orange, fire red, burgundy wine, apricot, violet and raspberry plum.

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May 2, 2017

Hopelessly Romantic Love Quotes

Hopelessly romantic love quotes, here are a few of my favorites. I start and finish with a love sick man from a hundred or so years ago - considered by some to be the greatest American writer of the 20th century - F. Scott Fitzgerald. He was inspired by a woman both beautiful and broken, but couldn't love her enough to keep her personal demons away. Although he wrote The Great Gatsby, almost always number one on the list of the greatest American novels of all time, he considered himself a failure at the end of his life. He was anything but. A great and talented writer, a devoted lover and author of some of the most beautiful love quotes then or now.

Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
They slipped briskly into an intimacy from which they never recovered.  F. Scott Fitzgerald

In case you ever foolishly forget:  I am never not thinking of you.  Virginia Woolf

My heart talks about nothing but you.  Albert Camus

We were together.  I forgot the rest.  Walt Whitman

He's more myself than I am.  Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.  Emily Bronte

When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.  William Shakespeare

The best thing to hold onto in love is each other.  Audrey Hepburn

I love you, and that's the beginning and end of everything.  F. Scott Fitzgerald