Monday, January 26, 2015


We were having dinner with some vegetarian friends the other night, so I ventured out and tried a new salad - we all loved it!  It's from my Penzey spice sales catalog.  If you've never heard of Penzey's and you like fresh spices and blends, check it out at Every time I'm in Denver I like to go by their store and I've usually got the coupon for something free that comes in the catalog.  Also, I love their catalog for their stories about customers and their recipes!  This recipe came from a woman who lives in the Pacific Northwest (click to enlarge).

Thursday, January 22, 2015


You know me by now...I have a hard time throwing things away that could be repurposed or look like a potential craft.  It's a sickness, I know!  (I will say the decluttering has started now that we are past the wedding, and other things that interrupted my goals last fall!) 

I had all these beautiful gold envelopes that the wedding replies came in and I couldn't bear to toss them - they cost us a pretty penny!  So I decided to make a paper circle garland.  It's mostly gold and some of them I cut have our address on the circle.  I also had some nice cream paper so I used a little of that too to break up the gold-ness of the garland.  After studying a few on pinterest, I decided to make it about 10 feet long so I knew I needed about 60 circles.  I used my old Creative Memories circle cutter.  Then I sewed them together on the sewing machine.  Adds a little whimsy to my living room!  

I made another to send to my girl.  I hope she likes it when she realizes what it was made from!  

Monday, January 19, 2015


My son-in-law made the headboard...

All the gifts are in their proper places now...

He made these hanging shelves as well...  

So fun to see these two creative people making a new life together!

Saturday, January 17, 2015


A wintry day walk
Thirty degrees cold
The world is silent
Just a few passing cars
The crunch of my feet
Geese silently move away
The water does not move
Birds walk on the ice
Pine trees highlight the dead landscape
Tissues catch my drippy nose
Lyrics echo in my head
As I step in wonder
Through this cold wintry world

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Until the next child in our family decides to take the plunge!  :)

For a picture person, like me, this is one time I'm really thankful for my sweet SIL who helped with set up AND took lots of candid photos!  Maybe you've seen her blogs before but here's a shout out if you haven't.  She deserves all the credit for these!  It's also kind of fun to see what other pictures people took and so nice you can capture them from Facebook.  Out of all of these, I picked a few favorites:

Sunday, January 11, 2015


I wouldn't have thought it possible to do so many DIY projects when putting on a wedding in another state, but we ended up doing a lot more than I thought! For me, there are two reasons to DIY:  1.  Because I'm frugal and can't stand to pay for something when I know I could do it myself.  2.  I enjoy it!  So here's a recap of what we were able to do ourselves for the wedding:

Programs designed by Son #1 - printed locally

 My 90% off bargain from Tuesday Morning!  The mirror inside had been broken, so I got it home, spray painted it black and had a friend write the phrase on it for me.  

 Metal letters from HL that we painted, drilled holes in, and inserted lights.

Another HL letter we painted gold for the guest book.

Swags made from live greenery we clipped ourselves.

One of many bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages we made after buying the flowers local.

Custom cup sleeves my son designed and ordered online.

 Wooden sign from HL we custom painted and wrote on with gold sharpie.

 Table runners made from bargain upholstery fabric, HL wreaths spray-painted gold, live greenery and scrapbooking paper signs

I hid this ugly door by covering it with a black plastic tablecloth and cricut designed letters.

 The Hubs made this 3 foot donut tower after researching some on Pinterest.  I covered the wooden discs with gold foil and trimmed the edges in glitter ribbon.

Bride and groom donut accessories made from craft materials

The pears wrapped in gold foil, ordered online, and string tags we made with materials from HL - the address stamp we ordered online.

Saturday, January 10, 2015


Wedding day! - Everyone in the house knew we were loading the cars with wedding decor at 7:30 a.m.  The venue would be open at 8:00 a.m.  Our contract said that the manager would be there early to open up, turn on lights and heat, etc., but that we should not ask to come in early.  We started unloading stuff onto the sidewalk at 7:40 a.m., and the manager came out and said we could come in early!  We were so thankful.  A small army of family helped us unload decorations, set up tables and chairs, decorate the stage in the theater, the reception area, and all the tables.
Thirty minutes into it, I needed to change into my dress, and the groom and bride arrived.  So did the photographer and a "first look" and other picture-taking began.  The caterers arrived, then the  donuts and coffee arrived, being picked up by the groom's family.  Everyone - both sides of the family - really helped make it happen!  I did make one boo-boo.  I didn't make a boutonniere for the groom's step-father.  I had just thought in my mind that the groom's father wouldn't be there, so no boutonniere needed.  When asked about it I apologized and told them I had made the minister one and wasn't sure if I was supposed to, so maybe they could take his?  Everything worked out!  A friend of mine asked me about 10 minutes before the ceremony if I was okay and I said, yes, and she asked if she could pray with me.  I said, "sure!" and we prayed a quick prayer right there.  That reminded me that I wanted to do that with my daughter, so I got the photographer, and we went and prayed with the bride and her bridesmaids just before we all went down the aisle.
Selfie right before I was escorted into the theater!

Candid shot from the audience

The ceremony - I knew nothing.  They would not tell me and I wasn't sure I wanted to know.  About 10 minutes before the wedding I asked a friend who was serving as "Day-of-coordinator" how would I know when to stand up for the bride.  What song?  She told me it was "You're the Inspiration" by Chicago.  Sweet!  I don't know what else to tell you about the rest, except I laughed a lot.  They chose fun songs they liked that reminded them of movies.  (We were in a theater, remember?)  I think I walked down to the Star Wars theme.  My husband said a prayer, right after he gave our daughter away, and asked the family on the first row to come surround them.  Their vows were in rhyme, kind of like a Dr. Seuss book.  His uncle officiated and said lots of sweet things about them and pronounced them husband and wife.  It's all really a blur.  I know there were lots of smiles and laughter.  Hopefully some of it was caught on video!

The reception - We had a breakfast burrito bar, fruit, and sweetbreads baked by the three grandmothers.  The wedding cake wasn't a cake at all, but a donut tower, flanked by two donut hole cones.  We also had gourmet coffee, hot chocolate, orange juice, and water.  The donut tower was a hit!  D & C fed each other a donut to initiate the serving of those.  We also had a short video of the couple playing in the reception area that we had watched at the rehearsal dinner.  You can see it in the background of this pic.

After some more pictures and lots of visiting, the minister announced it would be a few more minutes before limericks.  I think having limericks read was the groom's idea when we talked about having a toast at the reception and they didn't want that.  They decided they would let anyone write a limerick and they would read them.  So we had a limerick challenge on the back of the wedding program and some blank lines for people to write there.  (The Hubs and I let some friends know before-hand since we thought it might be hard to write a limerick in just a few minutes)  It was hilarious!  The bride and groom took turns reading them.  Some were sweet and some were, well let's just say, rated PG.  Again, we laughed so much!!!

After that the bouquet was tossed and the garter was thrown.  One more picture of the whole wedding party in the theater and it was about time to go.  They had decided to exit the wedding via a "soccer tunnel" since they had both been soccer players in their youth.  So everyone lined up opposite their partner and made a tunnel with our hands held high.

Their car had been filled with gold balloons and had a few funny signs on it - I had brought some of this and asked my nephew to make sure the car had something fun done to it - then they left!  They did come back still in wedding clothes unbeknownst to me (I was cleaning) and took a few couple pictures outside the building with the wedding photographer.

The guests left with a piece of gold foil-wrapped fruit, a pear.  We decided we wanted to do this when my husband received a Harry & David basket in November from his office.  In it were some gold wrapped pears.  We thought they were so neat so he suggested that be our wedding favor.  The couple loved the idea, so that's what we did.  To us, it was a symbol of health and to be fruitful in the NEW YEAR!

The clean up went quickly and we went back to our house and crashed.  It was a pretty great day in our books! For me, the planner, it could have been easier to have it in OK, and maybe I would have liked more time but in all reality, pulling it all together with the help of family and friends on the wedding day was a lot of fun.  The fact that she wore my wedding dress made it special.  All the things I thought were so different - having it on New Year's morning, having donuts and coffee as the "wedding cake", the limericks, and the surprise elements in the ceremony, were just all part of this fun new couple in our lives.  I do really love how weddings nowadays reflect the personality of the couple.  We love them very much!