Sunday, May 30, 2010

Reader's Digest Condensed Books, Post-Grooming Nap, Memorial Day Bunting

Two things draw me to the series of Reader's Digest Condensed Books (and neither has anything to do with the stories inside). One is the spines. I have several of these books on my mantle, displayed simply for the pink and gray spines that tie in with my living room colors. The second thing is the patterns on the front and back covers. Found these two yesterday at the thrift store and dang, they're too pretty to shelve with all my other books and so they are displayed on a table.
Giddy got his summer shave and came home exhausted from all the attention. Spoiled rotten is all I can say.
I've always thought patriotic bunting is so Martha's Vineyard. Found this bunting at Dollar Tree and although I don't have a sweeping wraparound porch to hang it from, they worked rather well in my windows.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Giddy's New Bed and a Kickin' Cute Bath Mat

How very refined (and feminine — but Chateau Gahan is rather girly) that Gideon has a Cynthia Rowley patchwork dog bed, found on the cheap at TJMaxx.
When it comes shower and bath time, there's nothing like white. White towels, white plush robe. Found this round bath mat with crocheted trim at Cost Plus World Market. It goes well with the other white rug I have in my bath as well as the matelasse shower curtain.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Setting the Stage for Graduation Day

So much preparation went into the big day. Thank God for such wonderful family. They all worked their tails off to make the day as special as it was. The following pictures were taken the day after graduation, so the settings lack the personality that they oozed when they were filled with people, food and love. But still wanted to share.

Moved the potting table from the garage to the back patio to use as a bar. Mom cleaned it up real good and then Fred, my workhorse of a stepdad, was my designated bartender on the big day. Potting table put to perfect use! And my outdoor rugs dressed up the venue nicely.
Found this darling metal table painted blue and perfectly "chippy" at a thrift store a few days before for $10. Loved that it had the double holes to hold an umbrella. Umbrella found at Garden Ridge for $9.99.

Harleigh saw an old swing set at a neighbor's curb with a big "Take Me: Free" sign. She loved the swing part of the set and luckily we were able to remove it. Fred hung it from the treehouse, warmed it up with a quilt, and it became a favorite spot for the kids who came to the graduation festivities.

The steps off of my back patio had become a mud patch and so Fred laid these pavers for me (in the drizzle the day before graduation; thank you thank you thank you!). I can't believe how much they help with dirt being tracked into the house.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Graduation Day!

What a whirlwind of a Saturday!

We started off with a breakfast for 14 at the house and then off to graduation. The weather was a bit overcast, but it burned off early afternoon. Before the graduation, my Dad and I found Harleigh's car and decorated it with writing on the windows, a flag and stickers. Came home for a Southern barbecue lunch and then the open house. The attendance was overwhelming. Surrounded by so many loving co-workers, family, church family, neighbors, friends . . . what a glorious day!!!

I opted for those big 3-foot-wide balloons for outside. Tied them to a vintage suitcase I bought on ebay. Put a Georgia Southern University sticker on it and made a Class of 2014 tag for the handle.

My collection of bird cages always get so much mileage for events that I do. Graduation didn't go without one! [The egg in the nest is actually a real bird egg that fell out of a nest and never got beyond the yolk stage.]

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Graduation Announcement and Open House Invitation

I wound up not purchasing the school-branded graduation announcements that most kids send out. There was something cold about sending a generic announcement with a picture stuck inside. Not to mention that I wanted the announcement to tie in with an invitation to our open house on the afternoon of graduation day. So I had Harleigh craft a sentiment and then we made cards using scrapbook paper. We included a graduation photo.
The open house was a huge success in that most of the invitees were able to come, and that Harleigh was as gracious a host as I could have hoped for. She enjoyed herself, was able to greet and hug everyone, and made me so proud to call her my daughter.

More pix to come!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Graduation Gifts for the Girlies

Harleigh's posse is a group of 8 girls. She really wanted to give them something personal and so we came up with the idea to do a letter for each — the first letter of their first name — that they can hang on their dorm wall or lean on their dresser. We bought those papier mache letters and then Harleigh picked out scrapbook paper to match each girl's personality (and in some cases their college colors). And then on the back she wrote a special message and Bible verse. Hope they like them 'cause they were fun to make!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Fasten My Seatbelt

With Ali's wedding weekend past (and boy, do I miss the crafting and creating already!), I'm focused on Harleigh's graduation coming up on May 22. Planning a breakfast, a lunch, an open house. There's pressure washing to happen to the patios and patio furniture, gutters to be cleaned, more plantings to undertake, the house to be cleaned, a dog to have groomed. Here's a rather fuzzy picture of the neighborhood sign that lists all of our graduating seniors.
We have her Senior Picnic this Saturday and Harleigh decided on what she wants to give her group of girlfriends. Of course it involves me and a craft project. I've got six projects to get done tonite; the first of the seven took me three hours last night. I don't have the luxury of three hours a piece for the remaining six, so momma needs to kick it up a notch tonite.

I also have to get Harleigh ready for her class's senior trip to a dude ranch in Colorado. We have to be at the airport on Sunday morning at 6:30. Yikes.

Oh, and I'm in charge of all the decorations for our church's Vacation Bible School which is June 7-11. That will take a priority once graduation happens.

And this, my friends, is what I plan on doing come June 12 . . . [With the onslaught of warm weather, Gideon finds a hardwood floor bed and the cool stone of the fireplace hearth for a pillow. And it doesn't matter how uncomfortable a position he winds up in.]

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ali and Matt's Wedding


I'm still coming down from a high. The weekend was amazing. Ali was such an enchanting bride. The ceremony was touching and personal. The reception fun. We achieved the whimsical yet elegant feel we spent a year creating, in everything from the happy tear hankies to the fabric wreaths on the front doors. I took no pictures. Nothing could do it justice like what Ali's wedding photographer captured. Ali flew in Jill Thomas from California. Not only was Jill a total girlfriend (which made us feel like we had known her forever) but her photography is . . . well, look at her site.

In the meantime, here is the ONLY picture I snapped. The quilts were a huge success. All of the kids and a handful of adults chose to sit on quilts on the grass. At one point one of the winery dogs plopped down next to Harleigh and napped in the sun. It was all so magical. The weather was probably the most perfect I've ever experienced here in Georgia. Thank you, God, for delivering that little surprise!

Will share pictures as soon as Jill posts them!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Peonies and Thanks

I've not been a very good blogger lately. Not posting a lot. Not visiting and commenting a lot. So busy right now. I'm off this week for Ali's wedding which is May 8. Harleigh's graduation is coming up May 22. And work, oh mylanta, busy busy busy.

And so a quick post to thank everyone for their sweet comments about Harleigh's prom pictures. I shared each and every one with her. Thanks for reading. I'll be back soon with pictures galore from this month's big events. In the meantime here's a pic of an arrangement in my living room — my peonies are thriving and so I've lots of blooms to place around my little country cottage.

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