Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wedding Flowers

Last week I shared with you on Facebook, that I had spent some time creating some centrepieces for our niece's wedding.

It was such an honor for me to be able to contribute in the wedding.  She had sent me a picture last year asking me if I thought this was something we could create.  Her decorator was going to charge an exorbitant amount of money to do these in fresh flowers and that just wasn't in her budget.

We purchased faux hydrangea flowers at the Dollar Store.  We had to go to many in order to find enough.  We also purchased some faux filler flowers of white carnations at the Dollar Store as well.

My sister-in-law asked a friend if she could cut some curly willow branches from their tree and then
we purchased an 8 inch wide champagne coloured ribbon as well.

Although I didn't take any photos during the making process, I can share with you exactly how I made them.

I took 2-3 of the branches and then circled them with 8 of the hydrangeas.  We cut six feet of the ribbon, folded it in half and then wrapped it around the stems.  We also cut a small 6 inch piece of the ribbon and then tucked it in the bottom of a 24 inch pillsner vase.  Then we put the wrapped sticks and flowers into the vase.   I then tucked the ends of the ribbon into the vase to form the "bows" on the side.  Then I cut apart the bushes of carnations into single stems and used them to fill in the flowers, making sure to check the underside of the creation since most people sitting at the table would be able to see that part the best.  When I had them looking good, I added one last hydrangea to the top in between the sticks.

I made eight of these centrepieces in about an hour and a half.  They held up well during transportation to the hall and looked lovely on the tables.

Six of the tables had the centrepieces I made and the rest had cylinder vases with floating candles.
Two of the ones I made flanked either side of the bar as well.

It was a beautiful day for the wedding.  The weather co-operated and a good time was had by all!

Congratulations Danielle and Brett - May happiness follow you wherever you go!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thrift Store Thursday

This week's Thrift Store score is not decor or home related...but it is something that I wear EVERY SINGLE DAY!

I scored three pairs of OLD NAVY jeans for less than $20...just $5.99 a pair.

Clothing is not something that I find very often, but since I spend everyday in jeans, it's nice to find some that don't cost HUGE amounts of money.

I brought them home and promptly washed them, because I'm always a little leery with buying thrift store clothing.  They washed up beautifully, as I knew they would.  They will be a welcome addition
to my arsenal of jeans and give me some new styling options.

Two are Rockstar skinny jeans and the other is the Sweetheart bootcut jean.

Have you found any clothing at the thrift store lately??


Friday, May 08, 2015

What's been happening in my world...

Well I started what I thought was going to be a great series...Thrift Store Thursday...but it seems since then, I haven't been able to find anything that "I needed" or "I wanted" lately at the thrift store.

We shopped again yesterday hoping to find some great stuff, but unfortunately this week was another bad week.  I'm all for shopping at thrift stores, but let's face it I'm not going to buy just for the sake of showing you something.

In other news I did get some flowers for my Mom for Mother's Day and a couple of baskets for myself.

This first pot I selected for my Mom.  She loves geraniums and straw flowers so I thought this
was perfect for her front porch.  It has a temporary home here on mine until Sunday.

I selected two hanging baskets of red Petunias and Lantana that I am going to transplant into
my cast iron urns.  There is still a chance of frost here for next week, so I'm leaving them in
their original pots until after that.  They will be easier to move onto the porch in case the
temperatures dip too low.

Our house is currently white with blue shutters, so I thought the red would be a perfect compliment.  Hopefully we will be painting the house next month.  We are currently selecting some colors to test out, but we are having some difficulty in finding the perfect shade.  We are also looking at some siding options but the cost difference will be the deciding factor as to whether we paint or re-side the house.  This is our big summer project so we are taking our time to make sure we make the right decision.

Last week, McG and I also took on the project of building a fence to close in the south side of the yard and block off the view of our neighbour's garbage cans.

Here's a look at what our view was "Before"...

And here is the "After" and a side by side...

I've also been busy working on a couple of new gardens that I'm hoping to show you next week.

We have been enjoying some great weather here that has enabled us to work on some of the projects we needed to complete here in the yard. I'm hoping to finish up the wall and posts between the living room and kitchen very soon as well.

For those Mom's that follow along here,  I'm sending wishes for a great Mother's Day this weekend!!