Wedding Gift Quilt

Well, that’s it. Party’s over.  For many students in the States, it’s back to school (ummm, we started back two weeks ago). It still feels like summer and it’s a beautiful day to photograph a gift to my friends! This is the first quilt I’ve made that I am giving to someone outside my immediate family. No pressure!  😉 

quilt_lisa-deck1My dear friends are blending their families when they get married in September. I thought long and hard for the right design, feel and color. I wanted to give them something from my heart.

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They live at the oceanfront with their four boys and two dogs. Michael Miller’s Indigo Ikat line reminds me of the water, while not appearing too girly.quilt_lisa-beach1

I envision this new family snuggling together by the fire on winter nights as they watch a little TV wrapped in their family quilt.quilt_lisa-back

I hope they enjoy it for years to come!

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Have a good week! – – Joanne

Weekend Finds and A Little R& R


This summer, we have been very busy (see Budget White Kitchen Makeover or Bedroom Revamp). We’ve worked straight through June and July, throughout most week nights and on weekends. While my sister and I have the summer off, George does not. He even took his summer vacay week off to work on the kitchen. What a guy! 


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Then, August was upon us before we knew it!  And, you know the saying, “All work and no play . . .” So-o-o, we decided it was definitely  time for a little R&R break. 🙂

A few restorative days at the beach were in order . . .

Hmmm, think I need a pedi!
Hmmm, think I need a pedi!

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My Ah-Mazing Mom ^ and Sistah >


Certainly needed to work in a little sight-seeing thrift-ing . . .

Quick! Know anyone who needs a leather topped mahogany table for only $49?

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1940-50’s mahogany table

 

Who couldn’t use a vintage wood ladder (or two)? 

 

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Glass jars speak to me. Even vintage pickle jars. I envision a seashell collection inside. 


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Ever since we started our bedroom revamp, I have fallen for vintage cotton linens.

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And a nostalgic trip down memory lane . . .
Digging through loose photos packed in shoe boxes, I found two fuzzy photographs: my daughter and niece playing dress-up in my ruffled, stained 1980’s wedding gown. Got to love those 1980’s fashion mistakes.  


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Ha! I certainly don’t remember being THAT thin. What ever happened? 😉  

 

Well, I feel rested and ready to complete that kitchen makeover tomorrow morning. Hope those who are now experiencing summer are able to take a little R&R break. If you’ve the time, please check back in a week or two to see our progress. Thanks for stopping by!

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Repurposed Beer Bucket


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This shabby pail was created from one of the saved beer buckets from our daughter’s DIY Vintage Rustic Wedding. The only item I purchased was the spray paint.  It was a quick project and was super easy.

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Breakdown:

Time: 45 minutes (add additional drying times)

Cost: $2.49 (spray paint)

Difficulty: Super Easy!

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Supplies:

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Rust-o-Leum Hammered 7213 Silver spray paint

Behr Brushed Almond homemade chalk paint

foam brush

The Graphics Fairy typography

wax paper

tape

inkjet printer

dark brown Briwax

clean rag

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To achieve this shabby look, I covered the blue island-themed (not a favorite) pail . . . 

Corona, anyone? ;)
Corona, anyone? 😉

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2013 Favorites

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Another quick year gone. Is it because I am growing older that the years are flying? 😉

All the same, 2013 was a decent year. I dipped my toes, left my comfort zone. I was encouraged and I learned. I was inspired by some very clever folks, homegrown and professional. Here are just a few. Hats off and thanks to all of you (check them out!):

Old Pearly Jenkins

DIYPassion

Hello Scarlet

SUZIK

For Those Who Love Dresses

Pretty Handy Girl

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. . .And then, some of my own personal DIY favs that made me happy:

DIY Vintage Rustic Outdoor Wedding
DIY Blended-Family Outdoor Wedding

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Doggie Biscuits
Doggie Biscuits in a Jar Gift

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Dream Art Workspace aka Craft Room
Dream Art Workspace aka Craft Room

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What a year, right?  Thank you for visiting my humble blog. I look forward to another fantastic 365 days of sharing with you. 

May you have a happy and healthy 2014!

— Joanne

DIY Real Wedding

“Mom, would you help us plan a really simple DIY, home-grown, ‘blended-family’, outdoor fall wedding?”

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Months after the wedding, my daughter and I gathered together the ideas, tips, suggestions, etc. to share – hopefully making it a tad easier for others to plan their own DIY “laid-back”, casual, outdoor special day. Beware: many photos!

We hope you can use an idea or find some little thing useful from this post 🙂

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Inspiration Piece

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We found an old box of inexpensive aqua Atlas canning jars in a junk shop.

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Initial Planning

Right away: Choose a venue, set a date and contact the officiate.

Create a Planning/Checklist

Browse Pinterest and online interactive planning websites

Start Gathering: DIY, Borrow, Thrift Shops

Write out Guest List

Purchase Invitations online

Determine wedding attire

Plan Menu

Write a ‘Wedding Photos to be Taken’ List

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The Day Before (AKA: Set Up)

Canopies & Other Supplies: Both my husband and son-in-law were eligible to reserve canopies, tables and chairs from the local Morale, Welfare & Recreation center. It was a considerable savings! We borrowed coffee and drink urns, platters and chafing dishes. An uncle provided ice for the canoe we filled with beer, wine, water and apple-pie moonshine. 🙂

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More ideas:

  • Canopies can be very expensive. If you live near a military base, are eligible (or know a friend who is) it is possible to save a bundle by renting tables, chairs, canopies, etc. from a local Morale, Welfare & Recreation storehouse.
  • Try to borrow chairs and tables from a local group (Scouts, church, benevolent group). Remember to make a donation!
  • Place waterproof seating arrangements.

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  • String plastic lighting around edge of canopy and in trees for evening lighting.
  • Repurpose vintage windows. Great-grandmother’s 100-year-old carriage garage house windows were turned into inspirational signage. (See DIY Vintage Windows as Signs here).

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  • Fill wheelbarrows, galvanized tubs, john boats or canoes with ice and load with drinks.

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The Special Day Arrives

Good Morning, Sunshine!

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Bouquet & Boutonniere: Simple. Grocery-store bought rose nosegay and hand-crafted boutonniere from the Etsy shop, The White Bouquet.

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Directional Signs: These were placed strategically to help guests find their way since the wedding was in the ‘boonies’. The groom’s mom created signs from scrap lumber, paint and balloon’s. My daughter and son-in-law’s names are pronounced “BRY-en” phonetically and we teasingly call them “Brianne Pink” and “Brian Blue” – hence the pink and blue balloons.

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Lovely Vintage Tablecloths

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There’s something lovely about old linen, cotton and lace. 

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