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

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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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Happy Birthday Douley!

Happy (is it really?) 6th birthday, Burningwood’s Bannon O’Douhl – or better – Douley!

First week  home…

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Naughty toddler…

Statesman….

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World’s Best BT Pup Boy!

Can you tell how much we love our Douley boy? 🙂 Douley was born on Easter Sunday six years ago. He is such a gentle soul. He lives with his sista-pup, Phoebe Darling. They play ALL DAY LONG until they fall to sleep in exhaustion.

Have a good week! – – Joanne

DIY Wedding Cake Topper

Wanting to include the family in the wedding details, my daughter asked me to create her wedding cake topper to include their small son. I ordered wooden peg dolls from fair trade Etsy craft vendor, Goose Grease. Many family grouping variations, including pet dolls are available. Orders come with detailed painting instructions. (A nice touch from Goose Grease: when you receive your order, you are invited to enter your completed project into their monthly contest).

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