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My dear sweet husband gave me THE BEST gift for Mother’s Day! He surprised me with a day at the beach. This was a big deal for me since I OFTEN ask to go, but it just is not something my husband enjoys. So it was a super kind gesture for him to take me to the beach! We got there in the afternoon. I brought my camera to get some pictures and my husband took one of his RC airplanes to fly. Dylan was excited to swim!! When we got there Dylan put on a show for us while he ate his PB & J sandwich. I mean COME ON …. how adorable could eating a sandwich be???? VERY ADORABLE! He really showed off for us! After that we headed to the water. Dylan had so much fun! He LOVES the water! This summer we will be getting him some swim lessons. I brought my new wide angle lens to play with and was so happy to get some beach shots with it. It really was the perfect day! Thanks so much hubby!! I hope all the moms out there had a great Mother’s Day!
This past weekend I hosted a day of crafting and Afternoon Tea at my house. There where 13 of us. Our craft day was called “Heart of a Tinker”. I taught a soldered heart necklace class, and a coffee filter rose garland class. The day started bright and early at 10am. I hoped to have more free time to take a few more photos, but unfortunately that did not happen. lol We started the morning with the coffee filter rose garland class. The ladies where served a light breakfast of coffee and pastries. My sweet sister n law came over to help, and she made delicious strawberries with cheese cake filling, topped with a blueberry. YUM!!
My sweet new kitty Cabby Cat hung out with us most the day. I think she had her picture taken more than anyone else. lol
I wanted beautiful decorations, but I also wanted to be as thrifty as possible. You can really come up with some neat ideas if you take the time to shop around, and stalk pintrest of course! I visited the thrift shops and built up a collection of random pieces of milk glass. Most I got for less than a dollar! Then a couple days before I purchased some flowers from a local grocery store. Most of my vintage lace table cloths where also found at thrift shops. I made a vintage book page table runner by laying random book pages out and then using shipping tape to attach them. Quick and easy!! On the porch I hung romantic mesh curtains that I purchased online from Ikea. They are about $4 a panel! Not bad! They come white, so I tea dyed them for a softer color. The rods they hung on only cost a couple bucks at Walmart. For name tags I purchased a pack of cheap frames and turned them into chalkboards and embellished them with a flower.
All of the supplies where provided for both classes. I embellished galvanized tin buckets with tea dyed rose fabric, lace, and roses for a little bit of country charm. The buckets where filled with lace, and flowers for the girls to craft with. Each of the ladies also brought either a few flowers, or lace pieces to share. For the jewelry class I embellished paper mache boxes with vintage papers, glass glitter and a parchment rose. Among the milk glass and roses where mason jars filled with the most DELICIOUS lollipops I found on Etsy! They came from The Groovy Baker. I purchased Pink Champagne, Strawberry Lemongrass with Black pepper, and one with rose water and vanilla. WOW soooo good! The Strawberry with black pepper was a big hit! I decorated the house with all my favorite burlap and lace things, and special art from dear friends. The dream wall hanging was made by my friend Molly, and the blue and cream hanging wall pockets, and the blue and cream bunting banner where made by my special friend Bryanna.
While everyone worked on their projects, myself, my sister n law Kassandra, Molly, and my friend Jeanne started to work on lunch. I did lunch buffet style so that everyone could continue to craft at their table while lunch was being prepared. Tea sandwiches, french macaroons, cookies, cupcakes and scones where served. There where three different teas offered from my favorite tea room Camellia Rose. I also cheated and purchased my scones from them as well. Mixed beautiful china plates and tea cups where offered, and soft pink linen napkins where rolled into roses. I also served a sweet strawberry sangria. After lunch we exchanged a wall pocket swap that we did. I was so bummed I did not get photos! Probably because I was too busy going through my swap goodies. lol I did manage to get photos of what I received, but not any of the others, or what I made. The one to the left below was from Carol Hobbs, and to the right was Karen Hillman. It was such a blessing to have everyone over!! I might do this again one day. We had lots of fun!
Jennifer and Hayden’s wedding was held at The Hitching Post Barn in Brooksville FL. The forecast was rain, but somehow it ended up being a day full of sunshine and smiling faces! The old oaks, and greenest grass I’ve ever seen added more charm than you could imagine on this beautiful day. Their wedding was full of vintage touches and lots of color. Mason jars, chalk boards, lace, mixed matched chairs, and more filled the barn. The ceremony was held under the trees, including hay bales. One of my favorite things in photographs is sun flares, and boy did I get my share. A truly beautiful sunny day. The day ended with lots of dancing to great music courtesy of MYDJ Entertainment, and there was even a LIVE CHICKEN! That’s right a REAL live chicken!! Congratulations to you both, your wedding was fabulous!
Once upon a time……long ago…. I started my artistic journey. That journey started with a inspiring artistic soul, Roc Nicholas. I still remember how nervous I was the first time I emailed Roc asking her if she would be interested in trading Artist Trading Cards with me. She was so kind and encouraging to me! Some of her beautiful art still hangs in my house today. My journey in art has lead me down many different paths, but Roc was always a constant encouraging friend to me! Many years later Roc moved to FL! A couple times we tried to get together, but it seemed like something would always happen with my son Dylan. I was very flattered and honored when Roc contacted me asking me if I would be willing to do a session with her. Roc was just as sweet and full of spirit in person as her art. You can’t help but feel warm and comfortable around her! I had the opportunity to visit with Roc and her husband for dinner before the session. We had a wonderful time! Thank you both so much again for coming out to see me!! I am looking forward to when I have some time to see you again.