Monday, April 28, 2008

Vintage Shopping and Scrapbooking Weekend

What a great weekend! My girlfriends and I went for a weekend in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. There are so many great vintage/antique shops and roadside stands that are perfect for browsing. Armed with the latest edition of the Flea Market Finds magazine we were ready to shop.

The weather was great for most of the weekend but on Saturday afternoon the thunder and lightening kept us inside working on our scrapbooks. It was really nice getting some rain since we are in a severe drought situation, I can't complain anytime we have rain.

My friend Michele had this t-shirt on this weekend; I love it!

The "theme" for this weekend (not that we really needed one, but it is fun) was tropical, so Michele provided us all with these funny sunglasses. Each pair had parrots, monkey's, flamingos, and palm trees. What's more fun than six grown women laying on a big slab of granite, wearing goofy sunglasses, and having their picture made? . . . nothing really, I would do it again in a heartbeat! I love these girls!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mother of the Bride (M.O.B) . . . the continuing saga

Remember a while back I told you about the book M.O.B. my daughter bought me, which was supposed to guide me along the joyful path of being the mother of the bride? Well I think it skipped a few things and I thought I would pass them on to anyone who may find themselves in this same spot.

  1. Even though the invitation company says "these particular invitations don't require extra postage!" Don't belive it. After purchasing $130 worth of .41 cents stamps the weight of the envelope after everything was inserted was over the weight limit. So off to the post office to purchase .58 cents stamps . . .
  2. The bride wants whole coffee beans to go in glass containers with candles . . . simple and beautiful. Now where do I buy 25 pounds of coffee beans at a very very cheap price? Still looking, no luck so far! I say, "Can't we just use really small pretty pebbles? " She gasps, "Absolutly NOT!" What was I thinking?!?
  3. Don't be too helpful. You will be told you are taking control.
  4. Don't be too hands-off. You will be told you don't care.
  5. Don't speak to the bride above a whisper you will be told you are yelling.
  6. Don't say you love her first up-do hairdo...she doesn't like it so you shouldn't either.
  7. Don't make suggestions...refer to #3.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Ring Ring Ring . . . Telephone Call For You

Talking has never been a problem for me. I was one of those kids in school who always had the X marked next to “Avoids Unnecessary Talking” on my report card in grade school. My job is a communications analyst, so yes I know a thing or two about talking, communicating, telephones, wireless communications, etc. . .

But, you know what? All of this communication is starting to be a burden! Do you ever have those days where you just want to sit and watch rather than participate? Technology is a great thing, but right now I think I would like it if I could just sit on the porch and enjoy life quietly. Of course you can join me for a chat on the porch, but don’t call me on the phone, I’m not gonna answer!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Wedding Plans and Roses

Sorry for the delay in posting this week, but it has been a busy one. Last Saturday my daughter had a second bridal shower, she and her finance' received some really nice gifts. It was hosted by her future mother-in-law and another family member. They gave her this beautiful pink rose corsage.

The weather was not very cooperative but we were pleased that so many took time to attend. The wedding is a short 62 days away, and I am starting to feel the pressure!
Even with the best plans there is a lot of details to attend to. So far I have addressed a little over half of the invitations, Thursday we will pick up her wedding gown with alterations and pressing completed, (did I mention that the place she bought her gown is two hours from our home!?!), and bridal portrait on Friday.

She is graduating from college in less than a month, so after that hopefully she will be less stressed as well, and we can start to enjoy all of this activity a little more. With so much going on here I will post as often as I can, with the ongoing wedding plans!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Stawberries and Cream

While shopping at Michael's last week I came across these cute note cards in the dollar bin. They had others as well but this one with strawberries and cream was my favorite.

I love this time of year when strawberries start appearing in the produce section of the grocery store, especially if they are on sale. Our local strawberries will not be ready to harvest for another couple of months.

These were delicious, but rather than top them with real cream, I just use low fat/no sugar added vanilla yogurt. Of course there are a number of great recipes using these beautiful red berries, but I would rather just eat them like this. . .mmmm good!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Thrifing Jackpot (Part 2)

Well I had to share some of the other items found at the Goodwill on Saturday. The first one was this beautiful white glazed stoneware pie plate. I love the roses. This beauty set me back $2 bucks . . . My husband and I received a beautiful silver bowl as a wedding present and I spotted an identical one, complete with the hard plastic liner, for $3! Other than being tarnished it is in perfect condition.
Once home I pulled out the silver cleaner and got to work shining and buffing . . .

Ta Da! My new beautiful silver bowl . . . you just have to love Goodwill!