Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Musical Table & Chairs

You would think helping our daughter plan her wedding, working full time outside the home, and trying to help my husband around the house would keep me busy. Oh, it keeps me busy alright - but if you know me, I like busy x10! I have been furniture shopping in my spare time.Actually, I have been shopping on the popular Craigslist. Craigslist is entertaining to say the least.

Back up a few years in this story. After the passing of my husband's grandmother, most of her belongings had been divided between her two daughters and her grandchildren. Her kitchen table was not spoken for and our daughter expressed an interest in having it. Long story short, dad brought the table home for her. About 4 years ago we moved into Grandmother's farmhouse. We decided the table need to go back into the kitchen. We had the chairs recovered and began using it.

Fast forward to now - daughter getting married - wants her table and chairs. She also wants an old red and white enamel table I have - to use as an island in her kitchen. This turns into shopping for a new table chairs for kitchen and a table to replace the other one.

After a few dead ends we found a lovely table and chairs on Craigslist. It is a farmhouse style and looks right at home in our kitchen. But the true gem is the table that will replace my enamel table came as surprise.

My mother in law has an old table that once was home here as well. It had been her grandmother's table. It is in need of refinishing and some TLC. Luckily we have a friend who thinks he can restore the table for us. This was such a nice surprise for her to allow us to use this table. The table is more than 100 years old, oh to be able to hear the conversations that were had around that table through the years......

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Time to plant?

Growing up we always had a vegetable garden. We worked in it as a family and enjoyed great vegetables all year long. I remember my dad planted our garden on Good Friday. I am sure we might have planted on other days some years, but for the most part we could count on being in the garden that day.

I am not sure if it was more of tradition - many older people will tell you that is a good day to plant - or if it has more to do with my dad always had that day off from work. No matter the reason - we always had a great garden. There are great memories from that time.

The local UT Extension office, I know since I am there all the time, recommends planting after April 15th. So, I guess we should be safe past any killing frost.

Now to just wait and hope to enjoy some fresh onions, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and corn.

Monday, April 18, 2011

A very blessed girl

Yesterday the Bride-to-be had her first wedding shower. This shower was for the groom's side of the family and the congregation where his family worships. I don't think anything could have prepared her for the day. She learned just how blessed they will be by the love and support from so many friends and family.

Picture perfect would describe the cake. She absolutely adored the cake, it was made by a local baker. It was the Tiffany blue color she is using in her wedding. The bow, wedding rings, and gift tag were amazing.

Overwhelmed would be the best description of how she felt by the end of the day. She loved each and every gift, all the way down to the two matching vacuum cleaners. She can't wait to display their monogram tile. It is always so exciting to decorate with all the wonderful gifts received.

She is now just one step closer to walking down the isle, two months from today. I wish her only the happiest of days as she makes this transition to becoming a wife.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Love the smells of spring

The windows are open and the springtime air is filling the house! I am very thankful to live in a house surrounded may so many springtime flowers. The daffodils have bloomed, our lilac bush is in full bloom, the thrift is blooming and dozens of tulips are at their peek. There is one lone purple iris in bloom today. I am sure others will follow in just a few days.

May favorite of all the springtime flowers has yet to bloom - the peony. It always seems to bloom around mother's day. I love the pale pink ones the best. A vase of those always makes the house smell so nice.

Now, back to enjoying my spring.

Friday, April 1, 2011

The little things

The bride to be and I have begun working on some of the little things for the big day. Tonight we found napkins she loves at a pretty good deal. I have found a coupon to use to purchase the remainder of the napkins.

We also purchased a couple of scrapbooks on clearance, we will use these for her memory books for her wedding and for her showers. All the books need are just a little creative work. included in these books will be they guest registries.

One flower girl dress is completed thanks to a friend who is a very talented seamstress. The other should be completed soon, I just need to get measurements of that precious little girl.

The big day will be here before we know it and it will all be a beautiful memory.

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