Saturday, January 18, 2014

A few Valentine wreaths

I don't normally do too much for Valentine's Day but I've had this wood heart with the word LOVE all over it since last year so I decided to do something with it finally.  

I working with this mesh stuff.  This wreath has three rounds of it in two different colors.  It's detailed with sparkly hearts and sprays along with black and white polka dot ribbon.  
I had so much fun with it I just had to make a couple more.  

I hunted down this awesome chalkboard plaque and stenciled the word LOVE on it.  It's also got a bit of sparkly ribbon and hearts around the bow for detail.  
I was only going to make two, but I also purchased this glittery Valentine word and the heart garland so I figured I better make a third one.  

This is a lighter one with the red and white striped has silver in it as well.  I finished it off with the same red hearts and sprays as the others.  
I'm trying to use all the materials this year instead of hanging on to them.  No more hearts, sprays or Valentine words to hang around. 
If you like them and your local, scoot on over to Forget Me Not's Floral and Gift at Craig and Jones.  
I can also ship them if your out of town.  Just leave me a note in the comments.  

Monday, January 13, 2014

Chris and Bri's mountain wedding

On Saturday, January 11 our youngest son, Chris married his fiance, Bri at 
The Lodge on Mt. Charleston outside of Las Vegas. 
It was a beautiful day and the bridal party was looking fabulous. 
I feel very blessed to say Chris'  Uncle John (from Washoe Valley) performed the ceremony.  He just seemed like the perfect man for the job since he was involved with the engagement.  Chris and Bri were staying at his home for the weekend when Chris asked her to marry him at Lake Tahoe.    
Bri is an animal lover and works as a vet tech.  Her dog, Titus was the ring bearer and did a great job. 

Chris and Bri wrote their own vows.  The words that came out of my son's mouth were pure love and poetry.  Who knew that was in him!  Many tears were in the eyes of the guests at that point.  I think her expression in the photo says it all. (She swore she wouldn't cry...but she did)
This is me...mother of the groom.  I made all the floral arrangements, bouquets and decorations.  
I used pine for all the greens since it was a mountain wedding.
What a great looking bunch of guys!  
Scott (brother and best man), Chris (the groom), Chris Russell (best friend), Charles (cousin)

The happy couple!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

Vegas goes all out to celebrate New Year's.  Here is a peek at all the fireworks on the strip last night.  Fremont Street Experience rocks it as well.  News reports say over 300,000 people came to celebrate in Vegas this year.  
I have to say I am so glad that I was not one of those folks on the strip.  Our New Year's Eve day was spent firing up the pit and cooking up 4 briskets, 2 chickens, two dozen or so jalapeno poppers, and cabbage.  Dinner was delicious!  I hope everyone else enjoyed their briskets as well.  
I spent some time working on the studio.  It's really starting to come along, things are starting to get organized and put away anyway.  I hope to show you some photos I'm not embarrassed by.  Crafters know what I unorganized I much stuff I tend to gather.  Seriously, there is a lot of stuff that needs to leave the property.  
Anyway, I'm wishing all of you a very happy new year full of fun, family, love, friendships, faith, and...loads of crafty goodness!


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