Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I’m Getting Married!!!!!!!

Hello!!  It’s been sooooo long!!!  I’ve missed so much- including my one year blogaversary!!!  Ahhh!!  I will have a giveaway for that soon- hopefully sometime this month, so stay tuned!!

It’s been crazy here and now you know why---  I’m finally getting married!!


Matt and I have been together since 04/05/06.  We met at work when I was terribly adverse to having a relationship, much less dating someone I worked with.  But it must have been the eyes….

We were engaged one morning, in bed, in January 2009.  Matt wore the ring on his pinky all night- lol :)

And now we have been blessed by my parents and are able to have an actual wedding!  My dad passed in 2001, but him and my mother set aside a wedding fund for me and my sister.  My mom turned 60- today actually- and had waited until she could access the fund to let me know.  So it really has been very recent since we found out we could have a wedding!

The reason we have to have a wedding next spring is because I am losing my job at the Research Institute on Addictions because my boss’ grant runs out.  So I will be without a job after next June or July.  And then we will probably have to move so I can have a *real* job- he he.  We didn’t want to have to come back to have the wedding if we had already moved…. soo…. time to rush!!

I’ve already picked out my dress!!

Y2711I hope I can lose all this weight so I can look like this in it!  lol!

 Style: "New  Balance 2-6-07" This is the back of it- I just fell in LOVE with the train!!!

I also picked out the bridesmaid dresses:

6034L-front-standard These look kind of white, but they are blue with a gold lace overlay!

And the tux:


Tomorrow I am going to put the deposit down on our ceremony and reception venue:  The Avanti Mansion

av This is the mansion, however, they are building an entirely new facility that opens in August of this year.  Inside will be a library and a ballroom.  We are planning on having the reception in the ballroom, which will be gorgeous with antique style furniture and faux marble floors and also a huuuuge staircase entering into the ballroom!  Plus, the bridal suite will be upstairs with a balcony overlooking the ballroom which I think is sooo cool! 

Unfortunately, we will not be able to go into the real mansion the day of the wedding (because another party will rent out the tent that has been in use for receptions all these years) or the gardens over there because it belongs with the reception tent, but I don’t think that will be too big a deal.  There will be a tiered ceremony site along a little creek on our side and we will also have a patio outside of the ballroom that our guests can use to dance under the stars!

And, we are going to have such a cool dinner service!!  They do a live grill there- so everything is made to order and you can eat as much as you want!  Plus, dinner is served to all guests in 10 minutes, so no waiting around for everyone to get their food and be able to eat!

I’m sooo excited! :)  Finding a reception venue has been very stressful, so I’m kind of glad that part is over.  On to funner stuff!!

Don’t you want to come?!?!  Lol :)  I am definitely inviting some of my blog friends- ones I’ve met in real life and ones I haven’t met yet- and I would just be in heaven if everyone could come!  So look out for your Save The Dates!  :)  Tomorrow I will be back with a Set-In-Stone-Date!  Have a wonderful week and thank you for sharing in my happiness!


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Simple Joy

I’m not quite done with my story of my vacation in Georgia, but remember all those swaps I kept writing about… well I have received them all and I want to share one of them with you today! :)

I participated in Linda’s A Swap For All Seasons Tussie Mussie Swap and my partner was Louise Granlund. Once we exchanged emails, we knew we had the same tastes! This was the first tussie mussie I’d ever attempted and I could not for the life of me find a paper mache cone! So I used what I had and created this for Louise…



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To see the articles I included in the Tussie Mussie, you’ll have to visit Louise’s blog, because I forgot to take pictures before sending it off! But she had told me she loved Primas… :)

I was having a bad day the day that I received Louise’s Tussie Mussie, but that all changed drastically the moment I opened up her package!


Louise made me this gorgeous shabby chic Tussie Mussie! Just look at the beautiful torn paper strips in pale blue, cream, and pink… And that gorgeous lace trim!


And inside, two little girls in bonnets smiled back at me with beautiful pink flowers :)


Here are the things stashed inside… A beautiful rose handkerchief which was from her mother(!!!), two lace trims, a gold spoon, a tiny calendar, a gorgeous sewn hand (which I just ADORE!!), unique flower crystals, and a tiny little picture frame with a sweet little collage inside…



And then, there were even more gifts!


A sweet card from Louise and handmade “Card Candy” flowers in sweet shabby chic style…


Tons of paper ephemera and cards in my favorite 50’s vintage style! And from her sister-in-law’s family!


And a sweet, sweet yellow handkerchief card- a gorgeous collectors item!

I almost cried when I saw the thought and love Louise had put into this swap for me. Especially for sharing items with me that were part of her own heritage! But even though the gifts were wonderful, beautiful, and so very considerate, it was the feeling of connection- that someone, a stranger, had taken the time to know me and really Understood the kinds of things that I loved that brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much, Louise. This swap really touched my heart and I will treasure these heirlooms, always.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Petticoats & Parasols

Once upon a time, a shy young girl woke up and found herself living in a dream…

Georgia 007

Beauty was everywhere she turned…

Georgia 005 

Sweet delicacies of the finest kind were laid out for all to enjoy…



Graciously prepared by the angel with the biggest heart, Rosalyn-Sue.


A pile of presents awaited each girl who wished for one…


And she made posie princess boxes in return…



And an exquisite feast was laid out alongside beautiful peach concoctions to be shared among all the travelers.

Suddenly, another beautiful angel appeared to welcome her to this fine place…

Jenn-and-Cassandra Jennnifer Hayslip & Cassandra VanCuren

And an awe inspiring speech about the strength and creativity of women commenced…

Jo-Speaking Jo Packham

New friendships were formed…

Karen-and-Jodie Karen DeCapite & Jodie LeJeune

And old ones renewed…

Jo-Tiffany-Amada Jo Packham, Tiffany Kirchner Dixon, & Amada Lebel

Which kept the scary ghosts at bay…


In the morning, a splendid breakfast was enjoyed by all before they continued on our journey of delights.

Beautiful treasures were found…

Cassandra-with-Nest Cassandra VanCuren



And the young girl was entertained by a sweet baby boy and his shiny marble…

Coe-Polk Coe Polk

In the midst of incredible scenery…


And then pirates invaded their party!  Stealing the heart of one of their own…


And trying to make off with the Little Bluebird…


But Marvin came to the rescue…


And they were whisked away to a delightful bakery, filled with Southern Belles in their finest and beautiful trinkets to be had…



The sky filled with clouds the next morning, and refreshing rain poured down from the skies, brining showers of creativity and talent…


Beauty was everywhere…


And gifts of knowledge were bestowed upon them…


It was hard to leave this beautiful place of sharing, friendship, and creativity…


But the shy young girl made such wonderful friendships during her stay, she knew she would live happily ever after.