Sunday, February 7, 2016

Wedding Wonderland

It's my time to enjoy the experience of planning a wedding with my daughter, Ashleigh.

Photo taken at the Indiana Fairgrounds Bridal Show

Ashleigh and I are having some great bonding time going to bridal shows with her maid of honor, Chelsea. Ashleigh and Chelsea met when they were in kindergarten. Chelsea lived behind our home and the girls have been inseparable since then.

Some of the things we saw at the bridal show.

Shopping for bridal gowns was such a neat experience for me seeing all of those beautiful wedding gowns on hangers and manikins. Ashleigh tried on five dresses. 

When she came out in the first dress, I started crying because I had never seen her in a wedding dress before, well not since she was a young girl.

Ashleigh playing wedding dress up; Ashleigh wearing wedding shoes, snacking with best friend, Chelsea

When Ashleigh tried on those dresses a few weeks ago, they gave her a hand mirror that had white flowers on the back. It was like holding onto a bridal bouquet while looking in the mirror. I loved the idea so much that I ran out to Walmart, found a white mirror and glued flowers from my vintage hat collection onto the back. 

The mirror I made with flowers from vintage hats.

Things were so different when I got married back in 1978. I didn't go to bridal shows and I sewed my wedding gown while I was in my final year of nursing school. Ashleigh decided that after trying on dresses at the bridal shop, she wants to carry on the tradition with me sewing her wedding gown also.

I feel so honored (and nervous) to have been asked to sew her dress. I purchased a dressform in Ashleigh's size and a big bolt of muslin. I want to create the dress first with muslin to make sure we get something she likes before investing in expensive fabric. If she doesn't like it, we can still go out and buy a dress.

I'm so happy that Ashleigh likes vintage things. She wants to use buttons from my collection to make a pretty belt to wear on her special day. I love that idea. There are so many thoughts and ideas going through our heads right now. I keep telling myself that we have plenty of time as the wedding will be held in the Fall. Any mother who has been through this knows exactly what I am talking about.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Not Your Ordinary Art Class

I have finally found an art group that meets monthly in my part of town. It is called Not Your Ordinary Art Class. I have been searching for this type of group for several years! What a great way to start the new year! The ladies are all so sweet and welcoming. The group started 15 years ago so that tells me it's a good one!

Each month I will learn a new skill, have lunch, and swap artist trading cards (ATC) with the group. ATCs are miniature pieces of art that are traded in swap groups. The only official rule is that they are 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size. Our ATCs will have a theme, usually drawing on the skill of what we learned the previous month. This month, though, we started with our "word of the year". Through the holidays, I had been searching for my word of the year when I noticed a Facebook challenge showed up in my feed that offered to help me find my word of the year. I took FB up on their offer and my word became "wisdom!"

Wisdom is a very fitting word for me, as our daughter is getting married in the Fall and we are expecting our second grandchild this summer. I know this word will help me this year!

While I contemplated how I would create my ATC, I noticed a pile of old photos I had punched out into circles sitting among my stash of creative supplies.  I was waiting for the perfect project in which to use them. I thought the lady photos would fit well with my theme, as I felt that they were older and wiser than me. Here are the ATCs I made for my first swap.

This photo has an Instagram filter on it. I think it is Valencia.

I enjoy the creative process and find that it relaxes me. Mixed media paper was used. The edges were sponged with pink ink, followed by brown ink to the corners to tie in with the vintage photos. 

The word wisdom was cut from vinyl via my electronic cutting machine and the definition of it and year were handwritten by me. After the photos were adhered, I doodled a scalloped border around them.

We put the following information on the backs of the cards: our name and date they were created, the name of the challenge, and its number (i.e. 1 of 8). 

Here are the ATCs I received in the swap.

For our monthly project, we were to learn the rosemaling painting technique. (You can learn more about rosemaling here.) I'm not a painter and really struggled with this project, but our group leader took my hand and lovingly helped me through it. It was her idea to add the dots and stripes which totally made the project complete. 

I'll check in with you next month to share my new ATCs and project. We're going to work with stencils, dies and stamps. Thank you for stopping by today!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Happy List

With some trips I took this Fall, I got a little behind in getting ready for Christmas this year. But once I got started, it flowed nicely.

1. My season started with a bus trip I took with my Mom to Michigan. We visited an enormous Christmas store called Bronner's, in Frankenmuth. Bronner's has the most ornaments and decorations I've ever seen in one place. Have you been to Bronner's? If you haven't been there yet, I would highly recommend putting it on your bucket list.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November Happy List - Birthday Month

November is a big month at our home. My husband, Dan, and I have birthdays 6 days apart. Our son, who traveled from out of town, and daughter spent time with us so that made our birthdays extra special. This year, the last of my 50's, I hosted my own birthday party with a few girlfriends. Why wait for a 60th birthday party? We had our nails done and lunch afterwards. It was called a Girlfriend Gratitude Birthday Party because I am very grateful to have these women in my life.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Girls' Weekend in Atlanta - Part 2 - Faith On The Homefront

In my last blog post, I shared with you my trip to Atlanta, Georgia, where I spent a glorious girls' weekend with Becky, Missy and Julie. This blog post is a continuation of the fun times we had where we attended a creative event called Faith on the Homefront, hosted by Rosalyn Sue and Valarie, at Neiman Marcus in the Lenox Mall.

Faith on the Homefront was Rosalyn Sue's 5th annual fundraiser for Operation Stars and Stripes. Operation Stars and Stripes is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting America's military and their families at home and abroad. You can learn more about the organization here.

I cannot imagine how much time and effort Rosalyn Sue and Valarie put into planning this wonderful event. When we entered the room, we were simply awestruck by its beauty, and it took awhile for us to take it all in. It was fun snapping photos of every detail while catching up with old friends. This time the theme was Bible journaling which is a very popular thing to do these days.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Girls Weekend in Atlanta - Part 1 - Country Living Fair

I just returned from a fabulous four days in Atlanta, Georgia, with my Southern friends Becky, Missy and Julie. We all met and became instant friends exactly two years ago at an art event called Sweethearts On the Homefront hosted by Rosalyn Sue (I blogged about it here.) During that weekend in 2013, we attended the Country Living Fair at the Stone Mountain Park.

Stone Mountain Park is a gorgeous place to be. You can see the mountain in the distance from the entrance to where the Country Living Fair was held.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

October Happy List

I am really enjoying the geraniums that have been on our front porch since June. They continue to grow and look beautiful. I keep thinking I should plant some fall mums, but why upset the apple cart? We have had a mild fall in Indiana. 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Have You Been to Lake Wawasee?

My friend Rose and I took a drive up to Lake Wawasee in Northern Indiana and spent a couple nights there. Since it was after Labor Day, there was less traffic thus making it even a more relaxing place to be. Lake Wawasee is the largest natural lake in Indiana and is 6 square miles in size.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ironworks at Keystone's Fall Block Party

Ironworks at Keystone, Indianapolis' premier living and retail property located at 2727 E 86th St., hosted its first-ever Fall Block Party on Saturday, October 3rd. In celebration of its one-year anniversary, the North side development offered complimentary family-friendly entertainment, live music, food, beer and more. It was an opportunity to get a sneak peak of forthcoming Indianapolis projects from the developer. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Halloween Ideas

My friend, Karen, who has a booth at the Logan Village Mall in Noblesville, does an amazing job staging her booth. She had been talking about painting one of the areas with black chalkboard paint and recently did just that. Note how it brings out all of the beautifully rich colors of the items that she has for sale.