Thursday, June 30, 2011

How to make a Flower Pen

I know I've told you about this wonderful little shoppe in Homewood, Alabama called White Flowers haven't I?  Well, they sell these beautiful flower pens.  Um,,,,that I decided I could "make" instead of "buy.
I wanted them to embellish some gifts I have for some of my best buds that are giving Callen her Bridesmaid's luncheon.  (If any of you hostesses are reading,,,,turn your computer off!)
First, here's the finished product.  They are just a little time consuming but worth every minute of it!
Here's what cha need:
One artificial flower (get a good one)
Wire cutters
a pen (I used a roller ball) (the kind with a top and bottom)
Floral tape
Hot glue gun
 First take your wire cutters and cut the pen holder off the pen
 Cut the flower off at the very top (if it's a good flower it will stay in tact)
 Put a big glob of hot glue in the middle (underneath) side of the flower and glue it to the top.  Hold it steady until the glue dries.  This may take about 10 minutes but you want to make sure it's straight
 take a couple of the leaves from the flower and glue it like this
 take the floral tape and start wrapping from the top making sure the sticky side of the tape is down
 It should look like this
 now cover the bottom of the pin like so
 both sides
 starting at the top, start wrapping making sure that you overlap the tape
 when you reach the bottom, wrap back up to the top
 There ya have it!
 Have a wonderful Thursday y'all!  I'm gettin my house ready for ALL of my kids to come home for the 4th!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My g-babies and some GREAT doctors.

Hum, yesterday?
Consisted of a wonderful day of photo taking and hangin out with my two best buds. Evers and Lil B.  Oops, forgot to mention Jordan and Callen and a wonderful lunch with my sweet daddy.
Followed by a dreaded.....root canal.
Before I show you any of my photos (and I took 429) (no not of my tooth) I want to give a HUGE shout out to making the 2nd part of my day easy.
See, I lost a filling in a tooth a while back.  I had put off doing anything about it ( mainly because you couldn't see it and it didn't hurt.)  Well this past weekend the you know what hit the fan in my mouth.
Yep....a toothache.
So, because I was going to Birmingham, I decided to do something about it and get it fixed.  Why B'ham?
One of "W's" best friends is a dentist and quite frankly we don't use anyone but him.
He looked at my tooth, did x-rays and said "you must have a huge pain tolerance because this thangs about to explode in your mouth."  I must have gotten it just in time.  Because,,,,,,I don't wike to hut.
Write that down, Tim Haywood with Inverness Family Dentistry.
He immediately sent me downstairs to another good friend of ours who produced the most painless root canal I've EVER had.  AND I could barely keep my mouth open because I was laughing so loud!
Anyway, root canals aren't what they used to be.  They're much easier and much less painful.
I'll admit though, I've got a pretty good dose of pain this a.m.
So, Dr. Tim Haywood and Dr. Daren Sisal.
THANK YOU!!! do you choose pics from 429?  You don't, that's why I'm going to show you all 429!
Just kiddin!  I just picked out some for you to take a gander.  BTW, children's photographers deserve all the money they make for their photography.  It ain't easy folks.
Here we go!

Daggumit! this is all my computer would let me download!
oh well, have a great day y'all!
I get to spend my day with my other favorite bud, son Greg looking at Rehearsal Dinner venues!
For...the other wedding!!!!  Remember that date....October 8

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Little Birmingham Secret

Today I'm visiting one of my very favorite stores.
Siebels in Homewood, Alabama.
They had a "groupon" where you pay 50.00 and get 100.00 worth a stuff!  So, I snatched up a couple....because, this place rocks.  If you have a lake house or mountain house, or just like the "rustic feel", this is your place.
Here's a few of the stuff they offer!

 I think I want this :)

go visit Siebles in Homewood, AL!  
have a wonderful day y'all!
pics of my favorite babies in the whole wide world....

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Real Simple Wedding

First of all for all you "brides to be" on brides to "wanna be" or you moms of "brides to be or wanna be" I'm going to make a few very important suggestion.....
1)  Don't over think.  I'll admit,,,,I'm a BIG time over thinker because my mind races at Nascar speed, but my friend Barbara gave me some wonderful advice.  Take a composition book and write everything you plan to accomplish for the day then mark it off when it gets done.  If it doesn't get done, move it to the next day.  But get'er done y'all
Now, have I taken that advice???? nope. I have, however, "gotten er dun".   For some reason I think my brain has a computer chip installed..... meaning, I think I can remember everything on my own.  HA!!! Thant's a joke.
2)  Go out TODAY and get this copy of REAL SIMPLE Magazine.  A HUGE help to me with everything you need from A-Z.  Very, very informative.
Go NOW!!!
I love simple weddings much more than fancy ones.  I love the creativity that goes into one.  I realize I'm being very opinionated here but I don't like to see people "go over the top" on weddings.  The simpler the better in my humble opinion.
I can't tell you how many weddings I've attended where I've overheard "wonder what they spent on "this" wedding.  Rude I realize, but non the less the truth.  I'm going to quote my sweet Callen.  "Mom, it's only a wedding,,,,it's only a day" "we have the rest of our lives to be together"  Still, what wonderful memories are made by beautiful weddings.  Both for the bride and groom and the people in attendance.  I still remember my wedding til this day ut um......[W are you reading????] 30 years later.
Well July 25.
Okay, I'm off that soap box.  You get the jest.
Anyway, I found some simple weddings that I thought you'd enjoy, and some beautiful vintage (hint, hint, dresses)
Go get creative y'all!
This one tells you how to dry your bouquet.
 perfectly simple for a sit down dinner (which we won't be having)

 an interesting but quite creative invitation.   Not my style, but hey, everyone's different right?
 a beautiful simple dress
 dang,,,,,wish I'd thought of this
 my biggest fear.....since it's in our [sloped] non tent-able backyard.....
 Now that is a beautiful dress. very simple, elegant and I love the simple bouquet

 wonderful choice
 not sure how simple this wedding was, but I really thought her dress was stunning
 wait, came across this....which marriage was this?????
 Elegantly beautiful

 now we're talkin

 I love this!!!

 how cute is this?

 love a simple table arrangement
 vingard vines used to be a little more simple, guess they got a lil extravagant.  Too much for my taste
 but I do love their golf balls!

and finally,,,,,,1 month away from my 30th wedding anniversary, thought I'd show you a pic of my wedding.
(before weddings got "simple")
Hope you have a "simply" special Monday!