Friday, August 26, 2011

Freebie Friday

I've been waiting most of the summer to blog about my little picket fence.  I wanted to show you pictures of the finished product the way I had imagined it would look, with a beautiful bright pink rosebush in full bloom right in front of it.  Well, the good news is that I haven't killed the rosebush yet, but it hasn't quite lived up to what my imagination had hoped for.  None-the-less, the fence still turned out pretty darn cute, and best of all, it was FREE!

It started with a day spent at my parents' house.  Little Miss played with the kittens... 

and chased the chickens...

into the barn, where we stumbled across these old palettes that nearly blinded me with potential.  Aren't they beautiful?

First, I tore them apart, removing all the old nails.

Then, I spent some time cutting and measuring and re-cutting and re-measuring.  Next, I banged in a few nails and TaDa!

Add a little primer and a lot of paint to finish it off.  My hubby drove an old fence post into the center of the flower bed and secured the center piece of the fence to the post using and old wire clothes hanger. Perfect for the big empty hole in the center of my flower bed.   Now if only my rosebush would consider getting pretty before winter.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 15, 2011

For the Birds

Baby is now 32 weeks old and is having all too frequent play dates with Braxton, braxton hicks that is.  At least I'm hoping that the awful contraction-like pains that kept me from sleeping last night are only false labor.  I'm not ready for baby to make his or her debut yet.  Whatever it is, its for the birds!

The feature bird of this post is the peacock.  In early July, my brother Caleb said his I do's to his better half, Brooke.  Brooke has an eye for style and wanted their wedding to include lots of peacock feathers. 

 I'm super ashamed that I didn't do a better job of photographing all the work I did for the wedding on their wedding day, so I recreated some of the centerpieces in the backyard.

I loved the weedy natural look of the flowers she chose.  Instead of fancy ribbon she picked string, just plain brown string.  It couldn't have been more charming!

Half of the tables had flower arrangements and the other half had these great candlesticks.  We wrapped them with the same brown string and they fit right in with the decor.  

Lots of candlelight helped to made the casual feel of the weeds, feathers and string very romantic. 

The reception was held  in a beautiful red barn which helped give the whole wedding a very country vintage feel.  

My favorite part may have been seeing their flower girl, my Little Miss, prance down the aisle.  She decided she didn't need her flowers to look good. 

Beautiful couple, huh??  I'm bound to get some super gorgeous nieces and nephews!
And, look at that bouquet!
Congratulations guys!