When you think Tim McGraw….

Tonight we were invited to the Tim McGraw concert by the Arizona Gold Star Family Group.  One of the ladies in the group is friends with Tim McGraw and asked him to put aside 50 tickets for the gold star families of Arizona, which he did- and one step further, invited us to attend his pre-show party.   He puts on a really great show… and let’s be honest… he’s a pretty good lookin’ cowboy.

oh yeah… and I finished the night with a ride on the electronic bull.  HA!

Tim McGraw:  If You’re Reading This

[If you’re reading this

My momma is sitting there
Looks like I only got a one way ticket over here
I sure wish I could give you one more kiss
War was just a game we played when we were kids
Well I’m laying down my gun
I’m hanging up my boots
I’m up here with God
And we’re both watching over you

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul
Is where my momma always prayed where it would go.
If you’re reading this, I’m already home. ]

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The Big Day!

So after months and months of preparation it finally came… and went by so fast!  The day was perfect and everyone seemed to appreciate all my hard work put into the wedding.

These were just large mason jars that I had picked up for a quarter a piece at the thrift store.  I hot glued blue ribbon around the rim and a loop of blue ribbon to hang one from every aisle chair for the ceremony.  The night before the wedding I stopped and picked up a bunch of wild flowers to put a few in each of the jars.  

This was my favorite idea, and although it was a little pricey, I’m so glad that I was able to do it for the wedding.  I ordered custom orange cream Jones Soda bottles from their website with a picture of me and Ben and a little thank you note about coming to the wedding.  The orange and blue card that is tied around the top of the bottle with twine is a place card with the guests name and table number… there is one bottle per family so some bottles may have 2 or 3 place cards.  I was really hoping to get these chilled before the wedding… I thought it would be so nice for our guests to enjoy a refreshing drink while waiting for us to get our pictures taken… but I guess they were just too cool to drink because almost every guest wanted to save it.

Here is what it looked like under the tent… I love love love the aqua linens with the white chair.  The tent was also covered in twinkle lights so it looked really pretty when the sun went down.  

For centerpieces, I picked up these little jewelry stands at Marshalls for only $3.00 a piece.  I spray painted them all white and then made the table number at the top with my Cricut.  Each table has pictures of me and Ben at that age scrapbooked right onto the stand.  So here is table 5, with pictures of us at 5 years old.  It was a great way to get people up and moving around so that they could see the pictures at every table.  The jars were for the candy buffet, and the little notecard is instructions for the jars, telling them to visit the candy buffet on their way out and one jar per family (worded a little nicer of course)

Here is the candy buffet… it was gorgeous!  I had 6 different big apacathary jars filled with blue candies, and they each had little heart scoops in the top.  I wish I had a picture from the front because it looked so stinking cute…. but you get the idea.   

The cake was simple and elegant… and it tasted amazing.  We actually ended up with the entire bottom tier to take home that night, as well as the top for our 1 year.

My beautiful bridesmaids: Ashley, Veronica, Brittany, and Monica.  We made our own bouquets the night before the wedding.  We went to 4 different Safeway stores and bought out all of their orange tulips and a few randoms for my bouquet then sat down and arranged them.  I actually can’t take too much credit for this… turns out that floral arranging is not really my department.   

These were the gifts for my bridesmaids.  They are locket necklaces that have a charm inside with their initial and their husbands initial.  We tied them around the bouquets for the ceremony, then at the reception the girls wore them.  

And here we are!  Mr. and Mrs. Smith.  Still sane and still in love after all the crazy wedding planning.

… and we lived happily ever after

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Ugly Bridesmaid Dresses

So this is it… my last girls night out as a ‘single lady’.  We got all dolled up and headed out for a night on the town

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Save the ta ta’s

One of the sweetest ladies I know recently found out that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She went in for her yearly checkup in March and everything was fine, then two months later she discovered a lump in her breast and went to have it checked out and bam… stage 2 breast cancer.  Shannon is one of the most loved people at Vistancia, and it is heartbreaking to know all the pain this has caused her and her beautiful family.  Our school family has really stepped up by holding silent auction benefit dinners and gathering gift cards to help out the family and our Sew Sew Sisters decided to make her a quilt.  It started with the 9 of us sisters, and then people around school found out, and everyone wanted to be a part of it so it ended up being a HUGE quilt to keep her warm and remind her that she is loved during her chemo sessions. Here is the completed front side of the quilt… unfortunately I didn’t capture a picture of the final result… but the border and back were very cute and she loved it!

Mine is the bright blue coffee cup… remember that fabric from the first quilt?? 🙂

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Quilted Postcards

There are three things that I absolutely cannot stand to see go to waste:  vinyl, fabric, and guacamole.  And this… is the perfect project to use up all those scraps you have saved!

When I went back to New York with Ben last summer, his mother introduced me to a really neat project- Quilted postcards.  On the front side of the postcard, you just make a little design and quilt the pieces together, then place some batting behind it, and sew it to some white cardstock for the backing.  As long as you make it the standard postcard size (6 x 41/4) and put a stamp in corner, it will send through the USPS.

Here are a few of my postcard designs:

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Jude’s Quilt

I finished up the last of Jude’s quilt this morning and barely had time to wash and dry it before I was packing up to head to the baby shower.  Here is the final product

Here it is all wrapped up.  I put it with a couple items off the registry and my favorite children’s book You Are Special by Max Lucado in this cute little basket, then I used the scraps from the quilt to make a basket liner.  In the end I was very proud of my quilt… I worked really hard on it and I could tell that Missy really appreciated it!  Not too bad for my first… well I guess technically if you count the 1/2 finished trashy quilt then this would be my second.  Can’t wait to see baby Jude all wrapped up in his quilt.  🙂

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i <3 craigslist

A couple of weeks ago I came home to two, giant, unexpected boxes on my front porch.  After hauling them inside and ripping open the boxes, I found inside the wedding china that Ben’s grandmother is passing down to us.  We decided that we wanted to have it out and displayed when she comes next month for the wedding, so she knows how much we appreciate and value it.  The past couple weekends we have been in and out of several furniture stores searching for a China hutch and pretty much every piece of furniture looked the same, and we didn’t like any of it.  Luckily, I have a minor addiction to Craigslist… well, that is if you consider checking it 2 or 3x a day a minor addiction.  So anyway, I found this hutch on there for $50.00.  I didn’t fall in love with it or anything, but I knew with a little TLC I could fix it up and make it presentable, at least until we found the perfect hutch.

Primed it first with a spray-paint primer then put 3 coats of black furniture paint on.  A little help from the boy with removing the hardware and those top glass cabinet doors, and TADA!

My new hutch!

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