This spring was extremely busy. I don’t think I spent more than 1 day of a weekend home from the end of April to the end of June. But, I did get to go on two work trips, a small girls weekend, a beach family vacation, lake trips, see out-of town guests, celebrate friends and weddings, so a lot of wonderful things, just not at home a lot.
Some of those busy times, unfortunately did not include Joe, and one of the ways he spent his time while I was away was by being his wonderful, creative, handy self and making something for our home!
My request? Something for the empty wall by our front door in the dining room, a server table of sorts. What he created? That and so much more! It’s a perfect bar/server, with a wine rack and wine glass holder!
I’m sitting here, while Joe is working a night shift, in our HOT, un-airconditioned house on another night of dreary, MUGGY rain. Yes, at the end of July, for the second time in a MONTH, we are without air conditioning, in need of a new electrical board and now possibly new parts for the air conditioner, AND (yes, much smaller of a deal) the kitchen light won’t turn on because the the big bulbs are out… Sometimes, being a homeowner SUCKS, but I must say, I am very thankful for a cooler than normal summer, and I am in LOVE with our most recent project in our home.
So, I am skipping ahead of the many additions, and Hubby-made projects to deflect my un-happiness to our new/updated MASTER BATHROOM! A pinterest project, that turned out better than I’d imagined, and now our GOLD, outdated bathroom, is just how I wanted! Take a peek!
This time a year ago, I had just said ” I do” to my very best friend. While it did rain ALL DAY LONG, it was one of the happiest days of my life. I love going back and looking at pictures and remembering all the wonderful family and friends that helped make the day so special.
Today on our first anniversary, we got to enjoy in a special part of our wedding, that we will get to take part in for many years of our marriage. And of course got to taste our year old cupcakes, that were still really tasty!
I had seen on pinterest where someone had used wine bottles as a guest book for their wedding. I thought it would be neat to add to it and have a bottle of wine (or for year one, champagne) for anniversaries 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20, that way we could look back and see all the people who enjoyed our day with us! It took a bit of convincing to get others to see how this could be so neat, but one person that was on board from the beginning was my Aunt who lives in france. She and my Uncle, very graciously said that for our wedding present they wanted to provide the wine for our guest book/anniversaries. It turned out absolutely perfect!
I used a green (fit the wedding colors) wine rack I had for our kitchen to display the bottles and we left a pin and a small sign explaining what they were for so people could sign. We may have had an issue with the pens “exploding” but we had a lot of people sign before this and we now have a pen with the display in our house incase anyone wants to sign that didn’t get to.
As for the display, Joe made a beautiful wine rack for our dining room, as the wine has to stay still, especially the ones that need to last 15, 20 years, but we wanted to still be able to see and enjoy them. It makes a perfect addition to the room, and once we finish a bottle we can put the empty one right back up to continue to enjoy the signatures.
What interesting guest books have you seen?
This was intended to be posted yesterday, but as we left the house at 10:30 in the morning and did not return until 11:30 at night, I went straight to bed.
It was such a wonderful day. Love spending time with both sets of families. Love, friends and family, that and the birth of our wonderful Savior is what Christmas is all about.
A little reminder of this and one of my favorite traditions of Christmas is The Jesse Tree.
I’m not sure where this originated from, and I’m sure my grandmother did not come up with the idea on her own, but in my mind and heart, this is a creation from my Nana and is one of the reasons I love it so much. So what is it?
A book and a felt tree (made by my Nana) that hangs on the wall is a perfect way to keep Christ still in Christmas during all the Santa, HOLIDAY and presents that seem to take over at times. Starting the end of November, usually right after Thanksgiving. You read one page a day. There is a bible verse to read and then a story and prayer. It is a quick overview that takes you through many highlights of the bible. From Adam and Eve, Noah, Joseph’s many colored coat, Elijah, Moses and much much more.
It is something we did every night growing up as our blessing before dinner and I’m so happy that Joe has allowed me to continue this in our home. Yes, it will probably be more exciting when we have kids, but it is still a reminder that Christ is the main reason for Christmas and the walk through the bible it takes you on reminds you to take time for your friends, family and GOD during all the holiday craziness, stress at work and any other drama that may take you away from enjoying the real important things in life.
So even though I’m a day late. Merry Christmas and HAPPY Birthday to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ!
The fireplace is the hearth of the home, the mantel the most pivotal of decoration space. I have had had the hardest time deciding what goes on our mantel, whether everyday decor, or any and every holiday. Christmas was no different, but I believe I like it!
Another project for hubby was created when I saw a this NOEL decor on pinterest, I knew I wanted one. I bought a small branch wreath and had Joe make me the letters out of wood. I painted my letters, as you might have been able to tell from my last post and created my noel.
I haven’t fallen absolutely in love with my version of NOEL, but I”m definitely happy enough with it for this year. As I’ve said before, decorations cost time and MONEY and I am just fine accumulating much of it over time. On the mantel, I think the NOEL looks great in addition to my ornament wreath (that I made a couple of years ago), my yarn trees I bought last year after Christmas, my very own home-made jingle-bell tree and the two picture frames filled with holiday themed printables (one Christmas kitty and one awesome verse collage in the shape of a tree) and of course a stocking and a warm fire help to make the perfect (at least for now) mantel!
Joe has developed a slight dislike of pallets, so when I showed him the pinterest popular pallet trees and explained my desire to have one, his level of excitement wasn’t very high. In fact it took several weeks (i started asking in early November) for him to believe that I was actually serious in wanting him to make one.
Instead of a pallet he used the shelves he had built for his beloved shed (he does love me 🙂 ) to create my pallet tree! Now it was up to me to create a pinterest worthy holiday decoration!
First was my husbands wonderful tree, after he cleaned it up a bit. (he couldn’t think of why I wanted this inside so had assumed it would be an outside decoration and had left it a bit scruffy at first)
Then I created my work space in the living room, put on the Santa Clause (with Tim Allen, my favorite!) and got my paint ready.
I couldn’t decide if I would do the whole things green, or if I would throw in other colors. I had seen some really cute trees with several colors so I decided to give it a shot, I could always paint over it with my green if I didn’t like it.
I was happy with it! I painted the top tier yellow, and then decided to try something I had seen at cracker barrel the week before, a start made of nails and rope. I nailed my 5 points of the start and used hemp to create the outline of a star. I then painted my lyrics to O Come All Ye Failthful – “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him”
With that complete, hubby was put back to work by hanging it in the piano room over the couch! I love it. Perfect hubby-made / wife-painted project!
I’ve been a horrible blogger and a horrible testament to my love of holidays! Work and a terrible cold has kept me down the last month and even though I fought the Christmas rush that overcomes Thanksgiving, my blog didn’t show that!
I completely left out Thanksgiving! I did take some pictures of my Thanksgiving decorations, but honestly we didn’t do much. Our first Thanksgiving as a married couple was actually very nice. We made the decision to stop trying to do two Thanksgivings in one day, where we end up not having enough time to enjoy either family or the wonderful food. So we have decided on Thanksgiving we will swap sides of the family, this year was at the Glaze’s and it was great!
So super short post, but I promise a lot of Christmas posts are to come, decorations, crafts, cooking, I LOVE CHRISTMAS!
Leave you with a purchase I made that serves as both Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations! I absolutely love it!
It’s so fun and a great addition to my piano top decor. You can buy one on stickwithmevinyl‘s etsy shop! She has lots of cute things!