Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gunnar & Abigail's Wedding Shower


Celebrating Gunnar & Abigail ~ July 13, 2014


The countdown to their wedding day is in full-swing ...
September 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


They've had a long-distance courtship for 5 years ... and a 7 month engagement.


We think they are a match made in heaven.
When Gunnar was unable to go to OK & see her this time around {work schedule}, 
at the last minute, it worked for her to come here.
{They hadn't seen each other in 4 months ... & won't see each other again until a few days 
before they say 'I DO'}
We were so happy at the opportunity for Gunnar to get to take part in some 
of the pre-wedding activities that he thought he'd be missing out on.
And, it gave all the Indiana family & friends a chance to celebrate their engagement & upcoming wedding.


So, we kicked it into high gear & planned a wedding shower as fast as we could!
Gunnar liked the idea of incorporating it in with our usual Sunday fellowship lunch at FLA,
so that exactly what we did.
{Her 10 days here were filled to the brim with many activities, so this worked best for the schedule too.}


Abigail's favorite color is yellow, she likes bright & cheery, & she loves strawberries ...
so these are the things that inspired the color scheme & decor.
Here are a few pics as things were getting set up.






A sweet friend loaned her gorgeous stacked server & even wrapped all the silverware.

I loved how the banners turned out.
Not ganna lie, I had tons of fun in Joann's picking out all this fabric!


I've always wanted to do the lemon slices in a vase ... I love this look.
Next time, I'll know how to make them look even better.


Now's the time to FEAST your eyes!
I'm telling you, our ladies at FLA know how to pull out all the stops when it comes to food!
{We have a pitch-in fellowship meal every Sunday at church.}


I wanted a brunch theme & sent a few suggestions on what to pitch-in ... & the ladies went over-the-top!


Everything was beautiful & delicious!


Abigail loves vintage things, so I asked the ladies if they'd like to, they could incorporate old dishes 
or vintage servers to plate their food.
Mrs. Billie used a rose glass dish that belonged to her husband's mother ... very old, very beautiful.
Beth brought silver servers that belonged to her husband's grandmother & I'm sure others used vintage
dishes that I didn't even hear about ... all added such special touches to the buffet.





I put together this fun donut tree that sort of mimics a tiered 'wedding' cake.


 My sister, Lisa, set up a pineapple palm tree with strawberries & watermelon.


I can't even begin to express my thanks to these ladies, 
for such sweet hospitality on this very special day.


 Now for the gifts ... Gunnar & Abigail were showered with so many wonderful things 
to help them start their home!


They got some BIG things & they were so grateful ... 2 sets of dishes, a vacuum sweeper, 
a gorgeous quilt, a soft blanket, sheets, towels ... 
& Garrett, Gunnar's twin brother, got him a coffeemaker, which he loved ;)
He & Carissa got the one the makes a pot on one side & a single serve on the other.
Garrett said that's just the kind Gunnar needed.
Brothers know these things ;)


They got several pieces of adorable decor, a picnic basket full of kitchen items ...


 an antique egg basket filled with goodies, including handmade crocheted dishcloths ...


 a vintage blue travel bag filled with towels, a bathroom rug & a blue hand mixer...


a set of stainless steel cookware, 2 skillets, a blender, silverware, 
& a couple boxes of baking dishes of various types & sizes ...
They were also given gift cards & other gifts that I didn't get pictures of.
{I so wish I had gotten pics of every single thing, all day long!}

A HUGE thank you, on behalf of Gunnar & Abigail!
They talked all day on Sunday about all the wonderful
gifts that they were blessed with.


This is really all you need in life, right?!



Here are a few pics of the tables.
I continued with the same fabric, using a square on each table.
Each one got trimmed out with fun edging, like pom poms & ric rac.



I use old things in my decor throughout our home & have quite a collection, 
so I just shopped my house, bringing various items to group together for the tables.
I brought pieces of ironstone from my china cabinet, along with jars, cloches, & hobnail vases.
I kept it simple but fun, with a touch of nostalgia that both Gunnar & Abigail love.


 Love the fresh look that lemons added.


Found this little 'love' chalkboard at Goodwill for $1.99 ... surprised to find out it is currently at
Hobby Lobby for $14.99!
{What a steal!}
I added it to the already beautiful wreath that sits on the entry table to 'sweeten' it up for the shower.


 And this sign pretty much sums up the wonderful day.

Love IS sweet 
& it especially was for Gunnar & Abigail at their wedding shower.
They felt lots of love all day long ... 
& throughout this whole week, 
they have both talked about what a special day it was.
There's a huge stack of gifts in our garage just waiting to find their place 
in Gunnar & Abigail's new home come September.

This was a day that they will never forget ... memories to treasure for a lifetime.

Thank you to every person who had a part in their day.





  Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. 
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 
Love bears all things, believes all things, 
hopes all things, endures all things. 
Love never fails. 
1 Cor. 13:4-8









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Monday          C.R.A.F.T      The Dedicated House  I Should Be Mopping the Floor
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Wednesday   Raising Homemakers        Savvy Southern Style         Adorned From Above
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!


I checked something off my summer bucket list ... YES!
On July 5, we decided to go to our very first ballgame!



Yep, it's true ... NONE of us had ever been to see a baseball game.


The weather was super {high of 80 that day} + they were shooting off fireworks afterward
+ is was a holiday weekend ... all that equaled a perfect time to go.


First things first, popcorn & pizza!


 Aren't they adorable ... I had to snap a pic of them ... attending their first ballgame together.


 Not a big crowd yet, but people were piling in quick.



It's getting closer to game time!





Beautiful Lukas Oil in the background ... Go Colts!


JW Marriott ... one of James' biggest jobs.
{The guy in the left of the shot kinda looks like an older Peyton Manning ;) }


Unfortunately, the Indianapolis Indians didn't win ... lost to Louisville.



But we had TONS of fun anyway & are already eager to go again!



The sound of baseball on the radio was a very big part of my growing up years
& to this day, I find it very soothing to listen to ...
so I was very happy to get to attend my 1st game, making memories together with our family.



Summer fun at it's finest!!



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What a Sweet Coffee Shop

Have you ever walked into a store or a restaurant & immediately love how well decorated it is?
That exactly how we felt when we walked into this little coffee shop!
Boy, was it just about the cutest place ever!




What a cozy little spot to sip coffee!
And nap ;)
I'd be safe in saying that I could easily kick off my shoes, curl up with a book,
and eventually fall asleep right there on the coffee shop couch!
You two?


 

When we were on vacation in May, we were out exploring the Orange Beach {AL} area
when we needed a pick-me-up cup of coffee & this place was the first one we came upon.
Lucky us.

And I'm sure you already spotted the piece that I am totally in love with ;)




OMGoodness ... who wouldn't want one of these hanging right in your house?!
I'd take it in no time flat.
In fact, I'm so inspired by this that I just might beg the Mr. to incorporate one of these lovelies
into the next house we buy!
Course, he'd hafta build us one first, but if I try real hard, I think I can talk him into that.




The back is recycled old shutters .. and the sides from an old door.
Yep, pretty much right up my alley!

This shop had Christian music playing & had a bookshelf full of cds & books,
all by Christian artists.
Another bonus.

But one of the best things of all, this shop is pretty much right across the street from the beach!



So, if you find yourself in Orange Beach and want a good cup of coffee ...
and a fantastic place to have it, GO TO  Liquid Life!
And while you are there, look for a drink called 'The Angie' ...
for serious ;)
I'm the least experienced coffee shop person in our family, so I never know what to order.
So, I customized ... I asked for something mocha-ish with a shot of coconut ...
more of a frappeccino kind of dealie.
She was happy to oblige & was so curious about it that she left a bit in the blender
& poured it for herself to try.
And she loved it!
She said that she was going to have to add it to the menu!
How cool is that?!
{No, she's not ganna call it the Angie ... that part was just a joke =) }

Thanks for visiting me & come back soon.




Who doesn't love a good party?!
You can find me here linking up with these great blogs.

Monday          C.R.A.F.T      The Dedicated House  I Should Be Mopping the Floor
                  Between Naps on the Porch  The Modest Mom
Tuesday     A Delightsome Life   A Bowl Full of Lemons    Titus Tuesday      A Stroll Through Life
Wednesday   Raising Homemakers        Savvy Southern Style         Adorned From Above
                    The Thrifty Home  The Dedicated House    A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Thursday    Between Naps on the Porch   Serving Joyfully     Lamberts Lately
Friday      Rooted in Thyme  The Thrifty Groove   Farm Blog Hop  Best of the Nest
               French Country Cottage  The Girl Creative
Sunday    Nifty Thrifty Things    Suburbsmama    Sew Many Ways