This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!
~~~o0o~~~

Monday, September 1, 2014

The barn's all ready for the party!

 Welcome to our farm! Today I'm going to show you pictures of our barn all decked out for the rehearsal dinner we hosted for our son, Cameron and his beautiful bride, Megan! I stenciled this cute little sign on an old rusty tailgate from some old trailer that we found out on property. This was one of many things that I rescued from my hubby's pile of junk that he was taking to the dump!
 Here's my cute little vintage bicycle that I painted!
 It's greeting all of our guests with a "Just Married" sign. I painted the whole think flat black, added the wire basket and filled it with white mums.
 Barn bash this way! I found this old board with the attached stakes in the burn pile and painted it. I grouped it with an old rusty milk can and a pitch fork.
How do you hide a large barn filled with farm equipment? You simply hang quilts on a rope!
 I have had this antique baby buggy frame for probably ten years up in my attic and I finally figured out a way to use it! I placed an enamelware baby bath on it filled with pansies and an "I do" sign I made.
 A cute little setting for two. I borrowed the Mr. & Mrs. banner from my future daughter-in-law, Rachelle; she made it for her and Grayson's engagement party.
 Welcome to the farm!
 It turned out just as I had hoped!
 It was a lot of work....
 ...but it truly was a labor of love! Eric and I really wanted to make a very special and memorable night for Cameron and Megan and all of the wedding party. I enjoyed doing all of it!
 A cute little display to greet everyone!
 I would like to name our property "Paradise Villa" because it is our paradise here and villa means house in the country, but I'm still in negotiations with my husband! haha
 Some of the signs I made hang on the barn door.
 I borrowed the wagon wheel from my friend, Mariah. We love it and want to find one just like it some day.
 I hung small quilts on the walls.
 This is my grandmother Margaret's old laundry basket that she really used. My sister, Kelli, got it from our grandmother's house after she passed away 30 years ago. Kelli recently gave it to me and I treasure it so much! The highchair was left at my neighbor's house when she moved out and she said I could have anything that she left. It was just raw wood and I painted it black and set one of my painted ice-cream buckets filled with purple mums on it.
 I also used quilts for the tablecloth and also to cover our seats of bales of straw.
 I love how the pie tins and mason jars look as dinnerware!
 The crystal chandelier really adds that perfect touch!
 I used bandannas for napkins and mismatched antique silverware that I have accumulated over the years.
 It turned out so charming!
 Here's the centerpiece using the cool box my husband made from old fence boards.
 I filled it with fresh and dried hydrangeas from our property.
 I also used mossy branches and apples still on the vine.
 I love how it turned out.
 I brought out the highchair for my little grandson to sit in. My Dad loaned me the amazing antique horse collar.
 Eat, Drink and Be Married!
 Cameron & Megan, Est. 8.23.14!
 God is Here!!!
This is the fantastic burlap and lace rag swag that I borrowed from my friend, Wanda. She said she used old lace tablecloths, drapes and clothes and burlap to make it. I love it and might be making one for myself!
 The window hanging above the swag is from my Daddy. Forty years ago the church we belonged to burnt to the ground; my Dad found this old window in the rubble and it's been at his house every since. He gave it to me a few months ago and I was so happy to use it for our barn party!
 Bride and Groom!!! I found these great chairs at Goodwill for only $2.99 each! The signs were old silly pictures from a thrift store that cost $1.00 each and I painted them with chalkboard paint and hung a wire on the back to attach them to the chairs.
 Bride's Mom place marker.
 Groom's Mom and Dad place markers. I made this from old fence boards, my hubby cut them to size for me.
 This is my favorite sign I made, "Two shall become one". My friend Mary loaned me the enamelware coffee pot filled with antique rolling pens. I snagged the rooster from a spot inside the house.
 My mother-in-law, Alice, gave me the old singer sewing machine base years ago. She had it painted gold, I painted it red and now I painted it back to it's original color, black. I used an old board for the top and it served as a great place to hold our dessert dishes. I found the wonderful milk can lamp at Goodwill for only $8.00! It is actually made from an antique milk can, I really got a great deal!
 Well, the table is all set...
...and the barn is lit up and all ready for this party to start!!!

"For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations." Psalm 100:5

Hugs, Sharon

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Final preparations for the barn party....

 A few days ago I gave you an update on our plans to get our barn ready for our son's wedding rehearsal dinner. Well, since then we had the rehearsal, we had the rehearsal dinner and my son and his bride are now married! I thought I would show you how all of it played out in order, so I will start with the final preparations that we did to the barn.

The last time I posted I shared with you my epic fail with trying to make my own light fixture out of old mason jars. It was a disaster, but I was able to borrow this fantastic chandelier from my good friend, Wanda. It's a plug in, which was so simple since we do not have power in the barn. We just used several large industrial extension cords coming from the shop out to the barn and then my husband hung and plug in the chandelier.
 The effect is gorgeous!
 Here's a view of the barn from a distance, I love how the lights look!
 I had so much fun making signs! I used old boards that I found on the property for some of them and I also purchased cheap ($2.00 or less) framed pictures at thrift stores and painted right over them.
 I had fun painting these old wood buckets a mustardy yellow.
 It was so much fun being outside doing these project and to be able to look up to see a little turkey family walk through. Oh how I love living in the country!
 Here are some of my projects I did!
 My friend, Wanda, also loaned me this fantastic burlap and lace rag swag! Perfect!!!
 My sweet husband built me this box from old fence boards found on the property. It will serve as our centerpiece for the party.
I love going out to the burn pile to find treasures! I never know what I might find and what will give me inspiration!
My hubby is so sweet. Sometimes he doesn't understand what I'm thinking, he says, "Why would you want to make something out of old chipped boards with moss growing on them?" But, he does it anyway because he knows that I have vision and he's usually happy with the results. I just love him.
 Messing around with ideas for the centerpiece with these silk flowers. I can see that it's going to look really cute, but I will use fresh flowers. Can you see the end of the box there where you can see the raw wood where my hubby made the cut? I don't like how that looks, so....
 ...I just dabbed the ends with antique white paint and it looks much better.
 Things are really coming together! I'm getting excited!
 The next thing I did was walk around the property and cut fresh and dried flowers to use in the centerpiece.
 Oh...I can see that it's going to look really cute!
 I got the idea to use apples still on the vine and I love how it turned out!
 I hung quilts to hide the junk in our big pole barn.
 It's time to start getting the final touches out! I placed my old bike that I painted next to this fence that leads to the barn. I filled the basket with white mums and hung a cute "Just Married" sign on the seat!
 Love how my old sign turned out. I salvaged this old piece of rusty steel roofing from the dump pile and stenciled on it.
 "Country Life is Bliss!"
 The lights are hung and lit, the decorations are in place and the table is set!
I can't wait to get this party started!

"Oh praise the greatness of our God! He is the rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He." Dueteronomy 32: 3,4

Hugs, Sharon
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