Sunday, February 28, 2010

I've fallen in love with a camera.

My husband spoiled, and surprised me with a new camera that I'd been trying to save for.
So now, I'm going to bore you with multiple photos of everything that can be photographed, while I figure out it's many settings. (Professional photographers, avert your eyes while I make every mistake in the book please. Thankyouverymuch.)
 Buckle up, because we're starting with the little surprise birthday party my sis-in-law and I threw for my mama this past weekend.
 Have I ever mentioned that I really like themes? Um, cause I do.

I wanted something that reminded us all of spring, ('cause I'm still on that tangent right now) so I went with potted flowers.
 Primroses. Simple and sweet.
 We planned a lovely little luncheon and some spa treatments for my Mama, because she needed some pampering and good company.
 We know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the two of us are good company. (giggle)
 Have I also ever mentioned that I'm nearly incapable of having a party without a little take home gift? It's kind of my house rule. I found these darling tall pots and saucers at Michael's for one dollar each! So I painted them white...

...rubbed them with sandpaper for a rustic look, and then placed a ninety-nine cent potted primrose in each pot. I carefully tucked some shredded book pages all around them. And voila, I had my theme and take-home gift for under $3.00.

I placed one at each place setting.

I tied each pot with a piece of twine, and fastened a little cardboard initial, along with a sweet verse.

And a luncheon would not, I repeat not, be complete with out many candles. I chose Spiced Pear from Pier 1, because it's my signature go-to house scent. I'd bathe in it if I could. But that might be weird. And I'm not weird.
 I actually bought these little pot napkin rings before I had children, and have used them only once in all that time. I keep forgetting I have them. Children don't exactly appreciate napkin rings. Who am I kidding? Children don't appreciate napkins.

I made sweet little place card tags, and tied them onto the napkin rings with more twine. Some of my favorite things- shredded paper and twine. They complete me. In an odd sort of way.

I've given up sugar. Have I mentioned that recently? I've become boring without it.
 I bought these because they went with my theme. I do that sort of thing. The color was perfect.
 See? What did I tell you. I'm prepared to post many a photo that makes no sense to anyone, but I just like it because I like it, and it will lead me into many a story. For example, this photo of the garnishes we put in our water, make me want to tell you that my husband can tie a maraschino cherry stem in his mouth, in about ten seconds. I know, because I've timed him. It's like having my own personal circus freak. I might add, that my BFF can also do this. I'm surrounded by circus freaks.

I have a feeling someone is going to take my new camera away if this sort of thing keeps up.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

It's not Valentine's Day until someone breaks out Mr. Darcy.

I'm sorry. It can not be helped. I love Pride and Prejudice. The book first, the movie second. I prefer this version of the movie so I'm sorry to those of you who like the other one. (ERIN)
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
"You must know... surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I'd scarcely allowed myself before. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on."
Happy Valentine's Day!