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Sunday, April 29, 2012

patina repurpose

Garden art.  Check out the background.  Patina Headboard.  Purchased years ago on the coast of California at a garage sale.  Headboard and footboard with no rails.  Used in the garden in California for about 5 years and Texas for about 5 years.  Patina at it’s best.

Eventually, we knew that we wanted to bring it inside and use it in it’s original state in a guestroom.  Like many things in life, we were forced into finally doing it because we were “under the gun” to get our second guestroom set up. Family and friends would be coming in from out of town for Brandon and Megan’s wedding which took place this past October.

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My husband creatively rigged up some angle iron for the side rails and painted them a dark brown to blend with the patina.  He then sprayed the headboard and foot board with a matte polyurethane to prevent the rust from getting on the bedding.  He cut some 1x4 hardwood boards for the slats for the mattress and (low profile) box spring to sit on.  And here is the outcome of our patina repurpose:

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Cheryl ~

Saturday, April 14, 2012

the drought is over … the lakes are full!

Hopefully it will be another 20 years before we have to go through what we went through last summer.  Sixty some days over 100 degrees and no rain.  Summer 2011 was the worst summer.  Summer 2012 = Boating Summer !!!!!!

Come on guys….lets get this red machine in the water!!!!!!
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Admiring the homes on the lake.

So…….. should we sit on the upper, middle or lower level of the lawn?  REALLY?????? Ok, I'm a little envious!
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Being on the lake just before dark ~ My favorite time.
Good night lake.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Table Numbers - DIY

DIY Table Numbers
These are the table numbers that I made for the wedding tables.  Since Brandon and Megan’s wedding was at a Vineyard and Winery, colors were purple and green and pastas were being served …. I chose pictures out of my last year's Tuscany calendar.
Calendars are great places to find “themed” pictures for minimal cost.  Most calendars are about $13. I just happened to use one I had.
Cut pictures to fit frame size.
I picked up these frames at the dollar store.  16 frames for $16 dollars! BARGAIN !!!!
I headed to Michaels to pick up some numbers or letters. I decided to use lettered tables to switch it up a bit.
With large dinner receptions, many brides and grooms choose to name their tables to help their guests.  While most couples choose to use numbers to name their tables, (its easy), you may want to do something different to show your individuality.  The table names you choose can be anything that you like. If you love your job, choose names much like your occupation, something that relates to your wedding reception, something exciting about your honeymoon, or even just things both you and your fiance love!
A box of glittered stick-on letters was about $6.
Rhinestones were also in the theme of the wedding so I bought a couple of packages of crystals to glue on the corners of the frames.  I needed two packages of crystals which ran me about $10.  I like the Swarovski Elements.

It just happened that the corners of the frames that I purchased had these little circles within the “scrolled” corners that the crystals fit in perfectly. 
Finished product: Sixteen 5x7 frames with picture, letters and crystals. My Total Cost: approx $35

Table G ~

ps.  speaking of rhinestones, you can purchase rhinestones by the yard on ebay (here is the link).  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rhinestone-Cake-Banding-Ribbon-Trim-Wedding-Decoration-/330713151672?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4d000a38b8
I needed to purchase 8 yards for the tiers of the wedding cake at $8 per yard.  These rhinestones were gorgeous!!!  There was no way to capture the actual glitter and shine in a photo….

BEST CRYSTAL CAKE TOPPERS ARE BY “TOPPERS WITH GLITZ”.  VISIT THEIR WEBSITE below.  They have been featured in The Knot, Weddings, Brides, and Modern Bride as well as on NBC and “E”.   http://www.topperswithglitz.com/monogram-cake-topper-pictures.pl
THEY ARE PRICEY…..BUT AGAIN, THE PICTURE DID NOT CAPTURE THE TRUE SHINE AND GLITTER OF THESE SWARVORSKI ELEMENTS CRYSTALS. By saving on the DIY projects you can spend more money in other areas like the cake topper!

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