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The Headband

The Headband

Emma wanted to wear her grandmothers wedding dress, ok. She had her grandmother make her a beautiful orange jacket to go over top, great. Now what? We thought about and tried jewelry, she absolutely did not want a tiara of any kind. We thought about headbands, hair clips, simpler things that maybe we could adorn with buttons since that was the kind of theme she was going with. She wasn’t happy with anything we came up with. So now what?

The more I thought about the dress and the fact that it was 54 years old, the more I thought it really needed something handmade and vintage looking. Well I happen to love to crochet, why not crochet a simple…

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The Bridal Shower

The Bridal Shower

When Emma was planning to marry she didn’t want a bridal shower. She had only ever been to showers that were in her words “skanky” and “embarrassing beyond words”. Well that’s not who we are and I know that if I turned the party over to her sisters, sisters in law and aunt that those words would not come up or even be spoken.

The other problem in that most people are so accustomed to bad shower games and icky presents that it’s hard to get people to attend, especially if you’re inviting people from the ages of 18 to 70 something. But this shower turned out to be quite lovely!

First ingredient must be food, good food makes people…

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The Button Party

The Button Party

In preparing for my daughter Emma’s wedding we decided to make it a family event as much as possible. This would include her old family, her new family, the in-laws, the out-laws, everyone she loved.

This wedding reception was to be very unique, I know people say that all the time when really they just come up with more bling and a different color, but this was going to be fairly different and so it would require a lot of handmade things, which also means time!

Emma doesn’t really like cut flowers and didn’t want any for the reception. So when researching she found button bouquets online. She loved them!! We learned a little about how to make them, ordered…

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Wearing Grandma’s dress

Wearing Grandma’s dress

When we started planning Emma’s wedding she didn’t have a vision of how she wanted it to look. She did however have some specific ideas; 1. she didn’t want a cake, she doesn’t like cake, she likes pie, 2. she didn’t want flowers, she wanted buttons, refer to the article titled the button party, 3. she wanted to sit on her great grandmothers swing, refer to the article Emma’s swing, and 4. she wanted to wear her grandmothers wedding dress.

These are the orders we started with in planning her wedding reception! So here we will talk about the dress. It started as a fluke, Emma’s cousin was just a few days from her wedding and the gown that she…

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A Birthday Dinner

I turned 50 this month. I take a deep breath just writing that down. This is the first birthday that has ever bothered me. It’s not that I feel old, although there are days, it’s that I feel mortal, I feel that I have less time left than I have behind me. Morbid? Yes, but true. I haven’t dwelt on it a lot but it’s there, that feeling of mortality creeping up on me. I have so much I want to do, so many memories to build, so many things I don’t want to miss out on. So I took a big deep breath and put on my big girl panties and got on with being 50.

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