Reclycling Flowers

I’ve been asked to decorate for a non-profit organization’s banquet. I have 57 tables to have centerpieces for…and no money to do it.

Well, that really isn’t true, but you get the idea.

No one wants to give money to a cause that is wasting it on beautiful centerpieces.

I was up for the challenge. I gathered all the vases that my girlfriend and I had from our kids’ wedding and started playing with clippings from my yard. They looked good. Not great, but good.

Then an amazing thing happened. Two different families had weddings this weekend and they gave me all the flowers!

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I have flowers EVERYWHERE. Now I’m just hoping they all stay beautiful until Tuesday night. The ones that came to me the saddest were the white roses – they came to me pretty limp. I didn’t know what to do, but I knew that I couldn’t use them the way they were so why not try something? I pulled off the outside petals and leaves. I then cut off the bottom of the stem and laid the whole rose down in water for about an hour. I then placed them in a vase and was amazed at how much better they already looked.

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A couple hours later, they were even better.

I love recycling flowers.

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When my daughter got married, a friend of mine reworked our flowers and took them to people who were sick. The flowers from my mom’s funeral were taken to the nursing home. Wish me luck…I’m not a florist so hopefully I can do justice to these beautiful flowers.

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Recycling Flowers

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I have been asked to decorate for a non for profit banquet . I have 57 tables to have centerpieces for and no money to do it. That isn’t really true but you get the idea. No one wants to give money to a cause that is wasting it on beautiful centerpieces.

I was up for the challenge .  I gathered all the vases that my girlfriend and I had from our kids weddings and started playing with clippings from my yard. They looked good. Not great be good.

Then an amazing thing happened. Two different families had weddings this weekend and they gave me all the flowers!

 

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I have flowers everywhere! Now I am just hoping that they all stay beautiful until Tuesday night. The ones that came to me the saddest where the white roses. They came to me limp . I didn’t know what to do but I knew that I couldn’t use them the way they were so why not try something. I pulled off the outside pedals and leaves. I then cut off the bottom of the stem and then laid the whole rose down in water for about an hour. I then placed them in a vase and was amazed at how much better they already looked. A couple of hours later they were even better.

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I love recycling flowers. When my daughter got married a friend of mine reworked our flowers and took them to people that were sick. The flowers from my mom’s funeral were taken to the nursing home.

Wish me luck ….I am not a florist so hopefully I can do justice to these beautiful flowers.

 

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A Country Wedding

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I helped my daughter set up for a wedding today and I had to show you the pictures. I love how it all came together. Church pews make a space seem so special to me. Don’t you love the flowers! My daughter did that….she takes after Mr. Amazing in that she can do anything.

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They hung old windows in the barn and put pictures of the couple on them. I also love all the twinkle lights. I would have probably stopped with about half of these but doing more and different sizes really brought it all up to the next level.

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The yard was filled with farm tables with a mixture of random old chairs.  There is something about a wedding like this that just has fun written all over it. I love when a wedding reflects the couple…..Wonder if Mr. Amazing and I got married today what that would look like…..hmmmmm. We did make a lot of stuff for our wedding in 1978 and I now often look back and think that you can tell a lot about a partnership by how they go thru the wedding plans together. We are still a great team and that has made our life together wonderful.

I wish for this couple many years of happiness.

 

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The Successful Marriage

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Seventy years ago there was a young couple so much in love that they couldn’t imagine life without the other. Then the war came and before they were married he went off to serve his country. Those were long years for her…. years of doubt…until she saw him again and then all doubt was gone. They rushed to the alter pledging their lives together for as long as they both shall live.

Then reality came…the war had changed him. He had seen things he could not forget. He was no longer that carefree adventuress young man that had caught her eye.

She was now pregnant and I’m sure wanting to run…but she had made a pledge.

The years ahead where mixed with good times and bad. Money , illnesses, family drama, they had it all…but they had made a pledge…and their love grew.

When she had doubt and was afraid…she ran to her Lord…and their love grew.

When life was good he thanked his Lord….and their love grew.

Years later when Alzheimers fell on both of them, all they knew was their love for each other …and their Lord.

He was dying and had not said much that anyone could understand, then he asked for her.. His Bonnie. When the family brought her  to his bedside there were no words spoken…everyone in the room wondered if she knew that she was there to say good bye to the love of her life. There she sat…and within moments she began to sing. Not just sing, she began to sing the song that was sang at their wedding oh so many years before.

I love you truly, truly dear,
Life with its sorrow, life with its tear
Fades into dreams when I feel you are near
For I love you truly, truly dear.

They didn’t have a perfect marriage…I’m not sure there is such a thing. But they made a pledge, not to man but to their Lord. They knew that God had promised to never leave them or forsake them, so when times got tough they didn’t run to man to fix it, they ran to their Lord.

I am so thankful for my parents that taught me the secret of a successful marriage.

 

 

 

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Learning the Alphabet

I watched this morning as my daughter worked on the alphabet with my grandson. My mind flashed back to just yesterday when I taught her the same thing.  My daughter at an early age learned to parrot back to me what each of the letters were. I was so proud.

She didn’t know why an M was an M, but she knew it was. She didn’t know what a M could be used for and  how her life would be different if there were no M’s in it.

Without an M she couldn’t say MOM….ask for more. She would never be able to call her son Micah and meet new friends.

What if her knowledge just stopped  with recognizing the letter? What if she never went on to learn more about the letter M?  What if she never saw me using the letter M? What if she rejected the letter M and refused to use it in her life? Would I say something to her?

As a Christian mom, I taught my kids at a young age to parrot back Bible verses to me . Don’t get me wrong…it is wonderful to hide those words in your child’s heart, but we have to make sure our teaching doesn’t stop there. Those verses can make a real difference in their lives….in the world. It’s important to teach them that those words can bring them comfort in times of trouble. If we don’t, then those words are just like an M sitting by itself.

May I never forgot to teach more than just the basics to my children and grandchildren, because  how sad life would be if they never knew what the letter M had to offer them in life.

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Mowing the Lawn

Let me start this post by stating that I have mowed a lawn maybe five times in my life. Seems neither my dad or my husband like the creative designs I do when mowing. LOL.

mowing When we lived in the country we had a riding lawn mower, but when we moved to the city we needed something much smaller.

Mr. Amazing decided that he no longer wanted the garage to smell like gas so he bought an electric mower. He has been pleasantly surprised by how well it works.

It’s very easy to start and as far as the cord goes it is much like using a vacuum.

One mowing tip Mr. Amazing would like to share with you is to sharpen your blade every time you mow. It simply unscrews and then you use a file to sharpen it. Makes mowing a lot easier and it’s better on your grass.

So here is my new stay at home mom tip. You might want to think about taking over this chore. Think about it….no crying babies…time with just you and your thoughts. And on top of that your husband will brag about you to all his friends.

 

 

 

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Adult tag blanket

Many of you know that both my mother and father had Alzheimer’s before they passed away. Taking care of them weighed on me. I wanted so badly to be able to make their world better in any small way I could.

Now my friend’s brother has dementia and she too finds herself trying to come up with creative things that might put a smile on his face.

Almost all dementia patients I have known like to pick and touch things. One day my friend and I got talking about my grandson’s tag blanket and she decided to make one for her brother.

She decided that 9×9 worked because she could make a few of them out of a quarter yard of fabric. Then came the challenge of what it would look like. Her brother had been a fireman so she found fireman fleece fabric and went from there.

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She then put the ribbons around the edge. I love that she used mustache ribbon to try to make it look a bit more like an adults.

 

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On the other side she used a plan Minky fabric and then put his name and room number on it. While she had everything out, she made a few of them because things seem to get lost when you are dealing with a nursing home.

He loves it! The size worked out perfect because he can just slip it in his pocket and pull it out when he wants it.

Do you have any other ideas to help brighten up a dementia patient’s day?

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When old Bible verses Become new

Isn’t it funny how you can hear the same verses over and over again and then one day you hear them totally different. The pastor recently read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. If you have spent any time in church you have heard these verses. Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy.It is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hope, always perseveres. Like most people, I have always related these verses to my spouse and the love we are suppose to share. But this Sunday was different. This Sunday, I read John 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you”. The son saw the love that the father had and learned what love should look like. John 15:12 says “My command is this….love each other as I have loved you..” Love as I have loved you. Again a learning by example lesson. It was as if God was speaking to me directly. Don’t fret about who your daughters will fall in love with, their future is in my hands. You are just suppose to show them what love looks like. If I do that, then when some guy comes along and proclaims his love for them they will know if it is real. If you spend your whole life eating real potatoes you can tell when someone tries to sneak in the box stuff. It may seem real to some, but someone that has had real potatoes everyday of their life will know the difference. I want my children and grandchildren to know that I keep no record of wrong, I want to be slow to anger, I want them to see me as a kind and patient person,one that is never self seeking. Oh may my children see me showing love to their father and I know my kids know I love them, but am I showing them the kind of love that God wants them to see? But beyond that ….are my children truly seeing me love my neighbor? Wow…I have some work to do, how about you?

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Making a Study

Ever have one of those projects that just seem to last forever? Our study is that one for us. We knew when we built the house that we wanted a wall of shelves in there, but what that would look like has been a process.

At first I thought I wanted a Murphy bed in there. This would provide a sleeping place but not take up any floor space.

The problem I have is that I need more storage space, and even though a murphy bed frees up floor space, it would take a lot of my storage space. After years of tucking my craft/sewing stuff everywhere, I wanted a place for it all. Yet I had to have a bed in there. I decided to buy a daybed on Craigslist.

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It was such the right choice. This gives me a place to snuggle up and read a book with my grandkids which I would have never pulled out the murphy bed for.

We decided to use some used kitchen cabinets that we had bought off of Craigslist for my storage needs.

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While I liked the idea of them, I did not want them looking like kitchen cabinets. Mr. Amazing’s solution was to cut the top drawers off. I love it!

It lowers the cabinets just a bit, making them look more like custom built ins.

To help mask the kitchen cabinet look we went with a wood counter top painted white. I LOVE how it has all come together…and all the craft storage it provides. Inside the cabinets are pull out drawers making it easier for me to find all my stuff.

After many, many, hours and days, Mr. Amazing did a wonderful job making a huge focal point in the study while providing so much space….and I’m sure increasing the value of our home.built ins

 

I love that I now have room to display so many things that bring happy memories to me. Like the tool my mom use to use to hem everyone’s dresses. Anyone else remember these?

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When we built the house, I knew that I wanted to do more with this room than what was possible. On top of a guest room…study…and craft space, it needed to function as a place for the grandkids to play too. What a better way to do that than to provide a secret door.

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I haven’t really decorated the toy space yet but I am open to suggestions.

Let me take you on a tour of my study…

doors I love having the glass doors. Yes I need to keep the room a bit cleaner this way, but I do feel like I can go in there and close them and yet still see what is happening in the other part of the house. Some day this room might have a TV so I wanted to be able to monitor the room in case my daughter had a boy over. You to can make glass doors if you like. Our builder just cut out the middle panels of regular doors and installed glass.

In this picture you can see most of the furniture in the room.daybed I bought the desk on Craigslist and it didn’t even need painting. I love the open feel it gives the room and putting it right under the window makes it a perfect place for me to put my sewing machine and work on a project.desk

The dresser was actually my dresser when I was in college. The daybed was another craigslist find that has had a ton of use since we got it. I love having this spot to lay down and read and watch the Florida afternoon rains roll in.

So I guess the moral to this post is….When decorating, decide ahead of time how you want the room to function and remember you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get what you want.

 

 


 

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