Monday, September 24, 2012


Saturday afternoon, driving back home from a family reunion, 
I decided to take the backroads.  I had planned to stop at a little 
flea market I hadn't been to in a couple of years.  Sadly the sign 
had disappeared from the yard of the little farmhouse, replaced by 
signs of a family-in-residence.  If I couldn't get my fleamarket fix, 
I decided next best would be to visit the little variety shop run 
by the mennonites.  On the way, I was struck by how 
lush and green the fields had become...

Only a few short weeks back these pastures were brown, dry 
and lifeless, and the cattle would have been in search of hay 
rather than contentedly chewing their cud as they 
enjoyed both the sunshine and shade.
 Nearing the crossroads where the shop is located....
And here we are - at the front entrance of this sweet little 
shop where the sign beckons all to come in for books, 
shoes, gifts, cheese and oak furniture!
I made a beeline for the spice room with all it's heavenly 
scents and stocked up on dried chopped onion, and 
sour cream/garlic powder, cinnamon and sliced 
almonds. I had to drag myself away from the candies
 - chocolate covered peanuts, raisins and almonds and 
more.  No time to look through the hundreds of 
old-fashioned children's books and games, or browse 
through the gorgeous glassware or handmade oak 
chairs and chests.  I'll save that for a day when I 
can bring a friend or two who have never had 
the pleasure of visiting here before.

 Then on my way down another backroad, I see what looks 
like a fawn - sure enough, a spotted baby deer....

then more, now in varying light shades of near-white
and then darker shades...
 and then sheep in multi-hues too.
I had hoped to see the fields of sunflowers I
recalled from other sunny September days spent driving these 
backroads, but therewere none to be found.  Maybe the 
drought is responsible, or maybe the farmers simply 
chose to grow a different crop this year.  In spite of 
missing things I thought I would see, there were 
some unexpected little surprises that made it a 
beautiful drive anyway.

Do you ever take backroads?
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Friday, September 14, 2012

How I Spent My Summer - DIY Wedding!

 Don't they look happy?

My daughter and her fiance tied the knot in a simple 
but beautiful rustic wedding on September 1st.
Simple doesn't mean we didn't spend countless hours 
planning, sifting through Pinterest, and searching for those 
special pieces that would set the tone just the 
way she wanted it though!

Centerpieces for the reception tables were a mix and 
match of both new and vintage jars, bottles and cans, 
dressed up with bits of burlap, lace and dried flowers.  
Flameless votives and cedar buttons added 
touches of light and woodsy scent.

Guest tables were dressed in burlap table covers 
topped with vintage tablecloths. Serving 
tables were covered in old quilts.

No ushers - so a sweet way to invite everyone
to seat themselves.

No gift table - just an antique gift-barrow!

A pretty way to remind guests to save the front rows for family.

All the gals in the family helped out - my multi-talented daughter-in-law arranged all the flowers - love this one in its vintage aluminum pitcher!

The beautiful barn venue had this big blank wall 
(right where the minister, bride and groom would stand).
The perfect canvas for a large cross 
made of old barn wood to hang! 

Aisle seats dressed up with burlap pew cones filled 
with mums and wildflowers.

Darling toasting flutes!  Wooden hearts have Mr. & Mrs. 
woodburned on them, and then were attached to a band 
of burlap and then the stems wrapped in jute.

 And what a wonderful dessert table!  Cake made by the 
groom's aunt, decorated with sunflowers from my 
garden.  And pies galore!  Cherry, apple, peach and 
cheesecake - all homemade by the bride herself.  
Her brother and Dad cut those maple 
slices to showcase it all on.

It was a wonderful day - 
and afterward I wanted to sleep for a week!

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