Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wedding Day Planning Blues.....

Mr. Norm and I have two beautiful daughters.  They make us proud.  Both have worked hard and accomplished great things in their early adult years.  Both are leaps and bounds ahead of where I was at their age. 

Miss Kristin, our youngest, married last August.

Miss Sarah, our oldest, is in the midst of planning her wedding for September of this year.
I experienced the same emotions with Miss Kristin's planning as I am with Miss Sarah's planning.  My emotions want to open the checkbook and tell them "Don't worry about a thing, have the wedding of your dreams.  Hire the best and sit back, relax and enjoy this time of your life." 

I thank God daily that Mr. Norm has taught me a great lesson.
This lesson has blessed our lives and the lives of our daughters and their growing families. 

You see, Mr. Norm looks at this time in their lives as a wonderful opportunity for our girls and their boys to build a foundation of learning to work together for a common goal.

With both girls, we never made a commitment of money for their weddings.  With Miss Kristin, we had several meetings, many tears, and lots of growing pains.  She would see a wedding magazine and want the grandest of grand.  My heart wanted to give her those things.   She would present it to Mr. Norm and his response each and everytime would be.  You and Frankie, get pricing, work out the details and let me know what you find.

It taught me to let go, it taught Miss Kristin to turn to her future husband and it created an opportunity for them to work on budgets, planning and discovering what was really important to each of them.

 They had a breath taking wedding, a reception that people still talk about today.  It was labeled "THE WEDDING OF THE CENTURY" from many, many family members.

Do you know the reason why?   I will admit that I really did not grasp the concept, while we were going through it.  It wasn't until they were well on their way to their honeymoon destination, when Mr. Norm and I had a chance to reflect on the events that my light bulb moment occured.  It wasn't spetacular because it was the grandest of grand it was spetacular because of the community they had created.   By not committing a dollar amount, Miss Kristin and Frankie, became quite resourseful. They rallied the troups of family members.   Almost everyone at this gala event had a hand in the orchastrating of this beautiful day.  They had ownership.   Everyone was proud of their contribution to the young couples dream wedding. The reception was a celebration of everyone working together for a common goal.  When we did open the checkbook, Miss Kristin and Frankie had begun to create an amazing foundation for their lifetime together.  It overwhelmed my heart!

We are going through the same growing pains with Miss Sarah.  I would like to say it is easier.  That I have overcome the emotional desire to spring to the rescue and hand over the money and solve the latest problem.  I have not!  I have thanked God each and every day for blessing me with a husband who concerns himself more with helping his daughters create a strong foundation with the men in their lives, than the details of a one day event.  Yes, he desires for them to have their special day, but his desire for them to have a special life is stronger!  
We are blessed!  I realize it more with every one of Miss Sarah's posts on her blog.  As
she shares their journey of planning their wedding. 

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Happiness never meant so much..

Taking a break from my normal post to send some blogging Love to an amazingly strong and loving lady.  One that is on a mission.  A mission of happiness and protecting a very special young lady and her beautiful family.  If you haven't had the opportunity to visit, stop by and say hi to Deb at Rawesome Nana.  


Monday, April 5, 2010

When Inspiration Hits You Up-Side The Head!

I've only been blogging for a couple months now, and it didn't take me long to realize that bird themes are the inspiration to many decorators in blog land. Like this one at Junk Fest, Isn't it beautiful?

or these cuties I received a month or so ago from Denise at Living Life Creatively

I've spent some time thinking about this window in my kitchen.  Thinking about what, if anything I should put in it for decor.  It is 13 feet up, which creates a challenge.  It will only get dusted when the light bulb needs changing, as we use the 16ft ladder for that.
 Then INSPIRATION HIT ME!  It hit me hard right up-side the head!

After three hours of trying to get him to fly out, the poor fella got so tired I was able to pick him up and set him free.   I probably did have time to set up a tripod and do a proper photo shoot.  Then my pictures would not be so fuzzy. What was I thinking?!?  I wasn't!  I was so stunned that I had gotten hit in the head by a bird in my kitchen, I'm surprised I thought to take a picture.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Painted Signs and A THANK YOU!

This is the week, the PERFECT WEEK!  I was voted off SYTYCD and I am thrilled. It is a blessing to of been a part of and I have been the winner. The opportunity to meet a sweet lady, that I now consider a dear friend, Miss Stephanie of Alchemy Junk.  When I was first asked to participate, I was a newbie blogger.  I had 4 followers, my daughter, my sister-in-law, Donna of Funky Junk and Stephine.

I have enjoyed being a part of SYTYD each week.  It is the perfect time for me to go.  My dream would be to participate once our farmhouse is complete.  As we continue on our journey I will share the projects and adventures along the way.

 A SPECIAL THANK YOU  TO ALL THE BEAUTIFUL LADIES OF SYTYCD for the wonderful inspiration you have given me.

Here is my final entry for WEEK 6

After much needed rain, that lasted for days, the sun is out.  Spring feels like it has arrived.  Although, living in Maine, I know all too well that we could still get a foot of snow any day from now until May.  It is hard not to rush Spring.

All Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
Bedroom Ten

I saw these signs at PB and knew I must have them. They would look good with my collection of garden hats.

#1. I would not spend the money to purchase them from PB.
#2. I like authentic weathered signs.  The ones aged by the elements.  I know I could sand them and get the aged look now, I just really like the weathered tattered ones so much more.
#3. Our master bedroom has not been constructed yet.  Maybe, by fall.

The Solution:
Scrap Wood, White Wash, Black Paint and Patience.
First, I went on a scouting trip around the farm to see what scraps I could find. I'm not sure about anyone else, but sometimes, NO, a lot of the time, I will start a project with an idea in mind.  Then as I'm searching for the materials something will present itself and my project becomes something all together different.

This pallet and my fondness of authentic weathered signs, change the course of this project.

Did I tell you that I LOVE TO GARDEN.  We spend many hours in the garden.  The building where the garden tools are stored is a good distance from the gardens.

My solution to authentic weathered signs for our master bedroom (once completed), a garden tool organizer close to the gardens, and not spending a penny while accomplishing the above?

Yes, it was done free hand.  I like signs that don't look manufactured.  The words were placed so once fall arrives and the elements have had time to do it's work. I can remove and cut the boards to make individual signs. 

Now I have a place to keep me organized while I work and I will be rewarded with the fruits of my labor at Harvest Time

Garden Bounty and Wonderfully Weathered Signs

I got so excited about the possibilities of what these signs will look like by harvest, I found 5 more pallets.  I am working on a list of everything we plant in the garden.  I will be posting updated photos and a tutorial soon.

Now, where'd I store those garden hats?

Technical Difficulties -

I am having Technical Difficulties posting my final entry for SYTYCD.  Will be back later with a BIG THANK YOU and the entry I had prepared for paint.