Monday, April 30, 2012

A Beautiful Birthday And Wedding Week!

The whirlwind continues!  Beautiful weather, Spring in all it's glory....a replication of the day our beautiful first-born, Amanda, came into this world.
Easter - 1 year old
Lucky us....we got to celebrate another birthday with her, as a family ~ as ALL occasions are important in our family!
dinner at Pasco Kitchen
And a special card for a very special Birthday Girl!

The following is a special gift for a very special Birthday Girl ~ I scored a box of old Griffith Spice jars about a year ago.  Wasn't sure what to do with them until Amanda asked for them, reconditioned, for her birthday gift.  With the aid of a free label download on Flickr, some waterslide decal paper, paint, scrapbook paper, a laminator and A LOT of elbow grease ~ here's the metamorphous....

the original caps - yucky, scratched, and rusty

time to get to work on these!
ready for paint

brand new laminated liners

ready to be gifted....

to the Birthday Girl!
The rack will be painted with a soft shade of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint, just as soon as I get back from Phoenix this Wednesday.   I'll be sure to post an update.

We snuck in a show from our Broadway in Tucson series ~


~ fabulous Tony winner, "In The Heights" ... talent and staging over the moon....

But, I digress....It's WEDDING WEEK!  I've been busy creating the menus for Chiara and Chris' Rehearsal Dinner, this Thursday...


signature packaging
I know you're wondering why the heck I'm so darn late in posting today, so let me share some more with you....My darling daughters hosted a "working brunch" today for the bridal party, to finish up some late minute details...
Kiki, Gianna, and Kelly

Schotzie and Chiara

The not-so-distant-future Mr. & Mrs. Jones

Barbara, Milena, and Ashley
working on the vintage brooch bridal boquet


more brooches

beautiful bridesmaids are 
very hard at work
 When Schotzie mentioned to me that Chiara wanted a unique but inexpensive wedding favor, my "swap" gene kicked in and I thought...."Aha!  An altered matchbox!"  How appropriate as the Groom is an Engineer with the Rural Metro Fire Department....And the favor was born!

I created a prototype where I painted the slider yellow, added tea stained seam binding, a piece of vintage  cotton lace and a snippet of bling....

the last of 200 boxes to embellish (Chris painted all of them - Yay, Chris!)

first batch finished

How could I NOT help one of my favorite brides?
So, lovies, hence the delay of my post...but I must get back to work as tomorrow is our 42nd wedding anniversary and I haven't even made my dh's card yet!

I leave you with one more picture....my sweet great nephew, Zachary, was deep sea fishing with his Dad and caught TWO sharks ~ one was 2.5 feet and the other 3 feet!  Oh yes, Zachary just turned 11 years old!
that's our little man in the red and blue hoodie

Have a BEAUTIFUL week, sweet friends....lots doing and I'll have lots more to share with you on Monday.  Thank you sooooo much for taking time to spend it with me and for ALL your sweet thoughts and comments. You're the BEST!
xoxo
Karen

7 comments:

Incipient Wings said...

you sure are a busy lady!!!
Gabbo went to watch in the heights last night:)
all your creations look fabulous!

& Happy Birthday to your baby girl!

Kasia said...

Girl I love all your makes!!! You must be crazy busy and I wish you good luck with all you set out to do! :) the rose covers and bottles especially caught my fancy! You made them gorgeous! :D
A very happy birthday to the special girl!

Hugs,

~*~Patty S said...

Lots to celebrate and enjoy with so many personal and artful touches

Lovely Karen as always!

Happy May!
oxo

Something Special said...

Good morning dear Karen, looks like lots has been going on over at your place there in Arizona. So nice of you to visit me this morning. Hope the wedding goes well. The favors are the perfect idea. I use to do weddings for a business, and wish I would of thought to use the little matchboxes. she will be a beautiful bride for sure!

fairyrocks said...

Wow Karen you are a busy lady. I just thought I would pop in and tell you I received your lovely cowboy coaster. It really is so much fun to see it in real life.
Keep smiling and creating.

lynn said...

wow karen.. you surely have taken on a job.. but what a lovely favor and so delicate and just the right touch with the bling... :)
have a great week
big ladybug hugs
lynn

Lynn Stevens said...

Wow so much happening in your life right now and so much to celebrate! Love the gift you made your daughter. Lucky girl! And such cherished keepsakes those matchboxes will be.
Enjoy all those special times!
hugs Lynn