Thursday, January 31, 2013


*Image was found on pinterest
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Monday, January 28, 2013


This past October, my little sister, Meg, was married to her sweetheart, Stephen.  I thought I should most definitely share some of the photos from their enchanting outdoor wedding, which was held at The Sutherland in Wake Forest, NC.  All unmarked photos were taken by S2S Photography.

Meg with the mother of the bride.  
*Goodness, the person who did my mom's makeup used way too heavy of a hand.  I just say so because my mom's day-to-day look is natural, and she is so cute and doesn't need all of that extra stuff ;)

Pretty floral heels to walk down the aisle in...

As the wedding party came down the aisle, the bride and groom chose this song to be played...

The little flower girls looked like forest fairies--how cute!!  They are the nieces of the groom, and they were kind enough to scatter red rose petals to announce the bride...

These little sweeties were adorned in necklaces made by yours truly.  I crafted them with cream-colored Swarovski pearls and baroque, aurora borealis Swarovski crystals...

My sweet nephew was an excellent ring-bearer...

Aaaaand, there she was!

What perfect weather for an outdoor ceremony on the green... 

Hooray!  Husband and wife!
Way to work those beautiful red roses into the boutonnière and bouquet guys!

Here I am watching Meg and Steve make their way back down the aisle, followed by my dad.

  While they did so, this song was played (Elvis, you're always welcome at my family events)...

Then it was time for the reception!


Everything was coming up roses on the The Sutherland's grounds...

The mother and father of the groom...

Guests chatting and mingling...

Beautiful crystal chandeliers hung from a stately Southern oak tree...

Mom worked with a local florist to make sure there were plenty of beautiful arrangements for Meg's special day (see the flower photo at the beginning of the post as well)...

It was time to cut a rug!  The band did a smashing good job!

Meg and some of the guests performed a traditional Polish wedding dance which Steve's family taught her.  The men took turns swinging her around in a very entertaining fashion, and this went on for quite some time--I'm glad Meg is in good shape!  The women waved hankies in the air to spur them on.  Lastly, the onlookers locked arms and formed a tight ring around her, and the groom had to try and find a weak spot in the wreath so he could break into the circle and be united with his bride!...

My uncle, cousins, and I...

One of the flower girls wearing her Rose & Robin Adornment (pictured with her granddad)...

The food was catered by The Irregardless Cafe, and it was delish.  Guests enjoyed assorted beef, seafood, pasta, and salad delights.  Meg's scrumptious wedding cakes were homemade by a family friend...

All in all, the evening went very smoothly and was an enjoyable time for all.
Congratulations Meg and Stephen!

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Friday, January 25, 2013


Over the past few years, I've taken to wearing earmuffs in the winter.  I tend to get chilled easily, and when I do, it affects my health.  Sooooo, I feel like my muffs help to keep me well.  Amusingly enough, I sometimes get strange looks when I have them on, from both females and males.  Sometimes people even snicker a bit.  When women do so, I feel like sending them to some sort of time-out for the fashion-insensitive.  As for the men, well, I feel like letting them know, in no uncertain terms, that I did not get dressed with the aim of impressing them (thank you very much).

I bought dark brown, light brown, and black earmuffs at Walmart a few years ago for--gasp!--only a dollar a pair!  Then I located some grey ones on eBay.  Lastly, I found a fluffy, pale pink pair by Joe Boxer at Kmart (and I wish I had also gotten the red ones they had).  I've seen some fancier muffs at stores such as J.Crew, but they were pricier than mine and were not adjustable--consequently, they were too big for me.  Come to think of it, I found a cable-knit pair at Forever 21 last year, and the price was reasonable, but they weren't adjustable--bah, humbug!

In any case, I'm going to continue to wear my ear-warmers, as I think they look a-okay.  In addition, they do not mess up my hair or give me static electricity like a hat would, and I can still answer my cell phone with them on (though the sound is a bit muffled, so to speak).  If anyone has a problem with my choice of winter-wear, please send complaints to 7629 I-Don't-Care-Lane.  Your fashion-feedback is much appreciated (and always ignored)!

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Monday, January 21, 2013


...Let's be patient, now!  After all, it's only January.  (Perhaps it's winter robins he hears) ☺.
Here are a few articles about robin migration:
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Sunday, January 13, 2013


This product editorial from the December, 2007, issue of Vogue is sure to warm up your winter!
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Thursday, January 3, 2013


Am lurvin' this beautiful exegesis of one of my favorite songs!  Made. My. Day.☺
If you would like to listen to this lovely strain, you will find it on my blog music player ♪
Aaaand, I suppose that leads us to our
word of the day!
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013



 Good friends, the old year's done
And bells ring the new one in,
This is my wish for you
As the longer days begin.
To all good friends, good cheer!
I pray that the year may bring,
With plenty and with peace,
Some unexpected thing.
The sun swings up from the south
With a yearful of days for you,
Who knows but in one of them
Is your wish come true?
~By Louise Driscoll~
*Since Driscoll mentions the days getting longer at the turn of the year, I suppose she was writing from somewhere in the southern hemisphere (or addressing people who live there) ☺.
*Image reblogged
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