Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Heirloom Lamp Makeover




I completed this makeover gem back in the Winter, 
and I am still really excited about it! 

This lovely lamp came from my grandmother's house. It was one of the things I knew I wanted to take home with me, 
and definitely give new life to. 
You can see that the shade is so drab & antiqued, and there were several spots on it. I almost tossed that thing in the garbage, but I kept noticing how cute the shape of it was. I really wanted to keep the original shade if I could.


 I didn't take any pics of the process, mainly because I was simultaneously watching a movie, and also because they would be rather boring (as this post may seem). I simply cut a piece of burlap to size, and wrapped the sheet of burlap around the existing lamp shade, using a small amount of hot glue to secure the burlap at the top of the shade. I then had to add a little extra touch by folding small scraps of the burlap, then wrapping them into a ball to make a flower shape. I then just hot glued those on.  

 

The lamp has now found a new home on my computer desk. Every time I look at it, I'm reminded of my sweet grandmother. I am so glad I could spruce up the lamp, and keep it in the family. 


Don't you just love the marble & crystal base?! 
Love the antique look!

I hope to post more projects soon. I realized I have many drafts saved- all projects from months past that are done, just waiting to be posted. Soon, maybe soon.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

2014 Easter Weekend & More


Even though I haven't posted in a long time, I knew I couldn't pass up typing my annual Easter blog post. Zach & I always take a family photo on Easter Sunday, with the exception of last year when we were both at home sick on Easter Sunday. 
We took that photo one week later though. 

Here is our photo from this year, continuing the tradition...


I love to look back on our photos from each year! 
This year, to make that easier, I created a collage...


I love to see how we've changed from year to year. My hair color & length changes constantly, while Zach just gets more handsome with each year. :)

We have been busy lately with a lot of different activities, as well as work. Zach is incredibly busy with work right now. That means I don't see him as much as I would like, but we are very blessed that he is so busy.

A couple of weekends ago, we went to a couple's shower for one of my sweet friends from high school. I helped to host, so we got there early. We had a wonderful night catching up with friends, and celebrating Meg & Andrew's upcoming wedding!

Me & my sweet high school friends...


Me & my sweetie...


Also, on that same weekend, Zach & I went to our first antiques auction. Now I think we're hooked! There is another one coming up this weekend, and we're planning to be there. Who knows what treasure we might discover!


The company that runs the auctions have them planned for the first & third Sunday afternoons of each month, and once you're assigned a number, you keep it for the duration. 
Maybe 218 will be our lucky number!!


After the auction, I had to head home to get ready for our choir concert that night. We had a well-known composer, Ken Medema, meet with us that weekend. He led our choir with many of his own songs. He was a talent on the piano also, especially since he is legally blind. It is amazing how God can take someone like him & show us all that no matter what problems we have, He can still turn them into something wonderful.

Our church's youth choir also joined us for the concert. 
I love the look of the full choir loft!


Pray for our church, First Baptist of FP, if you think of us over the weekend. This Sunday is our pastor's last Sunday. He is retiring, so there will be huge hole left in our church. Pray for our congregation also as we begin the search for our new pastor, and our journey with our new pastor once he is appointed. 

Lots of changes happening, but that's what life is all about!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Let's Play Catch-Up...


... like, 5 months' worth of catching up. I recently realized I had not hit the "Publish" button in a little over 5 months now. Not necessarily a bad thing. Life has been busy- and wonderful- lately, and lots of things take priority over a small, meaningless blog. But I do want to take the time to update (mainly for myself & my few readers) on what has gone on these past months since my last post on Mom's wedding.

So, here goes a month-by-month run-down
of our "exciting" lives :) ...

-September-

September actually was rather exciting for us. We enjoyed our annual Disney Anniversary trip- this time, for our FIFTH Wedding Anniversary! Still can't believe we've been married five years now! As they say, time flies!



This trip was my favorite, because my sweetie surprised me with an awesome anniversary dinner. He had a custom-made menu created just for us, along with a private viewing of Epcot's fireworks show, Illuminations. The food & the attentiveness of our private waiting staff was impeccable, and it meant so much to me that he would go to all the trouble of planning the dinner just to surprise me. 


Coming home from Walt Disney World wasn't as bad, because we had tickets to an Alabama home game (first home game of the season!) that following week. Our seats were some of the closest you can get, and the entire experience- tail-gating included- was awesome! Very proud of the Tide this season, and hope next season will be even better!


-October-

This is a minuscule event in the grand scheme of things, but I needed a pic for October... ha. It really was a big deal for me... I had my hair dyed chocolate brown- no highlights, which I've had continuously since high school. Truth be told, I always had light blonde hair growing up, then it got darker as I got older. It is now a dirty blonde/light brunette naturally, but I am still loving the chocolate that was put in.  


-November-


A simple pic for November, even though the month itself isn't simple. We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving this year, and it was nice to have a new addition to our table, my new step-dad. :)

-December-

Right before Christmas, Zach & I had a nice long weekend get-away to Buckhead, where we've been once before. We stayed at the St. Regis again, which is out-of-this-world! For the winter season, they transform their swimming pool area into a winter wonderland-esque ice skating rink, which we happily took advantage of. 


We enjoyed a yummy dinner at our favorite restaurant in the area, Chops. It was amazing!


And, of course, you can't forget Christmas. This marked our TWELFTH Christmas together, which is unbelievable to me. 
We are very blessed!


-January-

January has been great so far. I was blessed to celebrate my 29th Birthday the same week as my granddad celebrated his 83rd! We had a family dinner at Top O' the River. Yum- turnip greens!! I also had a good family dinner at Zach's mom's with his family to celebrate. I always love family get-togethers. :)


It's a little sad to see 5 quick months all rolled up into one post, but I didn't want to miss the important things that have happened since my break. I hope to post soon, but I really have enjoyed the break. We'll see!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mom & L's Wedding- 8/24/13- My Pics


Whew! My mom's wedding is now over! It is a great feeling all-around- just knowing Mom & Lynnwood are now happily married, and we're all now settled back at home, and back to our normal routines. It was an absolute honor to stand by Mom as her Matron of Honor while they were married.

We put a lot of work into these two days (the rehearsal dinner Friday & the wedding/reception Saturday), and I feel like everything turned out beautifully. The weather cooperated also, so that was wonderful! The best part was getting to see
close family & friends!

I was only able to squeeze in a few pics from that whirlwind of a day. I took my iPhone down to the reception site & got just a few pics before the wedding, then just a few more during the reception. Can't wait to see & share our awesome photographer's photos when they are ready!!

Mr. Jones & me :)

The Matron of Honor bouquet (mine) & the bride's bouquet (Mom's) 

Susan (Mom's wedding coordinator) & I did most of the flowers! I was so proud! This was the first time EVER I had tried my hand at flowers & I LOVED IT!

LOVE!

The wedding site

I made this chalkboard from a thrift store frame, and the vintage suitcases are my grandmother's...


The groom & bride

Me & my best friend Anna! Hadn't seen her in so long!!

Anna, me & the girls! Emma was one of my flower girls, and that makes me feel so old!

Me & our cousin Carol... loved reuniting with family we hadn't seen in a while!

 




Loved the Birds of Paradise in the food table arrangement...




The bride & groom's table- that they never even used! Ha!



Our shoes that carried us through (most of) the day...

We put this together for Dad & for Janice...

The happy couple after the rehearsal dinner...

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Our Newest Addition


Zach & I hit up (a small part of) the World's Longest Yard Sale this past weekend, and ended up scoring the newest addition to our home. I had been looking for a replacement for our glass coffee table for a very long time. Not that I didn't like the look of it, because I did, I just didn't like the glass. Zach had had the table & the matching glass end table since he first bought the house, so it was time for a change. (By the way, these two are now for sale, 
if anyone is interested.)

The top two pics show the Before & the bottom shows the After...


It was love at first sight for me. This was exactly what I had been wanting, and for a very reasonable price. 

We had visited the couple that sold it to us last year during the yard sales. They always have the coolest vintage finds. They own a shop in Summerville, GA, so we plan to make stops there from now on. Zach was interested in another piece they had, so he made a "two-for" deal with them. He's my little haggler. :)

They said this chest dates back to the 1800's- Zach & I are both a little skeptical about that, but we love it anyway!


The detail is beautiful! I have seen more ornate trunks than this one, but they come with a much higher price. I am so happy we now have an old piece with some history to go along with it.


Short post today... not much going on that's not wedding-related, so not much to post on. I hope to share some wedding-related projects soon. The wedding will be here in a little over two weeks!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

J & L's Couples' Shower- 7/20/2013


I wanted to share a few photos from Mom & Lynnwood's couples' shindig this past Saturday. We all had such a great time- eating, visiting, and celebrating them & their upcoming marriage. We saw a lot of faces we hadn't seen in a while, both family & friends,
which is always wonderful!

Most of these pics came from my iPhone, and I took them both before & after the shower. We had a sweet friend take photos throughout the shower, so I hope to post those soon. For now, my pictures just look like no guests were there! Ha!

Me & my handsome sweetie

Three generations of Ashley women :)

Mom, Mamaw & Mom's sweetie :)

Mom & her mom

Me & Jon Jon

Me, Mamaw & Jon

Their gift card tree & gift table

Before guests arrived... 

The food tables... 

The three cakes...

The beautiful wreaths at the entrance...

Loved the table decorations. These women did such 
a wonderful job!

Entrance table with lovely photos...

The family picture display...

"The Beautiful Marriage"...

The family table... 

This was one of Mom's favorites. Her best friend from elementary school gave this to her to hang her wedding dress on. So cute!!
 
Registry table...The framed name sign was from me. :)

Beautiful flowers...

 Hope you enjoyed them! I promise we had a room full of guests there, and we have other photos to prove it...
I'll post them soon! :)

Hope you all have a great week! I am loving taking a little break from blogging. I haven't really had a break from crafting though, mainly because we've been working on things for the wedding & reception. I don't want to reveal those creations until the wedding festivities are over, so I'm waiting to post on those projects. Until then, wish us luck as we continue to plan & get everything in order for the big day (exactly one month from tomorrow!!!)
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