After the Wedding Potpourri

Share time! I’ve just finished making potpourri from my daughter’s bridesmaid’s bouquets. They were so lovely (of course) the day of the wedding. Then, when we were packing things up after the blissful weekend, Austin’s sweet mom suggested that we do something with the bouquets. Like potpourri possibly. Well, challenge accepted! Thank you Lu for the suggestion!


Sometimes you have fresh flowers from your garden, or from an admirer or friend…and you want to keep them. Or maybe you have a fondness of natural things in your home….or you are just a sentimental lady like me. Keeping those petals is always a good idea.


Here is how I did it:

These are the bouquets a couple days after the wedding.


There was a variety of flowers in the bouquets. I pulled the Roses and Ranunculus and a few of the showy mums out.

This is when I got the big camera out. Blame it on the light, or the beauty before me…I just couldn’t help myself.







Her favorite flower was the Ranunculus. Of course.



I put them in a box and tossed them a couple times for a couple days.


Then I got impatient and decided to dry them out in the oven. I put them on cooking sheets lined with parchment paper, and dried them at 200 degrees for an hour. I baked the full mums and big flowers longer.  They need to be completely dry.


I also added a few tea roses and sprigs of Lavender from our yard. A bit of home shall we say.



So here are the petals and flowers after their time in the oven.



Next, I coated the dried flowers and petals with powdered Orris Root.



Orris Root extends the life of the fragrant oils about to come into play. I coated the flowers and petals as best as I could by putting them in a plastic container, putting the lid on it and shake shake shaking. One bag was enough for my two batches.



I wanted to add some some bling to the potpourri…because…bling is good. I got impatient looking for some, so I picked up this “mainly gold potpourri” from my local craft store. I got the inexpensive-doesn’t-smell-like-anything version. Sorry local craft store…but you know it’s true. Anyway, so added about a half of this box to my batch.



Next came the oils.  I can’t think of a better oil to add to wedding potpourri than Ylang Ylang. Tangerine Essential Oil, too? Yes, please. I added about 15 drops of each to the batch.



7 bouquets and some filler makes a lot of potpourri. I had enough to make 2 big bags.  The other bag I added Ylang Ylang and Joy Essential Oil to. Again 15 drops of each oil. YUM. Amazing.



Here are the finished bags.





I hope the newlyweds enjoy their potpourri!:)Wouldn’t it be fun to use this potpourri to fill clear Christmas ornaments?


The wedding photos won’t be ready for a while, but the ever sweet photographer shared this photo. I can’t stop looking at it.



I will be back soon with some new art to share.:)

Allie’s Big Day

Want to see what has been front and center in my mind for this year? Wanna see what I keep reliving in my mind this past week? Want to see what makes me smile and then cry in a matter of minutes? This is the day my baby girl got married.



Love is all.


The day was brisk with a bit of wind to it…but it was a beautiful Fall day! My sis managed to snap this shot behind the official photographer.



Okay I’ll back up a bit and then fast forward a bit. The morning of the wedding day the 7 bridesmaids, mom and flower girl had an early appointment at a fantastic salon.



Girl time is the best! Then we scooted to the church and finished getting ready.

Then tons of photos. And then more photos. Hours of photos really. Then the wedding ceremony which was at 2:00. The church was an old Catholic church…built in 1901 I think. Very old school and beautiful. We all loved that. I can’t wait to share better photos of the altar because it is powerful and like something straight out of Italy. My sis in law captured it as best she could…


My other sis in law captured this sweet shot during the ceremony.:)


After the ceremony, the wedding party jumped on a party bus and took more photos around the town. Then they were on to the reception at 6:00 on the west side of town.

Here are the photos I took before the ballroom doors opened…so romantic!













Time for a toast. The Maids of Honor and Best Mens toasts were sweet and hilarious respectively. Sigh…still laughing thinking about them. Then came her daddy’s toast…sniff sniff…



I snapped a few photos here and there. My sweet Mom and sis…


Austin’s darling parents. We got to know them well these past few years at several meets and then at Austin and Allie’s college graduation. Love them!



The boys even found some dance partners…


The cupcake bar was so festive.




Still time for a slow one…


Thanks to my sis in law for getting a photo of me with my sis…


My heart is full!


Sharon BullOctober 23, 2014 - 10:56 am

What a beautiful wedding! Best wishes to the Bride and Groom.

JanetOctober 23, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Everything and everyone – so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Cindy BakemanOctober 27, 2014 - 8:07 am

Allie looks so beautiful and her hair was amazing. All of the details! It was fabulous.

Wedding Wonderfulness

Our family spent a long weekend in a wedding wonderland! It was magical and everything we had hoped for–and more.  We are feeling so very blessed and so happy for the newlyweds.

I didn’t take enough photos….of course. But I have some to share.:)I will start with the day before photos. The Rehearsal dinner was at The Ding Darling Refuge, right on the river.  Very picturesque on a Fall evening. Beautiful sunset.


It was so neat having the two families come together for the first time. Family and friends came from all over…Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Missouri, Nevada and Michigan. That rarely happens ( on our side of the family) so it was extra special!

Oops, a photo of Charlie (the newlyweds kitty) slipped in….she was just chilling…
We were busy bees the day before the wedding…prepping.:)Both families!
I even caught a smooch…awww.
TTomorrow I will share pix of more festivities!:)

PreWedding Prepping…

We are in the homestretch for our daughter’s wedding festivities! That’s hard to believe! If you were a fly on the wall around here you would have witness serious glitter flying, a whole lot of painting, cutting, trimming, ribboning, and sequins sprinkled across the floor. SO. MUCH. FUN! Thank goodness we can text, face time and send photos to each other in an instant. LOTS of that going on!

The bride has forbidden me to share any photos whatsoever. Several folks have asked to see the preplanning and dresses, and such…but I’m sworn to secrecy and need to respect her wishes.

I can’t wait to share pix and invite you to celebrate with our family. Even though it’s thru the internet.:)Soon!

KymmieOctober 11, 2014 - 7:53 pm

I am so excited to see your creations!

Let’s Go Together

I have shown pix of this piece recently, and want to share the finished piece. The color drenched canvas is off to it’s owner now, and I miss it! It’s the largest piece I have done to date.



This piece will be the focal point in the cutest little girl’s bedroom. How fun is that? She has the sweetest amount of spark and joy in her eyes….I loved meeting her and her family earlier this year.  Her bigger sis is also in the painting, along with their ragdoll kitties.



( Let’s Go Together, 36×48″ )

Here are a close up of time flying (because it does) and the little deer, who symbolizes the sweet girl’s baby brother. Where ever they are headed, he wants to go with them.





triciaOctober 4, 2014 - 7:39 pm

What a beautiful painting! Love the time flying!

Sharon BullOctober 15, 2014 - 11:06 am

I love large paintings and this one is gorgeous!