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30th Wedding Anniversary

Last night Jane Bowness Johannsen hosted a surprise wedding anniversary party for her parents.  We were sure this would be a surprise since it was a month earlier than their actual anniversary date.  I, as usual, waited until the last minute to make any type of party decorations.  I decided to make a banner that said “Happy 30th Anniversary” to hang somewhere.

I should mention that I decided to do that at about 2pm and the party started at 6pm.  I waited so long to do this because: A. I’m inherently lazy, B. I’m not much of a decorator, and C. I got caught up in looking around this week’s SCS inspiration site L’affiche Moderne.  I finally settled on this print to help me create the banner.

Here’s the ‘H’ and part of the ‘a’ in Happy:

I didn’t take very long to photograph this since it was created so late in the day and I still needed to tape each flag onto a piece of twine.  I laid all the letters out in order, flipped them upside down, taped each and every one onto that twine, turned it over to hang and…..fainted.  Crud.  I taped them on backwards!  Unless you’re dyslexic, in which case you could have read it perfectly fine.

So off came the tape, I reordered everything…backwards this time…and taped them on again.  This time was just right.  Jane and Trevor came by to start setting up and we hung the banner outside, just in the nick of time!  Here’s a look at the banner hanging in front of the crowd of party-goers:

And a bit closer view of the banner:

This was fairly fast and easy to make, but I do wish I had left myself a little more time to tape it together.  😀

So for those of you who know the Bownesses and couldn’t make it to the party, I’ll share a few of my shots to update you on the festivities.  As you see in the above shots, the guests all gathered on the front porch to wait for Rob & Willie.

Here is the happy couple with a long-time friend coming up to the winery to supposedly celebrate the release of our new wine, Grapes of Raft (Jane designed the label for this wine and is the Bowness’s daughter, for anyone that doesn’t know and is interested in this post thus far!).


Family members as well as friends came from all around to help celebrate their 30th.  Here’s hugs for moms and stepdads:

And then they greeted everyone up on the porch.  And told Jane that unfortunately she had left a picture of her invitation on the camera and so it wasn’t a surprise after all.

Oh well!  Everyone laughed and shrugged their shoulders and shook hands and drank wine and ate and had a good time anyways.  Trevor (Jane’s hubby) made note that this whole party would have been a lot easier if they had known that the Rob & Willie already knew.

And that cracked Clyde & I up.  ‘He knew and she knew, but they didn’t know and they thought they knew that they didn’t know, but….’  😀

In any case, everyone had a great time, including the happy couple.  Here’s Willie showing Rob my gift to them…an empty frame with a paper promising a photo from the party to insert into the frame:

After they finished opening gifts, the happy couple embraced as passionately as they could given that they were being prompted to by all the photographers:

Cheers to 30 years and many more to come!

Caged Stellas

Our Stella Dora lilies started blooming this week, and I’m tickled about it since this spring they almost died.  We had so many frost advisories out this spring, I was covering our flower bed with a tarp most evenings.

Did I mention that my dogs love to lay on tarps?

So most of the Stella Dora leaves were crushed down early in the season, and I didn’t have too much hope for seeing any blooms this year.  We sighed in resignation (because Pepe looks really cute laying in a big blue tarp even if he’s crushing your favorite lilies), and installed our low wire garden fencing around the bed to help keep the dogs out of the rest of the plants.

Fortunately, some blooms survived the crushing incident and today they were pleading innocence for whatever crime had put them behind bars.

“It wasn’t us!  We are innocent I tell you, innocent!”

“I ain’t sayin’ a word.  Where’s my lawyer?  I’ve got rights, you know!  These charges are trumpeted up!”

I’m calling that photo above ‘portait of the imprisoned’.  What do you think?

Here’s a fellow cell-mate of our Stellas:

Dusty there was jailed for milling around the wrong place.  🙂

Here’s a watch-tower view at our botanical felons…

I feel bad caging them up like this – I’ll understand if you want to join the ‘Free Stella!’ movement that Pepe and Maggie are organizing.  I fear though that it is just a sham organization used to front their true cause: the unhindered ability to lay in any bed of dirt they choose.


A couple of cards with my new goodies

I wrote a while ago that I had received a prize for a digi hero arts card I made.  Well the prize was a $50 shopping spree – woohoo!  So I received my goodies in the week before the wine cellar concert and couldn’t do much with them until this past week.  I made my dad’s day cards that I showed yesterday using a few of the products, and then yesterday morning I got up early and made a couple more cards.

Watercolor bird collage

That’s a new stamp for me.  I watercolored and distressed it, then layered it on top of pattern paper by 7 gypsies.  I feel slightly ashamed to use patterned paper though…I should have just grabbed some newspaper for that background!  But then my pp would have gone to waste, which wouldn’t do either.

Big Brush Thank You

And this super simple card was inspired by Tami Mayberry‘s Live Life Loud card.  I really like how it turned out….I might need to make a whole set of these.

Thanks for checking out the cards, and cheers!

#Trust30 – 15 minutes to live

In this morning’s mail I found an online 30-day writing challenge that I’m going to participate in to celebrate Ralph Waldo Emerson’s birthday.  I’ve been trying to get myself back into this personal blog, and hopefully this is just the project to force myself to get on here, be like Nike and ‘just do it’.  The Trust30 folks will come up with a thought prompt and participants blog, journal, or create something according to what that prompt inspires in them.  The challenge starts today, and if you are interested in learning more or participating, just click here.

The initial prompt for #Trust 30:

We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other. Our age yields no great and perfect persons. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

You just discovered you have fifteen minutes to live.

1. Set a timer for fifteen minutes.
2. Write the story that has to be written.

(Author: Gwen Bell)

My story:

I can’t ever get into these types of hypothetical scenarios;  simply because I don’t actually know that I’m going to die in 15 minutes.  I’d like to think that if I was going to die in 15 minutes and I still had a physically capable body, I would spend that time hugging my family and telling them I loved them.  (And hopefully enjoying a great glass of wine with them.)  Not sitting in front of a computer or with my nose in a journal, cut off from everyone and not interacting with those most important to me.

It’s interesting that I have that down in writing now.  Face-to-face interactions are what I want and value the most.  I do our online social media-ing for the company and have fun with it, but I guess one reason I’ve been lax here on this blog is that I value in-personal interactions more and dedicate time to that instead of sitting in front of the computer so much. Just call me old-school.

Although, FB is great since it’s just a few sentences – short time commitment with lots of interaction (if I could only keep up with the feed – yikes).  Now, that a little aside that I probably wouldn’t worry about if I actually knew I was going to die in 15 minutes.  Nor would I be on FB if I was going to die in 15 minutes. But we’ve already established the fact that I wouldn’t even be here on the computer in the first place.

My 15 minutes to write is almost up and I have to admit that I feel a bit odd about sharing this. But in the spirit of this prompt – here’s to not being afraid of you out there and to a new project to get exited about.  Cheers to life beyond these 15 minutes!

This Bud’s For You

Nope, no beer commercial today…just the promise of spring!  The daffodil buds are starting to show up now.  So are the forsythia buds:

These two are buds, I promise.  Just ignore the teeth:

Pepe’s teeth are really white, aren’t they?!  I guess those doggie teeth whiteners really work.  And in mid-jump, my dogs ears look like fuzzy horns.  Awwwwww!

Take down!

Hunting for flowers and playing with your buddy is tiring, so it’s good to take a break and refresh yourself.

Pepe can enjoy slurping up the Meramec, we’ll just have to enjoy the scenery and dream of when the trees will be covered in green again.

(looking upriver)

(looking downriver)

And now, looking back in time….check out the days when Maggie could take Pepe down.