Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Another Slow Picnic!

These photos are so similar to earlier yesterday that I almost didn't post them - but then I realized that I wanted to post them because they are so similar. To make a memory or create beauty, you don't need to come up with something new or different every single time!

I love to simply make use of what I have on hand - recently, it has been an abundance of mini books tied onto canning jars and the bountiful blooms on my hydrangea bushes. So what if it looks the same as a picnic we had on Mother's Day? And my Farm Picnic?!

When my Mom comes, I love to do a slow breakfast our first morning together and this was another opportunity for us to continue the tradition! PW French Breakfast Puffs, scrambled eggs and sliced fruit were a quick and easy meal to serve on our screened porch.

This post is also a day out of order as tomorrow on Slow Day you'll see the day we prepared for Grammie's arrival! This is real life! Catching up as we can and doing what works!

Have you been picnicking yet this summer?

Monday, May 23, 2016

May and Slow

At my birthday party, I was talking with a couple of friends about my book and slow - and it popped out of my mouth that May is not the month to decide to begin this journey of slow!

You know what? It has been a crazy month for us and likely for you too - it is the end of sports seasons, recitals, finishing up the school year, parties, get-togethers and on and on. Oh.my.

We just finished the girls dance recital, end of Samuel's soccer season, CC Practicum, my birthday, and are now in Colorado beginning a time of slow and rest. I have been looking forward to this time and the difference in pace and expectations.

The picnic shown was from Mother's Day where Rachel set out lots of lunch ingredients and we each built our own! After lunch, I spent the entire rest of the day on this porch. It was absolutely glorious! It was quiet, reflective, outside {but with no bugs, the perfect combo!}, peaceful and with no agenda.

Even in the busy of a month like May - we need days like this!

Speaking of my book {were we? Oh yes, up at the top!} there have been some delays that I'm struggling to be patient with. It is out of my hands now and waiting on proofing processes to be completed - I'm eager and excited {and a little impatient!} to share it with you!

How are you slowing in May? I have a slow idea for summer coming up soon - stay tuned!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Farm Picnic

Look at this amazing group of beauty and love that came together on the evening of my 40th birthday to celebrate!

This event was held at a dear friends farm and she and her husband went above and beyond to help and serve in every way. We had just finished setting up outside when it rained very unexpectedly - so there was a mad dash to move everything shortly before our guests arrived!

This sweet friend opened her home unexpectedly and graciously to almost 40 women - a true gift!

First, here are a few photos I snapped before or just as it started raining! I'm grateful to have these few that capture the vision I had planned so hard for and looked forward to implementing!

Our car was loaded to the gills! The white cabinet below was rescued by Farmer Don from the DUMP! I mean who would throw that away?! I wanted to incorporate books and book pages as this was also a celebration for the completion of my book!

I had so much fun making mini book covers with thrifted book pages inside to hang from the jars for our milk and cookie dessert bar!

Quilts were spread in the hay field - some quilts that I'd made - all with a jar of flowers from my yard in the middle!

I borrowed this great chair for a photo booth option! There was a basket nearby with bookish glasses, a vintage book, apple and my old typewriter - all book/writing themed items! The little wagon was also a dump find that we used and the beautiful blue flowers were from the farm.

During the rain dash - the quilt ended up in a black trash bag that I had slipped over the chair in a rush. The next day when I couldn't find the quilt my heart sank as I realized where it was. After a little panic and a few tears, it was rescued as Susan saved the day again and dug through the trash. It is now happily back at home.

Another friend from church made these amazing canning jar cookies!!! Aren't they a dream!?

There was a fair amount of wiping my eyes - so many emotions to take in.

Guests were welcome to bring their own dinner or purchase a box dinner - these little take out boxes turned out so cute! I ran old book pages through our printer and made these little name tags! Dinner was chicken salad sandwiches, carrot sticks, hummus and kettle chips. All the food {except the carrots} was from Costco! Hooray for a dear friend who did all the food shopping for me when my brain was mush. The takeout boxes and wax paper bags were from Amazon!

Coffee bar was a hit with the cool rainy weather! And, we had my favorite to go with cookies: white and chocolate milk! My dear friend, Melissa, made tea cookies and brownies! My fave!!!

I drew a coloring page to share at the party - and I'm posting it here too so you can join the fun! I drew it with a blue pen {I guess that was what I had handy?} but suggest printing in black/white. I'd love to see your pages if you color it!

View from the screened in porch:

Here is my sweet friend Susan in her home after hosting last minute indoors!

I will tell on myself - I was crushed to move this indoors. I dreamed of glowly evening light and sunset and all the dreamy photos we'd take. I just love being outside and having picnics too. But I'm also very thankful that God has blessed me with such a sweet and incredible community and for the gift of 40 years of life and seeing the completion of the book He laid on my heart. Looking at these pictures and seeing all the smiles just reminds me that my friends were served {a prayer of my heart} and we celebrated and I am loved.

This double rainbow is icing on the cake - a reminder of God's promise to us. I am grateful.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Slow Day

My sweet friend Rachel had me over for a slow afternoon of learning how to decorate a cake with fondant! We had been swooning over chalkboard cakes on Pinterest and I was giddy with delight at how this one turned out!!! I loved this gift of experience and time with her!!! You'll see this cake again tomorrow when I share about the farm picnic party!

For inquiring minds, we found that the white food coloring painted on with a paint brush worked amazing - we used this tutorial for reference. Don't bother with making the edible chalk or using the candy melts directly on the fondant - it was very faint.

This was not on our Slow Day but there were great squeals of delight when we dug for treasure in our garden and found these: