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A Woodsy Wedding in a Church - Sure! Choosing Wedding Invitations

Thank you Basic Invite for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

My daughter is engaged!  I'm not sure how that hilarious little ball-pit jumping, bead-tree growing, guinea-pig loving little girl grew up so fast.  But here we are! (Honestly, she hasn't changed much.)

We're very excited she'll be getting to play a real-life princess soon. (Except she might be a princess in a simple wedding gown with a flower crown, instead of a ball gown and tiara. I think she got that from me!)


Thursday Favorite Things 352

Welcome to another Thursday Favorite Things, a weekly link party for bloggers and blog readers!  It's a great way to get traffic to your blogs, find helpful blog posts, and meet other bloggers.  I'm glad you're here!



The links last week were so much fun.  I can' t wait to see what you have for us this week.

With some extended family health issues, it's been a rough week in our household.  But pets can always brighten the day and be a comfort, even just their photos. I thought I'd share this recent picture of our Sunny.

It's just a fuzzy phone picture, but it makes me smile, and I hope it makes you smile too!



And, now, on with the Thursday Favorite Things link-up!

Happy Late Summer at Thursday Favorite Things


Happy day to you all!   It's hard to believe we're so far into August already, but that seems to be the way summer always flies by!

 And now I'm so happy to say,  beginning today, I am new  a co-hostess for the Thursday Favorite Things (TFT) link party from Katherine's Corner! The TFT party is a place where bloggers share a wonderful assortment of blog posts for every taste each Thursday through Saturday.   I've enjoyed it for years, so I'm thrilled to be a co-hostess!


Bloggers and blog readers, I hope you'll join us!


Here are my features from last week's party--



Debbee from Debbeesbuz made these incredible vintage china tier servers for her equally incredible tea party.

A Pink Typewriter (and Why You Should Get One)

Isn't it beautiful?  I love my pink typewriter.

My husband gives me a befuddled look when I say it's beautiful, but he humors me about it anyway.

Why you need a typewriter for your bullet journal and paper arts.


Sketches from My Past ~ Reviving A Hobby


In high school (which was a long time ago), I took an Advanced Drawing class, and became obsessed with drawing portraits.  While I wasn't very good at drawing the whole person, I wasn't bad with faces.

Just the other day, I dug my old sketchbooks out from storage. That was fun! (I also found my plastic horse collection, a St. Louis Cardinals pennant from the mid 1960's, and my 6th grade autograph book...)

Some of the drawings had some moisture damage but were mostly o.k.  (I'm not sure why the teacher marked with red pen right on the drawing...)

I drew this one of Jim Croce and it made it into an art show.  I was proud!  (I do realize that many of you will have no idea who Jim Croce was. A great singer/songwriter from the 1970's.)

Drawing Portraits ~ anartfulmom.com


Handmade Photo Greeting Card with Floral Swag Doodle

A few posts ago, I challenged myself to make a handmade greeting card with my favorite photo of our cat, Lucy. (She was the best cat ever and has been gone for a few years now.)

I decided to make the card for my niece's birthday. (She likes kitties.) Here it is.  Pretty simple, but Lucy would enjoy knowing she is the center of attention!


Is this heaven?


Have you ever seen the movie, "Field of Dreams?" (If you are a baseball fan, you need to see it!)  There's a quote from the movie that always makes me smile.  "Is this Heaven?"  "No,  it's Iowa."

I kept thinking about that quote earlier today, as I floated in our pool.  (Although, we're not in Iowa!)

My husband worked so hard on the "work basin," (his name for the pool), for days, so that my daughter and I could get in and enjoy it.  (Only the girls in our immediate family like to swim!)

He's been out of town, and he has sent me several "news" stories about how he heard that the pool has caved in, and how squirrels have taken up residence in the pool and are tearing up the liner (rendering it useless), and how a deer has run into the side of the pool, causing a pool cave-in.

Can you tell he doesn't like the "work basin"?


(I'm not going to go into detail about the pool draining, the pool refilling, the back-breaking work as my husband stood, bent straight over, underneath the low deck as he changed the filter sand in the sweltering heat...)
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