Here's a post with bits & bobs...some news, some photos, and even a question for you, dear readers.....
I have to thank every one of you who prayed for a sunny day for our birthday picnic in the park---it was gorgeous!!!! The perfect early fall day--cool, breezy, sunny & crisp. And, we had a great time. The kids went crazy on the playground equipment, the parents caught up, & then we all had goodies, including cupcakes:
Hope, as you can see, was very happy with her cupcake.
It was really a great, great weekend. I'm enjoying my weekends so much more now that I'm at the new job. My days at work are very busy, but I feel like I can leave it behind a little better. Or, maybe I'm making myself leave it behind better than I used to....?
We are on the big countdown to our trip to Italy...we are leaving this Friday afternoon! I've laid out my clothes to be packed, have a file full of our papers, have read all of the guidebooks & am just about ready to go. Last night, I went shopping for cute sneakers to wear over there--I have athletic shoes, but I wanted some really comfy walking shoes that also looked good. While out, I could not resist these:
Vintage loving ladies, don't they look just like they belong on a flapper wearing a cloche? I love the covered button closures. As a bonus, Mary Jane's are also very in style this year (yeah, I follow fashion magazines almost--not quite--as closely as decorating mags).
Here is the part in which I ask your opinion....I have a collection of tin cake/jello molds that used to hang on my kitchen wall, in an apartment that I had before we were married. Hanging the molds (at least not using the method that I did, which was just nails) wasn't a good idea, as they fell down constantly. When they were up, they looked good. When they fell on your head, it wasn't so cool. I really love them & would love to figure out a great way to display or use them. Deb of Homespun Living (on my dream yard sale-ing adventure, she is coming along!!!!) suggested on her blog to use small ones (like the ones used for individual cakes) as votive holders, which is a fabulous idea. But, the big ones, like in this picture, are the ones that I'm trying to find a use/display idea for:
I feel like there must be a good use for them in our spruced up kitchen (whenever that gets done....). Share your ideas! Let me pick your creative minds!!!
Lastly, I just got some very exciting news that I don't think that I can share with you yet. But, you will find out in the next few months. Don't get excited, I'm not pregnant :) But, its fun news that made me do a happy dance all around our basement about an hour ago!
I doubt that I will have a chance to post again before we head off to Italy. I promise you lots of photos and lots of stories. I'm hoping that I'll come back with several posts worth of eye candy and tales of European relaxation!