Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Wreath

Christmas at Glenwood has a decidedly Grinch feel this year. I'll get into the whole explanation in another post but basically all you need to know is, we are seriously half-assing it this year.

However, there are some things that can't be skipped and the annual wreath-making at my Mom's house is definitely one of those things. Here are a few pictures of the wreath that I made this year.

I knew I wanted to have Princess Pine in my wreath this year, so I cut some. Apparently, that is frown upon. I suppose I will know better for next year. But once I arrived with my greens, I wasn't really sure where to start or what to do. So I just started throwing stuff on the wreath form. Eventually, I ended up with a fairly bushy wreath of greens (though not quite as bushy and wild as last year). I was stumped.

What color bow?

What "add-ons"?

Where is my beer?

But eventually with a few suggestions and a lot of messing around, I decided to keep things fairly simple and natural by adding the different types of pine cones. For that special winter glitz I tossed in the silver berries and jingle bells.

I know I say this every year, but I think this is the best wreath I've ever made.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

December 7th

Do you know what tomorrow is? You know, aside from December 7th and Pearl harbor Remembrance Day? It's my kissiversary. Tomorrow will mark the date of my first kiss with the Mister, ELEVEN years ago. It's also the date I would have gotten married to him if the whole Labor Day thing wasn't going to work (see #10 on the list of Things That Go Wrong).

So I thought it would be fun to give you an idea of what that winter wedding might have looked like. First things first, it would still be very casual in feel. Winter doesn't always mean formal, sometimes it means exceedingly cozy, near cabin-like. So naturally, I would have found a barn or cabin or something like that for the location.

I don't know of any around here off the top of my head, but you guys know how relentless I am. The decorations would reflect that cozy winter vibe as well.

But, I'd also like to get some plaid in there somehow. A sweet grey-ish plaid napkin would look great tied in a green velvet ribbon.

Of course the invitations would reflect that cozy, natural winter vibe as well.

Given the time of year, wooden ornaments would make great favors!

As for attire...

Either of those options would be truly beautiful, though the first probably does a better job of being casual and would match this more rustic bouquet.

Here is where I get a little unique... winter weddings always see bridesmaids in long satin dresses. Useless, absolutely useless. Whereas a cute little cashmere dress can be worn again (at least in theory).

And while we are being unique, we should probably have a Hot Chocolate Toddy Bar.

But, let's face it. The coolest thing about my wedding plans were that they incorporated other activities that lasted an entire weekend. Did someone say wedding sledding?

Or perhaps rehearsal dinner skiing?

My main point is, it would have been fun and beautiful. And perhaps we could have avoided the whole "Irene" thing...

Probably would have been a Nor'easter instead.

Happy Kissiversary Dan.