Bonjour!

Bonjour!
I’m a 45 year old mother of five amazing daughters and wife to a caring, sensitive AND sexy husband. I adore my family. I’m dedicated to my faith. I enjoy a good laugh. I'm nostalgic and love to reminisce. "Remember" is my favorite word in the English language. I love life! I’m passionate about music, food and travel. I’m fascinated with anything European. {PARIS! Hello!} I love celebrating anything and everything! I love to read, especially a good biography, mystery, Regency Era or Historical fiction novel. I love thoughtful gift giving. To me the gift wrap is almost as important as the gift itself. I love being creative…bolts of ribbon, coordinating scrapbook papers, producing a tablescape, or d├ęcor for a themed party etc. puts a smile on my face. I love the details! I’m a freak for anything theme oriented. I enjoy event planning, but oddly enough do not like to host or entertain. I enjoy fashion, but have to be really in the mood to clothes shop. I love purses and funky jewelry. I’d rather wear wedges or heels any day than flats. I enjoy decorating and searching for the perfect decorative pillow or picture. However, you’ll never see me frequent high-end stores. I'm more of a Ross, TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning kind of gal. My favorite decor style is an old world rustic chateau look with a hint of bohemian, baroque and vintage shabby chic, like an English cottage. {confusing I know!} Autumn is my favorite season. I’d go through childbirth a million times. I enjoy biking with my man, Pilates, and jogging. BUT you’ll never find me in a gym working out. I love movies, whether watching them in the theatre or cuddled up on the couch with my family. I enjoy a good chick flick or real life drama! I'm a sucker for movies on the Hallmark Channel. I love the elderly. I love Disneyland. I love being in the canyon on a summer or fall evening at dusk. I love my friends. While I have some extroverted characteristics. I’m a self proclaimed introvert. I’m generally quiet, calm, reserved and pretty darn private. Why in the heck do I blog? It’s a creative way to record family history. I enjoy photography. I really don’t like to write, although I write in my journal almost every day. I love the beach. I enjoy WWII history. I love a clean, orderly house, but ours looks lived in. ;) PBS Masterpiece is my friend. I adore Jane Austen films. They transport me to another time and place. If I had to choose another time period in which to live, early 19th Century England would be my pick. "Sense and Sensibility" is my all time favorite movie. My favorite TV series is the 1950's Spanish Drama "Velvet." My biggest pet peeve is people who blow their noses in public. So gross! {Take it to the bathroom people.} I’d go on a wine tasting vacation if it wasn’t against my religion. I’ve always wanted to adopt a baby from a foreign country. I’m an avid BYU football fan. I love our campfires at Scofield Lake. I have a 'thing' for fairy gardens and Gallic French roosters. I love summer rainstorms and warm baths. I'm a Rush Limbaugh and Hannity Talk Radio Show listener. Also a fan of several Fox News shows. I hate when my kids have homework. I collect quotes, Madame Alexander Dolls, children's books and Disney pins. I always prefer sitting in a back row versus the front. {I'm sort of a seat snob..yikes} I also have high expectations for my lemonade, salsa, and french fries too. HA! I work well behind the scenes. I love a good Dateline Mystery and the genealogy TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?" I’m a night owl. I'd rather be cold than hot. I enjoy being a chauffeur to my children. I’m an Anglophile… love anything English! I would like to serve a church mission to England with Jaren someday. I'm queen of paper towel, used kitchen hand towels and dishrags make me squirm. You’ll rarely find me out of the house not ready for the day, except when driving the kids to school on the days I don't work. I feel naked without lip gloss. Pairing up white socks, chipped fingernail polish, chapped lips and brownie crumbs on the floor drive me nuts! I like to organize and BE organized..but not saying I always am. ;) I enjoy hiking to waterfalls, ATV’ing with my family and snowshoeing with the hubs. Although I enjoy collecting recipes and occasionally watch cooking shows... (Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade, Paula Deen, and the Pioneer Woman are my favorites) I’d rather not cook. Eating out is so much more fun. I live to eat! LOL Trying new foods and restaurants is a favorite pasttime. I love the joy of anticipation and the celebration of holidays. Family traditions are important to me. I'm a memory preserver. I'm a pathological picture taker ;) and I love happy lists!

My Fam!

My Fam!

Mr. and I

Mr. and I

My Girls!

My Girls!

Kyleigh Dawn (21)

Kyleigh Dawn (21)

Emma Abigail (19)

Emma Abigail (19)

Hannah Isabelle (17)

Hannah Isabelle (17)

Brielle Olivia (13)

Brielle Olivia (13)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (7)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (7)

My Man!

My Man!

Good Times!

Good Times!

What I Believe!

Our Missionary

Our Missionary

My list of favorite movies!

Learn more about Dyslexia!

Music To My Ears!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

What's On My Happy List?

DIY Cake Pedestals-

Did you know you could make your own cake stands?
I sure didn't. But my niece Chelsey taught me how and I think it could be my new favorite hobby. squeal. Lately, I've been searching Thrift shops as well as an antique store to find just the right pieces that will go together. They are SUPER inexpensive to make. Who wants to spend $30 or more for a cake pedestal when you can find pieces to make your own for a couple of dollars? Seriously, some pieces I've found for .75 cents. These pedestals pictured are some my niece made.



I made one similar to this flower one (mine was slightly more bowl shaped) for a friend who came into town to bless her baby this weekend. She was throwing a "pink party" for family and friends for the special occasion. I'm such a sucker for anything pink. Because she lives back East, she didn't have all her party "things" for entertaining. I knew she was without her antique pink cake pedestal that she practically carried home from Paris a few years ago. Being the Paris Loving friend that I am, I tried to make up for her loss by making her a glass pedestal that she could hold little "tiney" pink cupcakes in from SO CUPCAKE. The only thing is, in the craziness of this past weekend, I forgot to take a picture of it before I wrapped it and gave it to her. So I had to copy and paste this photo from her blog. Hope that is okay Andie. Anyhow this pedestal is upside down in the picture but at least you get the idea.

Hoping to make some cake stands with the miscellaneous pieces that I have found so that Emma, having finished her cake decorating class, will have something to display her cakes on. I'm thinking these would be great to have for a tea party too. Speaking of tea parties. Our Jane Austen book club met to watch "Sense and Sensibility". We had English scones with currents, goodies from the London Market and drank Squash, a citrus-based drink that is popular in the UK. We used 60 yr old tea cups that I had brought from my mother-in-law's collection. It was delightful! Emma's got a tea party planned for mother's day weekend. Can't wait..

3 comments:

  1. Well you didn't tell me you MADE it. That makes it even more fabulous! You must share your secrets. We were hunting down cake pedestals all weekend. I should have just called you!

    When are you coming out to stay?

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  2. Angie, I am obsessed with making these! Yours is so cute! I haven't gotten any use out of them yet because they're just sitting in our storage unit...but I can't wait til I can! How fun would they be at any kind of party?! You'll have to post pictures of the other one's you make!

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  3. I am loving those!! What do you use to bond the pieces together so well? Also, love the pictures of your Cinco de Mayo celebration - Emma looks so cute in the sombrero!

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