Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Year End Review - July - December

Continuing on with the 2016 Year End Review -

As stated before, thank you to everyone who lets me help with your weddings, special events, and decorate your homes. The second half of the year was an exciting and busy time as we were preparing for our fall markets, along with everything else. 

July - 

I'm appreciative to all the brides who share pictures from their weddings and let me have a part of your special days!

Charlene and Preston's Western Wedding pictures were gorgeous! (You can see more pictures by clicking the links for the featured weddings.) Photo by Stacey Hansen. 

Work continued on the repurposed clothing line that unveiled in late summer. 

As stated in my earlier post, I have decided pretty much any color goes with turquoise and this wedding order proves orange and camo can be added to that list! 
Breanne's Wedding was featured in August. Photo by David's Gallery Photography.
Out delivering fresh flowers...
First Baptist Church flowers! A former flower shop customer scolded me for not calling her and telling her that I was working with fresh flowers again, so now I'm back to making her church flowers. 
Misty's shared a picture from her turquoise and red wedding. How cute are all the little dresses she made for the girls?!?
Labor Day weekend found Angea and I designing flowers together again.

Coral and Navy wedding bouquet - Always love when bride's share a picture with me! photo by Elise Photography. 
Fall is Homecoming time for the local football teams.

Turquoise burlap wedding flowers.
September brought news that I had been selected to be a part of the Junk Gypsy Book Launch Team! So much fun and inspiration came from being a part of the book team! 
The cactus collection was unveiled in September for the wandering, gypsy soul and I just happened to have a wedding bouquet that perfectly matched the furniture for the photo shoot!

Miss Gussie, my glamper, got her picture in a magazine! I held on to the secret for a while, because I wanted to make sure it made the final publication. I was over the moon excited when I got my Mary Jane's Farm Special FarmGirl DIY issue with my picture of my glamper in it!
Fall fabric pumpkins and flowers.
Alex and J.D.'s navy burlap wedding was featured in October. Photo by Kirsten Pribula.
Loved the romantic themed wedding flowers for this wedding bouquet.
I finally got to meet the Junk Gypsies! 
They were at the Pink Pistol in Lindale for a book signing party and Sharlette and I made the trip over there! 
Yamboree 2016! 
He may not admit it, but Jeff does have fun helping set up our shows! He came each morning to help us open up and he thought Angea's scarecrow needed to ride my hobby horse! lol
The two of them kept me laughing and nearly killed me from their "what not to recycle" conversation. I almost choked on Yam Pie while laughing at Angea and Jeff, who started laughing at me... Good times! 
Luke and Andrea's Wedding - I loved all the textures and rich colors of the bridal bouquet. For sure, one of my favorite fresh flower weddings to design! 
Church flowers in all white for Baby Dedication Day. 
Pretty in pastel pink and lavender burlap and lace wedding bouquets.
Old truck and campers make me happy!
Backwood's Marketplace in November was so much fun! Love setting up over there and my peeps that help make it all come together!
Angea and I were cold that night, but it was a great time to wear my 25 cent coat! 
Best ever road crew! We couldn't do what we do without our men to help load, unload, set up, and take down all our stuff. Occasionally a little mumbling, but they agree to build us pretty cool displays! 

Our Gone Junkin' / distressed flannel shirts were a hit at the fall markets. Several of our fellow vendors at Backwood's shopped with Angea and I, so we had to get a group shot of everyone who was wearing our flannels! 

Fall is a gorgeous time to take a drive in the country. Work brought me to the cemetery joining this church. I had always wanted to photograph  the church and while I was there, I took the time to do just that.
Fall on the backroads.
I decorated Christmas trees for a family and this one was 12 foot tall! It took many trips up and down the ladder to pull this western tree off!
I love working and living on the Rural Route. After decorating the Christmas trees, I happened upon this old barn and had to stop and photograph it! 
Jeff and I took Christmas pics with Miss Gussie! My camper door has become a collage of pictures from our adventures.
Mid December, Angea and I opened our first store booth inside Uniques and Antiques in Mineola, Texas. You can now shop in person for some of our popular items, junk, and furniture items that we don't ship. See more details and info about our booth in this blog post. 
A caravan of vintage campers and trucks made their way to my etsy shop and this became my most liked photo on Instagram for the year! 
Shana's wedding on the waters edge - I always love sunset pictures and this one is spectacular with the bride and groom. Shana carried a navy burlap bridal bouquet. Photo by Ashley-Lynn Photography.

My upside down Christmas tree in the gazebo - read more about it here.
RaLeigh's wedding was featured from her December wedding. Navy bouquets were a popular choice for bride's this year. I haven't done the count on turquoise vs navy weddings, but I have to say they were very close and navy might have won the year. 

Mr. Dish Pan Snow Man! Love him, but he melted in the heat wave this week! The after Christmas cleanse feels so good and I'm ready to bring on the new year! Wedding season is upon us again (there's a slight break in the late fall) so I am getting back in my work shop and working on some new designs and item to come out in my etsy shop, very soon. I'm looking forward to helping everyone with their 2017 (and beyond) weddings, events, floral needs, and of course doing as much junkin' as possible along  the way. Plans are being made for our shows for the coming year and of course we will be restocking our Uniques and Antiques booth on a regular basis. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who let us have a small part of your 2016 events. We are forever grateful and thankful for each and everyone of you!
Good night 2016, Happy New Year 2017! May you be the best yet! 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Looking Back on 2016 January - June

As the year comes to an end, I'm looking back at some of my favorite pictures, orders, and events of 2016. Thank you doesn't seem enough to express my appreciation to everyone who ask me to have a part of your weddings, special events, decorate your homes and business, or create sympathy tributes for your loved ones along with everyone who comes out to our shows, or like our pictures, post, and share about our events. You mean so much to us and we are thankful and grateful for each and everyone of you. 

January - 

Flowers for the Open House at the new McWhorter Funeral Home.

 Friends and Former Co Workers, supporting our friends as they opened their new business. We all got dressed up for the occasion!

Love - photoshoot 

Behind the scenes - sometimes it takes a bunch of feed buckets to pull it off! I just saw a post on facebook that said "don't compare your behind-the-scenes, to someone else's highlight reel." Behind the scene's, there was some crazy times this year, but I choose to focus on the positive. 
The turquoise burlap bouquet is always a favorite of bride's and myself! It was the first colored burlap that a customer requested and the beginning of custom wedding orders.

January was when my sister-in-law suggested we apply to be a part of the Backwood's Marketplace. We expected to wait several weeks to see if were accepted into the show, but found out the next day that we were in! We are so thankful that we have became a part of a great group of local artisans to put on the show. 

February - 

Arrangements for the Gilmer National Bank stockholders meeting. 

A custom bouquet with wheat and dried babies breath. 
My Valentine's Day baby calf
And Valentine's flowers!
Ahh, this was a rush order jade burlap bouquet with lace flowers, rhinestones and pearls and sunflower bridesmaid bouquets.
Dreaming of Spring! 
Sunni's Beach Wedding prompted this request for a seashell bouquet!
Baby calf felfies (farmer selfies)! How cute was this baby?!? Found him hiding in the bushes and couldn't resist a picture with him!

March - 

From the "Happy Mother of the Bride" - Dawn shared pictures of her daughter's wedding. Picture by Dayna Healy.

The Backwood's Marketplace was so much fun to join! 
Angea and I had a blast working on our "junk" for the markets this year and setting up our booths. It pushed our creativity and give us an outlet to share the things we like to work on. Best of all, it is a local show that is all about handmade, repurposed, shabby, rustic, vintage, junk, and primitives. No mass produced items are allowed, since the emphasis is on the artist.
Jeff - what would we do without him??? 
I love this picture of him! I wanted a picture of him standing in front of the camper and he grabbed up the pink pony! 
Navy and Wine / Burgundy Burlap Wedding Bouquets - The new wine color was added to my inventory. 

Gone Junkin' - Weekly junkin' trips became a fun part of our job as we hunt and pick for the fun items for our shows.
Spring flowers make me happy, happy, happy! 
April - 

2 (almost) matching burlap, lace, and brooch bouquets.
Coral burlap, feathers, and bling bouquets.
Rustic flower containers are a must in my yard! No plastic flower pots are to be seen and store bought containers are off limits in the "junk yard."
Delivering flowers for a party and wearing a repurposed denim and lace vest I created! The repurposed clothing bug hit me and I've had fun transforming cloths. 

May - 

The spring brought request for lots of fresh flower bouquets.
Turquoise and Burnt Orange was a new burlap bouquet combination. 
Red and Turquoise Bouquets and Boutonnieres. Really, I don't think there's a single color that doesn't go with turquoise!

June - 

Turquoise and Purple burlap and lace bouquets - see all things go with turquoise!
Fresh flower easel in shades of pink and purple.
Mimi's jade and red bouquets and shotgun shell boutonnieres. 

Navy and vintage maroon for a patriotic summer wedding. 
"Sprinkles" as a facebook friend named him - because he looked like he dipped his nose in a bowl of chocolate sprinkles!
My cactus only blooms for one day and its always a nice surprise to walk outside and find it blooming.
Big bouquets for the Custom Commodities / Rotary Club meeting and special presentation.
100 red roses...
Blush and mint green bouquet with vintage lace and brooches.
Shanda's wedding pictures. I love when my brides share pictures of their wedding day with me! Since most of my correspondence is online, I love getting to see some of the weddings and places all of the bouquets get to go.

Cady and Cody's Wedding. Photo by April Powell Photography

"Sophisticated Swamp Bayou" themed party flowers!
Camo and orange wedding flowers.
Home on the Range! An order of western pillow covers for the National Hereford Women. Angea and I found this vintage bed frame while out junkin' and it made its way home in time to showcase the pillows.
Church flowers at Rosewood Baptist Church.

The triple layer orange day lily is one of my favorites in my yard. 
Next time, we will look back on the highlight reel from the second half of the year.

From the bottom of my turquoise loving heart, we thank you for being a part of our tribe and riding shotgun with us!

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