Saturday, May 30, 2015

Reception Centerpieces

I realize couples get married at any time of the year but summer seems to be a favorite season.  Could it be due to the fact that college graduations have taken place and so many are ready to start new chapters in their lives?  I wouldn't know, my husband and I married 10 months after graduating high school.
My daughter Staci and her fiance Jon were engaged just before school was out at BYU-Hawaii in 2014.  They chose a date to be wed in August of that year, just prior to school starting again.  Ok, they did have time for a honeymoon to Orlando.
The chicks and i spent the summer preparing for the wedding and reception.  Such details to address! 
Invitations, a dress, attire for the wedding party/family, catering, decorations for the reception, and on. If you have ever gotten married or had a child wed, you know what I am saying!
I ordered many of the items we were going to use for reception centerpieces.  I found Amazon Prime and  to be very helpful in finding quality items at good prices with quick (often free) shipping.
Here is a photo of a centerpiece we made:

We knew fresh flowers would be spendy.  Plus, we wanted to have something that family members could take home as mementos of the happy occasion.  We bought some items from Dollar Tree as well.  See the frame above (and in photos below)?  Those were from Dollar Tree and I just sat down one evening and painted over the wood-look finish.  I did leave some "as is" since the frame matched the photo so well.

We made prints of Staci and Jon's engagement photos (their photographer on Oahu just gave them the disk the photos were on), added those to the frames and placed on each guest table.  We used white, round linen table clothes that were already available at our church, placed that over the tables, added tulle-like table runners (we used silver and shades of blue), then placed the photo and glass centerpiece over that.  The material for the runners are readily available online, at Walmart, or at Michael's, which is where we purchased most of ours.

The glass vases mostly came from Dollar Tree.  I also have some taller vases we used as well.  I ordered packages of seashells from Amazon; from ebay I ordered a 24 pack of LED tea light candles.  The colored sand we found at Michael's, as well.  We did end up buying colored sandbox sand (!) at Home Depot as it was less expensive than the small bags we bought at the craft store.  

The colored twine came from Target--hey, we were on a mission for good deals, so when we came across something we thought might work, we bought it!  We purchased burlap ribbon at Walmart--as you can see on some of the vases. We just tied  a simple knot, then hot glued a shell over the knot.  The sand was then added to the vase, the tea lights were placed in the center and then several seashells were added around the candle.  We then put them in a box in a locked room so no one would disturb them before the reception!  Well, the locked room isn't true but everyone was warned to leave them ALONE.
When it was time to decorate for the reception at our church, my good friend Sheri Renae (who, by the way, is 2 people--in her hometown she is Renae, her family and friends in California call her Sheri-she is Renae to me) and my husband jumped right in.  Renae ironed tablecloths while Larry and I measured and trimmed table runner material.  Then came the fun part of adding the centerpieces and framed photos.
Of course, I will have more posts related to the wedding.  I just seem to have gone on and on with this one so hope I haven't bored you.  You are still there, yeah?  Hello?
See you soon!

See this craft on "Best of the Weekend" @


Friday, May 29, 2015

Saturday Linky Party

I have discovered blog link parties and am impressed!  For Saturday's party, I shared my "Simple Gift" post again and here is the link--check it out, along with many more! 

Link Party Palooza

Here is another blog party you might enjoy:

I just added my "No Knead Bread" recipe to their palooza!  Since a picture is worth a thousand words......

Very moist bread recipe that I have had for,um,  a while.  Hope you will give it a try.

And....Another Blog Party Link

Can you tell I don't work on Fridays?  Yep, the clinic where I am a Registered Nurse is only open part-time.  That way I have more time to spend with my homeschooled chick, Ali..........and obviously discover blog parties.  
I just added a link for my Frito Salad recipe (such a quick, yummy dish in the summer) on another great blog site:

Here is my salad since I know you all want a photo😉

You can find the recipe under the "Good Eats" tab on this very blog!
So good and quick.  Add some fresh fruit and French bread on the side and there is your meal!

Blog Party

My first blog party post!  I shared my "Simple Gift" post from yesterday.  There are great blog posts featured over at

Happy Friday!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Simple Gift

I needed a simple gift today.  I bought a small potted plant and cut a paper lunch bag with craft scissors, placed the plant in it and tied it with colored twine.  The plant is a mint plant....chocolate mint!  Did you know there are chocolate mint plants?  I didn't until today.
If I had had more time, I would have stamped a few polka dots with acrylic paint on the bag.  Oh well, next time!

Please visit the link below for link party fun and ideas:

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Upcoming Posts

Posts we are working on:
"Who the Heck Are These People?" (About Us)
More Wedding Preparations
Summer Nails

Thank you for checking in with us.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (2chicksandamom) also.
New post will be up soon!

Monday, May 25, 2015

More Alaskan Adventures! The Stikine River

We had the opportunity to take an Alaskan adventure on my husband's skiff here in Wrangell, Alaska.  There is an amazing river called the Stikine River that you can take for miles to all sorts of different places.  My husband was kind enough to write about the history of the river and other spots we visited on the way.  Enjoy!

       The Stikine River (above) is an international river of almost 380 miles long with approximately 130 navigable miles. The river runs through northern areas of British Columbia and empties into the Pacific Ocean near Wrangell, Alaska. It is considered as one of the fastest flowing navigable rivers in the United States and Canada, and is home to coastal mountains, glaciers and icebergs, hot springs, historic gold rush sites, and many other attractions. The Stikine River has been used for centuries, dating back to history kept by the indigenous people calling it “cloudy river” and has been used for transportation into the areas of British Columbia, fishing (it is a spawning ground for salmon and hooligan fish), fur trading, and for when gold was discovered. 

      We traveled around 20 miles up into the river and stopping at different popular sights.    One of the more difficult areas of the river is the beginning of navigating into the mouth. Heavy currents and sandbars trap many tourist and visitors for hours while they have to wait for the tides to come in. The water is so thick and murky that it is impossible to tell how deep you are, so being familiar with the area is important. Fortunately, our boat was a jet skiff and is designed to travel in shallow water, even inches if need be.
         Our first stop was in a tributary creek of the Stikine called Clearwater. This creek originates from rain and snow melt coming off the mountains around the Stikine, creating a very clear creek. You know when you are in Clearwater because the water is no longer murky and is crystal clear with a hint of green.   You can see in the picture below the water is noticeably more clear than the water pictured above.

         We stayed here with the skiff tied to a bank on the creek by anchor, ate our lunch, and took a walk noticing the signs of moose, bear, and other animals. The scenery was amazing, surrounded by high peaks of snow covered mountains and meadows.
          By now, we had been gone for a few hours and decided to turn back downriver and head towards Wrangell while stopping at other possible sites along the way. One of which was the Clearwater Cabin (pictured below), owned by the Forest Service. It is a two story A frame cabin that attracts many local customers coming up the river for camping and sport fishing.
          We continued our way back, navigating past sandbars and shallow sloughs. With the current behind us, our skiff was probably making about 25 knots. In some of the sloughs, the water became shallow, and the width of the banks narrow which made stopping not an option. I learned how agile those skiffs can be and how sharply they can maneuver through such obstacles.
          Our last stop before Wrangell was Garnet Ledge. This place is full of history, and is a place where the garnet gem naturally occurs near a small creek. Local families within the last few decades have come to this place to chisel the garnets from rock ledges and sell them to tourists visiting on cruise ships back in Wrangell.
           Garnet Ledge has a two story A frame cabin similar to before so people can stay overnight. After investigating, we walked/hiked along a short boardwalk back into the woods near the creek where we were able to harvest a few garnet gems with some tools.  Garnet gems are pictured below.

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