April 13, 2011

A Gift and a Shift

Miss Bonnie's best friend is getting married over the weekend so I thought I'd share with y'all what I made for the happy couple.  Jessica loves browns and golds, she loves animal prints, and she loves contemporary, so I decided to make this initial picture. I always make my own gift bags ~ I have so much fun doing them!

Here's what I'm wearing to the wedding. As you can tell by my dress I am SO ready for Spring!  I'm playing it safe, and bringing a little shrug sweater.

Shoes I got on SALE!!  Don't you love those words?????  Now I have to paint my toes to "spiffy" up my old winter white feet.

Speaking of weddings, when I give a wedding gift I like it to be something "personal," not just some little thing off the registry.  From our wedding 28 years ago, I still have a few very special items that I cherish.  Sheets and toasters get torn and broken, but something handmade lasts a lifetime. 

Whenever I think of special wedding gifts I have to think of my sweet Mama.  Her most cherished wedding gift was a large decorated bowl. I don't know if it was because she was in love with the pattern, or if it was because it was given to her by her best friend ~ whatever it was, MAMA LOVED THAT BOWL!  EVERY time, and I mean EVERY time we had a special dinner we would always have to use this bowl.Early on Mama referred to it as the "potato salad" bowl, and the name just kind of stuck.  No matter what we were having, it was still referred to as the "potato salad" bowl. 

Mama kept it up on the top shelf of the cabinet for safety, and we were instructed to NEVER, EVER touch it unless she was around.  Whenever my sisters or I would go to reach for the bowl Mama would always say, "y'all be careful with that bowl....Mary Ellen gave it to me when your Daddy and I got married (insert correct number of years) ago."  She made us so nervous about dropping the bowl that none of us ever wanted to be the "one" to get it;) 

Mama and Daddy were married for 51 years when he passed away.  What I wouldn't give to be back in the kitchen with my Mama, cooking together, all the while worrying about dropping the potato salad bowl....... 

I know this is a totally random post, but it got me to thinking about what my most treasured wedding gift was ~ it wasn't the most expensive or fanciest gift my any means, as a matter of fact, it was handmade, too.  I'll show mine tomorrow, and if y'all wouldn't mind, I'd love to hear about (and or) "see" your's, too!

Much love,
Susan P.


Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

One of the few wedding gifts I still have (for it was 36 years ago) is a decoupaged plaque of my wedding invitation.

Since that time, I've also seen wedding invitations decoupaged on big pillar candles.

theshepherdshouse said...

It is so nice to see you blogging again!

Like Brenda, I also still have a decoupaged plaque of our wedding invitation, and a little cut glass dish that I use as a butter dish.

I love Miss Bonnie's new home ~ such a sweet little cottage and decorated with wonderful family treasures and it looks like lots of care and love too!

Sweet blessings to you Susan!

Dorothy said...

Susan, I have missed reading your blog so much and just recently discovered you were back. I am soooo glad. Your site always blesses me.
Blessings from Arizona,

Arlene @At Home with the Grimms said...

Susan, so glad to pop back in and find you blogging again!! Love Miss Bonnie's new home!

Marie said...

Your mother and her favorite bowl--how sweet! I have a few things from our marriage 50 years ago, but most have gone by the wayside.

contractors said...

i love your blog .. thanks for the post !

Mrs. U said...

Hi Susan!!
How are you???


emily horton said...

Hi! I just found your blog today and have been reading through it... please come back! I want to see what your favorite wedding gift is! :D

Carrie said...

What a sweet memory of your mother.

Arlene Grimm said...

Susan, I looked up your blog today to see if you might be blogging again....I miss you!!