Saturday, September 20, 2014

Happy News and a Birthday Gift

Life is full of so many ups and downs. I want to thank you all for the comforting comments on the loss of my sister in law. It is still hard to grasp that she is actually gone...and hard to see the look of great loss on the face of my brother in law. I know that all the love that has been shown to our family helps us all get through it. Thank you for your part in that.

Life goes on and we still find things to find joy in. Shortly before Kirsten passed away Janae and Sidney announced their engagement. They have been dating since high school and it was wonderful to find out they were going to make it official. Kirsten called me and told me how excited she was for them..which is a wonderful memory now.

We are planning a cozy garden wedding in our backyard. Our house is small, as is our yard, but we all decided we could make it so pretty and it would be a wonderful place to have a beautiful ceremony! Janae and Sidney's dogs are going to be members of the wedding party--no surprise there! lol We are so looking forward to the big day and I will post many pictures--so it will feel like you were all there :)

Another happy thing is tomorrow is Janae's 25th birthday! Seems like yesterday I was suffering through 42 hours of labor. Janae and I have many plans tomorrow (which include mostly shopping and eating :) ) and so she came over tonight and we had a little early family birthday party. I have been so excited to give her the big gift I made for her. It started out looking like this...

A cabinet I found free on the side of the road not far from our house. I knew that Janae had been wanting a clothes closet for her boy Pom, because the closet in their Pom playroom is already full of the girl Pom clothes.  I knew I could make something cute from this cabinet and I am just tickled with how it turned out.

Isn't it adorable? It was one of those projects that was so much work but so much fun to do.

Jerry hung the closet rod on the inside for me. I am sure it will be full of clothes shortly. Yes, these dogs have way more clothes than I do! For those of you interested in how I did this I am planning to do a post soon of both how to do the gingham painting technique and adding the photos to the furniture. Stay tuned!

I also painted a frame for Janae with a recent photo of all her Pom babies.

I hope this finds everyone enjoying the beginning of Fall--or whatever season you are experiencing in your part of this world.

Thanks for visiting!


Grandma Carolee said...

Both the "pom closet" and the frame are absolutely beautiful!! It is amazing how you changed that chest around and made it so cute. It is hard to believe that our first little beautiful grand baby is now 25 year old. She is a source of joy!

Junkchiccottage said...

So sorry for your loss. I know you will miss your SIL very much. My hope is the great memories with her will help with the sadness and loss.

Congrats to Janae turning 25. When my daughter turned 25 I said hey when did this happen. Now we are both the same age LOL!

She is going to love love love the cabinet. That is too adorable. You hit it out of the park on this wonderful and sweet gift. I know Janae will love it too because you made it special for her.

Have a good week end.

Lady of the Woods said...

oh Sandy, such a mix of sentiments. I am sorry for the loss, that is always too hard but so glad you also have the support from friends and family, that is so crucial.

Congratulations to Janae and I KNOW you all will have a blast decorating your garden! I love that idea, keeping it small, intimate and homey.

But the closet you made!! now that is over the charts lady! what an amazing job....It doesn't take a psychic to know you will be able to make this a business of some kind! You are talented and I do see you can make an income doing this! O.M.G.! it is amazing. Good job, and good luck! :D

Ivy and Elephants said...

Congrats to Janae! I wish her blessings and much happiness and joy. The clothes cabinet is simply adorable, I know she will love it!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to Janae! I am sure she loved the beautiful wardrobe that you made for her pom, it's just too cute! I like the way you painted the picture frame as well, very talented!

Jasper's Cottage said...

Oh my goodness, that is the cutest little cabinet I've ever seen! I can't wait for your post on how to do the gingham. I'm going to look around my house right now to identify which piece of furniture is going to get the gingham treatment.

xo jonni xo

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Sandy, I've been so busy, I haven't been by in a while. I'm so sorry for your loss. Wishing Janae a Happy Birthday. The cabinet looks fantastic.

Heirloom treasures said...

Wonderful news. Congratulations.
What can I say about that amazing cupboard but WOW. You are so talented Sandy. Janae will love her presents

farmhouse-story said...

hope her day is great! you did such a wonderful job on the cabinet, sandy! love the photos on the doors!

Holly @ Bella Nest said...

You have got to be kidding me, Sandy! That is the cutest thing I've ever seen! I'm sure the puppy with love it...& what a fantastic mom you are to have done all that work!

Marissa said...

What a transformation my goodness!
love, love, love it...
So sorry to hear about your sister in law.
may she rest in eternal peace
and may the memories of her fill your heart with joy.
Have a good Sunday.

Janae said...

Thank you so much!!! I love Bentleys closet & dinner was amazing!!! I can't wait to have my wedding in your back yard, it's going to be beautiful!

pipigirl said...

wow, it hasnt taken you long to get up and runnin with painting furniture. what an AMAZING idea. and...she will just love it!!! im so sorry to hear of your loss. its always a blow to family especially when lil ones are involved, and also when you think they really do Got it... i can relate as far as lil kids as we lost my mom when i was 17 and i was oldest of 7 which youngest was 4. its just not fair. you will be a bigger part of kids lives now as they will sure need you and jaxon will have questions from time to time so be ready for it. congrats to j and s. will give you some more joyful to focus on and it will help you all.. and ready to start selling your wares. you knocked this one out of the park.... i hope your family all takes the time you NEED to grieve but you will also have to be a rock for b in law fam. i wish you all peace.... happy day janae.

Twinkle Terrior said...

July 18th is our anniversary too !! After a couple has been good luck! BLESSINGS to the whole family oxox

Cindy said...

Oh My Gosh! That's so exciting! Such happy news. Of course the dogs will be part of the wedding party. The little closet you made is amazing too! I know she loved it to death.


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That is adorable, Sandy! I'm sure Janae loved it. How wonderful that she is engaged ~ Congratulations! How fun that you have wedding to plan and I'm sure you will have lots of creative ideas to share.