8.24.2010

'Tis the Season: Football Season, that is

Ahhh! Fall! There are so many things that I love about fall: football (Roll Tide), Friday night high school football (Go Eagles), cool weather, camping and the list goes on.

Alas, AW & I are a house divided and therein lies the rub...

I'm an Alabama fan, he's an Auburn fan.

Do you know how hard it is to be a house divided? I mean, at Christmas time whenever I buy an ornament I have to purchase both the Alabama AND the Auburn ornament. There is hardly anything cute out there for a house divided that does not cost a ridiculous amount of money.

I've been wanting to do a new craft and I've been googling easy crafts and one that piqued my interest was a rag wreath.

There were pictures of all kinds of rag wreaths online and I decided to do a house divided one! I was excited because I knew it would be cheap and it said it only took about 30 minutes to an hour to complete!

However, while I was at the store purchasing my fabric a lady about 40 or 50 years old was telling me how her mother made rag wreaths....ummm, then I started to panic, "Am I making an old lady craft?" "Have I ever seen a rag wreath in my grandmother's house? Wait, I think I have!!! Have I? Have I?" "What if this turns out ugly and old-lady-ish?"

Well, I decided I already had the fabric so I would just go ahead with it with confidence and if I hated it I would only be out $5 and an hours time.

Thankfully, I don't hate the finished product BUT I'm out way more than an hour...I'm not sure if there is something wrong with me but it definitely took me about 4 HOURS!!!

Seriously, that is ENTIRELY TOO MUCH TIME for such a project!

I want to make a Christmas wreath and maybe this time it won't take me as long...I have to think that!

Anyways, besides the fact that it took me forever to complete it was a really easy process:

I just bought 1/4 yd. of 4 different fabrics
Cut them into 1"x6" strips
Tied the strips to a wire hanger that I'd pulled out into a circle


There was plenty of this ugly fabric available at the stores ;)









But if you want this beautiful fabric you might have to shop around at a couple of stores as it is selling like crazy...who doesn't want to be a part of a winning tradition?? =)









I have a good bit of fabric scraps left over so if you know of any other "rag crafts" please let me know!

8.20.2010

8.08.2010

An Ode to My Grandmother



Yesterday we celebrated my Maw-Maw's 80th birthday with a big party at her church! She has attended that church since she was born (now that is commitment)!

 A lot of our cousins and family members flew in and drove from all over just to help celebrate! They came from California, South Dakota, Colorado, Georgia and of course from all over Alabama!

As part of the party my Aunt Vicki put the grandchildren in charge of entertainment. Now, allow me to back up a little bit... Every year we all get together on Christmas Eve and every single year my grandmother asks us to put on a "play" in the spirit of the season and every year we comply--albeit while grumbling!

Well, knowing how much she loves our little Christmas productions my cousin Amanda and I decided to write a poem narrating her life and have our cousins enact mini scenes in the background as the poem was read. It was cheesy but fun and she loved it! Which, really, is all that matters! So, I wanted to share the poem with you to honor her:

Sarah Ruth “Pat” Miller Fitzgerald's Life


August 24, 1930 our story begins
As John & Lydia Miller have child number 10

Lydia was fresh out of ideas for names
And gave John the responsibility when the little girl came

But two weeks later the little girl was nameless
“John, ain't you never gonna name this baby”? Lydia asked

So, Sarah Ruth Miller was the name her daddy gave her
But Pat was the name that her sisters' preferred

So Sarah or Pat whichever she was called
She was a little blonde haired, green eyed doll

…................................................................................

FDR was president when she was a resident of 220 G Street
Where there was a young fella she happened to meet

It was 1942 during World War II
And the fella's name was Bill and his eyes were blue

Little did she know what was to be
From meeting Bill there on G Street

…........................................................................

Now she was 14, it was 1944
And she had a job at Grant's Dime Store

She worked weekends and holidays
When she'd rather have been riding roller skates

From 9 to 9 she worked night and day
And 70 cents an hour was all she was paid

Saturday was the stores busiest day
And those little pennies were not enough pay

To miss a day at the fair
With her Uncle there

Her boss said no
So she just didn't show

But worry, she did not,
she batted those eyes and was rehired on the spot

A few years later in the 11th and 12th grades
She worked for a while as a hospital aid

And before too long it was 1949
And Sarah Ruth graduated from Anniston High

….............................................................................

Her romance with Bill began in 1950
She was head over heels at the age of twenty

Two years later they said “I do”
It was March one of 1952

She worked at Southern Bell operating phones
While also being a wife and caring for their home

A short while later in January of 1953
She gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Vicki

Although Sarah Ruth didn't slow down during her pregnancy
Vicki Lynn Fitzgerald graced the scene

Yes, she played on softball and basketball teams
All the while she was pregnant so it seems

But not too long after a son arrived
David Anderson Fitzgerald in 1955

1958 another girl was born
Nancy Elaine Fitzgerald came into the world

Connie Sue Fitzgerald was born in 1961
While the family lived out West under the California sun

Now here was the family Bill and Sarah had
Three little girls and a little boy who was mad


No brother to play with just girls everywhere
Oh how sometimes life was unfair

Not too long after back to the South they moved
Home to Alabama to raise their brood

…....................................................................................

1967 to 1979 Sarah worked hard for Coca Cola while raising her kids
And every Sunday, Carpenter United Methodist was where they'd attend

….....................................................................................

In 1978 she became a grandmother to a little baby boy
Phillip Michael Twilley was the family's pride and joy

The 80's rolled around and more grandkids arrived
Five little girls and one little boy from 1981to 1989

She was after all still a wife and a mother
But now she was called Maw-Maw or Grandma as her role as Grandmother

On holidays and birthdays the house in Oxford was filled to the brim
With her husband and children and seven grandkids

Whether Easter egg hunts or Christmas 'round the tree
The family would gather, good food on the table, together we'd all be

Now it was the 90's and her family still grew
A third grandson born in 1992

1994, '95 and '97
Two more boys and a girl made eleven

A husband, four children, four inlaws she had
And now eleven grandchildren to the clan she could add

Surrounded by family her best friends being her sisters and her nieces
Sarah, Pat, Mom, Maw-Maw, whatever she's called, she is loved to pieces

….............................................................................

The year 2000 came and we all survived
Y2K wasn't the end as some had surmised


But 2000 and 1 had a lot in store
September 11th our country was floored

Then September 29th came with a chill
As that was the day the Lord called Bill

To Sarah he was Bill, Husband and Dear
To his children he was Daddy, always near

To his grandchildren he was Pop-Pop
And in his passing all suffered great loss

But amidst all the pain there was hope at least
That one day in heaven again we'd all meet

…....................................................................................

2005 came with a gift
August 16th was born Lily Beth

Now she was a great grandmother
With a little girl to smother

With love and affection
For Lily was perfection

Since that time 3 more great grandchildren have been born
Bringing to her family love and joy

…...............................................................................

Here we are today all together once again
To celebrate your life and all that you have been

80 years of life surrounded by friends and family
We love you more than ever and hope that this will be

Your best year yet with many more to follow
We love you always Sarah, Pat, Mom, Maw-Maw, Grandma
  This is my Grandma with her 13 grandchildren & 4 great-grandchildren

8.01.2010

Summer Table Setting for Under $10!

Here's the thing, I contemplated whether or not to do this post and reveal my "cheapness". You know how it's etiquette to not say how much things cost regardless if it was really expensive or really cheap. But I've done other posts revealing the price tags and so figured this one was no different except that this is extreme cheap-ity.


AW & I were very blessed to get a new table and chairs from my parents and I l-o-v-e them! They open up and brighten up our space and coordinate better with our other decor.


So, in the spirit of newer, brighter things I decided to figure out a summery table setting! I have been wanting new summer dishes but just haven't found any that I love. I've looked everywhere: Bed, Bath & Beyond, Belk, online stores even Dollar Tree.


I couldn't find anything that I liked or that worked with my centerpiece. I really enjoy old things and therefore I really enjoy going to yard sales. I went with a co-worker of mine back in the fall and found these adorable little jars for $0.50 or $1.00 each (I can't quite remember):

I bought them because I thought they were cute and then later decided they would make a nice fall centerpiece by adding some "forever flowers" (fake sounds so tacky) to them:


Cute, right? Well, one day I was doing a price comparison between my beloved Publix and the beast that is better known as Wal-Mart when I came across some simple dishes in all different colors!

(FYI: in the end Publix ended up being cheaper, YAY!) 

When we were registering for our wedding gifts I picked out all white dishes so that I could accessorize them and use them for every season and holiday. Our dinner plates are large and for this setting work as chargers!

So, I picked out a set of four dinner plates in a darker teal color ($1), a set of four bowls in lime green ($1) and four cups in a dark purple color ($2)! That's right, all of my summer dishes cost $4!!! Needless to say that is one purchase AW approved!

I set up our new table with our new dishes while working in our formal dishes and I must say I think it's a great match! A summer sensation! *Sorry, had to be a little cheesy* Here, see for yourself:


To celebrate the summer season and our new table AW cooked some of the most delicious steaks I have ever had! We also had an Italian salad along with broccoli and cheese and a wonderful merlot we discovered at World Market! We later topped it all off with a trip to Yogurt Lab! YUM!

This was also a chance for AW to flex his grillin' muscles and believe me he was prepared...see?


Actually he would prefer this picture, way more manly and intense:


In the end it was a fabulous meal with fabulous company on a newly fabulous table! We even lit our wall sconces for the occassion!

Afterall, life's too short not to eat a big, juicy steak now and then...especially when Winn-Dixie has them on sale =)