A Train Station, Clay and a Wedding: A Unique Combination

October has been a working month for John and me. Not the set the alarm clock at 5:30, go in to the office and then return home at dusk kind of work, but instead, the delivery crew for Emily Grace Design, Emily’s wedding rental business. Three Saturdays this month we’ve delivered glasses, dishes, hand painted signs and other decor items to make a bride’s day special.

Last weekend’s wedding provided a bonus since it was located in the Morean Arts Center for Clay in St. Petersburg.


We toured the historic train station turned art center…


where workshops and classes with professional teaching artists are available at the center for pottery lovers of all ages and skill levels.


We especially enjoyed the pieces produced by children and displayed on the fence behind the station.


Art and plants occupied much of the outdoor space.


But a more formal gallery inside showcased the work of artists.



We didn’t get our hands dirty in mud or throw a pot on a wheel, instead we had a hand in creating the space designated for events into the wedding reception area for Shelby and Angel.




As a bonus, we discovered the Pinellas Trail running behind the fence decorated with the children’s work so we’ll be back again soon, but this time for a bike ride.

Thanks to my husband, John, for sharing his photos!

TBT Lesson #72

Four years ago today, Meghan and Jonathan enjoyed their first dance as husband and wife, and then continued to dance the night away celebrating a new beginning.

Happy Happy Anniversary!


TBT Lesson #72: Dance your way through life with the one you love.



3 Down; 12 To Go

When my nephew, Steven, called last spring to announce his engagement to Katie, I knew that a trip to an out of state wedding would be part of this year’s 15 in 15. And once the date and location was set, planning began for a long weekend in Virginia.

We started in Richmond with walks down Monument Avenue and along the James River.

Then we were off to Charlottesville where we checked into the house we rented at Rosneath Farm. A perfect place for the family to hang out while waiting for wedding festivities.

IMG_7677On a cold, wet morning we set out to explore the Barboursville Ruins, the burned house of Virginia governor James Barbour. A house that had been designed by Thomas Jefferson.

We also had time to drive the Skyline in Shenandoah National Park, take a walk from Monticello, and visit Appomattox Court House National Historic Park for the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the stacking of the arms signaling the end of the Civil War.

And of course, we enjoyed the main event…Steve and Katie’s wedding.

Best wishes to the newlyweds!


A Virginia Wedding

Sarah’s and Daniel’s wedding in February was only the first family wedding of 2015. Today, my nephew Steven marries Katelyn in Charlottesville, Virginia.

No wedding pictures yet, but here’s a few of the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs.

Not so sure about that Washington Redskin attire, but if she can’t make him into a fisherman, that’s quite an accomplishment.

They proved in February they know how to enjoy a wedding…with kisses

S&Kand dancing.


Looking forward to celebrating another happy couple.

Best wishes Steve and Katie!

1 Down; 14 To Go

In 2013, John came up with a brilliant idea of creating a yearly bucket list of places to go and things to do which has become an annual tradition. We’ve found shark’s teeth, visited Florida’s springs, swam with manatee, and watched the sunrise over the Atlantic and the sunset over the Gulf in the same day.

It’s hard to believe we didn’t complete the first item on the 15 in 15 list until midway through February, but it was a big one. Sarah’s and Daniel’s wedding marked the first event in our list of 15 in 15, and what an event!

IMG_6363After a few pre-ceremony pictures, it was off to the church.

The culmination of days of decorating and months of preparation, Sarah and Daniel walked down the aisle and said “I do” on Saturday, February 14th.

Then off to the reception to spend time with family and friends celebrating Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Sarah Patty. #PattyParty2015

It may have taken six weeks to reach the 1 down, 14 to go mark, but it was well worth it! Congratulations Sarah and Daniel.

*Most photos without credit given were taken by my wonderful husband, John. I’ve tried to give credit to photos taken by others, but if I missed you and you’d like credit, please leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to update.

Napkin Dilemna

What is it with napkins? They’ve been a source of distress at all three of my daughter’s weddings.

When Meghan and Jon married, we rented 100 white napkins and during the clean up phase all but a dozen were thrown away. The only napkins I returned was the unopened package of extra napkins. Of course, that resulted in a charge for lost items.

Then when Emily and Brian married, we rented 150 mint napkins and a dozen white napkins. We didn’t lose as many, but somehow eleven of the white napkins disappeared and three of the mint ones went missing. More charges.

This time I decided to just buy napkins for Sarah and Daniel’s wedding. No worries about losing them, and can you believe purchasing cloth napkins is actually cheaper than renting?

Of course, the disadvantage of purchasing is washing and folding over a 100 pink napkins, but I decided it was worth the effort. I’m not sure if we lost any of the napkins since I didn’t count them, but when I washed them I encountered a new problem…red stains on a couple dozen napkins and several red sticky clumps of some strange substance stuck on the surface of the dryer.


Ruining some of the pink napkins…no big deal, but red, sticky mess in the dryer…that’s is a big deal. I had the pleasure of picking, scrapping, and wiping off the red clumps. Then I heated the dryer to soften the sticky substance which made it possible to remove all of the red goo. Dryer salvaged.

Need napkins? Avoid the hassle, I recommend paper.

Love Quotes

We are most alive when we’re in love. ~John Updike
Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with another. ~Thomas Merton

When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out. ~Elizabeth Bowen
Where there is great love, there are always wishes. ~Willa Cather

You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. ~Dr. Seuss
If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love. ~Maya Angelou

I know of only one duty, and that is to love. ~Albert Camus

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven. ~Karen Sunde
For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. ~Judy Garland
A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years. ~Rupert Brooke
Kisses are a better fate than wisdom. ~e. e. cummings
A life without love is like a year without summer. ~Swedish Proverb

Don’t Obsess Over the Weather

Last Sunday night shortly before I was heading to bed, John asked if I’d looked at the weather forecast for the wedding day.

“No,” I answered. “The wedding’s almost two weeks away. It’s too early to worry about the weather.”

He proceeded to tell me that the forecast was available, and that he was looking at it. “Do you want me to tell you what it says?” he asked.

“I guess.”

“Well there’s some good news. It’s not going to be freezing. Lows in the 40s. But there’s an 80% chance of rain.”

“Why did you tell me that? I’d rather have cold than rain. The reception’s outside. We don’t need rain.”

He went on to say that it should be clear by 7:00 after a full day of rain. What good is that? Everything will be wet and muddy by then. I repeated my earlier declaration, “It’s too early to check the weather.”


Then Monday morning Sarah called to say Daniel had been checking the weather the night before and it sounded like they’d had a very similar conversation.

I stately emphatically, “It’s too early to check the weather. They’re lucky to predict the weather tomorrow, much less two weeks out.”

If Daniel and John feel the need to check the weather, they should share it with each other. Leave us out of the discussion of rain, wind, and cold temperatures.

Let’s be honest, there’s nothing we can do about the weather. I’ve planned for cold…heaters, fire pits, coffee and cocoa, blankets, pashmina scarves.  After all, it’s the heart of winter. I’ve planned for rain…tent, garage, umbrellas; but this is the dry season in Florida. We aren’t suppose to have heavy rains and thunder and lightning. And if we do, I’m sure those who forecast the weather have no clue it’s coming.

I’m convinced they use a dart board to make their long range forecasts and a week ago, the dart of a meteorologist somewhere hit the thunderstorm section of the dart board.

I’m not going to panic. I have no faith in these forecasts. I’ve eliminated blizzard and hurricane from the forecast possibilities next weekend, but we’ll be ready for whatever else may come; but I won’t be obsessively checking the weather apps on my phone or tuning in to the weather forecast on TV.

We can’t change it so don’t obsess over the weather forecast.



And by the way, by last Monday, the forecast said the chance of rain on the 14th is 0%. Told you they use a dart board!

Let the Celebration Begin

IMG_3470The first of many celebrations in honor of Sarah and Daniel took place last Friday night in Tallahassee.

IMG_3548Jeff, Carole, Meghan, John and I took off after work to attend an engagement party given by Daniel’s brother and sister-in-law, Brandon and Ali at the home of a friend, Judy.

IMG_3558Sarah’s and Daniel’s families had the chance to meet one another as friends and family gathered to toast the bride and groom to be.

The pre-wedding celebration season has officially begun!

A Valentine Wedding

Two months after their engagement, Sarah and Daniel have tackled many of the big decisions regarding the planning of their wedding, the most important…they’ve set the date…February 14, 2015! Yes, Valentine’s Day.


The heat and excessive rain we experienced in the months of August and September resulted in a change in the original plan of a summer wedding. And after much discussion regarding the location of the wedding they finally decided on Ocala.

Sarah’s wedding dress should arrive in a few weeks. The bridal party has been chosen. Bridesmaid dresses are on order. The church reserved, the caterer selected, and the photographer booked.

Pretty impressive for two months!


Engagement pictures were taken last weekend.

With an engagement party next weekend. Let the celebration begin!