Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wedding Party Giveaway Winner!

The Wedding Blog Party was sooooo much fun! I've visited all the beautiful posts and notice that they all got so many sweet comments!!  I have just THE BEST followers!! I intend to visit all again to devour even more beauty ~ but for right now I kinda feel like this sweet little couple . . . a bit tired and worn out!!!

Wish I could give each and every one of you a special gift, but guess that isn't possible. I'm a couple of days late posting my Wedding Blog Party Giveaway winner, as I've been at my grandkids again!! But I'm home now and happy to announce that the winner is.....

Honey, please email me with your shipping address and I'll get your win right out to you!!

Big Hugs,

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Wedding Blog Giveaway!

Yesterday we all kicked up our heels and had a great time at the Wedding Blog Party!  And it is STILL GOING ON!!
You can still link up and join in the fun!

I'm still making visits and so enjoying all your lovely posts.

Just wanted to share a few extra pictures and some closeups of the items I'm giving away in conjunction with the Wedding Party.

And of course there are going to be PINKS in the giveaway ~ you know me!

I've been so blessed recently in winning several beautiful giveaways (a few that I have yet to post about)  and I just want to pay it forward and give some goodies away myself!

If you haven't visited all the party participants yet, you can click HERE to see all sorts of romantic, beautiful, funny, and thoughtful posts!
AND there is still plenty of time for you to link up your very own wedding themed post if you'd like!

And if any of the above items tickle your fancy, just sign up for the giveaway at the above link!
Winner will be announced next Saturday, June 18th

Now for today's PINK SATURDAY.......

Please go visit our hostess with the mostest
Miss Beverly of How Sweet the Sound!

Big Pink Saturday Hugs,

Thursday, June 9, 2011

2nd Annual Wedding Blog Party.....Here Comes the Bride!

Welcome to my 2nd annual Wedding Blog Party!
I'm thrilled that you are taking time out of your busy day to visit me
and all the other participants!

Now let's get this party started......

                                       I've always loved weddings (who doesn't?!)
The past couple of weeks I've shared the following:
Retro Wedding Gowns

You'd think I'd be all wedding-ed out by now.....but no!

I collect wedding memorabilia and would love to share some of my favorite items with you today.

~ My Bonnie Bride Doll ~
Santa brought her to me when I was 9 yrs. old.
I played with her for hours on end!
She could walk down the aisle and could even toss her own bouquet!
Of course, I always caught it!
Thus began my love affair with all things wedding.....

Look at her profile.....isn't she beautiful?
And her hair is just my color!!

This is her original satin dress. I had it dry cleaned last week and they lost it!
I just about died when they told me they had mistakingly given it to another customer.
Luckily "he" had no use for it and returned it!
I had removed her veil for safe keeping and can't remember where I put it!
Gosh, if I locate it soon, I'll take another picture and add it here!

Anyhoo, she is wearing her original gown, undies, and high heels. I've replaced her veil and her bouquet.

See the whopping price of $9.99?!?

Here is a short 1 min. original b & w t.v. commercial for her.....

I display my wedding gown and veil on a dressform in our bedroom.  She is the last thing I see when I go to bed at night.....
and the first thing I see when I wake up each morning! How fun is that?!?!

My gown and veil were featured on the cover of MODERN BRIDE in the Fall 1975 issue

This is my plantation wedding cupboard. Hubby added lights to it for me to display some of my wedding topper collection.  This pic was made several Christmases ago ~ it is a bit fuller now!

                                 My Scarlett O'Hara Bride Doll by Seymour Mann

This was when Scarlett married Charles Hamilton. She later married Frank Kennedy, then Rhett Butler.
Different dresses, different men, same ol' scheming Scarlett, but I love her!
Can you tell I'm a huge Gone With the Wind fan?
To see more of a Bridal Tea in a past post click HERE.

Our 1974 Wedding Cake Topper
Gosh, it's yellowing ~ must mean we are close to becoming "vintage"!
Our anniversary is June 14th!  Will be 37 years!

                         Sweet handmade bird's nest by Shirl of Shirl's Rose Cottage

Below are gifts & purchases:
Karla at Karla's Cottage ~ Bridal decoupaged box, tiny June bride, paper Wedding dress
Laurie at Laurie's Charming Designs ~ Pearls of Wisdom Birdie
Vickie at Visuals by Vickie ~ Kitty Cats Bride and Groom by Summer's Darling Pat

Glitter Bride and Groom & Cakes ~ borrowed from daughter's wedding
Wedding graphic ~ Karla's Cottage
Glittered Pink Church ~ Mary at Oh Merci!

Last year I featured my little Ring Bearer and mentioned that he was lonesome for his Flower Girl.
Well, Sweet Pat of
Urban Chic was listening......She sent me not only her little Flower Girl, but an adorable Bride and Groom, too!
They are mini Madame Alexander dolls distributed by McDonalds.
Beautiful PaperDoll and Fabric Picture
by precious Amy of Four Sisters in a Cottage

Most of my cake toppers are vintage, but the one below is a reproduction by Katherine's Collection.

I love the sequined heart, the pearls, and especially love the two tiny gold wedding bands on the lower front left.

Goodness, someone needs to pry this bride away from her groom ~ Look how smeared her lipstick is!!
Beautiful faux chocolate cake by Celeste of Celestina Marie Designs

Such a solemn couple

This bride reminds me of Marilyn Monroe with her beauty mark over her eye!

These look a tad riled, don't they?!?

I think this groom got into his bride's mascara and eye liner!

My very favorite and very OLD child couple

Guess what is in this beautiful vintage double heart wedding ring box!?!
Ring Box from Amy at Four Sisters in a Cottage

The Promise Ring that Hubby gave me in high school
and the lucky penny that my sweet daddy placed in my shoe on my wedding day.
Hubby also placed this same penny in our daughter's shoe on her special day.
What? You can't see the diamond?!?
Well, here, let me make it a bit bigger .....  still can't see it?!?
It is just a teensy chip of a diamond but I was oh so proud of it ~ still am!

As I said the wedding cupboard has gotten a tad more crowded.
Let's open it up and take a closer peek inside....

To see more photos and closeups of these items, click HERE.

This is a display I have in our family room.

The Nancy Ann Storybook Bride doll is a recent find.

The beaded bell wedding cake topper is a reproduction made by Martha Stewart

Most of these cake toppers are from the late 1940's and 1950's

1950's Bride and her attendants

I love sweet children Bride and Grooms

Many of these are by Lefton and Napco

Some of my more recent Bride and Groom toppers.
Most of these are from the 1980's and 1990's.
I could just go on and on about my love for wedding cake toppers, vintage wedding cabinet cards, bridal gowns, veils, tiaras, garters, bridal books, figurines, and well, you understand my mania now, don't you?!?  Next time you are out shopping and find a unique wedding item, think of ME!

No wedding party would be complete without presents,
so I'm offering this giveaway below.....

Cross-stitched bridal bouquet picture in oval frame
Cross-stitched wedding cake, designed by me 
Vintage Chalkware Bride and Groom Cake Topper @ late 1940's
Cross-stitched Bride with Tulle Veil, designed by me
Handmade Beaded and Sequined White Felt Heart
Trio of Stacked Lavender Sachet Pillows

3 Velvet Charm Bookmarks (wedding bells, engagement ring, and heart)
Rhinestone and Pearl Drop Earrings
5 Wedding Charms (Bride & Groom, Bouquet, I DO Hearts, Church, Just Married Car)
Handmade Love Tag
Vintage Crocheted Doily

Just leave me a comment on this post if you'd like to win ~ and let me know if you are a follower for an extra chance to win!
Winner will be drawn and announced next Saturday, June 18th

Please feel free to link up to this party below. We have out of town relatives here and will be spending time with them, but I'll be visiting you all as soon as I can.

Party guidelines:

Link your intended post and not your whole blog.
To link up with inlinkz you must have a link back to this party in your post prior to linking up.
If you find inlinkz will not add your post, then just add my link in and try again.
Please try to visit as many of the links below as possible and be sure to leave them a comment letting them know you stopped by.

I'm sure you will  find some great inspiration and some new blog friends.

Big Hugs,