Brides, Biking, and Beating the Heat

It's so hard to keep up. Each week seems more busy than the next and Sara Paper struggles to stay ahead of the game. On the home front the garden is growing like crazy and poor Adam has to take care of it all by himself since this is the height of wedding season and I have an excuse to not do any yard work. I'm excited that everything is growing tall and strong, including my eggplant.

It's just a little guy right now . . .But it inspired me to post purpley and greenish invites.

Let's not forget personal stationery! This one folds on the side instead of the top.

A flat card does the trick!

Don't forget the matching envelope!

How about lady bugs? Here's a cute one.Did I mention that we have bikes now? It's our new hobby.
Here's a note card resting on my bike pedal (makes sense right?)
And here is my hubby checking out his bike when we biked in Ashtabula county.
(I didn't bring note cards along with me then.)
Here we are enjoying The Ferrante Winery that evening.
Delish wine and food and nice music out on their patio.
On the way home we stopped to visit the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. Creepy, fun, terribly romantic (okay it's not). But it is interesting.
The Reformatory doors were opened to its first 150 young offenders in September 1896. After housing over 155,000 men in its lifetime, the doors to the prison closed December 31, 1990. The Shawshank Redemption and several other movies was filmed here.

Here I am enjoying the comforts of home.
Notice my shiny face - it was super hot!
I had just told Adam to make it quick - it felt really,
really creepy standing behind those bars.

Adam didn't think so. He probably inhaled
a good amount of lead paint.
Not only could you tour the old cell blocks you got to see
where the warden and his family lived. It was very castle-like.
Now of course it's a peeling mess. Here is some cool wallpaper
left in one of the childrens room.
Seriously, it sounds goofy to urge people to go see an old prison
but it was really interesting. The grounds, the chapel, and the artifacts from over 125 years ago. Most interesting to me is that they fully restored
the main lobby of the building and they rent it out for weddings
and other social functions. Now THAT'S an invite I'd love to design.

I usually don't like to post invites until after the wedding so I will have
lots to post in the next couple weeks. hard to believe it's July and already I have to begin to focus on the
Fall and Winter brides. Not to mention dreaming up holiday items.

But while we're still fighting the dog days of summer
I'll end with this nice thought.

Wild, Wonderful Wednesday - and the reasons why

Why is Wednesday so great? Well, normally it's not. Middle of the week, nothing special sort of day. Today, however, even with the blah weather it seems more special because I got good mail. Some people sent me money (always fun) but I also received two note cards. With actual handwritten words inside of them. Nice words which brightened my day. So I decided to highlight some of my favorite note cards and a few things which made this Wild, Wonderful Wednesday.

First - Wild flowers. Not really all that wonderful though. I won't show you the sad looking flowerbed in which they currently reside. But they are pretty on their own.

Second - Wild Invitation! Can't wait to show this one off. It's still in the proofing stages but I love it. And in the process I got to learn the difference between cheetah spots and leopard spots - interesting.One good thing about the rain is that it's great for our newly planted garden. Adam worked hard last week to get the plants in, construct his clever irrigation system for the second year in a row. This year he topped himself and built a special fence to keep out the dogs and other wild animals that make it into the yard. We hate nothing more, than a beautiful pepper plant, squashed by a clumsy dog.Speaking of rain - we now have a rain gauge. We can now participate in conversations that revolve around how many 1/8s of an inch we have in our rain gauge. Riveting stuff! What is wild about this is that Adam ("King of the Leveler") clearly installed it without the use of a level. I'm in shock.

Since we're in the garden I can show off my favorite note cards. These have a vintage fruit print on them. Reminds me of old tablecloths.

While we're looking at note cards - here's a new one that I really like. It's simple but I love the hydrangea printed in a deep charcoal and my name with a pop of color.

Here's a recent invite for Ohio Northern University. For a Wind Turbine Celebration. The recycled paper fits the bill perfectly. I'll probably use more of this unique paper.

Moving on to why today is so Wonderful - in one word, Sonic. Got a coupon for a free Rt.44 drink. I selected a Cherry Limeade - the best drink ever! Ever order a 44 oz. drink from anywhere?

It's pretty big.

Another picture of Wonderful - our dog Jr. She's probably begging for a sip of that Cherry Limeade.
And Finally . . . something else I received with the mail - the book I ordered from Amazon. Only cost me $0.01 (plus $3.99 shipping). A book with Wednesday in the title - received on a Wednesday!!!! I'll bet the guy that shipped it to me planned it that way.

Husband and Wife Landscaping

It's been awhile since my last post, with good reason. I've been super busy with a multitude of brides and various projects. I'm looking forward to the summer, have been faithfully attending my pilates and zumba classes and according to the post title, doing a bit of landscaping.

First off, I'm not the worlds greatest gardener. I'm more of an "appreciator" of great landscaping. But I try to keep up and do my part by planting a couple flats of annuals and of course a garden heavy with tomatoes. This year Adam commented that we need to plant perennials so we have less work in the spring. So in addition to my petunias I planted a Bleeding Heart bush (very pretty delicate little blooms). My neighbor offered me some of her hostas that she was planning on eliminating from their much more impressive landscaping, so I hopped on that and moved the hardy plants to my yard.

Now, let's talk about my husband and his thoughts (or in this case his actions) in the landscaping realm. He's a mulcher which is great. The town offers free mulch which is actually pretty decent mulch. Last night he works until he can no longer see. He's cleaned up the grape vines (our own little vineyard) behind our home, yanked out all the sticklers and dug up some random tulips bulbs. Then a fresh layer of mulch and his own decorations. I laughed out loud when I went out there this morning.

My idea of pretty

His idea of pretty

A close up of what made me laugh.
His prized cattle heads from Jackson County, each artfully adorned with a fading tulip.

Compromise is everything in a marriage.