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September 6, 2010 / dcwisdom

A Country Wedding

Come Saturday, there will be a wedding in the backyard.

Just a small family gathering with plenty of country ambience and a Texas bar-be-que.  All plans are in full swing.  Rick mowed the pastures today and set up the water fountain while the boys provided extra help.  They made a big difference in the chores that were done today.  Thanks, guys!

Any time you’re working with a small budget, the creative juices have to flow.  Mom and I are gathering flower vases and table cloths, and Emily is loaning her catering dishes for fruit and veggie trays and the wedding cake.  Rich wants chocolate pies instead of a wedding cake, but you must have a wedding cake.  There will be cakes and pies!

[Rabbit chase:  There are many of you who claim you have no creative powers and always request others to help you with projects.  But, let me say here that, generally, there are very few original ideas out there.  If you have an idea about something, search the magazines, craft books, internet, blogs, and find a variation of what you want.  Then, go for it.  Tweek it.  Make it your own.  You just might end with a project that pops your buttons!]

With the wedding planned at sunset, we want plenty of candlelight, so today, Mom and I made our candle holders.  We started with old quart-sized canning jars…

…and a counter full of mid-century costume jewelry.  I’ve saved several bags of old funky jewelry just for an occasion as this.  It was challenging to find the right gauge of wire for strength and for flexibility. 

We’ll put an inch or so of rock salt in the bottom of the jars to stabilize our votive candles.  I wanted to buy play sand, but the sacks come only in 50 pounds, so I opted for rock salt.  If anyone out there has any experiences with rock salt as candle stabilizers, please tell me now, good or bad.

Gosh…this was so much fun!

We have 11 of these eclectic holders to hang around the covered porch area.  My wonderful neighbors are providing their Boston ferns, and I bought a dozen pillar candles at Goodwill for 99 cents each.  I found hurricane glass at Hobby Lobby for the candles to set on the deck railing. 

Anyway, I’ll have plenty of pictures and will attempt to be here once or twice this week before the wedding.  We’re oozing creative juices.

Peace and love.



  1. mary / Sep 9 2010 4:34 AM

    Love them!

  2. Glenda / Sep 7 2010 4:56 PM

    The candleholders are gorgeous and perfect for a country wedding! Can’t wait to see all the pics!

  3. Stacey at Living by Faith / Sep 7 2010 12:03 PM

    It is going to be so beautiful! I love the candle holders and how each one is different.

  4. Deb / Sep 7 2010 6:51 AM

    love the candle holders..can’t wait to see the wedding photos….

  5. Montreal Weddings / Sep 7 2010 6:11 AM

    Jars are appearing beautiful, great snaps…

  6. Patty / Sep 6 2010 11:39 PM

    Why don’t you just like color the rock salt? You could use jello without the water. right? I haven’t ever done this but try a bit of it and see what happens. Wouldn’t hurt if you want coloring.

    Love the jars though..Love the idea of outside at sunset in TX. Hope there are no hurricane’s next weekend. Be prayin’ for ya all.

  7. Vickie / Sep 6 2010 9:17 PM

    Hey Deb – those candle holders are going to be FAB~! I just love them. We used just some plain jars and our sugar sand here at the farm to stabilize the candles. It worked just fine. I love how you’re decorating them. Wish I was there. I’d love to help you – sounds like everything is under control and it’s going to be beautiful!! I can’t wait to see the photos! Show us more stuff!

  8. Debby Pucci / Sep 6 2010 8:48 PM

    It is going to be beautiful. How exciting. I love the jars you made. We planned a wedding in 3 weeks and it was fabulous! You have a busy week ahead of you. Have fun.

  9. Diana Ferguson / Sep 6 2010 8:43 PM

    Absolutely love them!!!!!

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