We’ll Miss You Sharon

Sharon, Oh Sharon. What are we going to do without you!?

Yup folks, you heard right. She’s leaving. Well, she’s actually officially gone. She celebrated our 50th wedding with us this past weekend and went out with a bang. She will never forget her last wedding at Evan and Company, it was 100 degrees, literally.  2015-06-14_0008 My name may be on the t-shirts and van, but it’s gals like Sharon that really make Evan and Company a success. Sharon has been with me since day one. From photo shoots, weddings and everything in between I don’t know what I would’ve done these last 2 years without her. 2015-06-14_0002 Sharon and her husband are moving back “home” to Headland, Alabama. Both of their Mothers are facing some health setbacks and they mutually felt it was time for them to be closer. I tried to talk her oldest daughter into having a kiddo so they would be more inclined to stay in Montgomery. It didn’t work.  2015-06-14_0005 2015-06-14_0004 Shar-bear (that’s what we call her around the office. You can thank Chandler for that one!) has truly been like a 2nd Mom to not only me, but everyone on our team. Though we don’t always listen, it doesn’t stop Momma Sharon. Her brain is packed with cheesy jokes, heartfelt words and a wealth of wisdom.  2015-06-14_0003 We’ve shared lots of memories with Sharon but one of my most favorite moments…. 2015-06-14_0009 Our team photo shoot with Aubrie. It’s not everyday a gal gets professional hair and makeup. You should’ve have seen her getting all glammed up, you would’ve thought she was going to prom. 2015-06-14_0007

I never imagined that I would cross paths with an individual like Sharon, but I’m certainly glad they did.

Thank you for everything you do in helping me fulfill my dreams in life. I couldn’t do what I do without strong team players like you. You inspire me to keep going, push me to be creative and yell at me when I book 3 weddings in 1 weekend but I wouldn’t change it one bit. You will be missed tremendously but of course not forgotten. Answer your phone when I call to talk. 😉

Love You!

Cookie Jar Christmas Craft

Christmas is TOMORROW!!!! Can you believe it?!?! Layla and I couldn’t resist one last “Christmas Craft” before it was too late. We met Friday morning at Hobby Lobby to pick up a few last minute items for our project.

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We were inspired by a photo floating around Instagram that Tamara created for Becky. This project is super simple. All you need is a cookie jar, epson salt and a few accessories depending on the theme of your craft.

For the longest Kevin has always wanted a vintage air stream, so when Layla found this ornament at Michaels she knew it was PERFECT! We picked up a few twigs from the front yard to use for the light support and she made that adorable campfire out of twigs and a piece of translucent gold scrapbook paper. I LOVE the way Layla’s Cookie Jar turned out! Isn’t it adorable?

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I was SUPER EXCITED with the way my Nativity turned out too. Mostly because we had something totally different in mind, but while walking up and down the aisles at Hobby Lobby that changed really fast!

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To create this Cookie Jar Christmas Craft you’ll need just a few things. 1.) Wooden Beads 2.) Glitter Scrapbook Paper 3.) Bakers Twine 4.) Jute Twine 5.) Tapered Corks. Each of those items can be picked up at Hobby Lobby.  Below are a few step by step shots so you guys have a better idea of how everything came together!

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I can’t even handle Baby Jesus in that birds nest. So cute, right? We used raffia as hay.

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There are endless ideas when it comes to creating you Cookie Jar Christmas Crafts. Thanks again Tamara and Becky for inspiring us. I always LOVE crafting with Layla. We have a blast together. There is never a dull moment. We decided we are going to make  it a once a month date.

Merry Christmas!

Be sure to check out Layla’s full post here.

#TheChapelMarket Recap

Y’all, WE DID IT! #TheChapelMarket was beyond a success. I remember the day I received the text from Layla, “Hey! I have something I want to talk to you about. :-)”.  I’m glad We proceeded with that conversation….

DISCLAIMER: I stole most of these photos. I never take my camera with Me and I regretted it over and over this weekend. Thankfully these professional bloggers never leave home without theirs. Be sure to visit each of their blogs for their #thechapelmarket aftermath posts.  

The day couldn’t have been more perfect. YES!! This is real life! Beautiful blue skies and a quaint little white Chapel.  2013-10-23_0008 2013-10-23_0016 TCM is a Vintage Goods Market, held in Pike Road, Alabama and if you missed it, SHAME ON YOU. It was beyond FANTASTIC. There are really no words that can properly describe it. I had a smile from ear to ear for 3 days straight! It’s just what my heart needed.

Friday and Saturday were a complete whirlwind. I vaguely remember everything that happened. I arrived late on Friday afternoon due to previous commitments, when I pulled into the Chapel parking lot all I could see were trucks, trailers, and lots of pretties.  2013-10-23_0010 The day wouldn’t have been possible with out the helping hands of many of Layla’s blogger friends. (I had NO IDEA the blogging world was the way that it is.) These ladies are like the Oprah’s of blogging. It’s INSANE.  2013-10-23_0009 2013-10-23_0001 Market Professionals– that’s what all these ladies are! Their booths were styled to PERFECTION. SO  much amazingness in one room.  2013-10-23_0005

I have to say, Mary’s (Urban Farmgirl) booth might have been my Favorite. I felt like I was in a Ralph Lauren inspired club house. It was beyond perfect. Mary and Susan (Maples and Magnolia) know how to style their little hearts out.   2013-10-23_0013 How fantastic is this lady’s find from Mary’s booth?!? Can’t you just see that hanging on her wall in her craft room? LOVE IT!  2013-10-23_0004 My life is much sweeter having met Mary and Susan. There are no words to describe the feelings I have towards these ladies. Not only are they super talented, but they are genuine. Such a giving heart! I PROMISE I am coming to Chicago soon!  2013-10-23_0006 When planning The Chapel Market, Layla was persistent on me having a booth. I don’t sell pillows, pretty hand painted furniture or candles but I do know a thing or two about flowers. So a Fresh Flower Stand was born. I Love this shot Layla captured of me prepping all the pretty blooms.  2013-10-23_0007

I have to admit, I was pretty darn excited with the way my booth turned out. Doesn’t it just scream “Street corner in NYC”?  2013-10-23_0014 This guy… Meet Matt Daddy West. There are no words! I am beyond Thankful I met Matt and Shaunna. They are precious people with the most genuine hearts. Matt will make you laugh until your cheeks hurt and he owns a pretty snazzy pair of shoes I wanted to snatch off his feet.  2013-10-23_0011 The thing I LOVED most about TCM was meeting so many wonder folks. There were shoppers and bloggers from all over the United States. I met Instagram followers left and right. I had no idea people actually ready my blog or pay attention to what I say on Twitter– So many sweet comments and kind words. I appreciate them more than you know. There were a few familiar faces that popped in through out the day and I couldn’t have been happier to see them, You guys brightened my day.  2013-10-23_0012

I even snagged a few goodies of my own. I’m still swooning over these metal folding chairs from  the Chicago Park District. Susan knows how to win my heart over. Oh and that flannel bunting– Doesn’t it belong in a little guys room?!?  I can’t wait to style a super fun shoot with all these goodies.   2013-10-25_0002

I would be a horrible person if I didn’t mention my FABULOUS friend Rachel Odom. She is a lettering queen. I don’t think she realizes the talent she has. It’s INSANE. She helped me take my booth to the next level with all of my hand lettered chalk board signage. She dropped by the Chapel on Friday to help me finish a few last minute things and before I knew it she was chalking away. Shaunna, Layla and Lucy put her skills to work. I LOVE this Star she lettered for Lucy. I wanted to take it to my office.  2013-10-25_0001 Layla, I’m so grateful to know and work with you. You and Kevin are such a blessing and an inspiration to so many. It’s an honor to call you a friend I thank the Lord for bringing you guys into my life. 2013-10-23_0003 The Chapel Market Official 2013 iPhone Vendor photo. Urban Farmgirl,Evan G. CooperLucys InspiredSouthern AccentsSouthern MakersMary K. AndrewsPerfectly ImperfectThistlewood FarmsAt The Picket Fence,Miss Mustard SeedFinding HomeAcres of HopeMaple & Magnolia, Rachel Odom andPoppy Pedals. It was a pleasure spending the weekend with you ladies. Look forward to seeing you all again very soon! Until next time… 2013-10-23_0015

Chapel Market Flowering

Last Monday I met up with my friend Layla from The Lettered Cottage.  We have been busy pickin’ goodies for #thechapelmarket that will be taking place here in town in October!

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While we were wandering the flea market the other day, we found a collection of vintage tins—my eyes light up! I instantly saw beautiful vases for flowers. Most of the time people think that flowers have to be in pretty glass vases—that’s not  always the case.  These vintage tins have TONS of personality and can dress up any table, nightstand or countertop. The perfect addition to any cottage.

Once we wrapped up our shopping trip we headed over to the local wholesale market to pick up a few beautiful blooms.  Since we picked the Tetley tin to make our arrangement in, we wanted to pick flowers that would play up the royal blue color so we chose pops of pink and yellow.

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After we chose our beautiful blooms we headed back to the office to get to work. It was such a beautiful day, we pulled the work tables outside. NOTE: This are iPhone photos. I apologize the quality is not up to par.

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and the finished project… Layla and I were so pleased with the outcome.

2013-07-20_003 Remember, I will be having a fresh flower booth at #thechapelmarket. Ya know, it will be similar to what you would see at a Farmers Market or on the curb of a big city! I will even have a couple of small arrangements in a few of my favorite vintage tins.

The Market will be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm on the 19th of October.

The address for the Market is:

1 Chapel Hill Street
Pike Road, Alabama
36064

We have had over 300 RSVP. If you are planning on coming make sure you hop on over to our Facebook Page and click on the “events” icon.

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and then click, “join”. It just takes a few simple clicks and you are all RSVP’d and ready to go!

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We are so excited that each and everyone of you are just as excited as we are. We look forward to meeting all of you! Can’t wait to see everyone there! See ya soon!