Aug 13 2010

Wedding Canopy Success


When we were planning our outdoor wedding, I looked for something appropriate as a backdrop for the ceremony.  The lattice canopy at the rental store fit the bill, but how to decorate it?

I looked online at images for a decorated canopy, but nothing seemed to fit.  Most were decorated for indoor weddings, had expensive flowers or were too frou frou.

Armed with about 150 yards of tulle, two decorative flower holders from Michael’s and an abundance of hydrangeas from the garden, my sisters and friends went to work a few hours before the wedding.  They created a beautiful setting for the ceremony, without making something that overwhelmed the yard.

I was very pleased with the result, and all of our wedding photos feature this canopy in the background.  I am posting photos to inspire some future DIY bride.Chuppah2


Aug 9 2010

Wedding Hairstyle


After the stylist I hired to do my hair had a scheduling complication (the frantic phone call the day before the wedding), Donna called Kim Moore, a stylist in Mt. Airy.  She agreed to make a house call on Sunday and transformed me from an ordinary woman of a “certain age” into a happy, radiant bride.  And she did this without practicing on me in advance!

Jul 11 2010

Our Southwestern Honeysun


Roger and I went on our “honeysun” to the Four Corners area for 16 days.  We traveled over 2000 miles in our rented Ford Edge, over paved and decidedly unpaved roads.  Every day brought amazing experiences hiking and camping in the breathtaking environment.  Some highlights include:  the light in Santa Fe, sunsets on Mesa Verde, Dead Horse Point State Park, camping on BLM land at Valley of the Gods, seeing a herd of bull elk and a kit fox, hiking Aztec Butte, the 16% grade switchback descent from the top of Black Canyon of the Gunnison to the bottom, the ruins at Hovenweep, and just about everything at Chaco Canyon.

We listened to an outstanding presentation on the night stars at national parks given by Dr. Tyler Nordgren and bought copies of his new book, Stars Above, Earth Below.  (Here is a link to his website which includes the Powerpoints and his blog:

Just about every photo we took (all 400+ of them) brings back a special memory.

Roger discovered “Trip Journal,” a great iPhone app (99 cents) that allows the user to set waypoints, organize and label photos, and take notes.  The output is a nifty map of the trip, including the photos and comments.  The entire trip can be exported to Facebook (yikes!  My friends would unfriend me.), Flickr, Google Earth and more.  I am especially thankful for the ability to take quick notes in my iPhone trip journal.  Next, I plan to put the whole honeysun into a Shutterfly book.  By the fall, I will be able to “thrill” any guest with a variety of media about our trip.

Every regular domestic day with Roger is terrific, but our honeysun is unforgettable.

Nov 25 2009

Susan Loy Calligraphy


In addition to the most excellent Redhead clogs, Carhartt jacket and FUDGE, Roger surprised  me with my favorite Shakespeare sonnet in calligraphy by Susan Loy.  We saw Ron Loy at the NCTE Convention in Philadelphia, and he and I talked about the Loy White House Easter Egg print that I have framed in the hallway.  Her work is so detailed and beautiful that it can’t be described.  You have to see it.  The picture of my poem is from her catalogue on line.  Visit her website at

True Minds

Mar 21 2009

Re-Marriage Bridal Show


Nicole, Emily, Shirley, Lauren, Evelyn and I made an interesting bridal party as we attended the premier Re-Marriage Bridal Show at Gramercy Mansion.

Each of us won door prizes that, more or less, were “just what we need.” Evelyn won the grand prize, an overnight stay at Gramercy Mansion, which she generously donated to the bride-to-be (emphasis on the “to-be-a-while-from-now”).

Surely, it’s a positive sign for our eventual union that on the grounds of Gramercy Mansion is Koinonia, the oldest organic farm in Maryland? The fresh herbs are used in the mansion kitchen and the rest are shipped to local Whole Foods and Wegman’s stores.