22 July 2015

Birthday Celebrations

We usually take at least one trip to the Mountains during the hot Summer months of July and

August, but with the building of our new house, and an upcoming trip to California,

when Amanda has our new grandbaby, we are staying put this year.

Seems, we are having to make the best of the outdoors here in our Texas heat.

Just recently my husband and I shared a slice of Birthday cake on an already warm and bright July

morning.

I was inspired by one of the  Picnic Venues on one of my recent posts to recreate a similiar venue.




Those of you who follow along on Instagram have seen these books over the past couple of

weeks, they are true treasures which I found at an Antique Store in Fort Worth.

One can never go wrong with a leather bound Shakespeare, shining with gilt pages.

Cloth covered Leonardo Da Vinci or a

Linen covered  Currier and Ives-Printmakers to the American People. 

These beauties are going to be tucked alongside The Great Gatsby, Jane Eyre, A Christmas Carol

and so many other classic treasures into the bookcases of our new Library.



I wrapped these books up with some natural burlap ribbon and found a few dried wild  flowers,

which I tucked  inside the burlap ribbon.

Then,  just look what I found-a worn rustic wooden pallet for a table!



I have been wanting to use these books as a centerpiece for a special outdoor event, and what

better event than a Birthday celebration.

I added a table runner, red place mats, coffee mugs with some bling and earth tone stoneware.



I have also been making the most of the outdoors by using my new Nikon camera.

I have been playing with the settings and thoroughly enjoying the joy of photography,

goodness, I am even reading the manual.

(well new to me-thank you Donna)

I added this sweet sleeping cherub too, just for a little fun, although my husband doesn't really

care for cherubs, so he stayed longed enough for me to experiment with some camera settings.



The cake was tasty, the French roast coffee marvelous and the company just right.



Happy Birthday to my loving and thoughtful husband and I am wishing you many more!

xoxox

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Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.

37 comments:

  1. Dear Jemma,
    Happy Birthday to your husband und all the best for you both.
    Best wishes und hugs ... Dorothea :-)

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    1. Thank you Dorothea-great to hear from you!

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  2. Happy Birthday to your man! Love your little setting outside using the books. I love decorating with books too and your photography is great my friend! Good for you for reading the manual! LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Cindy, thank you oodles and I know- books love them- the feel, scent and touch.
      Hehehe-after years of refusing to read owners manuals, I figured it was time to give in!!

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  3. You made a very nice vignette setting for your Celebration. Happy Birthday wishes are being sent to your husband. Looks like you had a wonderful day. Your pictures are great.

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    1. Sandra thank you for the wishes, and the sweet words of encouragement-I am determined to take the camera settings off of auto!

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  4. What a sweet time with your treasures and your husband!

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  5. GOod morning sweetest Jemma! I was lucky to catch your post before I go out and also play with more settings on my camera! AND LIKE YOU, I am set out to read the manual to my Canon RebelT2i! But I need to use a magnifying glass to do so! Oh the fun we'd have if we were together, we could read the manuals and help each other out!

    Your vignettes are beautiful, and I love the leather bound copy of Shakespeare! Did you have a sensational time with your husband? What is on your agenda today dearest....are you having more heat coming your way?

    Enjoy your day as you hunt and gather BEAUTY! XOXOX

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  6. What a beautiful setting to celebrate your hubby's birthday and so very creative....I love those books..what a find...

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  7. What a fun little outing!! I love the books...books are just one of those things I can never walk away from!

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  8. What a sweet birthday. I am sending your hubby my best wishes for his birthday although it may be late.

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  9. What a lovely Birthday celebration, in the coolness of the morning! Wisdom!

    And a belated Happy Birthday to him.

    Today, July 22, is my husband's 82nd Birthday. :-)

    Tessa

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  10. Happy birthday, Mr. Jemma! Beautiful setting for a celebration.

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  11. Happy Birthday to your husband.

    It's fun playing with your camera but sure does take some time! I'm guilty of learning something then walking away and forgetting. Needs diligence. :)

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  12. Happy belated birthday to your hubby. Such a gorgeous setting. Books are always a great gift. Enjoy! xo

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  13. Hi Jemma, Happy Birthday to your husband. What a beautiful setting for a birthday celebration. Love the centerpiece using your treasured books. Stay cool in this heat and enjoy the day.
    Blessings, cm

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  14. Jemma, Happy Birthday to your dear husband. I am so glad that you've been experimenting with your camera. I love my camera, and call it "my best friend" hehehe. This cherub picture is sweet, and the lighting on it looks so pretty. There was an angel shop that I used to go to in town, and you wouldn't believe all the beautiful angels they had in there. It was like a slice of Heaven. Unfortunately, it closed down, and I really miss it. These books are treasures, Jemma. I've always wanted A Christmas Carol. Nel would love these books as well. Oh, I can't wait to see your library with all your books, what a delight. I hope your husband has a special day on his birthday doing all the things he loves. And he has YOU, what more can he ask for? :~)

    love, ~Sheri

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  15. You really scored with those books Jemma. I've always wanted a grown up library with classic books, dark paneling, a large cushy chair, a fireplace and of course, a four-legged fur baby at my feet.

    I'm glad you're enjoying your camera. Unlike you, I've yet to read the manual. I don't know what it is, but the older I get, the smaller the words get ;).

    What editing software are you using?

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  16. You have documented some nice memories with some beautiful photos, Jemma.
    And I love the books that will be added to your collection. I'm such a sucker for books ;)

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  17. Happy belated birthday to your husband - and I love that little angel -

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  18. Happy Birthday to your husband!

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  19. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* to your husband.. and *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* on the upcoming baby.. how exciting! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  20. What a perfect setting for a summertime picnic. And you have created a lovely table setting...happy birthday to both of you. It's a great month to have a birthday in...always beautiful weather.

    Jen

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  21. What a perfect setting for a summertime picnic. And you have created a lovely table setting...happy birthday to both of you. It's a great month to have a birthday in...always beautiful weather.

    Jen

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  22. Your table looks awesome, Jemma, and the books are such an original touch---and huge keepsakes!! Happy Birthday to your husband, you outdid yourself and I know he loves you for it! :)

    Jane xx

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  23. Dear Jemma,
    How lovely! I love the look of the burlap tied books and the dried flowers! If your husband's birthday was yesterday, then we share the same birth date! Happy Birthday to your hubby! Now I must go follow you on instagram! BTW, I love all the changes to your blog. Mine is on hold because I couldn't quite figure out how to make all my changes!!! LOL! Will have to wait until one of my daughter's comes home! Enjoy the rest of the week Jemma!
    Linda

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  24. Hello Jemma, What a lovely table setting. I love the books and burlap. Happy Birthday to your hubby! Picnics are fun! Have a happy day!

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  25. Fantastic, Jemma. I especially love the books with the wildflowers and burlap (always a favorite!). We've been having birthday week around here, too -- one reason I'm behind on blog reading! So glad to come here.

    Your blog is looking lovely and the photos fabulous!

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  26. What a pretty setting !
    I loved Jane Eyre...probably have read it at least 3x or more...
    Wishing your husband a happy birthday :)

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  27. What a pretty setting !
    I loved Jane Eyre...probably have read it at least 3x or more...
    Wishing your husband a happy birthday :)

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  28. Happy birthday to your husband! My husband just had a birthday, too - on the 25th. I made him his favorite cake - banana with cream cheese frosting. Can't say we ate it outside on a pretty tablescape though, lol. Hope you're having a beautiful day!

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  29. So sweet you are an adorable couple! I cannot wait to follow along with this new house project its so exciting! xo K

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  30. Your books are just fabulous and your pictures stunning, wow! Happy Birthday to your hubby!
    Have an awesome day, Jemma!

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  31. Your books are just fabulous and your pictures stunning, wow! Happy Birthday to your hubby!
    Have an awesome day, Jemma!

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  32. Happy Birthday to your husband!

    Jemma, those books are wonderful. I'm especially jealous over the Currier and Ives one.

    xoxo,
    rue

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  33. I get more excited about a new old book than I do about new clothes! These are very nice. Your birthday celebration centerpiece is lovely and appropriate to the outdoor setting.

    I bet you're storing up all sorts of good ideas for your new house!

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