Growing up in the UK, we weren’t introduced to Country music ’til we discovered it ourselves when we in our teens and my favourite song was ‘Amazed’ by Lonestar. We slowly started to enjoy more of it, from Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts, to Miranda Lambert and early Taylor Swift. Lady Antebellum have been my personal favourite since I first heard ‘Need You Now’ and I knew I had to download everything they’d ever recorded. Their newest album is currently on repeat for me and their latest single, Bartender, is just perfect. So, this is currently what I’m listening to.
After getting engaged in Mexico in August, and after a few weeks of planning, my fiancé and I’s engagement party took place on Saturday. Most of our friends and family were there to celebrate with us, and they were very generous in the gifts they gave us. It was a really fun night of drinking and dancing, full of lovely memories and a few sketchy ones to go with it. If our wedding turns out half as good as that, then I will be one happy bride. Unfortunately, at the moment, I don’t have any usable photos of me and my future husband but we hired a professional photographer to capture moments from the night, so in a week or two I should be able to share a few extra pictures. For now I have shared a photo of Lucy and I looking super happy.
This is a super simple little table setting for you to use through the Autumn season, when pumpkins, even these gorgeous mini ones, are easy to find in most food stores. I love how they look set up with a simple black and white card, alongside wood and paper, as well as some pops of gold. And it’s using the spray paint I bought for the gold letter magnets I did in July, so it didn’t even require me to buy new supplies besides the pumpkins – always a plus in my book. Here’s how it goes.
- Mini pumpkins
- Gold spray paint
- A sharp knife
- Black card
- White marker
- Take your pumpkins and spray paint into a well-ventilated area – I went in my back yard, which is always the best bet – and cover the area you’re working in.
- Spray the pumpkins with one coat of paint, leaving to dry for between 45 and 60 minutes, depending on the individual spray’s instructions.
- Use a sharp knife (be very careful) and make a slit on the top of each pumpkin, about a third of the way back.
- Cut a couple of small rectangles out of the black card (I used a credit card as a template) and write your names on with a white marker.
- Push the card into the slits on the pumpkins and display on your table.
I read a super interesting article over at A Cup of Jo last month, which mentioned a game that Nora Ephron would play at restaurants which involved writing down 5 words that would describe herself. She explains how that would change over the decades and I thought it was such an interesting concept so I thought I would dedicate a space to it here on this fine Friday. Obviously these things could change, depending on the kind of day you’re having, but I think they’re probably pretty solid at different times of your life and so I’m not going to let anything that might’ve happened today or this week describe me at this point in my life. Give this a go yourself if you fancy the challenge.
My words are:
This is definitely one of my favourite times of the year – don’t get me wrong, I love the Summer and am always pretty sad when I have to hang up my warm weather clothes, but there’s just something so special about the Autumn and the exciting times that come with it. And don’t even get me started on the Christmas countdown! Here are just a few of my favourite things about this time of the year:
- Pumpkin spice lattes
- Cold, crisp mornings
- Boots and jumpers
- Crunchy leaves
- Christmas list making
- The colours
- Candles in the evening