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Elah’s First Birthday

Today is Pi Day, which not only is an excellent excuse to eat pie, it’s also the date that Wheat proposed to me in my living room, and it’s also the date that the sweetest, cutest niece ever arrived into this world. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this morning than by sharing way too many pictures from her first birthday party  yesterday afternoon. I’ll circle back around to our unbelievably amazing baby shower tomorrow!

She celebrated her first birthday in a dress that I wore, then her mama wore, and now she is wearing! That baby girl sure is pretty in blue.


She also has the Bristol raised eyebrow down pat.

Sister did a great job of party planning, and the weather was perfect for an afternoon outside. Lots of friends and family came to celebrate and we had a great time!


Elah was really getting into her presents, too. Favorites included musical cards, stuffed animals, and books! She racked up on some cute summer clothes, too. If baby K is a girl, she just got some amazing hand-me-downs for next summer. ;)

Then it was time to strip down, bib up, and eat some cake! Although true to the name, she enjoyed smashing her cake more than eating it.


Happy first birthday, sweet Elah! I am so, so lucky to be your aunt Nay Nay, and I love you so!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

Wedding Season

Oh my word.  I can’t describe this holiday season without simply calling it Wedding Season.

I can’t complain – we celebrated with practically every friend we had this holiday/wedding season.  A season that lasted one whirlwind of a week!  We started out with Christmas.  We celebrated early with all our Bainbridge family, then headed to Bristol to my parents’ house Wednesday evening after I closed up the Shop.  We spent late nights and long days getting ready for my little sisters’ wedding on Saturday!  Our family friend, Ben Walden, did all the flowers, and they were gorgeous!

My Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

My Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

 We took a little break for Christmas.  We had a light lunch and some delicious refreshments.  Clearly.

Christmas 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

Bloody Mary for Christmas 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

 Back to wedding fun.  We worked hard, but at least we had plenty of those refreshments. ;)

My Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

The wedding was beautiful and sweet and perfect for the happy couple.  For those of you who don’t know, my sister married Marc of Southern Restoration Furniture. :)  We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Marc and Cullen and Maggie into our family this Christmas!

Have I mentioned I like to knit a lot?  It was a hand knit Christmas this year, thanks to the Fuzzy Goat. 

A blaze orange beanie for the good Doctor…

Hand Knit Blaze Orange Beanie  | Oysters & Pearls

Pumpkin and purple wool beanies for the kiddos…

Hand Knit Christmas Hats | Oysters & Pearls Hand Knit Christmas Hats | Oysters & Pearls

And a tweed beanie for Marc, which he promptly put right to work in his shop!

Hand Knit Christmas Hat on Marc Ventry of Southern Restoration Furniture | Oysters & Pearls

 All the knitting deets are on my Ravelry page, btdubs.  Be my friend?

That giant wood slice became their gorgeous wedding cake stand, by the way.

Wedding Cake by Katie's Cakes in Havana, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

In addition to delicious food we had catered by Monica Brinkley and friends and the cake by Katie’s Cakes in Havana, Marc brought souse from Jones’ Meats, and I put together a cheese table with cheeses and meats from Sweet Grass Dairy.  Ben Hall, the photographer, took some far better pictures than I – you can find a sneak peak here!  I threw together this chalkboard sign for the souse table.  Never thought I’d see the day I wrote a chalkboard sign that said this:

Souse Table Sign for Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

There was a Steel Magnolia’s-style groom’s cake… red velvet armadillo in all its glory:

Armadillo Groom's Cake at My Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

Red Velvet Armadillo Groom's Cake - Ventry To Be Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

A pretty bride…


A dapper groom (decked out in Gang Warily leather suspenders from Maiden South, natch)…


Lifelong friends…


And lots of family!

Sister's Backyard Wedding | Oysters & Pearls

So happy for Marc and Anna Jo.  Congrats, loves!

Then we moved on to wedding number two in Ponte Vedra.  The rehearsal dinner was on NYE, so we celebrated accordingly.

NYE 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

NYE bathroom selfie to show off my new hair, since you couldn’t really see it in AJ’s wedding pics.  Thanks, Sister, for my new do!  You can find her at Haute Headz in Tallahassee, if you want one fo yo own self.

NYE 2014 | Oysters & Pearls

Long time man friends, just taking a few pulls from a Fireball bottle in a parking lot…  Just like old times, I’m sure.  Or new times.

Rachel Gets Jon Lee'd NYE | Oysters & Pearls

The festive groom:

Rachel Gets Jon Lee'd NYE | Oysters & Pearls

Rachel Gets Jon Lee'd NYE | Oysters & Pearls

Then on to the wedding.

Rachel Gets Jon Lee'd | Oysters & Pearls

And the newly married couple!  Congrats Jon and Rachel!

Rachel Gets Jon Lee'd | Oysters & Pearls

And thennnnnn we went to wedding number three in Amelia Island!  1) It was gorgeous, 2) I want to live in the Amelia Island Ritz.  Just sayin’.

Ready to see one of our very best girl friends walk down the aisle!

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

One stunner of a bride, if I do say so!

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

They’re hitched!

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

Super romantic wedding reception that we were sad to see end.

From This Day Foster | Oysters & Pearls

 But we wrapped up with a late night fireside catching up.  It was a wonderful end to a most wonderful week!  SO glad we got to spend so much time with so many cherished friends.

See also though: I’m le tired.

I’ll be spending the foreseeable future nursing some wounds (some old, some new), chugging water, and detoxing. ;)

I hope everyone had just as merry of a holiday as we did!

Until Next Time


I haven’t posted many posts about the random stuff going on in my life lately.  I usually save Mondays for those types of posts, as they are usually iPhone pictures from the weekend… but I’ve been completely slacking in that department.  So, I thought I would throw some together to update y’all on the random stuff that’s been going on.  Warning: if you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably already seen all of this.  Or at least, a lot of it.

As suspected, we cannot get enough of little Miss June.  I mean, can you?

June the French Brittany | Oysters & Pearls Sleepy June, French Brittany Pup | Oysters & Pearls Wallace June: Best Friends | Oysters & Pearls

I just die.  Wallace is such a great big brother.  He is constantly playing with her, tolerating her, and giving her kisses.  Harold is still mostly ignoring his new sibling.

I will spare all of you the selfies I took of my swollen-shut eye.  Our very aggressive hive of bees kind of got really mad at us a couple weekends ago, and I ended up getting stung approximately five times on my left eye… not to mention the plethora of stings I got in my hair, on the rest of my face, and the rest of my body.  I ended up breaking out in some serious hives, but nothing emergency-inducing.  No pain, no gain, I suppose.  We are going to re-queen that hive and see if a nicer queen makes nicer bees.  The good news is, they make lots of honey.  And uncapped honey held up in the sun reminds me of my other favorite hobby: stained glass.

Honey Bees and Honey | Oysters & PearlsWe went to a wedding this past Saturday (Congratulations Logan and Clay!) and the neat lodge they had it at outside of Thomasville (Owl & Moon in Dixie, Georgia) had the most beautiful stained glass panels in it.  I was obsessed.

Snowy Egret Stained Glass Panel | Oysters & Pearls

Speaking of stained glass, I made my mom this hummingbird fan-pull.  It turned out really well, and she really loved it.  We love our hummers!

Stained Glass Hummingbird Fan Pull by Oysters & Pearls

I also made this little hanging wall vase, and I’ve been enjoying these succulent flowers over my nightstand all week.

Stained Glass Wall Vase | Oysters & Pearls

My sweet friend Lauren Dunston of LGDunston sent me one of her practice gyotaku fish prints last week, and I can’t get over how awesome it is to have a gyotaku print that I watched her make.

Shrimp Gyotaku Print fron LGDunston | Oysters & Pearls

Speaking of awesome friends, check out this unreal tobacco slat skateboard that Marc of Southern Restoration Furniture made!

Marc Ventry's Southern Restoration Furniture Tobacco Slat Skateboard | Oysters & PearlsThey aren’t currently for sale yet, but you could always email Marc and say pretty, pretty please

And my friend Will of Heartwood Forge is making me a knife… with my initials in it.  I am already so excited and cannot wait to start using it in my kitchen!

Heartwood Forge Custom Utility Knife for Oysters & Pearls Heartwood Forge Custom Utility Knife with Stamped Initials | Oysters & Pearls

I’m constantly amazed at the skill and talent of so many of the people I’m fortunate enough to call my friends, so many of which are completely due to writing this little ole blog.  I’m grateful every day!

We took June and Harold home to my parents to have supper with my dad last Sunday while my mom was at the beach.  June went for her first swim in the pond behind my parents’ house.  She loved it!

Bristol Pond | Oysters & Pearls June the French Brittany's First Swim | Oysters & Pearls June the French Brittany's First Swim | Oysters & Pearls

And for your ultimate viewing pleasure:

All kinds of things are always blooming in my parents’ yard.  This is a native plum azalea that I noticed blooming.  My dad said it was the first time it had!

Native Plum Azalea Bloom | Oysters & Pearls

 His night blooming cereus was about to bloom, too, but unfortunately we didn’t spend the night to watch the evening show.

Night Blooming Cereus Bloom | Oysters & Pearls

I can’t wait for ours to bloom so Wheat can see it!

A few evenings ago, Wallace brought us a juvenile banded water snake, which was 1) weird because we don’t exactly live in a swamp, and 2) they are really aggressive normally, so it was odd that he didn’t try to bite Wallace!  Don’t worry, their bites are supposed to hurt, but they are not venomous.  They’re often killed because of their resemblance to a Cotton Mouth, though.

Juvenile Banded Water Snake | Oysters & Pearls

Catch and release in heels before work. ;)

Speaking of work, Maiden South’s location is coming along.  Or at least it’s a bit cleaner and prettier!  Exposed brick makes us swoon.

Maiden South Renovation | Oysters & Pearls

 I stopped by a sweet gal’s house after work Wednesday to meet her chickens and learn a bit about them.  We chatted birds and bees and swapped pumpkin for eggs.

Chickens in Bainbridge | Oysters & PearlsDon’t you fret.  I’ve got coop plans in the works!  I’m sure you’re all shocked.
Any recommendations, tips, coop plans, etc. for me?

And to end on a flowery note, sweet Wheat sent me a beautiful orchid this week at work.  It is gorgeous!

Orchid from Singletary's in Thomasville, Georgia | Oysters & Pearls

Happy weekend, y’all!

Shop this post:
custom forged knife: Heartwood Forge Knives
gulf shrimp print: LGDunston Gyotaku
tobacco slat skateboard: Southern Restoration Furniture
native plum azalea: Native Nurseries

orchid: Singletary’s Flowers

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Until Next Time