Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Cord Cozy?

If you crochet or knit, you have heard of a cup cozy.  A tea cozy.  A water bottle cozy.  But have you heard of a cord cozy?  Neither had I.  But I have been trying to come up with a way to hide the ugly cords since moving our telly to the other side of the room.  The cords had to be run along the floor, as there was no cable or electrical outlet where we put the tv on the fireplace hearth.  First I tried some moulding and double sided sticky tape.  I thought for sure that would work.  Nope, it kept coming apart and showing the glue from the sticky tape.  Finally I pulled all of that out, and have been hoping for some ideas to pop into my head .  Then suddenly, it hit me.  A Cord Cozy!!!  I crocheted a nice long piece to start.  Then after making sure I had enough length I did three rows of double crochet and sewed it together right there on the floor as I wrapped it around the cords.  I used a bulky weight yarn. Ecru with some flecks in it, so as not to show the dog hair!   Oh, first, I used zip ties to get my cords nice and orderly.
I needed about 6 1/2 feet of cord cozy to cover the cords.  Sewing it together took awhile.
This is a temporary fix until we have a new outlet put in.  And the cable wire will have to be dropped down behind fireplace.  And heck, we may never do it.  This is not nearly as ugly to me, as seeing the cords!
We went to a beautiful wedding on Saturday in San Diego.  It was for my next door neighbor's daughter.   I had planned on wearing a dress that I found recently, but went a whole different route.  My Mom and I were shopping the other day, and this dress was half off, but too big.  It was the only one.  My Mom said I'll get it, and you can take it in and fix it, and then we can share it!  I said deal!
It was a long strapless dress with a pretty navy blue sashing that pulled it tight under the bust line for an Empire waist.  But it was way too big at the top.  I took two inches out on each side to make it fit.  And I had no one to take our photo!  Here it is hanging next to the one I was going to wear.
The only photo is our selfie in the car as we got going.
It was fully lined, so no slip was needed.  Comfy, cool, and dressy at the same time.
The flowers at the wedding were stunning.  The only photos I have are from Greg's phone.  Mine didn't fit in my little evening bag.
Every other row or so had these hanging flowers on hooks, with white beads draping down.  Her colors were stunning!
Just a wee glimpse of bride and groom, all smiles, walking back up past us after their ceremony.
There was a cocktail hour on the patio while the bridal party had photos.  The food was fabulous!
The doors to the Grand Ball Room were kept closed until we were called to enter.  As those big double doors opened up to reveal the beautifully decorated room that we were about to enter, you could hear gasps all around us.  There was a stage in the back, and bride and groom's name was projected onto the drawn curtain. There was a pretty Sweethearts table decorated for the new husband and wife in front of the stage, for all to see.
The flowers for each table were spectacular.  On our table, there was a huge glass vase, about 3 1/2 feet tall, with an orb of gorgeous flowers on the top, and pretty tulips sort of dangling down from the bottom.  And then as if just sort of tucked in, there were  several long strands of pearls trailing down from the floral piece.  So pretty and elegant!!!
I will never, as long as I live, forget how beautiful the flowers were in this wedding!!!!
The food was magnificent, and served in unison at each table.  The cake, had fresh flowers trailing down both sides of it, and onto the table.  The tablecloths, were sort of a ruffled chiffon.  And at each place setting, was a card stock menu with a description of each of the dinner choices, and decorated with tiny gem stones.  The place cards for each guest, were nestled into a gorgeous sort of trough, that had been filled with jewels of all of her colors in shades of orange, purple, blue and then some white and clear marbles were mixed in.  There were more florals above this table, with the dripping jewels.  It was really something to see.  And nuts.... no camera!!!
The father daughter dance, left me with tears running down my face!  They are huge fans of Sara Brightman. and she had chosen one of her songs that reminded her of her relationship with her Dad.  The music began, and Mike approached the sweethearts table, extending his hand to his daughter.  She stood, and he swept her out onto the dance floor, but before taking her in his arms, he bowed to her, and she took his hand to dance. They glided around the dance floor like royalty, as their song played.  Tears in Eileen's eyes, and a proud smile on her Dad.  She mouthed the words, as they both moved gracefully around the dance floor.  I had chills, and had to dab at my eyes with my napkin.  I couldn't help but think of my own dear Dad, and how I adored him.  This was a highlight for me.  The love he had for her in his eyes, and the adoration and appreciation she held for him in hers, was lovely to see.  I wish you could see them better in this photo.
The song ended and Mike took a step away from her, dropping her hand out in front of him, as he once again bowed before her.  Her knees dipped ever so slightly, in what appeared to be a curtsy.  And their moment was over.  I shall never forget it.
We left after the cake was cut, as we had a long drive home.  While waiting for our car to be brought around, Greg snapped this shot of Eileen's older brother Daniel, carrying his twins, who were in the wedding as well.  They had danced and danced, and were going back to the hotel with their other Grandma. I love the way he was holding them, and how they have their arms around each other!
It was a lovely wedding!  We were so happy to be part of their special day!
Sunday was spent doing chores.  Then we went over to watch the girls while Mom and Dad picked up a piece of furniture.  We went into the pool with them, and they were so excited.
I had my hair pinned up and was hoping not to get it wet.  RIGHT!!!!
Within about 5 minutes, I looked like a drowned rat!!!  The girls had water blasters, and weren't afraid to use them!!!
Yesterday I had a big harvest in my garden.  FINALLY getting some tomatoes!  YUM!  And I picked my first ears of corn too.
The corn stalk with the twin cobs in one husk had one fully developed, and one only partially.  I gave the partial to the chickens.  They loved it!
I am making huge batches of pesto and freezing it in ice cube trays to be able to enjoy it all year.  Once frozen, I pop them out into freezer bags and then can use them as I like, taking one cube, or several for pasta, or pizzas and dressings.
I made a batch of homemade vanilla bean ice cream yesterday too.  It is curing in the freezer and we will take with us to Big Bear.  That is, if Geeps doesn't find it!
So, what is everyone doing for the 4th of July?
Over and Out.  Noah wants to swim.
XO  Kris


From the Kitchen said...

I love weddings! And your friend's looks amazing. Those flowers are beautiful. You must not be too far from San Diego? I think I've mentioned that we lived in La Jolla when we were first married.


Debbie said...

The wedding sounds wonderful! And the flowers were BEAUTIFUL! I thought of you today when my daughter Melody told me she is getting chickens! She is soo excited. She is researching (she is the queen of research!) the type of chickens she should get. Too bad she doesn't live near you and could get some tips from you. I guess she did find a friend of a friend out there who is into chickens and she hopes to talk to her soon. We will see! Going to Joe's for the 4th for some swimming and bbqing. Enjoy your celebration Kris!

Betsy said...

You made me feel as if I were right there at the wedding with you. This was a beautifully descriptive post Kris. Thank you for taking the time to share it with us. Goodness, your garden bounty is amazing. Yum!!!!!!!!
We'll probably go to tithe lake for a barbecue on the 4th with Mandy and Piper, but we won't spend the night.
Have a lovely holiday my friend.

Gracie Saylor said...

Your description of the wedding was great, Kris, and I can understand why you especially enjoyed it...the stunning flowers and the precious father-daughter dance. The dress you ended up wearing is lovely, too! And I laughed at loud at how you got to be a drowned rat :) The garden produce is beautiful We plan to have friends over, a campfire, hot dogs, hamburgers and watermelon, and then a few fireworks. I hope you and yours have a happy celebration July 4th.........! xx

Amy at love made my home said...

What a beautiful wedding it must have been, the flowers are stunning!!!! Your dress is lovely too, and must have been nice and cool for a garden wedding. I hope that the bride and groom are very happy and have a long and loving marriage. I know what you mean about the cords for things, I don't like seeing them either, so I think that you did a great cover up on them! xx

Taciana Simmons said...

What a beautiful wedding and your description of the father/ daughter dance was so very sweet. You look beautiful on yr new dress :) and I love your harvest. Wish I had a big garden but I don't think we will have much of one this year. Will start all over again next year. Still trying to get the inside of the house done. ., slow as a turtle, but we will get there.

Nana Go-Go said...

Aren't weddings just the most special occasions?I love the Father/Daughter combo at all of them and think of my own Darling Dad at the time too and of how proud he would have been of all the achievements of his grandchildren and now great-grandchildren as they've all grown up. You and your man are a very handsome couple indeed. You did your new dress very proud, I'm sure. Bountiful harvest again - are you feeding the 5,000?lol Clever idea on the cable cozy!

Home Meadows said...

Sounds like a beautiful wedding and special moments to remember. I love your idea for the cord cozy, it sounds like the perfect solution. All your fresh produce sounds wonderful; I'm just excited that we finally have a bit of grass growing. :-) Have a terrific day Kris. Heather

Carol said...

Hey Kris, was the wedding at the Prado in Balboa Park, just wondering because it kind of looks like the Prado. Great idea there for the cord cozy, I might have to try one or two myself. Happy 4th!!

Teresa Kasner said...

Hi Kris! What a wonderful wedding! A really memorable event. The flowers are amazing! You and Greg look pretty! :-) Your produce looks so fresh and tasty.. yum! And the homemade ice cream? Me wanty! We're going up to the parade and have a BBQ here at the house. You know I'll be taking photos! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Deb~in~Denver said...

Beautiful post! Those wedding flowers are gorgeous! Amazing colors! What a precious memory for the bride and her daddy, bet there were quite a few tears shed. You looked so pretty, love your hair!
You have quite the haul from your harvest! Our tiny garden is finally starting to take off, looks nothing like yours! You sure have a green thumb.
We are having S & K and the kids over for a barbecue and of course we'll make s'mores at the fire-pit. Later we'll watch the fireworks from our front yard, we can see two different displays from here. Wish you and Greg could join us! Have a safe & happy 4th!

Grammy Staffy said...

What a beautiful wedding. The flowers look spectacular. How nice. My favorite picture is of the twins. How precious.
Your garden produce looks amazing. I'm envious.
We will go to our church pancake breakfast and flag ceremony Fri. morning. Then our daughter and her family will come over to swim and bbq. That eve we will all go to the Quake stadium to see the fireworks show. What do you plan to do?

Linda said...

Sounds like a beautiful wedding! All your veggies look wonderful...we have been getting a ton of squash, tomatoes and peppers...used the last of the romaine...too hot now for it...I had it in the shade. Happy 4th!!

NanaNor's said...

Happy July Kris, I loved seeing such a beautiful wedding-thanks for sharing; that dress looked so perfect-comfortable but dressy.
Loved seeing all that has been going on with you.
Sending hugs your way!

Val said...

Such a gorgeous wedding. Love the long dress you wore. Can we talk about the amazing harvest you had. Incredible.