Celebrating Summer with Barn Sales

It has been a whirlwind of events here around R7.

Such excitement with the end of the school year, a special graduation done in high style, and 2 of our favorite  Barn sales of the year!!

Both of these sales are on private residences boasting of Iowa charm and hospitality.

Shoppers were lined up at the gate to be the first to get a sneak peek at all that was offered.

This just beams with summer delight and makes you smile doesn't it?

Someday I might up a Yield sign in our home.
Sort of a reminder that true joy comes from putting others before ourselves.

The Shop in Kalona does up a sweet camper that just makes you want to climb inside.
It's a mobile version of a sweet 'she-shed'
I should get one as a getaway to do my writing.

Here's a few peeks of what R7 had to offer at the shows...

These sweet reclaimed wood tables haven't found their perfect home just yet.

One of my favorite little items is this lemonade server and cute glasses too match.

I was thinking enamelware was losing it's place, but these ladies were CRAZY for it!

I'm enjoying a couple weeks of catching up with family and around the house, and sneaking in some writing, but we will be back on the trail headed to the Gypsy Chix Downtown Fair next weekend!

From R7 to you --
Be a blessing.

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Simply Elegant Graduation Party

If you love a good party -- read on!

This time last year we were excited in planning our oldest's graduation in style...

And here we are this year planning another beautiful day for our beautiful daughter.

It's a complicated thing planning two graduations in a year. You see, these sweet grads joined us late in their high school years, so I want all of it to reflect their roots and wings.

We need a place where a mix of people from separated and blended families can all feel welcome and comfortable here in the heart of our small community.

From the look of her face I think we nailed it...

The whole party setup was a surprise and one of the best surprises was this...

This is an old feeder full of mason jars of ICE CREAM!!

The local ice cream shop is one of our favorite family traditions   weekly often daily outings!!
There are about 24 flavors mixed in here!

The little wooden spoons are a vintage find and all of the canvas decor can be used in her dorm room!

And of course cupcakes to go with the ice cream!
Her aunt made those and I had the display left from some notebooks in a shop many years ago.

Records hanging from the ceiling set a festive mood and gave a 
great place to showcase some of my favorite photos!

Old windows nestled in branches, rope, and lights make for big WOW factor without spending much.

These paper lanterns from the dollar store look elegant against the rustic goodness.

An old ladder gave more room for those embarrassing growing up photos...

And a simple photo booth made of an old door gave a place to make new photos.

More photos were displayed on the windows and a couple of old pillars.

The "Prone to Dream" is my own little positive spin on "absolutely can't remember a thing"!

These boards can be made through Walgreen's at a great price.
This one is fuzzy but it says "Dream God-sized dreams..." LOVE it!

Of course there's the usual collection of school memories...

And her coach had these life-sized cut-outs done for senior night! 
What an amazing gift!

Another amazing gift was absolutely perfect weather!

Our girl doesn't is a confrontation avoider for sure --- so what does she do...
Hides her Hawkeye hat topper under her Bible until it's all over and then breaks out her U of I pride!

So here we are...2 down -- 3 to go...
Thank goodness we have a while on this one!

I hope our party has some simple but elegant ideas you can use the next time you are planning a festivity for the ones you love!

From R7 to you --
Be a blessing.


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