Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wedding Shower #1: So Many Goodies!

I mentioned last Friday that Adam and I were heading to CT for my first (of three!) bridal showers. In short: it was a wonderful time and our family and friends are just so kind and generous. We are really blessed.

As you saw yesterday, I took the day off from blogging because the whole travel/be-the-center-of-attention-for-an-afternoon-thing really took a lot out of me. I'm serious. I was spent.

But, I'm back now and ready to share a bit on some of our new gifts.

Up first, my mom gave us the L.L. Bean Seashore Cotton Blanket (in red/navy) for our bedroom. It's so soft!
and up close:
I know that I've mentioned this before, but my mom is a talented and creative sewer. She gave us two sets of pillowcases that she embroidered in a contrasting red/blue pattern to match our bedroom decor.
Aren't they lovely?
Speaking of talented women in my family, my grandmother knit this gorgeous cream afghan throw.
Her gifts were the only pieces that made me cry. 
Thanks, Gram!
These penguin salt and pepper shakers also made it home with us!
(Thanks, Alicia!)
And finally for today, we were grateful to receive many of the Heath Ceramics plates, bowls, and mugs that we registered for. We decided to go with a simple, clean collection and we are so pleased with the Heath pieces we've been given so far. They are carefully crafted and very substantial.
More to share tomorrow (like a wonderful collection of fruit-themed gifts from my sweet-but-sometimes-nutty Aunt Jan)! 

Hope you all had as wonderful a weekend as I did.


  1. Fun! Hand made gifts are the best!

  2. So wonderful! I remember the mountain of Crate & Barrel boxes and the piles and piles of padding when we unpacked them. ENJOY!!! Love those pillowcases, your mom did a fantastic job.

  3. Good stuff! And you still have two to go right?

    I sure wish I had the patience to knit

  4. Wow what your grams sewed is pretty insane I imagine shes been doing it for years. Definitely a priceless gift to treasure for years!

  5. Congrats Ashley! I agree handmade gifts are the best - my MIL gave us a blue and white queen size quilt she made by hand for our wedding gift - I was blown away!

  6. wow! what great loot. you must be getting so excited!

  7. Such wonderful gifts! You are truly blessed! And about the exhausting center of attention thing, just wait for the big day - that will really drain you - but will be fabulous at the same time!

  8. Oh me oh my...what lovely gifts! And so sweet of your Grandma to knit you and afghan...those are the treasured gifts. I have an afghan that my grandmother knit me years ago when she was sliding into dementia and I must say the afghan shows it...it's all lopsided and topsy turvy and rests proudly on my family room sofa. I love it and think of her every time I look at it. Thanks for your sweet comment today!

  9. Awesome gifts, such an exciting time for you! I had three showers too, one couples shower (Chicago), one with my husband's family (WI)and another friends and my family in (MI). Congrats, enjoy your gifts esp. the afgan from your grandma!

  10. Whoa, you got amazing gifts! The afghan looks incredible, and of course meaningful. Looks like you have some good women supporting you :)

  11. Oh how wonderfuly sweet is your grandma! Love that, and your dishes! I am so happy for you! I tried to register for heath...but alas the mother did not understand...


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