Wired Photo Frame for Wedding or Anniversary

Wired Photo Frame - Marty's Musings

  Today is my anniversary. 27 years of wedded bliss. Maybe not always bliss, but my DIY hubby never fails to make me laugh. Even when I don't want to. For our Valentine's Day anniversary I made him this wired photo frame.  And he painted our bedroom. Win-win. Okay, maybe I'll throw a pizza in the oven, too. It's … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Tablescape

Valentine's Day Table Setting - Marty's Musings

  I had this wonderfully sentimental, perfect table setting post to show you all last Friday. Then the computer ate it. Buh-bye, sayonora, adieu, adios, and it was gone. I may have even cried a few tears over it. Okay, maybe a lot. I'm not telling ~smile~ But then, miracle of miracles, it came back.   And then the … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Love Story

25th Wedding Anniversary from Marty's Musings

I have many new readers (thank you so much for joining me!), and I wanted to share our personal Valentine's Day love story here this year, reliving a spectacular, once in a lifetime celebration. It was the  ultimate surprise. one year ago …... Unbeknownst to me, my family (specifically my husband, oldest daughter and niece) had been … [Read more...]

Valentine Decorating Ideas

Marty's Musings show you how to take a precious little girl's dress and preserve its memory by using it in your home decor! Included are more easy, thrifty Valentine decorating ideas that will give you reason to celebrate!

  Such a lovely picture of my now almost 15-year-old daughter. The dress was a $2 bargain from Goodwill. That cute smile. Priceless. She practically wore that dress to pieces. I helped it along a little. Look at that lovely white eyelet material. And that pretty pink waistband. Did you see the pink tulle … [Read more...]

Sweet Nothings: Simple, Crafty ways to Show Your Love and a Live Google+ Hangout!


I’m very excited to be joining with some other talented bloggers for a series of live Google+ and YouTube broadcasts for Valentine’s Day. All this week, bloggers are sharing their ideas for Valentine’s crafts, gifts, treats and projects. I’ll be joining Amy from AttaGirlSays.com in a live Google+ hangout on air tomorrow (Feb. 7) at 1 … [Read more...]

Valentine Marshmallow Pops

Valentine Marshmallow Pops from Marty's Musings

I love finding new goodies to make for this most special day of the year and Valentine Marshmallow Pops are my new favorite! Ever since my daughter's wedding I have enjoyed making these for our Christmas parties and other festive occasions. Besides tasting great, these little bits of marshmallow goodness are also a fun addition to a holiday … [Read more...]

Valentine Centerpiece

Valentine's Centerpiece from Marty's Musings

  As I was putting away the Christmas decorations I was already thinking ahead to Valentine's Day, just about my favoritest holiday (my anniversary and chocolate hearts all rolled up into one!) Visions of red burlap, white lace and pearls were dancing through my head. After lugging my decorations down from the attic I pondered … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Crafts and Recipes

25 Sweet Ideas for Valentine's Day from Marty's Musings

Last Valentine's Day my husband Tim and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. Yes, we did indeed get married on Valentine's Day. Tim always says it was so he could remember the date! My husband and family pulled off an amazing surprise 25th Anniversary Vow Renewal Service. I was literally blindfolded ,taken 45 minutes away ( long car … [Read more...]

Where to Store Gift Cards for a Wedding

Where to Store Gift Cards for a Wedding - Marty's Musings

Last fall was a blur for me: taking our oldest son to college and preparing for our daughter's wedding. Lots of emotions and crafting and planning and doing. After the wedding I was just plain tired! Now that I've recouped (okay, maybe it didn't take me almost a year) I wanted to share some of the crafty details of the wedding. This was … [Read more...]

25 Year Wedding Anniversary Photo Booth

man with paper hat and woman with kiss me sign photographed inside white frame

One of my most favorite parts of our 25th Wedding Anniversary celebration was the photo booth idea. Since I'm the scrapbooker/blogger/family historian for my family I absolutely love the fun side it brought out in my family and friends. All that was needed was a sheet (for the backdrop), some lights, a picture frame and a few props. All sorts … [Read more...]

25 Year Wedding Anniversary Party Decor Ideas

25th Wedding Anniversary Celebration

  For our 25th Wedding Anniversary Vow Renewal service my niece and oldest daughter plotted and planned for the reception that followed. (Jennifer and Rachel also designed and implemented Rachel's wedding theme.) For our anniversary they used the basement of my daughter's church and did a great job transforming it into a beautiful … [Read more...]

25th Wedding Anniversary Party

25th Wedding Anniversary Celebration

For our 25th wedding anniversary "date,"  all I knew was that my husband was dressing in a suit and that we were going to dinner at 4:30 Friday afternoon (Feb. 10th). I was all excited because I was striving for  the "hot mama" look for my husband, complete with cute dress and high heels. (His reaction: "You're going to get cold in that." … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day

25th Anniversary Dinner

Yes, Valentine's Day was our 25th wedding anniversary. And yes, I'm aware that was a week ago. Better late than never on the details (and I haven't even started with our surprise vow renewal service!) Pinterest has a plethora of ideas for celebrations so I stole borrowed the idea of getting 25 balloons to represent our 25 years of … [Read more...]

Happy 25th Anniversary, Sweetheart!

25th Wedding Anniversary

Ah, yes, old head shots. Wow. You were rockin' the mullet big time. I'm so proud. And that wasn't even my biggest hair. How could 25 years have gone by so quickly? It seems like yesterday that I was walking down the aisle with my dad to join hands with you. We were looking into each other's eyes and singing  "make of our hands one hand, make of … [Read more...]

Surprise 25th Wedding Celebration!

25th Wedding Anniversary Celebration

They did it. They pulled it off. Surprised this mom who doesn't like surprises and always figures things out. A surprise 25th anniversary wedding vow renewal ceremony My family, more specifically my oldest daughter, my niece and my husband, conspired to honor our 25th Valentine's Day anniversary by working weeks to pull family and friends … [Read more...]

Wedding Photography

Walden/Baldridge Wedding

As we were prioritizing and figuring out our budget for the wedding my daughter's overwhelmingly first priority was photography. Everything else after that fed into her desire to create a beautiful wedding that would be remembered by the guests and family but would also last forever for the bride and groom. She wanted a beautiful venue, an amazing … [Read more...]

Wedding Pom Poms

purple and teal paper pom poms on pews

  One of the main design elements in my daughter's weddingcame from an inexpensive, fun and easy (though time consuming) project that involved the whole family in preparation. We used sheets of tissue paper to make simple pom poms for the church and reception. They were literally everywhere. We used purple, teal and white in varying … [Read more...]


Walden/Baldridge Wedding

Have you ever been captivated by a moment in your life and known that it was imbedded in your heart and mind forever?  Known without a doubt that this was the good stuff of life?  The joyful, unhindered light at the end of the tunnel.  The sun breaking forth through the clouds after a storm.  A weight has been lifted. Burdens … [Read more...]

Wedding Deal of the Week

Wedding Deal of the Week

Went out of town for 3 days to a scrapbooking retreat and absolutely had a great time! Lots of meaningful conversation, some silliness, way too much food, a hayride and a wee bit of scrapbooking. A good time was had by all! Here is hopefully the first post of many wedding deals I found over the 7 months planning. Rachel wanted to serve all the … [Read more...]

The Big Wedding Day

Walden/Baldridge Wedding

  It was an unbelievably beautiful day. Temps in the low 70's, sunny skies and a slight breeze. Perfect day for a dream wedding. It was everything we planned it to be and more. Seven months of hard work went into this day of family and celebration. Research, budget, make lists, recruit, babysit, shop, yard sale, make more lists, visit … [Read more...]

Homeschooling in a Busy Season

Walden/Baldridge Wedding

(Me with my oldest son Joshua) Between all the wedding preparations, errands, life changes and exhaustion this week has been a light week for school. But even with that there is always learning going on. My two youngest always have "educational" books from the public library, which includes anything from the non fiction section to historical … [Read more...]

Low Budget Wedding Ideas


  We went into this wedding planning gig with absolutely no knowledge or experience. We came out of it with months of decisions, frustrations and bonding behind us and a beautiful low budget wedding to celebrate!   Here are my suggestions to help you as you start the process. Set a budget. We did this and although we knew … [Read more...]

Bridal Portraits

Rachel Walden bridal photos

Now that my daughter is married I can share just a few of her bridal portraits. Hard to believe this gorgeous young woman came from my body! It's all very surreal. photo credit … [Read more...]

Mother to Daughter on Her Wedding Day

Walden/Baldridge Wedding

October 8, 2011 To my precious Rachel, Today is the most special day of your long lived life at twenty two. Today you will walk down the aisle, radiating beauty, leaning on your father's strong arm, to meet the man you will take as the chosen love of your life. Today this man we have prayed for will take you as his wife, for … [Read more...]