Before I tell you about the pendants, I wanted to let you know that we had our big party last Saturday. There’s so much to show you that I am breaking this down into several posts. This post focuses on the pendants.
All of the party prep was fun, the party was fun, but the morning of the party, things fell apart somewhat. I had a little mishap with a ladder when I was putting up these pendants. I thought I had the ladder snapped in place, and I moved it several times adjusting the pendants so they weren’t all bunched together. As you might guess my eyes were on the pendants and not on the ladder.
At some point I realized that the ladder was falling and I was going down with it. Apparently I screamed but I don’t remember it. I do remember landing with a thud, and feeling a lot of pain in my ankle. My daughter came out to see if I was okay. I was fairly certain my foot wasn’t broken but it hurt like crazy. I sat with it elevated and applied ice for 20 minutes, took an ibuprofen, and that was the extent of my treatment for the day. I did pretty well during the party, but by the end of the day, my foot felt like a big fat watermelon. It had swollen a good bit and had turned purple and in several places.
I don’t normally mind clean up after a party, but this was not fun. I had spent three days setting everything up, and it was spread out over a large area, so there were a lot of chairs and tables to be put back in their places, lots of tablecloths, dishes, glasses, and silverware to wash. Obviously, with my injuries, I couldn’t move very fast, and then we had an added complication that my daughter had to be back in the city on Sunday by 2 pm for a mission trip training session. She’s going on a mission trip with our church in June and we’re very thrilled she decided to do that, but it did make matters much more difficult. She can’t miss more than one training session, or they don’t allow her to go on the trip, so it was critical that she make it back in time. It usually takes us half a day to button up the ranch, but now we had mounds of party supplies, dirty dishes, and trash to deal with, and we had to leave a good 5 hours early. We made it home (albeit a bit late) and by then, my foot had swelled some more. My ankle is much better, but I’m still recuperating.
So now, back up to the pendants. The first thing I did to make these, was to select and purchase fabrics at Walmart with small simple prints that went well together. I bought these at Walmart since I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this project.
I also bought some fabric glue and clothes line rope also.
I drew out the shape of the pendants on my cardboard and cut it along the lines I had drawn.
Then I placed my template on the fabric, and traced around it. After I had marked up my fabric, I cut as many pieces as I could.
After they were cut, I used fabric glue to fold down the top edge. I didn’t do any sewing. So when I designed the template, I added about 1/2 inch to the top to allow for the fold over at the top. I moved the pendants back and forth a bit while the glue dried to be sure the flags didn’t get glued in place. I wanted to be able to move them later if I wanted to.
I watched a DVD while I did the gluing so it went by fast.
I had enough rope and pendants to run two lengths down our porch. The clothesline came in a 100 ft length.
I used cup hooks at the ends of the porch to hold the ends of the rope.
You can see sunlight hitting the pendants as the sun dips slowly on the horizon.
I think it added a nice touch to our party.
BBQ and Sides Table, and Iced Tea Table
Water, Sodas, and Dessert under the tree
Adorable decorations! (:
Love your bunting. So sorry you took a bad fall:) Lots sure was a lot of work to hang it all. Glad the party was a success.
Love the bunting across your lovely porch. And your blog.
Coastal Cottage Dreams says
Love your flag pendants, they are adorable. So sorry to hear about your fall and glad your party was a success.
So sorry to hear about your poor foot! Hope it continues to heal quickly and well. But the pennants look great!
Betsy@ coastal-colors says
Oh no, watermelon foot! Yikes! You’re fortunate you didn’t break it, but a sprain and bruise can be just as bad! I’m so sorry! I LOVE the pendants! Outstanding job! They add so much to the ranch porch! Take care of you foot and I hope you survived the tornadoes without damage! I thought of you. I have called my cousin in DFW, but haven’t been able to reach her yet. God bless!
Ann@A Sentimental Life says
What a great idea. Sorry about your ankle..ouch! I am glad you are ok!
I love bunting- it is my favourite thing to make and no sew versions are even better!
Ginger Zuck says
Anita, I so hope your ankle/foot is doing ok. I know how that hurts, I’ve done it before… I know the party was a HUGE success!! Can’t wait to see the next postings!
Vickie @ Ranger 911 says
I did the same thing to my ankle when I was carrying too much stuff, going down the stairs, and talking to our girls. I missed the last step and you know the rest! I hope your ankle heals as fast as mine did. The pennants look so festive hanging under your porch, there would be no doubt where the party is!
Comeca Jones says
Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door says
How cute your pennants turned out! Your porch looks so festive. Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your party. Glad your foot is better. I’m sure I would have screamed too!
Pendants are perfect Sorry about the fall. I stop myself so many times and tell myself to slow down and be careful, I hear of so many simple accidents and some of those folks end up on crutches. darn.
Tracey@Breathing English Air says
I’m sorry to hear about your fall, and I wish you a speedy recovery.
The pendants do look lovely though. The shots with the setting sun on them are beautiful
Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes says
Anita, so glad you break something when you fell but I’m sure it was very painful anyway. Thanks for showing your cute pennants at my party. The colors you used are very pretty. I’ve never made any but you made it look so easy that I want to make one. Have a blessed Easter weekend!–Shannon
THE FARMHOUSE PORCH says
Those look AWESOME Anita! What a cool idea! I’m pinning some of your party photos, i must have missed these posts…
Ceekay- Thinkin of Home says
Going thru your party posts….pouting tho…I wish I had been there!! What a fabulous idea, place, party!!