Sneak Peak from our staged shoot at the beautiful Hodge Podge Lodge in historic Montgomery, Tx with the talented Carolyn Mills of Sweet Tea & Linen as well as a host of other superbly talented vendors includingCrave Catering & Events who made these beautiful caramel apples for our set. We might have snacked on a few afterwards.. and let me say, they were delicious! Check back soon for more previews before this shoot appears in Woodlands Brides‘ Winter edition.
What started out as a dreary day, shifted into a breezy fall afternoon here at HPL. New friends, clients & guests, as well as old friends filtered in and out all afternoon long, oohing and ahhing over the homey fall decor by Sweet Tea & Linen, the lovely fall bouquets courtesy of College Park Flowers, & the tasty creations by Taste Sensations. Have a look below at the photos courtesy of Lacey Peyton Photography, if you weren’t able to make it out to join in the festivities.
Hodge Podge Lodge is having an Open House during this year’s Montgomery Wine & Music Festival on September the 21st. While you’re out enjoying the festivities including Live Music, Food, Vendors & of course Wine, make sure you stop by Hodge Podge Lodge between 12 & 3pm to take a look around, have a tour, or relax on the breezy front porch in one of our rocking chairs with your glass of wine.
Not sure where Hodge Podge Lodge is? Click on over to this page to get directions or an address for your GPS. We hope to see you there!
I know, we’re just getting back to school & already talk of the holidays is coming up. It’s frustrating to feel you’ve just gotten the kiddos off to school & you can take a deep breath, and hopefully a little break, only to start feeling you need to plan the holidays! “It’s not even Labor Day yet!” you think as you roll into Hobby Lobby sweating, because it’s still 100° outside, only to be accosted by holiday decor on every display. As if that’s not enough we’re already talking about Thanksgiving here at HPL, but trust me, this is something you want to go ahead and plan for. Our whole goal is to give you the opportunity to plan a stress free family holiday & go ahead and get it checked off your list.
Hodge Podge Lodge is opening up the entire house including the patio, bed & breakfast rooms, kitchen, & dining room as well as the newly renovated Giddy’s Cottage for your family to gather together around our table this Thanksgiving holiday. I’m already imagining how gorgeous this event could be– a new gather guide with be forthcoming.
See how simple it would be? No having to worry about your home being perfect for the holidays, or wondering if you can get the kitchen remodeled in a week, or running yourself ragged trying to keep the house neat & tidy, entertain guests, & cook Thanksgiving dinner. The good news? HPL is already neat & tidy, decorated to homey perfection, and ready for your brood to move in for the week. In one neat package you can include everyone in your family in a special 3 day, 3 night (min) stay at Hodge Podge Lodge to celebrate Thanksgiving Norman Rockwell style around HPL's table.
Interested? There are some basic ground rules. For more information please call 936-228-9290 or 936-442-0189 (direct) or Email HPL. We would love to explain the details, schedule a tour for you to see our gorgeous Civil War era home, or help you find a caterer if you're not into the whole Martha Stewart thing.
Last week Hodge Podge Lodge participated in an Showcase put on by Experience Montgomery (HMBA) at La Toretta resort & spa on Lake Conroe. Vendors from all over the area participated in a day long Showcase. We enjoyed so much getting to meet so many new people & getting to share with them what we are all about! Essentially, we are a bed & breakfast, event venue, wedding venue & we put on a variety of classes hosted by professionals in a variety of fields from all across the area.
Carolyn of Sweet Tea & Linen set up our gorgeous booth. She is so talented! The photos featuring HPL are from Lacey Peyton Photography. Kristen of Treasured Spaces attended with us. She is an absolutely fantastic event coordinator, make sure you check out her site as well. Lori, of the fabulous Lone Star Soap Barn, donated soaps for us to give out as gifts, & people couldn’t have been more excited to receive those samples! Lori makes such a quality product, with amazing natural scents.
Overall it was a fantastic event, and a great opportunity to mingle with other vendors as well as potential clients. Make sure to watch for future events put on by Experience Montgomery.
Although the exact origin is unknown, modern historians believe that the wedding ring as we know it traces back to ancient Egypt circa 3000BC. You had no idea? Me either. The Egyptians exchanged rings braided of reeds or hemp believing that the circle illustrated endless love between a man & woman.
The next major participant in the exchange of rings were the Romans. In their time there were many different types of marriage all defined by social class. The “Confarreatio” was the only legal form of marriage at the time as was reserved for the elite class. These grooms would give their brides iron rings, and this brought about our tradition of exchanging metal rings. However, there is a crucial difference between the views of the Egyptians and Romans. The Egyptians viewed marriage as an act of love, while the Romans believed their ring signified ownership.
While the history of why people have given or exchanged rings throughout history is interesting, so are the actual symbols they exchange. For instance, the Gimmel ring.
The Gimmel ring was given often in Europe during the 15th century. The design of this particular ring was meant to signify marriage and unity. Typically, it was made of two metal bands that would interlock. When a couple became engaged, each fiancé would wear one. Then at the wedding, the couple would connect the rings to form one ring that the bride would wear as her wedding ring.
According to the Jewish faith, a marriage isn’t legal unless something tangible is exchanged like a ring. Many Jewish Brides wear their wedding rings on their pointer fingers.
In Medieval Europe diamonds were worn in wedding rings to symbolize indestructible love.
The Claddagh ring became popular in 17th century Ireland and remains popular to this day. It depicts two hands holding a crowned heart, symbolizing “Let love and friendship reign”. The Claddagh ring is considered the traditional Irish wedding band.
And lastly, In the early days of Colonial America, a groom would give the bride a thimble instead of a ring. Not so exciting is it? But it seems that was their intention. The tradition began with the Puritans who believed that all jewelry was frivolous. Interestingly enough, many women eventually would remove the tops of their thimbles, effectively creating rings. This practice was accepted because the thimble was seen as practical since it was used for sewing and was not merely decorative.
Today our rings seem to symbolize a combination of all of the above. We wish to signify our possession of the other person, & our deep and endless love for the bride or groom. Our wedding rings signify the legal aspect, & for many is also an act of faith.
I hope you enjoyed this brief little look into the history of the ring on your finger.
A few weeks ago ladies of all ages gathered at our historic Hodge Podge Lodge to learn the techniques of chalk painting furniture from the beautiful & talented Carolyn Mills of Sweet Tea & Linen. Carolyn sees potential in furniture us amateurs can’t fathom. She polishes & paints & creates truly unique & gorgeous pieces. And this weekend she shared a bit of her prowess with her students.
We used her preferred chalk paint powder, Webster’s, that is available in her shop in The Olde Schoolhouse Store. Everyone brought their own object from home to paint. There were end tables, unique antique carts, & Deborah brought a very cool mirror frame. Someone brought cabinets from their bathroom, Nicola painted a shelf for the almost finished “Giddy’s Cottage” here on the grounds of HPL, my mom brought her mom’s vintage record cabinet & I redid my great grandmother’s rocking chair. There were all kinds of things, make sure to look at the photos to get your own ideas of what to paint.
The process was simple (because we had such an awesome instructor) & fun & involved the drinking of wine, which is always a plus. The paint has a soft matte finish that looks beautifully vintage. With a little distressing & staining, we had gorgeous pieces ready to display at home.
That was the best part, we left with our pieces fully finished, & ready to display. It was a fun girl’s night, but also productive! Make sure to watch for the next class. You don’t want to miss out, but I will warn you. Painting furniture with this method is so simple, & so gratifying (no frustrating bubbles, or places the paint decides not to stick) that you’ll find yourself wanting to paint anything in your home that isn’t nailed down.
Photos: Lacey Peyton Photography www.laceypeyton.com