|Here's my attempt.|
Ian helped me to string a wire diagonally across the new patio. I was a little nervous about this, as the wire is practically invisible and I would prefer not to garrote anyone on my property. Still, we hung it as high as we could, and it is well above Ian's head, and at 6'2" he's the tallest person around.
Homemade mason jar lanterns were just not happening. The example I photographed above looks far better than our original attempts, which I failed to capture for the camera. I could show you some pictures of tortured wire, but why would you want to see that? We found ready-made glass lanterns, loaded them with candles, strung them on the wire (and from a nearby tree) and the effect is magical, though I say so myself and obviously this shitty photo does not do it justice.
This was a very exciting weekend because Melissa came to town to visit Jen and we all got together at Becky's house for drinks and delicacies, including bacon jam on freshly baked bread and fancy chocolate from Gearharts. I just finished reading Melissa's novel, Whipped, Not Beaten, which is a fun and surprisingly sexy story about one woman's experience with the home party business. It was great to meet Melissa and lots of fun to hang out with the other ladies. I like how we're all a part of a larger blogging community and I hope we can get together again someday, maybe with some of our other blogging friends.