Tuesday, September 13, 2011

pretty bride..

My cousin's wedding was beautiful - here are a few photos I took.. She was so pretty and her wedding was so uniquely lovely.  It was a farm style wedding, even  with some cow's mooing and bluegrass band.  So cute.

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Today we are headed to South Carolina to my cousin's wedding.  What a beautiful day it is to get married. 
I hope to take lots of pretty pics.
I am also testing the new blogger app right now...  which means I am posting this from my phone.  Fun.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What I did this summer...

I feel like a schoolgirl returning to school after a long summer vacation - writing a essay about all the various things I did during the summer break. I have been away, but I am not sure "break" would accurately describe my late spring/summer.  I never really like essays and have always been a list lover, so a list it is:

What I did this summer:

+ put in an offer on a house ( it was accepted) - Closing date: April 13
+ gave landlord notice that we would move out before May 1
+ had a garage sale
+ Closing date extended to May 13
+ moved all of our possessions into storage
+  April 28 left for vacation to Washington DC. We were actually there when Osama Bin Laden was killed.
+ came back from vacation and found ourselves with no home
+ stayed with sweet brother and sister-in-law for a week +
+ May 12 - Closed on house - hooray
+ moved all our things AGAIN
+ May 15 - celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary in a heap of boxes
+ two weeks after moving into our house - we got a sweet miniature dachshund - we named Pippi
 Pippi - approx 7 weeks

 Pippi - approx 20 weeks

+ Memorial Day weekend - started painting the main rooms of our house - Bonsai
+ First weekend of June -  Camping trip with the family
+ Week long trip to New Orleans area in June.  It was HOT.
+ Father's day x2 at our house - Low County Boil and Po Boys. Yum both times.
+ July 4th Weekend - painted the master bedroom - Cathedral Stone

+ Week long trip in July to Texas - El Paso then Dallas.. yeah it was hot in Texas in July.
+ Conference in Charlotte NC
+ Mister goes to Phoenix for work
+ Week long trip to Dallas Area in August - still hot, over 100 everyday
+ Family trip to Great Wolf Lodge - Super fun.
+start to unpack shop inventory for shop and open again!


Still more coming up in September and October..
+ my cute cousin is getting married 9.10.11.. isn't that fun? I am making (almost finished) a burlap bunting banner for her.
+ cutie niece Annie turns 2! can't believe it
+ County Fair.  Our church has a festival type event at the fair for kids. Lots of fun games and prizes.  My husband will give a presentation during the event.  We are busy preparing for that.  They have done some pretty funny stuff in the past.  It is always lots of fun and lots of WORK.
+ Wedding Shower for Sweet Sister in Law.  She picked the best guy.  That is going to be lots of fun.
+ Another week long trip to Texas.
+ Footloose , the new one, is released on my birthday October 14.  I love the original from 1984 and am quite skeptical of the new one.

+ Wedding of a fore mentioned Sister-in-law and best guy.
+ really hoping  to restyle and photograph all my shop inventory.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday April 15 - Yes!

I couldn't be happier that it is April 15  - well I could be, if the tax deadline had not been extended  to April 18th due to some Washington DC holiday... Oh well.. I am still estatic that tax season is over (almost)

Here is a happy song friends...

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros "Home" from Edward Sharpe on Vimeo.

Happy Spring and Summer to you all..

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Etsy Love - ErinDollar

Oh I want to tell you about one of my favorite etsy shops - erindollar!

Erin is so much fun and  I adore her work. We are actually on three etsy teams together! yay etsy teams!

Here is a little info about Erin from her etsy profile:

I'm an artist/maker of things currently residing in Pasadena, CA. Besides prints and paintings, I also like making cookies, zines, weird dinosaur noises, and pinatas.

Oh, and there's that whole beard thing... you can check out my beard shop at imadeyouabeard.etsy.com
She closed her beard shop at the beginning of March, but I had to show you a pic of one of her adorable beards anyway - because they are that much fun!

Here are some cool items from her shop:
Abstract Pile - Original Ink Drawing

Thanks Postcard

Keep the Roof on Lithograph

Triangle Pillow

Check out Erin's blogs

Also check Erin out at Pinterest

Monday, March 21, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Today I was just flipping through the latest issue of the House Beautiful Magazine  I received in the mail this week.  There were so really cool finds in this issue  - so I thought I would share a few.

 How fun is this pewter crocodile stapler... 

via loadedtrunk.com

What about this Apothercary Matchstick Bottle - The bottom is hand etched so you can strike your matches right on the bottle - genius!

via magpieandrye.com

Super Sleek Stainless Steel Straws - What a great way to be green while enjoying your favorite drink. I bet this guys are chilly too.
via brookfarmgeneralstore.com

Monday, February 28, 2011

love this cake...

I love this ruffle cake - I would attempt this - but sometime I get a little impatient with projects like this - or maybe I just bit off more than I can chew.  Probably true since I have little to none cake decorating experience.

Oh but this would be a lovely birthday cake...

via mysweetandsaucy

Maybe one day I will try it..they even make video tutorial..

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Our tolix chairs shipped today..can't wait to get them. They are going to look super awesome with a farm table my father-in-law made us.

I will post pics when we get them all in..

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Five Little Links

Today I am:

Enjoying this song

Wanting these for me and the mister

Excited about going here for Valentine's Day.

Can't wait to watch these  - a Christmas gift from the mister

Thinking this is pretty cool.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

diamond doorknobs...

As I child, I thought I had zero financial worries in my future. After all our house  my grandmother's house had diamond door knobs.
Glass Door Knob from GlassnMore

My family seemed disinterested in this obvious fortune and easily agreed that I would inherit all the doorknobs. That house was sold many years ago along with the knobs. Sometimes I wonder how my life would be different if I only had those old glass knobs today.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

joys of jello..

Yum - Jello... Doesn't everyone love jello? I love it and I love that my mother used to make it for me in pretty little dishes - that I thought were especially made for Jello.  I later found out theses pretty little dishes were old big top peanut butter glasses.

I have this little jewel in my etsy shop -    The New Joys of Jello.  It is jammed packed with great photos from the 1970s with Jello at the center of all of them.  I just love checking out photos from the 1970s.  So much fun.

Monday, January 31, 2011

in the window...

Anthropologie is by far one of my most favorite stores. I adore their clever displays and use of non-conventional and re purposed items. They have some of the most beautiful vintage furniture pieces... Did you ever see that show on the Sundance Channel - Man Shops Globe? I love it - Keith Johnson has my dream job! if you get a chance - you should really watch it. It is available on itunes if you want to catch up or if you don't get the Sundance Channel.

One of the best things about Anthropolgie is their window displays. (I even made a back drop for my wedding inspired by an Anthropologie Window).  Check out their Spring 2011 windows..

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

Marlton, NJ

Marlton, NJ

Skokie, IL

Skokie, IL

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC