Friday, July 29, 2011

{super super easy DIY hanging vase}

Easy, pretty DIY's are like a slice of heaven.

Just now (literally, ten minutes ago) while the Snake napped,
I made a hanging vase for our bathroom (it REALLY needs some loving).

Here is the quickest how-to ever... because I hear my babe waking up.

 Wrap a string or ribbon around the neck of a pretty vase 
(I used an apothecary bottle I bought at a thrift shop for $.49)
Secure a loop at the end to hang it from the wall.


Fill with something pretty... preferably flowers...
but if you're like me... just go outside and snap off a few leaves from a bush.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

{embrace a cleaning and laundry day}

The Snake and I spent the day at home on Monday 
cleaning and catching up on laundry.
He was playing on the floor behind me 
while I was folding piles on the couch 
and all of a sudden he was had pulled himself up next to me 
swinging a washcloth side to side and laughing.
I think he thought he was helping me.
Cutest thing ever. 
Of course I stopped to take a picture of us 
even though I looked like death.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

{anxiety-led organizing}

Every once in a while, I totally freak out.
Projects have piled up in my head. 
Most things are either yet-to-be-started 
or, worse,

This week has been one of those weeks.
So today I am talking one of my projects.
The toy closet. 
(dun, dun, dunnnn)
I have no pictures and no plans...
other than to put my resourceful cap on 
and search our attic and garage for something I can use... 
because I have no money to go purchase everything 
I would want from Pottery Barn and Ikea. 

Wish me luck!

PS: In my dreams I would want the Snakes play area to look like this

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Good Tuesday to you!
This is what I am doing today. 
Are you?

{image via Etsy shop QA Designs

Monday, July 25, 2011

{happy birthday to the woman who birthed me}

It was my mama's birthday last week 
and so we celebrated yesterday while my cousins were in town.

I thought I'd share pictures of my first ever attempt at decorating and writing a cake with icing 
(as opposed to sprinkles and number candles)

Not perfect... but not entirely bad, right?

It is supposed to say "Feliz Cumpleaños," not "Happy Birthday," by the way.

Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. 
It was a hit! 

I brought her flowers in a mason jar.
I tried to tie a pretty bow... but there are some things I'm really bad at.
Among those things are: making bows and making breakfast.
So I decided to wrap a string around a bunch of times.
(a manila type of string)
Funny thing is... She loved how it all looked. 
... and its not easy to make my mom "love" something.

I'm filing this under "DIY" because... its such a quick and easy do-it-yourself arrangement.

PS: Did you know toothpicks work as a decent make-shift birthday candle... 
that's if the birthday person is willing to light it seconds before blowing it out. 
Thank goodness my mom was a good sport about our unpreparedness!

{a printable menu... once again}

I have a problem. A serious one...
I am constantly making new menu templates to use.
So I've decided to share them with you.

This is the menu I am currently using for our family. 
I'm kinda loving the old school utensils. 
Hope you do too!

{Just click on the image and print}

Saturday, July 23, 2011

{scarf wearing tutorial}

If you know me at all, 
you know that a scarf is my favorite accessory.
Even in the stifling heat, I've been pulling out my scarves to pull an outfit together.

My friend shared this video with me recently 
and I've found it most useful in finding new ways to wear my favorite thing in the world.
Maybe you will too.


Friday, July 22, 2011

{a weekend in Maryland}

About two weeks ago, we spent a weekend visiting family in Maryland. 
The highlight of my trip was visiting Calleva
(a farm, camp, ranch sort of place)
where one of my awesome cousins is spending the summer.  
Calleva is family and friend owned and operated. 
They do all sorts of things year round like: 
summer camps, an annual haunted forest, and outdoor adventures.

On Saturday evening, the owners invited us to join them for dinner 
and we took a long walk to see all there was around "the farm."

What I was most enthralled by, though, was their grounds!
Wherever you turn there are gardens, barns, horses, chickens...
It was a wonderful evening.

That's their main house back there. Its beautiful and welcoming.

Those are bees. I got alarmingly close. 

We witnessed why fainting goats are hilarious.

Their gardens are enormous! 
Not only is the Calleva staff pretty self-sufficient... they're resourceful too. Check out the tire planters.

The Snake... let's just say he loved it all.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

{i've returned}

I'm back! Well, I hope you noticed I was gone.
I've been jam-packed with work 
and a little boy who just won't stop growing up despite my efforts.

Tomorrow I'm sharing pictures from our trip to Maryland a few weeks ago. 
We took a day trip to DC and visiting Mr. Lincoln.
This little guy named Abe visited his namesake, too.

But the pictures I'm showing tomorrow are from an ever cooler place we visited.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

{tiny hands tugging}

As I prepared my morning coffee today I heard the Snakes little hands and legs thumping on the stairs.
Well, so I thought.
When I went to check on him, he was literally halfway up the staircase.
My heart sank. 
The boy is fearless at times and always adventurous.
He brought me so much joy but at the same time so much dread. 
It wasn't even 9am and I still had at least ten more hours of running after him.
He is so hard to keep up with these days.
I have concluded nap time is more for moms than for kids themselves.
I'm exhausted by 3pm and counting down until hubs gets home. 

Yet later on, {Alyssa} put it all into perspective for me 
and made me be so thankful for the little boy I have to run after.
After I read her post, I sat on the rug and played with him 
and just watched him be alive and wonderful.

{image via Oak Ridge Revival}

Thursday, July 7, 2011

{embrace young old friends}

Hey there! I'm linking up to Emily again today... 
Its the first time I don't do a picture with the Snake. 

Instead, I'm sharing a shot of me with some people I've known for a very long time... 
since we were itty-bitty 10- and 11-year-olds.
All three of them went away for college while I stayed home (got engaged, married, yada, yada)
We kept in touch here and there when they came home for breaks and such
but when they moved back home after graduation 
we picked up friendships right where they left off. 

I'm lucky that I've been able to keep old friends 
(like these gals and a handful of others)
I feel like a side of me comes out that really doesn't come out in any other situation.
There is something great about the fact that they've known me since before I even met my husband.
I'm free to be a nutty lady when they're around.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

{snail mail}

When was the last time you received snail mail?
I find that I get so excited when I check the mailbox every day.
It's great to receive cards, letters, invitations, etc.
Last week, I opened up mail from France.
I was delighted to find postcards and a letter from my cousin
who is spending a few months there working and traveling.

I told her about my affinity with doors --
their colors and design and how are incorporated into the architecture of a building --
so she found postcards with beautiful pictures of doors and sent them to me. 

Isn't that lovely?

When I receive awesome things like that in the mail I put them in a basket in my living room.
Some stationary is just too special to stuff in a drawer or, worse, throw out.
So when people come over they are free to look through cards from our family and friends
like invitations and Christmas cards.

It was an idea from Design Mom. She's full of great ideas like that.

{someone got a haircut}

The Snake was looking like a mad scientist
so I finally convinced my husband that it was time for a haircut.

It was technically his second haircut 
but the first was so minimal no one even noticed.
This time his godfather buzzed the whole darn mane off of his head.
I love it.
Phil says he feels like we cut off his youth.
I'm sure the curls will return full force.
For now.. I'm enjoying the fresh new look he has 
just in time for the hot and sweaty summer days. 

PS: Yes. Underneath his curly hair we found a slight hint of light hair including some red. 
Weird right? It's all courtesy of my husband's family. I'm thinking it'll go dark eventually.


Long before this blog existed my husband has been telling me 
I need to put my name on things I make.
Now when he sees me making something he always asks:
"Are you putting that up on the blog?"
How sweet is he?

Following his advice I recently ordered a stamp from {Stamp Out}, 
an Etsy shop that can make basically anything you ask for.
Not sure why I didn't do it before. 
It was SO easy to find a graphic I liked and get it customized. 

I'm obsessed with my new accessory...
I'm about to start stamping just about everything in sight.
I'm dying to order a return address stamp! 

Check out {Stamp Out}'s Etsy shop 
where owner Lisa Ehmke has awesome graphics and designs in her library.

Monday, July 4, 2011

{happy 4th!}

{image via alphamom}

Happy Fourth!
What are you doing to celebrate America's birthday?
We're closing a very busy weekend with a BBQ and fireworks with my friends from high school.
I love getting together with old friends. 
Some of them are meeting the Snake for the first time. So fun.

If you're looking for a craft check out Alphamom's confetti paper rockets
How cool are they?
I bet they would be a hit at a family BBQ.


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