Saturday, March 28, 2015

HAPPY WEEKEND

what are you up to this weekend? we don't really have much going on but i am planning n trying out a few new recipes over these two days. hopefully they will turn out delicious enough to share! hope you have a wonderful weekend and here are a few links i've enjoyed lately...

the 30 most influential people on the internet.

this post spoke straight to my heart.

did you know this grammar rule?

my latest website shopping obsession.

weather report cracks me up.

looks so good i must make it this weekend.

oh a beaded top like this one is so so dreamy.

i've been on the hunt for some throw pillow in our living room and this one...ahhhh!

thumbs up for cheese toasts.

the truth about your bookcase.

this brutally honest food magazine made me laugh.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

TODAY

i found this on pinterest the other day and i couldn't help but just scream yes yes yes and then think about how i'm pushing myself to be where i want to be in the future. it's such a good push yourself quote. i had to share with you all. happy friday!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

PROGRESS PEAKS: THE AFTER VERSION

so we are about four and a half months in to living here in alabama and i thought now would be a good time to share a little on how our house updates are going. i was going to include before pictures but it's seriously not that long ago since i shared the before so if you want a before, you can find it here.
there's a little story behind this flag. it was my great great grandpa's flag and my grandma gave it to me when she moved. we have a second living room downstairs where we house the tv and originally it was going to go down there. we had a whole plan for that room and it was going to be centered around this flag.

then one sunday andrew and i were doing things around the house and we thought we would pull out this flag to see how big it was. we never have opened it before and we thought it was half this size at best. turns out it was a little bit bigger. like eleven feet by seven feet. ha.

so i'm glad we brought her out when we did because plans changed. we absolutely could not say no to hanging a flag that has 48 stars though so now she lives upstairs in our main room since it's the only wall big enough in the house.
the robin's egg blue in the kitchen was the first thing that had to go. we are so glad we made this change because that color hurt our eyes like none other and we spend a good amount of our time in the kitchen.

since the dining room and eat in kitchen are directly next to each other, we thought we would put a cart in the kitchen temporarily until we find a tall breakfast bar. it didn't make a whole lot of sense to us to put two dining tables right next to each other.

another thing i absolutely love about this space is that little desk and computer space. it's where i do all my blogging and it's the perfect dj center for dance parties while making dinner.
i just completed this guest bedroom last week and am absolutely in love with how it turned out. i want to keep guest room decor to a minimum so guests don't feel overwhelmed when they stay with us. the hangers and magazines were a perfect touch and the room only needs another two more wall things to the right of the bed and some curtains and she should be complete.
addison's room is always a work in progress with hanging things on the walls but we're getting there. that make shift bookcase is a temporary thing until we can find one that works for that space but for now she loves it so i do too.
and our bedroom still doesn't have a bed. it's coming people, it's coming.
please excuse the giant swatch of color in this room. that color was the plan prior to the flag unveiling. now we are back at square one with what we should paint this room.
this is another guest room on the lower level that i can't wait to start working on. i think this one is going to be beautiful once the walls are painted and decorations are added. i'd been eyeing that duvet cover for months before i finally made the splurge (and it didn't end up being much of a splurge since it was on sale in the store!) so i can't wait to dress the rest of this room up.

and that's it. that's our house! our home! i've said it before and i'll say it again; i want this house decorated and lived in sooner rather than later so we can enjoy our time in alabama and not be working on house projects all the time like we did with our previous house. we have no idea how long we will stay here but the odds of it being forever are unlikely so we want to enjoy this adventure while it's in front of us. 

i'm finally getting down to just the stuff that i absolutely love in our home and letting go of the rest. and that right there is a good feeling. thanks for letting me share.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PROJECT 4 // WATER MARBLING NOTECARDS & ENVELOPES

ever wandered around on pinterest for so long that you start seeing the same thing over and over? this is how i stumbled upon water marbling. with nail polish. what? people do crazy things with nail polish but i am one who has every dang color of the rainbow and hardly ever wear nail polish anymore so this was seriously perfect.
for the supplies, i used a plastic container from the cooking aisle (honestly mine was the cover of an aluminum pan), nail polish, warmish water, white envelopes and toothpicks. fill the pan with luke warm water. if it's to cold the polish will sink straight to the bottom and if it's too warm it will turn sticky before you even have a chance to swirl it so it takes a little trial and error.

drizzle the nail polish into the pan. if your temperature is around the right temp, your polish should kind of float on the top. once you have both (or however many colors you are putting in there) colors in the pan, take the toothpick and swirl the colors around until you get the design you want.

lay the paper on just the top of the water and press down just a little so the paint will catch onto the paper. maybe two or three seconds; you definitely don't need to dunk the paper into the water. the trick to picking it up without having the extra clumps ruin your marbling is to pick it up straight up (leaving the paper upside down) and let the extra hang there for a second or two. peel off the access clumps before flipping the paper over and laying it down. trust me, i could have saved myself a lot of frustration and paper if someone had mentioned this earlier.

i started this whole process with just doing envelopes and i became obsessed with it. then i busted out the card stock and day two of water marbling happened. i have a feeling this won't be the last thing i marble. let me know if you give this a try. i would love to know how yours turn out! but be warned, it's completely addicting!

previous projects: tassel keychain, knitted scarf, diy holiday card book

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MARCH: CURRENTLY

trying to get my act together for this 28 before 29 challenge. time is quickly slipping away from me.
working on all sorts of colorful projects.
listening the lively show podcast. 
heading to music class twice this week because a) we need to make up a class and b) addison LOVES it!
adding white to my pictures lately. it makes a world of difference.
eating frozen grapes that taste like candy.
watching the show undateable on nbc. it's so funny and makes me miss whitney terribly.
looking forward to a date night just andrew and i very soon. because we are thisclose to have found a sitter.
loving the warmth on my skin and extra sunlight at night. daylight savings time is my love language.
recovering from a weekend of rain.
enjoying this thirteen month age. i'm pretty sure i say it every month, but thirteen months is definitely my favorite age so far.
marveling at how much addison changes every day and how much she learns. she constantly go go go and it's so fun to watch her explore.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

HAPPY WEEKEND

what are you up to this weekend? we are getting addison's one year pictures done along with some family pictures and i simply cannot wait! hope you have a wonderful weekend and here are a few links i've been loving lately...

i should follow these diagrams more.

the most breathtaking wedding pictures.

a really cool way to blow up photos.

garbage men taking a break.

a crazy inspiring workspace.

hilarious birth story.

the 10 words every girl (or woman) should know.

the greatest ikea coffee table hack.

a book space in this brooklyn apartment i would dream to have.

i love this mama's space. so dreamy.

14 of the best brunches in milwaukee (this will come in handy when i go back to visit).

Friday, March 20, 2015

IMPERFECT ACTION

i found this quote while browsing around on pinterest this morning and it reminded me of my word for 2015. sometimes when i start something, whether it's a project or painting a room or sometimes just dinner, i get nervous that it won't turn out perfect or the way i expect it to that i get halfway through and quit. this is just a little reminder i found to be so inspiring about how even if it's not perfect, it was done and next time it will get better.
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