Happy Holidays!

December 28, 2009

This Christmas was a little bittersweet for me.  It was X and my first Christmas as a married couple, but it also marked the first Christmas without my mom.  We skipped our usual Christmas Eve church attendance and limited the celebration to Christmas day.  We started at my dad's house with lunch, then making the family rounds in Fredericksburg, eating lots of goodies along the way, and ended a full day celebrating Christmas at my dad's house.  But, before we headed home, we made an obligatory stop in Johnson City to see the incredible light display that PEC puts up every year.

It kind of surprises me that no matter how many times we pass by this scene, it never ceases to amaze me.

Hope your holidays were filled with family, food, and just that hint of magic that makes Christmas what it is!

Gorgeous Jewelry

December 22, 2009

If you haven't stopped by BlushInk! recently, you should hop over there right. now.  Why?  Because Kelly is hosting a fabulous giveaway that includes the likes of this:

Excuse me while I drool over this gorgeous combination of pearls and brass.  Even better?  It's named "Edward".  Want more Twilight goodness?



Clearly, I need to stop obsessing over Twilight.

I think my favorite of their pieces is the Charles neckalce:

To enter the giveaway, go here to find out more details.  And be sure to visit Edmoure Ralph's shop to choose your favorite goody.

**all photos courtesy of Edmoure Ralph

Marilyn's Fabric

December 16, 2009

I came across this fabric swatch on Sew Mama Sew! that reminded me of my mom in more ways than one.

I'm tempted to buy a yard or two, although I'm not sure what I would sew from it.  It may end up simply living in my sewing cabinet with the rest of my fabric stash....


The Pioneer Woman Comes to Austin!

December 4, 2009

I spent most of my Thursday evening, this past week, waiting to get a much coveted signature from this lovely lady.  Ree (a.k.a. the Pioneer Woman) is one of my favorite bloggers (and not just because she too is a basset hound owner).  She is amazingly talented at not only writing, but also at photography, cooking, teaching, decorating, and the list could go on and on.  If you haven't heard of her yet, I highly recommend reading her blog to find out more- I promise you'll get sucked in!

I arrived to Book People at around 5:30.  I am so in love with this book store- the atmosphere is quaint and they have a huge selection of books.  (As a side note:  the staff of Book People were incredibly organized and helpful at this particular event.  This was actually the first book signing I have ever attended and was happy that it ran as smoothly as it did!)

I was determined to stay focused on my mission (meaning I dismissed my longing to frolic next door to Anthroplogie) and proceeded to the third floor to get my wrist band.  By the time I had arrived, they had already gone through three wrist band colors.  There were a lot of people in attendance:

Finally the woman of the hour(s) answered a few questions before heading back upstairs to sign more cookbooks.

In between waiting and frequenting the cafe downstairs, I managed to get Marlboro Man's signature and snag a quick picture.

The time actually passed by really quickly and before I knew it I was here.

And then here.

It was soooo worth the wait.

Obsessed with Chirp

November 19, 2009

When X & I started a gift registery almost ten months ago for our wedding, I fell completely head over heels in love with this china:

"Chirp" by Lenox

Luckily my now husband lets me make most of the decor decisions around here and he let me have my dream y china.  I was a little concerned that it might be too colorful or not fancy enough, but I think I may love it even more today than I did ten months ago!  It was brought to my attention that they have actually expanded the line to include the following items (that I want need to buy right. now.):

I always enjoy my coffee or tea a little more when it is served in a tall mug.

Birds + salt & pepper shakers? Yes, please.

This hot cocoa mug and matching spoon would be the perfect pick-me-up on a cold, winter day.

We still need a set of these anyway, it would be nice if they matched our china.

This teapot is too cute to need any explanation.

A perfect ornamen t choice for our first Christmas as a married couple.

And finally, I came across this creation on decor8, from Etsy seller FaireHoure.  All of her clocks are really beautiful, but I was obviously drawn to this one.


101 in 1001- An Early New Year's Resolution

November 18, 2009

I thought a good way to kick off my post-wedding blog and a new chapter in my life was with this challenge, which was inspired by these lovely ladies (and fellow Bees): Kate, Brooke, & Krista

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Start Date: November 18, 2009
End Date: August 15, 2012

Bold/italicized - Completed Item/Work in Progress

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Get Artsy
1. Sew an article of clothing
2. Learn how to crochet granny squares
3. Make something from crocheted granny squares
4. Make items for my Etsy/bigcartel shop
5. Sell an item in my Etsy/bigcartel shop
6. Redecorate an entire room (living room- 5/2011)
7. Knit a scarf
8. Sew wedding quilt
9. Complete five quilts (1/5)
10. Start a sketch book
11. Create Blurb album of Weddingbee posts
12. Create wedding albums for our parents
13. Go thrift store shopping
14. Frame our favorite wedding and honeymoon pictures
15. Take a creative class
16. Participate in a craft show

Get Cultured
17. Attend a performance at the Paramount Theater
18. Attend a performance at the Long Center
19. See a play
20. Attend a live music performance of someone I haven't seen before
21. Visit a museum
22. Attend an art exhibition
23. Attend an opera performance
24. (Attempt to) Learn a second language (Rosetta stone)
25. Read 25 new books (13/25)
26. Watch 10 documentaries (0/10)
27. Read a biography

Get Deep
28. Identify 100 things that make me happy (0/100)
29. Identify 25 things I like about myself (0/25)
30. Go to dinner alone
31. Spend one afternoon a month to be introspective (0/34)
32. Participate in a NaBloPoMo (1/1) November 2010

Get Domestic
33. Take a cooking class
34. Try 25 new recipes (0/25)
35. Make dinner twice a week for four weeks (0/4)
36. Host a holiday at our house
37. Plant an herb garden
38. Bake something once a week for four weeks (0/4)
39. Buy fresh flowers once a month (0/34)
40. Learn how to make macroons and bake some
41. Decorate the house for each season (0/11)
42. Set-up a compost pile or bin

Get Geeky
43. Study at least four hours a week each month for the PE exam (6/15)
44. Pass PE exam (5/23)
45. Take a class on photoshop or illustrator
46. Back up all my photos to a cd/dvd

Get Healthy
47. Go to the gym three times a week for four weeks (0/4)
48. Take a yoga class
49. Go hiking
50. Take Kingsley on an outing once a week for four weeks (0/4)
51. Eat entirely healthy meals every day for a week
52. Complete the 30-day shred
53. Take a walk once a week (0/143)
54. Buy fresh vegetables from a farmer's market for one meal
55. Give up soda for a month
56. Floss every day for a month September 2010
Get Organized
57. Legally change name (1/15/10)
58. Get a new passport
59. Get new checks, credit/debit cards, DL
60. Finish writing our wedding thank you cards by 12/15/09 (2/1/10)
61. Finish our wedding recaps by 4/24/09
62. Resell any wedding items I won't use
63. Rearrange the craft room and organize by craft type
64. Organize our bedroom closet(1/8/10)
65. Clean out and organize the garage
66. Reorganize mom's spare bedroom
67. Scrapbook mom's NY trip pictures

Get Rich
68. Set up a joint account with husband(1/16/10)
69. Deposit 5% of each pay check into savings
70. Create a financial plan with husband
71. Pay off all revolving debt
72. Start a "trip fund" with my husband
73. Put $5 in savings for each completed task and $10 for every uncompleted one (0/101)

Get Generous
74. Volunteer once a week for four weeks (0/4)
75. Donate money or volunteer with LLS (monthly beginning 1/1/11)
76. Give money to our church every week(0/34)
77. Buy/make someone a gift just because
78. Donate unused clothing and books to Goodwill
79. Participate in a walk/run for a good cause
80. Volunteer or donate for public radio (KUT) donated, October 2010
81. Teach my sister how to sew

Get Social
82. Host a dinner party
83. Go on a monthly date with my husband (0/34)
84. Get together with one (or more) of my girlfriends once a month (4/34)
85. Go to a new place in the city once a month (0/34)
86. Host brunch at our house once a month (0/34)
87. Create Christmas cards with our wedding pics and mail them out before Christmas
88. Send birthday cards to people on my list every month (0/34)

Get Stuff
89. Upgrade my point-and-shoot camera to an SLR (gift from husband, July 2010)
90. Buy a home with my husband
91. Buy a dressform (gift from husband, 12/25/09)
92. Take our post-wedding pictures
93. Invest in a nice pair of boots

Get Adventurous
94. Go to Las Vegas (3/4/10)
95. Take a trip to Europe
96. Go on a camping trip
97. Take a trip with my sister
98. Do something that I am scared of
99. Go kayaking
100. Take a spontaneous getaway with my husband
101. Spend a weekend in New Orleans

Changes Coming Soon...

August 5, 2009



March 25, 2009

For my little sister's birthday...



March 14, 2009

Last weekend we made a trip up to IKEA in search of more storage for my craft room (which was being taken over by wedding crap,,,,er, supplies). Even though I could have bought a lot more, I limited myself to this:


The Billy Bookcase, BB. And yes, I know that I am the last one to get on this train, but I really don't care. Even though I only bought one, I would love to have many some day so that I can recreate this:


Who wouldn't want a library in their home? Anyway, I digress. At this point, I am using BB for craft storage not books. Some before and after pics:

I moved the lovely red bookcase to the other side of the room and put the BB in its place:

Ahh, much better. I love reorganization. My only complaint about this purchase is that it has to be attached to the wall,,, it will fall over if it is not attached, which is a bit scary for me. Oooh and while we were at IKEA we also got this for cheap-cheap,

because you can't shop at IKEA and just by one item. This is my new favorite. I love french-coffee-press coffee.