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September 2012

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25 By 25 – The Final Tally

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  • September 25, 2012

Well, my 25th birthday has come and gone. It’s all downhill from here.

Just kidding! I’m not one of those people that gets depressed about getting older…at least not yet 🙂

But since this was kind of a milestone birthday, I decided to set 25 goals for myself and see how many I could get done. And it was pretty fun, actually. I think it’s something I may do every year! Let’s see how I did:

1. Learn to sew. {This one still evades me, but it will happen before the end of they year!}

2. Travel internationally. {We took care of this one back in March when we visited Poland, Russia, Latvia and Prague!}

3. Have a real, bona-fide, cutesy picnic. {We got to have a picnic at the base of Mt. Rainier when we went to Portland over the summer.}

4. Build something.

5. Make photobooks for 2010 and 2011. {Finished that one a few months back! Check it out here.}

6. Surprise JP. {I threw him a small, impromptu birthday party.}

7. Read 10 books. {I only got through 5, so I’ll give myself a half point on this one!}

8. Learn to play a new instrument.

9. Become more physically active. {I’ve been walking Lucy more and also riding bikes with hubby.}

10. Visit some thrift stores in Indy that I’ve been wanting to go to for a while. {Finally visited, and I was underwhelmed. Boo.}

11. Paint theguest bedroom and guest bath. {Another half point. The guest bath is finally getting some updates, here and here. I still need a plan for the guest bedroom. It’s kind of been put on hold because I’ve got nusery designs floating around in my head!}

12. Go to a concert.

13. Take a bike ride.

14. Teach Lucy to roll over. {I’m calling this one good. She lays down on command, and automatically rolls onto her back. The girl loves a good belly rub.}

15. Watch a documentary. {I’ve watched a couple actually: Being Elmo which I found totally fascinating and Best Worst Movie which is about the movie Troll 2. If you like ridiculously bad movies, Troll 2 is an absolute must.}

16. Plant a tree.

17. Watch a sunrise with JP. {This was probably the first one I checked off the list seeing as we caught several after returning home from Europe…yayy for jet lag!}

18. Blog consistently. {It’s been harder of late to keep up with this one, because our lives have gotten crazy since our little announcement, but I’m still trying.}

19. Do something spontaneous.{Recently, JP and I took off in the middle of a weekend afternoon and booked ourselves a fancy hotel for one night in Indy. We had no plans other than to just relax, and it was glorious! AND we decided last night to go on a mini vacay next week! What?! Who are we?!?}

20. Find a good way to commemorate our travels. {I have a plan for this one, I just need to find a nice large map so I can implement it!}

21. Make our bedroom more home-y. {This process has begun! JP got me some new bedding for my birthday :)}

22. Buy more artwork that makes me smile.

23. Try Thai food. {I have tried it a couple times but so far, most of what I’ve tried has been too spicy for me. So the search continues..}

24. Write a letter to someone (mayor? local transportation department?) about paving the back road to our neighborhood. {I’ve written a couple e-mails, and haven’t gotten a response. However, that road is blocked off for some construction, so here’s hoping that’s what it’s for!}

25. Get back to practicing piano consistently.

In total, I completed 16 of my goals, plus the 2 that I finished partly. I don’t think that’s too bad considering I only started 6 months ago!

Do any of you make yearly goals for yourself? Have you checked any off recently?

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DIY Home Decor/ Interior Design Uncategorized

Gettin’ Wild: Fall Tablescape

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  • September 18, 2012

Hello lemon-droppers! Today, I’m as happy as a lark because it’s finally starting to feel like fall around here! The mornings and evenings are starting to cool off and I LOVE it!

And the start of a new season means it’s time for fall decor! I think fall is my favorite season to decorate for by far. I love the colors, I love the textures, I love it all! Every fall, a few of my favorite bloggers host their “It’s Fall Y’all” parties where bloggers can link up their fall-themed decor posts. Today’s theme is tablescapes, so of course I had to get in on the action! Here’s what I came up with.

I started off by looking through my cabinets to see what I already had on hand that I could use. This is usually how I start most of my decorating adventures. Gotta use what you have! I came across a set of dishes I bought at ZGallerie on sale over a year ago. They’re brown (perfect for fall) and they each feature a different woodland creature. Inspiration! I decided to go for kind of a wild/woodsy theme and keep the color palette very simple and nature related: browns and greens.

From there, I went to Goodwill and Hobby Lobby to look for things I could use. Here’s a tip: if you’re decorating a table, Goodwill is a great source for dishes/glasses. I picked up a set of 4 glasses for under $2.00!

My favorite element of the table is of course the feather chargers. I picked up some round pieces of craft wood and feather trim from Hobby Lobby and simply glued the feather trim around the edges of the wood. Super easy, but they really add a lot to the table.

I also picked up a yard of green gingham fabric from Hobby Lobby and some no-sew hem tape and made the napkins. Again, another very easy DIY! And twine? It’s a poor woman’s napkin holder…it goes with the woodsy vibe, no?

The runner, green bowls, and amber jars were things I already had, and I just picked up some wheat/greenery stalks along with some pinecones and acorns to complete the centerpiece.

Now, I’m ready for a dinner party…who’s hungry?

I linked this up over at The Lettered Cottage and Bliss At Home.

I’m sharing this at the Dare to DIY party hosted by Decor and the DogMaybe MatildaNewly Woodwards, and Two Twenty One!)

DIY Uncategorized

DIY Chalkboard Cupcake Stand

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  • September 12, 2012

We’ve got an event coming up next week at our church that I’m hosting and planning the meal for. I decided that cupcakes would make for an easy, fuss-free dessert, which of course means that I will need cupcake stands to display them on. However, the only one I own was a very vibrant aquamarine-colored one. And aquamarine is a difficult color to work into a muted fall-ish color palette.

So, I turned to my good friend, spray paint, to remedy this problem for me.

I considered spraying it white or even gold, but in the end decided that using chalkboard spray paint might be kind of fun. I taped off the support in the middle, and hit it with two coats of spray paint. This was my first time using the spray paint version of the chalkboard paint, and I am totally in love with it. I am currently looking for more things in my house that need to be turned into chalkboards.

I let it dry for about 20 minutes, peeled off all the tape, and voila! A chalkboard cupcake stand! Unfortunately, I didn’t have any cupcakes on hand to stage it for you, so I used apples.But you get the idea.

Is anyone else as obsessed with chalkboard spray paint as I am?



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  • September 10, 2012

Well, apparently I really slacked off last month as far as Instagram goes. I posted a measly 5 photos. I apologize if you guys were having withdrawals. So here’s  what you may have missed…by the way, I’m getting the feeling that as this pregnancy progresses, my Instagram feed may just become photos of food.

And my favorite from this month? Definitely the shot from our very first pre-natal appointment. Is there anyone that doesn’t feel like a little kid with their feet dangling off the end of those doctor’s tables?

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Best In Show

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  • September 1, 2012

Happy Saturday, everyone! And more importantly, Happy September! Fall will soon be here, and I can’t wait!!

It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve done a Best In Show..I think we’re due for one!

Debbie at Visual Eye Candy killed it with this herringbone tile floor. Herringbone is one of my all time favorite patterns!

Kara of Kara Paslay Designs wowed me with her simple headboard made from…wait for it…rubber door mats! It looks SO amazing!!

And last but not least, Sarah over at Sarah M. Dorsey Designs made a super fabulous dome pendant light from looks stunning!

That’s all for this week! Now go soak up the rest of your 3-day weekend!

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