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Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Things ...

In all my Disney excitement, I totally forgot to tell you some fun things...

First of all, look who's home!!!!!




Hello, do I have a gorgeous sister in law or what?? Sheesh. She puts the rest of us to shame. 
I'm, like, bite my fingernails off excited for them. Ekkk! My brother is home!! And hopefully will stay stateside {somehwere} for the next few years. 
They're planning a visit out to 'bama soon. Can. not. wait. to. meet. my. niece!!


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On a less exciting but still newsworthy note, I added a new linky link over on the right side there. 

It's a list of a few of my favorite blogs to check in on. I'm sure I'll continue adding to that list as time goes by, but I thought you might like to see a few I enjoy. 


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Design Seeds

Do you guys ever stare at a blank wall, completely in need of some inspiration? I do. A lot actually.

I've been working to convert my junk room into a craft room. This past weekend, J.B. and I went through all the stuff in this extra bedroom and moved it out. Then, there it was ... the blank wall. 

I wasn't ready for it. I didn't have any ideas. No color palette. No new inspirations.
There are a lot of designer tricks to figure this kind of thing out. Maybe pull from a swatch of fabric you like. Borrow colors from artwork. Or create something similar to a beautiful room you see online.
Still nadda for me.

Well, guess what I do when I'm at a loss? I go to www.design-seeds.com.
I looooooove the concept!! Basically, Jessica, the brilliant website author, pulls color palettes from pictures. How simple, right? I'm crazy about her interpretation of these photos. And I always always find something that will inspire me.

Here are few that I love:

autumn road


 agate hues


 buttoned hues


 ceramic hues


color roots


 felted hues


 palace hues


rusted hues


wheat and lavender



I think I've decided to go with this one for the craft room:

refresh hues

{I do reserve the right to change my mind... ahhh, choices!!}



So when you're decorating your next room or planning your next party, go check out design-seeds! 
So much amazing inspiration in one place!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Two Years Ago ...

Pardon my hiatus yesterday. It was happy holiday at our house - our anniversary!

I wonder how terrible it is for the rest of you to just carry on with your lives knowing that I've married the best man on the planet? Must be tough. Sorry ladies! {only kidding .... a  little}

Two years ago yesterday was the hottest day ever. But I made a deal with God that if He kept it from raining on my outside wedding {with no real back up plan} then He could make it as hot as He wanted. He totally followed through on that one. Hottest day of the summer. In Alabama. Wowza.
But it was my perfect outdoor wedding. We got married at Locust Hill historic house in Tuscumbia, Alabama, which is a huge white downtown house restored to its very finest.

And everything came together. My older brother was originally was scheduled to be deployed to the Persian Gulf one week before my wedding. But at the last minute the Navy delayed his deployment two weeks and he and Melissa were able to fly to Alabama. He walked me down the aisle in his officer's uniform and I was so proud. My dad married us {how stinkin' incredible is that!}. And to our relief, J.B. and I both remembered the vows we had memorized. It was the perfect wedding ceremony. 



The after-party is still one that gets talked about. Just a few aspects of it:


- We had an incredible band from Nashville called The Unusual Suspects. They definitely came to have a good time. So fantastic!

 - A full dance floor of people having a blast. Blisters. More dancing!

 - I got the black accent icing from the wedding cake on my dress. Yup, black icing. I shrugged it off and thankfully, we got it off two weeks later with a Tide To-Go pen.
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 - My maid of honor {my friend Erin} toasted J.B. and I by mocking every boyfriend I had growing up. Nothing like being embarrassed in front of everyone. And laughing until your stomach hurts at the same time.

 - Someone started the train. Everyone joined in. For several songs. Looking back, its both a little embarrassing and hilarious at the same time. We had fun, who cares right?

 - Who knew there were specific wedding sparklers? Not this girl. And when we left the wedding house  instead of a pretty glow of sparkler fire during our dramatic exit, we just had smoke. Oh well. {makes me laugh now}




It was the most wonderful day with everyone that I loved so much. Especially J.B. And here we are two years later, still having so many wonderful days together!
{Disney World tomorrow!}




Thursday, July 21, 2011

Oreo Bars - recipe



Hands down, the easiest recipe ever!
{less than 10 minutes!}
And no baking. 
And it has only three {relatively cheap} ingredients. Triple points!

My husband is a huge fan. Similar to a brownie, its something you can grab as a snack or on the go. And the texture is kind of gooey and fun.





Ingredients:

 - 1 bag of small marshmallows {10oz}
 - 1 package of Oreos {16 oz}
 - 4 tablespoons of butter










Crush your Oreos in a food processor.

Tip: Don't have a food processor? Throw them in a gallon zip lock back and just beat the crap out of them.

In a large bowl, combine your marshmallows and butter.



Zap them in the microwave for about a minute and a half. They should look kinda puffed...




Then add in the crushed Oreos.





Mix it up. 




Then pour into a greased dish. This amount fits great into and 8x8 pan.




Stick your pan in the fridge for about 30 minutes and you're done!!

Cut and enjoy!!



Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bunched Flower Necklace - tutorial



This fun chunky necklace is simple to make and super cute to wear. 
It took me about an hour from start to finish, and was really similar to the folded flowers I made awhile back. Now I'm already thinking about making another necklace in a different color!





Materials:

  - fabric for flower
  - felt
  - necklace chain
  - scissors
  - hot glue gun/glue







First, cut out your 5 felt circles. These will serve as the back of each flower. 
Mine around about 1 inch around.


 Next cut our your fabric circles for the flowers. You'll need 8-9 circles per flower. Yup, that's 40-45 circles.
Don't stress! Just fold the fabric over several times and cut out a bunch of circles at once!
Make these slightly larger than the felt circle.



Next you're going start bunching your fabric to create the flowers.
Bunch each circle up with your fingers, then glue down to the felt circle.






 Carry on with four more.




 Lay our your flowers out on the felt.




When they're where you want them, glue down the middle three flowers.




 While that's drying, grab your chain and cut it - front and center.




Next, glue the chain ends to the back of the two end flowers.




Align the outside flowers and chain in place with the other flowers. Then glue down.




 Lastly, cut out the felt backing of your necklace.




And ta-da! 



Monday, July 18, 2011

An Assortment ...

Is it me, or has this summer been a bit of a whirlwind? Sometimes its nice to take a few moments and collect your thoughts. 


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How was your weekend?? Mine was wonderful...
But holy toledo, its been hot!! We took the boat out on the river for awhile yesterday to cool off. A great time was had by all {both man and beast - Denver came with us}. I love cruising through the middle of no where on the water. It's so peaceful and relaxing!

J.B. took me on a hot date Saturday night as well. Italian food, shopping and we went to see the final Harry Potter. Ohhh, it was so wonderful. I'm glad I elected not to reread the final book first, because I knew there would be a few discrepancies. But overall - so wonderful. I'm sad the series has come to an end in filming.

I also got to spend some time with my appendix-less friend Erin. She's doing great by the way. I'm super glad everything about her appendicitis went off without much of a hitch. 

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 I have finally found a reason to look forward to Mondays!!


Do any of you guys watch Design Star on HGTV? Helloooooo obsession! The basic gist is that of any reality show. They brought in twelve designers from a whole array of backgrounds and put them through all kinds of challenges and competitions. One is eliminated each week and the winner gets their own interior design show on HGTV. It just started last week, so if you tune in tonight {8pm} you really won't have missed much.

I surprisingly don't have a favorite yet. We'll see how things go tonight.

{I feel like this is waaaay less embarrassing that watching The Bachelorette}



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Did ya'll notice some of the changes I'm making around here? You know I can't let anything stay the same for long. Just like I constantly switch out my wall art and couch comforters, I've got to freshen up the blog-o-sphere on occasion too. 
Do you like it? If so, great! If not... lie to me. And also take some condolence in the fact that I'm still working on it.

There's a new link to check out some of the rooms in our house. 
Hoping to add a few more to that page soon.



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I've got some fun plans for the blog his week. 

A cute necklace tutorial tomorrow.....

{my apologies - J.B. is almost as awesome at photography as I am}


And of course a recipe or two. Stick with me folks!



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It has to be said ... only 8 more days until Disney.

{2010}

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And here are some fun pictures from yesterday. 
I'm maintaining just a touch of dignity by not displaying any pictures of me water-skiing. 
Trust me, you're welcome. 




I'm so random, geez. Thanks for coming along on the ride!
See you tomorrow!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

spinach dip {recipe}



We've had a collection of movie nights lately. With the final Harry Potter movie coming out this week {eek!} we decided to spend the last couple of nights watching the other movies in the series {which is much faster than reread the books again}.

My husband love love loves spinach artichoke dip. So I decided to be an awesome wife the other night and whip him up some homemade dip. It was deeeeeelish!!



Ingredients:

 - 10 oz package of frozen chopped spinach
 - 2  (14 oz) cans of artichoke hearts
 - 3/4 cup of mayonaise
 - 1 cup of sour cream
 - 1/4 cup of melted butter
 - 1 1/2 cups of grated Parmesan cheese
 - 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese


FYI, this recipe is kind of gross in the making. I mean, spinach ... artichoke hearts ... yuck.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Heat  your spinach in the microwave to defrost.
Chop up your artichoke hearts. I usually just cut them into manageable pieces and then let the food processor do all the real work. 



Mix spinach, artichoke hearts, sour cream, mayo, butter and parmesan cheese in a bowl. 


{appetizing, eh?}




Lightly grease a casserole dish and pour the mixture in.




Top with the pepper jack cheese.




Bake for 30 minutes.




And serve it up!!



Mmmmmm!!!


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In other news, one of my very best friends is in the hospital with appendicitis right now. I know that its a mild thing and a simple surgery, but would ya'll pray for her? She's the best and I hate to see anyone stressed and hurting. 

She's so stinking tough too. You can bet that if it were me, I'd be freaking out right. But she's calm, cool and collected. I'm trying to think on happy things to cheer her up...

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."

Philippians 4: 5-8


Thanks for thinking of her, friends!