Have you ever been to Francesca’s at your local mall? Excuse me, any guys who read this blog—if there are any—as I get a little girly for a second. My husband humors me sometimes and goes in there while I geek out over the dinosaur earrings and gold, cat ear headbands. He’s quite a catch. 😉 Anyway… I actually don’t go in there for the clothes or even the earrings but for their super quirky and awesome middle section where there is all sorts of eclectic stuff you can’t really find anywhere else. I once found a mug that said “Blogging Day”. What mainstream store actually represents blogging these days?! Apparently just Francesca’s…at least in my experience. Another Read More
What happens when you peruse Anthropologie’s website and watch too much “Fixer Upper”? You want everything to be copper, but you can’t afford to buy the copper stuff. So, you gather up junk and paint it with copper spray paint. That’s what. And sometimes, it ceases to look like junk when you’re finished; truly, it could have come off the shelf at Anthropologie with a price tag of $50. Thankfully, though, the masterpiece to which I’m referring— this copper-dipped bamboo succulent planter— rang in at about $7, making my penny-wise little heart very happy!
Long time no see, friends! The last time we talked, I was looking forward to warmth and all the summery blog posts that I could write about camping; travelling; and red, white, and blue things. Now I’m anticipating crunchy leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and back-to-school crafts! Though I haven’t written anything this summer, I have about a million things I’ve already made in my head that I can’t wait to share with you, the first of which is a (mostly) hands-free way to stay hydrated: a leather water bottle holster you can make from an old belt and a purse strap. 🙂
Sometimes when I’m knitting, I just know I look like an actor in one of those infomercials who intentionally makes using an everyday item look tedious for the purpose of selling a “new and improved” invention. Knitting is supposed to be relaxing, but you’d never guess it by watching me when I tug gently at my skein of yarn for more to work with, only to have it fly across the room into the paws of an overly eager to play cat…or onto the dirty floor of a hospital. If you craft with yarn in any way, you know the struggle is REAL. Some people have a fancy yarn bowl solution to this problem; my “new and improved” invention, though, had the humble beginnings of a plastic Ovaltine jar. But with a few cuts here, and some scrapbook paper glued on there, it became the yarn artist’s dream: a portable yarn caddy.
On this day in 1987, lots of folks were listening to Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’. I only tell you this because I sort of missed the optimal time to publish my Valentine’s Day post, and it had to do with Bon Jovi. Actually it was a “galantine” for my Bon Jovi fan of a cousin, Allison. And any good JBJ devotee will tell you that there is never a wrong time to adore Jon. So, Allison, here ya go a day late: these Bon Jovi lyrics valentine rocks , complete with a heart shaped box are just for you. <3
I’ll never grow out of loving a nice dinner on V-Day, but I’ll pass on the chocolates with mystery faux fruit fillings. I’m not sure if Allison feels the same way about Valentine chocolates, but I will admit that I bought a box of them for this project, ate 2, and threw the rest away. In my humble opinion, she’s getting a better deal with these rocks. 😉
Is anyone else out there a little panicky about the fact that we are already more than a week deep into 2016? I have a long list of habits I need to change, foods I need to stop eating, schedules I need to make, and a bedtime of 10 o’clock to keep. That last one was really the only official resolution I made, but it still hasn’t happened yet. I had all these goals floating around in my brain…plus an empty box and a tangled mess of ribbons that bore a striking resemblance to uber-magnified quaternary protein structures. Something definitely had to be done about that. And so I give you…my very first feat of organization in the year 2016: the Press ‘n Seal box ribbon organizer.
I had resolved to NOT decorate the trailer for Christmas. I’m no Scrooge, it’s just that we always go home to WV for Christmas, and by the time we get back to Mississippi (on January 3rd) I’ll be ready for spring. But I let my creative side get involved, this wine bottle nativity scene happened, and that resolution was over. The decorating snowballed to include a Charlie Brown Christmas tree that we plucked out of the backyard. It’s so petite—bless it—that it can’t support lights, so I ornamented it with some mauve lace from my craft stash and the contents of my jewelry box. It’s a very girly little tree and a wholly unorthodox setup altogether, what with the wine bottle nativity scene and all…but sometimes it’s fun to see what you can do with stuff you already have :).
Figuring out how to decorate the tree proved a bit difficult. Asa and I tried putting lights on it, and the poor thing nearly crumpled. We only had two ornaments, both pretty heavy, that we attempted to hang on it. One broke after the tree’s twiggy little branch gave way, spilling sand from our honeymoon all over the kitchen table. Asa gave up after that, and the only small, sparkly stuff I had left to try was in my jewelry box. Doubtfully, I put it all on the tree and added a piece of lace. And you know what? The bracelets, necklaces, and earrings on our little evergreen are kind of pretty and, I realized, also very meaningful for me.
The leaves are falling fast, there’s a chill in the air, and eggnog- flavored things are making an appearance on store shelves. Fall is almost over, y’all! At least according to the outdoors and Wal-Mart. But I’m gonna hold on to it as long as I can! On my to-do list are: making my own pumpkin puree, decorating the trailer, and finding a good way to eat patty pan squash. Lots to do! I have managed to check one thing off the list, though, and it was knitting up this awesome reusable produce bag from old t-shirts while entertaining myself by watching The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends on Youtube. Yep. That last item was on the list. You got here just in time!
Do you remember that show that used to be on PBS? If you want the first-time experience or a trip down memory lane, click here for the full episode! (You’re welcome 🙂 ). Man, these never get old, but I can tell I have juuuuuust a little because I no longer see Mr. Macgregor as the enemy.