i have been dreaming and hoping and wishing to make a berry-filled dessert.
although i probably wouldn't eat it for dessert....but for breakfast. lunch. and dinner.
my mouth is on perpetual-watering mode and i'm trying so hard to somehow imagine the taste so maybe i can skip ingesting all those calories?
so far it hasn't worked.
and now it's all i can think about.
okay, fellow readers.
it's finally here...
the revealing of my "big announcement."
i hope i haven't built it up too much :)
maybe you know, maybe you don't, but i've gotten into graphic design lately:
designing blogs, logos, small websites, business / personal branding elements...
anything you can think of, really.
so, i thought it necessary to create a business for myself...along with a website...to extend my services to you readers and anyone else who may be interested.
good news, this morning: my sis-in-law and her hubby welcomed a beautiful, healthy baby girl into their arms yesterday at 4:25 pm.a bit of a surprise to us all...as we were for some reason expecting baby Violet to arrive next week.but a welcome surprise, none the less, as she is such a blessing to our growing fam.
i am SO very, VERY excited to have be an auntie to a third niece. can't wait to meet the little pumpkin...she's in california, so that may be a ways away. can't believe i will have a 4th niece (my bro-in-lawand his wife's bebe) come august. guess it will be up to me and my other sis-in-law to bring about the boys (some day...far, far away!)
anyhow...i am ecstatic...and already in love with this 6 lb muffin. so i thought i'd share :)
it's taken a bit longer than i expected.
the revealing of this big news, that is.
so...i may have to postpone til monday.
my sincere apologies, but i truly cannot wait.
in the meantime, here's some eye candy.
i'm a renter.
i'm sure many of you are in the same boat.
and, if not, perhaps you are still in search of thrifty decor ideas.
i am constantly on the hunt for such!
so, i thought i'd share on of my own.
you see, i have these amazing curtains that i made a few years ago and will probably never tire of:
i LOVE the yellow fabric and how happy it is.
so i put them in our kitchen--which is very white. (which i happen to very much like).
like i said...very white.
so yellow is a welcome addition.
we have this row of windows over the sink and i was planning on buying more of the happy yellow fabric to sew cafe curtains, because, well...i love cafe curtains. they let in so much light and are just...peachy.
so, we are on a shopping trip to target to acquire random apartment things you need when you move, and i happen to spot a placemat that very much resembles the happy yellow fabric i love.
and...the placemat is embroidered. sold and SOLD.
so this gets my wheels up there churning...and i'm very excited...because i'm thinking i won't have to sew a thing (which i am definitely not entirely able to do).
i end up buying two tension rods and a set of cafe curtain hooks and four of the placemats.
i didn't measure...
and they are a little short.
but i am ok with that because they are still happy and make my windows look much better than they did.
p.s. i realize i say "so" alot :)
and there you have it.
my $20 decorating idea.
the placemats were $3 each. the tension rods a couple of dollars. the hooks at most $5.
they coordinate quite well with the original, don't you think?
and lesson learned: don't be as impulsive as i am. measure beforehand.
anyhow, i thought it was too nifty not to share.
oh, and look: there's the mister. cooking breakfast. all the while matching the kitchen.
so color-coordinated, dear.
so i mentioned we recently traversed the 8.5 hours home to kentucky for a weekend filled with celebratory occasions.
the most fun was this one: my friend Geneva's 30th bday celebration, thrown by her A-Okay hubby, Bo.
when i say A-Okay i mean he did it well.
he rented a barn at a vineyard for the night, treated us all to a wine tasting and plenty of Kentucky Ale and even flew bbq from the infamous Salt Lick in Texas.
(Bo + Geneva are from Austin...Geneva was working at Salt Lick when she met Bo).
so it was fun, to say the least...
and i even have the pictures to prove.
it was the best of times with the best of friends.
was a night that lives in infamy...
purely because i miss them all so, so much.
and, that stache on my hubs is awesome--but also a joke.
i mean, i kind of want to run out and buy a house and panel all the rooms (sorry in advance, Corey).
i love how cozy and intimate it makes the room feel, and how it generates comfort in a space.
i'm a fan of white walls, and how paneling allows you to achieve a clean look, yet adds interest without dominating. but at the same time, i'm rather obsessed with the darker paneling of the Charleston Home bedroom above.
i personally lean toward more casual or "livable" spaces, but am secretly dying to put a new spin on paneling and doctor a paneled room with chic design elements.