Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Where Do I Begin?

Well, I am kind of at a loss of where to begin for my post on an amazing vacation in Boca Grande, Florida! I have a ton of pics to go through- and am excited to share a few great finds! So, until I get that post up later in the week- I am curious about this thing called 'Hunger Games' I have heard so much about :) Ok, so I started the book on the plane...and am just getting into it. It seems pretty good...have any of you read it? What do you think? Need a copy- get it here. Excited to hear your thoughts!


Monday, February 20, 2012

Airplane Travel- What to Wear?!

You have heard (err, read) me talk a lot about going to Florida on vacation! Well, as Matt and I begin to pack, what am I wearing on the airplane is always the biggest conundrum. Coming from cold to warm climate can be so, difficult. (I feel truly blessed to have this problem as I write) I think I am going to stick with the basics- white jeans (I hope it is OK to pull those off in the south before Memorial Day?!), comfy blue and white top, gold loafers and my gold Sea Bag. What will you be wearing en route on your next get-a-way?



Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dress to Impress Wrap Party

You may remember I posted about my friend Suz over at Well To Do, You and her really great project working with Dress for Success of Maine and many many other great sponsors. Well, I finally met Suz today (we have been 'blog' friends for a while, but yet to meet in person!) and went to the 'wrap party' at LL Bean/Coffee by Design in Freeport, Maine. It was so great meeting several people I 'knew virtually' and seeing all of the beautiful pieces donated (here is a full list) including beautiful pearl jewelry from Kate at Intirkate Designs. So here are a few pictures from today!

The beautiful Suz modeling Intrikate pearls and the LL Bean Signature dress she wore for 30 days (pic not from today), you can read more about the cause at this post.

All of the great items donated from around the world!

Suz and some friends! Was a great turn out.

And more donations! (And really cool wooden sunglasses)

I was spotted by Sea Bags (one of my favorites) and posted to there facebook page. Thanks!

Some new friends all featuring our Sea Bags (they were also one of the donators for this great project!) Dress for Success is a great non-profit organization that does great things for women! Have a great long weekend everyone!


Friday, February 17, 2012

Are you in the craft?

So blogging means sometimes it is OK to share other people's ideas and crafts (thank god because I can not do projects or shop every day!) So in lieu of doing a craft tonight, I am sharing a few good ones that are on my hit list.

I don't know about you, but I bock when I see fabric lined baskets in the big box stores for like $17.99 a piece- ridic! So, above is a very inexpensive way to use an old box, any color spray paint and line with leftover fabric. Simple, great idea.

I love bangles and have a million all misplaced in my 'jewelry' drawer in my dresser. I think this is a cute way to keep them organized! I always see boxes like those at flea markets or thrift shops and just buy some Izzy bottles :)

So you might be wondering why I think this is a crafty fun idea. Well, because my husband has two boxes full of bowling. lacrosse and basketball trophies in our attic. Just spray paint them, and use as book ends or fun little bookshelf doo-dads. You could always 're-give' them to your friends too, for like, 'Best Friend to Drink Wine With' or 'Aah-mahzing Husband Award'...

One of my favorite things to do is go to flea markets and yard sales in the summer (Anna Cole) and hit up Goodwill year round. I always end up with at least two books...and they always have some old vintage ones. The library is also a great place to get .50 cent books too. Just rip, cut, and hole cute (especially the ones with the great pictures). There you have it, gift tags and bookmarks.

Feeling extra craft this weekend (and have some power tools?) If I was, I would (err, my husband) would make this amazing corn hole game. I was first introduced to this living in Seattle where all of my University of Washington (go Huskies) friends would play (including bright purple ones at tailgates). Well, I fell in love immediately, and now of course I want one- monogrammed. Here is a site to get you started. I told Matt, you make the wood part, and I will sew the bean bags :)

So there are a few ideas for this long, President's Day weekend! Let me know if you end up making anything!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Motivation to hit the gym!

Perfect Summer Night

I don't know about you, but in the past week I have been craving summer. I typically really like the winter, and although we have not had a tough one at all in the northeast, I cannot wait to pull out the summer clothes. I think I need motivation side note: I have to hit the gym a little more...I think after you turn 30, your metabolism plummets, or maybe it is the chips and M&Ms, anyways, I digress. Starting to think about cute skirts and pastels is wonderful, and motivating me to hit the gym. So, when I see the gym starting to paying off, I am putting together an outfit like this! What would your ideal summer outfit be?!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sew What?!

Sew what if you can't sew... all you need is this cute sewing kit to get you started. Stay tuned (wait until you see how cute and easy the top of the mason jar is) for how I made this, and how you can win it over at Cinsarah blog in March!


Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Few Kisses Makes...

If you know me, then you know I am by no means a cook or baker. You probably have noticed I rarely blog about food- it is just not my thing (well, except for here and here). But, I found this on... you guessed it, Pinterest the other day and thought I would work on my baking skills (or lack of). It looked super easy, and I loooove salt and chocolate together.

- All you need are waffle pretzels, Hershey kisses and M&Ms (I did pinks and reds for Valentine's Day)

- On a cookie sheet, just lay out pretzels and place a kiss on each square. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees (thanks Anna D for that tip!)

- Bake for 10-15 minutes. I think I should have kept mine in a few more minutes to really get them to melt... When you take them out of the oven, place a M&M on top, while the chocolate is still warm.

- I let them cool (and ate a few) for about two hours.

- Once they cool, they can be put in a bowl and enjoyed. Quickly after I did this, Matt promptly said that we should put them in baggies and give them to my family as treats...because otherwise they would all be gone, quickly ;)

- So I did just that...

So there you have it, a really quick, easy and cute way to celebrate Valentine's Day! Enjoy


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Patterns Patterns Patterns!

I am loving patterns right now. Adding a stencil or wallpaper pattern to a wall or room in your house can completely change the look and feel. There are tons of different ways to accomplish this look- no matter what the budget. If you are looking for wallpaper, I highly recommend Thibaut for beautiful patterns (many have matching fabrics). You can also do a stencil with just paint, cardboard and brush. You can see the tutorial I did here costing a whopping $13.00.

So for my first Pin It Challenge with Old Lucketts I decided to do my favorite pins from Pinterest with amazing patterns for the home! Enjoy.