a little love

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whether or not you love this holiday, you have to admit it’s a good excuse to channel your inner 8 year old and wear pink and red together, lots of hearts, sparkly baubles, and eat your weight in chocolate. i hope you all have a great day! back to regularly scheduled posting next week.

[also, i’m still knee deep in making valentine’s day cards, so please excuse my tardiness.]

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[listening to] the joy the baker podcast. obsessively. it features joy the baker and tracy shutterbean and they talk about “un-important-important things” and answer reader’s (random) questions. i listen to them when i’m walking to the metro, doing my grocery shopping, cooking, blogging, basically all the time. i can’t stop. i highly recommend listening to them especially if you have a road trip coming up.

[watching] confession: i watch a lot of tv. i don’t just sit down and flip on the tv and watch whatever, but jesse and i record a lot of shows and spend our nights hanging out and catching up on our shows. last week i mentioned the following (still so good. please watch.) and then jesse mentioned this new medical drama by david e. kelley about surgeons and their monday morning meetings about surgeries gone awry, basically. we watched the first one last night and while it was a little slow to start, i did get into it and i’m looking forward to watching how it evolves. here is a short synopsis of the show if you’re interested. did anyone watch the pilot?

[dining out] at bryan voltaggio’s new restaurant range in friendship heights, dc! jesse and i went on a whim the other night for a late dinner and i was actually blown away by the food and service. it’s mostly small plates and while i’m not always into that (i don’t want to share my scrumptious dinner!) we had a bunch of awesome dishes. some of the stand outs to me were the kale caesar salad with emulsified egg yolk (what!? omg), fried brussels sprouts, and the yellow fin tuna sashimi-ish plate. the cocktails were inventive but strong- yay!

[lusting after] this hot pink satchel by kate spade. the perfect summer satchel. enough said.

what are you guys up to?

 

 

jump start monday

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mondays can be tough. hopefully this can inspire you to get started on a wonderful week!

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i absolutely love this quote from roald dahl, one of my all time favorite authors. i’ve been meaning to go back and re-read all of his books for quite some time now, but can’t ever find the time! i’m sure i would get so much more out of them now than i did when i read them when i was 12. 

my favorite roald dahl book is the bfg, what’s yours? do you have any favorite books from your childhood that you’ve re-read as an adult? how did their meaning change? 

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[lusting after] the entire spring collection at anthropologie. i held off on this shirt yesterday in lieu of the brocade charlie trousers (in grey) which i am obsessed with and can’t wait to wear with every single color under the sun, however, it was not easy.  i tried on about 30 shirts/skirts/dresses and literally wanted to buy them all. after adding up all my “must-haves” and deciding that it simply being a wednesday was not an excuse to spend $450, i just bought the pants. i’m proud of myself for making this budget-savvy decision, but you better believe i went home and pinned everything i tried on. this shirt came dangerously close to coming home with me; i still can’t get over how awesome stripes and florals look together. 

[instagramming] a picture of my new arm party! i’ve been on the hunt for some fun bangles and dainty bracelets (check out the druzy bangle i’ve been lusting after for awhile now) and i finally found the two on the left yesterday at anthropologie (on sale for $9.95 each! a steal!) i love the little bit of sparkle and the pop of teal in the second one from the left. the cream bangle is kate spade (similar) and my watch is michael kors. nice little left wrist arm party if i do say so myself.

[watching] so many guilty pleasure shows! but last night jesse and i watched a new show starring kevin bacon called the following. we had tivo’d it last week and he finally convinced me to watch it last night and it.was.so.good. it was definitely super suspenseful and intense and had some gore as well, but i can’t stop thinking about it. basically there is a serial killer who has developed a cult following to carry out his “master plan” while he is behind bars and an fbi agent (kevin bacon) who is determined to solve the puzzle. it’s kind of like the saw movies (less gory but similarly twisted) meets any crime drama. we watched the second episode on my computer because we hadn’t set up a “season pass” with tivo (don’t worry, we remedied that) and i am anxiously anticipating episode three. it’s not too late to get hooked! it’s on fox on monday nights at 9pm. here is a more in-depth synopsis if you’re interested.

[crafting] a little sneak peek at some valentine’s day cards that might be coming your way soon! i love valentine’s day, not because it means a fancy date with jesse, but because i love any excuse to gorge on chocolate and wear a combination of pink and red in the same outfit. i do like to have a reason to send out homemade cards though, so be on the lookout! 

drooling for druzy

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for my birthday i received a gorgeous green druzy necklace that i’ve been wearing nonstop and i’ve been wanting to add to my collection of druzy pieces. all of these pieces were found from different etsy shops… do you guys get lost on etsy for hours? i can spend an afternoon just ogling all the pretty handmade products, favoriting items, and pinning them. i also love how affordable it is! of course you can splurge on etsy if you choose, but the first three pieces of jewelry above are all under $35. do you have any favorite etsy shops that i should know about?

which is your favorite piece from above? i would love them all!

jumpstart monday

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i had a long weekend of work with just a little dash of play mixed in. sundays and mondays are actually the longest days of my week so by the time “jumpstart monday” rolls around i’m usually ready to just crawl into bed.  however, as i was perusing one of my favorite spots for inspiration, i happened upon this image and it just made me smile. even on this dreary, cold, grey day let’s keep in mind the magic of each day filled with wonder, bravery and hope. here’s to a sunny, happy week to you all.

 

d.i.y. “corkboard” frame

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i’ve had this project up my sleeve now since last summer. i dilly-dallied, procrastinated, forgot about it, didn’t have the right tools, etc etc etc. aka i made up a bunch of excuses. glad i got that off my chest.

i found this glorious huge vintage-y empty picture frame at the old luckett’s fair in august for a hefty $10 and decided i wanted to transform it into a cork board for the blank wall by jesse’s side of the bed so he could pin up all the cards i’ve gotten for him (i love buying cards even more than i love making them, ha) over the past few years. in addition to lining the frame with cork, i wanted to cover the cork in burlap and make a crisscrossing pattern in lace so he could just slide the cards into place. jesse loved the idea, i loved the idea, everyone loved the idea.

my first order of business was to procure some cork. i measured the frame and then checked out amazon. turns out they had a cork roll that was the exact same width as the frame: what luck! it would be too long but i figured that was good in case i made any errors (which i was bound to do of course). once the cork arrived i realized i’d have to get some burlap and some lace, and this is where i ran into problems. i’ve had burlap sitting in my cart on etsy for about 3 months and i just never pulled the trigger. other things kept taking precedence over this project and i kept saying “oh i don’t have any burlap yet. i don’t have enough lace.” more excuses.

cut to one chilly january morning while jesse was out of town. i decided i would finally make the frame into a big bulletin board and have it hanging up by the time jesse got home. so i hauled my butt off to joann fabrics and bought up some supplies: burlap, craft glue, wood glue and lace trim. once i got home i unrolled the cork and thought “hmm.. i probably should have unrolled this months ago so that it could flatten out” but i pressed on. i started to trim the cork to the size of the frame and it started ripping. turns out the cork was so thin that every time i put a little bit of pressure onto it, it would rip. ugh. 

i finally got the cork to approximately the right size (with only one small tear) and got started cutting the burlap so that i could essentially wrap the cork with it like a present. however, when i went to glue the burlap to the cork, it wouldn’t stick! after a few more failed attempts, i threw up my hands in frustration, left a giant mess on the living room floor, and sat on the couch and pouted.

later that day i cleaned up the mess, threw away the cork, and brainstormed different ways to make my vision come to life. i decided to staple the lace to the frame and then staple the burlap behind the lace, and then use clothespins to hold the cards to the lace. once i bought a staple gun, i got right to work and the project only took about 20 minutes from start to finish, thank god.

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i played around with how i wanted the lace to lay on the frame, and decided on two corners of lace and then two stripes of lace across the frame.

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it’s very important that the lace be really taut across the frame so that it doesn’t sag once you pin the cards to it.

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measuring, as it always seems to be, was a bit of trial and error.frame4

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not pictured: a quick ironing of the burlap to help it lay flat. (turns out it gets a little wrinkled and lumpy if you ball it up in frustration and shove it under your desk.) make sure to pull the burlap as tight as possible, staple away, and then trim the excess.
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admire your handiwork. ignore the thought in the back of your mind that you should have ironed the lace as well. no one has time for that. tell yourself that the clothespins and cards will cover that up.frame7

have your cute boyfriend hang up his cards!frame8the finished product! pardon the iphone photo.

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i also covered the clothespins with a red and white patterned washi tape to add just a little extra pizazz (yes, pizazz).

so there you have it, the finally finished cork board that i’ve been talking about for 6 months.

lessons learned: when in doubt, use a staple gun. and always iron your burlap.

[this minute thursday]

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i found a new blog to read! this isn’t surprising at all actually, since i literally could read blogs 24/7. but in one of her first posts i read, breanna rose said she was noticing a trend of bloggers having “currently…” posts as a way to shed light on things going on in their lives. because i adore alliteration (ha!) i’ve decided to make a weekly posting called “this minute thursday” where i can share little peeks into my daily life. besides the obvious that i pretty much overshare in every post (hello flossing!) i love the idea of daily snippets, especially if the categories can ebb and flow with my mood and whim. for example one week i might be working on a big project and i can share a little sneak peek, but another weak maybe i’ll be craft-slackin’. but i’ll probably always be snackin’… ha.

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[pinning] i know many people are over pinterest (those people obviously aren’t as dedicated as i am. hmph) or say it actually drains creativity. however, i love pinterest and while i’ve been pinning less aggressively than in the past, i’m currently using it to collect images for our hopefully soon acquired bar and bar gallery wall. check out my boards for some inspiration! 

[reading] a casual vacancy by j.k. rowling. i’m still early on and having a hard time keeping track of all the characters but i’ve heard that gets easier the more you dive in. i only read the first four harry potter books (i know, sacrilegious to some people) so i was excited to see how her “adult” novel would be. i liker her writing a lot, and it has been fun to look up the british slang i don’t understand. i don’t think it will become my favorite book of all time because i’m just not hooked on it, but it’s keeping me entertained on the bus.

[on repeat] only you by ellie goulding! this song is so infectious and puts me in the greatest mood ever. i like a few of her other songs, but this one is by far my favorite. other things i’m thumbs-upping (that’s a phrase, right?) on my pandora is anything by florence + the machine (particularly breath of life from the snow white and the huntsmen soundtrack) and countdown by beyonce. still can’t get enough of that song, or her, frankly. i also really like the new will.i.am and britney spears song: scream & shout, even though it’s pretty dumb. jesse and i like to bump it in the car and pretend we’re dancing like britney- aka basically just moving our arms and shoulders dramatically… overshare? seriously though, watch the video and you’ll see what i mean.

[looking forward to] so much! but specifically the posts that are basically pouring out of my fingertips at the moment! i’m sure i’ll have a lull at some point, but right now i’m loving this momentum. the fourth pic above are some of the notebooks where i’ve been furiously scrawling ideas and full posts while i’m at work, on the metro, and when i wake up in the morning. i’m also looking forward to making some of those aforementioned bar pins into a reality; jesse has befriended a carpenter so we are going to have one custom built for our beloved apartment 802!

any categories you’d like to see next thursday? what are you guys currently reading, listening to, looking forward to, or pinning? leave a link to your pinterest if you have one and i’ll follow you (especially if you pin lots of pics of puppies and cocktail recipes, my two favorite things).