November 21, 2016 § Leave a comment
What would you do if you woke up and only had the things you were thankful for the day before?
This past Sunday I visited my sister's church with her and the pastor asked that question, and it really hit me. I usually think of myself as pretty thankful person, and am usually conscious that I am fortunate in a lot of ways, but if I stop and image myself only having what I've taken time to be specifically thankful for, well, I wouldn't have much. It may be cheesy and cliche this time of year to talk about being thankful, but I do think it's an important tradition. Things get crazy, and it's easy for even good things to feel like burdens sometimes, but maybe if we stop to take the time to be thankful for them, even when they do feel heavy, it will make them feel just a little bit lighter.
Free People Shirt // Vintage Skirt (thrifted) // Old Navy Shoes // DIY Necklace
I'm especially thankful for puppies, even when they insist on being in all of your photos.
November 18, 2016 § 1 Comment
If you haven't made your own pumpkin puree from scratch before, you have to try! It's super easy, and so tasty. Don't have a food processor? No problem, I use my little ninja blender and just do it in smaller batches. The best part is how pumpkin-y your whole house smells, and also the bragging rights when you can say you made the whole pumpkin pie completely from scratch! Gotta love bragging rights.
Looking to spruce up your table? (Spruce! Leaves! Get it? yeah, sorry) These adorable little coasters only take a couple minutes to cut out, and they are a super adorable addition to any table.
Got 5 minutes? that's all it takes to put together this super easy burlap table runner!
November 8, 2016 § 2 Comments
F21 Sweater / Vintage Gap Denim Jacket / Nine West Boots / Free People Socks / UO Necklace / Thrifted Bag
Isn't it funny how fall has a way of making you slow down and think about things. I find myself thinking more even about silly little things, like what to wear. Summer is all about throwing on cut offs and a tank and getting to work (or fun!), but come fall I take the time to consider what I'm wearing. Will I be warm enough? Will I be happy in what I'm wearing?
In a lot of ways it feels good to refocus my brain and think a lot of things over more in-depthly. Blogging has been this faint whisper in the back of my brain most of the summer. Maybe I'll come back to it, maybe not. Then it became more distinct. A conversation I had with myself, saying it may be time.
August 18, 2016 § 3 Comments
Ahhhhhhhgust. That's kind of how August always makes me feel. I totally freak out when I flip the calendar and see that page. We're already near the end of summer, how can that possibly be? All the sudden every weekend is spent trying to pack in as much "summering" as possible. Quick trips to the beach, hiking, hanging out with friends, and eating as much fresh produce as I can get my hands on.
Right now our farmer's market is all about peaches. Peach iced tea is actually one of my favorite summer drinks, so I couldn't resist throwing together my own. I love being able to control how sweet it is when you make it yourself, as well swapping out sugar with honey. Major bonus is that using local honey helps my allergies, which have been awful lately.
HONEY PEACH ICED TEA
8 Cups of water
8 Earl Grey Tea Bags
2 Tablespoons of honey
1 Large peach
Bring water to a simmer and remove from heat. Steep all tea bags in water for at least 5 minutes, remove, and stir in honey. While tea cools, skin peach and cut into slices. Add peaches to jar or container, and add in cooled tea. Chill in fridge for 1-2 hours and enjoy with ice.
March 14, 2016 § 4 Comments
To say I love my little plants may be a bit of an understatement. Through the winter months they carry me, and keep me smiling some days. I love having the inside of our house overflowing with greenery, even when the rest of the world feels bleak. The last few plants I've collected over the past month or two were still sitting in their little plastic containers, and I've been determined to give them their proper homes.
I am a big fan of those classic clay pots you can easily pick up for just a few bucks, but I've had this copper spray paint sitting around from another project, and thought it would be a match made in heaven to give them a touch of copper too! I adore how they came out. Still simple, and classic, but with a little twist. Nothing to garish or showy. Also, copper is just the best, right?
To create your own is quite simple. Starting with clean clay pots, I used some basic painters tape from the hardware store to tape off the designs I wanted (you can also use some newspaper too, to block off any over spray on the parts you want to keep clay), and then used Rustoleum's Hammered Copper spray paint and sprayed them down outside, over some newspaper (don't be afraid to go a little heavy, this paint actually has a really interesting effect when it's a little runny!), and then allowed them to dry for several hours.
It was such a quick and simple project, and I'm smitten with how they came out! I imagine you could do some really interesting designs with the painters tape as well, or they would look just as gorgeous painted completely copper.