Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring Projects!

I have more project floating around in my head than I know what to do with! Isn't that usually the case with us crafty people though?

I wanted to share a few of the things I've been working on and a few pictures of updated decor around this lil place I call home! :)

*New Blackboard on the kitchen wall with some new hooks for aprons and potholders :) The cute apothecary jar is filled with a small white candle, two colors of sand, and a starfish! I found the pretty pink damask napkins at home goods and priced at only $7.99 for a set of 4, I couldn't resist!
*This side table started out as a Craigslist find. It's heavy wood and at only $20.00 I snapped it up! I knew the dark wood was too heavy for the redecorating I'm doing now, so it got a coat of "Beach Glass Blue", Ralph Lauren paint and now it's turned from sad and neglected into --

* -- a perfect "catch all" table right inside the living room, off of the front door! I just love the color and the table perfectly fits our "leash" basket. With 4 dogs, it's a necessity!

*Here's an updated look at the Living Room. I picked up the pretty lampshade on clearance at Target for $8.99 and while I don't think this room is it's permanent home, I love the shot of "spring-iness" it adds for now. I'm still on the hunt for curtains I like and the right Dash and Albert rug for the space, but it's starting to come together :).

What Spring projects are you working on?


Monday, March 23, 2009

April Goals!

*Cook 4 meals a week for dinner.
*Make 1 of those meals a new meal!
*Save MONEY!! Make a goal and stick to it!
*Be slower to react when upset/emotional -- be more kind.
*Plan menus
*Have a happy April!!

What are your April goals? :)


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Shabby Chic Cupcakes

I talked a little bit about my dream of having a cupcake shop one day in this lifetime and wanted to share some recent cupcakes I made just for fun and practice.

When I look at these pictures I can totally envision this shabby little renovated barn where I would sell cupcakes and crafty goods and gifts all day long. What a dream job!

The Bachelor Finale and After The Rose 1 Thoughts

This post will definitely contain spoilers (if you haven't already read them courtesy of other internet blogs out there) so please stop reading now if you haven't seen the show yet :).

I absolutely (haha) had to blog about this because while I realize I am getting upset over reality tv and just how sad that truly is -- I was SO totally disgusted with the 3 hour show last night. I had read the theories on what would happen beforehand so I was prepared and I did believe they'd be true -- but watching it was so much more horrible than I thought it could be!

Maybe it is just part of being a woman and knowing how it feels to be broken hearted or broken up with, but the emotions I felt watching the show were definitely coming out!

As you all know basically "the bachelor" Jason Meznik chose Melissa on the season finale over Molly. It was a very cute proposal and they seemed very happy --- aaaaaaaaaaand the show is over. A moment later we see "the most dramatic rose ceremony EVER" in which Jason proceeds to dump Melissa on national television, ask Molly back and then proceeds to suck face with her. YUCK!

Now I am not so disillusioned to think that Melissa and Jason would definitely end up together even though she "won" and quite honestly I think the Bachelor makes intelligent, beautiful women look like absolute emotional train wrecks as they sit around competing for the same man. Hello? Where is their dignity and self worth??

But like so many others, this season drew me in with the premise of poor Jason who was broken hearted after being dumped by the Bachelorette DeAnna. The "single dad" with a heart of gold who just wanted what was best for his son and to complete his broken family tag line tempted me to yet again with this season after I swore off of it after the Andrew Firestone season.

I. Am. So. Over. The. Bachelor.

Seeing a grown man break a woman's heart on national tv and do it so coldly and in such a classless manner really just disgusted me. Surely this man who had gotten down on one knee only to be rejected by DeAnna would never subject another person to the same (or worse) fate. Or would he??

He proceeded to sit with this pained expression on his face that was so contrived and tell her that "something" had changed. What was this magical change? Well you know -- he just couldn't say. It had to do with "chemistry" and the fact that he was in love with Molly. He goes on to tell Melissa that he put 100% into them and Melissa doesn't look like she believes him one bit and to be honest I don't blame her. In one breath he tells her that "something" changed but he gave it his all, but he's still in love with Molly? I don't think you can give your all to anyone when you are fantasizing about girl #2. Melissa called him out saying that he didn't want to make their relationship work, he just wanted to give up and not fight for them, regardless of the promises he made her.

I think Melissa handled herself with grace and class and it completely broke my heart in the limo when she said something was wrong with her because she's always the dumpee. I seriously wanted to jump through the tv and give her a giant hug.

Molly on the other hand -- I felt she was clued into the whole situation and was way too giddy to see her dumpee. She took him back without question and was sucking face with him within minutes. Now I'm sorry -- but even if she WAS excited to get back together with this dirty two timer with his pathetic lines about "her eyes" (insert gagging noises here), she could have at LEAST downplayed it until a better, more appropriate time. Making out with him and giggling like a school girl after knowing what he JUST did to Melissa was one of the lowest things I've seen lately.

Maybe they just deserve each other.

OK, so there are my feelings on this Season of the Bachelor. I will NOT be tuning in tonight -- or ever again. I learned my lesson, lol.

What were your thoughts on the Bachelor?


Monday, March 2, 2009


I've been on this big painting kick! I am by no means a professional painter, or even very good IMO -- but I just love busting out a canvas and putting paint to it and creating something pretty. It's so therapeutic!

Here is a cute picture I painted last night of one of my favorite things -- cupcakes!

I just used canvas paper for this one since I had this simple, white frame ($3.00 at Walmart) to use up. I put some white computer paper behind it as a mat, but I'm planning to change that out for something better. I tied a creamy chocolate ribbon around the entire frame and I just love it!

Here are a few pictures!

I hope you all are having a very happy Monday!


Five Random Facts....

... About Me!

1) My dream is to open a cupcake shop. That's it -- just cupcakes - I *love* all things cupcake!

2) I think I want to be a mother and I hope the timing is right within the next few years to try.

3) I have design and craft ADD. I start one project, stop in the middle to do something else, and pick it back up later (much to my husband's annoyance, lol).

4) I lived in the Boston area for a little over 4 years and moved back to my small hometown for personal reasons. I MISS Boston terribly and really pray that my husband and I can move back there sometime in our future.

5) I'm anxious. I've come to learn to live with it instead of fighting it. I'd love to "go with the flow" and never worry. But I'm a worrier and I struggle with panic/anxiety disorder actually. I'm naive and have an overactive imagination and often this leads to thoughts that make me a nervous wreck!

Ok, now that I've completely over-shared -- please feel free to share 5 random facts about yourself in the comments!