Monday, April 28, 2014

PART ONE OF HOUSE PAINTING: it's spring and my house's birthday, time to paint....

It's spring (and has been for awhile, I'm kind of behind, I guess)! Spring and Easter are associated with new beginnings and I've recently taken a leap of faith and I quit my awful job.  If all goes as planned, I'll have a job waiting for me when we get back from vacation in May, but for now, I have a few weeks of downtime to work on the Etsy shop, blog, and my house.  

Bizarrely, we've had beautiful weather for the past two months, which almost made me forget that we live in Florida.  It actually felt like real spring for a little while.  We were able to take advantage of a few oddly cool days to paint the house.  (The nice weather is all over though... it's 95 today! Ugh.)

I've been wanting to paint the house forever and with time off from work right now, no time like the present, I guess. The exterior of the house is kind of like the kitchen, in that beyond basic repairs, it's been put off at the expense of everything else.  Last week was my house's "birthday"-- it's been two years since I closed!  I'm celebrating by giving the house a new look.  When I bought it, the house was all contractor white.  It was obvious that they just sprayed it all down in the white.  I hated it and it got dirty so easily.  

I went back and forth for months on what color to paint the house.  I wanted green for awhile, but decided that would blend in too much with all the foliage surrounding my house.  So, of course, I took to Pinterest to attempt to figure out what I wanted instead.  

Some of the pictures I pinned...
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Friday, April 18, 2014


I've been wanting to write this post for awhile... I have the time now and I can't wait to share it.  So, as I've mentioned before, I'm a little obsessed with watching Say Yes to the Dress.  It's even worse now that we've got Netflix and I can watch it on a pretty constant loop.  So not too long ago, we were watching SYYTD and I noticed that the boutonni√®re on the groom looked crazy familiar. We backed it up (the wonders of Netflix) and looked again... yep, looked like mine.  I went and checked my records and sure enough, that was one of my orders. Craziest surprise ever!

Screen shot from TLC's Say Yes to the Dress
And more of a close up...
Screen shot from TLC's Say Yes to the Dress

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Friday, April 11, 2014


I've recently made some major life changes which will allow me more time to focus on my shop and my blog.  So to kick off this new beginning of sorts, I'm going back to were it all began: Kate and Brad's wedding!  When I first started my shop, I made mostly pincushions and other little things.  Then my college friend Kate approached me about making boutonni√®res for her wedding..... and now I've made bouts, bouquets, and other wedding-related items for dozens of weddings!

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