Monday, January 31, 2011

Giveaway winner!

Giveaway Director Blue says: Congrats Kristen!! Be on the lookout for your print to arrive in the mail this week :)

Thanks to all who entered my first giveaway! The Happy print is now available (in select colors) in  My Etsy shop if you're interested in having it in your home!

And be sure to check back in the next few weeks for my second's sparkly and looks great around the wrist :]

Friday, January 28, 2011

Weekend Giveaway!

Today's giveaway is rather special- it's my first and it's one of my very own H Is For Happy prints! They're adorable in a kid's room, great for the kitchen ( where I have mine), and add a fun pop of color in a bedroom!

Winner chooses from the following colors: Orange Slice (pictured), Mint Green, Pepper, Bubblegum, Beeswax or- (New!) chevron patterned prints in Mint Chevron, Beeswax Chevron or Bubblegum Chevron. 

Anyone can enter from around the globe, just post a comment and make sure you're a follower! This post will be up until Monday for the official drawing so that everyone has enough time to enter over the weekend.

Tweet, blog or facebook it (and link back of course)..get an additional entry in the drawing!

Good luck everyone!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Inspiring Engagement Photos

How cute are these engagement photos? Even better? I'm related to the beautiful bride-to-be! Her creative session was capture by The White Rabbit Studios and took place at Vertical House Records.  Now that's what I called being inspired by love!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

It's been a long day.

Hi lovelies, how has your day been? It's been an extra long day for me...

P.S. THIS photo makes me giggle.

How To Make Your Post-it Reminder Effective:

I'm quite the avid post-it note-er, and use them quite often as reminders for weekly tasks all over my house. Naturally, when Husband kept forgetting to make himself a dentist appointment I thought, I'll just write him a kind lil reminder, that'll do it.

Jump forward two months later, no appointment has been made and the damn post-it note is STILL on the bathroom morror..mocking me.

Realizing that I would have to use alternative tactics for this foreign procrastination/meh mentality, the once-friendly reminder made its way into the trash and an army of gangly helpless teeth began to emerge throughout the house.

When they had made their way onto the milk carton in the fridge, their victim surrendered and the appointment was FINALLY made.

Now I'm wondering...what the H are my reminders going to look like come colonoscopy time? ;)

Happy Wednesday my lovelies!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Valentine's Day Inspiration

 Tilly | Maison

I know it's a little early, but I can't stop thinking about Valentines Day. Call me old fashioned but I just love-love-L-O-V-E the holiday.  How about THIS chic chevron jewelry tray for all of your baubles for a V-day gift? Gasp-How divine!

Happy Birthday Mama!

You're the sassy southern woman who's always ready to give her two cents, who keeps me straight, and who's always keeping me laughing. You're the sunshine in my life, and I just hope that one day I can be half  the woman you are...Happy Birthday Mama!

Monday, January 24, 2011

You Are Beautiful


While running around town this weekend, I happened to drive up on a small group of people holding signs that simply read: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. I thought this was quite frankly the sweetest and most positive message from complete strangers I had ever seen, and honestly it just made my day.

I did some reasearch and found out that they are a part of a new nonprofit arts organization here in Auburn called The Layman Group.  Although I know little about them, this kind gesture was enough for me to sign up for their mailing list and add their site to my favorites to check back regularly. Heck, it made me want to get out my little magic marker and do the same thing! All in all, I'm glad to see that we still have kindness like this in the world that doesn't require anything in return.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Grandmother!

On this day in 1927, a beautiful lady named Lilly Helen Fortune was born, or as I refer to her as simply Grandmother.

A few fun facts about this lady:

 She's on Facebook: And puts 20-year-olds to shame on how regularly she uses it.
She raised three boys. And never seemed to have a chipped nail or a hair out of place while doing it.

She's a tap dancer. And darn good at it!

She's got a crazy green thumb. You've got to see this woman's yard to believe it.

And lastly, I'm ashamed to admit, even I have trouble keeping up with her! Off to Grandmother's house I go to celebrate her 84th birthday, have a great day everyone!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Inspirational [Cozy] Living Room

1) Book in lap  2) Fireplace lit. All those annoying things on your to-do list out of your head for a moment. Cozefest 2010 is ON. Ahhh....

Guess it:

What's my favorite television show at this moment in time?

P.S. I know, I know, my dad looks like John Stossel.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


These long winter days are giving me a bit of cabin fever, so I thought reminiscing on a few photos of this past summer might help remind me that sunshine-y days are on the way. I can't wait to feel sand between my toes and the warm sun on my skin!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Cézanne

I was lucky enough to get to study a semester abroad in Spain during my sophomore year in college. It was there in Madrid where I fell in love with French artists Paul Cézanne's Portrait of a Peasant.

Maybe it was all of the still life paintings my high school art teacher made me paint to practice the craft, but I will forever be in awe of this great modern master's extreme patience to sit and create them. It is said that he began turning his attention to still life paintings of fruit because he wanted to create something "solid and durable, like the art of the museums". What's even more interesting is how his fruit paintings don't fully resemble the realistic items, some say, because they had simply rot before he finished painting them. I love that he just kept on painting, it really adds such character.

Check out Google's 'doodle' honoring his 172 birthday today ( this simply means to go to, Mom :)

Hey, guess what? It's midweek! Happy hump day y'all!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Trick to Try:

I would just like to preface this by saying that my husband is seriously addicted to onions. He is truly, madly, deeply, [and disturbingly] in love with them. Like a crazed lawyer, he fights for onion's rights to be included in the otherwise onion-less recipe. It's sick. He brings evidence that I care not to fight.  A lazy wife or a loving wife? All I know is that I chop a whole hell of a lot of onions. And I'm tired of watery eyes and smelly hands....

Now- with that being said, I recently stumbled upon a site that says if you put a piece of bread in your mouth while you cut onions you won't have to deal with the onion tears. Does everyone know about this or have I been living under a rock? At any rate, I gave it a try and it turns out it really does work. Do you know how excited this makes me? (Reread above if you haven't absorbed my current onion predicament...)

On another note, I picked up one of these stainless steel bars this weekend at Crate & Barrel and it also works like a charm. It seems as if my onion issues are finally over!

Now. What kitchen tips have you been hiding?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Closet Inspiration

Last night, I decided that I am completely over my closet. Do you ever get like that? Where you walk up to it and that same 1994 sweater that you have tried to get rid of for over a decade just keeps hitting you in the face? And you desprately want to throw a match to it all but can't because you are at the mercy of these ugly pieces of fabric that cover your body everyday?

Ahem. Excuse me. I almost lost it there...

With that in mind, I thought I'd give you a little closet inspiration. Happy Friday! ;)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Meet Nicole.

Nicole Moss Grillet is my bff.  I wanted to take a moment to share with you just one of the reasons why I love this gal {   this much   }.

You see,  many moons ago two [odd] art students figured out a genius way to procrastinate during college classes.Their Photoshop class was quite tedious and they had pretty much learned it on their own anyway, so they began to entertain themselves by crafting each other's faces onto random people's bodies. Over time, the images that they would send to each other ended would end up morphing into how they expressed their day-to-day emotions. From anger to encouragement, there was a photo for every feeling.  "I'm mad at her. Hey, I know!? I'll stick her face on ___'s body so I can laugh at her." 

Below is a portion of our odd collection that I would like to share with you for a laugh. I hope you enjoy these silly images and the story behind each of them.

My bad day became instantly better when I found this lovely image of myself as Wynonna Judd waiting in my inbox. Because nothing makes you feel quite as good as being Wynonna Judd.

This was my birthday present to Nicole last year. She has a thing for creepy wedding photos where the couples look like they're having an  out of body experience. ( By the way her hubby Dan, in fact, does not have a mullet. It was merely added in for overall trashy effect).

To much shock and surprise, I found this lovely pic hanging out in my Facebook photos one day.

Nicole loves Oprah. I thought meeting her would make her day extra special.

Nicole refers to me as Sarah Palin when I do my glasses/updo combo. Again, she posted this little number on Facebook much to my surprise.

Nicole wanted a new hairstyle. I gave her just the inspiration for the job.

Now for the inevitable question: What strange/awesome things do you and your friends do to give each other a laugh?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Horn-Rimmed Glasses: Love or Leave?

It seems like the black horn-rimmed glasses trend just keeps growing. I just gotta know, what do you really think? Are you for or against the latest accessory trend?

Here's my take: If you're going to wear them then at least for the love of God make me believe that you have a damn eyeglass prescription to your name. I'm saying this because very recently I was talking with a guy who was wearing some but didn't have lenses in them. I couldn't even concentrate on our intellectually stimulating conversation. All I wanted to do was poke my tiny finger through his oversized frames and say um..excuse me, you don't have any lenses in those things.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Read and Relax

Book publisher Feltrinelli makes you stop and think with this awesome ad ( created by Tita ad agency). Love it. Now go grab a book and get to relaxing!

We're National Champs!!!

It's 1:00 AM and we're in downtown Auburn, Alabama rolling Toomer's Corner!  Auburn hasn't won the national title since 1957 and I can't believe that I get to be a part of this moment! I'm going to continue celebrating but just wanted to give this quick post and tell everyone hello from Toomer's corner and of course...War Eagle! We're national champs baby!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Time for the BCS College Football Championship!

Friends, how is your Monday going? Are you among the lucky ones who were able to stay home and play in the snow? We got quite a bit of ice last night and work was called of early this morning, so exicting. Having the day off gives me a few extra hours to prepare for our big game tonight- our Auburn Tigers in the BCS National Championship!

I hope the rest of your day is great and (forgive me)..War Damn Eagle!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

It's Snowing!

It just started to snow here and I'm soo ecstatic! I hope everyone who's traveling isn't stuck with delays, we have a few friends who are spending the night in the airport tonight :( If you are at home and lucky enough to get a few inches will you make a snow angel for me?

Friday, January 7, 2011

Happy Wintery Weekend

Friends, what are your plans this weekend? Going somewhere fun? Staying in recuperating from your long work week?  I'm pretty psyched for this weekend cause we're (finally!) expecting a bit of snow! It never seems to make it down here in the deep south (sigh), but keeping the fingers crossed!

Whatever you get into this weekend I hope you enjoy your time away from work and/or any stresses in your life. Cheers to Friday!

Want a laugh? Watch this:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Inspiration Board

(via Apartment Therapy)
There's just something about this messy inspiration board that gets me.

Neat Necklace

Oh, yes, this is so going on my birthday wish list.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I can't stop listening to this song...
Cults "Oh My God"- Go HERE to listen and download (free!) if you like. You're welcome.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Time for the tree to come down.



Today I officially got sick and tired of our dying Christmas tree's crunchy needles having their way with our rug. With this newfound energy from my frustration I decided it was time to take down the tree and reinvent my little corner. It was sad, however I have my little nook back to decorate as I please. Much. Better.

Notice our creepy clown painting that I spoke about in our house tour even made the cut. He found the sunroom a bit cold and clammy this time of year :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

And the 2011 Pantone color of the year is...

Pantone gives it to Honeysuckle 18-2120! I think it's a pretty bold color to be the color of the year, but I guess that's what they're going for. They're definitely going to have to prove it's sticking around power in my opinion. And I'm sure some folks are going to get it horribly wrong. Horribly.

Here's what Pantone says:

While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.

So what do you really think? Are you a fan?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

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