Monday, April 24, 2017

bridal tea stamp arrangements

I've mentioned how much I love all the printed items that go along with wedding planning. I realize some brides could care less for it and order their invitations online or use evites - but for me, stationery has been so enjoyable. from picking invitations at swoozie's, to ordering vintage wedding invitation stamps, and even making gift tags for bridesmaid proposals and shower hostess gifts. I have loved it all! 

our engagement is winding down, not long to go until we tie the knot! my last opportunity to add some pizzazz to wedding-related snail mail was my bridal shower thank you notes. the shower was a bridal tea so I had to have the silver coffeepot stamp and I splurged a bit on the barbie with a hat stamp to pull it together. 

I stopped at paper source and couldn't find any tea-themed thank notes, but I loved these and bought them before I found the vintage postage. luckily, the color scheme matched perfectly. 

if there's one piece of advice I could offer for writing thank you notes, it's to buy an erasable ink pen. I found these pens in malaysia a few years ago and have been hooked ever since, now I order them on amazon and use them at work too. they have been a lifesaver for all my thank you writing.

if you're interested in shopping for vintage stamps, here are my sources:

edelweiss post (check out their instagram, swoon)

Friday, April 21, 2017

beet-dyed deviled eggs

this year, I wanted to make something different for easter and I was also in the mood for deviled eggs. I decided a pretty pink hue would make them different enough and proceeded to make beet-dyed deviled eggs. by the way, have you ever had a frosted cake from whole foods? did you notice that the color of the icings are more muted? that's because they use all natural food colorings - beets are exactly how they accomplish pink frosting. so although this hue is bright pink, it's also all natural! love it.

I also tried a new recipe for deviled eggs that called for dijon mustard and no mayo so these pretty eggs were also pretty healthy!

Monday, April 17, 2017

my bridal shower tea

just like that, my bridal shower has come and gone. I honestly can't believe it! I have always wanted to have a bridal shower tea and I was so lucky to have exactly that for my wedding shower, hosted by these lovely ladies. the trophy room at atlanta country club was the most perfect setting.

Friday, April 14, 2017

the masters: top 5 tips

last week, stephen and I made our first-ever trip to augusta, georgia to attend the masters tournament. I really didn't know what to expect especially given that the weather was so dicey on the day we visited. after doing some research and experiencing the tournament first hand, here are my top 5 tips for visiting the masters!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

what I read in march

oh my gosh... was this month's book choice a unique one for me. I first heard about tampa by alissa nutting on carrie's post for show us your books a while back, I'm pretty sure her summary was something like, "man this book was f**ked up." so that definitely drew me in, haha! and now I'm linking up with steph and jana to share my thoughts. 

it all started when stephen went on his bachelor party to vegas - it seemed like a perfect opportunity to amazon prime this weird book to my house and finish it in one weekend. besides, it's not like I could read this book in public given the cover art! seriously, this book was interesting. I had moments when I really wanted to stop reading it because it was actually disgusting. but I definitely wanted to know how it ended so I had to keep going... 

tampa by alissa nutting
celeste price, a smoldering 26-year-old middle-school teacher in florida, unrepentantly recounts her elaborate and sociopathically determined seduction of a 14-year-old student. celeste has chosen and lured the charmingly modest jack patrick into her web. jack is enthralled and in awe of his eighth-grade teacher, and, most importantly, willing to accept celeste’s terms for a secret relationship—car rides after dark, rendezvous at jack’s house while his single father works the late shift, and body-slamming erotic encounters in celeste’s empty classroom. in slaking her sexual thirst, celeste price is remorseless and deviously free of hesitation, a monstress of pure motivation. she deceives everyone, is close to no one, and cares little for anything but her pleasure. tampa is a sexually explicit, virtuosically satirical, american psycho–esque rendering of a monstrously misplaced but undeterrable desire. {}

my take: B+
I can honestly say that I have never read or wanted to read a graphic detail of an adult's lust for pre-teen boys, or girls for that matter. I didn't realize this book would be so graphic, so it is not for the faint of heart that's for sure. I don't want to give too much away - but I just was disgusted by the main character's desire for pre-teen boys, I could maybe understand a mature-looking senior in high school or something... but a 14 year old awkward kid? I don't get it. but ahhh, wasn't that the whole point. it was definitely an interesting take on several issues, including the double standards of pedophiles based on gender.

please tell me someone else has read this! what did you think? if not, do you think you would be able to finish a book like this if you were really grossed out by the graphic nature?

Friday, April 7, 2017

mason jar centerpiece

I love reworking floral arrangements so while I was disappointed that the big-as-your-face hydrangeas from my easter mixed china tablescape died way too soon, I was also happy to rework them into this sweet mason jar centerpiece.

I bought prearranged floral centerpieces a couple holidays ago from costco that came in these beautiful wooden boxes. I honestly bought the floral arrangements because of these boxes, I just knew I would get so much use out of them in the future.

Monday, April 3, 2017

tea party bridal shower hostess gifts

one of the things that I love about being engaged is definitely all the stationery. I loved picking invitations, stamps, and also loved all the sweet shower invitations that my family and friends picked out along the way. another thing that I love about being engaged is the gift giving you get to do as the bride.

I so loved making my bridesmaid proposal boxes and was really excited to make thank you boxes for my tea-inspired bridal shower. when I found gift tags and stickers that matched the invitation theme, I was ecstatic. 

Friday, March 31, 2017

hangers fit for company

we've made a lot of progress in our home since we moved in last june, but I haven't quite gotten to some of the little details yet - like these sweet hangers for our guest room {and built-in wine storage, laundry room upgrade, painting the master... but hey, who's counting?!}. I have always wanted to make these hangers, since I saw them on driven by decor via pinterest, I think. luckily, we have company staying with us this weekend and I'm happy to have had a reason to finally make these  adorable hangers!

my biggest learning from this project was how awesome rub-on letters are. I hadn't heard of them before and couldn't find them at michael's - so I was tempted to buy letter stickers. I made another stop at hobby lobby and finally found a very slim selection of rub-on letters. there were only 3 sheets left, so I bought them all and am so glad I did. these rub-on letters go on so smoothly, they look as if they were printed on the wood. I'll be honest, rubbing the letters on the wood was a cathartic experience and I basically want to rub letters on everything now.

Monday, March 27, 2017

spicy chili sweet potato chickpea bowls

my work neighbor (you know, like next cube over) has recently been exploring all the meal delivery options including hello fresh, sun basket, marley spoon... you get the picture. naturally, she's been coming to work with super gourmet lunch leftovers. I'm always asking her what she's eating and when she said a sweet potato chickpea bowl, my ears perked up. she sent me the recipe and said it only took her 20 minutes, so the next night that stephen wasn't home for dinner - I knew I had to make this!

the ingredients are all super healthy and affordable, I think I paid like $8 for everything I needed. I will say that maybe I was procrastinating with wine, but it did take me a bit more time than 20 minutes to make these bowls. the sweet potatoes cook for 20 minutes, so you can chop all your veggies during that cook time. I loved having leftovers! just make sure that you keep your sauce separate - that way, when you go to reheat, you can heat your potatoes but keep your sauce chilled.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

betty's cherry pie with homemade crust

I have been dying for a cherry pie for weeks now! luckily, we had dinner plans with friends and I offered to bring dessert - which of course, meant cherry pie. our sweet friends could have told me they hated cherries, and I probably still would have brought it. I couldn't wait for cherry pie any longer and we know I can't bake a whole pie for myself. I have zero self control, not to mention #weddingdiet. 

since I had never made a homemade pie crust by myself, I went over to my mom's house and we made two cherry pies together - one for my dinner with friends and then one for family dinner the following night, which meant I got to devour cherry pie two nights in a row, hellooo multiple servings of fruit ;)