Saturday, April 23, 2011

another day in the yard!

Today we spent the later part of the afternoon trimming and ridding the patio of weeds. As renters, there are only so many things that you can do to a yard and a patio.
Our first step to a better patio was to rid it if all of the weeds growing between the bricks. So, we did just that. Next, we sprayed it to prevent the patio from regrowing the ugly , no-good weeds!
Here we have a before and after shot:

And here we are, my groom and I, celebrating our hard work!

Maybe it doesn't look like much, but we trimmed every inch of our fence! I think that we expanded our yard by 10 square feet, just by getting rid if some weeds!

Happy Saturday bloggers!

Tomorrow we have a day PACKED full of things to celebrate:
1. Christ rises from the dead.
2. Brunch with family who live
IN TOWN! (Jill, Russ, &
Addison) So thankful!
3. The Sabers will clench the
first series by 5:00pm.
4. Nate and I get to go see
the Preds clench the first
series of the playoffs and
we will be there to

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Composting makes our world (my kitchen) a better place

I have been composting for about 2 years, thanks to my old roommate, Lucie. It reduces SOOOOO much trash! We also compost in The Purple Room (my classroom). Since Nate and I have moved in together there has not been any form of composting and I have felt a little disappointed in myself. I do not have a gigantic garden that requires composted soil, but I do have a kitchen that would like to smell better.

Today I was inspired, with it being Earth Day and all and I went and bought a ceramic compost bin for our kitchen. o was super excited and even organized under our sink to make an accessible spot for our new bin. When Nate hit home from work and I was telling him about my purchase, I realized that the small bin in the kitchen would be useless without a large bin in the yard. This large bin is the key ingredient on turning our veggie scraps into glorious soil! So, we went to Lowes and bought an outdoor bin for just $49.95. Not too bad!

So, I set the bin up and put it in the back corner of the yard now we just need some "brown" scraps for the bin. Nate and I will not have any problem filling the bin with "green" scraps with the amount of veggies we eat!

Here are out new accessories to our home and our conscious contribution to our environment on Earth Day!


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Outside on Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day and we spent it outside! Yesterday after work I went to Whole Foods and purchased 5 organic herbs: parsley, basil, thyme, mint, and dill. These were chosen based on the recipes that I cook the most often!

After I finished at Whole Foods, I wandered down the street to Anthropologie! I bought 3 planters for just $66.00. Some may think that is pretty expensive, but for Anthro, that is a steal! They are so beautiful!

Last night, also in preparation for Earth Day, we bought a weed Wagner to get our patio up to par for our summer parties!

This morning, while Nate was at work I cleaned the house and prepared to be outside for the remaining portion of the afternoon.

Here we are being married and enjoying Earth Day outside!

Yes, we have a swing set. No, we do not have kids!

Husband, Nate, cleaning up the patio!

All planted! They look very happy, sort of like how a girl feels when she puts on a pretty dress!

Dill for all of my salmon dishes and mint for fresh mango mojitos!

Parsley for garnishing!

Amethyst Basil! How sensational!

Now Nate and I are headed to set up our new composter and finish weeding the patio!

Have a wonderful day celebrating our EARTH!

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

more small touches

Since we have been home from the honeymoon, we have been trying to add details to our home to make it ours! In some recent posts, I have shown you some of the adorable wedding gifts that are proudly displayed!

I have since added a few more items that will, I hope,'brighten your day as much as they do mine

Item one on the list are ring bearer pillows from the wedding. My sister-in-law made them for the wedding as well as for decorating our master bedroom. I am loving having small items from the wedding displayed around the house!

Pardon me for having 3 pictures posted, but I am just having too much fun with these camera
apps on the iPhone!

Here is a picture of my night stand.
Im hoping to get some more fancy frames for around the house to display our wedding photos!

Something else that so easily brightens my day are TULIPS! They are such happy flowers and for $7.00 at good ole Kroger they are a steal!

TTFN! Talk to you soon!
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Little touches

So, since we have been home from the honeymoon,'I have been trying to add small touches around the home to make it more "us"! I bought some Westie book ends that I am OBSESSED with. My parents have a Westie whom I miss dearly. His name is Dylan. When I went away to college Lindsay (my little sister) game me a stuffed animal Westie that I STILL sleep with, and yes I did bring him on the honeymoon!

I mean soooo cute, right?

Another bookshelf accessory that we added since the wedding are the bride and groom wooden cake toppers that my dad carved for me!


One of my favorite wedding gifts is this doorknob from Anthropologie from Keven Keller and his girlfriend Katie. We opened presents the night that we got home from the honeymoon and I was particularly excited about. This gift! Nate got right to work the next day and put it up. Since we don't have the biggest house, small touches like these are noticed! They make me excited about our home and a happy happy girl!


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Monday, April 18, 2011


Well, Nate and I purchased iPhones today and we are rapidly trying to learn everything about them in one night! I am frantically searching for photo apps! For now I will just post 2 pictures taken by the talented Paige Ewing!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

wedding inspiration

so, i am DYING to see all of the wedding pictures that Paige Ewing Photography took.

to pass the time, here are a few of my inspiration pictures!

chalkboard paint = $3.00

so, chalkboard paint is only $3.00 at JoAnn's Fabrics. such a STEAL! i copied my bestie and painted the side of our large cabinet in our kitchen. i tend to make rash decisions and when i decide to do something, i usually accomplish it within about 30 minutes. i also get frustrated when other people don't help me achieve my task at hand. this is totally not fair of me, because some people (like nate) need a few moments to process things and like to make a mental plan. i'm working on it!

here is he chalkboard cabinet that has already gotten so much use!

you have not seen the last of the chalkboard paint! we are thinking of painting it on the three sections of our door to our office/craft room!

the stripped hallway

so, i am OBSESSED with the blog AbodeLove. Laurel Dawn who is the author of Abode Love has the most amazing HOME! I was so inspired by her stripped hallway that i tried it myself. My hallway is about 1/8 the size of hers and i only did about 1/2 of the stripes. it was super fun and i love painting because of the immediate gratification that you get when you touch the paint brush to the bare walls. you can change an entire room for about 18 dollars and it is so easy!

here is the stripped hallway process....

hallway before.
and there you have it. it makes such a statement in our 930 square foot home! (and tulips and an anthro, jasmine scented candle make the WHOLE house a happy, happy place!)


in the previous post i added several pictures of our home that were taken when i was eagerly awaiting the day to move in with nate. i think that i went to the vacant house every single day just to look at it. now, let me remind you that this is not a home that he and i have purchased. we are just renting, but i am OBSESSED! it is just perfect for nate and me. we have it set up as a 2 bedroom home, one master and one guest room. we have one full bath. the other "bedroom" is our craft/sabres/office/laundry room. it sounds like a lot is happening in just one room, but it is PERFECT! the washer and dryer are in a closet so it can be hidden away for some peace of mind if laundry gets too over whelming, or it can be opened up and used for ironing fabric when i am feeling creative. nate and i each have our own side of the room, and he has his vintage buffalo sabres pennants hanging on the main wall with a buffalo, ny picture to remind him of home. so sweet. my desk has a sewing machine and some inspiring pieces of art on the wall with all of my supplies!

so, here are a few shots of our humble abode with some furniture and decor!

living room with our frames that i purchased on etsy... and our 42' flat screen (our first BIG purchase as a couple!)

since the picture was taken, we have hung 2 pieces of art from target with a matching frame in the center of the blank wall. our 16x20 canvas print from our wedding will go in the middle! i of course will add an updated picture wen we have that hung up!

craft room/sabres room/office/laundry room...

here are my supplies!

laundry... it is usually MUCH more organized but this was taken about 30 seconds after we moved in!

this is my side of the room and the washer and dryer are to the left of the desk. it really is the perfect set up for sewing projects!

this is the view of the room when you first walk through the door. we no longer have the MASSIVE couch that takes up WAY too much space. that beauty was donated to goodwill or "God wheel" as my students would say! we replaced it with a much more appropriate size futon for use as a bed when we have more than 2 guest staying the night! the vintage sabres pennants were given to nate by one of my friends who randomly remembered that nate is OBSESSED with the sabres. such a sweet friend!

more to come later!