Thursday, May 30, 2013

Adventures In Salt Dough Part 1

Drinking: Cherry Pepsi
Watching: The X-Files

That's right, folks! I finally made salt dough! I followed this recipe from the More Like Home blog.



They're still drying, but I'm in love with them already. If they turn out like I hope then I have a pretty cute DIY under my sleeve.

Have you guys made salt dough before?

Shalom

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Rainy morning.

Drinking: Tea
Listening: Christina Perri

This morning is lovely. It's pouring outside & I'm in my office sipping tea & waking up.

This past weekend Jordan & I escaped to the north. His grand parents have a darling little cabin that they were kind enough to let us use for the weekend. It was a simple time... riding the four-wheeler, fishing, strolling through a thrift market... I enjoy doing simple things with Jordan, which, I suppose, is wonderful thing. :)


















I hope you all enjoy these pictures! Have a good one!

Shalom

Monday, May 27, 2013

Music Monday

Drinking: Melon Citrus Mint tea
Listening: Fergi
 
Loving these tunes today!
 
 

Shalom

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Weekend

Well, Jordan and I are off!

We're going to spend the weekend at his grand parents cabin and I couldn't be more excited!


Have a mentioned that I love this man lately? Because I do... :)

Shalom

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dresser Re-Vamp x2 / Wedding Art Work

Drinking: Tea
Listening: Bombay Bicycle Club

Just wanted to share another project that I tackled this past weekend. Jordan and I were looking for more storage in our bedroom. All of our furniture is a hodge podge of mismatched items, though, so it was hard for me to figure out what to do. 
This dresser was part of a set my parents bought when they had me. The green paint is as old as I am, so we decided it needed to go. I had a lot of paint left over from when I did this re-vamp so I busted those cans of paint out.

I decided to paint the drawers black. I was going to go chalkboard paint, but decided against it at the last minute. 


The body was painted white. 


After a couple coats of paint Jordan brought it inside and shimmed it up for me. I got to decorating!


The art is one of the guestbooks from our wedding made by our dear friend Liz. I am so happy with how it looks sitting on top of the dresser. The carving is something Jordan's parents gave us once we got engaged and it's one of my favorite things. If you look in past pictures you can see that it kind of makes it's way around the house. :) One of my favorite parts about this dresser is the porcelain white knobs. They ended up looking amazing! 


I'm super happy with how this turned out! It's a little "stark" for me - but it's way better than the green that was on there. I'm thinking maybe a stencil on the sides or something with a pop of color to make it a little more fun. What do you guys think? 

Shalom 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Shop Update / What I'm Reading

Drinking: Coffee (yawn!)
Listening: Guster

Good morning, good morning! I put the utensils I talked about in this post up in the shop last night. You can check them out here!


I also wanted to share what I've been reading off and on lately. It's been hard to find time to read full books since Jordan and I were engaged. There's just no time! I did start a good book on leadership on the honeymoon that I have to finish, but this is one I'm constantly coming back to. 


I really love Mark Driscoll. I listen to him online, read his blog and even read his books. This one is fantastic because it shows real stories from a human level. If you ever have a chance to read it, you should. 

Shalom


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dresser Re-vamp

Drinking: Water
Listening: Laura Marling

I am so excited to share this dresser re-vamp that I did recently. This was a dresser that Jordan bought at Salvation Army when he moved to this side of the state. It started out a poop brown dresser with zero character and terrible hardware.





I went to Menards and bought two cans of paint. White and black. All totaled I think this project cost me $16. I have a ton of paint left over, too! #winning To be honest, the handles are what I love the most about the finished project. The hardware turned out fantastic! Couldn't be more happy!



I absolutely love the way this project turned out! It was cheap and totally changed the face of this piece of furniture. It also added some great character to Jordan and I's room, which is something I love. 

Have you guys been working on and re-vamps this spring? I feel like I get the itch to change up some furniture every time Spring rolls around and I love it!

Shalom

Monday, May 20, 2013

Creating / Official Etsy Announcement

Drinking: Water
Listening: The Barr Brother (Beggar In The Morning = fantastic!)

I can count on my hands the things that bring me more joy than creating. I love mixing, making, crumpling & starting over...

Yesterday was full.

Jordan and I cleaned, straightened, pushed, pulled and stacked. Several breaks were taken. Jordan played the guitar, I made these.


 
 

 
 They are up for sale in my Etsy shop. What's that, you ask? Yes, you heard (or read) correctly. I officially opened an Etsy and I'm slowing filling it with all sorts of cute things. So far you can find a cute sampling of mugs & prints. I will be adding these this week sometime...

 
Forgive the instagram quality. They actually look fantastic! I will have several sets of those available in the shop soon.
 
So head over to the shop and check it out: This Nifty Earth.
 
I am excited to show you the other projects we've been working on. I do the painting projects and Jordan does the hammer & nail projects. It works out quite nicely. I think we're  pretty great together and I could not be more happy about where we are right now.
 
Shalom

Time flies...

Drinking: Coffee
Listening: Dispatch

Sometimes things go by so fast...

Like the fact Jordan and I have been married 2 weeks now. I mean, really. My mind is completely blown by that.
Or the fact that my group of high schoolers are graduating this year and I've been involved with them since they were sophomores.
Or the fact that my baby sister can start applying to colleges.
Or the fact that I've been at Grabber for 4 years now.

This weekend even went by too fast and I never say that! I just really want to savor this small moments that I'm surrounded by. Ew. I know, I'm not cheesy... So I don't know why I'm nostalgic this morning.

But I do know one thing... I love that Jordan and I walked out of the house at the same time to go to work. I loved every second of the time from the door to the time he kissed my forehead on the sidewalk.

Enjoy this fantastic song on me.

Shalom

Monday, May 13, 2013

Our Wedding Reception Decor

Drinking: Tea
Listening: Switchfoot

I know I didn't post a lot about the wedding while we were planning... I'm so sorry! Everything went by so fast, I couldn't even imagine documenting anything. I did take a lot of pictures during "craft nights", but I couldn't have imagined that our reception would turn out as lovely as it did.

Our budget was 5000, but we fell just around 4000 when all was said and done. We decided from the beginning that we would rather pour money into our honeymoon that into one day. I know, that's not the usual way, but that's what really meant a lot to us. And honestly, I think our wedding was beautiful. It was so simple and chic - which was exactly what we wanted (well, I don't think Jordan cared, but it's what I wanted.)



Our head table was as simple as could be. Jordan helped me with the banner and the confetti bunting right under it is just round labels stuck back to back on bakers twine. I painted some gold and left some white and I love how it looked!


These were hung right over the guestbook table. Added some cute dimension and it was super easy.


Our table settings were the cheapest thing we did. My mum had a massive set of white china that we used. We placed a bowl upside down, a dinner plate on top and then a little plate upside down on the dinner plate. The flowers were mason jars full of babies breath and eucalyptus wrapped in twine. I had 3 lovely ladies offer to help make cupcakes, so we had cupcakes coming out of ears! We iced them the day before the wedding and put lemon drops, raspberries and  blueberries on top.





We had a salad bar instead of a huge meal. I know, we're cheap, but it went over so well!





Our guest book was drawn by our friend Liz. I think it makes it even more special that she was able to draw this and we'll always have it displayed in our house somewhere.






Well, that's it folks. Our reception was simple and filled with joy. I couldn't have asked for anything else!

Shalom,

M