Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal Wedding!

I've had Royal Wedding fever for weeks now! I didn't wake up at 4am to watch it however, because I'm getting together with a few of my girlfriends tomorrow morning for brunch to watch it on DVR. We wanted to be able to relax and enjoy it - and drink mimosas while we watch! But of course, I'm still glued to the tv and internet today to see all the coverage.

I think Kate Middleton was perfection! Loved everything - the dress, tiara, veil, bouquet! She definitely looked exactly what I pictured in my head for a princess to look on her wedding day.

I came across this picture and it made me so happy - I love how excited and in love they look!

Best Wishes to the new happy ROYAL couple!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hello Again J.Crew

Dear J.Crew,

Could it be? Have you heard my prayers? I've been "on a break" from you since you don't seem to want to offer free shipping unless I spend $150 or more. I even mentioned here that you were disappointing me. But this little lovely came into my email today and I think we might be back on:

Even though it's tiny little wording, I didn't miss it! You actually have a free shipping promo with no minimum order!!! It feels like Christmas or my birthday! I'm not really supposed to be shopping for clothes right now, but I might not be able to resist...

Very Truly Yours Forever,


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Obsession (and a plan)

Since I'm on a spending freeze while we work on the kitchen, I have really tried to limit even browsing for clothes, since I don't want to be tempted by anything. I even unsubscribed to many of the clothing store emails that I get in an effort to stay away from online shopping (my biggest vice!) Anyways, one must have slipped through because I got an email yesterday with this gorgeous little dress in it:

Via Calypso

I love everything - the eyelit, the ruffled neckline and of course, the pom pom fringe at the bottom! And yes, that is a $250 pricetag. Yikes. I tried to calm myself down by trying to think of what $250 would get me for the kitchen remodel - a new beautiful light fixture over my sink, shiny new pulls for our cabinets or even a new stainless steel microwave. So of course, I DID NOT hit "buy now", but I can't stop thinking about that dress.

So I came up with a plan. It shouldn't be too hard for me to find a similar dress - essentially it's a pretty basic eyelit dress. And when I was browsing at the fabric store last week, I noticed an entire rack of fun pom pom trim in tons of colors. My plan is to find a dress and then sew on the pom pom trim myself for a fun custom summer dress!!

I've started hunting out the regulars (Target, Gap, etc.) in hopes of finding an affordable eyelit dress under $50ish. But if anyone has seen one recently, please let me know! I'll be sure to post updates and the finished product if I can be successful in my mission! Wish me luck!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

And so it begins...

Our kitchen renovation has "officially" begun. It's really rainy and gross weather today, so we decided to take up a bit of the tile in the kitchen so that we know what we're getting into with the subflooring. Unfortunately, the grout and mortar holding our nasty white tiles seems to be quite well made because the tile does not want to come up easily. Apparently back in 1983 when they built our house, they used some pretty good stuff. Lucky for us!

We also discovered some lovely leftover termite damage in the front of our pantry. It was just a day full of surprises! The entire moulding was rotted and the drywall pretty much collapsed as soon as we touched it. Nothing like having some exposed insulation in your pantry! Luckily we're starting this project for real in less than a month, so it will be taken care of sooner rather than later. I knew this project was going to be a PAIN but now I'm starting to realize how much work we're in for this summer....

Wish us luck!!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sneak Peak

of the linens that I made for Easter dinner. Yes, I realize that Easter is a month away, but we're hosting both of our families this year for our first big holiday, so I'm a little excited/anxious. I decided that I wanted to make a runner and napkins to make the table extra special. I found the most amazing seersucker and then a coordinating swiss dot floral print fabric. I made both the runner and napkins reversible of each fabric and I love how it looks mixed and matched. I haven't decided if I want to switch it up and have the runner seersucker side up and the napkins floral. My sewing machine (who I named Betty) is in overdrive with all the projects I've done lately.

I'll be sure to post how the entire table comes together as it gets closer! I'm currently brainstorming place card ideas!
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