Archive for November, 2009

Confessions of a Work-School-Life-aholic

November 30, 2009

Okay,  so I know you all feel neglected a bit.  I haven’t really been posting consistently and if it’s one thing I don’t appreciate… it’s inconsistency.  I really wish I had more time to do so but I have a few confessions:

  • I’m taking some condensed courses at school that don’t leave for much blogging research or time to create.
  • Any free time I’ve had has been spent on my family, lately.  Come on! It’s the holidays.

And finally…

  • Alex and I have been working like crazy to finish up the living room so we can show you all THIS WEEK!  How excited are you?!

I just finally decided, I better start showing you guys some progress on the house.  So, please be nice; it’s a work in progress.  But I should have some pictures for you of the FINISHED living room in the next two days! WHOPPEE!


Black Friday Sale at Ruche

November 25, 2009

First off, Happy ALMOST Thanksgiving!

I hope you all have great plans with your family and friends.  If you all are like me and are a little too afraid to brave the black friday crowds.  Check out some of the online black friday sales.  But especially check this one out:

Are you freaking out yet?  I am.  See you there… well, sort of.

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

November 23, 2009

Hello, Readers!

This week is going to light on the posting side due to Thanksgiving AND my mid-terms this week.  I have 3 chapters to read, one article to write, and a mid-term to study for and take by Friday.

Pray for me!

Anywho, I hope you all have a blessed and happy week with your family and friends.  I know I will.

Blogs that Inspire

November 20, 2009

Okay, I know what you’re thinking… two posts in one day? How could we be so lucky.  Well, I know I’ve been lacking in posts and I haven’t really been posting anything about the house lately, but this weekend Alex and I are finally going to attack the office.  We’re planning it out on Saturday and hopefully, we’ll be able to hit up IKEA and Target on Sunday. 

All this house excitement has really got me searching for inspiration and I thought I’d share a few blogs that inspire me in the “home decor” sector:

Desire to Inspire – “Kim and Jo have never met but there is a bond between them that is so strong that it can cross half the world and back again. You see Kim and Jo are interior design junkies. They go weak at the knees when they find that perfect room and they just have to share. It all started towards the end of 2006. They met on Flickr, shared images they had bookmarked and well that was that. Desire to Inspire was born.”

Home Sweet Home – This blog is a sort of hub for photos in the blogosphere.  You can submit photos, or just subscribe for your daily dose of home eye candy.

Whelp, that’s all for me today, get inspired!

Foto Friday

November 20, 2009

Happy, happy, happy Friday, Readers!

This weeks photo is brought to you by Design*Sponge.  Believe it or not this art installation is made from toilet paper rolls.  You can paint and decorate them in any fashion and create your own unique pieces.  It’s perfect for that one space on the wall that you can’t seem to find anything for. 

Check out the full project here.

Have a great weekend!

New Patterns from Amy Butler

November 19, 2009

Happy Thursday, All!

Today is going to be a long day for me.  I have work until 5:00 and then class until 10:30.  Ugh. But, I’m doing it.  I will be so happy when 2011 rolls around.

Anywho, I realized that I hadn’t checked Amy Butler’s website in a while and found quite a few new patterns, absolutely free.

Check them out here and here.

Paso Robles or Bust!

November 17, 2009

This weekend was a blast.  Phil and Megan, Alex and I went on a mini road trip to see my Aunt and Uncle in Paso.  We left around 8:00 and got in around 1:30, but stopped and got the typical road trip food (a.k.a. candy and soda).  We woke up the next day around 9:30 and stopped in to town to say, “Hi” to Sarah and then got ready for some sight-seeing. 

We stopped at different wineries in the area and talked it up with the locals.  We even picked some grapes, which were delicious, and took some pictures in the vineyards.

We went in to town for lunch and stopped at an amazing coffee shop, Amsterdam Coffee House.  This place is the best coffee shop I’ve ever been to.  I had the best Chai Latte ever and the best Mexican Mocha ever.  If you’re ever in Paso, please check this place out. (Psssst… pay no attention to that creepy man in the window)

We went back home for an evening of lasagna and good laughs.  And then hit the sack around 10:30.  We woke up around 8:30 and went in to town again.  We stopped at Amsterdam Coffee, again (I told you, this place is amazing) and then lunch at my Aunt’s favorite restaurant in town, The Odyssey.  This place is also amazing.  The bread is fantastic and they use it for everything from their grilled cheese to their hamburgers.  You need to try it out too.

Then we hit the road around 1:00.  We stopped to check out the scenery and we even went in to San Luis Obispo for some shopping and Solvang for some pastries.

Overall, it was a pretty fantastic weekend.

Thanks, Meg & Phil and Aunt Debbie & Uncle Paul!

Foto Friday

November 13, 2009


This week’s photo is brought to you by Anna Wolfe  (photographer) & Joanna Goddard of A Cup of Joe.

Joanna has a friend who always has an amazing messy bun and they did a tutorial together with the help of the amazing photographer, Anna WolfeCheck it out.

Happy Friday!

DIY: Getaway Car Decorations

November 12, 2009

Happy Thursday, All!

I’m back with my final DIY from Chris and Amber’s wedding, the car decorations. First off, I have to tell you a little bit about my inspiration for the getaway car:

This particular car has been in the Lopez family for quite a few years. It belonged to Chris’ Abuelito and was given to Wil (Chris’ Dad) shortly before Abuelito passed away. This car has been “driven away in” by every one of the Lopez kids from Wil’s family, including Alex and Me and now Chris and Amber.

I wanted to create something for the car that reflected the projects I’d already done and some of the history of the car.  I found out from Alex’s Grandmother that they decorated her getaway car with tissue flowers, so my mind went to the multi-colored poms I had made for Amber’s Bridal Shower.  I gathered some inspiration from Martha Stewart and came up with this:

car decor

So, do you remember the multi-colored poms?  Let’s review.



1 Package of tissue paper (if they have 25 sheets, you will get 15 poms per package)

Plastic coated paper clips

Coordinating Yarn

Scotch Tape

Poster Board

Black Sharpie


Now that you’ve reviewed the steps make the following changes:

Instead of using just the large pieces, cut up the large pieces into three sections.  You should have a total of 75 sheets now (if you have a packet of 25 sheets). 

Using 5 at a time, being the accordion fold and follow the rest of the directions except, instead of floral wire use large plastic coated paper clips.  In doing so, you ensure the safety of the car’s paint.  Then follow the rest of the directions.

I made about 50 of these poms.  I probably should have made about 25 more, but I was dead tired! 

Next, I gave the guys the coordinating yarn and tape.  They made circles of tape and stuck them straight to the car with the yarn.  About every 12-15 inches (let’s face it, they are guys so they probably didn’t measure it) they placed a pom.  They went all the way down to the back of the car and onto the ground.

car decor 2

In the middle, they placed the sign I made using the poster board and sharpie markers.

car decor 3

I’d say that Chris and Amber were pretty pleased with the result, wouldn’t you?

car decor 4

Get Inspired!

DIY: Pinwheel Boutonnieres

November 11, 2009

Happy Wednesday, Readers!

I’m feeling much better today.  Not a complete 100%, but much better.  I can’t wait to share with you some of the great DIY projects I did for Chris and Amber’s wedding last Saturday.  Let’s start things off with a list of all the things we’ve done so far:

Now we’re adding:

Let’s get started with Pinwheel Flower Boutonnieres.

I made these to match the belts for the bridesmaids after Chris saw them and demanded (well, asked nicely… okay, begged) that I make boutonnieres for the guys to match.


Polyester Satin (really any fabric will do)

Tulle of similar color

Coordinating thread


Floral Wire

Floral Tape

Coordinating or Contrasting ribbon (whatever looks best)

Victorian Pin for each boutonnieres

Beads for embellishment


Remember my DIY for the girl’s belts?  You’ll be making the same flowers on a smaller scale.  Let’s quickly review.

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Now, repeat those steps one more time on an even smaller scale.

Once you made two flowers (one large, one small one) take up your floral wire and measure about 8 inches.  Fold it in half and twist.  You should have a 4 (ish) inch stem.  Repeat.


Attach the two twisted stems to the back of one large flower and one small flower.

Take up the floral wire and wrap the stems together many, many, many times.

Take up the ribbon and wrap the stems carefully from top to bottom.  Stitch the bottom closed.

Embellish as you wish. 


I attached leather ribbons since leather key chains were given as wedding favors, we were given a leather piece by Justin (of course) as gifts.


Get Inspired!