11.19.2014

a peek at our breakfast nook...

from the time that we bought our house in 2000, i've wanted to create a plate wall in our breakfast nook...
 
it's such a cute, little space... crookedly cute... our whole house is... but, hey... that's character for ya...
 
the main thing that i really love about the nook is the fact that the benches that were in my childhood home fit perfectly in the space... what i don't love about the benches is that i made the decision many years back to paint them a reddish color... not sure why... i went through a brief toile phase that really wasn't me... like, at all... since then, the said toile curtain has been given away... it's been replaced with a few rows of scrappy bunting...
 
there's a small, enamel topped table in there... and a dreamy chandelier that was my one and only splurge from arhaus furniture when we moved in...
 
i have a tiny fear of hammering nails into our walls... i always wait for john... i don't want to mess the plaster, or hang something in the wrong spot...
 
the other day, i decided to take matters into my own hands... i grabbed a hammer {obviously the oldest one i could find... ha!}
i found a baggie of nails... piled up my ever growing milk glass plate collection and variety of plate hangers and got to work...
 i started with a cute picture that i purchased at the hobby lobby a while back... it's frame was wooden which i wasn't that big of a fan of so i painted it out in white...
i kept playing around with the arrangement until i ended up with this... it makes me happy!
today, i hung another grouping... building around the owl plate that my parents brought over to me last week...
sometimes you have to make time to complete a project that's just for you... i'm slowly but surely getting the look that i want... here's a glimpse of how it sits today...
{umm... can we say horrible lighting?}
 
 i'd like to paint out the benches... maybe aqua? or the safe choice, white?

what do you think?

i also think the bunting needs to go... it's served it's purpose... i'm pretty sure sewing a new curtain is in my future... and maybe adding some pillows to the benches to soften them a bit...

i'll be sure to post a photo once it's completed... {don't hold your breath for a quick update... remember my euro shams... they only took over a year... ha!}

xo
angie

11.17.2014

from a simple assignment...

maizie came home from school with a history assignment... she was to find a veteran to interview in honor of veteran's day... i suggested silly papa {a name that my girls have called my grandpa forever}
 
my grandpa is 90 years old... he was in world war ii... the sunday before veteran's day, we were visiting with him but maizie forgot to bring her list of questions so she asked if she could call him when we got home... he said sure and that he would try to answer the best that he could because it was such a long time ago...
 
she dialed... he picked up... we put the phone on speaker and their dialogue began...
to listen to them was so sweet... so many decades apart, yet connecting from a simple assignment... it was amazing the things that he remembered... she took a lot from their conversation... his rank... commendations... where he was stationed... he mentioned places in italy that we had never heard of... he told her of the time that they had to hide in a tunnel because the building that they were supposed to be in was getting bombed... he said that it was so unusual to be in italy but see that the landing mats that were being used said made in youngstown, ohio which was his hometown... after all of the years that have gone by, his words and memories flowed so freely...
 
i'm thankful for this assignment and how it encouraged the telling of stories that we otherwise may have never heard...
 
veteran's day has come and gone, but this conversation between my oldest and her great grandpa will be etched in my mind forever...

xo
angie

11.13.2014

remembering grandma reese

grandma reese was the sweetest soul... she had a soft spoken voice and there was always a little chuckle that came at the end of her sentences... she never said an unkind word about anyone or anything... she never, ever forgot a birthday and always sent a card... she baked the yummiest oatmeal scotchies at christmas time... she would always have a bag of m&m's waiting for our girls... she gifted me several boxes of her hand painted, vintage ornaments because she knew how much i loved them...
 
she had her 89th birthday in september and we were lucky to celebrate it with her... maizie took her flowers and marina wanted to make her something... i remember the day so clearly... i suggested a card... she insisted on something more and pulled out her american girl pom pom animal book/kit... she wanted to make grandma the bunny... i was rushing around doing a zillion other things that day but stopped to show her how to get the pom poms started... she took her time... trimmed them... cut some ears from felt... made a little face and asked for my help to glue it together...{i wish i would have thought to take a picture of it...}
 
grandma held that little bunny throughout her whole party, which i know brought a smile to marina's face... she loves to give little gifts to people...
 
today, when we arrived at the funeral home, aunt becky pulled me aside and said "you know what she has in her hands, don't you?"

sure enough... it was marina's gift... the tiny white, pom pom bunny...
 
such a heartbreaking day, yet seeing that gift in her hands made my heart happy... you never really know what a small act of kindness truly means to someone... but in that moment, as we said goodbye to our grandma, i knew how much marina's gift had meant to her...

 
xo
angie 


11.05.2014

the end of our october...

we never made it to an actual pumpkin patch this year... john and i grabbed some at mr. darby's antique emporium on the same day that we were scheduled to do our annual pumpkin carving/decorating with my parents...
 
everyone chooses a pumpkin and gets creative... this year marina and i opted for melted crayons on our pumpkins...
 
  
 
 maizie carved for the first time on her own... my mom painted polka dots... john carved "trick or treat" and my dad takes matters into his own hands using a spoon, never sure of what he'll end up with...
 
it's a tradition that i'm glad we started...
 
the girls went trick or treating... maizie with her friends again this year... they all dressed up as super heroes and had a sleepover...
{maizie as batman with her sidekick lily, as robin}
 
{as a parent, it's so hard to let go... but i know they had a great time and that's important... also, they trick or treated in a neighborhood that passed out full sized candy bars for the most part... score for them!}
 
marina, john and i met up with neighbors and the girls did the rounds... it was drizzly and cold... she was a woodland fairy...
{you can hardly tell how chilly it was by her expression, ha!}
{a little close up of her bird's nest}

october was a bit of a blur... it went zippity quick... i'm really hoping for a slower paced november...

xo
angie

10.20.2014

frozen in time...

this past weekend was super busy... my girls were going in different directions from thursday night through sunday...such is the season of life we're in, i guess...
 
there was a halloween party, three sleepovers, an afternoon of tutu making with 7 happy, laughing tweens, two birthday parties, a poster making get together for the pink ribbon cheer classic this upcoming weekend, a corn maze and a pumpkin walk...
 
saturday night, there was a break in the action... after the poster making, we came home and the girls and i decided to have a movie night... we popped some corn, put in the goonies... and within about a half an hour, marina climbed in my lap and fell asleep...
 
it's a grainy photo but a moment i don't want to forget... she'll be 9 in december and i don't know how many more nights like this there will be...
it totally made me think back to all of the nights spent holding both of my girls until they would fall asleep... and then tip-toeing all the way upstairs to tuck them in, trying not to wake them along the way...
 
gosh, why does life seem to keep moving faster and faster?
 
it's one of the main reasons that i snap so many photos... little memories... frozen in time...
 
xo
angie


10.16.2014

cute packaging...

my friend cara celebrated her birthday on tuesday... today, we got together for a fiesta of a lunch at tequila jalisco to celebrate the occasion...
 
 i knew that i wanted to take her a little gift... i found the perfect alex and ani bracelet for her and  also tucked in a small pumpkin frost hand sanitizer {or... hanitizer as my marina has always called it!} because... tis the season...
 
i'm pretty sure that i've said this before, but i love wrapping up presents... it's one of my favorite things to do...
 
i gathered some supplies... rubber stamps, a manila tag, a bit of lace and trim, a brown paper lunch bag, yarns, cotton twine, cupcake liners, a mini clothespin... not really knowing what i was going to do yet... and mainly focusing on colors...

i trimmed a paper bag down with pinking shears and used the part that i cut off to make a band around the bracelet box... i secured it with a bit of washi tape and added a chipboard present embellishment... i tied the box up with a mix of yarn and cotton twine... {forgot to take a pic of that part... oopsie!}
 
for the hanitizer... i needed something cute to package up the little bottle... a glassine bag would have been perfect but i was fresh out of those... i started looking around and saw my stack of cupcake liners... i was immediately inspired by jessica at two shades of pink... i was recently reading her blog and she made the cutest, little pouches from cupcake liners to hold cookies... i made it work for the hanitizer...
i placed the wrapped bracelet and little pouch above into the brown paper bag, folded it down, hole punched the top and tied it up with more yarn and cotton twine... i like to mix textures and colors for interest...
hand stamping tags with the person's name adds a nice touch... i sewed a strip of lace and a bit of trim that i had removed from the sleeves of one of maizie's baby lulu dresses from years ago... used a tiny clothespin to clip it on and wall-ah... it was done!
 
next time you need to wrap, remember to look around for things you may already have, brown or white lunch bags, cute tags can easily be made from card stock cut and hole punched... if you're unable to sew... a hot glue gun will do the trick for adding the embellishments along tags, etc... it's always fun to collect different alphabet stamps and have an ink pad on hand... lately, target has had them in their dollar bins for as low as $3 for the set...
 
happy wrapping!
xo
angie

10.15.2014

lately...

you'll find me on the third floor of our home... in my creative space surrounded by this scene...
 i'm nearing the end of my orders... and i'm just so thankful for every. single. one. of. them...
the leaves are changing... most days there's a swirl of them outside of our windows...
the mornings are brisk... and full of routine again... i never want to forget the backpacks that are oh, so big... marina waits here every morning for her school bus {well, on the mornings that we aren't running late... not disclosing how many of those there are... ha!} i watch maizie now as she slings hers over her shoulder with ease and is off... years of memories being created on this little, front porch area of ours... sometimes it really is about the every day moments... 
in other news... i found this cute framed art at the hobby lobby the other day {$29.99 and 50% off in case you're curious}... it came trimmed out by a light, wooden frame... i brought it home and spruced it up with some warm white paint and now i love it even more...
 i'm hoping to add it to our breakfast nook... i have a hard time committing to what i would like on our walls so they often sit empty... for years...  i have a small collection of milk glass plates going and i think they might look cute in the nook, as well... we shall see...
i've also picked up this book again... the invention of wings... have you read it? it's historical... also, it's set in charleston and i'm loving that... i'm already drawn to sarah... so insightful at such a young age... can't wait to read on...

what have you been up to lately?
xo
angie