I was excited when I got an opportunity to create an outfit using the lovely Winterberry Tart Coat from Modcloth. I loved the deep burgundy color of the coat but wanted to stay away from too many dark colors, so I found a colorful scarf to use as a jumping off point. From there I pulled the color of the tights from the birds, the golden trims from the bright yellow, then finally the shoes and purse worked with the black ink outlines of the birds. Every item shown is available online at Modcloth.com to create your very own Birds of a Feather outfit :)
December 3, 2013
September 16, 2013
With the internship underway I have been exhausted and have had little time to do much of anything. So for the time being I'm going to be taking a little pause from the blog. As much as I wanted to build it up again I feel like I don't have the time that I had hoped for to really be dedicated again. This isn't a forever thing because I love this place and have met some really amazing people through the blog. I'll post occasionally when big news strikes, but until then it's going to be rather slow around here. I hope everyone understands!
September 6, 2013
I have very exciting news that I've been meaning to share with all of my NC followers. My partner from NC Bloggers, Hannah over at Thirsty World, has created an amazing way to connect NC Bloggers even more! Not just with other bloggers, but also with local businesses, artist, crafters and community events throughout the state with the help of other bloggers.
It's basically a small community that gives NC Bloggers a great opportunity to share and connect all things local in their area of North Carolina and promote their blogs.
If you're interested in being a contributor, member or advertising your business feel free to stop by North Carolina Blogger Alliance for more information. Did I mention the first 25 will receive free membership? Yes very awesome! Also follow the blog to read some great articles about our lovely state!
September 5, 2013
I have been spending a lot of time working on my dollhouse lately and I couldn't be happier with the progress. I've been kind of a blah mood lately, even though I've had some good thrift finds I've just been in this ongoing funk. I've been trying to focus on something creative to help bring me out of it so I can feel more productive (not to mention more interested in blogging). First I painted the roof a dark gray, I'm not sure what I'm going to paint the rest of the house but the roof is a good start. Then I painted the living room walls a tan and put up scrapbook paper as "wallpaper" on the left wall. I really wanted "hardwood" floors so I took some large popsicle sticks and cut them into planks that I stained with a cheap water stain. Of course I couldn't stop there! I found some skinny sticks (about the size of wooden coffee stirrers) and painted them wait as molding.
That is the living room so far and I'm going to work on the kitchen today! I know it's so silly to put so much detail in a project, but it's all I can do at a creative person standpoint. More pictures to come and once I get all my thrifting goods cleaned and neat I'll share them as well.
August 28, 2013
August 26, 2013
I haven't worked much on wedding stuff in the last few weeks except tweaking the invitation designs (which I finally finished and we both love them) but I've been trying to keep myself focused on something rather than just mindlessly staring at the computer. First thing I contacted one of the venues I was thinking about using for the ceremony plus reception and let me just say it's about half the price of a decently used car so it's back to the drawing board on that one. Despite that minor setback I did make some progress on my ideas for the dessert table.
Of course the actual dessert table with be longer and have more dishes but this is what I have at the moment. My original idea involved using the crate boxes to sit the cupcakes on, however I'm starting to like the idea of just using them more as decoration at the end of the table with either a short vintage soda bottle or mason jar with flowers and maybe a knick knack or something. As for holding cupcakes I was thinking of looking for some metal trays, then having a few more cake stands to hold his/her favorite cookies, thrift plates for more stuff, using the blue candy dish for traditional wedding candies, and filling the 3-Tier stand with just small sweets. I want to use a tall cake stand for the wedding cake, but I'm having trouble finding affordable ones that aren't just clear (I made that one above out of amber colored dishes). So if I can't find one I'll just put a prop under the tablecloth to give it height. One thing not pictured are hankies, I have about three white hankies that I picked up at an antique store that I thought about placing under some of the cakes plates or in the boxes. There is still a bazillion things I have to do so this is just the tip of the iceberg but I'm glad when I have somethings figured out!
August 21, 2013
As the title entails it is a lot of vegetables and it is absolutely delicious! I tried to make it healthy but since I was using leftovers and what I had on hand I think it could use some tweaking to make it healthier. Until next time this is how you make this easy soup.
- 1 Small Package of Frozen Mixed Vegetables ( I used the "California Blend")
- 4-5 Small Red Potatoes
- 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
- 2 Teaspoons Paprika
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- To Taste Salt/Pepper
- First off you want to peel those potatoes and get them in boiling water to soften up just a little (about 10-15 minutes) meanwhile you want to soften up the frozen mixed vegetables.
- Once the potatoes are soft but still firm put them in the food processor or blender along with the mixed vegetables, peeled garlic cloves. Puree everything then add in the Cream of Mushroom, and continue to puree until you get the texture you want (some people like it a little chunky while others may like it smoother.)
- Put the puree in a saucepan on medium low, add in your spices and allow it to cook for about five minutes.
- Turn it down to low heat and stir in 1/4 cup of sour cream.
- Scoop it into a big bowl with low-fat cheese and a little hot sauce if desired and as always enjoy!
Like I said I used what I had on hand so next time I might change it a bit. Maybe try a low sodium chicken broth rather than the Cream of Mushroom and just add in fresh mushrooms. Also replacing the sour cream with a low-fat variation or even try greek/regular low fat plain yogurt instead. It's definitely something I want to try again especially with Fall around the corner :)
August 19, 2013
I've been searching for more Paint-By-Numbers for the wall in the living room and I finally found another that I love! I had went with the family to an antique mall where I found a few awesome pieces but they were way over priced or not the style I was looking towards. A few weeks later I went out shopping with my Mom and we decided to check out a local antique store and stumbled upon this beauty plus it was at a great price!
Here it is hanging up but I think it needs something else, maybe some more smaller PBN to go underneath it? What are some of your recent finds?
August 9, 2013
I was tagged by Jenny from Magic Cat Jenny about two week ago and I've been slowly (but surely) filling out these questions as I've worked a hectic schedule!
The Rules: Answer the 11 questions, tag 11 people & let them know, and ask them a new set of questions. I'm not sure if I know 11 bloggers to tag that have not already done this yet, but we'll find out.
- What’s the #1 most played song on your iTunes/iPod/Phone/etc?
Hating Every Minute by Alkaline Trio
- What is your favorite body part?My butt...just kidding, not really, I guess I would say my legs. They may not be perfect but I've learned to love them.
- What was one of the best parties you have ever been to?
Not a real party person but if you call it a "mini" party I love doing double dates with my bff and her fiance, we always have a fun time.
- Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?
I've only been told I've looked like few people famous people: Winona Ryder, Shannyn Sossamon (when she was in A Knight's Tale) and some lady from J.A.G. I don't think I look like any of those ladies or anyone in particular
- If you had to work on only one project for the next year, what would it be?
Building a future business with a friend, we haven't had time to really work on stuff even though we have a majority of the idea down. It would be nice to just spend a year working on this awesome idea.
- If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
There are some many from books and television shows, probably I'd either be Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender (cartoon NOT movie) or the Doctor from Doctor Who
- What would you name the autobiography of your life?
A Story Not Quite Finished
- When was the last time you were nervous?
More like when was the last time I wasn't?
- What is something you learned in the last week?
A few things this week at the Bakery.
- Name a blog or two you always read.
I always check up on my bigger blogs (like over 10,000 followers) because they always have something new but I love to check out Magic Cat Jenny (of course!) Wanderland Vintage, Of Corgis & Cocktails...basically everyone that I've met through blogger are on my frequent (if not daily) reading list.
- What is your favorite thing about blogging, why do you do it?
It's a place for me to record my life, I love looking back and just reading what I wrote in the moment. I also love sharing ideas with all my readers. Even though I'm not on here as frequently as when I started I still love reading comments and thinking of blog post ideas.
August 1, 2013
Excuse the silly rock face on the right there
I was a three year seasoned veteran from '03-'05 for the Vans Warped Tour and now I can add another year to that badge! Sweet ol' Dustin bought me tickets for my birthday and we went on Monday with some of our friends. It started early in the morning and I had an amazing time it just seemed to have ended way too soon. We got there before they opened and got a 'Skip the Line' pass by bringing in canned foods for a good cause. As soon as we got in one of the bands our friend wanted to see, letlive, was up so we snagged a spot in the very front. We even got our photos taken by the record company, but you don't want to see the goof face I made there either. Eventually during the show, Dustin wanted to join his friend in the mosh circle, and we moved towards the back and hung out there. The lead singer was known for his crazy antics on stage and he definitely delivered.
Reel Big Fish
After them we saw Bring Me The Horizon, which I'm surprised we survived! Our friend told us how the crowd was always intense so Dustin and I decided to stay towards the back to avoid any mosh pits. We did a good job at not getting in one, but the crowd kept getting pushed further back as the pits got bigger. This would have been all good if there wasn't a metal fence behind up keeping up from moving. As intense and uncomfortably close we were to strangers it was a real adrenaline rush. After that we chilled out and caught Big D and The Kids Table, I got in the crowd and did a little skanking. Meanwhile Dustin kept getting pulled into the circle pit by a dude in a blue mohawk. He fell and got a nice boot mark on his calf, but as always someone made sure he got up before anything serious happened. One of my favorite shows was Billy Talent, again we managed to get up and close. I saw them in '04 and they were just as intense then as they were now. My throat was sore from singing along with them and it was completely worth it.
The main reason I was excited to go this year was to see Reel Big Fish play live. They're one of my favorite ska bands and they were so fun to watch. Everyone was pretty tired so we chilled in the back and enjoyed the music. From the back we saw a few crazy hippy guys really jamming out in their tye-dies and overalls, they were just as entertaining. Everyone was getting tired and we left after the show and even though I was a little sad because I wanted to stay (and I totally forget The Used were playing later) I didn't want to be that person to drag everyone around. Thinking back, my first visit was 10 years ago when I had just turned 13 and going back at 23 it was different, yet still the same. There were a few things I wished I had done like stayed longer, took more pictures, or had gotten some merchandise from the bands, but I still can't deny what a great time I had. I'm excited to see who is going to be part of the lineup next year and start going again!
Did any of you guys catch Vans Warped Tour in Charlotte? Who did you get to see?