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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Anniversary Recap & Turquoise Kitchens

Yesterday was a wonderful day.  Really, it was...

The love of my life came home with this pretty, little Le Creuset turquoise pitcher with a huge bouquet of flowers: a dozen white roses, daisies and baby's breath.  It really is a gorgeous bouquet and kind of enormous in person.  My first response was, "Oh, I love it!"  My second response was, "This is perfect, babe!  This pitcher is the exact color that I want to paint our kitchen!  I just love turquoise and white!  It really is a great color scheme!  Blah, blah, blah!"

My husband's response, "Oh, no.  No.  No.  No.  Um, it already matches our bedroom.  Yeah."  Nuff said.

We both laughed, but secretly, I'm already plotting a trip to the paint store.  Eeek!

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So, this lovely anniversary surprise inspired me to start envisioning that matching kitchen.  Do you see what I did just there...I based an entire kitchen remodel around a single accessory.  Inspiration really can come from anywhere.  So, here are just a few kitchens that I think might just compliment my new Le Creuset pitcher.  How about...





Well, I think I'm off to a good start.  How about you?  What are the little things that inspire you? 

Ciao!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

One Oh-So-Happy Day!


So...I was going to do a post today on these ridiculous peep cupcakes...affectionately called "peepcakes" that my hubby and I goofed around with in the kitchen this past weekend (laughing hysterically every step of the way) along with a few other Easter ideas for all of you, but I find myself scrambling a bit today.  I have the day off from work, and I'm off to get that pedicure I was dreaming about yesterday (thanks for the gift card, Lisa!) and do about a million other errands.

Like I mentioned yesterday, today is my wedding anniversary.  Yay!  Soooooooo....we will be doing something we absolutely love doing together....cooking (head out of the gutter, ladies).  Not sure what you guys were thinking...  No seriously, we both LOVE cooking and baking, and we are constantly trying new recipes, so I will be doing a little grocery shopping.  Here's the funny thing, okay - the borderline weird thing - I've had my homemade turkey burgers on the brain.  I throw in onions, cilantro, a little gorgonzola, and who knows what else, and slap 'em on the grill.  Heavenly.  However, I didn't tell my husband that I was thinking that.  Instead, I mentally decided to scrap the idea, since it didn't seem like a very romantic meal.  (I have a point here, I promise!)  So, this morning before Ron took off for work, I asked him what we should cook for our anniversary dinner.  His answer?  Turkey burgers.  We're weird like that.  This is the 3rd time this week, our minds have been that unknowingly in sync.  Crazy?  A little.  Cool?  Definitely.  Afterall, he is part of me now.

Ron and I have only been married for two years, but we've been together for about 8 1/2 years now.  We have been through our ups and downs like anyone.  We've been engaged twice, apart for one year, and yet inseparable for life.  At this incredible place in our lives, we are simply in love...in sync...and totally crazy about each other.  He is the best part of my day, the love of my life, and without a doubt, my very best friend.  There is no one I know who is as sharp-witted as him and who makes me laugh till my stomach aches.  Every time I look at him, I can't help but think of how handsome he is.  His smile still melts my heart, and I love him to the moon and back!

We chose to have an extremely small wedding with immediate family only and a few of our very closest friends to stand up for us.  We got married un-traditionally on a Sunday in a small country chapel where I grew up going to church.  It rained buckets that day - good luck, they say.  Our reception was in a private room at a supper club sitting on top of a hill.  The decorations were lovely.  With the fireplace crackling in the room, surrounded by loved ones, it was perfection. A lot of people were surprised that I had such a small, intimate wedding, since I used to coordinate such large and elaborate weddings and since I'm a freak about pulling out all the stops, but without question, it was exactly what both my husband and I wanted.

Also, a lot of people ask me about my wedding dress since it's so untraditional, so here's the scoop.  It was the first dressed I tried on (the 2nd time we were engaged), it was a Jessica McClintock beauty, it was only $500, and I just knew it was "me". I walked out of the dressing room, and my bestie Mandy said, "That's the one!"  I already knew it, too.

At the end of the day, I thank God for giving me my husband.  More than the wedding, I desired a blessed marriage, and I am humbled and amazed that I've been given that.  Thank you, Ron, for being the man of my dreams.  I love you with all my heart.  P.S.  Happy Anniversary!!

Ppppp.Ssss...Oh, and my gift to Ron that I promised to share with you all....club level tickets to a Minnesota Twin's game at the new stadium and a new Twin's jersey.  I'm not sure who's more excited: him or me, but it should be a blast!

Ciao!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Placecard of the Week: Easter Eggs

Geesh!  I'm terribly late posting today! 
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I'm afraid this post is going to have to be kept short and sweet.  Although, I would much, MUCH, MUUUUUUUCH rather be browsing all of my favorite blogs today (while sipping some lemonade and getting a pedicure), I have to dig my way through the piles of paperwork on my desk.  Bah!  There I go with the excuses.

Anyhoo, I actually made this placecard last week and planned on designing all of my Easter dinner placecards in the same fashion, as my sister-in-law Elena is one of the attendees. BUT, I've since come across some fun, new embellishments, so I may make a few tweaks here and there. We'll see! 

Oh-oh, and tomorrow is my anniversary, so I will be out and about, but I will try to sneak in a quick post. And for all my beautiful peeps who leave me such sweet comments, I will be coming to visit you in the blogosphere when I can sneak away, so I can't wait to see all your posts.  Thanks for stopping by, gang!

Hugs,

Friday, March 26, 2010

Decorating for Easter...and More

Oh my, I was a busy girl this past weekend!  So...when holidays roll around, the stud and I take turns going to each other's family's homes to celebrate.  This year we will be spending Easter with my side of the family, and we are actually hosting this special holiday at our home this year.  For those of you who have been following my blog for awhile, you already know that I have this bizarre love affair with creating pseudo holiday "trees" for each. and. every. single. holiday.  AND, I love any excuse to decorate and "get my craft on."  Okay, okay, I literally just rolled my eyes at myself as I typed that.  Anyhoo, I decided to give my ever-so-useful urns a rest this time around and opted for some cheapo Hobby Lobby pink buckets instead.  Here's what I came up with...   

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I know white branches are the standard for egg trees, but I went (just a little) hot glue gun crazy on my last set of white branches and didn't feel like finding new ones to paint, so.......I ended up using the squiggly branches I had on hand and had already spray painted gold.  I think it works.  Then I just put some green arrangement foam in the bucket as an achor, stuffed the branches in and started decorating.  Yahoo!

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Isn't this fluffy, little chick-a-dee the cutest?  Michael's, folks, that's where you can find a little guy like this for your own personal tree.  You can't have mine!  I'm kidding. I bought two of them, so I might be willing to share one.  Maybe.
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Then, I got this brilliant (or not so much) idea to sew my own table runner with fabric that I had on hand.  I am such an amateur when it comes to sewing that I dare not pretend to call myself a "seamstress".  Well, I ended up sewing some pink satin ribbon around the edges for a border, but I just couldn't really get any good pictures of it.
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Oh, and do you remember me telling you about the flowers I bought last week to spring-i-fy my home.  Well, I decided it would be terribly selfish of me not to share...
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And..............finally, from the peanut gallery, I give you my little spectators...or not so much.  These little ones usually follow me wherever I go, but they just sort of conked out as I was crafting away, so I snapped this shot of them snoozing on my good pillows.  Little stinkers!

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With that, I wish you all a happy and, as always, lovely weekend!

Ciao!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pretty in Pink Kitchen

This kitchen just makes me smile...



I think I have a serious case of spring fever.  Over the past week, I've purchased two bouquets of fresh tulips and one bouquet of fresh spring mix flowers.  I've opened the windows, done a ton of spring cleaning, even had a fun, little dinner party last Friday, and I think a nice outdoor run is in order for today.  It's been a record breaking warm March here in Minnesota, and I am loving every minute of it!  Oh, and my wedding anniversary is next week too, so I'm extra excited about the beautiful weather because I have an outdoor surprise up my sleeve for the stud.  I can't wait!  Shh...I can't tell you what it is right now, but stay tuned...

And...of course, I am totally loving this tidy, bright, happy and oh-so pink kitchen - flowers and all.  Did you notice those special little cabinets for baking ingredients.  I can't quite tell for sure, but they almost look like mini bank safes.  Ridiculously cool.  AND, oh my, those flowers!  Does it get any better?  I'm not sure it does.  Happy Thursday, gang!

Ciao!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Sarah Richard Design: Round 2

So...you may recall a post I did back {here} about the fabulous Sarah Richardson Design.  Well, I LOVE her designs soooooooo much, that I thought we were all due for Round 2 of Sarah's incredible work.  Yes? 













For those of you who aren't familiar with Sarah Richardson, she is an interior designer, who just so happens to host her own television show on HGTV called Sarah's House where she transforms those dreaded "fixer-uppers" into the gorgeousness you see here.  These pictures are from one of Sarah's latest cottage renovations.  I am over the moon for all the turquoise, blue and red accents in this little stunner!  I especially love that cozy dining room table and the comfy-cozy living room with the killer view.  Come to think of it, I see myself quite content moving right in tomorrow.  How about you?  Are you officially a fan yet?

Ciao!
 

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Placecard of the Week: Little Ballerina

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Happy Tuesday, lovelies!  I know this week's Placecard of the Week is coming to you a little late, so I hope you won't mind the delay.  I designed this "Little Ballerina" placecard by request for a ballerina themed tea party.  I used pink tulle weaved through the top of the placecards, a few embellishment gems as well as embellishment ballerina slippers and finished it off with my Simply Lovely Calligraphy.  You can't tell from the picture, but the white paper that the placecard is made from is actually an iridescent, pearl color, so it adds a nice shimmer to this pretty, little placecard. I may practice a few more "ballerina" party designs, but I thought this was a good place to start.  What do you think?  Are there any placecards that you would like to see me design?  Have a wonderful day!

Ciao!

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