Wednesday, April 27, 2011

update on the teaser

Last week {I think, who knows, the days & weeks are running together} I snapped a quick photo of the massive amounts of paint we'd purchased and told y'all I'd give you an update soon.

I wish I had great before and after pictures to share, but not yet.   My house need not look like a construction zone for it's debut.  I am super excited to be painting the interior of our house (literally all of it...even the laundry room and it's trim).  I can't decide if I love my aqua island (swoon), the new magnetic chalkboard that Dr. Chick framed out on the back of a wall of cabinets that divides our prep area from our eating area in the kitchen or the fact that now all of the ends of my cabinets and the island are framed out with beadboard panels (thanks again to Dr. Chick--who is quite the trim carpenter!).

Pretty sure, we're going on 2 weeks worth of late night painting and cutting, but it is coming together!  Tonight we're putting the cabinet doors back on their bases (I can't wait to stop looking at my un-orderly tupperware--which begs for organization:  another project for another week.) and I plan to paint the trim in the dining room and kitchen.

Last weekend we called in reinforcements.  Kiki, Coco, Parker, my Mom & Dad ventured to VR for paint-a-palooza.  Without them I'd still be sanding cabinet doors and they would not be covered in 2 coats of oil based enamel.  While here, we ventured into the studio and I snapped a couple pictures of Master P exploring.

My goal for this weekend is to paint the rest of the trim in the main part of the house and get after my laundry room (a lighter shade of aqua than the island!!)  i'll be sans the extra hands but think we'll make quick work of it!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Little {More} About the Chick

Sometimes I get lost in Tweet Deck.  I find myself reading tweets instead of working.  This morning, @hLr2013 "favorited" one of my tweets (about Southern Plate's Cafeteria No Bake Peanut Butter Bars...which by the way are delish and I could really take off on a tangent about my days teaching and school lunch but I'll save y'all the read :)).

Anyway, once she favorited my tweet and I clicked her name, then clicked over to her blog and read some of her posts (see how this becomes a time suck?!) I came across this little A-Z all-about-me and thought I'd do it too!  Thanks so much, Young Southern Prep!

A-Age:  32 (eek!)
B-Bed size:  Queen
C-Chore you hate:  Emptying the Dishwasher
D-Dogs:  Bailey, our Australian Shepherd
E-Essential start to your day: Coffee!!
F-Favorite Color: Green
G-Gold or Silver:  BOTH! I love to mix them together.
H-Height:  5'4"
I-Instruments you play:  None--can you believe that?!  Is that a dis-service my parent's did me?  I think not.  I am tone def and it would have been a waste of their money, I'm certain.
J-Job title:  Chief Creative Chick :)
K-Kids:  None
L-Live: Georgia
M-My mom's name:  Marcia
N-Nickname:  Sissy
O-Overnight hospital stay:  I've never spent the night in the hospital 
P-Pet Peeve: mouth noises
Q-Quote from a movie: Father of the Bride, Steve Martin:  "You have to pass a test to get a driver's license, but anyone can have a child"
R-Right/Lefty:  Righty
S-Sibling:  Kiki
T-Time you wake up:  I am one of those annoying "snoozers"  the alarm starts going off at 6:15 and I often don't get out of bed until 7:00...I am SO NOT a morning person.  Hence, the necessity of coffee.
V-Veggies you dislike:  Butter/Lima Beans
W-What makes you run late:  Snooze buttons!
X-Xrays you have had: Too many to count. Most recently of my knee when I broke it skiing last year.
Y-Yummy food you make:  Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Z-Zoo animal: Monkeys

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

blues & green = baby boy

So, my sweet web friend, Nina, will be birthin' a bebe shortly.  Every itty bitty newborn needs his name and monogram plastered across bibs and burps and roadies, oh my!  Recently, we sent Jack a little care package.  Check out Nina's schwag & while you're there tell her hey.

You'll notice in her pictures, one of our newest items...a monogrammed gown for newborns.  Available in pink, white and blue!

Monday, April 18, 2011

busy weekend

trips to home depot & lowes ranked in the double digits this weeend. details and lots of photos to come, pinkie swear.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Baked Banana Oatmeal

It is no secret that when I'm not stitching I love to be in the kitchen.  It is cathartic.  When I'm stressed, my first choice of places to be is the kitchen.  Something about following a recipe and creating something leaves me feeling a little less up-tight.  While I wasn't stressed the other morning, I was in the mood for a delicous breakfast.  Anytime banana's and oatmeal are involved, it is considered a delicous breakfast in my book.

I came across Kath Eats Real Food.  Kath and I share a love for oatmeal.  Kath is a WAY BETTER blogger & posts multiple times a day with fantastic photos and delicious looking recipes.  One particular recipe caught my eye and I knew I had to try it.  Baked Banana Oatmeal.  <---Here is the link to the recipe, I won't give it here so as to entice you to comb through Kath's page and find treasures for yourself.  I will, however, give a little photo re-cap of my baking of the oatmeal.  {I did not decide that this was a blog event until well into the process, so the pics are not step by step}

  I decided a little late in the game to document this.  The above pic is midway through baking.

I pink, puffy heart our ipad, especially in the kitchen.  It is so handy for recipes!  I was able to follow Kath's excellent directions very easily thanks to my digital friend.

Towards the end of baking the oatmeal, the recipe says to add a "heaping tablespoon" of brown sugar and then broil.  What do y'all think?  Is this heaping enough!?

Straight out of the oven, with caramelized sugar on top....thanks to my heaping tablespoon of brown sugar.

I enjoyed the yummy-ness with coffee (of course).  A few notes....I only had frozen bananas.  They were kinda soft and mushy when trying to layer them on the top and bottom but I think they turned out okay after baking.  Also, I used Almond Milk since that is what we keep on hand, and I think that with real milk the taste/texture may have been a bit better.  Overall, this was super tasty and something I'll be making again.  I did re-heat it for consumption later in the week and definitely think it is better fresh from the oven but was a delicious and easy to grab on my way to the studio.
While you're on her site, check out here giveaway!  Kath is giving away a VitaMix.  I haven't posted about my adoration for my VitaMix but trust me, y''ll want to enter.  I use mine just about everyday and lurve it...almost as much as Tory Burch revas!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Product Sighting!

This past weekend we were in "the 'ham" for Master P's baby dedication service at Kiki & Coco's church.  I'm somewhat partial but I think he was the cutest kid there, what do you think?

Imagine my utter delight, when walking around the outdoor couryard where the ceremony was held, when I came across this

Monogram Chick's Chocolate Blooms Toddler Backpack!  Perfect to keep an older sibling occupied at the baby dedication.  Lurve it!  

And lurve this cute little chunk-a-muffin!

Friday, April 8, 2011


Happy Friday Chickadees!
We all know that there are so many group buying "events" out there. My inbox is full of emails each morning touting all the savings that are meant to be had.  Often, if the subject line isn't catching, I hit delete.  This morning, when I opened my inbox GroopDealz cought my eye.

I love to find a good deal and share a good deal.  If you don't know about GroopDealz, they are a site similar to Groupon however, they promote handmade (much like etsy...just in Groupon format).
I have a ruffle camera strap on my Rebel and get so many questions/compliments about it.  Mine was an etsy purchase about 2 years ago from a shop called EclecticWhatNot. Today, GroopDealz has ruffled camera straps at a great savings {$20 for a $33 value}!  These are super cute and such a great deal!  What a great opportunity to add a little "ta-da" to your camera strap!

That's it for today, chicks, just sharing the love.  Have a great weekend!