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Advent Swap

19 Dec

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetI signed up for an Advent Swap through one of my favorite blogs, Oh Hello Friend. I got paired with Rena. I was nervous to participate in something like this, but I am really excited about how it turned out!

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There are still some more presents to go, but I got some really fun gifts from Rena! And super cute packaging too. She got me things that I couldn’t find in Kentucky. How fun!

For the package I sent to her, I wanted to make a non-traditional spin of an advent calendar with some little gifts inside so she could use it beyond this year. I found this idea on Oh Happy Day! She even has templates for the cute little flags. I followed the instructions for the calendar then added some little things inside each box, along with some other things that didn’t fit in the little boxes. I had a lot of fun shopping for Rena.

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Thanks for the sweet gifts, Rena! And thank you to Danni for the creative idea of an Advent Swap.

Drop Cloth Curtains – 2 Ways

8 Sep

I noticed the drop cloth curtain trend about a year ago. I loved the idea, but wasn’t ready to begin thinking about curtains for our home.

Earlier this summer, my parents offered to give us their old couch accompanied by some really cool pillows. It became a “if you give a mouse a cookie” scenario. Once I got that couch, we needed curtains in the study. Not just the study, but also the den. I was inspired again by drop cloth curtains at my grandmother’s beach house. I began researching and found that they were a perfect option for the space. Then it became a race to finish them before the wedding shower I was hosting.

For the study, I decided to do an ombre technique. The darkest part would match the pillows and the lightest part would match the natural curtains in the den. We spent a Sunday afternoon experimenting and cracking up over my craziness. Poor Ryan got caught up in my whirlwind as he always does. We didn’t take many photos because I didn’t have a plan or know what I was doing at all.

We mixed the dye according to the directions on the bottle and kind of followed the ombre directions on their site. Because the curtains were larger than a piece of clothing, we folded it in fourths long ways. We used pins to divide the length of the curtains into fourths so there would be even amounts of each degree of color.5After the color part of the process, we used the hose to get the excess dye out of the fabric before we put it in the washing machine.


To finish the curtains, I cut them in half and stitched the open side of each panel. They ended up being longer than I wanted, so I folded them over to make a flap then used clips to hang them. These were a breeze and add just the right amount of pizzaz to the study.


I have always loved this couch and was thrilled to have it in my home! It makes the space feel like its own room.


The other curtains were not as simple. The den has several more windows and we decided to stencil the drop cloths. There are several DIY instructions for these so I took advice from several along with specific measurements from my cousin Millie who just finished making some for her dorm room at WKU.

I used a Martha Stewart stencil from Michael’s. It was the same one my grandmother used on her curtains so I had confidence that they would look great. They were more time consuming than I imagined so we broke it up over several days.

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I really love how these turned out. It is amazing how much more pride we have since we made them ourselves.

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Between all the hardware, paint and drop cloths, we spent less than $100 for curtains in both rooms.


Since our grand curtain project at the end of July, we have housed 16 or so folks at our house, handed out 4,000 yearbooks, been to two weddings, moved a friend out of a storage unit, moved Millie into the dorm at WKU, played several games of Nertz and have enjoyed everything in between. August was a whirlwind and I can’t believe it has already come and gone. I hope to be a more faithful blogger soon!

Around the Clock Shower

7 Aug

A few Saturdays ago, Ashley Witt, Sarah and I hosted a shower for Ashley Combs. We decided to do an Around the Clock theme which made planning really fun.

The invitation that Ashley designed  was inspired by Amanda Jane Jones’ Around the Clock Invite. You can download it here for free. We decided to put it all on one invite and write in everyone’s time.invitationI love the vintage seed packet look and I was really happy to hear that they were made into stamps. I had my eye on them for a while and was so excited to get to use them on something cutesy. We put the invites in vellum envelopes so the color came through on the back. Some many of my favorite things all tied into one.stamps


For the menu, we planned around the times of the day. We found lots of new recipes and each one was a hit! Check out the links for the recipes.


So for breakfast we had fruit and delish Blueberry Lemon Scones.



For lunch we made Cucumber and Lemon Dill Sandwiches and Hot Ham Sandwiches.


Dinner was so tasty. We made Mini Fish Tacos and Peach Caprese Salad Skewers with a Balsamic Reduction.



For dessert, we had Strawberry Cupcakes. We also had the normal shower beverages like coffee and tea, but we also wanted to do something out of the box. I failed to take a photo of the Grapefruit Lemonade, but it was really beautiful and pretty good.

Some of my favorite touches were the Bloom Letter and Tassel.  It was a fun way to bring in some color.

bloomlettertassellThe girls and I had such a great time hosting. It got a little hectic about ten minutes before the shower when people started coming in and I still had curlers in my hair, but overall it was a success! We also had lots of leftovers.
The hostesses with the bride-to-be:
I love celebrating the beginning of a new season with sweet friends! We are excited about your wedding Ash!
instaRyan and I ran to a wedding right after the shower and then to a friend’s art show. It was a fun weekend of celebration.  
5 Mar

There is something about a rainy day that evokes reflection. And I realize I have neglected this space again. So here is a lot that doesn’t mesh….


I am wrapping up a big project at work that I am really excited about. One of the last things on the list was to go to the top of Pearce Ford Tower (a 27 story dorm) to take a photo.


photo-1The Upholstery for Beginners Class was very interesting. I realized that I am even a step below beginner. This is an interesting trade with so many tools. Each piece is different and you have to be really patient.


Although Ryan and I have always had similar interests, we differ in a big way when it comes to celebrities. Most days I can’t remember which guy is Brad Pitt and which is Tom Cruise. Ryan is pro. He knows every movie an actor has ever been in, who they were/are married to and what they are working on at the current time. One thing I have started to get into with him is award shows. We have created a new tradition for the Grammy’s and then continued it for the Oscar’s: Breakfast for dinner. This little mini-stack was so delish.

For Valentie’s Day, my grandmother, Pidgeon, mailed us some old photos. I love this one of me and Pops.

photoLast week, we got great news that our house appraised for even more than we were hoping for!! We will be able to refinance and save a huge amount over time! Yipee!! Now we can relax and enjoy all the progress we have made. I plan on doing a whole post on the porch when spring decides to come to BG to stay, but here is a look and the amazing work of Matt and Ryan. We had no idea how terrible it was structurally because it was all pretty well hidden, but this thing was not in good shape. Now it is well supported and so beautiful! The guys even kept the panels between the posts! I love the character this little porch adds to our house. And I am really loving the new color scheme. The front door color was trial and error, but I love the finished product!


Last weekend, we celebrated Ryan’s 25th birthday. This photo from Halloween 2008 cracks me up. We were just friends at the time and I remember making a big deal about how silly he looked.  cd86d08a839811e2b95b22000a1fab39_7We also got to celebrate Ryan’s birthday with my family in Nashville. It was a last minute plan and only about a 4 hour visit, but we loved it! My fam was there to cheer on the ECS Eagles in the State Championship so we went with them to the game and then to a quick dinner before heading back to BG for cake with our friends. 

I am headed to NYC this weekend for a College Media Convention. I also get to squeeze in a visit with Holmes, my aunt and a few friends.

Be Mine 2013: Final Products

15 Feb

Last Valentine’s Day, the first Be Mine Project came to life. It was an idea I had to give strangers a chance to do something nice for each other and be crafty. I have always wanted all of my friends to become friends with each other and this is a glimpse of how that would turn out. So here are the results of the 2nd Be Mine Project!

Julie Hill

Julie Hill*Man, my mom can paint. Growing up, I would always ask my dad for help with my art projects.

Little did she and I know, she had skills! It is one of her new hobbies along with running and pottery.

Ashley Wittenborn

Ashley Witt

The funny thing about this next pairing is that they work together all the time, but have never met! Some of my favorite projects have been collaborations with Rachel for projects for Jaclyn!

Jaclyn Journey

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Rachel Fisher

Rachel Fisher

Ashley Wise

Ashley Wise
Lauren Mechetner- Coming soon!

Natalie Beasecker

Katie Robinson

Katie Robinson

Laura Klat

Laura Klat
Jennifer Lenhart

Jen Len

Julie Washer

Julie Washer
Lacey Blankenship

Lacey Blankenship

Abby O’bryan


Loren Gifford

Loren Gifford

Ally Beasecker– Coming soon!



These next 2 were on the same brain wave!

Kaycee Mathias


Ali Raymer

Ali Raymer

Thank you all for being part of the project!

Upholstery for Beginners

13 Feb

A few weeks ago, I got an email from the Skillery about a new class they were offering called Upholstery for Beginners. I have been familiar with the Skillery, but I haven’t ever taken a class.

This one is something I am really interested in for a few reasons:

– New furniture is expensive. I am pretty cheap most days so buying a new piece is a big commitment. In fact, I don’t think Ryan and I have bought any new furniture ourselves. We have been gifted most everything besides a few pieces we bought at thrift stores.

– I prefer the lines and shapes of antique furniture. The problem is that most of the fabric is outdated and ugly.

– In the past year and a half, Ryan and I have found that we have a passion for restoration. We are almost finished restoring our 97 year old home and its time to find something new to restore.

The class is Saturday and I am really excited to see how it goes!

Here are some cute reupholstered examples I found on pinterest:


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Caitlin Creer Interiors

Stay tuned to my adventures in upholstery!

Be Mine 2013

30 Jan

BeMine 2013


Sunday Seamstress #3

15 Jul

Succulent Wall DIY

1 Jun

This past week my mom and Grayson were in Nicaragua on a mission trip. Ryan and I got to spend a couple days with my dad in BG, then I went back home with him to Memphis. We decided to do a project that my mom has been wanting for a while: a succulent wall. She already has a ton of them (the ones above), but we wanted more varieties so we bought a few other pots at Kroger and Lowe’s.

First we built a box from treated wood and painted it.

Then we cut wire to fit within the frame to hold the soil and roots. And we stapled it to the box.

Then attached the back and added trim to the front of the frame. Since it is heavy, we added a wire to hang it like a picture when it is finished.

Then we added soil and the plants.

We are going to let it sit horizontal for at least one week so the roots will have time to grow.

What do you think?

Celebration Whirlwind

16 May

Last weekend, I went home to Memphis to celebrate Amy’s upcoming wedding and Mother’s Day (and trying to squeeze in time with my dad, Grayson, aunt and grandparents).

We had Japanese for dinner then went to do a painting class. It was reminiscent of  high school art class. I loved it.

The boys and I were in charge of lunch after church. We had steak, grilled sweet potatoes, salad and a yummy key lime pie (check out the recipe here)

And it’s back to Memphis this weekend to celebrate Kathryn & Scott’s marriage!

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