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Summer Daze

27 Jun

The end of May and the beginning of June are always crazy months. Even though work has been nuts, the summer has been such a blast. Looking through these photos from the last few weeks has me feeling so grateful for life in BG.

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Ryan and I got to spend some quality time with Nat, our forever roomie, before she left for Cali for the summer. This girl has been such a blessing to me the last few months. She is such a joy to be around, an encouragement to me and really loves the Lord. We were said to see her move out of our guest room (now called Natalie’s room), but we are so happy that her new home is just two blocks away.
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Our porch is one of my very favorite spots in the world. Some of the best days have been spent here with friends who come over unannounced and end up staying all day. A few weeks ago, we had a perfect Saturday. My birthday bike came in, we had a group ride to get snow cones, turned our front yard into a bowling alley and made a scrumptious dinner. Check out this video Loren shot for the highlight of the day: here. One of the best parts of life in this little town is that our friends live so close. We are all live close enough to walk to see each other and have spontaneous adventures. Plus how cute is my bike? Elaina is riding it in the left of the photo below.

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Other highlights include:

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Snow Day

11 Mar

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetIt is hard to imagine that this time last week we had two snow days. It was unexpected because every threat of bad weather this winter hasn’t amounted to anything.

It was nice to be home for a few days with Ryan, Loren and Natalie. We cleaned, ate strange things in order to use things we already had, played lots of nertz and had a winter photo shoot. Check out Loren’s photos here.

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Living in the Depth of Winter

10 Mar

I have been loving this quote from Albert Camus- “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

I waited for a few months and finally pulled this trigger on a print by Oh My Deer Handmades.

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Thank you to Natalie for arranging them!

Cozy

18 Dec

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I am really grateful for our cozy home. Over the last few weeks as people have been in and out, I have had several moments of overwhelming thankfulness for this space. It allows us to enjoy conversation, food and friendships as well as alone time. This gift seems extra special since we have our Christmas decor up and the fire going.

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

Great Things Happen When My Parents Empty Their Garage Part 1

26 Jun

This past weekend, Ryan and I were in Memphis for a little visit (our first since Christmas).

We had Grayson in tow. He and I had just wrapped up a Photojournalism Workshop at WKU. It was fun to coordinate an event that he was participating in. Learn more about that here.

little ggAfter a short stop at SATCO, we were on our way.
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We had a nice time enjoying my family and our hometown. There are new sites and sounds that we got to enjoy.

One was a free concert at the Levitt Shell then pizza downtown at Aldo’s. I highly recommend both!

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shell1 Then Saturday night, we went to my friend Katie’s wedding at the Pink Palace. Cheers to Mr. and Mrs. Davidson!rhodes

Before I left town, my dad mentioned that there was some stuff in the garage he wanted to get rid of. As usual, we jumped on this offer!

Last summer, they got some new patio furniture and have been storing the old stuff (it is probably the same age as me) in the garage. We brought it home and gave it a facelift!

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Thank you for the kind donations, Mom and Dad.
And yes, part 2 is coming…. from Memphis right now. I am really excited about this project!

Full Bloom

12 Jun

Summer has always been my favorite. And this one is no exception!

Our succulents are doing so well this year. I am so thankful for the rain.  It has made for cooler temperatures and growing plants.

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photoMy birthday chair is fitting in so well! Now I need to work on some curtains to bring some pazzaz!

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I have done some experimental baking the last few weeks. The first attempt was to make Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes. I saw that Ruby from Cakies made them and decided to take a chance! They won’t be my go to recipe, but they were so much better than I expected!
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The second sweet treat was to make Kate’s Rhubarb Pie. (Kate is the wife of our friend and wedding photographer- Lang. They met for the first time during our wedding weekend. And the rest is history!) I had never tried rhubarb anything so I didn’t really have high expectations. But we are major fans now! Ryan said this might be his favorite pie! If you haven’t given rhubarb a chance, now is the time! photo4  Last Friday, I went exploring with a friend for a collaboration project we hope to do and found this gorgeous home in the middle of a small town:

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Isn’t it magical? We also ran into a 400 mile yard sale and got these goodies:YardSaleWe have been enjoying the outdoors by attending Hot Rods games, Monday Burger night on the square, lots of porch sittin’, card nights to the tune of Justin Timberlake, softball matches and good laughs with our friends. Bowling Green is the perfect place to enjoy summer and I am grateful that we have the chance.

15 May

The last few months have been a whirlwind. Here is a look:

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There was some crazy hail one Sunday afternoon.

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I mastered homemade pesto. More to come on that!ef5776ec9bb711e2a5d322000a1f90e5_7The Talisman portrait team travelled all over campus and the state to take photos, including one of our favorite student- Big Red.

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Ryan took a tumble on a long board.

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Spring came and we celebrated!

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We went to Churchill Downs for some horse racing!
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We decided that our house looks best when the grass is green and the sky is blue.
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The school year has come to a close and we are working on wrapping up the Talisman. This team did an amazing job this year and am so proud of them!
Ryan and I are hitting the road tomorrow to celebrate Holmes’ graduation from Samford. Then we are scooting down to the beach for a few days- the best way to celebrate #24!

Succulent Jackpot

22 Mar

Last weekend, my parents came in town for a little visit. We didn’t have set plans, but the gorgeous weather made it impossible to stay inside. We originally went to Home Depot to get bushes, but there was a whole succulent display that distracted us. My mom and I are really big fans, so we went a little crazy. The bushes were a success too, but this post is dedicated to these amazing little plants:IMG_1150 IMG_1211 IMG_1212 IMG_1285 IMG_1270 IMG_1274 IMG_1291 IMG_1213 IMG_1231 IMG_1158 IMG_1230 IMG_1232IMG_1233 They also have really funny names. This one is called Baby Toes.IMG_1153 Split Rock:IMG_1235 IMG_1236 IMG_1237 Key Lime Pie:IMG_1238 IMG_1239 IMG_1240 IMG_1241 IMG_1243 IMG_1244 IMG_1218 IMG_1245 IMG_1247 IMG_1249 IMG_1250 IMG_1251 IMG_1252 IMG_1253 IMG_1254 IMG_1255 IMG_1256 IMG_1257 IMG_1262 IMG_1265 IMG_1267Thanks to my dad and his snazzy new camera for the photos!

 

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….

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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!

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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.

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