DIY Hostess/ Christmas Gifts!

'Tis the season!

Every year I THINK about Christmas gifts I can make but have never acted on it.  I HOPE to try one of these ideas this year since I have 4 sisters who I am sure would love to get anything on here.

Soy Candles

very good tutorial HERE!

Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Quickbread
easy peasy directions HERE

Homemade Vanilla
How gorgeous is THIS?!  This is would be nice just to make for myself...just sayin.
It takes a couple of weeks so get crackin if you are interested.

Spa Gifts
Another idea I have always wanted to try is spa treatments.  MARTHA has simple directions for bath salts, bath fizz, and body scrub.  Who wouldn't love to receive any of these?!

Happy Tuesday!


navy + pink

If you read blogs you have surely seen this fabric from Caitlin Wilson. 
I love it.   

The pattern reminds me of an Osborne and Little wallpaper so I don’t think that it is too original {what really is anymore}

but it’s the use of navy + pink together that I love so much.
her fabrics and fillows are found HERE

happy monday!


well hello there

i have been slack.

what's up?  miss me? haha

anywhoo....i went to nashville few weekends to see my homeslice lauren.  our other hometown friend, jclo came up too.  we pretty much ate our way through the city.  it was fantastic.  i also went to my first drag show where one of the "ladies" had a better body than me!  insane.

oh and we wore mustaches most of the night for movember so we looked like creeps.


while i was out of town my sweet husband surprised me with a new dishwasher.

it is stainless(yayyy!)  and it CLEANS.
our older one was/ did neither of those things so i am pretty pumped.

he rocks

the weekend after turkey day the hubs and i joined our awesome friends nick and casey in a food contest in georigia.  we made fried mac and cheese balls with crab and won 2nd place.  holla!

i also shot my first gun (i am TERRIFIED of guns..never even held one before) and won 3rd in a turkey shoot.  i feel pretty manly this month between the guns and mustaches.
so this weekend i detoxed and decorated for xmas.  it was wonderful.
OH, on our way home from date night saturday we passed this:

they even had music

loving this time of year!

t-minus 20 days!!


kitchen update!!!

You know it pays to have designers as friends.  One of my college friends, Kirsten, works at a tile showroom in Charlotte and has helped me select my backsplash.  I can select tile but it is really the tile showroom designer who does the tile layout and figures out how it all works out.  I mean you have to think about all the little details which is why you keep people like Kirsten in your life to point all these details out to you.  Thanks KK!

In early 2012 I will replace the backsplash to this crackle finish subway tile. It is gorgeous and timeless which is what I am looking for.
Plus I get a friends discount!  Holla!  Now on to the cabinets....

   My in-laws came up the weekend before last and added molding to the top of our cabinets which maybe took 3 hours.  Such a difference {imagine it painted and how it will all look like one piece instead of an add on}. 

 the flat bottom on this type of molding allowed for easy installation
he used a piece of wood to reinforce it
{please excuse the nasty popcorn ceiling!!!}

He also added a piece of wood to the bottom of our cabinets so we can now add under cabinet lighting.  Yay!

 the light is now hidden and wired to a switch.  these pictures are IN PROGRESS.  imagine all of the wood on the cabinets painted gray and a white subway tile backsplash that goes all the way from the countertop to the bottom of the cabinets.

 I also had time to buy my pulls at Restoration Hardware.

After 3 quotes we finally picked our painter. The last quote came from a painter my friend’s company uses and he was by FAR the cheapest. Literally 1/3 of what another quote was.  Only major decision left is paint color.  I will probably spend next week working on this and painting up some poster boards.

So excited!


what's cookin

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So my skanky kitchen cabinets have had its first baby step at a new life.  My Father-in-Law and the Mister added molding to the top of them and I can’t begin to tell you how good it looks...progress pictures to come.  If you are reading this and thinking what in the world is she talking about let me explain.  My cabinets are gross, orange, builder grade cabinets that don’t go to the ceiling which sucks.  If given the choice ALWAYS TAKE YOUR CABINETS to the ceiling!!!  It looks SO much better and will make your room feel taller. 

Exhibit A:

This kitchen looks like they forgot the molding….so gorgeous but that gap would be a bia to dust.

Exhibit B:

These kitchen the cabinets appear to have added molding and wood to make the shorter cabinets go all the way to the ceiling….clever and lookin good

Exhibit C:


Now if you have really tall ceiling of course you can't take them to the ceiling because that would be dumb but at least make them as tall as possible....see below.



it's pretty because i say so

tgif.  what a hell of a week.  not bad, just busy.  looking forward to a weekend of house shiz which will be in full force since my really awesome and handy in-laws are in town.  sweet!
i leave you with these gorgeous photos.

the rug and pink paint makes me really happy.


panera- like baked potato soup recipe

I love Panera.  I could eat there every other day it is so yummy.  If you haven't tried their mac & cheese then you are missing out.  The only bad thing about Panera is the way your clothes smell when you leave....I can't explain it but it stinks.  Anywhoo, I am such a big fan of their soups I decided to google a copy cat and try it out.  This is SO good and cheap!   If sweet baby Jesus handed you a bowl of soup from heaven this would be it.


4 cups chicken broth
4 cups peeled and cubed potatoes (we used a little more)

1/4 cup minced onion

1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into chunks

Bacon, chives, and cheddar to top with


1. Combine broth, potatoes, onion, and spices.

2. Boil on medium heat until potatoes are tender.

3. Smash a few of the potatoes to release their starch for thickening.

4. Reduce to low heat.

5. Add cream cheese.

6. Heat, stirring frequently, until cheese melts.



hellllllo monday

Wow. It has been a week since my last post.  I have a lot of catching up to do!  I meant to post pictures from Savannah last week so I will begin there.  We started off by having lunch in Palmetto Bluff on our way to Savannah.  Very neat area and best chicken salad I have ever put in my body. Omg.

 This little chapel faces the water....gorgeous
 We headed into Savannah and immediately walked into some shops and had a ridiculous amount of fudge/ pralines. 

 happy hour at the chophouse then we went to a rooftop bar called Bohemian
 playing tourist saturday

 The Olde Pink House was my favorite part of our trip.  We sat at the bar downstairs for an hour or so which hasn't changed from the 1800's.  You can't even read a menu down there it is so dark and they only use candles.  This bar has two fireplaces, a pianist, and zero tv's.  My kind of bar.  When our reservation was ready we headed upstairs to this romantic table.  We brought a bottle of wine from our Napa trip {they don't have a corkage fee for the first bottle so this worked out well!}.   The food was amazing {food network was correct...it was the best thing I ever ate} and  I will go back next time we stay in Savannah.

So that was last weekend.  This weekend we bought an oven.  Helllllllo gorgeous!  Ours was so old {circa 1993} the employees of Sears were even making fun of it.  We had no idea what size our existing wall oven was and need the cut out dimension so I brought the user manual.  It actually wouldn't turn off after prolonged use so this wasn't something I wanted to put off much longer.  Turning your oven off/ on by the circuit breaker is a tad inconvient.
 We also updated our fireplace this weekend.  So long brass!

down the road I will get a fireplace screen like the one below
side note...really loving my fall entrance to our abode

OH and I made these THESE "scream cheese brownies" for work  :)