Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Life lately & world travels

Hello! I know I haven't posted here in fo-EVA, but I have a good excuse! We have been doing a little, well a lot, of traveling. We took a trip to Italy and Greece for most of September. I probably don't need to tell you that it was amazing, that is just a given. Here are a few favorite pictures from the trip...

inside the Duomo of San Marcos square in Florence
overlooking Rome

threw our coins at the Trevy Fountain

view from our Santorini hotel

classic Greece // Sisterhood of the Travelling pants film location

Some highlights for me were definitely the rich history around every corner, the FOOD, and Greece sunsets. It was absolutely perfect and I felt like I was living in a dream!

So now that the sun isbascially gone in the Pacific Northwest, I have a good excuse to sit down at my computer with a mug of coffee and get back to blogging. I've had more desire lately to be creative/decorate/PAINT something...anything!

xo Kelly

Thursday, August 1, 2013


I wanted to pop in and talk about something different...my new morning routine! I am the absolute worst at waking up in the morning, but I have such an admiration for "morning people" and those who can actually enjoy the morning. I have implemented a few small changes in my routine to help me on my way, so I thought I'd share them here!

(Number One)
This one was actually my husband's suggestion, which is to get out of bed and immediately make a cup of coffee. Most people probably do this already, but it is new to me and totally improves my mood for some reason. It's that deep coffee smell and the feeling of indulging in something warm to slowly wake me up. If you don't like coffee, try hot tea or even a smoothie!

(Number Two)
Instead of thinking about the crazy day ahead, I think about more uplifting things while getting ready. I think about my husband and all the ways he loves me, plans with friends that I am excited about, and dream about the future. This probably has the best impact on my mood for the rest of the day. Try it!

(Number Three)
As a girl, the long primping process can seem so daunting. Add in the fact that I need to look extra presentable for the office and that's enough to resent getting ready! However, I have drastically changed the way I see this process. I choose to look at it more as pampering myself rather than something I have to do to get out the door. I take my time picking out my outfit and applying makeup. I've invested in a few new beauty products for my routine that make it fun and special.

Even with these changes, I still have a long way to go. I'd like to get up even earlier so that I can devote more time to chores and breakfast, which is still a grab something and go kind of meal for me. I want the snooze button to be less of a priority than serving my home and family, much like the woman in Proverbs 31:

10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.

Do you have any tips to share? What gets you going in the morning?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

It's about time for a furniture post!

I'm so excited to tell you about this side table! I found it at a thrift store and immediately knew it would look amazing with a coat of paint. It looked really old school with a checkered pattern on top (almost like a chess board) and had some minor scratches. I painted it a grey/lavender shade which looks more grey or lavender depending on the lighting.


My favorite things about this table are: tonnnns of surface space with a tray that pulls out, and all the gorgeous detail! The pictures in this post are kind of awful (sorry!) and they definitely don't do it justice.

I hope you liked this pretty side table! I'll be back soon with a fun post about our first anniversary :)


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Rifle Paper Co. notebooks

It seems really silly to blog about a set of notebooks. Once you see the picture of them, I think you will understand. Aren't they pretty?

Something I haven't shared yet here is that I am a tiny bit addicted to paper goods. I have a ton of stationary and notecards, and can tell good vs. poor quality paper. I love to write notes and send little packages with coordinating stationary.

This is the one I'm using now

When shopping at Target, my husband has to steer me away from their stationary section. It is just that good!

When I came across this notebook set, I knew it had to be mine.

I like to write things down. Sermon notes, to-do lists, recipes, DIY ideas, inspirational quotes, anything! Here's what I've been using it for so far:

1. my summer 2013 must-do list // I've never experienced a full Pacific Northwest summer and wanted to make sure I make the most of it!
2. beauty/skincare products I'd like to try // I have been in kind of a rut in this area lately. Making lists, mentally reviewing things that work for me, and this blog & youtube channel have been really helpful lately.
3. blogging tips from other bloggers // I enjoy writing here and want to make it useful and fun for others too :)


These things will be so fun to read years from now to remember what life was like in 2013 :) So, would you want to start your own inspiration notebook? You could even make your own, like this blogger did.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day weekend

I hope you had a relaxing long weekend! We sure did. We spent it with close friends at their cabin on one of the many islands around here. There was no electricity and minimal running water, so we "unplugged" for a few days and I tried my best to embrace getting dirty.

I wish I had pictures to share, but I just had no desire to track down a cell phone to take photos. Try to imagine in your head as I share some of my favorite mental snapshots :)

-Holding the hummingbird feeder in my hands and getting so close to one of my favorite animals. I could feel the wind created by their wings and see their tongues drinking up the sugar water!
-Meeting Lola the corgi. She is the cutest new addition to the group :)
-Sleeping out on the boat. I had never done this before. There is no dock, so we had to row out from shore on the dingy! That was interesting...
-A long nap on Sunday...essential for holiday weekends.
-A relaxing night with my husband eating leftover barbeque and watching the new Arrested Development season. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. It feels pretty different to me. Let me know what you think, if you've seen it!

Well, back to reality! I'll be back tomorrow with something fun & different from what I normally post :)


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fail!! and Looking Back: April

Well, I guess my idea of re-capping my accomplishments sorta went out the window this month. Normally, I would be giving myself a hard time about this, but I have to say I just think it was a slow month for me furniture-wise. I'm still figuring out how to work a tiring full time job, keep cooking/cleaning/time with the husband a priority, and then still have enough energy for my hobby. 

I had high ambitions of posting twice a week (well, not even high ambitions. I thought that would be easy peasy) but turns out I just don't have enough time to crank out much furniture. And let's be honest, "sneak peek" and "update" posts are totally boring and somewhat cruel, at least to me. I happen to hate it when people say things like, "Be back with the rest.....next week!" I know, I totally did that a while back, sorry!

This month, life was BUSY, and full, and great. We had a visit from my parents which was really cool, and spent a lot of time with friends. We're in a season of life right now where we are just diving in head first and enjoying it day by day.

Right now I'm working on a side table with a lot of pretty carved details that, when painted, make the piece look so unique and beautiful. It even has a pull out tray for extra space when needed. Really neat! Its legs are a little unstable at the moment so I need to make a trip to Home Depot to fix that, but it will be finished soon. Yay!

I also picked out fabric for the white bergere chair (the technical term, haha). It's a high quality blue linen material. However, I missed the 50% off sale at Joann's so I need to decide if it's worth it before I pull the trigger!

Crossing my fingers I make some progress this week! xo

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Names print and spring

Hello! So, I just made a print with some of my favorite lyrics from this song. It should be below, but if it doesn't work let me know :) Feel free to use it for yourself!


It's pretty! I especially love the song because it's about the two brothers and their bond over their name. I guess you better love both your name and your brother if you start a band together and name it after yourselves haha. Since getting married last year, I have grown an appreciation for my new last name and how it ties me to my husband for the rest of our lives. Basically, I made this to remind me of that whenever I look at it.

Our bedroom is that same shade of blue and the dark gray that's in the print, so you guessed it...that's where it will go. Our room's walls are totally bare and sadly lacking personality so now is the time to fix that. I'll probably go get it printed at Staples because I hear they're great with this kind of custom stuff.


Also with spring creeping in recently, I've caught the green thumb disease! I started a few tiny herb plants for our window sill. Yum! We live in an apartment, so I'll probably plant a few more for our balcony as it gets sunnier here. We are trying something new as well: a garden co-op! Friends from church generously offered up their yard for a community garden. Basically, we will volunteer our time to weed and maintain the garden in exchange for a share of the "harvest".