Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Costumes...ugh

You guys know I hate dressing up. Not just for Halloween. I really don't like dressing up in general. Costumes -ugh. Formal dresses - blech. I know. I am an anomaly.

However, this year Tommy has RSVP'd us for a Halloween party. Because I don't want to be the lamest one there, I MAY dress up. I am thinking about going as a chef.

1- Because it is ironic. Sadly, the irony will be lost on everyone at the party, considering I will know about 4 people.

2- The real reason is because I could get one of these adorable aprons from Pier 1 and not feel the least bit guilty about it. At least it would get used.

I will let you guys know what the final decision is. Also, I forgot to tell you guys, I finally bought my first headband! I will try to take some pics tomorrow. I know you have just been waiting on pins and needles.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Not my average Tuesday night

I wish all of my Tuesday nights were this fun. April, Kelsey and I started our evening waiting to meet the wonderfully fabulous Pioneer Woman. Well, us and the rest of Tulsa. She had a cookbook that came out today, you know? It is kind of a big deal.

Pioneer Woman told Kelsey she was the cutest thing she has ever seen. And, of course, she is. When April met her at Pottery Barn she was told she was resplendent. Well, I think I looked smart.

We wondered if Marlboro Man would be there...I was not sure if I would recognize him with pictures like this being the main way I have seen him featured.

Let's just say we would recognize him from a mile away. (Disclaimer...I didn't take this picture. April did. I am blaming her.)

Now we see why Ree didn't leave Oklahoma for Chicago.

At the signing, Ree answered questions from the audience, was so humble, gracious and just like her blogging personality. She did not disappoint.

I think we will get an invite to the Lodge soon.
Ree totally recognized April from meeting her earlier this year at Pottery Barn. It was like we were long lost BFFs. I think we might be invited to spend the holidays together.

Everyone who came got a party favor. Are these not really cute t-shirts? When they said we would all get free shirts, I was thinking oversized with a picture of the book on the what I would wear to the gym. Very pleasantly surprised. I will totally wear this.

The book is awesome. Remember, I have a paper obsession and this book is soooo great. I love the glossy pages. Now, I just need to get that cooking thing down.

Please allow me to digress...since this post is about my Tuesday night, I had to include a picture of how my evening ended - with a trip to visit my sweet niece! April HAD to see her and I hated to not let her meet that sweet little baby. I am such a good friend.

For those of you who were unable to make it to the signing tonight, Ree will have another signing this Friday from 3-6 at Dwelling Spaces on 2nd and Elgin.

Monday, October 26, 2009


First, a little shameless self promotion...the baby bird shower that we threw for my sister was featured today on the Creative Party Place! You guys will love this blog. She has so many great ideas! I swear no theme has been missed.

In other news, little Finley is already one month old! Isn't it hard to believe? Allison took her to the doctor last week and she is already weighing 7.7! She has gained 2 pounds and grown an inch. It is hard to believe they grow that fast. This is a picture I took last night. She is such a pretty baby. I just love her.

Tommy and I also got a huge treat last night when our nephew came to visit in his Halloween costume. When we were in Germany this summer we picked him up this whole outfit. Is he not absolutely precious? He has so much personality and is just the absolute cutest.

I think the hat is about to do him in....

Uncle Tommy, what do you think?

It is super hard to take pictures of a moving target. No wonder I am not interested in photography.
More soon! Tomorrow is meet Pioneer Woman Day!!! I cannot wait. Hopefully, I will have pictures to share of our meet and greet tomorrow. ; )

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Halloween Downloads

I have scoured the web to find you guys the cutest printables! I know it is a little late in the game, but you can still throw a fabulous Halloween Bash and HGTV has free downloadable invitations. Download the Haunted House Invite or the Monster Mash Invite.

The TomKat Studio is offering the cutest We've Been Booed free download. If you are not familiar with "booing" your neighbors, read the instructions below. It is actually a lot nicer than it sounds ; )!

Holiday Crafts and Creations is offering these clever Death by Chocolate downloads. You can create your own treat coffin. Click here for the file for the lid and here for the bottom.

Skip to my Lou has these really fun candy bar wrappers to make your treats a little more scary! Download the bat template here. (She also includes a really cute Happy Halloween tag, too.)
Last but not least, Martha Stewart has some great Halloween downloads. I especially love these wine bottle labels. Get your download here.

Now, for those of you having a bash, please send me your pics. I would love to see your decor. I would invite myself, but I don't do costumes!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Feeling Lucky

You guys know I have had a streak of winning luck lately. So, I am really hoping to win this giveaway from Mini Baker. I love a good book and I especially love a cupcake, so this would be such a fun prize! Anyway, because I love you all, I am not going to keep this good contest find all to myself, so head on over to Mini Baker's blog to win a copy of Hello, Cupcake. And if you win, you have to make me an adorable cupcake. It's only fair. ; )

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Real Simple

I just became a subscriber of Real Simple Magazine (don't tell my husband...he thinks subscribing to 8 magazines is insane. I say it is research). Oh my gosh, I have so been missing out! This magazine is so good!

I wanted to share a couple of fun finds that I have come across in the magazine.

2 simple things to do with pumpkin puree (from October's issue):

1 - Pumpkin Pancakes - Prepare 1 cup dry pancake mix according to package directions. Whisk in 1/3 can pumpkin puree. **It's me talking -- I could soooo do this.**

2- Pumpkin Whipped Cream (Makes 2 cups) - Beat together 1 cup heavy cream, 1 cup confectioner's sugar and 1 tbs canned pumpkin puree until soft peaks form. **Katie again - seriously, totally doable. I am thinking this over coffee and served with Coffee Mate's pumpkin spice creamer. What a perfect Thanksgiving dessert drink. Must remember this.**

From November's issue, the best idea was for all of you dog lovers. Does it not drive you insane when your dog's tags jingle incessantly? Well, a reader had the great idea to add key protectors to the top of the tags to keep them from hitting each other. I wish I had a visual to show you, but this is such a good idea. Pretend to know what I am talking about.

Another fun find in November's issue is this straining ladle from one of my favorite online stores, Spoon Sisters.

This ladle lets you seperate your broth from the meat. I especially like this because I prefer to eat just the meat in my soup. Soup is just so....well, soupy.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Vera Bradley, not Vera Wang. I got the new Vera Bradley catalog in the mail this week. You guys, they have some super cute stuff. Not just bags anymore. They have such cute new patterns and so many fun and inexpensive ways to use them this holiday season, either for gifts or packaging. So cute! Here are some of my faves:

I am still on my headband kick. This one is really cute and only $10!

I love this memo wipe board. It is under $20, too!

These are wraps for wine bottles. They would be such a great addition to a hostess gift this holiday season.

This is the only gift I featured that is over $20. I love this pattern on this memo board. They have such cute designs right now.

Lastly, you know my paper obsession. Vera Bradley has a whole collection of paper products.

Also featured in my catalog were some really cute Christmas stockings, ornaments, wrapping paper and more. Locally, my favorite Vera Bradley retailer is Tapestry of Faith off of Peoria. However, surely Vera Bradley will add her full collection online soon. You would think with this nice catalog they sent...complete with a paper doll house and paper dolls.... (those of you with little girls need to get your hands on one of these) would have everything available online. But maybe with our urging they will soon.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Finley Pics

Allison got her professional pictures of Finley taken this weekend. You guys will die of cuteness! Isn't she presh? Click here to see a sneak peek!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Little Ant Design

One of my favorite blogs that I follow is Little Ant Design. She is amazingly creative, rivals Martha Stewart, and always has THE best ideas. Add her to your blog roll. Here are some of the fun Halloween ideas she has posted recently.

This candied apple idea that she posted as an inspiration from Matt Bites is brilliant. I love the use of the real twigs as the sticks. When I owned my own floral business we would do this with the card. Instead of using those ugly plastic sticks we would get twigs from the yard to put our cards in the arrangement. It is amazing how a natural resource completely transforms your design.

This great candy corn treat was featured and is so cool. The idea came from Life is a Banquet and is just layers of butterscotch pudding, banana cream pudding and whipped cream. Seriously, I could do that. I love simple creations.

And are these not just presh? A brownie, a marshmallow, some icing and food coloring and you have these ghoulish treats. Get the recipe at

In other news, my poor little Carter is sick! I can only imagine being a parent of a heart breaks for my tiny angel. He is not feeling well and has a little puppy fever. So, send him some puppy tail wags and licks. I know he would appreciate them. We went to the vet today, so hopefully he will be good as new soon. I never thought I would say this, but I miss his ornery behavior and wanting to go on walks all the time.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Paper Source

You guys know I have a weird paper obsession. Well, the fabulous paper store, The Paper Source, has a really cute blog with such fun paper ideas. Since I have inspired so many (that would be about three) of you to become crafters this Fall, I thought I would give you some more fun projects from The Paper Source's blog.

Is this not the cutest? On the blog they walk you through how to make this simple, yet adorable gift basket. Basically, it is some satin ribbon, a craft punch (or three) and little tiny clothes pins. Adorable!

I love this invite. See a how-to on how to make this book worm invitation and thank you card.
And they have not forgotten us Halloween lovers! Make coffin invites, batty envelopes and scary cat place cards.

Also, great packaging ideas abound!

And you should know this would be one of my favorites -- owl placecard holders. Hoo doesn't think that is a great idea?

If you are looking for a really easy project, here is a link to the craft kits. I love it when someone puts everything together for me.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

What a package!

Remember a few weeks ago when I posted that I won a contest from Papaya Art hosted by The TomKat Studio? Well, I got my gear in the mail yesterday and it is so awesome!

Even the packaging is amazing.

Look at my new cute cards!

And I got this cute journal and notepad. Aren't the colors so great?

All together now. And I still have more!!!
Seriously, I have never seen file folders so cute. The picture is awesome. I think I am going to bring these to work to add a little color to my office.

I need to win more contests. This is so fun!

Monday, October 12, 2009

I ♥ Columbus Day

I ♥ Christopher Columbus. I also ♥ that we honor him with a day off of work once a year. I told Tommy that I would make an awesome stay at home dog mom. He promptly told me that I wouldn't because on my day off I only spent money and had no food around. So, I guess I will be a working woman for life ; ).

I really did have the best day. First, I got uninterrupted viewing of the Today Show --from my bed, which I did not leave until 9. Then I treated myself to a massage. (Tommy is still trying to get that qualified as an early Christmas gift. I think not.)

Then, I got to go see my sister and the baby! We had so much fun!!! We started by crafting. Well, sort of crafting. We can only do things that are very easy.

Because you guys know I love a before and are our Michael's craft pumpkins before....
And here they are after. We busted out my cricut and some vinyl and created these puppies in about 15 minutes. I think they are super cute. Can you say pumpkins are classy? I think they are classy pumpkins.

Next, I got to take Baby Finley in the car with me for the first time. I was totally 10 and 2 and VERY careful. Isn't she presh?

Allison and I went out to Carmichael's Pumpkin Patch and met my other pumpkin, Max.
(Side note --- Did I tell you guys that Max is going to be a big brother? I am going to be an aunt again in May! In a 9 month span I will have gone from one nephew to four nieces and nephews. I am so excited!)
He had a play date with sweet little Addison.

The little peanut had fun too.

After the pumpkin patch, Allison and I went the Mecca also known as the world's largest Target. Heaven!!
When I got home I placed my new little pumpkins by my mantle and took some pics of my fall decor that my mom helped me put out this weekend. (It always looks better when she helps!)
Here is my mantle.

My friend, Allison, made this sign. I love it. I bought ones for each of my inlaws and my sister last year for Christmas with their last names.

I also thought this was really mom took what was a candle holder, turned it upside down and made it a little display. Cute!

Hope everyone else had as great of day as I did! XOXO
Blog Design by Sweet Simplicity