Happy Wednesday! This past weekend I found the Waterlogue app from someone I follow on Instagram, and decided to buy it. It turns your photos into watercolors, and is pretty neat to see the way it transforms a normal photo into a piece of art.
Here are some of my favorites:
New Year’s day brunch
At lunch with J
Fall tree, outside our house
A walk in the snow with Leia
Our snow-covered house
A bushel of apples
My favorite part of the app is watching the way the watercolor comes together, with the sketching of your photo, then the background color and final touches. Oddly enough, it’s inspired me to bring out my watercolor paints out and try to recreate some of these pictures. Maybe I’ll try some out this weekend. :)
It’s February! The month of love. I am really excited about this month, mainly because two of my friends are having babies sometime in the next four weeks. Huzzah! Otherwise, it should be a pretty quiet month of routine. We had our first real snow last week, which means I’m satisfied with winter and ready for spring. (Can you tell I’m a Southern girl?:) Hopefully this month will start to show signs of spring approaching. My mom and I planted bulbs in the fall and I’ve already seen a few little green leaves break the surface. I can’t wait to see what blooms in the next few months.
Throw a Super Bowl party with friends (already accomplished, but still wanted to add it to the list:)
When you walk through our front door, our office is the first room that you seen to your left. Here’s what it looked like when we first moved in:
It’s technically a living room, but we use it as our home office. It’s far from finished and I have big dreams for this room, but in the meantime, I’m calling it “done for now.”
It’s got a lot of good things working for it: Two sets of french doors (one from the hallway, another that leads to the dining room), a built-in bench, and a beautiful big window. The only thing working against it is the size. At 12×12, this room is pretty small, but I think we managed to make it a cozy space.
In case you are interested, here are some resources for the room (because I’m always nosy about where people got their stuff):
Bookcases: J’s mom dropped off a lot of furniture when we first moved into our house, and the bookcases were unexpected but she thought we could put in closets or sell if we didn’t want it. Low and behold they fit perfectly side by side in this little room!
Paint color: Unknown, original when we bought the house
Silver lamp: Pottery barn, a wedding gift
Rug: Amazon, from my mom two years ago for my birthday
I am so thankful for all of the donations our families have given us to furnish this place. Most of the things I’ve had before, so I’ve really only put about $20 or so into this room.
If/when we have kids, I would love for this room to be converted to a library/playroom. My long term vision is to build bookcases around the window so it’s a nice little library with a window seat. Then get a love seat against the wall for reading and a small table in the middle of the rug for kids to play and color and do whatever. But who knows, I may need a room just for me when that day comes. :)
Left to do:
Organize the books — right now they are not in any particular order
Get matching lamps
Paint the room — I am thinking either something dark and moody, or something bright and happy. Or maybe just plain white. It depends on what we paint the dining room.
I love making fun playlists, so I was in charge of the music for the baby shower this past weekend. If “baby” was in the title or it could relate to a baby (see Party All Night, Oh Boy!), it was added. The mix included upbeat oldies, soul or indie songs, but I did throw a little Bieber and Britney Spears just to see if people were paying attention. It sure gets a giggle when the mother-to-be opens a gifts of onesies and pacifiers and Ice Ice Baby is playing in the background. ;)
One of my goals this year is grow and learn more about the world we live in. I would like to be able to speak intelligently on topics other than the drama going on in the lives of my favorite TV characters. I know, a tall order.
Here’s more background from my 2014 goals:
I rarely watch the news because I find it boring, but there is so much I can learn from the rest of the world. And one day my kids will learn this “history” we call the present and I’m not going to know what they are talking about.
I decided to start small, so I added to my January goals to “listen to NPR on my way to work every day.” A simple start.
I added this goal rather begrudgingly, but surprisingly have really enjoyed listening to NPR every day. Maybe this is a sign of me getting older or how simple-minded I viewed the news before, but it wasn’t boring at all. I loved the varied stories and learned about the conflict in Syria, the upcoming Olympic games, a bombing at a restaurant in Afghanistan, how people are helping the homeless in sub-zero temperatures, and the fight for teacher’s salaries here in North Carolina.
Last week I read an article on signs of a Type A person. Aside from interrupting (that’s actually one of my pet peeves, so please tell me if I ever do it to you), all signs point to me as being very Type A.
One of these signs is fear of wasting time. I am so guilty of this. When I’m waiting in a line, I check my phone and try to multitask because God forbid I stand idly by when there’s things to get done.
But I think that’s why radio is my favorite medium of receiving news. It doesn’t really interrupt something I’m already doing — driving to work — so it’s more passive on my part. Sitting in front of the TV to watch the news is not how I want to spend my time, and navigating news websites overwhelm me. I don’t know where to begin.
The radio it is. I’m on my way to a smarter 2014.
How do you consume the news? I’ve heard a lot of people use Twitter, but I get lost in all of the status updates. Maybe I follow too many people.
One of my best friends Allison (in like half of all my pictures) is having a baby in a month, and this past weekend a few friends and I threw her a shower at my mom’s house. I am trying to be better about a) taking more photos, and b) posting pictures sooner (still have on my list to post Thanksgiving and Christmas recaps – oy!!), so as soon as I downloaded these from my camera, I decided to put my favorites in a post to share. Because y’all — it was such a sweet shower. That baby boy has so many aunts that love him!
I also wanted to share because sometimes when you’re planning a party it’s hard to come up with all of the pieces from scratch and it’s helpful to see what other parties look like when you’re brainstorming. So here’s a recap of what we did for anyone hosting one in the future. :)
Decorations: We didn’t really have a theme, just a color scheme. Originally it was mint and gold, but as it happens when you order “mint crepe paper” online, sometimes it comes in teal. So it ended up a mint, gold, gray, silver, and teal party, which worked out beautifully. Allison’s sister Natalie made this cute backdrop for behind the couch, which looks good in this picture but way cuter in person. She hot-glued the tissue paper to a gold ribbon and said it was easy, but that looks like a fragile task if you ask me. :)
My sister Carrie made pompoms over the table, and a cute yarn pom-pom wreath and a sign for the french doors leading to the back porch. Allison has a woodland creatures decoration theme to her nursery, so we placed gold spray-painted pinecones around the table and incorporated some wooden circles as centerpieces.
Menu: It was a 2pm shower, so the menu was pretty simple but tasty. A few of the guests and hostesses were gluten free, so we labeled all gluten free items with a gold glittery dot. We had:
I have learned it’s good to have a mixture of items that can be prepared two days ahead (chocolate peanut butter cups, buy the cheese, crackers, hummus), one day ahead (cupcakes, chicken salad), and the day of (coconut macroons, cut the fruit/veggies, make the icing). Spreading it out makes it all so much easier and stress-free.
For drinks, we had a pomegranate-cranberry spritzer (just sprite + pomegranate juice + cranberry juice) and a hot chocolate bar (since it was a January shower). My friend Michelle was in charge of the hot chocolate and it was a hit! She had three different kinds of hot chocolate, varied stirrers and toppings. What I would do for a hot cup of chocolate right now…
Games: In lieu of a big organized game, we had guests write messages on diapers. We also had little cards for guests to fill out answering four questions, which Carrie made into a little book: - What to do when the baby is up at midnight - A tradition to start - Carry this with you at all times - Always remember
After the party was over we all sat around the fire reading the funny and sweet messages people left. Lots of diapers will be changed by the dad very soon. :)
Favor: Natalie made gluten-free sugar cookies in the shape of onesies as a favor, although I didn’t get a good picture of them. But trust me, they were cute and delicious.
It was such a fun shower and SO good to see so many dear friends. I can’t wait to meet Baby Parker next month!