Sunday, May 31, 2009


Thanks for all the wonderful people that stopped by and left me a sweet comment :) Just wanted everyone to know that I took the time to read each one and I followed each name to your blog if you had one and man are you guys talented! I hope to get to know each of you a bit better as I did add some to my reader ;) So without further ado...let's get down to business. The winners for the May Day Giveaway post earrings are.....dun dun dunnn daaa....
Ylime since you are first you get first pick! Congrats Roz...aren't you glad you stopped by :P If you ladies would kindly send me your shipping info to so I can get these babies to ya I'd appreciate it!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

May Giveaway/Bday Celebration!

You like the new look? I figure my banner needed a little sprucing up since I will be having some new visitors stopping by, so welcome to everyone visiting from Sew, Mama, Sew's blog and Happy May Giveaway Day! In honor of giveaway day and my birthday which is the 28th...I decided to participate by giving away some post earrings I whipped up. I know I said one lucky reader in my previous post, but I'm feeling rather instead, two separate readers will have a chance at winning either a pair of sailboat post earrings or Peter Rabbit post earrings! (The earring posts are made of surgical steel.)

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Easy peasy right? I will choose the winner by random generator. You have until May 31st. 11pm EST. to post your comment to enter. Sorry I will not ship internationally.

Good luck and happy commenting!

Memorial Day @ Colonial Williamsburg

The Governor's Palace

How was everyones Memorial Day Weekend? Ours was busy and eventful but fun all the same. Monday we spent Memorial Day at Colonial Williamsburg. It was Carmie and the boyfriend's first time. I've been there plenty of times...growing up in the Va Beach school system there were frequent field trips to Colonial Williamsburg. I couldn't help think how much more whimsical I remembered the place being as a kid, like the same similar feeling I had when we recently went to just feels different going as an adult. Either way I believe Carmen had fun. Most of the historical sites close by 4:30 so if you ever plan a trip to Colonial Williamsburg I suggest going early. And bring comfortable walking shoes (theres a lot of walking)...I wore my flat, no arch supported sandals...never again...I knew I'd regret wearing them, but I did anyway...ahh the prices we pay for fashion.

Hanging out with Mr. Jefferson


There were so many canopy beds in the Governor's Palace...I want one :)

If only Carmie's room was as precious as this...tea set and all!

PS. Don't forget to drop by tomorrow for the May Day/Bday Giveaway! Tell your friends!

Friday, May 22, 2009


I'm giving away a special something to one lucky reader this May 27th for Sew, Mama, Sew's May Giveaway Day as well as for my bday (the 28th)! Giving is always better than receiving right :P So stay tuned...visit Sew, Mama, Sew for more details.

PS. Have a Happy Memorial Day weekend! The kiddo and I will be spending it BBQing and hopefully flying some kites or letterboxing :)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Awesome wedding video...

Now I'm not getting married anytime soon. But when I do I want to make a super fantastic video like this...

Brian & Eileen's Wedding Music Video. from LOCKDOWN projects on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Coldplay in town...

I'm going to see Coldplay tomorrow, so I thought it fitting that I post this Free Live Album from the band so that you can pretend to be there with me :P Enjoy!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Lazy Day Skirt

Just wanted to share this skirt I made for Carmie this weekend. I was surprised at how easy and quick it was to to put together. It literally only took a couple of hours. I used this adorable and easy pattern from Oliver + S. I love their patterns. I will have to buy one of the dress patterns and try my hand at one of those someday. The skirt came out really nice and Carmen couldn't wait to try it on. The pattern works off of simple measurements so you will probably see me making one for myself sometime ;) I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My new best friend!

I love dollar bins. No matter what store. I love little trinkets and small things that make me smile all for under $5. The best dollar bins are at my fave store, Target. But I think it might have a competitor now that Michael's started having a dollar section.

I found this Creativity Log the other day for $3. Its exactly what I've been looking for. I always come up with things I want to sew or make in the middle of work, while I'm making dinner, or any other inopportune time. And I always end up writing down my ideas on little pieces of paper, and then I end up losing said pieces of paper. Now all my ideas can be nicely organized in one notebook within one of three sections: Ideas, Sketches, and Quotes.

The Ideas section has designated spots for each idea, the next steps needed to get the idea off the ground and even a nice little check box for whether its actually completed. Which is perfect for me since I always seem to get real excited about others projects before I have even completed projects I'm currently working on.

The Sketches section has ample room for your imagination...

And the Quotations section is perfect for those crazy sayings my 3 year old says. For she told me that I was "the best mommy in the sea." :) I mean how many mommies can say that about themselves?

I like lists and this is better than a plain old notebook. I suggest you head to Michael's and get one for yourself. You'll thank me later. They also have Food Logs, for those of you who may be watching what you eat, as well as Finance Logs, for those of you who are trying to be savvy with your money. Enjoy.

Mother's Day '09

I had a very great Mother's Day weekend. My sister and her belly came down to spend Mother's Day with us. Unfortunately the only one missing was my brother. We spent Sunday afternoon enjoying the weather on the deck. It was a great day of sun, family, food and bare feet. You know you are maturing when you realize you really love hanging out with your family ;)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Currently obsessing over: Coffee

Obsessing over my new Starbucks Insulated Cold Cup. I heard that they were coming back so when I got my iced coffee (only $1.95 for a limited time folks!) this morning and saw these babies displayed gloriously upon me entering, I grabbed one up without a second thought. It may look like a regular plastic cup. But the insulated Cold Cup is made of double walled hard plastic, not the flimsy disposable kind. It has a screw on lid and a hard plastic straw as well. I love it. I'm saving money with the Cup Discount and the environment all at the same time! Can't beat that.
Speaking of coffee...I also have been obsessing over finding a coffee maker for at home. My addiction for coffee has gone rampant and I crave it almost every morning now. And seeing how I am usually rushing out the door...I usually don't have time to stop by and get some Starbucks. So I tried to save a buck and a trip by consuming the coffee provided by my office. Until one of my coworkers gasped at me and said, "you drink that stuff?! I heard it taste like Motor Oil?" And now ever since she said that, all I can taste when I drink it is motor oil. Humph. So I figured its time to invest in a coffee pot. I have a few things I'm looking for:

1. I would like it to have a programmable setting so that it brews automatically for me in the morning. I'm def not a morning person (hence the coffee) so the boyfriend usually gets everything going for us in the morning. I don't want to add to his list by making him make my coffee. This way I can set it the night before and the worst he has to do is put it in my cup for me :)

2. I would prefer it to be red because I have a whole red and aqua color motif going on in my kitchen. Problem is I haven't found any decent red ones. Most of them have had bad reviews. I guess more form over function.

3. I would like it to have its own metal filter. I heard it taste better than using the paper ones.

I also have been hearing a lot lately that Dunkin Donuts Coffee Beans taste better than Starbucks. Can anyone vouch for that? Or does anyone have a good coffee maker at a decent price. I don't want to spend more than $40 for one.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Stoney's Produce Craft Market

If you are in the area, I urge you all to check out Stoney's Produce Craft Market tomorrow. Stop by, support local artists, maybe buy something for that special mom if your life, buy some local produce and meet some of the 7 Cities Crafters that will be out selling their wares ;)

Shirt Upcycle!

I'm really starting to pick up momentum with sewing again and that makes me happy. I have finished sewing one of my baby projects for my sister. I just have to do some finishing touches and I'll be able to cross one baby project off my to-do list.

But I will have to leave ya hanging for just a bit until after I actually give them to my sister and the baby-to-be. But don't fret. I did finish this small patch-up job for the boyfriend. He has a horrible tendency of ripping holes in the elbow area of his work button ups. I blame his boney elbows and the fact that he rolls his sleeves up. That or American Eagle is really slacking on their material. So instead of throwing the overly priced button ups out...we decided to alter them a bit.

HAZAA! Once useless long sleeved button ups. Now...perfect for the warm weather, short sleeved button ups! I begged him to let me add corduroy elbow patches instead. Alas he refused. Hah! Take care everyone ;)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

mmm cake...

Sorry to have been slacking on the posting lately. It seems like every weekend there is some occasion or party to go to, so needless to say I haven't had all that much time to sit down and post. Unfortunately, the only reason I have time to post something now is because I am up at midnight with a tummy ache. Poo. Ah least I'm being productive...if you call blogging productive. Which I do. Since parties are what I've been up to lately, I thought I'd share the awesome decorating skills of a good family friend of mine, Ann. She is the talented mother of the two boys we recently went to birthday parties for. Check out these awesome cakes. Ann is self taught. No classes. She just really enjoys cake decorating and really has a knack for it if you ask me.

For her youngest son Jayden, she made the most adorable Wall-E cake. The square most part of Wall-E was cake, while the wheels were made out of rice cakes. Awesome.

Just recently, Ann's eldest son Justin, celebrated his Star Wars themed birthday. It was layered with Mocha, Strawberry, and Lemon cake! She handmade Yoda out of rice cakes again I believe. The only thing she didn't handcraft were the small figurines and the ship.

Being the ambitious DIYer I am. I too have ventured into cake decorating at one point. Lets just say its not my forte. It was very time consuming and I really didn't have any fun doing it. It was very stressful for me because you have to work fast or the fondant will dry out. I made this ages ago for one of my birthdays. (Yes I made my own birthday cake. Sad I know...well with the help of Kelly) Its supposed to be a present. But later on in the evening the ribbon curls started to break in half :( Anyway, I'm more of a frosting girl...I usually end up just peeling all the fondant off most fondant cakes. Maybe one day I'll try it again, in the meantime I'll just leave the cake decorating to the talented people that enjoy doing it...I know who I'll be hitting up for Carmen's birthdays here on out!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Hello Snotface!

So I heard on the radio the other day that one of my favorite movies growing up will be remade. Drop Dead Fred starring Phoebe Cates and Rik Mayall will be remade by Universal Studios! UK's dirtiest looking comedian Russell Brand will star as Lizzie's (Cates) imaginary friend, Fred (Mayall). I don't know how I feel about this bc sometimes Brand is annoying and I can only take him in small doses. That and because remakes usually suck hard so seeing a classic favorite like Drop Dead Fred remade sorta has me on the fence. I'm not going to lie, growing up I was a bit afraid of the movie because some parts are of the dark humor area and were quite frightening as a little girl. The same thing went for Beetle Juice, either way Drop Dead Fred is a nostalgic movie for me and I am happy to see it being brought to the attention of younger audiences who may not have heard of the movie. But, I am still quite afraid they might butcher it to death : (