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pics from my phone

welcome to the new layout, if you haven’t seen it yet! wordpress informed me that they were retiring the former layout (or something like that), which i was pretty bummed about. but i got the chance to change things up a bit, which can be exciting :)

i don’t have anything wild or crazy to post today. i just thought i’d share some pictures that i recently uploaded from my phone. i have been having some issues getting my pictures from my phone to my computer, but for some reason- today, it worked. some of the pictures are a bit old, but i hope you enjoy them!

still in love with ranunculus from the flower market… soon they will be in season again!

i had a fun time at the pumpkin patch with lovely friends. i won’t lie, i’m a bit sad that fall is ending and winter is nearing. don’t get me wrong, i can’t wait for Christmas… but i just wish the fall season would last a little longer!

our delicious pie from last Thanksgiving! excited to see (and eat) what’s in store for this year!

“it’s the most wonderful time of the year!” these are the gifts i gave to my family last year. i think i could spend more money on wrapping decor than gifts :) is that terrible??

and my dad bought the movie White Christmas to get us into the holiday spirit! i’m looking forward to family time watching it… but can it really already be here?!

last but not least, it’s always great to come home :)

there you have it! some oldies, but very good-ies! this is kind of a fun post :) might have to do more of these…

i hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. i am thankful for so much in this season of life: my beautiful family, roommates to journey with, studying a field that i’m passionate about, opportunities to create, this humble little blog that i adore, and a God who is absolutely faithful through the big and small.

[what are you thankful for this year?]

ps- i have had a few people ask about Christmas decorations and what i will blog for the holiday season :) i love it!! i am brainstorming some things now, and i can’t wait to share them with you all!

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the adventure of pumpkin spice scones

my dear friend Casey and i spent halloween doing what we love most… creating.

we had our 2nd annual pumpkin decoupage party and made pumpkin spice scones from scratch. not only was it lovely spending time with Casey, but we both felt such satisfaction in what we made. we talked about how important it is to cook and make things that you like, things that just make your body feel good. i believe cooking is an art form and i think that’s why i love it so much. it can be challenging, you never really know how it will turn out, sometimes it’s rather abstract, and sometimes is stunning and magnificent! what a way to talk about food, right? but i believe every single one of those things. and this time, making pumpkin spice scones created another one of those artistic moments…

here’s how things went down: i have never made scones before, so this was starting off as a new adventure to me. we didn’t have a recipe- so we began our online search (which is always risky as you never know what to expect from a new recipe). the recipe called for a few things that we no longer had. the cake flour had weevils- those things are incredibly disgusting and looking them up online made it about 1,000 times worse- so that was out in a flash. and the milk was gone- so we had a couple of things to figure out. and of course, this realization occurred after a trip to 2 different stores. you all know the feeling- you’re not going out again. so as you can see, our artsy baking had a rocky start- but we persevered with confidence!

we mixed the dry ingredients (weevil free, thank God), mixed the liquids, combined everything to create the dough, cut our dough pie into 8 slices, and put it all in the oven…

as our scones baked, my house began to smell of pumpkin spice amazing-ness. it was beautiful. Casey and i managed to whip up an icing that include a little bit of heavy cream and water instead of milk. the clock struck time and our delightful scones were about to to make their debut…

a little cinnamon sugar icing to top things off and we had the most incredible scones i’ve ever seen and tasted :)

if only you could smell and take a bite through the computer! these scones were, dare i say- magnificent?! it was not because the triangles were equal and perfect or because the icing was zig-zaged just right. they were magnificent because it was something that Casey and i did together and it was something that we created. it was a process and it was a success. and i think it’s okay to be proud of that. we truly found a great recipe and only had to alter it slightly due to our little… bugs.

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here’s the recipe:

*makes 8 scones, so if you’re like me and live with a few other people- you might want to double the recipe :) they go QUICK!

2  c. regular flour

1  1/2  t. baking powder

1/2  t. salt

1/2  t. ground cinnamon

1/2  t. ground nutmeg

1/4  t. ground allspice

1/4  t. ground ginger

8 T. (1 stick) butter

1/3 c. pumpkin puree

1/3 c. heavy cream

6 T. brown sugar

1 t. vanilla extract

directions: preheat oven to 425 degrees. get out a baking sheet and line with parchment paper (not required but makes cleanup easy!). cut the butter into small pieces, put it in a small bowl and put it back in the refrigerator. in a medium bowl, combine both flours, baking powder, salt, and all spices. whisk together well.

in a separate bowl, combine pumpkin, heavy cream, brown sugar, and vanilla. whisk together well. dump the butter pieces into the bowl with the flour mixture. using a mixer or pastry cutter, combine butter and flour mixture until it becomes crumbly in texture.

pour the liquid mixture into the flour mixture all at once. stir with a wooden spoon until everything is just moistened. the dough will be very crumbly, this is the way it should be. turn the mixture out onto the counter and push the pile together with your hands. it should stick together fairly well. knead it just a couple of times until everything is together. don’t knead it too much or the dough will get too sticky.

pat the dough out into a rough circle, 3/4 to 1 inch thick. cut it like a pie (or pizza) into 8 pieces. place pieces on the baking sheet so that they are not touching. bake scones for about 15 minutes at 425 degrees. they should be light brown on the bottom, the tops will darken as they cool.

icing: mix 1 c. powdered sugar with 1/2 t. ground cinnamon, add 1/2 T. heavy cream and 1 1/2 T. water (or 2 T. of milk if you have it!) mix all together and drizzle over scones.

original recipe found here.

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these scones are perfect for this fall season as we start gearing up for thanksgiving (and then christmas!). they would make great gifts and are nicely paired with a warm cup of coffee :)

oh, and here’s the family picture of our little pumpkin trios:

i will do my best to do another post on our pumpkins. they deserve a post of their own!

well, happy baking to you all! or happy creating art in the form of food, i should say :) be inspired during this beautiful season… with red, orange, and yellow leaves all around, my heart is bursting with warmth and a desire to jump in piles of leaves. and i hold this longing to be creative.  –> what does that word mean to you? what do you create? i’d love to hear from ya! and i hope you make time to create something special for yourself in this season.

oh i just love fall…


project: thrift store finds

hello all! we are slowly but surely getting settled into our new home and so far we are absolutely loving it! it is so nice to stretch our arms out and have some space! we have unpacked our art supplies and spent sometime releasing the creativity that has been stuck for the past few months. and with that creativity we have taken on a few projects that i wanted to share with you all! but first, check out our backyard- full of lots of great things from our new favorite store… home depot!!! :)

as far as projects go- here’s one of the first finished products! i bought two dining room chairs at the pasadena swap meet a few weekends ago. the awesome colors of the chairs inspired me to start painting the chairs that i already had. here’s a picture of our completed table, please disregard our (NOT cute) yellowish walls…

next up- my roommate, Hayley, bought an awesome coffee table for $15. we spent some time sanding off a name and other scratches that were engraved on the top of the table…

the almost finished product! Hayley and her boyfriend Matt did such a great job sanding the rest of the table. all it needs is some wood-stain and it will be finished! this is a piece of furniture that she’ll be able to keep for a LONG time! i know it will be beautiful.

next project- i bought a frame and a mirror at the thrift store. i wanted to make the frame in to a message board using the chalkboard paint and thought i could repaint the mirror to hang up next to our jewelry display…

here’s the finished chalkboard! and the list of things we still need to do :) but i’m so happy with the way it turned out! i painted the mirror, but didn’t like the color of it. hopefully i’ll get a chance to repaint it soon…

last but not least, my BIG project! i bought a kids desk for $7 at the thrift store. it was a pretty big mess- horribly dirty, full of garbage, knobs and handles missing, drawers that don’t open, funky flowers painted on a drawer… i’ll let you see for yourself:

i spent a few hours sanding the paint off and trying to even out some of the bumps and scrapes. here’s what it looks like now…

to make up for the $7 desk, i went to anthropologie and bought some AMAZING knobs and handles! i think they’re going to look awesome on the desk. check them out!

i’m in a bit of a dilemma because the handles don’t quite fit the distance between the holes in the drawers, but i’m going to try to make it work somehow. i think i’m too in love with the handles to give them up! my next step will be painting the desk… any suggestions on colors? my guess is that it will end up white, with a little vintage touch. i wanted to paint it an orange-y color, but i think that might be too much. i also thought about grey, but i’m not sure i like grey and gold against each other. and i would love to paint it yellow, but our walls have a hint of yellow and unfortunately that would not be a pretty combination. so, if you have any other thoughts or suggestions, please let me know!

we have taken on our fair share of projects! and i can’t wait until it’s all finished. but for now i’m going to continue enjoying this process of creating and making things new. i’d love to hear what you think! i know this is a crazy-long post, but i hope you like what we’ve done so far :)

i’ll leave you with one last picture… a project that will come in the distant future… our backyard garden…

man, i hope we’re here longer than a year :)


updates: wedding, chalkboards, and planner

what an amazing and incredible week!

my beautiful, best friend Anna married the oh- so- wonderful Samuel Potter (check out his website!) on friday. i had so much fun with anna getting ready for her big day. we got to do a few crafty things together, but unfortunately i didn’t get pictures of it all of them. we put together all her favors in a vintage-looking planter box, made a journal out of an old book for her guest book, and got a chance to use the chalkboard paint for some signs. i LOVED the chalkboard paint and can’t wait to use it for more projects. i snapped a few pictures of our painting process for the wedding signs:

with the busyness of the wedding, i didn’t get a picture of the signs on display. but i took a screenshot of one of the signs from the wedding video.

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speaking of the wedding video, anna’s (now) brother-in-law has an awesome videography company (cana video production), they put together a breathtaking video from the wedding. you can check out the video, as well as some of the pictures here. i could write an entire blog about how great their wedding was- beautiful, perfect, intimate, lovely, inspiring… there truly aren’t enough words to describe it. but i think i’ll let the video and pictures speak for themselves. i wish anna and sam a lifetime of love, grace, and trust for all that God had in store for them. congrats again!

oh goodness. and now on to the planner… in the midst of the creative juices flowing from the week, i decided to do another month in my planner. i used scraps of paper from my mess of a collection. i really like the bright and bold colors. and the rub on butterfly and flower inspired me to use another rub on design for the front of my planner.

well, i think those are the only updates for now… it has been a great week at home filled with lots of creativity and beauty. now it’s time for me to head back down south to continue the search for a place to live, a job, and accomplishing more on my summer to do list!


inspiration: chalkboard paint

my planner is a slow and steady process. i don’t want to do too much at once. so as i’m putting that aside for a little bit, i’m getting excited to create something with the oh so fabulous chalkboard paint. i’ve known about it for a while and have been so eager to use it for a project. sidenote: using chalkboard paint is one of the things on my summer to do list…

i have no clue what i will make with the paint, but here are a few images to give you some ideas of the endless possibilities:

via pour toujours

via NEGS26

via Beautiful Rescue

via christayayaya

via campsprinkel

via AJthePurple

via anthropologie

okay, i think you get the point. there are SO many crazy-awesome things you can do with chalkboard paint!! this week i’m helping my beautiful friend, Anna, make chalkboard signs that will direct guests to her wedding. i’m excited to get a chance to use this paint. and so stoked for Anna and Sam’s big day. it’s going to be nothing short of amazing… the wedding that is ;)

pictures to come! hope you’re feeling inspired!


planner update

well, i have been working on my planner and wanted to show you all the progress i’ve made :)

it’s coming along- slowly but surely. so far, i’m really happy with it. i am loving the handmade look and feel of the whole thing. drawing in all the lines has been a little tedious, but i knew that was going to be the worst part. creating the rest of it has been really fun! here’s a peek on my june pages:

my lines aren’t perfect, the measurements are uneven. and that was something i had to give up right away… this planner will not be perfect. this planner will not be perfect. i have to keep reminding myself of that. this is a fun project that will be special because of the time and creativity i put into it.

it’s hard to make all the months look different. i’m trying to space out how many pages i “decorate” at once. otherwise, they’ll all look the same!!! there’s not a whole lot to do in a 2 x 7 inch space! but i bought new paper yesterday and i’m really excited to use it! so hopefully the new paper will bring some new inspiration. here’s the july page:

i’m using different colors and different types of pens to write in it. that was one of my “OCD issues” in my last planner. i had a really hard time writing with a blue pen when the majority of my planner was written in black pen. so now i’m using ball point pens, gel pens, markers, and lots of colors! i have to make a confession- i’ve already marked all my internship days in red… my justification- it is the one consistent thing in my week! but i will have you know, i have used the red marker for other things in my planner aside from my internship :)

i know, i have some crazy obsessive issues- i’m trying to break them! i’m sure people that stumble upon this blog, or this post think i’m absolutely crazy. it makes me giggle a little to think about it. oh well! we’ve all got some issues, right?

hope you enjoyed the pictures! let me know what you think :)

ps- i’m having lots of fun with my new mac, can you tell?


summer project #1- planner perfection

i thought i’d let you in on my first summer project… it’s not on my “to do list”, but it’s something that will be a pretty big challenge to me. for those who don’t know, i have a deep, deep love for my planner. i’m very attached to it. and i LOVE writing things in it. it’s 100% ridiculous- this planner only fuels my issues with perfection and control. i can make my planner perfect and i am in control every little detail of it. i use white out, i color coordinate events, i even used the same pen for a while. here’s a glimpse of my pretty planner:

now all that to say- my planner is running out of days and is a bit worn out (hence the staples). and my pretty little piece of perfection will be gone and probably for the best. now this means a new planner is in the works. and this time… i’m creating the entire thing. aside from the actual book, although that’s on my summer to do list, so maybe i should have made it! i started with a plain, spiral-bound sketchbook, no lines, and i am making my new planner. i figured out all the line spacing and have started drawing in the lines. here’s what it’s looking like:

i know that i’m in for a HUGE challenge. filling in all the lines is not going to be fun… but i’m really looking forward to decorating the pages and the different months. this is just the beginning of a long project! and now i have this blog to keep me accountable to finishing. Lord knows i’m great at starting things and never finishing.

so here’s to a new planner and a new project! i’ll keep you posted on how it’s going!