Tuesday, April 30, 2013

just your everyday vacay...

have i ever told you about that time i ran off the side of a mountain!? i haven't!? well -when pj of bunny and dolly needed some amazing vacation stories for her blog, i told her all about it!

go read my story, as well as a few other travelers favorite vacay moments and be sure to leave her some serious love!!

Monday, April 29, 2013

happy monday!

good morning, sweet friends!

i had a really inspiring weekend and i am feeling really motivated in many different areas of my life. i have some exciting things to share in the next few weeks and i am so pumped! so even though it's monday, make it a good one. and be thankful for all the good you have in your life :) xo

photo via brave girls club

Friday, April 26, 2013

#SONP2013: inspiration

ok, can we just talk about how excited i am for the Summer of No Pants 2013 (affectionately, #SONP2013  - where i have committed to sewing and wearing skirts all summer long!?) that is starting up soon?! i mean, in FL it's been summer since february first, but for the rest of the world things are just heating up!

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keep reading after the jump!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

the big office reveal!

drum roll please...are you drumming..? rolling? drum rolling?

 ta-da! the office is finally done!

after lots of drilling and hanging and organizing and cleaning - i have an office!
click through to see all the pics!

Monday, April 22, 2013

april showers: rain drop mobile DIY

if you recall, last week i was only able to show you a sneak peek of this project because i hadn't counted on the glue taking forever to dry. and since it is going to pour rain all day today - why not share a little rain inspiration with you!
click through to see all the awesomeness!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

super sneaky peek

well, even the best laid plans have to yield to the laws of mother nature. i had planned on sharing a finished project with you all today - but mother nature and the principles of glue drying physics (yep. that.) have thwarted me. so, instead i give you a sneaky peek at what i am working on. so far its coming together in a pretty cool way and i hope i am not building myself up for disaster and let down - but i think what we have in the works will turn out totally awesome.

for now i will say it is "april shower" themed and involves large quantities of blue elmers glue. it is also covering the entire island in our kitchen.. glue party!

the way things are looking, i will be able to finish this beast over the weekend and share it with you next week - so stay tuned! (i know you are all on the edge of your seats!   no? you aren't? darn..) either way, i am excited.

happy hump day!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

hand painted watercolor cards

there is nothing better than a hand written note from a friend. i love hand writing cards and decided to try my hand at watercolors for a quick and easy little project with that extra personal touch. i haven't painted with watercolors since high school and i can say i will be doing it more often now. it is so fun! (and easssy!!!)

keep reading

Friday, April 12, 2013

hooray weekend!

well, friends. we made it. the weekend is here. this week was especially long for some reason and i am so happy to see it go. i have 4652 projects planned for this weekend, including the dreaded "organize the bookshelf" project in my new office. it is the only thing holding me back and i need to get it done so i can share pictures with you guys. my new space is absolutely perfect (with the exception of the bookshelf) and i am ready to be done with that project so i can enjoy my office. woo!

this picture is from the very first day that we had june. we drove 3 hours to ocala (near orlando) to pick her up and this picture is from the drive home. isn't she so precious? last night while i was picking out a picture, the three of us were snuggled on the couch and matt said to june, "juney, can you believe you were ever that small?" and i already know that we are ruined when we have kids because we treat our dog like our child.

anyways, i hope your weekend is full of magic and fun. got anything good on the books?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

april showers: 10 things to do while stuck inside

1. nap - this is my preferred rainstorm activity. although not at all productive, it is really exciting to have an hour to just lay on the couch and sleep away the rain. bonus - the sound of rain on your windows is the perfect nap soundtrack! but - practice sparingly as it is addictive and like i said - counterproductive. (can you imagine getting to nap every day for the whole month?! omg, yes please. i mean, no. don't do that.)

2. clean up your email inbox - yep, mine is over-flowing with tempting offers from anthropologie and random subscriptions i am sure i never asked for. spend 20 focused minutes on some heavy handed deleting and voila - clear skies ahead for your inbox!

3. try out a new hairstyle - have a curling iron you need to master? ever wanted to try out that cool braid your co-worker shows off effortlessly? well, you aren't going anywhere. might as well give it a go! and if it looks terrible, you shower/dry/curl/rinse/repeat until you get better at it. people aren't born good at those crazy awesome hairstyles. those effortless looking beach waves take practice, ladies, so even if you aren't perfect at it the first go around, you have plenty of rain hours ahead this month to keep working at it!

4. catch up on your DVR (or that show everyone talks about and you are clueless) - if you are like me - you hoard your beloved tv shows on your DVR until it is at 96% full. i can't let them go. and i always end up watching my favorite shows (ahem, psych) and leaving the ones i like (and still record) to pile up - clogging that precious space. i like to spend some rainy afternoon time catching up on these left-behind shows. while i'm not curing cancer or discovering any new universes with this practice, i am clearing up a cluttered part of my life.. and i can usually get some laundry done at the same time. (and if you are the only one in the office not watching mad men/breaking bad/walking dead/whatever - here is your chance to jump on that train. netflix is a wonderful thing.)

5. read a book - i love to read but never seem to have a chunk of time where i can really devote myself to a book. rainy afternoon, can't go anywhere - read that book!

6. clean your house. i know what you're thinking. "cor - you were just on a role with some awesome tips and now you want me to clean?!" hear me out. yes - cleaning is not the most fun thing ever. but it's even more un-fun when it is gorgeous outside and you have to miss out on the sunshine to mop the floors. ick. so, blast some good dancin' music and run the dishwasher, vaccuum a little and once the sun returns you will be ready to get out there and enjoy it without thinking about those pesky house chores.

7. paint your nails - i am totally that girl who paints her nails right before having to the dishes or change a car tire or something really hands-on intense. what was i thinking? it never ends well. but, when it's raining is when you should paint those puppies! i might even mix in a little DVR decluttering at the same time. that counts as multi-tasking..right?

8. organize your closets - again, seriously un-fun for most people (i happen to love it because i am crazy - but i never have the time!) but it is something you should do once a season so you are organized. one of the worst things is knowing you have something but have zero clue where it is! serious pet-peeve of mine and i would love it if everything in my house had a home and an accompanying label. yep - i'm that girl. sadly, my house isn't as perfect as i wish it was, but a rainy afternoon is an opportune time to make those organizational dreams come true.

9. play a game - we looovvee games in our house. i mean, love. bust out a little "scene it" or our recent fave - "would you rather?" it makes you choose between the worst things you can think of and you progress in the game if people answered the way you did. it's terrible and awesome all at once. and it usually gets some pretty good conversation going ("i can't believe you would rather dive headfirst into the dumpster of thumb tacks! who are you!?")

10. cook/bake/eat/repeat - this one is up there on my list of rainy day favorites - but like napping - use sparingly unless you have a killer metabolism. i love trying new recipies but rarely do when i am making dinner - what if it turns out gross? then we are starving and have to figure out something else.. such a process. so a rainy afternoon is the perfect time to try out that new casserole! if it sucks you just move on and nobody is "hangry." yep. hungry + angry = hangry. you know what i'm talking about. and what better way to make your home super cozy in the rain than filling it with the yummy smells of baked cookies/cakes/pies?!

feeling a little frisky? try combining a few of these for your perfect stay at home rainy afternoon! (hello nap, book, bake-fest!)

Monday, April 8, 2013

adam & eve: a salvage adventure

one of my favorite places to visit for inspiration is adam and eve salvage yard. it is a magical place where architectural beauties go to get a second chance at life. they have doors, windows, columns, giant letters, tables, chairs, and literally everything house related you could imagine. even toilets. i love being there and thought i would share some favorites from my most recent trip down there.

keep reading for more pictures!

Friday, April 5, 2013

i {heart} oh, what love

exciting news today my friends! i recently started contributing to oh, what love and my first post is up on the blog today! oh, what love is an awesome vintage/indie/anthropologie-esque wedding blog run by the brilliant mariah danielsen and i am doing round-ups of pretty things i find on pinterest for her lovely blog. super exciting, right!? i think so. it is awesome to work with a blog you admire and i couldn't be more happy about all the fun new things on the horizon.

be sure to check out my first post: "dressed tresses" and browse the site for all kinds of beautiful inspiration! xo <3

april showers: FUN-brella

ella, ella, ay ay... sorry. anyone else sing that rihanna song when they say umbrella? no? just me? okay then. nevermind.

welcome to the first post in my "april showers bring may flowers" series. in april - i'll share some shower themed thoughts/diy's/round-ups..and in may, well you get where i am going with this...

now that it's april, i am looking forward to the rain showers that will hopefully bring my garden (ok really it's just one grape vine..i killed everything else) back to life. and since i am usually the girl that looks like a drowned rat, soaked head to toe because her umbrella (ella ella) is in the car/at home/somewhere buried in her room, i've decided to attempt to change my ways. and what better way that to buy a totally fantastic and stylish umbrella!? here are a few i don't think i can live without...

if i had one of these mega cute and stylish umbrellas (ella ella - i can't help it. it's a tick now.) i wouldn't leave it behind/lose it/forget it because they are so rad! the classic navy one is the one i picture ryan gosling carrying (hey girl, don't get rain on your pretty face...) and if i had children they would obviously have the monster one. the retro-fab clear bubble one reminds me of one my grandma had when i was growing up and carrying it is like walking in your own sound-proof bubble. great acoustics for singin' in the rain. it's pretty awesome.

which one is your favorite?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

sometimes real life gets real.

hi friends. i know this place is usually a fun space where diy and pug-filled dreams come true, but sometimes real life gets real. real hard. real fast. just real.

i have been trying to figure out how to talk about some of the more challenging things going on in my world, and while i still don't really know how to say any of this out loud i figure i should try. i want to be honest and open with you guys - even if it's difficult.

first, a small piece of my heartache stems from this past weekend. our family dog, bayleigh, passed away on saturday and i am heartbroken. she was a golden retriever and she had the biggest heart. we got her right before i started high-school and after growing up watching full house (and their dog comet) a golden retriever was my dream dog. who wouldn't want a big snuggly teddy bear? she loved to swim in our pool and splash around, she would let you put funny glasses on her and she knew quite a few tricks. she was loyal, and loving, and would cuddle you if she thought you were having a bad day. she knew all of my secrets and i am going to miss her so much.

continue reading...

Monday, April 1, 2013

swanky swank party glasses DIY

so, in my own little perfect world, matt and i live like we're in the great gatsby. you know, fancy glitter-infested parties, rich food and drinks a plenty. in real life we watch a lot of movies in oversized t-shirts and boxer shorts and drink chocolate milk - but a girl can dream! in an effort to bring a little extra glitz into our lives i decided to whip these little gems up. honestly, this was one of the easiest and least expensive diy's i've done, but gosh are they fun!
read more after the jump!