I wish I had a cool Irish accent to wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day in but I don't... So, I thought I'd share my green entryway with you instead!
My favorite part of the entryway is not the green though... I am still in love with these lamps which were found at an antique booth in Buckhead. The shop owner/lampmaker sent me a nice letter telling me about the origin of the materials used to create the lamp base. I was so excited to post that today but of course cannot find the letter! They were basically found in an old shipyard and I think were posts of some sort... love owning things with history!
Have you heard of Nan Lawson or seen her work? If you haven't, you need to head to her Etsy shop immediately. I first saw Nan's work a few months ago and I honestly can't remember where. I instantly fell in love and knew I just needed one of her portraits. Only problem was she's so incredibly popular that she had stopped taking orders. Dangit. I kept checking back in and one day I saw that she was taking names for her wait list. I thought it would be months and months but I heard from her surprisingly soon after putting my name on the wait list. After that, it only took her a few days to come up with the first draft and she was amazingly quick with her revisions. I couldn't be more happy with the end result!!
I think I'll hang this with the artwork my brother gave me for Christmas from 20X200 that I blogged about a few months ago...
Hello there loves! Hope your week is off to a great start! I've actually been quite busy these past few days putting together Wear Tiny Bit of Sparkle... I've desperately been needing to clean out my closet because I have an awfully bad habit of buying clothes then never wearing them! So, I decided to put them online and try to find a nice home for them. Here's a sneak peek at a few items for sale...
I completely forgot to take a picture of last night's delicious birthday meal but did remember to snap a quick pic of the funfetti cupcakes... more of a fun picture anyways! We ended up eating pretty late because we were having our new draperies installed (pictures to come) but it was well worth the wait! I thought I'd share this recipe with you all because not only was it tasty but also quite easy.
Pork Chops and Sauerkraut
-4 Boneless Pork Chops
-32 Ounces Sauerkraut
-1 Beef Boullion Cube
-1 Dark Ale (not dark like Guiness but something Fat Tire or Sam Adams Summer Ale)
Cook both sides of the pork shops in a pan with butter and coat them with salt and pepper. Then, put all ingredients into the crock pot for about 3-4 hours on medium. The meat should fall apart with a fork when done. I served with mashed potatoes and a salad. Yummm!!!
Today is my husband's 27th birthday! Woohoo!!!! I even got myself out of bed extra early to bake him blueberry muffins (his fave) to start his day off right. He's been a little bitter because this past January I celebrated my Golden Birthday, by turning 27 on the 27th. Unfortunately for him, his Golden Birthday passed him by when he was 10 and he doesn't remember to much about it. Therefore, he has crowned this his Platinum Birthday for no other reason than that's just what he wants to call it!
us celebrating Teddy's birthday, complete with a doggy cake
This day also makes me realize (extra than other days) just how lucky I am to have such an amazing husband that is insanely sweet to me, does the little things and let's me get my way just about every time (i.e. baking a doggy bday cake for Teddy, complete with a candle and singing).
I will be trying my best to whip up an amazing birthday meal tonight (the recipe of which I'll share tomorrow if it turns out good) and funfetti cupcakes! Now that we're in our first year of marriage, I'd like to start setting some birthday traditions...
I love Etsy because every day you can make a new discovery that makes you feel all nice and warm inside! I recently discovered artLAB (a little late in the game) and bought my mother-in-law this amazing scarf for her birthday.
Which can also be worn like this...
and a few other awesome ways. Patricia is doing some amazing things in her shop and I definitely recommend checking artLAB out!
While perusing Made By Girl, I saw a post she featured that Tam had written at Get It Girl Style. It talks about some of the not so positive things going on in the blogging world and it really hit a nerve with me. It got me thinking about when I first started blogging almost a year ago and how fortunate I was that I didn't really run into too much of that negativity. I was actually extremely lucky to get great advice and willingness to be in my features by some big bloggers (my blog "celebrities) and cannot thank them enough for that.
Another thing Tam talked about was how if blogging becomes a chore and it's not genuine, take some time away. This of course resonated with me because this is exactly what I've done the past few months. As you know, it's been really hard for me to find the time to blog since starting my new job and I took a longer hiatus from it than I had planned. I've started to really miss it though and have decided that it's something that I love and I'm going to commit to making more time for.
It also got me thinking about why I blog which is actually something that's been on my mind a lot lately. I love reading your comments and hearing from you but I really do blog because I love it and love sharing my finds and thoughts with my fellow bloggers. It's cathartic in a way sharing your thoughts with complete strangers--I'd say the majority of my closest friends don't even know I have a blog!!! I guess you could say blogging is my "secret single behavior" (see post below).
Anyways, I'll get to my point, just wanted to say thanks to all of you that have stuck with me during my hiatus and hello to any new readers. Also, thanks to all of the bloggers that participated in my "Blog Du Jour" series during my early blogging days--that definitely meant a lot to me and it was so much fun getting to know you all! If any bloggers ever need advice or a new blog friend, I'm definitely here for you!
I am one of those people that can watch Sex and the City over, and over, and over, and over again. I've seen every episode and still laugh and cry at the ones I've seen a thousand times. One of my favorite episodes though is "The Good Fight" where Aidan and Carrie move in together and it ends up being a bit disastrous at first (btw my favorite parts are when Carrie finds Aidan's rogaine and explains her second bathroom door as her "rape escape door"). Anways, the point of this story is that in this episode, Carrie discuss her "Secret Single Behavior" to the girls and how she needs some time alone. Her SSB was eating saltines with jelly while standing at her kitchen counter reading magazines. LOVE IT! Again, anyways, I thought about this last night as I engaged in one of my guilty pleasures...
I admit, one of my guilty pleasures is watching the Bad Girls Club (or some other form of bad reality tv) and eating Dean's French Onion dip with Ruffles chips. Wow. I said it. I'm unhealthy mentally and physically! I mean I just can't help but love watching all of these dysfunctional girls fight, contradict themselves and just be plain crazy 24/7!!!
Yep that's right! I am giving you a major steal to start your week off with... You owe me $285 to be exact.
I've been coveting Stuart Weitzman's Alex Espadrille for the past year or so but am more of a budget shopping girl and admired from afar. Then, last week I noticed Steve Madden has graciously given us "Fantastik" for a much more modest price of $80. Although I'm not a fan of names spelled incorrectly like when you add a "z" at the end of a word instead of an "s," I'll still be Fantastik's (Fantastik'z) #1 fan.