So, naturally when I saw this sparkly gold paper at the Paper Source, I NEEDED to find a project for it! Luckily a friends upcoming bridal shower needed invitations (well, let’s be serious, I would have talked myself into getting it for something..) Her beach wedding is in Mexico (which I’ll be enjoying in two short weeks – not to brag, or anything) and her color is sea green. After deciding to incorporate some new fonts and similar colors into the invite, I thought the gold paper gave it a little glitz along with the rhinestone (how fitting, right?) and looks great with the darker sea color envelopes (the A6 envelopes also from Paper Source, my favorite). After a night of cutting, gluing, and stamping, I have to say I think they turned out great! I’m still finding glitter all over the house, and sometimes on the dog, but this is the price we pay for fun crafts! I can’t wait to use the other colors too!
Mirage Rock. Finally.
I know this album came out in Sept, and being a loyal boh fan, I am sad to report I am just getting around to giving it a good listen now. In January.
Shhh, don’t tell the band.
It’s no mirage, this album rocks! (sorry, had to)
I can’t ever really say anything bad about Band of Horses which makes my favoritism annoying and biased, I know, but I really think this too was another impressive album. A great among greats! This time around, the mood was a little more country, ringing in strong with those southern rock influences that make you feel like you’ve gone back to your roots. I hear the Eagles, and Neil Young… did somebody say Crazy Horse? With his killer vocals and witty words, I believe Ben Bridwell can do no wrong. I could listen to him sing sweet nothing’s with that beautiful voice any day, all day. Forever and ever, amen. My favorite song – Everythings Gonna be Undone, I swear is written for me – and I find myself humming it to myself all day long. It’s SO good. Electric Music is my other favorite, I literally turn it up and belt the song out every time I get in the car (yea, it’s ugly). Maybe because the song sings “Traveling the open road” I picture myself driving down a dirt road in the 70′s – you know, even though I was just an idea then. Very Almost Famous, tour bus-esq…
I Love this album as much, if not more than Infinite Arms, and cannot believe the backlash Band of Horses got for it! Get out of 2007! Sounds change, music evolves, musicians grow – so get on board! I was seriously shocked at the bad reviews Mirage Rock got, since at first listen, I loved it! I do understand sometimes it takes awhile to get into new albums, and more often than not it’s easy to jump to the negatives. Not all changes are good, but c’mon! This one? It’s SO good.
Maybe the classic rock/country/folk lover that i am didn’t care that sound was a little different – because it’s a sound I like so much. Either way, the band still has their Indie Rock aesthetic, pop sense, and good lyrics. They’ve just revamped a little. Whys’ everybody so mad about that?
And maybe I will never think badly of boh, and really this is more of a love letter/blog praise from a crazy fan than an actual review. Tomatoe, tomato.
And maybe i’m giving Mirage Rock 4 thumbs up because, well, we’ve already decided that I’m irritating and play favorites.
If you haven’t already, give her a listen, you won’t be sorry.
I’ve been collecting jars forever. Ok, it’s been maaaaybe a year, but it feels like forever! I kept seeing these cute DIY projects to do with mason jars and milk jars, and I thought, done and done! why not reuse my olive jars, spaghetti jars, and pickle jars? Why not go green? Why not!
Other than the fact I’ve become a serious pack rat with all these craft projects (my laundry room has turned into ‘craft crap’ room) I do have to say, the jars were a good thing to hoard. I’ve found many, many things to do with them! My toothbrush sits in a very fancy spice jar, my pens stand nicely in a mason jar on my desk, and a pickle jar has made a wonderful home for my dish scrubbing brush. How countrified! My first project was to dye these jars with food coloring and glue so they looked like colored glass. While I successfully dyed my countertops turquoise, I can’t say the same for my jars. The color was too faded and just weren’t worthy of sitting in my windows. It wouldn’t be the first pinterest project gone awry, but I decided to move onto my next craft - things to put in these jars. This seemed much easier anyway! For Christmas I like to make peppermint bark (mostly because it’s literally just heating up chocolate and breaking up candy canes) so I thought, I have all these silly jars, why not put candies in the jars in a cute way!
I found some cute red and white fabric to dress up the tops, tied em’ up with a green ribbon and viola! Cute, cheap, and resourceful!
I also made some chocolate dipped pretzels for the folks who don’t like peppermint bark (crazies) which were very cute as well. Considering I have about 60 more jars, I just might have to put more presents in jars! I can only imagine the cute fabric for birthdays, or any other holiday! Stacking cookies or adding popcorn, oh! the possibilities! If I come up with something fabulous, i’ll make sure to document it!
Happy Holidays! I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since Sept! So busy! This little guy on the card is one of the reasons! My adorable little pug, Moose, has been keeping me quite busy! He’s at the 6 month point, so thing are looking up (ish!) I wanted to share my holiday card, such an innocent little monster! Can’t wait for the Holidays and New Year! Hoping to blog about some work I’ve recently done, and some photos! More to come!!
When you think of tennis, the words gentleman, sophisticated, and elegant should come to mind. On his good days, Andy was lucky if he achieved well-behaved. It usually wasn’t pretty. There was the arguing. There was the racket throwing. There was the snotty press conferences. Although at most times these things made me cringe, I’d have to say they eventually became what I liked most about him. Bad behavior aside, he was real. He didn’t hide the fact he was upset about his losses, or that his emotions sometimes got the best of him. Although it was hard to watch, you always knew how bad he wanted it, and how hard it was to lose.
After an emotional farewell, tennis fans said goodbye to Andy Roddick this week.
Retirement? Already? Last match… ever?
I initially started following his career because he was the only American within reach of the big titles. OK, OK, and he’s also quite the golden boy. He was somebody that always worked hard and went the extra mile, but didn’t always come out on top. He was the guy you couldn’t help but root for, no matter how many losses or snarky interviews he gave. The quintessential underdog.
It wasn’t all tears and tantrums, Roddick did something right – he remained in the top ten for 9 years, and won 32 career titles – with one grand slam. He was also a huge Davis Cup crusader- playing for his country meant more to him than his own pro tour – and he was a consistent mentor for the younger players on tour. Not a shabby resume at all.
While I admit I pushed a few tears back after his speech, I doubt this is the end. He warned us he’d be back as a fan, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he came back as a sportscaster, announcer, or linesman (just kidding) – the guy does have an undeniable wit. His eloquence surely calls for the sport of tennis. Or at least television – we want to see that pretty face!
Maybe he’ll be as fickle as Brett Farve – a girl can hope, right?
Sniff, Sniff. Is it too soon to make I miss Andy t-shirts?
I was fortunate enough to get a few days off work last week, and headed up north (wayyyy up there..) to the upper peninsula of Michigan. Say yah to the UP! I haven’t been since I was a kid, so it was very cool to see some stuff I remembered, and some new stuff! It’s so serene and peaceful, a beautiful view at every turn! And best of all – no cell service! You’re really roughing it when you can’t get a signal – which was nice to be out of touch for a few days! Just the cure for some much needed r & r! My friend and I luckily got the last campsite at Lake Superior State campground (which was amazing) and set up for our mini vacation. Our site was right off the lake, and we spent the long weekend getting lost among the county roads (literally, those roads were not even on the maps) hiking trails, collecting rocks, relaxing, having some cocktails, and sleeping under the stars (aside from the night I thought a bear was visiting us – I was HARDLY sleeping – even when it turned out to be raccoons). We had GREAT weather most of the weekend – it was fantastic to wear a sweatshirt at night, and be able to sit outside without melting. It did rain the last evening we were there, but made for some great shots as the storm came rolling in! It was the perfect location for some rustic camping (my hair looked AWESOME by day 4) and although way too short, a great getaway! Can’t wait to head back UP there and check out the west side!