consignment asparagus

14 Jun

I am really, really (really!) new to consignment/thrift store/antique shopping, so when a thrift store “Coco’s on the Green’ opened up near my house (literally two building to the right), I wasn’t sure what to think!

Well, this cute little guy made my mind up quickly.

How CUTE is this? Look at all the personality this little bunch of asparagus has. Handmade watercolor painting by a LOCAL artist. $8. Yes, $8 bean-a-roos.

I’m in love.


proud moment

7 Jun

My absolutely lovely friend Alexis (her husband is deployed with Steve so we’ve become very close through sharing our strength and commiserating daily) taught me how to knit yesterday! I can’t believe in all my years I never learned how to – it is such an amazingly lovely and therapuetic thing to do!

Here is my first completed project adorned with a lovely little flowered brooch. I know it’s June and about 85 degrees out so a scarf is a little premature, but I don’t want to take this fuzzy little baby off!  Can’t wait for it to get chilly enough to wear..

So, whatdya think?

Organizing Mission: Pantry Edition

7 Jun

After seeing this post over at Young House Love, I decided to take a good hard look at my own pantry. Yeah, it’s a mess. A mishmosh of cleaning supplies, food, kitty litter, reusable bags, cooking supplies, etc.  Take a gander at this hot mess over here.

Ha! I’m sure that gave you guys a decent laugh. It really does need some help. I’m going to put my budget at $50 (preferably under!) and see what I can whip up.  I’m thinking I need some baskets, some better clear bulk grain organizers (non plastic for sure), something to organize cans more efficiently, and a way to keep baggies, tin foil and parchment paper at bay. My goal is to have this done a week from today so June 14th.

Annnnd.. I’m off!

Stormy Day

6 Jun

I love me a summer thunderstorm!

before and after: bedroom windows

3 Jun

the bedroom is coming together nicely!


dark and drab!

now, with some easy updates. new curtains. new DIY art work. voila.

light, airy and open.

what do you guys think? pretty big change, eh? not bad for a “semi-homemaker”! 🙂

simple DIY art

2 Jun

So I did a couple wonderful things today. I got new curtains for our bedroom and made two pieces of cheap (read: free!) art for the wall in between those newly curtained windows!

To make these DIY art I searched on’s “photography” section. All of these images are free and there are some great photoshop-esque options in terms of editing them. I found a lovely image of a dirt road lined with trees. The green color is just beautiful and compliments my new bedspread deliciously! I edited this photo two times to say two different phrases “our story is love” and “and they lived happily every after”.  It’s a bedroom after all and our home is full of love so I wanted the images to reflect that.  Here is what they came out looking like.

I found two document frames laying in the closet and thought they would be perfect sized for the windows. So I printed these images out (just regular printer paper and ink) and took another white piece of print paper to “mat” the image in the frame.

Here’s the finished product! I think it looks just lovely.  And what about those curtains? They totally brighten up the room right? LOVE it.

Simple, free DIY!! Gotta love it.

nothin’ beats basil

1 Jun

I mean it. Seriously. This is my favorite herb. Fragrant. Flavorful. Fast-growing. Three F words that I certainly don’t mind saying. I use my organic, homegrown basil in at least 75% of my recipes. If I don’t know what else to season something with? Basil! My go-to man. I love you, basil. Thanks for standing by me. You sure are lookin’ fine in that yellow pot of yours!