Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sweet and Sentimental

When Jordan and I were planning our wedding a few years back we decided to write our own vows. So ever since our wedding back in 2006 I have wanted to do something special with our vows and put them on display somewhere in our home. This past summer I purchased a decorative glass frame and it has been on our dresser ever since we moved here in August with the store bought insert included. I was not wanting to put in a picture because I felt it would take away from the pretty design and then it dawned on me that this was the perfect frame for our vows!!! It had a somewhat small opening so I had to write our vows super small but I think it turned out beautifully!!

Take a look....

Sentimental projects are the best and just in time for Valentines day!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Painting Pottery Again?!?

Yes it's true I went and painted more pottery :)
This time I went with a group of girls, only one of whom I knew. It was a fun evening for sure. Becki, who works with me, invited me to a girls night which is called G.N.O.M.E and stands for Girls Night Out Monthly Extravaganza. Each month they get together and do some thing different and they make it fun. She told me the event was started because they were getting married and having babies and it was becoming tough to hang out together. So one night a month they hang out just girls no husbands or babies. Becki told me one time they went bowling and I think she called it "Crazy Bowling." Instead of just bowling they would add different things to it each round the only one I remember was bowling with an oven mitt on. I thought that was a clever idea. Well she invited me this month and although I was a little nervous not knowing anyone but her I decided to go. Seemed like a good way hang out with some people and the added plus painting pottery which as you can tell is something I love to do. She rented out the party room and we enjoyed pizza and drinks while we painted it was a lot of fun! I ended up painting two things. They were smaller pieces so they were quickly done.

The first piece is a flower pot. I was really excited about this one because I just recently got a pretty pink African violet and I knew it would fit perfectly in this pot. I am not in love with how it turned out. I think I should have done the darker blue speckled color that is on the tray also on the rim on the pot, but oh well my flower still looks great in it.

The second piece I am in love with! It's so cute. It is supposed to be an ice cream dish but I'm using it as a little candy dish for now. It is a fun bright blue color with white speckles all throughout, it reminds me of tropical water. The speckled paints they have are super fun!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Stew by the Fire

Friday's I get to enjoy a half day at work. Often I will do the grocery shopping and run errands before returning home, but I always make sure to get home in time to watch Giada De Laurentiis. Two Friday's ago on her show she made "Hearty Tomato Soup" and "Beef and Butternut Squash Stew". Both of which looked amazing and I knew I wanted to try. So yesterday I made the soup for lunch and it was so yummy (we will be having the left overs tomorrow)!! Tonight I made the stew and it too was delicious. It is a thiner stew but the melody of flavors was simply wonderfully delectable. Many times on Giada's cooking show she makes a meal for a certian event this time it was after her and some friends had spent the day skiing and had dinner by the fire. While Jordan and I didn't eat this after skiing we did have it while in front of a warm, cozy fire Jordan had prepared. It sure was a fun dinner.

Here is a picture so you can join in the fun with us.

Let me know what you think if you make either of the recipes!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Saturday Mornings

I woke up this morning and I could not help but be reminded of all the reasons why I love Saturday mornings. Saturday mornings are so wonderful to begin. I am awakened by the sunlight streaming through our creamy white curtains. It's such a peaceful way to be awoken, much nicer than any alarm clock for sure. Once waking up there is really not much of a schedule, you can do what ever you want and take as long as you want doing it! This morning Jordan and I started our morning with a nice walk/jog then got all cleaned up and had a wonderful yummy brunch. We were given a waffle maker this Christmas from Jordan's Family and we are having fun using it...yum..

We also enjoyed a yummy cappuccino together in cute tea cups. I got the cappuccino maker for Jordan's Christmas present and they are so much fun to make and drink. It is a stove-top maker similar to a percolator but it also steams the milk and makes that fun loud pitched noise just like you're at a coffee shop.

I also love Saturdays because they are such a wonderful day to recharge and get ready for the week ahead. I love getting the house all clean and I love how the house smells after all the cleaning and laundry. Saturdays are also a great day for crafts and painting your nails. So many fun things can happen on a Saturday there are just so many reasons to love this day!

Happy Saturday to you all :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pretty Fun Things

Last week Jordan and I went on a date, it was a snowy Saturday and we were looking for something fun to do. The pottery painting place in town "The Polka Dot Pot" also offers glass fusing and I had been wanting to try it for awhile so we decided to do that. I chose to make a pendant and Jordan provided wonderful advice on my piece. Working with glass was lots of fun. I got to choose from lots of colors for the base of my pendant. Then they showed me how to score and cut the glass into little fun pieces to decorate the pendant. Lastly they have you glue your pieces down and they send it off for fusing. I think I will go back and make some earrings to go with it!