Category Archives: beautiful things

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5 bedding picks from anthro

i love anthro‘s bedding!

remember when i mentioned that i haven’t done much decorating? well, my bedroom style/design is definitely lacking. there are really no decorative elements in there at all. so if i were to get started on a styling kick in my bedroom i’d start with one of these bad boys.

anthropologie bedding

{1} keo bedding {2} amora bedding {3} kitami bedding {4} fleeting moments bedding {5} pilar bedding


sorta jungalow-ish, but not really

yesterday i mentioned justina blakeney’s jungalow style and whether or not it’s the style for me. truth is, i already have quite a few jungalow-ish things going on at my place, but i have to admit my home style is more influenced by my mom than anyone else.

orange painted wall

my little family and i have been at our place for about three years now and i haven’t gone into full-on deco mode yet. i have a few pieces here and there (mostly in our living room area) that really represent my style, but the rest of our home is pretty void of any… well, of anything! my husband and i have a totally different aesthetic (unfortunately!!!) so a lot of things i’d love to do i’m sure he’d hate.

*le sigh.*

we have one orange painted wall in our living room that was actually supposed to be a brazil nut color. the orange color was originally supposed to be in the dining room but there was a miscommunication on my plans for the wall and well, the husband got the colors mixed up and painted this wall orange. the dining room never got a paint job at all.

the paint can is still in our closet. does paint go bad?

and i don’t even want to talk about all of the artwork i have that has gone un-hung. i honestly don’t know what the heck i’m waiting for. for a number of reasons i just haven’t been inspired, i suppose.


anyhoo, there are dots of style sprinkled here and there. this cute little three-legged stool is one of my favorite pieces. we bought it while we were on our honeymoon in cabo san lucas many moons ago. i saw a diy project on design sponge a couple years ago on making camping stools similar to this if you wanna have a go at creating your own.

crate and barrel vases

our fireplace mantel is one of the places i like to play around with when it comes to changing the look of things. the husband and i have debated on what should go here to! in fact, one time i put it all together with photos and vases only to have him come home, take everything off, change it around just to put it back the way i had it originally.

so here’s a piece of what’s going on with it now. the vases are from crate & barrel. don’t go looking for them though, they’re pretty old. and the cute lil’ face in the pic belongs to my stepson who will be the big 1-8 this month!


throw pillows from pier 1. i just love the colors on these two. so vibrant!


a small trunk plays the role of a side table in our living room and houses a ridiculous amount of dvds. nothing like a cute little number that doubles as storage space! the wooden box on top once had the most beautiful and creative floral arrangement by jane carroll inside. the box was just too adorable to toss!


tapestries from urban outfitters. again, i bought these things eons ago, but uo has got a pretty cool collection of them still. i’ve used these on my couch, on the bed…very versatile!

how would you describe your home’s style? do you have free reign over how it looks or do you and your significant other make the decisions together?

make yo’ own :: jeweled ribbon headband

the longer my hair gets the more i feel i need to do something with it. it’s not long enough for one of those cutesy top buns just yet, but i can toss a headband on and this jeweled one (diy tutorial by whimseybox) is just the thing to knock my curly fro’ up a few notches for a funky look. and hello!! it’s so daggone easy to make. i’m actually not the blingiest person on the block, but i imagine you can go wild with trinkets to add to ribbon.


DIY Jeweled Ribbon Headband from Whimseybox on Vimeo.

oh, and in case you’re not familiar, whimseybox is a monthly craft subscription service where you sign up, pay 15 bucks a month and get all kinds of fun diy/crafty stuff. there’s also a crafting community on the site.

5 sweet thangs i want but can’t have

if i could, i would, but i can’t so i’ll post.

here are 5 things i’d love to be eating right now instead of sippin’ water and eating a banana while acting like it’s a pineapple soda and laffy taffy.

coconut cake

via momofukufor2

see this right here. this is my absolute FAVE!! you hear me?? MY FAVE!!!! and i know you’re not supposed to deprive yourself of your favorites when living a healthier lifestyle, but you just don’t understand how hard i would go on this coconut cake with coconut swiss meringue buttercream.

yep, all that.

it wouldn’t even be right. in fact, let’s get on with the next thing before i get tempted to run out and purchase the ingredients.


creme brulee ice cream

via cafe johnsonia

and here comes another fave taken to a whole ‘nother level. get this, creme brulee ICE CREAM!!! now i’m sure that lindsey over at cafe johnsonia isn’t the first who’s ever done it and i’m sure there’s been plenty since (this post was published in 2007), but she sure takes a pretty picture. don’t you just wanna lick the screen right now?

i do.



dark chocolate lace cookiesvia my jerusalem kitchen

ummmmmm…YUM!!!! i love a thin crispy cookie. forget those soft, gooey things. i like my cookie with a crunch. and these dark chocolate almond & orange lace cookies to me look like they are right down my cookie alley. yep-per!!


toffee vanilla bean bundt cakevia week of menus

see this beauty? it’s a toffee vanilla bean bundt cake with caramel glaze and sea salt. i won’t pretend like i’ve ever had anything even similar to this cake, but just the name of it has me reaching for a fork. i didn’t even need to see a pic. but ohhhhhhh, the pic. that beautiful caramel glaze…

maybe i really don’t wanna be fit. maybe i should just toffee vanilla bean bundt cakes with caramel glaze and sea salt my life away.

yeah, i’m trippin’.

last but not least…


salty chocolate chunk cookiesvia bon appetit

now you know life ain’t quite right without a chocolate chip cookie around every now and then. these here are salty chocolate chunk cookies. see, those crumbs up there? that means they’re crunchy, just like i like ’em.

make yo’ own :: giant tissue paper flowers

okay, i know it seems like i’m on this ginormous kick after last week’s big ol’ pom pom how-to vid, but this might actually come in handy for that wedding i’m planning. and since it might be useful to me, i figured it might be useful for someone else too!

i remember when i was a little girl my pop would let me get a gigantic paper tissue flower whenever we went to king’s dominion. i doubt if they still sell them, but i thought they were the most wonderful things back then. now i can make my own! woot! woot!

here goes…

let your creative side fly

the thing about letting your creativity fly is that all you need is an idea, a few materials and a little space to make it happen.

bowl of glass beadsi’m a maker. i dig making things. i love painting, crafting, doodling, making jewelry…creating stuff. if i could sing i’d make a record, but that ain’t my talent.

but anyway, it’s sooooo important for me to go off of my own creative vibes. it’s so easy to look at something that someone else has created and say, “hey, i can do that!!” but why would you want to? just grab your tool of choice (paintbrush, pen, pencil, camera, sewing machine, needle, etc.) and get busy doing the best to creatively express…you!

my process usually works like this: good music + a glass of wine + table space = creative zone awesomeness. just ask my little family. i zonessssss out!!

and i.need.that. like air, for real.

i’m sure you creatives dig where i’m coming from.

glass charmsometimes my ideas come out great. sometimes not so much. but it’s not always about the end product (and i say “product” loosely, it’s rare that i sell a thing), a lot of times for me it’s the process. seeing what works and what doesn’t. what i enjoy putting together and what i don’t.

and a lot of times your creation is really only a fail because it doesn’t come out the way you had envisioned. and you know, there aren’t really a lot of wrongs in being creative (unless you’re trinidad james, but that’s another story) and that’s what’s so fly about it.

so when a piece doesn’t come out the way i dreamed it up in mind, i usually take off in another direction to create something else. or trash it.

whatever works.

spottedi have tons of ideas. an overwhelming amount of them. sometimes i think/dream up so many things that i can do that i get exhausted. for real!! then i end up doing nothing.

painted thingsbut i’m learning to do what i can, when i can and not pressure myself to do everything at once. i jot down my thoughts then take my time creating them.

let the creativity flow naturally.

more painted thingsand every once in a while, i’ll create a thing that i absolutely love.

purple curly locs

i remember telling one of my girlfriends last year that i wanted to dye my hair purple. she thought i was nuts. her reaction wasn’t a huge deterrent because right off the bat i realized that she’s a bit more conservative than me so i understood why she wasn’t really seeing my purple hued vision.

it’s cool. everythang ain’t for everybody.

the only reason i decided not to dye my hair is because i’ve been on a gig hunt since i was laid off and my guess is that purple hair isn’t that widely accepted in the office place.

conformity sucks.

my purple urge came back strong the other day when i saw tarenguy’s pic on instagram. her purple super curly hair is gorgeous!! i just LOVE how it looks on her!!! i’ll have to live vicariously through her until i safely land in a place of employment. then i can put them in a state of shock and awe when i dye my hair purple my second week there.

here’s taren’s youtube vid of her dying her hair using manic panic.

make yo’ own :: ginormous pom poms

it’s fun to learn a new thing, right? so why not learn how to make a big ol’, gigantic, almost bigger than your head pom pom! it’s the hot, happening craft, don’t you know?

get your yarn out and enjoy this how-to vid via threadbanger.

and let me just go ahead and double stamp what corinne said about justina blakeney’s blog and pinterest page! i adore justina’s style and in my mind i’m just as boho cool as she. ha!

a Christmas of earrings, caramels and a red trash can

this year i told my husband that we should start a Christmas tradition. he said, in his ever present sarcasm, “we have one. i buy the tree and you decorate it.”

i’m not too convinced that that’s a tradition as much as a routine, but okay, dear! but what is a tradition is spending time with our family. lots of food and lots of laughter and good times to be had.

my dr. suess-y Christmas tree.
my dr. suess-y Christmas tree.

i have to admit that i was pretty dang tired on Christmas eve and Christmas because i had spent the days (and nights) before making a ridiculous amount of caramels and plenty jewelry to give as gifts to my family and friends. next year i’ll start much earlier. i usually do, but i guess this year i wanted to feel a little fire under my butt. or something like that.

beaded necklace
a beaded necklace for my mama
handpainted earrings
handpainted earrings for my fly girls

and once the fire started, i couldn’t stop!! let me just say, there’s nothing like putting on some music (thank you, pandora!!) and gettin’ your creative thang on.

orange tassels
orange tassels
earring assortment
earrings for e’erybody!!
handpainted earrings
ode to my ol’ school heart.

the kick-off to our Christmas happened where it always does, at my pop and stepmama’s on Christmas eve. this year we did a dollar store exchange which was pretty cool. well, it was cool to open your gift. it wasn’t, however, all that fun trying to find ONE GIFT for each person at the dollar store. it was my stepmama’s idea. i told her next year, i’m just making stuff.

on Christmas we were off to my mother-in-law’s early where her two small children were crazy excited about their new toys and i watched as my sis-in-law nearly passed out from blowing up a sumo bumper bopper. i jest, but i was a bit concerned that she’d eventually need oxygen. that evening, we headed to spend the evening with my mama, grandma and a host of other folks. i have to say, my grandma, bless her heart, gave us the most memorable gift ever…

bathroom accessory kit
bathroom accessory kit

and it’s RED!!! haha!! we all got a good laugh from this one, even though i think it was meant to be a totally serious gift. i asked my grandma, “but why red? my bathroom isn’t red??” she said, “look over there at that Christmas tree…everything goes with red.”

well, true that grandma.

anyway, i hope that you and yours had a very Merry Christmas!!!