November 21, 2014

On My Mind | 09

1. Let me start with a "womp womp" - on Tuesday, I got sideswiped. By a tow truck. And then he drove away!

Womp womp.

Luckily, the damage was very, very minimal and it was on the corner of my car that was already a little scuffed. BUT STILL. If you know a tow truck driver in Charlotte who may or may not have bumped an innocent driver on Tuesday at approximately 7:50 p.m., tell him to give me a call and then send me a Starbucks card. A large, large Starbucks card.

2. Now that the bad news is out of the way, on to the good. Did you see this post, where I did a book review on Monday?

Well, I tweeted the link - and Elsie & Emma from A Beautiful Mess tweeted back!!

I may or may not have gotten a little fangirl-crazy for a few minutes. Elsie & Emma, you ladies rock. That's all.

3. Even if after being in the Queen City for nearly two years, I am still in the market for a really great coffeeshop and a really great used bookstore. I've found a handful of both that I like, but none of them have become go-to's yet. Charlotte friends - help me out here?

4. This guy does the most incredible parallel parking job you've ever seen. Watch it now, but don't try it at home.

5. Here's how I feel about the fact that stores have already had Christmas decorations up for three weeks by now:

I loooove Christmas, you guys...but yesterday? I was already feeling guilty about the fact that I haven't started my shopping yet. I quickly remembered that we hadn't even hit Thanksgiving yet and felt much better...but come on, world. Give us a chance to at least get through the Macy's Parade.

Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday right now, though, and I'm really excited for some serious food and family time next week. Bring it on!

That's what's on my mind right now - what's going on with you? If you're in Charlotte, give me some bookstore or coffeshop recommendations...and let me know what your favorite holiday is! I'm a Thanksgiving girl all the way :)


November 17, 2014

I'm All About That Vase

Hello hello! 

You may remember a book review I did a while ago on a cookbook that I picked up through Blogging for Books...and today, I'm back with another review!

I've been following A Beautiful Mess for a while now, and so I was really excited to see their handbook on all things crafty and DIY on the list. I was about twice as excited when I saw that my blog friend Allison had just picked up the same book, and after a few quick emails we decided to collaborate on our review of Happy Handmade Home.

A Beautiful Mess is a creative blog run by two sisters, Elsie and Emma, about all things handmade. They feature different recipes, crafts, decor, party, and fashion ideas weekly, and you've probably seen some of their stuff already if you've ever spent time on Pinterest. 

The book is full of new, original projects to fill your home with, and it's split up by room: kitchen, living room, patio, small spaces. They did some projects with lots of detailed step-by-step, and some projects that were more inspiration. There are a few 2 page spreads that show you lots of ways to decorate one thing - like a coffee mug, or vase. Allison and I chose to each tackle a different form of the "Flower Vases 9 Ways" 

Even though it's been almost six months since the wedding (!!), we still have a handful of extra vases lying around. If you don't have any, though, you can almost always find simple glass vases for just a dollar or two at your local Goodwill or Habitat Restore. I started by washing mine to get all the dirt and dust off of it, and then I sponged on a coat of this Martha Stewart Glass Paint, in gold. I was using inspiration from Vase #4 in the book.

Here's the 'before' - plain and simple.

Halfway through...

And the finished product!

The vase in Happy Handmade Home had a more metallic sheen and used larger polka dots. For mine, the gold color turned out a little more yellow-y and matte. I ended up using smaller white dots instead of the larger ones, and I tried to make them more concentrated at the bottom and gradually more spaced apart at the top. I think next time I would try a different paint that looks more metallic, but I was still pretty happy with the finished product!

Allison used a different twist on the vase, with words written all around the outside. I love how hers turned out - and I love the gorgeous flowers that they're holding. You can check out her review right here!

Happy Handmade Home is such a fun book, and I've loved adding it to our coffee table collection. It's just as colorful and fun as A Beautiful Mess,  and it's perfect for anyone who loves DIY projects, cooking, hosting, or who is just looking to freshen up corners of their home. Our to-do list at home just keeps growing and growing, so I can definitely use all the inspiration I can get ;)


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Note: I received a copy of Happy Handmade Home in exchange for this review through Blogging for Books, but all opinions are my own. 

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