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Hello peeps! I know I haven’t been around as much as some of you would like, but being pregnant takes a lot of energy out of me! By Sunday afternoons (when I usually bake) I am just plain pooped! I have a couple of blogs I need upload and share with you guys, so I should be getting to those soon.

Since baby life is consuming our world now – I can tell you what we have been up to besides baking. 

  •  Last weekend we had a massive garage sale. I am nesting and want everything GONE! That was a lot of work to set up in itself!
  • Vacation is in 9 days! We’re headed to Cape Cod for fun in the sun! Well, I hope it’s sunny.  Were really going because two of our best friends are getting married and Sam and I are both in the wedding.  It’s so cute, they were in our wedding as well. So, since a baby is on the way, were making a vacation out of it and taking some work off
  • Weve been shopping for a crib and we found the perfect one! Wants to see? Its super hot! I cannot wait to see it in the nursery.
  • And, tomorrow we find out the gender of the baby! Woo! 

But anyway, my other hobby – aside from baking – is our garden! Sam and I have worked long and hard on our yard to help make it look and feel more quaint.  Last year we tried a veggie garden for the first time and it worked awesome. So this year I tried it again. Were growing green beans, corn and onions. Oh, and my neighbor just gave me some strawberries that I can’t wait to see turn out. So, since I am not baking, I thought I would share some of my master skillzz (ha!) with my green thumb. 

Today I went and got flowers for my two pots, one is for the deck that gets full sun, and the other is for the front of the house that is partial shade. Big difference ya know! Anyway, I got enough soil to plant the back yard pot, but not enough for the front – ahh, another day – another day. So, here are some pics! Enjoy!

And then here are my little corn and bean sprouts! I really hope the corn turn outs!!

Oh, and Kalila came out to play …

Dang she’s cute!

Here are some other pics of the next pot I need to do.  Apparently I was really diggin’ yellow this year.  I am also including some pictures of my clematis that is just about to bloom and some other flowers. Give my yard another month, and its going to be so colorful! I’ll be sure to keep you guys posted!!


Lovely decorations!

As I mentioned in my post last night, I borrowed my works’ camera and had a fun time playing with it around my house.  I took pictures of some of my fave decorations around the house.

This year I opted to do a simple themed tree. Silver and Purple! I even got a special new ornament this year.  The sequenced one matches the pink one I sent my bf out in Oregon.  :) We grew up as next door neighbors since we were 5 months old, and then moved to a new neighborhood together in 8th grade. We werent next door anymore, but I could walk there in probably 95 seconds! She’s so awesome and we’ve been exchanging presents over Christmas forever it seems! I love getting older and being able to buy different presents that are for different purposes for my friends … this will be a fun reminder every year we each decorate our tree.  No matter the distance, we’ll always be friends!

I also have a simple ornament for my and Sam’s first christmas as a married couple back in 2007 :)



Then, atop my fabulous Crate and Barrel cabinet sits my Department 56 – Krinkles collections! I just love these reindeer and all the other items Patience Brewster creates. They are so whimsical and simply adorable! It’s a long story, but she has since left Department 56 to design under her own name, and the Reindeer are now a collector’s item.  She still creates the Krinkle line, but the mold are a little different and it just isn’t the same! So, every christmas I try to hunt down the ones I don’t have! Its gets harder every year but I’ll get them all!


Sorry for the awkward lighting, I couldn’t get the settings right for this pic.

Check out my newest addition – Cupid!

Oh, and I love this pudgy little kitty on my Krinkles 12 Days of Christmas Tree

Then finally, the last place I decorate is the mantle.  Just some simple garland, our stocking hangers (I have 3 b/c designing in 3 works better than even numbers, really – it looks better) and my glass bead tree cones!

…yes that is a picture of me in my wedding dress. Haha, I have no shame.  I LOVE that photographer – Casalini is uhmazing! And this is the picture in Keystone mall. Sorry, just had to drop that in there – but im stoked he chose my picture to go along with the collection he’s currently showcasing. Actually, been showcasing. It’s been up since last December – I bet it’s swapped out for the new year.

Anyway, thats my house. And now its all in a box in the garage until next year … :(

Kitchen update!

While I was shopping for the ingredients to my previously posted Maple-Walnut cupcakes, I came across this fantastic rug that was on sale:


The picture doesn’t do it justice – but I just love the colors! It’s very vibrant and almost has a sparkle to it! But what really made me happy, is that the teal color in it matched perfect with my upstairs bathroom paint color


But, that bathroom is complete with a white and teal rug. I’ve been wanting to paint the kitchen and I had some of the fabulous paint left … so – I bought the rug as my inspiration and now look:


Faaaabulous! I just love it.  Now when I am cooking and baking I am THAT much happier in the kitchen.  This color truly makes me smile, and the rug just ties it all together so well! Sam and I had thought of staining the cabinets black and ripping off the wainscot, but – were scared if we rip the wainscot off it could potentially lead to disaster … so we havent decided to do that yet.  There’s only so much we want to do to this house based on its location and future buyers – we like to call it a “starter home”. In any event, I love that rug and SW 6222. *Thats designer talk for Sherwin Williams color Riverway* ha!