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Monday, October 31, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011


This week has been pretty boring. I had parent/teacher conferences, which makes a single day feel like eternity. I always dread the long nights and 12-hour day. I mean, there is only so much you can do around your classroom. Not to mention, just the cooped up feeling of being inside allllll daaaaaay loooong. BUT...there is a big but...this year I came prepared. I brought my sketch book and paints and a few canvases, shut my door, put some loud music on and painted. For like 5 hours straight. It was pretty amazing. The best part? I have all of the tools I need at school - I was even able to project some of my sketches onto canvas so that I could enlarge them. Pretty sweet. Here's a fun peak at a couple...

...have a GREAT weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

{chair hunt}

I finally sold the chair and ottoman that was in our living room. My hope is to find two tufted chairs to replace it (and send the other leather one back to the office). I actually found the perfect chairs, but before I had a chance, they were sold. I'm hoping that within the next few months, I find some similar ones.

The chair I found is a combination between these two...more modern looking like the leather one, but it was white. I love the wheels in front. They are uber classy. I love that I could see this chair in my house ten years down the road, too - in the office or my bedroom.

And then there is another part of me that loves this wing-back leather chair. Actually, this whole space makes me happy. I need a fireplace. And maybe a bigger house.

Monday, October 24, 2011

{true luxuries}

Tim goes on an annual pheasant (not to be confused with peasant) hunting trip with my brother and uncle in South Dakota. He always has a blast, but not because of the hunting, more because of the late night poker games and beer drinking. He is the first to admit that he has no idea how to acctually hit the moving bird. Either way, he always comes home with a nice amount pheasant tails for me to decorate with. Fortunately, everyone else is pretty good.

Thanks to Groupon, we are trying new restraunts and getting out a little more often. So, on Friday, we went to the fancy-schmancy restraunt Skies that overlooks the downtown skyline. Can you say, romance? ROMANCE! We got all dolled up and hit the town. It was a true date - candlelight and everything! So, with the great the food and the beautiful view...would you like to guess what the best part of the date was? It was when we got home, put our pj's on and cuddled up on the couch for a movie. Sometimes the most simple things are the true luxuries. It was the prefect way to end our week and say good-bye for a few days while Tim is gone proving his manhood with the boys.
The UFO looking thing above Tim's head is where we had dinner.
I know it's not as spectacular as NYC or Chicago, but I sure do love some good ole' Kansas City.
The floor is at a slow spin. It takes one and a half hours to go all the way around the restaurant.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

{fall into the season}

When we moved into our house, we found a set of vintage suitcases in the attic. Lucky find, eyh? I put one above the armoire and a few stacked on the floor. They were kind of my "inspiration" for the room. I went with the earth tones in them and also added some oranges. I really love how the space feels. Its fresh, natural, airy and a little rough.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

{initial pillows}

This image is not the best, but it gives you a good idea of the space in there.
I made these a few weeks ago. I love, love, love how they turned out. I can see our bed from the a few rooms in the house and I love the glimpse of the bold typography each time my eye catches them. My favorite part? The colors will work with each season's current pillows, although I think they look best with the oranges and greens in the Fall euro pillow's I made.

Monday, October 17, 2011


This has been one of the most beautiful Fall's I can remember and I'm making sure that we are taking every opportunity to enjoy it. We packed up our sketchbooks and headed to the park for an uber-relaxing Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

{girl's night}

These two beautiful ladies got this crazy idea that I was stressed out about my baby-making issues. Crazy idea, I know. So, what did they do? They stole me away from Tim for the night and took me out on the town. We had a true girl's night.

As goofy as I thought it was, I couldn't help but know how sweet it was for the two of them to want me to leave my stresses at home and have a martini (or four) with them. And guess what? It worked! Any stress I had built up was smothered with bruschetta, olives, Bellini's, and laughter.

I love you, girls! And thanks so much for getting me out!!

Monday, October 10, 2011


When Friday night comes, we are ready to relax. So this Friday, we headed out to the art district in town. On the first Friday of each month they open all of the galleries, close some streets, and invite the community to view art. It's not all local art - often times there are more famous artists that are showing. I will say, this Friday we saw some beautiful work by the artist Michael Allen Lowe. I'm not going to post any of his work for fear of copyright laws, but I would encourage you to visit his site. 

We also piddled around some cute shops. One of my favorite shops is Hammerpress. They make beautiful letter pressed stationary and posters. I have a collection of their greeting cards from Tim. They're the kind you want to rip off the front and frame.


Monday, October 03, 2011

{and the winner is...}

I can't believe it. I didn't take a single picture at the Chili Cook-Off! Not one! We we having such a great time that it didn't even cross my mind.

In the end, Meagan won the contest with a delicious Cajun Chili.