May 27, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Things

My new mosaic top patio table my hubby gave me for my birthday...



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Gorgeous peonies that are in full bloom...


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Spending the day in Manhattan, KS...


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Linked to: Show & Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Woo Hoo Wednesday@ Always Nesting

May 21, 2010

Party Time and Free Food!

Time to bust out the party hats and streamers - my birthday is this weekend!  The last couple of years I have been signing up online for restaurant e-club birthday programs and during the month of May I get quite a few emails offering a free birthday meal or treat.  Free food?  Count me in!  Here's a list of a few of my favorites.  If you click on the restaurant it will take you directly to the e-club page so you can sign up!

Red Robin - Free meal

Noodles & Company - Free meal

Mimi's Cafe - $10 off

Culver's - Free sundae

Cold Stone Creamery - Free ice cream

And for my Kansas City friends:

Minsky's - Free pizza

Since a post isn't complete without a picture...


Beautiful irises and hostas from our yard.  Ahhh, spring!

May 20, 2010

Loving My New Bag!

Last week my blog friend Alisa posted this bag she made for her mom's Netbook and I immediately went head over heels over the fabric and design.  I don't think it gets much better than Hunky Dory fabric accented with a little Amy Butler.  I've been meaning to buy a case for my Netbook but everything out there is so blah and boring.  I knew this bag would be perfect!  Alisa was so kind and made a custom bag for me.  I picked it up this morning (we live within 10 miles of each other - small world!) and the bag is everything I was hoping for and more!  The sides are fully padded with fleece interfacing and there is a fabric covered board on the bottom to keep my computer safe.  Oh, and it matches my Netbook perfectly!!  I will be toting my computer in style :)


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Thank you SO much Alisa!!!  I love my new bag. :)

You can check out Alisa's Etsy shop here.  She's open to special orders so if anyone else wants a cute little bag, now is your chance!


Linked to Show & Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

May 18, 2010

Seasonal Change

Remember these Easter egg topiaries?  It made me sad to think I wouldn't see those cute little moss-filled pots until next Easter. 

So... out with the eggs and in with some cute pom pom sticks!


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I had a few extra pom pom sticks from when I made these topiaries.


So all I did was pull out the Easter egg picks and stick in the new topiary tops.  Super easy!


Linked to:

DIY Day @ A Soft Place to Land, Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch, Woo Hoo Wednesday @ Always Nesting, Boardwalk Bragfest @ Bobbypins Boardwalk, Look What I Made @ Creations by Kara, Be Inspired @ Room to Inspire, Show & Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home, Before & After @ Thrifty Decor Chick


May 17, 2010

Memo Boards

I found a bulletin board and white erase board at the local thrift store for super cheap and decided to jazz them up a bit.  I've been on the lookout for frames that had enough depth to hold the thick boards.  I finally found a couple.
I removed the lovely pictures from the frames.
Gave the frames a couple coats of black spray paint.
Then I removed the plastic edging from the boards.
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Measured and cut boards to frame size.
Once dry, I placed the boards inside of frames and secured them in place with the tacks.
And the finished product...
Now I just need to find a place to hang them!
Here's another one that my dad helped me make years ago.  It's in the laundry room right now but used to hang on the refrigerator since we added magnets to the back.
Linked  to:
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping it Simple, DIY Day @ A Soft Place to Land, Toot Your Horn Tuesday @ A Silly Little Sparrow, Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch, Woo Hoo Wednesday @ Always Nesting, Look What I Made @ Creations by Kara, Be Inspired @ Room to Inspire, Make It Yours Day @ My Backyard Eden

May 14, 2010

Lovely Flowers

I am thoroughly enjoying my favorite season!  Seeing the perennials make their lovely appearance and picking out new annuals to plant is pure bliss to me.  Everything is so green and lush from all the rain we have received the last couple of weeks.  Take a look...
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Linked to: Show & Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home, Creations by Kara, Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

May 6, 2010

My Caprese Garden

That's what I'm calling my garden this year.  Other than the volunteer chives and parsley from the previous season, my garden consists of tomatoes and basil.  Last summer I went all out trying to grow a little bit of everything.  Since I'm somewhat limited on space, I feel growing my own jalapenos and green peppers just isn't worth it.
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Oh, yes, we will be eating a lot of caprese salads this summer!  Mmmm...

Linked to: Make it Yours Day @ My Backyard Eden, Look What I Made Today @ Creations by Kara, Strut-Your-Stuff @ Somewhat Simple, Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home, Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping it Simple, Woo Hoo Wednesday @ Always Nesting, Room To Inspire