Monthly Archives: November 2012

11.20.12

While we were in Vermont on our East Coast Road Trip our friend Sandy introduced us to Strawberry Jalapeno Margaritas.

Hello heaven.

When we got home we made it our mission to perfect the recipe.
By George, I think we have it.
So now we are sharing.

Because what better time to be sweet & spicy than now.

We love y’all so much that we’re even going to share our secret ingredient.

But first let me share the recipe with you.

Now I am going to show you how crazy easy it is….
the hardest part is waiting for the tequila to infuse.

Let me know if you try this yummy piece of heaven.  I will say though it can get quite spicy so if you are not a jalapeno type of person then maybe only throw in one quarter of the jalapeno.  Or just enjoy this joke.

Written by Christina and Tim
11.19.12

I don’t sew.
I think you should know that.

It’s not that I don’t want to…
I just happen to be terrible at it.

So when I got the idea to make our living room curtains, I was pretty much shaking in my slippers.  Because let’s be honest…I was totally in my pjs when I schemed this up.

Then I made these.

We wanted something unique to dress up our living room windows but with a lot of crazy pillows, a bright rug, and eventually a pretty colorful coffee table…we needed something pretty and neutral.

I have been loving the big stripes on our living room wall so I had the genius idea to mirror them on the windows with some burlap & lace.

Once I got to the fabric store, I was paralyzed in fear looking at the two fabrics and wondering how I was going to pull this off.  I talked to the poor associates until they made up fake emergencies to escape, then I decided against burlap and against sewing.  I chose a gorgeous natural looking fabric than would be easier to work with and bought all of the “iron on” adhesives I could carry.

Once I got home I started all of my measurements to make sure my lines would perfectly mirror the lines on the wall. Then I dove right in.

Y’all I was so excited when I finished that first panel.

I made curtains.

I hung it up to make sure the hem tape wouldn’t crumble under pressure.
Then I excitedly ironed the heck out of two more panels.

For the lace I sprayed the aerosol adhesive and ironed it on using wax paper.
Easy as buying a Honey Baked Ham for Christmas.

Then I threw those bad boys up.
Whomp…whomp….whomp.

In an effort to keep it real with you all, I am showing you how completely crooked those stripes are.  I added the blue panels to try and break them up so that maybe you wouldn’t notice the sideways-ness…but who am I trying to fool.

It is a big fat fail.

On the bright side the lace look so incredibly pretty during the day with the sun shining through.

From certain angles it is less noticeable.

I do think that I could salvage them by pulling off the lace and trying them again, but I am being lazy and seeing how much they bother me for now.

Do you think I could ever get the lace completely even?
Should I try a “do-over”?
Or am I making up the crookedness…ha!

Any other creative suggestions….I’m down.

Written by Christina and Tim
11.18.12

Are you a Google Reader gangster?
Do you want to be? I have to openly admit that I was late to this party.
Only about a month ago did I take the plunge into GR addiction.

I am obviously not an expert, but it has changed my life and I feel like you should be in on this.  For the first time in my life I can call myself efficient.
I am a blog reading boss. Getting started is super easy, especially if you have a Google account.
GR is a browser based application, so there is no need to download software.
Just go to Google.com/reader and sign in using your Google account or you can create a new account.

Then you need to find some good reads.

If you are totally new to this scene then I want to take a second to warn you….blogs will become an addiction and will suck all of your time up like a vacuum.  I felt that I should at least give you fair warning, your welcome.

To find blogs to read you can click on “Browse for stuff” or even choose “Staff Picks” for a little taste of what you are in for.  You can also enter keywords into the search and browse field at the bottom of the page.  That is a really good way to find articles and posts that will be common to your interests.

If you are a veteran at this whole blog reading thing then you probably already have a few favorites.  I have found the simplest way to add them is to enter the name or URL into the “Add Subscription” field and usually the very first entry to come up is your bingo. You can also almost always find an “RSS feed” or subscribe button on blogs, it is super easy to click that button and have it added automatically to your feed after a few prompts. Now you are reading to get sucked in for hours upon hours….think of Google Reader as a big fat newspaper, and each blog as individual articles. It is just so easy…now you aren’t going to every blogs page and getting disappointed when they haven’t posted.  Even better, now your favorite bloggers can’t sneak a post past you.  You are like a spy.  Congratulations.

GR will also stalk your life and give you trends on your reading habits.  Kinda neat, until you realize how much time you have spent reading other people’s blogs instead of working on your own…panic attack ensues…yada yada yada.

You can also save, star, and share your articles so you aren’t searching the whole world wide web to try and find that article you once read on how to eat as much chocolate as you want without gaining any weight.  If you find that article, will you let me know….mmkay thanks.

You can also create folders to organize the blogs once you start amassing quite a collection.  You know….food blogs, gardening blogs, DIY blogs, fashion blogs and they all have their own little folder.

If you are pro-status then check out Extensions.  Genius. Now here is the real juicy good stuff you have been waiting for.

There are tons of hot keys…you can basically get around the whole dang place without a mouse.  Google is good like that.

You are now ready to rock it.

Since I am still a newbie here….fill me in on some more tips and tricks.

Written by Christina and Tim

11.17.12

Hidy ho good neighbors…please someone get that reference.

Would anyone believe me if I told them that two New York Times best-selling authors wrote a little snippet that featured yours truly?

I wouldn’t believe me either….but it happened.

One of the best blogs on the internet…Young House Love…actually featured me and my boytoy and our crazy trip to Chicago for their book tour.  Make sure you check it out here.

Yesterday was pretty much the best day of my life….if you couldn’t tell from all of my tweets and status updates.  I got to experience a fraction of the gushy love-fest that John and Sherry live in.  You all are all so amazing and I sincerely thank everyone that took the time to read our shenanigans!

An even bigger thank you (from the very bottom of our hearts) goes out to John & Sherry for linking and showing some love.  You guys rock too hard and I could never tell you what it meant to us to see our cheesin grin on one of our favorite sites.

Believe you me when I say it will be getting framed, blown up into a canvas, and turned into an ornament.

Eternally grateful y’all….truth.

Written by Christina and Tim
11.16.12

Not only are these Rocketrictic prints pretty, they aren’t cliché over worked quotes.  Which makes me love them more.

Here is the best of my blogosphere this week.
Sure to rock your socks right off your feet.

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The best non-traditional tablesetting for the holidays that I have seen.

Ever wonder what to do with leftover corn husk…decorate with them.

This makes me want to have a wine tasting.

I want this kids playroom…especially the little loft playhouse, tim can organization and animal jars.  Super cute.

Chalk is all the rage, here is what you need to know.

Mamas have more in common with turkeys than you thought.

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What did I miss?  Shoot me some good links!

Written by Christina and Tim