Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas at Hogwarts

For the last few years me and my friends have decided to spice up our annual Christmas party with adding a theme to it.
The first year was "An Upper East Side Christmas" Gossip Girl inspired. 
Colored tights and a big headband was a must!
 

Last year we went a little more Christmasy and went with "Whoville"
Complete with Who-Hash and Who-Pudding.

Since the love of Harry Potter runs deeps within our group we decided to do a 
"Christmas and Hogwarts"
I wanted this theme to take over the party. So for the invites of course I had to do Hogwarts acceptance letters. To make them legit I used the Harry Potter font and used the Hogwarts crest. After I congratulated my friends for being accepted into Hogwarts I soaked the letters in coffee to add a worn and vintage look. I also sealed the letter with red wax and a seal.


The yummy spread.

 We even had Butterbeer.
 

Wanted Posters


It was such a fun night. Thanks to all my friends who came, I love you all!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Strength & Weakness

While listening to conference this past fall something President Uchtdorf said really stuck out to me and I wanted to design a poster after it. I think so many times in life we are so hard on ourselves and others. Our expectations are unrealistic. We often put ourselves down for not being perfect, whether is be in talents or in actions. Or perhaps we look at others and judge them for something they said or did. 
Everyone has strengths, everyone has weaknesses, some are on the surface for everyone to see and some are on the inside buried deep down.


I love listening to conference I always walk away from it feeling so loved and inspired to strive and do better.


Background from here

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A New Beginning

Me and Derriks anniversary was in July but with vacations, friends wedding, and school we didn't get to celebrate our 2 year anniversary with something extra special. We had been talking about going up to the Alaskan Inn for the night but we couldn't quite find the right time. But with Derrik leaving for his new job on Tuesday and the fact that he would be gone longer then we have ever been apart, Monday night seemed like the perfect opportunity.
We've been lucky enough to have visited the Alaskan Inn a few times and every time is so fun. It is so fun to stay in your own little cabin that has its own theme, ours was North Pole (perfect for the holidays). If you haven't been there I highly recommend it. Did I mention they bring you breakfast in the morning, oh my it was delish. Anyway so we spend the night there and he left the next day for his first day on the job. I didn't realize how hard it was going to be. It has only been one day.. oh man that's it?.. but I just keep thinking of how much longer he has. So long story short if anyone is bored and looking for something to do, call me, chances are I'm at home and Im lonely. At least I have Big Dog and a gun to scare away bad guys. Deek told me I have to cook for my friends so I "don't get rusty" so if you are looking for a hot meal call me. 
Hopefully with this new found loneliness I will get the motivation to do some fun crafts. Everyone cross your fingers.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Spirit

I love Christmas and the feeling it brings. There was one Christmas when I was probably around 12 that I will always remember. My parents had decided we were going to ease up on our own Christmas that year and help give to a less fortunate family. On Christmas Eve we drove to their house in Ogden and dropped a few things off, as we were driving through the neighborhood, headed home, we stopped in front of a small house with big windows. The curtain was wide open and inside we could see a large family with santa hats on. They were laughing and dancing all together. I remember sitting in front of their house with my family in total silence as we all felt the spirit so strong. That family didn't have much but they had everything because they had each other. I don't remember the presents I got that year but I do remember exactly how I felt as we were able to help a family in need and we got to watch another family love and laugh together.

Me and Derrik have never been ones for extreme gift giving. We have set a pretty low number that we spend every year and it hasn't changed since we were first dating and I like it that way. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the gifts being passed around and I lose the spirit of the season. Over the past few years I have been thinking of traditions and when we start a family what I want our kids to experience. I will never forget that Christmas we had the chance to help another family out and I want my future children to feel that peace and love that comes along with helping others. I came across this post this morning and I can't help but share. Reading the comments makes me have faith in humanity again. Even those that have nothing are willing to help. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cranberry Gold

I was having Thanksgiving withdrawals so I decided to make a Thanksgiving dinner for me and Derrik last night. This was my first attempt at this oh so special holiday feast and I have to say it was pretty good. My mom has made these cranberries for years and it is probably the single best thing on my plate. I made this dinner last night solely so I could have an excuse to make and eat these cranberries. I don't know what they are called but lets just call them Cranberry Gold.
So for dinner we had cranberries, turkey, yam and brown sugar goodness, stuffing and cheddar biscuits (I will share the recipe shortly)
For now I am going to share the cranberry recipe. You might want to get a pen and paper to write this down it is pretty intense... cranberries, orange and sugar.

In a blender mix:
1 bag cranberries
1 entire orange, peel and everything (cut in fourths)
1 cup sugar

Puree till it is the consistency of applesauce.
Use spoon to devour.





Mahzy wanted to eat with us!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Give Thanks

 I am grateful for....

1. The love of my life, my best friend, father of our brown child, my husband Derrik

2. The Church and the comfort it gives me daily.

3. My family and the love and support they are constantly showing me

4. My in-laws, how did I ever get so lucky

5. Our brown child, our dog Mr Mahzy

6. The comfort of not only having a warm place to live but that we own our own house

7. Living in a free county. God bless the USA

8. The job that puts food on our table, gas in my car, and shoes on my feet.

9. Awesome friends that constantly show us how much they care.

10. My reliable car that I just paid off, woo hoo!

11. Having a comfortable life and the fact that I don't have to worry where my next meal is coming from.

12. Living in the beautiful state of Utah.

13.Girls night out. I truly cherish the shopping, movies and lunch dates with my sisters and beautiful mom

14. The ability to read. “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads lives only  one.”


15. My health.

16. Temples, the calm, beautiful feeling it gives me every time I step into one.

17. Living so close to family and friends

18. Life, I'm so excited to see where it takes me and Derrik.

19. My mom teaching me how to sew, clean, and cook. It has saved me lots of money and brought me so much joy

20. My Savior for making the ultimate sacrifice, his life.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Reviving an Old Pillow

Sometimes when I feel like I have had a hard few days and I deserve something I find myself at Joannes fabrics. I don't know what it is about that place that makes me feel better. I usually pick up the usual hot glue sticks or any other craft supply that I use on a regular basis but I love to wander through the fabric dreaming of things I could make if I had to skill and/or time.
As I wandered through the fabric weeding through the shiny black leathers and the BYU patterned fleece this native american jersey knit caught my eye. For the life of me I could think of something to make out of it. It was too stretchy for a blanket or a top and the girl behind the cut table looked at me like I was crazy for asking her what I should make out of it.. So I didn't get it. Of course the second I got home I realized this pattern was just what I was looking for in a maxi skirt. So the next chance I got I ran back to Joannes and bought it.
After I made the skirt (I will post it soon) I had just enough fabric to cover an old pillow Since I was wanting the pillow now and I didn't have much time to sew I used the no sew method I found on this blog.
I love this look for fall! Not only is it such a cute print but it is probably the coziest fabric ever!
PS I got the yellow and blank wool fabric at Joanns too, for a festive throw.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Graphic Design

Here are a few designs I've been working on



This is a painting that I recreated entirely using text. 
Here is the original.


Here is a logo for the company HCOP (Health Careers Opportunity Program)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Apologies

This has been a crazy few weeks. I have so many fun DIY about 80% done. 
I will get then done as soon as I have a second to myself.

Here is my list of crazy:
A friends shower 2 weekends ago
Another friends shower last friday 
with Duel Bachelorette party afterwords
Cousins shower the next morning
Friends reception this Friday and the Wedding on Saturday
My BFA(Bachelors of Fine Art application) due on the 12th (which also happens to be my B-day.  
         Happy Birthday to me)
Mid-term paper due in 2 weeks.
Hawaii in 2 weeks for another wedding.
The next weekend my cousins wedding and reception on friday
Then my friends reception the next day

Guys I'm not complaining I'm just making excuses, much better I know. 
So bear with me while I get my life back. 

Here is just a little eye candy to help ease
 the pain. I NEED that rug pronto!
 I hope you forgive me. XOXO

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Curry and Naan


I love curry to no end. If I could I would probably eat it every night. I love it so much anything makes me craved it. Take for instance the night I was sitting in my Art History class listening to my teacher who is Indian and she made me in the mood for curry. Weird right? I think so. So that night I made Deek take me out for Indian food. 
Derrik's aunt gave me a curry recipe and I was so excited to try but I knew I had to make Naan bread with it since that is half the reason for my love for Indian food. I found this recipe on allrecipes.com (awesome site) It was so good. Me and Deek were in Heaven. It was such an easy dinner too. This naan recipe is good for many dishes. I made some a few nights ago for some gyros I made. It was delish. 

Chicken Curry
1 Tbs. butter
1/8 cup chopped onion
1 can cream of chicken
1/4 cup coconut milk
1-2 tsp. curry powder
1 cup sour cream
1 Tbs lemon juice

Grilled chicken (I grilled the chicken on my George Foreman grill)
4 cups cooked rice

Saute onion in butter in saucepan. Add soup milk, curry powder, and sour cream. Heat. Serve over grilled chicken and rice.
Add Curry powder and lemon juice to taste

Naan 
(makes about 14)
2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast (1package)
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
3 Tbs. milk
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp. salt
4 1/2 cups flour
garlic, minced (optional)
1/4 cup melted butter

In large bowl dissolve yeast in warm water and let sit for about 10 minutes, or until frothy. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, salt and enough flour to make soft dough. Knead for 6-8 minutes on lightly floured surface, or until smooth. Place dough in well oiled bowl and coved with damp cloth for 1 hour, or until it doubles in size. 
Punch down dough and pinch off small handfuls, about golfball size. Roll into balls and place on tray. Cover with towel and let rise till dough doubles in size, about 30 minutes.
Roll out dough into a thin circle. Lightly butter one side and place on grill, I use my George Foreman grill this way it cooks both sides at once. Butter other side and spread minced garlic. Close grill, if you are using The Foreman grill, and cook for about 3 minutes. Continue with all the dough.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bridal Invite

My cousin McCall is getting married in a little over a month. I can't believe it. 
I still see her as a little girl, I can't believe she is getting married. But then again I have 
been married for over 2 years and I still cant believe I'm married! 
So I was excited to be able to design the invitations to the shower. I love the 
oh-so-popular chevron stripe, so of course I had to use that. 


This is one of my first projects I have done outside of school and for an actual purpose. 
Let me know what you think.




Monday, September 19, 2011

The Season for New Seasons

Im talking about TV shows people! Yesterday I devoted maybe a little too much time to record all the shows that start this week. I had to use my best decision making skills to decide what shows are really that important to me, seeing as a few of the shows I like best air at the same time. In what world is this ok?
Ok guys calm down I don't watch that much TV. I just really cant wait for Howie or more commonly known as How I Met your Mother.


Dont worry my next post won't be all about TV I used this as a diversion because I haven't finished my DIY chair yet, did it work?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Country Living

This summer I started my very first garden. I wasn't able to start it as early as I should have since the garden area itself wasn't quite finished. But I was able to plant tomatoes, raspberries, chives, red peppers and pumpkin (next year I'm planting a ton more pumpkin, I love these suckers) It has been such a fun summer filled with fresh fruits and veggies. After getting a little taste (literally) of the gardening life, I'm hooked! Now all I can think of is owning a bunch of land with huge garden and maybe a few chickens. I recently heard somewhere that if you have a garden and a library you have all you need to survive. I love this since pretty much the day me and Deek met we have been fantasizing about one day having a huge library, Beauty and the Beast style. Ok, maybe not that big but a library fully equipped with a fireplace big cozy chairs and a ladder to reach the top of the huge shelves.
Interior design wise something about the relaxed country feel mixed with the bold lines of industrial have really been tickling my fancy.
Now don't get me wrong I love being close to the city but if there was a place to have a bit more land then the usual home I'd take it.
I found a few pictures that have really got me planning my dream home.

Tell me this house isn't beautiful. 
 via

This garden is gorgeous. I can totally picture me out there 
gathering the veggies I will use for dinner that night.

This is my dream kitchen for sure, those modern subway 
tiles mixed with that vintage stove and the wood island. 
Can you say perfection?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Why Fall is Fabulous

Reasons to L.O.V.E. fall

1. All the new seasons of shows start.
2. Conference weekend- a weekend of lounging in PJ's, big breakfast and crisp weather. Perfect.
3. My Birthday!
4. THE perfect temperature.
5. Cutest clothes. No more of this find-the-least-amount-of-clothes-as-possible-no-matter-how-ugly.
6. Leaves changing colors.
7. Halloween!
8. Thanksgiving.
9. Christmas is just around the corner
10. Shorter school semester. Ok its not really shorter but it sure seems that way.
11. Driving with the windows down.
12. Pumkins- carved, painted, plain? It doesn't matter.
13. Boot shopping- need I say more.
14. Gardner Village- cutest little boutiques and decorated so cute in the fall
15. Fall trips- for some reason all our awesome trips happen at this time of the year. Hawaii here we come!
16. House decorations- 3 months of fun holiday decorations starts now!
17. Did I mention boots?
18. Holiday Parties.
19. Pumkin pie, cookies, and lattes.
20. Sleeping with the windows open and having to snuggle with Deek to keep warm.
21. Did I mention boots?
21. Watching funny Halloween movies. ie. Hocus Pocus and Buffy.
22. Shopping and spending way too much but excusing it with "it can be my Christmas present"



What is your favorite thing about fall?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

V-Card Mint Mojito

This might not actually be considered a "Virgin Mint Mojito" but I'm told it tastes the exact same without all the work. This recipe is super easy and I have gotten a few requests for it so I thought I would share it with you. I made it for my friend Liz's bridal shower and it was a hit. It is now my go-to recipe for a shower or get together with family and friends. It is so refreshing and the mint adds that little something extra. Hope you enjoy!

Before I jump into the recipe let me give you a back story when my first obsession with Mint Mojitos began. 
Me and Deek went on our honeymoon to an all inclusive resort in Mexico. We were eating at a Tepanyaki style restaurant and ordered virgin mint mojitos since they were free we were ordering drinks left and right. We were eating sushi and I was dying of thirst the waiter finally brought out our mint mojitos sans alcohol, so I thought. I took a huge gulp and I felt this burn in my throat so I took another huge gulp and soon realized it was the drink and it was no virgin. We told the waiter the mix up and it took him about an hour to bring out the right drink and all the while that alcoholic mojito was taunting me, not really I was just so thirsty. Ever since then I just can't quench my thirst for this wonderful drink.

Ok back to the recipe.

Alls ya do...(sorry inside joke, I couldn't resist)

2 liters of Sprite/7 Up
1 can frozen concentrate Lime Aid
about a 1/4 c mint leaves

Combine concentrate lime aid and Sprite in pitcher.
Muddle* mint in glasses right before serving.
Pour lime aid sprite mix over the mint.
Top with 2 mint leaves and sliced limes or raspberries


* This is a muddler to muddle your mint leaves, weird that a muddler would muddle. hmm. Or if you don't have a muddler don't panic you can put the leaves in a plastic baggie and roll over them with a rolling pin to release the flavor.

If you have any delicious recipes, or something you want me to make. 
Or if you want to share something you made, email me.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

We'll Leave the Light On

We had this light on our porch when we moved in . It was one of the first things I tried to replace. I went to Lowe's, bought a new light, and brought it home and when Deek tried to install it he realized he needed a mounting plate or something else to mount it (I cant remember, these are things for boys to worry about right?) Anyway being me and always wanting to do the easiest, fastest thing, oh and did I mention cheapest? I just decided to give the old light a good clean and repaint it. So after a good scrub and a fresh coat of black spray paint this is how it turned out. 

Before
 


After

So much better right?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy Weekend

Me and Derrik have an exciting weekend planned. First we are heading up to City of Rocks, with his family, for an overnight climbing trip then heading straight to our second home, Bear Lake, with my whole fam. We are so excited to spend the weekend with our families.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 
See you Tuesday!

Side of Mustard

Before me and Deek got married I had a realization that I probably needed to buy some furniture for our apartment. So of course I headed to the DI. I found 2 side tables for $10 each, they had a hideous brown stain but I could see the potential in them, so into my car they went. I brought them home to which my dad, who had no faith in me, thought they were really bad. My sister-in-law Amy had just painted her china cabinet this beautiful mustard yellow color. I new that was the color I wanted. Instead of painting them with perfection we used an "x" motion. We wanted them to have an old look to them. The dark grim garage helped with that too. 
Im so mad I didn't take "before" picture, of course I remember when I'm halfway done. Oh well all you need to know is that they were bad, but now are cute. I was going to add some new handles but I loved the originals so much so I put a fresh paint of black spray paint on and voila!



Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Asparagus and Tilapia

I have been seriously lacking in the kitchen lately, my poor Mr. So I thought to make up for it I would cook one of his favorites, asparagus. I wanted to put a little spin on it so I found this recipe on allrecipes.com and we loved it. I also baked some tilapia, needless to say it was a fantastic dinner. 


For the asparagus:

1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed
cooking spray
salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbs. butter
1 Tbs. soy sauce
1 tsp. balsamic vingar

Trim ends off asparagus then arrange on tin foil 
lined cookie sheet. Season with oil, salt 
and pepper. Bake for 12 minutes @400 degrees


While asparagus is cooking start the sauce. Melt butter 
in small saucepan over medium heat, after butter is melted remove 
from heat and add balsamic and soy sauce. 

To serve, pour sauce over asparagus and Enjoy!
It's that simple.
Disclaimer: don't mind my odd looking fish it was delicious I promise

Monday, August 29, 2011

Lazy Weekend

I'm sorry I have so extremely lazy lately.  I have two DIY almost done and I just cant seem to get them finished. So don't give up hope they are slowly but surely on their way, in the mean time lets listen to a little Adele. While watching the VMA's last night and trying not to throw something at the TV when Lady Gaga came on. What the.. ? Anyway to say the least Adela was a sight for sore eyes. She is so talented. So here is a video to one of my favorite songs lately.


I would give anything for her voice. One of the many reasons I love her so much is that her voice is as good live as she is on the radio. None of this synthsized shiz. (Did you see lil' Wayne, that was horrible) Adele is legit. I would give anything for her voice but since I don't  Deek will have to just be happy with my gorgeous voice (sense the sarcasm)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Loving the East

I dont know what it is lately about the East coast that has me swooning. I was fortunate enough to visit my sister Angie when she lived in Charlottesville, Virginia a few years ago, and although it's one of the only place I have visited on the east coast I am convinced it is the best. Its a small town where University of Virginia is, Thomas Jefferson built the school, and his house, Monticello, isn't too far away. I have been dreaming about visiting there ever since I left, especially in fall, with the beautiful leaves and the apple orchards it is the perfect place to spend the most wonderful time of the year.

My new goal in life, I know I say that a lot but I have A.D.D. so my goals change a lot. This one is serious thought, is to visit Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween. You know they have the best halloweens. Also to visit Boston and NYC in the fall, thats the dream right? My goal for next year is to spend fall/Halloween on the East coast.

Here are a few photos of out trip out east

Monticello

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Put A Bird On It

This post is on behalf of my husband's comment to my post on friday. I showed him this video forever ago to which I dont think he found it as funny I did. But somehow he remembered and used this phrase perfectly.
The video is so good it shows that people will really buy anything that is the "it' thing no matter how stupid.

I hope you enjoy this video and if something looks dull Put-a-Bird-on-it!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dirty Pillows


 Recently while helping my mom look for fabric do a little reupholstering (which consisted of positioning and stapling fabric in place) I bought some fabric to redo some pillows that I must say I was embarrassed to have in my house, even if they were hidden in my junk craft room. So I got to it. Surprisingly It didnt take me months to sew them. Usually by the time I get by butt in gear the fabric has gone out of style and the vicious cycle has begun.
Don't ask me what I was thinking when I bought this hideous red pillow at Walmart. But there is an explantaion for the bad color and even worse design. When we first moved into our old apartment we very quickly realized that no normal sized couch would fit down the stairs. Deeks loving grandparents gave us a white leather love seat. So finding pillows that looked good with the white couch and the busy red and yellow curtains (I promise they were cute) was quite a task. I knew when we moved we would have different couches. So getting more and more frustrated I just settled on the most hideous pillows I could find, apparently.
So when we moved into our new house, got ourselves a new and legit couch, pillows were on the mind again. Its seemed dumb going out to buy all new pillows when I had so many, although not cute, sitting at home. Plus its so hard to find the right pillow for the right price. So when I found this cute fabric I knew I had to recover my existing treasures.



The beautiful white couch and even better pillow. Before.
(I hope you picked up the sarcasm)

 Pillow after. Better right?.. hopefully.

 Sorry for the bad photo, I never said I was a photographer.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Light up my Life

Lighting is one of the first things I notice when I walk in a house, is it too bright, too dark? Fluorescent? Good design, no design?
I think lighting is one of those make or break things in a house or office. Lets take for instance my office at my place of work. On my first day here I walked into my office and thought "wow this lighting has got to go." the room was  glowing green. The walls were green the desk is that glass that has a green tint and the fluorescent lighting. I swear standing outside my office it was like green smoke was emerging. And on top of that almost everyone that came in said that I had a green tint to my skin. No bueno. After some subtle hints to my boss we changed the paint to a nice neutral beige and replaced all the fluorescent light bulbs. Very bueno. Now I can work without getting a pounding headache.
Anyway, back to lighting.
We bought our house from a couple of guys that had just redone everything, new carpet, tile, lights. Awesome right, well I don't want to sound like a complainer but the lighting is definitely not my first choice. It's new, so thats nice but all the bedrooms have the "boob lights" (if you don't know what that is just think about it for a second longer. It's pretty self explanatory.) Now don't get me wrong  those are nice, but the color isn't the best and I want my house to have a little more character. So my new mission in life is to find fun and unique lighting for my house, and Im starting with the living room.  Here are some fun ideas, they probably wouldn't work in our living room but they are fun to look at.

I adore the industrial but I don't think the one light bulb 
would be bright enough. 


Maybe I could just cover a lamp shade with burlap.

Love the style of this, hate the price tag, and I'm not sure a 
DIY would turn out as awesome as this little beaut.


I need some ideas, what do you guys think?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Fall Fetish

Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore fall. I love everything about it. Waking up in the morning to the crisp air and snuggling just a little closer to Derrik, putting on something that I don't have to worry about wearing as few layers as possible but I can actually wear something cute and put together, Conference weekend, my birthday, Halloween and the decorations that go along with it, the bite in the air, the pumpkin cookies, drinks, and pie, taking drives up the canyon to take in the beautiful mountains with the changing colored leaves and of course the start of all the fun holidays.
Here is probably the cutest cake I have ever seen you can bet I will be making this when fall has finally arrived.

I will post my "how to" when I do it myself but if you 
simply can not wait here is the blog where I found it.

Friday, August 12, 2011

me+porches=L.O.V.E.

Porches are one my favorite rooms in a house. When me and Derrik first started dating and he lived at his dads house they had this amazing porch overlooking their gorgeous pond and the Valley. Living in liberty has its advantages like feeling as though you are on vacation even if you are only 20 minutes from home... Anyway back to their porch. I think one of the best features of the porch is the screens. Best idea ever! This way you can sit in nature without it biting you. So when we first started dating we would spend lots of time out there eating dinner with his family, playing cards and just hanging out. Also the fact that they have a heater out there means you get to spend lots of time out there even in the chillier months. On the 4th of July me and Deek got to spend the night out there on their day bed, while Deek had a miserable night thanks to the cotton storm I was enjoying the sounds of nature and the slight breeze.
So needless to say I LOVE a good porch. My dream house consists of a nice cozy house and a huge porch. Here are some porches to get you by while you wait for your money tree to blossom.


Does this picture make you as sleepy as it makes me?

I can totally picture myself sitting out her with a 
huge blanket and a cup of coco.