Monday, December 1, 2014

wishlist: baker's edition

Happy December Everyone! I'm so excited for this time of year. Our tree is up, but not decorated yet. I have to mentally prepare for lighting it. I despise it. And so does Bradley, except he gives up, so it's all on me. Awesome. 

Anyway, to kick this season off, I've created a baker's wishlist. I already have most of these items and love them! The glass bowl is on my wishlist. I had no idea that these bowls fit the kitchenaid artisan stand mixers. I had originally wanted another metal bowl, but then I saw this and I was sold. I think it will be a nice change. The pie crust shield is a gadget that my mom has (that I got her). The other day I was baking a pie at my house and realized I didn't have one. They really make a big difference. No more fidgeting with aluminum foil on a hot pan. Just pop this baby on and you're good to go!

For more gift ideas, check out my wishlists from years past. For the beauty loverfor yourselfmore for you, and for your guy. Some of the links still work, but even if they don't, these wishlists can give you some great ideas!

ALSO, the Black Friday/ Cyber Monday Sale ends tonight at midnight in My Shop! And I'm feeling extra generous so I bumped up the discount on the zippered pouches to 25% off! I won't be having a sale this big for a while, so get it while it's hot! The pouches make such sweet gifts. And you can give them a theme by adding nail polish and a file or some lip gloss or some jewelry. The possibilities are endless.

To get 25% off Zippered Pouches, enter code DECEMBER at checkout. Quilts are still 15% off with code GOBBLEGOBBLE. Thanks for Shopping Small!!! xo

Friday, November 28, 2014

black friday sale!

Happy Black Friday everyone! Head on over to my shop and start checking off your christmas list! Now through monday at midnight, you can get 15% off your entire purchase! I've got a few amazing quilts up for sale that are ready to wrap your precious babe! Also, the zippered pouches are the best gift. They are so affordable, you can get one for all of your friends, and even yourself! They can hold whatever you choose.

So, yes, after you click over and find that perfect something, just enter code GOBBLEGOBBLE at checkout, and you'll be good to go!

Thank you to everyone for the support with my small business! Now, get to shopping!

Friday, November 14, 2014

halloween 2014

The weekend before Halloween, we started this holiday off right with Wag-O-Ween! This is Savannah's trick or treating event for dogs, where all the funds go to local pet rescues. This was our first year, but it has been going on for 9 years. It was pretty fun! I loved seeing all the dogs in their costumes! And instead of trick-r-treating for candy, they got dog treats!

Cooper was a crayola crayon in "Fire Hydrant Red," of course! And Ginny was a "Wide Retriever" complete with extra padding. They were both pretty cute, but cooper wouldn't keep his hat on to save his life!

On Halloween, we dressed the pups up again and by this time, we had Stella! Seriously one of the first things I said after we won her was "I have to get her a halloween costume!" By this time, they were pretty picked over, but we did manage to snag an adorable ladybug costume that was slightly too small!

We don't have any kiddos yet, so I love dressing our dogs up for Halloween. Cooper was a prisoner and Ginny was a cowgirl, who wouldn't wear her hat either.

And because this is one of my favorite pictures ever of Coops, here he is last year as a dinosaur. Ahh, I love it!

Saturday night, Bradley's sister had a halloween party, so we got to dress up. This costume was so last minute, but turned out to be my favorite one, yet! The Hunter and The Hunted.

My friend gave us this idea after she couldn't use it! We didn't have anything planned for the party yet, so I jumped on this idea. I enlisted my mom to come help and man did she rock it. It definitely pays to have a mom who's an artist!

Now I have no clue how we are going to top this next year! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

sweet stella girl

I am skipping forward a bit because we have some exciting news! We got a new puppy!

Meet Miss Stella!

How we got her really is a sweet story. Bradley and I had been talking about getting another dog, but had planned it out for years down the road. We kind of settled on a goldendoodle because they don't shed, but Bradley still wanted a german short haired pointer. After losing Solly, I did want another golden, but had questioned if I wanted the hair, too! I decided since I'm the one who always cleans the house, that I get to rule out shedding dogs. A goldendoodle was the perfect solution.  

So, my mom had donated a painting to the Savannah Children's Theater Gala and went to drop it off at the lady's house who was going to take it to the auction. Well, turns out she was also holding a very sweet pup that was going to be auctioned off later that night. We get a call from my mom telling us about the puppy. See, my mom was already going to make a nice donation to the theater because she loves them. It's a great organization that could always use additional funds. If we liked the dog, she could just use her donation in the auction. So basically, we would get a free puppy! 

We drive over to the house and I am more reserved than Bradley. He immediately turned into a little kid and it only became worse when we met her! I admit, we were in love, but it wasn't really in our plan. Do we really need another dog? We already had 2. But she was so sweet. Bradley gave me the look of 'let's do this.' So we decided that we wanted her, but it wasn't that simple! We still had to win her in the auction. 

Later that night, I actually had to babysit so I couldn't be there at the event, but my mom did go so she could bid. I had her updating me all night with pictures. She then texted me that the live auction had started. She said that puppy was the last item. Closer to her turn, I was freaking out. I finally had to tell my mom to stop texting me and focus. I didn't want her to miss her shot! So then I get a facetime call from my mom that immediately gets disconnected. She was trying to let me see the auction while it was going on, but accidentally cut me off. Then I get a phone call. All I can hear is the auctioneer addressing the bids. I had no clue who was bidding what. Talk about nerve-racking! So finally we get to the end and I hear "going once, going twice, Sold!" but still I didn't know who won! I was freaking out. Finally my mom came back on the phone and told me that she got her. I was so excited and the anticipation of it all made me all jittery! I was shaking. Immediately I called Bradley and told him, and the first thing he said was, "When can I go get her?" So sweet. My mom ended up bringing her to our house, but I was still stuck babysitting, so Bradley got a few one on one hours with her. I was so jealous! 
It's so funny how this all happened. When I got home that night, we sat on the kitchen floor, playing with her and watching her with the other dogs. I remember looking at Bradley and saying "Ok, we have a puppy!" It really was the craziest thing, but as we have had her, I've realized that this is the best time for us. I have started going back to school to become a teacher so right now, I'm home a lot. I still work in the afternoons, nannying, but I'm here most of the day. She needs a lot of attention right now. She needs to be fed 3 times a day and let out about 50 (ha!), so it's really good that I can be here. 

Bottom line: we are so in love! And no we didn't plan it, but it has worked out perfectly! And I can't thank my mom enough! As I'm sure you know, these dogs aren't cheap, so this was an incredible gift! Love you, mom!

Monday, November 3, 2014


Where has the time gone? I can't believe I haven't posted since July. Well, good news is there is a lot to catch up with!

I'll start back where I left off.

In August, my mom was asked by the Breast Imaging Center at Memorial Hospital to create a body of work for their newly renovated building. They gave her a very short timeline so she enlisted me to help her create some pieces. She painted a lot of oil paintings and I made some encaustic pieces. This was my first time working with wax, but I quickly caught on. I really enjoyed this medium, and it was pretty great to spend so much time with my mom.

We decided to use original thank you cards that the employees have received from grateful patients over the years. We made photocopies of the cards and put them against pictures of one of my grandmother's quilts. The choice of using our quilt in the pieces was because breast cancer has been a big part of our family. My grandmother survived it, but my aunt did not. The quilt in this group of 9 was made by my grandmother of my mom's and aunt's clothes.

These are the final pieces as we were arranging them to hang on the wall. We are so happy with how they turned out. 

I also made 2 larger pieces with some of my grandmother's fabric. On this one above, the fabric was actually old sheets that my mom used when she was a child. And the words are are from The Beatles song. My mom and my aunt loved this song. They sang it a lot while she was sick. It still has so much meaning for my mom.

This next piece is actually the mock up I made on photoshop. I don't have a picture of the finished piece, yet, but this is very close to what it looks like. Again, the background are my mom's old sheets from when she was little. We wanted all of the pieces to be encouraging and uplifting a stressful time.

This last piece was made for the nurses station. It pretty much says it all.

I hope to get over to the center and take better photos of our work! It really was a fun time for both my mom and I, and it was for a group that means so much to our family. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gold Polka Dot Clutch Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday everyone!!

I have some good news for y'all! Recently I opened up my online shop, Stitch, where I am selling my one of a kind quilts, bags and pillows. I decided to kick off this launch with a giveaway! One lucky winner will receive the Gold Polka Dot Zippered Bag!

I'm so excited to start selling my work and I hope this giveaway gets you excited, too!

How to win:
Visit my sweet friend, Alyssa at her blog, here. She has offered to host the giveaway so that I can reach even more people! I've made a lot of ways for you to enter, so if you really want it, this will give you a better chance of winning! Just visit her blog and you'll see what to do. Best of luck!

I'm also offering 10% off all pouches with code GIVEAWAY. Just enter this coupon code at checkout. It expires next Wednesday, July 16th at midnight.

Thanks again for everyone's love, support and well wishes! Y'all are the best! And a BIG THANKS to Alyssa for hosting the giveaway! xoxo

Monday, July 7, 2014

how we spent our 4th!

Actually, this post should be titled, "How we spent our 4th of July weekend" For my birthday, my mom gave me her time and skills to help me paint one room in my house. I've almost painted them all, but since our kitchen remodel, we needed to repaint the kitchen, so that's what we did! And it didn't take that long. Mama and I know how to knock out a room in no time! So, since we had more time, this led us to also replacing the god awful original light in the kitchen. This was a big deal for me. I didn't know how to do that so for months, it had not been done. Here's a picture where you can see the light, and a bunch of other mess!

The light is from good ol' Home Depot. It's vintage looking so it looks like it actually came with the house. And it's called Estelle, which is my grandmother's name, so it was a perfect fit! I love it installed even more than I did in the store. It gives off amazing shadows.

By far, the best part of the weekend was putting up this display. A few years ago, Bradley's Meme gave us all these old, rusty choppers and graters. I immediately saw them hung in our kitchen, but we didn't have room in the apartment and this kitchen was a wreck until now. It's so exciting to see this idea come to life! And I love that it's not just things we collected. They're from his family. So it's nice to have that with us. And it's in my favorite room of our house, so it really just brought the whole space together.

We laid it out on the floor, first. Moving things constantly until we got it just right! Then came the hard part of transferring it all to the wall. Slowly, but surely, it was up and we were in love! Oh my god, so much love!

We also picked out the pendant lights for over the peninsula. They're from Restoration Hardware and are probably overpriced, but I did at least get 20% off with their July 4th sale! Can't wait for them to get here! Also, we're waiting on our stools from World Market. Unfortunately we have to wait until September. Boo. They make the chair in barstool height, but we need counter height. Turns out a lot of people want this- just look at the comments on the site. People want counter height! And they have for years. Good thing the wait is almost over!

The next day, we finished the fence. The fence that we started last June. As in June 2013. Yeah, that's right. Honestly, it still wouldn't be done if our neighbors wouldn't have started building their own fence! They hired someone and he was booking it, so I said "We have to finish ours before they do!" Sure enough, that got us into gear and we got it done. All we need now are some adirondack chairs and some lights strung in the tress and we'll be good to go!
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