Finished Bloom this week & wow, Kelle is a beautiful writer. Honest, raw, vivid, challenging. A great read!
Ditto, Kelle. Ditto.

Excited to do this as I take off on a plane to new adventures & horizons.

My latest read: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. So profound. So moving. SO good.

What are you going to do with this one wild and precious life? [Full poem from Mary Oliver found here]

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Cross 'em off the list!

Remember the list I told you about? My Denver 2012 list! Well, I've crossed a few more things off and enjoyed them all! Here are my most recent accomplishments:

In the spirit of making lists, I also made a "To Craft List 2012" so I can keep track of all the projects I want to get done. Here are some finished specimens:
A pouch for the chess pieces: (same fabric I used for this project)
A summery tote bag:

His & her passport covers. So excited to use these this weekend! El Caribe, here we come!
Many more projects to come!


Trip Planning: Outfits

Knowing I had a busy week in front of me, I decided to get organized and pack for our cruise (VACATION!) this past weekend. I flipped through the shirts in my closet questioning each item's potential. I grabbed a bunch off the hanger and made a "possibly" pile. Did the same for shorts/skirts. Eventually I decided on my outfits. I got the idea somewhere to lay out each planned outfit. Although I've never done this before, I find it extremely helpful. Once everything is crammed into a suitcase, it's hard to remember which shirt went with which bottoms, and what necklace you planned on wearing, etc. This alleviates all that, and makes things a bit more organized.

So without further ado, here are the daytime clothes I plan to wear on our cruise to the Caribbean. [Nighttime is a different story, and trust me I have some sweet dresses planned! Pictures later!]

top: Ross
shorts: Forever 21

top, shoes, necklace: Forever 21
shorts: Loft
earrings: NY & Co.

top: Target
cropped pants: Calvin Klein via Costco
shoes: Guess
necklace: NY & Co.

sweater, dress: Loft
necklace: ae
shoes: Payless

shirt: Forever 21
shorts: NY & Co.
necklace: Peru
bracelet: Omaha
shoes: Teva
scarf: handmade

denim button up, shoes: Forever 21
dress: Gap

Using this quick video tutorial and iPhoto, I printed these pictures out to put in my suitcase.

Have a great day!
pleated poppy


Color Block Painted Glass Bottle Tutorial

For this color block inspired DIY I used some Martha Stewart paints for the first time and made a snazzy painted bottle for under $10!

SLOM bottle with stopper from Ikea, $3.99
+ Masking tape (free, had it on hand)
+ Paintbrush (free)
+ Martha Stewart paints ($1.99 x 3 = $5.97)
=  $9.96 + tons of paint left over for other projects

Tape, paint, peel. Repeat.

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Friday Family time during Lent: FISH
Found these lovely shoes. They were a bit too small, so I used the fill  shoes with a bag of water & freeze idea to stretch.
It worked a bit, only the bag popped while freezing & the shoes came out solid blocks of ice. HA!
Pork chops with yellow peppers & good company at a small table.
Neon dyed Easter eggs!
Sweets! This cherry chip cupcake was my first indulgence after giving up sweets for Lent.
Easter glow. Beautiful weather!
Easter dress picture + floating orb between us.
Sassy Hunter sticking his tongue out!

Easter was wonderful. Mass at the Basilica, breakfast + chess, baked brie, family time (total head count, 41 people & 2 dogs), & Life the bored board game.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter, remember the party is still going! Happy Easter Monday!