Saturday, May 26, 2012

Office Space Makeover Inspiration

I am very excited about the blank canvas I have to work with at the moment!
 We are finally starting to work on our office space which is going to be a lot of work! Here are some of the things that are inspiring me. I am also very excited about my new blog makeover coming this month which is going to be absolutely amazing! It's crazy the connections you can make with people via social networking, and instagram has been a huge outlet for me lately. So excited about what's to come! Here is my inspiration for the office space makeover! 


Monday, May 14, 2012

The Must Do's of Summer Part 1

The warm weather and sun that came way to late 
(leave it to Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho to skip spring), 
has left me with no choice but to start up all the most wonderful goals I possibly can for this first newlywed summer of ours.
1. Roasted Marshmallows and S'mores around bonfires with friends must be eaten as much as possible. 

2. Camping needs to happen as much as possible.

3. A road trip somewhere (like the beach) would be cool

5. Play music with my husband more
Like Lavender, Succulents, and Mint.

7. FINISH as many DIYprojects this summer on my list as possible. 

8. Enjoy the sun as much as I possibly can 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

New Product in the Shop! Vintage Music Paper Bunting!

Hello all! 
I am excited to announce that I finally decided to make music paper pennants! 
I am giving the option of a ton of different styles of garland.
 I will have pictures of all of the options up in the shop very soon so make sure to watch! 
I also have something very special and unique coming to the shop in the next week, so stay tuned! 
Much Love 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The little things I have been loving lately

Lately I have been loving extremely random things. 
1) This Live performance from Sucre kills me. The harmonies are amazing.
She reminds me of Feist. I have been on a Sucre/Feist/Lana Del Rey kick lately. 
They are my go-to artists for this summer for sure. 

I read it, and felt an immediate push to get up, create and plan.  It was a huge help to me, because Kinsey's blog is not only my favorite, but I am in the midst of making my blog more attractive and readable. I am in the midst of the creative process, and was having a hard time picking out topics, themes, etc. This article helped me narrow down my thoughts and get the mess onto paper. All in all, it  helped me so much to learn from the two of them, and I hope this article helps you in your endeavors as well! 

3) The Plaid Barn is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It is a website where each day they have a deal on specific craft supplies. They are all unique, very popular, and very expensive everywhere but this website. So naturally, I am addicted. 
I recently ordered adorable packaging, 

adorable lace tape, 

and an adorable vintage camera rubber stamp.

 You have to check first thing in the morning each day, because if what they are selling is awesome, it goes really fast! I am very excited to receive all of what I have ordered soon and share my creations with it, with you.

4. My first attempt at embroidery. I know so many people embroider this lyric, but it's special to me because it was our recession song in our wedding. It is a bit rough, but I like that it is. It adds character.
I am actually practicing a lot, in hopes to add a few awesome items to my shop.
Can't wait to share them with you!

5. The VS Co. Camera App for iPhone has been blowing up the instagram world. Why? The filters on the app give a look that many professional photographers give, for just 99 cents. I am obsessed with this application and feel like I have even more of an opportunity to take awesome photos with my phone now. I use filters 2 and 5. They are the best in  my opinion.

Filter 2

filter 5

6. I am in the process of creating an office/craft space for myself. I am very excited. I have a wall color scheme and everything picked out. It will take a while to build, but the creative process is what makes it beautiful. These letters from Twisted Twig Etsy Shop are my favorite for sure. I am hoping to add them to my inspiration wall.

7. I usually don't end lists on odd numbers, but this time it is happening. I am very excited to share with you the success of my wedding photographer. Our wedding was posted yet again on a mainstream wedding blog! High-Fi weddings, a wedding blog focused on music themed weddings and engagement  sessions, featured us! You can view the post here! The best part about this post is all of our music played at the wedding was posted! It took months to develop it, and since our whole wedding was based off of music, I was very blessed it was posted on the blog. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 

Adventures in Pie Making Part 1: Butterfinger Pie from Pinterest

So my husband and I decide to throw a big birthday/open house because our new place is so great.
I get a pinterest board going and am so excited to making all these cakes,
 when he tells me he wants pie.
I immediately freak.
 Pie?!!? What?!!?
 How do I even BEGIN to make such a treat? How does this happen? How does it work? How do I make it without destroying myself or our new kitchen? How do I make it for 20+ people? What if it doesn't turn out? What if the recipes I find are duds? 
Well I calmed myself down, found a few good recipes that seemed simple and inexpensive enough that I figured everyone would enjoy. I mean, who can say no to butter finger pie? So I made it. It took me a few hours but it turned out amazing in the end! However, it was far from easy.

{I apologize for the poor quality of the photo. I took more, but deleted them because I am smart and plan ahead like that. Hence the addition of a photo from the blog I got the recipe from. This will not happen again!}

Here are some of my tips that I learned (through trial and extreme error) while making this.

1) Give yourself PLENTY of time to make this recipe. If you are preparing it for a party at night or a bbq, make it in the morning. If you are preparing it for an afternoon party or lunch, make it the day before. Make sure you have plenty of counter space when making this pie. There are tons of steps, and if you don't have space to get a little bit messy, it gets overwhelming. 

2) 1 bag of fun size butterfingers is all you need. You don't need exactly 23. 
Set aside 2 whole bars to crumble on top. I did not do this and had the super fine crumbs on top.
Presentation is key at parties, so don't follow my example and try to make it look as awesome as possible.

3) Make sure you use a BIG pie pan with tall sides. This pie has a TON of filling and the crust needs to be thick. Mine almost overflowed. It was scary.

4) Use both butter and peanut butter when making the oreo crust. The crumbs will NOT stick together with just the small amount of butter they tell you to use. Use twice the amount of butter and a quarter cup of peanut butter, or half a cup of peanut butter to substitute. It brings out the butter finger  flavor more! Freeze the oreo crust while you are making the fillings, so that the pie sets into the crust. This helped the fillings stay separated in distinct layers. 

5) When you are preparing the filling on the stove, do NOT stop stirring. Do not check your phone, do not call anyone, concentrate on smelling the mixture to make sure it is not burning.  Sugar and milk burn extremely quickly. I learned this, through thrice amount of trial and error. 

6) . Pour the eggs in very very very slowly. I scrambled them the first time and had to start all over. I spent about 4 minutes total stirring and pouring in the eggs the second time around and it turned out perfectly.

7) When it came to the whipping cream, I used half cool whip and half heavy whipping cream from the carton. It worked super well for the topping, better than just the heavy whipping cream from the carton by itself. 

8) I chilled my pie for around 8 hours before I served it. I was very nervous it did not turn out, but it was completely solid. The crust however, did not turn out, since I only used butter. I used peanut butter in the crust for a different pie I made (recipe coming up next), and it held together super well. 

I plan on sharing my adventures in baking more and more! 
Next up is a Simpson family favorite!