last sunday, darling, was your birthday

PHOTO_1-1.jpg PHOTO_2.jpgPHOTO_3.jpg PHOTO_4.jpgPHOTO_5.jpg PHOTO_6.jpgPHOTO_8.jpg PHOTO_7.jpgPHOTO_9.jpg PHOTO_10.jpgPHOTO_11.jpg PHOTO_12.jpgPHOTO_13.jpg PHOTO_14.jpgPHOTO_15.jpg PHOTO_16.jpgPHOTO_17.jpgFor my husband’s birthday this year, we decided to do a handful of unrelated things rather than one or two extravagant events. Although it was Geoffrey’s day, he didn’t care what we ended up doing, as long as we spent it together. Visiting antique and coffee shops? Check. Grabbing a quick lunch at McDonalds? Check. Coming home three times to walk the dogs? Check. Taking a drive out of town to look at acreages for sale? Check. Going out for supper with my parents? Check. Ending the night with a movie that neither one of us really wanted to see? Check. 

Like most married couples, we have our ups and downs. However, I feel so blessed to have such a sweet man in my life. I feel as if we have come a long way within the three years that we’ve been married. I love the life that we’ve carved out together. We try to live simply, making sure to care for our house, pets, and one another. We like to keep our noses to the grindstone, and remember to take the time once or twice a week and spend an evening together. Geoff doesn’t ask for much, and I hope that I don’t either. For us, simplicity is what sustains our marriage. Right now, I wouldn’t change that for anything.

Happy birthday again and again, my love. I will see you all in February!

Emory 

it doesn’t matter what you wear … there’ll be dancing in the street

IMG_1.jpg IMG_2.jpgIMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpg IMG_8.jpgThere are certain items of clothing that will always make certain girls feel a certain way. I can only describe that feeling as a sort of blissful transcendence, that nothing will make you feel more like your true self than when you are wearing that particular item. It can be anything from riding pants, to vintage shoes, to a little black dress. A tutu is that magical item for me.

Tutus are my kryptonite. Whether I see a skirt or a dress that is made up mostly of tulle or crinoline, I feel as if I must own it. Once I wear it, I only want to dance, dance, dance. I want to dance as if no one is watching, and not stop until I am completely exhausted. I want to run and hug everyone that I see because I feel so happy and comfortable when I am in one. I want to pair it with leggings and my prettiest coat, and show it off to the world. I would wear a tutu everyday if it were socially acceptable. I believe that I will always be a closeted ballerina, and I am O.K. with that.

Tell me, what is your favourite article of clothing?

Emory

i’ll be seeing you

IMG_1-3.jpg 2.36.42 PM IMG2.jpgIMG_2.jpg IMG_5.jpgIMG_4.jpg IMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpg IMG_8.jpgIMG_9.jpg IMG_10.jpgIMG_3.jpgThis year I promised myself that I would purchase my first iPhone. Being a product of my generation, and already owning multiple Apple devices, I felt that it was time to retire my Samsung. After all, most of the bloggers that I follow have owned their iPhones for years! So very reluctantly, I picked a day during the middle of the week to go and buy a new cellphone.

I must admit that learning to use an iPhone was extremely easy, and the overall transition has been fun and amazing. I am also becoming addicted to the free games that are provided in the Apps. Does anyone else have this problem? Also, I have to say that the cases alone are reason enough to switch to an iPhone. I am seriously in love with my new rabbit case (even though his whiskers scratch my ears every time I receive a call).

Yet, for some reason, I still can’t part with my old phone. I have even dedicated one of the two zippers in my purse to bring it along wherever I go. With no number or service, it is a sad reminder of my initial switch to a smartphone. I feel as if my Samsung needs a proper goodbye, so I am treating this post as a sendoff.

Here were some other song titles that I deemed appropriate for saying farewell to my phone: “Yesterday,” “Here Without You,” “Goodbye My Lover,” “I Will Remember You,” “Don’t Forget to Remember Me,” and “See You on the Other Side.” So long, my Samsung. I’ll be seeing you.

Have a spectacular weekend, friends!!

Emory

a painted teapot diy

IMG.jpgThis oh-so-lovely and oh-so-easy DIY is another great idea that I saw within my InstaCraft book.

Although the time that it takes to complete this project is roughly 35 minutes, 5 minutes are dedicated to doodling, while the other 30 minutes are all done in the oven. Why can’t all crafts be this easy? If they were, I would be able to post one everyday for my fantastic followers!

IMG_2.jpgThis is what you will need:

Teapot

Permanent marker(s)

IMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpgDraw a design on your teapot. Place in the oven for 30 minutes at 350°F. Remove, let cool, and begin steeping!

IMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgIMG_7.jpg IMG_9.jpgEasy peasy. I loved this simple, yet unique project so much that I’ll be drawing similar designs on my plain white mugs so that I will have a matching tea set. I would also like to purchase plates from the Dollar Store and create my own patterns on them. I may end up drawing on all of the dinnerware in my house, as well as recreating every craft within this book! Sometimes, nothing beats having a giant wave of inspiration. Happy Wednesday!

Emory

how do you organize your blog?

PHOTO.jpg PHOTO_2.jpgPHOTO_3.jpg PHOTO_4.jpgPHOTO_5.jpg PHOTO_6.jpgPHOTO_7.jpg PHOTO_8.jpgPHOTO_9.jpgToday’s post is really based on a question. How do you keep your blog organized? I have been blogging for over a year now, first on Tumblr and now on WordPress. At first, I blogged whatever came to mind. If you’ve ever taken a look at Tumblr, you might have noticed that it is mostly a site for art photography and GIFs rather than a place to express long write-ups. As a result, I was posting photographs of our travels, house, pets, films, and eventually, DIY projects. At first, there was no organization to my blog. However, after a couple of months, I began to notice that my DIY posts were getting the most likes, and soon enough I was regularly being featured on Tumblr’s homepage. That’s when I started to take blogging more seriously. Within 6 months, I was inspired to switch to WP so that I could really take off on this blogging adventure. 

That being said, I have also become much more organized. I feel that if I have a general layout of the next few days, weeks, or months, that it will positively affect my blog and its overall flow. I want it to feel organic, but subsequently, not too structured. I would love to return to posting 5 days a week, but with the effort that goes into each post — from conception, to preparation, to photography, to editing, to the write-up, to the final draft, it is just not possible. I don’t know about you, but each post takes me hours on end. Right now, I can only come up with 3 to sometimes 4 posts a week. Even that is tough!

Getting back to my initial question, this is how I organize my blog. I work with two calendars, the bigger one serves as my rough draft, whereas the smaller of the two is what I use to finalize my plans. I then keep these calendars in my blogging station, which also consists of DIY books, multiple cameras, and camera gear. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are when I usually blog, so I will try to split the week into one DIY post, one lifestyle post, and one recipe/outfit post. However, I aim to never designate a day to any given theme. I tried that in the past, but it felt too stiff. I also write down which days I will be taking the photographs for the upcoming posts. So, my blog ideas are written in big, block letters, while my days to shoot are written in smaller letters and in parentheses. Additionally, I have everything planned out up to two months in advance. This way, my thoughts never get forgotten, and I feel a huge relief knowing that I am well-prepared. How’s that for organized? 

Emory

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