Friday, May 28, 2010

Memorial Day

Because this is Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to share some photos with you. They remind us all to be thankful for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice; were willing to die for this country and for the freedom that I fear we often take for granted.

{World War II Memorial in Washington, DC}

{My great uncle's grave in Arlington Cemetary. He died while fighting in WWII in Saint Lo, France (after making it through Normandy!)}

{The Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial in Virginia. Every war and battle the Marines ever fought in is listed on this memorial}

{The 13th MEU in June 2005, headed for Iraq.. where several of them lost their lives during Operation Steel Curtain}

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." ~John 15:13

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

out of pocket

I will be out of pocket for a few days, so please excuse my absence! I hope you all have a lovely weekend! :)

my favorite thrifted, found and handcrafted pieces

I grew up with an incredibly crafty and creative mother. We moved quite a bit, but no matter what, she always had every room decorated. I learned from watching her, how to recreate spaces and pieces to give each room its very own character.

I also learned how to shop!! We always went antique shopping, to the thrift shops and often on the weekends would hit up a few garage sales. Needless to say, I love finding old, used items with character and bringing them to life in a new space.

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite pieces that my husband and I have found, thrifted, garage sale-d, or created: My husband put together and stained these shelves.. the larger one has 3 hooks which we use at Christmas time for stockings.. not sure what to hang from them during the rest of the year. Any ideas?
This table is something my neighbor threw away. My husband found it in the dumpster and spent probably 2 weeks refurnishing it. I wish I had a before picture.. it was gross. But now it's beautiful!! I use it as a vanity.
This is our most recent project. I found this chair on Craigslist. You can read more about it here.
This was a $5 garage sale purchase.. real leather, made in Mexico. I love this little stool. It's a very nice extra seat in our living room.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

terra cotta cat

He loves to sit on the porch and watch the birdies, people and neighbor cat:

He just happens to "match" 2 of my flower pots...

Monday, May 17, 2010

walk for life

On Saturday May 1st, I had the privilege of participating in the Pregnancy Resource Center's 1st Annual Walk for Life. Thank you to everyone who supported me through pledges to the PRC.

I set my goal for $200 but ended up raising $265, thanks to everyone who pledged!! You are all so fantastic!
(If you would still like to donate, you can do so here).

If you want to know more about the PRC or the Walk for Life, check out my previous blog post on the topic.

Here are some pictures from the day. It was gorgeous outside and the event was quite a success. We had a wonderful time!! Thanks again to everyone who supported me!!


{ready, set, go!}


{goody bags!}

Friday, May 14, 2010

Santa Fe Station

I am a huge fan of trains. I don't know why, I'm kind of like a 7 year old boy. I want to get a conductors hat and a train whistle!

Anyways, I absolutely love Santa Fe Station in San Diego, CA:

I really could just sit and enjoy the trains (and trolleys!) all day. Not to mention, the weather is always so beautiful down there!!

Hope you're having a great Friday and enjoy your weekend!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

how we spent our 6th anniversary

For our 6th anniversary, my husband and I took a day trip to Temecula, CA for some wine tasting. Now, I'm not a huge fan of wine, but I did have a really good time. I drank only the super fruity white and pink wines and some yummy champagnes. One winery had a fabulous pineapple champagne, which I enjoyed with some warm, fresh baked sourdough bread... Yum-O!

Here are some pictures from our day. (One side note: our camera broke on the last day of our trip to Washington DC so all of these photos were taken with a disposable camera.. which was super embarrassing. I hadn't used one in years! But, I have to say that they turned out pretty well!):

{My first glass of the day. Robert Renzoni Winery}

{My husband, enjoying the weather at the Wilson Creek Winery}

{In front of our super cool wine-bus}

{A glass of wine and my tasting card at the Maurice Carrie Winery}

{Outside of PF Changs.. yummy anniversary dinner}

After a long day of drinking with strangers, we enjoyed a very low-key dinner at PF Changs. Needless to say, we both had water with dinner.

If you ever get a chance to get out to Temecula or up to Napa Valley, I highly recommend wine tasting. It was quite an enjoyable day!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

cross the line

I was working out to one of my favorite songs this morning. I wanted to share some of the lyrics with you:

"I'm gonna run like I've got the cops on my tail,
I'm gonna live my life like I'm out on bail,

I'm gonna be up front, gonna blaze a trail,
I'm gonna... cross that line!" ~Superchick

This is how I aspire to live my life as a whole. I guess I should be living like this daily, because after all, our life is simply a culmination of individual days.

So, to do that, I'm going to take up some new hobbies and activities, make some new friends and live it up!!
I would challenge you to do the same :)

The last thing I want, is to look back and think "There is so much more I could have done, but didn't because I chose to sit by and watch others."

And honestly, I don't want to live that way for myself. I want to live that way for the Lord. Another line from the same song says:
"Revolutions start when someone crosses the line"

I want to cross that line; be part of a revolution, for the Lord, in this generation.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

that zombie didn't stand a chance...

At first glance of me, and reading through my blog posts, you probably assume that I'm pretty girly, LOVE to craft and make things with my hands, cook and clean (like the good housewife I am) and enjoy bike rides to the beach.

So it may surprise you that I love my guns (and I'm not talking about biceps here :)

Last weekend, as part of my birthday/our anniversary bash, my husband and I went to the indoor shooting range. I was absolutely thrilled to see that they had zombie targets!!! We chose Chuck.. and Chuck didn't stand a chance!:

Zombies be warned.. this is one lady you don't want to mess with :)

Have a wonderful Wednesday!! (Oh and I will be posting a new giveaway either today or tomorrow so be sure to check back!)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

fun outdoor activity

I mentioned in a previous post that I found these badminton raquets at the Dollar Tree! Each came with a shuttlecock. What a fantastic deal! We finally decided to take them outside for some real use (up until this point we had just batted the 'shuttle' around the apartment and watched our cat attack it).
He was serious:

Here are some action shots:

Okay, so we didn't have a net and we didn't keep score (because I can't remember how to actually play the game). But we did get quite a workout! Badminton is super deceptive. When the wind catches the 'shuttle', man it can carry.

So, I approve badminton as a fun outdoor activity. Actually, I highly recommend it!! Next time, we might even find a volleyball net to use. Oh, how official!

Monday, May 3, 2010

a chair makeover

I was totally inspired but this before and after wooden chair over at Design*Sponge. I came across a very similar chair on Craigslist one day and couldn't turn down the opportunity!

Here are some of the pictures from our project (my husband loves woodwork, so he was all for helping me with this one!).

I don't have a clear before picture because it didn't get saved when we took it.. but here is a picture of my husband sanding the chair. It started out as a very light wood with some blue paint spatter:
Next, we stained the entire chair:
Then, I made my own stencil from an image I found online. I traced it and cut it out of sticker paper (for a printer):
We stuck the stencil to the chair and spray painted it "Almond":

We then put one coat of a lacquer finish over the entire chair and ta-da:
The stain shows through beautifully:
Proud of the finished project:

I placed it in the corner of our bedroom under a lamp so I can prop my feet up and read!
This was such a fun project! It took about a week and only because we had to be certain that the entire chair was dry after each step (and of course it was rainy and damp).

What do you think of the finished product? I hope it inspires you to transform an old piece of furniture you might have lying around :)