Recaps, Famous People, and Reality TV

Well, my friends, I am FINALLY back from my oh-too-long vacay. For your and my sanity, I swear I’ll never leave for that long ever again!

Let’s get down to bid-ness…

First off, I just have to give a huge thanks to all the Guest Bloggers that posted here over the last month. Weren’t they all just fab?!! Honestly, I’m now following quite a few of them myself!

Also, if you are just dying to get a recap of our vacation, I made FIFTEEN posts about my vacation while we were on the road. Check all of them out here. I tried to add some humor to each post as not to bore you to sleep. One thing I’ve learned from all this vacation blogging: I hate vacation blogging. I LOVE DIY and decor blogging though, so I’m just going to stick with the home sector. 😉 Lucky you.

Okay, FINALLY, let’s just get to the good stuff, shall we?

There were exactly TWO major events that happened to me while on vacation that I think you will get a kick out of…

The first & most exciting:


My life has now come full circle. Who would have thought in a year and a half of blogging I would meet BOTH of my favorite blogs authors? In January I met Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick (at Blissdom) and in July I met Sherry and John from Young House Love.

Our last stop on our vacation was in Richmond, Virginia to meet Sherry and John at a cute little coffee shop. They are the nicest, most humble, gracious people I’ve probably ever met. I was blown away at how down to earth they are in spite of being blog super-stars who have graced many a news story, been on the Nate show, and are featured in Better Homes and Garden almost monthly (at least it seems that way!).

I was just hoping they would give me 5 minutes for a photo. I was pleasantly shocked and grateful that they spent two hours with us instead. I’m sure everyone says this about them, but I swear, they were so easy to just hang out with. When we left I told Ben that I really thought we would be friends with them IRL if we lived near them. They are just that easy to be around.

Kinsey was smitten with their sweet adorable Clara. She has the blondest hair and the bluest eyes! And her personality is sweet as a button.

So yes, I’ve met YHL and TDC. My life is officially complete. I can die now.

In other, almost-as-exciting-news, I took pictures of myself in front of three famous bakeries, all from their own hit reality shows about cakes and cupcakes.

Carlo’s Bakery, from TLC’s Cake Boss.

Cake Boss

Charm City Cakes, from the Food Networks Ace of Cakes.

Ace of Cakes

And Georgetown Cupcake, from TLC’s DC Cupcakes.

DC Cupcake

I didn’t go inside any of the bakeries, and I didn’t get to taste any of their famous pastries. The lines at each place were ridiculously long. It was really fun getting to see the actual bakeries though.

And, finally, in other news… (what?! You thought I was going to leave you with no home update at all?!)…

We got home to our yard looking like this:


It’s just a hunch, but I’m thinking we have a sprinkler issue on our hands…


Good thing I know how to fix a sprinkler! (You can read my post about fixing a sprinkler here.) I’m really looking forward to digging up my front yard in over 100 degree weather. Yay for summer.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun, new, fresh post! Yippie!


updating a topiary for a dollar

Exhibit A:


Apple topiary. Cute from the waist up, but not so cute pot.

It’s all glued together though. What to do?

Exhibit B:


99 cent planter from IKEA.

I put the old pot inside the new one. It fit perfectly and now my apple topiary is cute from head to toe.

No cutting, no gluing, no disassembling.


I love cheap easy fixes.



Share.Inspire.Create. #2

Guess what time it is… It’s the last Saturday of the month!.. which means…

{If you aren’t sure what Share.Inspire.Create. is, click the button to read all about it}

I’ve Shared lots of ideas and tutorials with you. I’m thrilled I was able to Inspire you enough to Create one of your own!

Here are all the amazing crafts & projects you guys have been busy working on!

This Little Light of Mine made APOTHECARY JARS:

Kathi’s Creative Corner made SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP:

Decor Chick made a CHEESE DOME CLOCHE:

Decor Chick updated her KNIFE BLOCK:

Thrifty Decor Chick made a CHEESE DOME CLOCHE:
(Eek! Yes, THE THRIFTY DECOR CHICK herself, Sarah, copied me!)

Brown Paper Packages updated her KNIFE BLOCK:

Scrap Candy Designs made a FALL WREATH:

Krystal Kreations made some CHEESE DOME CLOCHES:

Earnest Aspirations made some CHRISTMAS TREES:

On a Wal-Mart Budget made a FALL WREATH:

The O’Donnell Nest made some CHRISTMAS TREES:

The Cooking Nurse made SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP:

My Repurposed Life was inspired by myMAGNETIC CHALKBOARD STATION:

Mustard Seed Memories made a CHEESE DOME CLOCHE:

Crafting in Cowtown made a FALL WREATH:

Keep up the amazing crafting! You guys are so talented. Thank you for letting me share your crafts.

If you have emailed me your craft and it didn’t make it on this list, I have had almost 2000 emails in the last two days from my awesome Silhouette SD Giveway and some emails have gotten lost in my inbox. I PROMISE I will have your link in my roundup for December.

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