Even though the blog has been quiet lately, we’re definitely in the Christmas spirit! Our tree smells delicious, the shopping is done, the chocolate chip cookies are warm, and our neighborhood is decked out with Christmas balls in the trees. We’re headed up to North Carolina to visit my family for the holiday and I cannot wait! Hot chocolate, warm fireplace, Christmas music, …Mmm. Merry Christmas, everybody!
Aren’t these the cutest gift tags? So easy last for minute gift labeling! Get them here from Verily Mag.
We got to spend a quick weekend in Chicago a few weeks ago! I was traveling for a quick work trip that happened to be around Allen’s 30th birthday, so we took advantage of it and Allen flew up to meet me for a quick trip to the windy city!
We crammed in as much site seeing as we could. We were lucky we could pretty much walk everywhere, we saw the BEAN (which is actually called the cloud?), Millennium Park, the Hancock building, a river cruise (it was cold!), the waterfront, and the cute brownstones. Our absolute favorite thing we did was the Second City Comedy Club. We went to a late show after a nice birthday dinner for Allen and it was SO, SO funny! We were truly belly laughing, those folks are so very talented.
It was a great little weekend trip. And 30th Happy Birthday, Al!
I’m loving these fabulously fall urns and magnolia arrangements. I can’t get enough of this dark green and creamy white palette. Mmm… Just gorgeous!
These images and more inspiration here.
It was our little Birchie’s 5th birthday last week! He’s such a goof. He’s brought us so much joy and laughter over the past 5 years. Birch is a big softie and an anxious fella who needs to be touching you at all times. I love the tippy tap he makes walking around the house, how he has to spin around almost one hundred times before he settles on a position snuggling up next to you, how he tries to sneak cat food and looks embarrassed when we catch him, how he gets under the covers when I let him sleep with me when Allen’s out of town, and how he trades who he snuggles closest to between me and Allen. He’s probably just getting comfortable, but I think deep down he wants us both to feel equally loved. We love you right back, Birchie!
PS – Birch is a Hungarian Vizsla. Vizslas are really wonderful dogs!
Photos by Katie Oblinger Photography (outtakes from our Guest Bedroom shoot!)
I am loving these loose zipper clutches lately and these patterns from Kindah Khalidy are so fun. I like the dark greens for this fall and the pink palettes for next spring. Yes, I’m already thinking about next spring. I’m not really a cold weather gal…
I love the strawberry pattern and the abstract paint palette clutches too. So cute, right?! See all the clutches here.
We made some serious progress in the garden when Mom was here last week! It doesn’t look like much now, but we got a ton of plant material in the ground. Mom brought at least 14 or 15 big trash bags full of plants from her garden. Isn’t she the best?! Yes. Yes, she is.
We planted everything pretty much like we planned out over the summer. The cool, fall weather has been perfect for these new plant babies to get used to their new home.
This corner is the closet garden area to the deck… This will have my favorite perennial begonias, a gardenia, an American boxwood, Solomon’s Seal, a couple of Soft Caress Mahonias, and then a gorgeous hosta and fern collection by the tree with some Lily of the Valley in front. It’s going to be gorgeous when it all fills in this spring!
Mom and I dug most of the holes the first day, but we had 2 fabulous helpers – Allen and Lee – who relieved us and did most of the hard work for us, including operating the tiller! Side note, planting such a massive amount of plant material is so much easier with a tiller!
Everything will get settled in with the cool weather this fall and will hopefully grow in nice and full in the spring! I can’t wait to see it all come together! :) This is a really solid base for the garden and now we’ll just get to add fun accent plants. Yay!