Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Anniversary Weekend in Photos.

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It was lovely. We headed down to Mcminnville, stayed at Hotel Oregon and then work up the next morning and had shakes at Alf's and walked all around the town. On our way back we stopped at a winery and did a tasting. It was a fantastic time, I just wish we could have stayed longer. I didn't want to come home!

Monday, July 25, 2011

New Dress.

Today was a day for retail therapy. I picked up this pretty dress from Modcloth today. I can't wait for it to get here!
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Have you bought anything pretty lately?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

DIY Paint Your Shoes

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I bought some shoes from Rite Aid on a thrifting road trip a couple weeks ago. I thought they were calling out for some detailing.

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I only needed a few things to work on this project. Some pretty acrylic paint (I used Americana's Spa Blue), a small paint brush and some thin painter's tape.

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I used the painters tape to create stripes (you could also create shapes or other designs). I painted between the tape and pulled the tape off before it dried. Then I let it dry and, voila, 1 hour later I had some pretty striped shoes.

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I love them!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Anniversary Dinner

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We had a perfectly lovely evening yesterday. We dressed up, went for a delicious cocktail at Beaker and Flask and then headed to dinner at Le Pigeon. It was a perfect meal from beginning to end. The arugula salad we started with was probably my favorite. Olive tapenade with buffalo mozzarella. Yum.

After dinner the boy came up with the brilliant idea to head over to Produce Row for one last drink. It's where we had our wedding reception and it's one of our favorite bars in Portland. It was a wonderful way to end the evening. I love celebrating relationship milestones. When we were first dating, the boy always made fun of me for wanting to celebrate how many months we'd been together. I just saw it as an excuse to get dressed up and go to a fancy dinner! Now that we've been together so long, that seems so funny but I love it.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Two Years Down.

Year Two Come and Gone.

The second year of marriage was so much more fun than year one. We seem to have found a rhythm to who we are as a married couple. We fight less and we talk more. Things seem easier.

Two years ago I stood up in front of our family and promised to love and grow with this person for the rest of my life. It was one of the best things I've ever done. Married life is absolutely wonderful because I've found such a fantastic partner to spend my days with.

I took this photo of the two of us exactly one year ago as we ate a delicious dinner in Minneapolis to celebrate one year of marriage. Tonite we're going out to dinner and then really celebrating Thursday. I've been told to pack an overnight bag! I can't wait to see what my surprise is.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Bag Printing

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On Sunday it poured rain until after 4pm. It was horrible and made for a slow day up at the shop. Luckily I'd brought my Gocco printer along with me and decided to (finally) print our logo on our bags. They turned out awesome and it made me sad that I hadn't done it before. No mind, these babies are ready to go and I'm happy to finish up small details around the shop when we're slow.

It also makes me so sad that I have just a dozen or so screens/lightbulbs left for my Gocco. I have to treasure each one!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Happy Friday!

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This morning I'm recovering from seeing the final Harry Potter movie at midnite last nite. It was wonderful! Check out this adorable photo of us waiting in line.

I just sent the boy off with a bunch of road snacks and a fishing rod. He's going to Leavenworth for a fun weekend while I have to stay back and man the shop and get some other things done. I have a couple fun things planned though, a BBQ tomorrow and a cocktail hour with friends tonite.

Here are some wonderful things I'm loving around the internet this morning to send you on your way to a great weekend.

A favorite blogger making a move after my own heart.

Stitched kitty postcards!

An awesome DIY to use up those doilies.

A perfectly wonderful outfit.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Sewing Project: Vintage Dress

I've been working on some dresses for the shop that need some slight alterations. I'm a moderately good seamstress when it comes to garmets (I'm much more adapt at accessories and such) but hemming is fairly easy.

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This was a floor length 1960's dress. The fabric is so adorable and the cut on the top is perfect, it was just the length that was a little off. I thought a just-above-the-knee length would be perfect for this.

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I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I cut some length off, double folded it and pressed the seam just a bit. I found some coordinating thread and did a blind hem stitch by hand.

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Now it's ready to hang in the shop. I've got another dress I need to do this same thing to and yet another that I'm shortening the sleeves on. I try to make sure I haven't spent a ton on the dress before I cut into it just in case I completely screw it up. A pretty good rule when you're trying to expand your sewing prowess.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

DIY: Metal Shell Chairs

Remember these chairs?

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I can hardly believe the difference some spray paint can make!

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I started out by getting some steel wool and doing my best to scrub down where any paint was flaking off (I wasn't completely successful in this, but I did a good enough job). Then I took a Rustoleum primer spray paint and sprayed a heavy layer on both the chairs.

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Originally I thought they'd be cream colored so I did a couple layers of cream colored spray paint but when I wasn't getting the coverage I wanted, I grabbed some bright lollipop insipired colors and went with that instead. I still want to do another layer or two of the green, but they look 'good enough' for now. It's so satisfying to look at the before and after shots! Before they were garbage and now they look adorable (and comfy) in front of the shop.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Playing Dress Up: Fourth of July

I realized over the weekend I never shared by ADORABLE (if I do say so myself) Fourth of July outfit. I wore this in the evening, once we were back from the river, as we ran around downtown drinking and watching fireworks.

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I wore: Headband: Giant Dwarf/ Dress: Vintage (estate sale find)/ Watch: the boy's grandfathers/ Tote: Show Pony/ Shoes: Target

I love this dress. I originally bought it for the shop but when a fairly minor stain on the back didn't come out in the wash, I decided it was mine to keep! The details at the top are my favorite and I love that it's a mid-thigh length, which is shorter than I usually find but wonderful for Summer.

When I came downstairs dressed in this, I asked the boy if I looked like a firework and he said 'yes'. Good enough for me!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Breather.

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I had a pretty tough week, which explains my absence from here. Nothing a little Say Yes to the Dress marathon on Netflix instant can't fix though.

We're getting ready for the Mississippi Street Fair tomorrow, one of my favorite Portland events and this year Wanderlust will be there! I can't wait.

I'll be back next week with some awesome vintage finds I want to share.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fourth of July

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This post is a bit of a photo dump. Yesterday was a busy day but so much fun. We started out going to the river with a car full of friends and a cooler full of delicious drinks and snacks. After coming home for a late day nap, we jumped on the bus downtown where we met some other friends for champagne cocktails followed by a jello shot (hello stomachache!). Once it started getting dark the boy and I headed over to his work where they have a gorgeous view of the fireworks. We stood 16 stories above the river and watched the display. I felt completely spoiled, it was an amazing way to experience the fourth.
As we walked home people were still letting fireworks off everywhere we turned. It was pretty crazy, especially since it was a Monday nite and you know everyone had to work today, including me!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy Fourth!



We've got potential river plans, fireworks plans and maybe even some jello shots thrown in there somewhere. I hope your Fourth of July is absolutely wonderful.

It's finally feeling like Summer around here and after a tough week, I think I can see a point where I'll have time to think and breath a little bit. At this point I'd just take a time where it doesn't feel like every decision I make is life or death. Anyway, things are looking up and I'm proud of myself that I've stayed positive through a tough business decision I had to make earlier this week. Now it's time for cold drinks, sunshine and popsicles.