Thursday, May 16, 2013

Redneck Wine Glasses

Well my friends, I have survived my first week of grad school, barely. I suppose I should have warned you earlier that I may be posting very infrequently for the next seven weeks while grad school takes over my life.
Oh well, consider yourself officially warned! 

I was able to take a short break to make these redneck wine glasses last night, and today, I am excited to share them!

These were so easy to make, only taking about 10-15 minutes to make all eight of them!

what you'll need:
candlesticks (dollar tree), mason jars (any size), and E6000 

Simply place E6000 around the top rim of the candlestick, place the mason jar on top and centered, and press firmly. I allowed approximately 24 hours for try time to be safe. 
I also find it helpful to place something heavy in the mason jar while drying to hold everything in place. I'm not sure if this actually works, or if it's all in my head. 

I chose to make mine in two different sizes for a little variety, and I love them!!

Perfect for summery drinks on the patio!
Speaking of summery drinks, anyone have any must-try drink recipes? Let me know!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

On The Nightstand: Two Kisses for Maddy by Matthew Logelin

Matt and Liz Logelin were high school sweethearts. After years of long-distance dating, the pair finally settled together in Los Angeles, and they had it all: a perfect marriage, a gorgeous new home, and a baby girl on the way. Liz's pregnancy was rocky, but they welcomed Madeline, beautiful and healthy, into the world on March 24, 2008. 

Just twenty-seven hours later, Liz suffered a pulmonary embolism and died instantly, without ever holding the daughter whose arrival she had so eagerly awaited. Though confronted with devastating grief and the responsibilities of a new and single father, Matt did not surrender to devastation; he chose to keep moving forward-- to make a life for Maddy.

In this memoir, Matt shares bittersweet and often humorous anecdotes of his courtship and marriage to Liz; of relying on his newborn daughter for the support that she unknowingly provided; and of the extraordinary online community of strangers who have become his friends. In honoring Liz's legacy, heartache has become solace ---GoodReads

I loved this book, but it also terrified me. I think the fact that this could happen to anyone really got to me, and definitely made me appreciate my life a whole lot more. I think Matt did a great job describing his feelings and painting a picture of what his relationship was like with Liz, how much he loved his daughter, and how he dealt with the death of his wife. 

Although the story was a difficult one to read, I couldn't put it down. There were times I couldn't help but cry, and times that I had a smile on my face. An emotional rollercoaster for sure, but definitely worth the read. 

Read any good books lately? Let me know in the comments section, I love getting book suggestions!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Burlap Rosette Heart Wall Decor

I have been wanting to post this for weeks now, but holy burlap rosettes, this took forever to finish!
Let's just say, I had burlap flowers coming out of my ears. Finally, this week I enlisted Adam, my currently injured and awaiting surgery husband, to cut the burlap so I could focus on gluing. This was a hugggee help! And thanks to his help, I present to you (finally) my Burlap Rosette Heart wall decor!

in order to make this, you will need:
beadboard, paint, burlap, hot glue gun

The project overall was simple, just time consuming. I swung by home depot one day and bought a piece of bead-board  I had them cut it to size right in the store so I could get working on it right when I got home. I used photoshop to create a heart outline that would be big enough for my 40inx30in piece of bead-board  I traced the heart onto the board using pencil.

Once my heart was traced, I painted everything but the heart form navy blue using a foam brush.

Then came the fun part...making the rosettes out of burlap. I bought 3 yards of burlap, and had a little left over. I used my hot glue gun to make the rosettes, and to adhere them to the bead-board.

We used 3M strips (the ones that hold up to 16 lbs) to pin it up on our wall.

It is great to finally have something up on those poor living room walls!

 And note to self (and others I suppose): don't mix burlap, even if you think it isn't noticeable! I started with some burlap I had lying around in the basement, then ran out and had to buy more. I didn't think it was very noticeable, but I can definitely tell in these pictures. blahhh.

Well, what do you think? Did anyone else notice the random mismatched burlap (before I mentioned it)? Adam claims I'm the only one that can tell.