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Hello, Sadie!

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Yesterday we received an unexpected phone call from a family who was looking to rehome their lovely dog, Sadie. Having recently moved to a small home, they no longer had the room for her. I had originally replied to the couples’ Craigslist ad, but Matt was hesitant to jump into dog ownership again, and we decided not to go through with adopting her. They let me know that they had another family lined up.

When they called, they said the other family lied about their situation (said they lived in a house with a big yard, when in reality they lived in a hotel; had a bunch of other big dogs, etc.) and decided they didn’t want her anyway. Knowing from our previous conversation that we had a big yard and recently lost Rory, they asked if we’d like to meet her. We agreed and instantly fell in love!

Her name is Sadie (short for Mercedes), and she is a one-year-old german shepherd mix. They thought she might have some lab in her, but it almost looks like a bit of collie, doesn’t it? She is the sweetest dog, and literally the softest one I have ever felt. When Matt walked in the door yesterday, she literally leapt into his arms. We’ll have to work on that!

She’s already such a good girl; she’s never been on a leash and stays near you outside (though we’ll be working on leash training stat!) She immediately comes when she’s called, but things like “sit” and “lay down” are foreign concepts. She seems smart, though, so I’m sure she’ll figure it out in no time!

The cutest thing is that she loves to sit on my lap and press the side of her face into mine. It’s ridiculously adorable.

I’m confident she’ll be a great dog with a bit of training, and I am so, so happy to have another canine family member!

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A Hazy Shade of Winter

Monday, January 7th, 2013

I thought I’d start the second week of 2013 with a quick roundup of what I’ve been up to.



My brother is off to China for a whole year! I made Hobbes for him for Christmas before I knew he was going. He took it along. I think it’s safe to say he enjoyed it!




I started playing around with a label design for my husband’s homebrew for fun, and this was born. I might go back and redo it later, but he was quite pleased with it in the meantime.


I’ve been working on the Juneberry Triangle only halfway done with the edging. It’s exhausting! It’s beautiful, though, and I’m sure it’ll be worth it.



I fulfilled some of my Maid of Honor duties and went dress shopping with Jenna. She found the perfect one on our first trip! Don’t worry, this isn’t the one!

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Tutorial: Winter Terrarium

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

This is a super simple and adorable winter terrarium. You will need:
Glass container
Sisal Trees
AnimalĀ  Figurines
Other decorative items

Pour sugar into bowl to desired depth, and top with a thin layer of glitter

Use a pen or pencil to push the glitter down along the sides of the glass. It’s like the sand art you used to do as a kid!

Decoratively arrange your items in the snow.

Step back and admire your work.

Bask in the adorableness.


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Link Love: Upholstery Basics at Design*Sponge

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

One of the unfortunate things about some of the bigger and more popular blogs is that I always feel like I can’t keep up with them. I adore blogs like Apartment Therapy, Poppytalk, and Design*Sponge, but if I added them to my RSS reader, I’d have to spend all my time reading blogs.

The bright side is that when I do get a chance to browse, I discover really fun stuff! Meet today’s discovery: Upholstery Basics at Design*Sponge!

This beautiful Leather Bookcase rivals even *my* ambition

The author, Amanda Brown, has a series of posts with detailed instructions on all kinds of furniture and upholstery projects. I love it! Having the knowledge to revamp (or build from scratch!) furniture opens up a whole world of possibilities!

Lampshade tutorial - no, no *covering* a lampshade. Making it from scratch.

The most exciting thing, though, was this post on building a boxed ottoman from a coffee table. I am not kidding, Matt and I just got home from looking at ottomans at the furniture store.

Boxed Ottoman Tutorial at Design*Sponge


I am definitely doing this! Stay tuned – I’ll absolutely be posting photos when I do.

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My New View

Friday, September 28th, 2012

I switched my office and bedroom, so this is the new view from my desk. I approve.

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Fall is for Baking

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Just enjoying the first weekend of fall doing some housework (okay not so enjoyable) and baking cookies. Cookies make everything better.

The weather is absolutely beautiful, though I heard on the news that we got our first snowflakes the other night. Madness, I tell you.


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Storm Damage

Friday, June 15th, 2012

We both took time off for our anniversary to go camping, but our plans were unexpectedly cancelled. Instead, we travelled back to our hometown to spend the weekend with our families.

Last night, the wind was super intense and we could hear trees snapping and crashing down. I didn’t think for a second that one could fall on our car…

but it did.


Oh yes. Lovely, lovely Wisconsin weather. It’s very frustrating, but we’re trying to look on the bright side: we have insurance, and no one was hurt – and thank God we weren’t camping!

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Teacup Garden Gnome

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

I made these tiny gnomes for some mini terrariums I made a few years ago, and I thought they’d be perfect in my teacup garden.

Yes, it’s posed in front of my microwave. What can I say? Our house isn’t exactly flooded with natural light.

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Meanwhile, in Wisconsin…

Monday, May 7th, 2012


Nom nom; grapefruit and iced tea!

It’s shaping up to be a busy week at work, so I’m not sure how much I’ll be around blogland. On the radar, though, is Project Life (omg did I actually jump on a bandwagon?) and a thrilling tale about my recent expedition to the Twin Cities.
Please, tell me the exciting details of your lives so I can live vicariously through them!

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Spring had Sprung

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Spring had sprung, but it’s back in hiding. I have some gorgeous photos of the rain, but my Aperture library is AWOL, so until I get that figured out, I’ll leave you with some lovely sprout photos I took a few years ago.



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