Saturday, August 20, 2011

This week...

This week has been a fun one. I went out with some ladies from church on Wednesday night to see The Help. It was SO good that I want to see it again! I laughed, I cried (a lot), and I wanted to punch Hilly Holbrook. The setting was Jackson, so I recognized school and street names, tv station, and more. That was really neat to me. I'm so thankful that I did not live in that era.

On Thursday night, my childhood friend Whitney Miller (America's first MasterChef) was in D'Iberville for a cookbook signing. It was right down the road, so of course I went! I had fun visiting with Whitney and her parents. There was also an artist there who drew this charicature of me... haha!!

Last night, I went to dinner with the Nave's, some of our friends from church who both went to MC and MHBC in Clinton like me! They are so much fun, and their son, Christian, is adorable! Pip (or Peep according to Christian) met us after he got off work. Christian found out that Pip "talks to planes", and so he was talking to planes all night. Haha! We had a great time hanging out with them!
Hope y'all have a great weekend!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Birthday week!

Life has been a little crazy for me lately, going from being home all the time for 3 months to working full time. I've been taking naps a lot more since I started work! We are still not open... but the building is getting very close to completion. I can't wait for us to be open!

 Anyway, my birthday was this week and one of my very best friends, Laura, came to visit me! I'm really glad she came bc Pip was playing in a softball tournament, and he had 2 games that night. Laura and I went to the first game, then we ate pizza and ice cream cake from Bop's! :) I was really thankful to spend some time with Laura bc she is moving to Haiti on August 21st. She will be teaching English at an orphanage there. She also has a blog, and it is super encouraging- So They Can Know.You should check it out! Since Pip didn't get to hang out with me much that night, he took me to Olive Garden the next night. :) He also got me the elliptical trainer that I wanted so bad! It is like a small elliptical that only has the foot pedals. It is awesome! It is small and easy to balance on, and you can also turn it around and place it in front of a chair to use it like a stationary bike! I have really enjoyed using it! Thanks Pip!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

DIY Name Plaque

Recently, I made a name plaque as a wedding gift for my friends, Adam & Jennifer! I thought I'd share my pictures and directions on my blog, so you could try it, too! I got the idea from The Southern Stitcher. Her blog is amazing. To make your own, you will need a wooden plaque, paint, white tissue paper, Mod Podge, a paint brush, and distress ink.

I bought this wooden plaque at Michael's and painted it white.

Cut a sheet of white tissue paper down to copy paper size, then tape the edges
of the tissue paper to the copy paper.

Print your lettering. (I actually printed on regular copy paper first until I decided on the font sizes.)
 I printed the last name in a larger size and with a more interesting font.

Cut out each word. (Try to cut close to the edges!)

For those of you who are new to Mod Podge (as I was), this is what the bottle looks like! :)

Place your words where you want them to make sure you are happy with the size and fonts.

Use a paintbrush or foam brush to mod podge the tissue word to the wood,
and then brush over the word as well.

It will look white like this when you mod podge over it,
but it dries clear!!

I also sanded it a little, and then used brown distress ink (that you can find in the scrapbooking section in your local craft store)!

I hope you all like my finished product! I was very proud of it, and I can't wait to make another.