Jul 28, 2014

weekend weddings, watercolors and wishful thinking


Weekends are pretty great, aren't they?  That's a fairly common sentiment of course, but we've been having some extra good ones around here lately.  Last weekend I had the opportunity to assist Chelsa Yoder Photography with another wedding.  An absolutely gorgeous one at that… a beautiful venue, a stunning bride, unbelievable florals…you get the idea.


I've also been doing a ton of painting and loving it! I'm actually hoping to open up a little Etsy shop soon to accompany my jewelry shop.


Riley and I have also started making a habit out of Sunday drives lately.  Come late afternoon, we hop in the car and drive up and down the streets, making turns on a whim and picking out the houses and neighborhoods we think we might like to live in next. We're not in a huge hurry to move, but we can't seem to help looking anyway. In fact, it makes the house hunting process enjoyable instead of overwhelming and stressful.  This past weekend, we went on our first "legitimate" look with a realtor and both fell in love with a (major) fixer upper.  The same one, fortunately.  The sale of this particular house comes with a ton of baggage, lots of conditions and hoops to jump through.  We'll have to wait and see for awhile but we're keeping our fingers crossed.  I've tried not to get my hopes up, but seriously, who am I kidding? It's highly possible that I may have already redesigned the whole kitchen… like, with a full color illustration and everything.  Let's just call it extreme wishful thinking.


How have you been spending your weekends lately?  

Jul 10, 2014

a southport 4th


Well, I finally got to see the famous Southport 4th for myself!  It was pretty amazing waking up to a beautiful sunny morning after the hurricane blew through the day before.  We had heard that traffic would be pretty bad for the holiday, so we brought our bikes along and that made for an enjoyable (but hot!) trip from the marina to the heart of downtown.

Southport has an amazing lineup of events for the 4th of July weekend, and although some had been canceled due to weather, and others we opted to skip, there was still plenty to entertain us and make us feel like we got the most out of our 4th of July experience.  We caught the parade, the car show and some pretty views along the water before peddling back to the marina to escape the heat and the crowds for a bit.  Then it was back out later for the fireworks show.  It was standing room only by the time we got there, but we couldn't really pack blankets or chairs on the back of our bikes anyway. Well, actually, I wouldn't put it past Riley, but for me, maneuvering a bike around people and cars in the dark was quite enough already, thank you!

All in all, if you're up for the crowds and the heat, a Southport 4th is something I definitely recommend checking out for yourself! And if you can't make buddies with one of the locals who owns a gorgeous house in town with a parking lot for a yard, definitely bring your bike!

Jul 8, 2014

surviving arthur


This past weekend, before any celebrating could begin, we had a little issue to deal with first.  

Just, oh… a hurricane.  

As we checked the weather forecast throughout the week, we started moving the beginning of our holiday weekend up earlier and earlier.  Because, instead of traveling away from a weather advisory as most people would, we seem to always travel towards them.  Just call us storm chasers.

Being the protective boat owner that he is, Riley tends to worry about his girl when he's away from her.  And since six hours of travel time is really quite a distance, he knew he wouldn't be able to check in on her once the foul weather hit.  So, we made our way down to North Carolina on Wednesday night so that we would be able to weather the storm right alongside (rather, in it, actually) of our boat.

Yeah, it was just as much fun as it sounds…


High winds and constant rain don't really make for a great time on a sailboat. And it was quite a roller coaster experience as we watched updated forecasts predict the eye of the storm to hit closer, and then farther away, and the closer, over and over again. But we used our experience in Key West to prepare for rough weather this time around.  Meaning, of course, that we came prepared with plenty of coffee to drink and Gilmore Girls episodes to watch. We were fortunate in that the marina where we are currently keeping our boat is fairly well protected and we didn't suffer any damage. After about 24 hours of waiting it out in our small, wet space (why do we still have so many leaks??), we awoke to a beautiful morning on the 4th of July.

Still, I think that's probably the last time I will intentionally put myself in the path of a hurricane.  I'm just not entirely sure that I'm really cut out for storm chasing after all.

Jul 2, 2014

currently… blueberries and tropical storms.



wishing: That I had updated my blog before now.  Is it a cop out to only show up for the "currently" link up?  I'm thinking yes.

celebrating: The 4th of July on the sailboat.  Last year we spent the holiday weekend on our boat in New Bern, and I'm excited to be able to celebrate in Southport this year!  You already know how much I loved exploring Southport anyway, but did you also know that the huge 4th of July celebration from the movie Safe Haven is a real thing?? I'm looking forward to seeing it for myself! 

wearing: A pink rain jacket and Hunter rain boots.  The only thing that has me a little concerned about this weekend is the weather forecast.  You know, that tropical storm warning for all of North Carolina's coast?  That could put a damper on the celebration, huh? We're planning to start the weekend a little early just so we can get to the boat and make sure everything is safe and secure before it hits. Good thing I've got some cute gear!

cooking: Blueberry everything!  I went blueberry picking yesterday and now I have a million blueberries for delicious recipes!  You better believe the first thing on my list last night was this blueberry buckle recipe from last year.  It was just as good as I remembered.  I'm planning on trying out this blueberry and peach salsa recipe, too.  Do you have any favorite blueberry recipes to share?

planning: A better question might be, what am I not planning?  I'm planning to get back into blogging (eventually), I'm planning new jewelry pieces and new paintings, too.  I'm planning all kinds of decorating finishing touches on our apartment and then I'm planning on sharing it on the blog.  I'm planning a healthy menu plan for next weeks meals (you know, to counter all that blueberry buckle I'm eating…).


What are you planning?  And most importantly, what are you planning for this holiday weekend?  I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July and that you stay safely out of tropical storm Arthur's path!


linking up with Jenna and Anne today.
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