Sunday, January 6, 2013


I made a quick stop by the Linen Building on my way home from spending the day at my parents'. I think it's such a cool building and loved how it looked with the sun setting.

Saturday, January 5, 2013


This photo was taken on my walk home from going to the salon. While it is so bloody cold outside, I still love being able to walk to so many places. It was a fun morning of pampering, with a stop for lunch at my favorite restaurant, The Matador. Have any of you Idahoans been to La Vie En Rose in the bottom of Idanha? Is it any good?

Friday, January 4, 2013


Today has been an unusual day. I went into work, but quickly got a headache de to fumes from the lab attached to my office. My coworker was feeling woozy too so we both decided to leave and bring work home with us. I felt kind of bad leaving because much of what I do can't be done at home. Once I got home I walked to the post office to mail certificates. It was SO cold but it felt good to get fresh air after all the fumes. I snapped this at St. Michael's Church on my way home. I love the wreaths on the doors as a sweet reminder of the holidays.

Thursday, January 3, 2013


I can already tell this project is going to be a challenge. Today's photo was taken at one of my favorite intersections in Boise during an evening walk. I love that the twinkle lights are still up from Christmas.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


In every city I've lived in one of the most important places to me is the library. In Claremont and Meridian I'd go multiple times a week and the librarians recognized me and knew my name. While I haven't been going to the Boise Public Library long I can already tell I'll be going there frequently.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


As I mentioned in my last post I am going to do a 365 project this year. I have been debating about picking a topic. I wanted something that I would be excited about, but also something that would challenge me. While running errands with my sister I found the perfect inspiration! My own city: Boise! So here is day one of 365 days in Boise!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Lucky 13

I wanted to write one last post before the end of the year. It is easy to focus on all of the heartbreaks and difficulties that 2012 held, but I have to take a moment to remember all of the positives. Here are my top 12 blessings of 2012.

1. Bought a car
2. Moved into my own apartment
3. Road trip to California
4. Janelle’s wedding
5. Zip-ling with the family
6. Surprise birthday parties for the parents
7. Reconnecting with the Stanfield’s
8. Jenny visited
9. Positive annual review at work
10. Two bonuses at work
11. Participated in the Christmas Cantata
12. Seeing Dia Frampton, Tyrone Wells and Barcelona

I am hoping that 2013 is “Lucky 13!” I am excited for a new year and a clean slate. Here are 13 things I’m looking forward to in 2013.

1. Blogging regularly
2. Taylor Swift 6.1.13.
3. Completing my 27 before 28
4. Jenny visiting
5. Changes in my department at work
6. Finding a new church home and community
7. Striving to be more financially responsible and a better steward
8. Visiting Seattle
9. Completing a 365 project
10. Women’s Crafting Retreat
11. Simplify and de-clutter my life
12. Participating in the Meridian Community Choir
13. Attending Premiere Jewelry Rally with Ashlee

Friday, November 16, 2012

Home Part 4: Ashlee's Bedroom

Here is the last part of my apartment tour, Ashlee's room. Like I previously mentioned Ashlee's room is small. I don't actually think it was intended to be a bedroom. We think they put up a wall in the middle of what was part of the dining room to add a....den? I'm not sure what you'd call it, but Ashlee has really made the most of her space and made it work for her, which is so important.

This is might be the only painting hanging in our apartment that I didn't do. This one is all Ashlee and I love it. Peter Bradley Adams' song Los Angeles holds a special place in my heart.

Note: Ashlee's bed is pushed up to her "closet" to the left. There is only enough room to hang a few coats in there.

Bedding/Rug: Target

I told you it was small! We can't even pull the trundle bed out all the way. However she did get her desk situated just right which is important as she has her own direct sales business (Premier Designs Jewlery) and needs a good space to work. Her room has no overhead lighting, but luckily her lamps and white walls brighten things up.

Mirrors: Ikea
Bulletin Boards: Handmade by our Grandpa

I love that Ashlee accepted the challenge of making her space work for her. Aren't her inspiration boards great?! They are so her!

I hope you enjoyed a peak into our new place! We are beyond grateful to be able to call this our home.

Home Part 3: Bedroom

Hi friends! My apartment tour is quickly coming to an end, but before it does there are a couple more spaces I want to share. I would say this is my favorite, but I love how each room of our apartment feels like me. This one feels especially like me because it's my room, duh! I lucked out with a generous sister who let me take the bigger room (which is saying alot because her "room" is teeny tiny!). My room is pretty random, eclectic and bright, but I think it reflects my style pretty well.

Quilt/Shams: Urban Outfitters (from 2008)
Afghan: made by me
Pillows: Target & Ikea
Robot: made by Ashlee & myself

A big thank you to my parents for allowing us to take this dresser and mirror off their hands. Although I'm so jealous because my mom got a beautiful vintage vanity for her birthday with a huge circle mirror to replace this set. The crate on the floor contains all my art supplies, which is a huge improvement from having them tucked away in a closet when I was living with my parents. (Also, ignore the floor. I'm not really a dirty pig, that's just how the floor looks-paint splatter, scratches and all. Ah, the joys of renting!)

Something that makes our apartment extra special is that most of the paintings and wall decor were done by me. It's pretty sweet to see my "art" on the walls. Our apartment is just one big refrigerator that I put my projects on and I LOVE it!

I would give you a tour of the closet, but it's so long and narrow that it's pretty impossible. Ashlee and I share the closet which we have jam packed. I'm thinking my wardrobe needs another brutal cleaning....mostly because the bar is bending and I'm out of hangers. I blame Target.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Home Part 2: Dining Room & Kitchen

Welcome to my dining room and kitchen!

We knew right away that we wanted to make this nook into a little bar. I think it turned out so cute!

This table and these chairs are both my pride and joy while also being the bane of my existence. My sister and I picked them up for $10 at a neighbor's garage sale. It was pretty scruffy and some of the tiles were missing and broken, but Ashlee and I decided we could use a DIY to keep us busy. I channeled my inner Rachel Denbow, DIY Queen, and we stripped paint, sanded, primed, painted, tiled, grouted, etc. It was so time consuming and probably took us a few months to complete everything, but I love how it turned out. I am looking forward to sharing many meals with friends and family here.

Fresh lavender from the Farmer's Market 

Sliding doors between the living room and dining room. 

Can we talk about this adorable built-in for a moment? Love! A couple years ago my mom cleaned out her china cabinet and Ashlee and I boxed up things we'd want "someday". I think it's so cool that I have a place to display these beauties from both of my grandmothers and my mom.

Sweet Archibald came out to say hello!

The RED walls and the mosiac countertop sure liven up the kitchen. Note the juicer and David's new vices.

Thermos and canteen courtesey of dad cleaning out the garage.