Saturday, July 26, 2014

Weekly Inspiration: July 26

One of the sad things about moving out of my parent’s house is that I no longer have access to my mother’s sewing machine. Though the Serger is mine, the traditional machine I made most of my projects on was technically hers. 
I wanted to buy myself one on my own, but since there were so many other priorities, it never happened. Because he is the biggest sweetheart ever, Aaron bought me a new sewing machine as an Anniversary present. I had my eye on a few different Singer machines, but I hadn’t totally decided on which one I wanted. He made a great choice!
Introducing: the Singer Fashion Mate 5500.* Isn’t she beautiful?
It does so many cool decorative stitches and button holes are going to be so much easier than with my old machine. 
So far, I’ve only gotten to use it to hem a pair of Aaron’s pants, but I already love it.
Hopefully I can get some projects up from her soon!
-Shannon-
*Image via Singer Sewing Company’s website

Monday, July 21, 2014

Aaron’s Anniversary Present


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As of July 9th, this weirdo and I have been together for three years. Three amazing years of staring at that face, sharing my life, and loving immensely. 
Here is a little secret about me, I love giving people gifts and one of my random skills that I pride myself on is my ability to give really great gifts. Not expensive gifts, not big gifts, but gifts that are so unique and too perfect for the receiver. 
Obviously, for my boy, his anniversary present had to be special. I got an idea back in February as I watched him making me dinner (He’s cute AND he cooks. Tame your jealousy, please.) He had an app up on his phone that he was reading the recipe from. The phone was so near the flame of the stove and the grease kept splashing on it. 
"He really needs to print those out and keep his phone safe" I thought to myself. "OR! I could print them for him in a cookbook." and thus, the evil plan was conceived. It took me a few months to get going though because of the house and finishing up school. 
Not only did I steal all his favorite recipes from his phone, I also got his family and friends to send me all his favorite meals that they cook.
Then I spent hours designing a book for all the recipes to go into. I admire those who are graphic designers by profession. I know my way around Adobe design programs, but it’s so tedious to make everything just right . But for him, worth it. After it was all done, I just had to send it to a printing company to get made and spiral bound.
Here is just a sampling of the book. I’m super proud of it and he loved it! 
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Yes, that’s his name. No, he has never been on a television show called “Breaking Bad.”
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So if you’re ever looking for a great gift idea and don’t mind spending lots of time putting it together, here ya go. 
Next post coming up: his present to me. Also craft/creativity related because what else would he get for me?
-Shannon

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Inspiration: July 20

Even as the project list on the house continues to dwindle, it still feels like the projects are adding up! It’s nice now because the projects themselves are all smaller things like “Oh, let’s make a lamp to go there” instead of “Oh, let’s repaint and refloor this entire room.” In addition to fun little decor projects, I’m also shopping for and buying a ton of cool stuff for the house. Because I want to share all this inspiration with you, I’m starting a new series of posts called “Weekly Inspirations.” Every Saturday, I will post one thing that inspired me the past week. It can be a product I bought, something I saw, or just a thought to inspire creativity. 
This week: Anthropologie dishes! 
I’ve had my eye on the salad plates for months! I didn’t want to buy them until the house was more together. They were a little pricey, but they were too pretty to pass up! I also purchased Anthropologie’s latte bowls to compliment them.
Paired with these great plain plates from Target, they’re going to look great on my dining room table. 
So what inspired you this week?
-Shannon-