Tabletop organization.

I've been plagued by piles my entire life - give my family a flat surface and you're sure to find piles upon piles of mail, magazines, junk you just don't know what to do with, you name it. My dad actually claims to have a "master plan" for organizing his and my mom's house - which really just means more piles. Anyway, I definitely inherited my dad's pile genes (and married another pile-prone man.) Want proof? This is what our little pantry table looked like on a good day:

Full disclosure: this was after I spent a good hour sorting through the piles on this articular space - I recycled, shredded, and filed away more than three times what you see here. Anyway, this spot has always bothered me - even when our little house is otherwise spotless, the piles just make the whole place look cluttered. I decided we needed a plan, and fast.

After some good time recycling, shredding, and filing away most of said piles, I came up with this:

Isn't it lovely? The suitcase was a wedding prop, the roses are from my mom's yard, and the great little organizer was a part of a kitchen set wedding gift from my aunt. Now, as long as we can remember to stuff our mail and coupons in the organizer and get rid of the junk, we shouldn't have the regular piles. The best part? I was able to store tons of my craft stuff in the suitcase and finally get rid of that bright green/pink box that it's been in since the eighth grade.

Now, even though the rest of the house is a mess, I can breathe easy when I look at this spot. Amazing what a little organization and charm can do to a space.

Another World.

I love this quote by C.S. Lewis. Inspired by some of the beautiful graphic work floating around Pinterest and the internet as a whole, I decided to take a crack at an illustrated quote.

Recognize that globe? I made the print on Illustrator last night. It's not perfect, but it was done ver quickly and I certainly have not been trained in graphic design. I'll always be my worst critic anyhow.

I tried printing it out on off-white cardstock, but the teal text printed out dark blue. Any ideas how I can fix that? (It might be as simple as changing my ink... but what color would I be low on to make it darker?)

Anyway, I love the idea about creating my own prints to frame around the house - the quotes can be so personal that way.


Chalkboards revisited.

I re-pinned both of these images on Pinterest this morning

They're completely different in design and function, but they're both chalkboards. Beautiful chalkboards. They reminded me of my love of chalkboards in design and the fact that I have this guy sitting around from the wedding still:

Sorry, that's the best photo I could find of him - see him hiding among all the other wedding stuff?

Anyway, I was always planning on re-selling my wedding chalkboard to make up for some of the cost, but it's been a year now and I still have it - In fact, I think it's still in the trunk of my car from driving it home from the wedding. My chalkboard is an a-frame stand with a board on both sides (more like the first photo), but I'm wondering if I could take on a little DIY power and attach it to the wall (like the second photo) - it really would be nice to have a menu board, or perhaps a calendar, like that one.

I guess I'll play around with it and see what I can do. I hope you're all having a fantastic week!



I was scrolling through old posts and was reminded of my goals for the year. Let's see how I've done now that we're in the fifth month.

[1] sell something on etsy.
[2] fit back into my skinny jeans.
I now fit back into my regular jeans and not just my fat ones - that's a step.
[3] celebrate our one year anniversary in Julian or outside of San Diego.
we're going to Vegas - to be crossed off soon.
[4] travel somewhere I've never been.Vegas.
[5] advance in my job / or have a new job that works towards my goals.
Yay! New job with some event planning included.
[6] send Christmas cards to friends and family before Christmas.
[7] cook a full dinner at least once a week.
eh, I don't know if I've succeeded every week... I'll have to remember to work on this.
[8] cook/bake something new (following a recipe) once a month.
Again, I just need to remember this goal.
[9] read the Bible / spend significant time in prayer every day.
Fail. Never too late to start, right?
[10] have a day/night full of adventure - and photos to show it.
so far this year has provided some good times... the photos are lacking though.
[11] be the head coordinator for someone's wedding.
[12] regularly sell things on etsy.
[13] prioritize weekly date nights with my husband.
Success! We've named Monday night our official date night and done pretty well keeping it.
[14] join bank accounts and budget so that we're actually saving. Done!

So, a few items in progress or to be completed soon and two items completely done - that's not too shabby, right?


Have any of you seen this stunning time-lapse video? It captures the milky way galaxy among many other beautiful scenes from nature in such an amazing way. It really makes me so grateful to love and serve a God who can create such beauty.

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

The video is by Terje Sorgjerd and a bigger version of it can be seen here. Found via Stumble Upon.

Have a beautiful Monday!