Tuesday, December 27, 2011

happy birthday baby Jesus

I think I had more fun wrapping gifts this year than ever

what I bought/made for the boyf:

I Pick You purchased from TheCopperPoppy 

this print matted with an old map of Ohio and our hometowns circled.

Rein beer
idea lifted from abbey

Hope you had an amazing holiday!
back with more later.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

i'm the worst blogger ever

December is always so rushed and busy.
And I still have to buy all of my Christmas gifts. And it's Wednesday. Christmas is Sunday.
yep. that's awesome.

i've been busy cuddling with my pupcakes. 

making neon green cupcakes

and decking the halls.

happy "its almost baby Jesus's birthday!" week.

Monday, December 12, 2011

sunday dinner

I think that Sunday dinners with the family are perfect way to start your week. (yes I think Sunday in the 1st day of the week, is that weird?). Spending the day with my family makes Monday seem less daunting. My sister was home from Arizona over the weekend and my mom made baked steak {and mashed potatoes, noodles, cole slaw, green beans} Then my dad, who loathes getting his picture taken, decided he wanted a family photo. Watch out, hell might freeze over later this week...

My brother looks pumped, huh? check out his chops. 

I got picked to be on Amy Jaz's creative team this weekend, (super excited about that!)
and I am loving her new kit Candycane Lane. That red and blue chevron print was an instant favorite.
You can see her store here at the-lilypad.
{check out here super easy and cute Christmas card templates!}

so that was my Sunday;  sitting around reading the Weird Ohio book with my Dad and Uncle Dave and admiring my Mom's tree I put up last weekend, snacking on Snickers pie my Aunt Crystal brought over, and watching my sister watch 3 football games at once (tv, laptop, kindle). 

the ice skating Claus's always get front and center branch reservations. 

how was your weekend?

Monday, December 5, 2011

weekend adventures: little bit of farm

Sometimes life moves so fast we forget to stop and breathe and appreciate the natural beauty around us.
This weekend I remembered how amazingly gorgeous my mom and dads farm is. I am a lucky girl.

a birds eye view.
well kinda.
if a bird was perched on a fence post in the top field.
{the new green tin roof makes me smile}

you can see more farm pictures here.

Friday, December 2, 2011

cuddles and snuggles

i swear she gets cuter every day.

Monday, November 28, 2011

hedge apple hunting

I spent Saturday morning hanging out with my favorites.
We went hedge apple hunting and drank chocolate milk.
I came out on the porch and found Annie sharing her milk with her brother.
Isn't this the cutest thing ever?

cuter than Christmas.

they're only 14 months apart and inseparable.

then we went on the search of  hedge apples 
(they are supposed to keep spiders out of your house in the winter)

and I love this moment that annie and my mom were having in the kitchen.
she must get all of her fashion sense from me: pj pants and cowboy boots

how was your holiday/weekend?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Digi scrap is my new crack

 what the hell is digital scrapbooking?
yeah that's what I said in August.
Now I'm addicted.
Its fun, and crafty, minus the glue and glitter stuck to your fingers.
my ocd loves it.

{thelilypad is my new love}

a note to my Mammaw 

my sea star 

annie and her adorableness

i miss this

pretty crumpled papers, fabric scraps, paint splotches, doodles that look better than any real doodle i've ever doodled. whats not to love?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Shabby Apple Giveaway

I just added this horse print from Shabby Apple to my wishlist. 

This week you have a chance to win the Da Vinci Dress from Shabby Apple.
Its gray knit jersey and looks comfy cozy.
Paired with tights and boots it's a dress I could live in this fall.

To enter, head on over Shabby Apple on Facebook, and 'Like' them! Then come back here and leave a comment telling what your favorite Shabby Apple item is.  I love this silver initial necklace.
You can earn an additional entry by tweeting about this giveaway: "Win a dress from @shabbyapple on @whatannaloves!" Leave a separate comment if you tweeted.
I'll choose the winner on Monday, November 21st. 
Good luck!!

and the winner is #11 KylieK. Kylie I will email you about size and shipping. Congrats! 

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Friday, November 11, 2011

random whimsy

today is Veterans Day.
I am Proud of both of my Grandpa's for fighting in WWII.

Yesterday was my Mammie's 80th birthday.
I sent her 29 red roses and gerber daisies.
1 for every year of MY life. 
1 for every year I have had the world's greatest Grandma.
She still doesn't think of herself as an "old person". 
I hope I'm like that in 50 or 60 years. 

new link to my Flickr stream on the sidebar.
that was my Dad's Dad's Ford decorated for the 4th of July parade
on our town square in 1966. They drove it in the parade for the K. of P. Lodge (Knights of Pythias). My Dad recounted the whole day to me last night on the phone. He remembers everything, even that he had a toothache that day. He was 14. His Dad died 6 short years later in 1972. I'm glad he has this vivid memory of a happy day spent with his dad.

1st photo-- supplies: The Tattered Pear template; Storymappers 1 {cropped}  and papers from Sahlin Studio

Thursday, November 10, 2011

in the red {& tweed}

I noticed a trend on my tumblr last night.
what is it about the leaves changing that makes me want to wear reds and browns?

Chris Craymer is a photo genius. I imagine his photo shoots are a party in themselves.

 I want her glasses.

Madewell's "looks we love" are always spot on.

what's your favorite fall color?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

bounce houses, tutus, and koolaid smiles

this weekend I went home and had some family time. I miss home, I wish I could be there all the time. My cousins celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows followed by a party complete with cornhole, a bounce house, a camo cake and amazing food cooked by my momma.

I'm not a fan of fondant but this cake was surprisingly delicious. 
mashed potato's 

how cute is Annie in her tutu?
me, mammie, logan, and annie
Saturday, November 5th would have been my Pappy's birthday so we all tried to cheer my Mammie up.
Her 80th birthday is this Thursday. Any cute birthday ideas?
I am thinking 80 red flowers and a list of "80 reasons you're the best Mammie ever".