Confetti Cake + Crafternoon

Today was glorious.

We began the day with brunch at H&H with some great friends, and the fun didn’t stop there! The men went to play golf in the frigid air, and the ladies? Well, we dabbled in about 50 different crafts and baked the cutest cake of all time.

The confetti cake is really a work of art. Who knew 3 different types of sprinkles could come together to make such a beautiful thing?? The cake itself was simply a Pillsbury Funfetti Cake with Funfetti Icing, but the ENTIRE cake got coated with sprinkles 🙂 And it was no easy process…

Confetti Cake

We started with one layer at a time and iced the edges of each layer. Then, Chelsea masterfully and magically rolled the cake across a plate FILLED with sprinkles. Once the bottom layer had sprinkly edges, I iced the top of it and made sure that there was plenty of icing to catch more sprinkles once the layers were stacked. The second layer was added once it had sprinkly edges too (and that was a scary/ exciting moment), and then it was the really fun part… Ice the top and go CRAZY with the sprinkles! We patted them down with a spatula to make sure they were really stuck. Finally, between the layers there was a bit of a gap where there were no sprinkles… but not for long! We took a teaspoon and slowly rotated the cake while skillfully shaking sprinkles into the gap. The result…

Confetti Cake

THE HAPPIEST CAKE EVER!!

And if that wasn’t enough to make it a perfect Saturday, I picked up a needle and started learning some new tricks…

Needlepoint LOVE

I love me some needlepoint 🙂

Hope you’ve had a Happy Saturday and feel as rested as I do! So thankful for a weekend to recharge and enjoy our hobbies with friends!

Lessons from a Kitchen Table

Yesterday morning we didn’t have a kitchen table. By last night we did. The most amazing part… We didn’t pay a dime or get anything new.

New kitchen table

And here’s how… Our new kitchen table is Will’s old desk. Some simple home love rearranging led to a cozier, more complete feeling house (or at least kitchen… now the office is empty… oops!) Oh, how I love repurposing and using what you already have to create something even newer. Better.

The lesson: Change is good.

(And yes, I’ve learned it before, but I’m learning it again. Stay tuned. Deeper things than a new kitchen table are on the way.)

Home Love

Even though we have a small one-bedroom apartment, sometimes I have trouble keeping the house tidy. (Note: I didn’t say we, I said I.)

We blame it on life, which is valid, but I’m starting to learn that you pour your time and energy into the things you love. Thank goodness I spend a lot of energy on Will and our marriage. Thank goodness he does the same. Thank goodness we both spend a TON of energy on our “jobs”. (Mine might be the only one with a paycheck, but law school is a JOB, folks.) And thank goodness even with all of that we still have time to invest in friends and family.

However, the home sometimes gets the shaft.

So today I tried something. I got home just 10 minutes before Will. I knew this because he text me something along the lines of “I’ll be home in 10”, so I knew my window of opportunity was short.

In 10 minutes I:
– Vacuumed the whole house
– Spot mopped all the tile
– Hung the random unhung clothes strewn around the house
– Wiped all counters (kitchen and bathroom)
– Cleaned the toilet
– Put the dirty dishes in the dishwasher
– Organized random out of place knickknacks
– Lit a candle (A crucial step in Home Love 101.)

And the outcome? A renewed sense of peace in my home. A reawakened love for my abode. A newfound pride in my place of dwelling.

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It only took 10 minutes.

Did Will notice? I don’t think so. Haha. He didn’t say anything if he did. But that also gave me some peace. It wasn’t THAT bad. Not neglected completely. Just in need of some love.

I think I can give 10 minutes weekly to my tiny home to show it my love. And in the end, I’ll feel better and more confident about myself too. I’m no June Cleaver, but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep a darn cute house.

Simple. Easy. Practical. Home love.

What are your busy-person home love tips?? Because believe me… I have LOTS more to learn.

Remember that time we moved in a day…

… yeah, my calves do too.

So the wonderfully decorated apartment I blogged about 3 days ago? We moved out the next day. Haha! Life is funny, and sometimes the Lord has a funny way of showing you when and where to go. Also, He is really good at showing His grace through imperfect times, and our new place is even better than we imagined. (Thanks, mom, for always believing that and reminding me all along that it would be.)

The decision wasn’t easy. Obviously in the heat of law school and GAA it wasn’t our first choice to relocate. But circumstances led us to a crossroads, and through many prayers and debates and even a few tears we knew what we had to do… Make a move. For safety. For peace of mind. For the chance to make this place our home.

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Not too shabby for a day’s work. (Sidenote: I didn’t totally hate recreating/ redecorating a space with so much character. Keeping those home decorator dreams alive!)

The best news is that we are now in a great neighborhood! I can’t wait to run through the cherry blossoms in the spring! Plus, we have the best landlords (who I hope to befriend), we STILL have a brick wall (hallelujah!!), and to make things even better we now have AWESOME skylights that let in infinite amounts of natural light. Better. Than. Imagined.

All in all, me and my calves are thankful for a new place to call home. Now for the housewarming party… 🙂

#7 – Decorate a home to my liking

Home Tour Time!!!!

I’ll be real, “home” is a complicated word right now. Will & I feel at home with each other. We are adjusting to making a new city our home. And we physically have moved into a new space and made it feel like our home (or at least for the most part). But “home” is a place or state or whatever where things are always changing. Ebbing and flowing. And that’s good but also intimidating.

I could just tell you that we magically moved in and *POOF* we had a cute apartment, but that would be lying and undermining the months, I repeat… months! of planning that went into the details that now make our loft apartment feel like home. And even still I’m sure we could “improve” our home… but we will call those improvements “growing into” our home.

So here’s the tour (it won’t take long haha):

The restroom… We’re talking minimalist here. Frames & shelf that I DIYed (fo free) by adding a little paint and patience. A vanity set from Target that I’ve been eyeballing since our wedding… Yes, I envied a soap pump for an entire year before doing anything about it. And our cutesy-yet-(slighty)-gender-neutral shower curtain and ruffled bath mats from Kohls. The Lauren Conrad brand really is a fabulous thing.

Bathroom

The bedroom… I give all credit to Will for our fabulous rug from Urban Outfitters (which you can’t be in my photo but you can see at the link :)). Not only was it a great deal but it matches our accent pillow that we already had perfectly AND adds a pop of color to our neutral bedding without being over the top. And then, since our bedroom is so tiny, all we needed was a few photos/ knick-knacks in collage form on the walls and a partition between the hallway and the room made by an IKEA Kallax shelving unit. We love the way that the Kallax is functional (holds our t-shirts in bottom row), practical (gives our bedroom a little privacy), and stylish (displays our favorite odds-and-ends… like our globe and baby bulldog). Plus, we have a GREAT closet.

Bedroom

The kitchen… Let’s just say that Whirlpool appliances are the bomb. A tiny kitchen with granite and stainless steel is the kind of kitchen I love. We have pennant lights over our bar, plenty of room to prep and serve, and an unhindered view of the living room (because really they’re one in the same). Also, with a modern kitchen we made a simple, cheap, yet classic upgrade to all white dishes from IKEA. Best decision ever. We stinking love our plain-jane dishes.

Kitchen

The living room… Our living room has multiple functions: entertainment room and Will’s office. We utilized a hodge-podge of furniture, which actually worked somehow, and didn’t have to purchase anything except for another Kallax from IKEA to use as our entertainment center and Will’s desk, which we got off of Craigslist for $10. Obviously it’s small. But we prefer the term “cozy”.

Living Room

And that’s it. It was the easiest space to decorate because you didn’t have to add much to make it feel put together. Plus, we just de-cluttered in a big way when we moved, so it’s nice to have a place for everything out in the open and know that drawers and cabinets aren’t holding random junk. It was our attempt at minimalist living and I think we succeeded 🙂

What’s your favorite part of your home? I’d have to say of all the spaces in ours I love the living room most. Bright, comfy, and great for entertaining (even if it is smaller than my freshman-year dorm room). I am truly thankful to have experienced this space!