Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 in photos


Happy New Years Eve!!!  What better way to display the comings & goings of my year than through my instagram feed.  This is just a small selection (perhaps I take too many photos...) but I feel it accurately portrays all the fun & colorful things we did this year, plus or minus a few things. 2011 has gone by in a flash & in true Meghan & Creed fashion, we ended it with a bang by moving cross country! I can't wait to see what 2012 has in store for us - I have a feeling its going to be legendary!! 

We are keeping our New Years Eve celebrations very low key tonight, eating some yummy food & hanging out at the house (probably in our pjs).  I'll be back tomorrow with a new list of fun things I want to accomplish in 2012. Hope everyone has a safe & fun New Years Eve! hugs & cheek pecks, meghan

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Monday, December 26, 2011

white christmas

How lucky were we to get a white Christmas this year? It still hasn't totally sunk in yet that we actually live here. We will get to look at those beautiful mountains everyday & have so many new places to explore!  I am so excited for 2012 & know that it's going to be such an amazing transforming year! 

Here are some photos of us playing in the snow a bit on Christmas day....







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our merry christmas re-cap

This year was the very first year (in the 28 years of my life) that I haven't spent Christmas eve/Christmas morning waking up at my parents house. I was a little worried that with this being the case & with the recent move, I was going to be a bit melancholy.  I decided early on to face it with positivity & look at it as way to make new traditions for Creed & myself. & I have to be completely honest, I enjoyed every second of our little Christmas in Colorado. I got to FaceTime with most of my family in Georgia & the rest of the time was spent relaxing & cuddling with the two puggies & my husband (most of the time in our pajamas). A successful & very happy Christmas, if I do say so myself.


We carried over a few traditions that we usually do with my family, like starting a puzzle on Christmas Eve (we finished it on Christmas day). We also get special Christmas pj's every year & we took full advantage of wearing them.


On Christmas morning, we got up at our leisure & made Christmas breakfast - orange danish rolls & veggie sausage in a blanket.  Then we opened up all our prizes, my mom did way too much for us (as always) & made sure all her packages arrived in time. (how awesome is this RetroWhale print I got from Creed?!?! I'm so in love)


Then I made us a late Christmas lunch/dinner - twiced baked potatoes, roasted asparagus, roasted brussel sprouts, green bean casserole & honey glazed carrots. Yum!! We took naps, watched lots of Christmas movies & then played in the snow!! 


Overall, I just felt extremely lucky & grateful to have the family I do have (no matter how far away) & to be exactly where I am in my life at this moment. I know that 2012 is going to be amazing & I can't wait to explore this new chapter in our lives! I hope everyone had a warm & merry Christmas! hugs & cheek pecks, meghan ♥

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

goodbye house...

We have been packing up a storm all week. Our little house is filled with boxes & echoes now...

We have been so busy trying to get everything done that it hardly seems real that we will be moving across the country in a few days. I am very excited about finally heading out west & starting this new chapter in our lives but it has been hard saying goodbye to all of our good friends. 

These words pretty much sum up how I'm feeling....

"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another."  - Anatole France


although my Home will always be wherever I'm with him (& them) this little house will hold a special place in my heart forever. We moved in just a few weeks before we got married & I can remember the overwhelming sensation of gratitude & love that this place was "ours." These walls hold so much love, laughter & happiness from the last 3+ years, I know our time here will never be forgotten. 


We brought our 2 pug babies home here & watched them grow. We hand built them the sweetest little fence so they could run.

& who can forget the day during one winter that a pipe froze & burst in our wall causing most of the downstairs to flood, we lost some carpet & had to cut some huge holes in the wall to repair the pipe. I cried a lot that day...but the water dried, the holes got patched, the floor got tiled, we can laugh about it now & most importantly we survived, like we always will.

I painted these walls and then painted them again....

I created my little business here & poured my heart into watching it grow into something that I am so proud of. 

We fostered our marriage here; we grew as individuals & as a couple. We learn more about each other every day (even after 10 years) & I'm so thankful to have him as my partner in life. 

We made big plans for our future here & found the bravery to start to follow through with them. 

We made so many amazing memories here...

I wish I could shrink you down & put you in my pocket, sweet little house of mine but instead I will carry you in my heart forever, for you are but a small chapter in this amazing story we are writing of our lives. 

So...goodbye to my striped entryway walls, goodbye to our sweet little picket fence & yard, goodbye to my big bathroom window with a view, goodbye to my little Georgia house on the hill. ♥

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

christmas cards

It's that time of year again....to send out Christmas cards. Last year (if you remember) was my very first year sending out cards. I know it's sad, I still have a hard time remembering I'm an adult most days. Anywho, I wanted to keep up the tradition this year, even though we are in the middle of moving.  I needed something quick, simple & within our small budget (we are saving all our pennies, moving is darn expensive!) 

So this year I picked up some blank non-Christmasy cards that were on clearance at Target ($2 for a 10 pack) & decided to jazz them up a bit to use as our Christmas cards.  I used my tool of choice - Sharpies - & the rest is history...well once I sign & address all of them. 

BEFORE: 

AFTER:

I'm quite pleased with the outcome - plus, you really can't complain for $2 a pack.  I'm hoping to get a few family photos printed up to slip inside as well.  Hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving! I'm still a little bit stunned that tomorrow is the 1st of December!  hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan ♥

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

house hunting & Happy Thanksgiving!!

We just recently took a quick trip out to Boulder, CO to do a little house hunting before we make the move...because, well, having a place to live when we get there is pretty important! We found a place that is perfect for us & our sweet puglets & I couldn't be happier or more excited!! I have so many things to be thankful for on this particular Thanksgiving & this new adventure is definitely pretty high on the list. 

I was kinda sad to leave Boulder but I know we will be back soon enough!! Here are some instagram photos from our little trip...


I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving with their loved ones!!  We are about to hop in the car for a late night road trip down to spend Thanksgiving with our families. It will be the last visit before the move so it will definitely be bittersweet. hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan ♥


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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

slightly obsessed...big chunky knits

In honor of our new adventure, I thought it would be fun to share one of my newest obsessions....big CHUNKY knitwear!! 

Colorado's winters are going to be quite a bit colder than what we are used to in Georgia, this just gives me the excuse to knit some chunky warm things for myself!  I have casted on a few projects lately, one being a simple, chunky, seed stitch scarf that isn't finished yet & the second being this hat! It was such a quick & fun project & I love the outcome (I will definitely be making more & some for gifts)! 


If you would like to knit your own hat, I found the pattern on Ravelry & it is called the Cordova hat by Jen LaCroix. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn in Cobalt & followed the pattern directly. 

I also have compiled a list of super chunky knitting patterns for future projects & to get you slightly obsessed as well...

The first being this over the top Triple Play Scarf Pattern from Lion Brand. (*all patterns listed here from Lion Brand are free but you have to sign up for a free login to access the actual pattern


Maybe it's just me...but this crazy-plump scarf makes me actually drool a little bit!! I know I tend to get overly excited about knitted items, but how can you not be in love with this! Despite the questionable practicality of the piece, I would love nothing less than to wrap myself up with this knitted beast on a cold winter day & have a Christmas-movie-marathon-snuggle-fest on the couch...just sayin'.  (p.s. this pattern apparently calls for 20 balls of yarn & size 50 knitting needles....yikes!) But seriously...I need to make this. 

Here are some other drool-worthy patterns on my must-make list:



Thank you for indulging me in my plump knits obsession! & for the non-knitters out there that are interested in learning (& you totally should), Knitting Help.com is a great, free resource to get you started! 

Here are some other things I am slightly obsessed with...paint chip diysbicyclesvintage fansvintage alarm clockspolaroid cameras & heather grey! Happy Day!! ♥

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Friday, November 11, 2011

we're moving!!!

There's been some big changes & planning going on in our household lately!!!  These last few months have been so busy & have flown by so fast....we have decided to take the plunge & move cross-country to Boulder, Colorado!!! 

photo credit: Emily P. (my awesome sis in-law)

We are so very excited! It's still slightly overwhelming for the ultra-control-planning freak that I am because it feels like a million things still need to be done but I am taking it day by day & trying to enjoy every second of it!  I will be sad to leave my friends & family that live nearby but I can't wait to start this new amazing chapter in our lives!! Being an air force brat growing up, I got used to moving about every 4 years of my life. I have lived in Georgia now for over 13 years....so I am about 9 years overdue for a move, :) I am definitely ready for the change & adventure!

My husband-extraordinaire will be pursuing his Ph.D (mr. smarty pants!) & me & the puglets will be along for the awesome ride!!  I will try to keep everyone updated during our journey on here. We don't have an exact departure date yet, but if everything goes as planned we will be leaving Georgia for colorful Colorado in the first part of December! (I'm kinda hoping for a white Christmas this year!)

I have a feeling 2012 will be the best year yet!! Can't wait to experience this new adventure!
hugs & cheek pecks.

P.S. I will have my shop closed down off & on throughout this process until we get all settled. 
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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!!!

I hope everyone has been enjoying this festive holiday!! I did a guest post for Miss Indie's Halloween Blog Party today! So head over here to get the full details on how to make a fun little Trick or Treat Prize Ball for yourself!!  I had SO much fun making them....


& for some other fun Halloween DIY goodies, check out my post from last year to print out your own fun & spooky Halloween Cupcake Toppers!! Wishing everyone a fun-filled, spooky day!! 
hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan

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Monday, October 24, 2011

my life lately

according to my phone & instagram....


We have been soaking up as much of this beautiful fall weather as we can.  I love cooler weather because there is so much more to accessorize with - layers, scarves, hats, cardigans!! :)  I can't believe that October is already almost over!!! If you have an instagram & would like to follow me, my username is: meghanp ! 

Happy Monday!! Hope everyone had a great weekend! ♥

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Friday, October 7, 2011

slightly obsessed...paint chip diy's

I just happen to have a lot of paint chip samples lying around, in fact, I am slightly obsessed with the paint section every time I go to the hardware store & always end up coming home with a few samples...I just love the idea of painting my walls & would do it a lot more often if it wasn't so labor intensive. :)

I decided to browse the web for some fun paint chip diy's to try to put all my swatches to good use. Here are my top ten favorites to get you obsessed as well!




diy - by readymade








here are some other things I am slightly obsessed with...bicyclesvintage fansvintage alarm clockspolaroid cameras & heather grey! Happy Friday!!! 

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Happy Birthday Razzy!

Yesterday we celebrated little miss Razzy's 1st birthday! She got a new toy & lots of extra snuggles! 

I can't believe this sweet tiny thing...

has grown into this little lady, in what seems like such a short amount of time.

We made her wear the birthday crown for a quick photo, she wasn't super pleased about it but I bribed her with plenty of treats. Happy 1st Birthday Miss Razzle Dazzle, she's a princess indeed....


You can see more photos of her here at 6 weeks old & 4 months old.  Happy Monday!!! I am currently enjoying this cooler weather & spending as much time outside as possible!!

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Friday, September 30, 2011

summer re-cap


I thought it would be fun to do a little summer 2011 re-cap list. I feel I'm a tad late, but it's better late than never. So here goes....

This summer we:

+ ate ridiculous amounts of frozen yogurt, Jimmy Johns sandwiches & burritos
+ watched every single re-run of How I Met Your Mother, it was legen --- wait for it ---- dary!!! 
+ had work schedules that allowed us to workout together in the middle of the day (I so loved this)
+ witnessed the beauty of amazing sunsets (see above photo) on more than one occasion
+ cried the saddest, most heartbreaking tears but then cried the happiest, most joyful tears exactly 2 months later
+ took full advantage of Regal Theaters $5 Tuesday movie nights
+ stayed up way past our bedtime most nights
+ began making new holiday traditions for our little family
+ got to see Florence & the Machine live (ahhhhmazing)
+ went to the midnight showing of the last Harry Potter movie 
+ made some fun home decor changes, herehere & here
+ celebrated my blog's one year anniversary & then took a little vacay from blogging for the whole month of August 
+ spent an amazing summer day up in Helen, Ga with friends tubing down the Chattahoochie
+ had our California trip all planned & ready to go only to have to cancel at the very last minute (kind of a long story that involved a trip to the emergency vet with our Razzle because she consumed a 16 inch piece of braided rug....how is that even possible you ask?! I'll spare you the gory details but she's completely fine now. Still naughty but fine.) 
+ realized that sometimes the let down of having to change big plans like the aforementioned occasion can lead to much, much bigger & better things....funny how life works out like that. 

Overall my summer was amazing. I wouldn't trade it for anything because I got to spend it with my Creed. We have been making some big decisions about our future in the past couple of weeks. This has involved long late night discussions & a lot of what if's & up in the air's (I will share soon when we get a better grasp on everything). I couldn't be happier or more excited with where our life is headed. I just need to remember to breathe & enjoy every second of it. It seems to go by so fast! Happpy Fall!! hugs & cheek pecks!


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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

slightly obsessed...bicycles

We have had a few days lately where the weather has been slightly cooler & there was the hint of a Fall breeze. It got me thinking about bicycles & how nice it would be to have one to ride around on when the weather finally gets bearable. 

I decided to do a little "window shopping" to see what kind of bikes were out there & happened to  land on Schwinn's website. I am really in love with Schwinn's "classic" look. These are going on my wishlist for sure! They have so many cute bikes to choose from...here are some of my favorites, along with some fun bike accessories, to get you obsessed as well.  (how fun is the tandem bike?!?) 

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Featured in Fall Buyer's Guide!

I am so incredibly thrilled that a pair of my Mr. Mustache baby booties were featured in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine's Fall Buyers Guide! It's such a HUGE honor & feels like such an amazing accomplishment! It should be on newsstands now, check it out!



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