Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Has Come and Gone!

I've posted photos over HERE from some of the festivities! Check them out :-)

.... but here's a favorite!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Jeremy Comes Home Today!

So, if you don't know me or my life.... I'm married to Jeremy, he works for a crap-tastic engineering firm, who treats him like a stray dog. Ugh. One of these days (when the housing market stops tanking) he'll get a new job, a better job, that isn't so crap-tastic.

They decided it was a brilliant idea to send him to Florida the week of Christmas.... effing brilliant. He comes home tonight... hopefully. And did I mention they want him to fly back down there on Sunday.... SUNDAY PEOPLE! While the rest of the world gets to continue celebrating Christmas, or racking up on the after Christmas sales.... my husband could be flying back to Florida....

I frequently read Literally, Genevive Claire..... a super sarcastic gal in NYC from the South. Here's how she handles Pete, her man being out of town..... oh how I feel the same way!

"When Pete goes out of town, I tend to act out. I’m not sure why, because I never did these things when I lived by myself, but I’m telling you, it’s not pretty.

I do things like eat six Larabars for dinner. And stay up until 4:30 am watching 18 Kids and Counting marathons. I hit snooze twelve times on the alarm clock in the morning (unrelated to the previous item) and am late to work. I spill nail polish remover on our wooden furniture because I’m distracted by a Shakira video. I run the dishwasher with only a glass and a fork in it. I buy $73 worth of terrible music on iTunes suggested to me by shows on the CW. I turn the AC down to 59 degrees and wake up shivering with frostbite in one pinky. I order multiple maternity tops from Target.com because I think they’ll be long enough to wear with leggings. I fall asleep at 7 pm with a mud mask on and wake up panicked that my face is paralyzed from a stroke.

By the time Pete gets home, I’m so emotionally strung out and physically exhausted that I basically weep for joy.

He just walked in the door from his red-eye flight from LA and I breathed a visceral sigh of relief because my life was about to go back to normal. Oh, and because I missed him."

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bedroom Projects!

This is our room.....


only- we now have these bed linens....


(with tan sheets instead of green)

Well- we bought this bed because my dog, Gus was having issues of running up under our old bed and peeing on the carpet... he knew he wasn't supposed to do it, so he did it where we wouldn't see it! Smart little sucker! So, to solve this problem we bought this awesome platform bed from Pottery Barn. I use the three baskets on my side as a dresser. Well, the one up by the nightstand holds all my underwear and workout clothes.... and I can only get it a few inches open, because of the nightstand (which, by the way- the nightstands don't match! UGH! the one you see in the photo is mine, it's old, but matches the bed, and the one on my side is Jeremy's and matches our dresser)

So- our solution!

10-7-08 floating night stand

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A wall shelf! We'd like to also somehow attach a basket to the bottom of them, like drawers, that match the baskets in our bed. I'd also like some pretty trim around the edges to dress it up a little!

And- to save more space on the nightstands- I want these from Crate and Barrel! (or some that don't cost $90 each!)


I like these lights too- but I think they are going to be too big for the nightstands.... Pottery Barn


I'm hoping these projects will be complete in the next few weeks!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Projects, Projects, Projects!

So, you know me! I gotta have a project going on all the time!

I've decided, I'd like to redecorate our downstairs! This is what it currently looks like.....



I painted the green in the dining area right when we moved in, and the accent wall in the living room shortly after. They are actually 2 different color greens, but no one ever realizes it.....

I have decided that I'm over this.... it's fun and bright, but I think I want to change it to more relaxed.... and stylish :-) I think I'm going with a gray/orange/ivory color palate.....

I plan to remove the tulip painting (although I do love it.... maybe reuse it somewhere else) and hang black and white prints (either 2 or 3) of our wedding over the sofa. Paint the green wall a nice gray, make or buy some new curtains (maybe a gray stripe?) and make cornice (pelmet) boxes over the windows.

I'd like to do the same in the dining area- repaint it gray and put some curtains on that awful looking window... it looks sad!

from Snippit and Ink

I'd like to do this maybe the Sunday after Christmas.... we'll see!

up next- bedroom projects :-)

For Sale!

I've decided to start selling prints on Etsy!

Keep checking for more items :-)


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Old Salem

Jeremy's family has had a family tradition of going to Old Salem at Christmastime for Candle Tea. This was my first year participating. This tradition also doubles as Justin's (Jeremy's younger brother) birthday celebration.


next up.... Our Annual Thanksgiving (& Christmas) Dinner!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Thanksgiving Recap....

See? I'm being a better blogger... 2 days in a row!

Alrighty- Thanksgiving!

Well, lucky for us, my side of the family doesn't do traditional Thanksgiving, leaving me to celebrate with Jeremy's family on that day. Of course the newest edition, Emma Rae was the big hit.... with adults, and kids!



On the Friday following Thanksgiving, my dad cooks a pig for everyone who wants to come. It's quickly become one of my families favorite traditions!



Monday, December 14, 2009

Wow, I've been a Slacker!

With a capital S!

I was so good about blogging..... oh, well!

So, here we go with updates!

since the new washer and dryer...... I've been to Michigan, Thanksgiving has come and gone, My Birthday came and went, we made a trip to Old Salem, and our Annual Thanksgiving (/Christmas this year) dinner has passed! WOW.

So we'll start with Michigan-
If you are reading this and don't know me personally, I work for the NC State Grange. (I write that blog too!)An organization started to give farmers in the south a voice following the Civil War. Since then, we've evolved into more of a community service organization. I am the Membership Director and Event Coordinator for the State. It's a rewarding, yet extremely challenging job! Well we have a National Convention that is held every November, this year, it was in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Our hotel was BEAUTIFUL :-) We stayed at the Amway Grand in downtown. Here's my room....
all the rooms in the tower side, where I was had these beautiful walls of windows overlooking the city.
While there, I was honored with the Hero of the Grange award. I had no idea how big of a deal this was. I was honored along with 7 other people, all who seemed to be much more qualified for this award than I.
Nat Con 09 Yvonne Shower 001

While there, I also met Sarah Palin..... now before all you democrats get your panties in a bunch, let me say, I am not a particularly political person. But, it was really cool to meet someone so high profile.

Let me just tell you what I went through to meet her..... I arrived in Michigan and some other Grangers said hey were going to meet Sarah Palin on Wednesday, want to go? Sure!

Tuesday- her book hits shelves, we rode the city bus to the mall, bought her book at 7 AM.
Wednesday- got up at 4:15AM to be at the mall by 5:30- we hijacked a car this time.
Stood in line from 5:30 AM- 9AM OUTSIDE the mall in MICHIGAN..... hello, it was COLD! 9AM we got our wristbands to be able to come back and meet her at the book signing that evening. We went back to the hotel and napped. Got up and headed back to the mall at 2:30.... stood in line (inside this time!) from 2:30-8PM. Finally met her!

sarah palin
(please remember my lack of sleep and line standing when judging my appearance)

My sleep pattern didn't return to normal till I returned home :-/

A little late.....


Welcome Emma Rae Chandler Riggs, born November 4th to my sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Megan and Adam!


Monday, November 9, 2009

Samsung Washer/Dryer.....

We've been toying with the idea of getting a stackable washer and dryer. We have closet with the bi-fold doors.... like a traditional size closet, with our normal side by side washer and dryer in it. Well, since our house has VERY limited storage we thought a nice stackable would be good. That way we could use the other half of the closet for storage (vacuum and carpet cleaner, and other goodies!)

ok so this has potential to be a long story..... I apologize....

well, we got a Best Buy Rewards Zone coupon mailer on Wednesday- and what do you know... their is a 50% off coupon of this one particular washer and dryer set..... we look it up.... it's pricey, but just about the nicest washer and dryer available!!!

ok making a long story short....

we got it.... it's being delivered tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am to have a HUGE washer and dryer with a steam function :-) CAN'T WAIT!

..... oh I think I failed to mention this delivery requires me leaving work early..... oops! ;-)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Proud Owner

Well, as I said on Friday, I *need* a good camera......

well I no longer need it! I am a proud owner of a Nikon D80!!!!! prepare yourself to see prettier pictures posted here!!!

Jump on over and follow me at JJ Horton Photography!!! It's a little bare right now, but that will change soon!!!! :-)

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Only Good Thing About Working In Statesville...

The ride to and from work consists of hot air balloons regularly! This weekend is the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Statesville.....

This is why I *need* a good camera!

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

5 Obsessions....

Melanie tagged me.... so here we go!

1. Any and all things orange. This includes pumpkins, orange sweaters, orange scarfs, orange furniture, you get it.... all things orange :-)

like.... this chair at Target.com

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2. Getting organized. I love buying new containers, and notebooks, boxes, ect. But once organized, I'm not so good at staying that way!

like.... these from Ikea.... which leads me to my next obsession.....

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3. Ikea. I love Ikea, like, if I could marry it, I would.

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4. Getting my house "all cute" . We've been in the house well over a year, we did a lot when we moved in.... but their are so many more projects to complete! See sidebar for our list!

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5. Packages. I think the whole reason I order stuff online, is to come home and find a package on my doorstep! Like yesterday, I found a Crate and Barrel box waiting for me- it was our new duvet and shams we ordered last week! It's like a Christmas present in the middle of the year!

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Monday, October 19, 2009

The Married Couple Saturday

We had the stereotypical married couple Saturday- We went to Home Depot. Sigh....

We have several house projects that we are working on accomplishing soon (see list in sidebar).
So we made a trek to the Home Depot with a gift card we received as a wedding gift! Jeremy has been wanting to install shelving in our outdoor storage closet for a while now. He finally got to work on it Saturday!

We still need another shelf, so he'll be making another HD run this week sometime- but here's a picture of our disastrous back yard while Jeremy was working!

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Friday, October 16, 2009

De-Virgin-izing the Coveted Kitchen-aid Mixer

Jeremy's parents were so wonderful to buy us our Kitchen-aid Mixer a couple of months ago, and since then, it's been sitting in our kitchen, pristine, and unused. ( I tried REALLY hard to not use any wedding or shower gifts till this week!)

Last night, the glory of the beautiful, red, metal machine got to me. I had to use it. I didn't care what I made, but I had to use it. After determining that I was one ingredient short of making sugar cookies, I headed to the grocery store. I asked Jeremy before I left what he wanted me to make, since I had to go to the store, why just settle for sugar cookies? He requested chocolate chip.

Well, I bought chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips. Then the de-virgin-izing began.

I ended up with chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips. I followed the recipe on the back of the Nestle bag.

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We also hung one of the wonderful wedding gifts we received in the dining room :-)

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Organizing and Cleaning

All those wonderful new gifts we received from our showers and wedding has been a serious chore. We decided after I took everything out of the packaging that we would rearrange our kitchen cabinets. Fun. Fun. NOT!

We also decided that the old desk (that was my sister's) that was in our office would be good to move down into our kitchen and put it over the dog crate (I'll sew curtains to put around the desk to hide the dog crate). We'll also have to attach blocks of some kind to raise the desk several inches to be tall enough to go over the dog crate. I also wanted some floating shelves from IKEA to display some of our pretty, new things! I bought 2, but am still debating if we should put them both up.

Here's our house clean, so you'll have a better idea of how it will look-
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Our house is still a disaster, but I'm working on it!


I really liked documenting planning our wedding- but now it's over, and new things are happening, not wedding related.

So here we go, we're in a new chapter, we have new roles, we are now Husband and Wife.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Cost Breakdown

I've decided to do a cost breakdown for as much as I can in our home.... here we go:

New Flooring for our whole house:
Lumber Liquidators, Nirvana Royal Mahogany: $2800

Living Room:
Sofa & Loveseat: Craigslist: $800
End Tables: Homegoods: $40 each
Coffee Table: Sertoma 4-H Center: Free
Rug: Pottery Barn Outlet: $77
Bench: From my childhood home, it's the base to an old wood stove, plywood and foam
Curtains: Ikea: $15 a pair
TV Console: Ikea, Liatorp: $325
Brown Pillow: TJMaxx
Orange Pillow: Target
Stripe Pillow: Pier 1
Gray Pillows (covers): Ikea: Monogramming: Poppies
Lamps: TJMaxx: $30 each
Orange & Burgundy Frames: Target: $5 each
Orange Vase: TJMaxx: $7
Yellow Vase: TJMaxx $9
Silver Dish on Coffee Table: Wedding Gift
Orange Candle Sticks: Pottery Barn: $9 & $7
Clear Jar: Ikea
Cornice Boxes: Handmade, foam core board, batting, gray sheet from Ikea
Paint: Valspar, Urban Sunrise

Kitchen & Dining:
Stainless Desk: Ikea: Top: $129 Legs: $30 each
Desk Skirt: Ikea Gray sheet, orange ribbon from Michaels
Orange, Black & White boxes: Ikea
White Frame: Ikea $10
Black Leather Carryall: TJMaxx: $20
Cutting Board: Wedding Gift
White Shelf: Ikea
Orange Bar stool: CB2: $159
Orange Mat: Pottery Barn Outlet: $24
Cruise Fund Jar: TJMaxx
Orange Fruit Bowl: Wedding Gift
Clear Canisters: Ikea
Utensil Set: Wedding Gift
Red Bread Box: Target: $15
Kitchenaid Mixer: Wedding Gift
NCSU Dishes: Wedding Gift
Rolling, Stainless Cooler: TJMaxx: $150
China Cabinet: Pottery Barn Outlet: $800
Table & Chairs: Garden Ridge: $350
Wine Holders: Ikea: $10 each
Letteres: Michaels: $3 each
Sign over door: Wedding Gift
Corinthians Sign: Wedding Gift
Curtains: Ikea, $15 a pair
Cornice Boxes: Handmade, foam core board, batting, gray sheet from Ikea
Paint: Top: Sherwin Williams, custom tint, Bottom: Valspar Muted Ebony

Master Bedroom:
Bed: Potter Barn, Statton, Queen,
Nightstands: Handmade
Basket in nightstand: Homegoods
Curtains: Ikea, $15 a pair
Cornice boxes: Handmade, foam core board, batting, canvas from lowes
Silver Candle Sticks: TJMaxx, $3 each
Silver Frames: Target
Tall Vase & Filler: TJMaxx
TV: Insignia, Best Buy
Hamper: Target, Wedding Gift
Dresser, from Jeremys Parents
Duvet: Crate & Barrel, Abigail Paisley 
Frames over bed: Ikea
Wall Sconces: Pottery Barn: $129 for 2

Guest Room:
Bed: From my childhood home
Cedar Chest: From my childhood home
Dresser: From Jeremys Parents
Nightstand: From Jeremys Parents
Duvet Cover: Ikea
TV: Insignia, Best Buy
Buoy: From an old job
Orange Mirror: Yard Sale
Sewing Machine: Moms
Lamps: TJMaxx: $11 each
Round Frame: TJMaxx: $6