Paradise Found Again

I recently had the good fortune to spend a month in St. Martin. We went down to shoot a wedding and stayed a few extra weeks. Hannah was with us this trip and we just enjoyed hanging out with friends on the beach most days. I really did not bother to take my camera with me to the beach as beaches are not a good place for expensive cameras but I did manage to snap a few fun images with my iphone. If looking at these images leaves you with a burning desire to run off to our beautiful island just give us a call. We have the perfect little place just waiting for your visit.

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Spring Trip to DC.

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It’s hard for me to believe I am  here in Washington DC. this week with my “baby” my youngest, looking at universities. Cliches can be so trite and the one “They grow up so fast”, is one we as parents seem to say all the time, but darn it, it is so TRUE! I can not believe I am going to have an empty nest next year. So this trip is also to celebrate my Hannah’s soon to be independence and my last chance for a “girls trip”. Her older sister Ashlee and I are here with her  in this beautiful city to have a bit of fun. We have made the rounds to our favorite museums, tracked down some killer food trucks, spent some quality time with our 4 legged loved ones(yes,our Sadie and Beau are with us) and we are now ending our trip at a concert with one of Hannah’s favorite musicians, Johnny Marr. It is so hard to know your little one is not so little anymore, but with everything in life there are blessings. I am so fortunate to be able to say I now have 2 amazing young women I get to hang out with, and am truly blessed to call them my daughters.

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Corn and Tomato Scramble

This is one of my favorite things to make in the summer when the tomatoes from the garden and ripe and fresh! This tomato and corn scramble is really easy to make and is super delicious! It is fabulous as a side, or even on it’s own for a light lunch or snack. It would also be great to bring to your next summer barbecue, everyone just loves it! I have made this dish at different times of the year, but the best flavor you are going to get is from your peak summer corn and tomatoes. If you try any new recipe this summer, this is the one you should definitely go for. It’s so darn good!


8 Ears of Corn

4 Vine ripened fresh tomatoes

4-5 Green Onions

2TBSP Olive Oil

2TBSP White Balsamic Vinegar

3 TBSP Butter

Salt and Pepper to taste

First slice all the kernels off of the corn cobs, chop up your green onions and tomatoes. In a large bowl mix vinegar, olive oil, and salt and pepper, with a wire whisk, then add tomatoes to the bowl and set aside. Melt butter over medium heat, then add green onions and saute for a couple of minutes until they are tender. Then, add corn to your skillet. Saute corn until it’s just tender crisp, around 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature. Then add the corn mixture to the bowl of your tomato mixture. Serve at room temperature, which I prefer, or you can chill and serve it cold. It’s delicious either way! Summer in a bowl! Enjoy!

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Pin of the Week- August 2nd

I just love this cool DIY from Better Homes and Gardens. I love the paper they used and I love how they made a collage of them on a wall. It’s even cooler that they covered the books too. BHG on Pinterest has a lot of cool pins and boards. Next time we have a party at the house I know what i’ll be making for decor. Maybe I’ll do one of these collages for christmas too. They’d be great going up a stairway! You can see this pin here, and check out my DIY Crafts board on Pinterest here.

Happy Pinning!

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My Life in Pictures- July 30th

Our gardens are one of my favorite things about our home here in Apex! I love to watch them grow and transform every year. And even though we complain about how much time and work goes into keeping things looking great, it’s beauty like this that makes it so worth the effort! This is one of my favorite spots in our garden, our picket fence, and my huge purple butterfly bush! In the spring and summer there are always an abundance of butterflies and dragonflies around this spot. It’s so lovely!

Happy Monday Everyone!

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Pin of the Week- July 26th

I just love this sweet little birdhouse! The tin roof is so cute! I have several in my garden that are shabby and sweet, and they make me happy every time I see them. I would love to have this one to add to my collection! Image found on Pinterest Here

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Wordless Wednesday

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My Life in Pictures- July 23rd

This past week has been super busy around the house and studio! However, the girls and I were able to get away for a bit, and we took all the pups to Lake Pine for a nice long walk around the lake. I think we all needed it! The weather was a bit hot, but it’s always pretty around the park. I just love all the wildlife they have around Lake Pine as well, and the dogs go crazy for all the squirrels and ducks! It’s a beautiful place, and in the hustle of the city, a near by calm spot where you can take off for an hour and just have fun. And perhaps the thing I love the most about walking the dogs at the lake is that they are nice and tuckered out for the remainder of the day, or at least a few hours.

Have a Happy Monday Everyone!

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DIY Pet Portrait Instagram Necklaces


Today I have a super cute DIY for you all! I’m going to teach you all how to make these adorable necklaces from your favorite instagram pictures of your pets. This is a super easy craft, and it’s very economical as well. This would be a great craft for a party! You could also make batches of them for holiday gifts for your girlfriends, teachers, dog park friend, etc. If you buy your supplies off of Etsy, you can make these little cuties for about a dollar a piece! I bought all of my supplies from Sun and Moon Crafts on Etsy. You can see their shop here.  So gather your favorite instagrams of your favorite furry friends, and let’s get crafting!


Here’s What You Need:

*1″ Clear Glass Tiles

*Amazing Glaze, craft glaze, or decoupage medium( I used Amazing glaze)

*Jewelry Bails

*Cardstock printed with your images

*Chain, Ribbon, or Cording for hanging




Step 1: Print image sheet- In photoshop elements or a photo editing program reduce down your instagram pictures to a little less than an inch(.0875), then drag them onto a blank 8.5×11 page. Once you have all the images you want on your page, save and print. Now gather all your suplies together. Cut out square pictures.


Step 2: Apply Photo with Glaze- Apply a thin layer of glaze to bumpy side of glass tile. Then place image face down on glazed side of tile and press and smooth out any bubbles. Let dry.


Step 3: Glaze Back of tile- Paint a layer of glaze on the back side of the tile. Let dry.


Step 4: Glue Bail- Place a small dab of E6000 in the top middle of the back of your tile. Then firmly press on a jewelry bail. Let Dry. Finish by hanging on a chain or ribbon, and enjoy!

Don’t you just love them! I love being able to wear my favorite gals around my neck! It’s like carrying a little piece of happiness with you all day! Not only is this such an easy craft, it’s also so economical! Definitely a fantastic craft for keeping or for giving! Hope you all enjoy!

Happy Crafting!


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Pin of the Week- July 19th

Pillowcases by Rose Hip at

I love to craft! When my daughter Ashlee was little I used to sew all the time for her, and now that she’s grown she does most of the sewing these days. I still love to sew and frequently craft with my girls. One of the new things we are all learning to do is crochet. I saw this pin today and just fell in love with the vintage sweetness of these pillowcases! I am now on the hunt for some fabulous fabric to make the cases with and coordinating yarn to crochet sweet edgings to them. Wish me luck! And you can see this lovely pin Here

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