Orange You Gonna Get Married?

One of my best friends got married this past weekend.  She worked diligently for over a year, and pulled off one of the most amazing events of the year – from the clementine-colored dresses to the brilliantly decorated ballroom including a cereal bar, pinwheels and a ceiling filled with pink, orange and white lanterns.  There will be many more pictures to come, but here is one taken by AJH Photography.


My co-worker shared this awesome website with me this afternoon – Pinterest!

It is place where users can post their favorite things on the website.  It is fun to browse and get ideas.  Literally, it could be as addicting as Facebook was in college.  Here are some of my favorites from today’s posts.

Bring something blue with you down the aisle.  Have your friends and family sign the bottom of your wedding shoes!

Love photo booths, love pictures, love this.

Such a brilliant idea – cut an orange in half, fill it with jelly (or jello shots), put in the refrigerator, and cut when firm.  Love this!!  Expect it at the next party I attend.


Too cute not to post

Sewing…do I dare?

Do I dare try to take up the hobby of sewing?  There are so many adorable patterns and fabrics.  Plus, when you find patterns for adorable clutches like the one below, how can you not want to sew!?  Seems simple, but at this point I might have to settle for a friend with an established sewing talent…any takers?  For those of you ambitious enough, you can find the complete directions at

T-Shirt Quilts

I have a box at my parents’ house with all my t-shirts from high school, and have started to do the same in my apartment in Minneapolis.  Sometimes you can’t wear a t-shirt anymore, but just can’t throw it away or give it to Good Will.  This is a great solution: a t-shirt quilt.   They only use the front (or back) part of the shirt, so if you have any unsightly stains or rips, you can easily cover them up!  Plus, how great would this be to pass on to future generations?  Just please, whatever you do, refrain from re-living your high school days, no matter how cool you think you were. 


I love color.  Anyone who sets foot in my apartment or sees my wardrobe knows this.  I stumbled across a site called Sensational Color that dissects everything you could ever want to know about color.  It is amazing.  I was exploring the site and found a section on what colors mean.  I love green and have a lot of it in my home.

  How the color green affects us physically

  • Soothes
  • Relaxes mentally, as well as physically
  • Helps alleviate depression, nervousness, and anxiety
  • Offers a sense of renewal, self-control, and harmony

Sounds good to me!  I think I’ll keep it in my color palate.  Check out what your favorite color means at

Walker Art Center Collection

If you are in the Minneapolis area, make sure you take the time to check out the Walker Art Center’s current collection,  “From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America”. It is a unique experience to walk through the photographs taken by a Minnesota native.  Some will definitely shock you, and you might even notice some locations near your home.   Overall, a very thought-provoking exhibit.

Terrific Trays

I got the idea to collect trays when I was at a hotel with my mom about 10 years ago.  We were exhausted so she ran down to get breakfast and brought it up to the room.  After looking at the typical cafeteria tray, my mom suggested I find a colorful tray and turn it into an end table.  I loved the idea, and after spending the rest of the day at garage sales in northern Wisconsin, I actually found a 50’s style tray in a vibrant teal color.  I still haven’t made that end table, but I did collect a few more options and use them throughout my house.  There are endless possibilities – hang them on your wall as art, use them on a coffee table, put your jewelry on them, or create a mail drop near your door for your keys and mail.  I saw this picture today and am inspired again.  Maybe this time I’ll actually make that end table.