Tuesday, September 27, 2011

15% Off + Free Shipping at Shabby Apple

Hey there everyone!

I just wanted to let you know about an exciting sale going on at Shabby Apple. Shabby Apple is an online boutique that I recently discovered, and they have some of the cutest clothes! They offer women's, maternity, and children's clothing!

To celebrate their new back-to-school line "Academia", they are offering 15% off their entire website + free shipping on standard domestic orders. Very exciting!

Their new line features feminine collegiate styles. Here is just a preview of what Academia offers, so make sure to check out their website for all of their styles plus some of their other lines.

To take advantage of their 15% off offer, use codeword "Ivy" during checkout! Remember: This offer is available for purchases on their entire website, not just the Academia line!

Dresses from Shabby Apple

Saturday, September 24, 2011


One of my favorite events held in my community this afternoon. Every year, we have an event call Barnfest/Fall Fest. Its basically a large craft show, to say the least. But the atmosphere of this event is great. I wish I would have taken some pictures. All of the volunteers dress very traditionally, in long dresses. Outside of the event, you can order homemade food. Every year, they sample a different soup, which they actually cook outside of in a very large kettle. This year was vegetable soup, and it was DELICIOUS!

Inside, there are a number of different vendors displaying their crafts. I picked up a few different purchases, which I'm super excited about! My first purchase was a 90 yard ball of alpaca/llama wool yarn, which is dyed brown and pink. I think I'm going to make a beautiful scarf out of it. My second purchase was a Corion cutting board. And then my third purchase was a ladder that, once we buy a house, I'll either use in the living to hang blankets on or in the bathroom for towels.

My #1 rule when walking around Barnfest is:

If I Can Make It Myself, Then I Won't I'm Not Allowed To Buy It

 I have some great inspiration now for some awesome projects! Oh, and there was a vendor selling Redneck Wineglasses. I make those! I'll have to do a tutorial on that particular project, because they are so super easy. Does anyone know the best glue to bond glass to glass? That's what I'm still trying to figure out.

There were two vendors selling one of my favorite creations! The one lady referred to them as Slub Wine Bottles, although when I tried to search for it to find y'all a picture, I didn't find what I was looking for. 

They are simply wine bottles that have been melted in a kiln. The reaction of each bottle is slightly different. They usually used as serving trays for cheese, but they have other uses as well. The best part is that my grandmother has a small kiln, so I'm thinking I can make these! I'm pretty excited. :)

My second favorite project was the lighted bottles that we found. 

They are simply empty bottles with a hole drilled through the back and Christmas lights stuffed inside the bottle. Some of the bottles we saw had a transparent paint, which was a super cool effect, and others were decorative liquor bottles. I'm really excited to make some of these as well, because I think they would look really neat, and give a nice effect in the evenings when you don't want the house all lit up.

One of the biggest projects being sold were fall wreaths. One of my favorites was decorated in black and white! I can't wait to make some wreaths. 

 Another project that you see all over the place were painted blocks of wood with cute quotes stenciled on. I bought one of these last year, and it looks really cute sitting on a table. A project like this would be really easy.

Maybe someday, I'll have enough projects to have my own stand at Barnfest!!

**please note that the pictures on this post were found via Google Images and were not taken by me at Barnfest.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Barn Wedding = Fabulous!

So, since I haven't been blogging recently, I haven't been able to tell you that me and my wonderful boyfriend are looking for a house. There is is this beautiful brick farm house that I am absolutely in love with. ... I'll get back to this in a minute.

I was on Facebook last night, and the clothing website Ruche had an article on their blog, something about barn weddings and a lightbulb went off .... FABULOUS! (And no, this is not an announcement that I'm getting married).

This old barn house that I really Really REALLY want us to buy has a barn! And its not one of those barns that are falling over either. I really wanted to get a cow, but I think it will have to wait until I can have a wedding reception in my barn. 

Here are some pictures I found on Google that can show you exactly what I'm talking about...

And the picture that started it all, straight from Ruche's blog...


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Blogging Community Happiness Project

So, I'm reading this new book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and I'm really liking it so far (considering I've only read the first two chapters).

It's really kind of inspiring to read. Especially because... Who wouldn't benefit from being happier? This book isn't really designed for those who are depressed and entirely unhappy with their lives... its meant for those that have a lot to be greatful for, but could achieve so much more because they are just running through the motions of everything.

I think that in today's society, we're just so overloaded with all that we have going on in our lives, that its hard to really stop and appreciate everything. Our health is proof of that matter. How many people now-a-days have adrenal fatigue because their bodies are just exhausted from all the stress.

So here's what I propose...
A Blogging Community Happiness Project

How many of you would be interested in something like that? 

The author, Gretchen Rubin, came up with 12 resolutions (one for each month) that she felt would result in her being happier. We can do the same, and then every week, link up, and just talk about what we have done to achieve our goals. 

Each of our resolutions would be different. One of Gretchen's includes how to improve her life with her kids/family. I don't have kids yet, so that obviously wouldn't be one of mine. One of her's includes, her relationship with her husband, but not all of us have significant others. 

So basically, we come up with 12 resolutions, and then check in every week to talk about how our lives are improving and what we've done specifically to achieve our goals. This would give us advice for ourselves in our own goals, and offer some encouragement (although we shouldn't need encouragement for others!)

So how many of you would be interested in doing something like this? I haven't established my 12 resolutions yet, but I'm going to soon!


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