Last night I wanted to try to see Jupiter and Venus hanging out together in the sky. Only it stayed light so late that I went to bed instead. I am always blown away by how late the sun stays out in summer. I know it happens every year and yet it never fails to surprise me. The dog days of summer are upon us and while I have to say the heat has been slightly oppressive this year, there is a sweetness to summer that brings me back to when I was in middle school and ate giant cookie ice cream sandwiches at the pool all day without a care in the world. Now that the Fourth is here and summer is in full swing, I am going to make more of an effort to enjoy the simple things that I used to and soak up this season where things seem to slow down a bit cause it’s too blasted hot to move very fast. I have plans to go to my fiance’s family 4th celebration and seafood boil this weekend and am looking forward to that quite a bit. Do you guys have big plans for the Fourth?
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Ready for the Fourth
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Thanksgiving Table Decor
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving eve! The 24 hour countdown to pie is on! Since our table is not set yet,I figured I would throw together a little collage to share some of our plans. Some of these items we will be using in reality and some of them are thrown in to make my collage more attractive. If I had unlimited funds to work with, this would all be happening. Alas, this is not the case. I have a white ceramic pumpkin shaped bowl that we will be arranging some flowers in and I am sure a few other pumpkins will make their appearance as well. I bought some glittered pinecone ornaments from Target that will serve as placecard holders. I could probably have made them for free but I just didn’t find the time. I am sure nobody will be surprised if some calligraphy comes into play as well.
1. I got these copper and white striped candles way back in October after I fell in love with them. Aren’t they pretty?? So basically they started our table off and everything else was gonna have to look good with them.
2. We bought these black/gray striped napkins from World Market because they were reasonable and a nice neutral. And also because we are always looking for good napkins and we knew we would use them again.
3. I kind of love these glasses from Target but since I can’t seem to justify buying them, I will at least use them in my collage. Someone buy them. The pattern is adorable.
4. We will need some mugs to hold our Thanksgiving toddies and I really don’t know that a more lovely Moscow mule mug has ever existed in history. A set of these suckers would be a big splurge but good grief are they good lookin. In reality, we will probably just use what we already have for our cocktails but in my dreams I will use these.
5. I was surprised that I liked this onyx flatware so much but I think it is a little edgy and adds a nice pop of black to correspond with our napkins.
6. This is actually Colleen’s wedding china if you can believe it. Jerk. This may be the thing I was most jealous about after she got married.
7. A wood charger would balance out the fancy of the china with a rustic feel.
8. This bowl. Maybe we will put something in it? Maybe we will just admire it and enjoy its attractiveness.
What do you guys have planned for your tables?? Any ideas I need to steal?
Salem Trip Recap Part 1
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Well our Salem trip is over and that is sad. I call this part one of our recap cause Colleen will be sharing her angels film photos once they get developed. In the meantime, I thought I would share mine. I did have some trouble narrowing them down as I am sure you will notice. I am very happy to report that it was a truly delightful weekend that exceeded expectations. I was a little worried that the masses of people I anticipated would ruin some of the charm of our trip but we very cleverly managed to avoid the hubbub when we wanted to. We got there on Friday morning and were able to get some of our tours and things in before it got very crowded and I definitely recommend that if any of you plan a trip to Salem in October, you manage to be there at least one weekday. The difference from Friday to Saturday crowds was huge. One of our best trip decisions was staying in the Hawthorne hotel right in the middle of the historic district. It was very traditional and cozy and they had complimentary apple cider available for us in the lobby any time we needed a fix. Which was often. I would guess Colleen in particular had no less than 7 cups of cider over the course of the weekend. So if anyone was concerned about our cider quota, you can rest your worries. I could also see the water from my room on the 5th floor which was an added bonus. We were located right next to a big park (which was used in filming for Hocus Pocus) and they had carnival concessions with caramel apples and fried oreos. We mostly wandered around for the weekend but did check a few key items off of our to-do list which occupied time between random explorations…
We checked out Pickering Wharf and the pretty ship.
We toured the House of Seven Gables which Nathaniel Hawthorne based his famed novel off of. It even had a secret passage that we walked through.
Corey cutely annoyed Colleen by grabbing at her nose while they stood in front of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s home.
We checked out the Witch House but opted not to go in since we had just toured two homes from that period the day before.
We roamed around Allison’s house (from Hocus Pocus) which had a beautiful garden in the back. I was disappointed by the lack of pumpkins.
We walked down Chestnut Street which has all the fancy old homes and big trees with leaves that were satisfyingly autumnal colors.
We found another part of Salem harbor near a big park and enjoyed the view.
It just so happened to be right near Max and Dani’s house (another Hocus Pocus locale).
Then we drove over to neighboring Marblehead and were quite glad that we did. Cause it looked like this…
We pretty much spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the perfect fall atmosphere.
If anyone is planning a trip and looking for some more specifics, just let me know and I would be happy to help. I really can’t imagine a more ideal place to be in the fall than New England and Salem in particular.