Posts Tagged ‘the blog’

Why yes, it’s another lame post of updates. Life has been bananas recently so I don’t have the energy for a full post. But don’t fret! Some fun things are on the horizon (baby shower invitation, drapery ideas, personal posts, etc). so get amped for those in the near future. Scott and I are preparing for a big trip and just had family in town for a bit, so things have been quite hectic. I’ll be back to a (almost) normal schedule soon, but until then, here are some yummy things for you enjoy.

You may have noticed a slight update to the blogitty. Hi, my name is Audrey and I’m incredibly indecisive. I needed to bring just a bit of color onto the page(a full blog update may be in my future) so this free background from Ollibird (via How About Orange) gave me the quick change I needed. Ahh, sweet sweet color.

Be still my heart. I recently discovered this awesome DIY chandelier (via Little Green Notebook) that was spotted over at Ready Made, a great site for all things DIY. I’m not sure where I would put this beauty, but I have. to. have. it. Don’t you just want to eat it up?

My husband follows a blog called A House by the Park, which follows the process of a web-designer building an uber modern home in Seattle. The home recently finished and it’s fan-freakin-tastic. Take a look if you wanna see some modern yumminess.

And, last but not least, mister Henry-pants. My family came to visit this past weekend and we got some good quality time with my just-turned-1 nephew. Isn’t he the cutest? I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend – enjoy some fireworks, hot dogs and glass bottled coke!

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Happy Blogiversay!

That’s right, today marks the 1 year anniversary of the[artful]abode. Can you believe how quickly time flies? It seems like just yesterday that I decided to take a stab at blogging to share the adventures of our home renovations, as well as to blabber about my dog and decor related things to basically nobody. After one year of blogging, I can safely say that I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and I thank you for joining me in my journey. All of your comments are undoubtedly appreciated – they brighten my day and keep me going, even when I think I can’t blab about my house anymore. Thank you, dear Internet, for not kicking me out of blogland.

In honor of this momentous occasion, I’ve added a new tab to the blog, “Inside the Abode”. I’ve been toying with this idea for a while now, and finally got my act into gear on this snowy weekend. You can now take a virtual tour of our house and get an idea of where we’ve purchased some big ticket items. Hopefully this will help you in your hunt to make your house a home, as well as fulfill your inner peeping Tom by snooping through every room in our house. Enjoy!

We’ve had some good times around these parts this past year. We’ve tackled everything from a kitchen renovation (parts one and two)…

… to many little renovations, like this easy chair makeover.

The biggest buzz on the blog came from nursery that I did for my very pregnant sister and her new baby boy, Henry. I tackled this one weekend, along with the help of my family, and the response was overwhelming. We even scored an appearance on Young House Love that made me feel like an Internet celebrity for a day.

I even strayed away from the house-related posts to bring you monthly Real Simple Roundups (a homage to my fav magazine), a slew of DIY artwork posts, and shared pictures of my beloved pooch, Charlie, and my cute nephews and neices. I also shared something I’m really digging lately: invitations. I gave a peek into the invitations that we made for our wedding two years back, as well as shared some invitations I’ve whipped up for my sister’s baby shower and a friend’s shower.

Overall, it’s been a great year at this here blog and I hope I have it in me to keep going for many more to come. Thank you so much to my wonderful readers (aka my mom) for keeping with me through this year. Here’s to many more!

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Holiday Wrap Up

Did I forget to tell you that I was taking a blog hiatus? Oh yeah, sorry about that. I was traveling and not able to get to a computer (lucky for me, not for you) until today, the day that I am officially back on the grid. Back to work and my daily routine, and hopefully more blogging for your enjoyment, dear Internet. But until a smorgasbord of design related posts hits you in the jugular, here is a wrap up of our holiday travels, James Joyce style. Hope you all had a fantastic holiday and a happy new year!

Hit the road running before Christmas, with a stop in Jax to hang with the bro, whom I hardly see because he is a slave to all things residency. Ate Mexican food. Love mexican food. Woke up to yummy pancakes and headed down to my parents house, where my mom greeted us with an exorbitant amount of sweets and booze. Score. Decided to not celebrate Christmas Day on Christmas Day and instead saw Up in the Air. Realized how fantastically great George Clooney is. Had a mini reunion with high school buddies and loved every minute. Enjoyed more snackies and booze. Greeted the whole fam the day after Christmas and finally had a gift opening explosion, many of which will be shared at a later date. Ate Scott’s famous ribs. Went into a food coma. Hung with my nephew, the cutest kid in all of existence (sorry, other kids).

Visited with old friends that live on other sides of the country. Went to the park to see a giant oak tree. Watched the Hangover and Ricky Gervais Live. More booze and more yummy treats. Played ping pong. Had a family eye check by mi padre. Woke up at 5am to the fire alarm going off and a smoking heater. Thanked sweet baby jesus that my parents’ house wasn’t on fire. Packed up our stuff and headed to Jax for a camping trip and more time with my bro and my sister-in-law.

Ate chili and my weight in marshmallows. Reveled in my burgeoning belly. Slept under the stars which eventually turned into rain. Lots of rain. Packed up camp and headed back into town, only to be greeted by beautiful weather.

Walked in the mud. Lots of mud. Attempted fishing and some light beer drinking. Played around with my new lens and enjoyed some short lived sunshine.

Did some much needed laundry of muddy camping clothes. Donned a festive New Years headband. Blew up a lot of fireworks and played some competitive flip cup where the girls team ruled all. Marveled at my sister-in-law’s ability to create awesome sparkler art. Took way too many pictures.

Played in a neighborhood park at 2:00am. Enjoyed Beatles rockband a bit too much. Woke up to pouring rain and trekked it out to see Bobby Bowden’s final game. Cried. More than I should. Ate super good cheap sushi and enjoyed the company of new friends and old family. Packed up and turned a 6 hour trip into an 8 hour trip on our way back home. Hit the stores for some after Christmas sales and finally used some wedding gift cards (2 years later). Collapsed with content exhaustion.

How was your holiday break? Hopefully you feel refreshed and ready for 2010 – it’s going to be a good year, folks!

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Ok, ok…. so I barely manage to blog once a week and then how do I repay you? I hit you up for votes so I can win something totally awesome. Yeah, that’s how I roll. I’m a terrible person and I love you all for humoring me on a regular basis.

So here’s the deal. A furniture supplier that I work with on a regular basis (whom also awarded me my womb chair) is having a contest to win the new Generation chair by Knoll. This chair may look like a regular office chair, but really, it’s a slice of pure ergonomic heaven. Honestly. I’ve never been more excited about a chair in my life, and that’s really saying something. They challenged designers in Charlotte to take a creative picture incorporating the chair – so what did I do? Exploited my pup, of course! Don’t judge me for my lack of creativity – I’m hoping that cuteness bodes well with designers in the area. :)

I’m dying to win this chair for our home office since my lovely husband has to sit in a very unfortunate chair every other day at present time. If you take the time to vote for me, I promise I’ll repay you in cookies and sunshine… and possibly more frequent blog posts.

Please send an email to vote059@cbi-nc.com or simply visit http://cbigenerationcontest.com/, go to Review Pictures and vote for Charlie, photo number 59. I’ve heard a rumor that you can only vote 5 times from each computer, but come on people, let’s beat the system! Thank you thank you and here’s to hopes of an un-sore back and happy behind for my husband in the near future!

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Honest Scrap

I have officially fallen off the face of the Earth. At least the world that is blogland – where the heck have I been? It’s been almost a week since my last post, which is downright unheard of around these parts. Alas, life has gotten in the way. I knew October would be our busy month (traveling or hosting guests every weekend, as well as celebrating our 2 year anniversary) but I didn’t think the blog would suffer as much. So, to make up for my absence, I’ve decided to take my part in the Honest Scrap “tell all” that has been bestowed on me from a fellow blogger, a la Freckles Chick. Get ready for a face full of honest crap scrap that is moi, the author of this artful abode.

The rules:
* Say thanks and give a link to the presenter of the award.
* Share “10 Honest Things” about myself.
* Present this award to 7 others whose blogs I find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have inspired me.
* Tell those 7 people they’ve been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines in receiving.

1. What I lack in chin, I make up for in big toe length. Painting a pretty picture of myself, aren’t I?

2. I love self-deprecating humor (see above). Making a joke about myself just makes me feel right for some reason. And, I mercifully make fun of the ones I love. If I constantly rag on you during any misspoken moment, I love you to bits. If you’re getting by without my wrath, well, you need to work your way up in the ranks. :)

3. This commercial makes me super happy inside. Everything about it – the concept, the music selection, the fact that it has a loveable dog – I just can’t get enough of it. It makes me weepy and giddy all at once – love it!

4. I am a stutterer. Not so much that most people I know even notice, but enough to bother me to no end. I can’t count the number of times someone has questioned my intelligence or even my sanity because of my inability to fluently pronounce a word. Over 3 million Americans stutter, along with some famous peeps, so I consider it an interesting personality anecdote. :)

5. I love my dog, which is no surprise to you lovely readers. I don’t love him in an inappropriate, treat-him-like-a-human kinda way, but like a real family member. Becoming a mother may be one of my biggest fears, but the fact that I’ve kept this little pup alive gives me a little glimmer of hope. And who wouldn’t love that face?!

6. I never in a thousand years thought I would be a designer. I always enjoyed crafts and such, but I was a big time math and science geek. I actually enjoyed calculus class, for goodness sake. That’s until I took a drafting class my junior year of high school and fell in love with drafting. I’ve even won an award for my impeccable drafting skills (shared too much? you betcha). That love of drafting, my history of drawing floorplans in sidewalk chalk as a little girl, and the yearn the do something different from my doctor filled family led me to design.

7. I’m afraid of bees and frogs. There, I said it. You are now allowed to laugh.

8. I’m a worrier to the nth degree. Every time my husband flies somewhere or a friend is driving to see me, I’m on pins and needles. It’s obnoxious.

9. I have a great uncle that holds the world record for sailing across the Atlantic ocean in the smallest boat. Hey, it’s not exactly about me, but it’s pretty freaking interesting. And a little bit crazy. Which leads back to me – a little bit crazy.

10. I recently developed an allergy to my wedding rings, after wearing them for almost 2 years. I immediately thought, “is this a sign?”

Now that you’ve had to suffer through a plethora of Audrey facts, take a minute to check out these other lovely blogs I’m passing the proverbial torch to. Each of them are great reads and deserve a quick look if you’ve never visited them before. Enjoy!

Entertaining by Evie

Smitten Design

Andrea’s Cakes

Little Green Notebook

Sutton Grace


Make Under my Life

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A New Outlook

This week has been a bit hectic so far, catching up from being out of town and preparing for Scott’s birthday coming up this weekend. Add on some crazy projects at work and you have busy times in the H household, that’s for sure. But take a look at one of my nephews, that we finally got a chance to spend some quality time with. Isn’t he the cutest?

After a weekend with the family, I got to thinking a little bit about this ol’ blog. When I first set out to write this, I wanted to make this a site to share the trials and tribulations that we’ve encountered working on fixing up our home, as well as a forum for sharing any ideas that I came across for cheap and crafty DIY projects. This blog is still that, but I want to expand the content a bit to include other aspects of my life and those around me. Let’s face it: in a time of recession, it’s tough to constantly be updating our house without breaking the bank, or feeling a bit of guilt for spending frivolously. At first, I didn’t want to include any personal aspects for all of the world to read (ie. 50 people, max), but the more I write, the more I see this blog as a personal journal of sorts. I find myself flipping back through old posts to see where I’ve been and what I’ve accomplished, and I want to expand on that just a bit, for purely selfish reasons. And hopefully for your benefit as well. I promise this won’t turn into a tell all of what I wore today or how my legs are still sore from a 5k on Saturday, but I will delve a bit more into my life, my marriage and general musings on life around me.

Now’s where you fit in. Is this idea absolute crap, or do you have any suggestions of things you’d like to read about? Feel free to throw out some ideas… or 2 shouts for more Charlie related posts. I’m down either way.

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Life on the Grid

I don’t typically write posts about pop culture or trends in society, or rant my opinions for that matter, but I felt I had to post about this to see how the rest of the blogosphere is feeling about Twitter, etc. I’ve been a member of Facebook for a few years now, had a blog for a few months, and just recently jumped on the blogging bandwagon and joined Twitter. I’m actually quite surprised with these moves I’ve made since I don’t typically like to talk about myself and I enjoy taking a break from technology and spending some time “off the grid” fairly often. Nowadays though, it’s almost difficult to not be constantly connected. I find myself talking about people I went to high school with like we keep in touch daily, but in reality I just know what’s happening to them from their Facebook status updates or blog posts. In this aspect, I think websites like Facebook and Twitter are great- you can not only network with new people and bring them to your blog, but you can reconnect with friends from you past. But is there another, negative side to all of this constant connectivity?

I’ve only been on Twitter for a couple of weeks, but it’s really got me thinking about this technologically advanced world we live in today. I read posts that people have obviously written from their cars (“stuck in traffic”) or while out to dinner with friends (“big martini just arrived!”), and I can’t help but wonder how their company is feeling while this person is glued to their phone while they should be enjoying time with their loved ones. It’s become more and more commonplace to see someone sitting at a table with friends and not sharing stories of their day, but rather looking down at their phone and sharing what they’re doing at that exact moment with millions of curious readers. Isn’t this a bit bizarre? I’m all for keeping up with a blog and sharing your life with others, but when did living life get replaced with Twittering about your life?

The reason for my rant is this: take part in Facebook, blogs, Twitter, etc. but don’t let it replace good old fashioned human contact. If you find yourself reaching for your iPhone to check your email while visiting family or having the urge to write a Tweet about how awesome it is to be hanging out with your buddy, take a step back. Focus on actually spending time with that person and devoting yourself to the conversation that’s happening at that moment. Let’s not lose the joys of face-to-face contact and great conversations that can take place when no form of technology is causing a distraction. And if you’re feeling really randy, take yourself off of the grid for a second. Skip a blog post or two, or turn off your phone for an afternoon. It’ll be good for you… and for those around you.  Care to share your thoughts on this issue? Wanna call me and talk to me about it in person? :) Sound off!

Image courtesy of Google.

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Happy 100th!

Today marks my 100th post on this here blog. You read that correct – one freakin’ hundred. Not that I doubt my abilities or persistence, but I’m quite shocked that I’ve made it to 100 posts. Seems like a lot, doesn’t it? It’s crazy to think that back in February I put up a silly picture of us jumping in the air and somehow I’ve managed to stay around long enough to write posts into the triple digits. What’s even funnier is that I was inspired to write this blog after my best bud started one, and I believe we’re still awaiting her much anticipated second post. :) But nonetheless, I’d like to thank you (10) nice peeps for joining me on this journey and for listening to me blab about paint, bathrooms, birds and lamps. It’s been a joy, if not therapeutic, to put my thoughts out into the blogosphere and get some feedback on my musings. Thanks, Internet!

And because I vow to never write a post without a picture, here is some Charlie loving to make your weekend start off right. Here’s to whatever is to come in the future… and to another 100!

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Getting to Know You

We have a BIG purchase coming in the mail tomorrow that I’m sure you’ll all be excited to finally see, so my mind can’t pull its focus away from that enough to think up an enthralling blog post. So, I wanted to put this little “getting to know you” survey out there for my lovely readers (ie. YOU) to fill out, if you’re so inclined. I know that I have a fair amount of readers (around 150 per day) but it seems that only a few comment on the posts. Don’t get me wrong, I love to blog stalk like the best of them, but now is your time to shine and share a little bit of yourself with me so I can get to know my readers!

If you’re feeling fancy, and if you feel like making this blogger’s day, just plop your answers in my little comment box and we’ll all have a go at getting to know everyone around these parts. I’d also love feedback on anything you think this blog is missing/anything you want more of/anything you can’t stand (ie. pictures of my dog, posts about birds, etc.) No holds barred, people!

1. Name, location, occupation – the basics.

2. How did you find my blog? Are you frequent visitor or a first timer?

3. What other blogs/design resources are you loving? Am I your one and only? :)

4. What features would you like to see on the blog? Anything you’d like me to quit yapping about?

5. Lastly, tell me something interesting about yourself that makes you unique. For instance, you have an incredibly large big toe or you know all of the lyrics to “Shoop” by Salt n Pepa (take a wild guess who that cool person is?)

And because every post is better with a picture, feast your eyes on Playtime 2009. Charlie and his cousin, Dakota, recently spent a week together and had a freakin ball. Cute, right?

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