Thursday, November 6, 2014


Life has been busy as of late. I left a job I had been at for years; a place I met a lot of wonderful friends. I had the chance to try something adventurous and I took it. Luckily, it's been a great change for me, and I'm really enjoying the new challenges this job offers. The downside is I'm going to be here a bit more sporadically for the next couple months. I will continue to share, but the posts will probably be less focused on a specific topic and more just what is happening in our lives.

Halloween. My friend, T, and I went as GT football player and coach. Ryno went as a cyclist commuter.

Friday, August 29, 2014

will hoge

I had a really nice lunch today with a good friend of mine from college. When we were Juniors in school we went to see Lisa Loeb play at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, and the opening act was Will Hoge.  At that time he was a rock musician. Since then he has transitioned to country music, and his new album, Never Give In, has received a lot of play time on the local country music stations. I've been enjoying hearing him on the radio, and I thought it would be nice to share some of his new music. I chose the song "Strong," because I love his lead in to it. I think we can all relate to some piece of this with our own fathers. I particularly love the line, "It's a dirt road lesson talkin to his kids." It completely reminds me of days that my dad would drop me off at high school. I hope you enjoy it!

I'm so excited to start this three day weekend! Have a great Labor Day!

Friday, August 22, 2014

mayeux + broussard

A friend of mine had a house party last weekend, and he managed to line up three bands for the night. The line up was really interesting, because every band had a very different style from the others. My favorite for the evening by far was Mayeux & Broussard a Country/Americana band from Austin. We found out they were playing at White Horse this past Wednesday, so I took Ryno out to see them. He really enjoyed their show too, and we did a little two-stepping. The dance floor was packed throughout their entire set. They are such an entertaining band, and their enthusiasm for the music is really evident. Definitely check them out if you have the chance!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Elton is obsessed with Nylabones. My mother-in-law suggested them to us when he was a puppy, and he's been a fan ever since! Last year our friend, Ashley, gave Elton a couple of Nylabones in the shape of dinosaurs for Christmas. He seems to love them even more than those that are in bone form. Today we surprised him with a new batch and you can see the result... pure joy! Bonus: These little guys are made in the USA.

Monday, August 18, 2014

ain't no cure

I unintentionally took last week off from paperwildflower; let's call it my summer vacation. I started my weekend off with a co-worker's birthday lunch on Friday followed by another co-worker's art show Saturday. The art show had a great band line-up, and we had a really fun time! Everyone was two-stepping to Mayeux-Broussard.  I definitely recommend checking them out if you have a chance!

Friday, August 8, 2014

jessica andrews

Another set of friends moved away this week. Seriously ya'll this has to stop! The one silver lining is that Tiffany and Brad stayed with us on their last night in town, so we were able to have a going away movie night at our place. Our double-date tradition has been dinner and movies, so it was the perfect send off. We're so sad to see them leave, but we can't wait to visit them in CA soon!

(photos I took of their wedding)

Seemed like the best way to say farewell (for now) would be with a country hit that both Tiff and I love. Hit it Jessica Andrews!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

emily mcdowell

Back in June I mentioned that I came across a stationary artist that was new to me, Emily McDowell. Since then I discovered my favorite local bookstore stocks her cards, and I had a completely nerdy, gushing moment with the sales person about how excited I was to see they were carrying her line. I bought three cards on the spot, and I'm already planning out which ones I'll get next. I had to be a bit strategic with the framing for the picture as the wording isn't appropriate for all ages, which is of course what makes them amazing!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

chocolate on chocolate

My Dad had a birthday a couple weeks ago, and I wanted to share some photos of the amazing chocolate, butter-cream cake my Mom and sister created for the occasion. It was delicious and gigantic; they had to freeze half of it!

Happy belated birthday Dad!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

leafy greens

Our time this weekend was mostly divided between yard work and helping some friends pack up for a big move. A few things needed to be refreshed in the garden, so Ryno and I trekked to three different nurseries to find just what we wanted. In the end we added a purple passion vine, hot banana pepper plants, roses and some small sedge. We also rigged a quick wire trellis for the passion vine. It was so exciting to accomplish so much, and I'll share photos once things start to take off.

I also made a few improvements around the house. I'm still working on the salon wall composition, but I've added a few accessories and indoor plants too!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Today I'm looking for wall composition inspirations. I promised Ryno I would try to get our artwork on the walls. It has been a year in the new home after all. Displaying artwork is the hardest piece of decorating for me within my own home. Somehow the decisions seem so permanent to me, which is silly since it's one of the easiest things to change. A few inspiring ideas...


Friday, July 25, 2014

jenny lewis

Happy Friday! I'm excited to kick off the weekend with a song from the new Jenny Lewis album... I adore her! A friend sent me this article about Lewis' new album, Voyager. It turns out Lewis produced all but three songs with another favorite artist of mine, Ryan Adams. I can't wait to listen to the entire album when it releases next week, but for now I'm enjoying the new music videos for Voyager. If you appreciate watching artists at work the video for "She's Not Me" is pretty amazing too.

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

austin monthly

Ryno and I have found the strategy that works best for us is he primarily cooks, and I do most of the grocery shopping. We certainly lend each other a hand with said tasks as needed, but as a general rule this system is the simplest. When we lived in Alabama I very much enjoyed grocery shopping, because the store was empty no matter when I went to shop. However, in Austin I have yet to find an empty grocery store or even one with light traffic. As a way to encourage myself to go I sometimes offer myself a reward. It can be a wide variety of things, but I try to keep it around five dollars or less. Sometimes I buy flowers for the house, other times a cold beverage, but the prevailing winner of my "reward" system is a magazine. We don't have any magazine subscriptions, so every now and then an article catches my eye and I'm hooked. Today, my magazine of choice was Austin Monthly magazine. I'm excited to dive into the headline article "Austin Hidden Gems." I'll let you know if I find anything exciting to share!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

cooder graw

It's already Wednesday, so I've certainly fallen behind schedule. I still thought it would be fun to share our weekend. We went to Gruene with a couple of friends from school who also live in Austin now. Cooder Graw was playing at Gruene Dance Hall and it was packed. We weren't familiar with Cooder Graw, but it's always fun to take a day trip to Gruene and enjoy a meal at The Gristmill. We had a really great time two stepping and listening to the band. Then Sunday we visited the bee hives, which are filling up with honey! It's been so exciting watching Dad and Ryno work out all the new steps of collecting and bottling honey. We've also had the joy of sharing our honey with friends, which is the most exciting bit for me!

Friday, July 18, 2014

sam smith

We're planning to listen to some live music and catch up with some friends this weekend. I also hope the weather will stay a little cooler so we can finally accomplish some yard work.

This week's music pick is due to SYTYCD. The opening act this week was a slow hip hop routine to "Stay With Me" by Sam Smith. I really loved the routine, and I think the choir featured in this song makes it really beautiful.

Hope you have a wonderful, summer weekend!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


I'm loving summer hair inspiration. Here are a few favorites!



Tuesday, July 15, 2014


We spent the past weekend in Alabama with Ryno's family at Lake Guntersville  just outside of Huntsville, AL. We had a chance to catch up with some old friends before heading to the lake house. It was great to catch up and see how much their boys have grown!

The remainder of the weekend was spent relaxing with family and celebrating Ryno's grandfather's 90th birthday! Granny and Granddaddy are an amazing pair of people, and we were so happy to celebrate the occasion with them!

Friday, July 11, 2014

kim carnes

Today's music share is a throwback. It was a mega-smash in 1981; the most popular song that year. Ryno had never heard the song, and I think showing him the music video first may have been the wrong way to introduce him to it. The video is a bit on the ridiculous side, but I love Kim Carnes' raspy voice. Plus the song is just pure gold. Hope you enjoy it too! Have a wonderful weekend! We're harvesting more honey next week, so I'll be back with an update then.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

just a minute... july

The "just a minute post" is one of my all time favorites to share (see where the inspiration came from). The idea that it is a brief snippet of what is happening lately is such a nice, simple thought. However, I went back to review them today and noticed something odd. I've only ever done them in July with the exception of last year when I also made one in November. The funny thing is that I'm so concerned I'll over use the idea I have managed to only do them once a year. Lookout I plan to remedy that oversight! I hope you enjoy them too as there will be more to come!

Making... tons of new recipes from the Summer cookbook

Watching... So You Think You Can Dance — yay summer tv!
Reading... Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Listening... The WeathermanGregory Alan Isakov

Loving... summer swimming and my new blue and white swimsuit

Waiting... to collect even more honey next week!

Wishing... our vine will fill in the back fence line with lovely flowers

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

watermelon rita

For me truly kicking off summer starts with watermelon. Ryno, Elton (he loves it) and I have already consumed at least three watermelons. On top of that I enjoyed my first watermelon margarita at dinner the other night. I'm not sure how I've missed the sheer joy of a watermelon margarita all these years, but it was delicious and seems pretty straightforward. I'm going to test out a few of these recipes (here, here and here) with the next watermelon we pick up.

watermelon margarita at Maudie's

Monday, July 7, 2014

like honey to the bee

We finally collected honey from our hives this weekend! It was so exciting to taste the raw honey (we didn't even filter it before trying it). I had my first taste of honeycomb, which was an exciting moment for me. Although, I felt guilty having the comb knowing that bees exert so much energy to produce it. I'm not sure if it was the year worth of anticipation or the fact that it's the freshest honey I've ever had, but it was delicious! I snapped a few photos of Ryno harvesting the frames filled with honey along with a photo of the jar of honey too. We are planning to harvest more next week, so hopefully by then Ryno and my dad will have a great system together so we can start truly collecting!

Monday, June 30, 2014


Our weekend was filled with summer events and birthday parties. We went to a birthday party Saturday and Sunday. One was a true summertime pool party with hot dogs, Doritos, Coca-cola and cupcakes on the menu. The other was a miniature-themed birthday with tiny tacos, a mini-fruit plate and baby Coronas. After the partying was over we checked on the bee hives, which were busy with activity. One hive was filled to the brim with honey, and the new hive was looking healthy. We're planning to go back into the hives this weekend to be sure they're doing well and to collect some honey.

Friday, June 27, 2014

gregory alan isakov

I've followed Gregory Alan Isakov's music for awhile now. However, as much as I love his other albums I think the most recent album, The Weatherman, has quickly become my favorite. In particular the song "Suitcase of Sparks" and "She Always Takes It Black." It's pretty much all I've been listening to lately. I am always more than happy to wear out an album that I love. Hope you enjoy it too, and if you're lucky enough to be on his tour stops let me know what you think. I've sadly missed him every time he has performed in Austin!

Thursday, June 26, 2014


I love writing cards to friends and particularly enjoy a beautiful or clever piece of stationary, so when I came across Emily McDowell's cards here I was so excited. I can't wait to order a few to send to friends that can appreciate a lovingly awkward statement.

 A few favorites via Emily's site...
Awkward Thinking of You Card
awkward thinking of you

Awkward Birthday Card
awkward birthday card

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

richard curtis

I had an extra day tacked to the end of our NOLA vacation and while I planned for it to be productive, it didn't work out that way. Instead I decided to comb through the movies and television written by Richard Curtis. Have you ever found a writer you feel a kinship towards based on their body of work? I was thinking about how much I love Curtis' movies such as Bridget Jone's Diary, Love Actually, Notting Hill and About Time. While searching through his IMDB profile page I noticed he also wrote one of my favorite Doctor Who episodes "Vincent and the Doctor." I re-watched the episode, and it was as good as I remembered if not better. Plus this time I noticed the heartfelt dialogue that is what I associate with Curtis' work. I particularly am found of his references to love and hope; they are always worked into his pieces in an extremely genuine way.

Richard Curtis with two of my other favorites Domhnall Gleeson and Bill Nighy.
Richard Curtis and Domhnall Gleeson - 'About Time' Premieres in NYC
Source: Rob Kim/Getty Images North America

Monday, June 23, 2014


We traveled to New Orleans last week to celebrate Ryan's aunt's birthday and enjoy a mini holiday together. Ryno had never been to New Orleans before, so it was exciting to show him around some of the places I visited as a kid while living in Baton Rouge. We also made a pit stop to see the old Baton Rouge home; it's funny how something can look so different yet also be very familiar.

Our schedule for the weekend was fairly simple and relaxed, which is our ideal way to see a city. We drove from Austin, picked up Ryno's aunt and enjoyed our first dinner in the Garden District. The next day we spent in and around the French Quarter seeing all the "must-see" sites. On Saturday we stayed in the Garden District and enjoyed a self-guided walking tour of homes.

For me one of the unexpected and happy additions to the trip was running into an old friend who was also visiting NOLA over the weekend. Also, on the way home we intentionally ran into another set of friends to watch team USA play Portugal in the World Cup over dinner.