Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Ghost Room

Last night we went to Ghost Room downtown to see The Dark Water Hymnal play. They are a local Austin band, and we found them recommended in The Austin Chronicle. They were listed to play second, but ended up closing. We were able to catch the first part of their set, but had to leave before the end due to early mornings or as some call it "being old." What we did catch was fantastic though. They had a great sound that filled the room. It was exciting and reminded me of being in Ireland for some reason. At one point I was actually hoping people would start stomping the beat, but unfortunately that never happened. All the same, I'm so excited we have finally started checking out the local bands. Austin has so much music it can be overwhelming at times. Of course, that is a problem I don't mind having at all!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New York, I Love You

I watched New York, I Love You tonight. Not sure how I missed this movie in the theaters, but it has a fabulous cast. I really liked it and thought the stories were very entertaining.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Three and a half more days

It's almost 2011, and I only have three and a half more days to stop drinking soda if I am going to avoid starting the year with already broken resolutions. I am already concerned that this may be a bit of a challenge for me. I did it once before, and I think I lasted about a year. However, since we moved to Austin I have been deprived of sweet tea, which was the only thing getting me through it. I love Sweet Leaf Tea which is an Austin brand, but I can't find it everywhere I go. Also, it doesn't seem to be sold in bulk anywhere (I think I will research that further). Somehow my husband managed to quit drinking soda cold turkey several years ago, so the bar is set high.

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I do plan to live up my last few cola drinking days with trips to P. Terry's for my favorite Dublin Dr. Pepper and Mexican Coke. I wonder if I have to consider root beer as a soda beverage. They have Maine Root Beer on tap at Alamo Drafthouse and it is delicious!

Hope your resolutions are coming along!

Monday, December 27, 2010


Now that Christmas is over it's time to make our resolutions for the new year. I have always loved resolutions. Whether I follow through with them or not has never mattered that much. The part that I like is thinking of what I hope is possible for the year ahead. Here are my top five resolutions for 2011 from small to big.

1. Give up soda...even Mexican Coke & Dublin Dr. Pepper!
2. Spend time outside every day
3. Travel together as much as possible
4. Find our new home
5. Create art for myself

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Gift of Giving

It's the week of Christmas, and I've already started to give out gifts! Here are my top five favorite gifts I've given so far...wouldn't want to ruin the surprise for those yet to receive their gifts! Hope you are enjoying handing out your holiday treats too!

1. Burt's Bees Chapstick Ornament Tin

2. Felt rolled packaging with candy inside...I love packaging!

Check out Pi'lo's shop where this came from.
So many lovely felt pieces.

Source: Pi'lo

3. Cookie cutter in the shape of Texas

4. Capri Blue Volcano Candle.

Made in Starkville, MS with recycled glass.
Southern and recycled, what's better than that?

Source: Anthropologie

5. Alamo Drafthouse gift card
(For locals...the video totally sold me on it!)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Flirtation Survey

Maybe it is all the time I am spending on the computer online shopping (or avoiding it) that has sparked my interest in online quizzes, but whatever it is I can't get enough of them. First my sister sent me a link to a quiz called "Which Jane Austen Character Are You?" and now Ryno sent me a quiz from The University of Kansas that assesses your flirtation style. So if you guys want to join in, I thought they were both entertaining. Fair warning though, the Jane Austen quiz takes awhile. However, it was totally worth it. I scored as Elizabeth Bennet, my all time favorite character! And as for my flirt style I scored highest in the Sincere category with an 80-90%.

Also, last night Ryno and I went on a little date to see Tangled, the Disney Rapunzel story. It was so great! I agree with the critics that it doesn't touch some of the classics, but it's definitely the best in years. I love a good Disney princess story, and the imagery was beautiful!

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Lovely Library

Did you see the Querosene House on Apartment Therapy today? I love a good home library. I am not an avid reader, at least not like I aspire to be, but I do adore books and libraries. When Ryno and I started dating in Atlanta we discovered we both loved the same house in Virginia Highlands that had the sweetest library in the front room. It was always lit up whenever I drove by, and I still dream of having a library in my home one day.

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Sisters - White Christmas

Last night thanks to AMC I had my yearly viewing of White Christmas. Now that Ryno and I are settled where we want to live permanently, I've been thinking a lot more about our traditions. I think now is the time to start developing our own traditions as a family. Watching White Christmas has always been one of my own favorite traditions, and it was so nice to have Ryno enjoy it with me.

The video includes scenes of Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye lip-synching to Sisters. Enjoy!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Cards

The holidays are quickly approaching as I am sure you all have noticed as well. Again I have managed to fall behind in my Christmas card making/writing. Normally, I make our Christmas cards, but generally fall behind in writing them. This year I opted out of making them and instead bought the cards below by Anna Bond through Rifle Company.

Boston Terrier Card
Source: Rifle Paper Co.

While I am madly in love with these Boston Terrier cards, I feel a little bad not making our Christmas card this year. So now I am debating if I have the time to both make and write our cards again. I've pulled some holiday inspiration images as a way to inspire myself into action. I thought I would share those with you.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

I've Just Seen a Face (Across The Universe)

I missed my Music Friday post due to my Friday night date with Ryno, so I thought I would share it today instead. Today I am taking the advice of my intern at work and giving Across the Universe another shot. I loved the music from this movie. However, I struggled to stay interested through the entire movie. So today I am going to watch it again, and I can't wait to hear I've Just Seen a Face by Jim Sturgess. It is my favorite song in the movie; I love the bluegrass style of the song and that Sturgess's British accent comes through when he sings it. It's a great combination.

Hope you are having a relaxing weekend too!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Pantone Pick

Pantone released the new color of the year today, and I saw it announced on Apartment Therapy. I always loved the idea of doing color analysis and prediction. I find it fascinating how it can effect so many areas of design.  The new color for 2011 is Honeysuckle. I would not have thought Honeysuckle would be red or as they call it "bright pink." It's a great color though!

I was inspired to look for some great photos with pink are the ones I liked on Flickr.

Source: Peter Rivera

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday Flowers

I was a bit under the weather yesterday, so Ryno surprised me with beautiful flowers. Unfortunately, we had to use the one vase we have and turn it into storage for kitchen utensils, so here was my solution.

Personally, I love flowers in mugs. It's such a happy thought.

Friday, December 3, 2010

"Forget You" - Gwyneth Paltrow

Well, I never saw this coming...posting a music video by Gwyneth Paltrow that is. However, I have to say her Glee episode was definitely one of my favorites ever. It was truly funny, and I loved the return to the dark comedy that existed when the show first began. That being said the thing that really sealed the deal for me was how well she performed Cee-Lo's song, F... You. So if you missed the original performance you can check it out here.

Sorry things have been a bit light the past few weeks, but I am resolved to do a better job next week. Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Post Thanksgiving

We had a great Thanksgiving here in Texas. The rain held out long enough for us to do our family tradition of grilling fajitas. They were so good. Since then we have been staying busy. We saw the new Harry Potter film at our favorite Alamo Drafthouse last night, and today we day-tripped out to Fredricksburg, Texas. We had a great German lunch before touring around the Main Street shops.

Tomorrow our plans are still unset, however, Georgia Tech will be playing Georgia, so whether we watch the game or not we will be cheering for our Yellow Jackets. So in an effort to spread some GT cheer I thought I would share the song that we sing at the end of the 3rd quarter. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

I'm sad my sister wasn't able to join us for Thanksgiving this year, but I anticipate we will still share in the joy of the 84th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade together even though we won't be watching it from the same living room.

Here are the top five things I look forward to seeing during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:
1- The Rockettes... I always wanted to be a Rockette when I was younger
2- Some of the "Talent" hopefully lip syncing
3- The Smurf balloon...when did the Smurf's become popular again?
4- A possible runaway balloon... a girl can dream
5- Santa... I love seeing his float every year; it's always gorgeous

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

2 nights and 1 day

... until Thanksgiving is here. I am excited to start the holidays. For some reason, it seems like the momentum around the holidays has been gradually building and now the holidays are finally here. Although, with temperatures in the 80's here I still don't feel completely prepared for it to be Thanksgiving.

Tonight we are having dinner with some friends before they leave to celebrate Thanksgiving in Georgia. Then Ryno's brother should be arriving to Austin late tonight or tomorrow morning. Lots of holiday excitement!

I'll give a recap later of all the happenings we have tonight.

Monday, November 22, 2010

East Austin Studio Tours

Ryno and I had a full weekend of activities. Saturday he and Elton went to visit a friend and brew beer while I went to the Austin Craft Riot as well as the East Austin Studio tours with a co-worker. I had a great time at the studio tours. We saw such a broad spectrum of amazing art, but my favorite part was actually seeing the artists' studios. Some of the studios were even in homes, which felt very intimate and personal in such a great way. I love seeing the spaces where people create.

Also, my parents arrived in town Saturday evening, so we went to Z Tejas near the Arboretum. The patio where we were seated had a large stone fireplace and the view overlooking the hill country was gorgeous. I wish I had taken some photos, but the sun had already set unfortunately.

The photo below is of a large metal tree we saw at our last studio stop. It was absolutely gorgeous. I want one just like it in my yard one day, so I can sit underneath it all the time.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Middle Distance Runner - Sea Wolf

While I was away last week, Ryno was sending me little notes through text. One of the notes included a few lines from the lyrics of Middle Distance Runner by Sea Wolf. I found them incredibly sweet and made me miss him even more. The funny thing about it was that I received his note just after hearing the song myself, so the timing couldn't have been more perfect.

I thought it would be a great song to welcome the weekend. I know I will be listening to it a lot this weekend, since it has become my current favorite. Also, I found this video on Vimeo. It belongs to Hard to Find a Friend and is part of their Backstage Sessions. I definitely recommend checking their videos out; they have some great performances in their collection that I will probably share in future posts.

Backstage Sessions : Sea Wolf - Middle Distance Runner from Hard to Find a Friend on Vimeo.

Monday, November 8, 2010


So I am on the road this week, and as it turns out I may be unable to post every day. I am going to do my best of course, but fair warning that it will probably be a slow week on here.

As I promised last week I am planning to provide some holiday gift suggestions. I thought it would be fun to start with the gift that keeps giving. Martha Stewart's series of encyclopedias. I really love the sewing book, but she also has a great craft encyclopedia too. So even if you don't buy the book as a gift, both books have great ideas for gifts you can make for your friends.

Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing

and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques for Sewing, 

Applique, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, 

and Printing, plus 150 Inspired Projects

from A to Z[Hardcover]

Friday, November 5, 2010

Bar 96

Last night we went to Bar 96 on the east side of downtown to watch the Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech football game. We went with a group of friends and had a great time munching on Mexican food from a nearby taco truck and drinking some great 512 beer. It's definitely a great bar and the bartender was extremely accommodating to our larger party.

We have plans with the same friends to visit wine country this weekend. I'll fill you in on that Monday. Also to come next week the start of holiday gift ideas. Have a lovely fall weekend!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Holidays

Halloween has passed and it is officially the holiday season; time to start gift shopping and planning family gatherings. Every year I seem to fall behind in purchasing holiday gifts. So I thought that if I dedicate some time here to finding and posting some items I feel could be great gifts to give it would help me be inspired to start my holiday shopping too. I thought a fun way to kick that off would be to start with a top five of the traditions I love the most during the holidays.

1. Hanging our stockings
My mom hand stitched each of our stockings, and when Ryno and I got married my mom, my sister and I all worked on hand-sewing his out of an extra pattern my mom had saved from the 70's. It is a perfect match even though it was made decades later!
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2. Game nights
Every year we choose a holiday puzzle and allow it to consume the kitchen table until it is finished, whether that be a few nights or a full week. Everyone sips hot chocolate and scours the table for the perfect puzzle piece.
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3. Merry Cajun Christmas Album
When we were younger we lived in Louisiana for a couple years, and while we were there my dad got a hold of a record and book combo called Merry Cajun Christmas. Every year he still plays the record, and I find myself flipping through the book too. It is a subtle, but great holiday tradition of ours.
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4. Topping the Christmas Tree
We have a vintage, Italian Christmas tree topper that we put on our tree every year. It is a beautiful glass Santa topper that goes on after all the ornaments have been placed on our tree. Early in our childhood my sister and I had to develop a system of trading off each year putting the topper on the tree, because it had become such a dispute. To this day we still take turns.
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5. Santa comes
When we were little my parents went all out during Christmas. One of the things I loved the most was that there were always ash footprints leading from the fireplace to the tree. I loved to check for them when I was little. I would place my feet next to the prints and imagine Santa being there. I never caught on they were the same size as my dad's shoes until much later.  PS- it was a close call between this and the neighborhood light competition, so I thought I would throw in some Christmas lights.
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Although I already listed my top five traditions with my family, I don't want to leave out Christmas with Ryno's family. This will be our second Christmas with his family, but what I loved about our first one was the one night his entire extended family gets together at his grandfather's home and exchanges gifts. I love how big and warm his family is, and it is great to all spend the evening together eating and laughing.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Gifted Magazine from Creature Comforts

While I was going through my reader last night, I came across a post from Creature Comforts. They just released their Holiday Magazine & Gift Guide titled Gifted Magazine. It has a great article with one of my favorite artists, Anna Bond, from Rifle Paper Co. Also, the gift guide is truly inspirational for a girl that hasn't started her holiday shopping yet. I definitely recommend checking it out, there are some great DIY's too!

Gifted Magazine by Creature Comforts

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

This weekend Ryno and I signed up for the Sketchbook Project organized by Art House Co-op. It costs $25 to buy your sketchbook. Each book has a barcode, so you can track it as it goes on an exhibition tour to the above locations. I believe it also includes Washington, D.C and Winter Park, FL. You can find information about it at Art House Co-op. Anyone in the world can participate and once the tour is over the sketchbooks are placed in the permanent collection of The Brooklyn Art Library.

I'm really excited to do this, because sketching has always been my weak point in the arts. Therefore, every time I have tried to discipline myself to sketch I usually get discouraged and give it up quickly. However, I think having a theme, a deadline and Ryno joining in on the fun I will be able to stay focused.

If you think you could enjoy this project I really recommend checking out the information on their website. I thought it was very inspirational to see the theme options and watch the CNN piece on a previous year's tour. Also, the deadline to apply has been extended to November 15th, so it's not too late to sign up. Enjoy!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Haven't Met You Yet - Michael Bublé

A few months ago I came across the best wedding video I have ever seen on Style Me Pretty. I opted to skip the wedding videographer for our wedding, and I haven't had a single regret about that choice until I saw this wedding video by Elysium Productions. Elysium describes this video style as their Rock 'n Roll Same Day Edit option. I think it is such a clever way to capture the couple's day in a very "to the point" fashion. The video is fun and would be something any couple could share with friends without torturing them with three hours of cutting the cake, etc.

Whether you love wedding videos or not this is a great one to check out. I actually just have this video playing in my head whenever I hear Michael Bublé's Haven't Met You Yet. The couple in the video is Li Xiaopeng, the Chinese Olympic gold medalist & his wife Angel. Check it out here at Elysium Production's website or below.

Have a great Halloween! See you in November.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Halloween has always been a favorite holiday of mine. It's one of the few holidays that is just about being youthful and having fun. The rules are simple dress up and get candy or carve a pumpkin and pass out candy. I already covered that I won't be dressing up and unfortunately won't be passing out candy at my door this year, so I thought I would make a top five of my favorite Halloween candy. Seeing as the main way I will be celebrating this year will be to eat Halloween candy while watching thriller movies with Ryno.

1. Candy Corn/Pumpkins
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2. Fun Dip
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3. Reeses Peanut Butter Pumpkins
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*The stores have them in pumpkin shapes for Halloween,
however, these are not them.

4. Sweetarts
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5. Pumpkin Peeps
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What a Treat

As my beloved sno cone season comes to an end I have been forced to look elsewhere for my sugary treats. I mentioned last week, Ryno and I found the perfect holdover spot until sno cone season starts back in March. Since the weather was already a bit cooler this weekend we decided to make a stop at Tiff's Treats. It is a great local cookie shop that makes delicious cookies. Also, they warm them up for you if you come after they have already cooled. I personally love the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie. It cuts out having to choose between peanut butter or chocolate chip. Tiff's Treats you are genius!

Tiff's Treats

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lake Travis

Ryno and I have learned that our perception of far away and the average Austinite's perception of far away are two very different things. We attribute it to all of those years we spent in Atlanta and learning quickly never to drive unnecessarily between the hours of 4 PM and 7 PM. Otherwise, you may have the misfortune of sitting in traffic for two hours when you are only trying to get to the South end of town. Austin, however, is the opposite. We still run into bad traffic during rush hour, but when we found out we could cross from one end of town to the other in about 15 minutes on an average day we were giddy. Still when people tell us Lake Travis is way out there, we stop and think better of losing our day to driving so far away with no other purpose than just checking the lake out. Fortunately, we had all day Sunday to make the trip, so we piled in the car after lunch and drove West until we ran into the lake. It is gorgeous! It also took us no more than 30 minutes, and when we arrived we couldn't conceal our excitement that again to us this was not so far away.

The lake felt like the Mediterranean to me the way the hills surround the water, and the water is such a perfect blue. I managed to snap a photo of the flock of sailboats on the lake.

Sailboats on Lake Travis

Friday, October 22, 2010

Frightened Rabbit - Living In Colour

The video this week is actually a recommendation from my sister. She sent it to me labeled as her "new obsession." I checked it out and really liked it too. They are a Scottish band, and this is a video created by Kevin Bayer of their North American tour. The song reminds me of the music I heard when my sis and I were in Scotland together. I think it is a great song for the weekend. I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Great Songs

One of the first songs I heard this morning is an all-time favorite of mine, Beast of Burden by the Rolling Stones. In the spirit of the moment I started compiling a list of songs in my head that also warm my heart when I hear them. Here are the five top songs:

1. Beast of Burden - Rolling Stones
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2. Beth - Kiss
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3. La Cienegna Just Smiled - Ryan Adams
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4. Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis 
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5. I Shall Be Released - Bob Dylan
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