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In which I blog about a life (hopefully) well lived.

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July 2013 Bloggy Recap (in which we resume “normal” life after the bar exam)

Friends, it’s August. Cue the collective mourning and grousing about back-to-school sales. Last year was fine since we GOT MARRIED August 11, so that was a nice distraction. This year? Well, I’ll just have to let Kenny entertain me. We have a pretty great first anniversary camping trip planned to, so I guess that’s fun.

Still. Summer went altogether too fast. But July was a pretty fun month on the blog, so if you want to catch up and reminisce with me, let’s dive in.

Personal…Just For Fun:

Insta-Trade Show (in which Anne travels for work and instagrams it all)

Friday Flashback: Quilts (in which I write about winter stuff in the heat of July)

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Crafts (or, rather, “craft):

Painted Barn Wood Sign (in which I nearly start My Own Business but then I think it through)

Oil painting gallery wall

Home Decor:

Framed Hanging Card (in which I compose and share a completely useless tutorial)

Mint and Coral Gallery Wall (in which I redo something for the 27th time…surprise)

Fantastic Finds (in which I increase our fancy art collection by almost 50%)

Polish Brass with Ketchup (in which playing with food actually has a purpose)

House Tour: Moody and Classic (in which I embarrass my photographer self further by sharing blurry photos)

New Lease, New Gallery Wall (in which I add another hundred nail holes to our already riddled walls)

Lake House Tour (in which I am wooed by rippling waves and beachy decor)


Kraft Jet-Puffed Strawberry Marshmallows

And Finally, a Recipe (or two):

Disgusting-Looking Baba Ganoush (in which I successfully wrangle some slimy eggplant into the realm of edibility)

What Does One Do with Strawberry-Flavored Marshmallows? (in which I present: a review)

And in other, not-blogged news, KENNY TOOK THE BAR EXAM. Now perhaps, hopefully, we can resume normal lives! Not that either of us really know what that entails, but we’re excited to find out. The sad thing is that he won’t find out results until October or November. Grrrrr.

Can’t get enough? I thought so. Check out these old recaps: JanuaryFebruaryMarchApril, May, and June.



March 2013 Bloggy Recap (in which I gently force you to take a look at last month’s happenings)

I am currently on my way to the Detroit Tiger’s home opener and am therefore not crafting right at the moment. Which leaves me with little to blog about…except for all of the things I blogged about in March (can you believe it’s already April!?! I’m thrilled.).

So, if you’re new here, check out some of the fun things that happened last month. Or if you’re a regular reader, go ahead and refresh your memory. Perhaps you’ll get inspired…if so, let me know because I would in turn like to be inspired by your inspired craft. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving.

Personal…Just For Fun:

Friday Flashback (in which I willingly and gleefully smear chocolate cake batter on my face)

 Let’s Talk Budgeting (in which I force a spreadsheet upon you)

Blogger Bests (in which I momentarily distract you from my appalling lack of motivation)

Friday Flashback (in which there is foreshadowing)

Happy Easter (in which I bedeck myself in florals to celebrate the resurrection)

crafts collage march 2013


Adding Words to Artwork (in which I attempt to minimize the amount of times I freak out per day)

Painted Brass Candlesticks (in which I makeover a previous makeover)

Geometric Star (in which I realize just how spatially challenged I really am)

home decor collage march 2013

Home Decor:

Master Bedroom Reveal (in which a room is finally finished after more than two decades of planning)

Giant $12 Map Frame (in which we get sawdust in the sink…and everywhere else, too)

Stormy Ocean Artwork (in which I spend 1/3 of my budgeted allowance on watery decor)

Making a Picture Frame Bigger Without Actually Making It Bigger (in which I use a power tool and don’t die)

recipe collage march 2013

And Finally, a Recipe (or two):

Pesto Pepperoni Breadsticks (in which I go a little crazy for basil)

Jam Cobbler Bars (in which I present a three-layer dessert that uses only 5 ingredients)

And in other, not-blogged news, Ken and Anne bought a new-to-us Ford Fusion to replace my (somewhat) trusty ’99 Altima. It’s been swell so far. We also did nothing over Kenny’s Spring Break (unless baked goods count) and played 1 million games of Set.

Wild lives we lead, I’m telling you.

What are you up to these days? Any favorite projects you completed? I think my fave project from March has to be the giant map frame…I now feel like a grown up in a home rather than a college student in a poster-plastered dorm room…

Can’t get enough? I thought so. Check out January’s recap here and February’s recap here!