October 31, 2010

wedding - Anita & Craig - Eastern North Carolina

Yesterday I shot a wedding of a friend and coworker. I was super nervous, this being my first wedding and all. I think I hid it well, though. All in all, my camera and I made it through together unscathed, and Anita and Craig got hitched...without a hitch.

It was a beautiful ceremony. Very simple. Their children walked in first, then Anita and Craig followed...together, holding hands. All they needed was love...and it was abundant yesterday.

Afterward, just Anita, Craig, and I took a walk to a covered bridge (one of the only ones in Lenoir County). What a beautiful end to a beautiful day.

October 24, 2010

photoshoot - Mary Beth and Kenny + Mollie (the pup) - Morehead City, North Carolina

Excuse me, did I just interrupt a Jcrew shoot? oh...nope, it was just me and my friends taking some pics. Let me introduce Mary Beth and Kenny. Aren't they just the cutest? I mean seriously, aren't they just beautiful people?

I love how you see just Mollie's tail in this one.

Click here to see more!

October 20, 2010

chocolate chip pumpkin cookies...mmm

Sunday was about baking, for the most part. And doing little things around the house. And studying on the beach (I am still studying for these silly tests I have to take to become an architect. I've been meaning to write a post about them, but....they're just not that exciting).

I made chocolate chip pumpkin cookies...and they were pretty good, if I do say so myself.

I got the recipe from not martha, via another site and then another site. You can go straight to it here.

I followed the recipe almost exactly except that I used an entire can of pumpkin, instead of just a cup (so I basically doubled it without doubling the recipe).
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Get the mixer out...
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Make sure I don't lose the recipe or use it to wipe something up...
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the recipe said to cover two baking sheets with parchment paper. Not realizing that parchment paper and wax paper are two different things...I covered my baking sheets with wax paper. More on that in a minute.

Mixed everything up. loaded them on the cookie sheets and away they went.
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Have a great wednesday!

October 18, 2010

giveaway on

I am in love with the blog Grosgrain.

Kathleen is a really awesome mom, seamstress, and fashionista. She's got all sorts of things to follow on her blog including: frock by friday (where she takes a pattern and makes the dress in a week, as far as I can tell), all sorts of tutorials, and she can even make thrift store finds work. She is super inspiring.

This week, she's giving away a book by Jaime from Prudent Baby. In my women's studies classes in college, we would always talk about life lessons for girls. And I think, in some ways, this is a good book to start with.

You can get to the giveaway here.

This is a perfect gift for a mom of girls...or boys for that matter. Life lessons are good for everyone.

October 17, 2010

the chair

as mentioned previously, I bought a used chair last weekend.

I was super excited about it. It was a rocker with an ottoman (that had really cool legs).

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The plan was to refinish the chair, reupholster the cushions and put it in our guest room.

I sanded it down with my trusty sander I got for $1 at a jumble sale.

Then I started staining with a stain/poly combo I already had from refinishing the cabinets in our bathroom.

This is after the first coat.

After two more coats of stain, it looked like this!

I was super excited. I love the look of dark, shiny wood.

Turns out, we really didn't have enough room for it in the guest room. So....I'm selling it. If you're's available and super awesome!

October 13, 2010

the new belk

Check out the new belk logo.

I love it! I think it's such a smart move. For forever, I felt like Belk was going to die. It was not marketing to a younger crowd. They wouldn't even take gift cards online....I'm serious.

But now...they've got a beautiful, modern, southern logo and a much younger commercial.

I wouldn't be so excited about this if belk weren't the only store around me, basically. We don't have a mall...we have Belk, TJ Maxx, and Sears. So, it's a pretty big deal when Belk makes a change.

Check out their new commercial here.

AND....I just found this blog all about LOGOS. This is very exciting to me. It's called Brand New.

October 11, 2010

the friendly market

Ya know what's awesome about living at the beach (well at least living where I do)? Our farmer's market is called the Friendly Market.
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The name surely comes from the fact that the market is on the corner of Friendly Road and Bridges Street. What's really awesome is that the market is only a few years old. It used to be open only 1 day a week, but NOW, it's open 7 days a week. So proud of our small town.

Here are a few moments of the day.
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The goal of the trip was to get some apples to make apple sauce. there were apples that I'd never heard of before. I don't have a ton of experience with a farmer's market, so I'm only familiar with grocery store apples.

The vendor let me taste an apple on the house. She was super helpful in the selection of apples for apples sauce. She basically told me to use all kinds of apples for a really good sauce. Hopefully it will turn out well. I'll let you know.

The pumpkins were also really beautiful.

The Friendly Market also has quite a few vendors that sell handmade goods as well as food.

Aren't these clocks awesome?

I also went "dumpster diving" as the hubs calls it (actually I just went to a few thrift stores). I got some shirts that will hopefully be repurposed as well as a chair that you will be hearing about soon.

October 08, 2010

this is fantastic

So, if you don't want Community, you should. For that matter, if you don't watch The Soup on E!, you should.'s a really awesome clip from the season premiere of Community this week and it is FANTASTIC.

October 06, 2010

the national in raleigh

They were fantastic. That is all I have to say.

Ok. So I have more to say than just that. But in one word...fantastic.

The opener was Owen Pallett (he's usually a part of The Arcade Fire). He was pretty amazing. He came out in skinny black jeans, a kind of weird take on a chef's coat and socks. White socks.

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He was amazing with his instruments: a violin, a keyboard, a "looping" machine (at least that's what I'm calling it). He would play something with the violin and record on the looping machine, then play something else on the violin and loop it and by the time he got to the middle of the song, it sounded like he was an orchestra....instead of him, by himself.

And then, there was the national....that weird, awesome lead singer; the two sets of brothers; horns; violin; keyboards; a really freaking amazing drummer; AND we were 6 rows back. It was awesome.

I really don't want to talk that much. I want you to see. Their light show was simple, but really effective. Bright, strong colors. They did not half ass anything. Here you go.

During the encore, the lead singer walked way out into the crowd (with a corded mic, mind you) and walked on the seat arm rests from one side of the auditorium to the other. He was singing and screaming and walking around and then he made his way back stage and we thought it was over.

But then, everyone in the band came in front of the microphones; the house lights came on; the guitar players picked up acoustic guitars; the violinist unplugged and the drummer grabbed a shaker. While standing there, facing us, they sang "Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" completely unplugged. It was a beautiful last song.