First, I would like to introduce you to our beautiful, handmade reclaimed barn wood table that’s now in our dining room. As a Valentine’s day gift, James took me to see a guy who was selling reclaimed barn wood. We loaded up the truck we borrowed, and since then, the table has slowly but surely come to life in our garage. James did all the hard work of cutting the wood, hand planing it, and figuring out how to put it all together. I was around for emotional support and shellac-ing at the end. More pics to come once our Tar-jay tufted grey chairs arrive. I.Can’t.Wait.
Yesterday, after finishing some errands, I made a quick stop at Trader Joe’s for some flowers. Their fall flowers are definitely my favorites of the year..and for $5.99 you can’t beat it. I went up to my wedding “war room” of things I’m collecting for decor and grabbed the beautiful pitcher I bought at the new Boomerang BTQ on Mass Ave for the flowers. I’m in love.
Happy Friday! Here are a few pretty pictures from my week.
Last week was my little sister’s birthday and her request – to have a fancy lunch out and do some painting with me. We started her special day with a fun lunch at the Blu Moon Cafe in Carmel where we all got tasty sandwiches and Jenn and I got some fresh lemonade. Afterwards, we picked up some pumpkins from Trader Joe’s and got started painting. Hers is the blue one with the gold stem. I love it!
This morning I took a little trip with a homemade cup of pumpkin spice coffee and drove through pretty Indiana cornfields until I arrived at my destination: the ReStyled Barn Sale. I missed it last year, so when I found out the dates it would be, I put it on my calendar so I wouldn’t miss it this time around.
Every single vendor had a gorgeous display of pretty things. One of my favorites belongs to Missy Haxton of UpCycled Interiors. L.O.V.E. the upholstered table. So unique!
Here are the goodies I found at the sale. I grabbed a couple beautifully patina-ed tea pots that may make some pretty fancy wedding centerpieces ;) On my way home, I stopped at Trader Joe’s so I could grab some cheap/pretty flowers and play around with them. I also found some more pretty plates for the wedding dishes. I have enough, but I couldn’t pass these up! I bought two wooden cheese boxes that I may incorporate into some wedding decor. I love cheese and I love the vintage prettyness of them. So, I had to have them! Last item – the pom pom fabric. It’s actually an old window treatment with a few rough spots. I’m not sure whether I’ll just use the pom pom trim, or try and sew up the tattered areas. Either way, I couldn’t pass up the pom poms!
Yesterday, I had a little bit of pumpkin overload. I made pumpkin spice syrup and mini pumpkin pies for a college football tailgate we went to.
As much as I love the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes, I don’t love shelling out $5+ for them, so I decided to make my own syrup. I used this recipe and it turned out great! I brewed a strong cup of coffee with my french press, then added some warm, frothed milk and a couple tablespoons of the syrup. Once that was mixed together, I had to add some (a lot) of whipped cream – to make it pretty.
After I got that going, I used the rest of the canned pumpkin puree and made mini pumpkin pies for the tailgate. I used Bakerella’s recipe and Trader Joe’s frozen pie crust. All 24 are gone, so I’d say it was a success!
I’m currently on the hunt for vintage china to use for the wedding, which has given me a purpose when shopping at flea markets now. I love it. There’s so much creativity at the markets and it’s so inspiring. I’ve been going to one nearby called Robin Eye Country Flea Market. I hesitate even sharing it with people because I don’t want too many people to find out about this little treasure I’ve found out in the cornfields of Indiana.
It was all I could do not to bring this little gold/marble table home with me.
Had to snap a picture of this set up. They had a beautiful plant display, but it’s hard to see with all the green in the picture.
This kind of stuff really gets my creativity going. It looks like crap to a lot of people, but the gorgeous things people make from it is inspiring.
I don’t even remember how many years I’ve been trying to go to the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. Finally I didn’t have anything in my way, so I booked a hotel and pleaded with my fiance to come with me. I know the fact that it was on my birthday helped my case.
Also, the promise of craft beer didn’t hurt either. (Only at Renegade does the beer tent look THIS cute.)
We wandered through all of the vendors and I couldn’t stop telling James I was in HEAVEN. Seriously. It was better than I imagined. Really high-quality crafts and artists all over. I was prepared to shop till I dropped, but got a little overwhelmed, so I mostly just looked in amazement.
Then, my day was made when I came across my favorite blogger – Oh Hello Friend. I was too chicken to take a picture with them, but I did manage to find some things I’ve been ogling on her online shop. The hearts are sparklers that I think we’ll use for engagement pictures. The stamp letters are always good for crafting and the wooden tags will dress up some presents. And then there’s the printed masking take. Ah, I wanted them all, but I decided to just get this one, for now :)
We were taking a second pass at some of the booths before we left and came across Big Yellow Dog Designs. I found out about her from Instagram and then noticed her Etsy shop said she was from Indiana! When I saw these recipe cards, I couldn’t pass them up.
I can’t wait to hang up this print in the kitchen. I don’t really need a reminder that the dishes can wait, but I do love the humor of it. Nourishing Notes had some great tea towels too that I probably should have bought while I was there. But again, so much going on, I wasn’t thinking straight!
Right before we left, I took another peek in This Loves That‘s booth and decided to get the geometric necklace and a keychain. I couldn’t pass up the gold and silver.
I am in love with the detail on this clock. I don’t know where I want to hang it up, but I want it to be somewhere I can appreciate its prettiness daily! The artists of Uncommon Handmade are also from Indiana and I think I may have seen their clocks in the Indy West Elm store.
After I maxed James out on the “crap show” (his term, not mine!), we went back to our hotel for a little rest since our reservations for dinner weren’t until 10:15pm (11:15 Indiana time). The reason they were so late is because a few months ago, I tried getting reservations for Girl and the Goat and that was all that was available.
We got to the restaurant about an hour early and it wasn’t looking promising for us to get seated early, so we got comfortable in the lounge area and prepared to wait an hour. A bartender brought us a beer menu, and lo and behold…Pumking on draft. After a previously unsuccessful attempt and finding it on draft, it was a nice surprise! Only about a minute after getting our drinks, the hostess came over and said we could be seated. I was shocked but my stomach was thankful.
We ordered four courses, as suggested by our waiter. We probably could have just stuck with three though! I didn’t take any phone pics and just enjoyed the meal, the surroundings, and my lovely date :) But here’s what we got (mostly for my memory).