Friday, April 29, 2011

in honor of...

The tiny wedding that took place today, I thought I would post some London photos from my trip last year. 

Buckingham Palace....

I think I could take up residence there....if I had about you?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Prairie Hive.....a new project

{some of you readers have already received this....if so, just skip to the bottom!}

I am so excited to share with you a project that I have been working on for a few months - Prairie Hive!

A couple of months ago, we gathered a group of talented individuals from various creative fields - design, photography, writing, entertaining and crafting - and put our heads together to form this collaborative website. The first part of the project is our blog, which will include ideas for inspiration, design trends, local finds, DIY projects, fashion finds, entertaining ideas...and whatever else we decide to share! We have been posting for a couple of weeks now and have some great content up - and much, much more to come as we establish weekly features and get into the groove a little more.

We are also currently working on an online magazine that will spotlight local people with great homes and style each month. The magazine will also include entertaining ideas, a DIY project or two, and design ideas for easy, quick ways to transform a space. We are shooting these now (if only the weather would cooperate!) and plan to launch it May/June.

I would love for you to give us your feedback, make comments on the blog posts (please!) , and let us know what you think!

We would also love suggestions for products you've seen, local shops/venues/events to check out, ideas for DIY projects, etc. We want to include both local and national/online finds and are open to new ideas (there are 6 of us, but we can't get out and see everything!)! In the future we may also bring on additional contributors and/or feature columns as we grow.

Learn more about the group at and check out our blog at

You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.  Friend, follow, comment, like....etc!!

Here are some fun photos we attempted to take downtown on a very windy day!  Thank you to C.C. Miller Photography for helping out on our group shots!

Now, head on over to Prairie Hive for my post of the week.  It's part of our "Meet the Hive" series.

Thank you so much for your support and feedback!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

dining table love

I was looking online at World Market and came across some dining tables that I love.  Let me share...

This green color is what does it for me.  Fabulous.  This would look great in a little kitchen knook nook {thanks sarah}!

This is a great industrial look.  Crate & Barrel has some metal chairs that I have been swooning over and these fall into that category as well.  The simplicity of the wood table top is great.
While living in Dallas I drooled over this table everytime I went into a World Market.  It's hard to see in this photo, but the wood has a great "distressed" quality about it.  Nice to know it's still around!
I love that they have great looking furniture, made out of great materials, at an affordable price.  Now THAT is right up my alley!

World Market is one of those stores that has so many wonderful things.  These tables are just the tip of the iceberg, but I felt that I needed to share.  This weekend I will be in Dallas and will definitely be making a pit stop at World Market.  And I know I won't leave without a few packages of these....

Tim Tams.  I was introduced to these when i was in australia.  When i got home from australia i ordered these from Australia.  And then i found them at world market.  Oh yes.  And occasionally they will actually have them at Target as well.  I highly suggest you try them {not sure about the mint slice in the pic....never had those...but the original and chewy caramel are great}!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

girls weekend at the lake

a couple weekends ago my book club had a girls lake weekend.  the wulf sisters {courtney, allison, & kristin} put us all up in their families beautiful lake house.  we had a great time relaxing, eating fabulous food, taking a boat ride around the lake, getting third degree sunburns, and being compeltely and utterly ridiculous.  it was great!

our boat chauffeur....please read his shirt!

the beautiful house...looking up from the dock

most of the girls....minus carissa and sarah l.  they had to skip out early.
{lindsay, kristin, allison, lauren, courtney, emily, me, sarah h.}

and what would a girls weekend be w/o a little single ladies action on the porch?  thank you lauren & kristin!

this was our second year and we had MUCH better weather this time around.  it was super fun and i can't wait for the next one.........fall maybe?

Friday, April 22, 2011

a spring wedding sneak

here are a few sneak photos for doug & sarah.  a beautiful yellow spring wedding!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

florida, here we come!

that's right!  we are headed to florida the end of may and boy am i ready.  my youngest cousin, clay, joined the army in february.  he is graduating from boot camp at fort benning in georgia, so the family is headed down to see him.  but, on the way we are all making a *quick* pit stop in destin, florida.  i mean, it's on the way, right?  i'm super excited.  if you haven't been to destin, you must go.  it's absolutely beautiful.  white sand beaches and blue water.  i will just plop myself down and relax for a few days.

kj the she's not black...that is what happens when she gets sun.  makes me sick i tell ya!

scott the octopus

any suggestions for this year's sand art????

Monday, April 18, 2011

pleasantly surprised

today i was furniture shopping for some clients and i ventured into mathis brothers.  usually i don't go b/c most of their product is so traditional and you get mobbed by the sales team as soon as you enter.  but, with tulsa being limited in the furniture store department, i decided that it was a must.

and i must report that i was pleasantly surprised with what i found.  once you get passed the marshmallow couches {you know the ones i'm talking about....roll after roll of upholstery} and make your way towards the back, you will find some really neat pieces.  their bernhardt and sam moore lines were my favorites.  here are a few that i really love...

love the armless/angled arms on these two bernhardt chairs.  it's a modern, clean take on the traditional arm chair.

love the button tufting on these two sam moore chairs.  also, the unique shape on the grey one lends itself to so many interesting settings!  check out that fabric on the second one....very season appropriate if i do say so myself!  beautiful with the pink and green colors.

this is just a teensy sampling of the neat furniture i found today at mathis.  i have to say that i am glad they have more options that aren't so fluffy and overstuffed! 

the breakfast dilemma + what's cookin' this week

i am not a breakfast person.  i like typical breakfast food okay, but it's not something that i crave and i am certainly in no mood to cook in the morning.  so, each day i am faced with the same question....what do i eat for breakfast?  i can easily skip it and wait until lunch, but i know that it's really good for you to eat kick starts that metabolism.  many times i just have a granola bar or something, which is fine, but i get tired of the same things over and over again.  if you have any great breakfast suggestions, please leave me a comment!

onto this weeks menu.  i was out of town for a couple of days last week, so i am carrying over a few of the recipes that we didn't get to.

crock pot brisket w/ poppyseed fruit coleslaw & asparagus w/ cherry tomatoes
mini meatloaf w/ homemade mac & cheese & green beans

any new recipes in your kitchen???

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

what's cookin' this week + recipe

bunko night at my house:  cowboy caviar, avocado hummus, & pretzel salad
mini meatloaf's with macaroni & cheese and green beans
BBQ chicken pizza
beef brisket with poppyseed coleslaw

i am hoping we get some rain around here b/c i am dying to grill out!  we only have a charcoal grill and right now it's so dry that they are banned.  rain soon.....i hope!

i'm leaving you with a super easy, throw together, appetizer/salad recipe

cowboy caviar
2 {14 oz.} cans black beans, drained
1 {15 oz.} can hominy, drained
2 {14 oz.} cans black eyed peas, drained
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
4 green onions, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 medium bell pepper {any color works}
1 jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 {8 oz} fat free or light italian dressing
1 handful cilantro, chopped

combine all vegetables and beans, add dressing and cilantro.  refrigerate at least 2 hours so everything marinates together.  drain before serving, if there is a lot of access liquid.  serve with tortilla chips.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

millie sneak

a friend from high school came into town a couple of weeks ago and i was lucky enough to get to photograph miss millie.  she is so stinkin' cute!  here are a couple while i finish the others....

that hair and those them!  more to come....
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