Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A collection for a dainty girl...

Every since I was a little girl, I have had a love for antique aprons. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was about 9 years old. My dad and I were walking around an antique store, while my mother was inspecting a piece of antique furniture. We passed by a stack of linens. In that stack was a dainty little pink antique apron - as a 9 year old it if was pink, I was sold. My dad bought me my first apron that day and since then I have acquired about 40 antique aprons. All are different in style and color. I just love them! I am trying to think of innovative ways to use them in my cottage home! I have hung some in the guest bedroom, but would like any suggestions on ways to use them in my home! I hope you have a collection you love as much as I love my aprons!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Welcome to My Cottage

As some of you might already know, my husband and I bought a 1940's cottage home in our small southern town. We love our home and I love the fact that I officially own a cottage! (Or at least it is cottage to me, if you don't think it is...don't burst my bubble!) We also love living in the historic district of our community! Like many who buy older homes, we have an incredibly long list of "to-do's" or more like..." is my you do it!" We have gradually began to work it little by little (trying to pay cash as we go). We have redone the bathroom (our house is only 2 bedrooms, 1 bath) - are working on the kitchen, and working on the outside. We are focusing on the extreme needs first and going from there. For those of you that have "been there done that" I would love your words of wisdom! I am also struggling with what color to paint the house, so any suggestions would be welcomed! I want my house to stand out on our little street, but I don't want people to drive by and think the circus came to town. I am posting a picture of my favorite place (my cottage) let me know what you think!

Also just thought I would throw a few pumpkin pictures out there...This is my absolute favorite time of year - these cute little guys sit on my front porch steps!

The air is cooler and I have been able to use my fireplace...I am one happy girl!
Happy Fall!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pumpkin Bread...

Recently I have been dedicated to making some great pumpkin breads! I love this time of year because you get an excuse to bake all kinds of goodies (and to sample all that you bake!).

I ran across this pumpkin bread recipe courtesy of a church friend.

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

3 cups sugar

31/2 cups plain flour

2 teaspoons soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup oil

1 cup pumpkin

1 cup chopped pecans

4 eggs

Mix all ingredients by hand. Grease and flour two loaf pans. Fill each pan half full. Bake in 350 degree oven for one hour. To retain flavor and moisture, place bread in air-tight container as soon as removed from pan. For freezing, wrap loaf immediately in Handi-wrap and then foil.

Just a side note - I made this recipe into muffins for a get together I had at my house. Let me know if you enjoy this bread as much as I do!

Happy Fall!!!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Feeling a little Fun...

Just thought I would show everyone a few of my obsessions lately. They can change from week to week but this one has been going strong for a couple of months now. I love a great arm chair in a fabric that is unique and crazy. A great arm chair can brighten up any room. Pair it with a neutral sofa and there you have it. I am also in love with roman shades for the moment! Using some great fabric, a roman shade can be a great accent to any room!

Let me know what you think of these...

(Both are found at IKEA!)

And here is some great fabric from IKEA that could be used to make fabulous curtains or roman shades. ( I just love solid stripes!)


Let's give a great big "Great Job" to those Charles Henderson High Trojans!

They defeated Eufalua last night (Friday 10-24) to earn a coveted spot in the playoffs!

Go Trojans!

(Pics Taken by the Famous Wes Roberts of Wes Roberts Photography)

Friday, October 24, 2008

A Photographers Wife

That's me...The Photographers Wife. My husband owns a photography business (Wes Roberts Photography). Let me just put this out there...for those of you who might think how glamorous and exciting this might be...well it is kinda the opposite. It is the typical "everyone has great pictures except for us" kinda thing. With that said, he is fabulous at what he does! He truly has a God-given talent and is using it to honor Him! We are currently in the process of opening up a studio in downtown Troy, Alabama. We love owning a business is this great small southern town. We have made great connections here and love the fact that many people here are beginning to appreciate creative, quality photography. For those of you that don't know, Wes is not your typical photographer. He has a great love for the photo journalism style of shooting. He loves shooting outdoors with interesting architectural details or an interesting piece of furniture. He does shoot many weddings along with baby, children's and family portraits. (I sure make him sound great don't I?!) And...lets not leave myself can just call me the "Official Wedding Dress Fluffer." Yep, that's what I do...fluff the wedding dress and shoot the occasional pictures or two. Behind every great photographer is well me! You can check out his website here. Obviously, I am very proud of him because he is not afraid to follow his call and his dream!

Here is a small sample of his work...

My First Shot at the blogging world...

So here is my first shot at this blogging thing. I love reading all my friends blogs so I decided to share with everyone my day to day struggles, obsessions, and current favorites! I will let you in on my life as a special education teacher, the wife of a professional photographer, a home renovator and much more! I know you are already anticipating my next post!
I felt this would be a great way to share my love for funky furniture, fun fabric, old homes, and fabulous cottage style living. Let me know what you think. Leave me comments! So here we go...hold on, take a seat, and enjoy this crazy ride I like to call my life!