Guest room

My super sweet cousin is here this week with us for her spring break.  I can’t believe how grown up she is!  We are having the best time.  We took a 2 day trip to San Antonio and stopped in Austin on the way back.  I’ll share some pics of our trip later–we had a blast at the Riverwalk and seeing the Congress Ave. bats!  Today we are going shopping in Dallas so I gotta get ready!

I made up the guest room a little before she came, so here’s what it looks like for now.  Hope you are having a great week!bguestguestpicbedtableguest

bgestThe side table is a vintage typewriter table I painted; the sheets are vintage thrifted; and the coffee bean bags on the wall I found at the flea market..It’s kind of a mish-mash of stuff! Oh and I made the bunting myself.  Laters!


Make a chalkboard Christmas calendar

Hi ya’ll! I took a tiny weekend break from blogging and now I feel a bit refreshed after all the excitement of finding and hauling home from the thrift store my new dining room chairs as well as a herman miller table for a steal!  It took us three trips back and forth but it was worth it!  I’ll post some pics soon once I get them painted and re-upholstered (by me of course!).  Also over the weekend I came up with my new favorite martini recipe and will be posting that later in the week and I started painting a wall in the living room as well as our awful gold dining room chandelier a tomato soup red! I love it! I’m pretty sure my thrift store chairs will be painted the same orange-red so I’ll be consulting Pinterest asap.

I decided to do a chalkboard calendar this year because I needed something for the wall and my little lighted-leaf wasn’t working for me, see:

DSC_0002I made this chalkboard from an old garage sale painting I found last year and used it at our wedding.  I keep it hanging up and write little messages on it from time to time; it’s a fun piece of interchangable art you might say.


What I did: I wrote in chalk the countdown to Christmas day on the 25th then I hung a string across each line and simply taped it to the back.  I used tiny clothespins to hang ornaments, pom poms, flower poms, and pretty little bits of lace and tulle to match my white and gold color theme.

Chalkboard advent calender Then it was ready to hang up and I’m surprised at how pretty it looks on the gray walls. DSC_0043Christmas chalkboard calendarDo you make or do any advent calendars in your home?

Cheers, Jess

Cheese fondue (birthday food)

I always used to teach my clients that keeping a gratefulness journal would help them have more joy in their lives. I think it’s time that I start one too because it’s so easy to get caught up in all the things going on around you and forget what really matters.  So who cares how it sounds, just be grateful for something!! Today I am thankful for mild weather as I’m taking out the trash in shorts, our home even though it’s not decorated how I would like, our health, and that we can pay the bills.

I’m also thankful for birthdays (which is complicated at the moment since ,I’m just going to say it, that I’ll be 30 in less than a year). So here’s to making new goals, letting go of old habits, and letting it be about doing more of what we love.

This weekend was special since it was Mr. Rutherford’s birthday so we slept in really late, went grocery shopping and  made fondue for his birthday meal.  (Originally we had thought about the Melting pot for dinner, but I happened to find this brand new fondue set for $5 while thrifting this week and so we saved probably $75 by making our own!) I love when I can say that:) There’s tons of recipes for fondue but we decided on the traditional one.  Mr. Rutherford is totally hooked now so I’m sure we’ll be making more asap. (Yep, those are his fancy birthday sweat pants).

Here’s the recipe I adapted (from Rachel Ray mag).  Ingredients:  1 garlic clove, 1 C dry white wine (I used Cupcake chardonnay), 1/2 lb emmentaler shredded, 1/2 lb gruyere shredded, 2 tbs cornstarch, 1 tsp brandy (I used whiskey), salt and pepper, fresh ground nutmeg, bread, fruit (I used apples and pears), & veggies (green beans & broccoli was my choice) for dipping.

1. Rub inside of a heavy pot with garlic. Add wine and bring to a simmer on medium heat.

2. In a bowl toss cheeses with cornstarch.  Gradually stir the cheese mix into the wine until melted. Pour in brandy/whiskey and cook until it is gently bubbling, stir, about 2 minutes.  Add your seasoning.

3. Transfer to the fondue pot and Enjoy immensely!  That was so much fun, I can’t wait to make it again:)