Feelin’ Blue and White

More often than not I get an overwhelming urge to collect certain things. The inspiration can come from anywhere: magazines, things I already own and want to add to, and trips we have taken.

Blue and White China

I inherited some pieces from my Mawmaw and have since kept them in the kitchen cabinet so they wouldn’t get broken. This morning when I reached to get the cereal bowls, I caught sight of them and decided to start collecting a mismatched set of blue and white china and disperse it throughout the house.

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{A few of the pieces I already own}

I will fill the center of the table with a cluster of vases and large pieces of the china. Hopefully I can fill some of the vessels with fresh flowers.

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{via stonegableblog}
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{via Flowers, a book by Carolyn Roehm}

The console table behind the dining table also needs some blue and white lovin’ I want to put larger pieces on it.

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{via Traditional Home, styled by Lori Tippins}

Everything in my living room is either brown or camel so the side tables will also get some blue and white jewelry in the form of china.

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I can’t wait to go thrifting in the next coming weeks and see what I can find. Hopefully I can come pretty close to my inspiration pictures.

OBX or Bust!

We decided to go to the Outer Banks for our first anniversary and it was otherworldly to say the least. My parents went there for their honeymoon and we wanted to go somewhere to relax and have a romantic getaway so it was the perfect place to go.

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Every time when we go to the beach I’m so excited to finally be there I go take a picture.
{The obligatory photo on the beach!}
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{We stayed at the Outer Banks Inn for four nights and five days. Everyone was nice and we received great customer service.}
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{The first night we went to Goombay’s and had their famous crab dip for an appetizer. I had tuna tacos and Derek had the ribs.}
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{For dessert we came back to the Inn and had our wedding cake with Pink Moscato. We both had a small piece of chocolate and vanilla. It tasted just like it did on our wedding night.}
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{The second day we went to the Wright Brother’s Memorial. The admission of 8 dollars gives you access to everything for several days.}
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{This is the scale model of the first airplanes built by the brothers.}
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{It was really interesting to see how everything came together to make flight possible.}
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{The husband standing in front of the storage building for their plane.}
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{The marker for the first flight}
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{The marker for the second flight}
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{The marker for the third flight. I also thought it was neat that the brothers took turns on each flight.}
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{The marker for the fourth flight and the first real flight over 300 feet}
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{A photo of the markers for the first three flights. The fourth one is too far away from the others to see in the frame.}
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{Wright Brothers Memorial}
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{Day three was our day for lighthouse touring!! Bodie Lighthouse was first!}
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{So many steps!!!}

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Ocracoke Island was a completely different thing...It involved a scheduled ferry ride across the ocean.
{Ocracoke Island was a completely different thing…It involved a scheduled ferry ride across the ocean.}
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{Ocracoke!!!}
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{Derek sarcastically thanking me for taking him to see it}

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{We stopped on the way back to the ferry and spent the entire rest of the day on this untouched beach!}
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{Only our footprints! <3}
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{One entire section was full of giant seashells!}
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{My sunhat full of huge shells!}
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{To end that day trip to Ocracoke island, we had a beautiful sunset on the way back on the ferry! Some of the other droolworthy …err noteworthy places we frequented were The Outer Banks Brewing Company, which was a nice seafood restaurant one night and doubled as a club the next;Chili Peppers, a local bar with corn hole and amazing drinks; and The Kill Devil Grill, which not only was in authentic dining car from the 50’s but also boasted the best crab cake sandwich and steak egg rolls I have ever tasted!}

All About the Details

It blows me away that we have been married a year already. It seems like only weeks have passed since we walked down the aisle hand in hand seconds after being pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Cline, excited to start our lives as husband and wife. It seemed appropriate to make a post about my favorite moments captured on that special day!

The most important part of the wedding for me was the details. With out remembering details a wedding is just a wedding. There were a few running themes in the wedding. There were lovebirds on all the tables, napkins, and the cake, antique items were dispersed through out, and yellow and grey were the wedding colors. I call it a modern wedding with vintage accents. I included a lot of sentiment into the details so they’re also some of my favorite pictures. {All pictures are by Ashley Fretto Photography and flowers were by Joe’s Florist. The venue and cake was The Gingerbread House.}

~ACCESSORIES~

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{My something blue was an antique pin that I fastened to my garter. I also purchased a garter set that resembled antique lace. My something old was an antique handkerchief that had gray embroidered to match the theme of the wedding.}
I couldn't find a ring pillow that I liked so it ended up a DIY project. I purchased a plain white pillow and attached pearls and a ribbon with a glue gun. I then finished it by placing hand cut petals out of grey toole in the center to make a flower. I sewed a ribbon into the center to hold our rings.
{I couldn’t find a ring pillow that I liked so it ended up a DIY project. I purchased a plain white pillow and attached pearls and a ribbon with a glue gun. I then finished it by placing hand cut petals out of grey tulle in the center to make a flower. I sewed a ribbon into the center to hold our rings.}
I wanted a statement pearl necklace but also wanted to incorporate grey or yellow into it. After going a million places, I found this set at a local boutique for half off!
{I wanted a statement pearl necklace but also wanted to incorporate grey or yellow into it. After going a million places, I found this set at a local boutique for half off!}
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{A pearl and gem tiara by Jessica McClintock}

~THE DRESS & VEIL~

I had no idea that I would want a fit and flare dress until I saw the Ariel one by Alfred Angelo. I loved everything about it but the tightness of the bottom. After I looked through a bunch of AA dresses I found this one {2083} and fell in love with it. I had it altered to include a sweetheart neckline and a bustle and also added crinoline underneath to make it more poofy.
{I had no idea that I would want a fit and flare dress until I saw the Ariel one by Alfred Angelo. I loved everything about it but the tightness of the bottom. After I looked through a bunch of AA dresses I found this one {2083} and fell in love with it. I had it altered to include a sweetheart neckline and a bustle for the reception.  I also added crinoline underneath to make it more poofy.}
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{Another picture of my dress! The sequins and bead work are amazing in person.}
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{My veil was another detail that I absolutely loved. It was a scalloped one layer veil with pearls accenting each scallop.}

~THE WEDDING PARTY~

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{The right side of the wedding party. The guys wore a tux by Calvin Klein in the color slate and a saffron tie. I think Hayden was scared of the candles.}
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{The left side of the wedding party. The girls wore Alfred Angelo dresses in the style 7138 and the color charcoal. The maid of honor wore the same dress in black.}
The bridesmaids wore an Alfred Angelo dress in style 7138 and pearl earrings and bracelets. Their nails were also painted yellow to match the flowers and shoes.
{The bridesmaids wore a pearl earrings and bracelets. Their nails were also painted yellow to match the flowers and shoes.}
Yellow shoes to go with the bridesmaids grey dresses.
{Yellow shoes to go with the bridesmaids grey dresses.}

~FLOWERS~

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{My flowers were yellow and white roses with yellow statice and craspedia tied together with gold wire. It was important to me to have something special in my bouquet. On one side of the bouquet I had my Grandmother’s antique pin. It was also my something old.}
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{On the other side I had the florist place a large succulent in memory of my Mawmaw from her garden. I also used her succulents in the boutonnieres and the maid of honor’s bouquet. }
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{The bridesmaid’s bouquets were yellow roses with yellow statice and tied together with gold wire.}
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{The men’s boutonnieres consisted of craspedia and yellow statice. The groomsmen also had a succulent tied in with theirs. Isn’t my baby handsome in his tux? My other ring bearer didn’t have one because he would have eaten it.}
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{We had assorted wildflowers including sunflowers tied to either side of the alter. After the wedding the alter was where we had our sweetheart table. The center pieces were white hydrangeas with yellow roses tucked in.}
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{A more detailed pictures our our centerpiece}
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{ The same arrangement was on each table along with assorted candle holder}

~A PRIVATE MOMENT TOGETHER~

In lieu of a cocktail hour we decided to take the majority of the pictures before the wedding. It was a personal decision and while a lot of people are still doing it the traditional way we decided it would be best to have a private moment to see each other. That way we, along with our wedding party, wouldn’t have to rush to pose for 1100 pictures and miss out on a large part of of our reception. Many people would say that it takes the excitement out of seeing each other while you are walking down the aisle but it really just makes even more special because you got to see his real reaction, not the one he would have given in front of all the guests.

Our first look! I didn't think that I would be nervous but having a special moment before our wedding, wearing a wedding dress and seeing his tux changed everything!
Our first look! I didn’t think that I would be nervous but having a special moment before our wedding, wearing a wedding dress and seeing his tux changed everything!
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{We both got a little misty eyed.}

~FAVORITE MOMENTS~

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{Hanging out with my guys before the wedding}
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{This!}
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{My mom putting on the finishing touch, my veil. She cried shortly after this picture was taken.}
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{This picture in between poses. We were so in our own world.}
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{My girls!}
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{Walking back down the aisle married! I was so excited to be married that I forgot my bouquet.}
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{Our first dance!}
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{Cutting the cake! We smashed it into each other’s faces!}
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{Our lovebird themed cake was strawberry with strawberry filling and icing, chocolate with chocolate ganauche, and vanilla with vanilla filling and icing. One flavor for each tier. }
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{Our wedding rings and the program}
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{And more dancing}

Pirate Party!!

My boys turned 6 and 2 this week and since they both like Jake and the Neverland Pirates I had a pirate treasure themed party.

One of the kid's favorite parts was the treasure dig game. I bought play sand and a big container at party city and buried gold coins, costume necklaces and rings.
One of the kid’s favorite parts was the treasure dig game. I bought play sand and a big container at party city and buried gold coins, costume necklaces and rings.
The boys loved hitting the Pirate Ship Pinata.
The boys loved hitting the Pirate Ship Pinata.
I found this sign at a thrift shop for a dollar and painted it and added stickers for the front door!
I found this sign at a thrift shop for a dollar and painted it and added stickers for the front door!
For the tables I used burlap, antique pirate ships, and plastic crocodiles.
For the tables I used burlap, antique pirate ships, and plastic figurines and crocodiles.

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The kids were able to pick an eye patch and decorate it with pirate stickers that I picked up at the dollar store.
The kids were able to pick an eye patch and decorate it with pirate stickers that I picked up at the dollar store.
I made the cake using fondant for the gold doubloons and Peter Pan figurines. The inside was multicolored.
I made the cake using fondant for the gold doubloons and Peter Pan figurines. The inside was multicolored.
Everyone took home a Pirate's Booty cake ball and a bag of pinata candy and treasure!
Everyone took home a Pirate’s Booty cake ball and a bag of pinata candy and treasure!

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5 Minute Upgrade!

I get extremely giddy about home do it yourself projects. Much to the dismay of my loving husband I literally have a whole page of projects, both big and small, that I want to get done in the upcoming months. More often than not I purchase the items needed, draw up a plan, and then end up having to put the DIY project off for weeks because of other things. Instead of getting disappointed I usually just do smaller projects until I can get back to the really exciting one. I call these my 5 minute DIYs.

After our media cabinet sat in the living room for a couple of months, I felt that she needed some jewelry and these knobs just weren't gettin' it.
{After our media cabinet sat in the living room for a couple of months, I felt that she needed some jewelry and these knobs just weren’t gettin’ it.}

I went to Anthropologie in search of some knobs and found these on clearance for $2.95 marked down from $10 each!! I scooped up two matching blue knobs and one black and white knob in the same style and headed home.

{I unscrewed the existing knobs and secured the new ones in under two minutes}
{I unscrewed the existing knobs and secured the new ones in under two minutes}

I think it upgrades the whole piece!! It has gone from looking like something from a thrift store that I got for thirty bucks {which I did} to a piece from Crate and Barrel!!

Italian Chicken

Italian Chicken is my go to recipe for when I have no idea what to make for dinner (i.e whenever the husband says “whatever you want to make”.)  It is easy enough for a week night but fancy enough for a dinner party. Above all, it’s extremely easy to throw together this delicious meal.

Gather your ingredients: 2-3 (depending on how many you are feeding) boneless skinless chicken breasts, Italian breadcrumbs, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, `Parmesan Cheese, Diced Garlic, and Panko Bread Crumbs
{Gather your ingredients: 2-3 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, 2 eggs, milk, Italian breadcrumbs, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese, diced garlic, and Panko bread crumbs}

The first step requires a little bit of prep but the rest is easy peasy.

After cutting each breast into strips, prep an assembly line by first breaking two eggs into a bowl and adding a couple of tablespoons of milk. Next, make a mixture of 3/4 cup Italian Bread Crumbs, 1/3 cup of Panko Bread Crumbs, and 1 cup of Parmesan Cheese. The final step of preparation is to pour 1/3 cup of olive oil and about 5 shakes of balsamic vinegar to a large baking dish. Now you can get to work making the chicken amazing.

 

{After cutting each breast into strips, start by breaking two eggs into a bowl and adding a couple of tablespoons of milk. Dip each strip into the egg mixture to coat it}
{Dip your chicken into the egg mixture.}
Pour a mixture of 3/4 cup of italian bread crumbs, 1/3 cup of Panko bread crumbs, and 1 cup of parmesan. Dip the egg coated chicken into this.}
Then coat the piece with breadcrumb mixture.}
{Then lay the chicken strip into your prepare baking dish.}
{Then lay the chicken strip into your prepare baking dish.}
Mix together 1/2 a cup of Olive Oil,  1/3 cup of Balsamic Vinegar, and 3 teaspoons of the chopped Garlic.  Pour this mixture over the top of the chicken top it with as much parmesan as you like, and bake for 30 minutes on 500 degrees.}
Mix together 1/2 a cup of Olive Oil, 1/3 cup of Balsamic Vinegar, and 3 teaspoons of the chopped Garlic. Pour this mixture over the top of the chicken top it with as much parmesan as you like, and bake for 30 minutes on 500 degrees.}
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{Serve with a big heaping serving of mashed potatoes and Italian loaf bread and enjoy!!}

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patio Furniture Revival

Patio furniture always costs a pretty penny when you buy it new. While our small patio had been bare for nearly two years I finally found something used with a ton of potential. I was partially so excited because it meant that we would have something to look at when we looked out onto the patio through the french doors.

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{I ran across the set at my local Goodwill when I was looking for some storage baskets and even though she needed some TLC with her rusted blah hunter green color, at just 30 bucks for the table and chairs I knew it was just what my empty back porch needed.}
{First I wiped down the entire set with Clorox Anywhere Spray. This was an absolute necessity since there was a lot of gunk and paint on the table top.}
{First I wiped down the entire set with Clorox Anywhere Spray. This was an absolute necessity since there was a lot of gunk and paint on the table top.}
{After getting rid of the rust on the table using a wire brush and a buffing block, I primed the entire piece with Krylon spray primer and then painted it with a bright blue Rustoleum spray paint to make sure it wouldn't rust again.}
{After getting rid of the rust on the table using a wire brush and a buffing block, I taped off and primed the entire piece with Krylon spray primer and then painted it with a bright blue Rustoleum color to make sure it wouldn’t rust again.}

 The chairs are next. I envision a blue or white patio umbrella with lantern lights and a nice white outdoor rug too. I think it is on its way to being a great place for us to eat grilled food or for me to enjoy my morning coffee.

This outdoor fabric from Waverly for the cushions and possibly a table cloth to style with blue napkins.
{This outdoor fabric from Waverly for the cushions and possibly a table cloth styled with blue napkins.}