hello november.

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hello november.

hello first cold nights of the year.

hello bonfires and boots and snuggly sweaters.

hello decorating the house for fall.

hello fuzzy blankets and steamy mugs of coffee and hot cocoa.

hello holiday crafting.

hello fall recipes.

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seriously, ya’ll. i have never been so excited for the fall/winter/holiday season as i am this year. i can’t wait to break out the rest of my fall decorations and start making holiday goodies. i’m so ready to start bundling up in all my cute new fall/winter clothes (i went on a serious spree, for real) and see my breath when i walk outside. and from a girl who loves summer as much as i do, that’s saying something. this year has really knocked us for a real loop, so it’s going to be great to just slow down and enjoy the holidays with our friends and family. we certainly have SO MUCH to be thankful for this year and i plan to enjoy each and every tiny little moment.

xoxo.

happy halloween // fall fun

happy halloween, y’all.

i can’t believe it’s the end of october already. this year has really flown by.

the past few years we’ve been so shuffled around that the holidays more or less just happen – we’ve enjoyed them, of course, but it’s been hard to start traditions when things are always changing.

this halloween marks the first holiday of a holiday season spent back in this house, the one that feels so much like our home. i can’t wait for the holidays this year. i can’t wait to start a few traditions that we’ll carry on for years to come.

so tonight, i’ll light my carved pumpkins and enjoy my coffee while i hand out candy to sweet little kids in adorable costumes. and tomorrow, i’ll kick off november and the holiday season – full of family and friends and crafty things. i just can’t wait!








weekend in photographs 6.18.12

whew. this weekend was a lazy one (i feel like i’m saying that a lot here lately). i’ve been feeling a little under the weather, so i’ve been taking it easy. my parents came and spent a few days with us and we spent sunday with casey’s family just hanging around the house. next weekend is going to have to have more excitement or i may just go crazy… 🙂

here a few photos from the weekend … enjoy!

tyson was a little overexcited to see ‘poppy’.
p.s. my daddy doesn’t always look that ferocious. i just caught him in an awkward moment 🙂

my mom always gifts each pup with a mt. dew bottle while she’s visiting. as you can see, it’s a highlight for them. i swear, i give them toys – they’re just caffeine fiends i guess (wonder where they get that….)

harley was so excited he fell over with joy. yes, he did turn up the bottle to see if there was any left. no, there wasn’t. i’m not that terrible of a puppy parent. 🙂

this is from sunday. that’s three generations of casey’s family crammed on one golf-cart – with a grill. it was a good day.

this is a silly picture, and yes he is taking his shirt off (woot) but i just had to post it because i love it so much. this is the first photo i’ve taken of him since he’s been sick that he actually approves of. doesn’t he look healthier (look at those arms!)?

how was your weekend? i’d love to see your photos, just put the link in the comments section and i’ll check it out!

the weekend in photographs 6.11.12

i feel like this weekend lasted forever, not that i’m complaining. which, now that i’m taking full advantage of our summer flex hours and have mondays off – it really does last a little longer.

i spent friday night in the studio for a bit (part of my new goal to go more often) then went to a show opening with my friend alyssa. the show was pretty awesome – featuring a HUGE collection of bottletree concert posters from throughout the years. bottletree is this adorable little venue downtown that has live music almost every night of the week – so of course they brought live music with them to the opening. win-win friday night.

saturday was a super lazy day. spent the morning with c and the pups and then crafted my little heart out saturday night. i recently discovered emily over at 52 mantels and her blog inspired me to get going on another themed mantel. i went hard at it for fall and christmas, but since then my mantel has been sorely lacking.

sunday, we visited family and i read a WHOLE book while casey worked on the mustang again.

so here you go, a weekend in photos. enjoy!

friday night in the studio = two new jars
i’m really attracted to this shape, for some reason.

i really like their logo. literal, but well played.

the show was made up of 3 large walls covered solid with posters, as well as three more walls featuring framed prints. this was my favorite wall. most of these were cut+paste or handdrawn and i loved that they included them even though they weren’t the final editions.

this is a small portion of the biggest wall, about 1/4th – so you get an idea of how many posters there were.

second favorite wall – these were screenprinted. love that Sloss one.

is there anything better than outdoor concerts in the summer. also, there might have been craft beer. yum.

saturday morning was lazy, for everyone. i didn’t think he was comfortable but he stayed asleep this way for almost an hour.

casey and harley some quality time after his monthly medicine date. harley was focused on the bacon that was leftover on the stove, he’s no dummy.

and here’s casey with his long-distance baby. she can’t wait for us to move somewhere that allows inside pets so she can come live with us. this is the only picture i pulled my head out of a book to snap on sunday.

 

 

how was your weekend?

i’d love to see your photos if you posted any – just leave me a link in the comments section and I’ll pop over and check them out!

Happy Monday!

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http://www.carissagraham.com/2012/04/miscellany-monday_23.html

the weekend in photographs 6.4.12

this was a fairly uneventful weekend. i opted to spend my friday night in, since i’d been sick throughout the week. no fun, considering there were lots of great events in town over the weekend. so, while my friends were beer-tent hopping at Birmingham’s Brewfest, i was the old lady at home arranging flowers. i just wasn’t sure about drinking in the heat when i’d only been eating solid food for a couple of days. maybe next year my tummy will cooperate.

saturday, i went to visit my mom and check on a project we’ve been working on. part of the big announcement i was talking about in my june goals post. (i’m not quite ready to announce yet, but trust me … it’s great news).

sunday, we spent the day at C’s parent’s place and i parked myself on a sun-lounger while he and his cousin did manly things like swapping out the motors in a couple of broken-down mustangs he’s had forever. i never thought i would see the day when he made one working car out of the two, but it seems we’re making progress.

anyhow, here are a few photos of the weekend. enjoy!

i was given a bouquet of flowers by one of the sweet ladies at work that i’ve been working on a project for. they were beautiful, but i just wasn’t feeling the stuck randomly in a vase look. so i channeled my inner martha stewart and jazzed them up a bit with a vase i had at home.

not bad for beginner’s luck, huh? also, please don’t judge me for my lack of curtains. that is the oddest window and so hard to dress.

this was my saturday. i slapped on my cowboy boots and trotted around giving orders. no, i wasn’t driving that thing. not for lack of trying though 🙂

sunday fun – motor swap on a 1998-ish mustang.

pretty much all i was good for was hovering and taking pictures. i stuck around for a few ‘hand-me-that’s’ and then i got bored.

so i went inside to play with these cute kiddos. i love the look on his face in this one.

she was giving roxie water, isn’t it precious?

this is casey’s other baby – sweet roxie. she prefers to stay at his parent’s and play with the kids – our monsters aren’t her cup of tea. she’s always happy to see him, though.

they didn’t let a little bit of rain stop them. i like to refer to this as redneck ingenuity. 🙂 where there’s a will, there’s a way.

a confused look on the face of the crane operator can’t be good, right?

new motor going in …

almost there. i can’t believe i didn’t get a final after shot – it kind of got dark. but you get the idea, right?

what did you do this weekend?

i’d love to see your photos if you posted any – just leave me a link in the comments section and I’ll pop over and check them out!

Happy Monday!

FindingBeautyintheOrdinary.com

http://www.carissagraham.com/2012/04/miscellany-monday_23.html

the weekend in photographs 5.28.12

i hope everyone had a fabulous (long) weekend. mine was great for the most part … until the sickness took over. unfortunately, while most of you were enjoying your memorial day treats, this girl was suffering on the couch. the first bite of real food hit my mouth around eleven this morning – still no fun.

fortunately, i did get to enjoy a couple days with family, friends, and casey before i became bedridden. 🙂

kicked off the weekend early on friday with a yummy strawberry sundae at costco with my friend alyssa. a steal at $1.49. yummy!
also bought a couple of new books at a great used bookstore near my house. more on that later.

saturday morning casey went and bought a truck. don’t get me wrong, i was totally against spending the money at this point – but it’s totally worth it to see him so happy. after the rough few weeks he’s had it’s nice to see him smile. (not smiling here, unfortunately. traffic on saturday was killer).

saturday night, we hit the fair in our little home town with a couple of old friends. we very rarely get time off to go home on a saturday, so it was really nice to get out and about. btw, the ferris wheel was a phoney. i can’t get on board for a fair without a legitimate ferris wheel … this one was little baskets built for four that leaned precariously when two sat on one side. still fun, though.

me and my friend laura. this was shortly before i almost broke a rib on the himalayan. either i’m getting old or these rides are getting faster/more dangerous. we were both so sore on sunday morning but in total agreement it will happen again soon!

like a true man, my husband takes his bumper cars seriously. this photo was taken shortly before he slammed into an unsuspecting 10 year old. (i kid, i totally kid. but he was pretty serious about it.)

you can see what i mean about the phoney ferris wheel here. these are our friends laura and murray. aren’t they sweet? 🙂

tyson was cross eyed with happiness because he got so much attention this weekend.

just look at that face!

isn’t he so cute doing his man thing? (i always get stuck with the weed eating) in fact, that was the last thing we did before i got sick … do you think i can use that as an excuse to remove myself from future yardwork? nah, i didn’t think so either.

how was your weekend?!

FindingBeautyintheOrdinary.com

http://www.carissagraham.com/2012/04/miscellany-monday_23.html

#photoadaymay week two

here is week two of the #photoadaymay series. you can find my photos daily on twitter and instagram and i’ll be posting weekly recaps here on the blog. i’m still enjoying this challenge, although this week i will admit i slacked off for a few days and then had to play catch up. 🙂

below are my photos for the second week of may. enjoy!

day 8: a smell you adore; chocolate chip cookies, fresh from the oven. obviously, i adored the taste as well. yum!

day 9: something you do everyday; love this sweet sweet man. i’m so very blessed to have him to love and take care of me.

day 10: a favorite word; fun. this is one of the days i fell behind on – i actually have lots of words i like but fun seemed appropriate since that’s what i was having when i missed the day!

day 11: kitchen; another day i missed, not that i would show you my messy little rental kitchen anyhow 🙂 this is a set of pottery i would LOVE to have/make for my own one day.

day 12: something that makes you happy; what’s not happy about a giant inflateable duck?! well, actually … spending time with my wonderful parents. the only thing missing this day was casey.

day 13: mum/mom; this is my mom. she’s my biggest fan and one of my best friends. she would also kill me if she knew i was posting photos of her, but she’ll get over it 🙂

day 14: grass; also, i realized that i post 1 billion photos of tyson on instagram/facebook/twitter – so here’s one of my sweet little harley. he looks like he’s on a very important mission here, right?

thanks for following my #photoaday posts here on my little blog! i love reading the sweet comments you leave and i hope that some of you will join me in the challenge!

hugs.

Sweet Shot Tuesday with Kent Weakley