October 31, 2012

diy: nature's painter

Happy Halloween! We aren't planning to go out tonight, but we are looking forward to dressing up for a Halloween party this weekend with friends. I'm thinking I will go as Katniss from The Hunger Games. Drew isn't sure what he will be yet. I don't know why he didn't take my suggestion of a vampire cheerleader. :) Hahaha.

Anyways. I've been painting a lot, reorganizing, and trying to find some great storage solutions for all of our crap lovely things. Our apartment doesn't have too much storage space, so I have to find creative solutions to make things work. While Drew was gone last week, I went through our guest closet and threw out a car load (seriously, my entire back seat and trunk were full) of things we just didn't need to keep. Afterwards, I started the process of organizing the closet to be functional - I hope to show you pictures soon. During the organizing, I realized I need a better way to store my art and craft supplies. I have so many art supplies and usually they get dumped in a bag together and end up breaking or I end up only using what's on top.

So, here is my first project for my art supplies. I took an old, dried out piece of wood and drilled various holes into it. Voila! A nice way to display my paintbrushes and pencils.



Next on the list is a way to store the rest of my loads of markers and colored pencils that is accessible and attractive.

October 30, 2012

lovely sponsors

Thank you to my wonderful sponsors in October! I am so excited to have had you and really enjoyed getting to know you :) This month, I asked each of my sponsors this question. Below are their answers and links for you to visit their blogs!

- - - WHAT ARE YOU DRESSING UP AS FOR HALLOWEEN? - - -


                                                                            
blog - - facebook


facebook - - twitter

- - - Are you interested in sponsoring Pulchritude Fest? Check out my info and rates here. - - -

P.S. If you didn't get the memo, I'm currently having a FLASH SALE on my advertisements - - 25% off all ad spots! Check here for more info.

October 29, 2012

Ad Flash Sale


AD FLASH SALE!

This is how excited I would be if you were to become one of my sponsors for November! And if this picture isn't incentive enough, for the next 48 hours I'll be offering my readers 25% off of my medium and small sponsor spots! There are only a few medium spots left, so hurry and get yours!

- - - Flash Sale will run until Wednesday, October 31 at 12:30pm (EST)
- - - Visit my advertise page to purchase your spot using promo code: GETITNOW to receive 25% off
- - - Medium ad spots have the opportunity to be featured in a sponsor feature post


the weekly five

It is so good to have Drew home! It was such a lonely week without him around. I picked him up Thursday from the airport and we spent this weekend cleaning the house and relaxing with friends. This week, I am hoping to finish some more design projects, get started on making Christmas presents for our families, go to a Halloween party, and finish decorating the guest bedroom.


ONE FAVORITE PINTEREST PIN:

Don't you just LOVE this idea?
Personalized Christmas sack
SOURCE


TWO FAVORITE MEMORIES FROM THIS WEEK: 
  • Picking Drew up from the airport Thursday after 8 days of being gone.
  • Spending time painting and crafting all week. :)

THREE THINGS ABOUT ME: 

  • I have really bad eyesight...like -5.75 bad. 
  • Fall is my favorite season.
  • I graduated from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, in 2010.

FOUR FAVORITE BLOG POSTS: 



FIVE THINGS ON MY WISH LIST: 



Radlab - -  This beautiful leather satchel. - - These kitten boots - - This entire outfit - not sure where it's from - - This jacket



October 26, 2012

October 24, 2012

recent graphic design

So I haven't updated you guys in a while on my recent graphic design quests. As you may or may not know, I'm co-owner of Maiedae with Savannah (my best friend). We work on blog designs, website designs, and business identity, as well as other design things. We love to be creative and teach others how to be creative, too. We love meetings with coffee and thrift store finds. But most of all, we love working with small business owners and bloggers who have a passion for life and want to spice things up. And it always blows me away how sweet and lovely our customers are. We have the best job EVER. We get to work with you guys! All of you lovely people out there who are sweet, creative, passionate, and hard working. Many of you have two jobs, are moms, own your own business, etc. But all of you are extremely passionate and creative. You all have so many talents and dreams. And I love that I get to be a part of that.

Recently, I've had the pleasure to design a few blogs for some really wonderful ladies and I wanted to share them with you. Both of these ladies were a dream to work with.

First, is Allie.

Allie wanted something cohesive, detailed, and set apart. She loves nature, simplicity, and special hand-drawn elements. "Girly meets natural" was the quote I used from her when designing her blog.




Second, is Brighid.

Brighid wanted something modern and unique. "Clean minimalists looks with maximal effects" was something she told me that stuck in my mind for her design. She loves the light colors paired with muted pictures and black and white.



Thank you, ladies, for allowing me the pleasure to design your blogs. I hope you've enjoyed! If you are interested in having your blog redesigned, contact me at jenny@maiedae.com! Savannah and I would love to start working with you!


October 22, 2012

recipes: apple crisp




Like I promised, here is the recipe for Apple Crisp. It is SO good. Especially with some hot apple cider, sitting under the fall leaves, and enjoying the cooler weather.

 INGREDIENTS 

  • 6-8 green apples (the sour apples are much better)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt




 INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Dice up apples and place in the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan
  2. Sprinkle cinnamon over the apple slices
  3. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl (mixture will be crumbly)
  4. Pour mixture over apples
  5. Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes

Enjoy!



the weekly five

I am so excited at all that my mom and I accomplished this weekend and I can't wait to show you! We sewed a skirt, two Christmas stockings, an Advent calendar, and a winter wreath. It was so much fun! Then, last night, some awesome girls came over and we had some great conversation about marriage, friendship, and the sacrificial love it takes to achieve either. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and yummy snacks :)

I've changed up my Weekly post, because doing it on Thursday just didn't make any sense. I'm going to try to post it on Sundays or early Monday as the start of a new week begins. I also included a little more about me just for you to get to know me better. I want to be transparent with you. Later today, I will share that Apple Crisp recipe that I *ashamedly* forgot to bring with me to Knoxville this weekend. It's the perfect season to make a good apple dessert :) 


ONE FAVORITE PINTEREST PIN:

SOURCE





TWO FAVORITE MEMORIES FROM THIS WEEK: 
  • Going up to see my parents and spending time doing crafts with my mom.
  • Spending a day at Kennesaw Mountain with Drew before he left on his business trip.

THREE THINGS ABOUT ME: 

  • I get REALLY excited about things. Like, so excited it's scary.
  • I am from the gorgeous East Tennessee
  • I have a hard time choosing between the beach and the mountains. I love them both.

FOUR FAVORITE BLOG POSTS: 



FIVE THINGS ON MY WISH LIST: 


1 - -   2  - -   3  - -   4  - -   5   


October 19, 2012

recipes: hawaiian chicken




Like I promised, here is the recipe for the Hawaiian Chicken I cooked the other night with Drew. It was really yummy. I got this recipe from my mom and love it because of the combination of sweet, tangy, and a little bit of spicy. I also love pineapple. YUM.


 INGREDIENTS 

  • 2 lbs. chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp Heinz 57 sauce (we like the barbecue)
  • 1 can (8oz) sliced pineapple
  • Salt & Pepper (or some of Drew's and my secret ingredient - Slap Ya' Mama! No, seriously. It's an awesome substitute for pepper and it's got a little tang to it)
  • 2 tbsp honey


 INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Place chicken in baking dish (12x7 or 9x13)
  2. Season with salt & pepper (or some awesome SLAP YA' MAMA)
  3. Bake in 400 degree oven for 30 minutes
  4. Meanwhile, drain pineapple; reserving 2 tbsps of the pineapple juice
  5. Combine the pineapple juice, Heinz 57 sauce, and honey
  6. After the 30 minutes is over, take chicken out and pour honey mixture over the chicken.
  7. Bake an additional 25 minutes, basting occasionally.
  8. After that time is up, arrange the pineapple slices over the chicken and bake for 10 more minutes. (I know.. a lot of taking chicken in and out of the oven. It's okay.)
  9. Drain excess fat from sauce.
  10. Spoon sauce over chicken when serving. *Side Note: This is REALLY good served over rice.


Enjoy! I can't wait to share my Apple Crisp recipe with you... but you'll have to wait a little longer! Wahahaha! Just kidding about the evil laughing. I'm not trying to provoke some kind of horrible mean anticipation, I just forgot to bring the recipe card with me to my parents' house..... yeah.... sorry guys. Big party foul.



DIY: Spice Rack


Hello and good morning! So, I might have woken up on the couch this morning... with the tv still on... with my glasses slopped across my face (I wear contacts if ya didn't know) ... AND late to work. BUT - despite my rude awakening - it's going to be a great day! You know why? Because today is Friday and that means it's almost the weekend! Woohoo! I'm heading up to my parent's house in Knoxville, TN this weekend to hang out with family and do some awesome crafting with my mom. (She is the ultimate crafter and the one who taught me to love projects - three cheers for mom!)

Today I have for you a fun DIY project and then later I will share with you some yummy recipes for you to try out! But first, let's get to craftin'.

So, do you remember my spice rack in my kitchen? Oh, I never showed you that part of my kitchen because it was cluttered and ugly? Okay. So it's not that ugly. And changing a spice rack doesn't make that much of a difference. But I'm making progress. Here is a photo for you:


Woo hoo! So here's what I did. I wanted a spice rack that 1) didn't take up counter space 2) was unique and 3) displayed the spices and their colors. I had a bunch of extra small wood slices leftover from my rustic headboard, so I decided to make the spice rack out of wood.

SUPPLIES

  • 1 Can of Fast-Drying Polyurethane
  • 1 Can (16-32 oz. depending on how much wood you use) of Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
  • Wood Stain of your choice
  • 2 Cloths - - - 1 for conditioning and 1 for staining
  • Wood  (I used 5 pieces of 4 inch wide x 2 inch thick boards - all cut the same length and 2 pieces of support board)
  • Wood Saw (You can also ask your local home improvement store to cut them for you, but make sure to go prepared with exact measurements)
  • Drill
  • A box of 1.5" Screws



INSTRUCTIONS


  1. Measure the place where the spice rack will end up. Make sure the length and height of your wood will fit the desired space. 
  2. Measure your spices - mine were tall enough that I could only make 2 rows instead of 3. 
  3. Cut the wood if necessary.
  4. Line up the 3 boards (or however many you decided) that will make up the back of the spice rack. Turn them over and add 2 support boards - drilling 2 screws into each board.
  5. Standing the boards on their side, line up one of the shelves and screw from the backside into the shelf. Continue with the other shelf.
  6. Condition the wood with the Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. Leave dry for at least 20 minutes.
  7. Stain boards. Let dry for 24 hours. *Side Note: Do not bring them inside. Wood stain will not come out of carpet or other fabrics.
  8. Once the boards are completely dry, spray them with Polyurethane. I recommend 3 coats with 30 minutes between each coat. (After they are dry, it is safe to bring them inside) 
  9. Hang the spice rack - I used 2 heavy duty picture hangers that I attached to the support boards on the back. 


A view from the front.
A view from the back.
Ta da! You have a beautiful, rustic spice rack. AND come back later to learn how to make Hawaiian Chicken and a yummy Apple Crisp!!

October 18, 2012

a day at kennesaw mountain

Yesterday, Drew and I both took off work and spent the day together. It was wonderful. He left early this morning to go on a business trip (boo hiss!), so we decided to spend some intentional time together yesterday (yay!). We spent the morning // early afternoon up at Kennesaw Mountain. Guys, it was B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. The weather was perfect. It could not have been a better day outside. After that we came home, cleaned up the house a little, played with the kitties, made some Hawaiian Chicken and Apple Crisp (I'm going to share those recipes with you tomorrow!), and watched Oceans 12.

GREAT day.

I hate it when Drew leaves to go out of town - especially for 8 days. :( However, I do have some awesome projects planned during his absence and I'm so excited to hopefully *fingers crossed* finish some // most of these things:


  • Frame & hang guest bedroom artwork
  • Create a custom bookshelf for the guest bedroom out of crates
  • Find some antlers
  • Create a new painting for the dining area
  • Sew a skirt
  • Make a "nature-inspired" advent calendar
  • Recover a lampshade
  • Make a winter wreath
  • Complete two awesome blog designs (woo hoo Maiedae!)

I can't wait to share these projects with you as I cope with being all alone. I know, I know. You're probably thinking, Man, Jenny, get it together. Weren't you single and living alone just a few months ago? You're right, guys. But, it's so different being married. I feel like Drew is my home. And without him, I feel not-really-fully myself. Does that make sense? I really don't know how I managed when I was single. It's tough! Props to you gals who are better at it than I am. Also - any tips you might have for me as I try to get through these days would be awesome. What do you do when your man goes away for a while? 

Here are some photos we took while playing at Kennesaw Mountain.



October 16, 2012

sponsor feature: beth mayberry

I'm pleased to introduce to you today my friend Beth Mayberry from Until Only Love Remains. She is awesome and I've asked her a few questions so that you can get to know her better. :)

B L O G  -  -  I N S T A G R A M 


TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.


As you can tell by the picture, I am a brilliant winker (not). Also, if you are using deductive reasoning, you will notice that I am wearing a wedding dress and I must be a newlywed, because I am still obsessed with my wedding pictures. It is all true, you caught me! I live in the best state ever (no offense) - Colorado- with my husband in a house we just bought. We look grown-up but we are not. We brew our own beer, watch Doctor Who way past our bedtimes, spend mucho amounts of time with our best friends, go to the zoo, and stuff like that. 

I love to create, write, explore, learn, and sing off key (my husband LOVES it ;)). I love Jesus & people. I work on the events team at a local non-profit crisis pregnancy center and I LOVE MY JOB! I also work at the Gap & I try very hard not to spend all my paycheck there, even though I usually do. 

WHAT MADE YOU START BLOGGING?


It all started one day when I was studying abroad in Northern Ireland. I wanted a place to journal with pictures, I guess. I had NO IDEA there was a blogging culture out there. A friend on the trip even had to help me set up an account and then the rest is history. I am a big nerd and I loved (still love) making my blog my own, organizing it, and learning new things! 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO BLOG ABOUT?


My blog is a lifestyle blog. The things I think, do, make, and the people I interact with. My favorite posts have to do with the people I love.  I love showing off my husband and how great he is, bragging about my nieces & nephews, sharing my adventures with my besties - those things! Like I said earlier, my blog is a picture journal. For me and for anyone else who wants to learn & be inspired! 

YOU RECENTLY GOT MARRIED. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT NEWLYWED LIFE.


I did just get married! I LOVE it. I really do! I have always had a roommate and I have always loved it! Living with your best friend is the best thing in life. Bruce is my best friend and even though we fight sometimes (yes, it is true, I am not perfect!) we have so much fun together. We cook meals, watch tv shows, steal each others' covers,  decorate, invite people over, play games, and kiss. It is the best of both worlds. 

I was surprisingly encouraged the first months of marriage that we still liked each other. That sounds silly, but I do a lot of reading on things (I told you I am nerdy) and I was afraid marriage would only be hard. It is a new kind of relationship and definitely something we have to continue being intentional about, but it is mostly SO FUN. I think a huge part of that was// is our commitment to the Lord and our commitment to each other. We have to make it work because there is no way out anymore - we might as well ENJOY it! haha :)

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WEDDING PHOTO? 



Thank you, Beth, for being awesome and sharing with us today! Make sure and check out her blog before you get back to work!


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