The Homey Owl

Thursday, April 10, 2014

DIYs to Try

Happy Thursday! I'm really loving the diys I discovered to share with all of you this week! I think all of these will be great to try this summer, and I'm hoping the cauliflower soup (which sounds amazing) will be a good introduction to eating cauliflower for me. What are some of the ways you like eating cauliflower? I hope you are inspired by one of this week's diys to try!

Soft Dutch Braid by Twist Me Pretty (I wish I was better at braiding my hair.)

What are some diys that you have been liking lately?


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Monday, April 7, 2014

Weekly Wishes #9

Photo taken from my instagram.

Happy Monday, everyone! This weekend positively flew by for me! I got together with a dear friend, did some painting, checked several things off the to do list, and just spent time unwinding after the craziness of last week. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, too!

Last Week's Wishes

See Wicked the Musical with Michael. It was so wonderful! We had a great time spending our long weekend in Nashville, and the show was fabulous!

Finish the dress I'm making. I ran in to some more problems with this than I was expecting, so I've been research a lot and learning a ton about altering patterns. Though I can't actually check it off the list yet, I feel like my knowledge has increased which is a good step for me.

Tackle more of our spring cleaning. Round one is complete and we got rid of a ton of stuff that we never use. I'm loving how things are shaping up!

Work on a project involving tulle for one of my brides. Shoot some emails to some vendors. Pull together some decor for a shower I'm hosting. Help another bride research vendors and potential bridesmaid dresses. It felt so good to get these done. Of course, as with most wedding related things, there are still a lot of projects beyond just these, but I love getting each bride a step closer to her dream wedding day!

Arrange coffee dates with a couple friends and enjoy a phone date I have with another. Coffee dates were arranged and then rescheduled, but I really enjoyed my phone date with my friend G. It was nice to catch up and hear what's going on with her!

April's Wishes

April is a crazy month as I gear up for weddings to really start happening, but here are a few of the highlights that I am looking forward to this month!

Help hostess a friend's lingerie shower.

Make sure my May events are checked, double checked, and set up for success.

Finish spring cleaning. (I want to go through the house one more time and make sure that it's really as deeply organized as possible.)

Go on a picnic and enjoy the sun with Michael.

Spend some time catching up and wedding planning with my dear friend J who I haven't seen since October.

Arrange a double date or two with some friends.

Keep the fleas gone and Maximus feeling healthy and well (and retaining all his fur.)

Plant sometime and attempt to grow it for the Creative Collective.

Participate in #sewforvictory. (This one I am holding loosely because there is so much going on this month, but whenever I have time to indulge in some "me time" I would love to be able to work on a project for this.)

What are some of your goals for this month? Anything exciting accomplished in March?


Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIYs to Try

I hope you all are having a great Thursday! Does anyone have some plans for this weekend that they are excited about? Michael and I will just be at home catching up on various projects this weekend. I'm hosting a bridal shower for a friend of mine next weekend, so I will be making sure the house in ready for that and making sure I know all of the decor I need to finish and food I need to prepare. Hopefully I'll have some fun things to share from that!

This week there isn't a real theme to the diys that I've been attracted to, but these are all projects I'm hoping to try soon.

What are some of the projects on your list currently?


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Easy Refashion: Peplum Top

Hello lovelies! Man this week has been crazy! Michael and I took a long weekend this past weekend and went up to Nashville to see Wicked the Musical. (It was wonderful and I'll share more details on that soon.) Upon our return some unexpected situations occurred, but I also got asked to be the matron of honor for one of my besties. I am completely honored and thrilled!! (Though, I've gotta admit this whole being married thing is kinda cramping my style by making me a matron of honor instead of a maid of honor. I kid, I kid. ;) But maid totally sounds better... haha.)

ANYWAYS! I am in LOVE with this shirt that I am sharing today. With all of the spring cleaning Michael & I have been doing, I have come across a lot of clothes that I never wear. A lot of them are going to the thrift store, but some of them spoke to me and begged to be made into something new that would actually be worn.

The bottom half came from a top in a similar style to this one, and the top half was just a normal t-shirt. I cut the top off of the floral shirt which I never wore because the elastic had stretched out and it had ceased to fit comfortably. Then I figured out where I wanted the yellow to hit me and cut it off plus the seam allowance. For my first knit sewing project, this one was really easy!

I love peplum tops and this will be one that I will enjoy wearing all spring and summer long. It's so satisfying to be able to turn unused items into well-loved items!

How is your week going? Do you enjoy wardrobe refashions?


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Try This: Cute Bow Tie Cookies

Being gluten free I struggle to find wonderful cakes and cookies that I can eat but which also don't remind me that I'm gluten free. It's hard, guys! I have a few food allergies besides gluten, so my search can be rather trying at times. However, it just makes the times when I find something I can make and enjoy all the more exciting.

To make these cookies I used:
Cherrybrook Kitchen GF Sugar Cookie Mix
The bow tie cookie cutter out of this super cute group of cookie cutters

It was fun and easy to pull them together. Even Michael thought they were pretty good (and he still eats gluten when he feels like it.) I thought - oddly enough - they were better the second day than right after I made them. Maybe this mix is like a good sauce - where everything blends together better the long it is exposed to the other ingredients. ;)

Whatever made them taste good, I was excited and my tummy was very happy. I think I need to stock up on a few of these mixes so I have cookies I can take with me to all of the bridal showers and events I have coming up this spring. I also think the cookie cutters are adorable and would be great for so many different types of parties - baby showers, wedding showers, birthday parties, etc. What would you bake bow tie cookies for?

Have you tried any gluten free mixes? What did you think of them?