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  • Never apologize for your own sense of beauty.
    Nobody can tell you what you should love.
    Do what you do brazenly and unapologetically.
    You cannot build your sense of aesthetics on a consensus.
    ~CJ Nicolai

  • Have a seat. Grab a cup of coffee. There's so much to share here. Food. Pictures. Stories. Laughter. Tears. Joy. Beauty. Family. Friends. People I just met. I like to find the magic in the ordinary. I like to make the ugly not so much. This is my life.... come on in!

Gorgeous All Around

First off I have to say, the last week or so has been BEAUTIFUL out there. Just beautiful. And I know it won’t last too much longer, so I’ve been soaking it up as much as I can. I’ve been running around in flip flops. I can’t remember the last time I was able to run around in flip flops at the end of October!

Secondly, I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the most gorgeous, sweet families and kids lately! This family was SO FUN. So fun.  And GOREGOUS. All of them.

You can tell, just by their mannerisms, that they love one another. That they are comfortable being who they are. That they are just awesome. And I instantly connected with them. Which is such a great thing!

 

Bouquet of Leaves

I’m all about saving cash and still having amazing looking florals in my home. I always have flowers in my house and this is just an alternative to live ones. I didn’t  find a tutorial for this. I just started wrapping them around one another, and they are held together with scotch tape and a little brown floral tape over the top of it. I think these would be amazing as boutonnieres for homecoming (though I know that’s all over here in Cheyenne.)  They will live on my shelf for a while, we’ll have to see how they age.

Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Honey Mustard Sauce

When I was a kid, I went to a restaurant  with my Grandma Sophie. My Grandma Sophie hardly ever went out to eat. Ever. She was one of the best cooks I knew, and there was no reason for her to go out to eat. Well, I decided to order chocolate pie while we were out (because I normally ordered pie instead of food when I was a kid.)  My grandmother asked for a taste of it, gave me a  big smile,  and then went back to eating. The next afternoon, after a hard day of playing with all my cousins, I came inside and there was a chocolate pie waiting for me.  She of course made it better and tastier.

It’s one of my favorite memories of her.

I do the same thing alllll the time. When I travel, I tend to come home and try to make all the things I loved while I was traveling. Sometimes they come out awesome and delicious. Sometimes I miss the mark, but that’s part of the fun of it.

On this last trip, my friend and I had a lovely little lunch next to the river in her little town. She had sweet potato fries and honey mustard sauce. I ate half of her food. Apparently, honey mustard sauce is big out in Silverton. I noticed it came with everything. Especially with and on sandwich food. Sooo, I came home and made it. Of course I did, because that’s what I do!

Here’s my rendition of what I had I my trip.

Born Together

These two were pretty adorable this year. They are getting so big and so active, and soon they will be starting school! Incredible. I can’t believe it. They are my only set of non-identical twins and I’m always amazed at how different they are, but how close they are as well (even though they are really really into wrestling right now!)

They were born together.

Friends forever!

A Few New Things

There have been a few projects that I’ve been working on lately.

First is an ongoing project from earlier in the year. Alexis Drake Jewelry has a new website up and running. Go check it out. Buy stuff. You’ll love it. I do.  (Click here to transport you to jewelry heaven.)

 

 

The second, The Statement Clothing Store here in Cheyenne went ONLINE! yay!!! Go check it out! Buy stuff! You’ll love it. (Click here to whisk you away.)

And third…you see at the top of the page up there? And the word “purchase.”  If you click that, it will take to another awesome spot on the web. The place where I now sell artistic photos. It’s been waiting for a long time to be connected to something, and now it’s connected! So, buy stuff. It will make you happy.

Soooo, shop until you drop. Buy Stuff. It will make you happy!

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