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Hello, 2014

Another year, another beautiful batch of memories… I’m sure I’m not the only one who can believe 2013 has come to a close (can I nominate it for fastest year ever?), but at the same time I am so excited for 2014. I have felt a definite shift in my life over the past few months and I just know that 2014 is going to be chock-full of amazing things.


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Booyah — say hello to my 2014 word. After completing Susannah Conway’s annual work book, Unravelling 2014 (highly recommend!) I learned that in 2014 I’d like to take care of myself in a whole new way. I’m all about nuturing these days. What’s your word?


Oh yeah, and I pulled the trigger and bought a ‘spensive pair of shoes…


AND! I finished our 2013 scrapbook! Oh my god, finishing a scrapbook makes me want to punch dance in a field. SUCH a good feeling. I have already purchased our 2014 album and hope to get started soon. I’m continuing the Project Life system because I do find that it’s the easiest way to get our memories down on paper. Excitement!

One more thing… I have updated my About page to better reflect where I am in life. Take a peek if you’d like! I kept the old About and Intro pages also, because I still love going back and re-reading them from time to time, but honestly my life has changed so much in the past year it was time for a little update.

I hope you all had lovely Christmases and that 2014 has gotten off to a great start. Here’s to another year!

Rave on,


Handmade Butterfly Mobile

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

In one of my last posts I mentioned that for a baby shower I attended I made a butterfly mobile as my gift to the expectant mother. It’s no secret that I prefer handmade over store bought, and when I saw that this mobile from Pottery Barn Kids had been registered for… the wheels started turning in a pretty much irreversible way. I thought, “I wonder if I could make that?” and it was all over from there.

I set out on this project with no real plan in mind, because 1) I’ve never attempted a project like this before and 2) there were no helpful step-by-step tutorial that I could find. I pillaged on. I purchased some paper, a butterfly die cut punch (this project was pre-Silhouette), and just started.

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

I punched a lot of butterflies. I don’t even know how many.

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

I found that translucent beading thread was the best way to hang the butterflies. I used one of my quilling tools to punch two tiny holes in every single butterfly and threaded each butterfly onto the string by hand.

I adore meticulous projects like this. I just get lost in the details in a beautiful way.

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

The mobile top was a wooden hoop like you use for cross stitching. They are very inexpensive. I painted it light pink to match the butterflies. I must admit that the whole time I was working on this project, I had no idea how it was going to turn out. It was definitely the kind of project that you just have to do.

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

I strung the butterflies on alternating lengths of string — from 14″ to 22″. I used our two stools to suspend the mobile. I liken this part of the process to arranging flowers. You just have to start sticking things in the vase and move them around to see how everything is going to look.

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

 handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

I love, love, love how the mobile turned out and it was a humongous hit at the shower. A lot of people I work with don’t know I craft-by-night, so that was fun. I will definitely be making another mobile in the future — I have plenty of ideas, and now that I have the Silhouette Cameo cutting out more die will be a breeze

butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

Lovely, lovely, lovely.


I Just Love A Good Shower


One of the women I work with is just had a baby girl! Babies are so exciting. She announced her pregnancy soon after I was hired, and back in March I remember thinking, “Whoa, I will know so much more about  this job in November.” And truthfully? In many ways I wanted to talk to November Sarah just to make sure that I would in fact survive. Time really does fly, and it’s an exciting thing to see how far you’ve come in just seven months time. And now Baby Chloe is here!


My supervisor (a good friend of the expectant mother) threw a Pinterest-worthy shower. It was very bright and very pink.



See that mobile… Yeah, so… I made that. I totally have to brag about this one, because WOW did it come together. It deserves its own post.


And, um, hello, but is this not the sweetest little girls room? I am in love with this furniture. And paint job. And everything.


Congrats to the new parents! Can’t wait to meet Baby Chloe in person in a few weeks!


Our Coffee Table Saga

living room copy

The definition of ‘bare bones.’

So… I don’t know if I’ve told you this yet or not, but up until a month ago, our coffee table was a plastic container. You know, like the ones you buy from Walmart to stuff linens in, or old t-shirts, or whatever else you seem to accumulate? Yeah. We moved into our new apartment in May, bought some awesome furniture and used a $8 storage container as the focal point of our living room for almost five months.

That’s just how we roll.

In all seriousness, I just could not stomach spending $200 on a regular looking coffee table when I knew we could make something similar and love it even more. Decorating and nesting has been an interesting journey for me — I love getting inspiration from different stores and Pinterest boards, but I’m learning something about myself: I’m stubborn when it comes to this stuff. If I have even a tiny inkling that I can make something instead of buy it, I refuse to spend any money. I have definitely learned you have to pick these battles, even with yourself, but in the end… I always love homemade anything over store bought anything.


Over the summer, Shelton came across this DIY from Mr. Kate (ah — such a cute blog — love her s.t.y.l.e) and I became obsessed (read: OBsessed) with the idea of a coffee table with Tiffany-blue legs. Couldn’t get it out of my head. We stole some pallets, but it turns out it’s easier to embark on a project that requires lots of tools + space if you have a garage to work in. We had to scrap the pallet idea halfway through because it was just too labor intensive (pick your battles, remember). Plus, once July/August kicked in and we were both working 6 days a week/10-12 hours a day… the idea of wrestling with pallets in the North Carolina humidity just wasn’t appealing. At all. We kept using the plastic container.

Then it was announced that Mom and Janie would visit in October! We knew we had to get our booties (or is it bootys?) in gear and start doing some real work to make our apartment a cozy home. In a stroke of luck, earlier in the summer we had contacted Ashley Furniture about a blemish in one of our end tables and they gave us two replacement tops. Since the endtables are quite large, we decided it made sense to use one table top as the top of the coffee table. Then all the wood would match, too.

After a few trips to Lowe’s and a few evenings of work, our coffee table was finished. In the end I estimate that we spent around $70 on supplies. I am so happy with the result though — it was worth the wait!

Scroll down for list of supplies we used.

diy coffee table | sweetandsavorylife.com

We bought a long piece of wood and had Lowe’s cut it down for us in 4″x4″ squares. We used wood glue to adhere the wood squares to the underside of the table top. This helped reinforce the table legs.

diy coffee table | sweetandsavorylife.com

diy coffee table | sweetandsavorylife.com

diy coffee table | sweetandsavorylife.com

diy coffee table | sweetandsavorylife.com

diy coffee table | sweetandsavorylife.com

diy coffee table | sweetandsavorylife.com

Just in case you were wondering, the answer is no. I don’t miss the plastic storage container. Not one bit.



Valspar 12-oz Tropical Oasis High-Gloss Spray Paint

Waddell 15-1/4-in Country Pine Traditional Wood Table Leg

Blue Hawk 2-Count 5/16-in x 2-in Zinc-Plated Hanger Bolts

Waddell 3-in Table Leg Straight Top Plate

We Chicken Wired A Wall

chicken wired wall | sweetandsavorylife.com

Because, well, why the hell not?

If you ever have the opportunity to walk into our apartment — this is the first thing you’ll see.

It makes me so happy, and I love how interchangeable it can be.

Inspired by Under the Sycamore.

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