I’ve been working on a few decor projects lately and I wanted to share my bathroom with you today. Ok, ok- So the bathroom is probably the last thing you’d like to see but it turned out really cute. After living in my place for about 5 years, I looked around and said, yep, that bathroom needs an update.
Before, it had branches nailed into the shower so it looked like a tree growing out of it with a tree shower curtain and dark picture frames with leaves. I was going for a nature theme obviously. haha. I really wanted to brighten it up and make it look clean and fresh with whatever I was going to get. So, here is the finished product:
Now, let’s focus on this curtain. Earlier this year in Anthropologie, I discovered the most amazing shower curtain that I instantly thought “I have to have that.” However, like most things in there, I checked the price tag and changed my thought to “I guess I don’t have to have that as much as I thought.”
Really beautiful, right? So back to my depressed, getting no shower curtain thoughts. The longer I looked at it, the more I thought that maybe I could do this myself. So, this is how a $118 shower curtain from Anthropologie was mine for only $30 and a few hours of my time.
The shower curtain is from Target and is the Threshold brand. I got that for $24. A few months ago, I posted about making tassels with yarn but all this called for was to switch over to embroidery thread. I picked 7 different colors and got 2 of each and they were on sale so only about $.30 each. This made me 70 mini tassels. However, if you buy more and wrap more, I could get this chunky look Anthro has. Here is the tutorial on how to make a TASSEL. For these, I cut out an inch of cardboard to wrap the thread and wrapped it 15 times which gave me so many more tassels than if I had wrapped more thread.
I had made a little knot at the top of each and used that to sew onto the tassels. I cut the remaining excess thread off to clean them up and that was that.
There you have it, a $118 Anthropologie Shower Curtain for only $30. Can’t beat that and I love it!
So I have a new dessert for you guys today. I wanted to try something new other than cakes and cupcakes and so today.. Ice Pops!
It’s hot outside so what is better than an icy treat during your day? The best thing about this pop- it have fresh fruit in it. So how about it? Want to try a Strawberries and Cream pop?
STRAWBERRIES & CREAM ICE POPS
Recipe from People’s Pops of Brooklyn
1 pound (4 cups) of fresh strawberries
3/4 cup and 2 tablespoons of simple syrup (recipe to follow)
1/4 cup heavy cream
optional: 1 tablespoon lemon juice if needed for taste
Puree your strawberries in a food processor and put it in a mixing bowl. Add in your simple syrup and mix well. Finally, add in your heavy cream and mix. Taste before pouring into your mold and see if you need to add any lemon juice.
Pour in molds and freeze for 4-5 hours.
Simple Syrup Recipe: Combine 2/3 cup cane sugar and 2/3 cup water in a sauce pan on medium. Keep stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to let cool.
They are so yummy and I’m excited to share them with you. They are perfect for a fun day at the pool or even a birthday party! I hope you try them and let me know what you think.
From the festivities of Saturday, I probably should have woken up in a car. I had a gal’s night with Erin and Laura and we went to see Matt Nathanson at the House of Blues. I will admit, he wasn’t my first choice, the opening act- Andrew McMahon- was who I really wanted to see.
Andrew has been in a few bands- Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin and I was telling the girls that I usually always miss his show. I’ll buy tickets and some unfortunate event makes me arrive late the the venue and miss most of his set. When we sat down at Flying Fish and the waiter said that their printer was broken and our food would take longer… it seemed like my fate of not seeing him was happening again.
On the contrary though, we made it to the House of Blues during his second song! I was in total fan girl mode even bypassing the bar to go straight to the stage. I am really not super crazy about a lot of artists, just enjoying them as most people should, but I’ve been on the Andrew bandwagon since middle school and he has gotten me through a lot. Not the “I have problems” gotten me through, but the “wow, someone else feels the exact same way I do” issues. I hope everyone has a music artist like this that they can relate to. If not, you can borrow Andrew.
He played a lot of his new stuff and we got this little old gem as well…
After I had my little moment, Matt Nathanson was about to take the stage. The only song we really knew of his was that “Come on Get Higher” song which was good but not worth a whole night of that. We promised each other that we’d go find something else to do if it wasn’t up our alley.
However, Matt Nathanson blew us away! Not only was he hilarious, he had us dancing the whole night. He made jokes throughout the whole concert and even did this little shimmy dance while he played guitar. Such an odd ball but we had an absolute blast. His music was all mostly upbeat and he even played covers like “Fancy” and “Dance With Somebody” which he clearly knew most of his attendees were girls.
Andrew came out and they did “American Girl” cover which was pretty epic. The show was so much fun and I really encourage you to go see Matt Nathanson if he comes to your town… even if you don’t know any of his songs. You feel like he’s your best friend by the last song.
The night was young so we headed up to Main Street where our night turned into even more dancing! We went to Pirates Cove and met some really nice fellows. At one point in the night, we were all carrying about 3 different drinks from making friends with people there as well as guys in the band. I guess they liked that we were the only girls dancing.
When we were tired and the guys kept dancing on their own without us, we decided it was time for bed and headed home.
Whenever in doubt, a girl’s night is ALWAYS needed! Especially with such great ones as Laura and Erin. #HappyAlways
This weekend, our cotillion had a mother/daughter brunch for all of the ladies of the Carolina Coast Cotillion. Even as I’m writing this, I’m imagining in my head as if I have a long, breathy drawl to accompany this post. The ladies are daughters and mothers I have grown up with all of my life so naturally, I feel right at home.
A large part of this brunch is to honor the new debutantes that will be presented in December at the annual ball. I had to do this, too back in college as a freshman. Cookie, real name Catherine, and I laughed together as we remembered our curtsy camp. We actually had an etiquette lady come in and show us how to property curtsy. Not really a skill I would say I have used in the real world… maybe I should bring it back? I could see me now, ending a meeting with a new client and bowing down to curtsy instead of shaking hands. Yeah… maybe I’ll have to reconsider that choice.
The food was really pretty. We had mini waffles and yogurt parfaits. Small danishes and quiches of course, made the list as well. I opted for the bacon.
Usually, we have some sort of entertainment. In the past, we have had fashion shows but this year, we had author, Lee Brockington come speak. She was such an interesting speaker and my favorite line was this:
As a southern woman, Your bosom can be fake. Your smile can be fake. Your hair color can be fake. But your silver and your pearls must be real.
It was such a nice party to celebrate being a woman and a sassy, southern woman at that.
That was the song of the week. I almost wish I could sing it to you.. almost. It came from my cute cousin, Katherine, that likes to sing songs to us.
Every few years, my mom’s side of the family gets everyone together for one big family fest! Everyone comes in from all over the east and we just hang out and take time off of real life. We have gotten pretty big- 13 adults, 5 kiddos and one queen.
We actually chanted “All Hail the Queen” when she got out of the car. haha. Running family joke..
We had the best time even though a few days were more overcast than sunny. It didn’t stop me from getting my sunburn of the summer. I’ve already peeled twice! I didn’t even know that was possible in one burn… as you can see here. (with my mom and cousin, Noah)
We had some beach fun with Uncle Johnny..
So funny, it didn’t stop haha.
We put on lots of sunscreen through out the week, too!
We played lots of family games like Head’s Up with the kids and then cards with the adults. Singing the Banana Song (which repeats “I’m a Banana, I’m a Banana” over and over) and Barbies were also a must.
We had such a great time. I absolutely LOVED seeing the whole family.
And one last back story on this photo: I was deemed the Digital Arts major so was elected to take the photos of the Evans family. After I did my duty and was heading back upstairs, they said I needed to be in a cousin photo. Well, they had all showered and had a dress code of white where I came stumbling in off the beach. I even told them that I didn’t feel left out and I still didn’t get out of it! haha
Wonderful weekend and I wouldn’t trade it for the world!