Maps are cool, they just are. I might not know how to use them very well (evidenced by my 8th grade orienteering field trip where my partner and I finished dead last) but I can appreciate their value and aesthetic elements. We have a large empty wall still in our place and we’ve been grappling over what to do with it. More mirrors? lame. Maybe a large map is what we are missing, or maybe a few maps?
I got the idea off of Pinterest. I was directed to Inspire Bohemia a pretty fun blog. Here is some inspiration from this post.
love the colors, the map looks great in this corner
could easily DIY a map like this
I love the old school house pull down maps.
You can find similar maps (real examples below) on Etsy.
$40 vintage pull down school map
$195 beautiful 3 piece installation world map, mounted on wood.
Throughout this wedding planning process Mike and I have had some pretty fun disagreements. We see eye to eye on important matters like food but some of the decor elements are a bit lost on him (“how much for linens!?”). I totally understand. The amount of money spent on ONE day seems absolutely frivolous and dumb. So as the costs pile up it’s conversations like this that make me laugh/really frustrated;
Me: “So we can have live music for when the guests arrive and for the ceremony. It’ll be $300, which is a pretty good deal and we need to decide if we want a guitar or a cello.”
Him: “Wait? $300 for music for an hour? That’s ridiculous.”
Me: “Yes, but it’s the only time I’ll ever walk down the aisle, hopefully, and I’d really like live pretty music.”
Him: “Well, don’t most people have a DJ for that?”
Him: “I don’t see why your brother doesn’t just press play on a boom box, this is dumb. No.”
-Skip to a few days later…..-
I get an e-mail from him;
“Let’s do this! (link to m&m website in which you can personalize m&ms as party favors)”
My reply, “This is fun, but it’s $300.”
His reply, “Go ahead and order it, it’s totally worth it!”
We’ve been wanting to try this one out for a while. I love oatmeal and I love a good crockpot so the two together just seems natural. Oh, and it’s low fat and healthy too? Fantastic. I studied a few variations of this recipe and worked with what we had. We got some bad news last night so this was definitely a good comfort food for this morning.
Chop up two apples (some recipes suggest peeling them, but I left it on)
You’ll need to grease the crockpot or it will stick like silly glue the next morning.
Dump in 1 cup of Steel Cut Oats
Add 1 1/2 cup water and 1 1/2 cup milk (I substitued Almond milk)
Sprinkle some cinnamon.
Set on low and leave overnight for roughly 7 hours
In the morning you are greeted with a wonderful smell!
I crushed up some almonds to throw on top for a crunchy treat.
YUM YUM YUM
So I’m constantly in awe of these women bloggers who post something über crafty every other day. When do they have the time to craft? And why are they not watching tv? Anyways, I finally did something. I made my own necklace! I actually went to a bead/supplies store, quickly realized that beads/jewelry toggle noggles are really kind of expensive and then found my precious gems. I came home, where these new supplies sat alone, untouched for at least a week or two. But then one day I found myself home and in between Real Housewives episodes so WALAAH;
Etsy here I come!