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Weekend Vibes

 This weekend wasn’t full to the brim, but it was nice.  I like them like that more and more these days!

I’ve been in Thomasville all week for work and Wheat was in Atlanta Thursday night for a meeting, so Friday night we laid low and cooked a steak from Jones’ Meats at home.  I wound up my yarn and cast on my Slope tank top by Shibui Knits (I know, I’m wild and crazy!).  I have been saving a gift certificate from Christmas, a little Valentine’s Day treat $ from my parents, and some Thomasville Downtown Dollars for a while now, and I thought I would knit the James Sweater as my first garment for myself.  But then I started thinking about how I want something to wear this summer, and I’ve been eyeing the Slope tank for a while now… so here I go.  I’m learning short rows and some garment shaping with it, but otherwise it should be a fairly mindless and pretty quick knit.  Shibui Twig is indeed a bit twig-like to knit with, but I can already tell it’s going to drape beautifully and the linen will get softer and softer over time.  I cannot wait to wear it already!

 Shibui Knits Slope Tank | oysters and pearls

Saturday I worked at Maiden South, and it was a quiet, beautiful day on the Square with lots of people in town for Swamp Gravy.

Scenes from Maiden South | oysters and pearls

I managed to sneak in a couple repeats of the antler cable in this Tin Can Knits Antler Hat, which is starting to really look pretty!  I love the variation in the yarn, and since it’s 100% undyed alpaca, it is insanely soft.  Going to be so warm and squishy and cozy!

Tin Can Knits Antler Hat in Cascade EcoDuo Alpaca Yarn | oysters and pearls

Saturday morning I also perused the latest Anthropologie catalog, and I fell in love with this dress… specifically the knit overlay.  But with a $168 price tag, it ain’t gonna happen.  But I can totally knit that to wear over my own maxi dresses, right? PS I’m also kind of obsessed with her hair.

 And thus began a new obsession: to find a pattern to mimic that overlay to wear over maxi dresses all summer. Any suggestions?

Anthropologie Dress | oysters and pearls
Anthropologie Style | oysters and pearls

Meanwhile, in Babyland, we passed the 30-week mark last week with baby K!  I’m starting to get a bit uncomfortable, but most of that has to do with this baby’s head being stuck under my ribs most of the time – ha.

Despite that, I still feel really great and I’m fortunate to have been able to stay really active, which I know has helped. With an expected arrival the first week of May, we’ve got about 9 weeks remaining. Not that anyone around here is counting.

30 Week Bumpdate | oysters and pearls
30 Weeks 1 Day Bumpdate | oysters and pearls

And last but not least, I had finished these little Moss the Sheep for a mobile back in November, but as a finishing touch in the nursery, Wheat helped me hang it up finally on Sunday after we did a bit of yard and house work.  I LOVE it SO much.  It turned out just as I had hoped and imagined, thanks to a bit of help from my sweet friend Cadence at Fuzzy Goat in the form of some leftovers of that gorgeous Shibui Knits Silk Cloud yarn she shared with me.  She gave me enough that I could wrap an old grape vine basket form (leftover from a Georgia Basketweaving Convention a couple of years ago) in it as well as use it to hang the entire mobile and all the sheep.  I ADORE it!  And of course, my favorite part is the lone little black sheep, who ended up turning out a wee bit husky.  A little reminder for baby that it’s okay to be different. :)

PS I promise a sneak peek at the entire nursery soon… Pinky promise!  Until then, consider this another sneak peek. ;)

Moss the Sheep as a Baby Mobile | oysters and pearls

And to start your week off right… sharing a bit from my devotional this morning.

Savor Devotional by Shauna Niequist | oysters and pearls

Happy Monday, friends!  We have lots of my college girlfriends coming into town this weekend to throw us a baby shower, and I couldn’t be more excited for some girl time with them!  I’m such a lucky, lucky gal, and baby K is going to be so lucky to have them in his or her life, as well.

Then on Sunday it’s Elah’s FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!!  I absolutely cannot believe she is one year old.  I love that little girl so much, and every time I get to see her she is more and more fun. Time flies, folks!

Tonight is Knit Night at the shop, so come knit with me from six to eight at One.Two.Three!

It’s going to be a busy, fun week full of creative endeavors, work, family, friends, and celebrations and I have a heart that is so full!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

Friday Favorites

I haven’t done a Friday Favorites (this title seems more appropriate than “Friday Finds” now) post in a while, but I’ve been mentally taking notes of some awesome stuff lately, especially over Christmas.  Let’s get started, shall we?

1. CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish 

CND Vinylux  Weekly Polish in Decadence CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Powder My Nose

My sister gave me these two polishes, Creative Nail Design Vinylux Nail Lacquer, Decadence
and Creative Nail Design Vinylux Nail Lacquer, Powder My Nose,
plus the Creative Nail Design Vinylux Nail Lacquer, Weekly Top Coat (<– affiliate links)
for Christmas.  I know I have preached about Seche Vite topcoat on here before, and I still think it’s amazing stuff, but so is this!  I really painted my nails a week ago, and they are just now starting to peel off.  That’s really saying something, as much as I cook/wash my hands/etc.  This is my new favorite beauty product.  For spring, I would love to get some brighter colors, too.

2. Pam Cooking Spray, Baking

Favorite Non-Stick Spray Pam for Baking  Oysters & Pearls

This is the best baking spray I’ve found (<– affiliate links).  Random thing to be a favorite, I know.  But seriously, it doesn’t leave nearly as much residue on your dishes, nothing will stick to it.  It really bugs me when baking spray leaves residue on my casserole dishes, and then it’s basically IMPOSSIBLE to get off of there.  This one doesn’t do that, and I <3 it.

3. Oysters as Fan Pulls

Oyster Ornament Fan Pull | Oysters & Pearls

Fair warning: this is a (fairly) shameless plug.

Remember how I made those pretty Oyster Ornaments?  Well, I kept a few for myself, and after I took them off the Christmas tree, I decided they made perfectly lovely fan pulls.  So removed the standard fan pull hardware that came with our fans and replaced them with oyster ornaments!  I still have a few left from before Christmas, and will be making some more here in a bit that I think are going to be really pretty, too.  You can order them over on the Shop page!

4. Madewell Pull-on Booties

Madewell Pull-on Boots | Oysters & Pearls

I will go ahead and preface this with a disclaimer.  I am not a fashion blogger.  My husband is not a fashion photographer.  However, I am attempting to make an exception today because there are some things I want to tell you about.  I love my tall boots, but sometimes they eat my jeans (can anyone else relate?) and it drives me crazy.  Sometimes I just want to not have to worry about hiking them up all the time, but I don’t want ballet flats or my booties with heels.  Times such as these call for booties like these.  They are sort of manly and ugly, made of fine leather that is going to require a significant amount of breaking in – but the kind that you can tell will be well worth it.  I love them.

5. Plum Classy Plaid Monogrammed Scarf

Plum Classy Monogrammed Scarf | Oysters & Pearls

Plum Classy Monogrammed Scarf (℅), Barbour and Liberty of London for J.Crew Beadnell Jacket (no longer available, but similar here), Gap distressed boyfriend jeans.

I’m always obsessed with my Barbour jacket, but I’m really loving this new scarf.  I mentioned it before, but wanted to share a picture.  I love that it’s a brown and black plaid.  And I didn’t manage to get the monogram in the picture (oops) but it’s a perfectly bright cream color.  I am a big fan of black + brown, so this fits the bill perfectly.

6. Dainty Necklaces

Dainty Handmade Smoky Topaz Necklace | Oysters & Pearls

No link for ya here.  Once upon a time, in a far away place (Tallahassee) I used to make jewelry and sell it (mainly on Etsy at Frankly, My Dear Jewelry)  I haven’t had time to make it for sale in years, but sometimes I make some for myself and for gifts and for fun.  Every now and then I think about getting back into making some for sale.  Ya know, because I have so much free time on my hands.  Anywho, I made this dainty little smoky topaz necklace for myself the other day, and a sweet little pale pink topaz one for Nancy for her birthday.  I am working on some other ideas I have floating around in my head, too.  I think dainty gemstone necklaces are going to come back hard and strong.  At least, they are for me!

7. Anthropologie Emile Sweater

Anthropologie Emile Sweater

I posted about this sweater before on a Friday Finds post.  I have been dying to have it ever since I first saw it in a magazine.  I tore it out and tacked it up on my bulletin board in my office (I should probably call it my “inspiration board” if I want to be a good blogger).  I have constantly and continually checked to see if it would go on sale, and IT FINALLY DID.  And it is already in my possession.  And it’s just as warm and snuggly and soft as I imagined.  It’s a warm winter sweater dream.

And on a personal, New Year’s resolution note, one of my resolutions is to be much more careful about what I purchase.  One of my favorite blogs, Feather Factor, recently did yet another post on her Wardrobe Resolutions.   She limits herself to 30 purchases per year.  Just 30!  She tracks them and the prices, and it keeps her accountable.  It also helps her keep track of what she purchases from year to year and if she is still wearing that item, makes sure she doesn’t purchase duplicates, etc.  Granted, she is purchasing Hermes and I’m shopping at J.Crew and Anthropologie, but it’s still a smart concept no matter your budget.  It also encourages you to really think about what you want and what you actually purchase, and she advocates a quality over quantity mentality when adding to your wardrobe.  I am going to attempt to do the same.  Thirty purchases for my wardrobe in 2014.  Saving up for high quality items that will last, rather than purchasing something just because I find it on sale.  I won’t lie, it’s going to be difficult.  I mean, I’ve already made two of those thirty purchases!  But hopefully making an excel spreadsheet and putting my goal out there for the world to see will hold me accountable, too.  Wish me luck!

And that, my friends, will be enough fashion blogging for me for a while, I do believe.  Wheat was giggling like a school girl taking those pictures for me in the parking lot at his office.  But if y’all enjoy this kind of post, I’ll try to work more of them in on occasion.

Enjoy your weekend.  Cheers!

Until Next Time

Weekend Recap, Maggie’s Tomato Soup, & Goats

So, it’s like, already Tuesday.

Oops.

I just couldn’t get my act together to get a post ready for Monday, for no other reason except that I was just too busy.  In a good way.

Just a warning, this post is all. over. the. place.

Friday we did our usual.  Went to happy hour at the country club, and then ate supper at our friend Lance’s restaurant (Bonnie Blue’s) with Wheat’s parents.

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Yep, that’s my father-in-law, just clowning around with some of the kids at happy hour.  I challenge any of you to beat him in a headstand contest.  To my knowledge, it’s never been done.

Saturday we did the opposite of sleeping in.  Wheat had me up and out of the house by 8:00 a.m. (he’s not human).  We rode out to the farm with quite the agenda.

Check Wheat’s birthday present (aka his new game camera).

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I took that picture in the bottom near Wheat’s camera.  It’s so pretty down there.

And my personal favorite picture from his camera:

Deer Peekaboo | Oysters & Pearls

Peekaboo!

Then we checked my pumpkin patch and picked 9 more pumpkins!  Stopped at Harvest Moon and purchased another pumpkin and gave Marla one of mine.  Developed my dream of being a pumpkin farmer.

Pulled some peanuts, then boiled some peanuts.

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Then had an awesome BBQ at Maggie and Greg’s house.  I didn’t take any pictures because I was too busy stuffing my face, but suffice it to say that I’ll be anxiously awaiting her recipe posts.  She made a shaved brussel sprout slaw that made a self-proclaimed brussel sprout hater clean his plate (cough, Wheat, cough).  You should check out her new blog and anxiously await them with me.

And speaking of Maggie, I spent my post-Church Sunday afternoon baking (recipes coming soon!) and making the Cream of Tomato Soup recipe she posted last week, which she adapted from Deb at the Smitten Kitchen, who nabbed it from America’s Test Kitchen cookbook.  We didn’t eat it Sunday night, but we did eat it for lunch yesterday.  And will again today.  And tomorrow.

Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic for Tomato Soup | Oysters & Pearls

Here it is, reposted verbatim, for convenience (but check out her post for step-by-step pictures), and a couple of things I learned in the process:

Maggie’s Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe

Cream of Tomato Soup, from thesmintzes.wordpress.com
(Adapted from Smittenkitchen.com)

2 cans San Marzano whole tomatoes
1.5 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 clove garlic
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
Pinch allspice
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
Salt to taste

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Pour the cans of tomatoes out over a colander set on top of a bowl, so that the juices catch in the bowl. Crush the whole tomatoes with your hands, then spread them in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle the brown sugar atop the tomatoes on the baking sheet. Slice the whole clove of garlic horizontally and place both halves cut side up on the baking sheet. Roast the tomatoes and garlic for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the butter over medium heat until foamy. Stir in the tomato paste and allspice and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the flour and stir until incorporated, about 30 seconds. Gradually add the chicken stock, whisking constantly, then add the roasted tomatoes and reserved tomato juices. Cover, increase heat to medium, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 10 minutes.

Transfer the tomatoes and other solids, along with the roasted garlic cloves, into a blender and purée until smooth. Return to the saucepan, then add the heavy cream and stir well to incorporate. Heat over low until hot, about 3 minutes. Add salt to taste (I never need any).

Smitten Kitchen Tomato Soup & Frico'ed Grilled Cheese | Oysters & Pearls

SO GOOD!  Some things I learned whilst making this soup: 1) When you go to squeezing those tomatoes, WATCH OUT.  They have a tendency to explode in your hands and make a tomato-mess all over you and your counter; and 2) an immersion blender makes the blending process a lot easier.  I want to hug mine every time I use it.  Just stick it in the pot when you’re done cooking and blend away.

And because Deb at the Smitten Kitchen is amazing, I also made her frico grilled cheese sandwiches to go along with this delicious soup yesterday for lunch.  Because what is tomato soup without grilled cheese?

Nothing. It’s nothing.

All this really means is that I throw some freshly grated cheddar cheese down on a cast iron skillet, then build a grilled cheese on top, then pick it all up when the cheese is nice and crispy and frico’ed, and put some more cheese under there, then flip the whole thing over.  Butter on the outside, cheese (and a little sriracha for me) on the inside.  Simple and classic grilled cheese & tomato soup.  With a twist.

Smitten Kitchen Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese | Oysters & Pearls

And finally, in honor of my hometown’s Goat Day on October 19, which I will be missing this year due to my dear friend Sara’s wedding (yayitsalmosthere!!), I’m celebrating from afar this week by using my phenomenal goat napkins from Anthropologie.

Goat Napkin from Anthropologie | Oysters & Pearls

I’ll try to work them into posts all week.  Because I’m a huge nerd, and also because I’m a former brochure covergirl for Goat Day.

It was my dream to share the brochure I was on the cover of with you all today.  But alas, my mom couldn’t find it.  However, she did find two excellent pictures of me with goats.

Natalie & Goat | Oysters & Pearls

Natalie & Billy Goat | Oysters & Pearls copy

Yes, goats and I go way back.  All things Goat will be taking place at Sam Atkins Park in Blountstown, Florida, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Central) on Saturday, October 19th.  There’s even a Pioneer Settlement, with a real blacksmith and shop, tons of food, reenactments, and lots more.  For further details, here’s {an article} by my very own cousin, Kristy!

Promote the Goat, y’all.

Until Next Time