Etsy Update: LIVE ON JULY 5th!!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Katie Company Etsy shop will be open for business on...... JULY 5th!!!!!!!!

I am still editing pictures, writing up descriptions and pulling together some of my favorite pieces so thank you for bearing with me.

Oh, and one more thing-Katie Company will offer FREE SHIPPING for the first month that we are live! Whhhhaaaaaaa-hooooooooooooo!

Monday with Matt Clinton Designs

Monday, June 28, 2010

I spent Saturday night with my dear friend, Matt Clinton of Matt Clinton Designs (I think we are both still paying for it this morning...). He is an amazing interior decorator, event planner, florist and all around awesome guy.

When I was first starting out in the "real" world, I had the pleasure of working for Matt at his first store, Letters on the Plaza. What started off as a home furnishing store soon made way to a re-location in the heart of Tuscaloosa and the opening of Matt Clinton Designs. This guy is pure genius.

Check out all he has to offer here.

Happy Friday!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Meet the sloths from Amphibian Avenger on Vimeo.

I found this video over on Richie Designs and had to share it with yall. I wonder how well a sloth baby would survive the Alabama heat. SO STINKN' CUTE!

Happy Friday yall!

Wish me luck!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Image from here.

I entered a Giveaway over at The Pioneer Woman! Miss Ree is so kind enough to give away a Nikon D90 DSLR camera and a copy of Adobe Photoshop CS4!!!! Keep your little fingers crossed that I win!

For the details, click here.

DIY: Brooke's Embroidery Hoops

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Give it up for my girl Brooke! She totally had her DIY: Embroidery "Quote" Hoops featured on Design Sponge on this morning! I am telling yall, she is a lady of many talents!

Check out Brooke's blog, Playing Grown Up, for more fun DIY, crafty things! You go girl!

New at Katie Company

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Here are some cute new earrings that I have made in preparation for Katie Company's "Grand Re-opening" over at Etsy. I am aiming to get the shop up by July 1st. I have a few things already made that I will be stocking the virtual shelves with and will continue to add more merchandise as I make it.

I had the best time making these earrings (and ring!) and they are the perfect combination of cute and classic. They will go with every outfit in your closet!

Please stay tuned for more info about the "Grand Re-Opening" of Katie Company!

Front Porch:Before

Thursday, June 17, 2010

As promised, here is a before shot of my nasty, pollen covered porch. Please forgive the blurry picture-I think I had my camera settings wrong and this was the best out of 12 that I took. Since this photo, I sprayed down the wicker furniture and cleaned them up. They are now sparkling clean and waiting on a new coat of paint. I think I will stick with white, as it is crisp and classic. I will continue to post more photos of "The Great Porch Makeover" over the next few weeks as I work on it.

I am thinking about an outdoor rug to cover the gross, chippy green paint. Or should it just get a new coat of paint? Any thoughts on these two matters?

P.S. The fabulous fake Paperwhite flower arrangement circa 1981 is gone. We had a proper burial for it.

Best gift ever: Singer Featherweight 221

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

One of my most prized possessions is my 1952 Singer Featherweight 221. My mother gave it to me last year for my 25th birthday.

1952 Singer Featherweight 221

Having always been the person to say "I can make that", I figured that a sewing machine would be the perfect tool to help me with all my DIY projects. Also, I am on the short side so learning to hem pants is a must. I am a total beginner and to-date have made 2 pillow covers with Mom’s help and failed miserably at attempting to hem a dress.

Yellow & Teal sewing machine OMG-Those colors. I Die. Incredible.

In my quest to find a sewing class in my area, I have a lot of people asking me what it is exactly I want to sew. My response comes out in one big A.D.D mess- EVERYTHING, dresses, curtains, dolls, bags, whatever else I can think of. They probably think I am a freak.

I forgot to mention earlier that I have now inherited my mother’s serger-a big scary looking machine that I have no clue how to work. I will learn the basics before I try for the more advanced stuff.

With all this said-do yall have any advice for a beginner sewer? Any book recommendations, tips, tricks, ect?

Screen Porch-Made for Relaxing

Friday, June 11, 2010

There is nothing better than relaxing on a screened-in front porch on a cool summer night. Wait-who am I kidding-there is nothing “cool” about 90 degree weather at 8:00pm.

I will be working on a small porch makeover/clean-up this weekend and will have some awesome before and after shots for yall next week. Until then, I will be dreaming about these quaint little nooks, perfect for a glass of wine and a good book…

Have a great weekend!

screen porch with dog

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modern scree front porch

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beach screen porch

Coastal Living

screen porch with lights

Coastal Living

coastal living screen porch

Coastal Living Design House 2009

I am a stalker...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

...not the creepy kind! Let me introduce you to Brooke Premo of Playing-Grown-Up. She is by far the cutest, most crafty lady I know-not to mention she lives in the same town as moi. I first met Brooke while setting up for Art at the Square, a local art show, last summer. While she went to high school with my sister, I had never met her, but we instantly hit it off while "ooooohhhhing" & "aaahhhhhhing" over each other crafts.

Playing Grown Up Her blog, Playing-Grown-Up, documents all of her crafty endeavors, her cute home renovations (THEY BUILT THEIR OWN DECK AND LAYED THEIR OWN DRIVEWAY!), as well as her life with her husband, Grant, and their mischievous pup, Berkley. All this while "playing" grown-up. You should check out her awesome blog (I do, like-5 times a day...) and her even awesomer (this is a word in my book) etsy shop.

It is so nice to have a fellow crafty lady in my town! I hope I don't freak her out with my stalking and the fact that my sister and I call each other asking "OMG did you see Brooke's blog today? She is so freakn' cute". Because she really is.

**While writing this post I realized that Brooke's Etsy shop is down for a few days while she recovers from her sister-in-laws wedding. However-she tells us that she is working on some new stuff so it is def worth the wait! I will have a future post about her cute chalkboards once she gets some stuff back up so you can run over and buy them all immediately!

Weekend Wedding: Cheri and Harris

Monday, June 7, 2010

I just got back from a long weekend in Orange Beach, AL attending the wedding of a childhood friend. Harris and his new bride, Cheri, are by far the coolest couple I know.

The "Great Gadsby-esque" wedding/reception was held outside at his parents house on Ono Island. Not even a full day of rain (well into 8pm) could put a damper on all of the festivities. After putting the wedding off for an hour, all 75 guests crowded into the house to witness the couple say "I Do". I bawled my eyes out (like I do at every wedding) and everyone could literally feel the love that these two radiated. It was amazing.

The rain finally quit and we all headed outside for the reception held in the backyard and the boathouse overlooking the bay. As I walked down the pier with a girlfriend we both agreed that we felt like we were in a movie... Big Fish to be exact.

I wish Harris and Cheri all the best in their life together and thank them for a wonderful weekend!

I am embarrassed to say that I only took a few pictures and none of which showed the how beautiful everything was. I will be a better picture-taker at future events... I promise.

Lovely Things...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

These little beauties showed up at my house this afternoon and are just begging to be made into something special. Stay tuned for more bits and baubles for you neck, hands and ears...

I am working on some really great pieces for a home show as well as putting things up in the Katie Company Etsy shop. While the shop is empty right now, please continue to check in as I will be announcing it's "Grand Re-opening" VERY soon.

Thanks to all who have hung in there with me these past few months... I wouldn't be the person I am today with out yall.