french memo board

With UK starting next week, many bluegrass guys and gals are looking for ways to decorate their dorm room or apartment.  An easy, DIY French memo board is a great way to display notes and photos from home in a small space.  It is also a great addition to any home office.

 {photo courtesy of}

What you’ll need:

•a canvas or piece of foam board of your choice (this will determine the size of your memo board)
•fabric of your choosing to cover the board
•staple gun and staples
•covered-button kit or buttons of your choice

Step by Step:

1. Cut your batting and fabric so that it is big enough to cover your memo board, go up the sides and onto the back. If your using an old French memo board (great option if you already have one and just want to update the style), remove and discard the buttons and ribbons.
2. Use the staple gun to secure the batting and fabric onto the board, stretching taut as you go.
3. Turn the memo board faceup. Arrange ribbon on the board how you like it and cut it a few inches longer than the distance across the board. Wrap one end to the back, and staple in place. Stretch the ribbon taut to the opposite corner, wrap the end to the back, and staple. Repeat with the other ribbons, secruing them into the positions you’ve chosen for them.
4. Finally, place a staple at each ribbon intersection to secure the ribbon and hot glue the buttons on (hiding the staples at each ribbon intersection.)  You can also sew your buttons on if your are sewing savvy.
Voila!  An adorable memo board to display mementos from home.

house warming

We all have our standard “go-to” gifts for friends with a new home.  A nice house plant.  A bottle of wine.  Notecards with their new address.  These are all great staple (and very classic) house warming gifts, but sometimes we just want to share something extra special.

Try this new twist on the old stationary classic.  I am in love with the idea of address pillows as a housewarming gift.  First, you can never have too many throw pillows in a house—it is the perfect way to cozy things up.  Also, it is a gift that gives you artistic license.  Have fun with your design.  You can be creative with fonts and colors.  I went for a very simple black version.

I recently purchased this one at House, one of my new favorite places to visit.  It was very reasonably priced and such a great quality.  The store has several samples that you can view in person as you make font and color selections.  You may find that you just have to get one for your own home.  Isn’t that the mark of a great gift?

Happy shopping!





(P.S.  My gift was a huge hit!)

hang in there

I am so in love with this Kate Spade necklace!  What an adorable pendant to pair with a white collared shirt and jeans.  Simple, but fabulous!

Kate Spade jewelry is being carried by many more stores now, including Lexington’s own Macy’s.  It is a great way to see the pieces in person before you purchase.  You get such a better sense of their color and size.

Happy shopping!

back to school

These are the most adorable cupcakes that I have ever seen! Surely they can entice even the most reluctant kid back to the school schedule.  It’s hard to believe that school starts in Fayette County tomorrow.  Where has the summer gone?

{photo and recipe courtesy of Family Fun Magazine}

Step by Step:

  1. Bake cupcakes of your choice and cool.  Cover the cupcakes with yellow frosting and allow them to sit for an hour before decorating. Dab each red Skittle or M&M with a bit of green frosting for the apple’s leaf, then set them aside.
  2. Put a tablespoon or two of white frosting into a small plastic bag for piping. Cut a very small hole in a corner of the bag, twist the top of the bag closed, and secure it with a rubber band or twist tie. Piping the frosting gently out of the hole, write messages on the chocolate-covered graham crackers. Leave space at the bottom of the cookie, where it’ll be stuck into the cupcake.
  3. Cut a groove in the cupcake’s frosting with a knife, then fit a blackboard into the groove. Add one Skittle or M&M apple and a piece of Good & Plenty chalk, as shown.