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I'm Diana.

I like to create pretty things and sweet treats, collect vintage finds, & build a beautiful life.

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Entries in Life (39)

Friday
May312013

Weekend Fun From May

We'd had a string of lovely weekends over here. The weather has been (mostly) warm and sunny and we've had a handful of things planned each weekend, which I love. Add to that some shopping, thrifting, multiple walks into town for breakfast, frozen beverages, tons of live music, my new car, and handful of new dollar records and you've got a couple of perfect weekends. I'm loving our town and the weather around here more than ever. Life feels rather full right now.

Happy Friday! (And for those keeping track at home, yes, Tim got a haircut.)

Friday
May102013

Spring Fever

Do you ever get spring fever? That burning desire to drop everything and have a picnic in the park? Clean for entire afternoons? Take out all your summer clothes and tuck away your winter coats? Fill your home with flowers and house plants? Breaking out your sandals maybe a little too early? Sit in your house and wish you had something to do outside to enjoy the weather?

yes. yes. yes. yes. yes. yes.

Working in an office with a window gets harder during the warmer months. All I want to do is be outside in the sun. But that's how life goes. This spring and summer are going to be different in the best possible ways. The changing of the seasons is always something to be excited about in my opinion. I love consistent change and as much as I love warm weather, living somewhere without seasons would get old for me after a while.

My hopes are high for this spring, and so far it has been very lovely. On the horizon I'm looking forward to long days at the shore, BBQs, and weekend vacations. I'm excited to see some larger projects done that I've been putting off. Let's just say, my expectations are high.

What are you looking forward to now that the weather is nicer?

Happy weekend! Make it a good one!

Tuesday
Apr302013

Around Here

I'm looking forward to getting this week over with. After this weekend, life will be working it's way to a new "normal" with more family time and warm weather. I'm excited to begin thinking (and planning) vacations and outings. Spending weekends down the shore sitting on the beach and eating ice cream. Right now, these are just dreams. 

For now, I just want to focus on getting some around the house things done, projects completed, and treats baked. Busy, busy, busy.

Friday
Mar082013

Reflecting on Ten Things

I've been reflecting on things a bit lately, maybe you are tired of hearing about it (sorry!) Sometimes I just get in these moods. I wanted to put together a list of things I'm great at, things I'm not so great at, and things I want to get better at.

I've always been an advocate for constructive criticism and though I don't always take it well, I feel that everyone should be aware of what they are great at (yay!) and not so great at (sigh...) I think it takes a strong person to know their strengths and weaknesses, and I'm always about trying to make myself a stronger person.

10 Things I'm Awesome At:

  1. Cupcakes
  2. Justifying purchases
  3. Speaking my mind
  4. Knowing song lyrics
  5. Mixing colors
  6. Crafting (I don't really think "awesome" is the right word)
  7. Mario video games
  8. Meeting deadline
  9. Making lists
  10. Becoming obsessed with certain TV shows


10 Things I'm Awful At:

  1. Making small talk
  2. Painting furniture
  3. Waiting
  4. Traveling in groups larger than 4
  5. Cleaning my plate
  6. Not eating donuts
  7. Scooping the cat litterbox
  8. Being content
  9. Talking on the phone
  10. Anything dealing with cars.


10 Things I Want to Get Better At:

  1. Styling my hair
  2. Exercising
  3. Taking self portraits
  4. Picking out lipsticks
  5. Keeping up with cleaning
  6. Cooking
  7. Directions
  8. Decorating my house
  9. Following recipes
  10. Sewing

There is it. All out in the open!

Monday
Mar042013

March Goals

It's March and I can feel bits of Spring beginning to peek through. Very exciting.

For February, I talked about cooking more at home, finishing up our living room and downstairs bathroom, and taking more daily-life photos. Well, I've absolutely been cooking more at home! Our switching to eating better has made me much more aware of what we should and shouldn't be eating on a regular basis. I've also discovered ways to cook vegetables that I never liked that we now love. Hooray!

I would say I took a few daily-life photos this month (which I guess is better than none, but I still don't consider this a completed goal), but we made a decision to move apartments within our complex in the summer so that has discouraged me from really decorating our current space further.

Anyway, here are some goals for March...

  • Read more books. I love reading, but have the hardest time finding books that interest me. I have very particular taste, I guess.
  • Wear less jeans. In a recent post, I talked about this e-course by Delightfully Tacky I'd been taking. She's inspired me to put together better outfits for going out. I always want to wear dresses and tights, but always put them on, decide I look too "dressed up" and then opt for jeans. Such a silly goal, but it's my life.
  • Kick back into baking. I miss baking. And with not buying cookies and treats anymore, I feel a bit deprived. Stay tuned for more treat recipes soon.