Archive for November 2011

A Bathroom Facelift

So it has been an extremely long time since I've posted about our home renovations...
Our house is slowly starting to feel like home and the potential is gradually becoming more and more evident with each brush of paint and slab of spackle.  Zach and I anxiously await the day where the downstairs is closer to completion so we can host our first little party!

Without further adieu, our latest finished project.
The downstairs bathroom.

Now, you are probably wondering what that red door goes to... well it leads outside.
Yep - it's super weird, random, and I'm not sure how I feel about it, but that's old houses for you.
When I started painting this room, all I knew was I wanted it to feel clean and not look a dingy yellow anymore. I also knew I wanted a pendant light fixture to be one of the focal points.

Since I wasn't going to shell out a lot of money for a light, I figured the best way was to make it myself.
After scavenging our favorite salvage yard, I found several pieces I knew I could make into beautiful pendant lights. They also resembled the industrial pendant lights I had coveted on West Elm, but for a fraction of the cost! I grabbed a couple, knowing that if these turned out, they'd be showing up on my Etsy Shop.

Here is the original salvaged piece.

The finished piece!

What do you guys think?
I'm in love with the color combo and how well the industrial light turned out.
It's the crisp, clean look of white, mixed with "dirty and old" industrial pieces that make this little space unique.
It makes me super anxious to get the rest of the house in the same condition!

I'll have the exact same pendant, along with a bigger one, available soon on Heart Full!
If anyone is interested in these, but in other colors, I'd be happy to customize one for you.

Hope your Thanksgiving weekend was relaxing.
It was just the time I needed before heading into a busy Christmas season at work! 

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Barley & Potato Stew - A Thanksgiving Dish

Happy Thanksgiving Folks! 
I hope your day is filled with yummy goods, fun family time, and lots of thankfulness! 
In case you are in a pinch for a last minute recipe to bring over to the relatives, here is another one of my staple stews for this autumn and winter season. 

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small squash, peeled and cubed
3 red skin potatoes, cubed
1/2 cup of corn 
1 large tomato, diced
4 cups vegetable broth
1 cup water
1 cup barley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper

In a Dutch oven, pour olive oil and saute your onion and garlic till tender. Add squash, potatoes, and corn; cooking for about 5 minutes. Pour in broth, water, barley, and season with spices. You may need to add more/less water; depending on how thick you like your stew. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until barley is soft. Add tomato and cook for another 5 minutes.  It may not be your "traditional" Thanksgiving dish, but it sure tastes good. 

I'm so thankful for this past year - a new husband, new house, becoming part of an amazing family, a wonderful career, and many supportive friends. So what are you thankful for this year? 

The giveaway winner for Pillows by Dezign is Anastasia
Please shoot me an email to claim your prize! 

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It's Raining

It's raining...
The random tapping of droplets has an immediate soothing effect. 
It's odd how comforting rain is while you are inside, but makes you regret it as soon as you step outside. 
At the moment I'm wishing it was this past Sunday so I could be outside enjoying the weather and wearing this outfit again. But since it's Tuesday, I'll settle for joining some good friends for a drink downtown. 
Nothing like good conversation and a local brew to make up for a cold, wet day.

How to do you escape dreary, cold, wet days? 

If you haven't already, make sure to check out the Pillows by Dezign giveaway I'm hosting! 
Only one more day to enter to win! 

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Pillows By Dezign - A Giveaway!

I'm so excited to announce this giveaway by a Grand Rapids, Michigan shop! I truly believe in shopping locally, so when Brian, from Pillows by Dezign, contacted me I was super pumped about supporting a local business on the blog. Pillows by Dezign, a designer pillow company, wants to give you all a chance to win a $65 shop credit to apply to any one of their beautiful pillows. Here are just a few of my favorites... I had a hard time choosing! Click on each photo to see more lovely throw, lumbar, or bed pillows!

Aside from these three categories, Pillows by Dezign also specializes in outdoor pillows and custom creations!
Using the top brands in the industry - Kravet, Robert Allen, Duralee, and Osborne & Little, all pillows are highly affordable and fashionable! I love how they incorporate the latest trends in patterns and textures for home decor.

So how do you enter to win? 
1.)Visit Pillows by Dezign's Facebook page and hit "like." 
2.) Leave a comment on this post that you liked them and what pillow you'd pick if you win. 

Giveaway ends November 23rd at 9pm EST. Thanksgiving day I'll announce the lucky winner. 
All readers will then have 15% off their purchases the whole day of November 26th! 
Just use the coupon code "aheartfullofdaisies."

Make sure to stay connected with Pillows by Dezign via their website, blog, and Twitter for more up-to-date trends on home decor and the latest designer pillows. 

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Weekend Adventures - Back At The Farm

Since our wedding, life has gotten so busy that I've sadly not been back home to Illinois. 
Missing my parents and my roots; it was time to take a break from working on the house. 
This past weekend I drove the 4.5 hours home and prepared myself for relaxing, eating my mother's amazing food, thrifting, and being a daddy's girl.  Here are a few snap shots of my grandfather's old barn, the family farm, and our doggie, Diesel. 
Isn't he so precious?! 

As much as I adore Michigan, my roots back in Illinois are firm and deep.  I know most people wouldn't think that the flat land of corn and beans are beautiful, but there is something about the vastness of it all. It brings the vividness of the sun and clouds alive during the day and the brightness of the stars and moon by night. Whereas in other places, buildings, trees, and pollution block the fullness of these moments. On my way back to Michigan, I drove enraptured by the wind pushing the clouds so fast; their shadow moving over the harvested land like an unforeseen force for miles.  Although I'm not meant to live in Illinois anymore, it's hard to take the country out of the girl.  :)

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Etsy Treasury - Only Orange

Even though it snowed today in West Michigan, my heart is still craving fall. 
Here are just a few of the curated items in my Etsy Treasury, Only Orange, a tribute to one of the many beautiful colors that autumn brings upon us.  Be sure to check out the rest of my treasury.


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Fallen Leaves

After this weekend, I'm quickly reminded why November is my favorite month...aside from getting together with family for Thanksgiving and it being my birthday month, the fall season in general is seriously amazing.
For example, being able to run in a t-shirt and shorts in November = Awesome. 
And so is hanging out in my favorite Urban Outfitters hoodie without a jacket on a beautiful sunny day.
I know that sooner or later the snow will come, but for now, I'll take the fallen leaves. 

Hoodie: Urban Outfitters,  Long Sleeve: Target, 
Jeans: Levi's,  Boots: One Girls Treasure (Steve Madden's), 
Socks: Smartwool, Earrings: Gift

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Pumpkin & Walnut Bread

I don't bake often, but when I do, I find myself turning off all other distractions and becoming completely absorbed in the art of baking.  Cooking in general seems to calm me and bring me to the present.
 Not thinking about anything else but the task at hand. Even though life gets hectic, I try to find time to cook or bake almost everyday. Just like running, it is a hobby that keeps me sane.

And what better way to relax and fill your belly, than with some warm Pumpkin & Walnut Bread!


3-4 cups cooked pumpkin or canned
1 cup sugar
1 cup maple syrup
1 cup almond milk
2 "eggs" - 2 tbsp flaxseed/6 tbsp water
3/4 cup oil
11/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups wheat flour
3 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice (optional) 
1 1/2 cups walnuts, crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Oil two loaf pans. 

Combine the pumpkin, "eggs", oil, milk, sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
In another bowl, combine the rest of the dry ingredients (leaving out a handful of walnuts). 
Mix together, then add to wet ingredients. 

Pour into loaf pans, sprinkling the rest of the walnuts on top.  Pour just a tad more maple syrup over the top! 
Bake for 50 minutes to an hour...until a knife or toothpick comes out clean.


I love devouring this bread in the morning.
Heating it up just a tad; it goes swell with coffee or tea.
To mix things up, I sometimes put a spread of coconut butter on top!

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Weekend Adventures - Halloween in Chicago

So how much candy did you eat last night? 
 Fortunately for us, most of the candy was snatched up by the neighborhood kiddies. 
This Halloween marks the first year I've ever handed out candy to tricker treaters...
This makes me feel really old. 

I guess we still know how to have fun since we headed to Chicago for a Halloween shin dig over the weekend. Good times with great folks! Here are just a few photos from our weekend adventure in Chi town. 

Did you see some pretty crazy costumes? 
I couldn't believe how many kids were decked out in our neighborhood!
Transformers, Lions, Smurfs, and Jedi's.
Beats my cop outfit.

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