A house of truffles and a house-warming party

Like what you see? Of course you do. It’s a house made out of chocolate and basically the most amazing house-warming gift ever. You all know that every once in a while I have to brag about how awesome by best friend — and who wouldn’t brag about a friend who makes chocolate houses!?!

It gets even better. First of all, the house is chocolate (duh). Total win. Second, Dana even put the pink chips on the same side of the house as our pink roses. Double win.

Third, there is a photo of Remmy looking out of the window. Triple win.


We need to have house-warming parties more often if they mean I get chocolate houses ūüôā I almost don’t want to eat it! Almost…

Speaking of house-warming gifts… we got so much wine. SO MUCH WINE! I think we were given 25 – 30 bottles. Holy moley. We also got the yummiest homemade jams (blackberry, raspberry and blueberry) from our friend Amanda; adorable bar accessories (coasters and napkins) from our friend Mill; a yard game and grill tools from Brian’s momma; a picture frame and kitchen stuff from our friend Alissa; and a Ravens quilt and blue table runner from my grandma Becky. We are so spoiled.

Enough about our gifts. Let’s talk party.

Saturday was so much fun. We had a great group of people at the barbecue and were so happy that everyone was finally able to make it out to see our place. It was fun explaining to people the little tweaks we made here and there and explaining the big family room renovation. We had a ton of delicious food and drinks, and we had a couple of very entertaining yard games. Bocci and corn hole are awesome.

Even the babies who came had a great time.

This little guy even came wearing a tux! ūüėÄ SO CUTE.

Overall, we had a fantastic party and were so happy to spend the day with our friends and family. You are all awesome and we loved having you over.

Sunday we crashed. Hard. I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many naps in my life. Even the dog was tired, and he didn’t even party with us!

Hopefully you all had great weekends! Happy Monday!


Books galore

Instead of spending the majority of my week crafting like I usually do, I spent my weekend reading! I always forget how much I love to read and rarely pick up new books, but ever since we visited the beach last weekend I’ve been hooked! I’ve read five different books in one week. Holy cow. It was such a nice change of pace to read book after book that I’d previously downloaded on my Kindle.

Don’t judge, but I love me a good murder mystery. Yes, Nancy Drew and I were close friends growing up! So this past weekend I read “Murder Over Easy,” “Citizen Insane” and “Murder on the Mind.” All of them were by different authors and at one point or another were free on Amazon. I loved them all, especially “Murder on the Mind,” which is based in Buffalo, N.Y. where my family lives. At the beach I finished¬†“The Secret Holocaust Diaries”, which was fantastic, yet incredibly depressing. On a lighter note, I also read¬†“Design on a Crime.”¬†Yes, it’s a murder mystery with an interior design twist. I was sold.

I’m officially a reading addict again and I really hope it sticks! I need to find a good balance so I can read and craft (and eat, sleep, exercise, etc., etc., etc.) all of the time. Sometimes it’s just so hard to put down a good book though.

Speaking of crafting, while I didn’t do much in the creative world this past weekend, I did get a new coffee table from my dad. He brought it back for me from Ohio, so I’m going to work on refinishing that. The table he bought us at a yard sale in his neighborhood is great, but it’s rather high for a coffee table. It also has six cubbies, so I’m not looking forward to refinishing that part. Seems too tedious for a beat up Ikea table. We’ll see though.

In other life news, it’s getting down to the wire for our house-warming party — less than two weeks now! I’m going to start shopping for food this week. Costco, anyone? We don’t have much in the way of extra seating, so I’ll probably start hitting up my parents for their folding tables and chairs soon. I’m also totally crossing my fingers right now for decent weather. I don’t know how well my house will fit 30+ people. If it happens, it happens… but I’m still hoping for a sunny day, especially so we are able to use our new bocce¬†ball set!

I also have a few craft projects planned that I need to do before our party. I’m thinking of making my own citronella candles. Thoughts? Has anyone ever tried that? Citronella really bothers my lungs, but I figure if we’re going to be outside we’ve got to have it. We’ll see! Look for a new craft post tomorrow!

Oh, and enjoy the Olympics if you are tuning in. Go Team USA!