Cherry on Top

Who isn’t a bit starry eyed over this morning’s royal wedding? I’ll admit, I was so excited about it that I even dreamt about it last night. The little girl in me is swooning over Kate’s stunning dress {that and the fact that she married a prince}. Did you notice the wedding hats? How could you not? I have to say it… the daughters of Prince Andrew take the cake among Phillip Treacy’s royal wedding hats.

{image via Washington Post}

I wasn’t willing to wake up at 4am to watch the wedding live over tea and crumpets {like some people I know}, however, we did celebrate in our own special way…

Hail to the queen!

Carpet Picnic

{image via Weave Design}

Saturday night carpet picnic is an honored tradition at my house. I look so forward to it that I start planning it on Thursday. We Beasleys take our Sabbath rest seriously around here so once the final dishwasher load is washed on Saturday afternoon, we eat on paper with plastic utensils until Sunday after sundown. Mama doesn’t want to have to do a darn thing… especially dishes. Our carpet picnics don’t look quite as romantic as this one…. with the Micky mouse sippy cups and baby wipes lying around and all…. but that doesn’t mean they are any less enjoyable.

If you’re thinking about having your own carpet picnic this weekend, here’s are a few things you might need.

  • blanket or sheet
  • fresh sushi {or a ready-to-serve Rotisserie chicken}
  • Corn tortilla chips and dip {or humus}
  • cheddar cheese block
  • fresh berries or melon
  • chilled wine and beer
  • something sweet {we like Newman O’s– a “healthy”-er version of Oreo cookies}
  • DVD rental

This is a fun and easy way to switch things up on the weekends. Less prep, less clean-up, happy Mama, happy family. I hope you’ll give it a try. If you do, let me know how everyone enjoys it.

Do you have any weekend traditions?

Big City Girl

What can I say? I’m a city girl. Tried the burbs and all I got was cheaper rent… and not cheap enough to keep me there. This photo by Emily Chidester makes me want strap on a pair of Vamps and hail a taxi to Midtown West. However, I’m currently snacking on Salem’s left over smoothie strait out of his morning sippy and sporting a pair of jeans victim of yesterday’s spit up.

It must be a Wednesday!

To see more of Emily’s photos visit my Sound of Center City Blog or Emily Chidester Photography.

Free Cool Fonts!

“You have the handwriting of a serial killer.”

— Clairee from “Steel Magnolias”

 This is one of my favorite movies {and quotes} of all times. In fact, I think if I put my mind to it, I could write a post comprised entirely of quotes from Steel Magnolias since I’ve practically memorized every line! Ah…another post for another day perhaps.

I am working on a baby shower invitation for a dear friend. This is the perfect opportunity to experiment with some of the free handwriting and scrap booking fonts on Kevin and Amanda’s blog. If you have any interest in cool fonts {not to mention delicious recipes, inspiring photography, and note worthy blog tips} you can check out their blog here. There are so many cool fonts to choose from that I’m having trouble deciding. Here are the samples that I like the best. Can you help me decide?

The Sound of Center City

I’d like to take this moment to personally invite you to visit our family blog– a chronicle of the ups and downs of community life as church planters in Charlotte, NC. You’ll find the tone there is a bit different. As much as I love to talk about art and travel and the hilarious things women face from one day to the next, this particular blog comes more from the heart. People ask me where I find the time to keep a daily blog. You’d laugh if I told you some of the places I sneak off to just to catch an idea in print. Believe me, it is not easy to maintain any kind of self-reflection with little people banging on the other side of the bathroom door. Nevertheless, my family is on a journey, a rather difficult yet glorious one, and I invite you here to join with Clark and I as we try to make heads or tales of it. If you’ve tracked with me for any length of time, you know one thing is for sure, I will tell it like it is. Not in an obnoxious, Laura Schlessinger kind of way, but in a real life, raw truth, non-sexy sort of way. If you’d like to journey along with us, visit the Sound of Center City blog and join the fun. We’d love to have you.

A Case of the Mondays

It’s Monday. Another day met with late fees, spammers, cramps, and, I swear, if I see another Sheen make headlines…. I woke up early this morning with that schizophrenic psycho in my head assulting me with thoughts such as these, not to mention a host of others that if confessed here would have me committed or worse.

What do you do in a case of the Monday’s?

We all know that music is my spoonful of sugar, and even more specifically, British pop. A song like this makes me feel sane again on days like this. Searched high and low for a music video, but sadly, this will have to do. Listen or read the lyrics here and rediscover normal with me…

Happy Music Monday everyone!

Easter Undies

{image via Speckle of Dirt}

Beasley Easter tradition… everyone gets new underwear. I’m not sure where it came from exactly, and I’m quite positive new underwear has absolutely nothing to do with the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, it is tradition. Since this is my first Easter as a blogger, I wish you a very Happy Resurrection Sunday and a new pair of undies.

Cheers everyone! Glad to be back in the blogosphere again!

25 things

It’s late…. incredibly late…. in fact, it is so late and I am so tired that I will probably eye this post tomorrow and inevitably wonder what possessed me to hit “publish”. Technically, it isn’t Sunday (Lent break) anymore and therefore I shouldn’t be blogging, but a dear friend visited me today and we didn’t finish gabbing until after midnight and, well, my chance to blog was traded for some much needed conversation… but since I haven’t yet slept, perhaps I can bend the Lent rules.

I’m a singer, and for good reason, I generally leave the instrumentation to my much more talented husband. But on this special day, Palm Sunday, I broke out the dulcimer at church this morning. And not just any dulcimer… I rocked the idulcimer on an IPad. A friend of mine once said that an IPad sounded like a really expensive feminine product, and I have to agree, but Life in Technicolor sounded stellar even if a touch screen device isn’t technically an instrument. Stranger things have happened. In fact, remember that “25 things you don’t know about me” forward that was floating around awhile ago? You forward your list of randomness to 10 friends and they forward their randomness to 10 friends because deep down we all fear that if we don’t actually forward it, bad luck really will follow us for 10 years. Well, I dug up my list of 25 random-isms and for this deliriously tired, post-midnight blog post, I’ve decided to share it with you. This was written a couple of years ago, mind you….. stranger things may have happened since.

Share Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. (that’s just too much tagging for my taste…. I’m just sayin’.)

1. I am smitten with my husband

2. I am crazy about my son

3. My father has had an array of jobs- hot dog vendor, aerobics instructor, inspirational speaker, wedding photographer, and billiard pro…. just to name a few.

4. I have a slight obsession for British pop

5. The handful of times I’ve been drunk, I’ve ended up dancing on some sort of elevated surface- tables, stages, large speakers- fully clothed of course, however, drunk is not a good look on me

6. I met President Bush at the White House in 2006

7. I was with an old band mate who ran into his first girlfriend while we were at the White House meeting President Bush in 2006 (If you’re reading this, you know who you are.)

8. I was on Clarissa Explains it All

9. I am deaf in one ear

10. I used to work for Benny Hinn

11. I shared my faith with the the kid from Charles in Charge… no lie… had no idea it was him until afterwards…

12. It is tradition in my family to eat Chinese Food on Christmas Eve… fa ra ra ra ra ra ra ra ra

13. I used to be in the band Tenth Avenue North

14. I hate raisins

15. I once tried out for the Mickey Mouse Club when I was 10

16. I used to hate my name because when I was in the 2nd grade a girl in my class told me that her mom said my name sounded like a disease.

17. I love to drink tea and when I travel to a new place I always look for the nearest tea shop (not Starbucks) and the nearest bookshop (it is a bonus if they are both the same)

18. I think American culture should adopt the “siesta”

19. My son Salem’s name came to me in a dream

20. I was homecoming queen

21. I’ve been on the receiving end of someone asking me “when’s the baby due” when I wasn’t yet pregnant. It isn’t fun

22. My parents were selected to appear on Wheel of Fortune

23. I can’t STAND most reality TV

24. I had my first skinny dipping experience at the church singles retreat… no boys were present, however, that might not have been quite the experience the singles ministry staff may have been going for.

25. I once smoked a late- night cigar in front of my pastor’s office.

Curious to know which of these fun facts you didn’t already know about me…. ready… go! Until next week…

Capri Curtains

Hello and Happy Sunday! Last weekend, I asked you which of these fabric prints you liked best. The vote for the third floral swatch nearly unanimous.

Today while the kids were napping, and Clark was working on a new arrangement of Life in Technicolor, I broke out a few sewing essentials and got to work.

Just a few basic sewing supplies… shears, seam gage, all-purpose thread, sewing pins, measuring tape and, of course, Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts. Martha would say that prep is everything. I say, just get ‘er done.

Measure, snip, and tear that baby down the middle.

Now, for this part, I actually do take my time to measure an exact 1/2″ seam. The idea is to look like you’re not drinking and sewing.

Measure…. pin…

… and press.

Run a basic 1/2″ stitch along all sides, then fold your top hem another 1 1/2″ to create the channel for your curtain rod.

Pin…. Press…. Stitch… and voila!

A little window into my neuroses… nothing drives me crazy more than curtains that are not the proper length. Let it be said for all times sake, curtains that don’t touch the floor are too short. I have such a pet peeve about this that most the curtains in my house actually puddle on the floor, they are so long. I’d rather walk on my jeans that have my ankles showing, you know what I mean? I’ve never sewn cafe curtains before, but I’m pretty sure they are at least supposed to reach the window sill.

I didn’t set out to make “Capri” curtains, but there you have it. I thought perhaps I could convince you that clam digger curtains were all the rage in Sweeden right now, but, instead, I humbly admit, we can’t all be domestic goddesses like Martha.

Next weekend’s project…. lower the curtain rod.

The good news is, it just so happens that the fabric colors match perfectly with this recent gift from my mother-in-law.

Lovely, right? Well, here’s the kicker…. she cross stitched this! I know, right? Talk about a labor of love. The orange and black in the floral pattern match perfectly with this picture. Thanks, Mom!

And there you have it… Cafe “capri” curtains on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

See you next weekend!


Blog Spree

I am getting this week’s post in just under the wire. Blogging once on Sundays during Lent calls for one big “post binge”, wouldn’t you say? So here we go…

This was the scene around my house on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon.

While Clark and the kids were doing this….

I took the opportunity to whip up a quick project. Granted, after completing the community board for Center City Church, I didn’t want to look at another wine cork for weeks. But, the creativity bug, she did bite this weekend and, well, here you have it.

Wine cork magnets!! An exacto-knife, some wicked-strong glue and a magnet from your local hardware store and voila! I have some parties coming up, and I plan to send out invitations with these wine cork magnets. That way guests can keep the invite on their fridge and look forward to the upcoming event for weeks to come!

Crafty? Cheesy? You decide.

I ventured out to a local fabric warehouse this weekend just outside of Charlotte. I sent this pic to Clark via text with the caption, “I’m in heaven”.

I couldn’t even begin to look at all that Mary Jo’s fabrics had to offer. This is just one row of dozens in their upholstery department alone. I pulled a few samples, so just for fun, what do you say we play a round of “Which swatch would you pick?”

First, the dining room chairs.

Go on. You can say it. They’re hideous. Drab, sad, uninspiring, spiritless… feel free to insert your own descriptive here. I inherited them from my mother when Clark and I got our first apartment. While I am enormously grateful for free furniture, these cushions are about 15 years overdue for a re-cover.

Would you choose the bold, colorful, geometric pattern or the clean, timeless, and more “grown up” solid pear shade?

Wait, there’s more…

We’ve been living with these swatches against our celery sprig walls for the last couple of days. Don’t get me wrong. I like my neighbors, but the view from my kitchen looks directly into theirs. While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed admiring her fresh flowers and her new dish towels, this is taking neighborly affection a tad bit too far, don’t you think? Hence, the cafe curtains. I’m pretty sure we’ve decided which pattern we like, but I am curious to know which one you would pick.

And of course, I’ve saved the best for last. What is a blog post from me without a good laugh at my own expense? Salem and I were a couple of groupies while Clark played in the band for his dad’s surprise 60th birthday bash in Mississippi last weekend. As you well know, Salem is my little Steve Jordan– he can turn just about anything into a drum. Table tops, trees, bushes, his sister…. but this, I must admit, is rather innovative even for a toddler. Watch closely. You won’t want to miss his crash hits.

Kid’s got talent. Interesting choice of percussive double, but, that’s boys for you. Its all fun and games until mom subs as a crash cymbal.

Until next weekend, I leave you with some interesting web finds:

Everything Important About London

Fun with coffee filters

Yet another way to wear a scarf

Now that’s what I call multi-tasking