Monday, August 30, 2010

time with the Oteros

John and I celebrated our anniversary in Savannah back in May.  It was a delight of course, Savannah is so charming with the spanish moss, old architecture and street side cafes.  Not to mention it is the home of Paula Dean's restaurant.  But guess what happened?  We are walking down the street and from the other side of the road we hear "Tetens!"  yelled.  We looked and saw April and Joel Otero.  They were vacationing in Savannah and we had just happened to be there on the same street at the same time in Savannah!  How fun is that.
Joel and April are also on staff with the Navigators here in Florida.  They are at the University of South Florida in Tampa.  They are such a fun couple and they make us laugh whenever we are blessed to be with them.  
So here we both are in Savannah.  They are on vaca, we are on our anniversary celebration, and we think to ourselves why go to our separate romantic dinners alone when such fun friends are here in such a fun city?  So we did it!  We had dinner together!  And why, when you have Paula Dean's restaurant available, wouldn't you go eat at a Vietnamese place? So we found ourselves celebrating four years of marriage over a bowl of Pho with the Oteros!


We had such a fun time that they asked us to come to Tampa and have some more summer fun before the school year began.  So we did, and we ate Pho again, because we love it.

April is who I got to go thrifting with in Tampa, and it was SO fun.



thanks Oteros for being our friends!



                                              




here is a little sneak peak at something I fell in love with thrifting that now has a fresh coat of paint!  It just needs a quick upload to the computer for blogging.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

for my fellow sewannabees

I love learning how to sew.  I mean I hate it at times too, but mostly it is a rewarding hobby.  I also love thrifting and recreating things from the thrift store.  And I have found another blogger, thanks to Whitney, that does it SOOO much better than I do.  Introducing Grosgrain


She creates beautiful dresses from thrifted items.  She makes her own patterns on Burdastyle and she has made simple tutorials for things that can be hard to master (like buttonholes for me).  And to top it all off she gives away a bunch of her creations.  What a woman!

I even bumped into some young women at a GoodWill in town who were looking for frocks to alter into hip dresses.  Turns out they were inspired by Grosgrain too!  How funny is that.

Hope you can benefit from her creativity too!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

some house projects


we have had sofa chair in our office for the past few years.  we got our first one sitting next to the trash bin outside of our apartment.  I know, a little gross.  we kept it for about four years until we upgraded to a new next-to-trash sofa chair that looks a lot less disgusting.  So much so that I might one day forget where we got it and actually sit on it!  It looks great really, and John did a great job vacuuming and washing it.  Hooray for dumpster diving.  we have quite the collection.


we spent the past weekend in Tampa with some friends.  more on that later.  But my friend April and I went thrift shopping.  Now I love a good thrift store, and so does April.  So needless to say we fed off of each others eagerness to turn frumpy finds into our next home goods! 



this tray was $3, and just needed some updating.  Scrapbook paper is a cure-all








mwaahh!  I cannot wait to show you more of our recent projects.  John has been so wonderful working in this heat!

Friday, August 13, 2010


at a Suns game courtesy of a sweet friend!  $1 beers and sunflower seeds!

Monday, August 02, 2010