Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Christmas at the Beach

It's been a week now that we have been down here in Amelia Island and I know I've been bad about blogging... sorry the beach is very distracting.... We came here to celebrate Christmas with my family, we could not have more lucky with the weather, it's been unusually warm.  We are still unsure when we are heading back north, we just heard it's snowing... 
We would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!  Cheers to blogging in 2009!   

We took a big family photo with everyone at the beach, after it was all over Chris tried to throw me in and my brother got this great shot.  

On a walk on the beach with my mom I discovered all these great branch like forms in the sand, it's amazing how nature can create it's own work of art.  

Here they are.... we made the cookies from my earlier post.  They were a FREAKING nightmare. They were impossible to cut out with the cutter, we got about 1 cookie for every 4 that we tried.  Once they were done we hung them on the tree....

They actually looked really cool with the lights behind them..... until 1 hour later you noticed that all the lifesaver inserts MELTED all over the tree.  Yes you heard me, we looked over and all the holes were empty, it was actually quite comical after all our efforts to make the darn things.  

Our florida tree... topped with an angel made out of a conch shell with feathers made by my mother last year also adorned with golf balls, sea shells, beer bottle caps and of course those darn cookies.  

Monday, December 22, 2008

Winter Wedding

I made these wedding bouquets for a wedding on Sunday. It was a very small event, they only needed a few flowers for just the wedding party.  The bride wanted all white but with a christmas theme.  I hope she had a wonderful wedding, I wish them all the best in their future.  

Happy Holidays!

We attended a bad Holiday sweater party on Saturday and Chris won a prize for his great outfit. As you all start your holiday season this week we pray for your safe travel and we hope you have a wonderful celebration.  Merry Christmas! Love The Williams

Friday, December 19, 2008


This year Chris and I will be celebrating Christmas down in Florida with my parents.  We went back and forth on if we should decorate and in the end we decided not to.  I feel like I am missing out on something, I really want to decorate, so when my father showed me these cool stained-glass cookie cutters he saw at Williams-Sonoma I got excited.  He thought it would be fun to make them down in Florida and hang them on the the tree.  My parents don't live down there so last year they made a make shift tree with golf balls and sea shells.  I think this year it will be fun to make these using blue and green sugar to keep with the ocean theme.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Chris can't wait

Chris has been talking about this episode the whole week.  It's on tonight!  

Monday, December 15, 2008

So Cute!

Last Friday I had the opportunity to go read this book to my friends 2nd grade class. I was really honored that she asked me to be one of their mystery readers and I was extremely excited by the children's reaction to the book, they actually knew what an architect did.  It has been over 2 months now that I have been out of work and I am just now starting to realize how valuable this time off is. I've done things I wouldn't have done had I still been employed, like go read to 2nd graders. But really it has pushed me to try different things, meet new people and explore what else life has to offer.  In the coming months I hope to share more of these other life experiences.... like LodaFloralDesign.  

After the book, the kids went back to their desk and had to draw a plan of their pet rock, labeling what materials they were going to use.  Here they are picking out their rock.  HOW CUTE IS THAT! I want to make a pet rock now.  

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Got tagged. 4x4x4x4

I never do these but since I have time today I will.  My friend Armin tagged me with the "4 things"post.   Here goes nothing; 

4 Things I did today:
1. Volunteered at the Elf Store
2. Ordered our Christmas cards from
3. Studied for Pre Design
4. Researched Floral Coolers

4 Things I need to do:
1. Go grocery shopping, my husband needs food
2. Return books to the library
3. Re-caulk my bathtub
4. Pick out the cover for my wedding album

4 Guilty Pleasures
1. Taking a bath
2. Buying flowers for no reason
3. Buying expensive design magazines
4. Cupcakes (these are from Georgetown Cupcake

4 Random facts about me
1. I am obsessed with xoxo pop containers and tell everyone they should buy them

2. I eat oatmeal every morning except on the weekends
3. I love to clip and use coupons
4. I love Martha Stewart (ok that's not random you all know that) 

4 people I want to pass this on to:
2. Adam at Everything Worth
4. My husband even though I know he won't do it

Friday, December 12, 2008

Worth It

I sat in traffic for 2+ hours to go to the Domino Book signing last night held at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.  Was it worth it? I will have to say yes.  Although I didn't buy the book or obviously get there in time to get a free one, I did get to hang out with Architect Design and meet a few other DC bloggers. I took a few photos at the end of what other than, the flowers.  If you want to see more photos check out My Notting Hill.
Antique Hydrangea, Jade Roses and Cymbidium Orchids

White Amarilis

Simple chic idea that anyone can replicate.

I couldn't resist taking a photo of this little chair, I want one in my nursery, it's so cute!  

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


I've tried to not pay much attention this year to the inauguration, but it's becoming almost impossible.  Today I drove by the White House and they were setting up the bleachers, the radio is non stop talking about where you can get tickets and how much to rent your house out for.  Up until visiting this site I honestly didn't care. The site shows 40 dress designs for Michelle and her daughters.  It's quite interesting and if I were her I don't know which one I would pick. Here are a few of my favorites. 
Chado Ralph Rucci

Monique Lhuiller
Michael Kors

Peter Som

Monday, December 08, 2008

Pretty in Pink

I've been having a hard time getting into the christmas spirit but last night when I saw this cute pink tree in the window of Coach in Georgetown, I thought it might be time to break out the decorations. 

Monday, December 01, 2008

Table Top

A good friend of mine grew up with Martha Bernabe and this weekend she was showing me her amazing website.  She's a prop and set stylist in New York and I've fallen in love with the series below.  Have a great  Monday!