At the extremely gracious invitation of Will’s boss, we spent last weekend on a getaway with our bible study peeps in Leakey Texas, a small town in the Texas Hill Country, staying in a waterfront property that would make Joanna Gaines herself cry. Shiplap, everywhere. Lofted beds in each bedroom with a sliding Belle ladder to climb up and down. Exposed wooden beams, furniture imported from around the world. TWO DISHWASHERS.
I mean, how beautiful is this living room?
We spent two nights in the houses (there were three on the property) talking, and cooking and eating the most amazing meals prepared by two of our friends. There was ping pong and spike ball and a rope swing and gators to explore the surrounding hills. It was the most fun and relaxing weekend I’ve had in a long time, and it didn’t hurt that we got to spend it with some of our best people.
We are selling our headboard because we are upgrading to a king size bed… people told us when we got married ‘start with the king size bed,’ and did we listen? Well, obviously not. But we’re listening now!
As I posted this picture of our headboard yesterday on Craigslist, I realized I had never shared our completed greek key curtains (ie, the thing I am most proud of in my life).
These babies were the most complicated DIY project I have ever undertaken (which is saying something, because they weren’t that complicated), and took five months to complete, because I got the first four done in one weekend (there is a window with two more curtains to the left) and then let the other hang out for two months, then wisely decided to finish it in the middle of a fight with Will, did the pattern wrong in my anger, and had to redo it a month later. There’s a lesson here: do not DIY while angry. Clean while angry. Smaller margin of error.
I’m officially starting my professional organizing business! What’s a professional organizer you ask (and a lot of people have asked)? A professional organizer is someone you pay to organize your stuff for you. In a professional way. Get it?
I’ve wanted to be a professional organizer for years, ever since I saw that Ashley from Sean’s season of the Bachelor was one (it makes me wonder what other wonderful career changes people are missing out on now that the Bachelor franchise is shirking people’s job titles for ‘Chicken Enthusiast’ and ‘Free Spirit??’) and now I’m working to build my credentials and develop my skills. Working in events has given me a lot of organizational practice, but since I live in an apartment without much storage, I need a whole lot more experience organizing people’s homes.
My sister kindly allowed me to redo her pantry on Tuesday, and it was just as much fun as I dreamed it would be!
Upon completion, I interrupted Ben and Lolly’s game of zombie tag to ask if they were going to help their mommy keep the pantry organized. Ben gave me an impish grin and Lolly screamed in excitement and threw her chipmunk doll in the air. So, yes?
October is a glorious month for many reasons, but this lady’s birthday is the main one! Hillary and Piotr made the trek to Austin for her birthday (among other things), and we took an obligatory white brick wall pic to commemorate the occasion.
We ate, we shopped, we went to went to Krause Springs and did not get in the water. It was wonderful.
Tonight, Will and I are having a “fall date” complete with pumpkin pancakes at Kerbey Lane, pumpkin carving and my annual Hocus Pocus viewing. The high today in Austin is 63 degrees and I’m currently wearing a sweater. It’s finally fall. For real this time.
Have a great weekend, everyone!