Easter 2014

Mondays after beautiful holiday weekends are tough, aren’t they?

Yesterday was so gorgeous that we spent almost every drop of it outside with both of our families. We loved getting to host the celebration! To feed the crowd and keep the party outside, we did a low country boil. Soooo good! It was a fabulously low key day. I hope yours was, too!

We kicked off the day with a little Easter basket goodness. Edith got some paintbrushes, a book, a couple little plush toys, some Annie’s fruit snacks and – the big hit – penny filled plastic eggs.

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To go along with the boil, I made some lemon cupcakes and little chocolate bird nests (hey, thanks, Pinterest!)

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The set up for a low country boil should never be fancy…

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Egg huntin’ and yard gamin’

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We’ve also been going to a new church, The Parish, and have loved it so much! Egg hunting is a lot more fun than church hunting. If you’re an Atlantan, check it out!

The ‘B’ Word

I know ‘busy’ is the new humblebrag – but good grief have I been busy! Between work, spring cleaning/planting, a friend’s wedding and another friend’s baby shower (oh and being an attentive wife and mother) I feel like every single second of my days are accounted for. In fact, the only reason I can write this post is because I’m waiting for project feedback from a client. Phew. It’s hard to complain because these are all things I want to do. I get to be in special parts of people’s lives all the while creating special parts in my life and THAT is pretty, well, special.

I have so many fun things to post about – what I’ve been planting, our laundry room DIY makeover which is almost complete, what I’ve been eating (I must say I’ve been on quite a roll with cooking dinner each night and about 80% of the time it is delicious), the shower I’ve been helping plan, the wild turkey that can’t seem to take a hint and get out of our yard and some exciting things happening over at Morrow Studio. But, tonight, I just wanted to touch base and share some undoctored iphone photos that capture some sweet snippets of a full and happy life (also because I’m not taking selfies of me crying to my friends on the phone about how stressed out I am…)

The scene every night when Jay makes it home. Pretty much heart melting each and every time.

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I just want to freeze time and capture all of her little features. Also, my floors look somewhat clean and that should be documented.

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Selfie! I can’t be the only one who absolutely hates that word. I’m a little sensitive about how few pictures I have of Edith and I. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

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This is a new thing of hers. Also, chunk legs.

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Another thing of hers? Climbing. on. everything.

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Attended my first Seder dinner – beautiful, enlightening, delicious.

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When you can’t plant outdoors…

It is sooo close to prime planting time here in middle Georgia. I’m bursting at the seams to spend days in the sun, raisin’ beds and plantin’ perennials (ain’t nobody got time for annuals this year)

Unfortunately, we’re not quite there yet but I had such an itch that needed scratching that I turned indoors to create a centerpiece for our dining table. My love of ferns first started when they were introduced to me by my friend Cabell and I’ve been smitten ever since. I’m not the best at keeping these guys alive, but I’m going to give it an honest effort this time around because I love how the arrangement turned out!

While I was browsing ferns, I came across red shamrocks (or oxalis). They’re amazing and I have no idea why I haven’t heard or seen of them. Have y’all been holding out on me? While called ‘red’, they’re definitely more of a deep purple, with tiny flowers that show up throughout the year. I love the depth and whispy-ness they added to the arrangement AND they’re literally dirt cheap.ImageImage

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Details from the Truth Be Told Workshop

On Monday I mentioned the amazing workshop Carrie Tabb Photography put on the other week here at the farm. She had friend and fellow successful photographer Meg Davidson on standby to assist and take pictures of the event. They are quite the duo! Here are some of Meg’s pictures from the day since all of mine were random shots trying to figure out how to work my camera 🙂 I’ll be sure to share when she is hosting another workshop – I learned so, so much!

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Weekly Inspriation: Truth Be Told Workshop

One of my most favorite things about the farm is the ability to share it. My sweet and talented friend Carrie Tabb introduced her Truth Be Told Workshop last week and it was chock full of information and inspiration. Aimed at teaching the hobbyist how to use his/her DSLR camera, Carrie made ‘going on the M(anual)’ so approachable and less intimidating.

I can’t wait to put all of her teachings into practice moving forward! It’ll be nice to give my Photoshop a break 🙂 Below is a little snapshot of a practice shoot of a precious tea party she styled. I can’t wait to share the rest of the details the workshop set up – it was adorable!

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Butter Coffee

A couple of weeks ago, my super cool on-trend cousin introduced me to ‘butter coffee’ – a practice that literally involves putting butter into your coffee. Equal parts intrigued (hey, two of my favorite things!) and mortified, I had a hard time silencing my inner Regina George. Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 3.39.42 PM Alas, I took to the Google to read up more. What I found was pretty interesting and actually made sense. I’m no food blogger, nor am I a nutritionist, so I think this brief interview with Bulletproof coffee expert Dave Asprey lays it out butter better than I can. So, what do you think? Would you try it? Below is my recipe. I’m on day 2 and loving it!

  • 1 tsp. grass fed unsalted butter (I used Kerry Gold)
  • 2 tsp. organic coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 8 oz. organic dark roasted coffee

Put ingredients in blender and blend thoroughly (about 15 seconds) to completely emulsify the oils. Bottoms up!

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W.I.P. Update: The Living Room Built-ins…so close!

Ooooh how I love built-ins. This is our third house and we’ve installed them in each one. Nothing beats ’em. As you might remember from the initial house tour we started with a very sad, sparse media wall in our living room. It looked a little something like this:

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ImageToys everywhere, nothing to scale – it wasn’t all that great for being a ‘great room’.  We did a little furniture hunting to see if we could fill up that wall and we quickly realized anything that would even come close to the size we needed would be way too expensive. So we hired our buddy Mike and worked together to draft a plan for some custom built-ins. It took two weeks total, but they weren’t here all of those days. We picked to match the base trim color for a clean (bright!) look. We’re still styling them and mulling over the knobs, but are so pleased with the outcome!

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Love it all! Love the Edith photo cameo, love that toys are concealed and love that we get to use our buffet as an actual buffet in the dining area (you’ll see we also hung our antique yolk!) Ending on an unrelated note – Home Depot has one of my favorite vines, Wandering Jew, on sale for only $5 right now. I scooped up this bad boy along with couple others.

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Have a happy Monday!

Alt Summit, here I come!

SLCSummerTHIS girl just impulsively bought a ticket to the Alt Summer Summit! I’m super pumped…and admittedly a little clueless about what I’m getting into, but wahoo! My friend Katie of Three Happy Eaters planted the bug in my ear yesterday afternoon and by bedtime I had purchased my ticket. I’ve been wanting to go so I just YOLO’d and jumped in with both feet. I’ll be going with a focus on Morrow Studio and am just so eager to meet other creatives and get inspired.

Doing a little happy dance over here!

W.I.P. Update: Living Room Built-ins

Not too much to report. Deck still not done (sooo close!). Built-ins still not done (sooo close!). The doors were put on a couple of days ago and painting will now take place early next week.

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I went knob hunting. Well, really I just spent an hour inside of Anthropologie trying not to buy every single knob they had. I was only semi successful in this task. I’m still undecided on which combo will grace the cabinet doors! I crowd sourced opinions on my personal instagram (@jeanettemorrow) and got some great feedback. Tangent: I’ve been so bad about posting to @boardandbattenblog – I should probably just consolidate…

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I still need to check out Hobby Lobby to see if I can find any steals. I’m just worried I’ll walk in there and buy $300 worth of seasonal Easter goods, 14 wicker baskets and like a dozen random baking supplies (obviously a sucker for good ole HL)