My name is Cristin. I am married to a wonderful man, who I sometimes call Zachiepoo, I am a graphic designer and creator of handmade items. I am constantly inspired by the world around me and enjoy creating things with love. I enjoy working with papers, paints and fibers. I love people and follow Jesus.
A few weeks ago I was reading Emma's from scratch blog and thought this cake that she found was so amazing! I had to show Zach...and of course...he wanted to try and make it. So, last weekend, he experimented and this is what he came up with. Not quite the same, but still pretty cool!
We had so many fun photo booth pics from last weekend that I thought I'd share a few more.
My mom and sister, Erin.
I think Erin and Zach had the most fun...the other high school students were a little too cool for this...
We had such a fun weekend. We drove to St. Louis to visit my fam and had such a good time. My parents are host parents for an exchange student this year and her birthday was on Friday, so we threw her an awesome luau surprise party on Saturday. I made these cute invites pretty quickly one day so her friend could hand them out at school.
It was a ton of fun and she was so excited and super surprised!
Her awesome cake my mom ordered from the Cakery in St. Louis
We also set up a photo booth in the basement for her to have some memories of the party.
This girl is the sweetest and I'm so glad she is able to spend a year with us! She is truly one special person and will always be a part of our family!
Also, on Sunday my sister did my hair and it's dark now! We're working on getting it closer to my natural color. :) I don't have a photo yet but soon!
1. If I could medal in an olympic event it would bespeed skating short track, they are so freaking fast, it's awesome! I wouldnt be able to do anything with a big drop, because I'm kind of afraid of heights...
2. If I was stranded on a deserted island I'd takeZach, my knitting stuff (entertainment)& some sunscreen (I burn easily).
3. Birdsaremy most irrational fear. Alfred Hitchcock anyone?
4. I'd rathereat my boogerseveryday, than have towork in a cubicleeveryday.Yep I said it. Don't be grossed out, I just hate it that much.
5. I ampraying everyday that God provides the right job, at the right time, in the right location for my husband. It's been a long bumpy road, and I'm very tired.
6. I should really begoing to church on Sunday more often than I do. I have a really hard time getting out of bed before 10 on the weekends...
7. One of my favorite things in all the world isnight-time drives in the summer with my hubby. Windows down, sunroof open, music playing, the moon out, cool breeze. Nothing beats it.
Happy Friday! It seems like it's becoming a trend in Kansas City that it snows every Friday. Not a good trend... but it does make a good day for chocolate chip cookies...yummm
Before I used to think it was just a stupid corporate card holiday, but now that I am older and understand what an amazing thing LOVE is, I just think it's so great that there is a holiday to remind us how important it is to be thankful for the loved ones in your life and for the simpleness of understanding what we learned in sunday school that GOD is LOVE. :) So this post is dedicated to a few people in my life who I love and am so grateful for, there are so many more than are just in this post!
My cool friends
My buddy - yes, that's what we call each other.
(This girls is an amazing person.)
My best friend from high school
My awesome bro.
My beautiful sisters
Cutest niece in the world.
My Amazing parents
And crazy family in general
And my hubby - the love of my life (besides Jesus).
Sorry for the long post. Happy early Valentines Day. Don't forget that LOVE really does make the world a better place....
Last fall Zach got inspired by this article in a old Readymade and wanted to try and make some bowls out of construction netting. I have to say they turned out pretty neat! We spray painted a few green after they were made but then decided that that probably wasn't the most environmentally friendly thing to do, so we left the rest orange. He sold quite a few at a craft show I had a booth at in December and the rest are now in the garage except for one on our dining table. So if you want one let me know :).
Remember before you throw something away, think of a way it can be reused first! (We got our construction netting for the workers that were finishing up a project on our street). If you want to learn how you can make these bowls go here.
This new SLR bag is so freakin' awesome! It's so bright, modern and fun and I would love to carry around my camera in this bag. AND one lucky winner will get one over at the Creature Comforts blog! Hurry, contest ends Monday!
Recently we've started doing a dinner every Tuesday night with some of our married friends in kansas city. Since graduating college, it gets hard to arrage to see people because everyone gets so busy, so finally, Laura, decided we needed to pick a night of the week and start doing dinner with our friends. I am so glad she finally set her foot down! We've only been doing it for 2 weeks but its been loads of fun and I can't wait for Tuesday to come again!
I will be the first to admit that I was a little sad yesterday that the season premiere of the final season of the show that Zach and I have been watching for the last 5 years together, was premiering last night...but... I had to give that up so I could enjoy time with my friends.
Enjoying good food, good community and lots of laughter is something everyone needs a little of! Last night we had fondue and something called racclette at our friends place. If you dont know what it is, you should look into it, it's pretty freakin cool! We used the electric version and cooked sliders on the grill and cheesy potatoes on the bottom. Next week Zach and I are hosting, and we're planning to try out some homemade Chicago style pizza! Yummmm
A few pics Bree took last night.
Using the raclette for our burgers...
What do you do with your friends that has become a tradition or what would you like to start doing?
When I first started this blog I thought I would be super clever and have the title be a pun on my new last name and the trendy "green" idea. Well, now that Zach and I have been married over two years now (smiley face) we have discovered that both of us have a pretty big passion for sustainability, you can probably tell that from some of the posts I've done in the past. So, I thought I would try to be a little more regular about it, and share some of the information that we've found and things that we've done around our house here on my blog!
I don't want this to be SO educational or anything, just a spot where I will share cool things with you. And if you'd like to share your tips with me, feel free! I'd love to hear them and then share them as well! I thought I'd start by telling you what SUSTAINABILITY is, so that we are all on the same page.
Sustainability (according to wiki and adjusted my me) is the potential for us humans to try and maintain a long term well-being for our planet, which is determined by the responsible use of our natural resources. So pretty much going green and trying to help the planet and not take away all of it's resources.
On to living greenlee tip #1 - Preserve products.
Have you gone to a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods and noticed these expensive (and very cool) toothbrushes in neat plastic cases? Chances are you have and below are a few reasons why you should use them and a few of the other Preserve products out there.
- These little babies are made up of 100 % completely recycled plastics. (Your number 5's to be exact-think yogurt cups) The bristles are not, so no worries there.
- They come in 6 different colors and 3 different strenghts (ultra soft, soft, and medium)
-When you are done with your toothbrush, you can send it back to them and they will grind it up and make it into a new one! Now that is sustainability.
- AND, they offer toothbrush subscriptions! So you can receive a new toothbrush every 3 months, just like the doctor ordered!
They also have a few new products that use the same idea. Like plastic tablewear and harder plastic containers and measuring cups for everyday use. And when you are done with them, you just stick them in your recycling bin! (If they take number 5s). This company is just great!
(all photos via the preserve website)
Let me know what you think of my new segment!!
Happy Monday everyone!