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.
So last Saturday Zach had to work on my Bday so my Mom, my niece, and I hung out during the day and did a little exploring around a new area in St. Charles. It's a new community development that is based off of the idea of Seaside, FL called New Town! You may remember some of my posts from last August, but my family has gone to Seaside the last 2 summers and it is now one of our favorite beaches! So when I found out that there was a community in STL based on the idea of Seaside, I was dying to see it! Below are a couple of pics of the development.
The houses and condos are located around lakes since there is no ocean in Missouri! :)
If the community wasn't so far away from the city, I would no doubt want to move there, just for the sense of feeling like I was living in Florida!
Some may know, but my and Zach's birthdays are a day apart so we end up doing something for the whole weekend whenever this time of year comes around. This year Zach had to work on my birthday but got the day off before so we spent some time in the city, doing some thrifting, going to the park and driving around looking at different neighborhoods. (We really love doing this) We started the day with free chick-fil-a biscuits and a free smoothie king smoothie! Gotta love coupons.
Zach enjoying his free breakfast.
We went thrifting and saw this awesome Schwinn bike in perfect condition and then went to a cute little book store in an old house.
After that we got some delicious cupcakes and spent some time hanging out at a park!
On our way back from the city we stopped by this old house with some neat antiques and a backyard filled with some amazing treasures!
This past weekend Zach and I took on the project of building a garden box in my parent's side yard. We were kind of nervous at first and didn't really know where to go with it, but it ended up being a lot easier than expected!
We ended up making the box 3x5' and 12" deep.
We bought some cedar planks and hand them cut down and it was as simple as screwing the edges together, adding a second row and screwing them both into four 2" square spindles.
Now all we have to do is fill it with soil and starter veggie plants! We are going to wait a few weeks to make sure the temps don't get to low at night. But I can't wait to eat some fresh veggies from the garden this summer! And now we know how to build our own once we get our own place!
This last weekend I got to see my buddy for the last time until her wedding in October*! Next week she is headed to Aussie to be with her bf and I am super sad but really happy for her at the same time! I got to spend some quality girl time with her while we were gone and it was so great! I even got to help her pick out a beachy wedding dress and then hang out with friends and fam to say goodbye!
Below are a couple of the cute dresses she tried on, but I'm not showing the final for fear of who may see this! :)
I'm going to miss this girl so much!
*P.S. Did I mention that I get to go to Australia in October for this awesome event?!!
In January we celebrated 3 years of sweet sweet marriage and together! I love this man so much and am so blessed for every day we have spent together! Because our anniversary is so close to Valentine's Day, every year we go out to dinner for our anniversary and then on Valentine's day Zach makes us an amazing dinner!
My buddy Lucy came to St. Louis for a family event and got to spend a night with me! I miss this girl tons and won't get to have much time with her before she leaves for Australia to be with her boyfriend!
December was a fun but SUPER busy month for my little business! During the whole month of December I had my items up at The Foundrie, an amazing pop-up shop at Chesterfield Mall in St. Louis run by Shelah McClymont the creator of Destroyed by Design. The shop was so beautiful and she did such a great job that people wanted the shop all year round - and starting THIS Saturday, April 9th, the people get what they want!
My items on the table right as you enter the shop!
My big show was at the beginning of December and I have a separate post dedicated to Chicago trip. Otherwise, December was filled with lots and lots of snow and family time!
Zach and Boston running in the snowy front yard.
My sis and I on Christmas morning in our matching PJ's and hoodies with earbud strings.
When you drive to Chicago from St. Louis on I-55 you go through a long stretch of windmill farms. It's so incredible to watch these things in person. I've seen dozens of photos of them, but seeing them in person is just mesmerizing.