Monday, December 15, 2014

Dickens of a Christmas 2014

After taking over the Heritage Foundation's Instagram during Pumpkinfest this year, I was asked to come back to cover the 30th annual Dickens of a Christmas weekend.  I've missed this festival in the past, so I was excited to finally experience the magic.  (Note: I jokingly call the town either Mayberry or Stars Hollow, because there are adorable events and festivals and it is just delightfully pleasant to live here!)

Me and my friend KD

Dickens of a Christmas is a free public street festival, predicted to bring in around 50,000 visitors over the weekend.  It is produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County and Downtown Franklin Association.  Hundreds of volunteers participate as characters from the era and stories of Dickens.

Here are some of my favorite snapshots that I took for the Heritage Foundation.  You should definitely visit Franklin during a festival weekend sometime!

Disclosure:  I was a social media volunteer for the Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization, and I did not request compensation for my service.  After committing to the event, I was invited to a movie screening put on by one of the festival's sponsors, as a surprise gift!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Favorites v.4

This shirt is actually covered entirely from the text of Jane Eyre. YES.

I cried at work watching this proposal!  Such a perfectly planned surprise!
I'm surprised I'd never seen it before, as I love proposal vids.

Can you believe this is the same guy, but using coverup?
Watch the video proof!  It's from 2011 but I hadn't seen it.

Little Benji the pygmy goat kid just makes me SQUEE.
He won't stay that little for long, but aren't his little jumps and kicks adorable?

Kittens.  In sweaters!

My two new favorite potions...
This detox shampoo has an amazing mint smell and tingle. I don't even need conditioner anymore!
This moisturizing creme was $8 at Sam's Club and goes on my face (and elbows, knees, etc.)
every night so I wake up with baby-soft skin!

+ We love Pixar movies, and this trailer for Inside Out looks great!

+  This Afghanistan vet was reunited with his beloved dog that his ex surrendered while he was away.  It makes me angry it happened, but reading about the dog's reaction is priceless and heartwarming.

+  I was a long-distance runner, so reading (and watching video) about Kayla Montgomery's running career with multiple sclerosis gave me chills.  The dedication of this girl, her family, and her coach is inspiring.  I'm lucky to have had great coaches in my life!

+I saw this via Kaelah's blog and I LOVED IT.  Mindy Kaling, be my bestie. 33 Times Mindy Kaling Was The Queen Of 2014.

+ Sabrina Benaim's poetry speaks to me!  Love her!  One of her poems has been on Upworthy, "Explaining My Depression to My Mother", but you have to check out more than one.  :::poetry slam snaps:::

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Target Threshold Bar Cart "Hack"

I've had a longtime crush on the Sedgewick bar cart from Society Social, but its $700 price tag was not something I could justify spending at this point.  Then my friend C tipped me off that there was a Threshold gold bar cart at Target on sale that could be the perfect match for me... and I snagged it for $100!  It came in one piece, no assembly required.

The Sole Society Cart //  My Threshold Bar Cart

The downside to the Target bar cart was the lack of storage for stemware and wine, which helps make use of some of the vertical space between the top and bottom shelves.  I found a stemware holder ($25) and wine bottle holder ($15) on Amazon made to go under kitchen cabinets, and I got a can of gold spray paint ($5) to make them match the cart.  You can buy the holders in other colors, but I chose whatever color was cheapest and qualified for Amazon Prime, which in this case was brass and a dark bronze.  Dan painted the pieces for me., and it turned out to be a great match!

After the paint dried, he screwed the pieces into the cart, under the top shelf.   I am not worried about the stemware holding up, but I do want to be sure the two wine bottles don't overstress the shelf; I put two of my cheaper bottles in to test the strength.  I will report back if I have any lasting concerns, but so far it looks pretty good!  I needed that extra space to store glassware in my apartment.

I haven't had time to style/stock the cart yet, but I'm getting excited at the prospect.  I will have to share the results when I do.  But all in all, I'm very happy with how my $145 investment in a bar cart turned out, especially compared to the $700 price tag on the inspiration.  Maybe someday I'll upgrade, but for now I'm proud of this little "hack" of sorts!

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