Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Black and Gold Explosion

The other day at Hobby Lobby I went a little CrAzY with the black and gold craft type products.  OOOOoops... I saw this first picture frame and considered buying it but then I thought... I can make that for less money and more pretty.  For $15 I bought the following frame, four spools of ribbon, fabric applique and heart pendant.  The best part about Hobby Lobby is that everything in there is 50% off.  So yes, that's relatively a lot of money to spend on one photo frame, but you know I didn't just make one.

I rummaged through our closet and found a boring old white frame that I covered in some scraps of fabric I had laying around, hot glue gun in hand... Voila!  I now have two super fun new black and gold frames to spruce up my office with.  Now I just need to a) stop making frames (ok, I have plans for just ONE more) and b) find the perfect photos for these babies.

The best part of all of this frame business is that I have a ton of ribbon and fabric left over to make my next project... A UCF Football Wreath.  Just you wait, I might have gone a little craft crazy but I have a lot of cuteness to show for it.  :)

This business was $18 on its own
Black and Yellow, Black and Yellow, Black and Yellow
Brighton Collectibles, Eat Your Heart Out

No one's going to see the back, right???

I love them

Monday, August 6, 2012

Florida Bucketlist Road Trip #4: The Keys Baby!

To kick off the start of the season (if you can believe it is here already), J and I took our last weekend together and hit the road one last time in July.  This was our July trip de la resistance, and we took our sweet ass time checking out the last stretch of Florida that we hadn't yet hit... the Keys.  To date, we have been just about everywhere one might want to go in Florida except Miami (still haven't been anywhere but FIU and UM) and the Redneck Riviera, aka The Panhandle.  Pretty good for only living here 2.5 years.

We started off our final Florida road trip with a drive down to my friend Aimee's house.  She graciously puppy-sat for us and after some delicious sushi and a shopping trip (because SOMEONE conveniently forgot his swim gear), we headed south.  On our way down to Key Largo we stopped to take in the sites at the University of Miami and then were on our way again.  The drive was beautiful and we got into Key Largo with enough time to go kayaking, swim in the hotel pool and then out for dinner on the water where we could take in the sunset while chomping down on some very fresh seafood.  We were in tropical heaven.

The next day we drove 100ish miles south on the Overseas Highway to Key West.  It was so much more laid back and fun than I was expecting.  While we can certainly see why people go down south to fish and go boating (and were lusting after all of the boats ourselves), there is still a LOT to do in Key West on land.  We rented scooters and trolled around town.  As we stumbled into town during Hemingway Days Festival and didn't exactly plan ahead, we were thankful to get what seemed to be the literal last hotel room in town.  Also, there was a Hemingway look-alike contest so everywhere we went there were old men with white beards.  It was trippy :)

Of course we had to eat as much key lime pie as we could, we took in the sunset from the rooftop bar of the Westin (highly recommend) went for a swim in one of the best pools of my life, held hands all day and shamelessly acted like silly tourists.  I can say it was more fun that two people should be allowed to have.  It was SUPER hot out but we had a blast.  Once the sun went down Duval Street (the Bourbon Street of Key West) really got bumping and we had fun checking out all of the bars, meeting new people, dancing a smidge and people watching the night away.  Key West had people of all ages and the vibe was very come-as-you-are which was really refreshing.

After we said our good-byes to Key West, we headed back north and stayed our last night at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Ft. Lauderdale.  It is one of the only Ft. Lauderdale hotels right on the beach AND they have a lazy river.  We were treated like royalty, went out for a fancy dinner at The Capital Grille and cried the night away because our trip was over.

It was a very magical, memorable weekend with my sweetie.  I'm so grateful he took me on such a great month's worth of adventures capped off with a trip to remember always.  Thank you for being so wonderful sweets, I love you!

Oh hey handsome

Nothing like eating seafood by the seaside.  There were INSANELY huge Tarpon swimming next to us


No Peckerheads allowed!  We played this hook game for like 40 minutes and I won only once.... Sigh.

Um.... it was a BIT muggy out

Nerd Alert

We got to kayak out into that beautiful water past the pier

El Caribe

Overseas Highway

Our first stop in Key West!


Had the place ALL to ourselves

Southernmost Scooter and Southernmost Thumbs-Up


Southernmost Pier

We waited for about 10 mins in the 100 degree sun... it was worth it :)

Southernmost Photograph

Or two...

We found the one beach in Key West :)

We weren't the only ones

We didn't go to a single place that didn't have a key lime pie avail

Yep, that's a chocolate dipped slice of key lime pie on a stick.  NBD.

He likes it


One of the best smoothies of my life... Key lime, pineapple, strawberry & banana


Action heros

We didn't go in but... we look good outside!

Hemingway's Place

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Southernmost Hotel

Yup, Tourists.

Love him


No More Miles


Famous Key West 6-Toed Cats

Some Presidents Stayed Here

Key West Sculptures

Boot scoot boogie

Our crazy room at the Southern Cross Hotel.  Last room in Key West avail for the weekend and we got it!

Back up north we went to Ft. Lauderdale


Don't worry about our room

Check out this sweet ass view!  Cuteness overload with the rocking chairs

Fords love the beach

Pelican Grand Beach Resort!

Representing So Cal


Oh, don't mind our insane rainbow!

I couldn't get over our room and view


Lovebirds out for our last vacation meal at Capital Grille... NOMS

Only in Florida will it rain at night and still be HOT HOT HOT out by the beach

Didn't want the night to end

Enjoying the rocking chairs and ocean breeze


You best believe we were all up in that lazy river


Someone can't believe the flippin view in this place

We were spoiled

Can you spot the rainbow?

Is this a dream???

Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Ft. Lauderdale