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sometimes i am creative

So, last week I went over to my beautiful friend Cassie’s house to hang out and to put this together for her daughter Ari’s room…


{The top “Love You” thingy is a decoration I purchased at Hobby Lobby. :) Also from Hobby Lobby are the two little pink beaded hearts. The tissue puffs are from ihaveribbon on etsy and the paper lanterns are from etsy or ebay. The purple butterflies were already in Ari’s room, we just added them to this. The pink scolly flower on the wall was previously there as well. Also used: purple sequin ribbon, sheer pink ribbon, red furry wired ribbon, and red ribbon with white polka dots.}

Cassie’s daughter Ari just turned 7 in December, and this was my belated birthday present to her. She had been maybe just a little envious of this “mobile” I made last year to go above her baby sister Kayla’s crib.

{Here’s Cassie and her husband Daniel, when baby Kayla was still in her belly. :) -photo by me}

I was inspired by a favorite Oklahoman and blogger of mine, Ashley Ann at Under the Sycamore. Go spend some time on her site — you will be delighted with her charming home and adorable family!

Anyway, I was really happy with how both of the girls’ little projects of mine turned out! Sometimes I am creative, and then I look at what I created and I think, “I made that.” And I smile. :)


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Kathleen MillerJanuary 17, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Abi!!! You are absolutely one of THE most talented people I know! These are amazing and beautiful. Im blown away!!! We will be PAYING you to make something like this for baby Miller someday!

JacquelynJanuary 17, 2011 - 11:11 pm

Those look great!

cupcakes on my mind

This is my friend Brandie. She looks a bit like Sandra Bullock and a bit like Britney Spears, according to many people we meet whenever I am out with her. :)


She also makes a.ma.zing cupcakes that look as delightful as they taste.



Yep, these are cupcakes. So pretty!!! She made these for me for my Switch girls a couple of months ago. Aren’t they amazing?!? {If you are interested in ordering a cupcake bouquet for anyone, let me know and I’ll get you her contact info. They would make a perfect and unique Valentine’s Day gift. :)}

Happy weekend, friends.


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JacquelynJanuary 14, 2011 - 10:21 pm

Tell my boyfriend to order those for me.

Also, tell me if someone claims to be my boyfriend.

~abi~January 18, 2011 - 4:44 pm

haha! jaquelyn, that made me laugh. :)

the poor girl’s guide to eating in The City

Well, food is on my mind this morning, as it is many mornings. haha. So, I thought I’d share the cheap-yet-fun-and-delicious food and drinks we consumed while in NYC.

For our first meal of the trip, we ended up at an amazingly yummy little pizza place, Mariella’s, on 3rd Ave.

Jen and I both chose this veggie-loaded pizza.


Whitney and Katherine looked extra-cute eating their slices. :)


A couple hours later, we finally got into Serendipity III, and enjoyed some amazing desserts. Here’s Jen and I perusing the incredible menu.



Even later that night, my throat was starting to feel pretty raw and sore, so I ordered a Hot Toddy at our hotel bar. It was my first time to ever try that drink, and boy was it strong! Whew! I kind of shudder now just thinking about it. But i swear to you that it helped my throat so much! :)


After downing the hot toddy, Jen and I set out to see more of the city, and we each got an insanely scrumptious gyro from a vendor outside of Grand Central. I would pretty much go back to New York just to get another gyro like that! yummm!


The next day, I got a pretzel from a street vendor before joining the massive crowd of people waiting in Times Square for the NYE celebration.


And Whitney grabbed a hotdog!


Because people were gathering so early and Times Square was quickly filling up, Katherine and Brandie settled for McDonalds instead of the sushi we had all wanted to get for lunch that day. The funniest part was that they each bought an extra burger, since they knew we would be out there for hours and hours, and they ate one later as a snack. hahaha


By the next morning, my voice was completely gone, and my sore throat was in full effect, so Katherine and I opted for Jamba Juice over Starbucks. There, we indulged in a healthy wheat grass shot. :)



At lunchtime, we were in Chinatown, so we decided to pick up food from one of the little restaurants there. And we figured that we might as well choose one that had all sorts of animals hanging in the windows, right?




I was strangely fascinated by it all.


Stella Artois seemed to be the unofficial drink of the trip. :) Here, Whitney, Jen, Katherine and I all enjoyed a drink in our room before heading back out on the town on January 1st.


Katherine also wanted to experience the joys of eating a hotdog from a street vendor.



And finally, later on that night, we ended up at Benito II in Little Italy, where we were delighted by the delectable food and enamored with the charming and extra-attentive staff. :)




This guy even gave me a shoulder massage, since it was {a day after} my birthday! ;)


We ended the night by enjoying divine cupcakes that we had picked up earlier at Magnolia Bakery. Delish!!!




And now, I just want to eat all sorts of unhealthy foods. :) But I can’t and I won’t. I’m glad I got that out of my system in New York. Because everyone knows that food you eat while on vacation doesn’t really count, or make you gain weight! ;)


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jaredwanzerphotographyJanuary 14, 2011 - 6:02 pm

I cannot believe these pictures were taken with your point and shoot because these are soo good…
food is so much better in NYC YUMM now I am hungry.

what i’m working on today 1.11.11

So, I will probably do a couple more random posts about my trip, but yesterday and today I have been happily busy working on an order from one of my favorite subjects, JeRayle. JeRayle lives in Dallas and does some modeling. We have worked together on one shoot prior to this one, and I have to say that my camera just loves him. :) Here are some favorites of mine from the ones I am editing for him right now.






Seriously, though, how good is he in front of the camera?? He has what it takes to make it in the modeling world, and I hope his career takes him far!


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Kathleen MillerJanuary 11, 2011 - 10:46 pm

ummmmm WOW. that's all I can say. WOW. ;)

Bethany LarieJanuary 12, 2011 - 2:01 am

cough* mmm… wow….. or yummy.. yeah yummy sounds better :D

~abi~January 12, 2011 - 2:24 pm

haha, you girls make me laugh. :)

i’m looking at you through the glass

Well, I was going to do a post about all the food and shopping and entertainment of my NYC trip, but it was just too much for one post. Also, I am too caught up in watching snowflakes fall outside my window to do a long and complicated post.

So, today you get five photos of the window displays at Saks 5th Ave.






So whimsical and dreamy. I can’t get it out of my head.

Hope you all have a beautiful winter day!


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Kelly BeaneJanuary 10, 2011 - 7:13 pm

Ahhh! I die! Love.them.so.much. The Neiman Marcus windows in Dallas were very whimsical and fun this year, but not quite like these! You can't beat New York!!!

AmandaJanuary 10, 2011 - 7:14 pm

Amazing, thanks for sharing!!

And KathleenJanuary 10, 2011 - 8:05 pm

Window dressing is a dream job of mine! Though, in actuality I'm not sure I'd be very good at it.

One of my favorite artists is Simon Doonan – he's the creative director for Barney's but used to do window dressings when he first started out. He has a book called Confessions of a Window Dresser that you'll have to check out!

~abi~January 12, 2011 - 2:24 pm

i know, right?? but i bet dallas does pretty good too during the holidays. :)
i will so check out that book – sounds very cool.