Saturday, December 22, 2012

Dating my Husband

Now that we're married, I am even more focused on making sure we keep "dating" each other, and making special time for us to reconnect as a couple.

This year, for the holidays, I chose to create something super special - 12 planned dates. You could take this even further, and actually buy the tickets for each date, but because we share a bank account, I didn't want him to know ahead of time what I was up to. ;) I created a small calendar - it's designed to be printed on 4x6.

Here are some examples of the months:

There it is! Silas loved it! If you are interested, you can download it from my Google Drive, by clicking here. I also batched up the fonts that I used to create the file. I created it in Microsoft Word 2011, but it should open in Microsoft Publisher as well. You need to download it from Drive, as opening it in Google Docs will mess with the alignment.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Getting Back on the Blogging Track

It's been more than a year since we last updated this section of our blog, and a bunch has happened!

First, in February, this happened:

Silas asked me to marry him! We asked a wonderful couple to take our photo on the beach!

Here is a photo of my beautiful engagement ring!

You can read more about our engagement in our wedding blog by clicking over to this post. Then, in May, Linus turned 1! It has been a crazy year, and our little guy who started out at just 7 pounds, now clocks in at over 100 pounds. We absolutely adore him!

Isn't he so handsome?

Finally, on November 2, 2012; after much planning (much of which we wrote about over at, we actually got married. It was a beautiful ceremony, and we had wonderful weather and good friends that spent the day with us. 

Us taking a walk as the newly married Mr. and Mrs. Cutler.

 The next day, we set off for our honeymoon in Savannah, GA, and had a wonderful time!

Near the old cotton exchange in Historic Savannah.

It has been a crazy, exciting, wonderful year. We're so lucky and blessed to have had so many amazing things happen to us in one year, and we are looking forward to what 2013 has to bring us. But now that life is winding down slightly, it's time to get back on track with regular blogging. Thanks for sticking with us!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

What's Old is New Again - New Foyer Bench

Well, for a while now, we've known that we need a solution for our front foyer. We always end up with piles of shoes right next to the door, which we invariably fall over during late night puppy outings. So, it was time for a solution.

This chest was a gift from my Aunt, and perfectly fit my angst filled teenage years, but now we're looking for a different design aesthetic. It's perfect, because not only does it fit perfectly by the front door, but we can store our shoes hidden in the interior, while putting baskets for keys on top.

A couple of weeks ago, we stumbled across an excellent piece of fabric, and I thought we could use it in a number of places, so I picked it up. We then proceeded to prime the entire chest, so that we would get nice even coverage out of our white paint. This was particularly useful, because the chest was done in a very glossy paint, and I was dropping the gloss to a semi gloss that we keep on hand for our trim.

We removed the top, pulled over some foam, and upholstered the top, so it could also be utilized for somewhere to sit to remove your shoes. Following priming, painting, and upholstering, the finished product looks something like this:

And as planned, it holds our shoes in a great (not all over the floor) way. 

Here's a shot of how it fits next to the door. We put baskets on top, one for keys and sunglasses, and the other for Linus' leash, bags, treats and tennis balls.

Monday, July 25, 2011

New Puppy

As some of you know, we've been really wanting to expand our family a little bit by adopting a puppy. We had finally decided that a lab would be the best fit for our family, as Silas wanted an athletic dog that he could play with, and I wanted a lovable, cuddly dog that would suit our future family too.

When we came across this photo, from the St. Francis Animal Shelter in Georgetown, we knew that we were smitten.

We headed down to see him, and he walked right over to us. Our little puppy's name was Thurston, and he was so cute, walked right over to the gate, and seemed unaffected by his brothers and sisters jumping all over him. He was a very cuddly shy puppy, and we just had to bring him home. He stayed behind in Georgetown to get neutered as well as have his final vaccines done. 

Then, we brought him home, and decided to change his name to Linus. Linus is officially part of the family! At 7 weeks and only 7 pounds, he sure is a little guy. Here are some cute photos for you!

We'll keep you up to date as we experience life in raising a puppy!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Guest Room and Our Affair with World Market

Recently, we discovered an amazing little store here in Myrtle Beach, called World Market. I must admit, we got their ad, and walked in basically expecting a Christmas Tree Shop. What we found pleasantly surprised us. Since our discovery 2 weeks ago, we've been back about 5 times, and I feel like we've purchased something each and every time.

First, it started with these adorable elephant paper lanterns. For those that don't know, I'm a sucker for paper lanterns, as I find them unique adorable.

We've been trying to do something with our guest room for some time now, and these elephant lanterns really hit the spot in terms of the color scheme that we were going for. All was well and good, and we hadn't gotten too carried away, when I found this rug:

I just love it, it's got all of the colors we were hoping to incorporate into the room. For a better shot of the rug, we've taken a close up below: 

Unable to stay away, I was bored at home, and decided that the World Market website was how I'd like to spend my time. That's when I ran across the Studio Day Sofa. With amazing reviews, and a great look, I found that the dimensions fit exactly into our window alcove. We've been looking for something more "chair-like" so that when we don't have guests, our office feels like an office, and when we do have guests, we have something that feels really welcoming.

It was on sale, and ... I had a coupon, so we made our way down to the World Market to check it out. We loved it! We snatched it up right there, and came home and put it together.

Then, we started putting the pieces together, picked up some great gray curtains (for tie in with our rug!) from the JCPenney, on sale for 50% off. Altogether, I'm so happy with the way that it turned out, that I'm considering staying in there myself!

It's a little washed out right now, because of the amount of light that comes in through the window, but I will take some more photos soon, of the area during the nighttime and early am. Here are some zoomed in shots of the area. Oh - and for anyone who's interested, that's our king sized gray blanket that we scored at Target for $22. It was a steal!

We just love how welcoming it all feels. With the pillows removed, and the sides folded down, it's an amazingly comfy little sleeping space, about the size of a twin bed. Oh, and when we stopped into the World Market today, the manager asked us how everything went with the set up. It's those little things that keep us going back. 

Anyone else have any guest room re-do's, or a slightly obsessive obsession with a store we might adore just as much?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Our Rockin' Porch Hammocks

Wohh!! What's this, Silas is writing a post! Yeah. That's what's going on.

Anyway's, so tonight's project has been to setup two new seat hammocks for our balcony. How hard of a project could that be. :)

After about 10 minutes of finding the stud in the ceiling, we had our first hammock up. Key thing learned from this. When finding a stud in a ceiling, if your stud finder is as poor as ours is, use a extremely small bit and drill a first hole to ensure you have found the stud. If you miss, it's better to miss with a 1/10" bit rather then a 1/4" bit.

So, after hanging the first one and sitting down, everything is perfect. I reach up to the bar [Despite the DO NOT PULL ON Label], to help hoist myself up and suddenly...

...Bar split in half after leaving a battle wound in my arm. Lesson learned. DO NOT DISOBEY THE LABEL.

So, Off to Lowes. Obviously we can't return it. It was our fault.

So, the first idea was to get two small corner brackets and clamp the beam back together. After 10 minutes of looking at the option's in the Lowes, we ended up purchasing a wooden closet dowel. Six holes later, we have a replacement bar which is twice as strong as previous.

Key thing, for when drilling the holes was to drill a small hole to guide the larger one and to ensure that everything is lined up correctly.

Overall, the big take away from this is don't ever defy the wise warning labels.

Kind Regards,
- Silas

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Alligator Adventure

Yesterday, we took a trip down to Barefoot Landing and went exploring. We've been wanting to go to Alligator Adventure for a while, so we finally got the chance to fit in a nice relaxing day of wandering around wooden walkways surrounded by alligators.

At Alligator Adventure, the main attraction is - you guessed it, Alligators! They also have turtles, some lizards, as well as crocodiles. When we first got in, we checked out the juvenile feeding pond, where they do demonstrations with little alligators as well as some snakes. Here is a shot of the young alligators all piled up.

After the show, we got the opportunity to wander around the park. I'm sure that this is possibly the scariest thing that I could see if I walked out of my house and saw this guy sitting underneath my tree. 

We also caught a glimpse of this big guy, up close and personal. I thought that I could probably smuggle him out under my shirt, but I think he's pretty heavy. His shell was so hard and smooth, but if you touch their hand, they're kind of squishy and scaly. He was really relaxed and hardly moved, even with me hanging out right next to him.

We also saw one of the two "feeding areas", where a bunch of alligators were cooling off in the shade. You could have hopped the fence here, and gotten down in there with them, but I can't imagine anyone would want to! There were a lot more of them around this area, but this one was by far the biggest of the bunch.

When we were walking along, we came upon a big enclosure, which was labeled King Alligator. This alligator was huge! When we got up there, everyone else in the park was heading towards the feeding pen for the 3pm feeding, so we were the only one around. You can actually get pretty close to the fence, and we were close enough where he opened his jaws and kind of growled at us. Scary!

 Next up - an Albino Alligator! This is pretty crazy! The two in the enclosure never moved at all, so we wondered for a while whether they were even alive, but we think we saw them breathe, and no one wanted to volunteer to climb on in and check.

I took a video of feeding time, but it's really hard to see through the chain link fence. Tidbit of advice from the Alligator Adventure feeder: Like stray dogs and husbands, once you start feeding them, they keep coming back. Once alligators lose their natural fear of humans, they think everyone will feed them. If you don't, that's when the problems happen.

As we were leaving, we stopped by the vet clinic, where we happened upon - a bunch of baby alligators! 

All in all, we spent a couple of hours within the park, and really enjoyed our time there. It was great to get to see them all, even if I wouldn't want to meet any of them up close and personal.