House

My fiancé and I bought a house in June of 2014. Since, I am literally Susie frickin’ Homemaker.
Catch up on what I'm doing around the HOUSE here!

Recycle!

You guys. The craziest, most unexpected side effect of getting married is this: This also means that we are SUPER lucky to have so many people who care about us and who want to buy us gifts. We are SO appreciative! BUT WOW. Since we are SUCH upstanding citizens of the world, we headed to … Continue reading Recycle!

My Gallery Wall

Art is expensive. Even printed, mass produced (and seriously fugly) art is expensive. A gallery wall is a great way to decorate a whole wall on a budget. Even further, your gallery wall is completely customizable! All pieces can be worth something and meaningful to you. Here is one of my gallery walls, pictured below. … Continue reading My Gallery Wall

Decorating!

One of my favorite parts about being a homeowner is decorating (on a budget!) It is so thrilling to me to scout out great pieces at bargain prices. This is my dining room—it is FULL of some of my favorite finds! OH LOOK! And there’s me, Susie Homemaker! China cabinet: SQUEEEEAL! I got this from … Continue reading Decorating!

Custom Stationary

You guys, I’m trying to schedule a meeting with Anne Dias Griffin. My people are calling her people. Do you know who she is? You can read about her here. Long story short: she’s divorcing her billionaire hedge fund manager husband and wants $1 million per month in child support/alimony payments. She needs that money to … Continue reading Custom Stationary

Garden, Part 1

My dad has been visiting us for two weeks now. I am so glad he is here! He lives in Chicago and it has been very cold there (like record lows, yuck.) He retired from a very important engineering job (as the inventor of toaster strudel) when I was in high school and then he … Continue reading Garden, Part 1

Garden, Part 2!

IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY 2015, I THOUGHT I’D GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON THE GROWTH OF MY GARDEN. SO, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, I GIVE YOU MY PLANTS, AS MOTIVATIONAL POSTERS!! CHECK OUT THE GARDEN’S HUMBLE BEGINNINGS HERE

Junk In The Trunk

IT’S HERE! THE JUNK IN THE TRUNK VINTAGE MARKET IS HERE! Junk in the Trunk is a large vintage/antique/handmade fair taking place at West World Scottsdale this very weekend! Sellers and crafters from around the region travel to set up shop at this market. West World is pretty much a huge warehouse–seen here, it’s empty. … Continue reading Junk In The Trunk

Found: Bar Cart!

Yesterday, Kelly Potts & I went to the Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market here in Scottsdale. (Catch up here.) MY MAJOR SCORE WAS A VINTAGE TEAL BAR CART! Adam and I had been looking for a cool and inexpensive bar cart for quite some time. We’d go to bed at night and say, “golly … Continue reading Found: Bar Cart!

Hot Stuff!

IF THERE’S ABSOLUTELY ONE THING YOU CAN COUNT ON IN THIS WORLD, IT IS THE FACT THAT MEN LOVE HOT SAUCE. SEE ALSO: CONDIMENTS IN GENERAL.  Every dude I’ve known since college has a fridge full of condiments and sauces and just about nothing else. Adam is no exception. He’s got an impressive array of … Continue reading Hot Stuff!

BBQ Essentials!

TODAY MARKS ONE WHOLE YEAR SINCE WE BOUGHT OUR HOUSE! Here we are exactly one year ago today on our closing date! Ever since, we have really enjoyed entertaining. Here in Phoenix, we’ve had a very cool Spring season and have already enjoyed several super awesome summer barbecues at our place. In honor of our home-sweet-home anniversary, I wanted … Continue reading BBQ Essentials!

Wine & Cheese!

WHEN YOU’VE BEEN TRAVELING (BECAUSE WEDDING SEASON) AND YOU’VE BEEN SICK, IT’S HARD TO KEEP UP WITH YOUR FRIENDS. BUT WHEN YOU’RE BACK IN TOWN AND YOU’RE FEELING BETTER, YOU HAVE ALL YOUR BABES OVER FOR WINE AND CHEESE! …And because I have to tell you people how to do just about everything, I’m gonna … Continue reading Wine & Cheese!

Registry Tips!

YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED!? CONGRATS! YOU’RE ABOUT TO SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WITH THE MAN/WOMAN OF YOUR DREAMS!! YOU’RE ALSO ABOUT TO GET A TON OF GIFTS!! IF YOU DECIDE THAT REGISTERING FOR GIFTS IS RIGHT FOR YOU, READ ON FOR SOME HELPFUL HINTS! 1. Start by choosing your retailers. Choose two or even three … Continue reading Registry Tips!

DIY Floral Arrangements!

OKAY, SO. TWO OF MY GIRLFRIENDS HAD BIRTHDAYS YESTERDAY–SCROLL DOWN IF YOU MISSED IT, OKAY? NOW, WHEN YOU HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS (I CAN’T HELP THAT I’M SO POPULAR), YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO BUY EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM A PAIR OF REALLY EXPENSIVE WHITE GOLD HOOPS FOR HANUKKAH. SO, IN ORDER TO … Continue reading DIY Floral Arrangements!

Decorating with Succulents

HAI GUYS! REMEMBER MY WEDDING? Of course you do. We used succulent plants in my bouquet (above) and in the centerpieces for the dining tables (below). And they were so beautiful! After the wedding, I was able to save a few of the plants from my bouquet and the centerpieces to use as decor throughout … Continue reading Decorating with Succulents