Monthly Archives: January 2015

Allison’s January Favorites


1. Old White earrings from Forever 21 – One of these fell underneath our dresser in October. I finally retrieved it a few weeks ago.
2. Ghost Stories sweatshirt by Maiden Voyage – One of my favorite Christmas gifts! The company specializes in the weird. I got Ray this Maiden Voyage tshirt for Valentine’s day a few years ago.
3. Mini donut pan – I made my first batch of homemade donuts a few weeks ago. I invented apple butter donuts, and while they were pretty good I think they still need some tweaking. Or twerking.
4. The Body Shop Shea Butter Scrub – Because winter.
5. Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask – Again, because winter.
6. Orla Kiely ipad case – We bought my ipad used, and the previous owner gave us their Lifeproof case. I know they’re supposed to be waterproof and amazing, but I really didn’t like it. It was super bulky and ugly. I think this Orla case suits me much better.
7. Vigo pepperoncinis – My current food obsession. Put ’em in a salad. Put ’em on a pizza. Put ’em on a sandwich. Put ’em on a cracker. The possibilities are endless.
8.  Fiddle Leaf Fig – My favorite of all our house plants. The oversize leaves get me every time.

9. The Mindy Project – Ray and I started watching at the very end of December and quickly became obsessed.
10. Deuce Cities Henhouse – My new favorite blog! Alison and her family live in a 100 year old house and she is always working on projects to improve it. This blog has a lot of ideas and inspiration, especially if you own an older home.
This video (that I already posted on social media) of 4 Disney artists painting the same tree. It’s a nice reminder that art is subjective and we all have our own style.

4 years at Big Brown

around 2around 1Guys, it’s been exactly 4 years since we bought Big Brown. 4 YEARS! Being a home owner, especially to a 100ish year old house, is a weird thing.  We love it. And sometimes we hate it. But mostly we love it.
I’ve told the story of our first visit to Big Brown a million times and at least twice on this blog, but I’m going to tell it again. It was September of 2010. Ray and I were not married, engaged, or even dating. We were “just friends” who sent hundreds of texts messages to each other during the work day and spent every single afternoon and evening together eating dinner, watching movies, and hanging out. Ray’s apartment had reached the max level of disgusting and it was time for him to find a new place. One afternoon Ray asked me to go with him to look at a house. Here’s where it gets weird – Moments before I get to his apartment a drunk driver (going extremely slow) hits our church van which was parked behind Ray’s apartment and an adjacent fence and then pulls over into some bushes. We chat with the police, the driver continues to yell “that’s drunk” over and over, and in about 20 minutes everything is back to normal. Strange, right? After the commotion we headed to Big Brown. It looked like a ginger bread house and we instantly fell in love (with the house). A few months later we also realized we were in love with each other.
Here are some blurry iphone pics taken during that initial meeting with the realator: photo 1 (2) photo 2 (2)Big Brown is forever a work in progress. Over the last 4 years we’ve painted, repainted, scraped wallpaper, cried over leaky roofs, added furniture, taken away furniture, added cats, taken away cats, and the list goes on. We have soooo many ideas and dreams for Big Brown and we can’t wait to see them come to fruition.IMG_0006

Around Big Brown

After being off for a month for his surgery, Ray went back to last week! It’s an adjustment for sure, but it’s nice to be back in a “normal” routine. Bits and pieces of Christmas are still around, but at least they’re all in one place ready to be put upstairs. Our sun room is becoming a plant palooza and we love it so much. We have plans to build more shelves in our sun room for plants and a new home for our records in the living room. A house is always a work in progress, am I right?IMG_9990IMG_9991IMG_9992IMG_9995IMG_9999