Monday, April 30, 2012

Home alone with the boys

What a week..
I'm thankful this past week is over. We had a really successful tradeshow here in Atlanta (my company produces tradeshows). After months of planning it went very well with just some tiny hick-ups.

The worst part of the week was that I was away from my little boys and stayed in downtown Atlanta in a hotel for 5 nights. Monday, which was our last exhibitor move in day and a very crazy and stressful day, Brian called me in the morning to tell me that Toby (the 5months old Lab puppy) is throwing up, has diarrhea and isn't moving at all. I was freaking out. The first time I'm away and he gets sick. Brian drove him to the Vet to take blood and X-rays. From the X-rays they noticed that he has metal in his tummy. (Why do Labs eat all that crap? Toby loves dirt, eats rocks in any size, paper, cardboard, napkins, flowers, loves cigarette buds...) 
It seemed very serious that they suggested to have surgery for $$$$. Brian wanted to sleep over that decision, and took him home. He put him on a heating pad for the night, took him out every hour to see if he will pass the metal. He was really worried and scared. He took good care of Toby and stayed home with him the next day. Not being able to be there for them killed me. After a day of bedrest and medication, he got better and started to be himself again. When I came home Thursday night you couldnt really tell that he was sick. Thank god. I'm still squeezing every pooping bag and hope for some metal, but so far there were only two screws and lots of rocks. 
Then on Saturday he got neutered. Dropping him off at the Vet and saying good bye was so hard that I had to cry.  Poor little babyboy. When picking him up that afternoon the Vet told us to keep him quiet for about 2 weeks, not walking stairs, no playing with his brother, no running. The minute we got home he had so much energy ran up and down the stairs and kept trying to interact with Steele. He is running on our walks and has more energy than ever. Awesome!! :)
I'm so happy that he is doing ok, also very sad that we can't have any tiny Toby babies.
Now Brian is gone for 8 days and I'm again a single mom for the week.

Have a nice week everybody!

Carina, Toby and Steele! :)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Until next week...

It's this time again.. Today is the last day before I'm offline for a week. We have a tradeshow here in Atlanta, over 100,000 net sq ft and about 400 exhibitors. We worked like crazy for the last couple of weeks and finally since Thursday this week we are moving into the Georgia World Congress Center. Tomorrow I will check into a hotel in downtown and for the first time since February I will leave my little doggies behind (for six long days). I already miss them, weird how things change.

The show is a technical textiles and equipment show and all those amazing sewing machines are on the floor. I wish I could afford one of those.

Anyways.. I'm hoping for a very succesful and soon to be over (next Friday)tradeshow and after for a little down- and craft time.

Until next week,


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

You know you became Southern when

...there is always Sweet Tea in the fridge!

For several years now my favorite drink is Sweet Tea. Living in the South now for 3 1/2 years, I can definitely tell y'all that I became southern. Not the accent, but the food (Fried pickles, fried green tomatoes, lots of barbeque sauce (for every single meal) sweet tea and so much more) The tea can't be sweet enough and unfortunatly I could drink a gallon a day. I was always wondering how to make the perfect Sweet Tea. Finally I took some time to google and found that easy peasy recipe. Now I really don't know why it took me so long..

  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 6 tea bags
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 6 cups cool water


  1. Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda into a 64-ounce, heat-proof, glass pitcher. Pour in boiling water, and add tea bags. Cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove tea bags, and discard; stir in sugar until dissolved. Pour in cool water, then refrigerate until cold.

Is it bad, that I have to make new tea every couple days? I try to limit myself to two glasses a day, but sometimes I cant' help it...

Are you addicted to any kind of food/beverage yourself (and I'm not talking about alcohol!) :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I have found the one

I'm always looking for new things to personalize and update our house/furniture/decoration. Couple weeks ago I found a saying on Susie Harris' blog which she painted as a sign. Since I already have several signs standing around (Brian doesn't want to put holes in the walls! :( ) I printed the saying with my Silhouette machine on black vinyl. Peeling off everything but the words and cutting it to size   


Laying it on our bedroom mirrow to figure out spacing

I laid it on transfer paper and got rid of the sticky back side.

With a Silhouette tool (or a credit card) smoothly placed the vinyl onto the mirrow

and getting rid of the backing (hard to take pictures of a mirror!!)

and after it was completely done, I found out that I put it up side down. Awesome job! I really didnt want to remove the words from the mirrow and decided on re-placing the screws to hang it the right way!

Have you ever upgraded a mirrow with a decal?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Cheescake Brownies

Thank god it is F-R-I-D-A-Y. Couldn't it come any sooner? I've been a single mom (to our two dogs) during the week for the last two and I can say, I am exhausted. Toby can only hold to go to the bathroom for about 5 hours (max) and our nights are a little short right now. Also I hope he will be a puppy forever, but this part I really need to be over soon.

Yesterday I was featured on Better After and was overwhelmed with comments and about 900 page views. I'm so thrilled that Lindsey featured my Wing Chair. If you haven't checked it out, go over there now! :)

I made dessert (for Easter) and can tell you, it is my most favorite dessert I have ever made. You need to try this!

Cheesecake Brownies, here is the recipe:


1 (21.5 ounce) package brownie mix (I used the one with walnuts and caramel)
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (16 ounce) container prepared frosting (I used Cream Cheese frosting)
  • Preheat oven 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  • Prepare brownie mix according to the directions on the package. Spread into prepared baking pan

  • IF you use caramel, cut one edge open on the caramel mix and spread it in three lines on top of the brownie mix. With a knife cut the batter into squares so that the caramel will look like the below.

  • In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and cornstarch until fluffy. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk, egg and vanilla until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture evenly over brownie batter.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is lightly browned. Allow to cool, spread with frosting, and cut into bars. Store covered in refrigerator, or freeze in a single layer for up to 2 weeks.

You need to try this! I shared 6 pieces and ate all of the others myself (in 4 days) BAD but so good! :)

Have a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Puppy dawgs

Going on a walk seperately to make live easier for me since Brian is out of time for two weeks. Same spot, different dog to roll around in pine straw.
Weirdest thing that Toby stopped at the same location.


"Helping" me do yard work by stealing my gloves

   (can you see his nose? Digging in the mud)

    and again, a few days later

Waiting patiently in front of the window for Daddy to come home

Catching his first (already dead!) squirrel, we had a very hard time getting it out of his mouth! Not my favorite part, but as you can see I switched dogs right after that happend. Brian took over littleone and took care of the ISSUE.

Easter with the american grandma, both love her very much and are just the sweetest babies fast asleep on her lab and besides her feet.

Why cant they be that quiet when they are with me?



finding big sticks on our walks...

covered in leaves

and so proud, not even caring about the leaves hanging out of his mouth

Happy hump day!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Playing in the Dirt

Spring is here with incredible warm temperatures and yard work is finally back on the schedule! :)

We have a pretty big property, but most of it is taken by this HUGE detention pond which is covered in thorns and weeds and we can't do anything with it.  We are planning on reclaiming some of this space for our use again, but need professional help. Site visits have happend and we are waiting on some more quotes to come in. Since you can look into our yard from every angle, we decided on planting shrubs around and close it in to have more privacy (and at some point have a closed in space the dogs can run around)

Last weekend, we went to the nursery and picked up 5 Ligustrum Recurvifola to start with.


Digging holes in the ground, finding huge rocks which made it so hard to even dig anywhere close to the size we needed the hole to be.

But finally the first 5 shrubs where in the ground and we were exhausted

When we bought the house there were two shrubs planted on the right side in the front, but only 1 on the left. I'm all symetric and couldnt stand the picture of it. 

I bought another matching shrub (it looked decent sized in the store) and planted it on the left side. It turns out it is very TINY. I give it a chance to grow (hopefully fast) I also put some more grass seeds down to match the other side.

One week of resting before we decided on digging 8 more holes all the way to the house

The fenced in area is our detention pond

When we bought shrubs 2 weeks ago, they looked amazing, big, thick grown. We decided on 7gal so we don't have to wait forever for them to grow to a decent size. Last week I contacted a different nursery (b/c of some price issues) Those things are expensive!! The guy told me that they are out of the 7gal and have no idea when to get more. I then bought 9x 3gal ones and got them delivered to the house free of charge. Awesome! You can already see that they are pretty thin, still in very good shape and really tall.

I put some in our already dug out holes but the 24" space inbetween each shrub (that was the recomendation from the landscape guy) seemed way too much. Those shrubs are too thin to be any kind of a fence line.


You can see the huge difference from the ones already growing for the past 3 years and the 5x 7gal ones.

I'm a NOW person (every idea I come up with has to be tackled right there and then) Since the 3gal didn't work out in that spot (we will keep them to plant on the outside of the detention pond!) I drove up to the first nursery and bought 6 more 7gal. I got the last ones (they are out now too) and you could see a huge difference in growth. They are tiny compared to the last ones we got. I took them home anyways.

Last night I made all of the holes bigger and planted 8 more shrubs. Some of the 3gal where pretty much the same size as the 7-ones and at some point I didn't care anymore. Maybe we plant some smaller ones in between?

There is always next weekend to play some more in the dirt! :)