Friday, July 30, 2010


Okay Winners!  Here are your choices.

I have multiples of each so just send me an email letting me know which one you would like and your address!

[grahamcrakasblog AT gmail DOT com]

Oh, and p.s. - I have some exciting news to share :)
Come back Monday!

And no, aunts and friends from home - I'm not preggers.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

decisions, decisions.

Yall's suggestions were fabulous!

Seriously, I don't even know how to choose - they were all so, so good.

Soo, I've decided to giveaway four keychains!

To my top three favorite names and an additional keychain for the person who submitted the most ideas.

And, the winners are:
  • Kate [idea:  Moxie]
  • Joy [idea:  Accidental Perfection]
  • Sidney Lee [idea:  Jimmy's]
  • Nanny [submitted 8 ideas!]

I have no idea how I'm going to choose!

Thanks for all the help - y'all are amazing :)

Winners:  Stay tuned for tomorrow - I've made more keychains since last week so I'll be posting a picture of all the keychains you can choose from!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

giveaway - with a catch. have any of you heard of this place called Etsy?!?

If you answer is no to this question, we need to talk. 
One on one.
It is a big deal.
And if you haven't heard of are missing out.

Well, I have decided that I want to start an Etsy shop of my very own.
I decided this months ago.
But I keep getting hung up on one thing.
One big thing.

A name.

So, I thought I'd bring it to you guys.
I need a name for my Etsy shop!

I want something creative. 
Something short.
Like one or two words.
It can be anything. 
Seriously, the sky is the limit.

And, to offer a little incentive, I am giving away one of these keychains.
Winner can choose which one you'd like.

The name I like most will be the winner :)
So think hard!

I may not necessarily choose that name for the shop but I need something to get the creative juices flowing.  

So, throw out as many names as you can come up with.  No limit on the number of names you can offer :)

Ready, set, go!

*Giveaway will close next Wednesday - I want all of you to have ample time to come up with something fabulous!*

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

spice it up.

Is anyone else out there addicted to school supplies?

As a kid I would choose walking through the school supply aisles instead of the toys anytime we went to Walmart.

I love them!

Every year as the school year gets ready to start back up I spend at least an extra 20 minutes every time we are in Walmart or Target to browse the school supplies.    

Well, this past week at the beach we went to Walmart and I couldn't leave without some new school supplies.  I finished the last page of my legal pad at work the day before I left for the beach and I wanted to spice it up a little with a cute notebook.

[How sad is this?  I'm talking about spicing up my life with a new notebook.  It's the little things I tell ya.]

Soooo, I got a new notebook, pack of pens and pack of mechanical pencils.

And all week at the beach I couldn't wait to open my notebook.  But I waited until Monday morning.  And let me tell you, it made my day!

You should try it really.

For just $3, a new, uber cute notebook will make your day.

Satisfaction guaranteed :)

Monday, July 19, 2010


We've been at the beach for the last week with my family.

Look what was waiting for me when I walked in our house yesterday :)

FFIL and FMIL put these on my kitchen table as a "Happy Birthday Week" present!   They are gorgeous! 
And of course who wouldn't love starting the birthday celebration 4 days early :)

Happy Monday!
Hope your weekend was fabulous!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Kelle Hampton It.

Do you ever plan for your weekend to be fabulous only to be disappointed Sunday night?  Like you think of all the fabulous things you're going to do for the weekend.  And in your head you concoct the perfect blend of relaxing and productive, funny and romantic, lazy and exhilarating.  It's like the perfect mix of everything that's going to happen.

Especially on Saturday.  You plan to get up early and go for a run.  Then come back and clean your house.  Have the floors mopped, the baseboards wiped down, three loads of laundry done, your bathroom sparkling, and your refridgerator cleaned out.  All before 10 a.m.  Then for the afternoon agenda, sew and finish your photography website.  Order business cards.  Start an Etsy store.  And clean out the attic. 

So all OCD dreams are fulfilled for the weekend.

But, simulatneously you expect the weekend to be relaxed and lazy and dreamy.  So you plan to sleep late and wake up to snuggle your husband for another half hour.  Then mozy into the kitchen and make a fabulous pot of coffee.  Do your quiet time on the screen porch while enjoying your coffee in a paisley mug with french vanilla creamer.  Then, you shower and get ready when you finally get to it and head out to....I don't know, that's where the dream gets fuzzy for me.  I got to Target and maybe to a couple of thrift stores.  Have a relaxing lunch, outside with a cool breeze and then wonder over to the bookstore to browse a bazillion different books.  It just makes sense.  

But then, Sunday night you realize that you've accomplished neither.  In trying to get everything done, you missed the opportunity to snuggle with your husband and enjoy your coffee.  And in being relaxed you totally stressed yourself out with your house is still being a wreck.

  Plus on Sunday night you realize that it's ridiculous to think that you'll clean your baseboards considering you haven't cleaned them in months.  [Don't be too grossed out].  Or that you'll actually finish your photography website that you've been working on for months.  Then you also realize that you don't really like to sleep late.  And that the cool breeze at an outdoor lunch?'s July.  Let's get real.

So, all of that to say...

Last Friday I showed up to work and had a twin.  And we had the whole conversation that I mentioned above.  So, we determined that in place of another weekend with ridiculous, unrealistic plans, we were going to Kelle Hampton it.

Oh you haven't heard of Kelle Hamptoning It?  Well, it's probably because we made it up.  But it's like saying that you're going to rock it. Except you're going to rock it time a bazillion.

Have you read Kelle Hampton's blog?  Well, first of should.
And, once you read it you'll quickly realize that you want to Kelle Hampton It too.  Because she always finds the positive in everything.  Like everything.

And does she put it?

Oh yeah, sucks the marrow out of life.

So, last Friday my "partner in crime" and I decided that we were definitely going to Kelle Hampton It.

When we left work, we both went home and painted our fingernails a shade of watermelon.  Yes, because Kelle Hampton did.  Well that and because it was going to be our visual reminder that we were going to suck the marrow out of life.  Even the little pieces.  Even when things are frustrating.  Finding a little thing.  That's so exciting.

And I went with the toes too.
Just for extra special measure.

It was a long weekend, ya know.

So, here's a little snapshot of my weekend.  Kelle Hampton style.

First a lazy Saturday morning. Check.
Quiet time with fabulous coffee on the front porch.

Looking at this across the street.
Could it be better?

We then moved on to green beans.
Picking, stringing, breaking, canning.

Talk about a ton of work!
But so worth it.
20 quarts :)

After canning green beans we went to the community 4th of July parade.
It was sweet.  Even though it only lasted 15 minutes :)

Once the parade was over, we docked the number one family get together with my dad's family.
Definitely ranked number one in the last few years.

We got together and had a cookout around 8:30 on Saturday night.  We planned the cookout around 7 that night.  Mom called all the aunts and said let's just throw everything together for a cookout right quick.  So we showed up at my grandpa's house with a hodgepodge of cookout items and a firepit for good measure.  I'd say the firepit definitely made it.  Homemade icecream, s'mores and a fire.  Could it get any better?

On Sunday afternoon we headed to the New River Trail in Virginia to bike along the river.
It was a twenty mile ride that was  Exhilarating and hard.  But amazing to feel the breeze on your face and just soak it all in.

Such a beautiful place.

Such a wonderful family.

Then, in continuing to be Kelle Hampton - esque, I found the joy even in getting car sick to the point of laying in the grass in front of KFC on a major highway.  But all was okay.  Because my wonderful mother photographed the event and my wonderful husband went back to the KFC counter three times to get my bland mashed potatoes just right.  How hard to mess up, right?   But, my sweet husband was willing to get everything just right.

Then on to fireworks.
Which were so much fun.  Sitting all in the back of the truck beds all lined up and the bag chairs all sat  out in front of the trucks.

What's crazy is that there are plenty of weekends I spend with my parents.  In this gorgeous setting.  With such a fun and love-filled family.  Doing so many fun things.  But how often do I truly suck the marrow out of this life?  This crazy, exciting but sometimes ordinary life?  Not enough.

So here's to Kelle Hamptoning It.

And, FYI, my nails are watermelon again this weekend.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

[sneak peek].

i did an engement session in chapel hill for kayla and jordan a few weeks ago.
i haven't finished all the editing yet, but i figured they would probably appreciate a sneak peak :)