Wednesday, February 16, 2011


image via the satorialist.

She is simply stunning. From her hair & her stacks of bangles, to her effortless skirt & posture.

"Woman is fine for her own satisfaction alone. No man will admire her the more, no woman will like her the better for it. Neatness & fashion are enough for the former, and a something of shabbiness or impropriety will be the most endearing to the later. " - Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

iphone photo round-up.

Dude Sweet Chocolate... really cute chocolate shop in the Bishop Arts District. While I am not a huge fan of dark chocolate, their packaging & signage was superb.
I can admit that I am absolutely horrible at cake decorating... but nonetheless, I attempted a Super Bowl cake... gotta support the hubs' absolute favorite "sports games." {Modern Family, anyone? anyone?}
Lattice Panel inlaid at a restaurant in Scottsdale. While I do love the concept, the irony is that we used this lattice company at work for an installation & the vendor flippantly mentioned they just did a ceiling in a restaurant, but never mentioned the location. You would have thought I just saw George & Laura {ie. freaked out} when I stumbled across his work randomly. Such a fun treat to see our collateral, elsewhere... esp. from such a small, unique, "undiscovered" vendor.
Two of my besties over for wine, apps, and convo... 5 hours later & much cheese & chocolate, we still didn't cover it all, we never do. {Right, SMS?}
My attempt at the whoopie pies this weekend... I have to say, they were a bit underwhelming & took a lot of time {and dishes} to create. I am a fan of the "simplier & less messy," the better. They were fun to try though.
A restaurant in Scottsdale we loved, Culinary Dropout. It had such a cool atmosphere with live acoustic music, creative menu options & unique presentation...soft pretzel bites to dip in cheese fondue, bread pudding, pasta, baby carafes for the wine & paper bags for your beer. loved.
Pazookie at Oregano's, they are original creator of Pazookie. I know, I know everyone loves it now and while I know it is everywhere now, I do give the credit to my Zona girls for introducing it to me sophomore year of college...making it in our little oven at UP. It was fun to go to the place that I had heard about almost 8 years ago now.
Snow day & a wonderful morning of sleeping in & making homemade pumpkin waffles & bacon. If you know me, anything pumpkin tops the list & makes the day.
At Mimi's Manor for Christmas in Groveton... loved this little stack of firewood.

Ahhh, thank you for letting me dump my iPhone purge on you. Smart Phone photos are never the greatest, but they do capture the impromptu details, right?

Happy hump day!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I know this is a stray from my typical posts, but I was too moved to not share. Three little letter can change you or someone else's life forever.

Do you text while driving?

Friday, February 11, 2011


I have had my eye on these two lovely concoctions over the past month. I can't stop thinking about this heart cake, & it is actually relatively easy to make. How cute would that be for a bride & groom to cut into on their wedding day? Oh, and the whoopie pies, don't get me started, don't they look amazing? We might need to attempt to recreate these, Limm. :)
{see link for sources & tutorials.}

PS - These little ditties will be best enjoyed while watching Friday Night Lights...and Tim Riggins. ha need I say more?

Monday, February 7, 2011

inspiration boards & creativity.

The above is the wall in my office at work... very professional, huh? ha. It is pretty overwhelming & has no sense of organization or form, however it keeps me truckin' here 9 hours a day. It literally takes up the whole wall & is quite messy, but I use it daily & love it.

I think that I have shared with you my love for tear sheets. They truly are an obsession of mine- I feel like I am constantly tearing & filing. Sitting on the couch purging through magazines is at the tip- top of my list. Not only do I do it to save beautiful images for inspiration & ideas, but I also just don't have the space for stacks & stacks of magazines around the house. {However, No tearing allowed in W & This Old House.}

Right now, at Casa Frazier, I am in the process of working on & tweaking the office / craft room. I want to make it useful & purposeful for us both, but also a space that is still inspirational & fosters creativity. I have up two large bulletin boards & am gradually adding at home & trying to hone down what really inspires me.

I love that the Lord gives us all creativity in one avenue or another, whether it be in the kitchen, on the computer, with your hands, on paper, solving problems, voicing thoughts, writing stories, or around the house... He is the ultimate creator & I love that he manifested creativity in all of us. I think everyone is always on a quest to either find out where that creativity lies, hone it down to a particular skill, or perfect the creativity they have already discovered.

"The torpid artist seeks Inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

What inspires you? What drives you to want to create, to play, to be your best, to seek out something new? I think people miss that creativity can look different in everyone... God gave us all the ability to be creative in one way or another... it just takes finding it.

Random thoughts on a Tuesday? Have a Happy day!