Summer Kaftan Dresses

Summer kaftan dresses for 2015

I have had my eye out for a kaftan (or caftan, if you prefer) for years. The long, flowy dresses seem so appealing for hot summer days. Celebrities are often photographed in silk kaftans looking incredibly chic and glamorous. It seems to me to be the perfect summer option for looking like you just flew in from Turks and Caicos or Morocco, except without the pricey flight.

This summer I’m committed to finding a kaftan dress that works for me. I was looking for something I could wear to dinner on the patio, more than something that was just a bathing suit cover-up. I was shocked to find most options pushing $200, with some silk gowns surpassing $1,000! Here are the most promising kaftans I found for summer 2015:

Summer kaftan dresses for 2015

Visiting Budapest

Visting Budapest: Photos, recap, and favorite spots

Oh hello there! Sorry for the lack of posts recently; I’ve been off adventuring.

I recently returned from a vacation with George to Budapest and Vienna. We spent about 5 days in each place, and today I’ll share some stories and my favorite spots from Budapest.

Visting Budapest: Photos, recap, and favorite spots

Overall impressions
Budapest is a really neat city. It definitely has the old, European look, with stone front facades and historic buildings everywhere. Almost everyone we met was very kind and polite. Most Hungarian people we encountered in the city spoke at least basic English, which is great, considering how difficult Hungarian is to learn.

Easter Containers That Aren’t Baskets

Easter containers ideas that go beyond the woven basket

Easter containers ideas that go beyond the woven basket

You may have noticed that I love celebrating holidays. But what I don’t love is spending a bunch of money on things that only have a very limited use. So while I’m all about giving Easter treats out, I don’t see the need to buy an Easter basket when I have containers around the house that will work just as well. Here are five suggestions for Easter “baskets” that don’t involve the basket.

A berry crate as a small Easter basket

Image Transfer Easter Eggs {with freezer paper}

Image transfer of photos onto Easter Eggs using freezer paper

Do you ever finish a project and you’re not sure if you love it or hate it? Honestly, that’s how I feel about these photo transfer eggs. They didn’t come out quite the way I wanted, but it’s a really cool effect for Easter eggs that I’ve never tried before. Let’s get down to it.

Image transfer of photos onto Easter Eggs using freezer paper

My original idea was to transfer photo images onto my eggs. So I hopped into Photoshop and copied over pictures of my family. I made each image no taller than 1.5 inches so it would fit easily onto an egg. I also deleted the background of each image using the quick selection tool, so the picture was just my main object.

Since this was a completely new concept for me, I also added a couple pictures of flowers, a bird, and some wide landscape scenes.

We bought a house!

This will be a combo living/dining area. I called it a "Great Room" one time, and George and I both agreed that's way too pretentious for us.

I cannot believe I’m saying this, but we finally closed on the house. We are homeowners!

Anyone who has been following along, or who has seen me in real life over the last few months knows what a long and stressful process this has been. There have been many times since having our house offer accepted in November that I didn’t think things would actually work out. I won’t go into all of the gory details, but buying a first home in this day and age is not for the faint of heart. The good news is that we survived the marathon.

We’ve been living in the house for a couple weeks now, but we’re still not settled. While we love the neat details and historic style of the house, it needs quite a bit of love. That’s to be expected with a building that’s 120+ years old. Anyway, I won’t editorialize anymore; here are some photos of the place, just before we moved in.

This will be a combo living/dining area. I called it a "Great Room" one time, and George and I both agreed that's way too pretentious for us.

This will be a combo living/dining area. I called it a “Great Room” one time, and George and I both agreed that’s way too pretentious for us.

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