Monthly Archives: September 2012

Fresh Find Friday

September 28, 2012

instax MINI 7s

Who watched Grey’s Anatomy last night? I don’t have cable so I’m dying to hear if it was wonderful or not. I don’t need to know all of the details. I just need to know it’s worth waiting a whole week to see the newest episode. Gah. I’ll just stop talking about this. Oh wait, I just saw someone’s Facebook status and it sounds like another person died. Was it Arizona? Don’t tell me.

What are you up to this weekend? Our anniversary was a few days ago and you can read all about our special wedding day here. We were super poor during our first year of marriage. We’re poor now, but our humor helps us cope. ;) On our first wedding anniversary, we didn’t have a lot of money to go out and do somethin’ fancy, so we drove on over to Dave & Buster’s instead. If you haven’t heard of D&B’s (that’s what the pros call it), it’s a Chuck E. Cheese for adults. And it’s awesome. Because we had such a great time on our first anniversary, we’ve gone back every year since. We get all dressed up and then we go play arcade games for a few hours. It’s therapeutic. We had to work on our actual anniversary this year, so we will be hanging out at D&B’s (I must be pro) tomorrow. I recently acquired an Instax MINI 7s and I can’t wait to document the whole evening with modern polaroids. It’s gonna be good.

the important stuff:

One of my fave writers is leaving.

Make your own gumdrops? Okay.

I don’t love Boba, but Chelsea makes it so pretty.

More pics of the fabulous Blog Bash NYC.

Free Halloween printable! Click this NOW!

Pumpkin Creme Brulee. Excuse me?

This is a pretty cute little bunting!

**happy weekend**

photo cred: Lexy Ward for The Proper Pinwheel

Tinsel vs. Pipe Cleaner: The Age-old Question

September 27, 2012

I’m trying to be one step ahead lately. I’m getting all of the holiday stuff ready for you guys NOW. So that when December hits, this blog will be filled with pretty-pretty pictures and DIYs for you. As I’m starting to pull everything together, I also started planning my holiday decorations. The last three months of the year are just the best. Why? Because I get to have garlands hanging around and lots of cinnamon aromas filling the home. It’s honestly the most perfect time. Where was I going with this? Oh yeah – holi-decor.

I’m trying to figure out what you like better: tinsel or pipe cleaner. Now, I LOVE both. They’re sparkly. They’re soft. They come in all sorts of colors and instantly dress up a package. And I love packaging. Just check out my gift wrap pinterest board.

But I want to know what YOU like. What do you prefer? Do you like how you can tie the tinsel in a bow and anything becomes instantly festive? Do you prefer the moldability of the pipe cleaner? Are you like me and love both equally? I need your feedback. This will ultimately make or break MISSION: MERRY 2012. (What is MISSION: MERRY 2012? Only the coolest holiday series coming to these cyber pages this December. You know I love a good series.) The success of this future series is hanging in the balance. Time is of the essence. Only YOU can prevent forest fires…

Will you help? What do you like to do with each crafty accessory?

It’s My Anniversary

September 26, 2012

Warning: if you only come here for pretty photos and inspiration for parties and weddings, you should stop reading now. The photo below may scare you away forever.

Today is our anniversary. We’ve made it 4 years! Holy crap. Logan and I are heading into our 5th (5!!!) year of marriage. I can’t believe how fast time has flown. I still remember our wedding day. Logan’s grandpa was the man who officiated our wedding. He was so wise and had so much love to give. We knew we wanted him to marry us and he had come out of “retirement” to do us this special favor. And on our wedding day, he was about 25 minutes late. If you know me, or any other bride for that matter, you know that I freaked. This was my wedding day!

“Was this a sign?”

“Am I supposed to get married today?”

“Did something happen to grandpa?!”

These are the thoughts that were running through my head. I didn’t know what to feel. I just knew that I was freaking out and that this had to be a sign. And then, I just started thinking about why I spent the last several months planning what I had planned. I started thinking about what I woke up planning to do that day. And I calmed down. I honestly don’t know how I was able to relax because I’m a total basket case. (My mom probably slipped me something.) But remembering why I was there, and who I was about to marry just had such a calming effect over me. Logan’s grandfather had cancer. The man was very ill. And he had mustered up enough strength to get to the wedding and be a part of the thing that mattered most in the world to us.

Now, you may be thinking, “Lexy! You made a sickly old man with cancer get out of bed to marry you?!? You selfish!” But if you could have seen the man that day. He was tall and strong and you would think he had just come away from a day’s work on the farm. He was alert. And he was honest. And it was special. And the things he said to me that day will stay with me always.

Fast-forward to today and my life has been filled with adventure. Logan and I have moved several times. We’ve started new jobs and lost others. We got a dog. We grew closer. We fought. We laughed. We dressed up. We cried. We dressed up some more. We traveled. We fished. We dressed up again. (We love costumes, you guys.) We have had to depend on each other so much for so many things. We’ve been through a lot. We’ve been through a lot of things that most young couples don’t have to go through. And we’re better and stronger for it. And I don’t think that I could have gone through it all with anyone but him. He’s pretty great.

 So, Logan, if you happen to be reading this today, you’ve made my life. Thanks a million.

In a nutshell: Grandpa showed up. We got married. And the rest is history.

Autumn Appetite: Mini Pie Pockets

September 25, 2012

Hooray! It’s fall! My favorite season for a million different reasons. The biggest reason is the food. I LOVE TO EAT. We all know this. And the treats that autumn has to offer do not disappoint. In fact, I try to lose a few pounds in the summer just so I can gain it back in the fall. It’s a beautiful thing.

I’ve decided to start a new series this fall because every blog should roll out a series every now and again. ;) Let’s call is Autumn Appetite. I’m going to share how I make some of my favorite fall treats. First up: Mini Pie Pockets filled with Nutella and Pumpkin Butter. I made these this weekend and, naturally, Instagrammed the whole thing.  I was making these for Logan, but I had to bite into half the batch to make sure they were tasty enough. I’m such a good wife. He doesn’t know it, but he’ll thank me some day. To see pics of these pies in action and and exactly how I made them, follow the hashtag #thepieproject on Instagram.

I just bought this super sweet pie mold set last weekend from Williams Sonoma. You can buy a similar set here and for a lot less! These molds are perfect for these baller pocket pies. You should definitely pick one up so we can be pie pals.

 Ina Garten’s Pie Crust

  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/3 cup very cold vegetable shortening
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons (about 1/2 cup) ice water

Dice the butter and return it to the refrigerator while you prepare the flour mixture. Place the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse a few times to mix. Add the butter and shortening. Pulse 8 to 12 times, until the butter is the size of peas. With the machine running, pour the ice water down the feed tube and pulse the machine until the dough begins to form a ball. Dump out on a floured board and roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Homemade Pumpkin Butter
Makes 3½-4 cups

  • 1 (29 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup apple cider (can use apple juice)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon all-spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice

Place all ingredients except vanilla and lemon juice in a medium pot and place over medium heat. Stir. Bring to an almost boil and reduce heat. Let butter reduce and thicken for 30-40 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Once vanilla is mixed in, stir in lemon juice. This helps to preserve the butter. Mix well and transfer to jars.

To make the pies:

Use the molds to cut out little pieces of pie crust. Place one slice of pie crust on the mold and fill it with 2 teaspoons of either Nutella (yum!) or pumpkin butter. Brush the edges of the pie crust with egg wash (one beaten egg with a splash of water).  Place another slice of pie crust over the filling and use the pie mold to press the two edges together. So cute! Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and brush the tops of the pies with more egg wash. Sprinkle with sugar and bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.

These. Are. Delicious. You’ll die. I die. Everyone dies. It’s perfect.

Do you love fall as much as I do? What kind of recipes would you like to see on Autumn Appetite?

Fresh Find Friday

September 21, 2012

mathstick arrows

photo by evie s.

Fall is here. Can you feel it? It’s still warm, but the mornings and evenings are getting more crisp. It’s a little chilly in the morning and I find myself staying in bed until the last. possible. second. Tempurpedic, what have you done to me?

Our anniversary is next week. We’re heading into our fifth (FIFTH!) year of marriage. We’re planning to celebrate big this year. We’ll still be heading to Dave & Buster’s. You know, it’s our ritual. I’m trying hard to come up with some kind of fun gift for the man, and all creativity is either lost or inappropriate! So please help me! Logan hardly ever never reads this unless I tell him to, so your secrets are safe here. :)

The photo above was spotted over on evie s. I swear, I love a cute and easy project and this one seems to fill today’s void. Matchstick arrows. They’re romantic. They’re practical. Genius. View the how-to here.

For the win:

Sucker for gold monograms.

Working with clay doesn’t sound too bad.

A beginner’s guide to marbling.

The Smokey Eye. Always intimidating.

A pretty ombre cake.

The Great Showdown: Icing vs. Frosting vs. Glaze

Need a backsplash?

A literary picture holder. Beauty!

My new fave etsy shop.

Every dog deserves these. Truly.

**happy weekend, folks**

Party: A Real Pony Bash With A REAL Pony

September 20, 2012

Hey there. Do you remember this spotlight post? With Alison of The Alison Show? Well, folks, she did it. She won “Mom of The Year”. Her daughter, Gigi, just turned 2. And they celebrated with a bang. Every child needs an animal-themed bash. And every child should have animals at said bash. (I remember watching Mrs. Doubtfire when I was a kid and wanting the entire animal staff from Hogle Zoo to come and celebrate my day of birth. I’m still waiting for it to happen…)

Alison went with a pony theme. And guess what — there was a frickin’ real-life pony at the party! This is the stuff dreams are made of. See a sneak below:

Complete with tropical cupcakes for tropical ponies, this party will rock your cowboy boots off. Alison shared all of the details for this sweet shindig here. There’s even a downloadable template for pony party hats. Get out of town.

Have you ever gone crazy with a party theme? Was there a live animal at your birthday party? Leave a comment and mope with me. :)

Inspiration: Rainbow Wedding

September 19, 2012

Okay. Okay. It’s been a while since I’ve shared some wedding inspiration. So here ya go. Holy moly, can you believe the cake above? I’ve always had a rainbow wedding in the back of my mind. I’m married, but I’d do it all over again. I’d change a few things and a rainbow theme sounds like just the ticket. PLUS – it pulls any color scheme. Seriously. That cake is amazeballs.

Oh hey, that’s some pretty yarn goin’ on up in there. You can find a plethura of colors at your local fabric store. But if you can’t find the exact color you are looking for, DIY it. Just buy yarn, dye, and start dippin’. It’s that easy. And it’s affordable. Win win.

To make these bow-ties, just head to your local fabric store and buy a bunch of cheap fabric quarters. That orange bow tie up top was made with the same fabric I used for this DIY Cake Bunting. Don’t know how to sew? NBD. (That means “no big deal”, but my brother will tell you that it means “never back down”. Both are excellent interpretations!) Click here for a no-sew bow tie tutorial!

The photography is so eye-catching. I just wish I was cool enough to attend this wedding. Maybe some day. All photos above by Nine Photography. Wedding spotted on Wedding Chicks. Click here to see the whole gallery!

The photo above is by a different bride, but showcases an excellent way to add a hint of color, or a LOT of color, to your dress. Just stitch in a little tulle underneath! Spotted on Rock n Roll Bride. Photo by I Love That Glove.

Did you have a rainbow theme for your wedding? Would you ever do something this bold and beautiful? Do tell!

The Instagram Jam: The Food Edition

September 18, 2012

You’d think I was a food blogger with all the pics of snacks I post. It’s a little ridiculous actually. Seeing all of these photos makes me realize that I eat a TON. But I can’t stop. And I won’t stop.

With summer at an end, Logan and I tried to squeeze in a “farewell to the best time of our lives” camping trip. We drove for an hour in the dark looking for a place to set up shop tent. We found a spot, chopped wood, made a fire, cooked our dinner, and put up our tent. And we did it all in the dark. We’re like bats. Really cool bats.  I had s’mores for dinner and for breakfast the next morning. Just like I like it. Who else fit a camping trip in this year?

Photos above taken with Instagram. Follow me here: @properpinwheel

Fresh Find Friday

September 14, 2012

Another week bites the dust. And I’m glad. Logan’s here and we are gonna party ’til the break of dawn, people. And when I say “party ’til the break of dawn”, I actually mean “eat some pie crust and pumpkin roll while watching Breaking Bad in our pajamas”. My life is just so glamorous it hurts.

The photo above was taken by yours truly at a Flea Market here in Denver. There was just a whole lot of color goin’ on and a photo just HAD to be taken.

the goods:

I’d like this necklace, please.

I’m going to do this to my town.

Just the most perfect accessory.

These flags. Love them.

You know I love foxes.

The Knitterati. How do I get in?

A mascara showdown. Sounds dangerous.

I feel like Logan will want me to make these.

Of course we should all know how to do this!

Can I pull this off?

**happy weekend, y’all**


How I Bought Everything From The Curiosity Shoppe

September 12, 2012

Welp, do ya remember this post? The Curiosity Shoppe came to Target. Withing hours, the shelves were pretty empty and lonely . I stocked up on the most important things (almost everything!). I was seriously amazed at how unique and cute each item was. Carefully planned, with beautifully retro colors and graphics. I can’t decide what should be my favorite. I’m really diggin’ the oven mitts, but I don’t dare use them for fear of getting food on them. They need to be framed, people!

The stamps were one of the first things I grabbed. I gravitate towards stamps, we all know this. That was the #1 item on my list. And how ’bout that cake stand? We LOVE cake stands over here. :)

Did you make it to Target in time?? Tell me what you got! I’m curious…