flip burger

Last weekend we had a little best friends reunion, it was a miracle that most of us could get together so spontaneously. We went to a new restaurant in Birmingham called Flip Burger, there’s one in Atlanta as well. They have different kinds of burgers and they have more than just beef. I had the Shrimp Po Boyger and Jake had some lamb thingy, not sure what it was called, anyway, it was sooo good! They also have different kind of veggie fries, but the best part was the dessert! If you go to Flip Burger you have to try the Nutella and Burnt Marshmallow milkshake!!!! Yes, it is as good as it sounds! There are actually little toasted marshmallows in it!

I also really loved the modern design of the restaurant, and how they played into the “flip” idea by having a flipped booth over each booth.

This is the wonderful Nutella and Burnt Marshmallow milkshake! It’s a liquid nitrogen milkshake, so it’s smoking when they bring it to you! So cool!

(photo via al.com)

pot rack

When I was registering for wedding gifts I picked my pots and pans based on how they looked, because in my dream kitchen there is a pot rack.

These are my beautiful pots

Here are some pot rack inspiration pics that I have collected

(photos via house beautiful, and elle decor)


Glossy walls? Interesting but I don't think I would ever attempt this. However, these designers pulled it off rather nicely.

(photos via house beautiful, little green notebook)

my centerpiece

For my fall wedding I wanted to use polished logs for the centerpieces. So I asked my wonderful grandfather, Papa, if he could possibly make them using logs from the family tree farm, and he said he would! He worked sooo hard on them, and they turned out beautifully!

Papa added a little surprise by inlaying our names in the logs! It made them even more special!

This was the centerpiece for all the tables in the reception.

I also used the logs in other places throughout the reception.

Guest book table

And candy bar

After the wedding I was excited to figure out fun ways to reuse them! I put one on my desk with some candles from the centerpieces.

They also work great with lamps!

My mom put a candle on hers.

For Christmas dinner my grandparents used one as a centerpiece with little Santas.

I painted Jake and me on one as a Christmas gift for Monnie and Papa. They loved it!

My personal favorite is the clock Papa made for us! I have the best granddad ever!

I can't wait to find more uses for my special logs!

I love you Papa!

Also, before the wedding I set up a Flickr account so people who took pictures at our wedding could easily share them with us. I made little cards for each table that included instructions on how to get to our account. So if you have some pictures from our wedding we would love to see them! Thanks to those of you who have already posted some!
ID: Jake_and_Melissa
Password: 112109


I was really bored with the plain white lamp shade on my desk. So I decided to add some ruffles with some leftover linen. I learned how to sew ruffles from the blog Ruffles and Stuff, she has several sewing tutorials that are very helpful. Ruffles are actually pretty easy to make.

I'm satisfied

the oscars

So I love award shows. Especially the Oscars! I'm always anxious to see the set design, and this year I really loved it! The lamp shade wall background was a little dif but I thought it was very interesting and I liked it a lot!

wedding album

I finally uploaded ALL the wedding pictures to photobucket! So everyone can view them and order prints if they want. There are some really great pics! I love to look at them! Just click the link below.

Stapleton Wedding Album

My photographer was Nam Nguyen Photography

going global

Globes seem to be everywhere lately! And I am really starting to love this cute decorative accent.

I love how this one is painted!

This is my favorite one! They painted it with chalkboard paint! So creative!

(photos via jordan ferney, design sponge, habitually chic, miss scholastic, and heart fire at home)


Just thought I would share some of the fun projects I was working on last week...

My cousin asked me to decorate a cake for a wedding shower she was throwing for a friend. It was a monogram shower so she wanted her initials on the cake. I think it turned out really cute!

Another little project I've been working on was my mom's birthday gift. I gave her a curling iron and made her a travel case for it. I'm always proud of myself when I finish a sewing project so I had to show it off. I even made the ruffle for the trim! She loved it!