Monday, November 30, 2015

My New Etsy Shop!

I'm excited to share that I've finally opened my own Etsy shop! I've gotten into cross stitching, and have been having fun designing my own patterns. Now you can buy them and cross stitch too! They make for a great winter project, especially once the holidays are over and we're into the dark cold days of January. So if you're looking for an inexpensive and easy project, consider checking out my shop here!

Here's a peek at the designs I currently have listed. I have more on the way! Or if you're looking for a custom design, let me know and I'd love to work with you to come up with a pattern you'll love to stitch.
I promise I won't get super salesperson-y on here. I'm just really excited about this. Did I mention that they would make good Christmas presents for stitchers? Because they would :) Let me know if you have any suggestions for new designs!

Happy Cyber Monday!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Engagement Session

At the end of October we had our engagement photos taken by the very talented Lamarand Style Photography. I've been itching to share them since we got them back a few weeks ago. I am super pleased with the results! It was hard not to post ALL of the photos, so the fact that I got it down to 14 is impressive. So you've been warned... there are a lot of lovey-dovey photos ahead!

Engagement session success!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Crafty Friends & Christmas Gifts

I love a calm Sunday afternoon. It has cooled down in metro Detroit, and I'm curled up on my couch cross-stitching a rooster eating a watermelon. I love that nerdy crafting culture is so in right now, I can feel like a cool kid and be myself at the same time! Hah.

While my stitches won't be ready to sell for a while yet (I've got to build up my inventory of cross-stitch coolness), I've got a few creative friends who have sweet shops! So here is my shameless promotional post for them, because they're awesome!

Creatures by CC
This is my future sister-in-law Claire's shop. With her mad crocheting skills she creates the cutest little creatures! They're all her original designs, and I seriously can't get enough of them. In my living room alone I've got three of them hanging around and looking cute!

Impress Burlap Printing
This my is my friend Kaylee's shop. Always on-trend, this girl designs her own typographical quotes and prints them on burlap for framing. If you like the HGTV show Fixer Upper, this shop is for you! Psst... she takes custom orders too!

Rusty Feathers Design
This is my friend Sarah's shop. She is a super talented artist, designer and bird nerd. That plus having nifty screen-printing skills brings you a shop of clever creations!

Enjoy! While I hate to even bring up Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving (I know, I know... I'm sorry!) for those of you who like to get a jump on things, take a peek at these shops!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

New Favorite Place

Last February on a cold snowy day I was daydreaming about what to do in the backyard when spring arrived. You may remember I posted in here about what my ideas were for a patio and pergola for shade. I'm excited to say that Dan and I made it a reality! Complete with a real flagstone patio, pergola, chaise lounges and string lights! I think I've found my new favorite place.

As you can see, we started a flower garden behind the house. The objective is to block the air conditioner and electric meter. All in due time...

Additional fun items include the outdoor fireplace (s'mores anyone?) and our very own raspberry bushes! Yum. Larger plants not pictured but also added include a bright pink azalea, purple lilac and blue hydrangea bushes. They're all just green leaves now in September, but come spring next year I'll have a new batch of flower photos to share!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Asking the Wedding Party

It's been quite some time since I've written a post on Cup of Tea, so I'll start things out with an update to my personal life: I'm engaged! Since the end of April my fiance Dan and I have been starting to plan our wedding. October 1, 2016 here we come! We already have the venue, band and photographer booked. Go us!

What's next? Ask the wedding party! With Pinterest playing such a huge role in wedding inspiration these days, it was extremely tempting to throw down a hundred bucks on some cute but overly extravagant way to "pop the question" to our potential bridesmaids and groomsmen. We instead decided to keep it simple and inexpensive so I created cute little tags to hang on the neck of wine and ale bottles.

The tags must have been a hit because they all agreed to be a part of our wedding! Now let's open one of those bottles of wine and celebrate!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Backyard Plans

Hello blog world! It's me, Julia! I can't believe I haven't posted since last July. What have I been doing since then? Enjoying summer. And then enjoying fall. And now enjoying (that's questionable) winter.

Lately I've been getting inspired to move forward with backyard plans. My backyard is basically an empty rectangle. I don't even have a garage. Last summer's accomplishments included getting my electrical lines buried and the shed built but it ended up taking almost the entire summer to do both. They didn't really do much to improve my empty rectangle issue, aside from providing some storage for my bike (and I'm SO happy I don't have to lug it in and out of my basement anymore).

Yay shed!

This year I am getting a jump on more exciting backyard events. At Christmas I was very fortunate to get a bonus at work, so I used the unexpected money on buying myself a pergola! Two actually. They will sit next to each other and create enough space to set up a table & chairs area and add a chaise lounge as well. Since I have the whitest skin ever I will be making it into a shade space by adding a bamboo roof. Here's the plan:

I purchased two of these from Sears:

And am inspired to do this for shade:
image thanks to Pinterest

Cool right? But first I need a patio to put the pergolas on. Which is why I've already started setting up landscaping companies to come out and give an estimate to create a patio inspired by this:
image thanks to Pinterest

All of this is making me really anxious for it to get warm out. But it's only 5 degrees here in Michigan today. And my entire yard is blanked in a lot of snow. But I'm hoping that getting all my ducks in a row now will pay off. I want to be able to enjoy my upcoming outdoor space as long as possible this year, so I hope to get things moving as soon as the snow is gone!

In other news, I'm FINALLY working on making myself a logo. I've only been procrastinating for YEARS. I have no problem creating designs for other people but when it comes to myself I am so picky and overly inspired by too many things to pick a direction and stick with it. However, I think I am finally on to something. So expect to see a new look soon... oh who am I kidding? Expect to see a new look sometime in the future. Who knows when I'll get around to actually updating my online presence ;)