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weekend in the city

There are so many “we should go do THIS sometime!” and “THAT’D be FUN!”

and not nearly enough: “This is when we’re actually going to DO IT.”

I used to be the type with way too many “shoulds” in my pocket. Now I’m a “YES GIRL.”

Mona and I finally planned a trip to Kansas City for vintage shopping, eating, drinking, and a couple of bonus photo shoots to help with the funding of our adventure! We felt very blessed to have the TIME to enjoy it….and that we DID. Kansas City is such a wicked cool fun town with tons to do and see… it’s inhabitants are very artistic and laid back. Always friendly and I’d be satisfied just to park and ‘people watch’ the day away on a bench. (they’re everywhere!)

We:  spent the majority of Saturday afternoon at Grinders— a hole in the wall place that had bloody marys on special and the very best philly cheese steaks in the entire universe; came home with a car full of vintage treasures we lugged around in the heat in the West Bottoms business district; one injured toe; a few dozen instagrams; and lots of images to edit!  It was the perfect girls getaway and we really rocked it. Thank you MONA for playing driver and Siri for your companionship.

we WILL do it again.

the tall buildings were abandoned and wonderful. thank goodness for their height—- we were desperate for the cool shade! one day was 103 degrees.

this restaurant was AMAZING. big blog on that later. : )

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Crystal WiebeJuly 11, 2012 - 2:38 pm

It was so awesome to see you and meet Mona! I can’t believe we are all growed up yet still ultimately pursuing the same passions. I cannot wait to see all of the images from the shoot. Love you girl!

Ali [minden 2013 senior]

happy Monday!! What a great time we had in KC! Can’t wait to share our adventures with you soon… but today, heres Ali!

Ali is so spunky, loves to laugh, and is tall and willowy. If I ever read a book and the main character was described as ‘tall and willowy, blonde, and gorgeous,’ you’d bet your bottom dollar that I’d have Ali pictured in my brain. I photographed her lovely older sis, Kaile, a couple years ago for her seniors (see her blog post here). Sadly, she had to work and couldn’t join us for a SIP reunion, but we three [Ali, her mom Tracy, and I] had a ball on this hot, sunny afternoon. : )

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chloe all better

Remember Chloe from the animal rescue with mange? (see the post here and see her on video here)  We are so happy to say that she’s integrated with the other dogs, has a couple best friends named Winston and Brooklyn (both black lab-greyhound mixes), and is ready to be adopted! She’s a perfect size— still just 6 months old, but weighs about 35 lbs now, I’d say. She’s a sweetheart and loves to run. If you’re in the area, you should stop by to scratch Miss Chloe on the head. : )

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monaJuly 9, 2012 - 3:54 am

hope this little sweetie finds a loving home soon :)

studio inspiration

They’re pouring our ‘studio’ concrete floor today!! I really do need to start calling it a ‘Multi-purpose Room’ from now on….since it’s not a quote, unquote “commercial” space. But really, the definition of a Studio is this:

1. An artist’s workroom

2. A photographer’s establishmenet

3. An establishment where an art is taught or studied

So never mind. It’s absolutely a place where I will work and study my craft. : )

I can’t believe how fast the project is actually going! Seems like only yesterday we were mourning the loss of our trees and dreaming up ideas for layout. My goal is to be moving in November sometime. And I’m trying not to be very optimistic on timeline…..We’ve been involved with just enough projects to know that just because it’s going smooth as silk now, doesn’t mean there won’t be giant lags in progress in a month or two. We’re just blessed to have my handy Dad.


p.s. i made your favorite peanut butter brownies. : ) xoxo

Here are some internet tid bits that I’m highly inspired by! see my Pinterest pin boards for more.

tomorrow we leave for KC!

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she only sucks her thumb when she’s in her mama’s arms.

hope everyone has a safe FOURTH of JULY! It’s personally not even close to being on my top ten favorite holidays. The loud noises scare the dogs— it’s hot—it’s sweaty— there’s bugs— it’s humid—and hot—-the drinks never stay cold enough. and it’s hot. quite frankly the only thing I like is the smell of smoke bombs. weird, i know. anyway…. please stay away from the ER and eat lots of popcicles!

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summer stylin’

i don’t know if it’s the rain and muddy dog prints; the fact that our backyard is full of construction guys and mud; or if I had extra energy to burn…but my mom would be so proud! I gave the swifter wet a day off and scrubbed our entire floor on my hands and knees! um…. elbow grease. it’s underrated. our floor has seriously never looked so good. not even after installation. guess I’ll be doing that again. I have such pride in our floor now : )  I’m all for show and tell. and I scattered a few vintage items i found hangin out in the basement. they all remind me of summer. enjoy our summer home tour!

never get tired of my basil…

06.14.2003 is our anniversary <3

metal letters: Hobby Lobby

frame: vintage

round mirror: Humble Home

hooks: urban outfitters/Hobby Lobby

royal crown soda crate: vintage find from my mom : )

curtains: west elm

metal I: from a staging boutique in Arizona—totally got stopped at security for having that in my carry-on

Orr: vintage $8

striped throw: ikea—i think it looks a bit like a beach towel

wooden twisty side table: Z gallerie

aqua vintage fan: shhhh….I stole it from an abandoned property about 7 years ago…it had about 17 layers of gunk on it.

vintage chip rack: the chick market

chalk art: pinterest

bottle crate: vintage (we keep our coozies in there! very convenient)

metal crate: vintage (toby’s toys)

metal basket: fairmont antiques

books: random vintage—our iPad is kept in here, too

wooden bench: on auction—of Ryan’s grandma  $12

croquet set: Tiede’s Second Hand and Antiques  $20

these rocks feel beachy to me— and our house used to be occupied by an old elementary school teacher. She loved science from what we can tell—and she had a big rock collection in the attic.

dog sign: gift from my bestie, Mona : )

exit sign: AR salvage and recycling   $8

art: random vintage–some custom framed.

JUST AHEAD sign: Blue Rose Antiques  for a STEAL! it came with another sign… which I purchased both for $100. I only wanted this one, so I sold the unwanted Mobil oil sign to our dealer here in Wahoo for $150. : ) I actually made money on that deal. sweeeeet.

lanterns: random vintage

i love this pic of Ry and his dad… circa 1983   check out those sideburns!

thanks for checking out our house! I’d love to see what you’re doing at your house for summer….

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monaJune 25, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Can I live with you?

stacyJune 25, 2012 - 10:01 pm

yes! : )

MeganJune 26, 2012 - 1:12 am

Seriously gorgeous house Stacy!!

KaitlynJuly 2, 2012 - 5:29 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE every little detail in your house! Such a great job. I about shit when I saw that you have been to the legendary Tiedes in Overton! My grandparents were from Overton and Tiedes is one of my secret places to find things! Gosh Stacy you are cooL! PS. Still working to sneak in time for the dog pillows. They will be done this month! I promise.

stacyJuly 9, 2012 - 4:30 pm

I love you, Kaitlyn! : )