Shut the front shutter

This birthday rocked my socks off. Like seriously one of the best ever.

First, my awesome friend Laura surprised me with this!
A distressed turquoise shutter decorated with vintage photos and prints. I beyond LOVE it! I've moved it to 4 different spots in the family room trying to find it the perfect place where it can be the center of attention.

Imagine how cute it will look this December when it's filled with holiday cards...

Or in February with the kids' valentine cards from school...

Or in May with save the dates and wedding invites for the upcoming summer...

Or... in July...

Ok, I'll shut-ter up now.

(at this point, socks are getting loose)

Then, I was totally surprised with a UPS delivery of this from my bro-in-law and sis-in-law:

Beer from Cisco Brewers on Nantucket. D and I went their for our 5th year anniversary and came back raving about Cisco's beers. Never thought I'd taste it again until we went back. Thanks K & L!

The morning of my bday the boys and I had breakfast at First Watch. If you've read my profile you know I love me some First Watch! Any restaurant that provides flavored coffee creamer will get my business... and my praises! Too bad Johnny Rockets didn't know that when I wrote a negative restaurant review on them for my high school newspaper 15 years ago. I would have turned a blind eye to their bad service and cold fries had I noticed some of this goodness on the table...

Yep, that's 4 creamers for one cup of coffee.

And a family picture to boot!

(socks are now starting to slip off...)

The following day my parents had us over for dinner. Great weather, great conversation, great food... and a big pink box. Guess what was inside this big pink box...

A brand new SEWING MACHINE!!!! (said in Oprah's Favorite-Things-Giveaway-voice. Don't know what I'm talking about? Click here and ffwd to about 1:39.).

I am now the owner of my first sewing machine - a Singer Heavy Duty!

(my socks have officially been rocked off!)

The possibilities are endless....



hemmed pants...

Halloween costumes (which, by the way, C decided today that he'll be dressing up as The Bieber instead of Spiderman)...


and of course...

new socks!


  1. Awww, looks like you had a lovely Birthday! I want a shutter like that, so fun!

  2. Great b-day pics!! So, do you want to take sewing lessons with me? I have one, too...and it's never been out of the box. Dying to learn how to use it!

    1. Yes -- for sure on the sewing lessons!! Then dinner and drinks afterwards ;)

  3. Happy, Happy Birtday, Katie- It sounds like you had a wonderful, wonderful family birthday....from the shutter to the sewing machine. Can't get any better- xo Diana

  4. Yay! Happy Birthday! I'm so glad you liked your gift--it had your name all over it!

  5. Happy birthday! And I love the shutter idea with the tiny clothes pins! Thanks for the inspiration.


    PS I love that color!

  6. Hi Lady. Are you planning to sell your sewing machine this time?
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