Music Love- The Vespers

Since the big meanie corporate radio punks shut down our beloved live 100.5 (a local station here in town that played awesome new, independent music) about 6 months ago,  I’ve been listening online to Lightning 100 out of Nashville. What I love about them is that they feature local talent at different points throughout the day. It’s wonderful that they give local musicians exposure and I love that I get to hear up and coming artists on a daily basis.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to catch an interview and in studio acoustic set by The Vespers. I just love em! “Not So Nice” is just my fave and I’ve had it on repeat more times than I’ll admit. They’re small right now, so no big fancy music videos, but I wanted you guys to be sure to hear it, so here’s a little video I found on YouTube.

You can hear more of their album at myspace or facebook. Oh, and you can download ‘Not so Nice’ for free! Vespers, you are nice after all :)

Happy Friday! Hope your weekend is filled with lots of sunshine and good times!

Printable Alphabet Bunting

Carolynn from Two Brunettes has offered up printable bunting over at Ruffled! There’s a flag for every letter of the alphabet (even a heart!), so you can make any little banner you’d like. That was sweet of her, wasn’t it?

Go over here to download yours.

Fabric Stickers

I found this smart little tutorial by Natalie Jost of Olive Manna through Twig and Thistle.

You just run a little fabric or ribbon through a Xyron and you have instantly cute stickers! You can pick up a Xyron for around 10 bucks at any craft store.

I can’t wait to use this idea!

Click over here for full directions.

Cupcake Flag giveaway!

My friend and coworker Kimberly is hosting a big Cupcake Carnival over at her blog, Attempting Creative. There are lots of fun cupcake crafts and recipes from the past week and there will be more before all the fun is over on Friday. Go check it out!

She’s giving away two dozen of my cupcake flags, which will be customized any way you like!

The giveaway ends tomorrow at 5 (central), so be sure to enter here!

Tile Coasters

These decoupaged tile coasters from All Things Lovely would make perfect gifts for any occasion. So simple and pretty.

Living Frugal: Kill Your TV

Aardvark Manifesto by Keep Calm Gallery

The husband and I have been aggressively paying down our student loans for about two years (with an end in sight next year!). It’s definitely become a fun little game to see how we can cut costs whether it be by shopping smarter, making things from scratch, coming up with free ‘dates’, or just plain doing without.

We’ve been talking about going ‘cable free’ for about a year now and finally got up the guts to go through with it. The first few days were a little rough. Cable was something I’d had since birth basically, so to go cold turkey was a little shock. After those first few days though, I found some freedom to it.  I could do whatever I wanted! I could listen to music, bake, read, or just be. Not that I was forced to sit in front of the tv when I had it, but there was a certain familiarity and calling that came from that big black screen. I’d have it on as background noise and get sucked in to all kinds of gross programming. As a matter of fact, the very last show we watched before the the cable got cut was ‘Sex Decoy: Love Stings’, where spouses or significant others sent in a ‘decoy’ to try to catch them cheating on camera. Seriously!? It just reaffirmed our decision to ‘cut the crap’. haha

If you’re on the fence…it is possible! There is life after tv and actually a life more fulfilled. Remember, there’s always Hulu.com which is free or Netflix, for a small subscription, to catch up on any truly must see shows.

We have so many distractions in this technology saturated world. I’ve by no means cut out all of them, but it’s kind of nice to have one less thing to be sucked into (and one less bill to pay).

Party Fun

Lots of cute party ideas with tutorials over at Ruffles and Stuff.

Head over here for the goodies!

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