Summer is my favorite time of the year. I'm fairly certain I danced out of the womb on June 13th, 1983 with a paintbrush in my hand and said 'I'm obsessed with summer, Ma.' Or something like that. I can't quite explain why summer does such magical things for me, but it probably has something to do with flip flops, slushies, pools, and beach vacations.
For most of our relationship, Jesse and I have taken our yearly vacation around the time of my birthday. And we usually end up at a beach. For the past 3 years we hadn't taken a vacation, as we had gotten sidetracked with renovating our house, working, and life in general. So, when we finally decided to go somewhere this year to celebrate my 30th birthday, I could barely take the excitement. We just drove a few hours to Myrtle Beach, but I'm a girl who does NOT need an exotic location to have the best time ever. Set me up on the beach with an umbrella, book, and cold drink, and I'm happy as can be.
We spent most of the week laying on the beach, flopping around in the ocean like toddlers, and prying ourselves away from the hotel in the evenings to eat delicious seafood dinners...and an occasional fried pickle.
On the last night there, I discovered the best Mai Tai ever, and even managed to drag Jesse into a nearby Anthropologie for a few minutes. We don't have an Anthro in our town, so this was delightful. Of course, I didn't buy anything...I'm way too cheap. But, I did ooh and ahh and run about giggling for a full twenty minutes.
Which is probably why Jesse loves to shop with me. :)
So, life-wise, that was my favorite part of June.
It was a much needed vacation, and at the end of the week, I was excited to get back home and see this face.
This is Cheese and her
'I'm just gonna close my eyes for a bit.' face.
I was excited to see Tootie, too, of course, but she is much less lethargic than Cheese, and tends to escape my picture attempts much more successfully.
Now, let's talk blog. In case you missed anything this month, this is a great place to catch up! June was a super busy month for me. How I managed to squeeze in a vacation, I don't know.
Here's what went on this month.
Most recently, I upcycled a free dresser from drab to fab and showed How to Paint Laminate Furniture.
I turned some old broken jewelry and rhinestones into cute little DIY Gemstone Magnets.
I perpetuated my war against my sewing machine, and created some No Sew Ribbon Pillows.
I shared my top tips on How To Choose Paint Colors.
I shared my 10 Vinegar Cleaning Secrets. And ya'll LOVED them. I've got more for ya. Stay tuned.
And I shared my 10 Painting Tips & Tricks (Round Two). This was my favorite post of the month, and ya'lls, too.
I introduced you to two gals who totally inspire me...
Ashley from Design Eur Life,
Ashley from Design Eur Life,
and Shannon, from Burlap and Lace. Ya'll absolutely fell in love with both of them, and I can't wait to introduce you to more bloggers I love!
And that was June!
It continues to hold its rank as my favorite month of the year.
Nice work, June.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
What have ya'll been up to this summer so far?