Thursday, January 31, 2013

Blogiversary and Giveaway!!

Happy 1st Birthday Shabby Sweet Tea!!

I cannot believe I've been blogging for a full year and stuck to it!
What fun it has been.

Let's celebrate with a little giveaway, shall we?


{winner will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter. lucky person will be emailed by SST}

Thank you so much for following along, leaving your thoughtful comments 
and supporting my little painting business.
I am most thankful for the wonderful friendships I've gained while blogging.
You ladies know who you are!

I also want to thank my husband (Mr. SST) for spending countless hours in craft stores with me, moving large pieces of furniture and waking up at the crack of dawn to garage sale.
My dad too! He sure is full of great ideas and is always on call with his trailer.

So what does Shabby Sweet Tea have in store for year 2??

Be on the look out for a new blog design.
More furniture posts with tutorials.
A spot at the local flea market.
Possibly a few mom friendly fashion posts.
And more about me, Elyse.

and don't forget that Shabby Sweet Tea is now on Instagram.

Just for fun, below is my very first post...

Ahhh, love is in the air. Girly colors, sparkle, shimmer, treats, massive mylar balloons...I love it all. Valentine's Day may be a huge commercial holiday but it sure does get me excited. What other time of year can I plaster pink around my house! I decided yesterday that my "winter" wreath (we've had no winter here in the South) needed to go. Off to Michaels I went for a wooden plaque, the perfect pink paint, ribbon, black wooden letters, felt, and pearls. Of course I forgot something and had to go back for wood glue. This festive creation now shows some much needed love for the front door.

Linking up to: My Romantic HomeFrench Country Cottage

Monday, January 28, 2013

Paris Flea Market, Part 1


 One of the most exciting things we did in Paris was visit the flea market. 
It was a dream come true for a lover of all things shabby chic. 
The pictures I am sharing with you in this post are from vendors that have indoor booths.




















Stay tuned for Part 2. 
I will show you all the little goodies found on the outdoor tables. 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Instagram



Guess what??
Shabby Sweet Tea is now on Instagram!
Come follow along @ Shabby Sweet Tea

Hello Monday

Hello chalkboard. 
I can waste a lot of time away with you. 
 Hello ice storm.
Hello ice skating...in my car. 
Hello to a short work day on Friday.

Hello to hangin' with the neighbors during the storm.
Hello lots of red wine.
Hello nachos.

Hello to one pooped puppy.
Hello to Lucy, his raccoon girlfriend. 

Goodbye weekend.
Hello Monday. 

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cake

 You read that correctly. 
2 ingredients.
It will blow your mind....



 The other night we were in the middle of a "winter storm" and I was desperate to bake something but was running low on supplies. 
I remembered seeing a pumpkin cake recipe on Pinterest from Big Red Kitchen.
I was in luck. 
I had both ingredients. 

One box yellow cake mix
1 -15 ounce can 100% pumpkin- puree, not pumpkin pie filling

Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl mix cake mix with pumpkin filling using a hand mixer or a stand mixer. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour batter into a greased 7 x 11 inch baking dish. Bake for 28 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting. Serves 8.
Apple Cider Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2 T. apple cider
1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice

In a small bowl blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour over Pumpkin Cake letting it drizzle down the sides of the cake. Let set before covering.
I didn't make the apple cider glaze but instead mixed up a simple glaze using just powdered sugar and milk.
Delicious! 



Monday, January 21, 2013

Hello Monday

 Hello sun.
I just want to snatch you up.

Hello to a romantic home cooked dinner with my hubby.
Hello seared tuna steaks.

Hello sweet boys.
Hello precious haircuts. 


Hello beautiful weather.
Hello outdoor lunch at a local wine bar. 

Goodbye weekend.
Hello Monday.
You were great.

Linking up to: Lisa Leonard

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Time Out: Be Grateful



 Do you ever need a moment to get real, see things clearly and give thanks?
I just did.
Too much complaining has been going on. 

I was still working at 9:30 last night.
But I was working in my favorite chair, in front of the fire with a glass of red wine.

It's cold out and I'm already dreading my long run tomorrow.
But my childhood bff has been freezing all winter up in MI.
My poor grandmas too!

My daughter is getting braces this week. There goes five grand.
But we can do it. 

I have so many great project ideas in my head and no extra time.
But Monday is a holiday.

It's been foggy and sunless all week.
But my yellow roses are so bright and happy.

He sure does put a lot on my plate sometimes.
But He knows I'm tough.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Hello Monday

 Hello 70 degree weather.
Where the heck did you come from?
Hello 10 mile run. 
Hello Minty. 

Hello dinner with sweet friends. 
Hello to cooking up a storm. 


Hello to swiping up a $14 table to paint. 
Hello thrift store.
Hello vintage green ice cream maker. 
You'll love your new home. 


Hello to reading books and my new HGTV magazine.
Hello to multiple cups of cafe. 

Goodbye weekend. 
I'm sad to see you go.
Hello stressful Monday. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

10 DIY Valentine Gifts!

Here are 10 super-cute and easy Valentine's Day gifts you could make for someone special.

"Bee" Mine Valentines @ Pizzazzerie
 *Free Printables*

Cupcake in a jar @ MightyDelighty

Ombre Tote Bags @ for the love of...

Wire Hearts @
Design Dreams by Anne


Bucket of Sweets @ Joy Is At Home

Snowball Bath Bombs: Homemade Natural Lush Bath Bombs Recipe (DIY Spa Craft Gift Idea for Christmas)
Natural Lush Bath Bombs
Maria's Self
Valentine Scratch-Offs @
Come Together Kids

valentine in the sand
Sand Heart Picture Frame The Swell Life



Shabby Chic Heart Ornaments 
Shabby Sweet Tea
Marshmallow Pops @
Mommy Gaga


Linking up to: French Country Cottage My Romantic Home Shabby Creek CottageSavvy Southern Style