Monday, January 31, 2011

This Lil' Birdie Loves Kitchens

My favorite room in a house?  The kitchen.  After 6 years of living in rental/apartment kitchens, I am so ready for a house and a kitchen with an island!

I already know exactly what I want.  I was a little Goldilocks for a while flip flopping between designs but just in the past few weeks/months have I finally settled on a design.

You see, this is just not enough...
Via KitchenBackSplashes

And while it is pretty, this is just too much for me...
{Via House Guys}
But this?  This one is just right...
{Via Jones Design Company}
Yes, Miss Emily, I am obsessed with your kitchen and would buy your house just to have it.  No, seriously.  It's perfect.  I hope you don't mind that I stole every. single. image you posted for inspiration!

Now to save enough money to actually get a house and make this dream kitchen happen...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

This Lil' Birdie Is Opening a Boutique: The Results

I am so very excited to have finally launched A Birdie Boutique!

I won't lie, I was a tad disappointed that only three entered our giveaway, but to you three who did, THANK YOU!

And now our moment of truth... I used to generate our results....

Congratulations, Jennifer!  You've won the $15 promo code to CSN Stores and the necklace from A Birdie Boutique!  Please email me at thislilbirdie at gmail dot com so I can send you all of the info on the promo code!

Thanks again to everyone for entering and keep looking out for new posts here (lots of fun recipes and how-tos and such coming very soon!) and new items in A Birdie Boutique

Friday, January 28, 2011

This Lil' Birdie Is Opening a Boutique

After months of people saying how much they love my flowers...

...and multiple people telling me I should sell the things I make...

...and weeks of seriously trying to figure out if I can do this or not...

I am very excited to announce the opening of A Birdie Boutique on Etsy!

Now, not everything is on there just yet.  I'm still finishing some things and starting others, so keep checking back because I'm going keep adding new things all along.

But we've just GOT to celebrate my first lil' boutique!  Like I mentioned yesterday, CSN Stores is graciously sponsoring a $15 promotional code giveaway and I'm going give a lucky someone their pick of anything from A Birdie Boutique!

Want to win this adorable flower paci clip?

Or maybe you'd rather have this pretty satin flower brooch?

One lucky winner will get to pick ANY item in any color from A Birdie Boutique and they'll also get $15 to shop on any of the over 200 CSN Stores!  And it's easy as pie to win (...mmmm, pie...)!

To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is share this post via email, Twitter, Facebook, or on your own blog (links are at the bottom of this post), and then leave a comment on this post telling me what item you'd most like to win from A Birdie Boutique!  Entries must be submitted by 4 pm CST on Sunday, January 30, 2011.  I'll announce the winner sometime around 8 pm on Sunday night.

I hope you love the things I'm featuring in the boutique.  Now go shop and share so you can WIN!

P.s. A BIG thanks to Jocelyn and the CSN Stores team for sponsoring this giveaway!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

This Lil' Birdie is Hosting a Giveaway!

We're celebrating the launch of The Lil' Birdie Boutique this Friday (tomorrow!!) on Etsy with our very first giveaway!  Have you heard of CSN stores?  No? Really?   Oh, my, my, are you in for a treat!  This is my newest place to waste hours on my weekends or days off!  Seriously, they have absolutely everything!  From cookware and throw pillows, to fireplaces and furniture, they even have outdoor playsets... really... you should go look!

With over 200 online stores, CSN stores seriously has everything you could want.  And who says you can't get what you want?!  I say you should get WHATEVER you want!  With a $15 promotional code to ANY CSN store!

Now, you'll have to wait for the launch of the Etsy store to actually enter (which is just tomorrow, no worries!).  I'll tell you how to enter and all of that fun stuff TOMORROW!  Look for the This Lil' Birdie has an Etsy Boutique post for details!

Now, off to play on more of the CSN stores...

Tomorrow, tomorrow, it launches tomorrow, it's only a day away!

(I promise never to sing again after this).

P.s. This promo code giveaway is courtesy of CSN stores and I can't thank them enough for being so wonderful about it all!

Friday, January 21, 2011

This Lil' Birdie Wishes She Wore Week 1

I'm sure y'all have figured out by now that I'm absolutely horrible at taking pictures to link up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesdays.

So I decided to change things up a little bit.

This Lil' Birdie will now feature What I Wish I Wore Weekends (because I never know if I'll get to blog on a specific day)!  This pretty much means I'll pull pictures of outfits I love or I wish I could own...  Pretty much anything other than what I actually wear!

Let's get started today!

Emerson Made Khaki Trench, $228
I love everything about this outfit.  It looks so amazingly comfortable but still chic.  I want to wear this the next time I travel somewhere.  Or just wear the outfit and pretend like I'm traveling somewhere!  P.s. The striped shirt is on my list of "needs" or "birthday ideas"!

Michael Kors Pocketed Shirtdress, $995
Okay, I'll NEVER be able to afford this dress, but I love the casual comfy laid-back vibe.  I would wear this about every day this summer.  Love it!

Michael Kors Fall 2010 Ad Campaign
It probably doesn't hurt that I own this purse (yay, Christmas present!), but I absolutely love this outfit.  The fur, the cowl neck, everything about it.  Love it all!

So that's Week 1 of What I Wish I Wore.  Feel free to link up if you're as bad at What I Really Wore as I am!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

This Lil' Birdie's Favorite Things Part 2

Apologies for the one post last week.  Planning on making up for it this week with a few recipes and crafty tutorials!

For now though, I thought I'd share another one of my favorite things!

Have any of you ever checked out the Audrey Hepburn Complex Tumblr blog?

I am officially obsessed.  Most of my favorite pictures in my "inspiration" file are from this lil' blog...See...


Gorgeous!  Makes me miss my long hair and makes me want to wear all ruffles everyday!

Oh, hello, lovelies.   Wouldn't you like to come live in my closet?


Really, if you haven't already, you must click on over to see the Audrey Hepburn Complex tumblr.  You'll definitely find it eclectic and inspirational and simply lovely...

Monday, January 10, 2011

This Lil' Birdie is COLD

So in case you didn't know before now, I live in west-central Alabama.  Right across the river from this...
(Picture from Here)
Yep, that's Bryant-Denny Stadium on the University of Alabama's campus.  And we're known for a couple of things around here.  One of them being football.  Another is our "mild climate". (There's lots more... I'll give you a "tour" someday...)

Well, this week started off COLD!  It "snowed" last night (for like .2 seconds) and then spit frozen rain all over our pretty city.  Which means I woke up to this...

I took this picture after my car had been running for 10 or more minutes and I had scraped all of the ice off the windows.  I scraped over an inch of ice off my car and have the battle wounds on my hands to prove it was solid ice (thanks, Dad, for the ice scraper from '93!).  And let me tell you, it's cold in Alabama when the ice on the hood of the car doesn't melt even once the engine is warm.

Me personally, I LOVE winter weather just because I love my winter clothes.  But "winter" around here normally means highs in the 50s, not the 30s.  Every once in a while we'll get a really cold cold front, but for the most part, winter just means fun clothes.  This winter has made me realize why people up north move to Florida.

And for those of you who actually do live in areas of the country that get snow and freezing rain on a normal basis, my heart goes out to you.  Until summer.  Then you need to feel sorry for me and my 100+degree days!

Keep warm, friends, it's cold outside!  I'm going to buy an electric blanket.... or 6!!

Oh, and p..s ROLL DUCKS ROLL!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

This Lil' Birdie's Favorite Things Part 1

I'm an extremely opinionated person {if you hadn't figured that out by now}.  So I've decided to share some of my favorite things with you!

Let's start with Red Ticking Stripes...

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Oh, why must you be so adorable?!

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Burlap AND a red ticking stripe?! Be still my heart!!!

My next project is going to have to have some sort of red ticking stripe in it... I just can't resist anymore!

P.s. Can you tell that I'm a*little* obsessed with Etsy as well? 'Cause I am... 

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Yes, I may be a day or two (or three) later than most, but I figure January 3rd rounds back to January 1st, right?

I decided to share my "resolutions" with you this year because I am all for some accountability and by putting them here, This Lil Birdie will have to actually hold myself to doing then right. So here goes...

1. Blog 2 or more times per week.
This is a win for both of us! I get to share my silly lil' thoughts and you'll get fun tutorials, recipes, and pictures! Aren't you excited?!?! {you should be}

2. Exercise.
Generalize much? Well, I'll get more specific. My goal is to move for more than 30 minutes more than 3 times a week. Move. Walk. Run. P90x. Whatever. Just move.

3. Budget & save.
I'm pretty much a shop-a-holic that likes expensive things. This is not very good for my credit cards or my bank account.  So after a year and a half of big girl bills, I've finally made a budget and my resolution is to stick to it and SAVE!  Good luck to me but it's probably going to mean more did-it-myself tutorials for you!

So that's that. My 2011 game plan. Hold me accountable & I'll be sure to reward you with fun posts at least 2 times a week :)

Happy 2011 everyone!! What are your goals for this year? Do you set goals you know you can reach or do you set unattainable goals?