Remembering Biggie

By | The Brothers May | 19 Comments

Me & The Boo

My little Biggie passed away unexpectedly and very suddenly on Tuesday night. It’s hard to believe I would ever have to write such a thing, but here we are. I’ve been wanting to eulogize him in some way. To make a little shout to the world that he was here and he mattered. Biggie – you mattered. Especially to Aaron and I.

When Biggie and I met, we were both a mess. He was a product of a puppy farm, not even a pound, with a bad heart, rickety knees and crooked ankles. I was in my early 20’s, probably a little too hungover a lot of the time, in debt, a bad relationship and just generally was lost in who I was and where I was going. And I wasn’t sure anyone cared.

But Biggie cared.

If you’ve met Biggie, you know that he had the best temperament. Chihuahuas have a reputation of being yappy and aggressive but Biggie was none of those things. He loved strangers, kids and other dogs. He loved big dogs—the bigger, the better. He brought joy to anyone he met, and quickly made himself comfortable on the nearest warm lap. He loved peanut butter spoons, running through the yard and laying in the sun. He had a weird affinity for hair on stuffed animals. He once jumped with wild abandon off the back of a boat. On his birthday, I always let him ride with his head hanging out the window.

But most of all, he brought me joy and peace and love. (Biggie – I hope I helped you as much as you helped me.) Later, as I got older and life became better (Aaron! Kids! Stability!), Biggie played a new role. He was our comfort and routine. He slept between Aaron and I, his favorite spot in the crook of Aaron’s back. He stayed next to me as I struggled with newborn twins and later, those middle of the night nursing sessions with Otto. He was always by my side, sometimes with his paw on my leg or buried beneath my blanket.

When Biggie was younger at around 3, a vet who lacked some tact, after listening to a murmur in Biggie’s heart, deadpanned to me, “This dog will die of congestive heart failure.” And we tiptoed around the fact for many months, waiting for the worst to happen. But then months turned into years, and after several uneventful routine checks, we sort of released our grip on that fear. We went on road trips, played on the beach and more. He was about to turn 11 this year, so one of the tiniest comforting things out of all of this how much “extra” time we got with him.

All of that bonus time meant he got to be the best dog brother to our kids. And he was the best with them. Patient, kind and gentle. He worked hard to keep out from under their feet, but was quick to jump up beside them to poke around. He loved stealing hot dogs out of their hands. They don’t really seem to notice he’s gone yet and this kind of bothers me. It’s unsettling to think he could just disappear from their memory so easily. I don’t know.

I was with him when he passed, and while it was an absolutely horrifying experience for Aaron and I, I am glad I was with him and could hopefully comfort him in some little way. A very good guess is congestive heart failure, but I’m too afraid to Google any further.

For the first time in nearly 11 years, there is no Biggie in the house. No greeting at the door. No companion while I use the bathroom. No jingle of the collar. It’s the strangest, saddest thing. I’ve kept his food bowls out because I’m not sure I believe this all yet and just maybe he’ll come back and want something to eat. I know that sounds strange but that’s where I’m at.

Biggie – I hope I was enough for you. You were everything to me. 

We love you.

Emily (and Aaron)

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Our 2017 Holiday Home Tour

By | Room Makeovers, Wallace Woods House | 3 Comments

Everyone was randomly out of the house one weekend morning so I shoved all the toys into an unseen corner and got out my camera! I love being able to look back at Christmas decorations from year to year. I don’t know if that’s a weird blogger behavior, but it’s been so neat to see! Especially as we have moved from house to house. Here’s my Christmas decor from 2016, 2015 and 2011 (omg!).

Overall, this year, I wanted to KEEP. IT. SIMPLE. I usually go all out with glitz, tablecloths, lights and more but just didn’t have it in me this year. I love how it turned out—and here we are almost Christmas and I’m not getting that urge to clear it all out like I normally do! A nice change!

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

2017 Christmas Home Tour

DIY Holiday Card Wreath [With Handzy Shop + Studio!]

By | Craft & Create | 4 Comments

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Cute holiday wall decor that also holds all my festive cards? Count me in! This was so easy and affordable to create—all the details are in this post! Before I begin, a special shout out to the gals at Handzy Shop + Studio. For those of you catching up, Handzy is an awesome shop and design studio in Covington, Kentucky and as fellow makers and design lovers we’ve been having a fun time promoting each other. Here’s my intro post on their shop, and of course you can find them online here. (Follow their IG too! It’s so good!)

Alright, let’s get started! This cost me about $11 to make, and took a grand total of 30 minutes! My kind of crafting. 🙂 I did one for me AND one for Handzy, so be sure to stop by their post to see their Handzy-ified version of this clothespin card holder wreath!

SUPPLIES NEEDED

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display

Metal Hanger

Wire Cutter (I used an 8″ Compound Action Cutter)

1/2″ Wooden Beads

12 Gauge Wire

Clothespins (I got mine from Dollar Tree!)

Hanging Ribbon

Greenery (If you want!)

STEP ONE – CUT YOUR HANGER, SHAPE YOUR WREATH FORM

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display

You’ll need a strong wire cutter for this step. I picked up one of these especially for this project (and wondering why I didn’t have one sooner!) and it was able to cut through the hanger like butter.

STEP TWO – START THREADING YOUR BEADS AND CLOTHESPINS

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display

For this step, the design is really up to you! Feel free to omit the beads altogether, or double up, or every other—the design is up to you! And here’s a closer look at the exact placement of the wire on the clothespin.

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display

STEP THREE – ARRANGE YOUR CLOTHESPINS, CHECK FOR TIGHTNESS

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display

As I was adding the last combinations of beads and clothespins, I checked to make sure I had enough overall… I didn’t want any gaps between the beads or clothespins. I added a few more to ensure everything was nice and tight. One thing to note—the clothespins are meant to swivel, with its “pincher” either facing inward or outward. This is by design so that cards can be attached both inside and outside the circle. If you are wanting the clothespins to be fixed in position, you could add another wire to the back to achieve that, but because my wreaths are typically hung on windows, I didn’t want to see a mess behind the wreath.

STEP FOUR – CLOSE UP THE WREATH

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display

I used a 12 gauge black wire here to close up the wreath, but tape would work great too! Another thing I experimented with is using one of the wooden beads to close up the wreath—by threading each end through the opposite side—and that was ok, too.

STEP FIVE – ATTACH SOME GARNISH

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display
I’m all about the greenery this time of year (who isn’t!?), so I stuck some faux garland from IKEA to the top of the wreath using that same 12-gauge black wire.

STEP SIX – ADD YOUR RIBBON!

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display
For this step, I first tied a large bow using wire-edged ribbon. Then, with another piece of 3′ ribbon, made a loop to act as my hanger. I kept the loop closed by adding a single staple to the center of the ribbon, right above the bow.

DIY Clothespin Wreath Holiday Card Display

STEP SEVEN – ADD YOUR HOLIDAY CARDS

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Here is where Handzy comes in! As you know, I love nearly anything from their store, so it felt like the perfect opportunity to display some of their fun holiday cards. You can purchase them in-store at their shop in Covington, Kentucky (on short Pike!) or right here! And don’t forget to check out their version of this DIY Holiday Card Wreath by heading over to their blog.

xo,

emily

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