Monday, January 30, 2012

A little hello

Hi guys. It's been a bit on the quiet side over the past week at OliveObserver, but it's mostly because of lots of fun and exciting things going on. I'm enjoying getting my hands dirty with some DIYs this week, and I'm looking forward to sharing them with you soon. Other than that I'm trying to do a bit more reading, cleaning and general healthy housekeeping in my house and life.

This is a fun updates tool I've seen other bloggers using lately, so why not give it a whirl. It reminds me of the good ol' days of Friendster and MySpace.

Currently, I'm:

Obsessing over: nail polish, spring colors and Mad Men reruns.

Working on: getting back to crafting, reading and running.

Thinking about: everything. I'm in one of those intensely creative and inspired moods, and it's affecting all areas of my life.

Anticipating: next weekend in the Cities with two of my best friends, IKEA and a hotel sleepover.

Listening to: the hum of my fan and the purring of my TrudleBug

Eating: less sugar than recently. And I feel awesome. Like totally awesome.

Wishing: I didn't need sleep so I could get everything I want to get done done.

Tag, you're it. What are you currently doing? Link up in the comments.

Friday, January 27, 2012

FiveThingsFriday: Color block

I'm super pumped about color blocking with a neutral and pop of color for spring.

Here are five of my favorite samplings:

Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Thursday, January 26, 2012

ThursdaySwap: Interest in a crafternoon

After talking with some new and old friends tonight, I'm determined to resurrect Sunday Crafternoons. We will have a "live" crafternoon one Sunday a month in Fargo-Moorhead. For those of you in bloggerville, I will be posting the supplies and instructions for whatever we're making that week. On the Monday following the event, I'll post a Linky hook-up where we can all share how our projects turned out.

Who's interested in Fargo-Moorhead?

Who's interested online?

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

TopTenTuesday: Pinterest nail ideas

Pinterest is fully of ideas. Nails being one of them.

So recently, I tried to do something fancy with mine: a two-toned gray stripy thing. Well they turned out like this:

They're not horrible, but they're not exactly pin-worthy.

Here's some inspiration to improve upon my polishing skills.




Source: via Heidi on Pinterest


Source: via Heidi on Pinterest





Monday, January 23, 2012

MondayMorningMust: January sales

This time of year, I often express how much I hate January through February. After the holidays are over, there's not much but a whole lot of cold temperatures to look forward to around here (that's a bit of hyperbole, but hang in there).

Enter the after-holiday / January sales.

I'm currently on a shopping strike simply because I did way too much of it in 2011, but these sales have me reaching for my credit card.

Here are a few of my favorites.

Madewell has an extra 30 percent off sale items and free shipping on order over $100.

Belle by Sigerson Morrison® Pony FlatsPorthole Peacoat

Feel free to buy me these flats and peacoat while you're shopping.

J.Crew is offering an extra 40 percent off of sale items right now. Use the code OURTREAT.

Underwire ruched tankMarla dress in gardenia jacquard

Modcloth has many of its sale items 50 percent off. Sizes seem limited so shop fast.

image of There Could Vino Other Wedge image of Look in the Letter Box Cape image of Crinkled Confection Dress image of Apartment Party Dress 

I stopped in at our local Gap and there are so many great sweaters on super sale. The website seems to have even more styles and sizes.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Pieces of my weekend

Hey all. I apologize for my lack of personal posts lately. It's been a lot of "check out this cool stuff I love right now" posts, but I promise more photos and DIY by yours truly are on their way.

I had a girls night out yesterday but unfortunately no photos to prove it. It's an exciting time for all of my best lady friends right now. Fargo got its first real snow storm of the year, and I have to admit I actually like it. It doesn't hurt that it's also about 30 degrees warmer than it's been all week.

But moving along, here are some pieces of my weekend:


snow | new bath robe ($7 on Target clearance rack)
more snow | he looks so uncomfortable
fat tire | sun cat
sunday breakfast | weekly to-do
tired trudy | remnants of last night's fort
slick roads | italian dinner

I'm linking up with Jenni from Story of My Life this week. If you want to get in on the instagram action, visit her blog.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Five(timesthree)ThingsFriday: Nutella recipes

I go through more Nutella that I will even admit on a blog. Here's some new recipes for eating it, rather that just sticking your finger in the jar and enjoying its chocolatey hazelnutty goodness. And I couldn't stop at five, so this is technically a FifteenThingsFriday:

Dark chocolate salted caramel Nutella Twix bars:

Nutella bread:

Nutella Meringues:

Homemade Nutella:

Nutella Donuts:

Home-made strawberry Nutella poptarts:
Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Nutella fudge:

Healthy Nutella ice cream:

Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Nutella pudding:

Four-ingredient Nutella cookies:

Nutella cookie sandwiches:

Nutella fruit dip:

Nutella puppy chow mix:

Nutella hot chocolate:

Source: via Heidi on Pinterest

Nutella dreams: