Sarah Hearts

Our Trip to Austin

March 25, 2014

Gordoughs donuts and Stitch Lab are two must visit places in Austin!

When the Mr. and I travel, we pretty much plan our trip around food (need proof? See our Nashville trip). So our weekend getaway this past weekend to Austin, TX was also planned around food. And relaxing and exploring the city too. It was the first time we both visited Austin and I have to say that we both really liked the city! So today I wanted to share a few of my favorite places we discovered (and ate at) this weekend.

Since we arrived early Friday morning, we headed straight for Gordoughs for some giant donuts. Kevin had a maple glazed one and I had the Miss Shortcake, a donut topped with a generous amount of cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberries.

After stuffing our faces with donuts we stopped in Stitch Lab, the most adorable sewing shop and studio ever. I seriously could have stayed there all day. I picked up some gorgeous floral fabrics, though I could have taken a yard of everything. They have great classroom space and offer classes for all levels.

Explore the unique shops on South Congress, eat gelato at Dolce Neve and tacos at Mellizoz Tacos are a must!

We made our way over to South Congress Avenue and checked out all the shops along the street. Though most of them were pricey (like $250 for a cotton dress pricey) I found some of the antiques at Uncommon Objects to be reasonable. They had bowls and bowls of wooden type blocks and other ephemera.

We headed back to Melizoz Tacos, the taco trailer right next to Gordough’s, for lunch. The fried avocado taco was one of the best tacos I’ve ever eaten, I highly recommend it! Then we stopped at Dolce Neve for some gelato. If you’re a gelato fan then you have to try it! Everything is made from scratch right in front of you and is absolutely delicious.

A guide on where to eat and what to do in Austin, Texas

Directly across the street from the gelato shop is Roadhouse Relics, a neon shop and gallery that specializes in vintage-inspired neon signage.

We stayed at the Heywood Hotel in East Austin and just loved it. It’s a small boutique hotel (only seven rooms) just east of downtown that is just perfect. If we ever are in Austin again we will definitely be staying there again.

One day we ate an early dinner on the patio of Moonshine Grill. They serve southern comfort food in huge portions. I’d recommend sharing something!

A guide on where to eat and what to do in Austin, Texas

Since the sky was pretty clear that evening we headed over Mount Bonnell to check out the view. We hung out until sunset and enjoyed the view.

We went back over to South Congress for dinner at Hopdoddy and got burgers and drinks. The line was really long but moved quickly and even though I’m not really a burger fan (I opted for the bison) it was worth the wait. The bread is baked in house and the cocktails were delicious.

A guide on where to eat and what to do in Austin, Texas

On Saturday we checked out the farmer’s market downtown. They had a great selection of produce and local meat, something that’s not so common at home. I grabbed a bag of vanilla macrons from Cake and Spoon to take with me but they didn’t last long. While downtown we walked over to Serve, a cute store that has just about every kitchen gadget you can think of. I picked up a cute tea towel and some cutting boards.

On Sunday we had brunch at Contigo. Best. Brunch. Ever. If you’re in Austin on a Sunday you MUST go here. It was amazing and now I know why a lot of people say it’s the best brunch in town.

We stopped by Starling Eyewear‘s little trailer and I got a pair of really cute readers. I’ve been in the market for a new pair of reading glasses and was so excited when we stumbled upon their trailer. They sell stylish ready-made reading glasses and sunglasses in single vision and progressive lenses at a really affordable price.

A guide on where to eat and what to do in Austin, Texas

On Saturday I met up with Miranda, a sweet and super talented blogger friend I met at Alt Summit 2013. She recommend we met at Lick, a local ice cream shop. Since I always am up for sweets I met her there and we got to catch up and I got to meet her adorable kids. The ice cream was heavenly (try the citrus cake and juniper). I loved it so much I went back with Kevin the next day.

Kevin and I went for a long walk along the trail that goes along the Colorado River. We timed our walk perfectly and walked over the Congress bridge in the evening just as the bats were flying out. It was a pretty cool and somewhat ominous sight.

Sunday was pretty chilly and gray so we went over to the Alamo Drafthouse and finally saw The Grand Budapest Hotel. We’re big Wes Anderson fans and have been wanting to see the film for weeks but it wasn’t showing a home. And in case you’re wondering, I took this photo during the pre-show—I didn’t want to get kicked out!

We ended our trip with some delicious appetizers to-go from Bufalina Pizza, which was only a few shops down from the hotel. Overall, it was a wonderful weekend and I can’t wait to go back!

What are your favorite places to visit in Austin?

Nightstand Drawer Organization

March 24, 2014

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Cooking Light and Real Simple, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #FreshandFab

Don't skip your nightstand when spring cleaning! Line the drawer with pretty floral wrapping paper and use small bins spray painted gold to organize often used items

Now that spring is officially here I am getting pretty anxious to do some serious spring cleaning around here. It seems like just recently I did a decluttering of my office, our closets, and drawers but it’s hard to tell. Everything is looking pretty cluttered again!

While shopping for the new Oh Joy! party goods at Target the other day I also picked up the April issues of Cooking Light and Real Simple. Cooking Light is one of my favorite recipes sources, and this issue is loaded with delicious looking spring recipes. The cover of Real Simple caught my eye because I feel like just about everything in our house could use a cleaning. Right now, Target is running a promotion that if you buy both magazines you get a $5 Target gift card, which is perfect because that means I can use it to buy more party goods on my next visit, or you know, maybe practical things like milk and bread.

The April 2014 issues of Cooking Light and Real Simple are full of great spring recipes and organization tips!

After reading though all the cleaning tips in Real Simple I felt motivated to start some spring cleaning. My first small spring cleaning project was to organize and declutter my nightstand drawer. Though the nightstand looked nice and tidy in last week’s house tour photos, the contents of the drawer were a different story. I am pretty embarrassed to share how bad it was, but in effort to keep things real, here’s what the drawer looked like before I organized it.

So. Much. Stuff.

Get rid of the junk in your nightstand with these simple organization tips

And here’s what it looks like now!

Don't skip your nightstand when spring cleaning! Line the drawer with pretty floral wrapping paper and use small bins spray painted gold to organize often used items

Clean drawers with a damp paper towel wrapped around a small ruler or squeegee

I started by taking everything out of the drawer and removing the already peeled up contact paper that lined the bottom of the drawer. Then I wiped down the drawer and used a damp paper towel wrapped around a small squeegee to clean the corners of the drawer. This genius idea was in Real Simple. They suggested using a ruler, but since I didn’t have one short enough I used the plastic squeegee instead, though a credit card would have worked too. I then sorted through everything and realized there was a ton of stuff didn’t need to be in there (like old receipts, expired credit cards, and tons of lotion).

Next I lined the drawer with some gorgeous floral gift wrap from Rifle Paper. I just measured the inside of the drawer and then cut the wrapping paper to size. I used my ATG tape gun to apply some double-sided tape to the paper to keep it in place.

I updated the plastic white basket I previously used to hold nail polish with a couple coats of metallic gold spray paint. I was looking for a tray to hold all my nail polish, since the plastic basket wasn’t large enough, but couldn’t find one in the right dimensions. Then I stumbled upon this storage box at Target and it fit perfectly. I removed the lid and added the same gift wrap to the bottom of it and the now gold tray fits perfectly inside.

Don't skip your nightstand when spring cleaning! Line the drawer with pretty floral wrapping paper and use small bins spray painted gold to organize often used items

What’s on your spring cleaning and organization list?

Scout Woven Tee

March 20, 2014

Scout Woven Tee Beginners Sewing Pattern

After taking a sewing class last fall, I’ve had the itch to get back into sewing. I sewed a ton in college (that’s how Sarah Hearts started) and just kinda stopped since I never could find the time to add another DIY to my list. After sewing up two out and about dresses and getting a ton of fabric in Nashville a couple weeks ago, I think  I’m hooked again. I’m not a seamstress by any means; I’m starting out with beginners patterns. I just love how fun it is to make clothing exactly how you want it. And there’s something pretty cool about wearing one of your own DIY projects.

Scout Woven Tee Beginners Sewing Pattern

To create this comfy cotton top, I used Grainline Studio’s Scout Woven Tee pattern. It was the first time I sewed facing into a neckline and their easy-to-follow instructions made it doable. The fabric is the way of flowers print from Cloud 9 Fabrics and is a lightweight, oh so comfy organic cotton.

Scout Woven Tee Beginners Sewing Pattern

Who are your favorite pattern designers for beginners? I’d love to find a few new patterns to try!

Necklace: Towne & Reese | Shoes: Vionic Havana in gold

House Tour: Master Bedroom

March 19, 2014

DIY his and hers pillows using a Silhouette Cameo

Thanks so much for voting for me yesterday in the Better Homes & Gardens makeover madness. I didn’t make it to the final round, but I really do appreciate all your votes and support! You all keep me inspired and allow me to continue this crazy, fun career of mine.

Our house tour makes its way into the master bedroom today. Our master bedroom is not very big but we decided to make it cozy by painting the walls a bright yellow color. When we first moved in, the walls were painted the same dark semi-gloss beige that the hallway was and the trim was painted a khaki color. It took lots of primer and paint to cover up both shades but we’re happy with the result.

DIY Ikea Hack: Turn a Malm dresser into a mid-century modern piece

Color Plus Pantone Lamp in Oceanside

I moved the succulent that you see in the first photo to our guest bathroom and swapped it with this cute little plant. Since the room gets less sun, I need a plan that would do well in low light. Fingers crossed this one makes it!

Style a dresser with a stack of books and some modern vases

DIY Ikea Hack: Turn a Malm dresser into a mid-century modern piece

Hand painted art in our cozy master bedroom

Custom silhouettes make great art in the bedroom

Shortly after we moved in, I took photos of both Kevin and I and drew our silhouettes in Illustrator. I got them printed on fine art paper at our local art store and framed them in these oval cameo frames.

DIY Ikea Hack: Malm sidetable turned into a mid-century modern nightstand

In effort to keep our nightstands tidy, I use this yellow tray to place my rings on at night and use this geometric horsey bank to store change from our pockets.

Wall Color: Glidden Buttered Sweet Corn in eggshell | Dressers and Bed: Ikea Malm collection that I remade into mid-century modern pieces (tutorial) | Lamp: Lamps Plus Ovo table lamp in Oceanside | Vases: Ikea Salong | Bedding: West Elm Swiss Dot (no longer available) | His and Hers pillows: made by me (tutorial) | Sidetable hardware: Anthropologie