Friday Finds

May 10, 2013



{Tulips masquerading as peonies!}

Happy Friday, friends! How was your week? Mine was bonkers. Deadlines and tours and meetings galore. I blame the four-day week – it felt like I was trying to cram five days into four, which made for some LONG days and evenings. Luckily, Michael and I are grabbing some friends and heading off to the countryside for the weekend. We’re all looking forward to resting, relaxing, and spending a little time together before Michael and I head off to America for 7 (!) weeks this summer! I’m very, very excited about the trip, but I know I’ll miss things and people here too while we’re gone.

Have I even really told you about our trip? I’m heading back for my brother’s graduation from college at the end of May (cannot believe my little brother is old enough to be a college graduate!), then we’re joining my family for a week in sunny Florida. We’ve never done a warm vacation with my family – growing up we would do trips like Ireland or London or Wales – in February! We were always capitalizing on school vacation and out of season ticket prices. Those trips were great, but we’re looking forward to some lounging on the beach for a week!

From there, Michael and I head to Chicago for a wedding in the Chicago planetarium, which we’re really looking forward to. Then we’re taking a little road trip to see Michael’s extended family between Illinois and Ohio, then hopping on a flight to Denver to see his brother and visit my sister-in-law’s family. After that marathon of travel, we’re headed back to Maine for a few weeks of boating, exploring and visiting family.

I’ll be taking one week totally off and away from work, but the rest of the time, I’ll be working from wherever I am and wherever I can find internet access. I’m excited for the new ideas and perspective I know a change of scenery (or constantly changing scenery) will bring, although I know it might be a little tough to get into a routine.

All that to say, we’re squeezing in a few last days with friends before we head off. Here’s hoping we have lovely weather this weekend for exploring County Clare! What are you all up to this fine weekend? Big plans? Baking? Crafting? Relaxing? Whatever it is, have a super time!

And now just a few links.

A DIY concrete letter.

Chocolate banoffee pies.

Brussels sprouts on the grill.

An incredible wall of flowers.

DIY birthday candles!

Happy weekend!



  • Reply Lindsay May 11, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Enjoy Chicago! Lake Michigan in May is absolutely beautiful, I’m sure the wedding will be unforgettable. Let me know if you want any recommendations of stuff to do while here! I’m a big fan of my hometown and love to share it.

  • Reply liz smith May 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    oooh!! have a lovely time back home emily!! will think of you when we are in dublin in july checking out all your great recommendations! xx

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