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Dream Workspace Inspiration

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Today I’m taking a moment to blog about work-spaces and workspace inspiration. First of all, let me tell you about WeWork. WeWork is a really cool co-working company that helps to build amazing work-spaces, communities, and services to those wanting to create their own business. Right now, they are running a new project called “Show Me Your Work Space”. They contacted me to ask if I would blog about my own space, and also write about the additional items I would add to create my dream office environment.

Right now, my “workspace” is a little out of the ordinary. I’m in the process of moving into my first house (exciting!!), so for now my workspace is just wherever is convenient. While sometimes this can be annoying and chaotic, there is one place I can go that always feels peaceful and continuously inspires: the great outdoors. So for this post, I’ll show you what I think some of my office essentials are, why I absolutely love working outside, and what I hope to incorporate into my new workspace once I make the big move.

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Obviously the first essential item is a computer, but I love to make lists and write things down as well. Having a portable laptop is really helpful, even though I do most of my blogging on a desktop. (Which is currently sitting in the corner of my dining room!) I usually don’t try to get any work done without my coffee or some hot herbal tea, and having fresh flowers nearby is always a great mood booster for me. I also like to have some combination of bright colors within eye sight. This can spark creativity and just make the space more enjoyable. Although I find most of my resources on the internet, it doesn’t hurt to hit the books once in a while. There’s just something about books that seems to make my thought process go a little deeper than when I’m staring at a computer screen for hours.

While I cannot wait to have a beautiful workspace indoors, I absolutely love working outside and will probably continue to do so on occasion. When you are outdoors, surrounded by nature, there is inspiration everywhere you look. I feel like my creativity comes to life, and things tend to come together very organically. There are so many colors, sounds, and textures that it’s hard not to be inspired and come up with totally new ideas.

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My Dream Workspace

WS012As far as design goes, I would prefer to have a space that is light and bright. A room flooded in natural light would be amazing. I would pair that with a dreamy color scheme, lots of eclectic furniture, interesting artwork, plantlife, a touch of vintage/industrial decor, and various pops of colors and patterns. If I got to work in a space like that every day, I would be extremely motivated to get things going! Other than that, I would hope to have a sitting area to think and write besides my desk, lots of organizational supplies to keep things in order, and maybe a small snack bar to keep the energy flowing.

Maybe one day!

Be sure to visit www.wework.com for more information on this innovative company.

 

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Easy Chicken Enchilada Soup

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So last night, I really wanted to try something different for dinner. Because of our cooler temperatures outside lately, I have been in the mood for a good soup. I’ve always wanted to try a chicken enchilada type recipe, but have never found one that I like. Not wanting to give up on this soup, I decided to invent my own. I usually tweak the recipes I find, but have never totally just made one up myself. Luckily, it was a big hit. I was so pleased with the way it turned out that I think it will definitely become one of our regular meals. Besides tasting great, this dinner was very inexpensive. Everything besides the chicken cost me less than two dollars, and a lot of it I already had in my pantry. You can’t beat that!

Here is my recipe for Easy Chicken Enchilada Soup

Ingredients:
*three large cans of tomato soup
*one green pepper, chopped
*one can of corn
*one 10 oz. can of enchilada sauce
*one 4.5 oz. can of green chiles
*one small onion, chopped
*2.5 cups of brown rice
*one lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
*salt and pepper
*water

 Instructions:
Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
Put all chicken in a glass baking dish, cover with tin foil, and put in the oven for at least an hour or until chicken is cooked through
As the chicken is cooking, turn your stove burner on medium heat
Empty all 3 cans of tomato soup into a large pot. I added water to mine to thin the soup out some. Just add one cup at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. I think I added about 2.5-3 cups water. Stir really well.
Now add your can of corn, chopped onion, chopped green pepper, can of enchilada sauce, and can of green chiles to your tomato soup. Season with a pinch of salt and ground black pepper. Stir well.
Cover your pot and turn heat down to low, stirring occasionally.
While your soup is simmering and your chicken is still cooking, go ahead and cook your rice.
Once the rice is tender, add it to the soup and stir. Cover soup until chicken is done.
When your chicken has cooked all the way through, remove it from the oven and gently shred it. Add it to the soup, and give it a good stir.
Cover your soup letting the chicken marinate in it for about 30 minutes. Keep stirring occasionally and season a little more if needed.
When you’re ready to serve your dish, top it with some shredded cheese, and serve with tortilla chips.

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I love this soup because it is extremely filling, and has just a little spice to it.
With this recipe, I was able to feed the whole family and still have leftovers for later in the week.

Enjoy!


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Man Cave Makeover

Quick! What’s the first thing that pops into your head when I say the words “man cave”? Let me guess…you immediately thought of a big screen TV, beer cans, and neon signs. Well the up and coming company, Man Crates, is out to change the man cave stereo type with their “Man Cave Makeover Campaign”. If you’ve never heard of Man Crates, they are a new company that specializes in gifts for men which they ship in wooden crates. Not only are these gifts awesome, but the wooden crate cannot be opened without using a crow bar! I don’t know any man who wouldn’t love something like that.

As part of their campaign, they contacted bloggers like me to put together a list of things we would give a man to decorate his man cave with…you know, aside from all the big tv’s and gaming systems that will naturally be in the room already. So,  I decided to put together a list that includes rustic decor, with a touch of modern elegance and cozy charm.

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Leather Furniture Pieces
Obviously, the first thing on my list is some antique, leather furniture. I feel like this should be a staple in any man cave. These pieces are durable, extremely comfortable, and add a ton of character to any space. And, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love the smell of real leather?

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Woven Wool Area Rug
Next on my list is this geometric print, woven wool area rug. I love the cool vintage look, and the pops of color.

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Wooden Tables and Storage Spaces
I think it’s always important to add a natural element, like wood, to any design. For example, this wooden trunk would be a great substitute for your regular ole coffee table. On top of it being a unique, rustic piece in the middle of the room, you also get great storage space. We know that every guy needs functionality in his decor.

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Comfy + Cozy
It’s true: pillows and candles are not just for women! We have to add at least some of these soft touches among all of this rustic, industrial design. I love this Bourbon & Brown Sugar candle that can double as a glass once the candle is burned down. The tweed pillows are the perfect match when it comes to comfort and masculine style. Once again, those small pops of color can make a big difference.

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Fun Pieces
We can’t forget those fun, little things that really make a man cave special. Of course, your guy will want to just relax and have a drink every now and then. When he has his friends over, this wall mounted bottle opener not only makes clean up a breeze, but also just looks like cool wall art. And mason jar shot glasses? Enough said.

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Modern Bar Stools
Whether you line them up at the bar, or sit them around a table, these reclaimed teak handcrafted bar stools are a great addition to any room. They still give a nod to the rustic look, while maintaining a sleek and modern design.

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Industrial Lighting + Decor
In my opinion, the industrial look is awesome whether we are talking man cave or any other room in the house. I just love it. It literally makes any room interesting, and definitely ups the coolness factor.

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Well, that concludes my list. If this man cave was in my house, my girl friends and I would definitely be crashing it when the husband isn’t around!
Make sure to visit Man Crates to see what they are all about, and find the perfect man gift for the awesome guy in your life.


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Summer Lovin’

I have to admit that I haven’t quite had the motivation to pick up my knitting needles lately. It must have something to do with all the humidity, bright sun, and 80-90 degree weather. Honestly, I do love summer, but I’m so ready for fall! Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year. Unfortunately, my attempt to make knitting work during this hot, summer season didn’t go over that well:

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So I started a summer long project that I hope to have finished by fall! This will be a color-block infinity scarf knitted with organic cotton by Sprout. I love the texture that the seed stitch provides for this piece, and I find the bright colors to be very pleasing to the eye. Because it is light weight, it will make the perfect transitional scarf from summer to fall, which is a total necessity.

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But besides that, I think I’ll put the needles down and continue working on my latest experiment: summer headbands. My sewing machine has been broken for months, but now that it’s finally fixed, I haven’t been able to stop sewing. I’m so glad she is all better and back in business! I don’t even remember where the headband idea came from. I think originally I just needed something to sew. Either way, I’m glad I started making them, because they’ve been a big hit. Here are just a few:

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The following photos were taken at an adorable new boutique in our downtown area, Plume, that now has my headbands for sell. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to sell a lot of knitted items as well in the fall and winter. So, if you’re in the area, stop by and support one of our newest (and cutest) local businesses!

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 So that’s what I’ve been up to this summer so far. I’m excited to be blogging again after a long break, and I’m ready to bring you lots of new tutorials and creative inspiration. Keep following Wake&Whimsy!

 

 


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Update//Chevron Stitch Tutorial

Hello, sweet friends! It feels like it’s been forever since I last posted. Life has gotten so busy all of a sudden, and I have to prioritize. I’ve been working on a special knitting project for a friend of mine, and haven’t had a lot of time to do much else. However, I am not complaining. This project has been a new experience for me, and besides, sometimes it’s nice to slow down and work on one project as opposed to the TEN I’m usually trying to do all at once!

So, I don’t have much to offer in this post, but I do have some pictures of what I’ve been up to lately, and also a fun tutorial for a cute chevron stitch that you’ve got to try! Check it out:

 

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Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

***You will need to know how to Knit and Purl***

***Cast on in multiples of 6, plus 5***

***Start on the “wrong” side of your work, or what I would call the “knit” side for this project***

  • Row 1: K5, *P1, K5; Rep from * to end of row
  • Row 2: K1, *P3, K3; Rep from * to last 4 sts, P3, K1
  • Row 3: P2, *K1, P2; Rep from * to end of row
  • Row 4: P1, *K3, P3; Rep from * to last 4 sts, K3, P1
  • Row 5: K2, *P1, K5; Rep from * to last 3 sts, P1, K2
  • Row 6: Purl all stitches

Repeat until you have reached your desired length

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In the past month I have:

played "wedding photographer" for a friend's fun St. Patrick's Day wedding

played “wedding photographer” for a friend’s fun St. Patrick’s Day wedding

Ran a 5k with Lorelei in tow; her first race!

Ran a 5k with Lorelei in tow; her first race!

Watch my husband assist the head coach, for our old high school, at one of their first lacrosse games ever

Watch my husband assist the head coach, for our old high school, at one of their first lacrosse games ever

Played photographer again for a sweet girl's first birthday party

Played photographer again for a sweet girl’s first birthday party

Finally got the "O.K." for Lorelei to be helmet free!

Finally got the “O.K.” for Lorelei to be helmet free!

Played lots of Peek-a-Boo

Played lots of Peek-a-Boo

Baked one of my favorite desserts: Apple Pie

Baked one of my favorite desserts: Apple Pie

And so much more!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a post about the up and coming trend: arm knitting, more info about the special piece I’ve been working on for my friend, and I’ll also show you a really fun project I’m excited about for the quickly approaching summer season!

XOXO Alicia

 

 

 


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Giveaway Winner!

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Thank you so very much to all who participated in my first giveaway! Although it had nothing to do with who was chosen, I absolutely loved reading all the interesting facts you posted! I am excited to do another one of these again soon. But for now, I suppose it is time to announce the winner. I wish I could have chosen all of you!

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{ SUE EMERSON }

CONGRATS, SUE! You won my knitted transitional infinity scarf!
Please contact me through email at: kellumcreations@gmail.com to claim your prize!

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Thank you so much again to everyone who participated,

and thank you for following Wake & Whimsy!

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