2017 National Championship

The second weekend in January, we headed down to Florida to watch Clemson play in the national championship!  Last year we had quite the time getting to Phoenix for the game, so I was happy we were within driving distance this year.

We broke up the trip and stayed with my aunt and uncle on Saturday night.  It was great being able to visit with them and see their new place in Florida!  I would spend hours on their lanai reading…tampa-01

We got to Tampa on Sunday afternoon and were less than thrilled with the cooler temperatures.  I booked a place on Indian Shores thinking we’d get to enjoy the water, but not so much.tampa-02We dropped off our stuff, and headed back to the downtown Tampa area to check out the Fan Fest. Big mistake.  Everywhere you looked, there was a line.  The actual fan fest was packed so full with people that we left and grabbed a beer downstairs with his parents.

We ended up walking across to Harbour Island to find food (along with everyone else), and headed back to the hotel early to get ready for the big day on Monday.tampa-03 tampa-04We had a lazy Monday morning and made breakfast sandwiches in the hotel (perks of a suite with mini kitchen) while watching all the pre-game footage.  We headed to Raymond James stadium in the early afternoon to park and find friends.

A few of Hunter’s friends had a spot with lots of other Clemson tailgates so we spent time with them before going into the stadium.  PS – Tampa Bay needs to figure out how to efficiently get thousands of people into a game. Not so smooth…

This game was electric (and very cold).  Even when Clemson was down, everyone was still upbeat and just knew that it’d work out and the tigers would win.  The last 5 minutes of the game were absolutely CRAZY and this was easily one of the best games I’ve been to!  Just look at Hunter’s reactions – it was an emotional roller coaster for everyone.tampa-05 tampa-07 tampa-09 After the touchdown to Hunter Renfrow the stadium went WILD!  We were hugging and high fiving everyone around us.  Naturally my phone had died, so I used Hunter’s to take pictures while he enjoyed the moment.tampa-06 tampa-10

By the time we finally left the stadium, got to the car and drove back to the hotel, it was after 3am, but we were both still awake from all the adrenaline and watched highlights on TV.  Checkout the next morning came veryyyyy early, and it was a long drive home, but it was a happy drive home 🙂

Maybe next year GT will pull off a national championship??  Here’s to being hopeful!



Oyster Bead Necklace

Does anyone else ever buy items to make a project and then they just sit around for months before you finally finish it?  This necklace was exactly that, and might have even taken longer to complete than my live edge tables.

Back in June (yes, over 7 months ago) I bought some beads to make a Clemson game day necklace.  I’m not a big orange fan, so my thought was that I could make a necklace with some orange in that I could wear throughout the year, and with pair it with purple when we went to games.  With only the national championship game left in the season, I was down to the wire and finally finished it right before we left for Tampa.

Oyster Bead Necklace

What you’ll need:

  • Flat oyster shell
  • Drill
  • 9/64″ drill bit
  • Waxed cotton cording
  • Beads of your choice
  • Silver jewelry wire
  • Scissors

Outside of the oyster shell, I found everything I needed in the jewelry section of Michael’s.  I ended up with an assortment of turquoise, orange, wooden, blue & white and tan beads and figured that I’d just figure out a design as I went along (like most of my DIY projects).oyster-bead-necklace_01First, start putting the beads on the cording.  Knowing that the oyster shell would hang from the middle, I worked my way from the middle out.  This took me awhile since I was trying to figure out an order to the beads that looked okay.

Once I had half of the necklace done, I turned my attention to the oyster shell.  I drilled through the top of it like I did with the oyster shell ornaments.

Then I needed to use the wire to wrap through the hole  and around the shell a few times to secure it, and eventually create a loop on the top to hang on the cording.  This is not my best work, but it was literally hours before we were leaving for Florida and I was under a serious time crunch.  It was good enough to do the trick!oyster-bead-necklace_03

When the oyster was wrapped in wire with a loop, I put it on the cording, and then started adding the beads to the other side, in the same pattern as before.  I played around with the beads at the top until the length was right for me and then just tied the cording in a double knot.oyster-bead-necklace_04

The necklace was immediately packed up and off to Florida with us the next morning!


Of course I didn’t get any pictures of it on while tailgating before we bundled up for the game (it was unseasonably cold!), but I did snap one before the game started!

Yay for a Clemson “game day” necklace with orange I can wear!  Apparently it’s good luck too, so I guess I’ll be wearing it to any game we go to in the future 😉

Wine Cork Football

We all know I’m excited for football season – and the GT / Clemson game tonight – and since Erin gave me a HUGE bag of wine corks awhile back (thanks Samuelsons!) I wanted to do a football related wine cork project.  The obvious choice to me was to make a football out of wine corks!

Wine Cork Football

What you’ll need:

  • Wine corks (~30 for my football)
  • Hot glue
  • White paint pen

Similar to my other wine cork projects, this basically just takes corks and some hot glue.  I decided to use corks from red wine bottles with the red wine stained end being the one facing out to be the football “color.”

Start by getting your wine corks out and arranging them in a shape somewhat similar to a football.  This is harder than it may seem, so may take a little arranging to get it to a shape you’re happy with.

When you have the layout of the corks done, begin gluing them together, one at a time.  I had all the wine stained sides facing down on the table so they would all be straight together, since not all corks are the same length.wine-cork_football-02

Once they were all glued together, flip it over.  This is what I was working with.  Pull any off and adjust / re-glue as needed.  I think we can all agree it’s not the perfect football shape, but it really was harder to put together than I thought!

wine-cork_football-03Now you’ll make the laces so people can tell it’s really a football..  I just used a white paint pen that was in my desk, so the lines were even and paint was visible.  When the laces are on, you’re done!


Another project to add to my football and wine cork craft repertoire!


Labor Day Weekend at Callaway Gardens

Hunter and I spent the long Labor Day weekend down at Callaway Gardens and had such a great time!  The last time I was there for LDW was 12 years ago, when we scattered my dad’s ashes on the lake (and the weather was horrible) so I was looking forward to a relaxing weekend with Pegs.

Of course hurricane Hermine was hitting the SC coast when we were leaving on Friday, so we drove through a LOT of rain on our drive to Georgia.  It stopped around Lake Oconee and was smooth sailing from there, with a pit stop in Peachtree City to see Rollene and get TCBY before the last leg to Pine Mountain.  We got to her house and grilled out before taking the golf cart down to Lake Robin for the balloon glow.

Sky High Balloon Festival

Balloon glow? Yep – every Labor Day weekend Callaway hosts the Sky High Balloon Festival where several hot air balloons will offer tethered rides, and they do a balloon glow at dusk on the beach.  Unfortunately Friday’s glow was cancelled because of wind, but the three of us walked our dinner off around the lake and enjoyed the band playing on the beach.


Sunday night the balloon glow was a go, so mom and I headed back down on the golf cart to get a glimpse of the balloons all lit up.


Car Show

Inside and all around the circus tent were all sorts of classic cars for a LDW car show.  Mom and I checked it out Saturday afternoon while Hunter was watching football.  There were some really cool classic and custom cars to see! (That’s about the extent of my car knowledge – thinking they are pretty)



While no one in our family partook, there is a big triathlon each Labor Day weekend at Callaway.  They take over the gardens on Sunday morning and then enjoy the rest of the weekend when their race is done.  We passed part of the biking portion of the race on our way to the golf course.


The weather was absolutely gorgeous, and even had a hint of fall in the air, so Hunter enjoyed playing 18 holes on the Mountain View golf course on Sunday morning.  I drove the golf cart around and loved seeing the course (I’m not a golf girl).  There was even a ladies tournament going on so I was glad we made an early tee time!


Speaking of golf, the three of us went down to the beach to play putt putt Sunday afternoon, and guess who won? This kid.  Mom had the most holes in one though..



No Labor Day weekend would be complete without some college football!  We watched so many of the games at mom’s house and ultimately missed the fireworks, balloon glow and live music on Saturday night for the Clemson / Auburn game.  Since I’m not sure how many times I’ll get to say this this year – Go Jackets! What a win over Boston College in Ireland!

Golf Cart Rides

Growing up in Peachtree City (the golf cart capital of the world) we took golf carts everywhere, even to school.  I love being able to drive the golf cart around at Callaway and use that as our primary mode of transportation.  We took a long ride on Sunday after putt putt and enjoyed the wonderful weather.



The afternoons were still pretty hot, and we cooled off at the pool.  If you’re a guest, you can enjoy the beach or the hotel / cottage pools, but being a resident has it perks of the quiet neighborhood pool.  Add a drink and it’s a  great way to wind down the afternoon.


We were busy watching football and eating, but still managed to cover a lot of ground and spend time with mom’s neighbors this weekend.  I didn’t realize how many events they had going on at Callaway and was impressed with the big crowds.  I definitely recommend heading to Callaway Gardens next Labor Day, especially if you’re close by and can make a staycation out of it!

Another LDW and trip home in the books, and we’re already looking forward to the next one…


Burlap Football Banner

It’s officially college football season!  I was getting pretty excited about the upcoming season (and hoping GT has a better season than last year) and decided I wanted to add a lil something to our living room.  Since most of my recent crafts had been made with my Cricut, I was getting back to my roots with some burlap and paint.

Burlap Football Banner

What you’ll need:

  • Burlap, ~1 yard
  • Scissors
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Rope

You can find the banner triangles precut at most craft shops, but since I had all the supplies at home I just cut mine myself!

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I measured out triangles that were 6″ wide at the top, and 6″ long down the middle.  Once I had the first triangle cut, I used it as a template for the other 6.burlap fball banner_02

Next, paint little football laces on the burlap pieces with the white paint.burlap fball banner_03

Thread the burlap on the twine or rope, through the holes that are already there (make one a lil bigger to get the rope through).  Evenly space the burlap triangles out on the rope, and hang!  Ours went on the mantle, below the tv where a lot of games will be watched 🙂burlap fball banner_04 burlap fball banner_05 burlap fball banner_06

Now that the house is ready, let’s kick off the season!  Go Jackets! And tigers…