Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Many Faces of The Jar

WOW! Jars have many uses! They are great & I have used them all over place.

In our wedding:
 - Pen holders
 - Snack containers
 - Candle holders
 - Bride/Bridesmaids flower vases
- Glassware for the bridal party

To make your very own 'Redneck Glasses' 
... my mom made all the bridal party glasses for our wedding Thanks!

What you'll need:
-Jar of your choice (mom picked up the pint from the Dollar Store)
- Industrial Strength Glue
- Candle Stick

- Clean sticks & jars
- Glue jar to stick. Once dry you can spruce it up for the event. (ie. mom put a tie on Paul's & pearls & lace on mine).
Now that I have tons left over, I have found lots of uses & decorations for them. Some I painted, Some I left natural. I've even glued some for a wedding gift. Wrote their name & wedding date, then painted them. In our cabinet they hold push pins, nails, wall things. In our bathroom they hold q-tips, flowers, & lotion (haven't made yet), on our fridge they hold toothpicks, pistachios, cashews, & popcorn, & on my coffee table we have a holiday triple water jar decor - although Jello thinks they are new water dishes.

To make the Painted Jar Decor:

What you'll need:
- Jars
- Primer Spray Paint
- Spray Paint
- Hot Glue (if you want additional notes on them).
1. Clean jars
2. If you choose to write on the jars with hot glue, do so now. Hope you have a steady hand. All details will show with the paint.
2. Once glue is dry, primer jars. I like to put them upside down on a stick, otherwise I get paint all over & I'm able to get all areas in comparison to painting them on a table.
3. Paint with desired colors & let dry.

I LOVE finding a unique jar to find a use for!

What do you like to do with yours?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Funny Friday: Here Kitty, Kitty...

Who doesn't love a good laugh? Paul & I love a good video, ecard, photo, or joke... when we find one I'll share it with you all!
This week cats!
This picture I came across on Pinterest & love since I'm always putting junk on my pooches
Source: via Alicia on Pinterest

I found this cat, Maru, a while ago on YouTube. Today I checked their channel & came across this one. Gotta love 'cat-in-a-box.' Maru lives in Japan & is a Scottish Fold kitty (I want one!).

This is Jello, our little cat we adopted not too long ago.

Do you have a little fur ball lighting up your day?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tunin' In

Here's some artists I've stumbled upon recently. I thought I'd pass them on to you all.

Scott Shelby.
A Texan who's working on his DVM at Texas A&M & singing the local bars. He's a he singer that believes in singing from your heart & about events that shape you to the person you are today. Not only that, but his tunes make you want to get up & dance. With his love for agriculture, he travels the country with Matt Leutner Cattle & mainly performs at cattle shows. I hope to catch him someday! 
One of my all time FAVORITE songs & he rocks it:
You can catch more of his videos on YouTube & on his website,

Another young man, of friend of mine recommended is:
Ryan Cook & Sunny Acres.
He's a native of Nova Scotia & is perusing a career in country music. Couldn't find much about him, but I am loving his version of this song:
Yay! For the mandolin!!!
You can catch more of his videos on Youtube & info about his cds & tours on his site

What are some of your 'not so famous' favorite artists? 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dub in Twine

I've always giggled at those who say 'dub' for 'double-you' (W). Paul & I could go by Dub-Kop (hehe). Here's one of the many crafts from Paul & I's wedding. I would love to claim this but I read about this idea from Crystal Cattle's blog.
What you need:

- Styrofoam letter - good priced ones from - also shipped really fast
- Jute twine - scored a HUGE role from Burlap
- Hot glue & gun


Pick your starting location & tac the twine. Begin wrapping, covering all the styrofoam, & tacking where ever you feel the need - I did each time I crossed the back side. If you're lucky & have a letter like ours, the ends need covered. I took cut pieces & crossed the bottom. Those string ends were covered by the wrapped twine. Which ended up giving it a blocky look, which I enjoy.

Afterwards, I spruced it up with a couple burlap flowers.
Now, that the wedding has come & gone, we have placed it on our mantle. It would also be good looking on a wall, in a frame, or on a shelf.
Let's see your Dub or fitting letter!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cheesy Splurge

Hello, my name is Alicia & I'm addicted to.... CHEESE!

Today, I wondered into HyVee (normally don't, they're on the other side of town) & one reason I enjoy this grocery store is the fancy cheese section. Luckily, they were having a little sale. I limited my self to these three: 

Left: Eifel Tower Brie from Canada 
Middle: Red Waxed Dofind Gouda
Right: Kerrygold Aged Cheddar with Irish Whiskey from Ireland

Yes, whiskey... & it was amazing... all three were actually. 
Brie: creamy deliciouisness.
Gouda: soft, not strong, easy to eat with anything.
Cheddar: dry, smokey, lots of melt-in-your-mouth flavor

Now, we'll just have to see what Paul thinks.Can wait to try more! There's a cheddar made with port wine that I'm dying to try.

Do you have a favorite cheese?

Monday, December 3, 2012

Mantle Decor

Since Paul & I have moved, we finally have a mantle!!! This is the first one I have EVER had. This holiday season, we are doing it very frugally. So I'm taking in all those Pinterest ideas that I already have all the 'ingredients' for.

My favorite, this old window chalkboard.
 This I originally made for our wedding seen here:
It's super simple to make homemade chalkboards. Pick up spray primer & a can of spray chalkboard paint. Tape off the border. Spray a couple coats of primer. Let dry, then spray a couple coats of paint. What I have learned from drawing on it:
- It draws better after you have drawn & erased it multiple times
- Side walk chalk & art chalk work better then school chalk (in the beginning)
After the paint dried, I combined it with my favorite decoration & weather... SNOW & snowflakes! The wording was completely free handed by yours truly. Pretty proud of myself. I love a good font.

Next, I was checking Joanns for some cute, glittery snowflake candles & when I found them, they were out of my budget. So, I took some of our left over wedding candles and glitterized them. You know glitter is the herpes of crafts... it gets everywhere! and I LOVE it too! Paul, not so much. haha ;)
All you need:
- Candles
- Elmer's Glue
- Glitter
Glue the candle the design you desire - just one one side. Glitter it. let it dry. Then repeat with the other sides. If you try & do more then one side the glue will roll.

With the love of snow, brings snowmen! This idea came from this Pinterest link. I looked at the picture & went from there with my own idea.
What you'll need per snowman or lady:
- 3 Foam Balls of different sizes
- Wire (I had a fencing wire already in the garage)
- Yarn (for two I used almost one full 'log')
- Buttons (or I used a couple scrapbooking 3-D buttons dipped in glitter)
- Burlap (the length depends what your tying)
- Hot Glue gun
Wrap foam in yarn. Tack with glue. Once all three are wrapped, cut two pieces of wire a couple inches in length. Poke in the biggest ball half way. Dot hot glue around it then put on the middle sized ball. Repeat with the top 'head' piece. For the hat, I did two different styles. The one on the female was easier then the males. Females: coil wire around until it's big enough. Males: form in the shape of a hat. First layer is easy, it's the 2nd & 3rd layers that are a little tricky to get the same. I wanted them to have 'buckles' on the hat, which is a square I formed with needle nose pliers. Poked in the twisted wire arms. Dipped the 3-D buttons in glitter, glued on. If you use buttons, simply glue on. Scarves tied around their neck - easily done when they're laying down. The female's hair is burlap strings braided.

'LOVE' sign is also hand made, only I can't take the credit for it. It was a wedding gift. The pine around the base of everything is the trimmings from our Christmas tree.

Still have to get our stockings hung but this is a great start.
Have any decorations you love?


Monday, November 26, 2012

Sunflower Smiles

Anyone who knows me, knows I love sunflowers! They were all over our wedding, in my house, art subjects, & even on my skin.
They put a smile on my face everytime. Oh & this big, bright love started way before moving to the Sunflower State. Kansas was named the Sunflower State due to all the wild ones roaming the hills & roadways.
Did you know there are over 60 different kinds of sunflowers depending on where you are. The one on this painful canvas I doodled back in 2006 in one of my Czech classes in Prague. Yes, I was inked in a foreign place; No, it wasn't in a back alley while I was drunk.

This is the wild or native sunflower which is mostly seen on the side of the road. It reminds me of the dirt road to my parents. With in it there are 5 letters... can you see them?
The lovelies, I used in the wedding were the gorgeous big red & yellow ones. They were in bouquets, milk cans, our archway, & on our remembrance candle.

If you read the 'Props To The Crafty' you'll see that sunflowers (maybe another word for??) were the base to some of the gifts we received too. LOVE!
I have another sunflower piece I'm working on... but it's a surprise!
What's your favorite flower?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Paint a little Halloween

One of the best holidays of the year!
Time of candy, sweet decorations, & dressing up! An excuse to be whatever you want & have a great time.
One tradition I have with my self, family, or whomever likes to join me is carving pumpkins! Love it! I love coming up with my own design & seeing all the other carvings out there.
My designs this year
We believe if you're going to do it, do it right. Even with Halloween & going all out. Only doing it frugally... homemade is the best! I especially love costumes that involve paint.
This year Paul & I were Papa Smurf & Smurfette. 

Yes, blue EVERYWHERE! Total cost of our get ups = $32 (including paint!). My dress was a cut & tied sheet & second-hand was the rest.
Once we were all blued up, we ate, drank, played, & sang at my friends' Halloween party.

 Who knows what color our tub will be 2013? But you can guarantee it will be amazing!!!!

What were you? What has been you're favorite costume &/or favorite Halloween tradition?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wedding Dancin'

FINALLY! We have Internet again! Let the blogging begin. I have A LOT to catch up on.

Might as well go back to the wedding. One thing Paul & I love is music! So, it was important to us to have amazingly, awesome tunes. Ranging from sawdust, boot kickin, booty shankin, love making tunes.

We kicked it off with one that sums Paul & I up when we go out... LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem

Our song was one of the first 'red dirt' songs that I introduced Paul to when we were long distance dating.
Kyle Bennett Band's Everything To Lose. LOVE IT! Our friend took a video only I'm unable to upload it.

The father - Daughter dance was a song that meant a lot to me... Miranda Lambert's House That Built Me. It reminded me of growing up in our house & in the house mom & dad built. From putting our hands in the walkway cement to getting ready for prom to driving around the white fence every time I come home.

The Son & Mother dance was I hope you dance. Picked by Paul's mom.

Throughout the evening we heard everything from Footloose to Nicki Minaj to Neon Moon. After the tunes really got going we broke out the microphone. Paul sang to me - Forever & Ever Amen by Randy Travis. My cousin sang us a Charlie Pride song. Paul's friend & dad sang us songs... among lots of others. .

Then Paul & I have our song that we love singing together (I'm not the singer I just have fun). Johnny Cash & June Carter's Jackson

~ Get your groove on!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Please Vote!

Not only in the National election but for Dallas & I too!

A week ago I stumbled upon a K-State Super Fan contest. Submit a photo of you or your love of Kansas State. Top 20 are picked by a group. Those 20 are put on Facebook to be voted for. Most votes by November 15th is sent to the December 1st KSU v. TX game. Take their chance at punt, pass, & kick their way from one N-zone to the next for a $500 gift card to GTM.

After K-State made #3 in the ranking, I was in Wall-greens picking up some hair color (Halloween!). Purple caught my eye, and WALLAH! I had an amazing idea. Dallas is white... like the perfect canvas.
This is the one I submitted. Wish I would've been in it & √≠ntsagrammed it up, but I was an excited mess 
Well, the other day she ran off - like she does occasionally - & dog shaming came to mind. Not familiar, visit Dog Shaming. com.
It says, I ran off, so now mom made me super Go K-State!...
After that, saw the contest... PERFECT!!! Picture sent in. Few days later, email "Congratulations! You have made the top 20!"


I haven't had the funds or time for a game in a long time & I would LOVE, love to attend.


my favorite pic

The aqua net Mohawk :)

Monday, November 5, 2012


Wow! It's been a while. Sorry guys :(
With moving & our honeymoon I haven't had any bloggin' time. We're also waiting to get Internet at our house.
Stay tuned for lots of posts! I've been hand writing them in the time being.

~ Lady Wittkop

Monday, September 24, 2012

High Noon Saloon & Brewery - Leavenworth, KS

206 Choctaw St.
Leavenworth, KS 66048

Paul & I's first Brewery as a married couple! 
On Tuesday, September 11th, we were on our way back from KC & decided to detour to Leavenworth for some ole main street shopping. Which they have a cute little shop (unfortunately, the name is escaping me) & some great antique stores. We also enjoyed some ice cream at an old time soda fountain pharmacy. I had banana & Paul had a coffee fudge cone...delicious!
The important stuff came during late lunch: BEERS!
 When Paul & I visit a brewery we try 'em all. We also just happened to show up for happy hour. $1.50 per mini glass!
The results:

  • Favorite: Oktoberfest
  • Comments: Second favorite would be the Stampede Stout for sure. The food (which he had chicken fried chicken) was amazing! Prices were great too. Highly recommend it.


  • Favorite: Oregon Trail Raspberry Wheat - "Tastes like juice"
  • Comments: I also like the Oktoberfest & Stout. Which me liking a stout is a big deal, I'm an amber or light beer gal. Food wise, I had the meat loaf & green beans, fabulous! We also enjoyed some fried pickles for an appetizer. They have the spear kind. Great batter & awesome Ranch dressing (Ranch is my ketchup, I would've drank this one). The environment was nice too. Looked like it could hold a lot of people & would be a good time in the evening.
    • Note: wherever Paul & I go, if there's pickles on the menu, we order them! Huge pickle lovers. If you know a place, suggest it.
Overall, it was a great place with great beer. 3 of the Beers (Amber ale, raspberry wheat, & honey wheat) are sold in cans &/or you're able to purchase any in a growler (a half gallon bottle). If you're in the area definitely stop by after supporting the local main street stores.

~ Cheers! ~

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Letter Jacket

For those of you unable to attend 'the wedding of the century' you missed out on a pretty great moment.
See after everyone chowed on some down home Gettel pulled pork. My lovely sister, Tess, gave her speech - I cried. She cried & did excellent, really surprised me! Then Paul's best man, best friend, Garrick, gave us a laugh & admitting to a garage accident at Paul's parents place back in the day (which Paul has taken the fall for all these years). After our toast, Paul's parents got up to the mike with a box & began speaking about Paul's past, high school, & the girls that haven't been good enough for him. His mom was quick to tell me "It's okay, I promise the speech is getting better." At that time they began to open the box, meanwhile saying "Then we met Alicia, and believe she is the first girl who deserves this." There it was, the royal blue & white Dundee high school letter jacket. Then the tears began to roll. Paul & I had no clue this was going to happen. Afterwards, I put on the coat & gave my little "well, that's enough of the tears. Now, lets get the party started..."

Saturday, September 22, 2012

First year is the roughest...

.... or are people just trying to make it that way ;)

No, all joking aside our guests truely know what we like.

Have to get back to you on how they taste.
(Except, the Crown, Jack, & Pendleton... we know those are delish!)

Friday, September 21, 2012

One of our favorite wedding photos!

It includes some of the best family & friends. Is the shape of a heart. Has the 'Mr & Mrs Wittkop' sign in the background. I'm picturing a canvas photo in my living room!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Props to the Crafty

Turns out Paul & I know some real crafty folks... and I LOVE it!!!
This post is dedicated to those who've ever made a gift.
Here are some that we received & adore:
The Quilt Paul's mom made us... did I mention I also LOVE sunflowers (& no this started way before I re-located to KS)

This canvas picture was crafted by Mrs. Nia Hill from Ft. Morgan, CO
Hand painted, stenciled wine glasses also done by Mrs. Nia Hill
The bag sewn by Mrs. Donna Whitney & Plaque by Ms. Lori Bammerlin from Manhattan, KS
These were crafted by Mrs. Heather Lyman from Boulder, CO
This quilt piece sewn by my Aunt, Mrs. Deb Turner from Cheyenne Wells, CO

Keep up the craftiness & share any new projects you have going on too!
I know we're all addicted to that little site called Pinterest :)

Est. Sept. 8th, 2012

Paul & Alicia got hitched!

With that, a new blog... one of the new little Wittkop family.
We hope you stick around to enjoy our stories, photos, DIYs... and if you have any suggestions or amazing foods to eat, places to see, or beers to test... Paul & I are always up for a challange!

This is probably one of our favorite moments of the evening. The DJ was heading out (around 1:15am) & 
he played Paul & I's first dance song, Kyle Bennett Bands "Everything To Lose"
Meanwhile, everyone that was left circled around us & danced away

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