Father’s Day Gift Ideas


Father's Day is right around the corner so I thought it would be fun to round up some handmade gift ideas to make for dad this year. {Instead of buying your dad a tie, make one!} via The Purl Bee {Make burlap cuff links} via Tatertots and Jello and Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss {Use scrabble tiles and a frame to tell him how much he means to you} via Just Another Day in Paradise {Use bow ties to wrap his presents} via Martha Stewart {Make him some cupcakes and adorn them with these mustache toppers made by yours truly} And finally, be sure to check out our Father's Day cards up in the shop. If you want a custom card made just for your dad, feel free to send me … Read More

Chicago Trip and Handmade Gift Exchange


Hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. I'm just now getting around to uploading pictures from this past weekend so excuse the delay! We had a good time in Chicago. We did have some interesting weather while we were there. It rained for part of the day on Saturday and stormed and rained really hard on Sunday. Sunday is when we had tickets to the Cubs game. The game was supposed to start at 1:20 but because of a rain delay, didn't start until 3:50pm. We ended up only staying for a few innings so we could do the other things we had planned that evening. But other than that, the trip was a success! Here's some pictures to sum it up:: {Millenium Park} {View from John … Read More

Windy City Bound


Well friends, after work today, me and three friends are headed to the windy city of Chicago for the long Memorial Day weekend. I'm excited for a little mini vacation and some fun with friends. I have been to Chicago two other times. Once with my family when I was younger, and once to visit a college friend who was living there at the time. I'm excited to go back and see some of the sights I've seen before, but also do and see some things I haven't yet. Here are just a few of the things I'm excited about doing while we're there:: {Eating some delicious deep dish pizza from Giordano's} {Catching a Cubs game at the famous Wrigley Field} {Eating white chocolate … Read More

Summer Dessert and The Bachelorette


Summer is right around the corner and so are outdoor BBQs, picnics and pool parties. So in honor of summer, I wanted to share one of my favorite summertime, well really any time, desserts. It's chocolate pudding. No this isn't the jello type pudding, but the alternative to banana pudding with the wafers. My grandmother makes the best chocolate pies and she adapted her recipe for pies and started making a chocolate pudding. It is soo good ya'll! As us grandchildren have gotten older and started cooking, we've asked her for recipes for some of our favorite meals/desserts. Chocolate pudding is one that I asked her for. Being the good cook/typical grandmother she is, she doesn't really … Read More

Weekend Plans and Deck Inspiration


Nashville weather has been crazy lately. Last weekend and for most of this week the temperatures have been in the 50s. Doesn't Nashville know that it's almost summer?! I'm hoping that the weather will be nicer this weekend and that maybe we can squeeze in a pool day :-) I'm also hoping to get a lot of the projects done for our deck this weekend along with going to an antique store to see if I can find some treasures to help spruce it up even more. My plan was to spray paint the table and chairs black. While that's still the plan, I've run into a bit of a snag. So far, we can't get the legs to come off to spray paint. Without being able to do that, the part of the leg that's up under … Read More

Deck Makeover Part 1


Like I mentioned, this past weekend I decided to start the process of sprucing up our little outdoor deck. Let me just show you why it needs sprucing... I think these pictures are proof that it is currently pit-i-ful. And yes, that brown plant in the background was my attempt last summer at gardening. Clearly I failed. I'm hoping this summer to have more of a green thumb. Here's the flowers I bought over the weekend. Fingers crossed I can keep them alive! Before I can really spruce up the deck, my first task is to remove this. Yes, your eyes aren't deceiving you. This is spray paint. And I may or may not have forgotten to put anything under the object I was … Read More

I’ve Fallen In Love

I've fallen in love....with Pinterest! Again, I know I'm behind the curve. I mentioned this on twitter not too long ago, but I am now obsessed. Pinterest is a place where you can 'pin' images you see on the webisphere and blogisphere. It's a lot like twitter and facebook, in that you can follow people's boards and can also 're-pin' (similar to 'Like' on facebook) images that you would like to add to your own pin boards. Did any of that make sense? For me, I'm always seeing ideas or images online that I would like to reference in the future. This is a great way to store those images and also share them with your friends. Here are some images from Pinterest that I'm currently swooning … Read More

A New Adventure…

Well friends, I have finally decided to join the blogging world! I'm always late to the game when it comes to social networking (I only recently joined twitter), but better late than never, right?! About 8 months ago, I decided to open an Etsy shop, Megan Brooke Handmade. This opened the flood gates on my creative juices and I've now become addicted to working on craft/diy projects and most recently photography. Through this blog I hope to share things that inspire me and hopefully will inspire you, all the projects I'm working on, showcase new shop items, and also a little photography along the way. I'm hoping to update on a regular basis, although I haven't decided exactly how … Read More