Monday, March 23, 2015

Taking the Plunge

So I know I have mentioned it before, but I have been trying (desperately... painfully...like full-blown AGONY) to rename this blasted blog. I don't know why it's been so difficult. If you know us at all you know we LOVE naming things - future children, other people's pets (really... any animal we come across whatsoever gets a name), businesses, brands, objects we decide to personify like ceramic salt and pepper shakers (Sheryl and Paulette, may they rest in peace after the epic dish disaster of 2012)...you get the picture. Naming stuff... it's one of the things we do best. That is one of the many reasons why this process has been so MISERABLE. WHY can I not figure this out?! Since we moved from the great state of North Carolina and our beloved Charlotte a year and a half ago, I have been at a stalemate. I mean a for real, complete dead end, mental block. So much so I actually considered naming it "stalemate" just to GET. IT. OVER. WITH. Somebody huuulp me.

The history of this little corner of cyberspace is an interesting one. Originally it began as a wedding blog for us to post about all the fun little details of our big day. Then we moved to Florida and it became a family/lifestyle blog titled "A Little More Dirty, A Little More South." That worked great until we moved to Charlotte, NC. After passing my very first city-issued trash can with the white spray-painted crown on it I proudly changed it to "Citizens of the Queen." I have loved this name and this town so fiercely that honestly, I haven't wanted to let it go. Any of it. Ha! I kinda moved back to Georgia kicking and screaming and now that I am settled back into the urban sprawl of this southern city... I've been doing my best head-scratching to figure out what to call this next chapter.

As I look back over this blog one thing is very apparent - my love of exploring new places and planning adventures. Recently I went back through Allie's adventure book series and cataloged all the unique experiences we've had together in the last 5 years- everything from fancy afternoon tea parties and boutique hotel vacations to exploring undeveloped islands and attending Native American Pow-Wows. It was something crazy like 125 different things. Clearly, I truly love this - the actual experiencing (and photographing) of activities, but also the digging... the hunting... the research and excessive detailing to create wonderful moments for my family and friends. So, with that said, I'm finally taking the plunge...

Welcome to my 'new' blog, Southern Scout- a place I hope to continue sharing all my findings (some physical, some spiritual :)) from this next season of life. I hope somewhere along the way it helps you along in your search for a fuller, more meaningful life too.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Pages and Petals

After a dark and dreary winter, it definitely seems like spring has sprung. We are finally enjoying some beautiful weather and mild temps in the ATL and I am loving it. Spring has also finally arrived for Allie in the form of her floral, spring-themed care package. I have been waiting FOREVER for her final 2014 book to come in as well as a few other fun little goodies. This is the 5th edition of Allie's Adventures, a 200 page family yearbook I make for Allie every year. It is truly a labor of love, this year especially. I struggled to settle into a visual theme, but once I did it all came together.

The book always begins with a survey of all Allie's favorite things from the year. It's really funny to look back and see what she was into at each age.
I've organized the book slightly different each year, this time categorizing everything by seasons.
And here are a few of my favorite spreads-

spending time at Lake Lanier
 Rosemary Beach
bike riding
 British Father's Day party
 Allie photoshoot at McDaniel Farm Park
 apple pickin'
 browsing Kudzu Antique Market...
 having tea at Dr. Bombay's with mom and my MIL.
For bookmaking, I consistently use Mixbook even though I have had my fair share of printing problems. Luckily, they have great customer service (which is why I continue to use them) and they always send me a free replacement copy to correct the issues. This is a big deal to me given how much time and money I put into this project. It has to be nearly perfect! I have learned a lot of valuable tricks about their project editor over the years, so if you are interested in knowing more, send me an email or Facebook message.

Allie's book was sent to her in Alabama with a few other floral themed gifts including this cute tee,
 gold foil temporary tattoos, designed by Rifle Paper Co.,
 a bag of seed bombs (just throw and grow),
 and a framed print of something she had pinned on Pinterest.
Everything was wrapped up in pretty daisy paper with gold details.

I can't wait for her to get it and I know she can't either! Haha!

Happy Spring everyone!