Month: October 2013

It’s the little things…

Despite Nashville being slow to get on board with the season of autumn (seriously? 90 degrees on Saturday? Ug ) I was feeling the fall- nesting instinct that seems to be going around. I’m about to start some pretty big projects in the house, but I wanted to spend this weekend making a bunch of small updates and doing a few little crafty things. It’s funny, because I feel like the small updates I did actually made a really big impact in helping a few spaces feel competed.

My roommate had a bunch of mason jars lying around that helped inspire a few of my projects this weekend.

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The first I just filled with corn kernels, stuck a candle I already had inside, and wrapped some burlap ribbon I had used for an earlier project around the outside.

The second jar completed a shelf I hung in my bathroom. That one was even easier- add rocks, add a candle, done!

I got around to organizing the buffet in the kitchen, too.

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I added some fall foliage to my painted wine bottle for a seasonal touch, and finally tried the often-pinned trick of adding a candle to coffee beans for a nice aroma… And it worked! I used a cinnamon- vanilla tea light in an oversized coffee mug. Yummm!

The last thing I did this weekend was a quick update to a Home Goods find. I bought a cute wall hanging but worried the color would blend too much with the walls. I simply added some yellow chevron ribbon to the outer edge- just enough color to make it stand out against the neutral walls! It also gave me a reason to bust out the hot glue gun. Woo!

 

 

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I’m going to be posting a lot more updates on the house as I finish some long over-due projects. Stay tuned!

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The Land of Lincoln

So I remembered that I have a blog… :-p

I figured in honor of re-launching my website and new things to come, I would dive back into blogging, and a great starting point seemed like it would be a re-cap of last weekend’s mini-tour to Illinois.

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First up was a stop in my college-days hometown of DECATUR, IL for a show at Timbuktu Saloon. My good friend Chance Phebus and I played a show together and had a great time playing country covers and originals for an AWESOME crowd of fans and friends. I brought my guitar player Tony Merz with me this time around to spice things up a little bit on stage, and we definitely had our fair share of adventures. We made a pre-show stop at one of my favorite little restaurants, La Gondola, for a Torpedo sandwich… I had forgotten that these things are like 18 INCHES long! I wish I had remembered to take a picture of the monstrosity before we devoured it, but it was definitely a delicious trip down memory lane from the ol’ Millikin days.

Here are a few pictures from that performance:

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The next day we drove up to the Chicago area and played at an Irish Pub in Villa Park, close to where I grew up. This was probably my favorite performance because I got to see SO many family members and old friends, including friends I hadn’t since high school and elementary school! It was amazing to feel so much support in my home city, and I had a great time playing some new songs and old favorites. I even got Tony to play a song that we wrote together, and he rocked the house. You can check that song out here:

“If Things Were Different” by Tony Merz

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Our last stop to end the weekend was back in the Decatur area, opening for my good friends Day 40 at their EP Release Concert at the Mt. Zion Convention Center. It was great to get to warm up the crowd for this talented band as they premiered songs from their brand new release “Enemies.” It was pretty great to get to play in a bigger venue with lights, big sound, and even some fog effects! Thanks again to Jim and all the guys in Day 40 for inviting us, we had a great time.

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It was a short trip, but definitely a great experience. It felt so good to be back on the road and playing for fans in my home state. Can’t wait to get back out again soon!

As I mentioned up top, I’ve just re-launcehd my website! Check it out at www.anniekennedycountry.com. From there you can link to all my other social media to keep up with the latest news, music, and tour dates!

-Annie