Friday, June 28, 2013

Photo Friday 6.28.2013: Late Night Edition!

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle ! These posts are a mix of my instagram photos, pictures taken with my Canon, and photos taken by my friends and family.  For more Photo Friday, click here.

This week has gotten away from me!

My aunt gave me some water lilies from her pond. I put them in a coffee cup and drove home with them in my cup holder...that's not weird, is it?

Jared has been working on our stairs. He is cutting new treads himself and rounding off the corners, and I'm going to stain them to match our new floor. Man, he is cute.

Ophelia investigated the new lilies. (I promise, I am going to show y'all more of this pond. I was waiting for fish, but I'm not sure when that's going to happen, so I'll probably just go ahead and post about it soon!)

This dog is so weird.

Daddy continually cracks me up. He's not a big texter. In fact, most of the time when I text him, he texts back, "Call me." He switched it up this time.

Puck's training is going well. In fact, Puck never would  have politely sat at the edge of the garage without making a break for it before. YAY FOR PROGRESS!

Indoor sunbathing.

I tricked my friends Josh, James, and Hayden to come and help Jared move this piano into our house. This piano was played by my Mama every Sunday at the church that Daddy pastored when I was a kid. And now it's mine!

I'm so excited about the piano being here because I can finally decorate that wall! It's been blank ever since we put the floor down in the living room, and a blank space makes me crazy.

I hope y'all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Mosaic Tree!

A few months ago, my previous Spanish professor from Kennesaw State got in touch with me through facebook and asked me if I would create a custom mosaic window for her. She told me I could do whatever I wanted, but that she wanted it to be a tree. So once I found the right size window, I got to work!

I started laying out all my stones, and once I got everything laid out how I wanted it, I started gluing each individual piece onto the panes.

Cell phone pictures...could be better!

Once the glue had time to cure, I went outside and got ready to add the grout.

This is the scariest part for me because it looks like I ruined the window every time!

 But I didn't! After the grout dried, I cleaned and scraped all of the excess grout off of EACH INDIVIDUAL STONE... my hands were wore out! But it was totally worth it!

I dropped it off with its new owner this morning, and she loved it! She even posted this photo on her facebook page! I hope she'll send me more when she gets it officially hung up!

If any of y'all are interested in a window, I am happy to talk about making one for you! Email me at upcycleddownriver at gmail dot com or contact me on facebook via the Upcycled Downriver page!

Monday, June 24, 2013

I Destroyed a Guitar, and I Don't Feel Bad About It. Well, Only a Little.*

A few years ago, Nanny gave me a guitar because she thought some of my students could use it. It was in pretty sad shape. I mean, just look at the headstock on this was snapped off at one point and someone tried to glue it back's in horrible shape. Fun fact! The average guitar has at least 220 lbs of pressure on the neck because of the strings; this thing would snap in half if I tried to put strings on it!

Someone had tried to put 3 sets of tuners on this guitar. There are another set of holes on the side of the headstock that shows it started with the tuning pegs on the side. 

Someone had carved out where their bar chords should go...

After 2+ years of it sitting in a corner collecting dust, I decided to turn it into a planter because if I don't know what to do with something, I put a plant in it. 

The back was already separating from the front, so it was easy to peel it off. 

 Inside was pretty disgusting...

I added a couple of blocks of wood to give my tiny plant pot a place to sit.

I screwed the back piece back on, but left it loose, so the a back could swivel open and close. I hid a plant in a small pot in side of the guitar and hung it on a stud with an elaborate system of yarn. I'm going to replace the yarn with fishing line soon.


I chose a pothos plant because they are very low maintenance. I'm hoping it will grow out towards the light soon. 

*I do feel a little bad about tearing up this guitar because my entire life has revolved around instruments and taking care of them, but this one was beyond hope! I'd only tear up an instrument if there was no possible way to salvage it!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Photo Friday 6.21.2013

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle ! These posts are a mix of my instagram photos, pictures taken with my Canon, and photos taken by my friends and family.  For more Photo Friday, click here.

We set up Tuttle Aquatic Gardens this week! I'm planning on doing an in-depth post about it as soon as we add more plants and fishies!

This is the biggest and ugliest baby on the planet and I love her.

This little lizard lives in our mailbox!

This vine is taking over our kitchen AND I LOVE IT.

She has to be touching me when we relax together!

I'm not sure what was happening here.

My heart is busting for these two.

I cannot take a good picture of myself, but I felt really good about my outfit yesterday!

I started grouting today! I'll unveil the complete project soon! I hope that my customer likes it!

Have a great weekend, y'all!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Post-Father's-Day Father's Day Celebration with a Delicious Rib Recipe!

I don't know how it is with y'all's family, but in our collective family, it is difficult to celebrate holidays sometimes. I feel like we spend our whole day rushing around and we really don't get to spend much time with the people we really want to be with. Jared and I decided to invite our parents over for a big get-together to celebrate our daddies and how awesome they are without the extra stress!  (Side note: we did the same thing for Mother's Day, but I didn't take pictures because I was too HUNGRY.)

I wasn't sure it was actually going to happen tonight because the power kept going out because of the tornado that came through last week. But Georgia Power did their jobs and got us up and running again!

  • Oven-Baked Ribs 
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Waffle Fries
  • Mixed Berry Pie
A little sugar goes a long way!

Daddy said these were the best ribs he'd ever had! And he's a great cook, so that made me feel really good. Everyone loved the ribs, so if you're interested in the recipe, here it is!


  • 2 slabs of spare ribs (these served 6 adult with only three ribs to spare.)
  • 3 teaspoons of liquid smoke (Be careful with this stuff! It goes a long way!)
  • 1/2 cup dijon mustard
  • 1 cup dry rub
  • BBQ sauce
Combine liquid smoke and dijon mustard and use a pastry brush to spread the mixture over each slab of ribs. Add the dry rub all over the slabs and marinate over night  in plastic wrap in the fridge. (for the most tasty results. If you wanted, you could just do this all at once. It's a recipe, not a bomb. You can do what you want.) Remove from plastic wrap and place in tin foil on top of cooling racks that are sitting on top of baking sheets. Broil on the top rack for 5 minutes so that the sugar in the rub starts to bubble. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and move rack to the middle of the oven. Cover ribs in BBQ sauce and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 3 hours. Once done, let the ribs rest for 10 minutes before cutting them up. 


Here are a couple of testimonials from my parents' facebooks last night:
Mama says, "Had the best ribs that I have ever put in my mouth!"
Daddy says, "Best ribs I've ever ate in my life!"

My in-laws loved them too, but they aren't as obsessed with facebook as my parents are!

  • Pops
  • Ma
  • Mama 
  • Daddy

  • Who am I kidding, there was no decor. I had students mostly all day and the last one didn't leave until 6:45, so I had to try and cram most of my prep work in between mandolin and guitar lessons. Plus, the power was out for a chunk of the day.I did manage to set the table, so I count that as something to be counted as progress. I guess my "centerpiece" of feathers might count as decor. Pops collected the turkey feathers for me on our camping trip a couple of weeks ago. 

I love these blue jars and this picture so much, I decided I'm posting it again. 

P.S. I know I mentioned in last week's Photo Friday that I was going to show y'all our pond...I'm hoping to add a few things to it before I post about it, so y'all be patient if you can! 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Father's Day.

I was blessed beyond belief when God chose Daddy to be my father.

Photo by Jess Wal Photography
Daddy is hysterical. Like, seriously hysterical. And he is always the life of the party. He dressed up like this for church. FOR CHURCH. 

Photo by Katie Weeks Photography
He always took good care of me and my friends.

And he isn't afraid to iron a couple of dresses on occasion.

Photo by Katie Weeks via Instagram
He knows how to rock a banjo too.

Photo by Katie Weeks Photography
I'm more than grateful for my father-in-law Pops. I'm so thankful that Jared was raised by a Godly man who instilled in him a desire to be self-sufficient.

Unfortunately photographs of Pops are harder to come by (he doesn't have two daughters following him around with a camera in his face all the time) but I found a few!

Photo by Jess Wal Photography
Pops has worked in law enforcement his whole life, and he is normally fairly reserved, but he can let loose when he wants!

Photo by Jess Wal Photography
This is not a picture of Pops, obviously, but he used his contacts to get in touch with the head of Dolly Parton's security and got me a signed photo from my hero! 

Pops was testing out the wind speed detector on a weather station he bought for Ma for Christmas.

My goal this year is to try and get more photos of this man. He's an elusive creature like the Yeti or the Loch Ness Monster. It's ridiculous. 

I've been so blessed to have such great men in my life. Thank Jesus for these two; my heart is so full of love for Daddy and Pops!