Early Bird Collection

Here it is – The newest collection
EARLY BIRD.

8×10 Print

Market List Notepad

Thank You Card Set of 10

So far, there are three items in the collection – A Print (perfect for the kitchen!), a Market List Notepad, and a set of Thank You Notes.

The inspiration came to me while I was doing the dishes actually-  as I reached for one of my tea towels to dry something. As a very special bridal shower gift, I had received a set of tea towels from my husband’s granny.  They were passed down from many generations past. They are absolutely beautiful, all hand-stiched, and I just love the vintage style of them. I have one for each day of the week.

I decided they would make such a cute vintage collection. So there you have it.

As for the reason I picked Proverbs 31:25 – I have been doing a personal daily study of Proverbs 31. It’s my goal to become as close to the Proverbs 31 woman that I can, and so I’m reading it over and over and over again. Each day, I can usually get something new from it – even if it’s small.

This particular verse talks about her rising early in the morning to provide food for her household. She does not put her selfish desire of sleep before the needs of her family – which isn’t always easy to do. I started out waking up every morning to make my husband a gourmet breakfast, when we first got married. (And I truly did enjoy doing so!) But lately, he’s been having ROTC training at 7:00 in the morning, and has to leave at 6:30… So I have been sleeping in…

But I’m working on it. It will improve! I have just felt considerably lazy- has anybody else been struggling with this lately?

Anyway, so that was just a small personal goal of mine, and an encouraging verse from one of my favorite chapters.

So that is how the Early Bird collection came together!

If you would like to purchase any of the items from the collection, please visit my shop!

And thank you to all my readers – the views to my blog have been increasing exponentially, and I am so flattered!

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Our Bedroom Makeover

We finally did it! Our bedroom is no longer a clean slate.

Unfortunately, I do not have a “before” picture to show you. (The room was so boring and awful that I never felt inclined to take a picture of it) However, I now wish I had, because the transformation is incredible.

So instead, just picture a white, boring room with nothing but a mattress on the floor. Got it? Okay now….

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Lamps and Throw – T.J.Maxx, Handmade Cacti – from old display at Anthropologie

Our new bedroom :)

The theme of it is centered around the blanket hanging behind our bed. It was a wedding present from my husband’s aunt, who is a missionary in Kazakhstan.
It is an antique called a “Bride’s Bed”. From what I understood from what she told us, in Kazakhstan, when a woman is about to get married, she and the other women in her family sit down and create this beautiful tapestry for the bride to hang over her new marriage bed. The bottom is left unfinished and un-hemmed, as it is meant to hang behind the headboard.

It was such a special, unique, beautiful and generous gift that we wanted it to make it the focal point of our bedroom.

Since I didn’t want the colors in our bedroom to be too loud or over stated, we went with solid white bedding. (Duvet & Duvet cover – Target. Sheets – T.J.Maxx)

I then made the throw pillow to match. I bought other material to make more, but I kind of like it with just the one. What do you think?

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The furniture set was a wedding gift from my husband’s parents. (awesome, right?) It’s great because not only do we not have to sleep on a mattress on the floor and keep our clothes in cardboard boxes, but it has a ton of awesome features. I especially love the cubbies on the headboard (which light up!), and the shallow top drawers on all the furniture. (A perfect place to keep my jewelry!)

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Now, the only thing left to do is decorate the walls. Luckily, it won’t take much since the Bride’s Bed brightens up the room quite a bit already. But here are a few things I am hoping to do:

-Hang some of our wedding pictures in a collage on the wall facing our bed. Or maybe behind an old window like this:

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– Make some hanging vases for flowers to hang on the wall. I have lots of mason jars left over from my wedding – I’ll probably use those.

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 Also, I really want a new chandelier for that room. I was planning on making one, but that is proving rather difficult from attempting to do so for our living room, like I mentioned here. Don’t worry though, I haven’t given up. It is just taking more effort than I originally anticipated. So we’ll see about the bedroom. I may just have to splurge….

And lastly – I want a few more eclectic touches, but nothing too crazy. Just a few little things to make it fun. Any ideas?

As always, I hope you enjoyed this post! I certainly enjoyed sharing it with you. If you like what you have seen so far, please subscribe to my blog! You’ll get an email with each new post, and then are also eligible for giveaways. (ONLY those who sign the emails are eligible!)

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My new Etsy Shop is up and running! Check it out, will ya?

There you can purchase my new collection: “My Dear“. (Learn about the inspiration behind this collection here)

Also, just added to the shop are the Hand Drawn Coasters featured in this post.

If there’s is anything you would like to be available for purchase in my shop, just let me know!

Also, expect a new collection soon. I’m hoping to do one per week. Is there anything specific you would like to see?

Coming Soon:

A Home Decor post on our new bedroom! Our furniture is finally being delivered on Saturday, and I have a feeling it is going to make the room look awesome.

New Collection, My Dear

Hello all,

I have added my first collection to the shop!

It is a stationery collection that I have entitled, “My Dear”.

(and there’s a nice little surprise related to that at the end of this post…)

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Notecards

The inspiration came to me on a hike that my husband and I took together about a week ago. During our hike, we had the pleasure of witnessing a little fawn hop between the trees. It was the most adorable thing I had ever seen – his little prance was so full of energy and joy. And it was especially deer to me that day (Are the puns getting old yet?), because of what we had read earlier that morning in the book Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. (Which I highly recommend)

It had just referenced the verse, Psalm 18:33, which says:
“He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, and sets me on my high places”.

If you have ever witnessed what I did the other day, you know that deer prance so joyfully and gracefully. It doesn’t matter that their feet are landing on sharp rocks, and twigs, and cacti all around them. They are completely protected and at peace. So full of life.

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It is so uplifting to hear God’s word to us, that He will make our feet like the feet of a deer. We don’t need to worry about all the troubles and problems we face in life. With him as our comfort and guide, we are given an overwhelming joy. It doesn’t mean the troubles aren’t there, but it does mean that His love and protection is.

And, oh, how I love the poetic grace of our Lord.

So that was the inspiration behind this collection. I hope when you see it (and hopefully use it!), it will encourage you as well. And to each person who receives these notes, cards, or letters, let it be a wish to them – that they may receive the joy and protection of the Lord that day as well!

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Oh and did I mention? It’s also time for the first
GIVEAWAY!

One lovely person can receive this entire collection, as well as this pencil from Anthropologie:

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which I have always adored

Doesn’t it just match so nicely?

Here’s how to enter:

1. Subscribe to my blog by entering your email on the right.

2. Share a link to this blog either on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

I will keep track of who enters, and at the end of the month one winner will be announced to receive a lovely package in the mail! It’s that simple.

I’ve taken a little trip to the UK..

I had the awesome opportunity to be the first one featured in Speaker’s Five’s Take Five feature on their blog. It was a lot of fun and so great to be featured on such an awesome blog. So check it out, and while you’re at it, head on over and take a look at Speaker’s Five’s blog as well!

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Well, here it is, the first of the Take Five features. Also, the first of the Take Five to come from overseas (to us that is). So without further ado, in we go.

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Kara Lynn Jurgensen is a Graphic Design Degree student studying at the fine arts school in Alburquerque, New Mexico. Kara made the unfortunate mistake of liking the Take Five post and has been roped in to doing it herself.

Kara has a love of art, design, and all things creative. In her words she is ‘blessed with this passion to create’.  She feels her goal as a designer is to put focus on the beauty of a product, business, or event.

She describes her style as simplistic, while still having a fun, unique, and artistic flair. I think it is clear looking at her work that the passion to create offscreen is an intrinsic element to her…

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Burlap Pleated Pillow Tutorial

So we bought new pillows for our living room. We saw them at TJMaxx and they were the perfect color and a great price. But when we brought them home, they were just a little too boring. So I spiced them up a little bit….

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Enter: Burlap Pleated Pillow

I think it adds a great touch to the room. (Take a peek at how it looks in the room here) It’s a little more structured than your typical ruffled pillow, which is why I have called it the pleated pillow.

If you would like to make a pillow of your own, here’s how to do it.  It’s very simple, a great beginner’s project. You don’t even need a sewing machine. (Although, I would recommend using one if you have one in order to save time)

Here’s what you need:

Pillow (mine was 17″x17″)

52″ Burlap Ribbon*

52″ Lace Ribbon*

Needle and thread

Pins

Scissors

Measuring Tape

*Note: This length depends on the size of the pillow. If you are using a different size pillow, I would recommend pinning the ribbon to the pillow as you are planning on sewing it before cutting the length.

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Roadrunner scissors are also a plus

Step 1: Sew the lace along the center of the burlap strip.

First pin the lace along the center of the burlap all the way down the length. Then sew them together down the center of the lace.You can do this either by hand or on a sewing machine. I used a sewing machine the second time around, and did it by hand the first time. The sewing machine will be much quicker and more secure, but doing it by hand will definitely get the job done.

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Step 2:  Begin pinning the burlap in place.

Begin by folding under about 1″ of the one end of the burlap and securing it to the edge of the pillow with pins. Pin the edge as close to the pillow trim as possible, and make sure the rough edge of the burlap is tucked under where it is not visible.

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Step Three: Pin in place the ruffles/pleats.

Pinch about a 1″ pleat together and fold backwards toward the edge of the pillow, overlapping a small amount of the burlap between the pleat and the edge. Pin in place on both edges of the burlap. Repeat this until you reach the center of the pillow. (This is where the tape measure comes in handy – use it to determine the center of the pillow)

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 Step 4: Create the Center Pleat.

I thought it would look best to have symmetrical pleats – as having each side of pleats face the closest edge. So, once you get to the center, it is time to create the center pleat. Begin by creating the pleat as normal, but instead of creating a new one after it as you have been, fold it so that it is a double sided pleat as shown below.

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Step 5: Continue pleating until the edge of the pillow.

Continue creating pleats as you have been. But this time the pleats should be going the other way – towards the other end of the pillow. Make sure the width of each pleat is consistent – that will give it the best look. Continue until you reach the edge of the pillow. Once you reach the end, fold the edge under as you did before and secure.

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Step 6: Sew the burlap in place.

Sew along all four edges of the burlap, looping the thread around the outside edge as shown below. (Unfortunately, even if you have a machine this part needs to be done by hand since you are working on an already formed pillow. However, if you are making the pillow from scratch, you can sew the burlap onto the front face of the pillow with your sewing machine before sewing it all together and stuffing it.)
Make sure to sew through all the layers of the pleat to keep them down on the edges. This will give it the structured look I mentioned earlier.

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Once you have sewn around all four edges you are finished! You now have a gorgeous pleated pillow to display oh so proudly!

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Keep in mind that you can use this technique with various materials – it doesn’t have to be burlap and lace. (I just happened to be obsessed with those two) It would work great with ribbon and fabric as well – in fact that may even be easier to begin with, seeing as burlap can be tricky when it starts to unravel.

I hope this tutorial was helpful! Let me know if you try it and how your pillow turns out. I would love to see the results. If you have any questions or need clarification, please don’t hesitate to comment below.

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How to Tie a Scarf: The Fancy Braid

If anyone has seen my closet, they know that I own a lot of scarves. I love them. And I love to experiment with different ways of tying them. My favorite lately has been the fancy braid.

It’s very nice.

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Please excuse the hair

And I have found that, without fail, every single time I wear it to work at Anthropologie, a customer asks me how I did it. So, on behalf of all the Anthropologie women out there, or otherwise, I have designed a handy little infographic to explain how to tie the fancy scarf!

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1. Drape the scarf around your neck like so.

2. Tie the scarf like you would when you begin tying your shoes. However big you make your loop now will be about the size of the final braided loop.

3. Take one side of the scarf and place it over the other side.

4. Now loop it under and through the neck hole.

5. Fold back over the other side.

6. Repeat with the other side of the scarf. Place it over the other side, and through the neck hole.

7. Keep repeating this process –  Over and through. Switch. Over and through – Switch. Until the scarf runs out!

8. When it is finished you will have a lovely braid! I then simply tie the ends in a knot and tuck them in wherever I can hide them. Or let them hang out for a messier look. Fluff it a little to make the braid look just how you want it, and you’re finished!

I hope this was helpful! If you want to know even more ways to tie a scarf, I recommend looking here. There are over 50 ways to tie a scarf, complete with very handy videos. This is the site I use when I want to adventure a little with my scarves.

So I encourage you to try it out! I promise you will receive multiple compliments on it – it’s very unique.

Let me know how it turns out for you by leaving a comment, or better yet, post a picture! I’d love to see what kind of outfits everyone pairs it with.

And keep checking back. I’m hoping to put up a tutorial soon on how to make the  blue burlap pleated pillow  that I showed you in this lovely post.

Making my “Rental Sweet Rental” a “Home Sweet Home”

Hubby: check. Apartment: check.

Got all the necessities, but it was finally time for  my favorite things – those that are not necessary. It was time to add my personal creative touch to our new apartment!

We picked out a sweet little one bedroom apartment with “granite-inspired” countertops, *cough*laminate*cough* hardwood flooring, and a large balcony overlooking the beautiful Sandia Mountains to the east, and the city lights to the west. Little by little, I have begun to fix it up.

Here are a few of my most recent projects in my adventure in turning our new apartment into a home:

Burlap and Lavender Wreath for our front door

Living Room. Large pillow – TJMaxx. White pillow – I made. Blue Pillow – I decorated. Tutorial here.

Hand drawn, and twine bordered coasters & chevron painted tray for our coffee table

Basket of lavender to hide the ugly outlet between our entertainment center and bookshelf. That box still holds all the cards from our wedding this summer.

Kitchen table. Bird plates-W&S. Yellow dinnerware – Sunflower Fiestaware from Macy’s.

Meanwhile our bedroom is…. well let’s call it a clean slate. No artistic touch whatsoever. Well besides the two small handmade cacti that I snagged from an old display at my job at Anthropologie. (I’ll post pics once our bedroom is somewhat presentable) .

In the meantime, here are a few things I would like to have made/accomplished by the time the semester starts.

Recreate this chandelier from Anthropologie. Both our living room and bedroom have no overhead light.

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Pallet display to hang over our couch and put pictures & other knick knacks in

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Painted chevron rug for under our coffee table. We need one more bright pop of color in that room! Actually – make that two. I want curtains.

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Also to add to my list:
Continue blogging! Keep checking back. I plan to add SO MUCH MORE to this site. Hopefully tutorials, giveaways, and lots of other things.

So there ya go. My to do list for the remainder of the summer. Hold me to it!

What crafts/designs have you done this summer? What are you planning to do?