A Beautiful Day

My husband and I are so honored and excited to announce that our wedding has been featured on Rustic Wedding Chic! If you are interested in having a look at it, click here. It would be an understatement to say … Continue reading

Ever So Thankful

It has been much too long since my last post.
And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought I would write a quick little post to offer you all a thanksgiving printable!

To download it click here  —->Thankful

I printed mine out on card stock and put it in a pretty frame behind some glass.  Everyday I write on the glass with a dry erase marker what I am thankful for that day. Not only is it a wonderful reminder, but it adds a little bit of festive flair to my home!

You Are My Sunshine

Hey guess what?

There’s a new collection available in my shop.

8×10 Print

4×5.5″ Greeting Card

Basically, I wanted to have a yellow print in my kitchen and then I decided it’d make a great card too.
So there you have it – inspiring right?

But the reason I wanted a yellow print is
1) I’ve always wanted a yellow kitchen and it’s lacking some yellow,
and 2) I just created the Burlap Bulletin Board I mentioned here.
It’s hanging above our kitchen table right now, and is a little bare at the moment but I’m hoping to pin up some more yellow stuff to bring in the color, and also hopefully some cute seasonal stuff. (That’s why I have a picture of my husband and I and our last jack-o-lantern).
I’m quite happy with it, I’m not gonna lie. I just need to add stuff to it. If anyone has any ideas on what I could add, please  leave a comment & let me know!

(please excuse my bad iPhone photography)

I’m in the process of decorating our kitchen. It’s a slow process, I try to add things here and there when I can. But I would just really love to have the yellow kitchen I’ve always dreamed of – I just love the sunshine-y look of them. But so far, here are a few little touches I’ve added to our little apartment kitchen.

A dry-erase message board. I drew a cute little breakfast drawing this morning which my husband decided to turn into a modern day telling of Shadrack, Meshack, and Abendigo (the spelling of which I probably just butchered).

My Anthro zinc letter knock offs hanging above the sink

A couple yellow spatulas to add a pop of color. (I also love my bird can opener, Antrho milk jug measuring cups, and “made with love” heart wooden spoon)

More pops of yellow appear around the kitchen in my dishes. (canisters are from Williams and Sonoma)

Someday, it will be some much more grande. In the meantime, here are some yellow kitchens that I love:

So lovely…

What do you all think? Do you also dream of a sweet yellow kitchen? Or what does your dream kitchen look like?

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Autumn Inspirations

I absolutely love fall.
You just need to know that about me. I just think its so wonderful. I love the trees changing colors. I love the weather. I love the clothes – scarves, boots, sweaters, all of it. And to top it off, my birthday is in October. It’s just great.
And since fall is quickly approaching, I have felt extra inspired lately and just thought I would share with you a couple of the things I’m hoping to make or acquire this season.

APPAREL I ADORE

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Buckled Felt Skirt – Anthropologie $98

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Dashes Knit Blazer – Anthropologie $98

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Printed Column Maxi Skirt – Anthropologie $118

HOME DECOR

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I want to create some kind of fall wreath

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DIY Burlap Bulletin Boards

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Ruffled Lamp Shade – either with burlap or linen

So there’s a couple of my craft ideas for the upcoming season! I’m hoping they’re more attainable than my last ideas
(UPDATE: I have begun on the chandelier, unfortunately its been slightly difficult. Don’t worry, I won’t give up! And I have the rug ready to paint, just waiting to get together with my lovely friend for a rug painting party. The pallet.. still trying to find one)

Also, there’s about one week left until the end of the GIVEAWAY!

Unfortunately, I’m not able to track who pinned or tweeted or liked on facebook. So as of now I will be choosing the winner from my current followers. If you want an extra entry, comment on this post telling me your favorite part of fall.
If you have not yet entered and would like to, subscribe by email to my blog and you will be entered.

As always, feel free to like, pin, or tweet if you like what you see!

And keep checking back, I will be adding a new fall collection of stationery soon!

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?

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Etsy

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.

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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I think its time for a new manicure

 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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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?