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!

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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What else would you like to see? If there is anything you would like to learn how to make that you have seen in my pictures, please let me know!