It's been positively spring like here in Oregon over the last week. In addition to an unseasonably radiant trip to the Oregon coast, many of our flowers have come into bloom. Little Luke plucked the top off the ranunculas, but I think I managed to save it long enough in this old spice jar to be admired for a few more days. There's a few other pops of floral color around the house:
Thursday, February 05, 2015
I've teamed up with five amazing women to offer this incredible giveaway! Includes a lovely bag from Jordana Paige and all the lovely essentials (like my gold chevron clutch) to keep inside!
Head over to my Instagram before Tuesday, February 11th to enter!
1. Pure Natural Diva - Travel Perfume
2. Allisa Jacobs - Gold Chevron makeup bag
3. Pigment and Parchment - Notebook
4. CS Gems - Necklace
5. Jordana Paige - Handbag
6. Barbarian Heart - iphone Case
Monday, February 02, 2015
With Valentine's Day less than two weeks away, I've gathered up a pretty bits of inspiration from a few creatives I love the most. These Valentine's Day Printables and Romantic Fonts are sure to spark some lovin'!
more valentine's inspiration
|free printable valentine's day card from the house that lars built|
|free printable watercolor love notes from thorn and sparrow|
|romantic calligraphy prints from la mariee aux ped nus|
more valentine's inspiration
Friday, January 09, 2015
|credit: juliet grace design|
We're already 9 days into january and I'm just now looking ahead to the new year. I think it took me that long to recover from the holiday crazy goodness along with celebrating the 7 years we've had sweet jack, our new year's baby. Who has all of a sudden begun to think of himself as a teenager. Oh my.
2014 brought with it many new things for me along with a good dose of humility and wisdom. There were some tears and cheers… and I'm already feeling stronger because of it. My shop took a few twist & turns and I'm still humbled and awed by it's success (thank you!).
Here's a few highlights:
- I completed three completed three graduate courses to renew my teaching license. Lots of later nights and co-homework sessions with my first grader. We'll see where that leads...
- one of my clutches was included in Emmaline Bride's new bridal book.
- I began offering a few sewing patterns in the shop
- Pinterest became a new go-to place for me to share & promote others' work with 40,000 plus followers, I also listed some of my best pinterest tips
- Traveled to new parts of Oregon and loved every bit of it
- Southern living included one of my bags in their Reese Witherspoon feature
- Working towards being mindful of each moment, each choice
- Currently working on an updated, revised, and cooler edition of my ebook, Rise & Shine
- Planning new, typography related bags and pouches
- Sketching out new sewing patterns to have up in the shop
- Exploring opportunities in the education field & working with kids with disabilities again.
- Embracing my bravery because I think I'm going to need a lot of it.
Happy wishes for a year filled with love, laughter, and joy!
Saturday, December 20, 2014
We whipped up this pretty ornaments just in time to hand out as teacher gifts. And can I just say I'm addicted and want to keep making more. I cleared out the Michael's glass ornament section, ordered from Amazon and still wish there were more glass globes to be had.
In any case, these are one of the easiest, kid-friendly-est, and prettiest DIY Christmas gifts we've made in a long time. And since it's so easy, you can customize the colors for your gift list.
I found this tutorial ages ago and made a few tweaks. Most of it is self explanatory really, get some glass clear ornaments, pop the top off, squirt the paint inside, swirl & swirl, and voila!
Here's some tips we discovered:
- Use a thinner craft paint (Folk Art was good, Martha Stewart needed some watering down) otherwise the paint just sits in globs at the bottom and refuses to swirl
- Add a touch of water to paint bottles & shake to mix if too thick, careful not too much water - the result is a milky paint
- Add paint one color at a time, swirl, and then add the next for a more distinct 'color block' effect (see Pink & Gold ornament)
- Add paint colors at same time for a marbleized effect (see Green & Aqua or Purple & Gray ornament)
- When done swirling, set ornaments upside in dixie or plastic cups so excess paint can drip out.
- Check on the ornaments every 30 hour or so, as they may need a bit more of swirl as paint drips out
- Let completely dry for 1-2 days
Happy making :)
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
What I love most about the holiday season are the little surprises; unexpected gifts and spontaneous bouts of giving. These are the times I cherish more than anything else. Growing up, my friend's mother made dozens of ornaments each year. They were simple and sweet and hung on a special tree in their living room. She often enlisted our help and after hours of glue, seeds, sticks, ribbons, paint, clay, and patience the entire tree was filled. Since I'm sure we weren't entirely helpful, this endeavor was a testament to her crafty dedication...and love. The really amazing part was that each ornament was made to be given. A surprise present to whomever crossed their door and sometimes to others in community who needed a bit of cheer. The mailman, random friends, a lady from church, co-workers, the elderly neighbor - everyone left with one of these small gifts. Eventually, the tree was completely bare and even as a teenager I realized that this stood for an incredible amount of goodwill.
Now, with two boys of my own I'm looking to create those similar feelings of joy and giving for them. I've gathered up a few simple tutorials for really lovelyornaments to make, keep, and give.
Make Your Own Clay Ornaments by A Beautiful Mess
Etched Birch Ornaments by Design Mom
Burlap Stamped Ornaments by Bliss Bloom Blog
Monogram Ornaments by A Pair of Pears