archive: October, 2010

handmade porcelain jewelry

October 26, 2010

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redraven

we’ve all seen our fair share of little antique tea cups collaged with decals- whether in our grandmother’s cupboard or at the antique walk about.  they can be stunningly beautiful, but have always left me perplexed.  i’m no tea cup collector and i have no ornate shelves protected by glass doors for such fragile pieces.  inspired by the dying popularity of such pieces, redraven was born.  amy lumsden uses the same antique techniques to make modern necklaces, earrings, belt buckles and hair pins.  how pretty would one of these sweet necklaces be paired with a fall dress, high waisted belt and a simple cardigan? timeless.

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found

October 25, 2010

Posted by in bonnie forkner

in addition to my camera, you know i took a few plastic baggies! how sweet (and patient) david was to let me trail off in search for little found things. a little shrubbery, some dried flowers and some spanish moss should do the trick!

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nature finds

i haven’t quite decided what i’m going to do with all of my foundlings yet, but i also managed to come out with some living moss, so i might try my way at making a terrarium (any advice?).  i also found a fallen birch branch in which i quickly gathered up- i have big plans for it in our bedroom, and will show you as soon as i get it set up!

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nature walk

October 25, 2010

Posted by in bonnie forkner

happy monday! did you remember this past weekend’s assignment? the hub and i took it to heart, as we went exploring. over the river and through the woods, on a nature walk we went!

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do you see the mountains even at the tippy top? they look like part of the clouds at first glance, they go on forever!

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and a smooch to end the day!

where did you find beauty this weekend?

{photos: bonnie forkner}

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shannon blue photography

October 22, 2010

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happy friday fellow roosters!  are you ready for the weekend? our weekends have been full of adventure, as we still have so many things and places to explore.  as neither of us have any friends or family here, our schedules are pretty much w.i.d.e. open- all the time.  although i thought it might be a little lonely, knowing no one other than the love of your life is actually, great fun! it’s like date night ever night of the week. we’ve been watching movies together, trying out new restaurants and exploring the mountains, and the weekends are when we get to do this the most. i feel so blessed to spend so much quality time together!

shannon blue photography

shannon blue photography

shannon blue photography

shannon blue photography

shannon blue’s photography is my inspiration for you this weekend, doesn’t it make you want to get outside? with the changing of the seasons, there is so much to see and explore.  her work gives you a glimpse of all the beauty there is to see, and the way she’s captured the earth’s brilliance leaves me eager to see it for myself.  so to this, i encourage you to go out and explore.  happy weekend to each of you, and make sure to share with us what you did and where you found beauty!

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my neck of the woods

October 21, 2010

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i think we should just take a minute to soak in the beauty that is around us.  this time of year, the colors of autumn are brilliant and i can’t help but be in total awe, every year.

these two photos are taken from the great smoky mountains, the place that i call home.  every autumn the mountains come alive with the most vibrant colors of red, orange and yellow.

and these two are taken from the great rocky mountains, the new place that we call home!  i feel incredibly blessed to be able to call such beautiful places ‘home’ and not one day goes by that i don’t appreciate their beauty.  i realize that the leaves don’t change everywhere, and other places in the world are just beginning to say hello to the green of spring, so my question is… what do the leaves look like in your town?

photos: autumn in the u.s.

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halloween the handmade way

October 21, 2010

Posted by in holidays

halloween the handmade way

clockwise :: {scull and crossbone candles, shabby chic halloween favors, halloween bats, vintage anatomy post cards, halloween cupcake wrappers, eat drink and be scary, candy pumpkins, black widow spider salad plates, girl with umbrella, b is for boo}

we’re not big ‘celebrator’s’ of halloween, but we’ll take an excuse to have a dinner party anytime!  we love to hear the door bell ring and see what all the little ones have dressed up as, and hand them their yearly dose of cavities candy.  as it seems that much to do about halloween has lost it’s charm (sexy nurses or skimpy devil costumes, anyone?), here are some handmade halloween goodies that have some class.
 

how do you celebrate halloween?

 

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a little pumpkinage

October 20, 2010

fall pumpkins

clockwise :: {velvet pumpkins, cambridge dreams, pheasant run wreathamong the pumpkins, pumpkin necklace, vintage books, pumpkin souffle candle, acorn ornament, lanterns, vintage orange earrings}

i picked up four pumpkins at our farmers market this past weekend, and it always amazes me how setting them on the porch gets me in the mood for fall.  it’s like chilly mornings, big boots and all kinds of soups are now suddenly appropriate – cuz i’ve got pumpkins on the porch!  we’re planning to carve them sometime in the next week (another fall tradition) and will be enjoying them till thanksgiving, i’m sure.  with the beautiful yellow leaves falling and apple cider at every coffee shop, i’ve fallen for fall (i’m such a sucker).

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going paperless

October 20, 2010

Posted by in holidays

paperless holiday invitations

i’ve always been a big fan of snail mail, as there’s nothing quite like opening up a special card with your name on it.  but then again, i’ve always been a big fan of the earth, as there’s nothing quite like hiking into forested mountains and standing in awe of the beauty surrounding me.

what’s my point?

i believe that wherever we can cut paper or other environmental detriments, we should! that’s where paperless post comes in.  they are an incredibly well thought out, beautifully put together site where you can customize all of your invitations, holiday cards and well wishes into a gorgeous cards and send them right over the world wide web.

paperless post has been named elegant, couture, tasteful and brilliant- and to that i would like to add genius. they cost significantly less than going usps (send 150 cards for $10- that would be $66 at the post office!), they save you tons of time and they save the earth, one piece of paper at a time.

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they’ve partnered with some of the best designers, (linda & harriet and thorn willow press- just to name a few), and with features like chevron envelope liners and funky fonts, you’re recipients will still have a feast for their eyes. they are incredibly easy to put together (not to mention embarrassingly fun), so head on over to paperless post to get started!

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