archive: May, 2011

hammocking

May 20, 2011

Posted by in simple living

it’s friday already?! not sure how that happened…

make your own hammock

{make your own hammock}

this weekend is going to be a little hectic. today the tour of california comes through our town of solvang, so the mister is busy busy tending to athletes and supporting the race. tonight we will be attending a gala for the event and the excitment that has been building for months now will come to a close. as for me, i have plans of crafty things (of course). i’ve got seat cushions to make, bottles to paint and hammocks to build.

did i say hammocks to build? YES. hammocks to build! i’ve got a huge piece of striped canvas that’s just screaming to be made into a hammock. for now i’m planning on following these directions from outside mom, but also enjoyed watching this video on the art of hammocking by mary jane’s farm.

what are you doing this weekend?

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around the yard

May 20, 2011

Posted by in gardening

to say i’m still in shock of the natural terrain here is an understatement. it seems that every time i go out into the yard i see a rose that was just created to be put in a vase and enjoyed over dinner! since i just came in with some fresh ones, i thought i would share them with you. i hope they brighten your day as they have mine!

roses from my yard

roses from my yard

roses from my yard

roses from my yard

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the notebook doodles

May 19, 2011

are there any doodlers among us? i think you’ll enjoy this:

notebook doodles

 

notebook doodles


notebook doodles

the notebook doodles. flickr. tumblr.

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wine box salad garden

May 19, 2011

Posted by in gardening

i stumbled across the diy for this wine box salad garden yesterday (via llh designs, found on the style files) and fell in love- what a brilliant idea! i’m a big believer in square foot gardening as it is, so using pre-made wooden boxes just makes the whole thing easier from the start. and the fact that they are wine boxes covered in french just makes them all the more lovely. i wonder where linsey got these from? were they free? maybe she’ll pop over and let us know!

just think, no weeds, fresh greens (or any veggie for that matter), and a small place to tend to. sounds like the perfect garden to me! visit llh designs for the full how to and happy gardening!

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favorite fabric shops

May 18, 2011

Posted by in home decor

i have a problem.. an addiction of sorts, to fabric. i miss the days when i could just walk into my mom’s fabric shop and start cutting away at the many gorgeous yards of fabric. now that we’re so far away, we’ve started to skype and send pictures back and forth of the new fabric she gets in, then she heads to the post office for me (isn’t she sweet?). to supplement my addiction, i also love to browse several fabric shops on etsy. today, i thought i would share a few of my favorites with you!

favorite fabric shops

fabric palooza: peacock feathers by amy butler, dew drop by tula pink, damask by joel dewberry, disco flower by amy butler, honey child by jennifer paganelli, nicey jane by heather bailey.

favorite fabric shops

sew love fabrics: trailing orchard by amy butler, parisville by tula pink meadow sweet by sandi henderson, nicey jane by heather bailey, st. croix by jennifer paganelli, delhi blooms by amy butler.

fabric

the fabric worm: twilight peony by amy butler, mod green pod, delhi blooms by amy butler. little folks by anna marie horner, damask by joel dewberry, silent cinema by jenean morrison.

what are you favorite fabrics right now? any favorite shops to buy from?

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Posted by in photography

Kaelyn Michaels Photography

Kaelyn Michaels Photography

Kaelyn Michaels Photography

Kaelyn Michaels Photography

today i love: kaelyn michaels photography.

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you know me, if we ever move (which we’ve been doing a lot of lately) i’ll have several projects on my to-do-list to accomplish. since we’ve arrived at our new home, i’ve been a frequent yardsaler and regular at the hardware store. while on one of my rummage expeditions i found these chairs. i snatched them up for 50¢ each- and though they were good and sturdy, they needed a thorough cleaning up.

and that’s exactly what the got! after removing the spider webs, hosing them off and peeling back what seemed to be several years of disgusting chair covers (gross), i got down to the gold.

and voila! going for that old-beachy kind of feel, i gave them a solid sanding all over and then a good white wash (following these instructions from d*s). i recovered the chairs using some brand new batting and some of my favorite prints.

before and after

before and after

what do you think? i feel pretty good about this $1.50 spent.

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twamies

May 17, 2011

Posted by in handmade

twamies

at first glance, i fell in love with TWAMIES. bright colors and sharp shapes pop out at your from every angle, while the occasional bird and do good saying soften things up a bit. after looking a little closer, it makes total sense that it is a collaboration between medusawolf and crystal bat. i think they paired up brilliantly!

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