latest font finds

October 7, 2010

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font finds yes, i spent the better part of this morning totally consumed by finding fonts- isn’t it addicting?  i couldn’t help but share them you, maybe it will save you some time (or get you hooked, either one). best of all, they are all free downloads available from dafont.com!  i also got caught up on all of pugly pixel’s fabulous {free} downloads, see my vintage fabric deco tape?  hope you enjoy, and share some of you own favorite finds!

sweetie pieall hail julia | cursive | give you glory | halo handletter | jb jursive | hand writing mutlu | written on his hands | learning curve | little days | lullaby | shelter me | verchery

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color inspiration

October 7, 2010

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as i ran across tiny white lights, her shop instantly drew me in, i think because of the beautiful color palette.  as i head to the paint store today to pick out colors for my furniture reno projects, this collage will be my inspiration.  strong, rich colors of teal, green, orange and yellow is what i plan to pick up- i even love the grey and white stripes!  plus, these colors only feel appropriate for the coming fall and winter.  who knows, maybe i’ll be able to spruce up this mauve carpet after all?

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furniture reno

October 6, 2010

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with our latest near-cross-country move, i’ve been thrift shopping like a mad woman.  our trailer was so small that all we were able to bring was our mattress and one measly chest of drawers.  since we haven’t any money and the closest ikea is over 10 hours away, the local thrift stores have come to know me by name (plus, they’re more fun anyways).  basically, our home is full of a mish mosh of mismatching wooden pieces. a table with mixed matched chairs, an old veneer topped desk, plenty of side tables and a new little vanity that i’ll be using as a sewing table.  can i be happy with the clashing wood? of course not! so i have my eye set on a number of furniture reno projects. mainly they consist of painting, staining and a little reupholstering.  shall i share with you some of my inspiration thus far?

my latest obsession? chevron

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before and after from knack studios- what a beautiful winter gray color this is

floral tray table- since the hub and i like to eat at the couch, i bought two of these the other day, can’t wait to get them painted- i’m thinking in geometric squares..

knack studios- need i say anything?

stencil tricks- so excited to try some stenciling, but instead of words i’m planning to do some floral patterns.

knack studios- painted patina, in love with this algae/ mossy green!

craigslist before and after- lately i’ve had a thing for bold contrasts and geometrics, this dresser will do!

painting the floor - (told ya)

so dear ones, i should (hopefully) have some pretty before and after pictures to share with you in the coming weeks.  but for now, here’s my ‘to get’ list:

- primer

- paint

- hand sander

- drop cloth

- painter’s tape

- wood fill

- pretty wall paper (for drawers)

anything else? what am i missing? i’m no pro, so any advice, tips or tricks are MORE than welcome (especially when it comes to painting on veneer- help!)!

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andi mans photography

October 6, 2010

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andi mans photography

even though i’m ready for fall, this photo shoot gives me one last whisper of summer- laying in the grass, picking flowers and enjoying the simple pleasures that a warm day brings. isn’t it pretty? andi mans takes a fresh, boutique style approach to her design and photography and shoots occasions of all kinds, many of which you can see on her blog.  with special attention paid to staging and styling, her setups are honest, inspiring and thought provoking. enjoy!

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yellena

October 5, 2010

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bold and beautiful, yellena’s work has accurately been described as “colorful arrangements of organic shapes and tangled lines (which) are at once floral and alien, organic and sci-fi, crafty and fantastic.”  i love the intricate detail, whimsy nature and satisfying colors that all of yellena’s art exemplifies.  some (especially the last one) remind me of a map, one that i would follow anywhere it led it me.  how would you describe her work?

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joanna rutter jewelry

October 5, 2010

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Joanna Rutter Jewelry

ahoy, mate! with a little bit of fun and a lot a bit of style, joanna rutter’s jewelry gives any drab outfit an easy fix.  with bows, anchors, birds and clouds, how could you say no? yes, you even see some weather inspired coasters! with little bows in my ears and an anchor around my neck, i’m pretty sure i could take on the world.

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welcome to colorado!

October 4, 2010

Posted by in bonnie forkner

colorado springs

so as most of you know, the hub and i packed up our belongings and relocated to colorado springs last week!  we hopped in the car last monday and started our journey, arriving to Colorado springs some 28 hours later on tuesday night (whew!).

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this is a windmill farm we passed somewhere along the road in kansas, isn’t it pretty?  it went on for miles and miles and if you’ve never seen one- this picture doesn’t do it justice.  they are gigantic!

wednesday and thursday were spent house hunting, and let me tell you- it’s a funny feeling to be homeless!  we looked at about 25 places and finally narrowed them down to two.  by thursday afternoon, we were unloading boxes and attempting to carry our mattress and chest of drawers up two flights of stairs.

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our new place is quaint and cozy, a newer duplex build. the only ugly interesting part is that it has maroonish (maybe pink?) berber carpet.  yup- you heard me!  but with lots of rugs and a little sense of humor, we’re making it our own.  for no longer than we’re going to be here, i’m sure i can make it work! (right…?)

colorado springs

so apparently, colorado has the best thrift stores. ever.  i went to 5 in one day and bulked up on some sweet finds!  most of them are going to be projects, so as i get the house put together and my paint brushes out, i’m looking forward to sharing with you one project after another.

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our house is on the west side of the city, near the historic downtown and a quaint town called manitou springs.  with coffee shops, yoga studios and mom and pop restaurants all in walking distance, i’m starting to really appreciate the city for it’s history the local atmosphere.  we even have one of colorado’s best farmers markets right around the corner!

colorado springs

so this week will be spent getting the house in order, and hopefully starting some furniture reno projects.  there is much yet to discover so i’m sure i’ll be sharing my finds with you along the way.

colorado springs

as for now, i’m off to get organized!  i’ll see you tomorrow as we get back to some handmade goodness, xoxo! bonnie

{photos: bonnie forkner}

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a big thank you!

October 4, 2010

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good morning lovelies! well, we made it! i will now be writing to you from colorado springs and sharing with you all the beauty and loveliness that comes from the rocky mountains! last week was a whirlwind, and while i’m planning to share it with you, i first have to thank each of the amazing guest bloggers that helped so much by writing guest posts here on ghtr last week!

rachel from lovely clusters

amy from handmade evolution

nancy from wolf and willow

tara from scoutie girl

irene from imaginative bloom

mallory from miss malaprop

melissa from melissa loves

each of these gals have beautiful blogs with inspiring content and i was so excited to have them share with you last week. they bring a little added joy to my life every day, so i hope you’ll have fun visiting them as well!

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