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

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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!).

colorado springs

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.

colorado springs

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.

colorado springs

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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Hello lovely roost readers!
So happy & honored to help out over here a little bit while Bonnie is away. I thought I would get some dark & lovely things together to share with all of you. Bonnie asked for things handmade & as that is one of my favorite things, it was an easy request. :) Some of my favorite things on etsy right now….aren’t they beautiful?

melissa loves

~ gorgeous earrings here via creature comforts

~ ring here

~ lovely necklace here

~ sweet patent oxfords here

~ gorgeous suzani ( can’t get enough of these right now) here

~ beautiful top here

you can find melissa sharing beautiful finds on melissa loves every day!

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Oktoberfest by Miss Malaprop

September 30, 2010

Posted by in lifestyle

Last year around this time I had the chance to participate in my first Oktoberfest. Now, I’m not a big beer drinker (or much of a beer drinker at all actually – give me cider or wine any day), but many of my friends are, and who doesn’t love the chance to dance around to silly polka music, do the chicken dance and eat food on a stick?

1st row  1: Beer Keg Mug by violetsandgrace 2: Bavarian Yodeling Shorts by zwzzy 3: Seasoned Bread Sticks by YummyAffair

2nd row 4: Oktoberfest Pretzel Earrings by OliveandGold 5: Lederhosen Costume for Dogs by YoungUrbanPuppy 6: I Love You in Germany Travel Print by lisabarbero

Oktoberfest in Germany is one of the biggest festivals in the world, but our New Orleans version draws a pretty big crowd as well. (New Orleanians love any excuse for a party!) Deutsches-Haus, an organization formed in 1928 to serve the large German population here, has been hosting a popular Oktoberfest celebration for many years now. New Orleans was once famous as a hotbed of beer brewing, thanks to our German immigrant population, and beer brewing is actually on the rise again here, with local craft brewers popping up left and right.

1st row 1: Vintage Oktoberfest Beer Mug Boot by BlueRoseRetro 2: Fine Art Europe Photography by johnbragg 3: Mustache Pint Glasses by BreadandBadger
2nd row 4: NOLA Beer Soap Gift Set by SweetOliveSoapWorks 5: you need a beer stencil folk art sign by artbymags! 6: Vintage Mens Yodeler Hat by ZellesBOWtique

Last year, our friends Gwen and Brian invited us to join them at Oktoberfest. In retrospect, what turned out to be a fun night of drinking, dancing and eating, is sort of bittersweet. Gwen & Brian moved to Portland earlier this year, and this year’s Oktoberfest at Deutsches-Haus will be the last in their historic location. (Deutsches-Haus is being forced to relocate due to a large hospital complex that is being built in that area.) Nevertheless, this time of year will always bring to mind great memories. I’d love to travel to Germany someday to experience the ultimate Oktoberfest. What about you? Have you been to Oktoberfest, whether in Germany or a local celebration?
You can find Mallory discovering indie finds for your uncommon life at Miss Malaprop every day!

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Good morning GHTR readers! Bonnie has been so kind to invite me to guest post on her beautiful blog. So here I am, happy and honored to share with you a bit of what I love as I usually do on Imaginative Bloom to support the best handmade, indie artists and little brands.

Today I’ve some soft finds from three lovely creative women.
The first are called “abrazacortinas” and are by Mariadiamantes from Spain. I particularly loved the original idea to create little and cute characters that embrace curtains.
Mariadiamantes is also on flickr and facebook.

The second image is about a little selection of pillows by Jamtartbaby from Canada, found on etsy. I’m in love with the colors and the illustrations created by this artist!

My last image shows some works by Contemori, an Italian girl who loves to sew stuffed things. Each one of her creations are always funny (and I secretely love all the paper clouds and drops she often use as background on her photos!).
Find Contemori on facebook too.

Hope you enjoyed my little selection :)
Much love,

You can find Imaginative Bloom on facebook, flickr and twitter, too!

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We don’t know where our ideas come from – but we know they don’t come from our laptops.
John Cleese

When my husband quit his job at the end of August, I had a misguided belief that I would be able to concentrate full-time on creating the business I dared to dream about. I would write prolifically, connect with power brokers, advocate for a movement towards creative living & mindful spending, and generally do great things with my time & energy because I could concentrate.

But concentration isn’t very good for creativity.

If you‚ are racing around all day, ticking things off a list, looking at your watch, making phone calls and generally just keeping all the balls in the air, you are not going to have any creative ideas.
— John Cleese

Concentration – even focused, productive work – doesn’t push us, it doesn’t make us more confident, it doesn’t stretch our ideas and play with our minds. It kind of shuts us down.

Last week, I had a bit of a breakthrough: I will not be creative & influential & wealthy & prolific sitting in front of my laptop for 12 hours a day.

Creativity requires a kind of “oasis” as Mr. Cleese puts it.

My creative oasis is an evening walk. Immediately after Lola goes to bed, I download the latest Fresh Air podcast, don a pair of shoes fit for a 20 minute walk, and exit through the front door. My iPhone connects me to a greater world as my feet connect with the uneven sidewalks.

When I come home, I don’t reach for my laptop again. I reach for a stack of Moleskines that hold rough drafts and notes. I might draft 3 posts from ideas that struck me during my walk. I’ll finish them off in the morning when my mind is again fresh. Or they may just sit and wait for when they’re needed.

We spend so much time wishing & hoping for more time, more concentration, a more conscious approach to what we want to create. But I’m with John Cleese, part of my work – in fact, the part that creates the most meaningful results – requires shutting down, creating space, freeing yourself from the demands productivity. It requires sleep. It requires selfcare.

These are the things I absolutely must prioritize to be as creative as possible (read: successful & satisfied).

Bold creativity – the kind that great ideas come from – requires work that doesn’t feel so much like work: the acceptance that beautiful things come from a place that we can’t control.

If I want to truly increase my influence & output, it’s time to honor my creativity oasis. I hope you will too.


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