Thursday, January 31, 2008


After recommending Gocco to a friend who was interested in printing on a smaller scale, I thought to myself, what the heck is this thing? I have found bits and pieces about Gocco in the blog-o-sphere and of course through etsy, but when I sat down to really understand how this thing worked, I found a great info/tutorial on The Small Object that I felt really answered my questions.

Essentially Gocco is a quick and simple, portable, color printing system. It's a combination between rubber stamps and screen printing, and is an inexpensive solution to at-home printing.

Check out a few products that were created using a Gocco:
[Images from l-r: SarahParrott825, phoebe1, Michelle Brusegaard

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wedding Wednesday

I've created a fun new inspiration board of wedding things!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Flickr Group: IKEA Lovers

Ooohh...who wouldn't belong to this flickr group? Ikea Lovers is a great place to find out what other people do with the items that they buy, or just to check out how fanatical people can be! :-)
[Images are from t-b: karly b, fuddmain, sugarpond, supershoppertoo, da nes]

Sunday, January 27, 2008


The work that tinywarbler creates is just too cute. In her own words....
"i make small, soft animals that are stitched by hand. all designs are made from my original patterns. modern, handmade designs that are ideal for display in a child's nursery or bedroom."
Check out the tinywarbler blog and her other delightful creations!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

MS: Treasured Chests

I am slightly obsessed with a well story in the Feb issue of Martha Stewart Living. The story about the jewelry boxes...can we say, beautiful? It's the perfect combination of vintage, feminine, and class all wrapped up. Lovely color palette as well! Perfect for a February love issue I suppose.

Delightful Blogs

I was just accepted into the blog directory, Delightful Blogs!
"Delightful Blogs is an edited directory of stylish blogs for women including shopping, fashion, design, travel, family and pop culture."
To you, the reader, it make not seem like that big of a deal, but I am super excited about extending my audience even further :-)

Right now I am listed under Latest Blogs on the main page, so shoot on over and rate my site! Thanks!

Amy Ruppel Sale Today

I am going to catch my first Amy Ruppel sale today. I blogged about her for the first time a couple of weeks ago, so check it out, even if it is just to look :-)

Is that a rhino?

Animals heads mounted on walls sort of creep me out. However, when I saw this in my Daily Candy email this morning, I just had to share. How clever (even though it still kinda creeps me out)! This is a DIY project for $14 that gives a more humane effect :-)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Wedding Wednesday

It's wedding wednesday and I have created another inspiration board to share with you. I am currently in the stage of finalizing the big wedding players (location, photographer, dress, etc...) however I keep going back and forth on what I want for reception decorations. I know that I have time, but there are so many options to choose from!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Hometown Flavor

This past, chilly weekend, I had the opportunity to go home and do a little wedding planning. I am from a small, small town where entertainment is limited so during a bit of down town I took a trip outside my house to take pictures. I find it intriguing the images you catch yourself capturing in a place that is so familiar. Who would of thought!

Living Etc.

I am a big fan of the British home decor magazine, Living Etc. It's a fabulous place to find modern living and fresh decorating ideas. And like most publications these days, they have great resources on the web as well. Below are a few images from their online gallery...

Flickr Group: Inspiration Boards

I love Flickr and I love Flickr groups! I've decided to create my first series. Once a week I will post about a group I have found and share with you a few photos from it. This week I found the group "Inspiration Boards", a place where people post photos of where they keep things that inspire them. I love the different techniques people use to post their thoughts and findings!
[Images are from (t-b): jenni simmons, new york noodlery, bricolagelife, Angelia*A, and quaint handmade]

Monday, January 21, 2008

Dresses & Veils

A little wedding update! So I have been scanning bridal magazines/websites trying to decide on the perfect attire for my big day. I have narrowed it down to: nothing strapless and nothing with poof. If you have ever gone dress shopping though, that is about all you see. However, with the help of my mother, I believe I have decided to make my own dress! This may sound crazy to some but when you have sewers in the family, the sky is the limit!

Good news is that my mom stumbled across a dress form. She was at the mall when she noticed that a store was closing and they had all of their store furniture on sale! She found my perfect size and walked away with a $25 form, what a deal! Dress forms are probably one of the creepiest things you could have (when you turn that corner into a dark room and see a figure by the window...ahh!).
I have also decided against a traditional veil. It is just not something I ever thought about wearing when I pictured my wedding ceremony...SO!...I am inspired to create a birdcage, french-netted veil. Sound cool, huh? This type of veil is really becoming popular again so hopefully I can find some great resources out their on how to construct it. The veils below are from Something Bold. Love it!

New Amy Butler Collection

Check out the new Amy Butler fabric collection. Due out in April, the color palettes are so vibrant and fresh! Here is what she has to say about them on her website:
"This line is inspired by the vintage modern spirit of my lifestyle book Midwest Modern. With luscious palettes called Ohio Sky and Pink and Orange Dahlias, the colors from this group come from beautiful summer days in my Ohio garden. The mix of organic prints are perfect for fashion, quilting and home dec projects, everything you need to create Midwest Modern style!"

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Cheap Chandliers/Lamps

It's that time of year again...Global Bazaar at Target! After digging through a few kitsch items I found these really great hanging lamps. Target has done it again, providing the po-po folks with cool alternatives. I've always admired hanging lamps like these but the price tag has always been outrageous....these guys are all under $100 (now on sale).

A few more...

I've decided to share a couple more photos with you from our engagement collection. I have had a pretty good response, so enjoy!

Anthro Love

I'm not sure if you feel the same way but Anthropologie just gets me. What I mean by this is they always happen to have clothing/decor lines that fit right in with the style trends I admire. If only I made a little more buck each month and if there was a store closer to me then I would be set...or spending too much money and time! Bittersweet..
They have a great selection of dresses with a distinct and unique feminine touch...ideal for bridesmaids! Hmm... :-)Also a great source for pattern inspiration!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Photo Shoot

This weekend Dustin and I broke out our new digital SLR and enlisted the help of a friend to shoot our engagement photos. We went over to Duke Gardens in Durham, NC where we basically explored the garden taking shots here and there. With a little photoshop magic, we pulled out a great collection of photographs.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Orla Fall Sale

I stumbled across a mini-Orla sale at a store in my local mall this weekend that I couldn't pass up! Her fall collection was priced at 50% off. And, in Orla-land, is unheard of!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Closeted Florist

We are having an engagement shindig this evening with some of our long-time friends and I decided to buy a couple of flower bundles from the grocery store last night for decorations. I put my never-ending supply of mason jars to use and created a few arrangements. Arranging flowers is always a treat, so many great colors, smells, and possibilities!