Hi there and Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you get to spend time with the ones you love. I will be throwing a little party for my family of three and making mac and cheese as per Grace’s request! She just loves Valentine’s day…since hearts are her favorite. I just got done painting her tiny little nails red with pink sparkles and we laid out her beloved pink dress to wear to school tomorrow. She fell happily into bed with a huge smile on her face. Precious. Don’t you love how excited kids get about simple things?
Of course, it doesn’t take much to make me a bit giddy either. These roses named – “Red Paris“, did the trick and were my inspiration at my book club last week. I hosted and thought it would be lovely to celebrate Valentine’s with the ladies a tad early. It was such fun treating them to champagne and strawberries! I thought I would share the pictures I took that night…
Have a beautiful day filled with LOVE!
Hello!!! I know it’s been forever and I’m sorry but I’m back and I’m just full of inspiration – thanks to the fabulous E-course I’m taking by Jeanne Oliver. My first trimester was trying at times, tired, nauseous, weepy but now that I’m well into my second trimester I’m feeling like myself again. While my cravings for chocolate have yet to subside, a forceful urge to create art has emerged, so when I found this course via the Dreamy Whites blog I signed up immediately! Jeanne has always inspired me with her whimsical creations and beautiful art, so what better teacher to help me break out of my creative rut?!
Our first project was to assemble a vintage art journal. A place where we can sketch, doodle, paint and dream. I couldn’t wait to begin. Here is the final result…
Cutting up a vintage book felt so naughty but I knew I wasn’t destroying it, just up-cycling it!
Embellishing the cover with vintage costume jewelry and an old crystal drawer pull was so much fun! I actually raided my husbands tool box and used pliers and screwdrivers! (I’m not what you would call handy…)
The antique illustration was taken from an old Shakespeare book…who can resist Romeo and Juliet? Not this Romantic…
Inside the front cover I added a little brown paper pouch to keep little pretties and the word “faithful” to remind myself to stay true to my creative spirit. The pages are compiled of vintage papers, scrapbook pages, watercolor and sketch paper. Lots of different textures to provide a wonderful backdrop to my creations.
I bound the book using this very handy hole-punch and some organic hemp twine.
Finally I found a use for all the shiny, sparkly baubles I’ve been collecting. It was so delightful to play with them.
I’m really happy with my little journal. Making it brought me such satisfaction and re-ignited that drive to create. I better do it now before I’m buried in diapers! Right?
Hope you are all enjoying the New Year! Let me know what creative goals you have on the horizon…
Hello there! Hope your week has been fabulous. It has gotten quite cold here in Portland, so at night I’ve been wrapped up in a vintage quilt, sipping tea and hanging out on Etsy. I seriously spend too much time there…but who can resist all the treasures to be found!
Check out these lovelies at le Petit Foyer…
Such romantic and whimsical pieces! I love them all…although that sweet little parasol necklace may just have to come home with me…
Have a beautiful Friday!
All images via lePetitFoyer
- Etsy Love: White Owl (graceandivy.wordpress.com)
- Etsy Love: Dollhouse Miniatures (graceandivy.wordpress.com)
Hello there. I hope your Sunday has been relaxing.
I just discovered a new blog – Dreamy Whites – via Houzz (an online interior design source), that I’m completely in love with. Maria is the author of this delightful blog and is one talented lady! She magically finds time to juggle five kids, a husband and a beautiful ranch home while expressing herself creatively through interior design, photography and graphic design! Can you say Super Woman?
Oh, and her home is being featured in this book, by Fifi O’Neill (who also has an amazing blog) ! Just added it to my wishlist!
Her style, photography and writing resonated with me…so I had to share! Check out these pics of her lovely home…
Gorgeous right!? Her rooms feel so dreamy and romantic. One day I hope my home can be this enchanting!
All images via Dreamy Whites