Book Love

I don’t know what it is about books that makes me swoon. I just can’t help it. I’m sure kindles are great and all but I love being able to flip a page and hold it in my hands, feel the weight of it… Uh. Steal my heart every time.

College was evil and stole all my time of reading for pleasure, now I mostly like to look at picture books because it takes zero brain power. Here are a few (dozen…) books that I would love to spend my time reading through.

Kate Spade New York: Things We Love

I’m Awkward You’re Awkward by Shelby Abbott

Maddie On Things by Theron Humphrey

Bon Appetit by Jessie Hartland

Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Band

Home Love by Megan Morton

Little Book of Lettering by Emily Gregory

You’re Awesome: 21 Crafts to Make You Happy by Abbey Hendrickson

The Newlywed Kitchen by Lorna Yee & Alie Basye

And I would also love to get my hands on Molly Wizenberg’s book and A Beautiful Mess’s books when they come out… I’m afraid I’m going to have to wait awhile for those three though….


Making a Home


This semester I am taking a surface design class. We spend most of our time dyeing fabric- something I had never done prior to this class. For our first project we had to make something (anything really) out of 6 or more square samples we had made in class based off our favorite place. I based mine off of home. Here are the photos from my project.









Map Love


I have been on a map kick lately. Since re-doing our bedroom, I went from zero to three maps in our bedroom. We have our corkboard map, illustrated map of Paris, and now a vintage globe. It makes me feel more traveled than I am.



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Don’t they just make you want to travel?

Timothy and I are heading to Florida for spring break again. I would love to travel beyond our 50 states, but I will settle for Florida to escape these frigid days.

Valentine’s Day Jump Start

I know it is hard to believe it is almost Valentine’s Day already. Some of us (one crazy friend of mine in particular) like to make all our Valentine’s by hand. So, if you so happen to fall into that select few of people, I have a little inspiration for you.






Valentine’s for the overly ambitious

Inspirational quotes for the romantics

Valentine’s for everyone

Heart shaped inspiration for the traditionalist

Sappy movies for the hopeless romantics

Crushing on Chalkboards

Since the chalkboard trend started well over a year ago, I have been crushing on it. I so desperately wanted a chalkboard of my own to write sweet little love notes or “welcome home” messages on, or even the occasional grocery list. However, I never got around to finding the right frame or buying the paint or what ever my current excuse was.

Since my heart has not stopped crushing and making my own chalkboard has not happened, I rounded up a few photos I love how chalkboard paint was used.


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Bedroom Series: Lamp Revamp



Today’s project was a simple one. The actual work took less than an hour, it just happened to take all day for the paint to dry.



Repainting the lamp was a three step process.
1. Dust the lamp.
2. Prime the lamp (twice).
3. Paint the lamp.

Real simple. I love the little bit of shimmer the paint I used has.






The bedroom is almost complete. I just have the wall opposite of the bed left to tackle (and honestly, I’m at a loss for ideas). Perhaps I’ll scroll through hundreds of pins on Pinterest and stumble upon some inspiration.

Bedroom Series: Wall Play


Today I roped my hubby into assisting me to play with the wall above our bed. After much trial and error, I think I have succeeded. I didn’t have a definite plan when I began working on the wall, but I did have a selection of items that could work together.


I wanted items that were playful yet soft to hang above our bed. Since all our bedroom furniture is dark I wanted our accent pieces to help lighten the space. I think we were able to achieve that look.


My favorite piece is the deer head. He is so quirky.

Deer Head: World Market
Cork Board Map: DIY
Fabric Garland: DIY
Flash Card: Hunt & Gather (thrift store)
Canvas “Peach”: Flea Market


Next Projects:
paint lamp
sew bolster pillow