Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Etsy Round Up - Pink and Mint Valentine

This week's Etsy Round up is inspired by a color combination I love - pink, mint and gold. I swear, these colors are made for each other. With Valentine's day just around the corner, I vote for updating the usual red, white, and pink tradition to this fresh combination. And these fantastic items are a great place to start. 

Clockwise from top left:

Sweetheart Love Studs by Lola and Cash
Arrow Bobby Pin by Dreams by the Sea
Mary Oliver The Journey Letterpress Print by Cucumber Press Studio
Mini Round Stud Earrings by matoto
Set of 4 Golden Feather Napkin Rings by Nest Pretty Things  (Gorgeous photo and styling by Susana of Citrus and Orange)
Fold Over Vegan Clutch in Mint by Milk and Honey Handbags
Pink Gold Bar Necklace by laonato
Gold Zag Tray by Up In The Air Somewhere

More beautiful pink, mint, and gold finds are here - Treasury - Pink, Mint, and Gold Love.



Monday, January 28, 2013

Styled - Britt Bass Inspired Living Room

Styled is back, and packing some serious color punch thanks to this amazing painting by the lovely Britt Bass! I'm such a big fan of her bright, engaging, layered pieces. You really should head over to her site and look at them all. They are stunning! Britt's bold, bright painting is the jumping off point for this seriously fun space I'd love to hang out in. 

1. Rock Party IV by Britt Bass
2. Flamingo No. 4 by Sharon Montrose via 20x200
3. Coco Spiro Hanging Lamp from Weylandts
4. Love is All You Need Print by Print for Love of Wood on Etsy
5. Eres Mi Cielo Pillow by Bright July (shameless plug!)
6. Simpatico Hobnail Candle from Anthropologie
7. Clairemont Coffee Table from Crate and Barrel
8. Nayna Rug in grey from
9. Klyne Slipcovered Chair and a Half from Crate and Barrel



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bright Bazaar Feature!

This is a crazy week of features, friends. And I'm up to my eyeballs in sewing to keep up!

I discovered a few days ago that my Je T'aime pillow was featured on Bright Bazaar last week!

{See the whole post here.} 

So, so exciting. As a result of all this attention, I've been sewing like a crazy person. Cutting, ironing, and stitching until my fingertips go numb. Its slightly ridiculous. But my goal is to complete 30 pillows by this weekend, so I have no choice. Onward! 

So please forgive me for my blatant lack of blogging this week. I do have a beautiful room planned for styled and some awesome Etsy finds for Round Up next week, so stay tuned!



Saturday, January 19, 2013

Etsy Email Feature!

Look what happened yesterday morning! 

My Carpe Noctem pillow was featured in the daily Etsy Finds email!

I am totally shocked and thrilled to be featured, particularly in the top left hand corner! Am I dreaming?! Someone pinch me!
Usually I open the Etsy Finds email every day and check over it to see all the beautiful things being featured. Yesterday I went out for a run early, and since I had a lofty sewing goal to achieve, I didn't check it until dinner last night with Jeremy. A few hours before dinner, I was printing a shipping label for an Etsy customer and noticed that my Etsy activity seemed really busy. When I checked the stats, it read that I had over 1,200 views - in just one day! By dinner, it was up to 1,400. It seemed very strange to me, until I opened the email and my jaw hit the floor.

So last night's date night was full of with conversation about vision for this Etsy shop of mine, and toasting to the day's success. In the end, I had over 1,511 views and 363 favorites yesterday. And its really just as well I have lots of new pillows on the way - because I intend to do my best to keep this ball rolling!




Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Etsy Round Up - The Pantone Color of the Year, Emerald!

This week's Etsy Round Up is inspired by Pantone's official color of the year for 2013 - Emerald!

This saturated beauty of a color has so much to offer. Its dark enough to be almost neutral, but stands alone to pop an outfit with some serious punch. Nice work, Pantone. I enthusiastically approve of your choice!

Clockwise from top left:

Rough Emerald Twin Ring by metalmorphoz
8x8" Landscape Photo Set  by Moon Garden
Emerald Draped Slinky Dress by We Had a Time
Emerald Medallion Beaded Applique by FolkStroke
Vintage Emerald Earrings by MyCellarDoor
Boho Emerald Twist Turban Headband by TheTurbandShop
Emerald Green Distressed Leather Handbag by artoncrafts
Emerald Landscape Photograph by NessysNest

And if you can't get enough emerald, there are more gorgeous Etsy finds here - Treasury - Pantone 2013 Color of the Year, Emerald.



Monday, January 14, 2013

Styled - Inspiration for my Boy!

This week, I couldn't resist styling up my own little boy's* room. We had a very helpful and productive phone call with our adoption agency worker last week (!!!), and as a result the thrill of meeting him re-settled into my soul. Its a very good feeling to let myself be happy about it, instead of putting it out of my mind all the time. So I've channelled my energy into planning his room! I've been envisioning a quirky African inspired space for him - but something he can grow into. I think this room is on to something. 

1. Robbie the Large Rhino Trophy by Cardboard Safari
2. Cheetah Print by Berkley Illustration (already purchased! Yes!)
3. Z-A Print by Jaco Haasbroek via Africandy
6. Oak Park Elementary Nightstand from Land of Nod
7. Kite Kilim Floor Pouf from West Elm
8. Crossed Flokati Round Rug from Anthropologie
9. Piper Twin Bed from Room and Board



*Please don't be confused by the fact that I go back and forth talking about my son singular and my sons plural. Since its much more likely that we'll end up being referred to one boy, I decided to talk about him that way for now. We'll just have to wait and see!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Etsy Round Up - New Year, New Start

Well friends, we are solidly into 2013 now. How are your resolutions coming? I tend to be a bit all over the place with resolutions -  for some reason the word "goal" works much better for me. And one of my goals is to dress more stylishly this year. And that's where Etsy comes in - with so many gorgeous things available with just a click. If only one of my other goals wasn't to save money to bring home my son/s! Anyway, here are a few of my favorites this week. 

Clockwise from top left:

Gold Chevron Ring by katerinaki1977
Hand Crocheted Hand Warmers by Plexida
Ikat Clutch by eclu
Baby Botanist Bag by Opelle
Handmade Small Convertible Leather Bag by LeatherFun
Lace Up Flat Boots by Olive Thomas
Missing You Crystal Buttoned Quilted Cashmere Coat by idea2lifestyle
Apophyllite and Quartz Chunky Ring by CraftsGardenOfZen
Felt and Leather iPhone 5 Case by TopHome

There are more gorgeous finds in the rest of the collection here - Treasury - New Year, New Start.



Monday, January 7, 2013

Styled - Sam Kweskin Inspired Living Room

Styled is back, fresh and ready for a new year! I don't know about you, but I'm definitely in the mood for some changes to my living space. As usual, I live out all my design daydreams with inspiration boards inspired by artists that I love! This week, photographer Sam Kweskin's landscape inspired a modern, saturated and functional living room. If you look closely at the photograph, you'll spot the human element. I love the presence of people in landscape photography, and I think this particular photograph would make a beautiful centerpiece in any room. Layered into this space are plenty of saturated colors, natural textures and metallic elements. 

1. Small Arrow Bundle by Vogtsmith from Serena and Lily 
3. Capri Blue Indigo Jar Candle from Anthropologie
4. Venetian Frame from Anthropologie
5. Clarke Sofa from Room and Board
6. Hammered Metal Lamp - Nailhead Stripe from Serena and Lily
7. Driftwood Side Table from Crate and Barrel
8. Venda Dhurrie in Plaster from West Elm

Any living space updates planned for you in 2013?



Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Its a New Day!

Happy New Year, friends! Here's to a new start, a new year, one day at a time. I must say, I'm reveling in the fresh feeling that January first brings.

Cheers to all of you today! May 2013 be richer, fuller, happier and braver than any year you've ever lived to see.




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