Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Spaces to Inspire: My Friend Kayla's Abode

Hello! Did you have a nice, relaxing weekend? We spent Memorial Day evening at our friends Kayla and Ryan's place. We grilled, played yard games and make homemade ice cream from Kayla's super cute duck egg blue vintage ice cream maker. Good times.

Kayla is a teacher by day and a "Jill of all trades" (as our mutual friend Amanda calls her) by night.
She (as I'm realizing the more time I spend at her adorable house) has quite the eye for organizing lovely objects and making pretty much any space functional and cute, cute, cute, as the board above can testify.
For more cuteness from Kayla check out her blog and her etsy shop!

Friday, May 27, 2011

In My Future

With few holiday weekend plans (yee haw!) here's what I predict will be taking place: 

there shall be sleeping in...

there shall be cups of strong french press coffee with the mister...

there shall be house hunting (I'm feeling optimistic this time)...

there shall be grilling and eating of turkey burgers with yogurt sauce and feta.

And probably some afternoon naps and movie watching and probably some crafting too.
What weekend delights are in your future?

(images via here)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fern & Flora Goodies and A Gorgeous Photo Shoot

I've got the blues somethin' terrible. Can't seem to shake it. I'm always drawn to shades of robin's egg, teal, etc. and if you ever stopped by for a visit, you would see the same hues all around my house. If you've got a hankerin for a blue fix, check out all the new shades in my shop. The gold and blue clutch is fresh as of today. 

In unrelated (but equally fabulous) news, I just saw some completely lovely photos from a shoot my friend Kayla and her mister Ryan participated in recently and they were too gorgeous not to share. The brilliant eye behind the camera is Minnesota photographer Kate Botwinski. Take a gander of them frolicking in the fields of Colorado with their vintage cameras right here.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lovely is the Rose

We're back from another trip home and for now, all of our bright and brilliant siblings have graduated, much to our joy and pride. Next spring, we'll have a bachelor degree, masters degree and Ph.D to celebrate but in the mean time, it's good to be home and with the arrival of Memorial Day and therefore the sort of unofficial beginning of summer, I'm thinking about green and growing things - like the splendid garden rose. 

Garden roses are larger and more ruffly and organic looking when compared to the traditional hybrid that many florist use. That's probably why they're more pricey too. I'd love to plant some ramblers or climbers when we get a house and yard of our own and fill the house with them all summer long. Until then, I'm getting my garden rose fix from the little porcelain cups (above) that I found at a local antique shop a few years ago and Tokyo Milk's Gin & Rosewater candle. 

On a side note, if you're not familiar with Tokyo Milk, you should be! Beautiful packaging, gorgeous scents and products ranging from body lotions and candles to stationery and perfume, Tokyo Milk is based right here in Colorado and is a sister company to Lollia (sold at Anthropologie) and Love and Toast, whose roller perfumes (I'm in love with the Clementine Crush) are perfect for carrying around in your purse and applying at will when you need a little refresh.

Hope you're having a lovely week friends.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Don't Miss This Giveaway!

The fabulous Kara over at Kara Rosenberry Company is giving away FOUR PACKAGES (one package of each design shown above!) of her incredibly sweet vintage photo line to a lucky winner! So don't delay! Enter right here

Friday, May 20, 2011

Good Things

Gray and green together is a mighty good thing. 

Getting to see these guys in concert tomorrow night (woot woot!) -  also really, really good. 

It looks the sun might actually be trying to shine a little today! (Better than good. I'm becoming vitamin D deficient) 

Hopping on the next plane home (or cluster of balloons as the case may be) with the mister to celebrate another joyous graduation.
(Way to go Jesse!)

Getting almost completely caught up on Mad Men and realizing that it just keeps getting better and better.

The luxury of blogging in my robe at a few minutes to 10 and with no where to go or deadlines to hit, might be the goodliest thing of all. 

Hope your day is full of good things too.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Etsy Love and Where The Heck Is The Sun?!

Here's hoping that Little Orphan Annie is right! If I don't get some blue skies, and I mean right now, I will be forced to get on Etsy and engage in some major shopping therapy. We've had 1 day of sun in the last 9 days in my neck of the woods and it's beginning to wear on me. So here are my picks to help turn my emotional gray skies into blue:

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Fern & Flora Wednesday and Giveaway Winner!

Just in time for the lucky giveaway winner are new spring and summer-ish accessories just added to my Etsy shop! 
Speaking of which... 

Congrats Teri! I will be in touch! 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wanted: A space to inspire

It's Monday and sometimes on Mondays I like to share spaces that inspire me. But for today, I'd thought I'd blog a bit about our search to find our own space. The mister and I have been house hunting for a several weeks now (not with reckless abandon, but as we have time) and I'm thinking it might help to narrow the search a bit, like maybe just decide on some sort of pink cottage-y looking thing or nothing at all. I feel the need to shake things up a bit because at this point, I'm starting to feel like if you've seen one 1960's ranch on the west side of the city, you've seen them all. Ya know? Perhaps if I set a few more perimeters, it would help the situation. 

I don't want to sound like a party pooper - and I do think of myself as someone who can see potential in things that may not look that appealing... but let me tell ya, wine taste on a beer budget just stinks. It doesn't matter if you're looking for a new pair of shoes or a place to live. 

On the brighter side, we have a very smart and capable realtor and the husband isn't feeling as pessimistic as I am currently, so upward and onward! We resume the hunt on Wednesday and I will keep you posted. 

Ta ta for now and don't forget to enter my giveaway for a $30 shop credit to Fern & Flora's etsy shop
See Friday's post for all the details! 

(p.s. all photos via here)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fern & Flora Friday and Giveaway!

My goodness. It's Friday, isn't it? I've been chained to my desk for the last few days working on a custom order for a local wedding. The bride was a real sweet heart - nice to work with, quick to respond to messages - my favorite kind of bride. She gave me a pretty white sash covered with fabric flowers from her mom's wedding dress from back in the day to incorporate into the pieces. I'm such a sentimental fool, so I especially loved that part of the project...

So in honor of the fact that it's the weekend and I actually foresee some R&R in my future, let's do a giveaway!

To enter, take a looksie at my shop and comment on what little item you'd like to make your own if you win. 
Let me know you're a follower for an additional entry and of course you're more than welcome to re blog, tweet or Facebook this giveaway too! Just leave a comment with the link for additional entries. 

The winner will be announced next Wednesday, May 18th. 
Have a lovely weekend and good luck! 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Zoom, Zoom: A Wild Weekend Recap

We're back home from a whirlwind weekend. This was one of those times when cloning myself would have been so handy so I could have been at both the Horseshoe Market and back home for two family graduation celebrations simultaneously (not really though, cause cloning is creepy, but you get the idea). Family does indeed come first, so the mister and I left for home on Thursday and spent the weekend feeling rather proud of our brother Levi and sister Kelly.

Hooray Levi! This guy got his architectural engineering degree and is just months away from becoming a married man! He's having a pretty good year, I'd say.

My sis Kelly (isn't she pretty?) got her degree this weekend too. She worked full-time while finishing her degree in psychology. Not easy. I'm so proud of you.

There was also lots of quality play time with my sweet little nephews.

There was pie, pie and more pie too. My family's life-long friend has wicked baking skills and brought her famous Kiwi Summer Limeade Pie to my sister's graduation party. (It really is famous! She won a competition hosted by Midwest Living Magazine! Congrats Susie!) 

Mean while, back at the Horseshoe Market (cue cowboy music), Kara and my friend Emily were setting up our tent, working the market, and texting me updates throughout the day. They really did a splendid job! Take a look.... 

And check out these lovely photos of the market by Rachel Grace Photography. I love the snap she took of my blue and green headbands. Thank you Rachel! 

Phew. Good times but I'm feeling tired just thinking about it all!
And how was your weekend? Please do share!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Fabulous Horseshoe Market This Weekend!!

Sorry I've been MIA this week. Between prepping for the market, working my other job, celebrating the mister's birthday (Happy B-Day Ike!) and getting ready to leave town, I have looked (and felt) like a chicken with my head cut off - running around all crazy and wild.

If you're in our neck of the woods this Saturday, you're not going to want to miss the fabulous Horseshoe Market
I'm sure most of you dear readers are sick to death of my constant promotion of the market, but it really is adorable and fun and full of great finds including handmade, vintage and antiques. Plus, word on the street is that Food Network's show The Great Food Truck Race is making a stop in Denver this weekend to film and one of the trucks will be parked at the Horseshoe Market! How cool is that? So if you're not into the market, at least come for the food! 

(p.s. I won't actually be at the market due to a trip home to celebrate two family college graduations (woot woot!) but tons of new Fern & Flora goodies will be there along with Kara from Kara Rosenberry Co and my friend Emily (if I can't be there, at least I found another Emily to fill in!). These women are friendly, stylish and fun to talk to, so stop on by and say hello. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

Royal Tea Party Recap!

Hello! Did you have a nice weekend? What did you do? Did you take in the glorious pomp and circumstance of William and Kate's wedding??

I hosted a royal wedding tea party on Saturday and it was a hoot! I really do have such a lovely group of friends. Everyone came in their best form, with pretty spring outfits and homemade goodies and we sipped and gabbed while taking in the royal wedding. 

There was chicken salad on croissants, herbed goat cheese and cucumber sandwiches, homemade blueberry scones (thanks Suz!), homemade lemon bars (still warm upon arrival! - Thanks Em!), fresh strawberries, lemon curd, beautiful spritz cookies (by the Spritz Cookie Goddess, Kayla), etc. etc. Even baby Rocco (with his dreamy blue eyes- see above) came out to celebrate. 

Thanks friends for really getting into the spirit of things! 

Pip Pip Cheerio! 
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