Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Lemlem at J.Crew

image from J.Crew

Yesterday I received the new J.Crew catalog in the mail and the first thing I noticed were the beautiful pieces handcrafted by Lemlem. Liya Kebede, an international goodwill ambassador and model for J.Crew, created Lemlem "as a way to inspire economic independence in her native country and to preserve the art of weaving." Not only are the pieces beautiful but I love the meaning behind them :)

p.s. Today is the launch of Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts!

Monday, March 30, 2009


I was inspired to do this post after I saw this on Peonies and Polaroids :)

one picture
{a group wedding photograph}
image from Mary Basnight

one poem
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself to others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of times. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many person strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not digress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be, and whatever your labor or aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all it's sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy. - Max Ehrmann

one song

one quote
"peace. it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. it means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart." -unknown

one item of clothing
{cashmere cardigan}
image from

one place
{Duck, North Carolina}

one disney princess
image from Little Ariel

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I ♥ Jack Johnson

image from art.com

Listening to Jack Johnson just makes me happy :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Antler Magazine

image from Antler Magazine

I just heard about Antler Magazine today from my sister and it's amazing! I love the idea of an online magazine and love that they feature artists and designers from all over. I spent about an hour this morning reading their very first issue and am already feeling inspired :)

is an online magazine which focuses on composing a collection of beautiful, inspiring ideas and designs from all aspects of life. We come in the body of a fashion magazine, but are more than just that. We look for ways to inspire through not only fashion, but art, design, literature, and culture."
-from Antler Magazine

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Our Own Mrs. Field's Cookies

This weekend Eric and I made cookies with a recipe he found on cooks.com for Mrs. Field's cookies. They turned out really good, but I think we made enough to start our own bakery :)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Spring

image from Williams Sonoma

I'm so happy spring is here! It's my favorite time of year because it's not too hot and not too cold. I love this peony wreath from Williams Sonoma and think it would be the perfect decoration for spring :)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Dream Job

The Craft's Dept. at Martha Stewart started their own blog and it's amazing! This would be my dream job... :)

{working in a great space surrounded by crafty supplies
and having a view of the city}

{being able to take a sewing class at work}

{working with so many creative people
and creating fun parties at work}

all images from the Craft's Dept.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

"May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow,
and may trouble avoid you wherever you go."
-Irish Blessing

It wouldn't be a holiday without some sort of garland decoration :) I hope everyone has a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 16, 2009

And the winner is...

Congratulations Blair! Thank you so much to everyone that entered my very first giveaway. I hope you all had a nice weekend! :)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

This Young House

images from This Young House

Over the weekend I discovered This Young House and am so inspired by their house. You can tell so much love and thought went into every detail. The photograph of their laundry room inspired me to put the bag of clothespins I have in a pretty mason in our laundry room. This is a house that just makes me happy :)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Very Pretty Dress

image from J.Crew

This would make such a pretty bridesmaid dress and of course I love the color :)

Don't forget to enter my giveaway too :)

Monday, March 9, 2009

My 200th Post and a Giveaway!

image from ScrappyTime

One of my new favorite sites, ScrappyTime, recently launched their website and kindly offered to give away this pretty green photo album scrapbook handcrafted by Pulp Products. To win just visit ScrappyTime and leave a comment here letting me know what your favorite item is by midnight this Sunday, March 15th. I'll randomly pick and announce the winner on Monday. Make sure to stop by their blog too! :)

Update: Hi everyone, the giveaway is extended till Sunday night and I'll announce the winner on Monday. Thank you for entering! :)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Thermography at Wedding Paper Divas

In addition to the many unique wedding invitations they already carry Wedding Paper Divas just launched their new thermography collection. Some of their first designs feature beautiful wedding invitations along with all the stationery you would need to create the perfect invitation suite. William Arthur's thermography is used to print these exclusive designs for Wedding Paper Divas. Here are a few of my favorites in robin's egg blue, even their names are pretty :)

{graceful garland}

{shoreline treasures}

{luxurious lace}

all images from Wedding Paper Divas

Monday, March 2, 2009

Cherry Blossoms in the Snow

Two of my favorite things together! We had another snow day in North Carolina today and it was so pretty :)

Peonies and Polaroid's Shop

Peonies and Polaroids just opened up her own shop on Etsy. I would love to have one of her prints and maybe someday be able to take a photograph as pretty as this :)