Valentine Buys and Craft Ideas

With Valentine's Day only a week away, I'm setting the mood at home by baking heart cookies, bringing out my Valentine's XO Wreath, and diving head first into Valentine crafts with the girls

On a personal love-note, my husband and I just celebrated the 15 year anniversary of our first date. How did that happen so quickly?! I still feel like we're in college and haven't aged that much. Time flies when you're having fun and in love!

Buys

I thought I'd do a quick round up of some fun love-themed gifts and decor to help everyone else get into the mood. They're not your traditional romantic gifts, these are a little more fun and lighthearted. Because after 15 years, that's what love is, right?! Hope these spark a little V-Day love in your worlds!

Craft Ideas

It wouldn't be a holiday if I didn't have some DIY on the menu. I found some new Valentine crafts that would be so fun to do! I'm hoping I have some time this weekend to get one of them done. Find even more ideas from years past here. Cheer's to Crafting Love.

Spring Fling

It's officially here! 

Spring break is this week (as much as a preschooler who goes only two mornings a week can even understand what spring break is), Easter is over, and my spring updates have begun. I've retired my winter-white bedding for the season, fallen in love with touches of pink and copper, and I'm imagining all sorts of updates I can do in the house on-the-cheap.

I don't know if it's cabin fever, but I've been feeling so restless lately! Not only do I feel like my home decor is getting stale, but I'm cleaning up a storm - I was even dreaming of cleaning the entire refrigerator last night, not a good sign. They do say "Spring Cleaning", clearly for a reason and maybe its not just because things are dirty.

In the hopes of putting my craziness behind me, I've brought out my spring bedding, an ancient Anthropologie duvet cover and shams that I fell in love with years ago and just can't shake my love for. It screams spring to me, serene and calm.

My very-much-loved Anthropologie duvet cover

My very-much-loved Anthropologie duvet cover

It's amazing how a quick trip to the linen closet can make my bedroom feel fresh and ready for great weather. Gotta love shopping my home!

I did make a small investment to update the family room with pink accented pillows from World Market. They have such a fun selection of pillows that aren't crazy expensive. On my pillow trip I even found a copper accented mirror for the family room. I'm not sure what has sparked my sudden desire to decorate with pink, but it feels much more fun than the browns I previously had and puts a smile on my face.

My trio of frames in the kitchen have also gotten their seasonal update. They are the Ikea Ribba frame in walnut (unfortunately a discontinued color). The 12"x12" opening is perfect for scrapbook paper that I can change out whenever the mood strikes. They are red patterned Ikat, stripes and Chevron stripes right now.

Another way I'm looking to freshen up the house it to search for wall art/decor for the master bedroom. I stumbled upon a great Elle Decor post about downloading free prints and framing them inexpensively. I hadn't thought to do this, LOVE IT!

I'm also still hoping to get my paper towel roll art put together for above one of the dressers in our master bedroom; hopefully before my towel roll stash explodes out of the bag - I'm great at saving them, just not so great at getting my act together to use them! So, I have two good projects ahead of me. I'll keep you posted! 

Check out my Pinterest board for more spring updates that may just inspire you, too!

Easter Round-Up

Maybe it was residual winter clouding my brain, but I feel like I've been living under a rock the past few weeks - uninspired to do much of anything crafty or design-worthy. I had at least three projects I wanted to do for Easter, but didn't even break them out of the bag! So sad.

I did grab two craft projects at Target that I could do with Toddler G. Thank goodness, otherwise my funk would have put a cloud on her Easter!

My everyday moss wreath dressed up with left-over pink ribbon and some of the Target rabbit crafts I did with Toddler G

My everyday moss wreath dressed up with left-over pink ribbon and some of the Target rabbit crafts I did with Toddler G

Here's to being more inspired now that I feel like spring has arrived!

And the Winner Is...

Stephanie CD

Congratulations, you've won the Anthropologie Monogram Mug and a box of Nespresso capsules! Thanks so much to everyone who commented and made it even more fun to check my email every day.

In the spirit of the Monogram Mug, I thought I'd write about the classic and timeless MONOGRAM - in all its initialed glory.

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of a monogram - I think I've gifted a monogram of some sort to almost everyone I know. I'm not sure when the addiction started, but its been years and years. The girls each have monogrammed pillows on their beds - thanks to their fabulous Mimi - initials on their walls, blankets, you name it. For their Princess birthday party I even had to Mod Podge letters with gold glitter - a royal mess, but they're still up in the family room!

There are a plethora of sites that detail the rules of monogramming, I like this one. It's amazing how many "rules" there are, but if you're a monogram traditionalist, like me, you stick with what works.

The monogram doesn't have to be traditional looking! Anthropologie always has a great selection of decidedly more modern monogrammed products, from coat hooks to journals to jewelry. Love it! Check out the full selection here.

Personally, I would be lost without a set of monogrammed note cardsThese from Crane have been my go-to for such a long time. They are simple, elegant and personal. I think it was a great friend in Atlanta, PH, that first gave me a set and I've loved them ever since. Crane has such an extensive monogrammed card selection, its almost overwhelming! Pretty much a different one for every day of the year.

Crane Hand Engraved Script Note Cards

Crane Hand Engraved Script Note Cards

My sister-in-law gave me a monogram address stamp this past Christmas - I can't believe I didn't have one before - best gift ever!

And Etsy has a never-ending assortment of monogrammed products: wall decals, pillows, hats, shirts, cups, even finger nail decals! OMG there is more than I could ever list here!

Love this!  Metallic Gold Pillow  on Etsy

Love this! Metallic Gold Pillow on Etsy

I hope you've enjoyed all the monograms! I could keep searching for my initials (or the girls' or my husband's) all day long and probably not get tired of it. There are so many awesome ways to celebrate the letters that are you!

Setting the Table for a Thanksgiving Feast

It feels odd, but I'm not going all out on Thanksgiving decor. 

I've already got my centerpiece of pumpkins and corn that I re-imagined from Halloween, and last week's baby shower finished it off with the acorns, woodland decorations, etc. And I'm not hosting Thanksgiving dinner - the entire family is packing up and going down to the Monterey area for dinner at my mom's. 

Despite all this, I do love a fabulous tablescape. Here are some that really struck a chord with me and I would love to recreate at some point:

In order to put the perfect table together, I've compiled a list of items that would make your own tablescape. From dishes, to serving pieces, to accessories, I would love to have any of these!

Dish sets

Dishes are the foundation of your table setting. I'm typically partial to white-based dishes so you aren't stuck with one color scheme for the rest of your dining life, but the Juliska and Zara Home dishes felt very Thanksgiving appropriate.

Serving Pieces

Great serving pieces are like statement necklaces for an outfit, they can finish the look of a table and take it to another level that dishes and centerpieces just can't. I adore the Anthropologie pieces below with their feather motif.

Accessories and Decor

No table is complete without a centerpiece or a little something special that just screams your theme. These are some fun additions to any Thanksgiving or Fall tablescape.

Thanksgiving is all about being together with family and friends. Make your tablescape as beautiful and unique as possible to make the togetherness all that more special and wonderful.

Check out my Thanksgiving Pinterest board and my Fall Is in the Air blog post for even more great ideas!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Let the Walls Do the Talking

I must be preoccupied with the blank walls in my home, because all I think about is paint, art work, mirrors, anything related to dressing my walls. 
I recently bought a set of sea urchins from Target and am loving them on the wall!

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Since hanging them up and being absolutely pleased with how they look, I've been all about 3D art.
I've spent hours searching high and low to come up with a few collections of items that would be fun to hang on the wall that isn't the traditional piece of framed art. Here are some that really struck a chord with me:

Wall Discs of all Sorts

Collections of Objects

Animal Sculptures

These are so much better than the taxidermy sort, at least in my opinion.

Wall Plates

I've never been one to collect plates, but in my wall decor search I found that One Kings Lane has a ridiculous amount, all styles and shapes! It got me thinking, when I was growing up my mother had a tremendous Scandinavian plate collection on the kitchen wall. I had to throw one into my Wall Plate gallery as a nod to her, love you mom!

From Circles to Squares and Other Shapes

I know there's a lot, but I couldn't resist. There are so many options that its mind boggling. Which are your favorites? I'd love to know!

Fall is in the Air (Finally!)

As the almost 100 degree temperatures begin to subside, I am so excited!

Fall is my favorite time of year. Maybe it's because of my almost 15 years on the East Coast, but there's something about the leaves changing, the feeling of crispness in the air, apple picking, the smell of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), the need to wear pants and a sweater (I am so tired of wearing shorts and skirts!)...

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