I’m not a huge fan of floating candles, but a simple glass bowl of some of these beeswax acorn cap floating candles from Green Baboon Designs would be the perfect autumn or Thanksgiving centerpiece. Since they are unscented, they are well suited for a dining table and according to the artist, the caps often burn a little to making a crackling sound. Charming!
The rest of her shop has some other fall goodies. I particularly like her felted acorns like these ones in warm gray and these Lunar White Waldorf Star Lantern (I also love these hand burned wooden eggs for spring, but that’s a LONG ways off). Lots of budget decorations to make your home more festive for the coming holiday season!
I am totally smitten with this new correspondence set from the wonderfully talented Julianna Swancy of Oh My Cavalier! I have a few of her pieces already (and may have ordered myself a little something from her shop today as well) and the characters always make me smile. Sending and receiving “snail mail” is so much fun, and buying a pretty little set like this for your desk (tuck a little book of stamps inside the box so they are close at hand) makes me feel like such a grown up. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to add a little beauty your someone and your own day. Plus, I’m a sucker for details and that little fox eraser is just about the cutest thing I have seen in a while.
Jared and I had fun walking around the herb and flower gardens at the Seiberling Nature Realm in the Summit County Metroparks a week or so ago. It was a perfect evening for a walk and I was so happy to see the parking lot nearly full even after the center had closed. Lots of people out for evening walking instead of in front of the TV.
I took a bunch of photos. This flower reminded me of a purple octopus leg.
I hope you have all checked out my new giveaway for Tickled Pink Knits Atelier. While having a beautiful pattern to start would be wonderful incentive to learn, we know not everyone has the time of patience.
Elena has kept everyone in mind and has also generously offered 10% off at her knitwear and accessory shop to L & F readers through November 30th! Use the discount code ” L & F 10″ in the message to seller upon purchase to redeem the discount (discount valid on any item except custom items).
I know in our house it seems like we need a new pair of gloves every single year, so this could be the perfect reason to treat yourself to a new pair or fingerless gloves or a luxurious knit shawl for a special event (have you seen her bridal wrap?! Gorgeous for a winter wedding!). Head over to Tickled Pink Knits and take a look! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
I know a lot of you are crafty, and with autumn and the holidays right around the corner I am pleased as punch to bring you this weeks giveaway! The amazingly talented Elena is best known for her stunning etsy shop Tickled Pink Knits, full of beautiful wraps, gloves, scarves, hats and other luxury knit items. Recently she had made a selection of her unique patterns available for purchase at Tickled Pink Knits Atelier! She is graciously giving away a free pattern to a lucky (and crafty) L & F reader!
As crafty as I am, knitting is one of the mediums I have yet to master. But Elena’s gorgeous patterns are certainly enticing! I asked her a few interview questions she was kind enough to answer…
You are the queen of knitting! How long have you been knitting and how did you start?
“I learned to knit as a teen and was quite serious about it for a couple of years back then. A hiatus of about 10-12 years followed, and I fell head over heels in love with knitting again about 5 years ago, and since then not a day goes by for me without needles and yarn.”
Do you have any tips or tricks for beginning knitters like myself?
“Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and understand that not every stitch you make will be perfect right from the start. In knitting, practice (and lots of it) is essential! If you are just starting out, pick a smaller project that doesn’t call for too much yarn or time. Opt for a cowl or mitts instead of an oversized scarf. You will be able to see the results of your work and enjoy the finished project sooner. With time, experiment with new stitches, go beyond the basics of garter stitch and stockinette, and try a larger project.”
What are you favorite trends in knitted accessories for this autumn and winter?
“I am a fan of beautiful textures, clean lines, intricate details, and the occasional ruffle. I am also impartial to garments and accessories that have a beautiful drape and can be worn in several different ways. I am happy to see these trends in this season’s fashions. Many of this year’s popular colors are also my favorites – rich greys, soft whites and neutrals, bold warm oranges and terra cotta, and deep purples.”
A winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, October 2nd at 9 PM EST. I will announce the winner right here shortly after. Good luck!
Phew! I kind of feel like I’m catching up, but I still have a long way to go this weekend. Until I’m finished training, expect things to be a little inconsistent around here. Once I’m finished training I’ll be working 3 full days a week and will have 2 days off to work on the blog (and maybe do some crafting).
The house hunt is officially back and Jared and I are looking at a new place this weekend. I will hopefully take some time to clean up the apartment as well and make a good dinner or two.
And of course, your weekend links…
Remember the first time you read Little Women or Sense & Sensibility? Remember the feeling it gave you? For me finishing these books for the first time was always bittersweet. Of course I got the warm-and-fuzzies because I knew I had a new favorite, but I also knew it would never again be like that first read-through again. I would never have the feeling of wondering what would happen next, or would never meet these characters for the first time again.
Instead, I have found ways to make my old favorites feel fresh again. While you can never get back that first read, you can discover new things about it and fall in love with it all over again.
What is your favorite classic? Have you ever re-read it? What do you do to make it new again?
Hi There! I’m Amanda from Sydney, Australia. I am currently taking the Decor8 Blogging Your Way Course with Lindsey. I am a Graphic Designer with my own eco-friendly modern paper goods range called lemon tree lane.
I am also the author of an Australian Indie, Handmade and Design blog called Calico & Co. which is the reason Lindsey has asked me to share some of the current top trends here in Australia. I have chosen 3 of the top trends and am so excited to share them with you!
Trend 1: Nana Chic
We all know that vintage has been trendy for a while now, but it seems to be taking
a slight turn here in Australia. The terms “Nana Chic” or “Granny Chic” has been
coined to describe the newer trend of taking all those old and not so chic items that
you might find in your Grandmother’s house and giving them a new lease of life with
a contemporary twist. This can be through painting old furniture, creating a quilt from
vintage fabrics, collecting old china tea cups and mix and matching the old in with the
Trend 2: Bunting/Garlands
I love bunting and garlands! They come in so many different forms and can actually
be quite versatile. They can be made of paper, fabric, yarn and sewn, crocheted, hand
cut, printed, and so much more. Bunting and garlands have been very popular for
weddings, birthdays and other events for a while, but now they seem to be finding
their way into our homes. They looks wonderful strung across a child’s room, or
hung on a curtain rail across a window. They are simple to make, or there are lots of
wonderful sellers on Etsy, so you are sure to
find a design you love!
Trend 3: Buying Handmade
With the increased popularity of Etsy and the Australian site MadeIt, along with the wonderful support of great magazines such as Frankie, Pepermint and Mixtape, the handmade movement is picking up pace
here in Aus. It’s great to see that people are looking for handmade alternatives for
gifts, for their home and for their children. Not only does it help support small/macro
businesses, but it is also better for our environment to fill our lives with items that
I hope you have enjoyed this little look into some top trends here in Australia!
There is a lot more design and handmade inspiration on my blog. I’d love to see you there sometime soon,
so stop by and say hello!
(Be sure to check out my post on top 5 tips for buying vintage for the home on Amanda’s blog!)
Hi everyone, I’m so happy to be guest blogging on Lost & Fawned! My name is Heather, but most people call me Violet because of my over-the-top obsession with the color purple. I love purple so much in fact, I decided to name my stationery shop Viva la Violette. When Lindsey asked me to do a guest post and put together a fall wishlist, I could hardly wait to get started. If you’d ever meet me in person, you’d see what I mean about my obsession. Between my purple clothes, purses, shoes, jewelry, (and sometimes hair streaks!) I am always wearing something purple. Do I ever get tired of purple? No. Even my wedding ring is tanzanite =) But I’ll tell you what’s really nice about being so in love with one color, it’s very easy to color coordinate! Even though my favorite shade is obviously violet, I can appreciate the pop that this purple orchid can give to a wardrobe or room.
You can also hop over to my blog, Viva la Blogette, to see what Lindsey has put together with one of my wedding invitations. See you soon!