In need of a last minute jack-o-lantern and running out of ideas? Check out these adorable and creative pumpkins from Sweet Paul. Make yours into a terrarium or paint and decoupage the outside (no carving needed!). These were beautifully photographed by Colin Cooke. Check out Sweet Paul for more pumpkins and chic halloween decor.
Hey all! Hope you are enjoying the fall weather. Last Sunday was the most beautiful and perfect autumn day here in Ohio. It was brisk, but not cold, the sky was blue and the leaves were about at their peak. When I took the dog out in the morning I knew we had to do something.
Unfortunately we got going too late to go to a pumpkin patch. Instead we headed out to do some shopping at our favorite local grocery store Kriegers Market in Cuyahoga Falls. They always have the most amazing selection of Ohio grown apples, sweet local cider and a huge assortment of pumpkins and squash.
I also picked out a few cute white mini-pumpkins for our kitchen table since they were 3 for 99 cents (how can you resist?).
We’ll be carving our jack-o-lanterns and baking pumpkin seeds (my favorite!) tomorrow. We are hoping this year we will have some trick-or-treaters and will probably just curl up on the sofa Sunday night in case some come by. Are you doing anything fun this weekend to celebrate?
My good friend, Evita from the Happy Heathen always has the most gorgeous Halloween spread and she was kind enough to share a tutorial from this year’s decor with us today! Be sure to check out the rest of Evita’s beautiful Samhain/Halloween decorations over. She also has more amazing tutorials for DIY Bat Garland, cat lace placemats and her spooky DIY candle votives.
Hey everyone, it’s Evita from The Happy Heathen with a fairly inexpensive and easy way to make vintage looking chromolithographs to spook up your decor for Halloween. Check around your place, as some of these items may already be in your possession, and are just waiting for a chance to come back to life!
Paper – preferably cardstock or photo paper.
Frame – we purchased ours from a thrift store for about 50 cents.
Ribbon – about a yard will do.
Be sure to visit the Graphics Fairy for more fantastic images!
I’m loving my new pair of TOMS Botas. I rocked a pair of their classic flats all summer and now that it’s getting cold, my toes have been getting chilly. I didn’t want to give up the comfort of my TOMS so I checked out their new fall collection and picked up the Botas for myself. They are just as comfy, perfect for work and are so cute. And with all TOMS, my pair paid for a pair for a child in need.
My mom has been digitizing a lot of our family photos and this week she posted some of my favorite photographs of my Great-Grandpa Otto and Great-Grandma Elise (or Granny). They are so beautiful and inspiring I had to share them.
This photo is from their wedding in Chicago. I love my granny’s dress and their cake is so sweet. I wish someone still had their cake topper.
They were so fashionable, even by today’s standards. My mom remembers Grandpa always in his suits and granny looks like a movie star in her fur coat and hat. I wish people still took photographs like this.
I love this pair of pictures. I think my granny looks so beautiful and serene and Grandpa Otto look so handsome.
unfortunately, I was never able to meet my great-grandfather. But my Granny was alive when I was born and she loved me to pieces. One of my mom’s and my most cherished possessions is a video of Granny telling her immigration story with me on her lap.
This discovery comes courtesy of Jared (the husband). I’ve always been drawn to art that takes common, inexpensive materials (like paper and thread) and elevates them to something of value and beauty. I spent this afternoon pouring over Anna-Wili Highfield‘s website. Her paper animal sculptures are some of the most stunning pieces of art I have seen in a long time. The daughter of a puppeteer with a degree in Fine Arts who also worked at the Opera Australia for a period of time, Anna clearly has the creativity bone and an eye for beauty.
I love the birds. I think they all have such life and personality. Jared was really drawn to the sewn paper cow bust. See more of Anna’s paper creatures here in her gallery. Which is your favorite?
I’ve already gushed about Flourish once this week. Twice may be excessive, but it’s totally deserved. I got another little package this week with some samples of their fragrance oil and a tube of glossy lip tint in Ruby and once again Flourish won me over. Lipstick usually doesn’t look right on me. I end up looking like a little girl who got into Mommy’s make-up. This lip tint gives me the right healthy, shiny, natural color without being heavy or overwhelming. It’s what I imagine Snow White would wear if she was a modern girl.
Also, the perfume oil is wonderful! Most alcohol-based perfumes give me a major headache. I wore my sample of Woodsmoke & Vanilla all day today and I am head-ache free and enjoying the beautiful warm, sweet and woodsy fragrance.
I’m 23. 7 years away from entering my 30′s. I’m not scared of 30, but it does feel like a milestone age. While I am a grown up, I feel like your twenties are still your time to make mistakes, learn, grow and become your adult self while you are between your post-college years and kids. I want to set myself up for some awesome 30′s, 40′s, 50′s and beyond, developing good habits, experience things that will make me a more worldly person and making sound investments.
I started my list of things to do before I turn 30 a month or so ago and I figure we better start checking them off now since some of them are pretty lofty.
Note: This list is subject to change and develop. I will be adding to it and crossing things off. But the goal is to never take anything off the list and to try to achieve as many of these as I can.
I know butterflies are typically a symbol of spring and summer, but Monarchs are migrating south right now and their beautiful orange hue are perfect for autumn.
I adore these pretty butterfly accessories from Agape Live Love‘s new collection. They are like a scene from a fairy tale, where the birds and butterflies always seem to land on the princess like a perfectly placed piece of jewelry. I think this ring is so precious and for a mere $12 it’s an inexpensive frill to make your everyday that much more lovely.
Photos by Diane Loveless Photography.
It’s been awhile since I have recommended a new book. Months ago I ran across the book Simply Scandinavian on amazon and immediately put it on reserve at the local library. It finally came in this week and I just about died when I started looking through it. The featured spaces are everything I could ever want in a home. Clean, light, casual, comfortable and effortless with an eclectic mix of vintage and contemporary. As we inch closer to our first home it is just the inspiration we need to start honing our style.
You can pick it up at amazon or if you are cheap frugal like me, pick it up at the library!
Book scans from Design*Sponge.