Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday Treasures 14

These plaster flower votive candle holders by Gabrielle of Design Mom are so, so gorgeous! It's a really simple DIY too, but you'll have to click the image below to see how she pulls it off!

This beautifully kitschy dress is wholly handmade by artist Kristen Kempton for her brand, Fink. Kristen designs not only each and every original & exclusive article of clothing at Fink, but also creates all of the unique prints that make up her designs.

Check out that lovely chain-stitch! This vintage clutch was hand-stitched by Jamie Davis, and is currently for sale at her Etsy shop, AnotherJamieDavis. If green and brown aren't your colors, or if you're simply looking for something a bit bigger, then you should most certainly head on over to her shop and see the wonderful variety of nature-inspired needlework that she's cleverly incorporated onto these great vintage pieces.

I'm absolutely swooning over this Octolope art print by Phineas X. Jones. If you could combine two of my favorite animals to make one bad-ass ocean predator, this is what it would look like! You can see more original designs and prints at his website, Octophant!

This sweet little floral cattoo was inked by tattoo artist Chad Lenjer of the Black Metal Tattoo Company! Their website is currently a work in progress as I'm writing this, but you can keep up on new wonderful works of art by following Chad on Instagram or checking out the Black Metal Tattoo page on Facebook!

Thanks for reading! Check back every Tuesday to see even more creative and handmade discoveries each week!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday Treasures 13

This bird-shaped magnifying glass is SO freaking adorable! You can find this (as well as a cute turtle-shaped magnifier) at Rustic Pearl!

It may be the first time I've featured any sort of drink concoction on Tuesday Treasures, but I just couldn't resist! This Green Gargoyle, as seen in Savory Cocktails by Greg Henry (and featured on Garden Therapy), seems like the perfect savory blend of hot and cold flavors. I'm pretty excited to try this green guy out myself!

This gorgeous globe fire pit is made of quarter-inch thick carbon steel and created by Rick Wittrig and it is beautiful. You can buy one for yourself if you happen to have around $1700 lying around for that sort of thing.

This is an outfit of Molla Mills, and it was so cute that I just had to share it. I found the image on Pinterest, but I managed to trace it back to Hel Looks, a fashion blog based in Helsinki, Finland. I literally spent hours just browsing all of the portraits of beautiful people on this blog when I found it, so I hope you enjoy it, too! You can learn more about her specific outfit by clicking on the image below:

Our final featured treasures are chandeliers by artist and designer Adam Wallacavage. If you thought I'd post another edition of Tuesday Treasures without a few tentacles, you were wrong. Check out these beauties:

Thanks for reading, and be sure to stop in every Tuesday for more wonderful finds!

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stranded on Dessert Island

Let me start my admitting that this blog post title isn't entirely relevant, but the play on words is one that I can use to segue to a similar topic that is of some grammatical annoyance to me.

It's one o'clock in the morning and I'm "writing blog posts". That is to say, I have a few tabs open; maybe Blogger, Google Calendar, and Facebook. Another is a page about a conspiracy theory I've been reading up on, and yet another is one of those quizzes that you only take when you're a gullible teenager with nothing else to do, or maybe you're just procrastinating and you've actually done three in a row now.

Anyway, I've found myself on this quiz site, when I come across the "Which Celebrity Would You Be Stranded With On A Desert Island?" quiz and it hits me - a question that I've asked myself time and time again when I hear the words "desert island"...

Are there really that many desert islands out there, or is this just a mass grammatical error of folks intending to say "deserted island"? Perhaps people are really just curious about sandy islands specifically (as well as whom or what you might take with you if you ever find yourself traveling to one), but I always imagined that if I were ever to wash ashore in some sort of island fantasy that it'd be more likely to be highly vegetated island, however deserted that island may be.

So this is the question that's really been nagging me for awhile: the "desert island vs. deserted island" conundrum: do you say "desert", when what you mean is "deserted"? Oh, and in case you're wondering - I got Bill Nye.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

7 Beautiful Backyard & Garden Projects

Each Spring since we've moved onto this beautiful property, I've told myself that this was going to be the year that I get my hands dirty, the year that I'll finally start growing something and creating something beautiful in the messy little backyard-patio area just outside the door of my basement lair. While we've got a bit more yard-work to do to make this area into something I'd call somewhat pretty, I can't help but dream of all the beautiful things I'd love to grow and do in my humble little backyard area once I've cultivated my green thumb. Here are some of these daydreams in the form of a cute little list:

Grow lettuce in a wine barrel.

Stephanie at Garden Therapy has a great way of growing a lot of lettuce while keeping it safe from slugs and pests! Now I just need to find a wine barrel that's still intact...

Grow a framed succulent garden.

Succulents are pretty darn gorgeous as it is, but have been known to spread and get out of control at times. By growing and hanging them in a pretty frame, you can keep them from spilling into the rest of your garden, while showing them the appreciation that a work of art deserves!

Line the outside of the garden in a fence of tall flowers.

CC image by floato / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Since the area I'm working with shares an edge with a wide open field, it would be really awesome to line the backyard by creating the illusion of a fence with tall flowers, such as sunflowers or the delphiniums pictured above!

Paint that unsightly propane tank.

It just so happens that right outside the back door is a hugemongous propane tank, and let's face it - there aren't enough pretty flowers in the world to disguise that thing. I could easily make it into something that's beautiful enough to want to look at, like this gorgeous propane tank above, painted by muralist Jason Luper.

Add a walkway of stepping stones. 

In the fall, the backyard is a trap for all sorts of leaves and sticks, plus remnants of firewood that we store outside, making the ground a soft, uneven mess. This year, we've discussed leveling the ground and creating a path from the back door; I think these adorable leaf-shaped stones would look phenomenal!

Install an adorable hammock.

This colorful one-person hammock by Cailagua Hammocks would add a beautiful handmade touch outside! Of course, if I were to get a hammock it'd have to be big enough to share with Brad, but a girl can dream, can't she?

Decorate with cute little planters.

CC image by essie / CC BY 2.0

Finally, my favorite method of this tiny little backyard my own would be to decorate it with adorable, kitschy planters and fill them with a variety of little green beauties!

How would you spruce up your small-scale garden, and what plants would you recommend for a gardener that's just starting out? For more ideas, be sure to follow my Garden & Patio Inspiration board on Pinterest! Thanks for reading!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday Treasures 12

Hello again, readers! I'm so happy that Tuesday Treasures is finally back! I really got into a blogging funk after my vacation and found myself having a hard time getting inspired, but I feel like getting this post published has already been a great start to a more motivated workweek!

To those of you who are new readers, hi! Tuesday Treasures is my weekly feature in which I share some amazing and inspiring things I've found around the web. I hope you enjoy it!

This handmade ceramic teapot is absolutely gorgeous! I love the seahorse handle, of course, but mimicking these textures on the spout and knob make this piece a unique and cohesive work of art. You can purchase this pretty teapot and other creative nautical- and texture-inspired pieces at Sky Bird Arts on Etsy!

The following pieces are by embroidery artist and bag designer Yumiko Higuchi and they are STUNNING. I absolutely love items with such a unique hand-worked touch. There are three galleries of amazing works at her website, YumikoHiguchi.com.

This is a photo of Tippi Degre, a young French girl who was raised by her parents among African tribes and wildlife. She has recently shared her story and many more beautiful photographs taken by her parents of her one-of-a-kind childhood in her book, Tippi: My Book of Africa.

With all the wedding-planning ideas I have floating around in my head, I'm not surprised that this gorgeous nature-themed cake from Abigail & Lisa's wedding on RockNRoll Bride made it onto Tuesday Treasures. I love every little detail, from the realistic bark textures, to the cute little mushrooms, and even having their initials "carved" into the top tier of the tree stump!

These feather plugs for stretched ears are so adorable! It's so hard to find attractive and feminine designs for gauged ears, but these handmade beauties by Mylia of Chrysalism on Etsy have me swooning.

Thanks for stopping in for my first edition of Tuesday Treasures in far too long! What's your favorite find this week?

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Adventures & New Beginnings

Hello again, readers! Whether you missed me while I was on vacation or not is irrelevant, so we're moving on already. I have HUGE NEWS! Are you ready for it?

Brad and I are ENGAGED!

Yep, that's right! While all of you other Northerners were up here freezing your little buns off and cursing groundhogs for reasons I still don't quite understand, we were off building on our respective alcoholic constitutions in New Orleans and then having sandally-clad adventures fit for a romantic comedy on the beaches of Daytona.

I could take this time to tell you what a beautiful engagement it was and go over every tiny detail of the romantic tale, but I wouldn't want to make you jealous.

Anyway, I've been back from my vacation for a week now, so I guess I've no excuse to keep me from blogging and getting the ball rolling again. Of course, I managed to lose my camera right before heading out three weeks ago, so you'll have to wait for me to develop my disposables before I can post any vacation pictures. (Which is also why I'm sharing the fairly crappy cell-phone image featured above, rather than something nice that includes both Brad and I and has been Photo-shopped to over-exaggerate the nostalgia I'm experiencing while telling this all to you.)

Anywho, I'm so happy to be back and to finally share this moment with you! I'm incredibly thankful to have had these wonderful experiences and to meet all my awesome new friends and family members along the way! (Shout-out to Sarah, who is especially awesome!) Thanks for reading!

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