Jayne's studio was so fun to work on. Who wouldn't love to be amongst beautiful fabrics, beads, trims and creative company!
Jayne is the creative handbag designer behind www.designsbyjayne.com . She is also a wonderful mother + wife. Her story brings tears to my eyes and I'm proud to be a part of her life. (Look for her story in a future post)
Jayne gave me a ring when she was ready to take her biz to the next level... take a look, I think she's got it going on! Take a look at the BEFORE + AFTER PHOTOS yourself...
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I had my 'vintage hat collection' sitting around the office a bit too long. I just wasn't sure where + how to display them. My clever office mate Beth must have had enough of my pondering thoughts so she took matters into her own hands. Now normally I'd be all control freak about my decor but Beth found the perfect + most adorable solution! CUTE how she just simply placed it on the hand towel knob... CUTE CUTE CUTE.
I love admiring my nicknamed "Derby Hat" as I dry my hands. Yes, It's the little things that make me happy. What little things around your house or office make you giddy?
I'm thrilled to be emceeing the Makings of a Mamapreneur Conference in Portland this week! So many of my girlfriends and acquaintances have inquired about my biz savviness. Yes, I have a business degree, but that was so 1989 and I need to stay hip + fresh with the whole millennium/Gen Y thing.
As much as I adore my girlfriends I think they tolerate me + my crazy business ideas. It's my mamapreneur girlfriends + Ladies Who Launch sistahs I turn to for resources, support, and down right honest answers. I'm truly looking forward to hearing the mamas share their experience. It's my part of my MBA program- mama biz advice that is.
If you want to follow the event live you can do so on Twitter @mamapreneur . I'm also hoping to add my 2 cents in between my emcee gig- @kristacolvin
Aby, Aby, Aby... she's my creative organizing hero- hmm scratch hero, insert hipster. She's got it going on in the scrapbooking world and was our guest today on The O Myth.. the radio show I co-host w/ Brandie Kajino. We debated + debunked the organizing myth "creative people can't get organized"- which is a total + complete myth sister! Missed the Live show- no biggie, listen to the show here: The O Myth.
Brandie + I mentioned a couple of books for you creative, right brainers (takes one to know one) including Aby's book that we will be giving away!
I'm sooo loving the boys of Barn House! Their flea market was over-the-top fabulous and now this... this fabulous post for my Summer Guest Series. Can't wait to share... But first a big ol bloggy hug + kiss to Joe + Jermonne and I'm sure you'll give them a little sugah after you feast your eyes on their collections! Enough with the love fest already...
Look what HE found!!
When Krista asked us to be “guest-bloggers” for her summer series, of course we said YES! We are so honored to be considered worthy!!But honestly, we had nooooo idea what the heck we would have to say on someone else’s blog.So in the 11th hour (sorry Krista), we decided to focus on something that you incredible women can get your husband/partner/boyfriend interested in collecting…AND something that YOU can actually stand looking at and even love too!No car parts, no sports memorabilia and NO swimsuit calendars.These are items that will not only look beautiful in your home, but will be also items that you BOTH enjoy. ..Barn House Style!Disclaimer:You just might need to give your man a little “guidance” on what to actually collect.AND it may have to be done in a manner that is “on the down-low”…so he doesn’t really know that you have already decided what HIS collection is going to be.BUT, this is a great way to “trick” him into coming out and shopping with you (at great places like Barn House), while at the same time putting his stamp (small-to-large…you decide) on your beautiful home decor!
Old bottles…Our favorite seems to be “Alcohol Paraphernalia” (Beautiful Decanters, Flasks, and Other Functional Stuff!):o)
Bird Houses for the home or yard…
Tool boxes that can also act as fantastic displays for your own collections…
And Unique Old Shaving brushes….
See, there are LOTS of interesting collections for the men in your lives that you won’t actually have to keep boxed up in the basement!!!:o)
Today on AM Northwest, Portland's morning show...my monthly lifestyle segment was all about Simple + Stylish Solutions for your Travel Keepsakes. Take a peek at the segment HERE.
First + foremost think Simple + Stylish when shopping for souvenirs! Reader Beware...I'm going to go a little crazy with the S words to keep you from bringing home the mother of all S words ;)
S for Sensible: these ideas serve a purpose. -Christmas Ornaments & Books
photo- Hallstatt, Austria
S is for Simple!These items are lightweight + easy to bring home 'cuz we both know the airlines will now charge you up the ying yang for an extra suitcase. -sea shells- display in a jar -pressed pennies- the kids love these + they are inexpensive! -tickets, maps, brochures + such- scrapbooky type items can be framed to create unusual art.
Frame your random keepsakes to create a bit of art- this is from my honeymoon;)
S is for Stylish~ Kick it up a notch and purchase something you really love! -artwork- how cool to have something made by a local artist decorating your walls. -decor -jewelry- my personal favorite! -clothing + accessories- think beyond printed t's... a handbag or a local piece of garb; like my wool nanny + the professor cape from Scotland!
Art is way better than a postcard! Create charms out of your snapshots.
Add a charm to your bracelet, don a new ring (Santa fe) wear a coin (St. Wolfgang, Austria) or be the recipient of a fabulous bracelet from Italy...grazie Ellen!
AND last but certainly not least S is for Snapshots:because you took a ton of them now display them!
Create an album from Photoworks-this one happens to be my big 4Oh in Las Vegas. My big bro took photos of the incredible architecture + art then cleverly added them to the album~
-custom charms- I LOVE. LOVE. LOVE these!!!! *see the photo above! I had these custom made... contact me for Natalie's info or leave a comment on her blog. Vintage Sparrow... and more on this as I adore them so much that I'm going to dedicate a post to them! -frame it... cluster framed pics.
WARNING * WARNING *This isn't my laundry room... I wish it were.. but w/2 kids my reality is WAY different. But a girl can dream can't she....
This fun little post is part of my Summer Guest Series and I'm delighted to introduce you to Tracey Buxton of A Cottage Industry Blog fame... love it! Tracey's website + blog is all about adding charm to everyday life. I adore this quote she has on her homepage:
"Life isn't about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself."
THAT sisters is a motto I want to live by. In fact I think that should be the toast we give to one another all summer over our summer vino + cocktails. Cheers!
So cheers to Tracey for creating a fabulous little laundry room and for her ever charming blog!
OK. So, I have a thing for laundry rooms. There, I said it. In my last house, my favorite room was the giant laundry room...and I had such grand plans for the little "walk-through-on-the-way-to-the-garage-from-the-kitchen" laundry room in my sweet cottage, but now that it's on the market I've put them aside. I'm afraid they'd be too personalized... (I was going to paint the walls Robin's egg blue and put in stick-on vinyl tiles in black and white checks...) Last week, when my friends were over to assemble the tiny flags, one of my guests commented that they had never seen such a "staged" laundry room. Hmm...I wasn't sure if I should be offended or flattered. (Who am I kidding?! I was a wee bit offended. I tried to tell myself she was just jealous.(wink, wink!)Poor thing. Maybe her laundry room was boring and sad and pitifully neglected, and so she felt the need to attack mine...or...could it be that she thought I was... suspenseful background music here.....a laundry room weirdo?) I told her it wasn't staged, it was how I lived.I take the basket off the washer when I do wash (hey, it's only me and I have 2 loads of laundry, per week, on Saturdays..No big deal, right?) She looked at me like I said I had just returned from a flight to Mars with George Clooney.
It got me to wondering...am I the only person that decorates the laundry area of her home? (surely I am not!)
To clarify, (and to defend my sanity and sense of style) the basket of ivy and the washboard are concealing the very high-on-the-wall water knobs for the water to go to the washing machine. (They are like the ones on a bathtub- huge..and very ugly...to me, anyway) See? It serves a purpose. The lamp...well, it brings some black and white toile,(which is in my kitchen) along with a whole lot of ambiance into the little room, which, when lit up at night, is seen through the lacy French door in the evenings, and adds a touch of romance to my kitchen (...once again, for me, anyway.)
The framed quotation (oh, you know how I love good quotations...) makes me smile every Saturday, because I do find joy in laundry, in being home...in nesting.
*sigh* If that makes me a laundry room weirdo, I guess I'm OK with that.
I am constantly reminding myself to STOP and smell the roses... not in the literal sense as I really DO stop and smell the roses, the lilacs, the jasmine, but look at this photo- my precious daughter sporting a new vintage hat I just had to have. Those roses. Those are the roses I am constantly reminding myself to stop and listen, really listen.
We are in the homestretch, school will be out in less than a month... kindergarten will be over. I LOVED kindergarten, loved my teacher and have told the horror stories of peeing my pants and puking all over my best friend many a time. Back to stopping- can you see where I just might struggle with really stopping + listening?
When I'm bored watching them play at the park: I need to stop and remind myself that soon they won't even want to play at the park, catch tadpoles or have underdogs on the swing.
When I'm hyper-focused on the computer screen: I need to stop and remind myself that they just want my time, they just want me near them.
When I'm on the phone and they can't seem to go far enough away: I need to remind myself that soon I'll be eaves dropping on their conversations.
Just wanted to share these beautiful photos from Mother's Day last weekend! These are from the Hilda Klager Lilac Garden in Woodland, Washington. I'll fill you in soon on the details...
I did have a few epiphanies about how to make Mother's Day '09 quite the event... of course it all began with a little self talk about lowering my expectations because I was feeling quite entitled to PERFECTION and well, my family (self included) isn't always perfect ;)