Friday, March 30, 2012

Favorite Artist of The Week: First Aid Kit

I am a sucker for great harmonies. This band has been on repeat for me all week. 
It was very hard to pick one song, but this song haunts me. So, so good.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I am just loving mini books, art journals, and scrapbooks of all sorts!

I have recently become obsessed with the trend of making journals and scrapbooks with as many materials as possible. Sometimes they turn into memory books, sometimes into art journals,
 and sometimes into super fun notebooks.
 I also love that they include tons of washi tape, pictures, and super cute scrapbook paper. 
My friend Amanda, from the LaPlante House blog , reintroduced crafting to me as a means of rejuvenation when we went to college together. Her eye for detail and perfection always makes for gorgeous results. Here are some of my favorite pages from her September and October mini books. 
Yep that's my wedding invitation and save the date! 
Loving the herringbone paper and use of twine,
as well as her handwriting! Gorgeous, right?
These pages kill me. The confetti, the tape, her handwriting...*sigh* love it all. 
I can't wait to see her mini book after an entire year! 
Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess Blog has been posting a lot about crafting journals, scrapbooks and notebooks on her blog lately. I am in love with all of her ideas (as usual) and plan to make some of these myself! 
This is how Elsie created an art journal! She took an old hard cover journal and ripped out the pages she wanted,painted the outside and glued a picture to the front, then got crazy with all sorts of fun supplies!  I think I love this project because it involves a ridiculous amount of so many fun things. 
Fun tape, fun paper, fun stickers, fun everything! She even has a class where she gives tutorials on making a year long art journal! I am hoping to take it as a 25th birthday present! 
Elsie also created a highlights journal for her and her husband! Being a newlywed wife myself I understand the strong desire to make and record as many memories as possible. I love how she created this, and I plan on making one myself during the summer. 

Finally, Elsie posted a tutorial by Kinsey of Sincerely Kinsey on making mini notebooks, which I am absolutely in love with. I am already in love with fashion magazines such as Vogue and Nylon, and the idea of turning my favorite pictures and pages into notebook covers blows my mind. Of course, the use of lots of washi tape in this craft also gets me excited. I plan on making as many of these as possible in the near future (I will make sure to share them with you)! I think making a set of 12, 1 for each month of the year, would be an excellent birthday gift for a friend! 
Happy Crafting!
Much Love,

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My life according to my Instagram Photos

Lately my life has been filled with thoughts of moving into a new place
 that i get to decorate and call home, and a new quarter of school starting.
However little joys keep popping up that remind me that life isn't always super boring. 
You can buy this owl print on Art Jaden's Etsy Shop! 
I have been loving Lana Del Rey this week. 
Who have you been loving lots in the music scene lately?
Much Love

Friday, March 23, 2012

Favorite Etsy Shop Of The Week: The Black Apple

I am a sucker for anything that reminds me of the joy's of my childhood that was filled with 
Disney movies, reading wonderful books, and "grand adventures" with my little brother.
Alice and Wonderland wasn't my favorite book, but when I went to Disneyland, I got swept up 
in a parade, and Alice and the Made Hatter grabbed a hand and I ran all over the park with them.
It was a dream come true for 10 year old me. Every since then, I have had a special place in my 
heart for that beautiful story of Alice. When I first started getting into Etsy, I stumbled upon
an artist out of Portland named Emily Winfield Martin, whose paintings and drawings
took me to a whole other planet. These are my favorites in her shop. Not only 
can you buy them on Etsy, but also at Tender Loving Empire in downtown Portland. 

The Mad Tea Party Print, 10x8

Hope you have a great weekend!
If you live in the Moscow Idaho area, you should check out the worship night
at the NuArt! My husband and I will be in the closing band :)
Much Love, At

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Artist of the week: Lana Del Rey

I am all about unique sounding music.
I love it when I can hear the personality and life of someone
in their song. Which is why I very rarely "love" mainstream artists.
I however, may love Lana Del Rey as much as I love Adele, which is a lot.
Her voice, her painful, heartfelt lyrics,  and especially her sound, is all 
intoxicating to me.
This is my favorite (today) on her album.
This album is on repeat for me right now. 
It should be for you too!

Friday, March 16, 2012

6 Favorite Things For March

Etsy Shop Of The Week: Art Jaden

My talented friend Abigail Tjaden, recently started to sell her drawings that I have been admiring for quite 
some time, on an Etsy Shop! My favorite thing about this is that she is not just selling prints, but 
screen print tee-shirts! 
You can check out her art blog here, and enjoy all of the wonderful product on her Etsy here
Here are my favorites from her shop! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Band of the Week: Youth Lagoon

While totally revamping my online self  this week,
I found refuge in the calming sounds of 
Youth Lagoon.
Take a listen!
This is my favorite tune from their latest album.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Bars

My best friend and I got married a month and a few days apart.
So naturally that means dinner parties are in order.
This past Monday it was Gus and I's turn to host.
I am a huge baker, so while planning dessert I decided I wanted to use a pinterest recipe I recently used for a game night with our bible study. These salted caramel chocolate chip bars for desert were a huge hit with my friends who have a sweet tooth! I would show you a picture of what they look like made by me, but I don't want to make them again for fear of devouring the whole pan with Gus. 
When I made the salted caramel chocolate chip bars, I doubled the vanilla 
and put a whole bag of milk chocolate chips in. I sprinkled sea salt only
on the salted part of the cookie bar, which gives it an extra kick, I think. 
I am hoping to post two desserts and two entrees a month, since being a wife 
(as well feeling obligated to use my Kitchen Aid Mixer and food processor more)
has really made my desire to cook and bake more kick in. It also helps to have
a super cute apron from anthropologie to wear while I bake. 
So I suggest next time you feel like baking something sweet to bake these!
Don't forget to follow my cooking and baking boards on pinterest! 
Happy Baking!

Under Construction

It has been feeling lately like my whole life is under construction!
Getting ready to find a new place and move, looking for a new job (again),
doing a complete blog and Etsy shop makeover, getting an awesome opportunity
to work on product development for the wedding chicks bride and baby shop 
(check out my first design idea HERE!), 
and entering a new phase in life where my friends are either getting married or having babies. 
Growing up can be so crazy! 
So please excuse the blog construction and shop construction 
as I learn how to balance everything while taking my online self to the next level! 
I am very excited for what this yearis going to bring. 
In other news, my heart garlands were featured on the lovely art blog by Miriam Schulman!
She paints beautiful paintings which I think you should check out here!
Off to finish an Etsy order and work on this bad boy.