Monday, December 13, 2010

Pugs Not Drugs

My mother-in-law is an avid pug lover and so, of course, around the holidays I am in search of all things pug! :) Found this adorable "Pugs Not Drugs" tote from The All Mighty shop! Though this year we went in a less doggy direction with our gift but will have to keep this in mind for next year!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Luchadore Christmas Tree Topper

This would be our Christmas tree topper if it were entirely up to my husband. Thank goodness it isn't. :)

Luchadore (Mexican wrestler) Christmas Tree Topper found on Etsy at the dessertfirstdesigns shop

Friday, December 10, 2010

Pine Cone Heart Wreath

I sooo need to make one of these gorgeous pine cone wreaths! Maybe then I can have a slight excuse for my obsession with pine cone collecting. :)

Found on Le Souk

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Yarn & Ornament Wreath

Lovely! Too bad I don't currently have the time or energy right now. A baby really does change everything.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Mitten Tree

We put up the Christmas tree and have holiday music playing and, of course, I'm doing a little online Christmas shopping! Came across this adorable mitten tree that I can see coming in handy in the years to come as our family grows and our wet mittens multiply.

From Gardener's Supply Company $29.95

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chalk Board Love

I wish my pantry looked more like this...though not sure where they are hiding their cereal boxes, stove top or cans of soup - maybe on the other side of that nook you can't really see into. Hmm? :)

Love the idea of decorating with chalk board paint right on the door. Would help us a lot with our grocery list making! My husband and I will always end up with two or three lists - one he has been working on and one I start working on. Most of the items are usually the same - though his do seem to lack wall plugs and laundry detergent and mine are a little less focused on pork chops and ground beef. :)

Loving this garage too! Maybe a more manly color would entice my hubby than this mossy green though - but love how it is all organized and gives a little work space to sit down at. One day, one day....our garage has been on the back-end of the project list here lately.

See more gorgeous ideas of how to decorate with chalk over at Blissfully Domestic

Friday, September 17, 2010

Organization Inspiration

Who doesn't need more inspiration to get organized? Love the muted green colors against the white - and how organized it all is of course!

See more on organization from the original post at The Inspired Room

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Using Your Leftovers: Tissue Paper Roses

With just having had our baby shower a few weeks ago, we are up to our eyeballs in tissue paper. My husband will just toss the stuff out - but I managed to hoard most of it up and away for future use. I love this idea from Paper Crave - tissue paper roses! Gorgeous!

See full instructions on how to make these beauties over at Paper Crave

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Craft Studio Envy

Warning - these images may cause extreme craft studio envy - I know it did for me! Posie Gets Cozy shares her new craft room reveal - complete with all the bells and whistles! Put my little corner nook to shame. :)

See more on her blog - Posie Gets Cozy

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Beach Cottage Love

More interior inspirations to get the creative juices flowing!

Found on Made By Girl

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Etsy Find: Grandma's Garden Stamped Spoon

Loving this idea for my upcoming Great Grandma's birthday! Which happens to be the same day as my baby shower - when this little one comes she'll be a Great, Great Grandma! :)

From Etsy Shop monpetitchouboutique

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Craft Inspiration: Pottery Barn Frame Jewerly Holders

I'm inspired! My current jewerly holder doesn't hold earrings well. I am thinking a little white frame strung with wire will work just perfectly! :)

Inspiration from Pottery Barn

(but I'll be frame shopping at Goodwill)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Inspiration: Backyard Scrabble Board

My poor husband never gets a break in the summer. My creative juices are flowing - our backyard is really coming together and just when he thinks he's done building things - WHAM! Something like this happens.

First it was a flower bed, then a garden box, then another garden box and another! Then a compost pile, a deck, and lastly a hammock...and then it all slows down a little...

And I read a blog, see a website, read a magazine and again - am inspired! Running at my hubby with plans and babbling about where I envision it'll go. :)

How can I not be inspired with this insanely lovely outdoor Scrabble board idea? And it's so simple (in my head at least)!! A bag of concrete, a shallowish frame, some scoring, some staining - I'll tackle the tiles - he's just gotta do the dirty work. :)

So, if you're looking for me this weekend, I'll be at Lowe's...pricing baseboard trim and concrete stain.

Just in case we lose this article or the link changes - I want to write it down here - so we can remember how to make it!

From Sunset Magazine:

- 5-foot square Scrabble board

- wood frame, then poured concrete and scored it into 3¾-inch squares separated by ¼-inch joints. 

- After the concrete had cured for one month, she colored the squares using water-base concrete stains.

- 100 3¼-inch square letter tiles from baseboard trim.

- Precut, adhesive-backed vinyl letters and numbers at a sign shop, stuck them on the tiles, and sealed each one with spray lacquer. 

- The lightweight letters, which are stored in a canvas bag, fit on metal trays

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

DIY Idea: Pallet Potting Bench

Definitely going to have to convince the husband to make once of these for me! :)

Found on Re-Nest

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Family Reunion Tees

Summer is full of family reunions in lazy parks complete with hot summer sun, buzzing cicadas, cool shade, lots of hugs and catching up, and plenty of good food!

These family reunion t-shirts have me wanting to make something for our reunions coming up! Will have to check with my dad to see what kind of budget they have. :)

Found on Angela Hardison's blog

Monday, July 5, 2010

Image Inspiration: Beachy Interiors

I love stark white with pops of sea green and aqua - and red! So beachy!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Numbered Mixing Bowls

Not sure what it is about numbered things like this = but I love it!


Monday, June 14, 2010

Fabulous Find: Tablevogue

I think I've fallen in love! Who doesn't have a shabby, banged up card table or two they pull out for parties? I know I do! Being the perfectionist, design-minded person I am - I always try covering the darn thing with table cloths - none fit quite right though - always short on the sides so the legs show and too long on the other so people are tripping over it. :(

Tablevogue has come up with the perfect solution! Made to fit card tables and other standard table sizes - these box-pleated, floor length table cloths add a ton of swank to any ho-hum table! Taking your decor from blah and boring to fabulous and fun! Love it! Definitely a must-have for anyone planning a party or get-together!

Lots of style for little price! And so many uses - think about it - holidays, dinner parties, birthdays, game nights, baby showers, open houses, house warming, or even everyday decor!

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Monticello Travel and Cruise Website & Social Media Integration

Client: Monticello Travel & Cruise

Objective: Design and implement website for the business, maximize SEO and incorporate social media throughout including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare accounts.

Product: Website, SEO and social media integration.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Anthropologie Beachy Drawer Pulls

As if I need more beachy ideas! The summer-like heat and our new deck has me dreaming of all things beachy and blue!

These drawer pulls and door knob are from Anthropologie - too cute!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Fab Font Resource

I'm always in the market for fabulous new fonts! Poppytalk, a great design blog, has a series called "Font Friday" that highlight fonts that have caught their eye - I highly suggest you check it out!

Life Lessons -

MTF Base Dash Leafy -

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Color Weakness

My weakness this year - as far as color goes - has to be green! I've never been a huge fan - but someone about those sagey hues just has me staring wistfully at these pics! So cottagy, serene and cute!

From Cafe Cartolina

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Quilty Weakness

I know quilts are folksy and old fashioned but something about a cozy quilt in fabulous fabric patterns just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. I love this the idea of a quilt is transposed to the closet door here - - not sure if it uses fabric decoupaged on or maybe scrapbook paper. Either way...le sigh.

Found on luvinthemommyhood

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Print That Makes Me Smile

Not sure what is it is about this little pink kitty - maybe it's little smile - I dunno! But it's lovely!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Indy's Kitchen Branding & Website Design

Client: Indy's Kitchen - Indianapolis, Indiana

About: Indy’s Kitchen offers a fully equipped, commercially licensed, shared-use kitchen for rent by the hour.

Product: Logo and website.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

From Purpose to Paycheck: Creative Careers Panel at IUPUI

Come hear this dynamic panel of IUPUI alumni discuss:
  • How to GAIN Experience
  • How to MAKE connections
  • What SKILLS are needed for SUCCESS
Panelists include:
  • Kim Hannel, Managing Editor, Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, English grad
  • Steve Hodges, IUPUI Media Relations, Media Arts & Sciences grad from IU School of Informatics
  • Emily McLaughlin, Assistant Clinical Professor Program Director for Interior Design Technology at IUPUI
  • Stacy Quasebarth, Marketing Manager at LMV Consulting, Visual Communications grad
Please feel free to attend even if the panelists are not an EXACT match for your targeted career path. The panelists will be asked to give a variety of information and tips on networking, keys for success, and how to navigate that first professional job after college.
Attendees are welcome to bring lunch.

Learn more!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Invitations & Ink Branding & Website Design

Client: Debra Fox of Invitations & Ink - Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Objective: Refresh and update look and feel of the Invitations & Ink brand with new logo design. Implement new look and feel with complete website design overhaul.

Product: Logo and website.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Blog Crush: Twig & Thistle

Yup, it is official - I have a blog crush! Who is it?? Twig and Thistle! Everything about this blog is fabulous - so crafty, so chic, so wonderful! Check out Twig & Thistle's latest post about the adorable winter garb you see above! I love gray and lavender as a wintertime (or anytime) color palette - something so soothing about those colors together!