It is Friday, the first Friday of June. June. As in the middle of the year, June.
Who do we talk to about slowing this whole “time” thing down. Another birthday is creeping up on me, and I haven’t even taken the Spring mantel decorations down.
This summer I promised Tim that we would slow things down, and spend more time at home. That is pretty easy for us in the summer because we are blessed with a pool. We finally have it opened and that greenish hue is just a memory now. In order to celebrate I thought I would show you one of my favorite Etsy shops.
Samantha French captures the essence of summer fun in her oil paintings.
If I could I would plaster waterproof versions of those all over our pool walls. The colors are so crisp and every single painting gets me giddy for cannonballs and mermaid games.
Ok, I need to get my head out of the summer-clouds…it’s still a little chilly yet.
So I will focus my attention on some of the coolest projects I have seen lately.
This looks like the perfect project for summer BBQ’s. It is very difficult to find a cute tablecloth, even harder to find one that won’t blow away with the slightest breeze. I think Jordan’s DIY striped tablecloth would also make a cute picnic blanket so it is kind of a win-win.
I am dying to make Design Sponge’s string art trellis. I love that they dyed the string prior to making it for that dash of summer color. I would feel so fancy with a trellis in my backyard and I am pretty sure it would force me to grow some lovely ivy or even grapes. That is it, it’s going on the list.
Did I mention I am ready for some swim time? So it is no wonder that Design Mom’s feature on a photographer taking photos of people swimming under crashing waves it caught my eye. Oh how I long for a beach. I think photo-projects are so interesting and most of the time I am left thinking, “how on earth did they come up with that idea”.
Are you doing anything fun this weekend?
Are you as excited as us for swim season?
Can you believe it is June, gahhhh.
Today is the last day to enter the giveaway!
Just call us bumble bees because it has been a buzzzzy week. Too much?
I feel like I haven’t even had a chance to breathe this week, let alone get packed and ready for the Maiedae Mixer with Trisha. Seriously, what am I wearing? Where is my camera charger? And how do I get to Rome, GA?
While my head is buzzing with last-minute details, I am taking a couple of moments to decompress and focus on all of my favorite things from this week.
Normally, my favorite Etsy stores are hand drawn quotes or whimsical characters. This week though, Pastel Fabels quickly caught my eye with one of those sweet and quirky quotes but Jessica’s photography is what really got my heart racing. I’m not much of a cat person, but her photos have me dreaming of snuggling those fuzzy purr makers.
Make sure you visit her site to see the quirky diorama photography. I want one, I need one, oh baby, oh baby. In other swoon-worthy news.
I want to be friends with Jordan, simply because she thought of shrinky dinking photos. I am absolutely jumping on this train and will be “surprising” Tim with little Christinas in the most unexpected places. All aboard.
Does this even need a pithy explanation? We love fish, so we love this tablescape. Easy as pie, oh yum hope it’s blueberry.
This is the star of my world right now. Beth took a bunch of jars, dyed them, broke them, and turned them into this b-e-a-u-tiful backsplash. She is pretty much a backsplash boss, but this is just impressive. So creative, so labor-intensive, so gorgeous. Excuse me while I wipe up my drool.
What are you drooling over lately?
Anyone else going to the Maiedae Mixer?
Who is making me a blueberry pie?
Can I get a Huuuu Haaa Two Times Friday.
Or something like that.
I hope you all are getting a three day weekend, or at least chocolate.
Tim and I are taking a mini road trip and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Oh the anticipation. For know I will just show you some Etsy goodness.
Meet Livy Love Designs, also know as adorable art.
I have big dreams of symmetrical frames lining a wall, so I live those dreams on the blog. Obviously.
In other blog news….
Lovely Indeed shared some of her favorite blog resources. I like to think I am up on my game, but I honestly had never heard of any of these. Nowadays, I spend way too much time “learning” and drooling over beautiful design and classes I can’t afford.
I am obsessed with this whole concept. I saw this book art while peeping in on Knack Studios revamped dresser. The dresser is pretty and all but those books are show-stopping. I feel like I can totally pull it off with enough hot glue.
We have a hard time with our backyard. We have a pool, so most of the “yard” is actually concrete. I loved seeing Kate makeover this backyard in just one day. Now who wants to build us a pergola. Bueller, Bueller.
I love new beginnings, and since Tim works in real estate we get to help a lot of friends buy their first home. I always get a little too excited about it and now I found the perfect gift to help show them without jumping and squealing. Jordan sure knows how to make someone’s day.
Have you found anything amazing lately?
Got any trips planned for the weekend?
Ever made monkey bread? I am craving.
PS….we are having a few technical difficulties with some slimy hackers. Sorry if we are running a little slow or you are getting errors, we are working out the kinks as
we speak you read.
This Friday I have a lot on my mind, like the fact that Mother’s Day is this weekend and I haven’t even started stringing pom-pom garland and crafting gold leaf floral bouquets. I’m not a very good blogger, or daughter apparently.
The problem with waiting until the last-minute to start planning your holidays is that you can’t order cute lockets online and procrastination flowers are always on the pricey side. So craft I must and craft I will.
For those of you that are sinking in the same puddle, one solution I have found is Etsy prints. A lot of times after you buy them, the seller will just send you the file to print. Of course, every shop is different but this technique has gotten me out of many a bind.
Here are some of my Mama reppin’ favorites.
1. One of my favorite books growing up.
2. Could this be anymore perfect.
3. Totally adorable.
4. Ain’t it the truth.
5. My mama’s favorite quote.
6. Such a great song, perfect for mothers.
7. My all-time favorite quote.
8. So cute for the new mom.
Have you already got all your mother’s day shenanigans planned out? We luckily have Tim’s mothers present all figured out, thanks to a sweet little hint she gave us at Christmas. Better late than never right, at least that is what I am telling myself. If only my mom gave hints.
What are you getting your mom?
For the moms, what are you hoping for?
Is it inappropriate to finger paint your present still?
Happy almost weekend!
We are so close I can taste it, and by it I mean the big breakfast T is making tomorrow. He says we need to be pumped and ready for bathroom progress, I am just hoping I get to eat it whilst under blankets. At like noon. Doubtful.
My version of getting “pumped” is perusing Etsy shops….ever so often I will happen upon a shop and think how can one person make so much beauty. That’s exactly what I thought when I stumbled upon Mary Kate McDevitt’s shop full of handlettering and illustrations. What’s up gorgeous and quirky screen prints, you had me at hello. I just got to have that “Ladylike Whiskey” print.
If you’re a coffee fan, you absolutely need to check out her shop. She has the best prints you will find, makes me want to start drinking coffee. Maybe tomorrow. Or once I get my new mug.
It seems that everyone in my blogosphere was crafting this week, oodles of inspiration. I want to do all three of these.
I have been wanting to cover some of my not-so-pretty-books-that-i-love-to-read in a pretty paper but I had never thought of painting them. Laura from The Band Wife is a creative soul and always has the best ideas. Seriously, check out her Valentine’s decorations, not to mention her reality-show-worthy life.
Consider my pants blown off (read the post, you’ll catch my drift). Can you believe that Katie Bower from Bower Power Blog made that pollen ball out of straws and string…no seriously she did. Plus, she did it in under an hour and for a couple bucks. Yes…I will have a pollen ball by Monday.
Okay, so we’ve all pinned the photo of the hanger with the hot glue swigglies. How much better does this look? You can’t even tell that the hangers have been altered. Miranda from One Little Minute is the most amazing sewer out there, but she outdoes herself when she comes up with stuff like this.
What did you find impressive this week? Got any plans for the weekend? St. Louis is hosting a Baconfest and Comic Con….but you know where we will be.