Monday, June 30, 2014

Dark Gardenista

Artist, Ashley Woodson Bailey work is absolutely captivating.  While you'd be surprised to know that she is a self-taught photographer but even more surprised to find that she took these photographs all with her iPhone.  Crazy, right? Her work is so unique and one-of-a-kind, I was instantly drawn to it.  


Bashful Beauty


Deep Love


Pure Love

The talented Christine Dovey incorporated a couple pieces of her "Dark Limited Editions" into her work and the result is beautiful.  

Christine Dovey

Christine Dovey

See more of Ashley's work here.
Have a lovely week, friends!


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Weekend Reading: Fourth of July Edition

Does anyone really decorate for the Fourth??  I used to have a small ceramic flag that I would hang on my front door, but I haven't seen her in a while.  I think part of it is that it kinda sneaks up on you out of no where and then it's here and gone before I can even do anything.  This year I pulled out some extra wood from my garage and am determined to paint a flag for our patio this weekend.  Don't mind the fact that it will probably will only be up for the week, but I take that as progress on my part.  Baby steps, right? And if I get a chance, I may decide to do some other sort of craft like...

This denim coaster, is probably the simplest DIY to boot.  Kristin is a genius, if you didn't already know and you should definitely check out her other projects.

I think these confetti poppers are darling!!  They make for great decor and then you can end with the pull of a string.  Cute, right?!

I love this banner from Free People (yet unfortunately no longer available)...yet this is probably the easiest American Flag banner ever to constructed (ie: dollar store flags glued to twin or rope).

I love the bold colors in these bright colored ottomans.  The red piping and pom-pom trim are too fun and I wouldn't mind them hanging around the house for the summer.

And of course it wouldn't be a party if Martha weren't invited...these party paper parasols are festive, and I think should be a staple at any party.

Happy Crafting (Weekend), my friends!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Animal Parade Party

Last month my baby girl turned six! It's getting harder every year as she turns another year older, it's bittersweet somehow.  This year's party was requested by the little animal herself, although she had a hard time pinpointing exactly what kind of party she wanted. Her words were, "I want zebras and giraffes and tigers...Grrrr!" So an animal party it was. I tossed around the idea of a carnival themed party and a zoo party, but just doing the animals seemed like the best notion.

I used lots of party decor I already had on hand, a simple banner from Target I purchased last year and pinwheels in different colors.  The striped table runner is actually wrapping paper from Target, which is easy clean up for later and I bought the plastic animals at Joann's with my 50% off coupon.  I love me some inexpensive decor.

Bright colors, patterns, and animals masks were mandatory. 
Wipeable table cloth from Target | Masks from Oriental Trading | Zebra cocktail napkins from HomeGoods | Polka dot napkins from Target

We played the typical party games, Pin the Tail on the zebra, Fishing for Ducks, and Eating like a Giraffe (Which was hilarious to watch).  

This little girl had a blast celebrating with all her friends and playing games.  
The party was a success!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Weekend Reading

Can you believe we're already halfway done with June? As soon as Summer is here it seems to go by really fast.  Maybe it's the constant activities during these months that make it go really fast.  But to be honest, as I'm getting older I'm okay that the hot months don't last very long.  And when you live in Southern California we really can't talk about cold months, they don't really exist here.  

So this weekends little excursion included lot of antique items, brass goodies, and classic furniture.  Visiting antique shops, flea markets, or thrift stores is something I really love doing.  I don't get to go out very often, but when I do (childless), I love being inspired and digging through the goods/junk (per se).  When I was refinishing furniture a few  years ago, I always tried to stop in at certain shops to see if anything new had been dropped off.  Some days you were lucky, others not so much.  I never went in thinking I had to look for a specific item in mind, I was always there just to look.  It helped me to really see everything and look at certain pieces with an open mind.  

All images above are my own.

So this Sunday afternoon, get your booty out and visit an antique store or flea market if you can.  Go with an open mind about it and let yourself see the items in a new light.  Don't look at it as you are on the hunt for a certain piece, because you might miss something.  For instance, the bed pictured above.  Isn't she gorgeous?!  The frame is incredible and I love the intricate details of the wood work, I was having dreams of this in a little girls bedroom.  And the three dimensional artwork above was pretty killer also.  While I couldn't purchase this little number, it gets my mind moving.  There is always something that can inspire the next, right?  

Have a beautiful Sunday, friends!