Monthly Archives: November 2011

I Made You A Mixtape

{images a la pinterest}

Hand-holding was awkward, being dropped off at the movie theater for your date – more awkward, but when he made you a mix tape – that was love. Because I live a soundtracked life (more on that here), and because I am a product of the 80s, every Wednesday I’ll make you a mix tape. Who says chivalry is dead? You’re welcome.

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Today I thought I’d bring you a fun sampling of my Shazam finds.  What is Shazam, you ask?  It’s this crazy app on my iphone that allows the program to listen to a short clip of a song, and then it spits out the name, artist, album, etc.  I have become so obsessive about identifying songs, that I will silence people in restaurants, department stores, during movies, and of course – my own car.  (By the way, random but true, Marshalls plays great music!)  Back to Shazam – it’s basically a life saver when you have the song name on the tip of your tongue.  Also, please don’t make fun of my embarrassing shazam discoveries.

If I Ever Fall In Love, Shai

Conventional Wisdom, Built to Spill

To Be With You, Mr. Big

The Ice Is Getting Thinner, Death Cab for Cutie

Listen to your Heart, Roxette

Come Back to Bed, John Mayer

Be Be Your Love, Rachael Yamagata

Sparks, Coldplay

Sure Thing, Miguel

No More I Love Yous, Annie Lennix

Solsbury Hill, Peter Gabriel

Life’s Been Good, Joe Walsh


DIY Lace Branches

Feast your eyes on this lovely (and oh-so-simple) DIY – inspired by a sweet image I found on Pinterest (where else?)  The moment I saw these branches I thought (1) I LOVE, and (2) I can totally do this.

What You’ll Need:

  • miscellaneous branches
  • mod podge
  • doilies (paper or lace)
  • whitewash paint/stain (optional)

By the way, mod podge (and decoupage in general) makes the world go round.

The instructions are simple, spread mod podge over branches and twigs small and large one at a time, wrap the branches with paper doilies so that the doilies stick to the first coat of glue, and then paint a generous coat of mod podge over the piece to seal the doilies on.  You can also paint the branches with a thin coat of whitewash paint, or white paint diluted with water, to add a vintage white-out effect.

Image Found on Pinterest // Via Anca Gray


Shoesday Madness: Valentino

There are shoes and then there are SHOES and then there’s artwork.  No need to wonder where I’ve classified these lace lovelies.  I’d need a museum to store these shoes … or simply one of those fabulous closet walls.  Also, I know I’m a few seasons late on this, but good shoes never die.

Milliner, Philip Treacy on the collaboration with Valentino:  “I am usually working on the head and then to move to the foot is a whole other dimension. You can’t have the same fragility, because models walk like racehorses and kick them together. And then something very delicate is in tatters — but actually, it looks quite good in tatters!”

Images via Pinterest + A White Carousel // Shoes via Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2010 Show during Paris Fashion Week


Industrial Loft With Pops of Pink

Someday I’ll live in a cool (and spacious) loft with exposed beams, floor-to-ceiling draped windows, rustic wood accents, and polished concrete … but until then, I’ll just swoon over these lovely images.

Sadly, my loft du jour will likely never boast a pale pink vintage refrigerator … a far cry from the manly loft I’m sure my husband envisions.  And I learned my lesson long ago.

Images Found On Triple Max Tons // Via Ideas to Steal


Wood Pallet Chargers

Sundays are my favorite.  I sit on my corner spot on the sofa, bundled up in blankets (though it’s a breezy 78 outside), and I scroll through pages and pages of inspiration.  Pinterest and blogs are my go-to sources, but I find inspiration everywhere … and the more time I devote to this thing called blogging, the more I find images, stories, and ideas I love.

This Sunday, while clicking through story after story I stumbled upon this gem of a post, A Pretty New England Thanksgiving, and had an “oh my” moment.  There they were – square wood pallet chargers. Chargers hold a special place in my heart – my mom, sister, and I spent countless hours hand-covering second-hand chargers with batik fabrics (more on that later) and mod podge.  The pallet chargers add a rustic touch and make a stunning tablescape.  This is love.

Wood Pallet Charges Found Via The Sweetest Occasion // Event design + styling: Paper Posy Designs / Photography: Mark Davidson / Floral design: Betsy Scott of The Flower Kiosk / Stationery: Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Dishes + glassware: Nahcotta / Venue: Mack’s Apples Orchards in Londonderry, New Hampshire