Boo, Monday. I had such a nice weekend with my husband, family, and friends so I was a bit sad to see it end. So to ward off the Monday blues & bring in the warm & fuzzies, here are a few cute finds for Valentine’s Day gift ideas!

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have a wonderful day!
xoxo

Sarah

It’s been awhile since I’ve made an Etsy treasury. I think Pinterest kind of came along and stole some of the appeal from them, but it’s still fun and different from the Pinterest overload to curate a simple set of 16 based on whatever theme you like.

With the weather in Charleston bouncing up and down like crazy (high 78 yesterday, 61 today), I’m just determined to get into a holiday and Fall state of mind. So here we are…my once a year Etsy treasury, “Harvest Gold.”

Do you ever make Etsy treasuries, or have you totally abandoned ship for Pinterest? Are you ready for the holidays?

I have decorating on the brain lately. We have been looking at houses for awhile and maybe, just maybe, found “the one” recently. I’m really excited and will share more as things move along. On Sunday while waiting for a table at brunch, I doodled this quote on the cover of my dedicated decorating notebook (because everyone needs one of those)…

havenothinginyourhome

I had to laugh when Jeni tagged me the next day in an Instagram post with the same quote. Kindred spirits!

Another of my blog world friends, Dannielle, has been writing some really wonderful posts about building a home on her blog “Style for a Happy Home” lately. I’ve never read the book “Principles of Home,” but it sounds like I would very much agree!

So, what do you think makes a house a home?

I was so excited yesterday to finally get my hands on a copy of the new Charleston Weddings Magazine. The shoot I participated in with Katherine Miller Events and Charleston Stems is featured and it looks so beautiful! You can view the gallery here.

Those signs were Katherine’s idea and such a fun collaboration. The sweetheart sign below was too — both were so much fun to make! Hardink Calligraphy contributed to the project too — she drew the “yeah yeah yeah” and the little wreath on the heart sign. I took her drawings and combined them with some clean graphics to make the paper.

And not only that, but this very little blog was published too!

I think that makes it official. I’m quirky — it’s been published.

So that was some excitement for the end of the week! In other news…

  • Cooking class was a blast.  We made an actual meal this time so we felt quite accomplished by the time it was over, and it was delicious!
  • Realized I am 9 sales away from 1000 in the Etsy shop.  That is completely crazy.  Stay tuned, because when we hit 1000, there are new cards and other fun things ready to be revealed!
  • Got to see my artsy aunt last Sunday.  She had such a big part in my artistic training as a child – I remember sitting with her for hours and asking her how to draw things, make stuff, etc.
  • Aanndd I’m drawing kind of a blank now.  Guess it’s been a pretty standard week overall.

How was your week?  Have a great weekend!

@RMackles tweeted to me the other day that she was planning a baby shower for men + woman and wanted to know if I had any ideas to share with her. Well, I thought the easiest place to do that would be here instead of trying to do it 140 characters at a time ;-)

This could just be me, but I’m not really wild about baby themed games (i.e. the candy bars in the diaper thing).

Especially for a couple’s shower that has men + women there. Instead, I think it would be a great opportunity to play some of the more old fashioned games that both men and women would enjoy — checkers, chess, card games, maybe even set up a little “bowling alley” or croquet on the lawn. Giving people stuff to do at get-togethers like these is important, I just don’t think your traditional diaper oriented games are the best way to go with both men and women there.

Vintage wooden checkers on Etsy

use what you have

If you’ve picked a color theme — and in this case, it’s blue and white — scavenge your whole house for items that fit. You’re sure to have some blue books or plates or paper or vases or knick-knacks. First of all, it saves you money and lessens waste. Second of all, driving a home a stylistic theme takes more than just a blue tablecloth + streamers — bringing in other elements will make it much more visually interesting.

rocking birds by west elm

This method also allows you to purchase yourself some nice, white or ivory tablecloths. If you use other elements to support your design theme, you won’t need to buy the cheap plastic pink one when the next shower is a girl.

start the decor at the door

This idea I borrowed from Tiffany Lane Handmade, who made this adorable hooray sign for an event she hosted. I think doing a little something special outside – whether it’s a bow or bunting or balloons is a great way to set a festive tone.

speaking of balloons..

I am weirdly obsessed with those awesome perfectly round balloons.

And luckily, you can get those and all the other party supplies you need at Shop Sweet Lulu. Adorable stripey straws, balloons, favor boxes, and more, all from one place!

that’s what I’ve got at the moment, @Rmackles! I hope it helps! :-)

Lastly, I thought it was a good opportunity to share this recent shower invite design I did for Fraiche Design too – a vintage farmhouse baby shower. I can’t wait to see pictures of this little event!

have a very lovely monday, friends!

Knowing that we will be moving in the next few months, we are stuck in a bit of a transitional phase.  I don’t know that that bothers the hubs as much as it does me, but it annoys me to feel like it’s useless to decorate or super organize because it’s all just going to get relocated.  That said though, my little office is bursting at the seams and I am dying for a more permanent place to call our own. When we do, there is going to be some serious shelf hanging + organizing.

So at the moment I’m left to thinking up ideas for when that day comes.  Here’s what I’ve got so far…

I love the soft colors of this art print by EvgeniyaMaslakova. I want pretty graphics and photographs all framed in white.

These vintage card catalog drawers are awesome. I think they would be perfect to hold my cards, don’t you?
 

I am always trying to figure out how to get the most work surface. What I really want is a big giant table that I can spread my projects out on to work. So I was thinking I could get something like this little rolly laptop table where my computer could live, and that way there are no cords or annoying things on my work table, and I can also move it around.

 

In dream world, I have two of these babies lined up on one wall, filled with paper and envelopes. I have the paper and envelope part covered, just right now they are all in boxes.

 

Somewhere comfortable to sit! My snazzy green desk chair is great, but it would be so nice every once in awhile to be able to sit back and reflect / rest my back a little bit. Not only that but the printer needs baby sitting so I could just sit next to it in a nice cozy chair and keep it happy.

Stay tuned for the living room of my dreams…and bedroom…and kitchen…

so, what’s in your dreams lately?

I am such a sucker for good clean design. The moment I walked into Black Tap Coffee last week for another Creative Coffee therapy session I fell head over heels in love. Seriously, I could live there it’s so perfect, right down to the logo and the bleached white floors. And the farm table. To die for.

All of these photos came from their Facebook page because I didn’t have my camera on me that day, and I’m hoping they don’t mind my gushing over their pictures :-)

They do cold brew iced coffee, espressos, tea, and all sorts of other delicious drinks along with pastries from Wildflour.

If you make the rounds of Charleston coffee shops the way I do, I would definitely add Black Tap to the list!

Hope you enjoyed some prettiness this morning. Sorry about my unscheduled disappearance last Thursday + Friday – it was such a busy week, I was out of steam by Thursday!

How was your weekend?

So…about that well titled but blank post that went out yesterday — that was pretty indicative of my Monday!

It seems there is a cold running around that caught me. I left the house for an 8AM meeting forgetting the paper I was supposed to deliver and had to turn back. And a server move meant my website spent much of the day relaxing somewhere in cyberspace. Burned dinner. You know how it goes.

So today it’s two posts in one! Here’s the Tipsy Tuesdaypart, short and sweet: ALTHOUGH WE STRIVE FOR PERFECTION, EVERYONE HAS OFF DAYS. So don’t beat yourself up about it. Life goes on.

And then for part two! Here is my Artist Market booth that I had wanted to share with you. You can also check out more photos of the event and on ABC News 4.

I have done lots of different things for craft show booths over the past few years, but this was probably one of my favorites. I got two little Manzanita trees, two cute copper pots + river rocks, and some awesome fun garden lights from Target. There were two reasons for this…

1. The Music Farm is a fantastic venue, but since it’s a concert venue mostly, the lighting is not great. I normally haven’t done much with lighting so I thought it would be a fun way to be different this time. I’m so glad I did, too, because it ended up being rainy and cloudy and even darker than usual, so it made my table stand out and easier to spot.

2. Verticality. It is such an important element of a good booth to get your items up off the table so they can be seen across a room. If you’re interested in more craft show tips, you can check out a post I wrote on Meylah all the way back in December of 2010. Wow, time flies!

I also made some cute fun stickers and put them on simple recycled lunch bags – the perfect size for cards, inexpensive, and eco-friendly.

So how was your weekend? I missed all you lovely people yesterday!

Oh, and I have to say hi to Meggie from Quarter Life Mag
, whom I was lucky enough to meet on Saturday and told me that she reads the blog everyday — thank you Meggie!!

Ampersands are everywhere lately in the design world. So I couldn’t help but do an ampersand post after I read this description of what they represent in my current read (the font book):

“Much of what one needs to know about the history and beauty of a font is found in its ampersand. Done well, an & is not so much a character as a creature, an animal from the deep. Or it is a character int he other sense of the word, usually a tirelessly entertaining one, perhaps an uncle with too many magic tricks.

Even in its more basic modern form, the ampersand is far more than abbreviation; its creativity provides a heartening reminding of the continuing impact of the quill in type design, and it signifies more than just a link. It also signifies permanence, not least to a professional partnership; Dean & Deluca are clearly in it for the long haul….But Tom and Jerry? Of course they hate each other…”

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If you’re tired of fonts just tell me :-)

It’s probably a very bad thing that I stumbled across Shop Sweet Lulu on Twitter yesterday. Good for the pretty factor of my wedding, bad for the wallet lol!

Soo I’m kind of obsessed with popcorn. Ever since I was a kid, I would get a book, pop a bag of popcorn, and have me time. Wouldn’t this be a super cute way to have popcorn at the wedding?!?

And not only that, but I’m dying for these balloons.

I’m thinking yellow and French silk would be perfect for the reception!

Anyway, check it out if you haven’t been there before. It made me want to throw a million different parties.

Have a wonderful day!