Tuesday, February 25, 2014

+ Home +

Hi lovelies, over the weekend i managed to feel 100% better ( who has time for a head cold am i right?!).  So with some energy and a few hours i knew i had to make the best of this precious window of time! I have been wanting to redo our living room for a few months now. I get on a kick and then i just never follow through. i'm my own worst demise lol! 

Back in December i purchased a few yards of fabric from here. (this isn't a sponsored post, i just love the fabric selection and that's where i purchased some of the following fabrics if ya must know :) So yeah, since december. these pretty fabrics have been neatly folded waiting to be made into something awesome. I also purchased a new sewing machine that i finally liked and was a step up from my old clickety machine. (My parents gave me Christmas money about 8+ years ago and this is what i purchased as my gift from them. They were skeptical hahaa! I knew nothing about sewing and thankfully "Nena" as i lovingly called her, was a pretty great first machine to learn on.) My new machine (still named "Nena" for old time's sake ;) is still not professional grade but this girl still has a lot to learn sewing wise and i'm super happy to learn on anything :) plus, it sews so smoothly i'm very impressed.

My favorite fabric is the pink + green  + yellow embroidered fabric that i found while thrifting. GIRL. i knew from the moment i held it that it was going to be a big ol pillow. And to add to the amazingness that is this fabric, i added vintage green pom poms. HIGH 5!

i'm secretly wishing to pom pom the heck out of all my pillows. but i've been holding steady in retrain lol! mostly because little r really likes them and he tries to un pom pom my pom poms. not cool kiddo. speaking of pom pom goodness, how adorable is this little trim of yellow goodness? i scored it while walking the kiddo around a new area and immediately knew i needed to take a little stem home. XO i love random goodness. its a weed most likely. and yet i like its the cutest little weed i've taken home.

you know what else is making our home so good right now? this pretty little set up of succulents. the mister and i picked these babies up at a wedding and they have delighted our windowsill ever since. i'm a sucker for these mini succulents + lace = SWOON!

umm i i love the effect but can you tell our windows are super dirty? hahahaaaa!
;) just keepin it real.

and a few more succulents (thanks to safeway/vons) + foxy love (thanks to target clearance) to match the one fox pillow pattern in the sofa mix.  also, chalking the globe is still something i don't regret. i hesitated for about a month before i just went ahead and chalked it. i give little r a little piece of chalk and he has a whirl or a time drawing all over it. XOXO 

I also wanted to note... last but certainly not least, our home never looks this clean. oh well it did for about an hour while little r napped. :) and then it was back to it's "lived in" self again. i have plenty of time later in life to live in a super clean and tidy house, this picture will last a lot longer and watching little r & the mister enjoy living in our space is better than nagging to keep things clean. :)

i am hoping to find more time this weekend to put together spring themed kits etc. Paper love is calling me again! 
happy living,

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Oh February, you've been so good

from left to right:
Top row// 

pic 1: A sheet of red heart stickers + a little inspire lovely stamp love = awesome.
pic 2: My fav card from the journaling tag set via Inspire Lovely ETSY

pic 3: I used this cute app on my iphone called Obaby to add the "sweet" & heart designs over the photo of little r. I love this app, it only cost my $1 & the designs. I also added a heart magnet + everyday love fair (scrapbookandmore.com) and a cute Inspire Lovely Stamp.
pic 4: i bought a new sewing machine & and realized it sews letters and i love it. it's a step up from my old sewing machine & so happy to have bought something I love & will use even more :)

Middle row//
pic 1: creating valentine's XO
pic 2: studio love
pic 3: heart garlands for family
pic 4: Inspire Lovely Packaging

Bottom Row//
pic 1: candy boxes +cards XO

pic 2: I loved making & sending valentine cards for my little guy. he's such a charmer. He's also in the "helper" mode often. He asks to "help eat candy" hahaa! Takes after daddy. I think my favorite part of him helping is watching him try and concentrate. The cutest little furrowed eyebrows + little hands working away (pictured above with the "favorite"stamp). 
pic 3: I was out shopping at Vons for some groceries and wandered into the flower section and fell in love with a succulent garden. I had little r chose which color vase and that became my "floral gift" from him & daddy. 
pic 4: cute Inspire Lovely tags all ready for their close up :)

And my very favorite picture of this little guy this year xo

I always want to plan out shots for our family photos and realize it's really hard to do that for every photo. So as little r and i were walking back home from a walk one evening, i decided we would do a little photo shoot out in the front yard. We rushed home to grab the heart ( $2 from Michaels ) and Mona ( my camera ;) and quickly started shooting. I took about 25 photos just to take this little gem. He was being SO silly. Making angry faces because I kept asking him to smile a happy smile. hahaa! I used reverse psychology and asked him to smile like a lion and he gave me this. lol! The sunset 5 min after this shot and it was good timing. So happy. 

from left to right:
Top row//
pic 1: This past weekend the mister and I had such a full week. A funeral + a wedding + Valentines Day dinner + me getting a head cold :(  My favorite part of this weekend was a little photo love the mister and I got while attending our sweet friends wedding. I used an app on my iphone called Selftimer and thank goodness found a few awesome spots at the wedding to snap photos.
pic 2: Inspire Lovely journaling card + a quick run through of our days events. I got sick at the end of the day. yay me :)
pic 3: Another cute little space at the wedding for a quick photo with my guy. XO also Inspire Lovely stamp love XO
pic 4: My favorite Inspire Lovely Journaling card. i need to practice my spanish more and what better way than a sweet reminder to say I love You more in spanish :) I only realize how important it is to retain both languages now that i'm trying to teach little r spanish. oh i hope something sticks lol! And if then, i hope it's this. :)

Middle row//
pic 1: I wanted this pic to look super old & vintage. I Love this little area at the wedding where it looked like a different era. It was so casual and pretty. I topped off the photo with the date + a cute flair from scrapbookandmore.com
pic 2: my fav jenni bowlin paper XO
pic 3: Inspire Lovely journaling die cut journaling card.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with this cute die cut card when I designed it for the Valentine kit but I'm so glad because it turned out to be the perfect little finishing touch for this photo. The photo was taken with the self timer + my phone was on the ground from quite a distance. I love the little twinkle lights in the trees. XO I topped the photo with a simple little forget me not floral stem + i stamped the Inspire Lovely stamp on a sheet of paper. I cut "favorite" out and added a little glue dot and used it to attach the floral stem to the outside of the pocket. love love love
pic 4: my thoughts on my mister and how i knew he was mine. I used to intentionally go up to him just to make him nervous. I also wanted to make it very clear that i liked him. It didn't work. he just thought i was cute. hahaa!

Bottom row//
pic 1: you & me Inspire Lovely Stamp + sequin love from valentine Journaling card kit via Inspire Lovely ETSY
pic 2: more photo love. Whenever we take photos i prefer for one of us to be holding the camera or use the self timer app. There is no way he'd let anyone else take a shot of us like this. hahaaa! So modest ;) So I took this picture and even though its a bit blurry i'll take it. it's sweet.
pic 3: My favorite lyrics from my fav song turned into a journaling card via Inspire Lovely Valentine kit.
pic 4: my favorite wedding favors of ALL time. you have succulents at your wedding? your wedding is  amazing in my book. I asked our lovely friend, the bride, if I could please take more than one. I  never mentioned how many but I think these little succulents are happy coming home to live with me :) It's a succulent fest over here now. As i sit and blow my nose for the 1,000th time i look over at our window sill and enjoy the simple beauty in these little treasures.

Lots to be thankful for even after a funeral a wedding and getting sick.  I think it's been the most productive sick day for me this year hahaa! I realized how much i missed playing with paper and it felt so good to finally get a few pages done again for this year. It's not hard as I'm only doing a page a month and thankfully i got 3 pages done & so happy to finally have some paper love to share with ya :)

big hugs XO

Monday, February 10, 2014

Everybody Wins :)

I love Valentine's Day. Or better yet, friendship day :) I think we all have people in our lives who would love to know we love them. My mama, my dad, my baby, my sisters etc etc... oh, and my Mister ;) Not in that order. but yeah, i love my people. :)

Everyone has someone they love & that loves them. 
- So tell them -

I've designed a set of 6 tags free for you to download & cut and give to whom ever your little heart desires. XO It's my little gift for you, because I also believe everybody wins when we give our love. Yay! SO happy printing! happy giving!  

(link will direct you to the download file)

I wish you a happy heart.
 ( red heart tags pictured above were made using Valentine stamp kit )