Monday, February 27, 2012

Little Home Tour :: Part Two

Our living room area is a big space so I created a little sitting area & a place for my records & record player to break up the space a bit & to create the feeling of two separate but cohesive living areas. We spend the most time in here together as a family, watching movies & such, so we prefer it to be as comfortable as possible! I'm sure I'll be changing this space up often, it's a fun space to decorate. I hope you enjoy taking a little peek into our living room....

I had some left over vinyl contact paper from my Chevron Striped Fridge project, so I cut out a smaller chevron pattern to add to these vintage suitcases. I used scissors & hand-cut them this time to make the stripes look more "hand-drawn". 

I had this film & camera display hung in our old house as well. It's the perfect place to house all of the film cameras that I still like to use & easy access, so I can just grab a camera & some film on the way out the door. (not all who wander are lost poster from the wheatfield)

I grew up with a Carrom board, so when I moved out of my parents house my mom found me a similar vintage one (with all the pieces!!) & gifted it to me so I would have one in my home as well. We spent hours playing with ours growing up, it's such a fun little game board! Here is some more information on Carrom boards if you're interested. I will do a post on the main game we used to play with ours, it's basically like finger pool. (so fun to play with friends!) 

Can we talk about our new-ish couch for a second?!? I just love this couch...its a herringbone print & I found it for a really decent price at Rooms-to-Go, of all places. I was going to wait until we got to Colorado & settled before I decided for sure on a couch, but I found out there were no Rooms-to-Go's out west & I just couldn't get this little herringbone couch out of my mind. I convinced Creed to let me get it with some of my saved up birthday & christmas monies & they delivered it just days before we headed out west...ha! I really do love it & am so glad I went ahead & got it! 

My pug love runs deep, so much so, that it overflows on to our walls! The unframed pug art is from Retro Whale, the Knitty Knitty print is by Ashley G, the Why Won't You Love Me? print is by Julia Pott, the "Olive" pug embroidery is handmade by me - pattern by Sublime Stitching (I need to make Razzle one, too) & the pug painting was done by a little old lady that did portraits in exchange for donations for the Humane Society in GA. I wish I still had her contact info...Well, that's all for now. Once I get our bedroom in order, I will do another little tour of it! Thanks for looking! hugs & cheek pecks, meghan ♥

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Little Home Tour :: Part One

You have seen a mini tour of our kitchen so I'd thought I would share some bits & pieces from the rest of our little house! There are still plenty of fun projects & decor that I am hoping to add one day but in the meantime, this is where we live (& we love it)! We are renting now, so I try to add as many pops of color & as much character as I can to really make the space ours. I've broken this up into two parts, I'll be posting the living room area on Monday. Enjoy taking a peek into our little dining room area...

You may remember my vintage camera display from my old house (I was inspired by this photo by Tim Melideo Photography). I loved it so much, I just couldn't resist putting it up again. It's such an easy display - just using empty frames & Command wall strips to adhere the cameras to the wall (great for renters because the wall strips come off clean, without damaging the paint).

The whale is a vintage wood hand-carving that my mom gave Creed for Christmas this year. It's one of my newest favorite additions to our little house! Thanks for browsing! I hope you enjoyed. I will be back next week with Part Two. hugs & cheek pecks, meghan ♥

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

what's in my bag?!

[what's in my bag?]

I haven't done a "what's in my bag?!" post in here's a little peek into what you can normally find in my purse at any given time - give or take some crumpled up receipts. 

yellow purse + wallet + mustache pouch :: target
kindle + case (handmade) :: I'm currently re-reading the Hunger Games in preparation of the movie!
bird pin + turquoise ring :: vintage from my mom's shop
american apparel 'manilla' nail polish :: my all time favorite shade of yellow polish
lipstick + lip gloss :: cheapies from target
the naked bee hand sanitizer :: from my mom's shop
iphone, random instaxs, pencil, pen & gum
& finally - armwarmers :: handmade by me & a must-have in this cold Colorado weather! 

Happy Thursday!! xo. Meghan

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

This is real...

real amazing...

I'm still not sure what it is about a knitted piece that speaks so strongly to me, the texture, the way the stitches look - intertwined & all connected, regardless of the reason I tend to get overly excited when I see amazing knitted goods. The plumper the better in my opinion. When I saw these pieces by Nanna van Blaaderen, I'm pretty sure I drooled...absolutely breathtaking! 

Everything about this is perfect - the knits, the braids, the photography! In love. You can read more about Nanna van Blaaderen's work here. Happy Tuesday! ♥

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

slightly obsessed...ukuleles

Okay so this is probably obvious but since receiving my fun Valentine's prize, I have been oh so obsessed with all things ukulele! I have been practicing in my free time & I am having so much fun with this little instrument. From a beginner/novice standpoint, I think the ukulele is very easy to learn & just a super fun instrument to play! I can't wait to get better...

Don't hate me for being a total girl about this but not only does the ukulele sound sweet & fun; it is just so cute! How could you resist?! Here are some fun ukulele things to get you obsessed as well...

Want to see some other things I am slightly obsessed with...chunky knitspaint chip diysbicyclesvintage fansvintage alarm clockspolaroid cameras & heather grey! Happy Thursday!! ♥

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day, friends!! This was one of my favorite holidays growing up (& still is). My mom always made it fun & special & now Creed & I try to as well. We normally don't get caught up in the present-giving side of the day, but this year the husband-extraordinaire surprised me with a ukulele!!! I was so shocked & thrilled when I opened it up! I have mentioned on a few occasions how I would love to learn to play & I think it's beyond sweet that he remembered. It's also a thoughtful gift because we can use it together - he's going to help teach me - I know the basics of guitar but this cute little uke is slightly different to play! I'm already learning a few tunes...I just love my valentine's cute face to pieces!! I am so thankful to have him as my partner in life. This is our 10th hearts day together & I am looking forward to many, many more!

Today is also the birthday of one special lil' pug - Miss Olive!! She turned 3 today & we gave her an apple slice with peanut butter icing for her bday cake! ha!! (happy birthday, my sassy lil' puglet)

Hope everyone enjoys this sweet little holiday! I think I'll go practice a bit on my ukulele, I need to name her....any suggestions?!?!  hugs & cheek pecks, meghan ♥
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Monday, February 6, 2012

our weekend

This weekend we:
-made gigantic burritos & ate them all up
-watched lots of movies...Drive - *sigh* oh Ryan G, be still my heart, it was super intense but the whole time I kept waiting for him to say "hey girl...". We also watched Warrior & Restless. Warrior was the husbands choice, it was just the MMA version of Rocky. Restless was of course my was good, sad but good.
-went on another froyo date, this time we tried Aspen Leaf, it's in walking distance from our house & yummo. I foresee many spring & summer outings there...
-did I mention we had a snow storm?! That probably should've been first on the weekend list. We got a good 13 or so inches & it felt just as exciting as when I was 10 & woke up to that much snow!! I used being snowed in as an excuse to sleep in each morning, get extra snuggles & eat lots of cupcakes.
-I watched more Greys while I worked on some orders. Slight spoiler alert...but GEORGE!!! That's all I'll say but I was shocked & I cried my face off.
-got some supplies to make a birthday prize for a very special someone...I'll share if it turns out how I would like.

What did you do this weekend?!?! hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan ♥

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Chevron Stripe Fridge DIY

You may remember my striped wall from our old house. Ohhhhh, how I loved those stripes! Well now that we are renting & unable to paint the walls, I wanted to incorporate some stripes into our new house & I did so by adding a little pizzaz to our boring black refrigerator! The kitchen is the first room you see when you walk in our apartment, so this adds a fun focal point when you first walk in the door! I love how it turned out!  It's so simple, very inexpensive & easily removed, here is how I did it: 

White Contact paper - I got mine at Target in the drawer liner section for a few bucks
Measuring tape & T square ruler
Scissors or X-acto knife

1. I measured the width of our fridge & included extra for the sides of the doors so I could wrap the stripes around.
2. I cut five pieces of contact paper to the desired width.
3. I decided I wanted 3 big peaks on the front so I drew a grid pattern with my t-square by dividing the contact paper into 6 squares across & 3 down. I connected the points of intersection to create the zig zag pattern.
4. I lined all 5 sheets of contact paper together & taped them down to the table so I could cut out all 5 at the same time. (I only ended up using 5 stripes for the fridge, this will make 10, I wanted extras just in case.)
5. I carefully cut out the chevron stripes with my straight edge & x-acto knife.

6. Once they were all cut out, I placed a marker on the mid-point of the front of our fridge & very gently applied each stripe.

& that's it!! Super easy, cheap & fun!!

I love how much big character it adds to my little kitchen & it's perfect for renters because the contact paper easily peels off & leaves no residue!! I would love to see photos if you try this too! Let me know if you have any questions. xoxo. meghan

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