Tuesday, April 17, 2012

spring/summer DIY round-up

I have such a long, long list of DIY's from around the web that I think are perfect for Spring & the coming Summer months!! So, I thought I would share some of them, just in case you haven't seen them already...

Jean Shorts Makeover - Sincerely, Kinsey
Sincerely, Kinsey is my newest favorite blog read! Kinsey has the most amazing DIY's, in fact, most of the ones on this list are from her...I can't wait to try out these scalloped shorts! I'm not much of a shorts wearer, but I'm pretty sure after making some of these that that will change! Perfect timing for the coming summer months!

Paper Dots Garland -  Oh Happy Day
Oh Happy Day is also one of my newest favorite blogs! I can't wait to make some of these with some leftover crepe paper I have! 

Boho Feather Hair Clip - Sincerely, Kinsey

Camera Strap DIY - Design Love Fest
I've been wanting to makeover my DSLR camera strap for awhile now, these look so fun! I love the color combos they chose! 

Leather Fringe Sandal DIY - Sincerely, Kinsey
I think these would be fun in different colors!! I also love that they are removable, so you can change it up! 

Bleach Painting Tank - A Beautiful Mess
This looks like so much fun!! I might have to have a little craft night get-together to experiment with this! I think it would be fun with brightly colored tanks!!

Can't wait to try my hand at these! I also have a long list of DIY tutorials that I will be doing & sharing soon, too! There's something about Spring that makes me so motivated & creative!! hugs, Meghan

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Monday, April 16, 2012

letterpress adventure

I feel so lucky that I got the opportunity to go to Bird Dog Press's studio in Lyons, CO last Thursday night & I had such a fantastic time, I just had to share!! 

I was contacted earlier this year by the lovely ladies from Firefly Handmade to apply to participate in their upcoming spring market here in Boulder, on April 21st & 22nd, but decided I didn't have enough time to fully prepare to have my own booth, so I chose to volunteer my time to help instead. I am so thankful I did! Not only did I get to meet the masterminds behind Firefly, Kristin, Allison & Holland, but I was introduced to the amazing art of letterpress at Allison's to-die-for studio! I am officially obsessed with letterpress, by the way, & feel like I have found my newest hobby! AHH! It was so fun! We were prepping for their 'make & take' prize for market goers - you will have to attend the market, if you live close to Boulder, to see what that prize is!! It was such an amazing night & so fun to be around all of that creative energy! Those Firefly ladies really have a great thing going! 

You should definitely plan to attend the market this weekend - all the info is here! I will be there on Sunday helping. The vendor list looks awesome this year, I am looking forward to checking out the abundance of handmade goods. It's going to be an all around fun weekend! 

Happy Monday! hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan

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Monday, April 9, 2012

birthday adventure!

Today I turned 29!! I honestly feel more like 20 so I guess that's a good thing. Creed took me on the most amazing little birthday adventure ever! (I was lucky enough to have the day off!!!) We ventured out & went to the Butterfly Pavilion right outside of Boulder! It felt a little like heaven walking through the doors into the tropical butterfly habitat & seeing all the hundreds of butterflies fluttering around...my cheeks are still sore from smiling so much!!

It was such a magical day!! It also felt a little like "home" because it was soooo humid in there for the butterflies, it felt so similar to a nice hot, humid Georgia spring day! I also got to hold Rosie, the tarantula!!! That was a first for me & kinda fun, plus I got an "I held Rosie" sticker to prove it!! ha!

I am incredibly grateful & overwhelmingly happy that I have such an amazing partner in life, who loves adventures, even tiny ones, as much as me. I have such a happy happy heart! :) hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan

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Friday, April 6, 2012

rediscovering, refining & starting fresh

I finally started & finished Razzy's pug embroidery this week! Olive's has been hanging on the pug wall & poor little Razzy needed her own, too. Embroidery is such a fun little craft to do & so relaxing. I used Sublime Stitching's pug pattern & changed it up a bit by changing the font & adding some dazzle.  

I have made the executive decision lately that I needed to take a little step back from my shop. It was definitely a hard decision to make & it's currently on 'vacation mode.' I'm not really sure what this means for the future, but I do know it means that I am going to refine & rediscover & hopefully get refreshed. I want to get away from the made-to-order side of things for awhile & work on some ready-made products. But most importantly, now that I have a job outside of the home, I want to make sure that my attention & energy when I am home is put to use in the right ways, at least right for me. This includes being able to spend time with my family, working out & working on my blog & fun, crafty diy's. If you have ever run a handmade business then you know that there is no start or end to your work day, its a 24/7 kind of thing, it lacks boundaries & it's so easy to get burnt out if you can't find the balance (which was always hard for me to find). I do feel incredibly lucky & loved every second of it when I was doing it but it's time now for me to step back for a bit & re-evaluate & hopefully get refreshed & come up with new, exciting ideas. 

Anywho, long story short, it's been a long time since I felt relaxed & comfortable enough to work on some of my own little projects, this embroidery being one of them. It was such a quick project & I love how it turned out. Although I feel uncertain about my decision concerning my shop, just getting the chance to breathe & refocus has already sparked so many ideas that I can't wait to explore! We shall see where it leads me...

Hope everyone has a fantastic Easter weekend! hugs, Meghan ♥

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

spring time in colorado

I probably need to stop saying how much I love this new state we live in...you guys will just get tired of hearing it (if you aren't tired already) but I just can't help it. Spring has definitely begun to bud in these parts. With it being our first spring here, I wasn't really sure what to expect, but waking up every morning & looking out our windows & seeing all the green slowly budding each day & all the flowers popping up, it's truly beautiful & so exciting!

I've also mentioned that one of our favorite things to do is to take the pugs to the park that is right around the corner from our house. I love having days off when Creed is home because we get to go together,  I so love having that time together & I have no doubts it will be a memory that will stay with me forever. Here are some photos from our little walk to the park today.

This is a gorgeous tree in a little mini park that is right across the street from "our" park. Every time we pass it, I'm always reminded of the scene in the movie Notting Hill where they read the inscription from a bench in a little park, it reads: "For June, who loved this garden, from Joseph who always sat beside her." (so many tears) 

freeeeedooomm!! I love that we can let the puggies off their leashes & they just have a grand ol' time, but always come back to us. 

Such a fun little outing! I can't wait to make so many more memories here!! Hope everyone is having an amazing Thursday! I think I'm going to spend the rest of the day crafting (I'll share my latest little project tomorrow), cooking & catching up on all the Community episodes we've missed! hugs & cheek pecks, Meghan

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

just a little wishlist

In case you didn't know (& everyone should)  - my birthday is next Monday!! Parrttty! So in honor of my birthday week (because you deserve a whole week to celebrate in my opinion) I have put together a completely random list of items from my recent "want" list for fun. In no particular order...

2. wise owl canister - anthropologie
3. camera plush - yellow heart art
4. jardin skirt - jcrew
5. zig zag duvet - urban outfitters
6. vintage mug shot posters - larken design
8. urbanears earphones - fred flare
9. raindrop lace top - jcrew
10. latte bowls - anthropologie
11. fox mask - sundries & plunder
13. polaroid print - handz

I am lucky enough to have a few days off this week, so I am hoping to fill them with some thrifting & crafting, perhaps some baking - the perfect way to spend a birthday week! I can't believe it's already April, I also can't believe I'm about to turn 29!! eeshh....

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