October 07, 2013

Drives

A memory that reoccurs over and over is my mom putting us in the gold car and taking the gravel roads near our house {for something to do}and stopping to pick crab apples along the way. I remember my first bite - the tartest apple I've ever had - and the excitement that these trees were everywhere and I could pick them! I remember the air on my face and in my lungs as I hung out the window. Such a simple memory and such a good life.

I've been all around the world
Marching to the beat of a different 
Drum.
But just lately I have 
Realised. 
The best is yet to come. 
Someone like you.
Someone Like You ~ Van Morrison

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September 20, 2013

Beauty


Wild flowers picked on a run, turned into floral wreaths. It's always the little things.
Blessed and lucky!

Be silent in a group of people. See what they reveal to you. ~ Yoko Ono




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September 18, 2013

Life-Giving







The farm I work on. All the balance you need. Takes so much out of me, but I can feel its impact in ways that I will only be able to articulate down the road. Thus far, best decision I've ever made. So good. 

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
~ John Burroughs




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September 16, 2013

Last Summer Finds





A few last Summer finds. Thoroughly enjoyed  yard sale season & finding things for the shop this Summer. Now, curating and putting the details together. Hopefully, you found a few things to add to your collections. 


If nothing else, one day you can look someone straight in the eyes and say, "But I lived through it and it made me who I am today" ~ Iain S. Thomas



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September 05, 2013

Up to


Sorry for being absent lately. Spending the last days of summer working, watching sunsets with friends, getting icecream for the first time this summer(?!), taking my favorite kids to the pool, taking daytrips to small towns, drying herbs, and trying to get organized for a simple Fall. Pictures to come.

I adore the struggle you carry in yourself. I adore your terrifying sincerity. ~ Anais Nin in a letter to Henry Miller



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July 12, 2013

Sticky Mango


See where I collect things that remind me of back home, a life already lived and a future life.
I dream of settling in a small house near the beach on Lake Michigan with a back door covered in old-fashioned climbing roses and rooms filled with nothing but necessities and books. So many things to dream about when I nod off to sleep. Have a lovely weekend. 

She has what soul loves to flow into. She's kind. She weeps. She makes quick personal decisions, and laughs so easily.
~ Rumi



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July 10, 2013

Cherries



Spent last Saturday picking cherries from a dear friend's yard. Lucky! Cherry jam and cherry-rhubarb pie are in the works as I write this. But they're so pretty sitting on my table! Beauty is everywhere if we learn to see it in small things. 

No matter how careful you are, there's going to be the sense you missed something, the collapsed feeling under your skin that you didn't experience it all. There's that fallen heart feeling that you rushed right through the moments where you should've been paying attention. ~ Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters




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June 02, 2013

The Everygirl

I styled a rustic elegance wedding photo shoot using local vendors, vintage finds and a little DIY, and I couldn't be happier to be featured on the The Everygirl today! I hope you are inspired and informed by their feature! I also put my crafting DIY skills to use with a couple friends for the next two tutorials I'm sharing with you today.

First up! Gold glitter apples! Adding gold elements throughout the wedding table gave it just the right amount of elegant style while remaining relaxed and casual. I used gold glitter apples as the table seating card holder, as well. 
Jen Dederich, the amazing photographer, was also my gold glitter DIY partner! We had so much fun! 

First, gather the supplies needed: newspaper, apples, glue (I used fabric glue), paring knife, paint brush, table seating card & gold glitter

Spread the newspaper out on a large table. Brush the glue onto the apples and sprinkle liberally with gold glitter! If you're using a table seating card, slice the top of the apple with a paring knife and slide the card right into it. It doesn't get much easier than that! 








Next, Mr. & Mrs. barn board signs; one of several rustic elements created for the wedding photo shoot. My friend Terry, who also designed the floral arrangements (AMAZING!!) for the shoot loves barns and saves old barn board remnants. She  graciously offered to share them with me for this shoot, as well as her beautiful handwriting! 

First, gather the supplies needed: barnboard, eye hooks, pencil, paint, paintbrush & ribbon.

We actually cut this board in half making it perfectly imperfect! Next outline Mr. and Mrs. in pencil and simply paint over the pencil lines with white paint.We painted over it twice to get the consistency we were looking for. Next, screw two eye hooks into the back of the board, but not all the way through so they don't stick through the front of the board. You could use tiny nails in place of eye-hooks. Tie and knot the ribbon onto the eye hooks and hang on the back of a chair! Super easy and oh-so-rustic!








I couldn't be more thankful to the community of creative people who took a chance on this photo shoot and gave their time and talent. THANK YOU so much! 
I'd also like to give a sincere thank you to The Everygirl for featuring the wedding. Two amazing women, Danielle and Alaina, following their dreams and helping others along the way. It's been so much fun working with them! 

I hope you've been inspired by the feature on The Everygirl today! 



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May 31, 2013

Found Things




A few things I've found lately: market tote/buddha/jewelry tree.

....throw roses into the abyss and say: 'here is my thanks to the monster who didn't succeed in swallowing me alive.' ~ Friederich Nietzsche 




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May 29, 2013

Found Things

Found this handsome serving set the other day! The handles are gorgeous!
May end up putting it in the shop :) 
More to come! Sorry, folks, its been a crazy week! 

I think that's at the heart of every friendship, "If I show you this, will you still love me?
If I show you this, will you still be with me?" ~ Susanna Sonnenberg




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May 24, 2013

Fresh Squeezed Mint Lemonade








Fresh squeezed mint lemonade is a perfect cool-down for the increasingly high temperatures. Super easy to make and more pucker than store-bought :) Juice 12 lemons and add wild mint! It doesn't get any easier. You can add cane sugar if you'd like. Pucker up!! It's tart!! 

If you meet someone whose soul is not aligned with yours, send them love and move along. ~ Wayne W. Dyer




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May 22, 2013

Back Home








A few more pictures from Michigan. My sister's house in the country.

The beauty of things is that they must end. ~ Jack Kerouac




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