Friday, January 29, 2010

Lessons from Children

I don't have any children, but I am blessed to have an amazing job that allows me to work with some really special kids. You could be having a bad day and no one knows it and there will be that cute little kindergarten boy that says "Mrs. Heidi you're beautiful" and it will catch me off guard where I instantly smile. Its like they have the perfect words and the perfect timing and it makes everything so much sweeter. Or getting a compliment from a parent thanking you for making a difference in their child's life. I guess sometimes we may forgot just how one simple gesture can really make an impact. Even from the young ones.

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Do any of you have an act of kindness that you do on a regular basis for someone or have you ever had an act of kindness be done to you that made your day? Would love to hear about it so please share!

PS: Starting Monday I will begin my Valentine posts! Be on the lookout and if you have a Valentine item or know of a site you think I would love that is showcasing Valentine product/ ideas please let me know!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

What I'm Loving this Week

Meet the new etsy love of my life! I really want to break down and by all three of these items. You have no idea how much I heart these!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Dream Home in Paris

If I lived in Paris I would love to decorate my apartment with these lovely items...

my dream four poster bed

I love this buffet table

the perfect writing desk

oh well a girl can dream right?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tea Party

Not much to say besides thinking these are all really pretty and I am now in the mood to watch Alice in Wonderland.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Pretty Petals

The perfect accessory to add onto gifts. Love these paper pin flowers!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Summing up the Week

This quote sums up how I have felt all week

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Rainy day necessities

Wishing I owned this wellie Kate bag and these pink Hunter rain boots right about now. Its been rainy nonstop and I'm loving it!

What I'm Loving this Week

I double heart these hair pins (not only because they are black and white, which happens to be a favorite color combo of mine but one of my sorority sisters from college makes these amongst other cute hair accessories!)

I heart this cute as a button gift box

I heart this tee

I heart this wrapping paper

I heart this oh la la French inspired sweater (especially the ruffles)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Giveaway not to be Missed

Aren't these cards SUPER, DUPER cute??!! I can't get enough of the Paris/Cupcake card. It is screaming my name. Best part is Kim over at the TomKat Studio is giving away a set of these beautiful cards thanks to Icing Designs.

Please check out the TomKat Studio for ways you can enter this fabulous giveaway!

A Mood Uplifter

These silk, taffeta filled lavender pillows are not only adorable but I am sure could do me wonders the next time I am feeling stressed. Hmm.. maybe feeling stressed can have it perks besides indulging in chocolate. No?

{Photo via martha stewart}

Monday, January 18, 2010

My Kind of Day

Nothing is better than waking up to a rainy day.

All images via weheartit

Floral Tanktop Project

Over the weekend I mastered something that I have never done before. I sewed. One of my goals before I leave my twenties behind was to make a craft project that involved sewing. I have been looking for a craft project but nothing was jumping out at me until I came across this idea thanks to Such Pretty Things. When I saw her floral project I knew this was it! (Mind you this idea has literally been under my nose! In my closet I have several t-shirts, a cardigan, and tank tops with floral corsage detailing.) I had always thought to myself this doesn't look difficult to make but I never gave it much thought that I could actually recreate this flower look.

So this adventure starts with me roaming the fabric area of Joann's with no help. Can we say overwhelmed?! I at one point was thinking to myself "I can't do this, I don't even know how to thread a needle who I am kidding here?!" Well good thing I took good notes from Such Pretty Things posting so at least I knew I needed tulle. Once I found the tulle and the various satin fabrics I felt as if I was back on track.

I get home and I hit another roadblock. I start thinking "I can't even draw a straight line how am I going to draw a flower pattern?" Once, again thats me and not thinking every step of the way thru on something. So I just rolled with it. I was able to get a pattern drawn that I liked as I had to keep reminding myself " You don't want this to look perfect."

Once I got my needle and thread together I was in business. I scrunched the petals and began moving the needle in and out and surprisingly this flower formation came together! I was originally going to do three sets of flowers with eight petals but decided to complete only one flower. I don't think I took single breath of air while I was doing this as I was so scared that this was going to be a giant flop. I also bought some rhinestones to sew on in the center but I decided to leave them off.

For my first attempt I am pleased with the outcome and I actually had a lot of fun doing this! I defiantly want to make more, use the rhinestones, and of course keep learning. This is where I need your help. If any of you have ever done embellishments before on clothing or on hair accessories and you have some tips for me regarding which fabrics are good to work with, how to achieve a more scrunched look with the flowers, or a trick when it comes to sewing flowers will you pretty please leave me a note in my comments section? This beginner seamstress thanks you kindly!

What do you think?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Happy Friday

Happy Friday! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I know I will definitely be enjoying my three day weekend.

PS: Loving this cupcake! Anyone else?!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What I'm Loving this Week

I heart these cupcake liners

I heart these place cards

I heart this hair pin

and I heart these towels

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Let the search begin!

I'm on the search for some personalized stationary. I have found several styles I like but can not make up my mind. Perhaps, its because I love them or all and the fact that I am terrible at making decisions, or maybe its because I don't exactly have a favorite. This is where you lovely readers can help me out! Please let me know which design is your favorite or if you know of a site that sells fun, personalized stationary let me know! Thank you kindly!

This design is available from Daily Sip Studio

The next three cards are from ohlouisedesigns

This black and white personalized card is from Adorned by Dana

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

An Anthropologie Love

I know its the dead of winter for some and it probably feels as if summer will never come but I came across this bag and I just had to share it with all of you. Its the perfect spring/ summer bag and I.LOVE. IT. and I. NEED. IT!

Monday, January 11, 2010

What's New?

Anyone do anything fun over the weekend that you care to share or anything you are looking forward to in 2010?

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Movie Night

Who doesn't like a comfy night in watching movies in your pj's and eating candy, ice-cream, and popcorn? Well, if you don't you will now! I am loving this movie night set up idea which can be found thru the Pottery Barn party planner guide (its wonderful as I have used their guide before to help with my lack of creativity). For the original posting on this theme and more creative ideas check out The Party Dress here. I definitely know how I will be spending my weekend!

PS: Wouldn't this also make a great birthday party idea especially for adults?!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Really? Colored denim?Again??

Afraid to report this ladies but I think a throwback on the 90's colored denim fad is making its debut. Make that an unwelcome debut again. I received an email the other day alerting me of the top styles of denim and you know what it consisted of.... colored denim. Then, during a Target run long and behold what do I see?? Colored denim. NO! Frankly, I had my fair share of colored denim during my high school days and no way will I allow another pair to enter my home.

What do you all think. Will color denim make a successful comeback? If so will any of you relive your colored denim days? If yes, I won't judge. I promise.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Can we eat, yet?

I am starving and I sure wish I was having a delicious French meal tonight.

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