Friday, September 28, 2012

Fall-ish Friday Favorites

Some very pretty, handmade things to Fall in love with.
Get it? (wink)

Top to bottom, left to right:
soap . pumpkin . earrings tassels .  block .

Happy Friday!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Blue Ridge Craft Weekend & a WINNER

It all started with a few real life friends and a few IG friends.
We wanted to get together for a girls' weekend in the mountains.
Alison and I asked a few ladies if they were interested, and before we knew it we had a group of 10 ladies who were excited to join us for a weekend in Blue Ridge, GA.
#blueridgecraftweekend :)

We didn't really plan for it to become so awesome. It just happened.
and lots of good company:

We arrived on a Friday afternoon and immediately began connecting with one another. It was so good to meet friends in real life, some of them I only see through a screen.
We cooked together, laughed together, crafted together. We made fabric wrapped wreaths, painted geometric wooden necklaces, crocheted coffee cuffs (thanks to Christa's awesome teaching skills), started on hoop art, and drank large amounts of tea/coffee together.

We each were surprised with new coffee/tea mugs on Saturday morning when we woke up. This is the one I picked... I am sure you can guess why.
The weekend was over too quickly; I am so grateful to have had a chance to spend a few days with a group of ladies.
It was a wonderful time to create and connect. What's even better is I still get to see and talk with them most days, even if it's through the world wide web.

We have had lots of questions on how you can be "invited" to a one of these craft weekends. We had NO idea the response that would come from this girls' trip. We are definitely considering organizing more weekends like this in the future. If we do there will most likely do a sign up list for those who are interested and a raffle of some sort to draw names so everyone has a fair chance to come. Stay tuned for that :)

Oh, and the winner of all the swag from our fantastic weekend is Morgan! I'll be emailing you. Congrats!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

the weekend of crafting and a CRAZY great GIVEAWAY

This past weekend we had a craft weekend in Blue Rige, GA.
Ten ladies pictured from Left to Right: 

What started as a few friends getting together for a girls' weekend turned into a full blown weekend of crafting, shopping and fun. I'm so glad everyone got to come. It was so awesome to meet each of the ladies in person and to be able to create with them.

We did lots of crafting, but before we show you all the fun things we made we wanted to show you all the goodies we got! A craft weekend isn't complete without swag. We received lots goodies, AND we get to share them with one lucky winner!

Ball Mason jar, wooden clothespins, wooden spools, scrapbook paper, 2 rolls of washi tape, supplies for geometric, wooden bead necklace.
And a special thanks to Baby Boy Bakery who provided yummy goodies for each of our swag baskets!

Enter through rafflecopter below.
The winner will be announced on Saturday, September 22nd and we'll be posting photos from the weekend and the projects we created!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Vintage Love { Attic17 }

I'm pretty sure my mama still has that same saltine cracker can and uses it. 

I like vintage stuff. It reminds me of my grandparents home, and my childhood, 
though I am not quite vintage yet ;)
So, I have been looking for the perfect vintage table cloth. I have searched so many times on Etsy and haven't found one that will either fit my table or that I really like.

Thankfully my friend Rachel is a vintage queen and she has a shop, so I requested she be on the lookout for a vintage table cloth for me, and she found one!
I adore it. The table cloth has sweet illustrations of tea pots 
and tea cups and dishes.
Someone mentioned it looked like some of the things I like to draw,
and I couldn't agree more.

I love, love, love the way it feels. You know what I am talking about? 
Soft from years of use and washing.
It reminds me of something I would see on my grandmother's breakfast table.

I hope to add some more vintage treasures around our home from

These are some of my favorites

children's books
tape tins
the Bobbsey Twins books
Today is Rachel's birthday so go hope over to her blog and say hello and happy birthday and be sure to look around her shop. I am sure you'll see some vintage goodies you like.

Monday, September 10, 2012

the mugs were swapppppped

Cuppa Kim hosted an amazing Mug Swap in August.
Let's all take a moment to give a round of applause to Kim.
I mean, she organized it all. Assigning partners, spreading the word, making sure everyone got their partners blog, instagram and mailing address. That is a lot of work!

I was so excited to open my package from sweet Christie
She sent me this beautiful mug

along with some TAZO teas, some Starbucks VIA and a cute little notebook. AND what was even cuter was she used a coffee cuff to package it in. So creative.

I have declared this my new favorite mug. My old favorite mug broke a few weeks ago so I am happy to have a replacement. I adore the design and it's just perfect for me. I am very particular about my mugs. Really, I am.

To see the mugs I sent off visit
Julie and Stephanie, they should be posting pictures of their hand drawn mugs.
I have never used porcelain pens before. I was really scared how they would turn out, but after I got the hang of drawing on a mug I ended up having a lot of fun with them. 

sneak peek of one of the mugs I drew
I found plain, white mugs with no texture. I washed and dried them, and used Porcelaine brand pens to draw on the mugs. I found my pens at Michael's on clearance too! I followed the directions (gasp, I hate directions) and allowed the paint to dry for 24 hours, then baked the mugs at 350 for like 45 minutes. After they cooled I washed and dried them again 
(and to be honest I was scared the paint might come off). 
I really want to get some more dishes and maybe a platter to draw on. They would make great inexpensive, handmade gifts.

Did you participate in the Mug Swap? Have you ever used porcelain pens?