It’s starting to feel crispy! Are you feeling it?! Once again, time strikes us with a reminder of the changing of the seasons and I am NOT READY! But, I am ready to spend a little more time indoors making stuff. Monica, created a lovely wallpaper for your desktop and phones based on some of her recent thrift stores finds and I, for one, am all about that floral chair. Please and thank you!
Remember how Mr. Rogers used to take you to factories and behind the scenes of how things were made? In my dreams I’m exploring every nook and cranny in the art and design world, but for now, I’ll start with what I know best…our own studio! I thought you might like seeing the process of how we went from the initial idea of creating the pattern of our Winter Water Factory collection to the final product. Come take a look!
If you’ve been to the store recently, chances are you’ve spotted the school supply section. Can you believe it’s already that time of the year? Luckily Jasper still has a few more years until we have to deal with that. We live in a University town though, so the area will soon be flooded with returning students and some starting fresh! My cousin Clare will be starting her freshman year here and I’m THRILLED to have some family nearby. That also means…DORM LIFE! Did you live in the dorms at some point in your college career? Clare is moving halfway across the country for college so I wanted to make sure she felt at home! With the help of DHP Furniture we created the ultimate dorm room set-up and I’m sharing all our great finds with you!
If you have any advice, tips, tricks, words of wisdom to pass along to an incoming freshman, I’d love to hear it!
The moment I found out I was pregnant I started searching for a place to create a baby registry. Ha! How’s that for wasting no time! Clearly, I was pretty stoked. For me, a registry was less about asking friends for gifts (because how uncomfortable is that?!) and more about gathering all the products for baby in one central location in order to provide friends and family a quick and easy way to locate helpful gifts. These days I’m all about saving time for everyone! Time efficiency is my love language.
After doing some snooping around on the webs, I realized that I didn’t want a registry from just one shop because it’s too limiting and I didn’t like the idea of registering at many shops (“the new mom is registered at so and so, and so and so, and so and so”, so awkward!) plus I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep track of it all. In my searching, I came across Babylist, which advertised as a one-stop baby registry from anywhere on the web. That’s PRECISELY what I was looking for…and I didn’t even know it!
I used Babylist throughout my pregnancy and beyond. In fact, I still use it to gather items together (and I’ll tell you why below). I even forced my sister to go and sign up right away too when she announced she was pregnant over Christmas. It’s never too early to start! I have a tendency to forget items that I said I would always remember once it’s finally time to note them down. Does that ever happen to you?
Anyway, I loved the service so much that I reached out to them to see if they’d want to partner and I’m so thrilled that it’s worked out so I can offer you painless registry experience solution with a heartfelt endorsement! SCORE!
Not only that! No, no, along with my encouragement to sign up for Babylist (do yourself a favor!), I’m also offering a FREE PRINTABLE baby shower invitation. We created it for my sister’s baby shower that we threw in June and I LOVE how it turned out. We had an Alexander Girard theme complete with a baby block accordion invitations and they are SOOOO cute.
I’m inspired by the clever work of UK based paper artist, Sarah Louise Matthews, and I was thrilled to find that she has released a paper craft book called, Paper Craft Home, which is available now! It features 25 projects to cut, fold, and shape. I already dog-eared the heck out of mine! It’s great for both beginners and advanced crafters so you can find a little something for everyone. Today she’s sharing a tutorial from the book, the origami lamp shade, which is actually similar in concept to a project from our book, Craft the Rainbow, with a different spin.
Strictly speaking, this lampshade isn’t origami, but it’s a great project to put your paper-folding skills to the test. Once you break the folding down into a step of valley folds followed by a step of mountain folds, it is fairly straightforward, and when mastered, you will be making bespoke lampshades for every room in the house!