Thursday, March 28, 2013

Happy Easter!

The family and I are headed to Washington DC for the next few days.  I am hoping that the weather warms up soon, so we can enjoy the sights without being bundled up in our winter coats. The kids have done their research and made a list of things they want to see this year.  No matter how many times I go to DC, I always see something new. 

I hope you all have a Happy Easter!

Stay warm...and don't eat too many sweets : )   I will catch up with you again early next week.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Artist Spotlight: Julie Persons

Since we are fast approaching Easter, I thought this would be the perfect time to spotlight the light-hearted side of art.  Julie Persons'  series "Chicks in Hats" is absolutely adorable! From top hat and veil, these chicks are going places.

You can buy an art print of these cuties in the My Modern Shop found here.  I think they would make a perfect addition to any Easter basket : ) 

(all images via My Modern Shop)

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Kasbah Mod...I'm in love

Kasbah Mod is the #1 retailer in the world of restored vintage typewriters.  I LOVE vintage typewriters...and I especially love brightly colored ones.  Not only does Kasbah Mod carry typewriters of every color under the sun, but they also carry a chrome plated typewriter named "The Ghost" and a 24 karat gold-plated typewriter called "The Double-Oh-Seven".  Each typewriter has it's mechanics restored and then is treated to a custom paint job.  These typewriters are definitely on the high end, but if you are a vintage lover, you may want to splurge on one of these bad boys.  LOVE it : )

"I love typewriters. I love the tactile experience of writing with truly obsolete technology. In these days of scatterbrain thinking and an obsession with Control-V and Control-C, the typewriter gives me equal parts freedom and discipline." - Chase Gilbert, Head Designer, Kasbah Mod 

(all images are taken from the Kasbah Mod website.  Quote is from

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Saturday Song...

This weekend will be one of my busiest in recent history, but I am trying to approach it with a light-hearted sensibility.  What I need is a jump start to my day...something to get me in the mood...and since this weekend will be all about photography, I thought nothing would be better than "KodaChrome" by Paul Simon.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

Try to stay dry if you are on the East coast : )

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Friday, March 22, 2013

The Friday Five...

{ The progress has been slow, but I am loving the new additions to Isabella's room }

{ It may not look like much, but this cake was sooooo good and perfect for our St Patrick's Day party- Chocolate stout cake with Bailey's Cream cheese frosting }

{ Been working on signature gift tags...specs and all }

{ Super excited to welcome this new addition to my camera family : ) }

{ Easter prep is in full swing...everything tastes better through a honeycomb straw...right? }

What are Your Five?

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Easter favorite ideas for Easter

Bunny Bags
I love these sweet and simple treat bags- a great substitute for the traditional Easter egg.  Just untie the bow and the treats are revealed inside.  This is a easy craft you can do in very little time.  See detailed instructions here at Mermag

Brussel Sprout Topiary
I have never been a huge fan of brussel sprouts, but I may be a believer now.  I am in love with these beautiful topiaries! This image is via Better Home & Gardens.

Origami Bunny Gift Tag
This free printable from Eat Drink Chic can be embellished with glittered paper after you print them up.  I am a sucker for freebies...especially cute and colorful bunnies. You can find the printable with instructions here.  

Cross Necklace
One of my best friends gave me this necklace for my birthday this past year.  I love how simple and pretty it is.  It is light enough to wear every day, and pretty enough to be noticed every time that you do.  It would make a perfect Easter gift.  You can buy the necklace here

Stamped place cards...or should I say eggs
Such a pretty and easy to do place setting for Easter brunch.  You may already have everything you need to recreate this look- Spring colored napkins, some dyed eggs, greenery clippings and alphabet stamps.  Simple and beautiful. You can find more photos of this tablescape at Love of Family and Home here.  

Bunny bread
Who knew refrigerated rolls and a pair of kitchen scissors could create such a cute addition to an Easter meal?  Snip ears into the top of the dough and use the point of the scissor blade to create the eyes.  As they cook, the edges will soften and the soft bunny roll will appear.  Image found here. 

Watercolor Nails
Celebrate Easter with the colors of Spring.  Water color nails...a new favorite of mine.  See how to get the look here at Small Good Things

Easter Egg Fortune
I LOVE this idea!  You may see this for a Pay It Forward in the future.  Find detailed instructions here at Poppytalk.

Bunny Ear Napkin Holders
I LOVE these little burlap bunny ears ! Such a cute idea!  These napkin rings can be found here, and you can see more of photos of this tablescape here at Amy's Party Ideas.  

Peep Love
And if you are a year long Easter lover...and if you especially LOVE your peeps...I would suggest this art print from Society6 simply called "peep".  A childhood favorite has been transformed into some sweet artwork : )  You can order this print here.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Artist Spotlight: Martin Sati

As a child, when I ran out of coloring pages, I would draw circles and swirls that overlapped each other, and then I would find the images that appeared to me and color them in.  When I came across the artwork of Martin Sati, I was reminded of this childhood practice of mine...and I was shown how it could be elevated into very sophisticated and lovely artwork.

I LOVE how fluid and soft these images are while being very bright and energetic.  There are distinct outlines, edges and borders...while there also seems to be no end to the images.  LOVE it!

(all images are from Martin Sati's official website)

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Monday, March 18, 2013

AHHHHHHHH ! ! ! . . . it's the zombie run ! ! !

I don't know about you...but I can think of no better way to spend my day than running from zombies : )  Actually, I think I may be doing just that on May 19th-  The Zombie Run is coming to Charlotte... I can not wait!!!!

A friend and I ran in The Color Run in November, and I have been looking for the next fun run I would do, when I was told about the Zombie Run.  As soon as the words came out of my friend Vicky's mouth, I knew I had to do it.   I could I not?  Surprisingly, it has been a lot harder than I thought it would be to get people to join in my enthusiastic response to the news.  I will prevail though. on guard may be receiving a phone call to join my team : )

The run begins with an overturned tanker- the source of the chemical causing the zombie invasion.

On the course, you will run through the military-controlled apocalypse zone and through the vaccination hydration center, all the while helicopters are hovering overhead and the military will try to hand out life saving face masks. Honestly...who would not want to participate?

If you don't want to run from zombies...maybe you would want to do the chasing instead- you can sign up as a runner, or you can choose to be a zombie.  As a zombie, you will get a professional makeover to help your transformation from run-of-the mill human into flesh-eating zombie. 

It all ends in the quarantine zone where the zombies and humans make nice...listen to some grub...and take some pictures together to commemorate the occasion.

You can register for the Charlotte Zombie Run here.  If you don't live in Charlotte, you can look to see if the Zombie Run is coming to your city here.

I hope to see you there : )

(all images are from the official Charlotte Zombie Run website)

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