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Kids Clothes that I Want to Wear

Yesterday I happened upon Nonchalant Mom while flipping through the latest issue of La Petite [a beyond adorable online mag “to inspire you to create on the canvas of motherhood” … fashion, design – everything a mini you would want].  Some of the best kids clothing I have seen.  Some of it is a little pricey, but sometimes we splurge to look good, so why shouldn’t we treat our kids?  Anyway, my favorite look is by Nico Nico.  Their stuff looks so cozy – I must find someone that makes an adult version of this outfit … and some great knee high combat-inspired boots [for myself and for Ava!].

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Wedding Guest Book Fun

We wanted to do something fun for our guest book, rather than just have people sign their names.  I wanted to look back and laugh.  I purchased a leather photo album with two picture slots per page and cut out different colors of card stock to fit in the bottom slots [for people to sign].  The top slot will be for photos.  We sat a few disposable cameras on the table, markers, a bunch of silly props, and some instructions.

I cannot wait to get the film developed because I know we are going to have some great shots … like this one of my Gramma Dorie!  Priceless.

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Smile Real Big!

I love it when we ask her to “Smile Real Big” …. and that she does.  XO.  Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

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Picture Window

I had found some old barn windows down in the barn [imagine that] and immediately knew I wanted to hang them from tree branches for the wedding.  In the end, I could only hang one [well, my Uncle Don and Mike did all the hanging] because the tree branches were higher than I thought and impossible to reach even with our ladder.

We removed the few panes left in the window [they looked pretty cool, but were loose and I didn’t want to risk someone slicing themselves on broken glass at the wedding], inserted a couple of eye hooks in the top of the frame, strung it with some clothesline and wrapped that around the branch.  I also hung a few vintage pieces I found in thrift shops on the tree along with an iron candle holder left by the original house owners in the basement.

I was quite pleased with the outcome and everyone [namely myself] had a lot of fun taking snapshots in the window panes.  Simple and pretty.

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A Few Fall Fashion Faves

There was a slight chill in the air this morning.  It didn’t last long, but it was there … fall is coming.  It is my favorite season and with good reason.  Cool and crisp jacket-optional weather, hot coffee instead of iced, leaves crunching under my boots, snuggling instead of sweating, and the clothes – oh the clothes.  Here are a few of my favorites, and expect more soon.

The boots.  The boots.  I love these boots.  Urban Outfitters.  They also come in a maroon/navy option and will look great with just about anything – like this dress from Zara.  It looks so comfy.  I think I’d pair it with an oversized cardigan, thick tights, and boots.

How great is this cowl neck tunic from ASOS?!  Loving the plaid, loving the neck … makes a simple tunic something special.

Totally rad halter vest from Topshop.  This backless number would work great with a fitted tuxedo shirt or even a turtleneck.

And let’s not forget about the men in our lives.  I can definitely see Michael rocking these new styles from Keds at Bloomingdales.

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Our Country Wedding

Sorry for slacking so much on the posts lately.  I have two good excuses – getting married and looking for a new apartment!  The latter has been taking up most of my free time [which is already sparse] lately, but enough about that …. let’s talk WEDDING!

Michael and I finally tied the knot on August 14th!  The ceremony and reception were held at my parent’s home in rural Ohio, which made for an intimate and idyllic setting.  I did all of the planning myself and with a little help from my mom warning everyone to just leave me alone, it all went off without a hitch.

All week the weather was beautiful and around 1pm on the day of the wedding, it started pouring rain!  We had to scramble to move some things around so they wouldn’t get soaked or blow away and the rain was tapering off by the start time of 4pm.  There were still a few sprinkles during the ceremony, but then the sun came out and made for a perfect evening.  Over the next week or so I will be posting little details of the ceremony and reception … maybe you can get some inspiration for your own country wedding.

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Vintage Glass

The wedding is less than two weeks away and I’ve started packing for our trip to Ohio.  This is just a very small portion of the vintage glassware I’ve been collecting from thrift stores to use on the tables at the reception.

I love vintage glass.  I’m drawn to it … and I don’t care about rarity or worth, I just like it to be aesthetically pleasing.  It’s pretty and you can just set it out to look at it or actually use it.  I’ve started spray painting vintage bottles [the yellow bottle on the left was my first].

Apparently there are lots of people who love this look because I found tons of great glass on Etsy.

(from left to right)

TOP ROW:  BluebellMyra Melinda, Monichelle’s, Joe Vintage

MIDDLE ROW:  iWunder Vintage, Garden 22 Vintage, 2 Bored Bunnies, Snu2 Vintage

BOTTOM ROW:  Vintage Indiana, Corr Nucopia, fernswoodpixie, Satisfind

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Ridiculously Cute Baby Blog

I have to give the credit to Michael for finding this.  Adele, a mom in Helsinki, waits until her baby is napping and sets up the cutest little scenes and posts them in a blog titled, “Mila’s Daydreams“.  So cute that it made me feel a little better [awful summer cold].  Also so cute that I almost want another baby just so I can do this.  Almost.

Ava never would have slept through this.

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DIY Chandelier Roundup

Lately I have been seeing some pretty cool chandeliers that [if I had time and were the least bit crafty] I could make myself.  Since I’m probably not going to, I thought you might.  If you do, send me some pics!

Here are my faves:

This Bubble Yarn Lampshade by Pickles was featured on re-nest and is actually something I might try to make.  It’s kind of like doing paper-mache and kids do that, so I should be able to do this, right?

These DIY Bubble Chandeliers have been popping up everywhere.  I like this gold version from Jean Pelle.

The picture above is of Pottery Barn’s Edison Chandelier and there is a similar DIY version hack on Instructables using Hemma lights from Ikea..  It doesn’t look like a beginner project, but it could save you $300.

These Paperclip [yes paperclip] Chandeliers are from Resdesign Technologies.  You can purchase one custom made, get a downloadable PDF tutorial, or a semi-assembled kit.

This unique piece from Lindsey Adleman Studio is highly customizable.  She also has some bubble chandelier options on her blog.

This Birdcage Chandelier [via Kitschy Galore] doesn’t come with a tutorial, but looks pretty easy to make.  I’ve sent her a message to see if I can get the DIY from her and if I do, I will post it!

The detailed tutorial for this Horchow drum shade knock-off [original on the right] can be found on A Penny Saved.

If you have a DIY Chandelier Tutorial you would like to share, just send me an email or Tweet me!  XO

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A Picnic Wedding

Things are coming together for the wedding plans [less than one month away!!!].  We are having a country picnic reception and we’ll be serving up cute little gable boxes filled with all kinds of grub for our guests.  I found these striped candy bags [harder to find than you might think] at Fort and Field.  And I just couldn’t resist ordering the paper straws  – they will look really slick in the mix of vintage glasses I’m using or stuck straight into a glass soda bottle.

This picture [via Project Wedding] was the inspiration for our picnic boxes, but we are using kraft paper colored boxes and the colorful striped bags pictured above.  We are also going to have little containers of salads stuffed inside and all of our packaging is eco-friendly.  Please pray it doesn’t rain!  XO

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