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blog talk + shop update.

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014

New Rubber Stamps! | Shop Ann-Marie Loves Paper on Big Cartel

You’re a Gem (you really are!)

Thank you so much for all of your amazing comments and feedback these past few days. I have lots to share in the coming months (and years! Holy…) when it comes to growing a human. But rest assured, this blog is absolutely positively not about to go 100% baby, 100% of the time. Not even I want to hear about it that often! After all, there’s so much more to talk about, like making dream catchers (oh yes), repurposing thrift finds, and discussing why The Goldbergs is pretty much my most favorite show of all time. Also, I still have plenty to share about my wedding, although I’m wondering if it’s too late for that now? Ha! Timing may or may not be my finest quality (;

In the meantime, I decided to crank out a bunch of new stamp designs! You can see all thirteen of them riiiiiight here.

And! As a bonus, if you fill out my blog / shop feedback survey before this Sunday (1.26.14), I have a 15% discount code with your name on it. Just e-mail me letting me know you filled out the survey and I will send the code to you ASAP!

Thanks so much again, guys! xo


Posted on: Monday, January 13, 2014

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Lately, most of my time and energy has been needed back at home with my family. While this hasn’t exactly been ideal, it’s made me appreciate how wonderful it is when I have a little extra time to enjoy my own place. My favorite time of day is the morning when the sun floods the living + dining space. It’s so good, in fact, that it actually makes my non-morning person self WANT to launch out of bed and soak up those rays (no small feat!). I open the windows, I write in my journal, and I enjoy my coffee. Heaven.


Posted on: Friday, January 3, 2014

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As of late:

Being reminded daily of how precious life is.
Late night marathons of Sex & The City and bad (read: good) Bravo reality shows.
Long chats with my parents.
A wonderful Christmas spent with my two families.
Sharing my daily rituals on My SoCal’d Life (thank you, Archana!).
Extra time at home to soak up every minute of the season.
Saving my pennies after a crazy month of unexpected car, computer, and Christmas expenses! #tistheseason
Enjoying post-holiday calm.
Listening to Gabby Bernstein on audiobooks as I go about my day.
Knitting another blanket.
Deciding that the word “magic” will be my driving force behind 2014.
KILLER Southern California weather. As in, 75 degrees in the middle of winter kind of killer.
Feeling all kinds of inspired by Emma Robertson’s book, Knitting by Design.
Sneaking in some much needed gym time (I hadn’t worked out since Thanksgiving…who am I??).
Loving the slower pace of work + blogging and the way it’s given me a renewed sense of clarity.
Absolutely certain that 2014 will be a year of growth, joy, and surprises every step of the way.

Happy New Year! It’s gonna be a good one. I just know it.

as of late.

Posted on: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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listening: to all sorts of podcasts as I go about my day. I just came across a handful of new shows that I am really enjoying, including Tara Brach and The Dinner Party Download. Of course, all my old faves (Joy the Baker, Simple Mom, After the Jump) are in heavy rotation as always.

thrifting: baskets, bowls, and any other fun containers to house plants in. I am so happy that my new favorite thrift store is literally right around the corner and I can walk there!

writing: wedding thank you notes. Martha says I have a month from our honeymoon to get them out, but for once, I want to get something in early. Plus, it gives me an opportunity to put my new address stamp to use!

loving: my new coffee maker from Anthro! Given our shortage of counter space, I was on the lookout for something along the lines of a French press and this totally fit the bill. All I have to do is fill it with coffee + water (no filter required!) and heat it up on the stove like a tea kettle.

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grateful: to be living in a very walkable town. Running all my errands on foot and never once having to get in the car? Dream come true.

reading: Tori Spelling’s new book, Spelling It Like It Is. Next up: Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses (one of my all-time faves).

looking: for a good local gym with awesome group classes. I was far too spoiled by my last gym.

hoping: to have everything in it’s place by the weekend. I’ve been working on a few repurposing projects that only need a little more time before they’re ready to rock.

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inspired: by a few new-to-me blogs! Thanks to Aileen from At Home In Love (which is one of my daily must-reads), I discovered Almost Makes Perfect, 1000 Threads, and Clementine Daily. Which blogs are you loving these days?

surprised: by how quickly the holidays are approaching! Normally I am dying for them to start, but right now all I can think about is setting up my everyday decor before any giant trees are brought into the mix!

laughing: at The Goldbergs! So many of the story lines in that show remind me of my own quirky family, which makes it extra funny for both John and me.

savoring: slow mornings. Daily thrift trips. Staying on top of my workload.

it’s getting real.

Posted on: Thursday, October 10, 2013

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photo by @thestyleeater

Lately I’ve been feeling pretty confident about balancing wedding planning, moving, working, and squeezing in a little unscheduled time for working out + all that good stuff. But tonight…oh man. The stress is palpable. I just realized I only have TWO WEEKS left and all I can think is, “let’s push the date back another month! Or five!” (Ha!)

In other news, thanks to an unexpected urge to get rid of everything I own, I spent all of today ruthlessly cleaning out my craft + office supplies. There’s nothing quite like an impending move to strip away any sort of emotional attachment to my possessions! I have to say that the whole process was completely energizing. I feel so good about the things I am keeping and the things I am parting with. Tomorrow (Friday) I’ll be listing a bunch of flat-rate boxes stuffed with AWESOME craft supplies in my shop. I’ll keep you posted!

P.S. Thank you SO MUCH for all of your wonderful PNW recommendations! I can’t wait to plan our trip around your thoughtful suggestions! Keep ‘em coming! xo

photography workshops + downtown adventures.

Posted on: Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Yesterday was one of those days that reaffirmed I am meant for this unconventional freelance lifestyle.

Airbnb Photography Workshop | Ann-Marie Morris

Airbnb Photography Workshop | Ann-Marie Morris

My good friends Jaymee + Janelle joined me in the Arts District of downtown LA for an awesome photography workshop led by Jessie Webster (who lives in THIS amazing Silver Lake house!) and Kim Genevieve. It was a Q+A format session, which quite honestly, is my favorite kind of all. I know how cameras work…what I REALLY love learning about is how amazing photographers MAKE them work, you know? So inspiring.

Airbnb Photography Workshop | Ann-Marie Morris

Airbnb Photography Workshop | Ann-Marie Morris

Airbnb Photography Workshop | Ann-Marie Morris

Once the workshop wrapped up, Jaymee, Janelle, and I headed over to Poketo (heaven) and then had coffee+ flatbread at Eat Drink Americano. (I also may or may not have had a lovely conversation with a random passerby regarding the way he made iced coffee whilst in prison. No big.)

Airbnb Photography Workshop | Ann-Marie Morris
Airbnb Photography Workshop | Ann-Marie Morris

It was so nice to be able to go on a downtown adventure with my best gals on a random Monday afternoon. The three of us are pretty much spread out in opposite directions across Los Angeles, but when events like this pop up, no amount of rush hour traffic will keep us apart.

we heart pasadena.

Posted on: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

It has long since been a dream of mine to live in Pasadena.

Pasadena, Ca | Ann-Marie Morris

I’ve always felt a certain kinship with that beautiful city that I just don’t feel with most LA towns. Sure, the summers are nearly 4 million degrees. And maybe they get hit with the same lovely Santa Ana winds that I grew up with in Simi (ugh). And maybe, just maybe, it’s a tad bit pricey to live there. SO WHAT! I am in love with Pasadena and I don’t care who knows it! (insert Elf reference here).

Pasadena, Ca | Ann-Marie Morris

Since John works in one of the umm, finer? (g h e t t o) parts of Los Angeles, we knew our search for a place close (but not too close) to his office had to be on the outskirts of town. Imagine my sheer joy when after a quick Google mapping, I realized that his workplace is less than ten miles away from my DREAM CITY. Booyah! Instantly I was envisioning the way I would decorate our new home. I was fantasizing about Sunday morning walks to Colorado Blvd for brunch. I was torn between which local coffee shop I would get some work done at first. This is was happening! We were moving there ASAP, as far as I was concerned.

Pasadena, Ca | Ann-Marie Morris

Needless to say, our search turned out to be tougher than we anticipated…and we’re not even in the market to buy! (How anyone can lock down – much less afford! – a house in California these days is a feat that I just cannot wrap my brain around). We viewed many properties and fell in love with nearly all of them. We applied as fast as we could and were always beaten out by other eager renters. We continued to get our hopes up over + over again. There may have even been a few tears involved (not of the John variety). We reluctantly extended our search beyond the Pasadena borders and I felt so bummed about it that I took a self-imposed Craigslist sabbatical.

Pasadena, Ca | Ann-Marie Morris

But then, in a moment of weakness / genius, I decided to revisit the listings to see what was new and it turned out to be my best decision yet. I booked the first appointment available to see a beautiful apartment in person and in turn, landed us a Pasadena address. We get the keys six days before our wedding…! The timing could not be better or worse (depending on how you want to look at it), but just like the heat, the winds, and high costs, I am blissfully ignorant. Pasadena, here we come!

stamp giveaway winner.

Posted on: Sunday, August 18, 2013

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Thank you all SO MUCH for your tweets / pins / ‘grams / FB posts…it was such a blast for me to sit back and watch the action unfold! I wish I could send each and every one of you a big old handful o’ stamps (maybe one day!), but for now, the winner is BECCA! E-mail me at annmarie@annmarieloves.com and let me know which stamp you would like, Becca!

Thanks again! You all are the BEST.

workspace wednesday | as of late.

Posted on: Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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As of late, I am:

LOVING: Pinterest even more than ever. How did anyone ever plan a wedding pre-Pinterest? I just don’t understand how it could be possible…?

DRINKING: iced coffee in the morning, Topo Chico sparkling water in the afternoon, and wine in the evening. All three feel very decadent.

WEARING: Gap denim shorts + a button-up tank top nearly every single day.

LOOKING FORWARD: to Fall and all of the wonderful things that come along with it. I’m making a list of Autumn-inspired activities that I want to do over the next few months!

WANTING: to finalize all of the vendors for the wedding by the end of this month.

LISTENING: to “Treasure” by Bruno Mars, “St. Judy’s Comet” by Paul Simon, and “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke on repeat all day, everyday.

HOPING: to secure a new place in the Pasadena vicinity ASAP! We’re having a hard time finding the “right” place that meets our standards (which really, aren’t THAT high) without being outrageously expensive. #bungalowbemine

WRITING: in my journal outside every morning. Feels good.

FEELING: so grateful that this Summer has been unseasonably mild! With temperatures rarely exceeding 80 degrees (!), I am well on my way to becoming a Summer lover!

STRUGGLING: to stay on top of my inbox. But what else is new?

THINKING: that I am so much more productive when my desk is clean + organized.

ENJOYING: so many new-to-me blogs these days! Oh My Little Dears, Oh, I Design, and Odd Daughter Paper are just a few of my new faves!

new name, new blog, new season.

Posted on: Friday, July 12, 2013

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As the record has shown, I grow tired of my blog’s look right around this time every year.

So last Saturday night (around 11pm…what else is new?) I somehow convinced John to help me build a new + improved blog in a night. The kid totally shocked me with his web design skills…how in the WORLD does he know how to do all these things?! It ended up taking a little longer than a single night to complete, but it was well worth the wait!

I’m sure you’ve also noticed that I updated my name just a tad, because let’s face, I love waaaay more than just paper. I’ve got big plans for this little space and I can’t wait to share them all with you!

Cheers to virtual facelifts!

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