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
I’m sharing a DIY gold-dipped coaster tutorial over on At Home In Love today! Enjoy!
After going back and forth for months over honeymoon destinations (indecision runs rampant in these here parts), John and I have finally decided on the Pacific Northwest. As two people who want nothing less than humid weather and scuba diving and nothing more than colorful leaves and cozy cabins in our lives, we knew our post-wedding vacation had to be somewhere a little unusual. So, the PNW it is! We are both so excited to visit the Portland + Seattle areas on our first trip as a married couple. But let’s be real. I’m mostly excited to leave my shorts + tank tops at home and wear some real Fall attire. In FALL. #socalproblems
PNW locals + vacationers…any recommendations for us? We will love you forever for your ideas! xo
For this week’s Capture spread, I used the backside of the October calendar pocket page insert and a 3 x 5″ / 4 x 6″ divided page protector. I also put my Cameo die cutting machine to work and used a handful of BG cut files to embellish my layout. I’m telling you, that machine…it’s the stuff of DIY dreams.
I’m loving the way the Stems cut file turned out on the Crumb Cakes paper from Persimmon. Just the right amount of pattern.
For this page, I treated one of my favorite Snippets like patterned paper and used it as a colorful background for my bridal shower photos. I also busted out the Persimmon waterfall pack for the title and label stickers.
And in the interest of keeping things real, this is what it looks like when I shoot my Capture spreads. Every. Single. Time.
As soon as I walked through our new place a few weeks ago, I was already mentally decorating every nook + cranny.
Even though John and I have lived in a few different places while technically in our adulthood, I feel like this Pasadena apartment will be our first REAL adult home. All of our previous spaces have been filled with hand-me-downs and IKEA furnishings that were perfect for our budget + tastes at the time, but don’t exactly represent our present day styles. I am really hoping to get rid of most of what we currently own and start FRESH! (Doesn’t that sound amazing?)
Here are some photos that have been making my eyes so happy lately:
LEFT: I am on the hunt for some awesome dining room seating options, especially colorful club chairs. | RIGHT: I know I say this all the time, but FOR REAL! I want to put all of my beautiful kitchenware to work and learn how to cook!
John’s incredibly talented cousin Veronica sells these fabulous air plant installations that I am coveting for my own walls.
I’m loving all the subtle textures + patterns in this bedroom (and whole house!). Since John and I decided to turn the larger of the two bedrooms into an office, my goal is to keep our small bedroom as clean and clutter-free as possible. We’ll see how it goes…
LEFT: I am loving everything about this little office vingette. The desk, the rug, the throw, the map…I’ll take it all. | RIGHT: A new office chair in a bold color is just what I need to offset our white walls.
With all of the thrifted glassware I’ve amassed for the wedding, I can’t wait to throw some cocktail parties!
LEFT: I feel a DIY coming on… | RIGHT: Everything about Bri Emery’s living room (designed by Emily Henderson!) is pure happiness! I especially love the aqua sofa and the gold side tables.
I can’t wait to get in there and get to work!
Yesterday was one of those days that reaffirmed I am meant for this unconventional freelance lifestyle.
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.
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.)
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.
Another week, another Capture spread! This time I changed things up a little and alternated one divided page protector with a calendar pocket insert for storing all of my wedding / bridal shower / moving-to-Pasadena memorabilia. Life is nothing short of CRAZYTOWN right now, but I’m trying my hardest to enjoy every last moment.
P.S. You can read more about my process + supply list here!
Way before I ever got engaged, I knew that my wedding would have some sort of paper floral situation.
I mean, with a handle like @ammlovespaper, I really don’t have any other options, right? These past few months I’ve been playing around with different ideas for the materials I wanted to use and the types of flowers I wanted to create, but I could never really hone my vision. And then this amazing paper flower making class by Brittany Watson Jepsen and this gorgeous book by Thuss + Farrell popped up on my radar. BINGO! Cue the inspiration and the sudden creative direction (#suddencreativedirection <---it's a real thing).
Last weekend I had an incredibly productive (and super fun!) Saturday night spent with good friends + family who so patiently and kindly crafted paper flowers with me until the wee hours of the morning (I love you gals!). We drank wine, we (I) got hot glue all over the place, and we turned several rolls of crepe paper (purchased at Paper Mart) into colorful works of art. Now my next step is to turn them into a sizeable ceremony installation…stay tuned!
It has long since been a dream of mine to live in Pasadena.
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).
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.
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.
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!
Another week, another Capture spread! The highlight of the past week was definitely seeing Flight of the Conchords (among other comedians) at Oddball in Irvine. ‘Twas AMAZING. Also, I may or may not have a fat crush on Jemaine.
To showcase the event, I used a full-size page protector to create a mini layout and tucked my ticket behind the photo. I also added a little title to my photo in Photoshop before printing, just to expedite the process a little bit. The “Favorite” Snippet actually comes from the 25th & Pine waterfall pack. Who says you have to wait until the holidays to use Christmas products? Not this gal!
On the second page, I used a 4 x 6″ / 1.25 x 6″ divided page protector to house two of my wedding crafting photos and that awesome die cut arrow paper from one of the designer journal inserts. There’s also a handful of the usual suspects, including label + arrow stickers, ledger paper, and red + pink Candy Buttons. But of course.
Hope your week is off to a great start! Don’t forget that tomorrow is the last day to enter to win a spot in this amazing class! ;)