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thrifting for baby.

Posted on: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Baby Thrift Finds | Ann-Marie Loves

Before I got pregnant, I never truly appreciated just how much fun it is to shop for babies. I’m talking SERIOUS FUN. I also never realized just how expensive (!!!) baby gear is and how much of it you have to buy right off the bat. Stroller, bassinet, crib, blankets, diapers, burp cloths, bottles, breast pump, carriers, car seat, rocker…the list goes on. Luckily (or is it unluckily?), I’m not a big spender by nature and am more than willing to thrift and DIY as much as possible!

Baby Thrift Finds | Ann-Marie Loves

Needless to say, my thrifting habits may or may not have gone into overdrive recently. I’ve been hunting down all sorts of baby ephemera, including everything from clothing to toys to books to decor to a glider in excellent condition. Like all thrifting, the secret really lies in going frequently. There are many days when I walk out of the store empty-handed and then there are other days when I can barely fit all my finds through the door (mkay, slight exaggeration). I never know what to expect and that in and of itself is half of the thrill.

Baby Thrift Finds | Ann-Marie Loves

While thrifting for little ones, I ask myself two questions:

1. Am I attracted to this because I genuinely love it and not just because it’s a killer deal?

2. Would Emily Henderson approve of this?

If the answer is YES to both of those things, then I snatch the item up immediately. But if I’m only being seduced by the price, then back on the shelf it goes. So far, the glider has been the biggest baby item I’ve invested in through thrifting. Even though it’s not as sleek as my dream rocker, it was a mere $65 which allows for more room in the budget to splurge on other must-have, well-designed items. If there’s anything I’ve learned over these past six and a half months, it’s that having a baby is all about patience and compromise!

P.S. If you’re looking for more (non-baby) thrifting tips, check out my e-course!

coveting for baby | handmade edition.

Posted on: Friday, March 28, 2014

Coveting for Baby | Handmade Edition | Ann-Marie Loves

left to right, top to bottom: 

Swallow’s Return Cotton Blouse // Ajalor Toddler Shoes // I Love Doodle “Love Yourself” Print // Emily Isabella Card // Wren and Rumor Swaddle Blanket  // Sweet Reverie Throw Pillow // Siberian Berry Wooden Bear // Freshly Picked Moccasins // Juniper Wilde Knot Hat

It’s been interesting for me to see what I’ve gravitated towards when it comes to shopping for baby. Whether it’s clothes, toys, or nursery decor, I’m loving lots of neutrals with pops of color sprinkled throughout. These nine handmade items are exactly what my dreams are made of!

miniature wardrobe.

Posted on: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Baby Girl Wardrobe | Ann-Marie Loves

When I was in the market for a new apartment, I had a voracious appetite for anything + everything home furnishings. When I was getting married, I couldn’t get enough of wedding blogs and crafternoons. And now that I’m having a baby? I can’t seem to get my fill of baby clothes! Like all seasons of life, there’s always something piquing my interest, but this just might be my most favorite season yet. Here are some of my favorite places to collect adorable miniature ensembles:

Baby Gap. OH YES. Despite Kathleen Kelly deeming this store “depressing,” it has quickly become my happy place. If my budget would allow for it, I would outfit my daughter in every single item of clothing that the store sells….! Everything is so well-designed and often has me longing for items in my own size. But, truth be told, I only shop at BG when they’re having one of their killer sales or if I have a coupon code I can use.

Target. Alright, so this is a no-brainer. As if I didn’t have enough reasons to give Target my constant business, now I have another. Part of the reason I was so desperate for a girl in the first place was because the baby clothes of the female persuasion at Target are just so much cuter than those of the masculine variety (why is that?). Every time I’m there, I comb through the sales racks to see what’s been newly discounted and always seem to walk away with a new gem (or five!).

Thrift stores. Thrifting for babies is easily my new favorite pastime. There’s nothing better than the thrill of the hunt when it involves impossibly cute clothes, toys, and books selling for a fraction of their original cost. $0.59 onesies for the win!

Hand-me-downs. I’m thrilled to be the lucky recipient of some of the most amazing vintage pieces (a few dating back to the 60′s) that my mom saved for her future grandchildren. I’ve been warned by several sources that babies grow incredibly fast, so I am more than happy to collect hand-me-downs!

As a result of shopping like it’s my second job, I’ve learned a few things about my tastes. For one, I am amazed at how many otherwise stylish articles of clothing are ruined with cringeworthy phrases (“Daddy’s Special Princess”) or embellished with way-too-cutesy graphics. Who decided that babies should be banned from having good style? And secondly, if I see something that I want in my own size, there’s no way I can resist buying for my daughter (mini adult clothes!). Despite the fact that my gal isn’t even here yet, I’m already mourning the day that she outgrows her bite-sized wardrobe! Oh man, I’m in too deep.

Moms, where do you find stylish clothes for your little ones? Do tell!

(from left to right, top to bottom):

1. Pastel Stripe Bodysuit // 2. Pink Cable Knit Crew Sweater // 3. Circo Dot Print Bodysuit  // 4. Eyelet Flutter Dress // 5. Vintage Yellow Romper // 6. Striped One Piece // 7. Love You to the Moon Bodysuit // 8. Eyelet Trim Bodysuit // 9. Circo Pink Striped Bodysuit // 10. Vintage Pink + White Dress // 11. Vintage Onesie // 12. Printed One Piece

Thrill of the Thrift E-Course is live!

Posted on: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Thrill of the Thrift: Home Styling Edition | By Ann-Marie Espinoza

I am so excited to announce that my first e-course “Thrill of the Thrift: Home Styling Edition” is now available for purchase! Thrifting has been a major passion of mine for the past couple of years and I have learned a ton about tracking down the best deals and finding stylish ways to use them in my home.

Thrill of the Thrift: Home Styling Edition | By Ann-Marie Espinoza

This self-paced e-course covers:

  • my personal thrifting story
  • tips + tricks on how to thrift like a pro
  • over 15 ways to style your home with thrift finds
  • a resource list of my favorite places to shop

Thrill of the Thrift: Home Styling Edition | By Ann-Marie Espinoza

Within 24 hours of purchase, you will receive an e-mail with login information to visit the private blog where the class is held. Once you buy the class, you will have access to it forever.

Purchase “Thrill of the Thrift: Home Styling Edition” here!

Happy thrifting!

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

instagram auction sale.

Posted on: Thursday, January 9, 2014

Shop Ann-Marie Loves | @shopannmarieloves

@shopannmarieloves

Last summer, in a particularly overwhelmed-with-life kind of moment, I went on a major closet purging spree. I was ruthless. If I couldn’t control the circumstances around me, I sure as heck was going to control my wardrobe! I knew which items I gravitated towards time and time again, so those got to stay. As for everything else? They were just taking up physical and visual space in my closet, so away they went!

Well…they went as far as a giant box in the garage.

I had grand plans of squeezing in an Instagram auction-style sale before my wedding (ha!), but we all know how that turned out (2013 kicked my ass, you guys). But now that it’s a new year and I live in a new space with my new husband, I figured it was high time to start up that sale! You can shop my closet until Saturday January 11th on Instagram under the name @shopannmarieloves! xo

P.S. This whole sale was totally inspired by Elise! Girl knows how to get things DONE (:

honeymoon treasures.

Posted on: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ann-Marie Loves | Honeymoon Thrift Finds

Just a handful of our many finds!

Honeymoons really are the best. There’s something about the whole experience that makes you feel like you’ve been handed a giant get out of jail free card. All of a sudden, money is no object, calories are just arbitrary numbers, and 1pm is a perfectly acceptable time of day to imbibe, because HEY! We’re on our honeymoon!

Ann-Marie Loves | Honeymoon Thrift Finds

Dog bookends from Astoria, Oregon.

When we weren’t eating or drinking (or heck, even when we were), John and I thrifted + antiqued all across the PNW and made out like bandits. So many amazing finds at such great prices, we could hardly control ourselves. In fact, we didn’t control ourselves. We may or may not have had to make three separate trips to various post offices to send boxes of treasures back home. But we were totally fine with it. When in Rome (or…Portland), right?

Ann-Marie Loves | Honeymoon Thrift Finds

Norwegian wall hanging from Astoria, Oregon.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the very best kind of souvenir (aside from a memory card full of photos!) is the kind that can be used and admired in your own home. I love that so many of the things we use on a daily basis were found during our honeymoon travels. I mean, you can’t really put a price on that kind of memorabilia (wait, yes you can…$15 per flat rate box – HA!).

Ann-Marie Loves | Honeymoon Thrift Finds

Black rug from Bainbridge Island, Washington.

I’d say this is only the beginning of many thrift-filled vacations to come! Better stock up on extra suitcases now…

new stamps + a sale!

Posted on: Monday, December 2, 2013

20% Sale at Ann-Marie Loves Paper

Happy Monday! I hope your Thanksgiving weekend was everything + more. I know mine was :)

In the spirit of the holiday season (and because I personally can never resist a good sale), you can save 20% off your total purchase in my shop (including two new stamps!) from now until Friday! Use discount code HAPPYHOLIDAYS at checkout. xo

scrapbooking / craft supply grab bag.

Posted on: Friday, October 11, 2013

Ann-Marie Loves | Scrapbook / Craft Supply Grab Bag

After working in the scrapbooking / craft industry for over three years, I’ve amassed an insane amount of product. It was ridiculous for me to think that I needed to keep it all this time, through various moves and craft spaces, “just in case” the right project came along and I absolutely could not create without that one pack of stickers. So, in an effort to lighten my load, I have filled sixteen large flat rate boxes with a ton of awesome products from a variety of manufacturers. I am so happy to lighten my load AND pass along a ton of supplies to good homes. You can get your own box of goodies here! Happy Friday!

new stamps! and a giveaway :)

Posted on: Thursday, August 8, 2013

You are My Favorite | Rubber Stamp | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

I took a nice long hiatus from designing rubber stamps, but after a solid late night Illustrator sesh (paired with wine + a rockin’ Spotify playlist), I had a handful of new designs that I loved! Sometimes a little time away is exactly what we need to get the creative juices flowing, you know? So important.

To celebrate the latest release, I want to give away one stamp (any non-custom stamp of your choosing!) to one of my lovely readers. To win, simply Tweet / Facebook / Instagram / or Pin your favorite stamp from my shop and link it up in the comments section below! Oh, and don’t forget to tag me @ammlovespaper when you do! :)

Contest closes Friday August 16th. Thanks so much, everyone! xo

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