Entries Tagged as 'shopping'

instagram auction sale.

Posted on: Thursday, January 9, 2014

Shop Ann-Marie Loves | @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

topanga vintage market | woodland hills, ca

Posted on: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

topanga vintage market | ann-marie morris

There’s really nothing in this world that I love more than a good treasure hunting excursion (obviously). I mean, what could possibly be more fun than digging through others’ discarded junk and giving it new life?! (Uh, just about EVERYTHING is more fun than that, my mom would say – ha!) Thrift stores, flea markets, garage sales – bring it on! So on the fourth Sunday of every month, I love to attend the Topanga Vintage Market in the San Fernando Valley. This market hosts a wide variety of vendors + vintage products in all different price ranges. Of course I’m always on the lookout for unique glass + tableware, but even if I don’t buy anything, it’s worth it for the visual inspiration alone! Here are a few of the awesome items I spotted the last time I attended:

topanga vintage market | ann-marie morris

One of these days, I want to purchase a giant sign like this and work it into a lush outdoor landscape. I love when urban + natural aesthetics collide, a la my beloved Grow.

topanga vintage market | ann-marie morris

The wooden crate! The orange tackle box! The yellow lawn chair! Everything about this photo makes me want to dig in.

topanga vintage market | ann-marie morris

If I had a few kids + a few hundred spare dollars, I would definitely snatch these chairs up and put them in a playroom or on a patio for outdoor dining. You could even use one as a place to stack books or blankets! Aren’t the colors just perfection?

topanga vintage market | ann-marie morris

These handcrafted glass beaded necklaces are amazing. Not only would they be great for wearing, but they would also look fantastic if they were tied into a loose knot and displayed on a dresser or coffee table. So many possibilities in so many beautiful colors!

P.S. If you make it to the market, be sure to stop by booth F-20 and say hello to my lovely future in-laws! (:

What are your favorite things to look for when you go treasure hunting?

good reads.

Posted on: Monday, May 6, 2013

good reads | ann-marie loves paper

It pains me to think that bookstores are a dying breed, so whenever I’m near a B+N (RIP Borders), I absolutely have to visit.

It goes a little something like this…First stop: Magazines! Second stop: Coffee! Third stop: Design / Crafts / Home Decor section where I grab a fat stack of inspiring books! Fourth stop: Find one of those step-stools and park it for an hour or more! HEAVEN, I tell you.

Here are two of my recent finds that I am in love with:

good reads | ann-marie loves paper

STYLE ME PRETTY WEDDINGS | Obvious choice, much? YES. But I don’t care. This book will stay with me long after I say “I do” since it’s chock-full of beautiful photos, plenty of party inspiration, and a ton of DIY’s that can apply to so many things other than weddings! It’s funny because I always associate the Style Me Pretty blog with high-end, super extravagant weddings that quite honestly, never really appeal to me. So to pick this book up and be genuinely inspired by all the real-life (read: potentially low budget) ideas was such a wonderful surprise! I can’t recommend it enough!

good reads | ann-marie loves paper

(Both books pass the very important well-designed spine test.)

good reads | ann-marie loves paper

100 WAYS TO HAPPY CHIC YOUR LIFE | This book is part design inspiration / part self-help and I LOVE IT. My favorite little nugget of wisdom from the book is the one you see above, but really, all of Jonathan Adler’s ideas are sheer genius (obviously). However, the best part of all is the little fold-out pages that feature DIY projects to make for your home. Crafts? Home Design? Life tips? Yeah, I’m in.

What books are you loving these days?

P.S. Remember how I was telling you about being a contributor to Everyday Storyteller Vol. 2? It’s now available for purchase! Get your copy here! (:

everyday storyteller vol. 2 blog hop.

Posted on: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Everyday Storyteller 2

Welcome to the Everyday Storyteller Vol. 2 blog hop! I can’t believe we are just a few short days away from the big reveal – so exciting! I’m still feeling incredibly honored to have my projects featured alongside such a talented and diverse group of women! In case you’re just getting up to speed, Everyday Storyteller Vol. 2 is a brand new idea book offering more than 100 tips, tricks and techniques for scrapbooking. Go behind the scenes with 33 of your favorite memory keepers to see how they capture moments, tell stories and document their best memories. Sign up for the VIP list right here to be the first to know when the book is released and receive an exclusive discount!

Each book contributor participating in the blog hop is giving away an eBook copy of Everyday Storyteller Vol. 2. Use this entry link to complete your entry form. You must enter by 11:59pm PDT on April 30, 2013 to be eligible. You may enter from each stop. Winners will be contacted directly as well as posted at everydaystoryteller.com on May 1, 2013. Good luck!

Tangie Baxter | Kerri Bradford | Joscelyne Cutchens | Catherine Davis | Patty Debowski | Lisa Dickinson | Karla Dudley | Leah Farquharson | Karen Grunberg | Jenni Hufford | Donna Jannuzzi | Amanda Jones | Mandy Koeppen | Riikka Kovasin | Kami Leonard | Amy Mallory | Amy Martin | Celine Navarro | Lynnette Penacho | Kelly Purkey | Krista Sahlin | Linda Sattgast | Cindy Schneider | Wendy Smedley | Elisha Snow | Amy Sorensen | Neisha Sykes | Jill Sprott | Laura Vegas | Allison Waken | Crystal Wilkerson | Jennifer Wilson

taking inventory.

Posted on: Saturday, April 20, 2013

The thing about thrifting several times a week and then immediately banishing my treasures to boxes in the garage is that I have no freaking clue what I own. So the other day, something possessed me to break out all those boxes and open each and every carefully-wrapped item so I could take inventory. I knew the minute I started, I would immediately regret this hare-brained scheme, but, like most stupid decisions, I was in too deep to quit. Before I knew it, glassware covered every square inch of the dining room table.

Thrifting | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

Thrifting | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

Thrifting | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

Seeing everything all laid out together made me so happy-slash-confirmed my suspicions that I am a hoarder. The best (worst?) part of all is that in the middle of this inventory-taking madness, I went to the gym and stopped by – where else? – the Goodwill on my way back home. I AM ADDICTED. But I promise I have a master plan! Once this whole wedding extravaganza wraps up, I have grand plans of starting a rentals biz so I can share the glassware love with others. Ahem…and have an excuse to keep hoarding.

gold thrift finds.

Posted on: Sunday, March 10, 2013

Gold Thrift Finds | Ann-Marie Loves Paper

Last weekend on an impromptu thrifting trip, I struck gold. LITERALLY. Gold goblets, gold vases, gold bowls…gold gold city! I’ve been on the hunt for these kinds of pieces for months, so to find it all in one place for less than three bucks a pop was pretty much the highlight of my Goodwill-ing career. (In fact, I should probably retire now.)

I have big plans for these babies and none of which involves polishing them up (the more tarnished, the better!). I am already dreaming up the way they will look when filled with beautiful, overflowing flower arrangements and plenty of candlelight on the tables at our wedding. Excuse me while I get back to pinning


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