So many birthdays!

September 19, 2011

Hi All! Happy Monday!

Burlap Bunting by sherisewsweet
AND! Happy birthday to me! Happy birthday to my step-mom, god-brother, friend from past job, friend from high school, and my Seattle friend! Oh...and a very happy birthday "Welcome to the World!" to my joyful.life designs etsy shop! (A special b-day present to myself.)

I can't believe it's finally here! I've talked about opening an etsy store for oh so long. I have just a few items posted for the grand opening of the handmade section in my shop, but I think they are all pretty lovely. A few more items will be posted during the week.  Here's a quick preview of my favorite pieces...






All in all, today is turning out to be a magical day. 

Watch for more updates and some sneak previews of the other half of my etsy shop, per.used, which will launch in about a month. Can't wait!

Happy Monday!

Video Friday!

September 16, 2011

Happy Friday Everyone!

I don't know about you, but I have a lot of creative projects going on and need a little help keeping the fire lit. This video will definitely help me do that!


29 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE from TO-FU on Vimeo.

See you Monday!


please pass the mustard

September 13, 2011

When I was a kid mustard (yes...the yellow stuff you put on hot dogs) was one of those icky things that I would turn up my nose at. If it had mustard...I didn't eat it. This same rule of thumb went for pickles, cooked spinach, beets, etc. (My mom probably has a list a mile long of things I wouldn't eat and my dad still stocks lucky charms in the cupboard because I lived on it as a kid.)

My how things have changed.

These days...a sandwich isn't complete and a hot dog is bare without a little bit of fancy mustard. Not the bright yellow kind. You know...the good stuff.

To honor how style and tastes change and evolve...here is a little etsy tribute to the color of MUSTARD.

honeycomb ring by lemonswirlstudios

Lyra Dress by cocoricooo

Love the knit of this Woodlander Bodice by InnerWild

Cotton Crochet Washclothes by Sweetbriers

This makes me feel better about myself.
Creativity is Messy by theprintmakers

Mustard Seed Button Ring by swirlsisters

Blythe Bag by tippythai

Vintage Bead Necklace by AcuteDesigns

Not sure why I decided to tell you about my mustard preferences, but I wanted to share these delicious mustard items off of etsy and well...it just kind of came out. Now I need a sandwich.

hey, monday

September 12, 2011

Happy Monday lovelies!

found via Pinterest

Just a quick reminder that we are all unique and we should embrace what makes us different.

Have a great week!


video friday!

September 9, 2011

This morning I woke up to my alarm thinking it was Saturday. Not sure why. I went to bed with the understanding that I would have to get up for work today, but in my sleepy little mind the thought of staying in bed and doing weekend things must have sounded much better. It convinced itself it was Saturday.

So...after a quick check of the date...I got out of bed and did my morning routine while I daydreamed of creative projects and things I would love to incorporate into my life. One of the things that rose to the top is chalk art. Something much like the lovely art of Dana Tanamachi.

Have you heard of Dana? Have you seen her work?

If not - I highly recommend you check it out here and some of my faves below. I would love to have this on my walls at home...or better yet, in my dream shop...or as a headboard like the one shown in the video below.



 



Chalk installation at the Ace Hotel NYC, room 1021

chevron love

September 7, 2011

Have you heard? Chevron prints are in!

This isn't new news, but in honor of this hot trend here are a few of my favorite chevron things on etsy.

This Chevron Clutch
Rust Foldover Clutch by CMCreoleCreations
















I'd wear it with this ring...
Cross Stitch Ring by MaMagasin



















Love this chunky belt...
Wild River Belt by theroyal




Then there is this lovely dress...


which I would pair with this vintage necklace... 
Vintage Brass Chevron Necklace by BijuBee




and this bracelet...
This Way Bracelet by iadornu
 
Love the uniqueness of this necklace...


Embroidered Wood Necklace by IbbyAndRufus 

I'd put it together with this fantastic ring...

Chevron Love Ring by hybernate

and this whole set wouldn't be complete without a pillow...
Dimensional Chevron by Serenesoul

happy "tuesday"

September 6, 2011

Hi All!

I hope you had a lovely extended weekend and you're ready for a brand new week. Today's happy monday post comes on a "tuesday" with a gentle reminder that autumn breezes are starting to trickle in and we should do our best to savor these last few days of summer. Get outside in the fresh air, walk a sandy beach, put your toes in the grass, look up to the blue sky and smile. En-joy the beauty of the end of summer and wish her well until next year.

Video Friday!

September 2, 2011

I'm in love, love, love with this song and this video from a local Seattle artist, Bryan John Appleby, shot in the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum near the busy 520 bridge.

I seriously can't get enough.

I've already added it to my September playlist and it's only September 2nd! That must be a record. Normally I download a bunch of new music and then pick my top 10 faves for the playlist. This one jumped directly to the list. It dates back to 2009, but to me it is new...and I think it has a fresh feel. Not to mention the video has a great chilly Autumn feel. (I'm amazed at how they choreographed the boats so smoothly!) It's absolutely perfect  for a September Video Friday!

 

en-joy!

happy birthday month!

September 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Banner by FrenchLoveLetters

This month is my birthday month!!! Hooray!

I know that summer is ending, and for sun lovers here in the NW that is a sad day, but I'm not complaining because September is one of those months that I love. There is something in the air for me in September. It is full of possibilities, changes, and new beginnings. A combination of summer breezes and fall crispness that sends my mind and heart in a tizzy. I wonder if this stems back to the excitement of school shopping, the feel of new school supplies, looking forward to a whole new year and feeling butterflies in my tummy? I wonder.

Hopefully this month will also hold the birthday of my Etsy shop! Just think...this time next year I could be celebrating the completion of my 1st year as a business owner and having an anniversary sale!!! Wowie!

Being the beginning of the month I was looking back on August and realized that I never really took any August Break photos. I took a few, but taking a photo every day, posting it on flickr, and reviewing the hundreds of other photos posted each day got to be a bit much for me. It is something we like to call "sorting through the muchness." With all the beautiful things online, that we have coming at us every day, it can sometimes take a toll on the hours just to keep up. I fall victim to this all the time. It's a fantastic distraction and a powerful source of inspiration, but can become a bit overwhelming. Read more about the "muchness" in this post by Simple Lovely.

So...I'm a little bummed that I didn't participate as much as planned, but along the way I think I realized that life had other plans for me and stressing myself out over something that was supposed to be fun just wasn't in the cards. I will say that August Break is a great challenge and offers an opportunity to practice photography, meet new friends, and take time to soak up the world around you...especially the little things. I would recommend it to anyone. But this year...this year I think it just wasn't for me and didn't fall into place. That said, I'm excited about other August accomplishments and can't wait to see what is to come.

Here's to taking a different path than planned. Cheers!