Pretty Pencils and Other Ramblings

January 8, 2014


While the polar vortex swirled outside, a polar vortex also swirled around in my head. For the past five days, I was pretty content to curl up in the warmest corner of the bed with my book, some grapefruit juice, and lots of Kleenex. Neither Mark nor I starved, but I don’t really remember what was cooked at any point over the weekend. Besides tea.

But the good thing about winter colds is that they give you lots of time for Pinterest. I didn’t really get Pinterest before, but now I am basically a Pinterest guru. Also, I explored Etsy fairly thoroughly. Let me tell you, there are a LOT of cute things to buy online post-Christmas. It’s a little problematic.

And now, because it’s January and cold and boring and we all could use a little color and cheeriness in our lives (even if you aren’t battling a sinus infection), here are some of the cutest pencils that the Internet has to offer.

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{From See Jane Work. Basically spring in a box}

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{Allow me to introduce these lovely Garden Piyo Pencils from The Magic Notebook. A Beatrix Potter character may as well just stroll across your desk}

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{They’re twigs! No, they’re pencils from inkkit. Again, Welcome, Nature. It’s January, so we thought you were gone forever}

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{One can at least pretend to be Sabrina with these Paris Collection pencils from Amanda Catherine Designs}

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{Also from Amanda Catherine Designs, the Favorite Things pencil collection}

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{From Wacodis, Westley’s timeless words}

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{Color Me Fabulous from Pencil Shavings Studio}

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{And finally, my favorite. From thecarboncrusader, for everyone who knows where the quote came from (but especially for @aprils_whale). Stay gold, Ponyboy.}

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Style Roundup: A Cayenne Kitchen Makeover

September 30, 2013

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Pantone release its Spring 2014 color report a few weeks ago. I am so excited about the beautiful and brilliant floral shades that we can all collect now! Right now I’m loving the Cayenne. Here is some inspiration for incorporating Cayenne (and related shades of coral) into your kitchen.

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Need some more inspiration? Check out this lovely palette.

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1. These nut bowls in a soft color by Anthropologie // 2. This fun kitchen print by Indigo Rain // 3. This rug featured by Charming Zebra // 4. These warm, lovely napkins by Anthropologie // 5. This raspberry-tinted pitcher by Emile Henry //  6. This cute set of ocean-themed prints by AdamsAleArt // 7. This Color palette from Design Seeds


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Style Roundup: Navy Fabric Patterns – A Living Room Update for Fall

September 26, 2013

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Now that our living room is painted, I can start thinking about other additions to make the main floor and living rooms cozy for fall and winter.

I love navy. It’s sharp, crisp,and classic without being too dull. Navy works well with our grey living room walls without clashing with the colors of other nearby rooms. Also, when my mom came to visit recently, she brought some “leftover” fabric. Leftover, my eyeballs. It’s beautiful navy and white fabric patterned in lovely scrolls and fleur-de-lis designs that provided me with some initial inspiration. It was like a sign.

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One of my favorite places to visit for color and design inspiration is The sheer overwhelming number of patterns and design is stunning. (Isn’t #3 drop-dead gorgeous?) I also love visiting various Etsy shops.

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I’m also totally inspired by all of these lovely fabrics and patterns, some of which have already been turned into pillows by designers. I hope you are too! Which one is your favorite?

Oh, and that green dandelion pattern? I totally love it. I don’t even care if it’s not navy. That fabric is going to find a way into my life.

1. Nicole from Premier Prints on // 2. Diva  from Premier Prints on // 3. Amsterdam from Premier Prints on // 4. French Stamp from Premier Prints on // 5. Camaro from Premier Prints on // 6. Dandelion White from // 7. Navy Gotcha from Modernality // 8. Indigo Blue/Laken Rosa from Modernality // 9. The Pillow People

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September Fashion: Fall Color

September 20, 2013

I am totally getting into fall now. I think it helps that I don’t have to sacrifice bright bold colors when the weather cools down. I am ready to do some shopping for bright fall colors and just put in an order for the Boden dress in vermillion.

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But then I have to accept the reality that I work from home three days a week and really, while bright dresses are great, I am much more productive in a comfy cotton shirt (enter stage right: Image #4). I could be really productive wearing that shade of gold.

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Pretty sure these shoes in denim would complete the look. What are you excited about wearing this fall?

1. Boden Textured Ponte Dress // 2. Ann Taylor Loft Pave Flower Drop Earrings // 3. Ann Taylor Loft Origami Flower Painted Scarf // 4. Banana Republic Rugby Stripe Top // 5. Banana Republic Carina Pointed-Toe Flat



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Colors on My Mind

July 8, 2010

I like to test color combinations on smaller projects, like notecards, before using the color combinations for photo-album pages.

As I was scrapbooking last week, I felt in desperate need of some color inspiration. I was especially looking for ways to incorporate red and neutrals in a trendy, fresh way.

Pottery Barn's Chesapeake Collection combined light green, light blue, and red against a backdrop of sand.

I combined blue, red, and the sand color on one card.

I was happy with the result, although I think a series of red stripes behind the blue might have worked better than the red waves.

Where do you go for color inspiration?

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Mounds of Paper

June 21, 2010

Scrapbooking is a great excuse to mess around with paper and stickers of every color, shape, and size. I can regress to the level of a preschool student without my sanity being questioned.

This weekend I started some cards. Only one of them was actually completed. The others still need some finishing touches.

They definitely need some stamping. I love this great orange and white-polka-dot paper.

I also love the striped paper. It reminds me of the beach.

I found a site that offered step-by-step directions for making bookmarks. Inspired, I put together some simple ones.

Meanwhile, I'm trying to catch up on my photo albums. I'm still working on pictures from 2005. Daunting? Oh yes.

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Quickly Make Stunning Notecards with Scrap Paper.

March 28, 2010


Editor’s Note: Portions of this post have been updated to reflect this blog’s commitment to excellent, appealing content.

I had a bit of extra time on my hands on this afternoon, so I spent some time making note-cards. First I gathered up the requisite paper products and the blank note-cards.
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I love paper. I think it’s an addiction.

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Then I started to cut.

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And glue.

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And sticker. (Is “sticker” a verb?)

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And pretty soon, I had these.

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And I don’t even have to cut straight lines.


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