|Hanging in my sewing room!|
|That SEW sign was made from letters from Michaels, which I painted with my trust Mill Springs Blue, and it looks gorgeous. The bulletin board I painted with Annie Sloan's Old Ochre, and picked up some cute flowered push pins at Michaels.|
|See my Amanda Catherine Designs print on my desk?|
Happy post-Memorial Day Tuesday Lovelies. Are you as sad as I am that the long weekend is over? I woke up very sad (and sweaty if you care to know) this morning that I had to get up and put clothes on. But I’ve been gone from the blog-o-sphere for a verrrrrry long time so if nothing else, I’m glad to be back writing! May was more or less a blur of parties and trips (pleasure and business), which means I was away from my apartment more than I would have liked. I’m normally a total homebody, but I was dragged kicking and screaming away from Hoboken for a majority of the month! My baby brother graduated from college this month and I attended my first grown-up-oh-my-gosh-my-friend’s-are-getting-hitched wedding. Needless to say there were lots of tears and food at both events. After many years of my brother going to school right next to Gettysburg, PA, I finally got a chance to visit the mecca of Civil War enthusiast. Naturally, I poked a little fun at the whole thing…
Manhattan by Sail – their clipper is one of the most beautiful boats on the water.
It's a foggy, groggy day over here (so groggy in fact, I tried I type froggy and my phone auto corrected to froggy and that was good enough so I just left it.). We're headed into this weekend with hopes of sun, runs an bbqs - so let's all hope this weather changes! Check out this foreboding picture I snapped at work the other day. The funny thing is it never became more than a few drops!
|Guitar bracelet; Golden Arrow bracelet; Banjo Bracelet; Personalized Brass Bunting Necklace|
|So, I've been on this kick lately. I'm finishing up the sewing room, and I wanted some very "Olivia" artwork for it. I came upon three different Etsy sellers whom I not only love their artwork, but they happen to be the most kind, helpful, and creative people! I'll be sharing the three sellers that I bought from and the pieces I bought over the next few weeks.|
Today's Artwork in Which I Bought comes from Colette over at Raw Art Letter Press (we've actually featured her before!) I love all of her original prints, as well as her jewelry. On top of all that, she's a doll to work with and even did a custom color for me. I cannot wait to get these in the mail! I'm totally, totally going to be buying more prints from Raw Art, as they would make the perfect gift for Father's Day, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
|I am a huge James Taylor fan and this print, this exact lyric actually, is one of my all-time favorites. Have you ever listened to "You Can Close Your Eyes?" It's the sweetest lullaby.|
|I am in LOVE with this Van Morrison "Into the Mystic" print. It was our first dance song at our wedding! It's always been one of my favorite, favorite songs. (True fact: if I were to get a tattoo I would get "Into the mystic" written on some part of my body. But, alas, I am afraid of needles.)|
|Lovelies, Ali's Cohabitable is on a break for this week as she and Dan are venturing back from a wedding in NC! See the Outer Banks behind them? Hi, Ali and Dan! Miss you!|
|Remember the Spring Fling Dinner Dance? Well, this is the dress I decided to go with. It's from last year's bridal shower. I wore it with blue suede flats, and I was super comfy!|
|There were food stations all over the dance...we got made to order stir fry!|
|And of course, we ended the night with some TLC. YUM. Can you tell which is mine and which is Eric's?|
|Jenny and I are being auctioned off for the Spring Fair! We auctioned off a baking day and a craft making day. PS. Recognize that photo? We're so famous (ha).|
|My station at the Spring Fair: the alumni tent! I loved chatting with old students and catching up.|
|And, if I had a free moment, I took pictures of myself in this awesome hat from the school store. I love my pink gingham Ralph Lauren shirt, and I'm wearing Essie's Fiji on my hands.|
|Saturday night, Eric and I ventured to Ikea and bought new patio furniture! (see below!) But, I fell in LOVE with this outdoor set from Ikea. Ikea, seriously? ILY. And check out that price! Sigh. I didn't buy it THIS TIME.|
|We also went to The Christmas Trees Shop and I got a kick out of this knock off Royal Copenhagen China set!|
|We went to Home Depot on Sunday night to get a grill...and they were sold out of the cheapest model Webers, so they gave us a higher model for the same price! SCORE.|
- I wish that apple juice really did solve everything. Though, I have a working theory that it might. Here's the theory: apple juice makes you feel better/solves all problems. It's currently in beta (do theories go through beta?), I'm testing it on the kids and it's working.
- I wish that macaroni and cheese was a low-calorie food. Though I wasn't always a mac and cheese freak, I've recently become obsessed. When Andrey and I were at Brimfield we had lunch two days in a row at a place called "The Mac Shack." We split the Chinese food box of amazingly buttery, crunch mac and cheese made with ziti. I've never seen mac and cheese made with ziti- it's brilliant. That night we had dinner at BT's Smokehouse, which was out of this world, clearly I insisted we get the mac and cheese. To be honest I did not love it, but that was because they made it with a cheese (I cannot pinpoint which one) I do not love. When we got back on Mother's Day I was quite pleased to find that with out BBQ dinner (yes, again!) Stepfather Lovely had bought some traditional elbow mac and cheese- buttery and cheesey and delicious. After a solid weekend of mac and cheese, I'm trying to eat other colors- like green and red, but this girl wishes she could have mac and cheese on the regular. Like daily.
- I wish that my commute took the same amount of time everyday. Some days it's 15 minutes, some days it's 25. Inevitably the days I leave 20 minutes to get to work it's 25. And the days I leave 30 minutes it's 15. Because that's life and duh.
|From left to right: Old Navy jersey dress, $15, Wellington boots, $21 Charlotte Russe dress, $8.50, Chooka rubber shoes, $70, Navy blue dress, $39, Chooka rubber shoes, $70, Old navy, $15, Women's Merona Zaney Polka Dot Rain Boots Pink, $21, Old navy dress, $35, Womens Polka Dot Rain Boots Light Blue, $21|