April in Photos

April 2014 in Photos

April was a good month!

★ Spring mani using OPI’s Do You Lilac It?

★ We celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary with Thai food

★ I treated myself to this gorgeous statement necklace from JCrew.  I call this my Marie Antoinette necklace.  I wore it to a goodbye party for a friend who is moving

★ Received butterLondon Trustafarian as a RAK – in love with this color!

★ Celebrated a bonus from work by purchasing an iPad Mini for myself

★ Laughed myself silly reading this gem by Alice Clayton – looking forward to the next in the series

★ Eric slipped this little heart into my lunch box – love that man!

★ Finally bought a statement bubble necklace – got a fantastic deal on this one from T&J Designs, and I LOVE yellow!

★ Sleepy Thutmose “supervising” while I baked a cake

★ Celebrated my promotion at work with Mexican food and margaritas!

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Playlist: Stormy Weather

Some things I’m loving this week…
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Spring is such a transformational time of year and it’s a juxtaposition in extremes – on the one hand full of color and flowers and new life but on the other hand it also brings with it a darker side.  Living in Texas, Spring brings with it storms of a fierceness that is both beautiful and frightening.  This week’s playlist was inspired by just that.

I’ve been obsessing over this polish for what seems like forever.  NARS Stormbird is a gorgeous grey with a blue undertone that was part of their Fall 2012 collection.  Scrangie described it in the bottle as “a thunderstorm brewing inside it”.  I actually own a “dupe” of this color, but I’m still hearing the siren song of Stormbird calling me.

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Eric and I recently spent three days watching back to back episodes of the first three seasons of Game of Thrones on On Demand.  I had to talk him into watching it, but after the first few episodes, he was hooked.  Of course, almost every episode we watched included a trailer for Season 4 that was starting that weekend, and the song HBO used was a brilliant choice.  I fell in love with the haunting tune, Chelsea Wolfe’s Feral Love.

 

We both were so glad we managed to get through all three seasons and enjoyed every bit of it.  I’m inspired to conquer reading book 2 now.  And in a strange coincidence, I received an email from one of the ladies in my guild pointing out Michele Carragher’s website.  She is a costume embroiderer who has worked on the costumes for Game of Thrones.  And I love this photo of her.
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I am absolutely amazed at the detail and talent in her amazing pieces.  I’m absolutely enthralled with her work.  I am going to make myself a goal to learn stumpwork and goldwork so I can add them to my needlework repertoire.

In an effort to finish up some of the decorating we’ve been doing at the house, I’ve been spending a bit of time on Houzz, which is a great site for ideas and inspiration, as well as sourcing pieces for home decor.  I was looking through dramatic rooms, specifically those with dark walls and came across this living room.

Of course I love the black walls, but what really struck me was the artwork.  The framed pieces flanking the fireplace are mesmerizing.  Skimming the comments told me that the artist is Todd Murphy.  I believe both of these pieces, the straw goose and the straw dress, were both available through Restoration Hardware at one point.  I loved that the images were floating on a black background, and when hung on a black accent wall the effect is striking.  So, then I went on my own “goose chase” so to speak and found a number of Murphy’s other pieces that I fell in love with.

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What a statement piece for a room!  I especially love this one…

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I’m wishing I could add one of these to my own decor.

What’s on your playlist this week?

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Playlist: Spring Colors

Some things I’m loving this week…

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This Hive vase from West Elm, loved the look in this arrangement by Crystal Palecek of Rue Magazine.

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I stumbled across these bkr water bottles.  I love that they are glass rather than plastic, and come in a gorgeous array of colors.  If it will encourage me to drink more water, I’m in!

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I’m a big fan of Rachel from Pink Peonies, but when I saw her recent post with this gorgeous Kate Spade outfit I fell in love.

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The Lulu Frost Impromptu lips necklace has been on my mind too.  Hard to find and there are tons of copycats, but it really is awesome.  I especially love this look from All You Need is Style.

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Anna Rifle Bond knows how to tempt me and spotting the clear lace phone case about did me in.

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I’m so ecstatic about Domino mag being back (although it almost seems like it was never gone now).  This recent story immediately caught my eye.  I’m always interested in art, and flipping through the photos of Anne Ziegler’s home several of her pieces caught my eye.  The Gia Coppola photographs at once intrigued me, and on further research I found that she also did this piece that was a familiar image used as a blog header for awhile by Cupcakes and Cashmere.

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The botanical posters also caught my eye – it seems I’m a sucker for plant and flower illustrations.  It’s an interesting mix of pieces in her home for sure and I love the pops of color against the white backdrop of the space.

What’s on your playlist this week?

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March in Photos

March 2014 in Photos

March seemed like a bit of re-entry into real life after my trip.

★  #Selfie was played on what seemed like every radio station and I completely love it.  It makes me laugh every time I hear it.

★  I decided to go to the Dallas Quilt Show by myself this year.  I didn’t have any invites from the usual folks I go with, so I decided to go and had a great time.  I met up with a fellow blogger who’s recently moved back here and it was a treat to get to spend the day with her.  I completely fell in love with this quilt made from French linen.  So decadent!  I came home with the pattern and some of the fabric.  It seems like the perfect thing to commemorate my Paris trip.

★  It looks like Spring has come to North Texas – I love these “cotton ball” trees when they bloom.  I think they are actually Bradford Pear trees, but they look like cotton balls to me!

★  I’ve been really making some positive changes with regard to my eating since I got home.  Not only trying to eat healthier, but paying attention to eating food that is delicious.  The empanadas and tomato salad were delish!

★  Anne Rice announced a new book in the Vampire Chronicles set to be released in October, so I decided to go back to the beginning and reread Interview.

★  Britney’s Work Bitch has completely become my theme song.  Ready to get to work and get fit! And I even took a photo of my treadmill session to prove it!  Did lots of inclines that night.

★  Inspired by going to the quilt show, I got back to work on my Marcelle Medallion.  I’m choosing fabrics as I go and I’m loving the fact that you can tell how much I love bright saturated colors!

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March in Photos

March in Photos

Something crazy has been going on with my blog and/or WordPress over the past week.  I keep trying to come in and do a new blog post and haven’t been able to!  So, finally here is March in photos.

March was kind of a month of indulgences.  Between the Mozartkugeln from Germany, the yummy homemade pizza, a good book and some nail polish, I was kind of on a roll!  Really, I think a good part of it was a bit of escapism from some stuff that hasn’t been so fun to deal with this month.

One of the best things this month was going to the Dallas Quilt Show with a friend.  I haven’t been to the quilt show in years, and it was such a fabulous day full of inspiration and even a little shopping.  And the inspiration hasn’t left yet.  I’ve been itching to sew!!  Once I finished my Kate Spain quilt in February, I was dying to get back to my Kiss Kiss quilt.  In March, I managed to get all of the cutting finished and also got all of my pieced blocks sewn together.  Next up is starting to assemble the rows.  I can’t wait to see this beauty come together!  And I finished up a hexy pincushion for a friend’s birthday and sent it on its way.  And a beautiful little thank you card came in the mail for the birthday gift I’d sent to another friend last month.  Isn’t that little bird with the blue and white bowls adorable?

Some days it really started to feel like Spring, and the trees were blooming with glorious color.  But we keep getting days of temps dipping back into the 30s and 40s, so I indulged in a little Mexican hot chocolate in the evening.

In family life, my boys are getting so big!  They are a year old and we are feeling so fortunate to have them in our lives.  Their daily shenanigans really keep us on our toes!!  In June it will mark one year that we’ve had them, which I find hard to believe!!

As always, I appreciate you stopping by!  I’m really enjoying sharing some of what’s going on in my world here.

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February in Pictures

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I can hardly believe another month has come and gone.  February was a rough month for me.  It marked the one-year mark of losing my dad.  It still feels fresh, and he was on my mind a lot this month.  Work was also very intense this month, but I did manage to take a couple of days off in order to have a long weekend at the beginning of the month.  And while January is always very peaceful and quiet, full of new potential…February for me is the first burst of color and seeing progress on new projects.

This February I found myself drawn to pretty spring colors, visually feasting on dreams of Paris and macarons.  I found time on my days off to finish some crafty projects – one a gift for a friend and one a quilt I’d started two Thanksgivings ago.  It feels so good to be able to focus on some fun things I wanted to do.  And it seemed that Lana Del Rey’s music was my personal soundtrack throughout the month (still is – I can’t get enough of it).

Eric and I celebrated Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras with a King Cake and dinner out.  It’s been several years since I made a King Cake (this one was bought)…maybe next year?  I managed to spend an afternoon with a good friend (much-needed girl time) and wrapped up the month with a very delicious work dinner.

Despite the memories February brought with it, and despite the craziness at work, it was a good month and I’m so pleased to have been so productive and even steal a little time for myself!

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