Sunday, February 26, 2012

my new bag.

My purse straps were beginning to crack, probably because I carry way more things in it than I should and it probably couldn't handle the heaviness any longer. I'm pretty picky about purses. It has to be big enough to act as my "diaper bag" but not look like a diaper bag. I like leather but am really picky about the colors out there, it has to be just right, and not shiny or thin looking. I like canvas bags but I don't like them plain Jane or look like it's a beach bag. So I decided to create my own purse/bag/carry all.

I've named it the Taryn Tote, after the girl I will most likely never have... I'm in love...

Chambray because recently I've been in love with it and it's neutral enough to go with everything but isn't boring looking. Durable canvas on the inside to keep it sturdy and ready for anything and everything I seem to have to carry around with me all the time. Real leather straps to help hold the heavy duty. A magnetic snap to offer some closure.

And a good sized pocket on the inside to hold my new i-phone {I'm no longer the only soul on Earth without one}, chapstick, and a fruitstrip from Target brand, they're my new obsession, I think I eat about 10 a day, I seem to have to carry those around with me too now, I won't confess how many I have stashed in my bag at the moment, but try some, really their good! {And yeah I'm pretty sure that's the world's longest run on sentence, but that's how I'm feeling right now}.

So what do you think? I can't wait to wear it out, I may go run unnecessary errands tomorrow just to show it off! You can go here to learn more about it.


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Saturday, February 25, 2012

homemade wall clock.

Do you remember my client who wanted a farmhouse in the city? Here is the idea board I created for her.

If you look in the top right hand corner is this clock I had picked out for her room. It held all of the colors she was envisioning in the room, plus I felt it had a bit of that farmhouse style to it without being too overdone. Anyway once I sent her her room board she told me how she was going to try and DIY a lot of the things on there {she is insanely creative!}. This clock was her first DIY project for the room. Want to see how it turned out? The inspiration:

Her version:

Isn't it wonderful? She made it using stuff she already had at home, most people probably have all of these things sitting in their closets too. I love how it turned out and was really impressed with it. She plans on beginning most of the other big panting projects when the weather is better outside, but for now you can visit her here to see how she made the wall clock. It's a great example of getting the same product and look of something store bought, but with a much cheaper price tag... and the bragging rights of "I made that!". Go see and be inspired to create your own!


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Friday, February 17, 2012

new tabs, buttons, and a pretty barn.

There's a new tab up there. You can now access my Etsy store from there. I have added buttons on that page for the different shop sections. The buttons are also on the right side of the blog too. Go ahead click them and take a look around, I dare you! As always I love creating custom orders so if you see something you like but it's just not quite right let me know and together we can create something just for you!

And because I can't have a post without a picture and because all my thoughts lately have all been with my ENTIRE family on both my mom's and dad's side up in Vermont, here is a red barn that reminds me of Vermont's endless countryside.

It's hard losing people, especially when they are family.

Spend time with your loved ones this weekend and call a family member who you don't get to see often enough due to distance, or anything else. You never know when fate won't let you anymore.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

remembering how little your kids were... in the future.

After much debate and persuasion from hubby I've decided to create a few more of these growth rulers and list them in the shop. I first posted about the one I created for our home here.

I think they are the perfect gift to families of little ones or even first time expectant parents who are anticipating watching their new little one grow. Each one is stained in walnut and hand painted. We love ours not only for the look but also so we can track how big our kids gets, or how little they once were, and since we move around a lot it is the perfect solution for us instead of leaving measurements behind on walls and moldings of places we once lived.

There is already hardware attached to the back of each one so it's ready for hanging once it arrives!

Go here to see them and shop.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Are you a Beatrix Potter fan?

New in the shop!

Beatrix Potter story book frames, made using a page from one of his vintage story books.

One would be perfect as a baby shower gift or to put out for Easter decor. You can find them here.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

let's talk lighting.

My sister and her husband are in the "picking out all the fixtures and details" stage of their house building so I've been looking at a lot of lights lately to help them decide what would be best for them. Here are some that caught my eye:

Source: via Meg on Pinterest

This one is a little more traditional but would work well with the design plan throughout the house.

Source: via Meg on Pinterest

Love the unique shade shape on this one:

Love the mix of the 2 finishes on this one.

I can picture this light hanging in a kitchen with a wall of windows and a view of a green garden:

Of course the school house pendant is a classic and always at the top of my list:

I think this would look great hanging as a pair in a long hallway.

This would make a great entryway light:

As well as this, and also in a hallway again hanging as a pair:

A little more modern but it has a classic style to it:

This one would be fun hanging in an entry:

I've been obsessed with the Movarian light for a long time, I think since I first spotted them in a PB catalog. I found one at a garage sale so I purchased it, before I could hang it, it was crushed by hubby while moving things around in the garage.

Another classic and elegant looking light for an entry:

Source: via Meg on Pinterest

And I love this for a bathroom vanity.

You can find their original sources below each light and on my Pinterest page. I'll keep you updated with what we pick.


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