Cute Tues // Get those pics off your phone

I love photos
I love thick paper
I love small things

Enter, the Print Studio app.
(& their website version)

This was one of those “must download” apps that lingered in my phone for months before I got around to ever opening it. I can’t believe I waited so long! I ordered 40-some photos, literally, from my bed one morning and three days later FedEx dropped off a sweet little package and the fun of all the things to do with these little prints multiplied from there.

I tried the tiny pics:
– in sets within a larger frame
– as gift tags
– as a fun surprise in my husband’s wallet
– as KOLO box labels

What will I try next? A 2014 pic-a-day calendar

After all, they are small.

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Pantone Perfect

In NYC this week I was lucky enough to have spare time to poke my head into Purl Soho, you know, those brilliant knitters who share their ideas and gorgeous yarn on

I picked up some of their Super Soft Merino in Ballet Pink (ahem, Pantone 9241) which should make the prettiest cable knit scarf.

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This Friday I’m Into…

Chandelier rehab!

Everyone knows you can buy a dated brass chandelier and spray it fabulous, but have you ever considered covering one in fabrics and ribbon?! This girl did, not me (I wish!), a woman in Iowa who’s home my mother was in this week.

This idea has my head spinning. What if we did this with colored floss, thread, knit?!! The possibilities are endless. Heading out to thrift a more mod-shaped fixture myself.

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Lions & Tigers & Babies, Oh My!

When I was a little girl my dad woke me up before dawn one day for one of my most memorable childhood experiences. I had no idea what he was up to, but I could tell he was excited to share something special. After a short drive, we were surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a real life circus train unloading before my eyes.

We huddled on steel bleachers in the fog of this cool morning, and watched as elephants lumbered down ramps, where they gathered in a large dirt parking lot. They made their way across the street, trunks holding tails, where they helped to raise the large circus tent I’d find myself inside two nights later, beaming with excitement while munching on popcorn.

For my cousin’s baby shower, her first boy, I wanted to recreate those childlike feelings of anticipation that rise within me whenever I think about my first circus.

A nudge from a friend and her offer to co-host the shower was just the spark needed to start the fire of preparation. Enjoy the look around the event!

What feelings do you like to conjure for your gatherings?

Photos: upper) assorted cupcakes & gold giraffe; lower: 1) wax paper cups with cupcake liners, flavored popcorn; 2) homespun fabric pennants on jute twine, washi tape flags on sticks; 3) mini succulents wrapped by paper tickets, washi tape “thank you” flags on toothpicks, chevron paper gift bags to-go; 4) momma & party straws for mimosas and juice; 5) guests paint blocks for baby instead of games.

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Bookworm // Salad for Dinner

I needed another cookbook like I needed a hole in my head, or so I thought. But Mother does know best and I’m so glad she picked this one up for me.

Salads, when made well, really are a luxurious experience. With produce boxes arriving weekly from my CSA, largely stuffed with many varieties of greens, I had to find a way to change it up a bit from the sliced carrot, walnuts and parm that usually top the side salad at any given meal around my house.

Enter, Salad for Dinner, by Jeanne Kelley. (insert heavenly epiphany sound here please)

This book actually makes me want a salad… for dinner. Shock and awe!
Beside focusing on salads by categories such as vegetarian, fish & seafood, poultry and meat, it also includes a powerful and straightforward primer on everything from which types of greens to use when and how to perfect proportions of your favorite toppings. So you avoid that embarrassing too-much-bleu-cheese thing (you all know what I’m talking about).

I do wish that every one of these amazing salads had a photo which isn’t the case, but I do understand photos make production quite expensive, so I’ll overlook it. Also, most if not all of the recipes employ fairly common ingredients, so simply reading the recipe usually gets my mouth to watering.

What’s in your local CSA boxes this time of year and what killer salad topping combos do you go-to? (Um, hello below – Everything is better with an egg right?!)

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