DIY: Patchwork Picnic Blanket

March 29th, 2011

I’ve had this vision in my head for months now, a vision of crafting a picnic blanket that we could bring on our outdoor adventures, something with a country feel, but with fresh modern color too.  We’re a picnicking tribe on the weekends when sunny skies appear, whether we head to the coast, the local park or ballgame, or just movies in the park.  Having a cozy picnic blanket is always ideal! 

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FWF: Spring Projects + Link Party

March 27th, 2011

Yo Yo, Spring is in the hizouse, are you ready?  I am, but I have a little bone to pick with you Spring, now that you’ve arrived on my doorstep.  You’ve been playing a little game with me, tormenting me actually, and I’m quite upset with you.  You see, January and February are the toughest months for me, really.  There’s just nada going on, and I’m alone, just me and those leftover five pounds from the holidays.  Then March shows up and the sunshine peeks through and Spring, it’s then you become such a tease.

You start flirting with your budding blossoms, your tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. It’s then that I’m suckered outside, and lured to the garden department.  I start planting flowers on the porch.  I get excited for warmer weather, and even make plans to go picnicking.  What a fool I am.  It’s only after I wander outside, lured by your game, that you send me running indoors with another rain shower.  It’s a seductive game you play, Spring, and it must end!!  *shaking fist in air*

Like today.  Today, I packed a picnic and announced (and tweeted!) we were on our way to Sonoma, only to have my plans ruined yet again by another gust of wind and patch of rain.  Ack!  I can’t take it anymore.  Especially when I spent hours this weekend sewing the cah-uuuutest patchwork picnic blanket.

cg picnic blanket

 

And baking my favorite orange cake and cupcakes too.

cg pink and orange cake stands

 

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Room Design GIVEAWAY

March 25th, 2011

Greetings and happy weekend, today I have a giveaway you’re going to love!  Two of my favorite designers Courtney and Lauren joined up a few years back to create kelly + olive, an online decorating service for those struggling to pull their spaces together and have those spaces reflect their personal style.  I’ve been reading their blog for almost a year, and always learn something new from the kelly + olive’s fun loving and fresh approach to interior design.

kelly and olive header

The kelly + olive manifesto?  Read on:

“We know your place should look and feel like you, not like us.  We’ll take a room you hate to be in and make it one you don’t want to leave.  We will ask you what your favorite movie is, your favorite food, your favorite song, and your favorite outfit.  We will ask you where you normally eat dinner and we won’t judge you if it’s actually in bed.  We will help you buy your first piece of art.  We will help you make your first piece of art.

We will ask you over and over if you love it, and if you don’t, we’ll change everything until you do.   We will help you fall back in love with your stuff!”

Are you struggling with a space in your home?

kelly + olive is offering one lucky reader a full room mood board ($350 value) which includes:

kelly and olive mood board

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