paper ephemera

| handmade

p&c paper goods

i've always loved pretty paper goods. we used to cut out paper snowflakes as a kid and draw our own cards for special occasions. i think having art supplies and paper on hand growing up really instilled in me a love for cards, stickers and stamps. present and correct brings out the kid in me and gets me all giddy-for-paper-goodies, from their wood grains to graphing lines! i think you'll especially like these rubber stamps and this paper weaving card.

mother’s day gift ideas

| holidays

row 1: sterling bell flower earrings; $68. birds of america book plate; $1.

row 2: heron mineral eye shadow; $4.99. whisk print; $20.

row 3: hydrangea necklace; $110. mini creamer; $14. yarn bowl; $32.

row 4: chalk pots; $9.99. personalized heart necklace; $115.

a dreamland of embroidery

| handmade

i keep spotting jillian tamaki's work around blogland (first spotted here) and fell in love with these darling book covers instantly. she embroidered three of them as covers to some upcoming penguin classic books. all three will be released this fall, and i'm not sure how anyone could resist picking these beauties up. awesome work, jillian!

a dreamland of embroidery

hate for hate

| lifestyle

free your mind
{free your mind by katie daisy}

"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."


i'm not sure how you're feeling today, but this puts words to a feeling that i've had for a few days now. i want to spread light today.


giveaway and sponsor welcom: anafore

| sponsor welcome

happy monday, lovelies! today i've got a sponsor welcome and a giveaway for you! anafore ignite is a customer referral program for etsy - just imagine your own customers helping you drive new sales! customer referrals are the key to viral marketing and will help grow your business and bring the power of peer influence to your own etsy store.

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how to enter: share with us in the comment section why you think this program would be a good fit for you and your shop. giveaway will end on sunday, may 8th at midnight, pst. i will choose 5 winners using a random number generator and announce the winners on monday. good luck!

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diy repurposed lantern

| DIY projects

diy lanternOne of my favorite parts of Spring and Summer is being outside in the evenings, chatting with family as the sun goes down. Having a little lantern on the table is nice for both atmosphere and keeping the conversation going. A really fun and practical way to make such a lantern is to use materials you probably already have at home.

I always like to reuse glass jars when I can - they're so durable, it's a shame to let them go to waste. Additionally, I had kraft wrapping paper left over from a package I had just ordered - I like to reuse packaging whenever possible as well.

Ready to make a little lantern? You will need:

- A glass jar

- kraft paper

- wax paper

- a craft knife

- a pencil

- scotch or double-sided tape

- a small candle


First, cut a strip of wax paper to cover the front half of the jar, and tape the sides down. Wax paper will provide a frosted, glowing effect through the cut out.

Next, measure how big to cut your kraft paper so that it wraps all the way around the jar; cut the paper to size. Next, draw your design in pencil on the kraft paper.

Using a craft knife, cut along your drawing, creating a silhouette in the paper.

Tape the kraft paper down with scotch or double-sided tape.

Insert a small candle, light, and you're done!

So easy and this lantern can be used all summer long. You can even make a new silhouette design for each gathering, or make multiple lanterns with different designs, and group them together. The result of these sweet lanterns at dusk is both charming and cozy.

ashley paul indie pretty projectOut to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.


thrifty finds

| home decor

hi sweets! how are you? happy friday! i can't believe it's here already. along with unpacking box after box this week, i've tried my best to make some time to explore the local thrift stores. and boy am i glad i did! i found several treasures and have quite a few more stores to visit over the weekend. i thought i would share with you what i've found so far.

first up is this old wooden birdcage. i've been keeping my eye out for the perfect birdcage for over a year now, and this one was "it" the moment i saw it. yippee!

an old thermos colored brightly, perfect for a splash of color and to use as a flower vase.

and then there are these. our sofa and chair! found staring back at me at the local thrift store. they were a bit pricey for a thrift store, but were brand new and still wrapped in the plastic, so we splurged. made of 100% natural fibers and weaved with my favorite herringbone design, they are just perfect.

what will you be doing this weekend? i'm off to make a quick trip to ikea, then back here to do some more organizing. have a sunny filled weekend and i'll see you back here on monday! xxo, bonnie