| handmade

yelena bryksenkova

{in the flowers}

yelena bryksenkova

{elephant dreams}

yelena bryksenkova

{swedish horses}

picking flowers in a field. taking a nap upon an elephant. keeping a miniature elephant to cuddle with. today i'm dreaming that any one of these {im}possibilities might come true.

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the honey trees

| lifestyle

the honey trees

{the honey trees}

isn't this picture stunning? i stumbled upon the honey trees about a year ago, and have been falling in love with their work ever since. their beautiful music sweeps me away and i find something about them to be extra-intriguing, maybe even magical. i hope you'll enjoy this latest and most sweet music video.


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inbox inquiry: sewing patterns

| inbox inquiry

inbox inquiry
time for an inbox inquiry! this one comes from my good friend, tammie. make sure to share your suggestions in the comments section!

easy sewing patterns

hi tammie! i am so happy to hear you're getting into sewing! i think you'll love it. :) i don't often use traditional 'patterns' but i do have several favorite pattern books, here they are!

lotta jandotter

simple sewing by lotta jansdotter. this was one of my first ever sewing books, and i loved every pattern in it! it holds a collection of 24 of her most popular sewing patterns with each pattern neatly tucked into a folder inside. you can use them over and over!
weekend sewingweekend sewing by heather ross. creative projects for clothing, accessories, and home items that can be made in a weekend or less. the sewing instructions are beautifully illustrated, and patterns for the projects are included on pullout sheets.
in stitchesin stitches by amy butler. my all time favorite designer! in this pattern book amy brings her fresh, modern style to the timeless craft of sewing. she presents more than 25 charming projects ranging from cushy floor cushions to smart aprons to stylish handbags.
bend the rules sewingbend the rules sewing by amy karol. a great book for novice sewers who are seeking something a little more modern. this book has a clear, down-to-earth sewing guidebook that includes 30 great projects.
seams to meseams to me by anna maria horner. illustrated in glorious color and sprinkled with her vibrant energetic fabric designs, this book explains sewing fundamentals in a refreshing style.
sew & stowsew and stow by betty oppenheimer. 30 exciting sewing projects - including grocery totes, lunch bags, aprons, dog beds, laundry bags, and yoga mat totes. these projects will help you get organized and help the planet with a wide assortment of reusable totes, carry-alls, and shopping bags.
readers: do you have any favorite sewing patterns or books? we would love to hear about them!

sponsor welcome: ahoy! graphics

| sponsor welcome

sponsor welcome: ahoy graphics
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skip the paper towels

| simple living

i haven't bought a roll of paper towels in 5 years. many years ago when i started learning about our environment and what effect we have on it, i quickly felt a personal responsibility to reduce my impact. first on the list was to cut out any unnecessary items. what was first? paper towels! they are a convenience we simply can't afford. we just don't need 'em. here are some quick statistics:

- americans send 3,000 tons of paper towels to landfills each day.

- 51,000 trees per day are required to replace the number of paper towels that are discarded every day.

- the paper industry is the third largest contributor to global warming.

ready for the solution? switch to cute cloth napkins and dish towels!

vintage napkins
if your household uses one roll of paper towels per week, you could save more than $100 per year by switching to dishcloths, tea towels and napkins. plus, how darling is it to hand out cute vintage napkins to your guests rather than paper towels?!

think you can make the switch?

vintage napkins:

{row 1: 60's neon splash napkins, gray and burgundy napkins, vintage napkins}
{row 2: rust rose circa 1950, lime green linen dinner napkins, mod rust and brown linen napkins}
{row 3: turquoise and fruit napkins, vintage earthtoned colored napkins, linen harvest dinner napkins}

simple living
resources: 1800recycling, a lighter footprint

{the best} chocolate chip cookies

| seasonal recipes

i'm pretty sure i married the cookie monster. personally, i'm a brownie kinda gal, but one thing's for sure- i definitely married into a cookie family. and i count that as a good thing, as i've grown to appreciate the scrumptious rounds tremendously.

best chocolate chip cookies

this is my mom-in-law (aka cookie queen)'s recipe, and it's tried, true, and totally delicious. at her house, they are made at least 2-3x a week, and though it's much less at our house (sorry, dave!) they are definitely our favorite dessert.

of course, we were a bit frightened about what our latest vegan adventure would mean for this favorite recipe, but i'm happy to say that with a few vegan substitutes they turned out just as good- honestly! i couldn't believe it.. below, i'll give you the original recipe as well as our vegan substitutes. yum yum!


- 1 cup butter {vegan sub: earth balance butter}
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
mix above ingredients in an electric mixer.

- 2 eggs {vegan sub: 1/2 cup of apple sauce OR 2 flax eggs}
mix again!

- 2-1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt

- 12 oz vegan chocolate chips and mix

spoon out onto a lightly greased baking sheet and bake at 375°F for 12-15 mins- enjoy!

little brown pen

| photography

little brown penthis morning i feel as though i've strolled the streets of paris, visted market after market and filled my bicycle basket to the rim with fresh cut flowers- all from the comfort of my own desk! little brown pen is a creative studio by evan and nichole robertson in paris, france, and i think the way they capture the country's beauty is stunning. with an eye for pops of color, you can follow their paris color project where they tell stories of color in the city of light.
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