September 3, 2014

We're Back! An Etsy Treasury Wishlist

Hi all - we missed you!  This break was by far the longest one we've taken and I have to admit it's probably going to take a little while for us both to get back into the swing of things and daily posts but it will happen!  The last month of summer is so bittersweet with school starting and seeing family less but also getting to see the excitement on Layla's face while on her way to Kindergarten (how did that happen??)  So today I'm sharing a treasury I made earlier this week celebrating the end of summer and the beginning of new things!!  See you later this week!! And thanks for sticking with us!!

'Just one last dip in the sea.....' by laylaloustudio

The Mountains are Calling Pr...

Bowl in Midnight Blue with C...

Geometric Pillow Cover, Pill...

NEW ! A2 Whales Canvas poste...

Wood Bead Tassel Bracelet - ...

Nautical photograph, ocean p...

Paper Bags in Navy Blue Polk...

Limited Edition Winter Lands...

Blue Drinking Glasses Retro ...

Laceweight Linen Yarn - du...

Dusty blue hand painted mapl...

French Wool Scarf / Floral ...

sun beams and clouds photogr...

Double knot bow - dusty blue...

Mocking bird - watercolor - ...

Monster Shark - Dusty Blue-...
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August 4, 2014

Summer Break

We're taking our last break of the Summer! 
See you in September!!  XOXOXO!
summer splash
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July 25, 2014

Found Friday - Make Your Own Cross Stitch Patterns

For those of you who like to cross stitch as much as I do (here, here, and here), I have found an incredible site that lets you take a photo and create it into a pattern.

I know that my granddaughter Hadley loves bunnies, and Kendra has incorporated them into her big girl room.
So I took a discontinued PB photo and saved it onto my desktop.

Then I went to  From there it was easy.
I downloaded the picture, and entered some information:  the Aida count & cloth size, the number of colored threads, and pattern style. 
Photostitch did the rest!!

Here are two pages of my new pattern with floss suggestions.

Looks like I will be kept busy for awhile (:
Have a wonderful weekend ♥

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July 24, 2014

My Quiet Place - A Chairish Design Board Challenge

Hello All!  Last week, I received an email from Daphne at Chairish asking if I'd be interested in creating a design board based around one of the vintage accent chairs currently for sale on their site. As someone who loves vintage furniture, I am no stranger to Chairish  and their curator-approved treasures.  And I have enjoyed seeing what some of my favorite bloggers have purchased and sold on the site over the last year.  So I eagerly accepted the "challenge" and got to work putting together a board based around a gorgeous fuchsia Danish Teak Lounge Chair by Arne Vodder France & Son.

Once I choose the chair I knew the space I would create would me mine - my little corner of the world - so I added elements that were soft, colorful, warm and inviting.  And whimsical - of course!  You'll find the full list of items in the design board below, two of which are from Chairish - check out their entire site for a lot more pre-owned goodness!

My Quiet Place featuring a Danish Teak Lounge Chair
Feather Wallpaper – Mustard
Icelandic Sheepskin Throw
Saranda Beach Style Wood Rope Round Coffee Table
Deco Lamp
Hinoki Stool
Vintage Diver Print
Antler No.6986
Long Walk Giclee Art Print
Polygon Print Framed Art
Unikko Coffee Cup
Succulent Garden Trio

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July 23, 2014

Loving all things Navy and Gold

After seeing how beautiful Kendra's guest room turned out with gold accessories, I now think that I want similarly colored room ~ gold and navy ~ my newest favorites!

A few purchases and a few diy's, and maybe I can obtain the look I envision.

diy artwork
a headboard made from a rug ~ incredible!

a bold gold mirror

love the positioning of these gold pillows

and, lastly, a fun gallery wall 
Hope that you found something that you like too! ♥

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July 22, 2014

A Little Layla Room Update

Hi!  With all the work going on in Hadley's new room I thought it only fair to share a few new snaps of Layla's room!

I added some 3-D flowers (from the Oh Joy Spring collection) to the wall  for a little more color and shine (I love the gold ones!)  And every couple of months I hang something new above her bed on a string of fishing line.  During the Winter is was snowflakes, in February we did hearts and now we have big puffy flowers. 

When Spoonflower offers a free swatch of fabric (usually when they are introducing a new type of fabric) I take turns asking the girls what they like and then I search for fabric based on that.  Last month Layla picked mermaids so I found this adorable fabric and the swatch has been hanging on the lamp on her dresser ever since!

Her room is still my favorite in the house...: ) Pin It

July 21, 2014

Easy Amish Cinnamon Bread

One of my friends (thanks, Karen) posted a recipe link on Facebook that I just had to try.  I love cinnamon ~ just the smell of it baking makes me happy (:

This Amish bread was very light; it didn't have the dense consistency of most quick breads.  But it tasted delicious.  A perfect treat for breakfast!

Ingredients (2 loaves)
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
Topping ~ Cinnamon/sugar mixture:
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease two loaf pans.
Mix together the topping ingredients in a small bowl.  Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar, and eggs.
Add the flour, baking soda, and milk.  Mix just until combined.
Fill each prepared pan 1/2 full.  Sprinkle with 1/4 of the topping.
Add the remainder of the batter to each pan, and sprinkle with the remaining topping.

Use a knife to swirl the cinnamon and sugar into the batter.

Bake for approximately 50 minutes or until done.

Cool in pans for 20 minutes. 
Remove and enjoy!  ♥

** Note ~ freezes well.  Printable recipe

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