April 23, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday - High Waist + Cropped

Hello! I love the little strip of skin that a high waist (skirt or pants) paired with a cropped top shows off.  It's sweet and sophisticated and something I would love to pull off this summer.  Below are a few inspiring photos!



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April 22, 2014

Easy & Inexpensive Photo Mattes

Hi there!  We are just getting over a looong weekend with Scott being home for a few days and family visiting.  It was great but went by too quickly! 

So for awhile now, I have been meaning to share this quick and easy trick I use to make photos a little more interesting - the title says "inexpensive" but really it's free...unless you buy the magazine....but still!

I don't know about you, but I get a million catalogs and magazines every month.  Normally, I end up looking through both quickly for design inspiration so they just end up in the recycling bin by the end of the day.  But a few years ago I started noticing how pretty some the pages in both catalogs and magazine ads or editorial shoots were framed or bordered.  And they were the perfect size for small or large picture frames.

This page from a Mini Boden catalog (which has the loveliest artwork) works perfectly with an Instagram photo!

And this cut down page from another Boden catalog makes the perfect border for this 4x6 photo!

Sometimes I use the pages without a frame at all! 
Here, I layered a small plain white matte over another Mini Boden catalog page. 

I use larger pages as backgrounds for Etsy item photoshoots too! 

Above, I  used a floral Dior ad to highlight these beautiful brass pulls currently for sale in my shop!

Have a great day!!
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April 18, 2014

Hadley's Big Girl Room - A Peek

Hi there and happy Friday!  We are getting ready to host an Easter brunch and egg hunt for about 18 people, including a few cute kids I haven't seen in forever! Excited!! So to close out the week I thought I'd share a photo from a project I've been hoarding/preparing for over the last few months - Hadley's big girl room!  I'll do a full and proper post on the entire room once the custom quilt I'm having made arrives - it's really going to make the room: ) 

I found this lovely antique full length mirror on Craigslist and snapped it up for just $20. 

Half a can of spray paint (Brushed Rose from Lowe's)  later and it turned into this!

Lots more to share next month!! Have a great weekend!
Kendra Pin It

April 17, 2014

So This Happened....

Hi!  So when we started this little blog three years ago I had some small goals for the posts and projects I shared.  I wanted to use Sweet Magnolia Way as platform to hopefully inspire other DIYers out there (the way I had been inspired by countless others) as well as get some feedback on my interior design work and crafts/projects.  Well, two days ago one of the biggest things (in my little world) happened when Joy Cho - a blogger/mom/designer that I respect immensely thought enough of my Dinosaur Garden Party for Layla to pin it and share it will all of her followers.  This may seem like a small thing to most but for me it was a mix validation and happiness that someone I look up to so much liked what I did.  It's right up there with the Design Mom tour and having Emily Henderson critique (and like) my nightstand!!  Anyway, this post isn't about tooting my own horn it's to share something great that recently happened to me because of the 1 or 100 people that take a little time out of thir day to read what we write here. So YAY! And thank you!  My day/week/month has been made: )

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April 16, 2014

Wednesday Wishes for my Grandchildren



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April 15, 2014

Cranberry Almond Muffins Topped with Raw Sugar

A delicious muffin with fruit, almonds, and a sugary topping ~ perfect for breakfast or anytime you crave a sweet treat.

Ingredients (for 12 muffins):
1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup slivered almonds + 1/4 cup for topping
2 teaspoons raw sugar (or white sugar)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.

In a measuring cup, mix oil, eggs, and almond extract.  Add to dry ingredients.  Stir only until combined.

Add cranberries and slivered almonds.

Spoon into greased muffin cups or line with paper.

Bake for 20 minutes or until done.  Cool and Enjoy!  ♥

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April 14, 2014

A Dinosaur Garden Party for Layla

Hi there and happy Monday!  I mentioned last week that my Layla recently turned five but neglected to share the fun pix of her dino-themed party.  So today, I thought I would share a little bit of the fun with a few details with more to come later.

I has been anxiously awaiting the debut of the Oh Joy party line for Target and ended buying almost everything to use for Layla's party.  The pretty colors and the feminine gold accents made the perfect pairing with all those dinosaurs!!


I love using fabric for tablecloths so I bought four yards of oxford blue shirting to use for the dining room table so all the bright colors of the cups, plates and napkins would really pop.


I like to keep all the lunch and drinks simple for parties so I have more time to focus on what's important - a certain five year old and her cute friends.  So I usually (always) make the same sandwiches - mozzarella, basil, tomato with balsamic vinaigrette and turkey, arugula & pesto on ciabatta bread - crowd-pleasers and easy to make the morning of.
The cake this year was fun to decorate...Layla riding a triceratops (her fave).  I made the Layla out of fondant that I mixed food coloring into - it matched her party outfit exactly (see here).


Once lunch was over the girls were each given a plastic pith helmet, bucket and sifter to use while searching for dinosaur fossils in the three sand boxes Scott made.

And after all that digging (those fossils were harder to find than I thought) partygoers got to watch Mt. St. Layla erupt....it was a good thing we made sure everyone stood back...Scott added a little too much baking soda (after his first attempt was a little lackluster) and ended up with a face full of vinegar and baking soda!!

We enjoyed cake on the deck and after the girls went and played some more.  Later everyone got to adopt their own dinosaur at the end of the party.

It was a great day...a sunny day...the perfect birthday party for a very special girl!!

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