Breakfast-Themed Gift Basket

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Happy Monday, guys! I’m ready to kick off your week with an idea for a lovely birthday, hostess, or just-because gift. I assembled this as a birthday gift for one of my dearest friends, and sort of love the way it turned out.

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The inspiration for this gift basket came from this adorable spreading knife from the beautiful For Such a Time Designs Esty shop. Shop owner Aly designs the most charming hand stamped vintage silverware – like this pair of his & hers ice cream spoons I purchased for Valentine’s Day.

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The minute I saw this knife, I knew I wanted to buy it for my musically-inclined friend. The rest of the basket just came to be after one of my regular Sunday trips to Target!

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In the gift basket: White Cappuccino Mug, Tea Towel, Mason Jar Soy Candle, Apricot Preserves (all from Target, including the basket/tray) & the This is my jam hand-stamped vintage knife from For Such a Time Designs.

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Assemble your items of choice (I threw in some K-cups for good measure), and gift away!

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DIY Wood Photo Frames

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After using some of the prints my latest order of matte 4 x 4 photo squares from Social Print Studio in my DIY Arrow Picture Mobile, I still have a whole bunch left – which means I get to keep working on fun & creative ways to display them!

These DIY wooden frames are a cinch to make – and the are super inexpensive, which makes them even better!

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To make your own wood frames (which can easily be customized to any shape or size), you will need:

Balsam Wood Square Dowels (I buy mine at Michael’s for >>>>> each)

X-Acto Knife and Cutting Mat (or any cutting board)

Sandpaper

Wood Glue

Photos! (Again, my prints are 4×4 squares ordered from Social Print Studio).

Optional: Wood stain or paint (not pictured). I used some Miniwax dark walnut stain that I had on hand for one of my frames.

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Measure your cuts so the frame will fit nicely over the edges of your photo. I cut two pieces to 4″, and 2 pieces to 3 1/4″.

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Use sandpaper to even the rough edges after you make your cuts, and then glue the frame together using wood glue. Then stain or paint if you wish – or leave the wood natural. I attached the photos to the backs of the frames with small pieces of double stick tape – and they are holding well. You could glue them, too, for a more permanent hold.

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I love that you could make a whole bunch of these, and paint/stain them to suit your decor – for just a few bucks!

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The photograph on the left is of my Mommom when she was around 10 years old – sometime in the early 1940’s. I love this particular photo so much – she looks so beautiful.

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Have some photographs lying around that really deserve to be framed and displayed? Get on that – these frames could not be simpler!

 

Tuesday Things – Yellow Inspired

I don’t care that there is still snow on the ground – I am so ready for Spring. And yellow is just the ultimate color of springtime, don’t you think? So, let’s get our yellow on!

 

1) Get some happy for your kitchen!

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These ceramic canisters from Target’s Threshold line are sporting lids in the perfect shade of springtime yellow! I imagine most people would use these for tea bags or granola, but I have my eye on them for a lovely new way to stash Emma’s dog treats.

2) Yellow in the Bedroom

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I am not in the market for new bedding (according to my husband), however if I were, I would be all over this Ikat duvet cover from West Elm. How could you not be happy waking up in that bed?

3) Grow some Sunshine

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I was given these beautiful vase of tulip bulbs a couple of weeks ago, and have been attempting to photograph them in different stages as part of my attempt to learn how to use my camera. Both of these shots were taken using something other than the “auto” setting – which is a real step for me! And how gorgeous are these yellow tulips? Now I’m bummed that they are reaching the end of their bloom-life, but I plan to plant the bulbs!

Now give this song a listen, and enjoy your day! Only two weeks until the official start of Spring!

 

February Highlights

Hi friends! I’m back! It was a crazy busy few weeks, and while I can’t say my schedule has really calmed down a great deal, I am ready to get back to it here at Some Kind of Lovely Ride!

March is here – so let’s take a second to review some of my favorite projects from February!

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Top: 1) This Wire Wrapped Cement Planter was a fun and easy DIY using quick set cement. 2) I loved putting together this Arrow Picture Mobile, using some DIY-ed arrows as hangers and displaying some of my favorite prints from Social Print Studio!

Middle: 1) I made these cute heart decals with washi tape & an X-Acto knife – a fun five minute DIY! 2) Feeling the love for V-Day, I strung up a garland of mini doilies & pretty white feathers.

Bottom: 1) For one last Valentine’s Day project, I shaped this heart out of wire & wrapped it in pink twine. This is super customizable to any shape, letter, word, whatever! 2) Before taking a break to focus on my day job, I shared some of my office/work/productivity essentials.

I am SO looking forward to the start of Spring (which you may have noticed if you follow me on Instagram – can you say tulip addict?)

 

 

My Work Essentials & A Short Break!

Hi there, friends! It’s another snowy morning here in Sochi on the east coast. After a relaxing day off (thanks, presidents!), I am gearing up for a MAJOR week on the work front (my full time teaching/music directing job(s) that actually pay the bills, unlike my little crafting/blogging hobbies!) Most weeks are easily 50+ hours at work/doing work things, but this week will really top the charts. And, to further complicate things, I’m trying to kick a nasty cold.

So, to preserve my sanity, I will be taking the rest of the week (and likely a portion of next week) off from the blog. I’ve really been making an effort to be more consistent with my posting & projects, so rather than simply disappearing (as I’ve done in the past), I wanted to give you, my lovely readers, a heads up. I wouldn’t want anybody feeling abandoned!

Before I go, I thought I would share a few of my essential needs for keeping myself organized, motivated, and on the ball when things get particularly stressful at work.

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The one personal belonging that I seriously could not live without is my MacBook. I don’t know what people did before they had computers, and truly – I don’t even want to know. My MacBook Pro is my number one tool for work, blogging, and communicating with the world. And, though not pictured here, my iPhone works as an extension of my computer (with the added bonus of access to my favorite game, Plants Vs. Zombies 2).

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Though I am meticulous with my Google Calendar (which is synced to my laptop & phone), I have always taken great comfort in organizing my schedule in a physical planner as well. It eases my mind, and my 2014 planner is quite possibly the greatest planner I have ever owned. The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley is attractive, sturdy, and meets all of my organizing/planning needs (plus a few needs I did not even know that I had). In the words of Lady Mary… GOLLY I love it so.

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No matter how busy you get, a little desk candy can never hurt. When I get super busy, I go into ‘conquer-the-world’ mode. (Basically I just get super intense & attack everything with a laser-beam-like focus.)  And really, who can conquer the world without cute office accessories?

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So, I am off to conquer – but I wish you a wonderful remainder of your week!

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I’ll see you soon!

Happy Love Day!

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On February 14th, 2008, I went on a first non-date with my now husband, which was quickly followed up by an “official” first date the next night. It did not take either of us very long to figure out that we had already fallen in love with each other over seven previous months of friendship.

When we got married 3.5 years later, my husband assured me that our ‘dating’ anniversary could no longer be celebrated, as we created our new October anniversary. I’m glad, though, that the beginning of our romantic relationship coincided with Valentine’s Day. Now, whether dear old hubby likes it or not, I am secretly (well, not so secretly anymore, I guess) still celebrating that first date this weekend.

You may not be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a romantic partner this weekend. But I have always felt that Valentine’s Day was a great time to reflect and to be grateful for ALL of the special relationships in my life. I am excited to take the time today to tell my friends, family, amazing husband & best dog Emma just how much I love them.

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Love comes in all shapes and sizes, and can be shown in a million different ways. So let’s all take the time today to celebrate the special people & pets out there that give our lives meaning. No matter how you celebrate (or don’t celebrate) Valentine’s Day this year, I hope that you feel loved and I hope that you feel special!

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Have a love filled day! ❤