Tuesday Things – Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day gift? Here are a few of my current favorite things from Etsy, which would make awesome gifts for the lucky guy, gal, or pooch in your life! (Yeah, you probably can’t get these in time for Valentine’s day now… but in my opinion EVERY day is a great day to show your people (& pets) how much you love them. 🙂

For the Ladies

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1) “Pining For You” canvas tote from Urban Bird & Co. // 2) Adjustable, silver-plated Arrow Ring from Bellajoo // 3) “Hello my Darling” 11 x 14 Print from Livy Love Designs

For the Gents

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1) Maple Wood Watch from Tmbrwood //  His & Her Ice Cream Spoons from For Such a Time Designs //  Acoustic iPhone Dock Amplifier from Schuttenworks.

For the Pups

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1) Sparkle Hearts Bow Tie Collar from Chucklehounds // 2) Sweet Heart Sweet Potato, Natural Dog Treats from The Kind Puppy // Personalized Heart & Bone Dog Bowl from Purple Glaze Pottery UK.

Have a great day! ❤

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Recent Etsy Finds

I’ve picked up some awesome things from some crafty Etsy artists over the past month – check ’em out!

I am IN LOVE with these rustic frame mason jar wall vases from Designs by MJL.

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They are so shabby chic & pretty! I bought two, which are hanging on either side of the amazing canvas print we’ve hung above our sofa (it was a fantastic find – on sale – from our favorite place to shop, The Farmhouse Store).

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And for something completely different, how amazing is this white hippo planter from Coastal Moss?

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He is SO STINKING CUTE! I named him Carl. He makes me happy.

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What have you found on Etsy lately?

Sunday Shopping

Spring is in the air – I can totally feel it! I love to introduce more cheerful & colorful decor into my home as spring approaches – it’s the perfect way to reflect my more cheerful attitude as the days get longer & warmer!

Here’s what I’ve been eyeing online lately:

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Flight of Fancy Pillow ($29.95 from Joss & Main) //  Young House Love Scallop Print Drum Shade Pendant in Coral ($99 from Shades of Light) // Bazaar Dhurrie 5×8 Rug ($279 from West Elm) // She’s a Wildflower 11×14 Print ($25 from Etsy Shop The Wheat Field by Katie Daisy) // PB Found Watering Can ($89 from Pottery Barn)

Hope your weekend is fantastic!

 

Sunday Shopping

Hey lovely readers! I’m back into the swing of things again – thanks for your patience on my hiatus. I’ve got some DIY projects & such coming up this week, but I’ll start off with my new sunday ‘regular’ posting: Sunday Shopping!

I love window shopping. (Obviously, I love real shopping too, but window shopping is much better on my wallet). But it’s really cold here today, so I’m doing a little internet-browser-window shopping instead. 🙂

Here’s what I’m fawning over on Etsy today:

I love this adorable & appropriate phone case – which doubles as a reminder in case you forget what to say when your phone rings.

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Hello Talk Bubble Snap-on iPhone 4 Case in Kiwi Green from ChristineMarieB // $37.50

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Picture me beyond obsessed with this White Hippo Planter – and since you get the hilariously cute hippo AND the plant for only $20, I’m afraid I can’t resist this one.

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White Hippo Planter from Coastal Moss // $20.00

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A dachshund dressed as a hot dog will always make me giggle. I think these adorable note cards would be a great way to spread some cheer. Plus, as a dog lover myself, I love the fact that Sudachan shop owner Cindy used her own dogs as models for her designs.

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Dachshund Dressed as Hot Dog Note Cards (Set of 10) from Sudachan // $16.50

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I’m a big fan of state art, and am always just a little bit homesick for Pennsylvania. I think this painted wood art from The Painted Llama might be my favorite state love art yet. I love this cheery yellow PA one, and would also dig a New Jersey version with a heart over the town of Hope where the hubs & I tied the knot!

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Pennsylvania Rustic Home Decor 16×20 Handmade Custom Sign from The Painted Llama // $59.59

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While we’re on the subject of wall art & sentimental wedding-related home decor, I’d also love this beautiful letterpress typography print featuring a piece of the e.e. cummings poem we used as one of our wedding readings.

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I Carry Your Heart Letterpress Typography Poster from Raw Letter Press // $20.00

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Finally, I’m in love with the bright & cheery colors of this pillow cover – I can see it adding a nice pop of color to our living room!

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Decorative Pillow Cover in Red, Grey & Brown Bloom from Live Plush // $13.00

Happy Sunday (Window) Shopping to you! You can see all my favorite Etsy finds & follow me here.

How the Internet is Helping Me Plan My Wedding

An alternate title for this post is: How Wedding Planning Changed My Relationship with the Internet. To the obsessive, can’t-live-without each other kind of relationship which may or may not prove to be completely dysfunctional somewhere down the road. Well, I supposed the internet could live without me. He’s got lots of friends.

Whichever way you spin it, mine has been an internet & app based wedding-planning experience. To be honest, I’m not sure how anybody planned a wedding before the internet/computers/Pinterest. Did our parents really sit around hand writing guest lists? Did they actually have to speak to vendors on the phone or – in person? – while narrowing down their choices? And where did they get ideas for their colors/dresses/invitations/etc. before blogs like Style Me Pretty existed (or, again, before Pinterest?).

One of my many wedding planning boards.

Isn’t it amazing that something like Pinterest- which has only been around for a couple of years, and only been widely used for less time than that- can feel so completely irreplaceable, so quickly? My discovery of Pinterest timed pretty much perfectly with my engagement, and so it has been my primary source of inspiration and vehicle for sorting all of the amazing ideas out there. But I’ve needed more than just Pinterest to organize my plans, and as a tech-savvy person, I’d like to share the main tools I’ve used on my computer and/or iPhone throughout this process.

Google Docs (now Google Drive)

I use Google Docs for everything from create lists for work and organizing my graduate school notes, to planning gig lists & rehearsals with my cover band. Google Docs far exceeds excel, numbers, or any other spreadsheet application because it allows for incredibly easy sharing & collaborating. And when the time comes to print or create a hard copy, you can quickly export any doc. When it came to our wedding plans, I immediately created a spreadsheet to plan our guest list, which has since morphed into my grand central station for tracking everything from addresses & RSVPs, to gifts & thank you card organization. You can download the excel version of my guest list organizer here, if you want:

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I’m also utilizing Google Docs to track my spending, keep my to-do lists up to date, and coordinate plans with my florist and band.

Screenshot of my wedding docs in action.

Etsy

I’ve loved Etsy for years. As my crafting skills are just so very amateur, I take great pleasure in buying beautiful handmade items from the incredible artists on Etsy. I’m attempting to DIY some of my wedding elements, but am very happy for Etsy when there are some things I just couldn’t make myself! Etsy recently introduced an organized weddings section, complete with great suggestions, inspiration, and articles.

iPhone Apps

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I downloaded several free iPhone apps from well known wedding services- like The Knot & Wedding Wire. These are somewhat useful, but the app that really helps to keep me organized is Wedding Happy- free in the iTunes store.

Wedding Happy keeps a list of tasks & helps keep you on track with occasional reminders.

 Appy Couple

I discovered Appy Couple after already creating my wedding website on Wedding Wire, but I’m still planning to use the app to help get information out to our bridal party as the day approaches. Appy Couple is a free service that allows you to create a beautiful site for all of your wedding details, including a timeline, registry page, and fun features like games & a picture gallery. Once created, you invite your guests to download the app and sign in using your wedding code. I love the design, and think it is a very useful app!

What internet resources or phone apps do you use to keep yourself organized, or plan your wedding?

Back to School: Etsy Style

Loving these back-to-school items from some great Etsy shops!

Clockwise from top left: 1. Library Card Cover Spiral Bound Notebooks ($6.00 ea.) from Crap Apple Design; Keep Calm and Study On Digital Printable ($5.00) from Fancy Shmancy Notes; Upcycled Book Apple ($15.00) from Whimsys Workshop; Grey Chevron Tote Bag ($45.00) from By Deva; Red Glitter Apple Earrings (On Sale for $6.40 – Reg. $8.00) from Strawberry Universe; Silver & Blue Ombre Painted Mason Jars ($15.00) from Beach Blues; Red Chevron Insulated Lunch Bag ($22.00) from Julie Meyer.

 

Happy back to school ~ thank a teacher today! ❤

 

{Wedding Wednesday} With Joy Calligraphy

I’m very excitedly checking the mail these days, waiting for a special package of my wedding invitation envelopes to arrive complete with beautiful hand calligraphy by Elise at With Joy Calligraphy.

With full acceptance of my own pitiful handwriting (I usually ask my future hubby to address & sign all cards, since his writing is FAR nicer than mine!), I scoured Etsy for hand calligraphy options.

With Joy Calligraphy offers a great variety of hand written fonts, and I found Elise’s prices to be some of the best available.

I chose the Simple Elegance font  as I felt it reflected the simple yet elegant vibe we are hoping to achieve at our wedding! What could be more perfect?

 

I also loved the Have a Heart font for a bolder look:

 

And With a Flair for a romantic touch.

 

My envelopes should arrive any day now, which will allow me to check of a huge item on my to do list! Working with Elise of With Joy Calligraphy has been a pleasure- she made the purchasing process quite easy, and even adjusted for a couple of last minute address changes. I highly recommend working with Elise if you are in the market for some unique calligraphy!