Monday, September 15, 2014

Blogland Tour

I have been invited to participate in the Blogland Tour

 By the most inspiring and talented blogger I personally know, Jacqueline at Purple Chocolat Home.
Thank you Jackie, for inviting me to do this!  I may be a little late to the game at getting this finished, but better late than never, right?
Some of you may have seen a couple of these post going around about the Blogland Tour.  Each blogger needs to answer a couple of questions, and then nominate 2 to 3 other bloggers to participate.  It's a great way to introduce new people to other blogs, and get more inspiration.  Which is why, I decided to return the favor and do it myself. Plus, I feel very honored that Jackie picked me! 

Question 1. What Am I working on?

Currently I am working on a Fall and Christmas tablescape for the blog.  I'm really excited to see how it turns out.  My Mother, and her friend JoAnne are helping me design and put the entire thing together.  I firmly believe in team work, and bouncing ideas off of others, so what better team to work with then the ones who taught me everything!  
In life, I'm crazy busy at work, designing peoples homes and working on some upcoming events for the Holidays.  I've officially entered my favorite stage in life: The Holiday Season.  Where I will have little to no sleep, barely get a bite in to eat, and enjoy every moment of capturings the festivities.  
(Design work in the process, someday I'll post finished pictures!)

Question 2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

I love to look at other peoples blogs, catalogs, and travels and get inspiration from everywhere.  Sometimes I get excited about a trend and build off of of that.  But a lot of times, I'll see something that inspires me and just start creating something.  I typically have no idea how its going to end up, but once its done I love it! I'm not the typical girl who plans her blog post very often.  As you can probably tell by my sporadic blogging.  When I come up with an idea, and have time to develop it, I do.  If I can't, then I don't. For example, the Fall blog post that I'm going to do, I thought up two years ago, and just never had the time to execute it until now.   
Question 3. Why do I write what I do?

I think a picture says a thousands words. So I prefer to show mostly pictures and write as little as possible. 

Question 4. How does my writing process work?

I don't love to write, but if you know me in person, I LOVE to talk.  By the time I'm getting these post out, (like now for example its 2:00 a.m) I don't have a lot of time to write and think about what I'm saying, so for the most part I write only what I need to write.  I do however, always try to put a little bit of me into each post.  I aim to be a perfectionist in life, but its rather exhausting.  So I give up, and just be me! 

Now for my Nominations:

My first nomination goes to: Andrea @ It's The Life.  Andrea is like a sister to me.  I was her baby doll when I was born, she would dress me up and let me tag along with her, and ever since then I have looked up to her.  She has inspired me in more ways than one, and showed me that you can blog even with a full time job.  She is the one who introduced me to the blogging world, encouraged me to blog, and helped me on numerous occasions pull off my post. Her blog is full of incredible DIY, recipes, parties, tutorials and more. She is an amazing Mother, talented cook, brilliant quilter, and designer. 

My second nomination goes to: My darling sister BreAnne @ Our Days In Neverland.  She was the entire reason I started my blog.  She created it, developed it, and taught me how to blog.  She has always been a talented actress and incredible singer.  She decided to give up her booming career, and become a stay at home Mom.  Leaving the crazy fast paced life, for a different kind of crazy paced life. She has the most darling family, and she is finding hidden talents she never thought she had like: cooking, designing, writing, and sewing.  I recently encouraged her to start a blog of her own, so that we could collaborate on post.  Check out all her darling ideas on how to entertain a energetic 2 year old!

My third nomination goes to: Averi @ Just One Of Those Days.  Averi and I met through a mutual friend when I was in design school and quickly hit it off.  Shes one of those incredible friends that you meet in life, and just love to be around.  Not only is she gorgeous and talented, but shes is also an incredible writer.  I love reading her true to life post, written with her witty humor.  Recently she has picked up photography, and has been posting the most beautiful pictures.  She has a creative eye in everything she does from: throwing incredible parties, to designing her home, fashion sense, sassy sense of humor, and on top of it all, she's a talented business woman.  

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Shadow Puppets

Remember on the blog post: "Oh The Places You Will Go Little One, " I had these darling shadow puppets from Anthropologie.  They have two sets,  the bedtime stories which is what I used, and you can find HERE. and the Circus ones which you can find HERE. Anyone who knows me, knows that's my favorite store, and inspires me all the time on new ideas.  The entire collaboration of post, came from these little shadow puppets, while I was trying to find towels for my guest bathroom, I happened upon these and had to figure out a way to use them.  Its always the little things, the inspire the big results.
As you saw before, I used them as silhouettes on my glasses in the main blog post, but I also thought they would be so fun to use at a children's sleep over dress up party as the napkin holders.Then at night, after all the kids are tucked away in bed,  have them each use there character and tell different stories before bed.  I tied a ribbon around the napkin and slid the shadow puppet inside then placed them on top of the plates.  Loved how it turned out!
I pulled these out on the last night Lyla and BreAnne were in town.  We were going to read her this amazing Rapunzel book that we found at Barns and Noble, and tell her the story using shadow puppets. First i tried to photograph them having my Mother hold them while I shot the photo.  Lyla saw what we were doing and was determined to tell the story herself.  There goes my dream plan! We had fun and she was really good at helping us hold the images while we attempted to tell the story before her bath time. In the end we just played with all the different shadow puppets. 
Bre was a sport, she had been packing all night and helped us play for a minute.
 Close up shot on the shadow puppets.

 Here is some details of the characters you get.
After bath time was over Lyla was all snuggled up on the floor in her Aurora pajamas. We read her the story of Rapunzel, with all the characters, and we might have thrown in a dragon scene or two.  She laughed joyfully and absolutely fell in love with the book coming to life with just a flashlight and the images. I sent the shadow puppets home with BreAnne, since Lyla enjoyed them so much. Watch for an upcoming review on the Rapunzel book and Shadow puppet tutorial on my sister's blog soon.
Just click HERE to link to her blog, and you can find out all the details and more!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Circus in the Playroom

What child doesn't want to play with a darling little circus, themed with cute animals, popcorn, and tickets they can sell to their fellow friends.  I adore all the details in this circus from its playful colors, to its cute patterns on each item, and the details in the plush toy characters to play with.  
 This is what the circus box looks like from the outside, my Mother bought it earlier this Spring. I tried looking for it on Amazon, and can't find it again.  They may have sold out by now.
 The book on the beach, that we were reading to my niece, was the Extraordinary Jane by: Hannam E. Marrison. We purchased this at Barnes and Noble. 
Meet the Characters of the Circus.  

We have: Mister Strong Man Mouse who is also on the flying trapeze. 
Serious Simon the Shy Seal
Lyon the Lazy Lion
Mortimer Mouse the Ring Master and Ticketmaster. 
Ellie The Elephant- Jewels and Beauty are her thing.
Close up of the tickets and the popcorn box.
Lyla, my niece was given her own bag of popcorn while listening to the book.  Of course Mortimer decided he wanted to be lazy and listen as well. 
Lyla has Maileg Circus tent next to her play tent, so we can read books under the "fairy lights" to her at night.  

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Carnival At The Beach

This summer we took a much needed girls trip to Newport Beach, California.  We spent a lot of the time playing with my darling niece Lyla, and making up some fun activities for her. 
During the day we built sand castles, or at least attempted to before they got destroyed by the little monster. In reality we just built a giant pile of sand.  The waves were HUGE that day, because of the storm warnings over by Hawaii, so we decided to just lay around in the sand and play, avoiding the rough water as much as possible.

Later on we decided to take the little Princess, on our last night in California, to read her a bedtime story while watching the sunset at the beach.  She refused to wear the cute outfit we had planned for this so we let her be 'Punzel instead, which I loved in the end. 

If you remember my last post, Oh The Places You Will Go Little One, I had some circus animals displayed on the table.  This post represents those animals and how the books that we read in our childhood can enhance our imagination, and bring us to a world where the impossible is always possible.  It's wonderful how it came to life in my niece's imagination by playing with the circus, and reading it with a wonderful book.  This summer we all got to see the circus come to life when we went to Circ Du Soleil on the Santa Monica Pier, in California.  

What a perfect way to end a beautiful vacation.