Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I think it's about time I announced a business!
I'm in the very beginnings of a little paper business called:

{Do you like the name? FYI I'm Scribble and Ben is Scribe- a pretty accurate description of the both of us!}

It has stemmed out of years of brainstorming. {But really all I ended up doing was just picking an idea already!}

I'm excited to get started. Right now I've opened an Etsy shop {although a little primitive right now} and am offering my custom silhouettes and will soon move to journals, scrapbook paper, cards, bookmarks, custom invitations- all that lovely stuff you would expect to find at your favorite paper store! {I am totally open to new product ideas- please send them my way!}

What do you think? I'd love your feedback! {Oh and any business advice you could offer}. Yay for little at-home businesses! 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

pretty twine & vintage maps

I love the look of twine and raffia. I've been kind of obsessed with wrapping everything in them lately.

Pretty paper

Coasters {made these last night... more on that later}

Labels {this one for a soon to come Am. Girl}

Inspiration magazine tear-outs

And my curtains I shared last week.

How pretty is this twine?? I need to get some. It's called Bakers Twine. Sure to make anything and everything prettier!

On another note I also LOVE vintage maps. Anyone with me? There's something about them. For me it's probably my love of other countries with the vintage combination {which I obviously love}.

I found this vintage poster of Central London at Blick's for $4! {Definitely the way to buy maps- Paper Source also has a wide assortment for just as inexpensive}

I'm determined to have a map like this on my wall someday. 

As I was saying... I made these last night- it took about 20 minutes using my beloved Mod Podge, vintage map scrapbook paper, and some 4" tile from Lowes. {I have yet to spray them with some sealer but that should only take a moment}

Love them. I don't think my love for vintage maps or twine will slow down anytime soon!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

DIY Summer

Happy Summer {officially!}

Here are some fun projects I'm looking forward to doing this summer- I thought I could share and maybe inspire you to get creative this summer too! 

Flip Flops Makeover

Tutorial from The Mother Huddle

Rosette Bracelet

Tutorial from Sew Craft Create


Tutorial from The Cottage Home

Jarred candles

Tutorial from Mark Montano

Lavender Wreath

Tutorial from Centsational Girl

Sunday, June 19, 2011

happy father's day!

Today the girls and I are celebrating their amazing dad, and my amazing husband, Ben!

{this picture was taken awhile ago but I love it}

Yesterday we made him some bookmarks {the only thing he requested... he reads a lot}

It was fun and a little crazy in the dining room for awhile! 

Do you have any amazing plans or surprises today to celebrate? Did anyone else make presents for dad? I'd love to see them! Hope you all have an amazing day! 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

pretty windows {101}

I finally got my curtains hung in my dining room {don't ask me how long it's been}. I have to say it's amazing how curtains can change a room! 

Just for fun, here's a super before shot! 

And after again... 

Like my tie-back? I was inspired by restoration hardware:

I used thick twine for the tie back and got my panels from IKEA- $15 for two.

Here are some tips on how to hang curtains for drama and elegance. 


Hang the curtains high.

I have pretty low ceilings {about 8 ft I believe} but I buy 95" panels for all my windows. The drama long curtains adds is pretty amazing. Plus it makes your window look a lot bigger when the curtains are shut, and visually adds height to the room both when they're open or closed. 

By the way, it's ok to hang them quite a bit above your window trim. 


Puddle just a bit.

Not totally necessary, this is just a preference of mine. I would say though to at least have your panels stretch to 1/4" off the floor.


Hang two panels per window.

The difference in one panel per window or two is mostly about what your window looks like when the panels are closed, but I think it balances much nicer with two per window even when the curtains are open. Instead of stretching one panel across your window, use two to create a softer feel to the room. A rule to go by is your panel length should equal approximately 2 1/2 times your window length.

Any more tips to add? I'd love to hear them! 

Monday, June 13, 2011

what's new with me

I feel like I've been doing a lot the last few days. Can I update you?


I'm pretty certain I'm just about to launch a paper business! I had the idea while I was praying for a business idea the other day {always encouraging}. I just thought- I really love fabric, and paper, and stores like Paper Source. So why don't I just do something I really enjoy doing? 

I'm going to start designing journals, cards, stationary, invitations, bookmarks, and pretty much anything else I can think of! As well as work on some custom invitation work. I'm currently in-between four {pretty adorable} names for the business right now, and when I pick I'll let you know! {And then I may have you help me with picking a logo}

My goal is to launch it right here on this blog, followed up by an Etsy shop, an internet shop, and then one day maybe I'll sell my products in other stores or even have a little store of my own! 

I'm excited. Yay!


The girls are having a joined birthday party next month and I'm going all out- because that's what I do. It took me awhile to choose a theme because 2 and 4 year olds like different things. I did realize though that both of them have a common interest in unicorns and tea parties, so there you go. A Unicorn Garden Tea Party.

I'm pretty excited for cute cupcakes, paper flowers, tea cups, paper mustaches, bow ties, garden hats, and pinwheels. I'll of course make it all, and then share it with you!

{part of the invite I designed today}


Pinterest. I just discovered it, and it's glorious! If you're at all visual {like me} then you'll LOVE it! I've been using it to brainstorm paper business ideas, as well as the girls' birthday party. What a brilliant website! I'm very much addicted already.

Feel free to check out my pins or follow me!


That's it for now! Hope you're having a marvelous Monday!

Friday, June 10, 2011

perfect presents! {a ladies' gift guide}

So I really really love presents. Really a lot. I wish I got presents more than a few times a year. It's just too fun, and I especially love buying or making presents. I love little gift sections in stores. The kind of stuff you say to yourself, "I would never buy that for myself, but I would love that as a gift!" {You know, the stuff that's too expensive, and maybe not so practical for everyday but perfect for special occasions!}

Here are some of those things, because I just love gifts. {In fact I'm pretty certain it's my love language.} I want to start buying more gifts for people on random occasions because it makes my heart happy. So the following are things I would just love to have on hand to give to people I love- for whenever! {Oh and this can also serve as a non-official list of things I'd love to have as well, you know, if anyone feels like they'd love to buy me a gift- ha}

Caitlyn Bag from Vera Bradley $22

Aren't gifts fun? 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

i {heart} appliques & tutorial

I love iron-on appliques! They're so easy and adorable! Here's what I made today:

Flower onesies! 

I used this amazing fabric from Ana Maria Horner's Drawing Room collection and just cut out the flowers.

Here's what you'll need:

An Iron
A plain Onesie {I got mine from Wal-Mart for very inexpensive}
A cut fabric shape
Two-sided fusable thin interfacing {paper on one side}
Scissors {oops forgot to picture those}

Place the fabric on the interfacing- rough side up, paper side down

Iron on your fabric {It actually would be easier to iron on a square of fabric and then cut it to size, but I always forget to do that!}

Trim the edges

Peel off the paper backing

Iron on to your clothing! {And sew the edges if desired}

Lots of possibilities!


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