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I'm Lauren & I'm so glad you stopped by!
This is a collection of musings on design,
art, craftiness, fashion, food, decorating,
weddings and other things that make
life lovely. I hope you enjoy!




Entries from April 1, 2010 - April 30, 2010



Oh. Wow. I have no words. How stinkin cute is the airstream designed by the talented
Junk Gypsy Girls for Country Cutie-pie Miranda Lambert?! Pink checkered floors, turquoise, pressed tin, plastic pink flamingos and the Virigin of Guadalupe all in one sweet rolling spot?!! Sign me up.

Happy Wednesday!


All Images via Junk Gypsy

If you can't afford a tricked out custom airstream to tool around in, the spruce up your patio with some cute airstream twinkles. Sweet!



Glee Season Premiere tonight! 'Nuf said!

(I also just downloaded the Glee App for my iPhone-so fun!)



Burlap: Suprisingly Elegant

Good Monday to you all! I hope you had a great weekend!
We did- lots of rest and a little too much junk food, but whatever...

On Sunday I made a trek to the fabric store in search of odds and ends to make some crafts that have been on my list for a while. New spring fabric for dog bandannas? Check! Fabric for various wedding projects? Check! Felt for backing some retooled brooches? Yep-got that too. And one surprising purchase: burlap. I remember seeing these adorable pennant banners from Funkyshique on etsy a while back and thinking how pretty they were. How brilliant to take something as utilitarian as burlap and make it romantic! I will be making one that says "Just Married" to adorn either our cake table or getaway car!! And then I though how cute it would be to use burlap on the tables to tie in the pennant banners. Plus, it'll make the white china and orange napkins really pop! Apparently a lot of other people had this same idea: I was able to find so many cute examples and even directions to make my own runners on Style Me Pretty. How devine!


Burlap LOVE Banner by Funkyshique on etsy

Burlap Last Name Banner by Funkyshique on etsy

Phot via Style Me Pretty

Photo by Carrie Patterson
DIY Burlap Instructions via Style Me Pretty

Image via The Knot


Friday Flower Power

Happy Friday all! You will have to forgive a not-so-cohesive post today, I was stuck in traffic for 2+ hours yesterday cause a semi full of frozen chicken jackknifed and burst into flames on highway 121. Yes, I said frozen chicken. I'm a little tired.
(You will be glad to know no one was hurt.)

Anywho, on to the prettiness! Please enjoy my newest obsession: Emersonmade. I pretty much want to plaster everything she makes all over my clothes (including my wedding dress), shoes, house, dog, fiance...basically anything that will hold still for more than 4 seconds. Not only is Emerson (the cutie-pie behind the fab floral creations) completely talented, but she is also the beautiful model in all her product photos. And, if her success and artistic prowess aren't enough to induce a little envy, get this: she lives on a farm with her handsome hubby and they have a duck (who also pops up on her blog from time to time). I want to live on a farm with a duck and design flowers!!! Until that day, I will continue to adore & covet Emersonmade's creations.

Have a lovely weekend- I am off to see the Old 97's at the Musink Festival tonight.
Who knows, maybe I'll follow in my brother's footsteps and get inked...
Ok...maybe not.



All images via Emersonmade 


I Heart You, TOMS

As a bonifde shoe-a-holic, I am always aware of what's on my feet. But today, I am totally aware of whats not there. My usually well-shod tootsies are going bare for much of today as part of TOMS Shoes ONE DAY WITHOUT SHOES, a campaign to raise awareness of the imapct a pair of shoes can have on a childs life. 

Some facts from the  TOMS Website:

It’s Hard Without Shoes

Through everyday encounters with domestic poverty, we are reminded to appreciate having food and shelter, but most of us all but forget about our feet. Food, shelter, AND shoes facilitate life’s fundamentals. Imagine a life without shoes; constantly aware of the ground in front of you, suffering regular cuts and scrapes, tending to infection after each walk, and enduring not only terrain, but heat and cold.

The problem is large, but the solution is simple. Wearing shoes and practicing basic hygiene can prevent both infection and disease due to unsafe roads and contaminated soil. By imagining a life barefoot, we can all contribute to the awareness of these conditions. On April 8th, communities, campuses, organizations, and individuals are banding together to walk barefoot for One Day Without Shoes.

Take a walk with us on April 8th, 2010.


  • Podoconiosis is 100% preventable with basic foot hygiene and wearing shoes.
  • In some developing nations, children must walk for miles to school, clean water and to seek medical help.
  • Cuts and sores on feet can lead to serious infection.
  • Often, children cannot attend school barefoot.
  • In Ethiopia, approximately one million people are suffering from Podoconiosis, a debilitating and disfiguring disease caused by walking barefoot in volcanic soil.

Even if your office isn't bare-feet friendly, take just a second to count your blessings today. And maybe think about picking up a pair of TOMS? Fashionable and Philanthropic-I can get behind that. Bravo to Blake Mycoskie, the smartie-pants behind TOMS and the ONE DAY WITHOUT SHOES campaign!!