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It’s officially summer, as of yesterday!!!

I love summer so much.  When it gets too hot outside, or on rainy summer day, I love being able to stay inside and pull out my favorite craft supplies. I thought it would be fun to put together a happy mail package to send to a friend to celebrate the beginning of summer.

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To start, I  created a flat card that I will use to write my note. I cut a piece of card stock paper to fit inside my glassine bag that I am using as an envelope. Using the clear stamp “hello” and “lovely” I combined the two together and stamped the saying to the top of my paper. The stamp set from Maggie Holme’s bloom collection also comes with a variety of cute bows !!!

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As soon as I had my card finished I gathered some metallic confetti and two pink rolls of crate paper. I wanted to make some confetti to put inside my bag as a fun little extra surprise.

To make my handmade confetti I combined the metallic confetti and cut down tiny pieces of the pink crate paper and added them together.  I loving mixing in fun elements like confetti, especially with glassine bags because you can see it from the outside.

helloconfettiInside my glassine bag I included my typed note along with a cute pair of pink sunglasses. I don’t know about you, but I am always in need of a extra pair of sunglasses in the summer.  The glasses fit perfectly inside my glassine bag.

To close off the bag, I added in my handmade confetti and sewed the bag shut using white thread. Once the bag was sealed  I made a cute tag using paper from the BLOOM collection.

sunglassespackageTo finish off my summer happy mail package I added in a bag of popcorn and a container of sprinkles!! Have you ever made pop-corn with sprinkles added in  ?? It’s a must try !!!  I also added in a set of cute pattern napkins.

What is summer without a fun movie night, and pop-corn !!!!!

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Sending happy mail doesn’t have to be elaborate. I love just sending something simple to let my friends know I am thinking of them, and to wish them a happy day. I always love opening the mail box to a package or letter so I can only image my friends do too!!!!

Hoping you all are having a great start to your summer!!!! What would you send to your friends to help them celebrate summer ????

  • June 23, 2016 - 5:06 pm

    elisa ingram - this is the cutest thing ever! i love sending out happy mail! i’m going to incorporate some of these items in my next delivery! thanks for the tips.ReplyCancel

It’s finally here, can you believe it.  I am a little shocked myself too , mostly because I never imagined I would be able to completely remodel a bathroom myself . I can’t really say myself as my amazing mother offered a helping hand and was always quick to go look up  “how to” videos on  youtube.

For the past few years I  have wanted to remodel our dated 1990’s bathroom.  The price to get it professionally done was way out of my budget, and let’s be honest  I love a good DIY.

After helping my friend Ashley tile her kitchen backsplash this past fall, I learned a few tricks and came home feeling like I could finally tackle this monster of a project.

Incase you missed the in progress posts you can see part one here, and part two here.

bathroomcabinets copyThe painted counter top has been holding up extremely well.   The only down side, if you have dark hair , or get lots of dust in your bathroom it will show . I am constantly wiping the counter down. But the plus side, it’s super easy to wipe clean and has been scratch proof .

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bathroom5The Wayfair tile is by far my favorite feature in the bathroom. I fell in with the bold vintage flower pattern.  It was exactly what I envisioned and dreamed of.   I have been so impressed with the high quality and durability.

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I installed a new toilet paper holder in gold to match the rest of the bathroom fixtures. I decided to turn the holder upright to keep the roll from falling off .  Best decision ever !!!

bathroomtoiltpaperOn the opposite side of the bathroom counter is the shower and bathtub. I had a hard time finding a perfect picture for above the bathtub. After searching and not finding anything, I decided to try paint my own artwork. I was a little nervous, as I usually end up not liking what I do. But high five, I actually love how it turned out.

I found the hot pink towel at the thrift store and use it as a floor mat. The gold brass pot that holds the fiddle fig was also a thrifting find.

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bathroomcropWith the pattern in the floor being so bold I really wanted to keep the rest of the bathroom simple. I am crossing my fingers I can keep that fiddle fig plant alive, so far so good . I noticed it is growing a new leaf, happy dance !!!! I must be doing something right !!!

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This room makes me so happy every time I walk through the door. I hope you enjoyed the tour !!!

 

 

  • June 22, 2016 - 10:32 am

    laurie magpie ethel - I would be doing a happy dance as well with this bathroom…you really did an AMAZING JOB. high five to you! Makes me want to tackle the two I have at the beach house!ReplyCancel

  • June 22, 2016 - 3:11 pm

    Tasha B - Love it. It’s all perfect!!!ReplyCancel

Happy Happy Friday !!!  We all made it through another week.  It was a fun few days here on the blog of recapping all the adventures we had at The Farm Chicks show.  I have been busy writing thank you notes this week and wrapping a few pretty packages to thank all those who helped us during the workshop.

Many helping hands are involved when I host workshops,  I am a firm believer in making sure everyone feels appreciated and loved on for all they do .

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I began layering all the goodies starting with the yellow journal then adding in a package of sticky notes. I did’t have any envelopes for my card so I inserted my thank you note inside a glassine bag and added some gold sequins inside like confetti.   To keep  my note from sliding out of the bag I sewed it shut adding cute flags on the outside.  Next I added a paper doily and tied all the items together using a thick piece of vintage lace.

The next step is pretty easy too. I used a few of my favorite papers from Maggie Holmes BLOOM collection to decorate.  Adding in the pencils then layering in all the little papers and vintage tickets.

Lastly I used a gold paper clip with a mini pink tassel to hold everything together.

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Once my package was all bundled together, I set it inside a box with white crinkle paper to help keep it from sliding around during it’s adventure at the post office.

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A pretty little thank you package to brighten the day of a friend !!!

  • June 18, 2016 - 3:18 am

    Julia - This looks so cute! Awesome. <3
    xo JuliaReplyCancel

I have always loved a good road-trip . I am not a big fan of sitting still in a car for hours and hours, but when Sara Parson’s is the driver you know it’s going to be a fun trip.

Sara picked me up from the Seattle airport on Thursday morning. Some how she convinced me to fly into Seattle rather then Spokane so she could  have a road-trip buddy.  At first I wasn’t to sure on the idea. A 3 hour plane ride and then another 4.5 hour car drive ….

We made a stop at Starbucks and then we were on our way.  I am so glad I agreed to be her passenger for the next 4.5 hours.

amandaandsaraOnce we got into Spokane we arrived at The Historic Davenport Hotel where Ashley and Lesley were waiting for us.  As we drove up we were greeted by a very friendly staff and valet service.  The nice gentlemen at the hotel helped us unload our car and brought our bags up to our room.  I am pretty  sure they thought we were crazy when they saw us trying to get our suitcases unbarred from the back which was full of craft supplies.

The Davenport hotel is a beautiful hotel that has award winning amenities.

If you are planning a trip to The Farm Chicks show I highly recommend staying here.  The staff was amazing and the best part, if you book far enough in advance you can get a “farm chicks ” discount on your hotel stay.

davenporthotelstayOne out of many that stood out in the hotel is the attention to detail. Everything is covered in gold, and so pretty on the eyes. Even the elevator sign had gold dragon details.

davenportThere were many great local restaurants and shopping stores in walking distance from the hotel.  I highly recommend stopping into Madeleine’s Cafe and Patisserie  . The cafe is just the cutest and the food / coffee was amazing !!!!

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On Sunday, before driving back to Seattle to catch my plane home we stopped into the show one last time to say our goodbye’s  to Serena and to make one last round of shopping. All of our suitcases were filled to the max, but that didn’t stop us from trying to bring home a few more things.

( inside that Silo is where our workshop took place on Saturday )

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetBefore coming to the show I had to give myself a budget + goals of what I wanted to bring home. It helped that I only could fill a suitcase our I might have gone off the tracks.  My first “want” was a yellow mustard quilt and then a vintage pink rotary phone.

I brought home 1 out of 2 item’s on my list. I think all the extra quilts made up for not finding a pink phone.

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We also had a little time to do some quick shopping on Saturday before the workshop. The girls and I quickly fell in love with Jaybird vintage and prairie girl vintage booth. It’s so fun meeting other girls who have the same passions as  you do, and to find out we have mutual friends. Such a small world.

These girls are just the sweetest. If your looking for vintage goods check out their instagram where they sell some of their shop items.

IMG_1818After saying our good-byes and dropping Ashley and Lesley off at the airport, Sara and I headed back toward Seattle to catch my plane home.

Sitting in the car for another 4.5 hours.  I couldn’t let Sara drive by the Antique Mall twice. We gave ourselves 30 minutes inside.

IMG_1802We looked fast and scored a few goodies to take home ( photo on the left) .  My suitcase was full of vintage textiles ( photo right)  but I made sure there was room for me to sneak in these goodies.

vintagefindsI am still trying soaking in our time in Spokane, WA.  So many great memories that I will hold onto for a life time.  This world of social media has gifted me with some amazing friends, new and old.

I can’t stop smiling from all the fun we had.

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On Friday night, the night before the opening day to The Farm Chicks Show,  Jenny Keller ( of Jenny Cookies)  hosted a pre-party at the Spokane Anthropologie store.

After spending that entire day at the show setting up for Saturday’s workshop , time quickly flew by and the girls and I ran back to our hotel to get ready for the pre-party event. We were all a little frazeled trying to get ready so fast.  We meet  up with Jessie and Stevie in the hotel lobby and walked over to Anthropologie. The girls are I were quite nervous walking over. Ashley says it best on her blog post.

me | Stevie | Jessie |

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Shawn from The Flower Bar Co. had the cutest display of flowers for everyone to make flower crowns. Her lovely display made you feel like you were in a beautiful flower market.

I was so busy soaking the evening in that I forgot to take photos of all the cute displays. For more photos of the beautiful event hop on over to Serena and Jenny’s  blog posts.

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Us girls : Ashley | Serena | me | Sara | Jenny | Lesley 

IMG_1671One of my highlights from the evening was finally getting the chance to meet Laurie of  Magpie Ethel . We recently became instagram friends and have been following each others love for vintage for the past year. It was so great  to hug her in real life and have the opportunity to talk face to face.  She is as sweet in person as I imagined.  I will always be  jealous of her vintage deer collection.

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( above photo image curtesy of Kate Jennings photography)

Flower crowns and fancy dresses.

Jenny did an amazing job hosting the event. Everything was perfect.

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  • June 15, 2016 - 10:38 pm

    laurie magpie ethel - Well you know I was thrilled to meet you too. Thank you Instagram! Ready for our paths to cross again and for a longer visit! xoReplyCancel

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