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Flourish Seattle March 2, 2011

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Wow, Wednesday already?

This has been a terrific week so far, as I was on a mini vacation to visit one of my very best friends, her husband, and 21 month old daughter in southern Utah. There was a little bit of sunshine, a lot of toddler energy, and some great catching up.

I wanted to give a quick shout out to an event thats happening this weekend – a Seattle area blogger meet up hosted by Maggie and Michaela. We’re going to swing by with the hopes of meeting some awesome local bloggers and to bounce ideas off one another. If this sounds interesting to you, or as Michaela puts it, “you blog and like pretty things”, send an RSVP to the address listed below and come hang out 🙂

Don’t be intimidated by “Home Decor” bloggers, you know we don’t stay in that genre only. I think if you are inspired by design, this should be an interesting event.

Hopefully this will be the first in a series of great networking events. Plus, we’ll be heading out in lower queen after for some Mardi Gras revelry, so it should be a fun night!


A sneak peek January 28, 2011

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Well, we’re winding to the close of another long and hectic week. We have some fun adventures planned for this weekend and we will sure to be back with lots of stories and pictures.

Until then, we’ll leave you with a teensy sneak peek of a big project we’ve been working on with the MAJOR help of our friend Dave. When its done, its going to mean some exciting changes for the Ravenna Girls.

Can you guess what we’re up to??


Whew November 5, 2010

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What a week this has been! Lots of work, some fun with the girls, and certainly a lot of productivity, but oye, i’m exhausted.

Spotted this hideaway over at House of Turquoise and wish after long weeks I had a mountain meadow hideaway just this charming.

This is going to be a fun weekend full of a celebration of birthdays (both mom and baby), some crafts around the house, and hopefully a good bit of time in front of the fire. Get some rest, friends!


Thursday Lovelies October 28, 2010

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Thursdays are always the toughest (so close to Friday but just not there!) and today the rain is back. To make matters worse, last night I went to a crazy intense yoga class that was led like a football skills clinic. I kid you not at one point the guy actually referred to our series of poses as a “drill”. Ugh, SO not the relaxed focused workout I had been looking for, and I am hurting this morning.

So, to temper things, I’m going to post some pretty bathroom inspiration photos from Sunset/My Home Ideas. I’ve been working with my parents to come up with ideas for their master bathroom remodel and these are some beautiful things I’ve found along the way. Enjoy.

Ladder is so cute!


Love the river rock around the tub


Not so plausible with neighbors 10' away, but perfect for a getaway house


I like the midcentury flair of this one

Oh, and also, loving this crate shelf on casters spotted at Door Sixteen:

Great project for thrifted fruit crates


(next) spring September 14, 2010

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La La LOVE this gown from Christian Siriano Spring 2011 Collection from New York Fashion week.

Photo credit NY Times

Turquoise. Brown. Fun Print. Ruffles. Folds. I mean, this has B written ALL OVER IT.

Must find invite to black tie event stat. Probably too formal for the Navy ball, eh?


CraftY – Washcloth Puppets July 30, 2010

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Back in the spring, when it was supposed to be spring but it really still felt like winter, we went through some mass crafting phase.  We normally reserve such full blown crazyness for the months leading up to December 25th.. but alas we had gifts to give!  {Luckily our living room has since recovered from these activities and summer did come.}

And well, gifts have been given so I am not spoiling any surprises!

One day I was looking through B’s Martha Stewart Sewing book and I saw these adorable puppets that she/her staff had made out of washcloths.

This project makes the perfect gift for a new baby.  It is pretty easy and very inexpensive.

I went to TJMaxx for some towels.  One hand towel will give you one puppet, plus lots of scrap pieces to use on others.  I prewashed all towels after I got them home.  I needed black, white and brown for my project.

You can download the pattern here for the bodies.  I used my own shapes and sizes for the faces though.  

Two dogs for inspiration …

These are the furry siblings to a friend’s baby who will be joining the outside world very soon!  [all photos of actual dogs not made out of cloth via chicpeastudio}

I hand sewed the faces on with different thread colors over washcloth bits used for the muzzle, nose and eyes. 

After the faces were on B helped me sew the two bodies together , including sewing the ears between the front and back of each dog.

Then I played with them in my bestest dog voices.  : ) hehe.


Eye Candy June 23, 2010

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Just thought i’d throw out some photos I stumbled across today that made smile (in a Design Nerd sort of way)

Firstly, a kick-ass urban townhome. Channel glass is my favorite yet-to-be-used material, and the application here is terrific.

MMM Channel Glass. Photo Credit Unknown

West Elm’s Fall Collection preview is out. How terrific is that pendant shade. We’ve been seeing wood veneer drum shades for a couple of years now, but this one strikes the perfect balance of light and heft. Also, i love the steely gray/blue wall in the background.

West Elm Fall PreviewI think i might have to start collecting oil lamps to make a centerpiece like this one. SO PRETTY A unique exterior lantern idea. Photo via Martha Stewart

 And lastly: Usually i’m not a fan of patterned sinks because they tend toward overly thematic, like meditteranean, or mexican traditional. But, this sink from Kohler has such a subtle yet modern design that i think it could work very well in many types of bathroom design.

Pretty Pretty