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Monday
Jun182012

My Week Through Instagram: Week Twenty-Four

Hi friends! Boy has this Monday been crazy. Tomorrow my Mom and I (and Scout!) are leaving for vacation. We are driving out to Colorado to see my brother's band play on the last leg of their summer tour and to just take in Colorado. We've never been but have heard such great things so we're both really excited. In traditional fashion, things are proving hectic up until our departure. I've had work and been trying to finish up little deadlines before we take off. I have yet to pack anything or get Scout ready for her first road trip. And in the middle of the night last night, I was awoken to the sound of dripping water. Yes, apparently our refrigerator decided to leak and it was basically raining in my closet last night. I had to pull everything out and do some late night organizing. So my sleep was very much interrupted (something I loathe) so I am pretty exhausted too. The 90 degree weather is not helping either. I'm so not ready for summer.

Ok...end rant. Enough complaining. Tomorrow I'm going on a much needed vacation to a lovely part of the country I've never been to before. Fun adventures are sure to be had. And I get to see my talented brother and an old friend from college so that makes it all the more sweet. The crazy will soon be behind me. But before all that, here's a recap of last week:

Sunday: Experimenting with ombré in the hot sun. I got a bit sunburnt but also figured out a cool new technique for creating a dip-dye effect. I'll share the results soon.

Monday: I spent the afternoon styling a simple tablescape. I was channeling the rustic, country farm table with summery red, blue and white hues.

Tuesday: I packaged up my first rolls of film that I shot with my new Minolta camera. I sent them off to Richard Photo Lab. I am anxiously awaiting the results. Fingers crossed for some good shots!

Wednesday: It was inventory time at Anthropologie so I had to wake up at 4 in the morning to help out. After work I stopped by a local coffee shop to caffeinate myself. I never drink coffee so on the occasion that I do, it REALLY works. Despite my lack of sleep, I got through most of the day with a lot of pep.

Thursday: Earlier in the week I got my peony prints back from Richard Photo Lab. I couldn't be happier with the quality. They look amazing. Now I just need to frame a few. 

Friday: This is the face I get every night before we head out on our walk. It's hard to say no to that.

Saturday: Scout and I walked in the morning and chose to trek up this steep hill in the scorching heat. We were quite parched by the time we arrived home but the view from the top of the hill was very worth it. 

So that was week twenty-four for me. What did your week look like?

I will try and post regularly this week even though I'm not sure what our internet connection will be like every night. But I will be snapping plenty of photos (digital and film) and as always I'll be sharing on Instagram.

Follow me on Instagram if you like. My username is laurenelisecrafted. Or see all of my pictures on the computer through Followgram.

Friday
Jun152012

Font Love, Vol. XXXII: History of the Ampersand

Happy Friday friends! We've made it through the week. Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?

Before the weekend hits, I'd like to share a little history lesson. It's a fun history lesson (I promise) and it involves a favorite typographic character: the ampersand. I randomly came across the &'s history online and it was so interesting that I couldn't resist making a Font Friday post out of it. Do you know how the & came to be?

The character was not originally called an ampersand. In Roman script it was a representation of et. Et means 'and' in Latin and when the two letters were written in cursive, they linked together to form a shape similar to the & we use today.

The two ampersands on the right really hint at the et origin of the character.

The & shape was actually a part of the alphabet in the early 1800s. Upon reciting the alphabet, one would conclude with, "...X, Y, Z, and per se and." Per se means by itself so it was like saying, "...X, Y, Z, and by itself and." Clearly over time, 'and per se' morphed into the word ampersand we use today.

Super interesting right? Did anyone know this history already? I think I remember hearing about the Latin et but I had no idea the ampersand was actually included in the alphabet for awhile. Fascinating!

Ampersand history by The Hot Word from Dictionary.com.

If you want to see some font picks, check out the blogs of my other type lovin' friends:

Alexandra ♥  The Aerialist Press 

Alison ♥ Alison Owen Design

Anna ♥ And Everything Nice

Jen ♥ Blush Printables

Sofia ♥ Brancoprata

Steph ♥ Bubblerock

Vicki + Barb ♥ Curly Willow DIY

Catherine ♥ Design Editor

Chelsey ♥ Fourth & Folded

Laurel ♥ Go Against the Grain

Jenny ♥ Hank & Hunt

Allie ♥ Honey Bee Invites

Alison ♥ The Knotty Bride

Jenna + Elizabeth ♥ Little Bit Heart

Cécile ♥ My Paper Lounge

Lauren ♥ Palm Papers

Kerry ♥ Super Swoon

Wendy ♥ WesWen Design

Happy weekend!

Thursday
Jun142012

Simple & Rustic Wood Block Candelabra DIY

Today I am excited to share my own take on the classic candelabra in this DIY project that I created specially for Houzz. I transformed a basic wood block from Home Depot into a rich and rustic base that is a display for thin taper candles. I wanted the materiality to be the prominent feature and have the simple, clean lines of the design take a back seat to the striking wood grain which I enhanced with a walnut stain. I love minimalist designs and wanted this candelabra to reflect that. But there is such a beauty in warm hues and I thought the rustic wood adds that aesthetic to this project quite perfectly.

It was such a journey trying to find these long, thin tapers. Online is an easy resource but I was trying to source them locally. I ran around to a handful of different shops but I kept coming up short. Finally I had success at a party supply store called Party City. The candles were actually longer even and I had to chop them down. They were worth the frenzied search though. They look great paired with this walnut-stained block.

See how to make this project on Houzz:

This Modern DIY Candelabra Is the Envy of the Block

I plan to share some family dinners gathered around this candelabra eating out on our deck. A meal by candlelight under a starry sky sounds like a great way to spend summer evenings, don't you think? What are some of the DIYs you have planned for the summer? 

Wednesday
Jun132012

Styling Vignettes: Garden Roses

Even though we're moving into summer, flowers are very much in bloom here in Southern California. I still see a lot of varieties on my daily walks. We have a few flowering plants in our own garden but nothing too extensive, and most of them were planted by the previous owners. Our garden additions have mostly been succulents for their easy maintenance (our track record with flowers isn't the greatest). We do have a large rose bush in our backyard, it sits right outside my window actually. I like it when it grows wildly and doesn't get trimmed. Blush pink and magenta buds bloom all over it. We occasionally snip a few and bring them inside. Last month I collected a few of these springtime roses and had to document their beauty before putting them in a vase.

This vintage wood caddy was something I found while antiquing and I used it as a display piece for my craft fair last year (that seems like ages ago now). Normally it is in my studio holding crafting supplies but it seemed like the perfect flower carry-all. I love the wood tones mixed with the pink and green hues in these shots.

I hope this provides you with a little inspiration on this Wednesday. Have a lovely day!

Tuesday
Jun122012

My Week Through Instagram: Week Twenty-Three

Hi everyone! I'm a little late to start off this week. Yesterday was nonstop finishing up a couple of projects. But I'm getting back into blogging today by recapping last week. Last week was number twenty-three of 2012! Can you believe it? We are almost halfway through the year. At the beginning of this year I set a little goal for myself which was to post a picture (at least one) to Instagram each day. I haven't missed a day yet and I am so proud I've come this far. I think it will be so fun to look back at the entire year in December through my pictures. Are you working on a daily project this year? How is it coming? Have you set goals like this for yourself in the past and how did they turn out?

 

Sunday: While my brother is away on tour, all his stuff is getting stored here at home including his fabulous Mac computer. This computer is amazing (and it runs so much quicker than mine) but the thing I'm really jealous of is this gigantic screen. Oh my! It makes working in Photoshop so easy. At least I have it all to myself until he gets back.

Monday: I spent the day styling and shooting a little gardening scene and this is a snapshot of the work in progress.

Tuesday: It has been awhile but I finally sent out some snail mail. I packaged up a couple of sweet goodies to loved ones using my favorites: glassine bags, tags and twine.

Wednesday: This shot is from my daily walk with Scout. This is a small private orange grove along one of our routes. I just like the old wood sign. It says, "Please - No Bikes."

Thursday: The weather is getting warmer which means shorts are starting to make an appearance. I rediscovered my dragonfly bloomers and wore them to work paired with a grey blazer. I couldn't resist pairing them with my oxfords.

Friday: All the jacaranda trees are going crazy in our neighborhood right now. They have the most vibrant purple flowers. They might be super messy but when they drop all of their violet blooms it is so magical. Like a carpet of purple.

Saturday: I had an early shift at Anthropologie on Saturday and as I waited to go in, I noticed these neat door handles. Quite the whimsical detail. It pairs perfectly with the salvaged wood doors.

So that was a peek into my week twenty-three. What did yours look like?

Follow me on Instagram if you like. My username is laurenelisecrafted. Or see all of my pictures on the computer through Followgram.

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