April 24, 2014

Thursday Library Run

Ahhh Thursday how I love you!!  I get a few hours alone, while both girls are at school, and I can do whatever I like.  Usually that entails running errands that are easier done solo but sometimes I hit up a thrift store or the library where I take my time browsing up and down each aisle without having chase/yell after little girls!

Today, I picked up the two books below - along with this one based on my lovely sister Lori's recommendation. 

Yay for books!!

I'm super excited to let Layla and Hadley pick out a craft to try out each day - they look simple enough and the directions and photos are great.  I'm also on a handweaving kick lately, hence the pattern book! Ever since discovering this shop and falling in love with this piece I decided to give it a try myself.  I'll probably try something small first but eventually would love to create a huge piece to hang above our stairs.  I'll keep you posted on that!

Have happy day!!
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April 23, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday - High Waist + Cropped

Hello! I love the little strip of skin that a high waist (skirt or pants) paired with a cropped top shows off.  It's sweet and sophisticated and something I would love to pull off this summer.  Below are a few inspiring photos!



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April 22, 2014

Easy & Inexpensive Photo Mattes

Hi there!  We are just getting over a looong weekend with Scott being home for a few days and family visiting.  It was great but went by too quickly! 

So for awhile now, I have been meaning to share this quick and easy trick I use to make photos a little more interesting - the title says "inexpensive" but really it's free...unless you buy the magazine....but still!

I don't know about you, but I get a million catalogs and magazines every month.  Normally, I end up looking through both quickly for design inspiration so they just end up in the recycling bin by the end of the day.  But a few years ago I started noticing how pretty some the pages in both catalogs and magazine ads or editorial shoots were framed or bordered.  And they were the perfect size for small or large picture frames.

This page from a Mini Boden catalog (which has the loveliest artwork) works perfectly with an Instagram photo!

And this cut down page from another Boden catalog makes the perfect border for this 4x6 photo!

Sometimes I use the pages without a frame at all! 
Here, I layered a small plain white matte over another Mini Boden catalog page. 

I use larger pages as backgrounds for Etsy item photoshoots too! 

Above, I  used a floral Dior ad to highlight these beautiful brass pulls currently for sale in my shop!

Have a great day!!
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April 18, 2014

Hadley's Big Girl Room - A Peek

Hi there and happy Friday!  We are getting ready to host an Easter brunch and egg hunt for about 18 people, including a few cute kids I haven't seen in forever! Excited!! So to close out the week I thought I'd share a photo from a project I've been hoarding/preparing for over the last few months - Hadley's big girl room!  I'll do a full and proper post on the entire room once the custom quilt I'm having made arrives - it's really going to make the room: ) 

I found this lovely antique full length mirror on Craigslist and snapped it up for just $20. 

Half a can of spray paint (Brushed Rose from Lowe's)  later and it turned into this!

Lots more to share next month!! Have a great weekend!
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April 17, 2014

So This Happened....

Hi!  So when we started this little blog three years ago I had some small goals for the posts and projects I shared.  I wanted to use Sweet Magnolia Way as platform to hopefully inspire other DIYers out there (the way I had been inspired by countless others) as well as get some feedback on my interior design work and crafts/projects.  Well, two days ago one of the biggest things (in my little world) happened when Joy Cho - a blogger/mom/designer that I respect immensely thought enough of my Dinosaur Garden Party for Layla to pin it and share it will all of her followers.  This may seem like a small thing to most but for me it was a mix validation and happiness that someone I look up to so much liked what I did.  It's right up there with the Design Mom tour and having Emily Henderson critique (and like) my nightstand!!  Anyway, this post isn't about tooting my own horn it's to share something great that recently happened to me because of the 1 or 100 people that take a little time out of thir day to read what we write here. So YAY! And thank you!  My day/week/month has been made: )

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April 16, 2014

Wednesday Wishes for my Grandchildren



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April 15, 2014

Cranberry Almond Muffins Topped with Raw Sugar

A delicious muffin with fruit, almonds, and a sugary topping ~ perfect for breakfast or anytime you crave a sweet treat.

Ingredients (for 12 muffins):
1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup slivered almonds + 1/4 cup for topping
2 teaspoons raw sugar (or white sugar)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.

In a measuring cup, mix oil, eggs, and almond extract.  Add to dry ingredients.  Stir only until combined.

Add cranberries and slivered almonds.

Spoon into greased muffin cups or line with paper.

Bake for 20 minutes or until done.  Cool and Enjoy!  ♥

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