Thursday, May 17, 2012

life.

yesterday was one of those days where i had big plans. big plans to be super productive, and take advantage of every last second to get stuff done. silly me! i should know by now that things (read: life) never really turn out how you expect, and to not let that be discouraging! needless to say, yesterday was not as productive as i had hoped. BUT...i did manage to grab my camera when i noticed the morning light shining thru my orange slices (little nuggets of gold, they looked like), fall in love all over again with my desk organizer i found at a thrift store last week, and glue the most beautiful yellow patterned paper onto some vintage books that i am re-binding into journals.

not finishing all my To Do's yesterday reminded me that lately i've been feeling the need to simplify things a bit. i'm still not exactly sure what "simplify" will mean for me, although i do think it will be more of simplifying my outlook and the things that occupy my mind, and not letting things "get" to me so much. basically to be more like my husband aaron. he is always so good at not letting things bother him. we're coming up on 4 years of marriage, so you'd think it would have rubbed off on me by now... ;)

anyways, i forgot to mention that last weekend i got my first [tiny] sunburn of the season (!!) from our saturday morning hike. i swore to myself i'd wear more sunscreen this year, so looks like i'm 0 for 1 so far. hopefully i'll have better luck of remembering to put some on this weekend.

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  1. those books look lovely!! you have a stunning camera!! <3

    x.

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  2. What type of camera do you use? I'm in the market. Thanks!

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    1. i use a canon rebel t2i. it is my first dslr and i love it!

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  3. What super duper lovely pictures, and i love the floral paper. the other reminds me a little bit of Orla Kiely :)

    Lotsv love xxxx

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  4. Who would have guessed that life color coordinated ;)

    I am totally with you on this, except instead of one day I feel like this everyday... oh that dang to-do list....

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  5. I am so in love with the idea of rebinding an old book into a journal! Please teach me!!
    I am having the same thoughts of simplifying lately.
    But it is not really my strong suit...so Im working on it!!

    Kirsten

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  6. those journals are so cute! I love the idea of mixing the old books with pretty patterned paper...

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  7. I am in awe of your journal making skills...so so pretty! I'm totally in the same boat as you as far as not getting thins done goes...need to work on being more productive.

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  8. You sound a lot like me. Lately I'm realizing that every time I get to plan out a free day where I'm off work and don't have a ton of commitments, I let my expectations get way out of hand. The day almost never turns out how I want it to, and instead of enjoying what DOES happen, I sulk about what doesn't. Time to simplify my expectations for sure.

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  9. I hate those days when you feel you'll be productive and nothing happened. But then I try to remind myself that is just a list. It's not the end of the world if I don't cross every item off of it (although sometimes it feels like it).

    And I try to be like my husband too. He's a very focused man and always has his priorities straight. I think that's the beauty of marriage, to be with someone that you admire and inspire you to be better.

    PS: I noticed you changed the pictures and title on the previous post after my comment. Sorry if I was rude in any way.

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    1. Don't even worry about it!! I saw where my title & photos could have been misleading, so I felt the need to edit it a bit. I promise, no hard feelings!

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  10. you are absolutely adorable, girl! i love all of these little snippets! the journals you are making are adorable! seriously, you should sell them on etsy!
    and that desk organizer is more than perfect!
    xo TJ

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  11. You always seem to capture life beautifully. I love the notebooks!

    p.s. Don't forget your sunscreen! :)

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  12. i, too, have an urge to simplify but it's so hard! and it's hard not to get excited about the sun but i know i need to take good care of my skin. joanna just did a post on sunscreen and recommended josie maran's argan sun protection. http://www.sephora.com/search/brandResult.jsp?ref=900063&node=1050065&brandId=5922&om_mmc=aff-linkshare-redirect-MBK8Lt5asE8

    it looks great and i think i'm going to order it. i'll let you know if i like it

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    1. Please do! I would love to find a good sunscreen...especially for my face. Most of the ones I've tried irritate my skin a little bit...

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  13. lovely post and love your optimism about not getting enough accomplished. i could use that mindset!
    xox Whitney

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  14. Your books look great. Seriously, your photos are so good!

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  15. Life has been getting the best of us over here lately, too... it's been the first time in ages I haven't posted in a week. The colors in these photos are awesome though- I could use that organizer up top! Awesome find!

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  16. Those books are so lovely!! Your photos are so gorgeous. My hubby and I are also coming up on 4 years of marriage :)

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  17. okay so i have been on your blog for probably the last hour and a half and i LOVE IT so much!! your blog is so wonderful, i have really been enjoying it! you are so adorable and i love all your little projects and stuff you do, like the valentines advent calendar, such an cute idea! and the baked grapefruit, i am going to have to try that, it sounds amazing! seriously love your blog, and all your photos are incredible, so beautiful! :) oh and i love these little paper covered books, really great idea! i've done that with fabric but it didnt stay on too great, i bet paper works really well! are you going to show how you rebind them? because i would love to know how, i have a ton of vintage books i want to rebind but i dont know how!! alright i'm done hahaa sorry for the extra long comment, wonderful blog!! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for that sweet sweet comment! And I really should do a little tutorial on how to re-bind vintage books. It is surprisingly very simple!

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  18. I have this simultaneous urge to simplify then this desire to do things I love while still doing things I have to do. It feels like a vicious cycle sometimes. I do find stupid things like taking a photo of pretty lgith hitting my tea makes me feel like I am closer to my creative goals while leaving time to do the 'must dos'.

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  19. lovely photos! i always put my sunscreen by my face moisturizer so i know to put it on everyday ;)

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  20. great photos, great post! i'm new to your blog but so far i love reading it!

    alissa b
    http://alissab.us

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  21. I totally think you should do a tutorial on rebinding books! You're so great at it...these colors are so pretty and I love them for summer!

    xoxo
    peacelovedecor.com

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  22. I was bummed that I didn't get to everything on my to-do list yesterday. But I am pretty proud of myself for a project I started that is actually going well! Can't wait to finish it! Glad you were still able to have a good day!

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  23. I just found your blog and I love it. I was so surprised to see your darling desk organizer. I am WAY older than you and I had that same exact little organizer when I was a little girl. I could hardly believe my eyes! Exactly the same! Thanks for the walk down memory lane....

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