September 30, 2011

Friday's Dose of Delight {No.18} DIY Kitchen Art & How to Tell if You've Been Pinned

Hallelujah! It’s Friday. I’m going to be short and sweet. I’ve just spent six hours on the road today for work {I’m writing this Thursday evening incase any of you read my time stamp and seriously think I would be crazy enough to have spent six waking hours already!} Anywho, I’m suffering from road-butt and deprivation of oxygen to the brain so before I start sounding incoherent let’s just jump into this week’s Dose of Delight!


This kitchen art project from the Little Gray Table blog is cutlery at its cutest. Momma said don’t play with your food but she never said don’t play with your silverware! Check out the details here. I promise this is going down on my to-do list!



This may be old news to some of ya but incase you didn’t know there’s a way to find out if any of your blog content has been pinned on Pininterest.  Check out The Speckled Dog’s post on how to do so! In case you’re saying to yourself “What is Pininterest?” I suggest you eat a bowl of Wheaties right now and then with all of your arm strength lift up the rock you’ve been living under because Pininterest is only thee greatest invention evaaaaaaaaaa!

Okay, I'm off to get some serious zzzzz's!

Have a delightful weekend and don't forget to stop by next week. I'm sharing all kinds of spooktacular projects!

September 29, 2011

9 {Free} Halloween Printables

 Nowadays, you can instantly add to your holiday décor at the touch of a button.  Seriously, there are hundreds of crazy cool bloggers and designers out there creating printables that are free to you!  Take advantage of their talents! Here’s a collection of some of my favorite fall-inspired and Halloween printables. Click on each of the links to find the free download.



















So which one is your favorite?

Stay tuned there’s a lot more Halloween inspired goodies coming your way!  Next week is a delightfully spooktacular week here on the blog. I’ll be sharing Halloween crafts and ideas that I’ve been killing myself over working on just in time for the thrilling month of October!

September 28, 2011

Meet Annie & Julie; the Sister-in-Laws Behind Frankly Speaking Vintage Greetings

I enjoy discovering new businesses, in particularly, women owned businesses.  For me, it is a pleasure to read about other women who are just like you and I {hence why I can easily spend hours blog hopping!}. If you’re a frequent Delightfully Noted visitor then this won’t be the first time you’ve heard me mention Frankly Speaking Vintage Greetings; a vintage stationery company with a modern but quirky twist. Well, now we actually get to meet the Frankly Speaking gals, Annie & Julie, who happen to be sister-in-laws {how fun is that?}

{One of my favorite cards at Frankly Speaking Vintage Greetings}
 
 
For starters, here’s the story about
Annie & Julie and how their company was born.
When unexpected circumstances bring people together, sometimes they see things they didn’t see before. When similar interests are discussed, and backgrounds seem to compliment and support a rising idea, a new partnership can form. This is (frankly) what happened to two sisters (in-law), Annie and Julie Frank, when they decided to start a new company...“Frankly Speaking Vintage Greetings with Something to Say”.
Annie’s background began in the arts as a teacher and later owned a needlepoint store in Michigan. There she painted quotes onto canvases, and became addicted to collecting quotes. Then, her career as a buyer for a well-known women’s specialty boutique carried her to far away cities. A persistant fascination with vintage photographs and postcards drew her to flea markets in Paris, Amsterdam, and other places. As a collector of vintage images, the next step was to do something with them.
Julie’s interest in art began at an early age when making greeting cards for family members. Later persuing a career in graphic design, projects ranged from cd roms and web design, to flyers, newsletters, and logos. Then motherhood took center stage, but more recent instincts lead back to delight in that old companion, Photoshop, of course! With a renewed interest in vintage photos, Annie’s great collection became an inspiration, and there began our collaboration and our new business.
Living and working now in the Los Angeles area, both Annie and Julie have an interest in bringing together old and new. With vintage images from family and collected sources, they decided the greetings should be fun, after all, and bring an element of surprise and humor, with something modern to say!

{Send a fun and sassy anniversary card to the hubby!}


Where does the inspiration come from for your designs?

We are vintage freaks…love the collecting of photos from another era and putting them together with fun quirky quotes that we also collect

What do you guys enjoy the most about owning your own company?

The best thing about owning our own business is being able to work in our pajamas!!!

Any business mistakes you regret?

Biggest regret is being undercapitalized…we spent most of our money on having a beautiful quality product and it left not much for marketing and pr.

 Is it hard to leave work at work?

We never leave work and launching this business has been a full time thing for more than 2 years now.

What do you guys like to do in your free time?

We love to collect and restore photographs and find those perfect quotes.

{Make a new sleep-deprived mom smile! New Baby cards are also available.}

What goals do you have in store for the future of your business?

Making Frankly Speaking Vintage Greetings a name that everyone knows and associates with this fun and quirky card company that we created. We want people to know that we strive for a product that has that certain elegance and sophistication that aren’t really out there!

We have also started the new division of Belles Visions that we are trying to build…we love working with the art of collages with fabulous vintage photos

Thank you to Annie & Julie for being my first guniea pig interviewees! 

So what are you waiting for? Go check out this fun and unique company now! And guess what?
 Frankly Speaking Vintage Greetings has now gone retail! Yep, that means you can now order their cards on-line. I promise your friends and loved ones will adore receiving one of these sassy cards!

September 27, 2011

Easy Hashbrown Corn Chowder


Last fall I came across this easy corn chowder recipe and it quickly became a “repeat”. Well, as repetitive as a recipe can become when one only cooks about once every three months. I think chowders and soup are the perfect dinner idea for those nights when the autumn air is cool and crisp.  I’ve tweaked this recipe a bit but it is still simple and it is even better the second day after it has had time to sit and absorb all the seasonings and ingredients.

Ingrediants
4 slices bacon, diced {reserve a little for garnish}
1 onion, chopped
1 {14.75 ounce} can cream-style corn
1 {14.75 ounce} can kernel corn
1 ½ cup grated potatoes {or 1 bag of frozen hash browns}
1 {10.75 ounce} can condensed cream of mushroom soup
3 cups milk
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute the grated potatoes (or bag of hashbrowns) until they are slightly brown and crispy. Remove potatoes and place on plate to the side. Add onions and diced bacon to saucepan and sauté till tender, about 7 minutes. Add the corn, potatoes, soup, milk, and salt and pepper. Raise heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon the chowder into individual soup bowls and top with left over bacon bits.


Enjoy!
Adapted from allrecipes.com



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September 26, 2011

Before There Was Sex in the City.....


Before there was Sex in the City there was Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  The Truman Capote inspired movie turns 50 years old this year and to this day, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring the ever-so-adorable, Audrey Hepburn, remains one of the most stylish films in history.  Can you say “little black dress”? The exquisite gowns and cocktail dresses that Audrey's character, Holly Golightly, wears throughout the film were designed by fashion icon Givenchy and forever changed the way we as women view classiness.  I admit some mornings the idea of throwing on a pretty black dress and popping open a bottle of champagne before breakfast doesn't sound all that bad. Now that's classy!
 
 
 
Do you own a LBD?

What wardrobe staples do you believe every woman should have hanging in their closest?


September 23, 2011

Friday's Dose of Delight {No. 17}

Hey friends! I hope y’all have something fun planned for the weekend.  By time you read this I’ll be on a plane heading down to Florida…….as in sunny-sticky-I-can’t-stand-your-humidty Florida.  Yeah, that Florida.  It’s for work, not leisure, therefore, that’s why I hope YOU have something fun planned for the weekend because I expect you to have some fun for me as well…..along with a drink or two.  At this point I’m not picky, just have a drink or two for me, mmmkay?  So with that being said let’s get on with the show! Here’s this week’s Dose of Delight.

Lepun


Why, hello gorgeous!  Every time I log onto Etsy its front page is like being a kid walking into a candy store.  With over 290,000 sellers on Etsy {that’s heck of a lot of cool peeps!} your bound to discover a new shop every day, if not every few hours{every minute if you log on as much as I do}!  Take this pair of peach hoop earrings for example; I fell in love with them when I saw them featured on Etsy’s homepage yesterday but then I checked out this seller’s whole store and hello, call in the restraining order! I’m obsessed.  Lepun, which sells out of the Ukraine, is now one of my favorite new jewelry shops. Her store makes my heart smile so go check it out here so it can make your heart smile too.

Modern Family



Laugh out loud funny. Nuff said.

Have a delightful weekend!

September 22, 2011

10 Beautiful Ways to Decorate Your Home With Twigs

I happen to be looking at the calendar today and can you believe next week is already the last week of September? Didn’t we just start this month like yesterday?  I know they say times flies but geeze louise this year has been flying by on turbo speed! With that being said, we are officially heading into Fall and I believe there’s no reason why mother nature should be the only one bearing the beautiful changes of this season. I love the idea of decorating your home with gorgeous elements straight from your backyard; it’s stylish, simple, and budget friendly.  So here’s 10 falltastic ways to dress up your home with twigs.












Have you pulled out your fall decor yet?
Do you incorporate alot of nature inspired items within your home?

September 21, 2011

September's Crush of the Month: Tea Towels

So you want to know what I’ve been infatuated with lately? Tea towels! Gone are the days where these objects are used just to clean up kitchen spills. Tea towels have become the new collector’s gem and they can be used for a wide variety of projects from framed wall art to children’s aprons.  I think the thing I enjoy most about these linens is all the different styles available.  From embroidered quotes to screen printed geometric patterns, it’s easy to see why these puppies are so irresistible.  Susie Stubb of flowerpress was once quoted as saying “Even the humble tea towel can brighten your day”. Gee, I couldn’t agree more!

{Screenprinted Tea Towel Parade in Mulberry|Helen Rawlinson}

{New Mexico Adobe Home Tea Towel|Kei & Molly Textiles}

{Forks Tea Towel|Xenotees}

{Rooster Tea Towel|Leah Duncan}


So what are you crushing on this month?

September 20, 2011

Simple Way to Dress Up Flower Bud Vases {My "Jill" Decor}


I held onto these three flower bud vases for many months after our wedding. My dear friend, Jill, had lent them to us. I had intended on giving them back to her but at that point she and I were living in two different states and my trips to my hometown were starting to become infrequent. Sadly, that day never came. Jill, passed away unexpectedly one cold December morning.

A few weeks ago while looking for something in one of our guest room closets I layed eyes on the vases. Seeing them sitting there on a shelf wasn’t unusual; I’m in this closet at least once a week. But this time instead of allowing the sight of these objects to sadden me I decided I should do something with them. Jill would want that. You see Jill was the queen of DIY projects. I’m not just talking spray paint a frame and go on about your business type of DIY queen. I’m talking like thee ULTIMATE DIY QUEEN. It wasn’t uncommon for Jill’s husband to come home and find a wall knocked down in their house because she “decided that morning she wanted a bigger living room” or to drive up and see her painting a cobblestone mural down their sidewalk. All true stories. Jill’s DIY motto was “do it, and do it big”. So I’d like to think she would be happy that these vases are seeing the light of day again.

As you can see in only three easy steps I was able to dress these vases up and make them a little bit more unique.  All I did was clean the vases, spray painted them, and then added a string of pearl beads to each vase with translucent jewelry string.


These vases look great sitting on our vanity in our bedroom and now I can look at them and they make me smile; something Jill would have wanted.

What sentimental objects to you have sitting around your home?



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September 19, 2011

How to Create the Airbrushed Look With Makeup


In my years of experience I have tried hundreds, if not thousands, of different cosmetic products. Of all of the foundation techniques out there, I am a firm believer in the flawless finish created by an airbrush gun. However, unless your last name is Kardashian, you probably don’t have a makeup artist waiting on you to roll out of bed to create a personally tailored look for you each morning. You probably also don’t want to drop several hundred dollars on an airbrush gun and a few hundred more on a compressor. All of that being considered, I want to share with you how to create beautiful, flawless airbrushed skin, with just a few products, that will last all day (and night!)

{The always flawless looking Kim Kardashian. Image via Pink Chocolate Break blog}

First, start with freshly exfoliated skin. You should be habitually exfoliating about three times each week. St. Ives Apricot scrub is one of my favorite, inexpensive exfoliators that can be found at your local drugstore. Once your skin is cleansed and exfoliated, apply your daily moisturizer (right now I’m using Moisture Surge by Clinique. I’m a little on the oily side so this lightweight formula never feels too heavy).

Now that your “canvas” is ready, it’s time to prime the skin. There are a lot of primers out there to choose from, but I will share just a few of my favorites with you:

  • MAC Prep + Prime skin, this works like double-sided tape in that it helps lock moisture and oils into the skin while keeping your foundation wearing longer.
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. I love the varieties that this primer comes in. There’s a green tinted primer to combat red or irritated skin, a bronze primer for those of us who don’t see the sun too often, and an oil-free primer for oily skin like mine.
  • Make Up For Ever HD Primer. This is a great primer for when you need to be camera ready. Not only does it keep the makeup lasting longer, but it also diminishes the appearance of fine lines and pores for a superbly flawless finish.

Adding a primer into your makeup routine is an integral step in creating a flawless finish. Most primers contain silicone which makes for a silky smooth skin surface. This allows the foundation to glide effortlessly on the skin for fool-proof application. Since you most likely don’t have an airbrush gun at home, I strongly recommend investing in a stippling brush.



My favorite version of this brush is #187 by MAC. At $45, it may take a minute to get past the sticker shock, but it is absolutely a worthwhile investment. The most important thing about this brush is that it contains a combination of natural and synthetic fibers that helps blend the foundation into the skin. Pour a small amount of any liquid foundation onto a small palette { a small, sturdy piece of metal or plastic works too}. Dip just the very tip of your brush into the foundation, then dot on your forehead, cheeks, and chin. In a quick, swirling motion, blend the foundation thoroughly all over your face. Make sure to blend well at the hairline and jaw line. Because there are millions of foundations out there, and choosing a foundation can take up another entire blog post, I will leave you with one recommendation about foundation. It’s worth the investment to pay a little more and choose a department store brand where a trained beauty advisor can match you up to the perfect formula and shade. Most department store cosmetic counters will even make you a sample to take it home and try for a few days. Once you find a good foundation, the brush will do the rest of the work for you!
Finally, you want to seal your look by applying a small amount of setting powder over your makeup. Setting powders differ from translucent powders in that they are white, but apply clear, not skin-toned. They also contain ingredients that are equipped to remove all excess moisture off the skin (i.e. oil or sweat) to seal the foundation. You can find a variety of setting powders at your local Sephora or MAC counter.

Try this technique at home, and let me know what you think! What techniques do you incorporate into your makeup routine when you need your look to go the extra mile?


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September 16, 2011

Friday's Dose of Delight {No.16}

I wouldn’t be surprised if any of you leave a comment asking me why I’m posting “Friday’s Dose of Delight?” on Wednesday.  My fingers are crossed that I have my days straight and that it truly is Friday. I’ve been traveling for work this week, which included stops in multiple cities so I’m lucky if I even know where I am in the morning when I wake up, let alone what day it is! So here I go with this Friday’s Dose of Delight; a mini round-up of things that have inspired and/or made me smile.

Her First Curse Word
I mentioned Jenny, The Bloggess, once before.  Let me just make it clear that I’m quite certain she is possibly the funniest gal in the whole wide world. I’m sure we’re all guilty of stalking a blog or two, and The Bloggess is definitely one of my daily obsessions.  Jenny also happens to write for Good Mom/Bad Mom for the Houston Chronicles and shared this short and funny story on her six year old daughter’s first curse word. It's a good laugh and I love the way little kid’s minds work! Read here.


Paint Swatch Chandelier

 

 
{Image via the Hey Gorgeous blog}

I don’t want to say this too loud but the home improvement stores have no idea how much of a profit they are missing out on by not charging for paint swatch samples. Thankfully they don’t charge and creative people can do wonderfully creative things with paint swatches like this beautiful chandelier from the Hey Gorgeous blog! Tutorial here.


Hope everyone has a delightful weekend!
 I know I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed again.

 
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