Posts from the ‘these three things’ category

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved reading. In fact, one of my most vivid memories from childhood is when I had strep throat in second grade, and my mom bought me a new American Girls book to read while I laid on the couch all day. Heaven (well, about as heavenly as strep throat can be).

Nowadays I usually have a few different reads going at one time. Here’s the current stack on my nightstand:

1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling /// Given that I am a huge fan of Kelly Rajnigandha Kapoor (remember that episode?) and I LOL at real-life Mindy Kaling’s hilarious twitter feed on a daily basis, this was a no-brainer.

2. Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul by Deepak Chopra /// I know for fact that if I was a teenager in the sixties, I would have been a hippie. I love anything new-agey and whole foodsy and insightful. I took a meditation class in college and LOVED it. I turn to this book whenever I am seeking inspiration or feeling emotionally drained.

3. Then Again by Diane Keaton /// For some reason, I am completely enamored with Diane Keaton lately. She has a such a presence in the art, real estate, and fashion worlds (not to mention acting) and I am totally fascinated.

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This past weekend was one of the best in a long time. Here are three things that made it so fabulous:

1. We finally saw the Up House! The architect translated the details of the home from cartoon to real life seamlessly…right down to the handprints on the mailbox. It was like being at Disneyland, but in Utah! I would buy it in a heartbeat if I had the money. (And if I could move it to California- wink!)

2. My only concrete goal this weekend was to thrift, and thrift I did! In fact, we went on what we like to call “A Tour of the DI’s” (I know! We’re so much fun to hang out with!) where we get on the freeway and stop at DI’s along the way to Salt Lake. I found some cool treasures, including the green glasses shown above. Success!

3. Thanks to a tip from Sarah, I found out that Sundance hosts Full Moon Lift rides each month in the summer + fall when, you guessed it, there’s a full moon. It sounded like the most magical experience ever and let me tell you…it WAS. Being up in the mountains on a chair lift at 11 at night was one of the coolest things we’ve ever done. So peaceful and majestic. It was definitely one of those moments where I feel immensely grateful to be in Utah.


Making things with my own two hands is all I ever want to do (aside from napping) and these past few weeks have been no exception. Here’s are three things that have been making me oh-so-happy lately:

1. Since I can’t bear to part with plane tickets, receipts from cool places, business cards, maps, etc, I figured I needed a place to house all of my treasures. Taking inspiration from various places + people (including Elise’s summer book, Project Life, and Amy’s minibooks), I made this little book. And because all I have to do is punch holes or stick things into envelopes, it’s SO easy to stay motivated.

It also means I have a good reason to use up all these of fun office + scrapbook supplies! FUN.

2. For four dollars, I ended up with my new favorite necklace. And here’s the craziest part of all…it’s from Lowe’s!!! While looking for cool nuts and bolts to make a bracelet, I happened upon the CHAIN SECTION. Have you SEEN the chain section? A crafter’s dream. Here’s how you do it: 1. Buy as much chain as you think you will need, 2. Connect the two ends together with a thin wire, 3. Wear everyday for the rest of your life.

3. Amy Tan has been hanging out at American Crafts all week (did you guys hear the BIG NEWS???!!!) and we’ve loved having her around. It was my job to film her as we went out + about, making stops for shopping + lunch at CK… talk about a tough assignment! HA! Mark then took all the clips and put together this cute little video of Amy presenting her line. Enjoy!


Lately I’ve been back on the tumblr bandwagon and have come across some super inspiring things!

ONE. Makes me want to take apart my whole apartment and curate everything! (P.S. The whole Kate Spade tumblr feed is a treasure trove of inspiring images!)

TWO. I want my workdays to feel like this! Lunch at a coffeeshop. Smart phone. Notebook + pen. Bracelet + ring. Yes please!

THREE. Burning City by Michael Cina. THE COLORS! So cool. Obsessed with splattery paintings.

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Because of my newfound love of illustration, I’ve been coming across the most visually inspiring blogs EVER.

ANNA BOND. Now, I’ve been a longtime fan of Anna’s work at Rifle Paper Co. but I had never read her personal blog before. Holy Moly! I love it so much that I read the whole thing as fast as I could. She is seriously talented and I LOVE this video about her.

LISA RUPP. I discovered Lisa’s gorgeous drawings through my co-workers and could not be more impressed. I am seriously loving her simple yet stunning style. Plus, she’s got a fun inspiration blog here.

YELLENA JAMES. I mean, just look at her work! That is all pen and ink. INSANE! Her work was even featured as part of the set design on Modern Family! If that’s not the coolest thing ever, then I don’t know what is.

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This week I’ve been super inspired by the blog world.

one: Jana Laurene. I love her candid blogging style and gorgeous photography.

two: Lisa Rupp. Website and blog. I am so enamored with her simple illustrations.

three: Sydney Poulton. Her blog is just fashion inspiration central. And I’m kind of obsessed with her perfect bangs.


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