Monday, January 31, 2011

Inspiration for Your Nest: Lara Collins

This week's inspiration is brought to you by Lara Collins of Enid. Her breathtaking home is full of gorgeous colors, textures, and eclectic taste. I am seriously loving the "We are so good together" signage above her bed! Adorable... not to mention her amazing eye for frame collaging. This is a skill I need to acquire and soon!

Have any current nesting ventures?! I am saving my home budget money to make an IKEA trip soon. The land of goodness! Happy nesting!

Photo Credit: Design*Sponge

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Project 365: Day 306 - 312

This week, we had lots of house guests. Jon and I love the fellowship, but our home is due for some major cleaning! 

Project 365: Day 306 (1.23.11) - Day 312 (1.29.11)

  • I completely dislike E.T.. I always had nightmare after nightmare of that creature when I was little. Uh, those eyes...
  • Jon and I would one day like to have two little bambino's. Our current favorite names are Darci & Soren. 
  • I always save room for dessert. 

Friday, January 28, 2011

Blog Love & Other Courses of Note

About two months ago, I decided to invest in Elsie's blog love e-course and gain insight from her successful experiences as a creative blogger. I spent time taking the full course, writing out notes, and reshaping her challenges and suggestions to fit my blog.

At the time, I was really trying to "rev-up" my little baby MaieDae blog and work on developing a game plan, goals, and consistent growth. Speaking from personal experience, this tool was definitely one of the things that really motivated and inspired me to keep up with blogging and really make a place that I feel "at-home". If you are any type of beginner blogger, creative or not, and are looking for some of the how-to's of blogging, I definitly recommend taking this course. Lots of fun, super helpful, and insightful!

A couple other courses of note (I have not taken these yet, but I am eying them real hard!) :

For a crafty course - Modern Patchwork by Rachel Dendow of Smile & Wave

I am really excited about indie business 3.0! I have heard a lot of great feedback from LA's previous business courses and I am always up for some good ol' business development!

Got any good e-courses you are taking? Or suggestions?? Please share!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Making the Warby Parker Decision

They are here!! Last week, I found this post and fell in love with Kyla's glasses. She enlightened me about Warby Parker, a vintage-inspired online boutique that sells prescription glasses and distributes one pair to someone in need for every pair sold. I am in love already!

They have a great program that allows you to try on five pairs of glasses for five days FREE. Yesterday, I received my package and it included free shipping so when my trial time is up, all I have to do is re-package them and stick their pre-paid postage right on. Super easy!

Now here is the dilemma. I did my best to get five different colors and five different frames so I could kind of mix n' match the perfect pair. However, I am having some difficultly! Just to note, I am looking for something a little dorky. I only wear glasses when I am working, reading or watching something so I do not need something that will be "appropriate for all occasions" just something fun!

AND here they are:

They feel super great on and the final prescription pair would have non-reflective lenses. Besides all the amazingness, free shipping, good cause, and super cute look, I seriously cannot decide!! 

Suggestions are welcome! I will update you when a final decision is made. ;) Have very happy Thursday! 

I Love My JoTote!

For Christmas, my husband and family got together and bought me a Nikon camera. I have only had it nearly a month and I have used it every single day. I absolutely love it! I wanted to make sure I had a good place to keep it safe when I go out, so I did some research and found an amazing shop called, JoTotes that sells camera bags//purses.

I always get a little nervous making a big purchase online, but I went with it and was so excited to receive my package only a couple of days later. The purse was even more gorgeous in person. It is very sturdy and I love the option of having an over the shoulder long strap or short strap.

Here is a peek at my little beauty:

Ok so, sturdy? check. Gorgeous color? check! Different strap options? check!! But that is not even my favorite part. Each purse comes with four padded dividers that you can customize and move around in your bag to make everything fit perfectly and safely. Currently, I carry around two cameras, my large Moleskine, wallet, glasses case, lip-wear, pens etc. and it all fits perfectly without being too heavy at all. It is also completely organized so my husband does not give me a look of horror when I ask for something out of my bag! 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Fancy Shmancy: Foxy Edition

Tuesday is brought to you by some Foxy inspiration!

Fox Brothers Print
A Gathering of Friends - Tea Towel
Lillebelle the Sleeping Fox - Locket
Sly Fox - Door Knocker
Fox Forest - Print
Fox Mama
Fox Ring
Cooperative Fox Print Tote
Fox in the Ferns Print
Fleet of Foxes Dress
Fantastic Mr. Fox Cushion

Monday, January 24, 2011

Inspiration for Your Nest: Vintage Dishware

I am am totally inspired by these gorgeous vintage dishware collections and displays. I love all of the bright candy colors. SO Handsome!

A display of Cups n' Mugs
A Cloud of Dishes
Elsie's Beautiful Mess
I'll take two of each!
Flour + Tea
Jar + Pyrex
Do I feel another collection coming on?

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