Monday, September 29
I didn't start playing any musical instruments until I was about 21. I've always been really into music, but I was too scared to put myself out there when I was younger. It's honestly taken me a lot of years to get the point where I truly love playing in front of people. For whatever reason, that confidence hasn't come naturally for me. It's been a journey of learning to believe in myself. Sometimes I'm great at it and sometimes I still have to give myself all the pep talks.
Johnny and I have been doing The Mixtapes for about a year now, and I didn't realize how spoiled we've gotten! Playing in a band setting has its difficulties, but I love the unity and energy there. This weekend we dusted off the ol' song lists and did a 3 hour night just the two of us. We figured out it's been 3 years since the last time we played an intimate set, and boy, was it different than our usual gig. I really loved it, but talk about putting yourself out there. Acoustic singer/songwriter folks, all the love to you. It really feels like pouring your heart and guts out.
Our friend Dillon has very appropriately named us "The Shel-Tones". (Our last name is Shelton, get it?) I love it because it sounds like a band straight out of "That Thing You Do", which is one of my very favorite movies of all time.
Anyway, it ended up being a really great night. I'm really looking forward to doing it more and more. Sometimes it's nice just get out there and play just to play!
Also, thanks to my sweet friend, Lauren, for snapping some pics for me! Next time I hope to get a little video to share with you all! Happy Monday!
Friday, September 26
Yeah, yeah... she's lucky she's cute. Or, she's lucky she's so funny and spunky. Whatever it is that makes Poesy so darn charming, I'm glad she has it. As I was getting dressed upstairs the other day, Poe starts yelling for Hope. Like most afternoons, I reminded her that Hope was at gymnastics. The rest of the conversation went something like this:
P: "Well I want to show her my new haircut!"
K: "She'll be home in a little while, you can show her then."
K: "Wait. You mean hairDO, right? Did you fix your hair all pretty? Poesy, please tell me you did NOT cut your hair!"
P: "Well, I made my hair pretty and I want to show Hopey."
K: "Can you come up and show me? I'd really love to see it."
This is the new hairstyle she gave herself. With scissors. That I just properly taught her to use this week. I seriously didn't know whether to laugh or scold her, so I calmly explained (again) that only Mommy or our friend Phillip (he owns a hair salon) can cut her hair. The damage had been done, though, so I started hacking away to try and help it. (And yes: I did paint that shirt on in Photoshop. TALENT.)
Once I brushed it out I realized the bangs were gonna be okay. I could just hide those tiny pieces. The sides were super short, though, and so the really sad part of all of this was cutting off her sweet baby curls. I kept every single one because that's a weird thing moms do.
Anyway... it's just hair, we had another good talk about scissor safety, and that little alfalfa spring on top kinda kills me. Oh, Poesy.
Thursday, September 25
I love a good patch, I really do. They are so great for customizing jackets, bags, cardigans... basically anything you can sew a patch onto. I have a pretty good stash of patches that are almost too precious to stitch (or glue) onto anything. I know, I know... that probably seems ridiculous considering the whole point of a patch, but some are too pretty to go on just anything. I've been wanting to make my own for some time now, and after researching the different ways I could go about it, decided printing them at home on my printer sounded pretty interesting. So I tried it.
The supplies needed for this project are pretty minimal. You will need some cotton/canvas fabric, freezer paper, an iron, scissors, and an ink jet printer.
To begin, trace a piece of normal printer paper onto my fabric. This fabric has to run smoothly through a printer just like a piece of paper would, so be as precise as possible. Once the paper was traced, I cut along the lines and had an 8.5" x 11" piece of fabric.
Next, I ironed the piece of fabric to the freezer paper. Make sure the shiny side of the freezer paper is up and you have the fabric on top of the paper. For some types of fabrics you may need to prep it with this product. I skipped this step and mine turned out great anyway.
Once the fabric was fully adhered to the freezer paper, I loaded my sheet into my printer's paper tray and sent the images I made in Photoshop to print! I was a little nervous about this step because, well, this is fabric and not paper, but the patches printed out wonderfully!
After I was done printing, I heat-set the images by placing them face down and pressing them again with the iron. (No steam when you do this.) Easy-peasy!
I made a lil pizza patch, a Google kitty patch, and printed some of my favorite lyrics onto a vintage scarf. Once I got started I kept dreaming of all the different images and phrases I could print for friends. I think I'll be making a lot of patches for gifts this holiday season!
As you can see, I went straight for the Google patch on my jacket. I ended up having to print one for Hope and one for Poesy, so now we are matching in the most fun way!! xo.
Wednesday, September 24
Okay, okay... I'm finally ready to admit that I'm a little excited about fall. The weather has been nearly perfect and we're back to enjoying nightly walks and dinner outside. I know you were worried about it, so I thought I'd let you know. (Kidding, of course.)
These are some of my favorite fallish items I've happened upon recently. That dress is probably going to find a home in my closet very soon. I can't even think of a more perfect fall pinafore. This week is flying by, but happy Wednesday, friends! xo.
Monday, September 22
We've had Spoon tickets hanging from our fridge for months now, and the weekend to see them was finally here! Some of our best pals made the trip with us and we had an absolute blast. This is the first time Johnny and I have gotten to see them live and they were seriously amazing. Maybe even better than we expected!
We stayed at the Moonrise, which is one of our very favorite hotels. I was super excited the weather was perfect for the rooftop bar, but by the time we made it up there it was so jammed full of people that we left pretty quickly. It was a fun idea. ;)
The next day we hit up a really cute little candy shop with some fun toys (yes, I bought those glasses for myself) and grabbed bubble tea on the way out of town. It was a good, good, good trip. Next time I hope we can make it just a little longer!
Happy Monday, friends!
Thursday, September 18
As you can see, we've been spending lots of time around the house lately. Actually, that's only half true-- I think I've stopped carrying my camera around with me when we go out lately. I haven't been very inspired in the photo department, which is just fine. For me, that comes in waves, and I'm sure it will come back soon(ish).
**Poe wanted to paint her nails herself this week. Big kid.
**The weather has cooled and we've been spending many cozy nights on the porch again.
**I treated myself to Lykke Wullf overall shorts because it was necessary.
**Our band has been learning lots of new songs lately, so this is a pretty regular sight.
**Tea party girls (from a few weeks back).
**Citronella candles are a must this time of year.
**I've been borrowing this beauty of a guitar from our best pal lately, and I never ever want to give it back. We've bonded. ;)
What is your photo inspiration like? Does it come in waves like me, or do you have things to help you stay constantly inspired? If you have any tips for staying motivated, I'd love to hear them! xo.
Wednesday, September 17
I don't know if any of you have this problem, but when I'm scrolling through my IG and someone has just updated their "shop my closet" account, I MUST pop over. WHAT IF THERE IS SOMETHING REALLY GREAT IN THERE AND I MISS IT?!!! It's a problem. I actually had to unfollow almost all the shop accounts I once enjoyed, because just as I've learned from eBay, my competitive side comes thrashing out. I've over paid for a lot of things in my lifetime. Anyway, I bought this great vintage skirt from my pal Amanda a couple weeks back, but just like tons of vintage stuff I snag online, it wasn't that flattering on me. The print is really great, though, so I was determined to find a way to make it work.
Here is my "before" shot. As you can see, it was a little too long, the mid-section a little too high, and it had pockets that really accentuated my hips. In the not-great way.
The first thing I did was chop those pockets out. I know, I know, skirts with pockets are terrific. They had to go, though. I stitched up the sides where the pockets once were and chopped part of the waist off. I folded the band down and used this tutorial I did over on ABM to create an elastic waistline.
Since I shortened the waistline, it brought the skirt up to a great midi length. I'm excited to have this beauty in my wardrobe for fall. I'm dreaming of all the things I can pair with it!
I hope this inspires you to give a little love to something in your closet! Happy Wednesday! xo.