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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Still Thinking in Green...

Okay, so I mention my sister-in-law Jenna over at Eat Drink Pretty often here at Lovely Scribbles probably because 1.) Our paths cross so often when it comes to hostessing and decorating ideas, and 2.) She encouraged me to offer my calligraphy writing services through this dandy little blog I created.  Thus, we often exchange ideas back and forth.

That being said, after reading my blog Thinking in Green yesterday, she told me that she was planning on painting her bedroom gray to go with her new, stunning espresso bedroom set and that she was thinking of adding in green accents and asked me if I had any ideas.

Still having green on the brain, this was a fun little adventure for me.  If you're looking for stylish bedroom decorating ideas in green and gray, you may just like this inspiration board I created for Jenna...

*Double click on inspiration board for enlarged version.

Please email me if any of these pictures belong to you, so I may credit them appropriately or remove them.  I put together this board so quickly and wasn't intending to post it that I lost track of my sources.  Sorry gang!

Ciao!

Nikki

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Thinking in Green

I've been thinking in green lately.  Not that I should drag my blog into the matter...

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I have no idea why, but most recently I've been longing to ditch my fabulous Benjamin Moore "Confederate Red" kitchen and dining room for green...specifically lime-ish/ celery-ish colored green.  Green is just so warm, earthy, and inviting, and...well, it's just kind of a happy color.  So, I've been tooling around in paint and wall paper samples, and as much as I long for change, I'm kind of nervous about parting with my beloved red walls.  Seeing that decorating is one of my many hobbies, it seems as though, I'm always looking for a new project.

So...before I go and burn through a little moola and boat loads of time (both of which I'm sure could be served better elsewhere),  I thought I would do a little research and create a melting pot of ideas - all the cool kids call them inspiration boards - but since this technically isn't a board (and technicalities are important!), I'm just going to go with a melting pot of ideas.  Cool beans?  Cool.  Okay, folks, buckle up and check out these fantastic finds that are feeding my green thinking....

First of all, I have to admit that I am totally gaga over sconces.  I have them all over my house - no lie, I have them in almost every room (counting in my head right now).  I even have a brand new spare pair of white sconces looking for a new home somewhere in my house...preferably a new green room (sigh).  AND then I found these beauties from Pottery Barn.  How fantastic are these flower vase sconces?  Seriously!

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Of course, I'm also loving this green and white table setting from Toast and Tables...  So happy!

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I've really been wanting a wall or two of funky wallpaper, complimented by a wall or two in white/cream colored paint.  Anyhoo, there is some cool stuff out there!  Check out this celery colored wall paper from Decorator's Best.  I'm thinking this would be perfect...

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Or how about these inspiring color palettes and collages from A Creative Mint.  Oh my, I love this blog!

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I can't decide if I love this dining room from Southern Living or if it's too busy for my style.  I may just sneak an idea or two from this one.  For example, I'm completely sold on the chandelier!

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I definitely like the look of the white on green paint in this room from Smart Look...

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"Zesty Fresh Dining" is what Better Homes and Gardens calls this feisty bright room.  Indeed!

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And, finally, I would most definitely need an "appropriate" apron like this Pure Flax Linen Ruffled Mod Floral Bibbed Apron that I found over at Decor Green for all of the hostessing I would be doing in my new green dining room (or just for kicks!)....
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Well, I think I'm off to a good start brainstorming.  What do you think?  I think picture #3 is closest to the feel I'm looking for.  Feel free to email me any fun ideas at lovelyscribbles@gmail.com that you think I may like for my dining room facelift - that is, if I can part with my lovely red walls! 

Ciao!
Nikki

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Flowers in Jars

I'm so excited!  You know why?  Because I am the girliest of girls when it comes to flowers.  I love fresh flowers any way you serve them, but today's post is particulary "enthralling" (yes, enthralling) because it's all things "flowers in jars".

So, first up to bat....I found this inspiring picture of flowers in jars over at Decor 8, one of my blog faves.  This picture was literally the inspiration for this post.  This lovely imagery is from the French decorating magazine 100 Idees Deco.  Doesn't it make you long for a relaxing walk in a field of  lovely flowers?


So...upon this discovery - see picture above, I had two thoughts: 1.) These pretty pictures will make my sis-in-law Jenna over at Eat Drink Pretty smile, since she has a thing for flowers in jars, as you can see from her beautiful wedding centerpieces...


*Photo courtesy of Sewell Photography

...and 2.) I wonder what kind of fun and creative new ideas I can find for this theme.  That being said, I think this is a pretty good start...

Check out this picture of vintage loveliness Jenna created for a friend's vintage-themed baby shower.  These little jars with chrysanthemums are so simple and yet so stylish.  I love this idea!


Is this picture from Shop Talk cool stuff or what?  Burlap wrap around the mason jar?  LOVE it.  This little centerpiece is sweet with a hint of ruggard, outdoorsy-ness.


Okay, so these aren't in jars, but I love them anyway and "felt compelled" to include them.  Really, I did.  This is strictly a tangent, so please return to thinking "flowers in jars" after viewing the following picture.  Check out these adorable flower holders from A Field Journal.  Pretty, pretty, pretty...don't you think?


Now you know why I had to make an exception.  Did you catch that?  I just threw a little craft idea in the mix.  Trickster that I am...

Okay, back on track...I absolutely adore these yellow flowers in jars from Once Wed.  The ribbon is the perfect touch to dressing them up.  Don't you think?



My friend Erin over at House of Turquoise, found this darling flower display by Jane Coslick.  I think it rocks in its simplicity...


...And aren't these flowers from Gathering Spriggs just lovely?  I thought so, too.


And then there's this massive flower jar from Bride's Cafe that I'm over the moon for!  Oh-so elegant, wouldn't you agree?  Yep, pretty fancy stuff.


You may like these apothacary jars with dried flowers from Happy to Design...


I don't believe I mentioned these charming jars with flowers complimented by wooden numbers from Ritzy Bee.  Oh, and I love her vintage jars below as well.  This wedding blog is the coolest!  Seriously, check it out.  I could kill days browsing this blog!




Okay, so I needed to sneak in one more fun shot.  This pretty display comes via The Wedding Chicks...


Last but not least, here's a pic of apothacary jars I have in my house with fake orchids in sand.  I'm still tinkering around with the jars, so I'm sure something different will be in them next week...


That's all for now...

Ciao!

Nikki

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Lovely Place Setting


Hosting dinner parties are my favorite!  It always gives me the chance to try new ideas and really just put forth the effort to make my guests feel extra special.  This particular dinner party took place at my home back in March and was for a group of "young married gals" to kick off a Bible study series on this book (which is an excellent book by the way):


It was a wonderful and relaxing night with friends, talking over a Mexican cuisine of chicken enchiladas, rice, homemade salsa and chips, fresh fruit and a cute, little chocolate cake from Wuollet's Bakery in Minneapolis that my friend Annie brought to celebrate the night before my 28th birthday.


I started off with the place settings you see above: a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers (I love the daisies!) with linen napkins and placemats from Crate and Barrel (I bought them a few years ago, so I'm not sure if they have them anymore).  The candles, candle holders, and these super cool martini glasses are from Crate and Barrel as well.


I absolutely adore these martini glasses because of their versatility.  Mine were a wedding gift from my in-laws, and I have used them several times sans alcohol to add the perfect touch to table settings from bridal showers to dinner parties.  I like to put shimmery, marbles in the base and distilled water (to keep from getting water marks on the glass) in the cup.  Then I will put a floating candle in the water.  In this case, I cut fresh daisy heads to float in the water.  Pretty, don't you think?


I also used my favorite, rose colored wine glasses (a wedding gift from my mom) for water and sparkling apple cidar.  Then to add a fun element and extra drink option, I bought "old school", miniature Coca Cola bottles, which I have to admit, just made me smile as I placed them on the table.  A simple but cute touch.


And how could I forget the adorable "silverware napkin holders", a Christmas gift from my amazing mom a few years back. 

In all truthfulness, I should let you in on a little secret...much of what I know about hostessing and crafting, I have learned from my mom (hence, all the references to her).  Although, we have different tastes, and each have a style all our own, she definitely has been an inspiration to me.  My mom has always, as long as I can remember, set the most lovely table settings.  Every holiday and family gathering is truly a masterpiece when she is behind the wheel.  As for me...well, I'm just finding my stride.


I hope you see some fun new ideas to throw in the mix at your next dinner party.  So long for now!

Ciao!
Nikki

Black & White: If I Were to Have a Fall Fest...

Invitations I initally made for this year's Fall Fest
For the past couple years, the hubs and I have had a Fall Fest at our home on a Saturday night around mid October.  You know, that time of year when the weather is utterly and insanely perfect.  For me, there is nothing as cozy as stepping into a Minnesota autumn when I wake to those crisp, dewy mornings that lead into the most gorgeous Indian summer afternoons and evenings.  This has always been and still most definitely is my favorite time of year.

Both years that we've had our Fall Fest, we've served our favorite cheddar cheese chowder with lots of veggies and ham along with chili, and, of course, all the other usual "fall fair" from apple pies to caramel apples to hot apple cidar to all other sorts of appetizers and goodies.  I absolutely L.O.V.E. planning this party, and even more so, I love decorating my home for this party.

But (and this is a great, big, fat but) we won't be having our party this year.  Bummer, right?  Frugality has called our names, so for recession's sake, Fall Fest will just have to live on in our hearts. 

However, that doesn't mean that a girl still can't dream.  So, that being said...if I were to have a Fall Fest this year, my theme would be Black & White.  Don't ask me why, just follow me here.  I think I would take the obscure Tim Burton (director of Beetle Juice, Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride...need I go on?) angle, in all it's weirdness and glory - not too creepy, rather interesting and different.  I think so, anyway.

For starters, everyone would be required to come in a black and white costume.  Oh, yes, I would have black and white glittered pumpkins, squiggly black and white branches, a funky black and white candy and cupcake bar, some creative lighting, and oh-so-much fun crafting it all.  So, in the name of said fun, check out some of the inspiration, I came across when I was brainstorming my would-be-uber-rad Black & White Fall Fest.

Maybe, I would wear some funky black and white tights and fancy lace gloves like these ones from a Fanciful Twist...
...and the stud of the house could borrow these duds from Beetle Juice...
I would definitely need some black and white lollipops for my candy buffet like these ones from Martha Stewart (totally under stated in this picture)...
Or, how about this charming candy buffet from the talented Hostess with the Mostess along with all of her other fun black and white party ideas...
 
And, of course, a party just wouldn't be a party without cupcakes!  Check out these fancy black and white cupcakes from Cupcaketastic.  How creative!
Perhaps, I would include these nifty black and white hanging lanterns from Martha Stewart (I might pretty them up a bit with a little glitter...so fun!)...
Oh, and here are those rockin' black squiggly branches I was telling you about (I would paint white stripes around them just for kicks)...
And finally a little Tim Burton imagery for inspiration...
Check out this cool Corpse Bride wedding cake I found at Pink Cake Box:

Okay, so it's a little more blue than black and white, and it's not something I would choose for a lovely wedding, but it's cool and creative for a fall party, don't you think?

Lastly, here's an upclose look at the first draft of my Fall Fest invite that I made (final invite at the beginning of post).  I drew the funky trees to give them the Tim Burton feel, and then I hand-wrote the invite.  Since I won't be sending them out this year, I thought I would share my idea with you for inspiration.

Now that the creative juices are flowing, it's time to tie it all together...well, if only in my head anyway!
Ciao!
Nikki

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Oh Baby, It's Cupcake Time Again!


If you're new to my Lovely Scribbles blog, you may be wondering, "Huh, cupcake time again?"  Well, you see, this is my first cupcake blog here.  However, if you follow my personal blog, you may have seen my last great cupcake adventure: the Pacman cupcakes I did for a friend's 80's themed 30th birthday party.


From time to time, I'm asked by friends to make cupcakes for special occasions.  I usually don't bother to take pictures, but since my cupcake displays have taken on a nature of their own, I thought I would share them with you.  Afterall, I have so much fun designing and baking them, that I thought you may enjoy sharing in the adventure with me!


I made these special cupcakes for a good friend's baby shower yesterday.  She doesn't know what she's having, and I was told that the shower colors would be yellow, green, and pink, so I went with a baby rattle theme in those colors.  I was also told that the mommy-to-be specifically requested carrot cake cupcakes with raisins and coconut, but NO nuts, so I needed to alter the recipe just slightly. 

Now, it's not that I hate raisins, but I find that whenever I bite into any baked goods with raisins, I just sort of think, "Oh...raisins," followed by a slight feeling of disappointment.  I don't know why - maybe I'm strictly a craisins or chocolate chip kind of girl - but I anticipated a few others feeling the same.  So with that thought in mind, I finely chopped the raisins to soften the punch.  The recipe I used for these incredible cupcakes is from the fabulous Smitten Kitchen.


I must say, that I was really pleased with the outcome.  The cupcakes were completely delicious and a big hit at the shower - thank you Smitten Kitchen! 


However, I knew I would be short on time this week, so I ordered these adorable tulip baking cups and these royal icing carrots from Layer Cake Shop to add the perfect touch.  Thank goodness I didn't need to create my own icing for the little carrots because this project was one mad dash to the finish!



2:00 p.m. Friday afternoon - office closes early...begin crafting cupcakes toppers
6:45-11:00 p.m. Friday night - babysit for a neighbor
11:15 p.m. Friday night - go grocery shopping
5:00 a.m. Saturday morning - take dogs for a walk
5:15 a.m. Saturday morning - begin grating carrots by hand
5:30 - 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning - finish baking cupcakes and crafting cupcake toppers
9:10 a.m. Saturday morning - shower
9:30 a.m. Saturday morning - load car and drive to 10:00 a.m. baby shower
1:00 p.m.  Saturday afternoon....SLEEP...ah, so nice to sleep.

Ciao!
Nikki

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