Wednesday, October 24, 2012

all in the details // on a wednesday

1. A box of autumn
2. Textures
3. Some words to think about
4. Curious pup
5. Little bar accessories
6. Our new favorite corner + chair

Hey, remember me? I know, there's been way to much time between my last post and this one. Life has been busy, as usual. Did you know that I started blogging here? I've also been working at Coffee & Tea Collective twice a week, which has been amazing.

We're shooting a wedding on Saturday and our friend was kind enough to lend us his fancy equipment for the weekend. I snapped a few photos around the loft to get acquainted with his stuff. As a result, I want to keep the lens I used for these photos. 

Here's a mini list of things I'm currently loving:

Tomorrow, Philip and I will be visiting Wes Bruce's newest project called Structures Poetry Humans. I have been waiting for this show and cannot wait to see the structure that's been built. When I read the little note on the flier that says to wear hiking shoes and bring a flashlight, I got even more giddy about going.

Camp + Quarry is doing a giveaway on Tumbleweed's blog. I need to own this necklace.

I absolutely love Kelli's look in this post. It's perfect.

I recently made these pecan pie bars and they were delicious. I really liked that they don't have a crust that tastes like shortbread.

I'm off to finish some work before Philip gets home. Watch out for a soup recipe that I'll be posting on the TB blog.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

little moments

I love when photographers capture moments like these. The ones you may not remember or even notice, yet they are some of the sweetest.

Sources: Sarah Wilkerson // Jill Thomas // Robyn Thompson Photography // Studio Castillero

Monday, August 13, 2012

Inspired by // A Merry Mishap

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Do you follow A Merry Mishap's blog? Not only does Jennifer make awesome jewelry, but her blog and instagram feed are both daily inspiration. Her home is filled with bright whites and bits of contrasting black. It's just lovely. Who are your favorite instagramers + bloggers? 

Friday, August 10, 2012

sneak peek // vol. 1

I love these bulletin boards above my desk. I spend a lot of time at our computer and they're mounted just above it. They are a great source of inspiration. I'm an avid Pinner, but need inspiration that I can touch as well. I'm really into textures. Do you use any sort of bulletin board/ mood board in your work space?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

the creative process

For the past few months, I've been working on a wedding that I had the privilege of styling. Now that the planning is over and the wedding has happened, I have a lot of free time to work on other creative projects. I took the past few days off to relax, clear my mind, and get inspired. I ended up having a lot of fresh ideas for new products and am currently in the middle of developing them. I'm making sure to take the time to experiment and embrace the creative process. It's making the whole experience so much fun and rewarding. Have you given yourself time to be creative lately?

Monday, July 30, 2012

replay / vol. 5

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1. Cailen and my brother-in-law got married this weekend. It was an amazing wedding and she looked gorgeous!
2. I've been doing a lot of wedding prep for my cousin's wedding and that included planting 20 succulents.
3. I spruced up our new dining table with a little center piece arrangement.
4. I received these pretty postcards in the mail from Krista.
5. Made this garter for Cailen.
6. Patrick's bottom lip gets stuck like this sometimes and I love it.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

shop update // driftwood lamps

We have two driftwood lamps in the shop (something we don't usually have stocked). The driftwood is from our most recent trip to The Sierras. I really love both of them, but am especially fond of the first one. You can take a peek at the listings here and here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Coffee and Tea Collective's Grand Opening

Last night was Coffee and Tea Collective's grand opening shindig. It was actually more like a block party, and it was awesome. They had an amazing turn out. MIHO's food cart Stand & Deliver, Hess Brewing, and Amigo Booth were all there. That meant great coffee, beer, food and photo booth fun. We got to connect with so many friends, meet new ones, and celebrate this new addition to the neighborhood. There's not much that needs to be said, except for that Coffee and Tea Collective really knows how to throw a party.

( You can view the Amigo Booth photos here. )

Monday, July 16, 2012

luce loft installation.

Philip and I got to do a lighting installation for The Tree Ring show at Luce Loft. Yeah, it was almost a month ago, but still needed to be shared. The show was amazing and we were really honored that we were asked to play a small part in it. If you haven't seen The Tree Ring live, you really should. They were beyond incredible and we can't wait to see them again. 

I completely forgot our camera that night, so these are from Philip's iPhone. However, Wes Bruce took some great photos that you can see here.

If you're looking for something fun to do this week, you should stop by Coffee and Tea Collective on Tuesday. They're having their grand opening from 5pm-10pm. It's going to be a great night!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

photos + type

photos by Shaun Boyte
design by Chelsea Hansen 

We are finally getting our place put together. That means unpacking the last of our boxes and making our dining table (the thing I'm most excited for!). I think that having prints or photos on the walls makes a home feel cozier. Maybe because a space feels more lived in with faces or words on the walls. We didn't have much on the walls in our last place and it sort of drove me nuts. This time, I'm adding things. It's just a little here and there, very slowly, but it's something. I created these three prints to put onto wood block. They are some of the photos that Shaun took when he was here creating the San Diego creatives video. Next up is figuring out where to put them. That's always a tough one.

Hope everyone has a lovely July 4th full of fireworks, popsicles, and BBQ.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

on the menu / a czech breakfast

I have traveled to Czech twice. The first time, I was a high school student. This was my first trip to Europe, the first time traveling without my family, and it was going to be longer than a week. I had friends go on this trip in previous years, each coming home with so many great stories and memories. I still think it's amazing that as high school students, we were offered to be apart of this trip. We had to raise the money for cost of the trip, creatively work with our team to come up with interesting an informative english lessons, and we got to learn about this culture that was so foreign to us. I didn't know much about Czech when the opportunity to go first came about (honestly, had you asked me to point it out on a map, I would have desperately been searching for the name Czechoslovakia) , but I was eager to learn and experience this place that was so new to me.

My time in The Czech Republic was more meaningful than I ever thought it would be. I loved the beautiful country that we were in, the cities that felt so different than our own, the people that I came to love, and a language that I still wish I could master. We spent a lot of time at the beautiful Malenovice. We had our training here. We learned about Czech culture, got acquainted with American interns and Czechs that we would be working with throughout camp, some lessons on teaching English, and the schedule of how camps are typically ran. Our team was lucky enough to host our camp here. Once camp was over, we were invited to stay with the families of some of the students. It was so fun to experience where and how they lived. And before we left to travel back home, we got to spend a few days in Prague. The style of this trip was great because we weren't just sight seeing a new country. We were learning by truly experiencing it. I'm grateful that at such a young age, I was able to gain an appreciation for that type of travel.

I now have multiple friends who are living in Czech, working with the same organization, but full time. I get to see photos of them with some of my friends that I made there, see their kids growing up in this environment of a new culture, language and food, and hear all about the ups and downs of moving your entire life to such a different place. With the combination of facebook, skype, e-mail, and instant everything, I am able to see what's going on in the lives of my friends who are so far. It's a constant reminder of this place and makes me think back to what those trips meant to me. One of the simple ways I am able to recreate memories of my time spent there is with food. This breakfast, for example, is my version of a Czech breakfast. A bowl of rolls (rolihk) and breads were always served with honey, jams, and spreads. Various meats and veggies as well, a long with coffee and tea. I never had scrambled eggs (boiled, yes) while I was there or a bagel, but this familiar combination of spreadable cheese, salami, veggies, and a bread is such a privilege to my taste buds and bucket full of memories. It's also a little way to share this experience with Philip. I have shared stories and photos with him about my journeys to eastern Europe, but being able to make this little meal that we enjoy together is such a treat to me. Even drinking our coffee from these mugs is significant, as they came from a pottery shop in Prague... So much story behind such a simple meal.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

chiced / 6

We went to the swap meet today. It was a gorgeous day, we enjoyed lunch, and found a lot of things that were on our list. That is the key to shopping at swap meets or thrift stores: a well thought out list. Without a list, you are likely to get things that you don't need or have the money for. No matter where you're shopping, you'll probably find something awesome. But be honest, do you need it? Have you been wanting it for more than a few weeks? All of these items that we picked up today are things that we have been wanting for the house or that I need for a wedding that I'm helping out with in August. What did you do this weekend? Do you ever go to the swap meet?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

taking it in

Patrick taking in the smell of the mountains. He got to run through meadows, roll around in the tall grass, trample through streams, see lots of fish, and explore everything. I've never seen him so happy.

We're back from our camping trip. Intentional or not, you have a lot of time to relax and unwind when you're out in the wilderness with not much to do. As far as reflecting goes, I wasn't very intentional when prepping for this trip. I normally bring a journal or a thought provoking book and anticipate the time I'll have for silence and meditation. This time, I packed a half read book (one that was not thought provoking whatsoever) and totally forgot to pack my journal. I didn't realize until I got home that I actually did a lot of reflecting anyway. When I'm in my normal setting/ routine, my mind is always racing with to do lists and unfinished projects. The night that we got home, I had a clear mind, was extremely motivated, and felt well rested. I had our suitcases unpacked within 10 minutes of walking in the door, started the laundry, and still enjoyed a good night's sleep. I'm grateful for the time we got to spend up in the mountains and am looking forward to this pattern of getting things done in a less chaotic sort of way. Sometimes we just need to spend more time outdoors and away from the everyday mayhem that is life.