Category Archives: Inspiration

Spotlight: In Love With Nectar & Stone

June 24, 2014

Nectar & Stone

Now, more than ever, I’m obsessed with sweets. Since I can’t really devour them to my heart’s content, I’ve become a professional looker. I could look at sweet treats all day. So when I happened upon new obsession Nectar & Stone from Melbourne, naturally, my eyes rolled into the back of my head from a sugar seizure. Her treats look so deliciously pretty that I don’t care if they tasted like a dog biscuit. I’m sure that’s not the case. I mean, edible gold leaf? C’mon. It’s all gotta be heavenly.  Nectar & Stone

I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it before. These morsels are carefully color coordinated. Every cookie is perfect, Every cupcake is colorful. Every chocolate is perfectly shaped and gilded.
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And then she goes and whips out some flamingo & pineapple cookies? The girl knows what’s on trend. And the way to my diabetic heart. Nectar & Stone Nectar & Stone Nectar & Stone

And, of course, the loveliest macarons in all the land! We know I can’t get enough of those these days. I can only dream of making macs as gorgeous and soft as Caroline’s. She’s currently my daily stop and I just sit and daydream about eating up 90 or so geometric chocolates. Give her a follow on Instagram, would ya? You won’t regret it. And if you happen to live in Melbourne, can I come stay with you?

Now go and and drool, my friends.

photography: all photos via Nectar & Stone on Instagram

12 Days of Gift Wrap Inspiration

December 16, 2013

Gift Wrap Inspiration

I am such a sucker for pretty presents. Seriously. Give me an empty box. As long as it’s a beautiful empty box, I won’t care about the emptiness. That’s just how shallow I am. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is giving gifts. It’s not so much the giving as it is the wrapping. I just love to package. I’ve rounded up 12 of my favorite wrapping ideas that you can buy or DIY! 12 Days condensed into one post! Lots of links in one spot. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.

1.  Zana Gift Tags

2. Knit Tags by Eat Drink Chic

3. Five Gift Toppers by The House That Lars Built

4. Printable Chalkboard Labels by Lia Griffith

5. Printable Reindeer Tag by Eat Drink Chic

6. DIY Monogrammed Ornament Gift Tags by Sugar & Cloth

7. Feather Gift Boxes by Facil y Sencillo

8. Dr. Seuss-inspired Gift Boxes by The Homebook for You Are My Fave

9. Farm Animals Gift Wrap by Clap Clap Design on Etsy

10. Textured Gift Wrap by Whimseybox 

11. Reindeer Pom Pom Gift Wrap by The Proper Pinwheel (shameless plug)

12. Snowflake Stamped Gift Wrap by Gemma Garner

Did I miss some? Whaddaya got?

**24 Merry Days Update – Head on over to You Are My Fave for a chance to win $250 to The Land of Nod!!!

 

Spotlight: In Love With Petit Soul Photography

December 13, 2013

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That’s right. Those are baby girl’s feet. Vita’s feet are SOOOO much bigger now! I’ve been keeping these photos to myself for some time now. I just look at them and admire my cute, cute babe. A good friend of mine, Nicole Coleman of Petit Soul Photography, came to our house when V was about 10 days old to capture some sweet photos in her nursery. And my heart hasn’t been the same since. It’s amazing how you can love someone so much. Get ready for your heart to melt.

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The sexy wink. Vita would NOT open her eyes. She was such a sleepy newborn and we had to work to get her to give us even 50%.

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I asked Nicole to just capture us in the moment. No real posed shots. If you know me, you know that I canNOT pose seriously for a photo. I get all awkward and stiff and make inappropriate comments. It’s fun for nobody.

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V doesn’t fit in this blanket anymore. Because she’s such a chubster.

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This one might be my absolute favorite. I am on the verge of crying right now from looking at it.

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What I loved about Nicole is how patient she is. She shot both film and digital and she waited and waited for the right moments with Vita. I couldn’t be more grateful.

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Sweet V and her tube socks. They almost go up to her knees in these photos and now they don’t even fit over her fat little feet. I can’t believe how fast she’s grown. Or how much I’ve changed. Or how much we love each other. I didn’t think I wanted any real newborn photos, but I’m just so happy we took these.

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I’m going to tell you this serious note. If you are in Denver, you absolutely have to check out Nicole and her site. She has two adorable girls and another little babe on the way! She actually found out she was prego the day that Vita was born. Special, right? She’s amazingly talented and has an aesthetic that suits all tastes. I promise. She’s currently running a special for an ALL FILM (!!!) session WITH digital files for $300! That’s a steal. Film is the real deal. She takes all kinds of photos, but I’m partial to her shots of people just living day to day.

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Cutest little thing. Am I right? I’m right.

photography: all photos by Nicole Coleman of Petit Soul 

Mission: Merry 2013 & 24 Merry Bloggers!

December 2, 2013

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Happy post-Thanksgiving, my friends! Did ya have enough turkey? Did ya have enough pie? I ate several large bags of homemade rolls. All by myself. I’m so proud of that. I’m happy to tell you that MISSION: MERRY is back for 2013! Do you remember last year? Lots of holiday projects filled these cyber pages the entire month of December! We (me and Vita) decided to bring it back this year so ready yo’selves for some holiday happiness! You’ll want to check back daily to see what’s hip and happenin’ for Christmas!

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Also, if it’s possible, I’m even more excited to tell you that I’m participating in 24 Merry Days again this year. You may remember last year’s first run of 24 Merry Days. Audrey of This Little Street is the amazing brain behind this giveaway juggernaut.24 days. 24 blogs. 24 giveaways. Holla! There were some AMAZING prizes being given away. I was jealous of every winner. The prizes are even better this year! Public Bikes is even giving away a bike! Say whaaaaaattttt? I‘ll take this one. I’m up to share some darling goodness from Amelia on December 19th. So make sure you check back here that day so you can enter! Also – head on over to Lovely Indeed to enter today’s giveaway for 24 Merry Days!

To read more about 24 Merry Days and to see who’s givin’ away what, click here!

Spotlight: In Love With Make Your Day (& A Discount!)

November 11, 2013

I have to brag for a minute or two. I’ve got some pretty talented friends and they’ve created an amazing e-book called Make Your Day that is all about DIY! Chelsea of Lovely Indeed and Chelsey of The Paper Mama got together and have blown minds with their amazing e-book filled with DIY gifts for the masses. The Chelsea/ys (my new and affectionate name for them) are sharing inspiration to make gifts for everyone you love this holiday season.

Make Your Day DIY

Make Your Day DIY

Make Your Day DIY
Make Your Day DIY

Make Your Day DIY

We’re talkin’ mugs. We’re talkin’ serving utensils. We’re talkin’ clocks. Everything is gorgeously styled (would you expect anything less from these ladies?!?) and expertly photographed. I’m a little offended they didn’t ask me to model for the book (wink), but I’ll let it slide.

Congratulations Chelsea & Chelsey!

And good news! They’re offering a discount to y’all! Save 20% and save lives by entering the code MYDAYISMADE20 at checkout! Head over here to snag a copy!

photography: all photos by Margaret Jacobsen for Make Your Day

Making Your Home Autumn-ready

October 29, 2013

Baby Girl Ward was born recently (view pics of the cutie here!), so while I’m out learning how to raise this tiny human, I’ve asked some amazeballs bloggers to visit! Today’s post comes from Carmen of A Blue Swallow. She’s preaching today about how to make your home fall-worthy. Take it away, Carmen.

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Hey there The Proper Pinwheel readers! I am Carmen from the craft and mommy hood blog, The Blue Swallow. I am beyond excited and honored to be guest posting today!

If I could afford it, I would probably drink a Caramel Apple Spice from Starbucks everyday…I really do mean everyday. However, crisp cool air, burnt orange leaves, and boots let me get away with it at least 3 times throughout the week. I couldn’t imagine not having this time of year, and I’m sure you couldn’t either. Aside from how you dress yourself this season, dressing up your home is just as important. From Halloween to Thanksgiving, your door is pretty much open to friends and family. So even if you’re not a big fall decor type of person, there are some simple ways to get your home up to par and ready for the steady flow of tricker-treaters and unexpected guests.

1. A Wreath: Having a simple wreath on your door is key. You don’t have to put a million pumpkins and flowers all over it in the name of being “festive,” because that really ends of translating into gaudy and the same as those sweaters with cats all over them. However, I love asymmetrical wreaths, because they are just simple. If you’re daring you can make your own and it will probably be that much cheaper! I stick to making my own (the control freak inside me), but I see amazing ones when I look for inspiration. Either way, make sure your door isn’t naked…cover it up with a wreath!

2. Pumpkins and Mums: Mums are the flowers of the season and if you have a child or go on a hay ride, you’re pretty much going to pick up a pumpkin somewhere. It’s tradition for us to carve our own pumpkins and bake the pumpkin seeds, so our front steps always have at least two pumpkins. Even if you just place a few pumpkins on your porch with a basket of mums, it really is just as inviting. Even bringing fabric pumpkins inside on a table or a part of a mantle setting are great ideas too. TjMaxx, JoAnn Fabric, and Marshalls are great places to find artificial ones if you’re not down with a lot of clean up.

3. Candles: Opening up the windows just isn’t enough sometimes! Indulge in great smelling candles or fresh pine cones and spruce if you can. If you’re not baking a warm apple pie everyday (it’s okay I’m not either) than get a candle that makes it seem like it! That’s the beauty of candles and the sense of smell. I love doing a mixture of both in the home, but not too much where it ends up smelling like the cheap perfume kiosks in the mall. Mix it up a little, you’ll be glad you did.

4. Love your table: If you don’t have a mantle, show some love to your main dinning table. Creating a small centerpiece of a bushel of apples in a basket is all you need. If you use your table for more than just setting the day’s mail on it, then simple is all you need. I keep a mix of pine cones and apples on the table around this time, and restock the apples as we snack on them!

5. Burlap Bunting & Printable: Bunting pretty much screams CELEBRATION anytime I see it, so I specified burlap so you know to celebrate fall. You can put bunting across your wreath, your mantel, or even in your foyer to liven up the space. I just happen to love the look and tone of burlap bunting with the brick reds and mustard yellows. If you don’t care too much for fabric bunting, paper is always a wonderful alternative and there are a myriad of tutorials out there. Lastly find a great printable to frame and hang! I absolutely love Pen & Paint‘s free printable available now. Even without a frame add it to your current collage in your home.

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I’ve always believed that less is more when it comes to decor (did you catch that rhyme?). Whether you’re a crafty mama or a sophisticated lady these 5 things are sure to make your home that much more enjoyable this season. So put up your wreath, strap your boots on, and grab a pumpkin spiced latte while you’re at it and enjoy what Autumn brings to you.

Read more about Carmen and her adventures as a mom on her blog, A Blue Swallow.

photography: A Blue Swallow

5 Cake Toppers You Need Today

September 24, 2013

Every party has to have cake. It’s just a fact. If you don’t got cake, you don’t got nothin’. I’m planning to throw myself a secret send-off-into-motherhood-party where I’m the only one in attendance. There will be a cake, so naturally, we need a cake topper. Here are five that you absolutely need on the top tier!

cake toppers by The Paper Pony

Glitter hearts. A simple DIY that make even the most plain cake shine. View the how-to from The Paper Pony.

cake toppers by Lisa Leonard

These pinwheels are a no-brainer. Pick some up from Lisa Leonard.

cake toppers by Goose Grease

Peg dolls have made their way to the top. (pun intended). Learn how to paint your own at Goose Grease.

cake topper by Oh Lovely Day

We all know I’m a fan of anything easy. This DIY Ombre Cake Ribbon is simple, but stole my heart. View the how-to from Oh Lovely Day.

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Sparkler words. Get outta town. These would be so fun to photograph at night. Pick some up from TOPS Malibu.

What’s your pref? Do you like your cakes plain or dressed to the nines?

Spotlight: In Love With Yellow Bug Quilts

September 19, 2013

Geometric Quilt for The Proper Pinwheel by Yellow Bug Quilts

Baby Girl Ward has definitely been spoiled. And she isn’t even out of the womb yet! A good friend of mine, Rachel of Yellow Bug Quilts, reached out to me a while ago with the idea to make a custom quilt for the little gal. Of course I’m not going to say no! Well, the quilt is here now and I have to just tell you all how amazing it is, how amazing Rachel is, and how amazing Yellow Bug Quilts is!

Yellow Bug Quilts is an online custom quilt shop. CUSTOM, people. Rachel works with each customer individually helping them choose fabrics, design layout, size, and any other quilt information one would need for the quilt of their dreams. Each quilt is one of a kind because Rachel works closely with each customer to give them a uniquely perfect quilt! She plans the design with you and works and works until it’s exactly what you want.

Geometric Quilt for The Proper Pinwheel by Yellow Bug Quilts

When she and I first started the process, I showed her a few of the fabrics I was working with in BG-dub’s nursery. I have been using several from Sarah Watson’s Indian Summer line. Those fabrics set the tone for how the rest of the nursery would look. Rachel went to her local fabric store, got a few swatches, and started playing with designs. I told her elements I liked, sent her examples of quilts I loved, and she responded quickly with her ideas.

Geometric Quilt for The Proper Pinwheel by Yellow Bug Quilts

These beauties are just a few samples of the quilt mock-ups she sent over. We played around a lot because I’m crazy and picky and indecisive! Unless the decision-making involves whether or not you should eat a corndog. Then the answer is always “yes”.

Geometric Quilt for The Proper Pinwheel by Yellow Bug Quilts

Geometric Quilt for The Proper Pinwheel by Yellow Bug Quilts

Once we finalized a design, Rachel got to work. The girl pumps out quilts like a machine! I couldn’t believe how quickly this arrived on my doorstep. And when it did, I almost went into labor from excitement. It’s a bit bigger than a quilt for a tiny little infant so that Baby Girl can snuggle with this for a long time. It coordinates so well with her nursery and all of the fabrics I’ve been using. I look at all of the triangles and couldn’t begin to tell you how Rachel did it all. I’m a fan of square block quilts. I can work a nice square quilt. ;)

Geometric Quilt for The Proper Pinwheel by Yellow Bug Quilts

I hung the quilt above BG-dub’s crib so you could see it in all its glory. It’s absolutely phenomenal and the best part is that nobody else will ever have a quilt like it. It’s custom for baby girl. One of a kind. I can’t wait to snuggle her up inside it! We all know that this baby loves the spotlight so a custom quilt is the perfect gift for her. :)

If you are expecting, have children, don’t want to sew, CAN’T sew, or are a human, you should definitely check out Yellow Bug Quilts. I’m not kidding. It’s so worth it. You dream up the quilt and an expert makes it happen. This was such a fun experience and allowed me to play with my creativity and having someone else bring it to life! Rachel will make sure that you have the quilt of your dreams. Plus, she’s just the sweetest person on the planet. Win win. Visit the Yellow Bug Quilts blog to read more details about this quilt and the whole process!

*I was given this quilt free of charge, but all opinions are 100% my own. Yellow Bug Quilts didn’t ask for promotion. I chose to give it a shout out because Rachel is that amazing and I only want amazing-ness in your life! 

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Spotlight: In Love With SonofWhale

September 5, 2013

Now that we have a place of our own, it’s up to me to hunt down decor for our home. Autumn is my fave season and I LOVE decorating the mantle during that time. I’m currently digging these rustic letters made from pallet wood.

Pallet Wood Letter by sonofwhale on etsy

 

I recently came across a new Etsy shop called SonofWhale. The family behind the shop creates these stellarly gorgeous pieces of furniture made from reclaimed wood. The proceeds of their sales goes toward the costs for their adoption process.

Pallet Wood Letter by sonofwhale on etsy

Pallet Wood Letter by sonofwhale on etsy

You can read more about them and their journey towards adoption from Japan here. Head on over to the shop and take a look around! Help bring them a new baby and get yourself a gorgeous table. Win win.

Four Anniversary Gift Ideas I Just Might Have To Pounce On

September 4, 2013

Logan’s and my anniversary is coming up at the end of this month. While we have been busy working and prepping for the baby, I’ve also been scouring the web searching for the perfect way to celebrate. This will be our last chance to spoil each other (read: eat at McDonald’s/party at Dave & Buster’s) before Baby Girl Ward gets here.

Anniversary via You Are My Fave

Melanie of You Are My Fave totally nailed it with this marriage timeline. Highlighting the memorable moments of a marriage could be just the ticket when it comes to a sentimental gift. And we all know how sappy Logan can be.

wooden wedding ring

The man always wanted a wooden ring. At first, I couldn’t get on board. How do you shower with it? What if you get a splinter?! Won’t it start to warp? I was so mistaken, you guys. There are all sorts of classy wooden rings out there. Take a look at these titanium and wood ones from the Hersteller shop on Etsy.

impressionist pocket square

To make Logan a little more classy (as if that’s even possible!), I may just have to snag this Impressionist Pocket Square from Fox and Brie on Etsy!

lyric wall art

If I really decide to create something special and unique, I’d take a page out of Elsie and Emma’s book and create some wall art using a favorite lyric or quote! Maybe an inside joke that means something to both of us. Take a look at this Song Lyric Wall Art from A Beautiful Mess!

We’re coming up on the fifth year. Any suggestions/tips/creative ways to celebrate?