Tuesday, December 7, 2010

get your wreath on

I love classic holiday wreaths. Evergreen and deep red velvet bows are so lovely together. They instantly put a Christmas-y touch on anything. You simply can't screw it up. Loop some red ribbon through the top of a wreath. Tack it to the top of a window pane and voila, instant Feliz Navidad.

Here is a sample and tutorial:

{Wreath Hanging Tutorial from My Serendipity} 

Happy hanging!

Friday, November 26, 2010

christmas card preview

I finally decided on our lovely Christmas card from Shutterfly. I wanted to share several pictures from our November photo session and this was a perfect card to do just that. I like the simplicity of the card and cheerful red and green color scheme. The card will be printed in a matte finish on premium stock paper. I can't wait to get them in the mail and send them out to family and friends. Thanks Shutterfly!

Family Wall Red Christmas Card
Shop Shutterfly for elegant custom Christmas photo cards.
View the entire collection of cards.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

wardrobe fit for the royals: bridal shower

We've already attended the engagement party for will and kate, which of course was wonderful. Now, we are all ready to shower the princess bride with gifts. (Where do you think a prince and his fiance register?)

Time to be prim and proper. The ladies will likely be having tea and scones and unwrapping lovely packages. This outfit seems appropriate: 

{cloaked in roses jacket from anthropologie}

Monday, November 22, 2010

wardrobe fit for the royals: dressing for will & kate's wedding festivities

How do I know the newly engaged prince and soon-to-be princess of Wales? Well, I don't. I am just pretending. That is what blogging is all about, right? Imagining up scenarios in which we would dress, decorate or shop for things we can't afford nor do we need. To this end, I figure I will need four new looks (at minimum) for the upcoming nuptial festivities: engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and wedding.

{congrats william & kate!}

Let's tackle that engagement party first. Something* colorful, classy and young:

{printed ruched jersey dress by robert cavalli from nordstrom}

{be dazzled earrings by kate spade} 

Stay tuned for the bridal shower...

*Please note I can not actually afford any of these items. Not even close. Remember the imagining part. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

pickin' fly cards from shutterfly

So, we had our fall/holiday photos taken last Saturday (a very blustery day) as I mentioned in a previous post in The Loop. The next task at hand once you've taken holiday photos and selected just the perfect pictures is placing them in the perfect card.

I've always had a great experience shopping with Shutterfly. Now that I think about it, I've ordered tons from Shutterfly over the last year:

Here are some Shutterfly holiday cards that I have an eye on for the aforementioned holiday pics:

{i love this retro metro card with the cheery green and red "ribbon" look.}

{oh what fun would be oh so perfect for a black and white photo}

{what is great about the full of love card is that you can use an entire photo and obstruct very little of it in the final look.}

{this year in pictures new year's card is an adorable way of recapping 2010.}

Decisions, decisions. Stay tuned for the final choice!

Friday, November 19, 2010

sew & support schools: oliver + s

Once again, Twitter has helped me to discover a simply adorable company, Oliver + S, which designs sewing patterns for children. Best part? They are doing a promotion supporting our nation's neediest schools (education is my day job and a cause near and dear to my heart). 

Purchase a pattern from Oliver + S's site and they will donate 15 percent of the sale to a school of your choosing.

{how cute are the finished pattern illustrations?}

Great idea!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

lucky us: fave lucky mag girls are still around

I opened up my latest issue of Lucky magazine and came upon a different editor and missing back page illustrated feature.

The times they have a-changed.

Founders of the magazine, Kim France and Andrea Linnett, are no longer with the glossy. As a subscriber of almost 10 years (can't say I was in on that very first issue), I am sad to see them go BUT excited to find them in new ventures.

{I want to be her! Debut Post: Transitional SoHo Girl}

Linnett launched a new site this week that features a familiar sketch--one of herself drawn by childhood friend and designer of Martin Clothes Anne Johnston Albert. I want to be her! is an ode to stylish women--those on the street or ones Linett imagines. The details of the styling are described as captions to the illustrated lady and of course, there is a shopping guide to use in outfitting yourself. 

An article in Slate by France posted Monday gave a look at beauty products worth shelling out cash for (now that they are no longer gratis for her). I love the wit and candor of France's recs. On mascara: "it's not necessary to spend serious cash in this category. You really can find everything you need at the drugstore." And, "I require makeup that takes no serious skill or patience to apply." Amen sister.

Hope that the new ventures are exciting--we'll be reading!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

location, location, location

I am really throwing caution to the wind and mixing it up for the aforementioned holiday photos. Not only will we not be wearing a stitch of red or one ounce of formal attire. We won't be in a studio, let alone in a park. 

No folks. We are hitting the streets and crusin' The Loop. You just can't take the "urban" out of the "suburbanite."

Possible back drops:

Looking forward to what is dreamed up for this photo shoot.

Monday, November 8, 2010

holiday pics

We are preparing for holiday pictures. My son is almost 18 months so it is pretty good timing. We tackle a milestone age and Christmas in one. Last year, we used JcPenney and did the traditional red sweater, plaid shirt ensemble. It worked well because he was only six months old and it is hard to predict what will happen with a baby. The result was a set of decent photos for not a lot of money. (Gotta love the coupons!)

This year, we've stepped it up a notch and will be using the same photographer that we did for his one year photos. 

Here's a peek at the duds (--if we were all getting new ones. Note - As usual, only the kiddo actually owns an item below. The others are "similar to" what we'll be wearing):

1) The kid...


2) The mom

{shawl zip sweater from the gap}


3) the dad

{exposed seam crew neck sweater from banana repulic}

All with dark wash denim jeans and some casual shoes. 

The setting... that's up next. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

lovin' lonny: hipster lifestyle & home decor online mag

I love when Twitter hits one out of the park. Thanks for suggesting Lonny! I am now following and officially addicted to Lonny, an online magazine dedicated to stylish interiors and trends that we all should be clued into.

For instance, this is lovely...

The site also shares decorating inspiration by room:

Also, crushing on the name inspired by LONdon and NY (New York). Well done!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

puppy love

So, I had posted previously that I really liked this PB Kids costume:

Here's what I ended up with after doing a little DIY and using some of this Parents mag tutorial.

Have to say the subject is pretty cute with or without the costume :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

O Canada!

For one of the friendliest countries I have ever visited...

New Canada maple leaf Etsy design:

little happy camper on Etsy}

Ode to my neighbors to the North!

Monday, October 25, 2010

so chic chicos

I am frugal even when it comes to my kid because seriously, he's one. He doesn't need a $30+ tee shirt that he is going to smear potatoes on or wipe his nose with.

However, these items give me cause for pause...

{sherpa cable knit sweater from gapkids. Too cute for words. I mean, elbow patches. C'mon.}

{janie and jack ankle boot. are you going to daycare or a lecture on campus?}

Sigh. Little boys. So adorable.

Friday, October 15, 2010

she works hard for the house

I am really trying to work hard around the house. We are contemplating selling the house next year and I have a list as long as my arm of things that need to be done.

  • Planted tulip bulbs around the landscaping to bring some cheer to the exterior come spring (when we will hopefully be on the market).
Next up...
  • Our walls in the bedroom are covered with family pics, which realtors frown upon, so we'll have to spruce it up with some wall decor. Ideas: 
{20x200 artist Yellena James "Myriad"}

{West Elm manzanita sconce}

{Crate and barrel set of Banana leaf mirrors}

Then... curtains?

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Latest design... 

You can customize this onesie with any city, any state, any initial. Super sweet for a super little girl!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

did you DIY it?

Have you made a ghost Halloween bag? Send (littlehappycamper@gmail.com) or post a picture here!

I've been looking for another DIY Halloween project. Here are lots to get your spooky crafting juices flowing:

Living Locurto Halloween Door Decorations
Storybook Costumes from Scholastic
How Does She? Candy Corn Wreath

Friday, October 1, 2010

diy: Ghost Halloween Treat Bag

I love these Pottery Barn Kids Tote Treat Bags for Halloween, especially the personalization. 

However, if you don't have the scratch for the tote + embroidered name ($16 + $6.50 = $22.50). Try out this DIY project and make your own for as little as $2.50. I did and I am pretty happy with the result.

Here's What You Need:

--orange tote bag (made of felt or similar material--I got one for $1.39 at Hobby Lobby. Size is 13.5" H x 9.75" W x 2.75" D.)
--9" x 12" felt pieces: (1) white and (1) black for this design (25 cents/piece at Hobby Lobby)
--embroidery floss: white and black (35 cents/piece at Hobby Lobby)
--embroidery or similar needle
--Tacky Glue

Here's What You Do:
1) Cut out LHC ghost pattern including the eye holes and mouth hole. Pin to white felt and cut around ghost pattern. Cut out eyes and mouth.

2) Adhere ghost to bag with Tacky Glue.
3) Choose letters you need for personalization. Cut out letters from letter pattern. Pin letters onto black felt. Cut around letters.
4) Adhere letters to bag with Tacky Glue above the ghost.

5) Use contrasting embroidery thread and stitch on the ghost using a basic straight stitch. Begin stitching about 1/8 inch away from the edge of the eyes, mouth, and shape of ghost. Stitch about 1/16 inch from edge of letter. The Tacky Glue will hold the pieces in place while you stitch.

Stitches on ghost should be about 1/4 inch long and you should leave about 1/4 inch between stitches. 

Stitches on letters should be 1/8 inch in length and 1/8 inch between stitches.

6) Fill with candy and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

holy cow design

I didn't know that my hideous Western basement was housing a current design trend. Steer heads, anyone?

I came across Restoration Hardware's home accessories section and low and behold:

I have been handed down a steer's skull from my grandfather's farm. It was partly a joke because we inherited an icky Western basement when we moved into our home four years ago. (We've yet to make a change. The clock is ticking.)

Now, I'm thinking that we need to do something with ol' Bessie--that's the cow skull I'm referring to, folks.

Not sure how it would work in our home. We sort of have a wildlife motif in our bedroom. Maybe I should take up my glossy white spray paint and try it out.

As Tim Gunn would say "Make it work!"

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The wonders of spray paint

I read this post from Young House Love last week. I had to pick up some spray paint. I am ready to get trigger happy. 

More inspiration...

{PB Rooster. As my son would say, "Bock, bock."}

{Wisteria Sheep. Baa Baa.}

Just think of the damage you could do with a $4 can of paint and some Goodwill figurines.