Tuesday, December 21, 2010

black swan.

Omg. It was amazing! Have you seen Black Swan?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Happy Christmas!! Less than two weeks for shopping (and my crazy hours at work!!)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December Blog of the Month!

Even though I'm lax in my posting as of late, I still have time to squeeze in my Blog of the Month post! And you're December Blog of the Month is......(drum rolling....)

Urban Weeds!!

Urban Weeds is a Portland based style blog that features "in the moment" pictures of real Portland people (mostly focusing on their style.) One day I was browsing the blog after a month or so of not looking and I saw my friend Helen! She's in my knitting group!

I enjoy looking at this site - some people's outfits inspire me and others make me laugh. People REALLY take themselves too seriously sometimes... Anyway, enjoy looking at Urban Weeds! I know I do.

Ps - I will post a blog button when I can - my computer hates me right now and isn't letting me. Darn you Ubuntu!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I swear...

I will eventually update!  I've been working, knitting, visiting with my folks and avoiding getting sick of the weather!  Hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving! I am gearing up for Christmas!  PS - I hope to have a new computer soon - then regular updates will abound!

xo, Lovely NW

Thursday, November 11, 2010

it's about time....

With,like,three in Seattle and one in Tucson, I was beginning to wonder when Portland would get one of these!? Eeep!

Portland is finally getting....an H&M! I seriously can not wait to go shop! Maybe even buy some Christmas gifts! The store is located in Pioneer Square and will make for many fabulous shopping days!

Monday, November 8, 2010

oh Seattle...

how I love you!

Of course this image is from one of my fave blogs (I've told you about!) Seattle Daily Photo!  I also love this photo - a true Pac NW Halloween! I know I boast about Seattle a ton - now I want to know what city you love?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I've got the Autumn chills...

Fall has been in full swing for about a month here in the Pac NW. Trees are orange, yellow and shades of red, the air is crisp and breezy and I can hear old man winter just around the corner saying "hahah...coooooold weather and gloom is in store!" (I'm ignoring him for now - and he won't get me down anyway!! Chrismas makes up for the gloom and I can handle cold...) Anyway, I wanted to share a little snapshot of the tiny tree I took a picture of yesterday. Are the trees beautiful where you are?

Today is my day off! So I am off to enjoy my coffee, finish that baby blanket I'm knitting for my mom (she's giving it as a gift NOT having a baby...haha) and possibly a movie date with myself?

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I'm in serious need...

of some Heart. 

image rights to Heart

Portland is known for coffee and I am in serious need of some serious java. Hope to take Sandra and Colin to Heart when they come visit! What is your favorite coffee place?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Blog of the Month!

I am doing my blog of the month choice for November a few days early! Why? Because Novembers blog of the month has FREEBIES! The November blog of the month is....

The Pugly Pixel!

Katrina, over at the Pugly Pixel, offers wonderful clip art, graphics and tutorials for your blog or scrapbook! Some of them are even FREE!

Check  out this adorable freebie image she put up today!

The Pugly Pixel has been a go-to for me when designing my blog header and tags. Check out the Pugly Pixel today! And don't forget - the Pugly Pixel blog button will be up all month on the right side of the blog - so you can go back again to check for new updates!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Happy Halloween!


So you've noticed I've taken about a month off of blogging! We'll, I hope this post marks my return! I've been working, going to weddings and having company visit! Once life settles down,I will sit down and write some meaningful posts! Until then...what have you been up to?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fave blog

Hello everyone! Today is one of my last days off work before heading to Tucson for a break and a wedding! I wanted to share just a little something with you all - one of my favorite blogs - Seattle Daily Photo.

I have been reading this site daily for about two years now. Every day there is a new Seattle picture posted! I just love seeing my favorite city from someone elses perspective. It's easy to see why I believe Seattle to be SO wonderful!

Check out Seattle Daily Photo!!

lovely nw

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Yum yum!

I made these cookies and while back and realized I never shared a photo!

These were some of the best peanut butter cookies I've ever tasted! So easy to make and sure to please everyone. They are pretty rich, so if you don't have much of a sweet tooth, try making them without the filling.

Enjoy this tastey treat this weekend - it's so easy!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Miss you blog world!

This is my first day off in over 8 days! I plan to do a lot of nothing but will try and post something meaningful later!

On a happy note, it's less than one month until I travel to Tucson for Sandra's wedding!! Hope to buy our tickets tonight ;)

lovey nw

PS- as soon as I have my computer situation figured out I will change that "Summer" blog header!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Blog of the Month!

Hi ya'll - here is your September Blog of the Month - Kyla Roma!


I stumbled upon Kyla Roma a few months back and immediately loved the design and overall feel of the blog. Each week, Kyla features posts about crafting, cooking, music and daily life! She also always posts beautiful pictures to enjoy! Click here to check out the blog or click the Kyla Roma blog button on the right side of this blog!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Busy week at work!

I got that promotion!  So I've been quite busy at work this week and unable to post or hang out with my kitty girl (see below). Don't fret - I'll have some posts up soon about Fall, clothes and my faves this week.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I want...I NEED

I'm so inspired by this DIY post over at Honestly...WTF??  I seriously have to try my hand at making some of these for fall! Click HERE for full material list and instructions!


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

the Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project: 2011

I am not much of an artist...well, at least in the sense of drawing, painting, etc.  I've seen blog buttons lately about the Sketchbook Project and today decided to check it out! This project is something I would love to be a part of. How good would my "sketches" be? Probably terrible - haha - but I would still feel a sense of accomplishment and artistic contribution! The problem is (and this is a smallish problem) is that it costs $25. That is a small price to pay to be part of such an awesome happening...but I really can't afford to spend $25. Here is my deal to myself, if I get this promotion at work (it's looking like a yes!), I will spend the $25 and participate in the Sketchbook Project. Is anyone with me??

Friday, August 20, 2010

ink inspiration

my head is about to explode with new tattoo ideas. it's been a couple years since my last and I'm ready for some serious ink!


I have been thinking about a Matryoshka doll for a long time. Here is what I'm thinking...a red-head, maybe keeping the cat idea (my kitty would be grey naturally) and having a banner underneath saying "Lolly" or "Lamby"- what my parents called me when I was a kid. I'm thinking of getting this on my left shin.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

new obsession

Butter London nail polish! Omg I am in loooooove! After leaving work today I stopped off at Ulta to get this:

But on my way to the OPI counter I found this:


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

inspiring links

Just a few inspiring ideas I've come across lately. Enjoy!

- awesome kitchen shelving over at Apartment Therapy

- DIY approach to Marimekko wallpaper

- these yummy nutella cookies!

- all of the amazing rugs at Urban right now...especially this one!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

long time no bloging!

Hey all! The past few weeks have kept me very busy and unable to blog. First off, I've been working a lot and interviewed for a promotion! Woo-hoo! This is a really great and exciting possibility for my career. Also, my mom came in to town for a week - so we naturally drove all over Washington visiting family, shopping and eating. AND another fun note, C and I had lunch with Heather and Grayson of Jagger Photography! They shot our wedding almost a year ago and we've stayed in contact. They are the BEST! We're currently trying to save and plan a few days we can drive up to Bellingham and visit with them!

Below is a picture C took during our last camping trip a few weeks ago!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Finally another...

Music for you Wednesday...just a day late!

I've been busy working lately and didn't have time to put together a playlist! Well here it is - some good/some annoying "dance" songs I've had in my head all summer. Some of them I heard in San Diego, some on the radio and some through friends. Enjoy!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Blog of the Month!

Hey blog friends - I've been missing you! Life without my Macbook has been hard! and not having the money to do anything about it yet is even worse! I hope, sooner than later, I can start with my regular posts again and not feel so out of the loop!

On a better note, I have a new blog of the month for August! My pick is.....vol.25!

Vol.25 is a great blog filled with inspiring pictures, design freebies and other purchaseable design elements and art! The first time I stumbled upon this site I fell in love with the photo shoots and just her overall design ideas. It also inspires me that all of this is done by a mother of two! She must have amazing time management skills!

The blog author, Jessica, also offers her designs in her Zazzle shop (see above!) I love this option for birthday gifts and wearable art! 
Be sure to check out vol.25 today! Don't forget - her blog button will be up all month long so you can go back and check it out again!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Summer in the PacNW

Summer shows it's most beautiful moments here in the Pacific NW. Look, see for yourself!

Now I know these are stock photos but I hope to post some of my own very soon. With my computer down it may take some time - but bear with me! This weekend we are camping at Nahalem Falls down on the Oregon coast and also have a few day trips to Seattle, etc, planned. 

What are your summer plans? and send me pics!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

no news is good news?

So, no news yet on my Macbook...it's my fault really. I've yet to have time to drive it to the Mac store and see what's wrong with it! Hope to do that next week...but here is what I'm thinking. Get rid of her, get software to update the eMac AND get an iPad?? Depending on what is wrong with the laptop, the iPad and software upgrade might be more cost effective....and for sure more fun!

Hope you all are having a great week! I promise more posts soon once I have steady computer time.

Off to finish my summer-rainbow cupcakes!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

sad, sad day...

My beloved Mac laptop died last night. RIP. Blog posts will be few and far between until she comes back from the shop (fingers crossed it's just the hard drive...) I am going to try and get my eMac set up sometime this week to possibly upload some old photos and do some "Remember When" type posts...but we'll see. Say a little prayer for the laptop!! And all my info on her hard drive....

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


I just love this room I spotted over at Smile and Wave! I can see myself having a room like this some day in my home! Love love love!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

for your viewing pleasure.

I know at least a few of you will appreciate this one. 

 source unknown

Do-si-Do's - My Way

Here is a little cookie recipe I decided to try from Annie's Eats that I wanted to share with ya'll! Even though it's hot and Summery outside, I still like to turn on the oven and bake a bit. Who doesn't want dessert all year long? These cookies are light and a great summer treat! Here is how mine turned out...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

new knitting venture

I've decided to try my hand at knitting this satchel. So far so good! The color I've picked is Barley - to sort of give it a more textured look. I'm thinking maybe Snapdragon or Linen for the next bag!

image © Lion Brand
 free PDF pattern download HERE

image © Lion Brand

Friday, July 9, 2010

DIY Birdhouse!

Here is a fun video I found on Threadbanger today - DYI Birdhouse! All the birds are out in their full glory up here - so this would be a great addition to our porch!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

love in a bag

Just a goofy little concept I came up with today - love in a bag. I decided to of course feature my bestie Sandra and her guy Colin (with an ordinary, naturally!) Want me to design you a "love in a bag"? Comment me!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

playing with design

UPDATE: I've added more creations after the jump!! Plus a new banner just for Summer!

Since I had this afternoon off work, I decided to play around with some fun designs for the blog. I found some amazing free digital scrapbooking stuff that has really come in handy and makes design more fun! Check out : Free Digital Scrapbooking.com and the Pugly Pixel (who's button is also on my sidebar) for cute and easy to use digital freebies! Here is a little taste of something I've created so far!

I was just surfin' around the web today and fell upon artist Will Bryant's website. I love love love this design and many more of his others. Check him out - Will Bryant of Austin, Tx.

 © and illustration by Will Bryant

Sunday, July 4, 2010

dream kitchen

I just saw this picture online and loved it instantly. I know it doesn't show a complete kitchen (table, appliances, etc.) but you get the idea. This is exactly what I'd love for a kitchen one day!

and Happy 4th!    

Saturday, July 3, 2010

I want. I NEED!

Just some clothing items and accessories I am loving these days! As much as I'm enjoying summer clothes, I can't wait to get some black jeans/pants for fall/winter. I'm sort of Kelly Cutrone inspired this year!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

july blog of the month!

The Long Thread  is my pick for July's blog of the month!  The Long Thread is a site dedicated to sewing, handmade crafts and tutorials.  For you mommies, there are even kids craft tutorials!

Here are some images and links to my favorite tutorials and ideas on The Long Thread! And don't forget, the blog button is located on the right hand side so you can access the site anytime! And while you're at it, pick up my button, too!

(all images and ideas below copyright The Long Thread)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Summertime Images

I thought I would put together a little collection of summer images I got from the NYC Digital Gallery!  This is such a great resource for you crafty, creative types! I am thinking of taking a few of these images to photoshop and making some fun prints for my house!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Cali mix-tape

Here is just a super short playlist of songs that we heard on our trip to San Diego and are forever ingrained in my brain!

our trip in photos!

Instead of doing a City Views post full of places, links, etc...I've decided just to post pictures of us having fun in San Diego! Of course, I didn't get a single picture of myself but that is ok!

our view of Mt. Rainer on the plane ride down!

Britt and Lizzy

Nerd relaxin'

Justin relaxin' at the beach

Jellyfish we saw at the aquarium in La Jolla 

One of the best parts of the trip was the surprise visit from Sandra and Colin! They drove over from Tucson to hang for a couple days! We had a blast at the aquarium and man did we party! There will be more pics to come! We had a great time with friends and family and look forward to our San Diego trip again next Summer.