Friday, August 26, 2011

new button.

Made a new blog button today. A little larger in size mostly. I will have hubby write the code tonight that I want and then it will be available for you to use!


Just a sneek peak of where I've been the past few days. I will post a full update this weekend! Happy Friday everyone.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Elephantine is one of my favorite blogs to read and creates some of my favorite jewelry right now. See some of her beautiful work below.

ALL images from Elephantine

Click HERE to checkout the Elephantine blog and HERE for her Etsy shop!


Here is another beautiful DIY from the Design Sponge website and Holly Rose.

While surfing Design Sponge today, I came across this beautiful vintage lamp DIY. The simplicity is really charming and the materials are easy to come by.


Go HERE to get a full list of materials and instructions to make your very own vintage inspired lamp!

Friday, August 12, 2011


I told you all a while back that I wanted to start to post some DIY ideas from around the web. Back when I was taking good care of this blog, I was just starting out with this feature...but then it all went to the back burner. Now it's back and I think today's DIY is the perfect one to start with. It comes from Design Sponge and the bbb craft sisters!

A recycled road map cork board! The minute I saw this DIY I said to myself "you have to make this!" I will of course attempt to make a Washington and a Texas.

This DIY would be a fabulous idea for gifts, your craft room or really...any room! Click HERE to head to Design Sponge and see the DIY instructions and materials!

Have a great DIY of your own? Send it over and maybe I'll post it!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

adventures in soap-making

A couple of months ago Sandra approached me about trying to make soap. You see, a couple of years ago I made some simple soap for little favors at my wedding. It was fun to create  and since then I have played with making more here and there. Now that Sandra and I are stepping in to a real crafting business venture together, I decided I should learn how to make the real thing. Soap from scratch. No melt and pour from the craft store. The minute I mentioned this to Chris, he was on board, too.  For a month now, we've been playing with a re-batch soap base. What re-batch means is we've taken a "from scratch" soap base produced by someone else, grated it down to melt and put in our own additives. This was a great way get started and play with "flavors" so to speak. Last week, we took another step in making soap from scatch - really from scratch- and that means playing with lye! "EEP" I thought. But look how it turned out!

It's so beautiful in person. It's this wonderful cream color with a beautiful odor. It has to cure for about four weeks before it's ready to use but I am seriously so excited to see where this can go. In the coming months, look for our simple handmade soaps to be for sale in the Lonely Quail shop!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

pardon my French

Even though we've barely had a Summer here in the Pacific NW, my eyes are already fixated on Fall/Winter (at least for fashion, anyway.) I am concerned at my current obsession with stripes. I've always liked stripes, just ask my college room mate (Hey K!) I am drawn to black and white stripes with accent colors of red, brown, peach and gold. 

Below you will see a screen shot of my Pinterest board called pardon my French. I've pinned numerous photos of clothes and more to keep my French inspiration alive.

Now, I make no claim to know much about French fashion history (I know it's much more glamorous than my visions) but stripes, cigarette pants and black say Francais to me. My vision this Fall/Winter is to wear black, sometimes all black (I love you Kelly Cutrone.) and stripes. I will document this all to you IF it happens!

PS. Have you checked out Pinterest? If not - DO! And here is another link to my Pinterest board of French inspirations.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

under construction

Ok all - so after playing with my blog yesterday and telling you "I've uploaded another header..."etc, I had a change of mind and today started in a completely different direction as far as how Lovely NW will look. As of right now, it's under construction - so check back tomorrow for new the new look and new blog buttons!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I finally have found some time to blog a bit. I am about to head over to Whole Foods for some soap making inspiration, but I wanted to show you some old images I found that I designed before my old Mac died.

I hope to post more often sharing with you DIY ideas from around the web and also using this cute little image with the bird as my signature.  Also, did you see I changed up my blog header a bit? AND I added html code to my blog button so it's easier to share with you!

More to come on Lonely Quail - so stay tuned.

Little Photo

Finally some pictures! I took these and manipulated these all with a little Android App called Little Photo. I LOVE this app!

This one I took two photos of myself and exposed them together! 
Similar photo, just me and different colors/style
I will be back soon with some exciting news about a new adventure with Sandra called Lonely Quail!