Jun
27
2014
Friday Finds and Home Decor Items

It's Friday! For many of you that means the weekend and a couple of days off of work... I am definitely jealous! I am smack in the middle of shooting for the Home Depot Style Challenge and I can't wait for you to see all of the fun I have planned for that, but for now some gorgeous goods I have gathered in my Great.ly boutique from some amazing Makers both near and far! I think this collection of pieces brings a bit of a beachy laid back vibe with just a touch of humor. Can't go wrong with that lineup... 

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May
22
2014

It's an exciting day my friends, today is the launch of Great.ly - a completely unique shopping experience that brings together tastemaker's and maker's with gorgeous curated collections of gathered goods. I've been working furiously behind the scenes to set up shop and gather some unique and beautiful wares to house in my boutique.

I will primarily be focusing on Home Goods: ArtPillows / Accessories / Tableware / Entertaining but I will dabble in Children's Goods and some Style and Beauty products too. It will be a blend of things I personally like and want to connect you with, that you might not otherwise have the chance to see. I think that is precisely the beauty of this venue... it gives Maker's the opportunity to gain exposure in a way they may not otherwise have and I think that is pretty important for a small venture of handmade proportions. We are nothing if not proponents of handmade here on TDC, am I right? 

Help support these amazing folks who work so hard to bring these gorgeous goods to fruition, by shopping handmade and connect with the TDC Brand by shopping our personal picks through our Boutique. Win, Win... and if you happen to be a Maker and you are interested in selling through Great.ly, you can apply! There is a link for that on their site and feel free to get in touch with me if you are interested in becoming an exclusive TDC Maker... 

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Mar
27
2014

This space makes me ridiculously happy right now. From the Beni Ourain rug, to the vintage art and the brass loveseats.... I'm completely smitten. I am always drawn to moody colors and gorgeous neutral airy spaces, but it's easy to forget how important it is that we inject a dose of happy into our living environment, in whatever form that may be, and how much our environment can effect us. For me, this means eclectic and colorful but grounded in light, airy, and bright neutrals, with amazing art hung on every square inch of wall space. 

So here goes... 

One // Both Mr. TDC and I essentially started our own companies around the same time (I do not recommend this under any circumstances). As dualing entreprenuers in the house, we fight for time more than any other thing. It's a constant struggle because when one of us is with the kids, which has to be one of us at any given time, that person isn't able to work. If any of you have ever started or operated your own company, you know that the time you put in is directly related to what you get out, most of the time... so this is so amazingly hard on us. I can't even express how difficult this really is on two people who don't have family around or able to babysit often or a babysitter on hand and 2 small kiddos running loose. Though, my goodness it can always be worse. I try and remember that. 

Two // It turns out I grew up with this cute girl's baby daddy. And by 'grew up' I don't mean that we lived in the same state or general metropolitan area, I mean that we went to elementary school, Jr. High, and High School together... Somehow I never put the pieces together with the last name and all. Which is funny (or ridiculous). I guess it's all about context, eh? She just posted some of her maternity pics from an interview she did for Mini Magazine, so now you can see just how cute she and they actually are. It's adorable! I wonder if they fight over time for work... le sigh.

Three // I stopped nursing the Bird at the end of January just before I headed to Utah for an event with Cricut and ALT Summit, and everything went swimmingly for the first few weeks right up until a hefty dose of postpartum depression crept in. I didn't actually know this was even a 'thing' but lucky me... it totally is! Yay. I have been in a pretty major funk for the last two months and it's made getting projects done and handling life so much more difficult. I am thankful that it's going to be a more short lived variety than is typical after having a baby, but this has been one of the most difficult times for me and I have a whole new level of appreciation for people who go through this. I think this is a topic that could use a lot more conversation and information flowing more freely out there and I hope to be a catalyst for that perhaps.

Four // The way to my heart is through sweet treats and candy... and by sweet treats I pretty much mean chocolate chip cookies but most anything will do, most of the time. I'm basically obsessed with candy and my fave is gummy cherries and those sour red and yellow filled twizzler things. I don't know what they are actually called, but I stock up when I'm traveling. 

Five // Today is the one year anniversary of my Grandma's passing. I am not even remotely healed from that loss and I haven't actually visited her grave site. Today is the day I will do that for the first time and I'm sure it will be cathartic but to be honest I feel like I honor her every single day and that her grave makes the loss so permanent. I haven't been ready to face that. We shall see how it goes...

Ok, phew I did it and gosh those were mostly depressing. Hopefully as we get into this more and I find my groove, my 5 things won't be so heavy. I figure we have to break the seal somehow though, so there you have it.

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Mar
14
2014

It's Friday! Somehow as my boy has gotten a bit older and is now in school 5 days a week, I am so much more aware of the days and that means Fridays are now something I look forward to from first thing Monday morning on. It's kind of a bummer I have to admit. I think I preferred living in bliss and completely in ignorance of which day of the week it is or even what month, much of the time. But... such is life, right? 

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Jan
17
2014

It's been a little while since we I've published some of my Friday loves at first site! Life has been absolute chaos these past few months, to say the least. But not to worry, I will be getting back into the swing of things again and hopefully we will be keeping a relatively consistent publication schedule once again! Maybe. Except for next week of course, since I will be traveling to Salt Lake City for ALT! Very excited... and also completely nervous and overwhelmed. Eek. 

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Nov
14
2013

Feeling festive but not quite ready to put up a tree? Maybe you aren't working on the same holiday timeline retailers seem to be, and frankly who is... All the same, perhaps a bit of sparkle in your space might be just the thing to help bridge the gap between Fall and Winter without committing one way or the other. This roundup of gorgeous metallic pieces will actually work year round, so don't feel limited by the seasons for adding that extra bit of special to your place. After all, everyone loves a bit of shine...

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There is nothing more glamorous than a gilded tablescape and with accents of black and smoky metallic silver, I would be me over the moon in love. I adore a touch of the unexpected, and trust me when I say dark colors like black and gray are still, even in this modern day and age, a bit unexpected around the holidays. 

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From brass to mercury glass and every gorgeous sparkly urchin in between, these pieces are phenomenal year round, but during the holiday season, they especially work well, regardless of which holiday you are focusing on.

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Fun barware and a gilded ram are sure to be the talk of the town for your next holiday festivity. A few tips from the bottle service provided on the antique brass finish rye tray and honestly your party will be a hit regardless, but you may as well let it shine, and with sparkly decor dangling delicately nearby.

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