Monday, January 31, 2011

A Beautiful Ending!

2010 was a difficult and stressful year in our family. I believe with any change, you have to adjust, and that takes time and a whole lot of work! But it is all worth it in the end! The New Year has been very welcoming and refreshing! And Wow! January ended with the most wonderful, Love filled weekend!

Weekend Recap: Love



My husband and I celebrated our 3 year Anniversary at a beautiful surf side hotel in Laguna Beach.



I happened upon a treasure filled estate sale where I found metal Tonka trucks for our boys, and this amazing library inspired end table. 


I shared lots of giggles and belly laughs with our boys. 


And most importantly, I felt very Loved! 

xoxo 
Samantha

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Love Links

I fell in Love with so many wonderful things this week! I don't know how it is possible to just choose 10 to share with you!? But I will stick to my 10, for you and for me!  


Love Links
xoxo
1. Love the 'Have a Heart' How-To on Dottie Angel

2. Love The Falling Garden Installation conceived and executed by Swiss artists gerda steiner and j├Ârg lenzlinger found on Beach Bungalow 8

3. Love artist Will Ryman's "love letter to New York City": "The Roses" on Park Ave. 

4. Love Bando

5. Love Selena Lake's photography found on The Vintage Laundress.

6. Love every thing about this poster found on Absolutely Beautiful Things

7. Love the creative use of vintage shoe molds to hold your necklace collection found on Bliss.

8. Love this Gypsy Water Parfum my friend Conor introduced me to. 

9. Love all of the inspired spaces of all the creative people in the Coveted

10. Love to pieces my favorite rockstar, our son James! 

xoxo
Samantha

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Love of a Bohemian Mama

I am having one of those moments in life where everything seems to be coming together - Finally!! I think it is a combination of embracing serendipity and trusting that what you put out into the universe will ultimately come back to you.

And what better to follow "that" up with, than a new edition of: The Love of a Bohemian Mama. If you missed the first one from last week, you can check it out here.

The Love of a Bohemian Mama: Play with Your Food! 

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When I became a Mom, I think what I was most excited about doing with my boys were all of the arts and crafts that I remembered doing as a child. I always think of the quote by Picasso: "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” It is my goal to support my boys as naturally born artists. 

One of the best ways to introduce arts and crafts to your child is to make it hands on, simple, and fun! Fruit and Vegetable art is my favorite! Children Love to feel the fruits and vegetables, and are amazed at what beautiful shapes they create using paint. 

Cucumbers, apples, avocados, lemons, star fruit, bell peppers, onions, and oranges cut in half make beautiful imagery. Broccoli, potatoes, cauliflower, and carrots make intricate designs. Asparagus makes the perfect paint brush. Corn on the cob makes an excellent rolling pattern. Be creative!



You can find an assortment of non-toxic, washable paints at your local craft store. But if you are interested in making your own, I found a wonderful DIY watercolor how to and recipe on lilac silhouette; and the best part is, it is easy, non-toxic, and most ingredients are probably already in your kitchen. Click here for the DIY. 

Photo by Heather Hackett
I know my 2.5 year old son James is going to Love making art with fruits and vegetables; but my 10 month old son Oliver might be a bit too young to really get the most out of this wonderful activity. So in case you too have a baby in the family, here is another fun way to play with food: Simply fill a tub with pastas and child friendly kitchen utensils. Your child is sure to have a wonderful time. 


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xoxo
Samantha

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Quilts for Queensland

Happy Australia Day! What a perfect time to send Love to a beautiful country that has recently experienced a flood disaster causing three quarters of the state to be declared "a disaster zone." Many people are without a home, and so many more have been tragically effected by this catastrophic event.

I have been listening and reading the stories surrounding the Queensland floods; but none are more personal and profound that those that I have read on the blogs of my Australian friends. Recently, I came across a beautiful fundraising type effort pioneered by Corrie of Retro Mummy, called "Quilts for Queensland."

Retro Mummy


Quilts for Queensland is "spreading the Love and hope to the victims of the recent floods in Queensland, one quilt at a time. Because nothing says you care more than a handmade quilt. Something to cuddle and snuggle under, to brighten a bare house, as lives and homes are rebuilt, and just to make you feel oh so very special." (Corrie)

Corrie is asking "for blocks measuring 12 1/2 inches (so that they have a finished size of 12 inch once pieced) or finished quilts that can be given to boys, girls and adults. If you'd like to get involved just drop me an email to corrie_sebire@hotmail.com. We'd love to have you join us and everyone is welcome, beginners to our more experienced quilters. It's all about love here not how long you've been quilting."


I think Quilts for Queensland is such a beautiful way to show Australia how much the world Loves and supports them through this difficult time. And I know just the perfect quilt in my collection to send over. 
Here are some others that have been made in honor of Australia. 


Made by Contented

Made by Sue Daley

Made by Cinderberry Stiches

Made by Retro Mummy


Please join me in sharing the Love with Australia!

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xoxo
Samantha



Please visit one of my favorite Australian bloggers, A Beach Cottage
We are sharing the Love today!



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Lovers Lane

Tuesday has become my favorite day of the week here at Vintage is for Lovers. I get so very excited to introduce you to another one of my creatively talented friends.


Today I have chosen to introduce you to someone who lives her life with the purpose of thoughtfulness for others. She is Handmade!


Lovers Lane: Molly Ennis


Meet my lovely friend Molly. Molly is the friend, sister, and daughter we all want to call our own. She is the type of girl that will make you homemade chicken noodle soup when you aren't feeling well, and a homemade lavender candle when you are feeling stressed out. She Loves creating video and picture montages as gifts for family and friends in celebration of their lives. A day does not go by where Molly is not thinking about how to show others how much she cares for them; and she does this so creatively and effectively through her handmade crafts.



Molly used vintage cocoa tins and tea cups to make these candles as gifts for the holidays. 


She used muffin tins to create these organic lavender soaps, also as gifts for the holidays. 


Here is Molly painting the rocking horse she gifted her niece Matilda with for her birthday.

Molly is currently in the process of creating a line of handmade  bird baths using all founded and recycled materials. The birdbath collection is called LOVE; and is in honor of Molly's favorite park, LOVE Park, in her hometown of Philadelphia. 

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I am sure you have seen the famous LOVE sign somewhere, and most visibly on the USPS postage stamp collection. But here is a little history: The LOVE sculpture was created by artist Robert Indiana in 1960. The sculpture "holds a special place in the heart of Philadelphians and has been the backdrop of many a marriage proposal, as well as the inspiration to the thousands of skateboarders who use to make the pilgrimage to LOVE before it was controversially deemed off limits to skaters in 2005." (quote



Molly's LOVE birdbaths are filled with a story, personal history, and a whole lot of Love! 
If you are interested in a LOVE birdbath for you, or for a gift, you can contact Molly here.

Molly exemplifies the meaning of handmade. Her crafts are filled with care, thought, creativity, uniqueness, and Love. She is a perfect example of how giving a gift you made to someone you care about is the greatest and most valuable gift of all! 


Lovers Lane Questionnaire


1. Where do you find your daily inspiration? My daily inspirations are rooted in nature and the environment...whether it be a park I like to frequent or a city I find a connection with. Sometimes the thing I create is not solely reflecting where I currently reside. Sometimes a memory or a culmination of places and the experiences I had there show their influence in whatever I'm working on.

2. What is your most treasured item in your home? Most treasured item(s) in my home are all the journals, letters and photos I've compiled over the years...my analog mountain of memories. Oh yes! And my grandmother's violin, passed down to her from her orchestra conductor then passed to me. Luckily I was the only violin player in the family :)

3. What is your favorite comfort food? This one's a tie...lobster mac and cheese or green curry with coconut rice.

4. When did you realize that you were an artist? I suppose I realized I was an artist when people started commenting on gifts that I created. At a very young age, I felt solace in putting my hands to work. My Renaissance Grandfather had a workshop where he got into nearly everything from painting, drawing, woodworking, instrument repair, print pressing, leather tooling and furniture making. It is in the giving of what I create that I enjoy. It also gives me a deadline. My mother always encouraged my homemade gifts as a child and so began my tradition of making all (well... most) of my christmas gifts.

5. Best advice you ever received? My imperfections and failures are just as much a blessing as my successes and my talents.

6. Your best advice to an aspiring artist? Even if what you set upon to create is not panning out to be/look as you had imagined it would....finish it anyway. You may surprise yourself with something beautiful...and surprising ourselves is a rare and wonderful feeling.

7. What is one thing people would not know about you? I'm a little more old-fashioned than I may come across.

8. Are you a Lover of Vintage? I love vintage! I love the stories...told or imagined, behind something preowned. My teenage self could often be found spending an entire saturday perusing the aisles of philly's best thrifts. From the musky smell of a leather jacket circa 1964 to the wear and tear of a used guitar. It is all wonderful.

9. Where can we find you next? (Blog Lovers get attached easily) You can find me on etsy coming shortly as I will be posting a Spring collection of my philly LOVE park bird-baths, with all found objects.

10. What is your favorite thing to wear? My favorite thing to wear would have to be a men's sized hoodie. Comfort comes easy when you get all wrapped up in it.







Monday, January 24, 2011

A Celebration of Love

Friday is my husband and I's Anniversary. I am not sure what we are going to do to celebrate the three years we have been husband and wife; but I am sure we will find something romantic and fun! I guess it is kind of like the way we got married. See we eloped to a courthouse in Laguna on a beautiful Monday morning in 2008. We didn't have a plan, we didn't have a clue; but two beautiful baby boys later, we take each day at a time, and always, somehow, it seems to work out just perfect. 

But, in case my husband happens to peak over and ready my blog today:  

Dear Honey, I would love for our Anniversary to look something like this . . . Love, Skip 

Dinner at our favorite spot.

A couple pictures to capture the moment.

Beautiful music in the background.

Love Notes.  


A walk on the beach.

xoxo




Oh! and before I forget, any one of these! ;)



images via we heart it and white driftwood


xoxo

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Funday

Hi my Loves! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. We went to "The Happiest Place on Earth" yesterday. It was so much fun; but I hit the pillows as soon as we arrived home. It was dreamy.

Today is all about football in our home. Do you have football Lovers in your home too? I enjoy the food that goes along with it the most! My favorite food to cook on Sunday Funday is "Beer Can Chicken." Beer Can Chicken is genius, and incredibly easy to make.

Beer Can Chicken Recipe

One whole chicken
Beer Can
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
Rosemary (optional)
Lemon (optional)


Empty the inside of the chicken.
Pat the chicken dry with paper towel. 
Rub with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Optional: Stuff the chicken with lemon and rosemary.
Open beer can and insert the beer can into the opening of the chicken. Stand the chicken on top of the beer can. The chicken will be "balancing" on the beer on the grill.
After placing the chicken on the grill, close it. 
Grill for one hour.



You will open the grill to your delight! 
A beautiful, crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, delicious chicken! It really is that easy!

Enjoy! 

xoxo
Samantha

Friday, January 21, 2011

Love Links

My favorite part about "blog land" is all of the inspiring people, images, and ideas that I come across every day. I Love discovering the shared connections and friendships amongst "bloggers." It really is a "land" of Love.

Every week I come across so many inspiring and fantastic things that I want to share with you; but I don't have the time to post more than one blog a day right now. So I have decided that I will devote one day a week to sharing "Love Links" with you. "Love Links" are exactly that, links to posts that I fell in Love with at first sight, or simply things that I am Loving this week.

Love Links
xoxo

1. Love the website CARDBOARDLOVE.COM


2. Love this party dress platter by Rae Dunn on Etsy.

3. Love the combination of gorgeous flowers in a lace wrapped vase on Florals by Jenny.

4. Love this outdoor space featured in Lonny Magazine that I found on  Shanners in the City.

5. Love the Minnetoka Giveaway on This Free Bird

6. Love the vintage bottle opener collection belonging to the House of Brinson.




7. Love these two amazing couples we saw at the Long Beach Flea Market. 
8. Love this "Super Epic Rainbow Cake" by Swiss Miss that I found on Fern and Feather

9. Love these gold baking dishes we found at the  flea market. (I am still kicking myself that I didn't bring them home.)




10. Love this folk art heart.




xoxo
Samantha




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