Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sand In My Shoes





We are back in California and I still have sand in my shoes . . . .
But I am happy to be home; and happy to {finally} visit your blog and catch up.
You have been missed.

xoxo
Samantha

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Toes to the Nose




From Grandparents to Grommet Island, we are having a Great time!

xoxo
Samantha

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sweet Virginia






We have safely arrived in Virginia Beach! Our first day was spent running into the open arms of family. Dinner at my favorite restaurant, enjoying crabs on the Chesapeake Bay, ended a magical day and the start of a wonderful vacation! It feels so good to be in a place I call home . . .

xoxo
Samantha

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Home Coming


Wishing you a lovely weekend filled with lots of love and happiness! 
{our bags are packed and we are ready to fly}

xoxo
Samantha

Friday, May 20, 2011

I'm Coming Home

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I cannot get the Diddy and Skylar Grey song, "I'm Coming Home," out of my head; because I am just too excited to be going back to my hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia, this weekend. We are packing it up and heading east to visit our family and friends.

Growing up in Virginia was amazing; and going home brings back so many wonderful memories. It is such a beautiful and comforting place. While I am there, I have decided to, everyday, share with you snapshots from our vacation. I hope you enjoy our trip to a place I call home.

Here's a sneak peak . . .

Relaxin' and playin' on the beach 
Pickin' crabs
Pickin' strawberries
Strollin' the boardwalk
Sittin' on the dock of the Bay
Lovin' every minute of it with family and friends

xoxo
Samantha

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Enjoy


When I woke up this morning I needed to look at a calendar to remind myself what day it is; and it was then that I realized that today is the day I needed to just BE with my little boys. We have been listening to our favorite songs, dancing, drawing, laughing and playing. The weather is cold, windy, and rainy; and to me, there is nothing better than a day of cuddling and loving on your family. 
Pure happiness. 
{And just another reminder:}


xoxo
Samantha

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Collection


Lovers Lane will be here tomorrow . . .

for

The Vintage is for Lovers' Pillow Collection has arrived! 

{You can visit the shop HERE and HERE}



xoxo

Samantha

Monday, May 16, 2011

Scenes from the Shows






We had a wonderful time at the trunk show on Thursday! From the watermelon rose cocktails to the live music by Anesha Rose, Heather and I enjoyed the late afternoon celebrating our two companies and meeting new friends. 

On Sunday, I was a little worried about the Flea Market since it was pouring rain from the moment I arrived {5:30 am} until about 8 am. But, the sunshine came out and blue skies appeared; and it was a success! I had so much fun people watching and selling my vintage goods. I think I will do it again! 

Hope you had a lovely weekend! 

xoxo
Samantha

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Vintage Flea

Going Home to Roost
Tomorrow I am going to be a 1st time vendor at the Long Beach Flea Market. 

Up at 4:30 am.
{really!?}


xoxo 
Samantha

Friday, May 13, 2011

Winning

What a beautiful ending to a fabulous week! Not only did I win my first give-a-way and host my first trunk show, I just received The Stylish Blogger Award from the ever lovely, Sara of A Trice of Life
Thank you to Sara, and all of my friends and family for being so incredibly supportive and loving. 

xoxo 
Samantha


So, the rules are:  {1} thank and link back to the person who gave you the award. {2} reveal seven things about yourself. {3} bestow the award on ten great bloggers you have recently discovered. {4} contact those bloggers and tell them about the award.


7 Things About Me 

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I Love the beach.
{and have always wanted to learn how to surf great}
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I Love ice cream! 
{and ate so much of it when I was pregnant; I swear it was the leading cause of my gestational diabetes.}

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When I was a little girl I wanted to be in the circus.
{and actually became pretty good at the flying trapeze}

I Love twinkle lights.
{and keep a set up all year round}


I Love sending and receiving letters in the {actual} mail. 
{i think it was all those years spent at summer camp}


I am on a journey to becoming a story telling yoga teacher.
{for kids}

I have an amazing group of friends that I have known since the 1st grade.
{i miss them every day}


And the award goes to . . . . . . . . . .


Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Summer Picnic in the Country

Today is Trunk Show Day! {Yay!} 

In preparation for my parties, I always gather together inspirational photos to get ideas for anything from the decorations to the menu. I love Pinterest for this very reason! I have chosen "A Summer Picnic in the Country," as the theme for the party; and found some amazing pictures on Pinterest that sparked many ideas! Here are a few of them . . . .

Bohemian
Picnic
In the Country
Strawberry Shortcakes
Delicious Cocktails
Wildflowers

I can't wait to show you the pictures from the trunk show! 
{And if you would like to follow me on Pinterest, you can find me here.} 
Hope you have a beautiful day! 
{wish me luck}

xoxo 
Samantha

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sneak Peek



Tomorrow is the launch party for The Vintage is for Lovers Pillow Collection! So, while I am busy preparing a "Summer Picnic in the Country," I thought I would share with you a little sneak peek.

Prairie Star, 25x25
Patchwork, 25x25
Four Patch, 25x25
Dresden Plate, 16x16
Double Wedding Ring, 16x16


Once upon a time, in a beautiful beach town in Southern California, a bohemian mama named Samantha fell in love with a dream; to celebrate and curate the arts and traditions of our past, present, and future. 
Vintage is for Lovers is an inspired, lifestyle collection of stories untold and dreams imagined. Beginning with a collection of pillows, designed and created using vintage, heirloom quilts and 100% organic fabrics, Samantha is committed to making a difference and living change through sustainability practices and social enterprise. 

Description: One of a kind pillows artfully designed and created using vintage, hand sewn quilts. Each pillow is lined with 100% organic muslin and backed with 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton fabric. 5% of every sale is gifted in support of The Tailor’s Art; a local art center that provides art classes for low income kids in the community.  


xoxo
Samantha

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Lovers Lane


Until today, Lovers Lane has been a place for me to introduce and showcase artists and their art. But I feel it is time to get a little more personal and intimate; and welcome you into creative homes and spaces on Lovers Lane.  


"For the Love of Old," by Mary Randolph Carter and "Inside the Painter's Studio," by Joe Fig are two of my favorite coffee table books in my collection; because they beautifully display photographs from inside the homes and studios of artists. I am fascinated by and in Love with inspiring homes, magical monuments, and sacred spaces. And while I truly Love introducing you to artists, {and I will certainly continue with my artists' features}; I want to further open the doors of creativity and inspiration!

Lovers Lane: Rancho Toro



Welcome to Rancho Toro, a historic adobe nestled in the majestic hills of Montecito, California; and located on one country acre, surrounded by over three dozen fruit trees, ancient oak trees, and a running creek. Rancho Toro is the home of my Mom, Barbara, and her husband, Bob; who redesigned and reinvented the adobe and surrounding property with a commitment to preserving and maintaining its' history and charm. 

Built in 1948, by the Aguilar brothers, Rancho Toro represents the love for travel, culture, and the environment, that my Mom and Bob share together. From the planting of only indigenous, Californian plants, to the up-cycling of Mexican doors for wood throughout the home, my Mom and Bob were calculated and meticulous in their decision making of all building materials, lighting, and vegetation, for the restoration of their historic adobe.  

Original vintage door from Mexico
Cultural art vignettes in every room
Fruit from their trees

The dining room with chairs up-cycled using vintage, embroidered dresses from Honduras. 
The Toro is honored throughout the adobe

Mom's desk
Mom's meditation altar

Mom's milagros charms and prayer beads

My Mom is an artist and philanthropist, who travels all over the world in an inspired mission to help preserve the arts of indigenous people. Her interior and exterior design reflects this love and commitment. 








Rancho Toro is a magical and inspired space for meditation, relaxation, and exploration. 
And we feel so blessed to call it our home. 


xoxo
Samantha






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