Thursday, June 30, 2011

Vintage Anchor


Today I am "anchored" to something very, very special. But tomorrow, I look forward to announcing the winner of The Build A Fort Contest, as well as sharing a beautiful story with you. 
Until then, my Loves . . . 

xoxo
Samantha

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Love Note

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xoxo
Samantha

{see you soon on lovers lane}

Monday, June 27, 2011

Vintage Sage

My love {obsession} with Native American culture, art, and history has been in full effect for awhile now. Recently, with all of the changes in our life, I have found inspiration in Native American traditions and ceremonies. Specifically, Native Americans have sacred ceremonies for healing, cleaning, and purifying one's self and one's space.

During these sacred ceremonies, sage, tobacco, cedar, and sweetgrass are burned for different symbolic reasons. Sage is burned to drive out the negative energy, while sweetgrass helps bring in the positive energy. The process is called "smudging;" and it is a time honored method for healing. Smudging can be done by anyone. "All you need is a fireproof bowl and sage. Light the sage bundle and fan the smoking embers. Let the smoke drift over you and feel yourself opening up to the Spirit."

Over the weekend, I decided to move a lot of furniture around in our home to create a new energy in our space. I also went to the store and bought a white sage smudge stick and sweetgrass incense sticks. I bought these two items from a company named "Juniper Ridge." I have also downloaded basic smudging ceremony rituals for direction; and I am ready to go! I am really excited for this sacred, native american experience. Have you ever done a saging/smudging ceremony?

Navajo Moon

Shiny Squirrel

The Diversion Project

Apartment Therapy

Pinterest


xoxo
Samantha

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Day Dream

Wishing you a beautiful day dream, my Loves! 

xoxo
Samantha

Friday, June 24, 2011

Merry Go Round











Happy Friday! And as it is the last Friday of the month, {where did the time go?} it is time to jump on the "Merry Go Round;where a group of craftswomen from around the world come together and give their own responses to the same question or art challenge on their blog, and then share the Love. June's art challenge is: We are being inspired by someone else's photo, that they posted on last month's Merry Go Round, and using the inspiration to create something. 




Last month, the lovely Ruth, of Birdland Creations, wrote an enlightening post, entitled "Hope," about the beautiful bald eagle. She wrote: "The story that came with the photo was that in January of this year, the weather was so cold in St. Louis, Missouri that bald eagles could not access fish in the river. This was because the temperature of the water was so cold that the fish had all gone to the bottom of the river and it was too deep for the birds to catch them.  The eages were seen flying over homes, looking for food to eat. Some local residents decided to help them out so that they would survive the cold spell and so started feeding the eagles with fish. When they started, there were just a handful of eagles, but more and more came and enjoyed their free meal."


Bald Eagles have always been one of most magnificent creatures I have ever seen. Their image and symbolism of freedom, opportunity, protection, determination, and inspiration, is why they are held in high esteem in many different cultures around the word. 



Specifically, the Native Americans believe the eagle is sacred. They believe that: "Bald Eagles are the chosen master of the skies by the Creator. This is also because eagles generally fly at a higher altitude than most other birds. This gives them a unique perspective that is unmatched by any other bird. By virtue of their high flying they are considered to be closer to the Creator than all other creatures on earth. The eagle, it is believed, works as a messenger for the Creator. It is tasked with the duty of carrying the prayers of human beings from the earth world to the spirit world where they believed the creator resides. Seeing an eagle during a prayer ceremony was taken as a sign of having one’s prayers accepted. If the Natives wanted the Creator to take immediate notice of them they would hold up an eagle feather in their hands." What a beautiful story. 


I am fascinated with Native American culture and have found myself quite drawn to its' imagery, art, and fashion. Every day I wear two turquoise bracelets made by my amazingly gifted friend, Greg Thorne. Today I went to visit him at the opening of The Sawdust Art Festival; and as we were talking, I looked down to see the most beautiful silver bracelet with a bald eagle artistically etched on top. It was then that I knew, that I must share his handmade bracelet with you, as well as his turquoise bracelets. {I will be introducing you to Greg in more detail on Lovers Lane.} And also because, unlike all of the artistically creative, handmade talent on this Merry Go Round, I consider myself more of a curator of the arts. I can only pray that I can someday find the talent. {i just saw a bald eagle. only kidding.}








Photography by the very talented, Sawdust Art Festival artist, 
Mike Kelly


"Do not allow the illusion of limitation to ground us in our flight."

I Love jumping on the Merry Go Round. If you would like to see what the other, amazingly talented and lovely ladies created from their inspirational photo, please visit their respective blogs! I promise you will enjoy the "ride." 



Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Love of a Bohemian Mama

The Art Spot



1978
Today


Krashing Motions Photography

Laguna Beach, California is known for many beautiful things; but its' soul can be found every summer at the art festivals that draw people here from all over the world. Tomorrow, The Sawdust Art Festival will open its' magical doors for the 45th year in a row. The Sawdust Art Festival was founded as "a non-profit art organization, dedicated to educating the public, and promoting the art created in Laguna Beach." Today, The Festival showcases the fine art and craft of over 200 Laguna Beach residents. Opened daily, from June 24th - August 28th, 10 am - 10 pm; it is an experience for the entire family.

Nestled in a beautiful eucalyptus grove, this unique artists' village is built every year from the ground up. The artists, individually, create their booths with the same creativity and uniqueness that they exhibit through their art. Sawdust is sprinkled down every pathway, live music fills the air, delicious food and drink is served, and art demonstrations are around every corner. 

One of my favorite aspects of The Sawdust Art Festival is the accessibility of the artists. Every day, you will find the artists in their booths, creating their art, and sharing it with you. You can even participate in hands on workshops, taught by the artists in the Festival, and create your own jewelry, blow glass, paint paintings, throw a pot, and tie dye, {just to name a few.} 

Every day, The Sawdust Art Festival offers complimentary art classes for kids. {I will post the schedule for the summer, as soon as it is available.} It is truly such a wonderful and magical place. And at $7.75 admission for the day, it is a valuable treat for the whole family to enjoy. {Here is a coupon for a discount; and the military is free.} 

Please let me know if you plan to attend the Festival this summer! I would love to meet you there! 

xoxo
Samantha

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer Lovin'


Summer is here! And I am already having so much fun! Yesterday I participated in a "Goddess Yoga" Retreat, followed by the opening of one of my favorite places on Earth, the Sawdust Festival. Can't wait to share more with you about these two amazing events! Hope you are having some summer fun! 
See you tomorrow, my Loves! Off to the beach . . . 

xoxo 
Samantha

Monday, June 20, 2011

Scenes from a Gifted Weekend!

Baby Shower, hosted by and picture taken by, the lovely Grace


My gift

{Baby Shower Favors, handmade by Grace and Alexis.}

On Saturday, I was incredibly honored to be amongst an amazing group of women, for a baby shower, in celebration of the lovely Alexis.  The baby shower was held at the beautiful home of Grace, whose pictures and post capture the essence of this magical party. The guests at the shower did not know each other for any other reason than we are all bloggers. Our blog world has brought us all together; and it truly is the best gift!

James was so proud of the Father's Day gift he made for his Daddy. 


Today is my husband's birthday. I made him his favorite cake. 
Happy Birthday! 

xoxo
Samantha

*Please visit my friend, Brandi, over at Not Your Average Ordinary
for a Vintage is for Lovers' Giveaway! 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

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Happy Father's Day! 

"To the world, you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world."

xoxo
Samantha

Friday, June 17, 2011

Love Links

Top Ten Things I am Loving on this Week

xoxo


1. Love free people and all of their vintage yumminess, found on La Feem
{aztec obsession in full effect}


2. Love carrot + coriander on etsy, found on the wishful nals
{shop is amazing}


3. Love this new "children's book,"found here
{hilarious}


4. Love the idea of setting up a backyard movie sesh, found on live, love, small
{welcome summer}


5. Love my new thunderbird bracelet, by a common thread!
{her shop is amazing}


6. Love the crab claw bracelet, by tiffany chou, found on dilly dallas.
{still dreaming of my chesapeake bay blue crabs}


6. Love a DIY for homemade glitter, found on Sprinkles and Sequins
{love. love. love}


7. Love this printable placemat, by Mrs. Lilien
{a proper table setting after my own heart}


8. Love this pillow, found on pinterest.
{my new summer mantra}


9. Love this creativity with crayons, made by The Girl is Craftee with her daughter. 
{best teacher gift}


10. Love to my husband, Steve, and to my Dad! 
{HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!}

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Love of a Bohemian Mama

Build a Fort {Contest}
{inspired by Booooooom}

One of our favorite things to do in our home is to gather all of the pillows and quilts and make the biggest fort we can; and once the fort is complete, we snuggle underneath to tell stories, play, and laugh.  I have to admit that when I was a little girl, the fort building was an activity that only my brothers participated in; but now that I am a fort building Mama, I can't believe that I missed out on all of that fun. But I am making up for lost time; and I have also come to the realization that fort building is for all ages! {and I highly recommend it}

{pinterest}
{moonfaceon}
{booooooom}
{pinterest}
{booooooom}
Recently I came upon an archived, fort building contest, hosted by Booooooom, and inspired by the book, "Where the Wild Things Are;" which "is filled with references to building a world out of things from your every day life." 


I love the fort building contest, so much, and on so many levels; that I am hosting a similar contest here:

Design and construct a fort of any size and shape, using things you love. Take a picture of your fort. Email it to me here

I will post all entries next Thursday; and then I will invite all Lovers to vote. The winner will be announced June 30th. The winner will receive their choice of a 16x16 pillow from The Vintage is for Lovers Pillow Collection. {All entries must be submitted by Wednesday, June 22nd.}



 Have fun!!! And please share the Build a Fort Contest with all your friends, readers, and followers. 

xoxo
Samantha



Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Vintage Bikini

{clusterpile} 
{all the mountains}
{oma vintage}
{google}
{yeh yeh girl}
{google}
{design sponge}
I love vintage bathing suits! And I find it incredibly remarkable how different our bathing suits look today compared to how they looked in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. But I am beginning to see a comeback for these beauties. How do you feel about the vintage bathing suit designs? Would you rock one at the beach? Or do you think they are better fit in a frame? Either way, I think they are fabulous and sexy!

xoxo
Samantha
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