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Glamping

(images, clockwise from top left: mitts from Neeka Knits; The Guardian; Oh So Lovely’s Instagram; camp cot from Now Vintage; recipe from the Etsy blog; Farmhouse Wares)

What I love about glamping (glamour + camping) is that it’s so easy to make the camping experience more fun and comfortable. Think scrumptious meals served from enamelware plates, a tablecloth and mason jar of wildflowers on the picnic table, and cozy blankets to wrap up in while sitting around the fire. Real silverware, twinkle lights on the tent, and candles on the table at night. It’s the best!

i heart campingI’m sure some will disagree, but I do think that glamping can go too far — when I’m camping, I don’t want to sleep in an actual bed, or hang a chandelier over the campsite, and the only screens I want to see are the screened windows of my tent. I want to smell woodsmoke and see stars at night, feel sore muscles from hiking (nothing a few nips from a flask won’t cure), and hear the sounds of woods animals while I drift off to sleep. But why not make it prettier, more comfortable, and more fun? That I am all for!

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(images, clockwise from top left: Oh So Lovely Vintage; Sunset Magazine; Oh So Lovely Vintage; Sunset Magazine; Neeka Knits; Oh So Lovely Vintage)

Glamping is the perfect opportunity to use those cute, but slightly wacky vintage afghans, quilts, and cushions you know you secretly love. It’s an opportunity to express your creativity, and even (if you wish) allow your inner tackiness to come out to play. Plastic flowers in a soda bottle? At home, tacky … at the campsite, it’s just cute! There’s a whole lot of leeway when it comes to glamping style. Shabby chic, colorful and retro, or organic and natural — what appeals to you?

Tell me: Are you a camper?

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Follow Your Bliss Friday

The weekend is here, and that means it’s time for Follow Your Bliss Friday! Grab yourself a slice of cake, a cup of your favorite thing to drink, and settle into a comfy chair.

Follow Your Bliss Friday

Since we are just getting this series going, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about what it means to ‘follow your bliss’ exactly, and why it’s a good idea to do it. Bliss, to me, means feeling a deep contentment with what you are doing — feeling at home in your world, like you are on the right path, the stars are aligned, and you are exactly where you need to be. Of course, what does it for you will be different than what does it for me, but that’s what makes being human so awesome — we are each totally unique.

So how do you know what your version of bliss is? You follow it. I think of it as being akin to tracking an animal (not that I know how to do that, or would want to, but for the sake of discussion…). You have to be hyper aware, so you can keep an eye out for clues. But instead of following a scent or animal tracks, you follow your curiosity, feelings of butterflies in your stomach, daydreams, and by noticing what feels easy and natural to you.

Following your bliss is not just one big thing. It’s not just writing a book, or starting a business, or traveling the world — it could include that for you, but it also should include all of the thousands of little things that make your life worth living. Sometimes reaching for one big, all-consuming dream is overwhelming. But if you make following your bliss a daily practice, you will see that all of the tiny decisions you make naturally add up to something bigger.

Think of each choice you make throughout the day as an opportunity to follow your bliss.

Grace Lee Illustrator

I was reading SF Girl By Bay the other day, and Victoria mentioned in a post that she used to draw and paint in a similar style to illustrator Grace Lee, whose work is shown above. She went on to say that seeing Grace’s work inspired her to consider picking up her pens again. That’s what I’m talking about! You can imagine the little tingle Victoria must have felt in her tummy when she saw Grace’s illustrations, right? Well the next time you feel a tingle like that, promise yourself that you will do something about it. You don’t know where it will lead … and that’s sort of the point, isn’t it? Life is a grand adventure, and none of us know exactly where we are going. But you can make the journey as interesting and blissful as you like. It’s up to you.

(images, from top: Madewell’s Instagram; illustrator Grace Lee, found thanks to SF Girl By Bay)

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The Summer Kitchen

Summer cooking is the best! I mean really, don’t you agree? The produce is bursting from the stalls at the farmer’s market and yarden (yarden = yard + garden, thank you Bixby for coining the term this morning!), and everything tastes better when you can eat it outside.

Screen shot 2014-07-30 at 10.04.33 AMSo in honor of summer, I thought that today I would share a few recipes and things that have been on my summer list. Let’s start above with that scrumptious looking nectarine and blueberry crumble from my friend Sarah at Two Blue Lemons. How can you go wrong with that? Next up I think we need a cocktail — we do, right? I recommend mixing up a batch of this boozy rosemary watermelon lemonade from Food 52 — it was a huge hit with the parents at Bixby’s fourth birthday party last month!

If you have an ice cream maker, these raspberry ice cream sandwiches with homemade ice cream look incredible. I may just have to beg and borrow one… And to protect your cute outfit in style, I like the looks of this thick linen chambray apron.

Two Blue Lemons frozen strawberry pie Two Blue Lemons frozen strawberry pieAnd when it’s really hot? The answer you were looking for is frozen strawberry pie.

Screen shot 2014-07-30 at 10.03.53 AMAnd now for the savory! We have about a billion tomatoes about to ripen in our backyard, so I’ve been on the hunt for great tomato recipes. Here are a few of the best… This tomato sandwich looks like the most amazing thing ever: bacon-avocado aioli + rustic bread + the best tomatoes you can find. Or how about a batch of roasted tomato jam? It looks like it would be fantastic on sandwiches. And last, but certainly not least, I am dying to make this tomato cobbler with blue cheese biscuits from Joy the Baker.

What about you? What have you been cooking lately?

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5 Fresh Color Palettes for Summer

Summer Color Palette: Ice Cream and Crochet

Palette No.1: Ice Cream + Crochet (from top: Aran Goyoaga’s Instagram; Sandra Juto)

Summer Color Palette: Jammy

Palette No.2: Jammy (from top: Yvestown Instagram; Oh Happy Day Instagram)

Summer Color Palette: Denim and Quince

Palette No.3: Denim + Quince (from top: A Gathering of Stitches; Aran Goyoaga’s Instagram)

Summer Color Palette: Yummy Yarn

Palette No.4: Yummy Yarn (from top: Yarn on the House; Ted and Agnes)

Summer Color Palette: Watermelon Pop

Palette No.5: Watermelon Pop (from top: Creative Thursday Instagram; Elsie Larson Instagram)

I hope you enjoyed this less-words-more-pictures post. I know I had a ball putting it together! See you back here on Wednesday!

xo Laura

p.s.: Which color palette is your favorite?

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Follow Your Bliss Friday

Follow Your Bliss Friday

In the fullness of our daily lives, it can be so difficult to make room for big picture, following-your-dreams type of stuff — don’t you agree? Starting today, I have decided to make a little room right here to devote to topics related to following your bliss and living the life you are meant to lead. I encourage you to give yourself the gift of a bit of time, every Friday, to focus on you and where you want to go. If you choose to pop by here each Friday, I hope to surprise you a little and keep things fresh — there may be a creative ‘homework’ assignment that you can choose to do if you like, a podcast, a guest Q&A, or simply a heart-to-heart chat. Sound good? Good. Let’s get on with it!

Today I would like to discuss the importance of daydreaming and downtime for the creative soul.

You know how creative-types tend to have a reputation for being ‘dreamy’ or absent-minded? Well, I actually think there is a purpose to that! Daydreaming fuels the creative process. Slowing down and even doing nothing once in a while has some amazing benefits.

Daydreaming and downtime can…

  • Free up your creativity
  • Lead to new and unexpected solutions to problems
  • Let a grand plan for your future come into focus
  • Get in touch with what your heart really desires
  • Relax and recharge your body and spirit
  • Get your priorities straight

And those are just a few of the benefits I personally have noticed. What about you? Do you make time in your life for doing nothing? When and where do you come up with your best ideas? Your homework this weekend, if you choose to accept it, is to carve out a half hour to simply relax and stare into space. Really! Put on some music, if you want (I’ve been loving this lately) but otherwise simply let your mind wander. See what happens.

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