29 September 2011

an afghan

Like so many others, I was bitten by the Missoni bug :)  I wrote all about my Target scores.  And I still check the section each time I go to Target :)
One of my most exciting purchases was my Missoni throw...yes, the coveted throw.
It was lovely.
I had a comment from a reader who was looking for the throw like crazy because she had the perfect spot for it in her home.  I, on the other hand, had no place to put mine.  After three days of it sitting on my dresser, I decided to send the throw to my new blog friend.
Needless to say, when I saw this tutorial,  I was beyond excited :)  I loved the colors, I loved the fact that I would be able to try (and fail) at reading a crochet pattern, and I loved her finished product.
I ran out to JoAnn's, and purchased this lovely yarn, and began :)
I have only worked on this afghan for a few hours here and there and it's already gotten really far.  I love that. 

My afghan has some flaws, and I am pretty sure I am not using the pattern correctly AT ALL.  I have no idea what some of these stitches are supposed to look like.  I am kind of making it up as I go along :)
BUT...it has zig-zags!
And the yarn is wonderful and soft and the colors are perfection.
I am happy :)
Plus, now our soon to be baby will have ANOTHER hand made blanket from her mamma!
win win.

I better get back to it.

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28 September 2011

nursery envy

As soon as my friend Katherine, shared this nursery with me, I was in love.
One Claire Day is an amazing blog with the most beautiful nursery!
These photos are so inspiring and I know that there are elements that I want to pull from here to add into our little nursery as well :)
Have a look...

I definitely think we need a little reading nook with cushions and sweet pillows don't you?
Make sure to look through her whole blog, it's wonderful.


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for this years Fall journaling class...
You can snag it right here.


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27 September 2011


I have been a long time fan and follower of Moorea Seal.  Her blog is full of inspiration and her etsy shop is full of the most amazing jewelry :)
I have been a huge admirer of her portraits as well.  I will see them on other people's blogs and be in awe of their beauty and detail.
I can never find a photo of myself that I love enough to put as a profile photo on my blog so I thought I would ask Moorea to do a portrait of me...
Amazing right?!
I am going to give actual hand drawn copy for Christmas :)  I'm pretty sure he will love it.  
I love it so much Moorea!


P.S.  I also snagged this little part from Moorea's blog because I truly love her portraits so much and want to spread the word about them... 
Are you interested in having a portrait of yourself illustrated by me?  Or perhaps you are planning ahead for Christmas gifts for someone you love.  An illustrated portrait is such a special way of capturing a moment in time, for yourself or someone you love, whether it is used for your internet presence or to display in your home.  Email me at mooreaseal{at}gmail.com to chat about creating a one of a kind illustration just for you!

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26 September 2011

Sponsor Feature!

I am super excited to tell you all about one of my most favorite people in the world today!!
My friend Katherine, of Making Chicken Salad, is one of our adorable sponsors this month.  Not too mention, she happens to be one of the coolest people I know :)
Meet Katherine...

Tell us a bit about your blog/shop and what makes it unique:
My blog, Making Chicken Salad, is all about making the most out of what you have and appreciating your life for exactly what it is.  You don't need a million dollars to make your home or your wardrobe look just the way you want it to--you just need to be true to your own style and  to think outside the box. 

Here you will find DIYs, recipes, fashion and interior inspiration, and glimpses of my family life.

What is a current project you are working on?

I am just finishing up my biggest project EVER...  Renovating and decorating a house!!  We bought a new home in January and have spent every spare minute working on it and scouring thrift stores to decorate it.  With a small budget to get everything done it has been all about repurposing and being creative, and I have loved the whole process.

Now that I am finishing up things with the house, I am focusing on reopening my etsy shop to sell vintage and handmade items once again.  It is taking a little longer than I had hoped to reopen, but I am working hard to make everything perfect before I open the doors.

                          What are some of your fall traditions:
Baking!!  You can find my favorite family recipe HERE

While you are checking out this delicious looking recipe, make sure to look at her home tour and her guide to Napa.  You will also want to start following her because I have seen some peeks at what she plans to put in her Etsy shop, and trust me, you won't want to miss it :)
A HUGE thank you to Katherine and the rest of our September sponsors for being a part of RWS this month. If you are have a cute blog or shop that you want to advertise on RWS in October, let me know! There are only small ad spaces left!  Click here for sponsor info.

Thanks again!

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25 September 2011

little pins

Welcome to another edition of "Little Pins." 
Here is your weekly dose of cuteness for the littles in your life.
I hope these lovely things fill you with inspiration just like they did for me :)

Oh geeze.  
Soo much cuteness out there.
I can not stinking wait!!

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24 September 2011

free autumn wallpaper

Hey all, I made this cute desktop wallpaper for the upcoming season!!
I know I like to keep my computer wallpaper fresh each month so I wanted to create something with a simple design and simple sentiment for autumn.
Feel free to use as your background too!

And speaking of loving fall, don't forget to sign up for my newest online journal class:
 I will Fall for you!

"I will fall for you" is a 30 Day journal challenge jam packed with creative prompts, techniques, giveaways, chats, and of course an amazing community of online friends :)

 Class starts October 1 and will continue on until the 30th.
There will be a new prompt/challenge each day.  I'm so excited!!
Once you purchase your class spot, the class login information will be emailed to you within 72 hours. 
This class will be hosted on a private blog.
For more info on this online class read this post, and this post :)
There are only 4 spots left so I would grab yours while it's still available. You can purchase a spot HERE.


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23 September 2011

September Giveaway!

Two of our wonderful sponsors this month have offered up some amazing prizes for a giveaway!
I will be choosing one winner to win all of these prizes :)
What's up for grabs you ask?

From Kyla of One Late Night
You will win the Grape Vine Plush Camera, coincidentally it's the same camera I am obnoxiously posing with above!

Lime Green Felt, Fabric front and Buttons! Also let's just be honest, polka dots are cute!
Happy Squishes!

xo. Kyla
(Our soon to be little one has a GROWING collection of Kyla's cute camera plushies)

** And from Mollie over at Wild Olive...

Embroidery is my favorite craft, and I love sharing it with others, so I'm offering some of my PDF hand embroidery patterns! The winner can choose any 3 patterns that they want from my shop. (value: up to $16 total)
Here is one adorable example...

(I have personally purchased some of her embroidery patterns myself for the nursery!! So cute.)

You have four ways to enter this giveaway!!
All you need to do is leave a separate comment for each thing that you do.
1.  Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite item from Kyla's shop
2.  Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite item from Mollie's shop
3. Tweet this phrase : @janelrws has some amazing sponsors on her blog!!
4.  Become a follower of Run With Scissors with google friend connect over there on the sidebar.

Easy peasy right?
You have until September 30 to enter this giveaway!! I will draw a winner then :)

P.S.  Ad spots for October are already filling up!
Do you have a cute blog or shop that you would like to showcase over here?
Check out my sponsor information and shoot me an email to grab your space for October!!

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22 September 2011


With my camera acting up, I have been taking a lot of photos with my phone.  Do you find yourself using your phone more than your camera these days?  I sure do.  Here is a look into my life these past two weeks using Instagram :)
Welcome to my insta-life...

I am having so much fun re-decorating our home and falling back in love with is all over again.  I am secretly really happy that it's no longer on the market for sale :)
Back to work for me.


P.S.  Don't forget to vote!!  We are inching our way up the list :)
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