The Sweetest Occasion in Stationery Trends

Stationery Trends May 2013

Many thanks to Stationery Trends for including an article about the unofficial (and yet oh-so-awesome) paper meet-up that I have helped organize over the last few years at the National Stationery Show in the current Spring 2013 issue. Originally dreamed up by my dear friend Erika of Delphine and Chromatic & Co. fame back before I was ever a part of the stationery industry, I started helping out in 2010 and have loved seeing the party grow into one of the most anticipated events of the show each year. You can see highlights here from the 2011 party and the 2012 party. In a nutshell, it’s loads of paper-loving friends, good spirits, killer swag bags, and an amazing time. Thanks, Stationery Trends!

Stationery Trends May 2013 Stationery Trends May 2013

[Images from Stationery Trends.]

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Friday Link Love

Checking in quite belatedly with this week’s link love! B is off on his annual guys-only fishing trip this weekend which leaves me with a houseful of little boy antics and a fun weekend on deck! Kayaking tomorrow, a movie tomorrow evening, a baseball game and [hopefully] lots of sunshine on Sunday. Summer has definitely hit here this week. This time last week it was literally struggling to hit 40 degrees and today we topped out at 92 with the intense humidity to match. Needless to say, the littles and I are looking forward to heading off to the lakehouse tomorrow for some much needed fun in the sun. And more than our fair share of splashing around, to be sure! Before I jet off for the weekend, I send all of my heartfelt thanks to those of you who have taken the time to participate in this year’s reader survey. (If you haven’t yet, please do! One participant will win a $50 J.Crew gift card, too!) I’ll be back on Monday, but until then here’s wishing you all a sunny weekend full of joy! xoxo

Photo by Sincerely Kinsey

[Photo by Sincerely, Kinsey.]

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Recently Pinning: Ice Cream Love

Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

As far as I’ve been able to discern in my 30 years on this earth, ice cream still reigns supreme as the world’s singular greatest invention. Yes, even over sliced bread and the internet. I used to dabble some here and there with making my own, which is something I really want to experiment with again. This likely explains the inordinate number of homemade ice cream recipes I’ve been pinning like a ice cream loving mad woman as of late. Here are just a handful of the recipes I’m eyeing – blueberry muffin, cinnamon dolce, toasted coconut – holy schnikes! As always, for more of what I’ve been recently pinning and loving, give me a follow over at Pinterest and leave a comment here with a link to your profile so I can follow you, too!

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[Row 1: Jeanny's Zucker Zimt Liebe | Roost | Row 2: A Beautiful Mess | How Sweet It Is | Row 3: How Sweet It Is | Souvlaki For the Soul.]

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Summer Entertaining: Pretty Pitchers

Summer Entertaining: Pretty Pitchers

Undoubtedly one of my go-to summer entertaining essentials, for crowds of all sizes, is a pretty pitcher. I pick them up whenever I see one for cheap at thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales, you name it! They’re perfect for serving up cocktails, icy cold water or even acting as a stand-in vase for a big spray of grocery store flowers when you need a quick and easy centerpiece on the fly. A lady can never have too many pitchers, I say. My boyfriend, however, would likely beg to differ. It seems they multiply daily in our cabinets. (Oops. My bad.) Never mind all that, naturally I couldn’t resist sharing a few of the beautiful pitchers and carafes that have caught my eye lately. From the most gorgeous hobnail to the simple elegance of classic white, any one of these pitchers (or two or three) would be perfect for rockin’ at your summer shindigs all season long.

[Shop | 1: Jewel green pitcher | 2: Smoke gray carafe | 3: Recycled glass carafe | 4: Hobnail pitcher | 5: Classic white pitcher | 6: Citrus green carafe.]

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Something Sweet: Lilac Sugar

Lilac Sugar

I have been such a fan of Linda of Call Me Cupcake for as long as I can remember. Her images are each like stunning pieces of fine art, drawing you in with the loveliest compositions and most incredible light. Who knew cakes and confections could be so damn awe inspiring? She has a book out that I so wish were in English because I’d buy not only a copy for myself, but for basically everyone I know. Her latest creation to blow me away? This recipe for lilac sugar. Lilac sugar! Who knew such a thing existed? Linda recommends it in a cup of tea, and I’m thinking I need to hurry my butt outside to snag up a bunch more lilacs before the short-lived season passes us by. Lilac sugar. It may just be my new obsession. Get the recipe at Call Me Cupcake.

[Photo by Call Me Cupcake.]

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