24-Hours in Madison {Design*Sponge}

Hey hey!

As you may know, I currently live in lovely Madison, Wisconsin. I adore Madison, and all it has to offer. I am certain I will be spending many more years here, possibly the rest of my life!

I recently had the opportunity to share my love of Madison on the fabulous Design*Sponge blog. Contributing to their well-known City Guides column, I was tasked with describing my ideal day in Madison. This was such an honor, considering I've been reading Design*Sponge for a LONG time!

As you'll read in my guide, I had a really tough time narrowing down my favorites to encompass just one day. I am still thinking about local establishments that I didn't mention in my guide - there are too many things that make Madison awesome!

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Head on over to Design*Sponge to read through my ideal day in Madison - and if you ever visit - I guarantee you'll have a fantastic time!

Renegade Chicago Lovelies


How was your weekend. Ours was wonderful. We traveled to Chicago for some IKEA and Renegade action. This was our first trip to IKEA since moving to the new house, so I needed some shelving to help me organize my office/studio. Plus some key accessories for around the house. Can you say red shag rug? Woo hoo!

Anyways, as always, Renegade was a blast. The sun was hot, but that didn't stop the throngs of people from some quality shopping! I didn't go too crazy this year, but I have to say - there were a LOT of very tempting booths.

This is what I took home with me:
- A set of Thank You cards from Yellow Owl Workshop
- A handful of cards from the awesome Tad Carpenter and Vahalla Studios 
- A necklace from cursive design
- A Wooden Wonder Loop Troupe from The Small Object

I didn't have much of a plan going in, but I was hoping to pick up a necklace from Cursive Design. I've been eyeballing Sarah's wares for a while now, but I really wanted to see it in person. Boy, was her jewelry beautiful! I picked out a pretty party necklace made out of wood, lace and glass. Isn't it fabulous?

Now hopefully I can keep Stella from yoinking on it...

Some of my other favorites were
- Moss terrariums from Twig
- Embroidered garland and mobiles from Specks & Keepings
- Rad necktie wallets from prix-prix
- Hand-dyed pillows from Prozan McGlinn 
- Prints from Little Things Studio
- Notebooks from Make My Notebook

I love Renegade!

Favorites: Carnival

Today's Etsy Treasury involves a Carnival theme. Last weekend was the local fair in my hometown, so our family traveled up to visit my parents and partake in the festivities. This was Stella's first FunDays, so we were determined to offer her the full experience. She dressed up as a garden gnome for the Kiddie Parade, had a blast on the rides and was completely overwhelmed by all the sights that the carnival has to offer. I think she had a really fun time!

Some of my favorites from this Treasury:

Retro Apron by loverdoversclothing
Parade Sterling Necklace by jewelplum
PopMat Paper Placemat by PubliqueShop
I'll Carry This Balloon Illustration by AtticusFinchStudio
Organic Pillow Sham by katherinejlee

Have a fun weekend!

Favorites: Faded Summer

Now that I'm officially an Etsy seller, I've been spending a lot more time in the shops. I am constantly in awe of all the fantastic talent out there. I recently discovered Treasuries, shopping galleries curated by the Etsy members. I thought this would be a good exercise for me to learn more about Etsy, and give me more reasons to explore the site. So every Friday I'm going to try to curate a list composed of whatever is inspiring me at the moment.

Since I have been enjoying the subtle changes of the summer changing to autumn, I have named my latest Treasury "Faded Summer". Here are some of my favorites from the list:

Stained Mustard Geometric Bangle by vozclothingandart
Latte Corduroy Briefcase by jennyndesign
Honey and Pink Textile Necklace by fleurfatale
Mini Bow Shoe Clips by no144
Vintage 50s Fields of Green Dress by LolaVintage

Have a great weekend!