Saturday, April 30, 2011

saturday snapshot ((no link-up)) take 7!

Still haven't gotten it together. I'll still give you a snapshot this week though ;)

In college ((Texas A&M University -- WHOOP!)), I was in Phi Lamb...and this is my big sis, Amber. She's a baller. 
We rocked our old cheerleading uniforms for the High School Heroes Date Party. It cracks me up every time I see it that we posed like this...and that I brought my cheer stuff with me to college. Ummmm.

Happy Saturday! 
I'll try and get the link up going again next week! Thanks for your patience. :)


Friday, April 29, 2011

favorite things friday: spring fever ((guest post by Casey Wiegand))

This week I get to take a break from Favorite Things Friday & the beautiful Casey Wiegand is taking over! 



Hi :) I'm Casey from over here! So excited to be guest posting for Favorite Things Friday.

 I absolutely adore sweet Kim and take it as an absolute honor :).  


9.picking blueberries

((Thanks, Casey for sharing your faves with Yellow Songbird readers this week! Happy weekend, friends.))


Thursday, April 28, 2011

DIY: pennant plate tutorial from burlap+blue

I have a sweet little DIY guest post from burlap+blue for y'all today! Hope you enjoy :)


Hello, Yellow Songbird readers!
My name is Linda from
burlap+blue, and I am honored to be guest posting here today sharing one of my favorite new creations...

I LOVE creating these pennant plates....they are fun, easy to make, and would fit in a million different places in my home.

ceramic pen
white plate
paper or fabric for bunting
mod podge
acrylic sealer (optional)

Step 1: Gather your supplies. I used scrapbook paper for my bunting, and just cut my triangles out free-form. Feel free to use a pattern, if you'd like!

Step 2: Using a ceramic pen, hand write the word or phrase you'd like in the center of your plate. A note about ceramic pens-I was so intimidated by them at first, but they really are easy to use! I bought pens in a couple of different widths (Michaels has the best selection), and if you make a mistake you can wipe it off (immediately) with a damp paper towel.

Step 3: Using your Mod Podge and a sponge brush, adhere your triangles to your plate in a banner shape. Even though I was not planning on using this plate for anything other than decorative use, I then went over my triangles with a paint brush dipped in acrylic sealer. A top coat of Mod Podge would probably work just as well, though.

And there you have it!

Thanks for letting me spend some time with you all, today!


thanks, Linda!


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

sponsor highlight + giveaways: ordinary mommy, sugar & dots, lots of jewels

The winners of last week's giveaways are:

But let's keep it going! Lots of fun handmade goodies to be won today. First up, Ordinary Mommy. 

When picking favorites from Faith's shop, Ordinary Mommy, I thought about just "screen shotting" her entire storefront. Everything in this shop is colorful, beautifully made, and incredibly unique. She somehow makes things made from felt be easily translated into spring & summer. I love that Faith doesn't just make what's "popular" but is truly a trendsetter and it is obvious that she loves what she does because you SEE this stuff?!

BEAUTIFUL!  Today, Faith is offering you guys a chance to win this little guy, valued at $25! I'd hang this on any door in a heartbeat.  Even better, save 15% off your purchase at Ordinary Mommy with the code SONGBIRD. 


Next, we have Lots of Jewels

Cherie makes unique & stunning pieces that will quickly be the focal point of any outfit. I love the mix of metals & natural stones. SO pretty!! I'm a sucker for jewelry, and I'll take each of these, please! 

How gorgeous is that cuff/bracelet?
One of y'all will win ANY TWO pairs of EARRINGS from Lots of Jewels. SCORE! I'm officially jealous. 


Last, but definitely not least, we have Sugar & Dots. Kimmie has a blog that I love to read and giggle at. Her sarcasm and wit has me rolling often. Not only that, but she has a fun handmade shop on etsy with felt bows, family trees, and more. 

Kimmie is generously offering one of you readers a chance to win a CUSTOM family tree PDF. Are you kidding me?! SO cool ((and perfect for Mother's Day!)) It gets even better...she is offering ALL of you 50% off your Sugar & Dots purchase through the remainder of April with the code SWEETJOY. Booyah.

Here's how you enter ALL THREE of the giveaways. Only 2 entries per person, please :)
1. Visit these shops & let me know what is catching your eye in at least one of their shops. 
Here are the links again for easy browsing
2. Tweet, facebook, or blog about this giveaway. Feel free to use this:
"TRIPLE GIVEAWAY! I just entered to win items from @sugaranddots, @ordinarymommy, & @lotsofjewels
 over on @ohsweetjoy's blog!"

good luck!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

saturday snapshot Link Up Party ((take 6))

I'm a slacker and haven't gotten around to paying for a link up subscription yet. SO, this week I'll post my photo post ((and I SO want you to feel welcome to do the same!)) but the actual link up won't start up again until next week. Feel free to leave your link in the comments! 

Here are some favorites from last week:

1. Liza posted this sunny photo of her friend drinking some iced tea & rocking an Oh, Sweet Joy! Doubled Up Headband in mustard! CUTE :) 

2. Dani linked up this sweet photo of her daughter and her play vacuum. How precious is that? 

3. Does this not just melt your heart? Thanks for linking up this sweet moment captured, Stephanie. 

4. Belinda of The Lattimore Acre posted this baller rainbow cake she made. Make me one, Belinda? 


Chase took this the very first time I went to Colorado with his family. Summer in Crested Butte is the most perfect thing ever. 

I promise I'll visit  snapshot posts if you leave a link as a comment. Sorry for how lame I am.



Friday, April 22, 2011

favorite things friday ((and some housekeeping))

There isn't much of a theme here today...except for simply things that are making me happy//keeping me sane this week.

1. Friday Night Lights - Addicted? Yep. I held out for so long...but here we are on season two. Don't tell Chase, but I might have a crush on Matt Saracen ((Yes I just linked to a fictional character on wikipedia)). I won't tell you who Ari has a crush on. I don't have her permission ;) Thank you, netflix, for unlimited night time entertainment when my brain won't stop reeling. 

2. Pretty blue shirt dress from anthro. I got it for a killer price yesterday. Pair it with cowboy boots? Um....YES!

3. I've worn this necklace ((with a mustard butterfly)) ALL week. It's so spring-y and cute! I want to do a look-book soon with how to style some of my products. Someone want to give me some of their time? ha. 

4.  The Well ((our church plant)). When I'm overwhelmed and stressed to the max, I simply remind myself of why we're here in the first place. Full site coming soon, but check out what we're doing here in Boulder by clicking here


A few housekeeping items:

 *SALE in the shop today! Use code TWENTY for 20% off your entire purchase, today only! Enjoy :)

*CALL FOR GUEST BLOGGERS: I'm a bit overwhelmed at the moment and my blog is slacking. I will be setting up a few guest bloggers in the next few weeks so that even while I'm a busy bee, you still have some fun inspiration and new things to read. Email me if you're interested!

*My turnaround time has extended. I will STILL try my absolute hardest to get it out sooner than 7-10 business days, but it's a start at saving my sanity. :)


Thursday, April 21, 2011

this looks nice...

Wishing I could grab all of my girlfriends ((and all of you, of course)) & teleport all of us into this scene. 


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

sponsor highlight + giveaways: no wooden spoons, anne franklin designs, little bird creations

The winner of the Yellow Heart Art 8X10 print giveaway is Jen!
Email me, Jen, and I'll get you hooked up with Leonora so you can claim your print! 


It's NOW time for ANOTHER group sponsor highlight post!

Better late, than never right? This giveaway will run through next Monday to make up for it! 
Today I get to show off to you:

Let's get rollin'!

Anne Franklin Designs is a Colorado based artist who makes all sort of fun handmade goods. In her shop you can find fun pendant necklaces, scrabble game piece necklaces, clutches, key fobs, etc! 

One winner will win any item from Anne's shop ($15-20) value!


Next, we have Little Bird Creations. Jaime makes fun themed coffee cuffs made from felt, dictionary pendant necklaces with sweet words on them, & pincushion rings! She's based in Austin and I'm only 99% jealous. 

One lucky duck will win a $15 shop credit to Little Bird Creations. Not to mention, if you can't wait until the winner is announced, you can use code YELLOW15 at checkout for 15% off your purchase.


No Wooden Spoons is a shop that is based in Germany. Catherine sells really colorful, bright, and just downright fun paintings in her shop. These are some of my favorites, but really...I'd take any of the paintings in her shop! I love how whimsical and unique her artwork is. She is truly talented, friends.  

One of you will one your choice of ANY painting in her shop! How will you ever choose? 


Here's how you enter ALL THREE of the giveaways. Only 2 entries per person, please :)
1. Visit these shops & let me know what is catching your eye in at least one of their shops. 
Here are the links again for easy browsing
2. Tweet, facebook, or blog about this giveaway. Feel free to use this:
"I just entered to win items from No Wooden Spoons, @annefranklin, & @lilbirdchirps
 over on @ohsweetjoy's blog!"

good luck!


Monday, April 18, 2011


I'm not naive to think that there won't be a few more tiny snows before summer hits, but these pretty blooms & sunny skies sure made my run extra enjoyable today. Come onnnnn, Spring & Summer! We're ready!

((sidenote: I think I take better photos on my iphone than when I try on my hand-me-down nikon. oh well!))

Happy Monday, friends. Enjoy it!


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Saturday Snapshot Link Up Party ((take 5))

My favorite shot from last week two weeks ago was this sweet moment captured from The Reed Life. 

So after a week hiatus due to Creative Estates, I thought it would be appropriate to post a photo from last weekend. However, I didn't take I'm stealing borrowing this one from Sandy
I won $100 CASH from groopdealz! ((which I spent the very next day on my first pair of designer jeans. oops!)) Not to mention, I had a chick-fil-a cup in my hand & a robin's egg blue poppy headband from Much Love, Illy on my obviously I was one happy gal.

Let's see your snapshots! 

Before you link up, please read these rules. 
1. You must link up to a specific post, not just your blog.
2. You may not link up to a photo in your etsy shop.
3. You may not link up to a photo on your flickr account, it MUST be a blog post.
4. That specific post must be from today, not a random post from a few weeks ago. 
5. You must link back to this blog and/or post somewhere on your post.


Friday, April 15, 2011

Favorite Things Friday: Around the House

I haven't really been on the computer much this week, which honestly has been awesome. I feel so much more "human" when I am around people all day rather than hanging out on twitter or stalking Etsy. Getting out of the house for my new job at Anthro this week has been so good for my sanity!

However, being around pretty things all week has brought out some materialism that needs to be subsided. The last thing I needed was to search for MORE things that I want. That said, I wanted this week's favorite things Friday to be things around the house that are making me happy. 

1. My ranunculus plant. I've got this yellow pretty that has bloomed and another white one with some pink on the ends. I'm ready for the others to bloom!

2. Here's another sneak peak of our bedroom ((mini)) makeover. We bought some new initial letters to match our new bedding. FUN!

3. Handmade paper circle garland. It's so simple & pretty against the boring white walls in my studio. I bought some pre-made circle punches from a seller on etsy & sewed them all together. Simple & colorful. Boom.

4. My love for Blue Capri Volcano candles is no secret. Now they're in PRETTY jars rather than the bright blue containers. I'm obsessed.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

PS THERE'S A SALE GOING ON IN THE SHOP! Use code FRIDAY15 for 15% off your only! 


Thursday, April 14, 2011

redecorating some spaces

We got this bedding on sale today at Anthropologie, along with some new accessories & decor for our bedroom. Our old decorative pillows are being reworked throughout the house. Hooray for redecorating! 

I needed some "newness" for Spring...and this is perfect! Now if only we could find the bedskirt to go with it.  Photos soon to come when it's all finished & put together. :)


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

He leads me beside still waters..

I have a really hard time taking time for myself. I tend to overwork myself, commit to too many things, and find myself burned out all.the.time. It's either: I'm a people pleaser and burn myself out...or people get frustrated with me that I'm busy. I'm sure there's a balance in there somewhere, but I haven't found it yet. 

When I had this realization yesterday morning, I decided to take some time for myself & go for a run. I got to the pond in the park that I run through ((in record time, I might add)) and literally gasped & stopped running. I took this photo and tweeted "I love when God's creation literally stops me in my tracks."

The funny thing is when I crossed to the other side, the reflection was even more stunning, as the flat irons  with clear blue skies behind them were reflecting on a perfectly still pond. I decided to keep running rather than stop to take another photo, because I felt like it was a little gift from my Heavenly Father that I needed to keep to myself. That reflection will forever be etched in my mind. It was the first time I've felt calm in weeks. 

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake. 
((psalm 23:1-3))