Wednesday, June 29, 2011

adventures of the wandering whippy cakes: tardy//boulder, colorado

We're BACK! Remember the Adventures of the Wandering Whippy Cakes? No? Read here. 

((photo credit, whippy cake))

This little whippy cake ((tardy)) was quite difficult to make an outfit around. I love my neutrals and glitz is NOT my thing. However, this outfit was pretty darn cute, if you ask me! A little branching out is good for me, I suppose. 

Outfit info:
Top: Forever 21
Trouser Shorts: Fossil
Headband: Whippy Cake
Fingernail Polish: Mint Sorbet by Sally Hansen
Statement Ring: Coming Soon to Oh, Sweet Joy!
Sandals: Sseko Designs
Bicycle: Homemade ;)

Make sure you check out the other gals' posts with their Whippy Cakes!


sponsor highlight + giveaway: bobbin winding, rainy day colors, and in His grace

Last week's giveaway winners are as follows:
loolabee simplicity
beyond words designs 

Congrats! Email me, ladies and I'll get you hooked up with your designated shop owners :)


I have three shops to share with you today with AWESOME giveaway loot to be won!

Bobbin Winding is an etsy shop run my Lauren, who I used to work at camp with! Lauren sews up such sweet items for her shop. She makes headbands, handbags, necklaces, clutches, etc that are ALL the cutest, just like her. :)

Lauren is offering one reader this clip/headband and clutch. Not to mention, feel free to use the coupon code OHSWEET20 for 20% off your purchase!

Connect with Bobbin Winding here


Rainy Day Colors is a shop that I just looooove browsing through. Bunting flag notecards, unique and fun gift tags, colorful stationery...what else could you ask for? You're sure to find something in this shop that you just have to have ((and the prices are SO right for my budget)).

See what I mean?

Are you ready for this? Margaret is giving away these items from Rainy Day Colors PLUS $5 extra store credit in case you see anything else you NEED! If you can't wait, use code YELLOW10 for 10% off your order. Boom. Win-Win.

See what's going on behind the scenes on their blog!


Chrissie runs a shop called in His Grace that is full of inspiring, encouraging, and gorgeous prints, pillows, and more!. Each print is intricate, colorful, and I honestly could just stare at them all day! She also is giving 25% of her proceeds to this family to help them fundraise for an adoption. Fundraiser ends today, so act soon if you want to help! I love her's evident in all she creates for her shop. 

Chrissie is giving away any TWO 8X10 prints of the winner's choice! 
Lucky...((said in Napoleon Dynamite voice, of course))

Connect with In His Grace here:


To enter this GROUP giveaway, all you have to do is tell me what your favorite summertime activity is. 

To earn extra entries
1. Head on over & tell me what your favorite items are in ALL THREE shops (one entry).
2.  tweet/facebook/blog about this giveaway (one entry).  
Feel free to use this:
GIVEAWAY on @ohsweetjoy's blog! Enter to win goods from Rainy Day Colors, @bobbinwinding, and In His Grace!


currently: scenes from my studio

I've been spending a lotttttt of time in my studio lately getting a few dresses done for the upcoming dress line. I'll explain it more in full later, but I'll have 7 dresses in a variety of sizes up for grabs and then will do mix & match custom ones...where you can essentially say, I want this design, but this color. Boom. Fun. 

Anywho, back to the task at hand. I took a camera in the studio this morning and took photos of some pretty things that have been making me happy in there these past few long, productive, fabric-filled days. 

I love this little "thread bird bath" I made a couple of years ago from a pretty vintage bowl and some cute birds. I used to only keep blue hues of thread in there, but I've branched out ;)

Loving this apron, but more than *LOVE* with this transistor radio fabric. Doesn't this make you want to strap on some pearls, June Cleaver style, and make a pie?

Hmm? What's that you see? Dress hems?! YES! ((except for the polka dotted one, that's my ironing board cover))

If you haven't seen it yet, feel free to check out the rest of my studio space here. 


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

turbands turbands turbands!

The entire time that I was taking time off from my shop I had countless tweets and emails asking for  turban headbands...or turbands...if you will.

I had coincidentally acquired some fun colors of knit, so I made some & I listed them here, so have at it!

((there's also a new style that is more of a headband if there's no way in heck you're going to wear it across your forehead)) 

Because there were requests for more photos of people actually wearing turbands, here's mah frannnnd, ilene, and i rocking our turban headbands:


Monday, June 27, 2011


There is a difference between being taught and learning, is there not? For instance, God has been teaching me things for a long time, but I keep falling short and realizing I'm not learning those things He has been teaching me. 

However, since taking a vacay from my shop, I've finally started to listen...and with that came learning. 

((in list form, of course, here is a little bit of what the Lord has been teaching me lately))

No matter how screwed up I am or how far I try to run from God and His perfect will ((yes, it's as stupid as it sounds, running from His perfect will)), He will still make me flourish and grow from the broken earth that I'm planted in.  As Gungor sings in one of their songs, "He makes beautiful things, He makes beautiful things out of dust. He makes beautiful things, He makes beautiful things out of us."

I need to be praying BIG things for my marriage because I serve a BIG God who can accomplish them. 

Don't be afraid to pray specific REALLY specific. He may just answer them immediately. ((more on this one soon.))

Missions can and IS being done on a local level. You don't have to go across the world to make disciples. The gospel will go forth wherever the Lord calls you, even if that's right there in the city and/or state you're currently residing.  It took us a while to figure that one out ;)

There is freedom in surrender.

Not asking for help is like telling God, "You aren't big enough for what's going on, don't worry Big G, I got this." 
((and um, that's dumb))

He makes all things new. 

He gives and takes away.

Just because something is going really well, doesn't mean He won't close the door...or ask YOU to close it. 

and because this verse is always an encouragement and a peace giver to my anxious heart:
Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.
((luke 12:32))

what have you been learning lately?


Saturday, June 25, 2011

saturday snapshot link up party! 6.25.11

Welcome back to Saturday Snapshot!

Before you link up, let's chat. 

For next week, let's try a prompt, shall we? How do you feel about that? We'll do something fun & crazy later, but let's keep the theme "around the house" for next week. Feel free to take some creative liberty with it, k?! Get those posts ready. Can't wait to see what you find/come up with!


Last week, Chantilly had one of my faves with this photo of cupcakes. Yum.


Here's my snapshot for the week:
This is a photo Chase took of all of my roomies my junior year of college. It's so happy and fun  and makes my heart pitter patter. Love you girls! 

Alright, time to link up! 
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. Please link back to this blog and/or post somewhere on your post.
6. Have FUN!


Friday, June 24, 2011

favorite things friday: minty

It's no secret that I *love* robin's egg blue, but recently I've been even more attracted to his brother, mint green.  Here are a few items that are calling my name. 

1. Pretty chair...would be a fun project if you don't want to fork over the cash to pay for shipping. 
2. "happy happy" print from farouche on etsy.
3. This "verdant slip" Anthropologie dress sold out too fast for me to get one at our was also way to expensive for me to purchase anyways. It's so pretty, though!
4. I tweeted about these moccasins from Boden earlier this week. I just love them! 

bonus: check out this old school mint green Oh, Sweet Joy! headband I found in the "archives" ;)

bonus  #2: how sweeeeeeeet is this vintage book? It would be darling in a nursery. 
((found at vintagewoods etsy shop.))

Have a wonderful weekend, y'all!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

summer of pies: strawberry lemonade icebox pie

((I will humbly state that I think mine looks better, Martha))

what??? I thought that's what bloggers were supposed to do...have mental battles with Martha Stewart. no? oye.

Focus, Kim.

Oh, hi! My best friend Kelley sent me a text a little over a month ago telling me I needed to get the new Martha Stewart Living because there were some yummy pie recipes in there. That's all it takes for me to speed calmly head to Target to pick up an issue of Martha Stewart Living. She mentioned this Strawberry Lemonade Pie and I immediately wanted to try it. So try it, I did.


The recipe can be found here ((it's way too long to type out)) and let me just tell you...homemade graham cracker crust is SO easy and SO worth it. I used cinnamon sugar graham crackers and holy moly.  The remainder of the recipe is straight forward, but a little complicated and time consuming, but is definitely worth the extra effort. This pie turned out so sweet, creamy, tangy, and tasty I can't even stand it. I left for work right after I finished this pie and received a text message from Chase after my shift saying

"That pie is amazing."


Here is a photo compilation ((fancy wording for no reason)) of the pie in three steps. Just the filling & crust, with the topping added, and then the meringue. I tried to add strawberry puree to the "filling" to make it pink rather than muted yellow, but as you can didn't work. 

Chase was napping, so I had to rely on my iphone to get some self portraits with the pie. Also, all of the other photos were taken with my iphone. I know...I'm so lazy. 

happy pie making!


fabric: from anna maria horner's new collection
pie pan: pyrex ((3 bucks at king soopers, baby))
striped straws: sweet lulu


Loving this song by Ben Howard, and especially the video, lately. So beautiful, inspiring, and just captures every sense of the word lovely. Now if only his EP was available on the US version of iTunes. 

OLD PINE from Astray Films on Vimeo.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

summer list

hello, bandwagon. jumping on you today. 

Ahhh summer.
I've seen these summer lists around the blogosphere lately and I thought they were such a fun idea. I'm a list maker...they rarely get all crossed off and thrown away, but I'm a list maker nonetheless.  Besides,  these are fun things to cross off the list!

 I want my life to be more intentional. I want my moments to be more enjoyed and savored. I want to live it up and have fun and enjoy the little things this summer. Ergo...the summer list.

Some other items that there wasn't room for on my chalkboard:
style a photoshoot for some friends with chase as the photographer
outdoor concerts
plant an herb garden
time at the pool
continue to commute via bike even when the temps rise
find/read more books that were as good as "the help"
cruise around town on my townie more often
save money ((we are big budgeters, but we rarely save))

What's on your summer list?


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

sponsor highlight + giveaway: beyond words designs AND loolabee simplicity

The winners of last week's giveaway:

Email me, ladies & don't forget about the discount codes in the original giveaway post!


Alright! Moving on :)  

Today I get to brag about two of my sponsors, Beyond Words Designs and LooLaBee Simplicity

Beyond Words Designs is a sweet online store, run by Stephanie, that is complete with beautiful paintings that will make a space "home" in a heartbeat. All of her personalized paintings would make great gifts, too! 

Let your child know the meaning of their name with one of her paintings or order one of those sweet baby birds in custom nursery's colors for a friend! I would gladly hang any of these paintings in my home. Today, Stephanie is offering on reader a $50 store credit to her shop. 

Keep reading to find out how to enter & feel free to check out Beyond Words Designs via:


LooLaBee Simplicity is an etsy shop with fun accessories that are created by Shaundra. Bright rosettes will add a pop of color and fun to any outfit -- trust me, you need some rosettes around your neck!

Shaundra is offering one of you sweet sweet readers a chance to win this pretty rosette necklace, valued at $20! Lucky ducks!

Can't wait to get your hands on some of those rosettes? Use code OHJOY for 25% off your entire purchase in the LooLaBee Simplicity etsy shop! Check out the LooLaBee blog!

To enter this GROUP giveaway, all you have to do is tell me what your favorite summertime treat is.

To earn extra entries
1. tell me what your favorite items are in BOTH shops (one entry). 
2.  tweet/facebook/blog about this giveaway (one entry).  
Feel free to use this:
GIVEAWAY on @ohsweetjoy's blog! Enter to win a necklace from LooLaBee Simplicity/a @beyondwordsdes store credit!


Monday, June 20, 2011


Let's set the scene.

A warm Summer evening.
My closest friends.
Blue Bell Ice Cream.
Anthropologie Latte Bowls.
Live Music.
Raspberry Lemonade and/or Sweet Tea in Mason Jars.
This outdoor area.


 Wishing you a Happy Monday!


ps i linked up here today <Photobucket

Saturday, June 18, 2011

saturday snapshot link up party!

((I fixed the link up date. Sorry!))

Welcome to the link up! 

I think I caught a lot of y'all off guard last week, so hopefully you've had time to get your posts together this week. Thanks to everyone who linked up last minute!

 I had so much fun looking through last week's posts and finding some new blogs to keep tabs on. This photo stuck out to me most and made my heart melt. Congrats Joon ((and Ordy))! I'm excited you get to spend your life with your love :)
((ps, can I have that Scout??))

Speaking of love, my snapshot this week is of my manly, wonderful, and handsome husband. I remember this day very vividly as a day that was pretty much near perfect. We were up at the cabin in Almont, I was sitting outside listening to hummingbirds and the river's rush, while cutting out fabric for my quilt. He was down by the river fishing.  He came up with this winner of a fishy fish and Chase was so cute I couldn't even stand it, so I had to snap a picture! We cooked him (the fish) up and had him for dinner. GOSH, I love summer!

In case you're new here or need a refresher, here are the 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.
6. Have FUN!