1. On Having a Boy – This beautiful post from A Cup of Jo is an excellent homage to raising a boy. From the anticipation of having a boy to actually holding him in her arms, Jo’s unconditional love for her little one is breathtaking and written so that mother’s of boys and girls can appreciate her thoughts.
2. DIY Festive Mexican Paper Flowers – I’m a huge fan of all DIY decorations, and these paper flowers seen on 100 Layer Cake are certainly no exception. They’re so easy to create in a wide variety of colors, and would be great for all different get togethers. With Cinco de Mayo coming up too, it could be festive decor to invest your time in creating.
1. The Invisible Man – This post from A Cup of Jo has been fasinating me for days now. No matter how many times I look at it, there’s always some picture in which this incredible artist has disappeared and it takes me quite a while to find him! The dedication and patience it would take to create just one shot is really astounding.
2. Long Walks – Although my walks don’t consist of such breathtaking sights as these seen on oh happy day, this sweet post has me reevaluating the value of a long walk in my own neighborhood.
3. Washington Wedding – With a short dress, adorable bowties, a cute dessert table, and mason jars, the laid back, country, 50′s style of this wedding on Style Me Pretty is out of this world and incredibly inspiring.
1. Favorite Wedding of the Week: Safari Themed Forest Wedding – I try to highlight an array of weddings that range in budget, style, and location. This wedding features lots of cost-saving DIY tips and an unusual jungle theme! Featured at 100 Layer Cake. Photography by onelove photography.-Allison
3. Up-Inspired Floating House – The second I saw photos from this National Geographic shoot, I felt like I was being transported to a fairy tale. I love that not only did they test the idea of the house floating off with balloons in the movie Up, but the colors are so perfectly matched to the colors from the film. This must have been incredible to see. -Vanessa
4. How to Make Playdough – As a child, playdough was one of my favorite creative tools. There was something about the feel of the playdough in my hands, along with the variety of colors, that always got my creative juices flowing. This post from black eiffel has an easy tutorial for making your own playdough in colors you want; it sounds like a blast! -Vanessa
I love anything that highlights exciting, artful developments in the stationery world. This book focuses on the art of paper cutting–featuring the work of 26 international artists–and it looks like an interesting read for anyone similarly interested in paper goods! Found via Paper Crave.
Penguin just released new editions of some of the best of twentieth century literature, but, as dictated by Senior Editor Richard Bravery on the Penguin Blog, “Classic (backlist) books generally take the cover approach of marrying the period of the book with the aesthetic of the age. So a 1920′s book is generally twinned with Deco styling/artists. But with the Essentials we wanted, where possible, to break away from that approach, and package the books as if they were new texts, using contemporary artists to appeal to a new generation of readers.” Brideshead Revisited, pictured above, is one of my favorite cover designs of the line–but it was a tough call to choose between that and A Clockwork Orange. What do you think of melding contemporary design with less-than-contemporary literature?
2. Vintage Inspired Wedding – This cute couple, featured at Ruffled, is sure to inspire you with their quirkiness! Seems like great inspiration for a summer, carefree wedding reception. Photography by Julian Beattie. -Allison
3. DIY Project: Lia’s Lampshades – Add a touch of the English countryside to your home with this cute project featured at Design*Sponge! -Allison
4. Don Draper Disapproves – With the news that Mad Men has been postponed, all Mad Men lovers are in mourning. This post from Miss Moss cracked me up with all the photos of Don Draper looking very upset about this news; these photos will have to tide me over until the next season finally starts. -Vanessa
5. DIY Caramel Popcorn – I’m a huge popcorn lover; and that’s the understatement of the century. The thought of making my own caramel popcorn for a wedding, based on this post from Ruffled, would be such a fun party favor for any party. -Vanessa
As the weather has slowly gotten better and better, I’ve found myself fantasizing about hosting outdoor dinner parties during the summer. With the help of this cute Candle Lantern from Toast, the get togethers are not only well-lit and free of any buggy guests, but simply decorated with it’s pretty shape.