Friday, August 30, 2013

5 ON FRIDAY AND INSTAFRIDAY

IT'S FRRRIIIIDDDAYYYY {please read that in your best Katy Perry TGIF video voice}
/// ONE ///
If you don't already listen to Sara Bareilles I suggest you get on that asap she is one of THE MOST talented singer, songwritters ever and her concert totally blew us away! It was also in the most beautiful venue I have ever been to {THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM in Nashville}



/// TWO /// If you go to Nashville, everything you drink from alcoholic beverages to coffee will be served to you in a Mason Jar. It is adorable


/// THREE /// I have never used Disney's Magical Express ... basically they come pick you up at the airport, and get your bags off the plane for you and bring them to your room ... and I am super excited to use it for the first time. This adorable mail made me even more pumped 27 DAYS


/// FOUR /// You guys have been sending me so many of your first day of school pictures I thought I would share mine with you. Here I am first day of Kindergarten ready to go in my cardigan and Pocahontas backpack. Too cute.



/// FIVE ///My friend over at {DESIGN OCD} posted this amazing tool cart make over this week. And now I will be stalking my goodwill to find one as well! Seriously awesome job!




Thursday, August 29, 2013

NEW GREETING CARDS & ART PRINTS /// HANDWRITTEN

I have been in kind of a rut lately. Until yesterday when I spent some time playing and designing some new things I kinda love how they turned out /// they are also available in Art Prints /// Have a look and let me know what you think!





/// and matching art prints too ///


 /// YOU CAN DO AMAZING THINGS {CARD} and {ART PRINT} ///

/// AMPERSAND {CARD} {ART PRINT} ///



/// YOU AND ME {CARD} {ART PRINT} ///

/// HOORAY {CARD} ///

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

WHAT I WORE WEDNESDAY /// LINKING UP WITH THE PLEATED POPPY

Do you ever feel like TOMORROW you will be able to be productive if you just do nothing today. I don't like to call it procrastination ... I like to call it gearing up for an awesome day tomorrow. We'll see how that goes!

I am feeling totally out of smartness today so instead of typing a whole big post I am showing you my outfit from this weekend and linking up with The Pleated Poppy for the fist time!

pleated poppy 

We headed to Nashville for a quick overnight trip to see Sara Bareilles in concert. And this is what I wore...
 
Dress /// Tommy Hilfiger Outlet
Cardigan /// Tommy Hilfiger Outlet
Flats /// Target

Please excuse my adorable awkwardness in this hotel mirror

It came together pretty nicely if I do say so myself, can you sell we like plaid?


Monday, August 26, 2013

DIY MANTLE PROJECT ///

I am finally so excited to share our mantle project with you all!


When we moved into the house the previous owners had used the space above the mantle to mount the TV {there were huge marks where the mount used to be} so we figured we would do the same. But after a while {and a couple months of strained necks} we decided to take it down, get a tv center and just use the space above some wall space.

Soon into taking the process of taking the TV mount off the wall we realized it was a bigger project than we originally planned. The previous owners had closed up what used to be a built in {and they didn't do the neatest/best job} so our original plan wasn't going to work.

After staring at the ugly mess for a few weeks we finally had a plan! Cover the whole thing up!


Here's how we did it!



/// Shopping for supplies at Lowe's ///
2 - 1x2x6 Boards
6 - 1x6x6 Boards
1 - Small can of stain

/// Stuff we already had at home ///
Instruments to distress the wood boards with
Powerdrill
Hammer
Nails
Dropcloths
Towel


First we measured and cut the wood to give the boards some dimension off the wall, then screwed in to attach


After distressing the boards {hammers, nails, & chain pounding} We measured and cut the boards, then we hammered them to the braces.

We probably could have stained them before we attached them to the wall but I wanted to see it up before we stained it.

We used a technique that I saw on the /// Young House Love Blog /// and I just love the way it turned out!

Cameron and I love the way it turned out! We purchased some art from Etsy, and added some great elements we had from around the house.
//// HELLO SIGN from Oh Dier Living /// 'Our Name' Chalkboard Print from Designs by Nicolina in Clipboard Frame from Crate & Barrel /// Ball Jar Print from The Wheatfield in a Frame and Matte from Hobby Lobby ///

Mixed with various antiques and Target finds over the past few years + my favorite chevron chair.

Also in the living room a custom Disney print from the fabulous Two Novembers on Etsy /// check her out ///

This piece is one of the few things that we still have from our apartment in the house. From a dear friend we updated the knobs /// they are old from Anthropologie but similar are here /// I found the prefect matching vase at a place called 'Real Deals' and added some sticks.

The tag wall hanging we got from a shop in Downtown St.Augustine a few years ago and the little glass tray to hold our keys is from Marshalls













I love the cozy living room space we have created. What's your favorite space in your home?

Friday, August 23, 2013

FIVE ON FRIDAY + INSTAFRIDAY

It's Friday my new favorite day of the week. I don't know about you but I am loving this 5 on Friday mixed with InstaFriday thing.
/// ONE /// I have so been enjoying seeing all of the First Day of School Printables via Facebook and Instagram {#designsbynicolina + @nicolinaw} Here are some of my favs so far!


/// TWO /// When I first re-organized & simplified Designs by Nicolina last month I honestly didn't know what to expect. But it has gone more smoothly and better than I could have imagined. Not that we don't still have hard overwhelming days, but they are fewer and farther between. There are some cool big HUGE things that we are planning in the next months and I can't wait to share more of our adventures with you! So thanks for reading a long.

/// THREE /// *** FLASH SALE ALERT *** Doing something I only usually do once a year and putting an art print at 50% off. In honor of us heading to Nashville to see our favorite artist Sara Bareilles. I am putting our lyric print 'Show me how big your BRAVE is" at 50% off through the weekend

/// FOUR /// We got a fancy grown up camera this week {for taking business pics and such} but we are super excited to take some pictures and learn how to use it this weekend in Nashville.

/// FIVE /// We leave for Disney in 34 days {but who's counting} and I am getting Disney brain like crazy. For the first time since I was little we are staying on Disney Property at Saratoga Springs {we usually use a timeshare condo} It is also the first time either of us are going without our families. We will be there for the first day of Food & Wine Festival at Epcot so I am stalking this blog to get my daily dose of what to expect on our trip! Plus I am working on a new Disney countdown to share with you guys next week!



Thursday, August 22, 2013

AD SPACE NOW AVAILABLE!

Recently I have had lots of interest in AD Space on my blog. I was hesitant at first because I don't have THAT many followers. But looking at my stats and the amount of views my blog has had I am deciding to give it a go!

I am starting the prices out very LOW and we can just go from there! I would love for you to come join the fun and be a sponsor.




Post below if you have any questions at all!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

{TIP TUESDAY #19} HOW TO ADD YOUR ETSY SHOP TO YOUR BLOG SIDEBAR

I know... it is Wednesday. But I had this post all set to go and I guess I didn't hit publish yesterday! So here it is



//// HOW TO ADD YOUR ETSY SHOP TO YOUR BLOGGER SIDEBAR ////

If you have an Etsy shop this is a great way to showcase your work on your blog. I only added it last month and I have already had over 200 hits on my Etsy shop from it {combined from both shops}

{1} SIGN INTO YOUR ETSY SHOP
{2} CLICK YOUR SHOP /// the top right of your computer
{3} ON THE LEFT SIDEBAR /// Scroll to the bottom, under the heading PROMOTE, Click ETSY MINI
{4} BUILD IT /// You can choose the items from your shop or favorites to showcase, pixel size and layout
{5} PREVIEW IT /// Once you select the options you will see a preview on the bottom, make sure you love it and then
{6} COPY IT /// Copy the code
{7} ADD IT /// Head on over to your blog Layout and add a HTML gadget, paste the code and preview!



Monday, August 19, 2013

LUCKYMAG.COM FEATURE

This morning I was checking my convos like normal when I screamed and nearly spit my coffee clear across the room. I had a convo from Lucky Magazine Online! They were writing to let me know that my 'Merci Beaucoup' Notes were featured in a story entitled "24 Vintage Pieces That'll Give Your Wardrobe That French Girl Feel"

Please excuse me while I pop the 11am champagne!


You can check out the awesome article that exclusively features Etsy Sellers /// HERE /// and you can shop my adorable Parisian notes /// HERE ///

Hope your Monday is as fabulous as mine has been this morning!


Friday, August 16, 2013

INSTAFRIDAY /// 5 ON FRIDAY

Starting a new thing today to add to my InstaFriday normal post of the day! 5 on Friday from my new friend on the Good Life Blog! She was so sweet to share my Back to School Printables last Friday and I am partnering with her for something cool on Monday so make sure you are following {her}
/// ONE ///  Here is something you might not know about me, I am an obsessive packer. I pull out my suitcase approx. 20 days to go with a trip. I make lists a mile long breaking down each day we are going to be away | what we are doing each day | the outfit needed for the day right down to how I am going to do my hair that day. I know I am CRAY. We leave for Disney in 43 days and I already have lists... I need an intervention. BUT for our trip over the weekend I waited until the day before to pack {it was killing me but I just didn't have time} In my suitcase you could find a lovely mix of {The Printed Palette and Target haha
/// TWO /// It just doesn't feel like a road trip without heading here...
/// THREE /// Crazy excited to show off a preview of something i have been working on for Party Style Magazine! Look out for the full feature in the October PRINTED issue of the magazine available for purchase at Barnes & Noble!
/// FOUR /// Sharing another awesome sneak peek at some custom wedding invites I did for a sweet girl I have known since she was four years old {on a side note I feel like an old lady} The invites are a perfect mix of her love of Disney and feature one of their amazing engagement photos. Can't wait to share more details!

/// FIVE /// Thanks to eveyone who has shared | featured | pinned | used our back to school printable! It is our HIGHEST VIEWED BLOG POST {+15,000 times! WOW}


Monday, August 12, 2013

HAPPY MONDAY

Blogging from the road this afternoon as we leave or adorable niece and nephew (and everyone else too haha) behind at the beach. It is so nice to have family near one of our fav places to visit! I can't wait to get down there more often!


Back to the grid I guess! Don't forget about the crazy 8 giveaway (head back to Thursdays post for more into) and check back for a great tip Tuesday tomorrow!