lucy loves :: waterlogged

If Lucy had a say in this post, it wouldn’t be happening. She actually hates water. Being a terrier, she would rather dig in the dirt than dip one paw in the water. Regardless, here are three things that would be great for the water-loving dog.

1. Lifejacket. Lucy has a life jacket she wears when we take her on boat rides. She is less than thrilled with it. (see photo below)

2. Water Toys. West Paw Design’s Hurley toy is great for playing fetch in the water since it’s totally buoyant.

3. Cooling Bandanna. Dip this bandanna from My Outward Hound in water then tie it around your dog’s neck to keep them cool when it’s hot out (and they aren’t swimming). Lucy’s thinking this is a must have since she’s not a fan of those super hot summer days.

lucy in her life jacket

We’ll be dusting off her life jacket again this week at the cottage. I know she can’t wait!

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beach bag essentials

beach bag essentials

I think this will be the 42,876th time I’ve mentioned it, but, B and I are headed to the beach this week! Woot! Design Sponge posted this awesome diy beach bag project out of a mesh screen and since I am completely in love with it, I used it as inspiration for planning my next few days of soaking in the oceanside rays. Here’s some of my essentials for beach days:

1. A good read. I’ve started this book already and I’m sure I’ll finish it up this week. // 2. Keep a hat on to protect your hair and scalp. How adorable is this hat from Target? // 3. Sunscreen is a must! I always put stronger, oil-free stuff on my face to keep up my youthful appearance 🙂 // 4. Need to stay hydrated when the sun is beating down on you all day. // 5. I typically keep the books away from the beach because I don’t like to get them sandy, so I read magazines down by the water. I try to keep it well rounded balancing out the modern design with a healthy dose of celebrity gossip.

Alright I suppose I should actually pack instead of blogging about it! Enjoy your Tuesday!

lucy loves :: dining in style

I’ve been noticing a lot of well designed fine dining options for the pup lately.  Actually, I’ve been noticing all sorts of all around cool stuff for dogs, but I needed some order to the post and images, so here’s a round up of lucy’s wishlist of serving ware:dog food dining round up

// 1. Orange powder coated steel wire dog dish? Cool! via Unleashed Life //
// 2. I love these helvetica treat containers. via Harry Barker //
// 3. Make sure to keep the dog hydrated in this heat while you go on walks with this expandable water bowl that clips on to your water bottle. via Popware for Pets //
// 4. This bowl holder is made from reclaimed wood. via Snazzy Jazzy Pet //
// 5. An Eames-style dog food stand complete with hair pin legs. Love. via ModPet //

I ka(n)t get enough….

Oh man I think the power outages are getting to me with my punny post titles, but seriously, how fun is the ikat trend going around right now? I’m definitely loving it.

Ikat is really a dyeing technique similar to tie-dye except the threads are tied off and dyed before weaving the fabric together. Whereas tie-dye is done by tying off the fabric after its been woven together. The result is a boho chic pattern that works on everything from clothes to housewares.

Here’s some favorites I picked out to share with you:

1. Ikat linen clutch via Bagboy on Etsy // 2. Raspberry Ikat Chair via Anthropologie // 3. Ikat print scarf via Gap // 4. Mugs via World Market // 5. Headband via Cara Accessories // 6. Copi Ikat Cube and Pillow via Found Object on Fab.com

It was hard to narrow down the selection for this round up, but check out my pinterest board for more fun ikat ideas!

I actually don’t own anything ikat yet, but after this round up of goodies, I’m thinking I’ll have to make a shopping trip soon!

lime what?

I’ve somehow managed to have a bowl full of limes, and I don’t mean 2 or 3 extra limes, I mean I have about 9 limes sitting in a bowl.

So what the heck do I do with these limes? Make something of course! But I need recipes that call for regular limes, not key limes. Here’s a round up of some that I found. Hopefully you’ll be seeing what I decided to make with all my limes sooner or later. (probably sooner, last time I checked, I didn’t pay the premium price for the immortal limes)

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round up: colorful planters

Ok, ok, so my obsession with brightly colored planters isn’t quite done yet, but I think this might just be the final post to really get it out of my system. When we stopped by my Grandma’s house to pick her up for the Mother’s Day luncheon she couldn’t wait to take me out to her back patio and show off her latest project. As soon as I saw this array of brightly colored spray painted pots–a day after making this stacked planter and a week after making my hanging garden tins–I thought there’s no denying that I come by all this honestly. Even my 85-year-old Gram needs to add some bright whimsy to her garden!

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margarita round up

Margaritas are my favorite cocktail by far. There are endless variations and possibilities. The Margarita’s signature holiday is coming up this weekend, so its more than appropriate to link up a ton marg recipes to help figure out which one you want to whip up for Cinco de Mayo!

(if you follow on me on pinterest I’m sure you saw this post coming from miles away since I usually have a pinning marathon to gather up all my links for these round up posts. If you want a sneak peek into my future round up posts, follow me on pinterest!! )

margarita recipe round up

// 1. Traditional Margarita via Hispanic Kitchen // 2. Spicy Grapefruit Margarita via Bon Appetit // 3. Pomegranate Lime Margarita via lauren’s latest // 4. Raspberry + Key Lime Margaritas via Tokyo Terrace // 5. Pitcher Perfect Margarita via chow.com // 6. Classic Margarita via Readymade // 7. Strawberry Margaritas via Tide and Thyme // 8. Corona-rita via The Exhausted Mom // 9. Roasted Jalapeno Blackberry Margarita via Kitchen Konfidence

I actually have some killer marg recipes up my sleeve that I’m sure will be posted on here sooner or later, but until then I think I’ve given you plenty of tequila concoctions to try out!

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

stuff i love // pillows

design sponge room

via // design*sponge

Design*Sponge always has “sneak peek’s” into tons of awesome homes and I usually quickly glance over them, but I saw this place today and completely swooned. What really got me was the eclectic mix of pillows on the couch. I love pillows. As I’ve started filling up our house with various pillows I’ve made (here, here, and here) I’ve been wondering where to put all of them because I’ve been stuck on the concept that a well-styled sofa or bed should have one or two “accent” pillows amongst more neutral coordinating pillows. But that couch is chock-full of accent pillows, and it looks great!

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o-hi-o

I’ve been noticing lately that there is a lot of state pride in product and craft design. At least once a week fab.com has something that’s state related: graphic tees, baubles, or even wall art all have a little state flare. Since I’ve been a lifelong citizen, I did a round up of state of Ohio items, which was actually harder than it would seem since googling anything with the words “Ohio” and “state” in the same line garners millions upon millions of buckeye-themed results.

Ohio Round Up

  1. Cheese tastes better on an Ohio cheese board. via AHeirloom’s etsy // 2. These Are Things makes tons of letterpressed maps // 3. Miss Make’s awesome Ohio quilt // 4. An Ohio Embroidery Hoop via Blue Leaf Boutique // 5. Poppy and Pinecone has a ton of these fantastic watercolors in every state! // 6. A simple and elegant Ohio Necklace by Red Giraffe Designs // 7. Cool Ohio string art via Curiously Wrought’s Etsy shop

I’ve been itching to do my own Ohio-themed project. Haven’t quite nailed it down yet, but this is some good inspiration to get started!