I love bunting. I do. I don’t care if it’s viewed as overdone or trendy; it makes me happy and adds a bit of bright happiness to any wall. In our house, there’s bunting in Aveline’s room (of course), the bathroom, over the laundry area and even in the kitchen! So, naturally, I found myself drawn to these images from photographer Petra Bindel. She’s an incredible photographer; I’ve scrolled through this gallery several times today. Gorgeous!
Remember back before Pinterest, before Tumblr, when inspiration was tactile and we could circle it with sharpies and cut it out and tape it to notebooks and stack those piles of inspiration on our desks?
Before Pinterest, these are the images I would have torn from the Early Summer 2013 Serena & Lily catalogue.
Too often lately, I’ve had a misplaced sense of pressure to produce 100% original content for this space. I’ve pulled back from sharing the incredible creativity of others, because of the incorrect notion that I’d be perceived as a copycat for showing you something amazing someone else has already made (despite the fact it would be attributed to the original source, credited, and linked).
Holly writes, “Some blogs only accept exclusive content. Other blogs won’t share what another blogger posted no matter how much they loved it because they are scared to upset someone or appear like a copycat. I’ve been teaching blogging classes online and workshops for over 4 years and most of my students are terrified to blog about something if another blogger already covered it. This can ultimately lead to the death of blogs as influencers and early adopters. Really gang. While I’m all for columns, exclusive stuff, taking your own photos, etc. I think balance and caution is needed.
How can we influence something or adopt it if we fear writing about it because another blogger already covered it? How can we discuss trends if no one has images to share supporting those discussions unless they take these images themselves – and because they don’t have the images they clam up?…If we all become fearful or run our blogs like they are magazines where only exclusive content is featured and we refuse to share something another blogger covered, what will that mean for blogging?”
To me, what Holly says is even more impactful and powerful because she’s an incredibly creative individual who has loads of original content to her name. I mean, she’s the author of two books (both of which are in my living room at this very moment) and has a terrific blog with an active and engaged community of readers.
If you blog, or are any other sort of content creator, I highly urge you to read the entire article, as well as her responses in the comments section. It will challenge you and free you, I think.
As for me, I’m done being scared to blog about a trend, a photograph, a brand, or another creative just because a big-name blogger has already pinned it to Pinterest. This space should be where I can share what I love, without fear.
I have a feeling you might be seeing a lot more of inspiration here in the coming weeks.
Watercolor via Luli Sanchez
Mug via Hilda’s Hem
Macaw via Sharon Montrose
Anchor rug via Garnet Hill
Napkin via Anthropologie
Ceramics via Chantal Césure
Mixteco bedspread via Maggie Galton
Bowl via Anthropologie
Mexican Fabric via La Viva Home
Quilt via Selvedge Magazine
I love cobalt blue. It’s the theme of the dishes, art and towels in my kitchen — and it reminds me of home, dear family friends, and beautiful memories.
Tina, my friend who’s adopting from Ethiopia, has been messaging me little updates as she moves along in the process, and let me tell you — my eyes have not been dry. I can’t share specifics, but God’s provision in every step has been nothing short of miraculous. God just keeps answering prayers. Part of me is in complete speechless awe, and part of me just says, “Yup, that’s my Jesus!”
While I can’t share the little personal details (the adoption is still mid-process), I can tell you Mom’s Best Network has generously agreed to host a fundraising auction for the Jensens! The auction will be held on the Mom’s Best Network Facebook page, May 1-6!
This is really big news, as the Mom’s Best Network platform will provide fantastic publicity and a far greater reach than I would be able to offer personally — it’s so thrilling and truly an answer to prayer! There will be all kinds of fantastic items up for auction, and all proceeds will go to the Jensens — I encourage you to go like the page now so you don’t miss the auction when it happens!
Can I ask you to share this information with anyone you know who has a heart for adoption?
Or perhaps you’re a brand, a shop, or a handmade vendor, and you want to donate an item. It’s free publicity and link-back for you, and it’s EVERYTHING for one little child. You won’t even have to ship your item until later, when we contact you with the winning bidder’s shipment information.
Just email me (oaxacaborn at gmail.com) the following information:
• A photograph of the item(s) you wish to donate to the auction
• A brief description of the item(s)
• The starting bid amount(s) in $ USD (usually the retail value)
• Links to your Facebook page, website, and/or shop
• Your name and the best email address to reach you
(A few technical details — the bidding process will occur online, on the Mom’s Best Network Facebook page. Bids will be in the form of comments on the product photo. When the auction ends on May 6th, we will contact the winning bidder to obtain shipping information, and will then pass the mailing address on to you. And if you’d like to read more about the Jensen family, you can peruse their personal blog here.)
You guys, I’m believing that God will use this auction to provide far above and beyond what the Jensen’s need to complete this adoption. I know, I’m dreamin’ BIG here. But I believe. Tina was telling me yesterday, “I want to share with families that feel led that it [adoption] can be done even with our income. God provides so much and usually not the way you think!”
Let’s see what happens! Who else is excited?! Now let’s go share this post! ;)
Today, the evil oak pollen was out in force, swirling on the thick air, sailing up through the closed windows and into the apartment. I sneezed, and sneezed and sneezed and sneezed until I was entirely out of commission, forced to do something rare — rest, mid-day.
So I took my (Italian) mother’s advice, cozied up on the couch with a pillow or five, and put on Mid-August Lunch/Pranzo di Ferragosto.
It’s the heat of the summer, it’s mid-August, and everyone in Rome has emptied out to go on holiday.
Except for Gianni.
And his mother.
And perhaps his landlord’s elderly aunt, and…well, it’s on Netflix Instant, so you’ll have to find out the rest for yourself.
I do know one thing. I want to celebrate Ferragosto this August 15!
I want to introduce you to my sweet friend Tina and her beautiful children (her Air Force husband, Erick, is not pictured). I’ve known Tina since I was, oh, maybe 11 years old or so? She runs Green by USA out of their home in South Dakota, he’s nearing deployment again, and they are part-way through the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia.
Recently, she held an online auction stocked entirely from items donated by friends and family — and all the winning bids combined resulted in $700 toward their adoption fund! There’s another auction coming up in April, and I want to help her make this one even more successful than the last.
I know many of you who read this blog own small businesses or have a handmade shop. Can you help me by donating an item to the auction?
It’s very easy to participate. Just email me, email@example.com, the following information:
- A photograph of the item you wish to donate to the auction.
- A brief description of the item.
- The starting bid amount in USD $.
- Links to your Facebook page, website, and/or shop.
We will send you a link to the online auction when it is live (sometime in April) so you can spread the word to your circle of friends. Once the auction has ended, we will let you know the name and mailing address of the winning bidder, so you can package and ship the item on to them. That’s it!
And if you don’t have any items to donate, would you be willing to share this post instead?
THANK YOU, FRIENDS!
Image Credit: Justine Luetschwager of OCD Photography