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Vintage-y looking pumpkins with party hats.


Happy Halloween! Today I’m taking my little firefly to a party to show off her cuteness (big thanks to my mom for putting her creative costume skills to work yet again). I’m terrible when it comes to dressing up, so I’ll probably just draw some whiskers on with eyeliner and go as a black cat (need this last minute cat ear headband!). You guys… you’re probably going to find this shocking but… my life really doesn’t look anything like my Pinterest. I have all these grand ideas of constant crafting and handmade homemade everything like a fabulous Halloween costume, but when it comes right down to it, I very rarely take time to get creative and crafty. Which is too bad because I love it when I do! I have the terrible habit of believing I’m too busy (plus I’m a perfectionist so if I can’t do something just right then I’ll often not do it at all), but re-reading this book has me thinking that I really just need to apply some discipline (especially regarding web browsing and television), and make time for the stuff I care about doing. From holiday crafts to organizing my closet to branching out with Snippet & Ink (I’ve got ideas people! just got to get them out there!), I’m determined to find some time. Gosh… who knew talking about my non-existent Halloween costume could inspire so much gut spilling? Do you find yourself wishing you had more time for XYZ? I have a sneaking suspicion I’m not the only one.

If you’re wondering what kinds of crafts I’m not doing but wish I was, read on for weekend links…


A fascinating take on food and identity.

Not my circus, not my monkeys (idioms from around the world).

What you learn in your 40s (I’d like one of these for my 30s, and I wish I’d had one for my 20s).

These mummy cookies are adorable, via Camille Styles.

And these monster cocktail stirrers are kind of amazing.

Maybe with some Halloween pumpkin punch?

What a teach learned when she spent two days as a high school student.

These are super fun, but I can’t help thinking you couldn’t DIY a pair of splatter pumps for about $700 less.

This is like the grown-up couture version of my dwarf wedgmussel costume.

The Willy Wonka of Sriracha.

Gilt has gorgeous garters on sale!

Congrats to Select vendor Stacy McCain on the lovely new website!

And in case you missed it, this week on Snippet & Ink…

This romantic sweet home Alabama wedding.

Gorgeous ring boxes from The Mrs. Box – did you enter the giveaway yet?!

Apple farm wedding with a real budget breakdown.

A rainbow of vintage engagement rings.

Words to love by.


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Feeling a little under the weather this week, so instead of getting ahead on a few projects this weekend, I’ll probably be catching up on sleep and increasing my intake of soup and tea. Thankfully it’s supposed to rain tomorrow (really,  it’s the only kind of weather for being sick). So enjoy these links and I’ll see you Monday!

The Black Apple The Black Apple

Maybe it’s just the time of year, but I want this mysterious little lady for Caroline’s room.

I would totally wear a pistachio necklace (is that a California thing? Does the rest of the country love these little guys as much as we do?).

If Batman carried a clutch

Creepy crawly Halloween cocktail.

Okay gents, here you go: how to properly tuck in your shirt.

The secret message inside Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch.

Add some color to your snail mail with these delightful envelopes.

Next time you’re in a museum,   s   l   o   w    d   o   w   n  .

I think it’s been a few weeks since a s’mores recipe, so: s’mores cookies and grilled s’mores melt.

What kids around the world eat for breakfast.

This RSVP card is hilarious (unless you’re a Cubs fan, then maybe not so much).

Oh the hypocrisy of this company’s no smoking policy.

And in case you missed it…

Sweet wedding at Mount Hope Farm, plus their real wedding budget.

A modern take on classic blue and white china.

Romantic English Garden wedding at Barnsley House.

10 ideas for a brunch wedding.

13 ways to ask “Will you be my bridesmaid?

Words to Love By continues.


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This squid costume cracks me up, and totally reminds me of the year that my little sister and I decided to be endangered species for Halloween. Lora was an Ozark big-eared bat, which made perfect sense as a Halloween costume, and was something people would be able to recognize on at least some level. Me, on the other hand? I got stuck on the idea of being a dwarf wedgemussel. Yes, it’s a mollusk. Don’t ask me why I thought that was a good idea. And instead of trying to encourage something a little more recognizable like, say, a Hawksbill sea turtle or maybe a Delmarva fox squirrel, our talented mother went ahead and cut foam into the shape of mussel shells that I wore like a vest over an orange turtleneck. As you can probably guess, not a single person could determine what I was supposed to be. Someone asked if I was an ear. I think one person might have come close and guessed I was a clam. Admittedly not my best costume idea. Although I suppose if nothing else, I educated dozens of Halloween candy distributors about the existence of an obscure endangered shellfish.

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Dreamy backstage pics from Reem Acra’s Fall 2015 runway.

If I were dressing Caroline as an endangered species this year, she’d be a monarch butterfly. Let’s plant some milkweed people!

It finally feels like fall here. Time for apple cinnamon rolls.

Something kind of wonderful about this dress.

Most gorgeous invitation suite I’ve seen in awhile.

Brilliant charcoal finger-paintings.

Imagine seeing Rio de Janeiro from this perspective.

Homemade cheater cronuts.

I love the scalloped edge on these makeup bags.


In case you missed it, this week on Snippet & Ink:

Classic wine country wedding at Chalk Hill.
Sweet Southern wedding at Serenbe.
Marin Headlands wedding with personal vows.
Black-tie ballroom wedding in San Francisco.
Pretty pins: 10 ideas for bold, black wedding details.
Words to Love By No. 7.

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I love my in-laws. They are kind, generous, family-oriented people who raised an amazing son and then they let me marry him. Of course, four years later I’m still hoping to impress them in some form or another, and I still feel mildly insecure about my housekeeping skills whenever they come to visit, but maybe that’s just the nature of the in-law relationship? Since they’ll be in town this weekend that means golf for my hubby and his dad, grilling out if the weather stays nice, possibly shopping for better pillows with my mother-in-law (the woman is a pillow aficionado, with at least 12 to choose from anytime we stay at their house), and if we feel like braving the traffic, we might head to the city for a picnic and the Blue Angels.

So what about you – weekend plans? In-law insecurities? Share!

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Mesmerized by this light installation in Birmingham.

We’re all just winging it.

Turn fun paper napkins into even more fun paper flowers.

Last day to enter our $500 Vrai & Oro giveaway!

Do people still get perms? Because I would really love to have some curls like this.

I’ve finally found a perfectly minimalist circle necklace.

How to make a cloud.

15 most romantic places for kissing.

I like big bowls and I cannot lie.

Super cute cake toppers.

How wonderful are these envelopes?

Every time I see a new Clare V clutch I want it.

This dress would have been perfect in my moon-and-stars post last week!

White chocolate chip pumpkin snickerdoodles.


In case you missed it, this week on Snippet & Ink:

Backyard wedding with super romantic flowers.
Tuscan-inspired wedding at Holman Ranch.
50 of the best calligraphy fonts and hand-lettered fonts.
This couple brought the garden indoors for their Knoxville wedding.
10 ways to incorporate white pumpkins at your wedding.
Words to Love By continues!


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Not much to say today except we’re going pumpkin picking tomorrow and I can’t wait to see my own little pumpkin toddling around the pumpkin patch! Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! (I’m imagining it will be just like this photo from The Artist and The Architect except that instead of evening sunlight we’ll be going as early in the morning as we possibly can – such is life with a 16 month old.) Have a happy weekend!

The Artist and the Architect The Artist and the Architect

This restaurant wants to be the worst rated on Yelp. Hilarious.

Edible glitter is just begging to be put into ice cubes.

Such a delightful invite for a masquerade ball.

Definitely want to give this DIY a try. Just have to figure out which photo and where to hang it!

The most perfect paper map of the United States and why, via Design Mom.

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect sunglasses to replace my favorite sunglasses of all time that I’ve managed to permanently misplace, and I think I may have found them.

How about a name necklace in your own handwriting?

“We are living in an age when sleep is more comfortable than ever and yet more elusive.”

Vintage wedding flowers never go out of style.

How itty bitty bees take on gigantic hornets and win (think team work).

Never would have guessed yellow eye makeup could look so darn pretty.

I’m speaking at Oh So Inspired in November! Will I see you there?!


In case you missed it, this week on Snippet & Ink:

Destination wedding in Texas, shabby chic inspired.
Timeless Ohio wedding at the Kingwood Center.
This wedding video has me in tears. So perfect.
Love you to the moon and back – moon-and-stars wedding ideas.
And Megan K. Sadler is taking over Words to Love By this month, starting with this beautiful quote from Thoreau.


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