What I’m Lovin’ in February

I’m always sad to see February go. As the shortest month of the year, it should be no surprise that it flies by, but it surprises me every time!

Before it goes, I wanted to share the list of what I’m lovin’ this month with you!

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1. handmade envelopes

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Envelopes made from my 2014 fridge calendar – stay tuned for this post!

At first I was surprised at how easy they were to construct, but then I just ran with it and now I can’t stop making them!

2. a cozy local breakfast with mismatch mugs

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Left is my sister’s mug (lady bugs for the KT bug!) and right is the one I picked out for our breakfast at Cafe Strudel

There’s nothing more cozy than a warm cup of coffee from your favorite well-worn mug. Last month, my sister and I enjoyed a #SliceSisters date at Cafe Strudel followed by some antique tea cup shopping [for the Bridal tea party we’re throwing] at the Old Mill Antique Mall next door. We completely fell in love with both. The food at Cafe Strudel was amazing and the coffee bar {where you chose your own mismatched, well-worn mug} was our favorite part!

3. Homemade Oreos

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Need I say more?! I made this recipe for the Hubs’ birthday (using the icing recipe from these red velvet cookies). DELICIOUS.

4. tea parties

my teacup

matching teacups & saucers make me swoon.

Who doesn’t love a good excuse for sweet treats and drinking coffee from a fancy teacup and saucer with her pinky stuck straight up in the air?! I sure do!

Read all about the Bridal tea party I threw (here) at Blue Flour Bakery. And if you’re inspired to throw your own tea party, send me an invitation! 😉

5. Nothin’ but Nola’s Goin’ Nuts granola

Maybe you remember my lust for the Lady Loves gift box from what I was lovin’ in January?

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Well, I ordered 2 boxes for 2 very special ladies in my life to remind them that they’re awesome {and according to both [proof here], they loved every bit of that box}.

Lauren from Nothin’ but Nola rebounded all of my questions and even entertained my obsession with the Lady Loves boxes as I shared them all over social media. And what d’ya know?! One of those Lady Loves gift boxes arrived on my doorstep on Valentine’s Day sent by Lauren herself! 🙂

Hello, happy mail!!

Hello, happy mail!!

I promptly ripped it open and nearly died from excitement!

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*insert heart eyed emojis*

Lauren is so thoughtful and I so appreciated the gift (especially because my Valentine spent the weekend in Atlanta with his grandfather who had a heart attack. And since I wasn’t able to be there to hug the big guy I’ve adopted as my own grandpa, my house was a little gloomy).

Don’t worry if you missed the Lady Loves gift box, you can still order yourself (or someone you love!) the goodies:

I’ve been munching on the Goin’ Nuts granola non-stop since I got it (seriously though, I need to order a refill). Not only is the granola absolutely delicious, but for every bag of granola you order, Nothin’ but Nola donates one meal to a local food bank (read more about their awesome mission here). Love, love, love seeing [handmade!] businesses giving back to their communities with every purchase. ❤

6. my sister’s newly discovered craftiness!

I have been bugging my sister relentlessly to take up crafting [of any kind]. I could go on for days about the benefits of crafting [or you could read why crafting is great for your brain here], but I won’t…at least not today 😉

But…crafts take a lot of patience. My sister was a classroom teacher for 5 years and has just moved out of the classroom and into the role of “Reading Coach” at her school this year. Working to mold little minds into great thinkers everyday takes a lot of patience. It was tough to convince her to use some of that patience on crafting, but I’m glad she is doing that now!

My sister has taken up arm knitting and gosh-darnit if she’s not excellent at it!! Proof:

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this beautiful mustard yellow scarf knit by my sister

She is on a roll with it! She knit a cream colored scarf during the Super Bowl, a pretty pink one for Valentine’s Day and even a black and garnet one for my Mom (go Cocks!)!

I’m so proud of her!

In other scarf news, did you see the one Virginia made me for the Handmade Scarf Swap?! Loving all my new handmade scarves!

7. new glasses

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My new tortoise shell glasses (I’m really digging the AK lion on the side)

I got my first pair of glasses one year ago when I realized that I was having a hard time reading presentations at work. As the youngest person in the room, I knew something must be wrong. I was right. As the doctor confirmed, my eyesight was on the high end of “not that bad.” Ever since the day I picked up those gorgeous light purple Michael Kors specs, my view of facial accessories has changed: glasses are definitely the best accessory a girl can have {just above scarves}.

8. #reslicedHappyMail

I can’t help but love this little snail mail project of mine! I’ve had SO much fun creating cards for all of the #reslicedHappyMail recipients so far and I’m excited to get started on the rest. It’s been fun expanding my crafting skills and practicing my calligraphy. The most exciting part of the project is being able to hear the stories of my recipients. I love reading the nomination forms and hearing how awesome the people you know are and what cool things they are doing.

In case you’ve missed them, here’s a recap of the Happy Mail that’s been sent so far {click the images to read the original post and hear the stories}

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#1 was sent to a lady named Pat who currently resides in a nursing home.

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#2 was sent to a pre-kindergarten teacher named Winter.

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#3 was sent to a boy named Bubby Everson who just celebrated what doctors say may be his last birthday.

If you know someone who could use a little reminder that they are special, nominate them to receive a piece of #reslicedHappyMail by filling out the form here. Be sure to read the original post to review all those pesky little rules.

{Catch up on all What I’m Lovin’ monthly posts here.}

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What I’m Lovin’ in January

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you’re feeling refreshed and inspired!

There are loads of things I’m lovin’ this month, but I’ll try to keep my list condensed 😉
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1. the Lady Loves Valentine’s Day Gift Box

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{Photo credit: @nothinbutnola on Instagram – image linked}

This year I’m lovin’ the Galentine’s Day twist on this holiday! Any excuse to celebrate the cool women I know and I’m totally in.

One of my very favorite local artists, Rachel Tenny, has partnered with North Carolina based Nothin’ But Nola and All She Wrote Notes to offer the Lady Loves Valentine’s Day Gift BoxYou can order this gift box [packed with hand-mixed granola, a set of #SpreadJoyAndHappyMail cards and a hand-drawn calligraphy tag that says “You’re so Loved”] for your Bestie (or all your friends or your Mom or your dog who promises to share with you…anyone!) and they’ll ship it straight to her for $15! I’ve already ordered two and I’m thinking about going back for more… {read more about the gift box here!}

Edit: the gift box is no longer available, but you can browse all the other goodies in the Nothin’ but Nola shop here and keep up with them on Facebook and Instagram for future deals!

2. My Candy Rush combo from Candied Cottons

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How adorable is this set?!

I won this set through a giveaway on Instagram which was super exciting! I love giveaways and I’m pretty sure I’ll be hosting one soon [time to share the love!] so stay tuned 😉

The smallest pouch (called the Taffy Tote) is the perfect size for holding gift cards (like all those you got for Christmas & don’t want to lose!). I’m using the larger pouch (called the Sugar Cube Clutch) to hold my coupons. And I’m keeping the 2 from losing each other by attaching the wrist strap to both. Oh – and the key chain – it’s on my key ring!

The best part?! The fabric Lindsey used on the set I won is from my favorite fabric collection – Arizona by April Rhodes.

3. A cute way to identify my bag at the airport

After our plane arrived in London, the Hubs and I thought we had lost a bag (which just-so-happened to be the bag full of presents). It was a generic red suitcase that we had borrowed from my sister-in-law. It also happened to be the only piece of luggage that didn’t have a scrap piece of fabric tied to it and a “Jordan” key chain hooked on it (my grandparents have been putting versions these in our stockings for years so I have quite a collection. They come in handy as quick identifiers on luggage when traveling).

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Doll key chain from Cristali Designs – click the image to check out her shop.

I entered a giveaway on Cristali-Designs’ blog before leaving for England and I actually won the “surprise” she promised to a lucky reader. When I found this adorable gal in my mailbox when we got home, I immediately hooked her to the piece of luggage (which will eventually be returned to my sister-in-law who travels more than us so I’m sure they key chain come in handy!).

4. My MagSoul KnotTwisted Headband

You can't help but love that pattern, amiright?!

You can’t help but love that pattern, amiright?!

This month, MagSoul celebrated it’s fifth anniversary (which in the handmade business world is like eternity). I met Mags through my blog post about Vintage Charlotte. Somehow I’d skipped right over her booth at the event which is a real tragedy. Nonetheless, the generous Mags offered to send me a KnotTwisted Headband to try out which I was (and am!) super excited about! I’m not great at wearing headbands and wraps like these, but Mags provides some pretty spiffy tips (here) that I memorized before giving it a try.

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Try # 5,438, but I finally got it!

As proof in my post on IG, these headbands are perfect for Horrible Hair Friday!

If you’re not already, you need to go follow @MagSoulShop on Instagram – I love her witty, girl-power posts and I think you will too!

5. My “Hey Shug” mug made by my sister

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Y’all know I’m kind of a mush. So when my sister gifted this mug to me I teared up a little. My Gammy used to call everyone “shug”. I know I’ve told y’all about her before – she’s my inspiration for nearly everything, but especially my creative adventures.

My sister recently got a vinyl cutting machine and she has gone to town with it! So she made my Mom and I matching mugs for Christmas. They’re perfect.

6. Using up my fabric scraps [to make room for more fabric of course]

As an fabric-lovin’-sewist, I’ve got a pretty extensive collection of fabric yet I’m always longing for more. I’m trying to use up what I already have because 1) it’s cheaper / eco-friendly and 2) it helps me clear out space for new fabric!

{Photo credit linked}

{Photo credit linked}

In the middle of my craft room, I had a bundle of scrubs that my stepsister had passed on to me. Originally I thought I’d use them to make totes (the placement of the pockets on the tops make them super easy to convert into functional totes), but decided to use them for the drawstring pouches instead.

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The material came entirely (except for the 1 silver ribbon) from the scrubs: the blue exterior is from the pant legs, the strings came from the waist of the pants, and the appliqued gift patches came from a festive top. I hadn’t made drawstring bags before so I was surprised at how easy they were. I found most of my instructions in the sewing books I brought back from England (will blog soon!) so I don’t have a tutorial to link, but I’m sure you can easily find one on Pinterest.

7. #reslicedHappyMail

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I hope you heard all about my new initiative in last week’s post, but if you didn’t here’s the run-down: If you know someone who could use a little reminder that they are special, nominate them to receive a piece of #reslicedHappyMail by filling out the form here. Be sure to read the original post to review all those pesky little rules.

I’ve got my first nominee’s card constructed and I’m hoping to finalized it and send it out in the next week. Stay tuned for the story!

{Catch up on all What I’m Lovin’ monthly posts here.}