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summer lovin’

i’ve been loving all the sweet, colorful items showing up in etsy these days. so summery! here are a few of my recent faves:

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owl print

my lovely mother’s day gift from carter and olive! i had it framed and up within a day!

(ps. small talk studio is full of amazing pieces)

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i recently got to take my first posy-related buying trip this past weekend to the liberty antique festival.  olive had been sick since the tuesday before and was finally starting to show signs of her old self.  suzanne, unfortunately, was home with sick kiddo #2.  i took advantage of the solo time and drove for about 45 minutes without any music or interruptions or feet kicking my seat.  the last 15 minutes were spent with lauryn hill…my go-to album for solo road trips.  pure heaven!

it was a totally overwhelming (in a good way!) experience.  tons of amazing treasures, southern smorgasbord for lunch and friendly folks everywhere.  my favorite was the announcer.  the first thing i heard upon entering the festival was, “if you haven’t tried the fried banana pudding, you’d better get you some!”  i knew i was in the right place.

i can’t wait for my finds to hit the shop…but until then, here’s a peak at what the festival had to offer.  i’m already looking forward to getting back next year!

next year, i’m bringing a wagon so my arms don’t fall off.  and i’m going to space out my shopping to include more food breaks.  i was really disappointed to have to walk away from the local church’s bake sale.  those pies looked delicious!  overall, a well-run, entertaining and educational festival. those vendors know their stuff!

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amen sister!

my sis just sent this article from the daily beast my way today, and i’m so in awe of it’s thoughtful statements, questions and insight…and even more that they came from a beautiful hollywood actress. go ashley!

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inspiration

i’m sort of (completely!) addicted to etsy and, now, pinterest. for years and years i’ve been filling notebooks with scraps from magazines, pictures, ideas, images i love. i also have them in a basket by my bed, in the drawer of a desk, in my purse, on the kitchen counter, and oh…so many other nooks and crannies i can’t even remember! i LOVE the jolt i get from a beautiful image and idea.  i love helpful tips…like using your dishwasher for more…recently washed: bath toys, toilet plunger & tray and pollen-covered plastic toys from the porch…thank you idea book! i love before and afters and i LOVE color! most importantly, i love that people are excited to share and feed off each other’s jolts. it pushes us all forward and together.  here are a few of my most recent pins & favorites:

what a cool idea for olive’s big girl room transformation:

very inspired by the different ways to create bunting…mirrors!

can’t get enough yellow right now!

this would be a neat way to price items for a market:

this just makes me SO happy!

 

words to live by:

i’m going to need a bigger notebook!

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bookmark

it’s so funny where inspiration comes from. you really have to be open so when it shows its face you’re ready to go!

a customer just bought one of our poufs (yay!) and is giving it to her daughter for her first birthday along with a stack of books. what a cool gift!! i’m really honored she’s letting posy be a part of this big milestone so i wanted to send along an extra thank you!  so, to go with her book theme i thought a bookmark would come in handy. i found this neat idea here and loved mixing in my own fabrics. (what a great use for scraps!) i definitely love the idea of a cloth bookmark and am looking forward to exploring other ideas and styles. but this was a good first start!

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this little nook is one of those places where i quickly realized that less would make more of an impact.  sometimes the appearance of a bunch of little things, in this case, pillows, makes a spot look crowded and not-so-pretty. in fact, the whole wall was once like that with a piece of furniture for every purpose…tv stand, chair, end table, book shelves, etc. so we scrapped it all and built a solid chunk of bookshelves. the room looks twice as big as a result. and with a small home, it’s always good taking advantage of vertical space. anyway, i ditched this random grouping of pillows for a couple of biggies in a bold print and i have to say, the spot’s gone from a catch-all feel to a cozy spot for chilling out!

before: 

after:

(the fabric was a great find at the mill outlet village in raleigh. it’s high-quality upholstery fabric marked down to $5.95/yard.  love that place!)

 

 

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