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Did you guys know that H&M had a home store?! I sure didn’t. But of course when I found I hopped right over and spend over and HOUR looking through their entire catalogue. And then I got distracted by clothes. Isn’t this the cutest dress?!

Ok, ok Justynn, back on topic… Anyways, So I found out they have a home catalogue, spent over and hour perusing it and figured I might as well share my finds with you. Check out some of my favorites below.

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Wishlist Wednesday

July 10, 2013

Hello lovely people. It’s Wednesday which means I get to share with you some of the items on my wish list! Some of the things I can afford and others are well… pipe dreams.

But dream I will so lets get to the dreaming!

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one // these baseball bat bottle openers are awesome (minus the giants reference. GO TIGERS!!) I would love one of these for my home…

two // this print is such a great reminder to remember that you’re not the only one going through problems and not to take out anger and frustration on others.

three // I LOVE this chair. Look at the color! It’s fantastic! Want for my living room RIGHT NOW.

four // *whisky makes her frisky* Ok, I’m more of a tequila girl myself, but I’m pretty sure that has a saying too…  “tequila makes… her clothes….”

five // I think this dog bowl holder is super cool! I would totally buy for Ziggy. He’s going to be the coolest non cat in the world. *Spoiled Dog Alert*

 

What do you think? Do you have anything you’re pining after? Share a link below! I might just add it to mine!

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So, I’ve found and loved several things this week across the blog-world and felt that I need to share with you. If you’ve already seen these, I apologize, but they were too good and too inspiring/ swoon-worthy to not repost. I don’t think this will be a WEEKLY thing, but probably happening every once in a while over the course of time.

blackKraft-Main-thumbThe Inspired Office Store {Wishlisted for sure!}

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Pets On FurniturePets on Furniture | Desire to Inspire {totally participating in this next week!}

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2013-05-08_1450Colorstrology | Michele Bernhardt {huh, kinda cool- I think this is pretty on point}

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Typography Cake | A Subtle Revelry [how freaking cool?!]

Have a very lovely weekend everyone! I’m looking forward to some gardening, fun DIY projects, being outside in this lovely weather and some painting homework! 🙂

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What’s up you lovely people? It’s Wish List Wednesday and we’re back for our third installment of the Etsy color series. Miss the first two colors? See it White & Black and Red. Why Etsy? Well….. I’m looking forward to opening my own Etsy store and can’t think of a better way to promote good karma than to promote some of the amazing shops already on there.

Orange is the color this week and its one of my favorite colors! I love the bold stand out quality and depth of all the shades of orange. Eleven spectacular items to follow so lets get to it…

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1// This sweet print from handz is a great play on one of my favorite line from this Gary Allen song. A great reminder to enjoy the art of “getting there” in life. Plus the typography of ride literally has me swooning.

2// Who doesn’t love a great vintage desk? Unfortunately this desk sold last November to some lucky person. who… may or may not want to start keeping a better eye on their piece…

3// Yep, I’m obsessed. I love everything type. Whats better than small type? BIG TYPE. I love this big “h” from Hindsvik. I want to hang it on my “Art Wall”.

4// Every girl has to own some sort of chunky necklace. I have…. several. Wouldn’t this be a sweet addition to my collection? I don’t have an orange one…. yet. Created by stonesartisanjewelry.

5// There seems to be a trend of flour sacks as the perfect cleaning towel right now instead of paper towel, which isn’t very environmentally friendly. So if you’re going to be environmentally friendly, you need to do it in style. Nicely made by SproutedDesigns.

6// This orange clock from uncommon is made to be a focal point on your wall. Add in some great B&W prints surrounding the clock for a bold statement.

7// Honestly, I love Chicago. I’m a Detroit girl born and raised but would pretty much drop everything to live in Chicago for a few years. Lovely skyline print from Benton Park Prints.

UPDATE: This vendor was so excited to be featured that they’ve offered a coupon code for 20% from their shop BENTON PARK PRINTS for Creative Life Antic Readers and Fans until 5/22/13. Coupon code: ANTICS

8// Although not orange in color, orange in scent is just as good. I’m a citrus and fruity scent person at heart and I can only imagine how good my hands will smell after using this! Crafted by Frog Goes to Market.

9// What stands out to me the most about this orange leather cuff bracelet is the braid. It looks so complicated but effortless at the same time. Very boho chic. Great job by JustLena (which I should mention is so super close to my own name… weird!)

10// THIS MUG (from symmetrical pottery). Oh my gosh. Stood out from the page in the most incredible way. Mom if you’re reading… add this to my christmas list. There’s also some really cool dog bowls too!

11// Love this fantastic glass bowl from UneekGlassFusions how cool would this look with some apples and bananas?

Well, that wraps up this week’s wish list. Which item is your favorite?

On a more personal note yesterday marked the first day of my last class in my Graphic Design Degree. Yay. So expect some homework related posts. A lot of painting and color theory. Maybe I’ll post our assignments on here and you guys can try them yourself. What do you think? Hopefully these late nights at school won’t throw off my blogging too much. I’m still planning on participating in my challenges so keep and eye out for those!

Have a great Wednesday!

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Challenges

May 2, 2013

So, when I decided to start this blog part of my goal was to start challenging myself to actually create the things I’ve been “pinning” or have been thinking about for a looooooong time. And since we all know other bloggers have this same issue it’s nice when we are forced coerces into actually doing it.

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The lovely Katie Bower from Bower Power Blog and Sherry from Young House Love have been issuing what they call the Pinterest Challenge for a while now (each season they challenge themselves and their readers to stop pinning and start doing) and this will be the first time I’ve actually participated. They ask the participants to find a project you’ve pinned, cite the sources of inspiration for it and then put your own twist on it. They give you about a week to get your project done, and then you share it on their sites with other readers and bloggers. Then people comment, tell you you’re amazing and we all live happily ever after. Well… thats the way I see it.

So, for my challenge I have decided on remaking over my old ugly bedroom mirror into something new. These are some images that inspired my project…

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SOURCES:
ONE // TWO // THREE (dead link :() // FOUR (another dead link :()

So, as you can see I have my hands full this week.

BUT WAIT…. THERE’S MORE…. (in my best infomercial voice).

I have also decided to sign up for The Rookie DIY Challenge posted on Challenge Loop by “The Rookies” themselves Casey & Bridget from DIY Playbook.

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Luckily this one ends May 29th, so I don’t have to get it done right away. But I’m equally Excited for this one too! I’ve got some ideas swimming in my head but nothing too solid just yet. I’ll be sure to keep you in the know though.

On top of all this, I think next month I’m going to start my own little challenge series. Challenging myself to take on more than just an itty bitty craft project and more of a redo-rework project. Still working that idea out.

So what do you think? Are you going to join these fun challenges too? I’m excited to see what everyone is planning. If you have a blog and have posted your inspiration I’d love to see it. Leave a link in the comments, and good luck!

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Whew, what a week so far. First, I apologize for being MIA for the last few days. I’m planning on working hard on some really great projects this weekend (much bigger than I’ve worked on recently) and I’ve been wrappingg my head around everything that I need to purchase for it, setting aside time to do it between work and DETROIT RED WINGS PLAYOFFS (name drop much?). I promise I will share all the busy details soon. Until then I’ll let you all ponder what’s going on by looking at this truly horrible photo.

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Yup, my deck. I need to get this baby ready for spring/ summer… since you know, it finally decided to arrive.

HOWEVER, it’s Wish List Wednesday and we’re back for our second installment of the Etsy color series. Miss the first installment? See it here. Why Etsy? I’m looking forward to opening my own Etsy store and can’t think of a better way to promote good karma than to promote some of the amazing shops already on there.

Red is the theme this week and I’ve got some real knockouts! AND I was able to limit myself to ten. It was hard, and there were some GREAT items that just barely didn’t make the list.

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1// Who doesn’t like cake for breakfast? If I wore this button I could actually have cake for breakfast… right? This wonderful design is created by Instant Awesome.

2// Big, bright, bold and totally mouth-watering. I love the simplicity and quirkiness of this necklace by Venicia Creations would be the perfect addition to my collection.

3// I’m pretty much a ‘tea-oholic’ these days and there’s nothing better than your favorite tea in a pretty cup. This cup and saucer combo from bloodymarianne is fantastic! I love the strip/ solid combo. I think I need to start replacing all my tea cups now…

4// Let’s not kid around, succulents are HUGE right now. And while I might have a green thumb outside… it doesn’t always translate that way to my inside plants. Thus why succulents are perfect for me. They don’t require constant attention. This petite planter by dachshundinthedesert brings the perfect pop of color and earthy edge. I think they would look amazing in a set of three or four on my dining room table. And it comes WITH a plant. How much easier can it get?

5// Ok, so this clock by EuroVintage is technically ‘red-orange’ but the red part came first (solid argument, right?). I love the look of the classic alarm clocks about as much as I dread the sound of them. I have not and never will be a morning person. Seriously, just ask my parents. However, I’m not above buying one to set in my room to make it LOOK like I’m a morning person. I love the pop of color. And since thats generally how I style my home, this would look great on my nightstand. Ok, maybe on the bf’s side… 😉

6// I found these totally awesome key rings a while ago and can’t get over how unique of an idea this is by nanehandmade. Love the geometric painting and color selection they have. For someone who loses their keys as much as I do I should get the brightest one, that way they’ll be easier to find.

7// So, I have a baking addiction. You might already know that. And there was QUITE the story of how I finally acquired my KitchenAid stand mixer, (I might tell you it sometime… lets just say that it involved (4) mixers being purchased… accidentally.) so this spunky art piece by ohdearmolly DESERVES a spot on my art wall.

8// Being a graphic designer at heart I love vintage packaging. When I saw this old typewriter ribbon can from Antiquissimo it brought a smile to my face. Old items like these are a great reminder that simple colors and type can often be the best kind of packaging.

9// This vintage retro pitcher/ kettle from TheRetroBottega reminds me of the one my mom used while camping to make our hot chocolate. That one was black, but it holds great camping memories. I wonder why kind of memories this one holds as well.

10// Finally, I’m on the hunt for new pillows & cases for my couch in the living room, the ones I have are…. unattractive? So, when I saw the bright color and pattern on these embossed velvet cases by sestras they immediately went on my possibility list. Which has now reached an all-time high of about 100 different cases. I really need to pair that thing down to six… or so. 

It’s Wednesday, so that mean’s it’s wish list day! Every Wednesday check back for some items from my wish list. This week we are starting the Etsy Color Series. Each Wednesday I will pick one color and search Etsy for some of my favorite items from some fabulous shops.  Why Etsy? Well, since stumbling upon the marketplace way back when I’ve had a dream of being able to sell and showcase my art in my very own shop. I think promoting and sharing fellow shop owners and their products is a great way to build good karma for my future shop. Let’s get started!

This week being the very first week of this series I wanted to start with Black and White. This classic combination is hitting the design and home decor world by force this season. People are falling in love with the contrast and dramatic effect it adds. It’s easy to jump on this band wagon by adding some of these great finds to your home either in art or wardrobe.

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AMAZING RIGHT? I couldn’t just decide on (10) so I added a few more… I know, I know… “moderation Justynn”.

1// Everyone knows I have a love for typography and numbers. This graphic print from EduBarba caught my eye months ago and I’ve been coming back to it ever since. Check out their shop too, because if you like the simpleness of this print you’ll pretty much fall in love with everything else in there.

2// I LOVE wooden cursive typography (get it?). This vintage chic love sign from Old New Again wold make a lovely addition to a master bedroom. I also want their light blue *cook* sign. I think it’d go great with my yellow bake one in my kitchen.

3// The humor behind this Prozac Molecule Mug makes me want to get a few to pass out at my office… 😉 I’m kidding… kinda.  Created by LL Townley Ceramic.

4// Detroit is MY CITY and I would purchase this piece in a heartbeat. In fact I’m currently placing it on my purchase list for my next extra-cash-need-to-spend day. There are a ton more cities in the MrCityPrinting shop for you to find the one that means the most to you. All as wonderfully detailed.

5// Part of planning to open your own Etsy shop include how you want to brand and package your goods. I think stamps are not only cost effective for packaging but also add a unique handmade touch. This stamp from Extase is graphic and memorable.

6// This poster by albiedesigns pretty much describes my household after a long work week. Now if only there was a tequila one…

7// Quirky necklaces are pretty much a staple of my jewelry and this one by Nature Look adds a nice tribal piece that my collection is missing.

8// Pretty much any white ceramic animal is in style right now thanks to Young House Love and this Rhino is no exception. He even has a great name! Igor. From White Faux Taxidermy .

9// This wood bowl from Jan the Spinner reminds me of something my grandfather would make (he was a wood carver for and automotive company back in the day).

10// I bought three of these Vintage Advertising Letters a week ago and can’t wait to use them. Lake Michigan Vintage was really helpful and shipped super fast. Looking forward to working with them in the future.

11// Quirky and completely functional. What a great combination. This mug from Kina Ceramic Design is top notch.

12// Who doesn’t love a little pop culture humor? Great design and twist from FieldTrip. Pop this into a bold black frame for a real kick.

13// I have THREE… count them 1.. 2.. 3.. of these cases from HipsterHaberdasher. I love the color options, the pockets and the easy access with the button closure. (just for clarification I have them for my nook, laptop and wacom tablet.)

14// If and when I decide to have kids and plan to make the announcement simple and chic. Much like this one from inhauspress.

Do you like them? Which item is your favorite?

Next week: We are going RED. Have a product you think I’d like? Drop me an email from my contact page.

Whew. My fingers hurt… I think I’m going to go console them with a bowl of ice cream. Yummy…

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Woot!

April 16, 2013

Have you guys checked out Woot! from Amazon yet? Well, you should.

Why? Because I said so (or at least that was the answer my parents always gave me… still figuring that one out).

Or… because who doesn’t love discounts?! And not only discounts, but snarky humored discounts. As in #whowritesthisstuffIaspiretobethem snarky humor. Go check them out! You can thank me later.

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PS: This is not a sponsored post, all opinions expressed in the dry humor above are all my own.  (you cant have them!)