Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Image via weheartit
I hope everyone had a safe and fun Halloween!  
♥ Shannon

Friday, October 29, 2010

Jack O'Lantern Inspiration

There are some truly amazing pumpkin-carvers out there. I've been browsing for inspiration, and here are some of my favorites.

To start with, Martha Stewart has some amazing Halloween-themed pumpkins! I love the details:
This moth and candlestick are so haunted mansion!
 This frisky kitty is using a popular new trend: the layered carving approach for different lighting. The effect here is great!
 I love this pair of actually haunted mansions. With the layered carving look again!
This guy looks amazing--I especially love the key detail!
Another great trend is floral designs. This one is from Janice on design*sponge.
This one is Martha Stewart again. Not your traditional Halloween theme, but perfect for fall!
Then, of course, there are the pop culture ones. As a secret Star Wars fan, I just love this!
And then of course there are the precious final touches. Classic Martha!

What will you be carving this year?
♥ Shannon

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Art Inspiration

I love finding little pieces of unexpected art. This canvas painting is hanging in the hallway of Il Granaio dei Casabella in Paestum, Italy. Who painted it? Who are these women? I just want to know!
❤ Shannon

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Rose

The Italian country is the place to be. Quiet, welcoming, and rich with culture.
♥ Shannon

Monday, October 18, 2010

Hello, Monday

I've been discovering little apps and tricks for travel blogging (Blogwriter, Photogene, and Sketchbook to name a few). Still no one-stop-shop, though. Any suggestions?
♥ Shannon

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday Lovely

Here are some great images of West Elm products. Enjoy!
 I love this gorgeous garland. It's so light and perfect.
 These owls are so charming and perfect.
 Adorable birds AND a good cause!
 So simple. So perfect.
I have been wanting a console table for two years now.

And I always get my way... ♥ Shannon

What's in my bag?

I am excited to finally take part in this series by showing a glimpse of what I carry around with me in Italy.

I've found that just a small clutch full of the essentials means a lighter load--plus I blend in with the locals!

What's in your bag? ♥ Shannon

Trajan's Forum

We stumbled upon this uncovered marketplace and had it all to ourselves. I loved wandering around and touching everything!
♥ Shannon

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fall Table Setting

I love this classy fall table setting from Dwell Studio (found on Mochatini). I confess I am a little obsessed with the silver pheasant running across!
♥ Shannon

From Italy with Love

My friend, Jess, just showed me this darling item from Rosie's Armoire. If only I could find some here to bring home as souvenirs!
♥ Shannon

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Cauldron DIY

I found this great witch cauldron tutorial on Make It Do. I have been wanting something like this for years! So much more realistic than the plastic ones found in Halloween shops!
Let me know if you try it! ♥ Shannon

Lunch at the Colosseum

I stole a moment on a surprisingly quiet hill just next to the Colosseum.
♥ Shannon

Ciao from Rome!

Practicing my Italian among some of the most stunning sights in the world!
A piu tardi! ♥ Shannon

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday Lovely

Ladies and Gents, I'm going on a trip! Of course, I haven't packed yet, but not to worry! Here is some packing inspiration:

Images via weheartit. Click picture for original source.
I wish I had such cute suitcases--all my goodies will be packed into a sensible travel suitcase. Ciao!
♥ Shannon

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Owl Love

I am adoring all these little owls. They have so much personality!
 Tulip Love Affair is just so precious.
I want to embellish everything with these little guys!
They love each other!
I just love his little face!!

I'm really resisting an owl pun right now! ♥ Shannon

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fashion Do or Don't

As I look for fall solutions to fashion (read: alternatives to jeans every day), I've been wondering how I can wear dresses and heels into the cool weather. So--socks with heels, yes or no?

A girl's gotta do something to stay warm! ♥ Shannon

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Project Runway Pt III

This silly blouse took me forever to create!
 The final step: the vest...wish me luck! ♥ Shannon

Monday, October 4, 2010

Happy Monday!

It's starting to get cold, so I thought I'd post a few things to keep you warm!
A warm drink, like this decadent hot chocolate.
Mittens for your little hands!
These gorgeous boots for your feet.
A cozy throw (I keep these in every room of the house!).
And perhaps the loveliest coat ever!

How do you stay warm?  ♥ Shannon

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Halloween DIY

This is such a fun craft with a spooky and personal effect!
 The items you will need are: a photograph, a picture frame, paint, paintbrush, sandpaper, and gemstones (mine have a flat, sticky back, but you could also glue sequins). Also helpful: photo editing software.
 Step 1: Paint the picture frame black. If necessary, use sandpaper to prep the surface so the paint will stick. Once dry, I used the sandpaper to scratch the surface of the frame to make it look aged and worn.
Step 2: While the paint dries, it is time to age your photo. I applied an action in Photoshop (shown on the right), but you could also used black and white (on the left), or age it yourself (crumple the picture, stain it with tea, etc).
 Step 3: Stick the gemstones on the eyes in the photo. It's fun to use different colors if you have multiple people in the picture.
 Step 4: Put your little zombie into its frame and you're done!

These look great when many are displayed together. Add some vintage candlesticks, black candles, dark paperbacks from the thrift shop, and you're on your way to a haunting little scene!
Enjoy! ♥ Shannon
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