Go on a trip + take a pic

So, we all take a million pictures when we go on trips of buildings or famous landmarks. Then you get home, and say "What do I do with all these random pictures, that I'm not even in?" Well add some funky text {maybe labeling the place in the pic} and then you have a piece of graphic art to frame and say, "Hey I've been there {and I took that pic}!"

These are from a Europe trip, and I used the native language of the country the picture shows. It's fun, and can be a framed series!

A Little Vintage

Just a little Black + White vintage inspiration. All of these are classic items that will go with any outfit. All were found at America's Thrift, Goodwill, or Aladdin's Lamp Antiques. {can't wait to wear white all summer}

Color + Color

Thought I'd share something I've been working on, that is easy + fun! All you need is prisma color markers, card stock, + xacto knife. Then cut + paste. Great for cards, or mini pictures in a set. 

Weekend Activity

Need something to do in BR this weekend? Go to the Red Stick Farmer's Market! It's alot of fun, and they have an amazing variety of produce, seafood, + plants {the greek lady food is my fav}. I bet you will see someone you know, and it is a fun outing + fresh food. Sooo go support our local farmer's, go marketing + have a blast! >>>TGIF*

BR Blooms

Baton Rouge is in full bloom with amazing colors {i love colors}. Here are a few around town right now! 1. Cleome 2. Flame Flowers 3. Pink Splash 4. Purple Flower {aka unknown} 5. Geranium 6. Antique Climbing Rose 7. Spring Flower {aka unknown} 8. Mock Orange 9. Bridal Wreath 10. Pink Azalea 11. Impatien 13. Wisteria 14. Snow Drop 15. Daffodil 16. Coral Honeysuckle 17. Red Camellia 18. Peach blossoms All of these flowers can be bought at your local nursery and will blossom beautifully in your garden!

Vintage Bling

Every girl loves their jewelry! Here is some vintage jewelry love*>>> found from antique stores, estate sales, and mother/grandmother's jewelry boxes. All different styles for all different looks + styles. 1. Add-a-pearl gold+pearl chain necklace, family jewelry 2. Gold wedding ring guards, family jewelry 3. Silver and rhinestone chain + silver/pearl pendant, Chain > Aladdin's Lamp Antiques, Pendant > Flea Market in Rome, Italy 4. Faux gold + rhinestone cocktail necklace, Aladdin's Lamp Antiques 5. Gold+Diamond+Sapphire cocktail necklace, family jewelry 6. Gold mesh bracelet w/ star + double clasp, family jewelry 7. Rhinestone brooch, estate sale 8. Gold + marble stone earrings, family jewelry 9.  Faux gold + silver hoop earrings, estate sale 10. Gold chain + rhinestone bracelet, Aladdin's Lamp Antiques 11. Faux gold + enamel flower + gemstone bracelet, Aladdin's Lamp Antiques 12. Sterling silver name engraved heart charm bracelet, family jewelry 13. Wooden bead necklace, family jewelry 14. Initial Engraved metal cuff, family jewelry 

Photography + Robots

The home of two local photographers Jim + Reni Zietz {and their poodle jack}. They have simple, open spaces that are inviting and comfortable. Their house is adorned by art, books, their own photographs, and their {very cute + fun} robot collection. The best part of their home is their attention to small details, that you discover throughout the house!

Motorcycles + Southern Style

This house is located in Old Baton Rouge, and is home to a classic southern style and a Harley Davidson! {two loves in one} The home belongs to a friend {Kenny Swenson} and his family. It is a beautiful example of traditional meets pattern meets modern art. Modern art is always an excellent way to add color and something new into your house!

1. Front french double doors, brick patio, gas lantern 2. Living Room, classic french style chair, blue + white porcelain lamps, Distefano painting 3. Coffee table, antler handle magnifying glass 4. Lisa Distefano Painting 5. Open sunroom, natural linen seating, oriental rug 6. Sitting room {off the kitchen} 7. Sitting room {off the kitchen} off white canvas seating, fireplace, Kilgore painting 8. Bedroom, floral + stripe bedding, bamboo + cane furniture 9. Hallway, botanical prints 10. Bedroom, four poster bed, tall secretary, cane chair 11. Bedroom, wicker chair, family portrait

In all the house includes: living room, dinning room, sun room, kitchen, sitting room, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, outdoor pool, wood paneled walls, wood floors, brick front + back patio
This collection was started by Jack Ledford of Baton Rouge, and is now maintained by his family. Mr. Ledford had a keen interest in bonsais and made it a hobby. The process is started when the plant is young and it is placed in a shallow pot that stunts it's growth. Within Baton Rouge bonsais can be bought at Louisiana Nursery or the Wal-Mart garden center.

1. Juniper Bonsai 2. Unknown Bonsai 3. Palmetto Palm Bonsai 4. Paper Whites 5. Card Board Fern Bonsai 6. Chinese Plum Bonsai

A Beautiful Collection >>> Bugs

This beautiful collection of insects belongs to Dr. Michael L. Israel {told you to stay tuned}. Dr. Israel started his interest in insects at the age of 15 years old, and has made it a lifetime achievement. His collection includes beetles, butterflies, skippers, moths, & many other orders of insects. They have been gathered from around the world including Puerto Rico, West Indies, New York, Florida, Louisiana, Arizona, New Mexico, & Colorado. Dr. Israel received a PhD in entomology from Louisiana State University, and continues studying and researching daily. Dr. Israel also raises and releases many of the indigenous butterflies, skippers, & wild silk moths in the area each year.

1. Long-horned Beetle {middle: Cotton Wood Long-horned Beetle} 2. Foreign Butterflies {middle: Morpho Butterfly} 3. Female Stag Beetles 4. Spring Azures Butterflies 5. Swallowtails 6. Albino Female Alfalfa Butterflies 7. Dog Face Butterflies 8. Alfalfa Butterflies

How to Wear >>> Vintage

Add some vintage fun to your wardrobe! Once you find a great piece mix it in with your day-to-day wardrobe to create an exciting outfit!

Vintage is great for 3 reasons: 1. It's unique/ one-of-a-kind/ you won't see your twin out and about 2. It's inexpensive 3. It's timeless

Here's a new spring outfit with a vintage twist. 1. Dillard's, Kenneth Cole New York Hammered Hoop Earrings, $26 2. America's Thrift, Vintage Sunny South 3/4 sleeve, $4.35 3. OnlineKuyichi's Lisa Skinny Leg Organic White Jeans, $150 4. Dillard's,  Jessica Simpson "Katona" Wedge Sandals, $79 5. Dillard's, Jessica Simpson 4-Piece Bangle Bracelet Set, $32 6.Dillard'sAnna & Ava Rhinestone-Accent White Enamel Hinge Bracelet, $20 7. Macy'sLacoste Watch, Men's Striped Grosgrain Strap, $255   

A Bug's Home>>>Asphodel Plantation

Dr. Israel has been an uncle to me, and I have been able to enjoy the house & property most of my childhood. This beautiful traditional southern home and owner has taught me so much about history and nature. My favorite is the incredible insect collection that Dr. Israel has spent a lifetime acquiring, keep posted for a closer look at his collection! Hope you enjoy a peek at a part of Louisiana history!

Work Table>>>Outside

When you do work it is nice to have a desk, right? So, when you work outside in your garden, have an outside desk! 

This is so easy to have, and it adds another whole element to your yard. It can be your 'have fun/ I'm being peaceful/it's quiet out here' desk. All you need are the few objects I have showcased. A trashcan, 2 saw horses, an old door {or a plywood piece}, terra cotta pots {for all that gardening}, bird houses, garden tools, and anything you like to make it your space {we have bones}. A dog always helps too!

The few other things we have shown, are some airfern plants, garden pot holders, a metal chair, and an antique tea cart that serves as a pot shelf. Any who, more exciting garden design, enjoy!