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from the weekend: baby showers, beautiful kitchens, and holiday fun

casa shelter half kitchen // smitten studiobaby-showerThis week started off with a bang so excuse my weekend post on a Tuesday night! I am still recovering from the festivities and I’m noticing you don’t bounce back as quick at 31 weeks pregnant. Sunday started and ended with a party and we had gatherings in between, keeping me up well past my recent granny bedtime of 8:30. The first was a friends baby shower (which took place at casa shelter half, and I couldn’t not snap a pic of the gorgeous kitchen (above) designed by Heather Heron).  After, Rupe picked me up for our first birthing class (holy moly what am I getting into), from there we met friends for a hot cocoa happy hour and walked to the Venice canals holiday boat parade (think homemade floats, lit up kayaks, and rowing carolers all dressed like Santa) and finally, we all ended up back at my house for pizza which somehow turned into a late night ear candle party. You know, your typical holiday activities. :)

Hope you are having a good week. x

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from the weekend: babymoon

spa day 29weeksIt may be Monday morning but in my head I am still floating the day away in Ojai. We had a wonderfully relaxing babymoon at the Ojai Valley Inn this weekend. I’ll have more on the trip soon!

Hope you all have a great week. x

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from the weekend: thanksgiving

thanksgiving weekendI hope you all had a really great extra long Thanksgiving weekend. We spent turkey day with just a few friends this year, Amanda of 100 layer cake obviously knows how to put together a table (and cook a turkey for that matter. :)). It was a day filled with thanks, football, yummy eats, and lingering at the table for hours with good conversation. Everything Thanksgiving should be cracked up to be. Oh how I love the holidays and am not afraid to be a total nerd about it.

The rest of the weekend Rupe and I laid pretty low enjoying the quiet time with just the two of us before baby’s February arrival. We dug a few christmas decorations out, did a little shopping small on saturday, brunched, got a mani & pedi, and then traded in my Mini Cooper for a more mommy sized car (I may have cried when I had to turn in the keys. Stupid but true… I realllly liked that car. ha).

How did you guys spend your holiday?

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from the weekend: making room for baby

11.24.14-weekendThis weekend we finally moved most of our clothes into the new closet in our bedroom and out of what will soon be the nursery, starting to make room for baby. We also had a couple nice meals out, watched some walking dead (I don’t know how we got into it but am totally hooked and am having crazytown dreams because of it), and had our driveway and front walkway demo’d to get ready to pour a new one. We also picked out the winner of the Thanksgiving Tablescape giveaway. Congrats Carin!

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from the weekend: los alamos

los alamos // alamo motel // sarah sherman samuelMy parents are visiting from Michigan this week so we took them up to a darling little tiny town Los Alamos. It is about two and half hours north of LA which makes for a great weekend getaway and you know I like me some weekend trips. We stayed in The Alamo Motel which is the newest addition to the Shelter Social Club roster. It is in the process of getting renovated and we were lucky enough to snag one of the new rooms. If you plan on going sometime soon, it is a good idea to request one of the renovated spaces as there are still only a few (and completely adorable).

A few of our favorite spots from the weekend were…

To Eat:
Full of Life Flatbread 
Bob’s Well Bread Bakery

To Drink:
Muni Wine Tasting Room (right at the hotel)
Babi’s Beer Emporium

To See:
Oceano Dunes (about 45 mins north)
Ostrichland (feed some ostrich and emus)
Antique Shops galore

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from the weekend: getaway with friends

cayucos beach // sarah sherman samuelOn Friday we drove up the coast to Cayucos to meet some friends and share a little beach rental for the weekend. They live in San Francisco so Cayucos worked out perfectly for us to meet halfway between our two home cities. I’ll share a bit more of the trip once I gather up the photos (you can see a few more here). We had the best time enjoying the small town pace and catching up with old friends. Hope you had some time to re-charge as well. x

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from the weekend: indigo dip & shibori dyeing

shibori &  dip dyed indigo // sarah sherman samuelThis weekend we stuck around the house, handed out halloween candy on friday, went out to brunch and caught a matinee (that movie is cray) on Saturday and then spent Sunday dyeing our hearts out! This is my first time ever dyeing and let me just say it is SO addicting and SO MUCH FUN. Once I got started I wanted to dye EVERYTHING. No white surface is safe.

Above are a few of the finished products. These are the tea towels I made, dip dyeing a few (and some curtains) and also using some shibori techniques to make the different patterns.

shibori indigo dyeing // smitten studio shibori indigo dyeing // smitten studio Here are a few of the shibori tea towels once they were pulled out of the indigo dye. For this technique, I cut down various wood shapes (2 of each size) and then accordion folded the fabric to just a bit bigger than the wood shape. Once the fabric was folded up I sandwiched it between the two pieces of wood and secured it with rubber bands. Wherever the rubber bands and wood blocks make contact with the fabric is where the negative space (white space) shows in the pattern.

Experimenting with different shapes and different amounts of rubber bands create endless pattern options, I could seriously have kept going and going but I had already turned my entire backyard into a dye-house and damn daylight savings time was cramping my style. (Sidenote: the dye does keep for a couple days if you keep it in an airtight container).

dip dyed indigo // sarah sherman samuelindigo dyeing // smitten studioI used this dye kit by Noon Design Studio which gave all the ingredients you need to make the dye, rubber gloves, rubber bands, and full instructions. Other items you will need are: a big bucket for the dye, the wood blocks in various shapes, clothes line/drying rack and the fabric for dyeing.

With how busy things have gotten with both A Sunny Afternoon and Smitten Studio lately, I haven’t made much time for anything but work or play in the form of travel. I forgot how much of a creative boost comes from trying out a new type of craft just for fun. I am currently on a maker’s high! Have you guys tried dyeing?

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from the weekend: nesting & beach breaks

manhattan-beachWe had a busy weekend of errands and closet planning (our new master bedroom closet is still an empty box). Our clothes are currently in a huge pile on the bed in the guest bedroom, which is supposed to become nursery, so after a trip to Home Depot and a marathon Ikea mission (aren’t they always), we have some ingredients to build out the closet and make room for baby. We rewarded ourselves after the exhausting day of shopping with a break at the beach, watching the big waves crash in and eating my favorite iced oatmeal cookies.

Hope you had a lovely weekend. x

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from the weekend: baby showers & birthday parties

10.20.14weekendThis weekend we got a taste of what is to come with a little one. I had a friend’s baby shower on Saturday and then a 4 year olds birthday party on Sunday. We were surrounded by little ones, moms and moms and dads to be, and I found myself thanking God I have friends with kids to help show me the way (especially one’s that throw an epic boy scout party like the one above! :).

I reached the 5 month mark and might not wear anything but dresses for the rest of the pregnancy. So comfortable and who needs pants anyway?

Shop the look: Dress from Asos similar (less expensive) option here // Chambray Bomber from Anthropologie (old) find similar here // Ankle Boots by Matt Bernson // Sunglasses by Illesteva

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