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from the weekend: cabin time

lake-michigan-cabinWe made it over to the cabin this weekend and had my sister and her family (2 kids and husband), and my parents over for a day at the lake, BBQ and all. My sister lives in Wyoming so it was a real treat to have her and my adorable niece and nephew there. Living far from family isn’t always the easiest but it definitely makes it extra sweet when you can gather a few together. Hope you had a great weekend.

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smitten travels: michigan

lake michigan - sarah sherman samuelThis time of year, around the cabin, is pretty stunning. We arrived at around 7pm to a glassy calm lake with a non-existent horizon. It created this otherworldly scene magnified by that fact that there was not another soul in site. We dumped our bags in the bedroom, grabbed the SUP and headed straight into a dream.

cabin in the spring // smitten studio swan - silver lake - michigan // smitten studioapple tree orchard // sarah sherman samuelWe also made a point to visit a few of my favorite Michigan spots in the spring. We spotted this gorgeous apple orchard, located around Shelby, on our way to Cherry Point Market, a frequent stop for us with the sweetest owner and the best cherry turnovers. Another must-see place if you are in the area is the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. It’s a little Dubai in Michigan (image below). We usually like to just jump around on the steep dunes but you can also do dune buggy rides or rent ATVs to scoot around on the huge sandy hills.

silver lake dunes - michigan // smitten studiolake michigan beach // smitten studiosilver lake dunes - michigan // smitten studiodesert in MI // smitten studiosup michigan // smitten studioThe best part about visiting Michigan is with all the (usually quite abrupt) weather changes, each trip is completely different and watching the sky over the lake from the cabin is always a treat. I find people who haven’t been to Michigan always underestimate how beautiful it can be. Would you guys be interested in a more in depth guide to all my favorite spots?

Images by sarah sherman samuel (iphone)

studio update: how I finished my space

a sunny afternoon studio space //  smitten studioIf you’ve been following along on our home renovation, you know that we’ve had to do (and are still doing) A LOT to make the space our own. Luckily for me, the new studio space was almost move-in ready. So far, all we’ve had to do was paint the floors twice, build some shelving and bring in all my green plant friends.  Now, I added a few finishing touches to really put my stamp on the place.

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a sunny afternoon studio space //  smitten studioI was looking for just the right piece of art to hang in that blank space above the love seat. While I would’ve loved to splurge on something by one of my favorite artists or photographers, our funds are still going into the house, so I created a print from my own archive. I used an image I captured when Rupe and I were galavanting around the poppy fields this Easter and layered over a cloud to create the “head in the clouds” print you see here. Then I had it printed at Staples as one of their 24″ x 36″ engineering prints for a whopping $3.00!

Having your head in the clouds (i.e., not paying attention to reality) can have a negative connotation, but for me, this is a reminder to keep dreaming and ignore the naysayers (and who doesn’t need that as a reminder sometimes?). Also, turning something of your own into art gives added meaning since it comes from your own experience. Every time I see it, I am taken back to that blissful day with Rupert and am encouraged to do some serious dreaming.

a sunny afternoon studio space //  smitten studioa sunny afternoon studio space //  smitten studioOh, and about that lighting! Thanks to Schoolhouse Electric, I finally found the perfect fixture to replace our track lighting. Now all that’s left is adding in some skylights for extra natural light and the chance to catch a glimpse of some additional dreamy cloud views.

To see the rest of my studio space, check here. The DIY shelves are available here, and even more progress can be seen here.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel 

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from the weekend: michigan loving

michigan apple orchard // sarah sherman samuelI had a hard time leaving Michigan this time around, Spring there is just SO beautiful. I forgot how much I missed all that green and the open spaces (you don’t get much of either living in LA). California is a totally different kind of beauty so it was nice getting a hit of the Spring that I grew up with. We lazed around the apple orchards, drove through the countryside, climbed and jumped around sand dunes, and walked the beach daily at the cabin.

Image by me via iPhone/Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

from the weekend: beach picnics & home projects

beach picnic // a sunny afternoon // malibuI had a friend visiting this weekend so I took Friday off to head up the coast and enjoy a beach day at one of the prettiest stretches or shoreline LA has to offer, El Matador State Beach. We grabbed a blanket, books, and my basket. Packed it up with lunch and we were set for a full day of sunshine, seal watching, and tide pool searching. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Once back at the homestead, Rupe and I finished the built-ins (a peek here), and the patio benches (a glimpse here) and again our backs are broken this Monday morning. :)

Hope you had a lovely weekend. x

Image by me (with some help from @annezuelke :)) via instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

from the weekend: DIY marathon & evening strolls

pelican // smittenstudioI woke up Saturday morning with a project in mind. We have this not so pretty, blank cement patio in the far back of the yard and I wanted to make it into an outdoor living space. Until now it was just a gathering place for a zillion plants we’ve collected and construction tools etc. so we cleaned it out and spent ALL day both Saturday and Sunday building some built-in seating for the space (we only got about halfway done, pictures to come soon). We both could hardly move at the end of each day (must. start. working. out.), so we finished with a walk in the marina to loosen our aching DIY muscles. A peaceful nighttime walk by the water soothes much.

Hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend! (especially to you Momma’s and Moms to be). x

Image by me via Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

smitten travels: catalina island

catalina island, descanso beach // smitten studiocatalina island // smitten studioI’m back with a bit more from our trip to Catalina Island. A few highlights were…

That pretty little hideaway in the first photo, called Descanso Beach. There’s a beach club there that you can hang on the beach without paying (or rent beach chairs or a cabana if you want the full experience), and its also where we rented kayaks out for a couple hours. Our kayak trip was easily the best part of the trip, we rowed past seals and dolphins and loved just drifting around on the crystal clear water. We took a two person kayak because Rupe is a zealous rower and it means I get to take breaks and float along for the ride. :) The woman that worked at the rental desk told us where we could kayak out to see leopard sharks in the shallow waters just past Frog Rock (she assured us that they were harmless so I was in). We thought it would be pretty cool but had no idea how incredible it was when we finally happened on them and suddenly there were literally about 100 sharks swimming around our boat!

catalina-island-casinocatalina island // smitten studiocatalina island // smitten studiocatalina island // smitten studiocatalina island // smitten studiocatalina island // smitten studioWalking around the old Casino, ((top photo in this set) you can take tours of the inside but we didn’t get a chance to. It’s on my list for next time), renting golf carts and touring around to the two high points above the city (middle image & last image), playing mini-golf, and hanging out on the docks on a warm night well past our bedtime were the rest of the high points.

You guys gave me some incredible tips on Instagram before we went and we had a blast checking some things off the list. Next time I want to see the buffalo!

iPhone images by me (more on instagram @sarahshermansamuel)

from the weekend: antelope valley

antelope valley, poppy fields // sarah sherman samuel This weekend we worked around the house again (surprise surprise), alternating trips from Home Depot and Ikea while we were building some media storage, started painting the exterior (yay), and installed some closet doors. I really am looking forward to welcoming back our social life once the renovations are finished (friends, I miss you! ;)). We did however take a break on Sunday to celebrate Easter, and then headed to Antelope Valley to see the poppy fields in bloom while still in our Easter best. Spring in California is pretty awesome.

Hope you had a happy Easter. x

Image by me (& Rupe) via instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

from the weekend: spring blooms

spring blooms // sarah sherman samuel“When I heard that there were artists, I wished I could some time be one. If I could only make a rose bloom on paper, I thought I should be happy! Or if I could at last succeed in drawing the outline of winter-stripped boughs as I saw them against the sky, it seemed to me that I should be willing to spend years in trying.”
-Lucy Larcom

Last week was a pretty hectic week that ended up spilling right over into the weekend. On the plus side, I’m working on some exciting new things with A Sunny Afternoon and for the blog, and I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel of our renovation. We did sneak outside a few times to enjoy a break in the day and noticed that Spring is in full bloom around our LA neighborhood.

Hope you spent some time doing something you love. x

Image by me (iphone) via instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)