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sweetndainty



textile design, home decor, paper, and photography



Updated: 2017-02-08T23:58:21.311-05:00

 






Sneak Peek

2011-09-23T18:14:48.379-04:00

Hello! My new blog is just about done! I am moving to New York next Thursday, so I will begin posting again very soon :)  I was able to transfer a lot of my older posts, and keep my favorites for you guys to view again any time you like. I hope you are as excited as I am about this new journey! Let me know what you think!





New Beginnings

2011-09-03T15:24:41.779-04:00

Hi everyone. It has been a while!  I've been going crazy trying to get my life together and I think I'm finally on track!  I recently received a job in New York and I will be moving in a few weeks. This summer has been such a roller coaster ride with a whirlwind of events.

I couldn't thank all of you enough for continuing to support me and being patient with me in my inconsistency of posting.  Now that it's time for my new journey, I think it's time for me to do the same in the blogging world. I am making the announcement that I want to start fresh and create a new blog with a new name.  It will be under construction for the next month or so, and I will definitely let you know when and where it is moving! I will be sharing my experiences, inspiration, and insights, and I cannot wait for you all to join me!

I am a small town girl moving to a big city, but I'm not letting it intimidate me. My parents have always encouraged me to see the world, not to keep myself confined in the same place, and not to limit myself and my ability.  I already got a taste of the big city last summer during my internship, and now I can seize the opportunity and make the most of it.  I saw a really great quote not too long ago under the "discussions" tab on Pinterest that read "The beginning is at the end of your comfort zone."  This is very true, and very much what I am doing. I have had the privilege to travel, experience, and see new things. It is so inspiring and eye-opening to see the world outside of your comfort zone. It broadens your mind and keeps you open to new exciting things that the world has to offer. At the same time, I still know where my roots are, and  will always be that "small town" girl. The only difference is that she'll be in a bigger place.  I've learned through this that we shouldn't push the world away from us, but welcome it. After all, it is what our Creator has given to us. It is a gift. There is a plan for me that I can only see unfold in the present, and all I know to do is faithfully follow it and have the patience that great things will follow.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Next time I'll be posting from my not yet found apartment in New York City!

xo,
Andrea



Discover Pinterest

2011-06-27T08:00:01.717-04:00

Hi there! I'm sure all of you guys have already discovered Pinterest. I did a couple months ago and I'm obsessed! It's such a great tool for organizing inspiration. If you aren't a part of it I urge you to have a look! Here are a few images I've pulled from one of my boards :)

fabric covered pots
fabric covered  hangers and cute aprons
patterned tape! A must have :)



Personal Website DONE!

2011-04-16T10:47:37.734-04:00

Hi Everyone!

I'm finally done with my website.  Please have a look here.

Have a wonderful day!

xo,

Andrea



Stories through Photography: Susannah Conway

2011-04-05T11:20:24.431-04:00

I am in love with Susannah's work. It is so beautiful and serene.  Here are a few tidbits of her stories. Please enjoy and have a look at more! [...]



Happy Valentine's Day

2011-02-14T20:00:02.802-05:00

These lovely little fine art prints are by Lori H. on Etsy. You can also find her work on Flickr.



Have A Sweet Weekend

2011-02-11T12:30:19.261-05:00

Nanaimo Bars
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Found on a delicious blog by the name of Lemonpi
Wanna make it? RECIPE




In the Home of a Natural Crafter

2011-04-05T11:21:28.841-04:00


All images above are by a woman from Washington who goes by "Oakmoss" on flickr. From thrift scissors, beautiful yarns, letter press, a great sheeps coat rug find, to some carded wool lying around her home, these images reflect her daily joys and lifestyle. She knits, sews, gardens, cooks, thrifts, and crafts.  What can I say? Oakmoss, you. are. awesome.

Read her blog to see what she is dabbling in at the moment as well as past projects and interesting finds.

*Click images to read the post to each.



Thoughtful Thursday: Wondering Where on Earth I'm Going...

2011-02-10T10:34:00.118-05:00

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Hello friends,

Of course this has been on my mind, but have no idea where I'm going to be or what I'm going to be doing in the next 6 months of my life.  I'm currently still completing work for my portfolio and rallying everything up for graduation.  I would love to have a job set before I graduate, and the anticipation of getting there is killing me.

I always find it so fascinating the way people end up where they are, and how opportunity presents itself. It's usually very spontaneous, or it just falls in one's lap.  I love hearing these stories because they give me hope and trust that God will provide at the right time. 

I'm going wherever the wind may blow me and I'm working as hard as I can for the entire journey.
All of you happy artists out there, please do tell your story to me.  Lets continue inspiring one another by not only sharing pictures, favorite artists, and blogs, but through stories of life's little experiences.

To all of you out there reading this, share your story with me as I continue to share mine.

xoxo,

Andrea



Jessica Swift

2011-02-10T10:29:22.171-05:00

Some of you may formerly know Jessica Gonacha, who is now Jessica Swift.  I wanted to share her fun colorful work. She does everything from patterns and illustration to animation and painting.  Here are  some cute pieces that caught my eye on her  Etsy Shop that you can also find on her original website.  Enjoy!

illustrations
 cute pocket mirrors with some of her patterns and illustrations.




Yay for coasters!
screenprinted fabric and quotes
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Rifle Paper Co.

2011-02-09T09:55:56.678-05:00

A paper goods, illustration, and design company in Florida by Ms. Anna Bond. Please check out the shop and blog . Pure fun and joy.

Here are a couple adorable prints I found while browsing the shop.
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Company found via frolic!



Textile Tuesday: Naomi's Manic Muffin Totes on Etsy

2011-01-11T18:20:24.725-05:00

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These sweet little pillows are made from Noami who is a fellow Alabamian from Birmingham Alabama.  She is a textile artist who shares her love of turn needle applique through these "lil hoots" She has a variety of "lil hoots" and "big hoots" each having their own names. Aren't they precious? I also love the fact that all of these are stitched by hand. Please visit her Etsy shop so see more.



Monday Blog Praise: Unruly Things

2011-01-11T18:19:41.264-05:00

Unruly Things is a wonderful lifestyle blog filled with beautiful inspiration about home decorating, design, photography, and fashion. I find my self sighing at the cuteness and beauty of every image I lay my eyes on. If you haven't already, please take the time to visit this week!

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Thoughtful Thursday: Growing Up

2010-12-16T17:50:05.277-05:00

Lately I've been thinking a lot about where I'm going to be in the next year or so. Right now as you all know, I'm on my very last fall/winter break from school. The last time I'll have a month and a half to kick back and enjoy spending quality time with my family. Soon everything is going to change, and I hope I didn't take too much for granted.  After June the 4th, which is my graduation date, or close to it, life begins on my own.I don't know if I've told you guys this but I"m somewhat of a Taylor Swift fan and I recently got her new album.  She wrote a song about her moving out and having her own apartment for the first time and she is singing to all the younger listeners out there who are in middle school or high school who are ready to grow up fast and do things on their own.  Little do they know when they actually get to that point, they are going to be wishing they were little again.  I can't tell you how many times I've said this in the past two months when I see little children running around. I say to myself, " Oh, to be little again, without a care in the world." They are such bundles of innocence with no worries at all.  On the other end of the spectrum, I can't say I have no worries or responsibility anymore because of course, our lives are full of them. I'm just taking it one step at a time to see how the journey will unfold.Taylor's song is called  Never Grow Up. I know we all have to at some point, but the message that she is sending is not to rush yourself into it.  Also with a sister who just turned 13 years old, I"m dedicating this song to her.  I love you Amy ;)Click here for a listenNever Grow UpYour little hands wrapped around my fingerAnd it's so quiet in the world tonight,Your little eyelids flutter cause your dreamingSo, I tuck you inTurn on your favorite night lightTo you, everything's funnyYou got nothing to regretI'd give all I had, honeyIf you could stay like that Oh, darling don't you ever grow upDon't you ever grow up Just stay this little Oh, darling don't you ever grow upDon't you ever grow up It can stay this simpleI won't let nobody hurt you, won't let no one break your heartAnd no one will desert you Just try to never grow up, and never grow up You're in the car on the way to the moviesAnd, you're mortifiedYour mom's dropping you offAt fourteen, there's just so much you can't do And you can't wait to move out someday and call your own shotsBut, don't make her drop you off around the block Remember that she's getting older too And don't lose the way that you dance around in your PJ's getting ready for schoolOh, darling don't you ever grow upDon't you ever grow up Just stay this little Oh, darling don't you ever grow upDon't you ever grow up It can stay this simpleAnd no one's ever burned you Nothing's ever left you scarredAnd even though you want to Just try to never grow up Take pictures in your mind of your childhood roomMemorize what it sounded like when your dad gets homeRemember the footsteps, remember the words said And all your little brother's favorite songs I just realized everything I had is someday gonna be gone So, here I am in my new apartment In a big city, they just dropped me offIt's so much colder than I thought it would be So, I tucked myself in and turned my night light on Wish I'd never grown upI wish I'd never grown up Oh, I don't wanna grow up Wish I'd never grown up Could still be little Oh, I don't wanna grow up Wish I'd never grown up It could still be simple Oh, darling don't you ever grow upD[...]



Florence Broadhurst

2010-12-15T15:16:14.299-05:00

Today is the first day for "Wild Card Wednesday" and I wanted to share a book that I am currently reading called Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret and Extraordinary Lives. I got the book at Anthropologie a little while ago. I just started reading it a few days ago, and I'm already half way through and can't put it down. Florence Broadhurst is a very eccentric woman who grew up in the 20s. She never let the art world out of her sight no matter where she went.  She is known for her brightly colored retro wall papers and her very extravagant personality.

There is a huge mystery behind the death of Florence, which was a murder in 1977, and it's one of the reasons why I can't put it down because  I've got to know exactly what happened. She was still living a full life at 78 years old, and from the story thus far,  I don't think she was finished creating.   Also, Florence's stream of events are all so interesting. Her career path changes so many times, along with the name she gives herself each time with some other secret events.  The best part is that everywhere she goes, and everything she does is based off of her purely, raw talent. I would tell you the whole story so far, but of course  I wouldn't want to spoil it. This book is such a great read and I recommend it for anyone who wants to learn something new, or just to get to know another amazing artist.




Something to Look Forward To

2010-12-14T20:04:04.422-05:00

photo by libookpearson-( I am in love with her journaling skills)

Hello Friends! 

So, You and I both know that once I've started with class back in Savannah in the past, my blogging has been put on the back burner, but I want to stop the back burning and create a day to day system.  I originally post whatever inspiration comes to mind, or whatever I happen to see during the day that may spark an idea for a post, but with all the chaos that's going on around me it has been hard doing it while I'm in school. Soooo, I am going to prepare myself by creating a blog topic schedule for myself day to day to make things a lot easier and natural for me when I  post. This will be something to look forward to, because not only will I know, but you guys will know what to look forward to each day I make a post.  So here we go, and here's the schedule:

Mondays: Blog Praise (I will be praising a blog each week for you guys to check out!)

Tuesdays:  Textile Tuesdays (any textile artist, pattern, or product I fall in love with that particular week will be shared- after all, it's what I do!)

Wednesdays: Wild Card Wednesdays (could be about anything!)

Thursdays: Thoughtful Thursdays (This will be a more personal post that will allow me to connect better with all of you guys.  Thursdays are usually the last day of my school week, so i'ts a day to think about what all was accomplished and learned throughout that particular week. I find myself pondering the most on Thursdays, so you guys can give me your opinions and let me know what you are up to as well! I look forward to inspiring one another about life <3 ) 

Fridays: Photo Fridays (As you all know my passion for beautiful photography)

And that's it! I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am :)




Blog Praise: Dottie Angel

2010-12-15T16:59:32.025-05:00

I'm starting a blog praise at the beginning of each week, or a blog of the week rather.  This week I want to praise Dottie Angel, by Tif, who  I found through the Artful Blogging magazine (Winter 2010 issue). I absolutely love her eclectic style, and the imagination behind "Dottie Angel" herself. Tif also has an etsy shop with more of her work and beautiful images. Enjoy :)


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All images taken by Tif.



First Snow of the Year

2010-12-12T16:05:45.478-05:00

I absolutely love snow. In the little southern town of Florence, Alabama snow is rarely seen, or rarely seen by me to say the least. We usually get our first snow when I have to leave from my holiday break to go back to Savannah for classes, but I'm so happy I get to see it today, and I wanted to share it with you. To all of you guys who never get to see snow, I dedicate this to you :) This is a view of the snow falling from the lake.





Have a Lovely Weekend

2010-12-09T21:38:20.651-05:00

I'm warm and cozy, ready for the Holidays. I hope you all have a fabulous and relaxing weekend! Here is my current favorite holiday song. Enjoy :)


"Christmas Tonight"  -Dave Barnes and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott
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Ana Montiel

2010-12-08T22:29:26.736-05:00

Ana Montiel is a print designer, as well as a free lance art director and designer. She is based in London and all of her patterns are done by hand. Ana also does beautiful illustrative work. I love how abstract her work is. There are many geometric shapes in her patterns but she achieves them in a very organic way with color and placement creating so much movement in her prints. Great work Ana, and keep up the good work! Check out her website and her blog for more. 
Illustrative Works
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Fossil Finds

2010-12-07T23:31:18.947-05:00

I am absolutely loving what I've spotted at Fossil. I recently visited an accessory store and a clothing store, and I seriously wanted to buy out everything in each one.  Here are a few things I was eyeing while I browsed. Enjoy!



New Look!

2010-11-30T22:58:33.914-05:00

Hey Guys!

I know my blog is looking a little wonky right now, but I was checking out the new editing features and I've decided to give the blog a little face lift. I'm currently working on a new header and pattern for my background.  I will be playing around with different looks throughout the week and when I settle for one, I would love love some feedback!  Thanks for being patient :)

xo,
Andrea



New at Galison

2010-12-07T23:34:22.261-05:00

I've shared my love for Galison products in the past, and wanted to share some new products that are currently out! Who doesn't love little keepsake boxes? The Seasons in Bloom is a new collection, and they are beautiful.  I own the Vincent one, and love it.  I've displayed it every year in my dorm room.

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Happy Happy Holidays!

2010-11-29T16:36:04.529-05:00

I everyone! I just got back from celebrating Thanksgiving at the beach, and I'm still stuffed from all of the food! It's been a while, but now I have some time to relax while I'm home away from a busy schedule, just to enjoy the holidays.  Christmas is creeping around the corner, and I couldn't be happier because it's my favorite time of year. What's on your wish list this Christmas? Do you have any fun projects planned?

Here is a fun DIY gift from Anthropologie definitely worth giving a friend if they are looking for a fun project this season in the warmth of their own home.