Caught My Eye (Independence Day Edition)

Things that caught my eye - independence edition

These are the things around the internet that have recently caught my eye:

The Americana Collection from Lindsay Letters

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There are a handful of perfect summery prints in Lindsay’s latest collection, but this one (as seen on my fireplace mantle) is my favorite.

WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THE CHERRIES

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Northwest cherries are in season. They are juicy and delicious and abundant and not very expensive. So I’ve been searching for recipes for how to use them and came across this hand pie recipe from my friend Rae. I’m making them today.

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Recycled Sailcloth totes

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I’ve been eyeing these bags for forever. There are tons of cute designs and they are very sturdy and eco-friendly.

American Flags as Art

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I love the simple statement of an old flag against a clean space. Especially fitting in a barn (above) but also great framed in an eating space (below).

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Gingham sundress
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Such a sweet dress for day or night.

SEA TO SHINING SEA PRINT

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This ones goes along with the America the Beautiful print up top and I adore everything by One Canoe Two. Thinking of adding this to one of the boys’ rooms.

Speaking of America the Beautiful … enjoy this gem from Pollyanna. She’s the cutest.

Happy Independence Day!

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I’m always finding something fun to pin.

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Anything that has caught your eye this week?

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the dinner solution that has changed my life (for real)

I’ve tried it all. Planning dinner for the week. Planning dinner for the whole month. Eating the same meal on the same day each week.  A regular rotation of eating out at one of the three restaurants in our town.  Resorting to quesadillas because that’s the best I could do. Dinner is just not my thing. It’s not the […]

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The playroom in Better Homes + Gardens Magazine

In December 2012, a team from Better Homes + Gardens came to our house to take pictures. It was beyond exciting. They shot both the office (featured in the September 2013 issue) and the kids’ playroom. We weren’t sure when they would publish the playroom, but it turns out, it made it into the June […]

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a kate spade inspired collection

Kate Spade (and her team) always creates the most vibrant, classic, fun products and we were totally inspired by her flair for the July Paper Works Collection. Do you know about our Paper Works membership? It all started because I needed a few organizational tools and couldn’t find just what I was looking for. So […]

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eight favorite outfits for summer

Summer fashion means light-weight, fresh, easy and casual. I’m a Pacific Northwest girl and our summer temperatures typically max out around the high 80’s, so I switch between jeans (forever my favorite), shorts (not my fave, but I’m learning to embrace them), basic dresses (always an easy go-to) and a few simple tees + tanks to […]

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fun freebie: summer essentials watercolor art

Well happy (official) summer! School ended for us last week and we’ve jumped right into summer mode: lazy mornings, shorts + flip flops, grilled anything for dinner and evening walks around the neighborhood. This time of year is the best in the Pacific Northwest – the weather is warm, but mild (think high 70’s – […]

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using self-tanner (before and after)

I’m pale. Like, really pale. I don’t mind being fair-skinned most of the year. I know my skin-tone goes well with my hair color and I like having freckles, but in the summer when you have to bare so much skin and mine is just so pale, it’s not my fave. The problem is twofold: first, […]

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The Love Project with Ashley of Under the Sycamore

My friend Meredith is the most amazing 23 year old I’ve ever met. For sure. We met on the Rwanda trip last summer and with each story she told (ie. how she got her parents to adopt her little sister) and each adventure she had been on (ie. living in Iraq serving heart babies), we were all […]

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sweet book themed baby shower

My sister-in-law, Jess, is due any day with her first baby – a sweet little girl. We’re beside ourselves in the Lex family because it will be the first new baby since Audrey and we’re just slightly baby-crazy around here. Since Jess is a lover of literature and she has already been showered with more […]

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if you’re curious about what I’m really like …

I met Jamie Ivey (next to me, second from left) over chips + queso in Austin at if:gathering this winter and connected instantly. We both have four kids – three boys and a youngest girl. We are the same age. We love Noonday and Sole Hope and talking and Jesus. We have friends in common. I don’t know why, but […]

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re-arranging the kitchen shelves

Memorial Day, 2015. A day filled with no plans. A house that felt cluttered and busy. What’s a girl to do? Re-arrange the kitchen shelves. I haven’t changed the shelves around in over a year, so it was time. Things don’t get too dusty – I try to wipe things off fairly regularly – but […]

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Caught My Eye (kid things edition)

These are the things around the internet that have recently caught my eye: Clubhouse Makeover by House Tweaking This camp-y clubhouse is a post from last year, but it’s just so good. Simple, outdoor style by the super talented Dana of House Tweaking. What kid wouldn’t love spending their summer hiding out in this M*A*S*H […]

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18 ways to use Adobe Illustrator in your everyday / jones design company

18 ways to use Adobe Illustrator in your everyday

Registration is open for my Simplified Graphic Design class where I teach you all the basics of Adobe Illustrator – the premier software used by graphic designers. If you’re not familiar with Illustrator, you may think (based on it’s name, alone) that it is used primarily for illustrating.  And maybe to the professional user, that […]

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free Seaside clipart and how to use it

Can one ever have enough clipart? I think not. Especially of the hand-drawn variety. Add a little drawing to a gift tag or invitation, use one in your logo or in an ad – nothing overboard (ha!), but just enough to make a visual impact. Fun, fun, fun. I’ve got summer on my brain and […]

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graphic design class summer session begins now!

Have you been itching to learn how to make your own artwork, design your family’s holiday cards, create a personalized invitation, customize your blog with one-of-a-kind graphics or brand your small business? Learning to use Adobe Illustrator will open up all of those doors for you. As a self-taught graphic designer, I understand the hesitancy to […]

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