Thursday, April 1, 2010

Homemade Grits + Down and Out Chic

Go check out this giveaway that involves two of my beautiful, real-life friends:

Lesley at Homemade Grits is my oldest friend in the world. She has gorgeous wavy red hair, an adorable and stylish toddler named Matilda, and makes all kinds of pretty things. Our mamas have been bffs forever, so Lesley and I grew up like sisters. She is offering a giveaway--beautiful little mum earrings--made by . . .

Christina at Down and Out Chic, another lovely girl I've known for years and years! We all grew up in the same home town, and Christina has only become more and more beautiful and talented as the years have gone by. If you don't already follow her blog, hop to, as its chock full of exquisite design and affordable fashion (along with the sweet jewelry she makes).

Click here for the giveaway (2 pairs of handmade earrings!).

In other (Spring Break) news, it was really nice to wake up slow, make some strong coffee, and leisurely catch up on email and blogs this morning, but this is where I really wish I was . . .


Also, anyone have some great ideas for affordable art? I'm feeling like my walls need some more love. Big changes (roommate moving out + new roommate moving in) inspire me to redecorate a little . . . yesterday I bought a living room rug (I braved Ikea, the best/worst place in the world), and when I got home, I rediscovered this beautiful, kind of lonely piece of art I won at an art auction in the city a couple years ago (please excuse the heavy things weighing down the corners):


It's watercolor + embroidery (the "arbitrary" is red thread). This one will definitely be going up (omg, I might have to BACK to Ikea to get another frame!!), but I need some more pieces for my apartment's spacious walls . . . ideas for quirky, possibly mixed-media art are strongly encouraged!!

xoxoxo, and happy almost-weekend! I'll be skipping through the day as one of my bffs (Lane!) comes into town tomorrow!

9 comments:

Hope Chella said...

Lovely artwork :)

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bananas. said...

best time to go to ikea...weekday nights, like almost closing time nights. i find less people go at that time. it's like disneyland with no lines. loves it!

Micaela said...

i love that piece of art! BEAUTIFUL!!! really.
i find my affordable art on etsy.com

enjoy the time with your bff! :)

ps. i was so sad about didi though. I hope she puts out an acoustic album- she did so well signing her last song. I'm just a fan of her voice :) GLAD to see your Garcia back! He did amazing and looked it.

I always get goose bumps when i watch crystal though :) and siobhan... i just don't get it.

Jeanette said...

Very lovely image. Ikea is indeed the best place to buy frames. Don't forget to check their return section - the one here in Phoenix rocks with deals. I think the best place to look for art right now is Etsy.com, some beautiful stuff and often very very affordable. Also, check out your local schools, community colleges etc. they often have show/sales.

Erika said...

Affordable art...Michael's. As in, the craft store. They have such gorgeous prints, a lot of which already come with a matte. All you need to do is buy a frame and you're good to go. I always head there for inexpensive art!! :)

bananas. said...

that video is HILARIOUS!!! pretty sure that is my child.

drollgirl said...

what a great piece of art!

and i love down and out chic. i must check out these other blogs that you mentioned!!!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Really cute piece of art. As you said for inexpensive art? Okay, I do this all the time- go to vintage shops, they tend to have old pieces of art and old postcards that you can montage frame yourself and look so cute. Also, get pictures printed that you find online and find funky frames to put them in. Those are my tips!

Claire Kiefer said...

Thanks girlies . . . great suggestions! I seem to often find amazing photos/art/prints on Etsy, but then am disheartened to discover that they're actually teeny prints and not the big ones I'm seeking, but I'm gonna keep looking! The other tips are great as well. Keep 'em comin!