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April 22, 2014

Lauren Radvansky of Equine

I stumbled across Lauren Radvansky's creations using Breyer horses and was immediately hooked. I didn't personally own these beauties as a kid (I was pretty much a Barbie-only girl when it came to toys), but my cousins owned a few. I've always loved how beautifully made the horses are, and I've seen them at antique malls quite a bit over the years -- for a pretty penny. I love how Lauren has repurposed them into gorgeous bookends and wall hooks to be admired as practical home decor. Aren't they awesome?

You can see more via Lauren's Etsy shop, Equine.

Images via Lauren Radvansky of Equine

April 18, 2014

Odds and Ends 4/18/14

Happy Friday! What are you guys up to this weekend? Today I'm excited to go to Treehouse for their newest Biz Lunch series -- Paige French is going to be teaching us how to style photos + how to use our iPhone to take the best pictures possible when you're camera isn't within reach. I just finished her two week photography workshop, and I feel like I have a much better understanding of my DSLR and how to shoot in Manual mode. To be honest, shooting on a fixed setting was my comfort zone for a long time, and reading my actual camera instruction booklet has always seemed like such a bore. But you know what? Paige said no one can really teach you how to take advantage of everything your camera has to offer -- you have to read that book after all. So I begrudgingly did just that last weekend...and I actually learned a few things. The photos in this post were homework assignments for the class -- learning how to adjust the aperture, IOS and shutter speed settings to take the best photos possible manually. The portrait assignment turned out the best, I think :) But I'm impartial to that guy. 

This afternoon my parents are coming up to see us and go to dinner, too, which is going to be a lot of fun. We're going to poke around in a few vintage/antique stores around town before dinner, so maybe I'll find a thing or two (I take after them in the treasure-hunting department.) Tomorrow morning I will be a vendor at the Bishop park market (come say hi!) and no doubt I'll have to try and fail at resisting those dang croissants again. First world problems. Sunday I'll be going to my cousin's farm and watching the littles partake in an Easter egg hunt, and I'm really excited to see everyone and give them my Easter jars! It's going to be a full weekend. 

Before I go, here are a few things worth sharing from around the Web:

I love Buzzfeed's celebrity throwback pics "you may have missed" -- this week's was a gem.

Ah, my favorite guilty pleasure: The Housewives. This montage made me laugh.

If you've seen any of Aaron Sorkin's work before...this is so spot on. And funny.

Whitney wrote a lovely feature about NMP this week! See it here

Who liked the "Mad Men" premiere?! I welcomed back Mo Ryan's recaps post-show.

New letterpress map coasters coming soon to the shop! What other cities should I make?

Enjoy the weekend! -- Natty

April 17, 2014

Easter Jars

Easter is this weekend, and we're going to my cousin's farm for lunch and a little Easter egg hunt for the littles in our family. I saw variations of these Easter jars on Pinterest and thought I'd make my own to give them. Easter candy really is the best candy, amiright?!

I spray painted the lids green and glued these teeny tiny chicks that were on clearance at Hobby Lobby to the tops. They're cute.

I found some chocolate bunnies that were slim enough to fit into some Mason jars, then added a little grass (I love that stuff! It's so festive) and some chocolate eggs in different sizes.

Oops! The broken ones are all for me

I hope you guys all have a Happy Easter! Do you all have any plans with family for the weekend, yummy brunch or lunch plans, egg hunts, egg dying, etc.? Hopefully the weather will warm back up so we're not having to wear coats while we watch the little ones hunt for eggs outside. When will winter get the hint that we're over her already?

Either way, I hope your Easter is filled with family and friends and good food, things that are good for the soul....and chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. --Natty