the only thing you can count on is change.

WELL, it's been a bit!...
so many excuses but it doesn't really matter.  I'm content now to blog when I can, and appreciative of anyone who comes by and gets something out of it.  Life is so full of challenges lately, but I have faith that the outcome of going through each one of them will make me stronger and wiser and a better person for others.  And myself :)  
I guess one thing I can always count on is my love of clothes and colors and photos. 

{shoes: freepeople; shorts: vintage calvin klein; top: brandy melville; button up: h&m; bag: italian marketplace}


a week away & some real talk.

hello again.  
I am writing this post from my back patio; coffee, dog and cat all within arms reach, and I feel like this is just about all I need in life.  It's 75 degrees with a strong breeze and these transitional spring to summer days will soon be replaced with scorching sun and dry heat, so I'm practically living outside right now.
  Anyway, we are leaving for ITALY a week from today for our honeymoon, which motivated me to post some wedding photos...seeing as how it's wedding season and all that too.  We planned our wedding in 3 months, and we did 99% of it ourselves...although the day was beautiful and everything more or less came together, it was THE most stressful time in my life and the adjustment to marriage after all that has been both wonderful and trying.  Marriage isn't easy, relationships aren't easy...but as I've come to accept, the first year might be the hardest.  No one really warned me of that (besides I guess occasionally just hearing that phrase throughout life, "the first year is the hardest"), but plenty of people reassured me after the fact.  Don't get me wrong, we have a lot of fun together and the laughter never stops, but you have to work at things and balance your own identity and everyday there is compromise.  I am glad we waited to take our honeymoon because we are just now getting into a rhythm with each other and an understanding of each others moods and needs. I feel like we can enjoy it much more now than if we had rushed away immediately after such a huge event.    
So yeah, if you ever need advice or have questions about planning a wedding or where to get cheap stuff, anything, just ask!  I learned a lot about weddings and found all sorts of cool sites and inspiration and "alternative" dresses :)

I have tons more photos to share, but I had to save something for our Anniversary!


s t a m p // DIY

If you want something done, you gotta DIY!
Seriously, I'd been searching for simple black and white towels, pillow cases, etc for weeks but everything I found was either chevron, damask, or just what I wanted, but too expensive.  So I headed to Joann Fabrics and bought a couple of plain tea towels and some black fabric paint.  I also got a little sponge stamp (see second towel) and I picked up a potato at the grocery store.  I'd never done a potato stamp, but I remembered that it was something people do :)  

 Next I washed and dried the towels.
I then cut a super simple design into my tater :)  I hate when people call them taters. 
I watered down the paint a bit so that it not only goes further but also stamps better.
After stamping, let the paint dry and then all I did was rinse it in the shower and air dry it.  
SO EASY!  I think my total cost was around $15 for both towels, including paint, zippers, stamps and potato.  The pillow insert (see below) I already had.

I haven't decided what to use this for yet...maybe just a photography backdrop or a ginormous hand towel.  

Next is a more traditional stamp.
This one I made into a washable pillow case complete with a zipper with the help (she did all the work actually) of my Mother in Law.  She's quite the seamstress!  

Now I just have to keep our black cat and our black dog's hair off of these.  And they are shedding like it's about to be summer or something?!  Rude.  
Anyways, thanks for coming by!  


new places.

HI guys!
Lots of photos...I guess I'm making up for inconsistent posting! 
We finally got around to checking out the new "bruncheon" in town, the Yards.
Although everyone's been raving about the chicken and waffles, which I've never had in my life, nor do I understand the pairing, I went with a Pastrami sandwich, kind of like a Reuben.  Mark had fish and chips.  The service was great, food came out fast, and everything was super good, except a little too salty for my taste.  Anyway,
after that we took some photos right before another storm hit.  
Oh, Spokane.


The dress and shoes are both for sale in my Instagram shop, @shopbluepea along with lots of other goods!
Thanks for stopping by!


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