Happy Monday! Head over to Think.Make.Share. to learn how to make decorative file folders for your desk. My friend Lauren hosted this workshop, and I've been using these pink folders I created ever since!
It's done! I have been working on creating a GoPro video from Sophie and I's Italy trip for a few weeks, and it is finally finished! I love how it really captures what we saw from our perspective, and is a little less polished and formal than all the photos. Enjoy!
This week I was particularly inspired by two talks I listened to. Last Wednesday Meg Lewis visited Hallmark and spoke about her life, career, and work for happy companies. Take a peek at her work and the group of freelance designers she is a part of, Ghostly Ferns. I absolutely love when Hallmark brings in speakers, and couldn't help but jot down a few take-aways:
- Think about things you've been told are bad about yourself and how you can use those things to change the world.
- Maybe if I'm just nice to people I can change the world.
- I just want to make the world a little bit happier.
- Take a look at Grilli Type!!
This week I also listened to the latest episode of the Creative Pep Talk podcast by Andy J. Miller. This episode focused on "How to Prove Your Creative Genius." He talks about stacking the deck in your favor, and proving your creative value again and again. My favorite part of the whole podcast was when he said to not hide behind subjectivity. While creative work is subjective, it's important to put in the effort and slowly spiral upward as your work develops. Go listen!
It's hard to believe that Fall is upon us! Even though I'm not headed back to school I always find myself getting things organized this time of year. As a result I'm slowly updating my portfolio, and first up was adding some recent work I have done for Hallmark. Go take a peek, and enjoy this pointed pen oldie I came across!
Hello, friends! As another month ends I've once again gathered up some of my favorite finds around the web. One of my absolute favorite DIYs was this lovely Cursive Word Balloon backdrop by Oh Happy Day. They are one of my favorite sites to browse, and I'm hoping I will have a chance to host a party soon where I can try out one of their backdrop ideas!
- Albeit trendy, this studio space is airy, bright and beautiful.
- A lovely Austin, Texas home tour. I've had home decor on the brain this month.
- This DIY is perfect for back-to-school!
- Dreaming of this bedding...
- One of my favorite Pinterest recipes I tried this month.
- Like I mentioned last month, I will be participating in a macrame workshop in September so I'm still on the hunt for inspiration. I was wowed by this piece.
- These beautiful Ukrainian flower crowns are a must-see.
- This colorful party inspiration was one of my favorite Think.Make.Share. blog posts this month!
I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
Happy Monday! Sophie and I spent our last day in Italy exploring Rome before our flight back to the USA. We woke up early in order to take the train from Sorrento to Rome. It was a rainy travel day, but by the time we arrived the sun was shining. After checking into our hotel and changing clothes we were off exploring!
Our first stop was a walk past the Trevi Fountain before stopping for a late lunch. There were SO many tourists I don't know that I would recommend visiting Rome in mid-July, but we still had a wonderful day. After lunch we walked on to the Pantheon! After taking a few pictures we walked on towards the Colosseum. We relaxed there for awhile enjoying the view, and it was on to the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome for dinner. This was my favorite area in Rome, it was so peaceful compared to some of the more tourist stops and full of charming buildings around every turn. Our dinner was also amazing, if only I could remember the name of the restaurant!
Thanks so much for reading along about our Italian adventure! I have loved sharing each place we visited, hopefully you gained some travel inspiration. For even more photos take a peek at #sophandallietakeitalia over on Instagram. Ciao!
Happy Friday! I can't believe I am already sharing our final photos from the Amalfi coast. After a quick breakfast at our hotel we were picked up for our bus tour. We were lucky to get seats facing the coast and white it was a bit scary of a scary ride the views were amazing. (I especially loved seeing all the lemon groves at the beginning of our drive.) Our first stop was Positano! Because Sophie and I had spent a few hours here the day before our main plan was to get a better picture of the beautiful church at the center of town. While it required stepping into a hotel lobby to get the photo, I think we succeeded! After a lemon slush and some shopping we were back on the bus headed for Amalfi.
Sophie and I were really excited to spend some time in Amalfi since we only were able to see it from the water the day before. Our first stop there was in a beautiful paper shop (Amalfi is known for their paper), and I couldn't help but purchase a few things. After that we took some pictures on the church steps in very windy conditions. We loved walking around and peeking into some shops before heading to the beach. Sophie and I were very sad to get back on the bus after just over an hour exploring beautiful Amalfi. But it was on to our final destination of the day, Ravello.
Ravello is a small town up in the mountains from Amalfi. It has been popular with musicians for many years, and hosts a special music festival. We choose to spend our time in the famous villa where this festival takes place. The views and gardens were spectacular! Our drive back to Sorrento was filled with classical Italian music and a view of Sorrento, Mount Vesuvius and Naples. Since this was our last night in Sophie and I choose to go out to a nice dinner and indulge in gelato from Puro one last time. After packing we went straight to bed to rest up for our travel day to Rome! Next week I will share how we spent our last day in Italy and a few final thoughts on our entire adventure. Have a wonderful weekend!