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A Lovely Vendor – Maybelle Calligraphy

One of the greatest things about being a part of A Lovely Workshop is by far all of the lovely vendors I’ve had the opportunity to connect with. While us busy little bees are buzzing away down at Sea Island this week, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to some of the awesome people that have so generously given their time and their talent to make this workshop absolutely incredible.

This Queen of the quill probably needs no introduction – Maybelle Calligraphy + Illustration

Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, J. Crew, Chronicle Books, Ann Taylor and many more! For A Lovely Workshop, Maybelle is creating beautiful love letters and 30-feet of hand scrolls.

“I find inspiration in everything around me, including everyday life, Japanese culture and craft books, botanical illustrations, old letters, embroidery and so much more. Much of my inspiration comes from such hand-wrought things as have been left to us by the beauty and wisdom of history.”  - Maybelle

Wanna see more of Maybelle’s incredible work? Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Photos via The Neotraditionalist and Maybelle’s Instagram

Posted 4/2/13, Topic: Blog, Events

A Lovely Workshop

Just pinch me. If you would have told me back when I started Blue Eyed Yonder that one day I would be hanging out in Sea Island with Ginny Branch, Amy Osaba and Elizabeth Messina my honest reaction would have been – “shut up.”

It’s funny when you stop to take in the moment and realize you’re living your dream. It’s pretty amazing actually.

This week we’ll be in Sea Island working our fannies off creating gorgeousness for Elizabeth’s A Lovely Workshop. Each day we will create a different styled shoot – new location, new florals, new props, new furniture. For this workshop I’m handling all the furniture and set design. I’ve had my little townhouse packed out with two large scale projects I’m creating for this workshop.

Don’t miss out on all the behind the scenes details. Follow Blue Eyed Yonder on Instagram hashtag #alovelyworkshop.

// all photos by Elizabeth Messina, A Lovely Workshop

Posted 4/1/13, Topic: Blog, Events

Happy Easter + Instaweek

Dottie’s sitting pretty after a rough week and an emergency vet visit. Whew!
Busy, busy creating lots of lovelies for A Lovely Workshop next week.
A fortune I can handle: “You will travel far and wide, both pleasure and business.”
Mr. Blue Eyed Yonder’s delicious coconut cake. God bless that man.

I hope everyone had a wonderful week! I know it’s Spring Break season and lots of people are traveling and breaking in their first pair of flip flops this season. I’ll be off next week to Sea Island for a little “workcation”. I’m joining forces with some of Atlanta’s finest to create wildly beautiful scenes at Elizabeth Messina’s A Lovely Workshop. Follow along on Instagram for lots of behind the scenes peeks with hashtag: #alovelyworkshop.

What did your week look like?

// follow Blue Eyed Yonder on Instagram 

Posted 3/29/13, Topic: Blog

Happy Friday + Instaweek

This week has been so wonderful! I felt like I finally had some time to catch my breath and enjoy doing more of the things I love.

Finally had a little “me” time and spent it painting toes.
Enjoyed this gorgeous, sunny weather and watching things bloom.
Brainstormed with vintage wallpapers for Elizabeth Messina’s “A Lovely Workshop” with my cute assistant.
Spent some time thanking some incredible people.

What did your week look like?

// follow Blue Eyed Yonder on Instagram 

Posted 3/22/13, Topic: Blog

DIY Starburst Serving Tray

Photo by Whitney Huynh Photography

With this year’s NotWedding logo, how could I resist bringing that beautiful starburst imagery into the lounge area? Inspired by this starburst mirror made using an old clock, I set out to create a starburst tray to display on our tufted ottoman. I had so much fun creating all of the popsicle fans, it’s quite therapeutic. Who knew popsicle sticks would look so fantastic!

Here’s what you need:

Round Mirrored Candle Tray (Found this one at Hobby Lobby)
Small Popsicle Sticks (Hobby Lobby)
Glue Gun
Gold Spray Paint

To begin, create lots of popsicle “fans”. For this project I created 36 popsicle fans. Each fan as 7 popsicle sticks – do the math and that’s 252 popsicle sticks total. (Remember, the number of fans depends on the circumference of your mirror.)

Once you’ve created the popsicle fans, go ahead and spray paint all of the fans. Doing this step now prevents having to protect the mirror if you were to spray the fans after they’d been glued on. I only sprayed the front of the fans, no need to spray the backsides.

Once the fans have been painted, begin gluing the fans to the underside of the mirror. I glued the fans where only their upper halves would show and left room between each fan for the outer layer of fans.

Once you have secured the first layer of fans, continue by gluing the outer layer of fans, filling in the empty space between the first layer of fans.

Let the glue set up and voila! You’re done!

Photo by Whitney Huynh Photography

 

 

Posted 3/20/13, Topic: Blog, DIY

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