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A spontaneous trip…

April 14, 2014

a spontaneous trip

I have a tendency to be an over thinker when it comes to just about everything. It’s not one of my better attributes most of the time considering it normally is just a nice way of saying I worry too much. I’m trying to break out of that bad habit and replace it with a little more spontaneity, even if that means taking a mid-week break to a new city like New Orleans!

Have you ever been? I’ve always wanted to go and seeing as how I only live 5 hours away now, there’s really no excuse. I think I’m most excited to see the historical architecture than anything else, but I’d really love to hear your suggestions on places to see! We’ll just be there for a quick 24 hour stint and making good use of my Hotel Tonight addiction, but anything I can squeeze in I will. Be sure to follow along on Instagram!

photo source via Carla Teneyck

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When in Palm Springs…

March 25, 2014

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all photos by Mary Costa Photography

… everything is colorful. It’s like the golden rule that everyone just knows to live by, and I love it! There’s just something kind of addictive about Palm Springs (especially if you love photo ops), and you know we had to take advantage of that while we stayed at The Saguaro for the tail end of the week.

It totally takes the cake for the most colorful place (besides Disney World) that I’ve ever stayed… then again it practically was Disney World for adults, so there’s that. The only thing they don’t tell you when you stay there is that you might want to clear your phone for a bigger photo capacity because you’ll need it for pretty much every corner you turn.  when in palm springs... Ironically it just so happened that we were there during one of the few times out of the entire year that it ever storms in Palms Springs. You’d think this would get us down, but it actually only allowed my awkward comment moments to shine in all of their glory around lots of close knit chatting. Okay, okay I don’t always have the most awkward thing to bring to the conversation (also known as the dining table), but every now and then I get to take the cake!

Some of my favorite places we dined were Workshop, winner of best decor, and Jake’s for a piece of cake that’s literally impossible to regret.  when in palm springs... One of the best parts of the entire Meet Make Do experience: the swag! Seriously, I was having a heyday with these bad boys! It was like letting a wild animal go through the refrigerator (and I didn’t hate it). You can grab some swag of your very own, they all came from here:

The Fabric Store LA (fabric) // Coveted Things (scarf) // Etta & Billie (soap) // Fat Eye Design (hand-painted napkins) // Landis Carey (custom pottery and ceramics) // Lovely Pigeon (foil tape and foil notebook) // Michelle Dwight Designs (heart tote bag) //  Mr. & Mrs. P (dipped wooden flatware) // Oh So Pretty (rose bath salts) // Seoul Little (gold necklace)  We Love Citrus (black scissors) // World Reclaimed (wood coasters) // Bing (event sponsor) when in palm springs... Did I mention when might’ve lived all Frank Sinatra style at the Dry Falls Las Palmas for the beginning of our stay? It was what mid-century dreams are made of! This is also where all of our DIY magic happened (which you saw here and here).

It was a surreal experience getting to meet up with so many talented and lovely ladies in such a beautiful place. when in palm springs...Again, a big thanks to Bing for sponsoring Meet Make Do and to KellyBrittni, and Chelsea for putting everything together. You can see more details of our adventure and all of the other attendees with #meetmakebing!

Tomorrow we’ll be back onto out regularly scheduled programming! Have you all started any prep for switching the house over for Spring colors? It’s in full swing over here!

Named A Top 10 DIY Blog by Better Homes & Gardens! (and other news)

March 17, 2014

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photo by Kimberly Chau photography

I’ve finally gotten settled back in this weekend after three weeks of slightly hectic traveling and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to be in my own bed! I love venturing to new places, but I’m realizing more and more that at the end of the day I’m kind of a homebody if that makes any sense at all.

I’ve also realized that I’m completely terrible at trying to multi-task while I’m out of town. Am I the only one with this downfall? For those of you world travelers that manage to stay in touch and on top of your inboxes or to-do lists while you’re gone, my hat is off to you! I slaved over project posts to share here and there while I was gone and I managed to post them pretty well the first week and then I might as well have been lost at sea ever since then. I’m hoping my charm and embarrassing jokes serve me well in trying to recoup…

More importantly, I have a whole slew of things to fill you in on! I’ll be spilling the beans little by little, but first, I’m super excited for Sugar & Cloth to have been named a Top 10 DIY blog by Better Homes & Gardens! Let me just tell you that I definitely did not see that one coming when I started this little blog two years ago. It’s kind of funny how those things happen, and it seems to always be right when you need a pick-me-up. I love those moments!

In case you missed it, I’ll be hosting an Etsy Pop-Up at West Elm this month, too! Hope to see you there!

Hosting the Etsy Pop-Up at West Elm Houston!

March 15, 2014


In case you’ve ever wondered if I frantically squeal over pretty things in real life like I do with you here on Sugar & Cloth, this is your chance to see it in person… I’ll be hosting the local Etsy pop-up at West Elm on March 29th! I’ve picked out some of my favorite Houston based shops like Kari Breitigam, HattonHenryTiny Deer Studio and more, plus snacks from Sweet and music by Gracie Chavez. I mean, does it really get any better than a Saturday with a frantic Ashley, a store full of cute things, and a macaron or twelve? I think not!

Be sure to RSVP here on Facebook so we know who to introduce ourselves to! In the meantime, pack your lunch these next few weeks to save some extra pennies, you’ll thank me on March 29th!