Friday, October 2, 2015


Savannah, Ga
Savannah, Ga
Savannah, Ga
The Paris Market, Savannah, Ga
Savannah, Ga
Savannah, Ga
Savannah, Ga river at night

Here are a few pics from our brief visit to Savannah a few months ago. Even though we were only there for less than 24 hours, I have lots of photos! I'll save the rest for another post (or two).

This trip was spontaneous and fun and nostalgic for me, as I hadn't been to Savannah since I was a kid. We were in Georgia to visit my family, and after saying our goodbyes, Peter and I decided to take a little detour on the way back and spend a night in Savannah. That's one thing I love about road trips: you can change course whenever you feel like it, provided you've got the time.

After we checked into our hotel, we just walked around and soaked up all those good, laid-back vibes that I miss most about the south. We hung out in a couple squares, ate some delicious pizza at Mellow Mushroom for dinner, and then made our way down to the river at night. It was beautiful!

We had time to check out a couple sites the next day before we had to get back on the road, but I'll save that for another time.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! xo, Mary

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bear and Rabbit

I'd like to introduce you to the newest members of the little plant family that lives in our bay window, Bear and Rabbit! (I "adopted" them from Anthropologie, if anyone's curious.)

Actually, the rectangular planter I did have in the window started leaking pretty badly a few weeks ago, so I had to rehome all my little babies in new containers. I mostly reused clay pots we already had, but when I passed by these in the store, I couldn't just leave them there. They are sooo cute! I love that the plants give them little tufts of hair.

Hope everyone's having a great week! I'm still feeling a bit crap, to be honest, but hopefully some tea and chocolate chip cookies will help...can't hurt, right? :)

Monday, September 28, 2015


Here are some shots from the roll of film I mentioned in my last post. These photos were taken last October when we drove out to the Blue Ridge Mountains. I think I'd be perfectly happy spending the rest of my days in a little house down in one of those valleys; it's so pretty there!

Also, I'm going to say this SOOC series is a good exercise for me as a photographer. Like most people, my first instinct is usually to want to crop out that one weird thing in the corner, or adjust a funky color cast, or bump up the contrast. But I actually took one of these and did my usual editing and compared the "before" and "after" side by side, and I honestly thought the "before" was better. It's hard to say why exactly, but all those imperfect images capture the feeling of the day so much better. I can look at these and remember walking along the top of a stone wall with Peter holding on to me so I wouldn't fall. I remember laughing as the wind whipped my hair and skirt around like crazy. I remember what I was wearing and how the sun felt when it finally came out and a million other little sensory details that somehow exist just out of frame in these photos.

I don't think all photos look better straight out of the camera. Most of the photos you see on this blog will continue to be edited in Photoshop. But I'm really enjoying this SOOC series, so I think I'm going to keep it up for a while. :)
xo, Mary

Friday, September 25, 2015

Colorful Leaf Garland + 10 Things I Love About Fall

Felt Garland
Handmade Fall Leaf Garland

Hi guys! Sorry for the radio silence this week...been feeling a bit under the weather. But that hasn't stopped me grinning from ear to ear that it's officially fall. Seriously, I can't remember the last time I was this excited for a new season. I started making this colorful leaf garland a few weeks ago when it was still 90 degrees outside because I just couldn't help myself. It's super easy if you'd like to make your own...just draw some simple leaf shapes on whatever paper you have lying around to make templates for cutting your felt (or you can skip this step and cut your leaves free-form if you don't mind them being a bit irregular). Then just sew your felt leaves together in a running stitch with string or yarn in a complementary color. (I also added a couple of felted balls to finish the ends, but I'd say that's optional.) That's it! Sit back and enjoy your cute window! :)

I know every blog and website right now probably has the same "top 10 things that are great about fall" list, but I don't mind at all because I truly love everything about this season. So here are a few things I'm excited about:

1. The obvious one: sweater weather. I CANNOT WAIT for cozy sweaters and tights and scarves and layers oh mah gah ahhhhh.

2. Pumpkin everything. It's like a drug to me this time of year. We've already had some pumpkin muffins that were sooo good.

3. Candles. I've been on the hunt for the perfect fall candle. I'm not a huge scented candle person in general as a lot of them smell sort of sickly sweet to me and give me headaches, but this year I'm determined to find one I like. (If anyone has suggestions for fall-scented candles that aren't overpowering, please share!)

4. Driving out of the city when the leaves change. We drove out to the mountains last year, and it was so gorgeous...I actually just got a roll of film developed from that trip last fall, so look out for another SOOC post in a day or two.

5. Halloween! I'm already trying to convince Peter to watch scary movies with me (he hates them haha). I can't wait to see cute jack-o-lanterns on porches and ghosts and witches peeking out of windows. And dog costumes! Who can resist a cute dog in a costume?

6. Warm drinks. I'm a coffee drinker year-round, but I like to mix it up every now and then in the fall and throw in a chai tea or a pumpkin spice latte...a decision I sometimes regret about 10 minutes later when I feel sick, but that's never stopped me before, and it won't stop me this year either. :)

7. Baking! I don't know about you, but I try to avoid turning on the oven when it's 100 degrees outside, so that means I don't do a lot of baking in the summer. But a warm kitchen on a chilly fall day? There's no better place. Add to that fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger and the whole house smells amazing.

8. Fall crafts and decorating. (You knew that would be on the list, right?)

9. Going for a walk when the air is crisp and energizing and leaves crunch underfoot.

10. Cozy nights. Bring on the Netflix marathons and good books!

I could probably keep listing things all night. There are actually a few fall traditions I don't really get, though, like hayrides in pumpkin patches, but maybe that's because I've never done it before? Am I missing out?

Tell me your favorite thing about fall! :))
xo, Mary

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Plant Invaders!

For a while, something was eating the leaves of all my flowers on the patio. I tried different natural methods to deter insects and other pests...nothing seemed to work. One day as I was watering, I saw something move out of the corner of my eye.

Caterpillar! And a big fat one too.

I couldn't help but think of Heimlich, and there was no way I could kill him. So I relocated him to another part of the yard where there are other leaves he could munch on.

By the way, my sunflower still bloomed and is now making our local bees very happy. :)

Life is full of beautiful things! xo, Mary

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Today's Finds

Handmade mug with spot pattern from Wakako Senda

I love everything in this Japanese shop; it was hard to pick a favorite. :)

Hand-knitted dog sweater from Camelotia

How beautiful is this dog sweater? I kind of want a sweater in the same colors for myself! (I would also love the dog too, but alas, now is not the time. Sigh.)

Anna Karina print from watersounds

Can I just say that 13-year-old me would've died for this print?! I was majorly into black and white decor for some reason. I insisted on painting my walls white (they had been pink), and changing my bedding and some of the art on my walls to black and white. I had also just taken an intro to French class, and I discovered Anna Karina about the same time yeah, I would've gone nuts for this print. I should buy it to make my inner, angst-ridden tween happy. I still really like it now, obviously, so I guess my tastes haven't really changed all that much. :)

Vitra Kast Storage from Design Public

You know, in case you have an extra $11k lying around, this shelving system is the dreamiest.

Leather clutch from Mocha Bags

I love the simple shape of this clutch, and it comes in pastel pink too!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


A few weeks ago, we went to The BEACH, an interactive architectural installation (a.k.a. a huge ball pit) at The National Building Museum, and it was so much fun! The walls, flooring, and furniture were all stark white, and the back wall was mirrored to make it look as if the monochromatic seascape stretched on forever. As for the ocean, it was made up of nearly one million recyclable translucent plastic balls. (Those balls are now being moved to another location to be repurposed as some sort of art installation. I can't wait to see what that's going to look like.)

Some people were hesitant to get their feet wet. :)

Others just dove right in.

There were plenty of beach chairs to relax in if you didn't feel like going for a swim. Peter and I spent a good amount of time here, just listening to the squeals of laughter and hanging out.

It's hard to show the scale of it, especially with this many people inside, but it was 10,000 square feet...that's a lot of feet! You can get a better idea of the size (and see photos much better than mine) in this flickr album.

Kids obviously went mental over the whole thing, but it was a lot of fun for adults too.

You might remember that NBM put on The BIG Maze last summer, and I think they may have topped that exhibit with this one. It was just so cool and futuristic looking. I can't wait to see what they do next year!