June 4, 2013

super.

happy tuesday! i just wanted to say that while many of us have a heroes we look up to, sometimes you just have to be your own. go on. i know you have it in you…

the parchment place today i will be a superhero 1

the parchment place today i will be my own superhero 2

today i will be my own superhero by the parchment place

May 23, 2013

people who rock.

happy thursday to you! just wanted to share this card that i gave my friend for her big 4-0 this year {she totally looks a young 2-0!}…

wild ink press you rock

i knew it would be perfect for her when i saw it because she totally rocks.

thanks: you rock by wild ink press

May 10, 2013

love like this.

guess what? i was listening to this song last night {a little too loud} with my big headphones on. it’s one of my go-to songs and it always makes me happy. you can’t not want to dance and smile and feel joyful about love {or at least the idea and possibility of it}. it’s one of my favorite songs from the 90′s. and i mean, come on. the video? you’ve got beautiful faith evans with her amazing voice, bright colors, and people looking like they are having so much fun on roller skates. too good. play the video. download the song if you don’t already have it {do it. i’m serious}. take a dance break and just radiate some frickin’ happiness…

don’t you feel like you’ve just received a boost? i honestly danced to this song in my apartment before/after/during typing this post {hopefully nobody could see in!} and mouthed the words pretending to be all faith evans-like.

ps – so do you have a go-to song that brings an instant smile to your face? you know, those songs that just make you feel good.

May 9, 2013

betty raspberry.

betty raspberry‘s illustrations are gorgeous. then you put them on up-cycled vintage ceramic pieces and…swoon…

betty raspberry sweet and low tea set

betty raspberry eat me up buttercup plate

betty raspberry tea and oranges teapot

betty raspberry betsy plate

betty raspberry frankie serving plate

betty raspberry bite me plate

ps – i’m loving the sassy flair on some of these!

sweet and low five piece tea set; eat me up buttercup plate; tea and oranges teapot; betsy plate; frankie serving plate; bite me plate by betty raspberry

May 7, 2013

bee’s knees.

just a reminder to you…

the black apple bee's knees print

bee’s knees print by the black apple

May 7, 2013

note to self : communication is key.

so here’s another post dedicated to some of my friends who have been having a tricky time dealing with funky communication in their relationships {myself included!}. a couple of them have been expressing to me that they are frustrated with significant others, co-workers and friends. since i’m sure we can all relate, i thought i’d share some thoughts…

hello vintage phone

communication is key in any relationship. from friendships to work related and romantic ones, being able to communicate effectively is vital. the ability to truly be open and free in sharing how you feel for someone, how they make you feel {good and bad}, and what your intentions are with one another and in your situation {whatever that may be} is not always so simple. we can agree on that, right? i always thought i was such a good communicator until someone i love recently pointed out to me that i am not. i am apparently horrible when it comes to text communications. i’ll admit that i cannot stand it since there’s no real “voice” behind what is being said. so, i don’t deny that i am horrible at it. i probably say things the wrong way and definitely read things the wrong way and sometimes get offended. and i don’t always tell the truth. let me clarify that. it isn’t to say that i’m not honest. i would never lie to someone i care about. it’s more that i’m not honest in how things affect me. sometimes things hurt me so bad and i just bury it inside rather than discussing it. sometimes i just think i can let it go. and other times i just feel like i’ll be defeated so i try to ignore it. i try to be strong and hide my pain. note to self: quit doing that! things get bottled up and you just start to resent the other person{s} you are dealing with. i’m working on it. you should, too.

what i have learned recently from some of my relationships {again, not all romantic types} is that people are just different. we have different stories and life experiences and shit we’re dealing with. and some of us may not be ready to fully commit to complete open communication. or some of us are only capable of seeing and hearing what we want to. what i am now working on is deciding which relationships are worth being invested in and to what degree if communication cannot be pure and 100% open. i’m not saying i want totally easy in my life’s relationships. but i sure am ready for a little less in the maintenance department. i mean, i’m just a low maintenance kind of girl. i guess sometimes you just have to get your rhythm back so that you’re both on the same page.

so how do you do with communicating your feelings, wants, needs, desires, issues, etc. in your relationships? have you ever been in a position where you just felt “stuck” because you felt like you weren’t being heard and understood?

ps – for me if i really love and/or care about a certain relationship, i will always try to push on and stay committed to making change so that things progress in a manner that fulfills all parties involved. i’ve hung in there for a long time in relationships purely out of my belief in love. have you?

image via paper pastries

May 1, 2013

custom return address stamps.

do you have return address stickers/labels that you use on your mail? i remember always printing them up for my family when i was a kid {avery labels to the rescue!}. or we would always get them ordered by the roll and they’d arrive in our mailbox {weren’t there always coupons in the sunday papers for them?}. because i’m a big believer in handwritten notes, i am obsessed with custom return address stamps. i don’t have one and have been thinking about it but get stuck because there are so many great artists who offer this product. i’m currently loving these by native bear

cat; feather; bull return address stamps by native bear

 

April 26, 2013

your value. your worth.

it seems that lately a number of people i really care about have been going through it. they’ve been going through some rough patches and a number of my girlfriends have been down on themselves. part of it has to do with typical girl stuff {feeling inadequate :: ps – you’re not!, feeling unattractive :: ps – you’re gorgeous!}. and part of it has to do with relationships both past and present {and not just romantic}. include me in that bunch. and you know what? i’m much harder on myself than on anyone else, so i can get pretty dark. yeah, i’ll admit it. so it was perfect timing when i came across this on pinterest

your value

did you read that? good. now remember it. share it with others you care about. write it down. print it out. get it tattooed on yourself. say it each morning when you wake up and before you close your eyes at night. it is the damn truth.

sometimes we get unhappy with how we’re being treated. but the truth is it all boils down to how we allow others to treat us. and it’s something i’m learning and going through right now. something that in my 30′s i am still figuring out how to deal with and handle. and it isn’t easy. it’s a process because it involves changing a behavior or habit.

i dedicate this post to my friends {and that includes you} who need this as a reminder. remember that you are a beautiful, amazing, talented, strong, brilliant person. you are super valuable to me and to the people who really matter in your life. it doesn’t mean that the person who can’t see your value and worth is bad or evil. maybe they don’t know how to see it. or maybe they just haven’t recognized it yet because they’ve got some shit to work on. either way it is not your problem, nor is it your fault. so keep it moving and know that you are worthy of love and to be treated with respect and to be treasured.

sending you lots of love…

April 24, 2013

wanna be a sponsor?

do ya?

mixed plate sponsor

just want to let you know that i am going to start having a sponsors post where i’ll include links to your shop/site/blog {of course} as well as your important social links {facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.}. and when the newsletter goes out, guess who will be included? that’s right! cool, huh? more exposure for you. now that’s what i like!

if you’re interested in partnering up with mixed plate by becoming a sponsor, head on over here for more info. go ahead and shoot me an email at advertising@mixedplateblog.com to reserve your spot now. space is limited.

ps – i’d love to have you!

April 18, 2013

color: pastels.

the weather here in san francisco has been beautiful. i mean, sunny and somewhat warm. minus the wind, of course. warm enough to where i didn’t have to wear 30 layers of clothing {maybe more like 28}. seeing the sun shine has been making me smile so big because it reminds me a little bit of home. does this mean it’s spring? for real? in honor of the season, how about some pastels…

francoise rachez

via francoise rachez

style me pretty

via style me pretty

cherish

via cherish

decor8

via decor8

moody's home

via moody’s home

charlotte love

via charlotte love

gaby j photography

via gaby j photography