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Friday, November 16, 2012

vintage circus wedding: photos

hello all my blog friends!
oh how i miss this place :)
i would love to start writing again, but i have been overwhelmingly busy.
BUT i did want to share a little news, 
for those of you who were following before, you likely saw some wedding prep for little sissy.
i stopped writing right in the middle of wedding prep so i didn't put everything i did up.
if you would like to see how things turned out, 
the pictures are posted on the ashlee hair photography site.
**UPDATE** super embarrassing.. i somehow added a link to one of my homework sites. 
(hope my homework link wasn't the pictures!)
the link is now fixed. thank you for letting me know miamihoney go check out the pictures!
here's a sneaky peek.
you have to scroll down to see pictures from the reception.
ashlee says there are a lot, so i may try to get some up here if i have time.
much love, miss you!
{love} lauryn

Monday, October 8, 2012

blog leave..

hello all my blog readers & friends. 
i have quite a big bloggy announcement.
as of today, i will no longer be running love notes by lauryn.
i have too many other things in my life right now that need my attention.
namely: school, work, church, and most importantly family.
i haven't had much time (if any) to relax and take a break.. with the many things going on in my life
i decided i needed to put things of importance first.
as much as i LOVE writing this blog and hearing from all of you, 
it is time to say goodbye.
at least for now.
maybe one day i will return to blogging, 
but as of now... i put way more time into blogging than my outside life can afford.

on the other hand, 
i will continue to run an etsy shop. 
i have re-named & re-branded lulu's little loft.
it is now called "almost noelle" check out the about page of the shop to see where the name came from.
for now, there is only one item listed. but i intend to list many more in the future. 
to see some of the artwork that will be featured in the shop, check out the almost noelle blog page
(this is just a blog where i post pictures from the shop, there will be no other content there.
i would LOVE to be a part of giveaways & sponsorships.
so please, please contact me either through etsy or via e-mail if you are interested.
we will see if we can work something out.

i want to give a HUMUNGOUS thank you to ALL of you. 
thank you sooo much for reading my little blog and for sending such sweet and sincere comments my direction.

the love notes twitter & facebook pages will be closed as well as all other accounts i have linked to love notes (aside from polyvore, which will stay open)
the love notes blog will continue to stay open for readers to access past content,
but until further notice in the future, no new content will be added.
love much, 
{love} lauryn

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

vintage circus wedding: ring toss banner with fabric letters

a carnival wedding MUST have carnival games, right?
at little sissy's wedding, there will be a ring toss.
i made a banner for the ring toss and got stuck on how i was going to write "RING TOSS"
i wanted the letters to stand out.
i thought of drawing them but that wouldn't show up on the yellow paper.
i thought about cutting out paper, but i felt like it would have looked unprofessional.
as i was thinking, i saw a piece of burnt orange fabric and an idea sparked!
twisted fabric letters!!
i will be able to get a picture of the full banner at the actual wedding.
we have wedding stuff scattered around the house, so i couldn't find a pretty clutter-free photo area.
i also made a chain link out of fun scrapbook paper. 
i will be hanging this up around the reception room.
wedding planning has been fun, but i'm SO excited to have it over with.
this has been such a CRAZY busy time for us!
have a loverrly day.

Monday, October 1, 2012

i love to draw.

i had to let out some steam tonight...
so i took this picture & turned it to a drawing:

i love my tablet!
& i love being able to vent through art.
(ps. nothing bad happened, i am just so SICK of school this semester... bleh.)

i decided to hashtag my blog post.. hehe.
yes, i know this is not how hashtags are to be used.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

vintage circus wedding: cupcakes display

if you are confused about the link party, see below
no need to read this fine print if you just want to see today's post.

ok guys.
we have got some link party mess going on.
for all of you that come to the blog for link parties, 
i am sorry for not posting this past weekend's spread the love party.
i had homework drama and had to focus on that. (argh..)
but then i noticed our last spread the love party was still getting submissions. what!
yes, somehow i left the weekend party open for quite the amount of time.
i think like 20 days are still left to submit, yikes!
anyone know how to fix this but keep the links that are already there?
the upcoming parties will stay as normal, 
they will open on friday morning and close on monday morning.
i don't know how the past one went all crazy.
probably because that is my life right now. hrmph. 
here's my word: you can count on a NORMAL spread the love link party on friday :)

& for the real post content:

the announcements came in on friday!!
yaay. yaay. yaay.
i will be posting pictures later this week!
little sissy's wedding planning is coming along quite nicely.
she is having a lot of great carnival style food at the wedding.
popcorn, cotton candy, lemonade..yum!
& there will also be cupcakes from the amazing cocoa bean
they have the greatest named flavors so i decided to make labels for them.
i made the labels using greeting cards, a sharpie, and my bwain!
we gathered various platters & made some of our own to display the cupcakes.
easy peasy.

i am excited to show the pictures from the wedding when there are actually cupcakes on these beauties!
happy monday!
let's all just cross our fingers for a stress free week this week. 
please oh please.
lot's of love!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

vintage circus wedding: guest fingerprint sign in

happy monday everyone, 
we had a GREAT link party this weekend!
check it out if you haven't seen the links yet.
there's also a free printable there too :)

as i mentioned before, 
little sissy is having two "guestbooks" for her wedding
one is the smashbook where people can write notes 
and the other is the finger print guest book.
i thought this would be a fun one for them to hang in their house
here is the simple poster i made for the thumbprints:
the thumbprints will be the balloons.
here is one i found from etsy that is finished:
Thumbprint Guest Book Vintage Bicycle with Balloons- Digital File 18x24

we will have a stamp pad by the poster 
so people can ink their finger then add a "balloon"

i'm excited to see how it turns out!
if you just happen to be getting married, 
or know someone who is and wants the above design,
let me know and i will happily customize the name & date free of charge.
here's to a great week, yaay!
{love} lauryn

Thursday, September 20, 2012

spread the love link party #24 & fishies in the sea printable

i almost have sissy's wedding announcements finished, woot woot!
i am really feeling bad about not being able to post so often,
so i thought today would be a perfect day for a printable freebie:
just right/double click and save to your computer!

now time for the party!
spread the love is a weekend wrap up link party.
share with us ANYTHING you have been 
working on, crushing on, making, baking etc. this week.
this party has NO RULES.
rules are too hard for me.
if you want to link up a URL, feel free!

i would REALLY REALLY love it if you follow my blog in some manner.
check out ways to follow in the sidebar.
if you like the party, add a button or a link somewhere to your blog!
not required, just nice to do...help spread the love!
love notes by lauryn

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

vintage circus wedding: bridal shower invites

sissy's october wedding is coming quick!
i got the bridal shower invites designed this week

we got vellum envelopes & mustache seals
(picked out by little sissy herself)

turned out pretty cute, huh!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

spread the love link party #23

Pinned Image
thank goodness.
school makes for the longest weeks ever.

so link up some great stuff.
i want to see some goodies :)
happy weekend!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

vintage circus wedding: smashbook wedding guestbook

as promised, 
a piece of the wedding right here for you!
if you don't know already, 
little sissy is getting married soon so i am doing a TON of wedding planning.
sissy get's two guestbooks (seems weird, i know)
one is a fingerprint sign in & 
we wanted everyone to get a chance to write a message if they wish.
so, i turned to a smashbook.
decorated the cover, and had and instant, inexpensive guestbook!

it's pretty fun, wouldn't you say!
happy wednesday :)

random pretties of the day

in honor of 9/11
was i really 11 when this happened?
sure learned a lot that day, 
stand tall. stand together. stand for liberty!

i've been running into some sweet stuff online today
cha cha check it out.

need them.

BZR Ombré tights in Fuschian Violet

& this album cover is to die for cute.
love ace enders.

& last,
these tricky puzzle piece end tables from coolmaterial.com
wouldn't these be the coolest things to have in your house?

be back tomorrow with a wedding sneak peek!
{love} lauryn

Thursday, September 6, 2012

spread the love link party #22

getting straight to the party today, 
we are taking little sissy's engagements.
wedding stuff is coming along, 
i can't wait to put the stuff on here!!

have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

24 cheaper sites like anthropologie

shopping around for wedding stuff, 
i've been finding A LOT of online stores..
& like many of you... anthropologie is my BY FAR favorite.
seriously, i just want my life to be anthro.
but, anthropologie has prices that i can't necessarily afford all the time (or like ever)
so here are 24 cheaper shops that are similar to anthropologie.
the image below is a piece from each shop that i love, 
just go under the image to find which shop each piece belongs to as well as the links.
happy shopping :)
24 stores like anthropologie, but cheaper

2. prim
7. lylif
10. panache
11. tulle
17. modcloth
19. spool 72
22. ruche
24. stiched and adorned

know of any other shops similar to anthro?
leave a link in the comments section!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

free printable paper dolls

sorry about the missing link party this week!
it will be up next weekend.

i am working on re-doing my shop..
i am going back and forth between shopenvy & etsy.
i like shopenvy cause it's free, but i seem to sell better on etsy.
anybody have any tips?
i'd love to hear about them. 

because i am re-doing the shop, 
i am putting all of the old items up for free.
i just want to completely re-face the whole shop, 
but don't want the other items to go unnoticed!

this item was one of my shop favorites,
i think i shared them on here when i made them
printable paper dolls:

here are the downloads:
just right or double click each image and save to your computer.

then it is up to you what you want to do with the pieces.
i laminated them & put invisible velcro so the clothes could stay the dolls
i also thought magnets would be fun too, 
let me know what you do so we can tell everyone here what works!

let me know if you have any download/printing problems!
happy day off for monday!
{love} lauryn

Thursday, August 30, 2012

vintage carnival wedding: bridal party ensemble

been working on the sissy's wedding!
& i thought it's time you all see a glimpse of what's going on.
the first thing we got all put together was the bridal party ensemble.
i made some polyvore sets of our getup:
vintage carnival wedding bridesmaids

vintage carnival wedding men

vintage carnival wedding mothers

vintage carnival wedding mothers by laurynashli1 featuring mary jane shoes

i'm mostly excited about my bridesmaid shoes...love them!!
i finished up the centerpieces this week,
so more wedding stuff will be up soon soon soon.

happy day :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

free blank customizable invite printable

wow. incredibly descriptive title i gave this post.
a sweet little friend of mine is getting baptized soon.
i was so excited to make her invite:

i'm loving those colors together.
turned out pretty cute if i do say so myself.

& since i already had the design made up, 
i thought it would be fun to share the blank design for you.
so if you are looking for the perfect customizable blank invite, 
here it is!
all you need is to add the wording, either handwritten or in a computer program.
the image is created to be printed as a 4x6 image.

right/double click on the image, save to your computer and you're ready to go!
please let me know if you have any problems with the download or printing issues.
i would be more than happy to help. 
if you would like a custom design invite, announcement, etc., 
i am always ready to take on a new design project.
i can't turn them down... it's a weakness!

email me if you need me, or just want to chat :)
laurynashli1 {at} gmail {dot} com

Thursday, August 23, 2012

spread the love link party #21

it is going to take me a couple of weeks to get used to my new schedule.
school. work. school again.
not to mention sissy's wedding planning & bridal shower
keeping up with the bloggy blog
& keeping the house clean.
trust me when i say i hardly have time to eat or sleep.

but i have faith this is all going to work out.
i am extremely lucky with how my schedule worked out so perfectly.
i'm so grateful for my prayers that have been answered 
it is truly amazing how my schedule is organized down to the minute.
it fits like a puzzle.
mind boggling.

so i hope to get to 1 to 2 posts a week in addition to the link party on the weekends.
it's a little less than usual, but it will only last a short time. 
when the semester is over, i should be able to post more frequently again. 

that being said, 
the party today is going to be so super simple.
no favorite picks :(
& no explanation...
basically, if you want to link anything up go for it!
as always, spread the love is a no rules party.
spread some link love!

Monday, August 20, 2012

wooden photo blocks

this summer i salvaged some wooden block remnants from grandpa's firewood stash.
i knew something good could come out of them.
after having them in my car for a few weeks, 
i brought them inside.
after staring at blank blocks for a good few days,
i nailed it.
i decided i was going to make wooden blocks saying "LOVE"
here they are.

turns out i didn't want to do "LOVE" blocks.
i kinda just messed around until i came out with these picture blocks.

i had a beautiful paper pack.
i cut each of the papers to the size of the blocks and spray glued them on.
i antiqued the edges with a chalk stamp pad & mod podged the top.

the elements (rose, ticket, etc.) were also part of the scrapbook pack.
darling stuff i tell ya.

the clothes pins are hot glued to the block.
i added a strip of paper to cover the pin.
the pictures are interchangeable because of the clothes pins.

here i wrapped the block with yarn.. just a simple embellishment.

although i imagined something different, 
i am glad with how the blocks turned out!
they are a great way to use up your cute scrapbook paper..
ya know the kind you are saving because you know you want it displayed, 
you just don't know how to display it!
(i could be the only crazy person who does that...)

have a great day!
schools are starting for me today.
back at the university tomorrow, 
and welcoming the little preschoolers to their first day of school.
a crazy, but exciting day for me!
little sissy is getting MARRIED! 
& i am in charge of planning.

so thank you for being understanding & patient with me
during this fast paced time of life.

{love} lauryn

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

the many sides of red lipstick

i love red lipstick.
it is classic.
it is editorial.
anyone can pull it of. (yes, even you.)
and it is not as complicated as it might seem, just GO FOR IT!
here are some different ways you can wear red lipstick:

bright hues are really trendy right now. 
orange lips are hitting it big, but i like a calmer take... 
more of an orange red like the picture on the left.

deep berry & burgundy colors are on the rise again, 
so pull out mom's old lipstick and darken your lips with a deep red.

a lipstick can be worn either matte or glossy.
both are different, but create beautiful looks.
to create a lasting matte lip, use a red lip liner the same color as your lipstick.
the lipstick will stay longer without bleeding.
to glossy up your lipstick, use a simple clear gloss after applying a coat of red lipstick.
don't forget to kiss a tissue, your lips will thank you..
between the lipstick and the gloss, they will need a little dabbing.

red lipstick is so versatile, 
you can wear it casually to the movies, 
or on your wedding day.
the makeup you wear to accompany your lipstick can create either look.
the above pictures show a contrast between a dramatic look with a lot of makeup
& a neutral look with pretty lashes.

don't be afraid to wear red lipstick.
it's not scary.
if you are hesitant,
try doing just a dab of red lipstick on the bottom & top lip
then add a light coat of gloss.

for those of you with no fear, 
rock those red lips to the top!

you are all beautiful, 
have a lovely day!!

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