June 30, 2010

Oh My Deer Love Giveaway!

Today I am honored to be having the lovely Sarah of the Oh My Love Etsy shop, and blog, hosting a giveaway for you, all my wonderful readers!

Sarah sells, and makes beautiful handmade rose headbands, as well as quirky earrings, necklaces, wreaths, buttons, and rings!

Sarah has generously offered to give one lucky winner one of her beautiful grey rose headbands, as well as a few different adorable pins (one not shown), and also a cute pair of Hershey's chocolate bar earrings!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment telling me what your favorite item in Sarah's shop! Also, if you would like an extra entry, feel free to tweet about this giveaway, but be sure to leave another comment with the link to your tweet!

The winner will be chosen a week from today on July 7th!
Good luck everyone, and have a lovely day!


Back Country Coffee

Yesterday morning I took a trip to my favorite coffee shop in Paonia, Colorado: Back Country Coffee.

This place is so quaint, and has the prettiest hardwood floors this girl has ever seen.

The coffee here is cheap (a large soy latte for 3.75? amazing), and tastes extra good in their eco friendly to-go cups.

Did I mention that they have yummy pastries as well? Well, they do!

Ginger chocolate chip scone!

They also have a cute porch area on the side of the building, and offer free wi-fi.

Lovely wooden ceiling.

Yesterday I also took full advantage of this and Skyped with Scott for about an hour or so, as well as did a little blog reading. I have a feeling that I will be spending lots of time there this week! In fact, I'm here right now, enjoying a bagel egg and cheese sandwich, along with a wonderful 3 shot soy latte.

What are you up to today?

June 28, 2010

Obsessed with nature

As many of you know I am from Phoenix, AZ and spend most of my time in the city. However, in the summer I spend a lot of time in the mountains in Colorado.

Lately I've really been taking in the green scenery, and enjoying the cool weather.

At home in Phoenix it has been in the 100's, but here in Colorado it has been in the 70's and 80's in the day, and in the 50's at night.

I've always said that when I come to Colorado for the summer, I feel like I'm getting another fall/winter (sometimes, it did snow on me this May). For some reason however, I feel like I just don't enjoy it as much as I do a Phoenix fall day. I'm going to attribute this to the idea that in Phoenix the fall weather can be a savior to us that have been living in the hot, hot heat, and also because in true fall I always feel like I'm in a nostalgic state of mine, as do other people that I'm usually surrounded by.

In truth, nothing beats a cool fall Phoenix.

What has the weather been like in your area recently? Has it been overwhelmingly hot, or are you getting another shot at fall as well?


Monday Favorites!

Recently, I decided to start a few new weekly/monthly features here on the Tea Talk blog. The first featured I would like to introduce to you is Monday Favorites. The plan I have for Monday Favorites is to share with you what is currently inspiring me, making me feel obsessed, or just simply love. I, as many of you as well, know that Monday's are usually the hardest day of the week, and I feel like everyone could use a little extra inspiration on Monday's. So here's to a new start, and some Monday inspiration! [EDIT] This feature may, or may not last. The idea of limiting myself to displaying inspiration only on Monday's is kind of making me feel uneasy. Anyways, we'll see<3

Pretty sure I'm buying this pretty number in brown for the Fall semester.

She posts cute things about her life, and her blog is surely addicting.

Courtesy of the jenloveskev photostream.

4. Farmers Market treats:
My own photo.

5. Iced cold lemonade aka the perfect summer treat:
My own photo.

I would love any comments/constructive criticism on my new endeavor.


Murderous Honey Yarn Review

Awhile back I posted about a super sweet package that I received from Megan of the Murderous Honey Etsy shop. Murderous Honey carries handmade/hand dyed luxury yarns, as well as extra cute journals. Megan was kind of enough to send me a variety of different yarns to make pretty things with.

So far my favorite thing I have made is a coffee cozy for my daily cup of joe:

(domo cup!)

This yarn was honestly a dream to work with, and was incredibly soft. I've seriously never used such nice yarn before and was blow away by the quality and texture of it.

I highly recommend purchasing yarn from Megan's shop, as you can expect top quality, amazing color, and softness with every order.

Promise to share more of my projects using Megan's yarn in the near future!


June 27, 2010

Summer days

For me, the perfect summer day involves grey skies, cardigans, and lemonade. Can you tell that I really just wish it was fall already?

What makes the perfect summer day for you?


June 26, 2010

Farmers Market-Carbondale, CO

Recently I attended a farmer's market in Carbondale, CO. The market was fairly small, however it was full of life. There were quite a few people there, and everyone seem to have a smile on their face.

The market featured an array of goodies, as well as handmade objects. My person favorite was veggies, jams, pastries, and of course the little coffee booth.

We ended up getting a variety of pastries, and I can tell you from personal experience that they all were immensely yummy.

Did I mention that the area around the market also had the prettiest flowers:

Overall, I absolutely love farmers markets and I can't to attend an even larger one in Grand Junction, CO when Scott gets here in about a week. Promise to share pictures of our adventure there!

Have you been to any neat farmers markets lately?

Dolly And Boy Giveaway Winner

Good morning blogland! I am here bright and early to announce the winner of the Dolly and Boy giveaway (so sorry about the delay).

& the winner is: Stephanie! Congratulations Stephanie! Could you please email your necklace pick, as well as your address to creativechelsea@yahoo.com so we can get your pretty new necklace off to you ASAP!

Hope everyone is having a lovely morning!
Time for some coffee and cereal!
Expect more cute posts in the near future!

June 24, 2010

Forest Woes

Today I spent a lot of time outside, savoring the forest like scenery that I'm currently surrounded in. Sometimes I feel like I'm actually in Washington, or Oregon (two of my very favorite states), rather than in Colorado. It really is beautiful here. Le sigh.

Have any of you lovely readers ever spent time in the Vail/Avon/Edwards area of Colorado?

Time for sleep, and something to soothe this achey stomach.

Also, don't forget to enter the Dolly & Boy giveaway on my blog! Picking a winner tomorrow!


June 23, 2010

Beautiful yarn courtesy of Murderous Honey!

The other day I received this beautiful package from Megan of the Murderous Honey Etsy shop.

The package had a sewn detail, and two extra cute stickers on the front.

The best part of the package however, was definitely the beautiful yarn that was included on the inside ( and of course the awesome knitted tie pattern):

This package seriously made my week, and I've been obsessed with making things out of this pretty yarn for days now.

Look back for a sweet review of Megan's pretty yarn soon.

Also, sorry for my lack of a post yesterday. My computer has been a bit on the blitz, but things will be fixed soon.

Have a lovely evening,

June 21, 2010

Mountain Love Purchases!

Yesterday I attended the Strawberry Festival in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. This is an annual event, and one that I have been attending for years. This year I went with hope that I would find some neat handmade things (most everything there is handmade, but I was looking for a specific style). Ultimately, I was certainly not disappointed.

Only after a few moments of being at the festival I spotted this cute booth:

I immediately felt compelled to walk further and see what Mountain Love had to offer, which was a million cute handmade button necklaces, bobby pins, as well as handmade flower clips, and paper goods as well.

I ended up buying a few cute things, then going back later in the day (cousin in tow) and bought a few more cute things (because I couldn't resist buying a few more things for myself, and a few friends as well).

The goods:

From the left, interchangeable magnetic necklace that I'm already in love with, bobby pins x 2, flower hair piece, and more bobby pins.

This necklace is seriously awesome, and the fact hat I got to pick out which three pieces I wanted made it so much better.

They even had cute hand-stamped packages for all my purchased goodies:

Overall I was very happy with my time spent/shopping at the Strawberry Festival, and highly suggest purchasing from Mountain Love's Etsy shop.

Have you purchased anything that you just love from a local festival, or Etsy shop lately?

Also, don't forget to enter the Dolly And Boy giveaway! Courtney is giving away a beautiful necklace of the winner's choice! Winner will be picked this Friday.

-Chelsea xoxo