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Summer Spotlight Series {Delineate Your Dwelling}

June 27, 2014
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Welcome to week 3 of our Summer Spotlight Series!  This is a fun summer project that we’ve put together that highlights one of our favorite bloggers each week.  Each week we’re sharing a bit about this blogger and showcasing some of our favorite projects by her.  This week is my turn!  I’m featuring Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling!

The Summer Spotlight is a collaborative effort that I’ve been working on with three other talented ladies. Follow my co-hosts and I online to see the great ideas we share year-round:

Carrie of Kenarry: Ideas for the Home

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Katie of View from the Fridge

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Susan of Oh My! Creative

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Ariean of One Krieger Chick

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Now … on to Amy!

 

Today, I’m so thrilled to be able to highlight one of my favorite bloggers, Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling.  I was fortunate enough to have her guest posting earlier this week on View From The Fridge (be sure to stop over and see her fun post on Painted Geometric Blocks).  As I was browsing Amy’s blog, putting together pictures and posts for this feature, I realized that I had pinned SO MANY of her projects before I had even entered the blogging world (and definitely before I knew of Amy and her blog).  Her creativity AMAZES me on a weekly basis.  Seriously … talk about talent!!  Each week (pretty much day after day), Amy comes up with the most original and stunning projects!  But my favorite thing about her work?  The simplicity.  With the subdued colors, the quotes or versus she chooses, the everyday materials she incorporates … she’s hands down one of my faves.  And with two little ones around, well, I’m just not sure how she does it!

A little background and info about Amy …

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Amy is originally from the Midwest … Carmel, Indiana (just outside of Indianapolis) to be exact, but currently resides in the sunny state of New Mexico.  She’s a Landscape Architect by training and prior profession, and is now a full time {and very creative} mama to two little ones.

Amy just recently celebrated her one year anniversary of blogging, and I was curious to find out what her favorite part of the whole blogging experience has been so far.  Here are her thoughts:

I would say the best part of blogging for me has been two fold … 

First of all, it’s awoken a creative side of me that I didn’t know existed.  I’ve always been creative, I’ve always crafted, I went to school and worked as a landscape architect for 8 years prior to having my two kiddos… but blogging and being able to create exactly in my style and when I like, has really been such a joy.  I adore being able to share even just a tiny bit of my enthusiasm with others through my blog.  

Secondly, I love the blogging community.  I have a close knit group of bloggers that I can go to with problems from where did you get ‘x’ craft supply to how in the world does Google + work?  I also just returned from Alt Summit, a big blogging conference, and was happily surprised how bloggers big and small were so warm and happy to chat and share tips.  People are people and sometimes it’s hard to remember when you sooo admire their work.

Now … speaking of bloggers she admires, I just had to know who a couple of her blogging ‘idols’ were.  She mentioned Emily of Jones Company Design because of the look of her blog and all the graphics Emily creates (especially the hand drawn graphics).  She also mentioned a newer favorite of hers with a style very similar to her own, Jeran at Oleander + Palm.  

In her spare time (!!), Amy taught herself Illustrator, and started her own etsy shop, Delineate Paper.  Check out some of her fabulous prints:

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Side note:  I own that ‘Clap Your Hands’ print.  I. LOVE.  IT.  I have it nicely framed and ready to display in my made-over office (if I ever finish!!).

I really don’t know where to begin with all of Amy’s fabulous work, but how about with a quick glimpse of her gorgeous home …

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Click here to check out the details of the Front of Her Home, Fabulous {and very budget friendly} Kitchen makeover, Entryway, and Living Room.

 So … now that I have you drooling over Amy’s home, let’s check out her fabulous craftiness …

This is my all time favorite of Amy’s!  How absolute STUNNING is this ?!?!  I love moss.  I have {unsuccessfully} tried some of my own moss related projects, but this project of Amy’s … turned out just awesome!  I just may be tempted to give moss another try!

Moving on to more natural ingredients …

Another original project from Amy … A Tree Stump Chalkboard.  I walk by these wood slices on a weekly basis at Michael’s thinking … I should make something with these.  And then … I leave without one because I can’t actually come up with a idea for it.  Amy, though, apparently does not share that particular problem with me!   This is simple, stunning, and just plain beautiful!  Wood, gold, & mint chalkboard paint … you can’t go wrong!

That Tree Stump Chalkboard is one of several projects Amy has completed as part of her Guest Room and Office Space update.  And … while we’re on the topic of that space, I just have to share two other great projects she recently completed for her Guest Room/ Office:

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I’m pretty sure I would be 100 times more creative if I worked in an office with all these creative details everyday!  I can’t wait to see the finished space!

Ya’ll know I love a good knock off!  Well … Amy knocked it out of the park with this West Elm Inspired Tote Bag.  Let’s admire …

Pretty adorable, amiright?!?!  Simple, easy, minimal sewing … perfect!  Please send one my way!

You know how I said I pinned several of Amy’s project before I even started my blog (and entered this crazy blog world)??  Well, here’s one that sticks in my mind:  Amy’s Message Center.

Amy added some really cute, unique touches to the basic store-bought command center! And again … the gold and mint combo is one of my favorites right now!

Amy’s two little kids are lucky to have such a creative mama!!  I just had to share this Valentine’s Day Party she threw for some little ones.

And finally, I’d like to leave you with one of Amy’s feel good projects …Today, Be Happy Banner:

 Again … the simplicity of this little banner makes it so sweet and stunning! And it makes me happy!  I want one to dangle in front of my face in those moments that are, well … trying? character building? (these seem to happen more frequently these days with three little ones around now).

TODAY, BE HAPPY ahhh … I feel better already!

Thanks so much to Amy for sharing a bit about herself, her blog, her projects, and for opening up her home to us today!  I think you’ll agree that she’s worth keeping up with!  If you’re not already, you can follow her here:

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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  We’ll see you back here tomorrow evening for DIY Sunday Showcase!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Jenna @ A Savory Feast June 27, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I think I need to spend a little more time over at Amy’s blog! Her house is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Reply Katie June 27, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Hi Jenna! Her home is beautiful, isn’t it?!? It was so hard to narrow down my favorite projects of Amy’s because I kinda love ALL OF THEM! Thanks for stopping by and for the note! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Amy W June 27, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Oh my word. I’m sitting here speechless. Your kind words are above and beyond. So so honored to have been featured here. You ladies (and YOU) are amazing. Thank you, thank you. This happy boost will last me a year!
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    • Reply Katie June 27, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Amy … you more than deserve this feature! I just love all your work! Thanks for participating in our Summer Spotlight series! Have a great weekend and congrats on the post over at A Place Of My Taste today, too!
      XO,
      Katie

  • Reply Karen @ a house full of sunshine July 1, 2014 at 1:42 am

    Such a great feature! I’ve seen Amy’s work on Pinterest, and it always stands out from the crowd! Such lovely and creative ideas.
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  • Reply Melissa @ A Prudent Life July 1, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    LOVE this series Katie – I’ve been a fan of Amy for awhile, but I hadn’t seen some of the posts you shared like the fab message center. Thanks for sharing!!
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  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney July 1, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Amy is amazing, I’ve been such a fan of hers for awhile now. I honesty couldn’t pick which craft is my favorite because their all my favorites. Between the West Elm bag, planted ampersand and and the printables it’s just to hard. It was really great to read a little about her I feel like I know her a little more now. . I love all these spotlights your girls are doing, their just wonderful.
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    • Reply Katie July 2, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks, Courtney! I am loving this series, too! Can’t wait to see who’s next 😉

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