Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Blog Crush: Little Green Notebook

Here's a really fun interiors blog for you to check out. I've been reading through the archives for the past two days...very good stuff. It's called Little Green Notebook.

This blog inspires me to design more. Which reminds me, I discovered the most perfect side tables for mine and Boyfriend's bedroom. I'm going to purchase them this week, then I'll have to do a big reveal! Stay tuned!

Rachel May

Sketchmania #13

Here's my submission for Sketchmania's 13th challenge! Ooh..I had SO much fun with this one!

If you want to see other people's submissions, check out Dee Dee's blog!


Rachel May

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Hanging Lake Part Two

Here's more pictures from our hike this week.

We hiked a little further once we saw Hanging Lake and tried to get under the waterfall. We got pretty far.

Then we backtracked a little bit and hiked up to Spouting Rock. This is the original water source for Hanging Lake-it's an aquifer that's flowing out of the mountain. We were totally able to walk under this waterfall.

We hiked further and were able to look over the edge down to Hanging Lake-sort of get an aerial view of it all. It was breathtaking. You can see the boardwalk that's around the lake. This was taken from above.

Why I love Boyfriend: I told him I needed a picture with my sock in progress. He doesn't ask why, he says "Well I'm going to focus on the sock, the waterfall will just be a blur in the background, okay?" That's a man with his priorities in place. (if you don't understand why someone would take a picture of sock knitting, go to the Yarn Harlot's blog).

We had a blast.

I'm already planning our next hike-this one was SO much fun!

Rachel May

Friday, September 24, 2010

Adventure: Hanging Lake

Boyfriend, his mom and I went on a hike yesterday to Hanging Lake. If you live in CO or you're visiting, I highly recommend going here. It.Was. Amazing. This is what you see as you're walking to the trailhead (you don't hike this part, this is just the background..but really? Beautiful!).

Boyfriend took some amazing shots. I named him photographer for the day. I was the lens cap assistant (very important role, don't you know...).

I spotted this little guy moseying up the hiking trail. We helped him to the side, so he wouldn't get injured by any hasty hikers. Isn't he the coolest Halloween caterpillar ever? Boyfriend says he's seen them before, but this was a first for me-very cool.

And since the girls over at the Fancy Tiger blog were talking about seeing some elf houses in Iceland, I thought I'd share with them that those elves must vacation in Colorado. Here's proof! True to their Icelandic nature, they like staying at a place with ice-cold lakes. Makes sense.

And this is what everyone hikes to see: Hanging Lake.

Nuff said.

Even more pictures tomorrow, some with crafts! Stay tuned!

Rachel May

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Catch-up: Sketchmania #11

Here's another past challenge card I created for Sketchmania! To check out the template or other people's work, stop by Dee Dee's blog!


Rachel May

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sketchmania #12

Here's my submission for this week's Sketchmania challenge. Hope you like it, I had a ton of fun making it!

Check out other people's submissions at Dee Dee's blog!


Rachel May

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Home Staging: Westminster

Today's post is all about staging. At my day job, we call our houses by their street name (hence the title of my post). I won't give you addresses to the houses that I'm staging because some of them have sold since, but I'll label them this way throughout all of the staging posts I do.

I really liked this house and had a ton of fun staging it. The major staging focus was art and accessories. They can really transform a space and make it look warm and inviting.

My favorite space in this home: the bathroom. I'm so proud of how adorable it looks!

Looking back at these pictures, I had a thought: I love this job:)

What do you think?

Rachel May

Monday, September 20, 2010

Catch-up: Sketchmania #10

I keep forgetting to post my weekly challenge entries for the Sketchmania challenges, so I'm playing a little catch-up the next couple of weeks.

These challenges are great-Dee Dee does an awesome job coming up with the designs, and I'm proud to say I'm one of the designers in the great group she selected. Here's what I came up with a couple of weeks ago:

If you want to see the template for the challenge, or other designers and readers submissions, check out Dee Dee's blog for more info! You can enter to win prizes as well:)


Rachel May

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Excited for Fall!

I was flipping through my newest copy of Travel and Leisure magazine and found this: knit goods! I've been thinking about knitting so much this month, with it being featured in magazines and on Fancy Tiger's Blog- the owners just went on a trip to Iceland-how cool is that?

Now I must go knit something! And all this has me thinking about Christmas...oh boy the work that needs to be done!

Any hand knits on your horizon? I saw that knitinsage is doing a mystery knit along-very cool. And the Yarn Harlot always has something (well, multiple things, really) on the needles. I'm thinking socks and hats myself. I would love to have some nice wool items by winter this year!

Oh and did you see the Fall Getaway cover? I'm really lusting for a vacation right now and that was such a tempting cover. I dropped everything to start browsing the pages for more info. But in the end, the hand knits got me-and they're a little more accessible to me than a trip to the Carribean for a spa getaway (at least so far can dream).


Rachel May

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Card Club Challenges

Hello All,
I've been working on some fun things for the blog, but first-some bad news. I've decided to dissolve the Card Club Challenge. Why? There's a lot on my plate and I've been struggling to do it all. I think this is for the better, but it was a tough decision. I'm hoping this will help me to focus on all of the other projects I have going on right now that are demanding my attention.

But there's good news as well! If you still want to see awesome card challenges, check out Dee Dee's blog,(for which I am one of the designers) where she holds them weekly!

No worries-there will be enough craft content to go around:)

Rachel May

Friday, September 3, 2010


This has been a long couple of weeks, and this poor blog has been shoved aside in the meantime. I'm just so glad it's Friday, I can't say it enough! I hope to get back on track this weekend and start sharing with you one of my newer endeavors...home staging.

I don't think I've addressed my day job on the blog too much, probably because I'm there all day and my blog is what I do on the weekends and in the evenings. I'm the office coordinator for a house-flipping company called HomeVestors (the We Buy Ugly Houses company). It's a challenging job, but it mainly demands that I sit at a desk all day answering phones and emails (or at least that's how it feels sometimes). I've been there over a year now, and it's taught me SO MUCH about homes-not just making them beautiful (which college taught me) but the entire process of purchasing, remodeling, marketing and selling them. I can't believe how much knowledge I've gained from my position. With that being said, I dearly miss designing!

I have a pretty cool boss that sees my interior design potential and wants to help nurture that. He started a company for him, me and a third partner (she's also education in interior design). I won't get into the personal details, but basically my partner Pat and I do the staging and my boss is our built-in client. I'm kind of still letting this sink in, I mean I'm part owner of a company now (but I still have to keep in mind that I'm full owner of another company too...)!

I've taken pictures of some staging I've done lately and I have some images of staging that my partner has done as well and I'm going to start posting those soon...sharing another part of my life with you readers. Hope you like it!

Rachel May