a girls' weekend with grandma

what's better than a girls' weekend, my friends?

last weekend my mom & aunt roxie surprised my grandma with a fun girls' weekend to branson in honor of her first wedding anniversary without grandpa. 

you & i both know this, loss is just so hard. in the most ordinary & simple moments, i think of grandpa & fight back the tears. yet in our grief, we are reminded to soak up every bit of life's goodness so i jumped at the opportunity to spend a weekend with my favorite people.

oh y'all, we shopped! we also treated ourselves to pedicures & enjoyed dinner at the keeter center - an amazing farm to table restaurant at the college of the ozarks. we cried & we equal parts laughed. we made some sweet memories & lordy, we took our share of selfies. 

as annie dillard said so well, "how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."



ring by the mosaic butterfly, cuff by mountain girl melodies, paper beads by noonday collection 

+ anxiously awaiting the start of roots festival - our favorite fayetteville music festival full of all things folk & food

+ loving the cooler weather but mourning the loss of summer

+ dreaming big & choosing fabrics for the winter natalie creates collection of headbands & happy flags. so many fun collaborations & surprises!

+ eating lots of salads (this one is a new favorite!) & getting serious about #nataliegetsfit

+ canning tomatoes like it's my job

+ soaking up as much pool time as possible before we close the swimming hole for the season!

+ reading for the love & wanting to bottle up every single word. 

+ reminding myself to simply breathe.

what are you currently doing/savoring/reading/enjoying?

a vintage-inspired backyard birthday barbecue

on saturday, we celebrated my farmer's birthday with a backyard barbecue! 

we grilled brats & paired them with homemade sauerkraut. we cut up vegetables from the garden, made a caprese salad & shared kettle chips with guests. our guests brought along side dishes & we filled up a wheelbarrow with beer. it was such a good night!

this little get-together cost us next to nothing, but it was so much fun! i pulled together rusty, chippy bits from around our home & paired it with goodies from my party closet - paper goods & party decorations i keep for home celebrations. 

we had a dessert table & drink bar on our back patio. i purchased a chocolate cake from the local bakery & put together s'more ingredients for the fire pit in our backyard.

i found this old campfire marshmallow tin at a yard sale this past summer & we have already put it to great use. it's one of my favorite vintage finds.

i got the hog cups from shindig paperie & decorated the tabletops with zinnias from our flower garden.

it was such a simple party filled with good food & great company in celebration of the best guy!


p.s. for more simple & inexpensive party ideas, check out my blog post here. 

my diy jewelry organizer

i'm all about making lemonade from lemons. or in this case, a necklace organizer from rusty metal junk.

we had so much fun shopping with the canning girls (more details to come from our amazing weekend!)! while junkin' on saturday with the gals, i picked up a rusty ol' piece with hooks for just $8.

with a leftover can of spray paint, i turned this piece of ol' junk into a jewelry organizer perfect for my necklaces!

my friends, you never know what you might reinvent from rust & spray paint! happy creating!


the shop is open!

friends, the natalie creates shop is open!

while you're there, enter "NATALIECREATESBLOG" to receive 20% your order of $10 or more. yay!

the simple life magazine feature + shop news!

when citiscapes reached out to write a story about my business & our farm, i squealed! they're such an amazing resource in our region - creating content that's relevant & interesting - so it was such a gift & honor to be featured! 

 learn a bit more about our lives within my studio & on our farm... here's the full article here.

in other news, my etsy shop opens tomorrow morning at 9 am cst! yay! 

keep an eye out for my favorite set of happy flags to date - the happy homesteader set inspired by the late summer season harvest!

there will also be a limited supply of adult & kiddo bow bands along with stretchy bands & our classic skinny headband!

i can't wait to see you over at the shop tomorrow morning! thank you for being such a gift to my heart & our home. xo.

a day with oliver

my precious nephew & his sweet momma are starting a new chapter in our little town. it's already such a gift to have them so close! this weekend my momma came up & on saturday we picked up oliver for a little date.

we went out for donuts & then came back to the farm for a bit of exploring.

we walked throughout the garden & he picked out flowers. he pointed to them, i cut the stems & we placed them in a jar together.

back inside, we played with toy tractors & drew with colored pencils. i wrote "Oliver Loves Mom!" on his doodles & cut it into a small tag for his mom's bouquet of flowers.

he dug through the fabric scraps & picked out his favorite to make fabric ribbon.

such a simple little project with such a special little guy!

what are other fun & inexpensive activities to do with littles? we cannot wait to have weekly dates with him!

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