7.01.2015

Party Inspiration :: July 4th

This is one of those holidays that is just plain fun.  Whenever I think of July 4th, I think of {obviously} fireworks, bon fires, sweatshirts and smores, lightning bug catching, lakes, yard games, brats, watermelon, etc.  All good things.  The heart of the summer.

And while we don't usually have a real party for this occasion, we do celebrate on a small scale.  Fireworks are always shot off in the backyard or the street out front. But with the holiday being on a Saturday this year, it leaves a little recovery from a good time!  And lately I've been craving a crab boil... I think this might be the perfect time!
This photo is from an anthropologie post card and honestly I can't get it out of my head...

So... I'm thinking about recreating and celebrating our 4th this way! 
Here are some inspiration photos, and decoration ideas for your 4th!
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I'm really loving this mood board from The Glitter Guide.  I like it for it's muted tones and classic North East Look... don't you just think of New England when you think of July 4th?  Maybe it's just me, but I think Independence from Britain, the first settlers, old new England towns and their amazing architecture, and ode to the past! 
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We have all the things to make this happen thanks to Maeve
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These cupcakes are adorable and look pretty easy.
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This is such a fun way to decorator your yard!  This one used flour, but I think there are certain paints you can spray that wash away with water! 


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Love.  Just love.  Paper streamers mixed in with the cafĂ© lights are a done deal and easy peasy!
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A smore station... I like the idea of having options. 

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And this tablescape is perfection. 

Yes, I think this clambake is happening!  And you might not see pictures b/c it might be a totally impromptu happening and not all dolled up but we shall see...

Happy 4th!

6.15.2015

Summer Reading

I'm not a very good reader.  And by that, I mean that I usually start a book and never (ever) finish it.  I mean ever.  This year, I'm doing a little traveling for work which means I take full reading advantage.  For some reason I can get a lot of reading done in planes and airports.   I finally finished a book that I started 2 years ago this year! Woot!  Woot!  Seriously, that's a major accomplishment! 

Not only have I finished that book, but I finished 2 other books too!  For me to complete (even if it was only half of one) 3 books in a 3-4 month time frame that's AMAZING.   So far I've read (or finished) Moms Who Drink & Swear, Lean In, and Making Things Happen.

And since I've had such success, I've added to my list. Here's what's on my Summer/Rest of the Year Reading list:


Because a friend recommended it, Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews.


Because I'm on my phone too much, Hands Free Mama by Rachel.


Because I'm as sucker for John Green Books while walking in Airports, Paper Towns by John Greene.


Because I've never read To Kill a Mockingbird all the way through, Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee.


Because I have it, On The Road by Jack Kerouac.

And because I have a new found love for Odd Mom Out on Bravo... Sometimes I Feel Like A Nut by Jill Kargman.

What's on your reading list?

Oh!  And I'm also joining the Influence Book Club again and we are reading Just Rise Up.  Check out The Influence Network here.

6.03.2015

DIY Fringe Curtains

I keep seeing the cutest little pom pom and/or fringe curtains everywhere. 
They've been in many of my "carts" recently but I just haven't been able to pull the trigger.  Mostly because I've decided I'm scared to overspend (although only on certain things) and end up with buyers remorse.  So I've waited.

Then I walked into Michael's the other day and saw these adorable little tassel garlands. 

And off to Target I strode to purchase some plain jane curtains which were on sale for $7.49/panel.  The first one I even got with an extra 20% off using Cartwheel.  But for some reason I only bought one at a time and when I went back for the 2nd the promo had expired.

So... If you'd like to make your own...
Here's what you'll need:




Fingy Tassels in color of choice from Michaels
(I used 1 pack per panel)
Curtains - Any kind you wish, but I used these.
Gold Scissors
(just kidding any color will do)
Needle & Thread


The tassels came on a string as I believe they were supposed to be used for Garland. 



And if you know me, I never have a REAL way to measure so in true Little Miss Martha fashion I used my scissors to measure in between each tassel.



And with one of the easiest projects I've ever done, I had some really really cute curtains with a little bit of sass.



Share yours on my facebook page -- I'd love to see!! 

5.20.2015

Why I've been MIA

These last few weeks of work travel has gotten the best of me.  It's made me tired, irritable, and taken me away from my family.  Not only have I been gone every other week for the last 6 weeks, but I have been busy with Maeve which is doing really well and taking up most of my free time! 


It always makes me laugh how I start out the year with great ambitions for this blog.  I see others gain traction and I just sit here plugging away with minimal to no change.  I'm truly beginning to believe that if you want to succeed in the blogging world, or any entrepreneurial world for that matter, you must be a SAHM or only work on that one thing! 


That's not me.  I'd like to be there, but I'm not just yet.  I have a full time job that takes me away about 40 hours a week.  I'm lucky that's it's flexible and there is a often downtime so I occasionally have a chance to write a post like this.  But yesterday, I took the day off and I swear to you, I feel like I got nothing accomplished?!  I posted here for the first time in forever {insert Frozen tune} about my new cup rack, and I made drafts for the rest of the week, but it's like I'm always flying by the seat of my pants and never gaining traction!  


Today I just wanted to say thanks and sorry.  My goal is to give you {Hello?  Are you there?!} posts 3x a week.  Lately that has not been happening.  I've been trying to keep up with my one post a month even over at The City Moms... and that DIY happened at about 8:30pm last night... so you see how I'm working.  Doesn't help that my turdmuffin has been going to bed around 10pm and then getting up for an hour to tell me things she forgot to tell me before finally falling asleep (hopefully before me) in her own bed and then waking up at 4:30a on the dot to come sleep in my bed. 


I'm always wondering how people do what they do.  I assume people probably wonder how I do what I do, but I'm here to tell you it's all a farse.  haha. My house is a disaster.  I feel like I'm always looking at a device.  I feel like I'm drinking POTS of coffee every day.  AND I'm not doing what I want to be doing like blogging and decorating and entertaining...  It can't be healthy to be stressed out, strechted thin, and then hating most moments of it!


So... that's all my excuses...


But on the bright side, I somehow finished two books recently.  Both were books that enlightened me in some ways.  Both were complete opposite sides of the spectrum -- Books entitled Making Things Happen & Moms Who Drink & Swear.  You can see how I might fit into both at this point.  haha.  I have slowly started to revamp my kiddos room.  I've done a couple DIYs and spray painting projects which make me happy.  I've been paying off some debt which is always good.  And we've had a Maeve collaborative shoot as well as cranked out a wedding!


Now if they had pills for feeling like you've slept without sleeping, I think I'd be good! 


Oh well... I know I only have a handful of followers and I'm honestly not even sure if any of those followers still read Little Miss Martha as it should now be titled "Little Miss Martha takes on the World and Falls Off the Wagon But Gets Back On Again Every Other Month."  Wonder if that blogger name is still available... checking... seems more appropriate. 


All I know is that this blog has chronicled some very very important days in my life.  It's been a way to vent and document.  It's also been a way to meet people believe it or not.  It also led me to start Maeve and the blog over there (which is also lacking some good content due to making sure I get some sleep sometimes...).  I'm not going anywhere.  I'd love to just be a fun place to stop and maybe see some fun quick tutorials, hilarious pictures, inspiring quotes, or even just real life things. 


I hope you'll stay along for the {bumpy and sometimes one of those where you fall out and get back in because it keeps tipping over} ride...

xo,

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