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2014 // Wishes and Resolutions + guest post

Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year, friends!!!

I hope the year is starting off wonderfully for each of you! I thought that it would be fitting to start the new year off with some wishes and resolutions. To tell you the truth, I’ve never been a “making resolutions” type of person, but for some reason I feel in the spirit this year!

To help myself with this (and all of you as well), I’m taking part in #making2014count, created by the likes of In Honor of Design, Small Fry Blog, Casey Wiegand, Kelli Murray, Little Baby Garvin, Summer Saldana, and Oh Dear Drea – by answering the following sentence: “I will make 2014 count by…”

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I will make 2014 count by…
Having the courage to follow my dreams (no matter how absurd they are!)

To do so, I live by quotes (as many people do!), and the one above will be my mantra for the 2014 year. “Everything you can imagine is real.” The sky is limitless. Dreams are possibilities. As scary as that is, here is my (short list) of dreams and resolutions for 2014:

// business
Ever since I was in college, I wanted to one day start my own shop that tailored to my passion for hand lettering, typography, and paper products. This year, my big goal will be finally opening up business! So stay tuned and follow along with me!

// yoga
I’ve put my yogi self on the back burner these past couple of crazy months, but with the new year, she’s coming back! The ability to grow in strength, flexibility, breath and yoga postures is a life long passion of mine.

// travel
Travel outside of the country. I’ve never been, so this is the year to start! I’ve got my passport ready, so here I come! Also, I plan to take more travels within the U.S. I’d love to explore the Northeast more!

// happy
Follow happiness. It may sound as easy as it looks, but it isn’t! I hope this to be my true discovery this year.

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Want this as your 2014 mantra too? Print this quote to remind yourself daily!

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How will you make 2014 count? Follow and contribute with #making2014count!

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Print and hand lettering created and copyrighted by Jessica of Coco and Mingo. For personal and non-commercial use only. Not for resale or redistribution. Please link back to original post if shared.

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P.S. I’m also over at my sweet friend, Jacquelyn’s spot on the Internet today! Find me talking about home entertaining for the new year over on the beautiful Lark & Linen – Go and check it out here and say hello!

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Enjoy your weekend!!

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DIY Hanging holiday clothespins

Sunday, December 22, 2013

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Happy Sunday, friends! I know, so weird to be posting on a Sunday! But I just want to take today out to say THANK YOU all for your support and friendship this year! You have all made my experience here at Coco/Mingo the best ever and I thank each and every one of you. ♥

I’ll be taking it easy here on the blog until after Christmas so I wanted to leave you with a quick and easy DIY for all you last minute holiday preppers! I love snail mail and I have been loving each and every holiday card sent my way this year! To show them all off, I’ve decided to create these super easy holiday hanging clothespins!

mini holiday clothes pins_coco and mingo

mini holiday clothes pins_coco and mingo

Supplies
// Acrylic paint, colors to your liking
// Mini clothespins (or semi-mini if you’ve got big handwriting!) I used Loew Cornell
// Paintbrushes

Easy enough! If you’d rather take an even easier route, buy the clothespins already dipped! Check out all the colorful options that my favorite packaging supply company, Thatch & Thistle Supply Co. has got for this!

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mini holiday clothes pins_coco and mingo

mini holiday clothes pins_coco and mingo

Happy holidays, friends! For those of you celebrating Christmas, have such a great one! Unfortunately, I won’t be spending it at home with my family, but you know what they say, home is where the heart is. Mine is both here and there! ♥

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Thank you Corina, for that beautiful, handmade mint-colored Christmas tree card!!
All hand lettering by me.
Obsessed with my gold tinsel twine from Thatch & Thistle Co – been using it on all my holiday packaging this year!

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DIY Holiday place cards // Rosemary mini wreaths

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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My dad and brother have been growing their green thumbs with a family garden where we have a ton of vegetables – eggplants, bell peppers, peas, lettuce, chili peppers, 2 types of tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, green onions, rosemary, and more that is yet to bud. I guess that’s the good thing about Hawaii – you can pretty much grow these veggies year ’round!

Now, let me tell you about our rosemary. It is huge. I mean, huge. That thing grows out of control. Well, my mom heard that rosemary gets rid of bugs + insects like cockroaches, so she literally has sachets and cups of rosemary around the entire house (and I think it works!). I mean, why not make use of the thing? It smells amazing! Open up any drawer or cabinet and you’ll find sprigs of rosemary there. Plus, she makes it into mini bouquets that smell divine. Anyway, how could I not be inspired by this herb when I was literally surrounded by it? It’s the holiday season and of course, we all love fir trees and wreaths! But I thought that rosemary would make for a great wreath place card idea! A perfect smell to accompany your meal. And when you’re done with it, it makes a great decoration piece to put on your fridge (it dries wonderfully!)
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Rosemary mini wreaths_holiday place cards

Rosemary mini wreaths_holiday place cards

Rosemary mini wreaths_holiday place cards

Supplies

// Pen + ink (I used calligraphy, but you don’t have to)
// Black card stock (or color of your choice) and translucent visual bond paper
// Raffia (or twine)
// Rosemary branches (or sub fir branches from your Christmas tree)
// Scissors
// Nylon thread
// Gold wrapped wire braid (or any sort of wire)
// Mini hole puncher

Create the mini wreath circle base with the gold wrapped wire. Using the nylon thread, attach the rosemary branches to the gold wrapped wire, overlapping where necessary. Have fun with it and be creative – I created full wreaths and half wreaths!
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Rosemary mini wreaths_holiday place cards

Rosemary mini wreaths_holiday place cards

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All photographs by me

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GP08: Free Holiday Wallpaper Download // Corina of Cocorrina

Monday, December 2, 2013

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Hello dear Coco and Mingo friends! I’m so excited to be posting today for Jessica while she’s out of town! And since it’s already getting a little bit festive, I decided to get just a little bit dirty and design something to get you in the mood! A little semi festival actually wreath, to send you some holiday spirit!

Hope you enjoy it! 🙂
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All wallpaper downloads created by Corina of Cocorrina

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In other news, have you seen the beautiful gif that Corina made for our exciting iPad GIVEAWAY yet??? I’m thrilled to be teaming up with 37 other fabulous bloggers to celebrate Corina’s 2-year blog anniversary by giving YOU the chance to win a free iPad Mini!!! You could be the lucky winner – enter here!!

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Further reading: Corina and I are swapping spaces today! Go check out my guest post over on Cocorrina – all about holiday decorating!!

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And lastly, be sure to check out what Chelsea from Lovely Indeed has got going on for today’s 24 Merry Days giveaway! Pssst: It’s a good one!! (Anthropologie lovers!) Click here or the banner below to enter.

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GP07: Thankful for the little things // Sophie of The Littlest Things

Thursday, November 28, 2013

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Hi fellow COCO/MINGO readers! I am so excited to be guest posting today for the lovely Jess while she is away in Hawaii (so jealous!). I’m Sophie from The Littlest Things. I live in Sydney and down here instead of snuggling up in front of the fire in cozy winter clothes, we are enjoying the carefree fun of summertime. Real summer hasn’t even started yet but it’s already been sensational. I cannot wait to see what the rest of the season has in stall (after a little winter trip to Canada)…if it involves more of the above and below then I will be ecstatic.

The Littlest Things about the summertime that make me so happy:

// the beachhhhhh (!!!)
// fresh fruit – particularly peaches, mangoes and strawberries
// palm trees and blue skies
// the road being too hot to walk on in bare feet
// jumping into the ocean
// afternoons by the pool
// getting outside
// spending days on the water
// falling asleep in the hammock
// coast side road trips
// bonfires
// endless games of backyard cricket
// waking up with the sun streaming through the curtains
// surfing
// days on the boat
// late afternoon thunderstorms

And sooooo much more. The list is never ending and that’s what makes me love summer so much. If you’re currently heading into winter then I hope this has brightened up your day 🙂

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Thanks so much for having me Jess! I hope you’re having an absolute blast in Hawaii!

 

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In other news, have you entered the huge GIVEAWAY yet??? I’m so excited to be teaming up with 37 other fabulous bloggers to give YOU the chance to win a free iPad Mini!!! You could be the lucky winner – enter here!!

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