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delighted ISSUE FOUR | SPRING 2013


Rufflewood handmade boutique

Š Delighted Magazine 2012 Published in the San Francisco Bay Area delightedmag.com | hi@delightedmag.com Cover: Styled by Amanda Gomes | Photo by Pictilio SPRING 2013


delighted TABLE OF CONTENTS Spring 2013

HOME pages 10-29

Seasonal Home Finds DIY: Watercolor Art Home Tour

ENTERTAIN pages 30-53

May Day Blooms Spring Wraps

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FASHION pages 56-67

What to Wear Spring Accessories Sophie’s Picks

KIDS pages 68-83

DIY Flower Box A Mother’s Story

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WEDDING pages 84-107

Great Gatsby Wedding Invites Love Story Farmhouse Wedding

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Cover photo by Amanda Gomes Delighted is published in the San Francisco Bay Area Š 2013 | Amanda Gomes | Delighted For inquiries and submissions, contact Amanda at hidelighted@gmail.com

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“Spring is

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- Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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CONTRIBUTORS & PHOTOGRAPHERS

Ainhoa Vega Bayo

Alex Yeske A Little Bite of Everything dreams + jeans

Aurora Meneghello

Britt and Whit Locally Grown Weddings Britt + Whit

Brynn ReneĂŠ chartreuse & a twist

Camila Pavone Caroline Winata Claythe Cano Milou + Olin Photography Effortless Style Interiors

Emma Blomfield Nest Designs

Erin Taylor Bustle & Pocket Stylist

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Gaby Burger The Vault Files

Kat Tanita With Love From Kat


Kathryn Westmore London Bakess

Katie Brightbill StyleSmaller

Kiana Underwood Tulipina

Levente Nagy Levente Photography

Liz Clayman

Madeline Trait

Nancy Marcus Marcus Design Inc.

Nicole Alesi Happy Pretty Things

Liz Clayman Photography By Madeline Trait

Rachael Watson Suffering By Grace

Sadie Waddington

Shaleah Soliven Locally Grown Weddings The Gold Jellybean

Viviana Norden Fashion Truffles

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FLORAL HOME FINDS Emma Blomfield, NEST DESIGNS

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HOME

THE GOODS

Berry Fleur Pillow, Caitlin Wilson Textiles $65 Carved Bouquet Vase, Anthropologie $24 The French Pear Candle, Ada & Darcy $34 Veronica Turned Leg Chair, West Elm $549 Mercedita Chandelier, Anthropologie $1998 Ebba Linen Pillow, bluebellgray $82 Matte Porcelain Bowls, Leif $32

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GEOMETRIC HOME FINDS Camila Pavone, EFFORTLESS STYLE INTERIORS

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Abstract Print Poster, angelaferrara on Etsy $18 Wood Decahederon Pendant, Steven Shell $205 Linen Black Pillow Case, Ideccor on Etsy $22 Garden Gate Blue Fabric, Lark Cottons $10 Jonathan Adler Duvet Cover Set, JCPenney $160 Colorblock Pillow, KissenStudio on Etsy $55 Accent Lamp, Euro Style Lighting $198

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BySPRING Amanda2013 Gomes


HOME

DIY

Watercolor Artwork

I was recently reminded how fun painting can be while watching my fouryear-old neice create some delightful works of art with her watercolor set. I hadn’t used watercolors in years and I’m no talent in the painting realm so I just created a super simple piece. It might be basic, but it’s cheerful enough to frame. You should try it! SUPPLIES Watercolors Watercolor paper Paintbrush, round #12 Small bowl of water Rag or paper towels DIRECTIONS Assemble supplies on a clean work surface If necessary, cut paper to the correct size for your frame Start at the top of the paper and paint lines from one side of the page to the other Let dry 1-2 hours Frame and display

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HOME TOUR A "YOUNG-TRADITIONAL" REMODEL

Interview with Nancy Marcus of Marcus Design Inc. Photos by Nancy Marcus

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Name: NANCY MARCUS Age: 30 City: VANCOUVER, BC Profession: BIOLOGY PROFESSOR Blog: MARCUS DESIGN INC. How would you describe your design style? I've really embraced the term 'Young Traditional,' I adore the traditional look with a modern twist, a room that has been curated over time, a good mix of old and new, with a touch of Hollywood glamour. What do you love most about decorating? I think my favorite part is visiting the wallpaper & fabric stores. I'm like a kid in a candy shop and it gets my wheels turning about the direction of a space. SPRING 2013

Where do you look for design inspiration? Nowadays it's so easy to find inspiration, I subscribe to several print magazines, I read countless online mags and blogs, and I'm constantly re-visiting my favorite designers’ websites for updated projects in their portfolios. Oh, and let's not forget Pinterest; inspiration abounds! What room in your home is your favorite? My current favorite room is the living room, the place where my husband and I relax after work, entertain our guests, and snuggle

up with a throw and a good movie on weekends. I love that it's a calming space with a bit of color thrown in to spice things up. What is your favorite piece of furniture or artwork? My favorite piece in my home is a white mirrored cabinet I found for a great price. It's pretty to look at and it's currently housing many stacks of magazines that I can't bare to part with - storage is always a bonus! What pieces do you splurge on? Save on? Splurge on items that


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AMAZING WHAT THE ADDITION OF “ IT'S ARTWORK, FABRICS, BOOKS AND OTHER INEXPENSIVE ITEMS CAN DO FOR A ROOM.

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you use daily. Things you come in contact with all the time need to hold up to wear and tear; like a sofa, your bed, or an office chair. Save on accessories that you know you may grow tired of, like tabletop trinkets and pillows, trendy items or colors to switch up by season. You've been redecorating your home, room by room. What room did you start with and how did you decide on it? I think we

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come back to my favorite space! The living room is the largest space in the house; it's where people quickly gravitate, so we knew it needed to be welcoming and inviting. We changed lighting and floors immediately, and later added millwork on the walls for an added layer of interest. What tip would you recommend to someone wanting to update the look of a room without redoing the

whole space? I would suggest first trying to re-think the space; can the furniture arrangement change to better suit your needs? Could items from elsewhere in your home be brought it? And then of course, accessorize. It's amazing what the addition of artwork, fabrics, books, and other inexpensive items can do for a room. Accessories are like jewelry to an outfit, they'll bring added interest through color, texture, and pattern.


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NANCY'S SHORT LIST Home Shop Restoration Hardware Accessory Shop Kate Spade Clothing Shop J. Crew Book The Happiness Project Spring Nail Color Fuschia in a matte finish City New York Place to Visit French Polynesia Ethnic Food Japanese Spring Treat Caprese salad Spring Activity Walks outside with my puppy FOLLOW NANCY FACEBOOK | TWITTER SPRING 2013


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May Day Flowers In the spirit of this age-old tradition, surprise your neighbor or friend with a bouquet of flowers on their doorstep this May first! Here are a few ideas to inspire giving.

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Gardenia & Succulent Box Design Kiana Underwood Tulipina Photos Heather Zweig

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SUPPLIES A 9x9 (or smaller) wooden box layered with plastic insert to avoid leakage 5-6 floral water tubes Mini vases/vessels A pair of scissors Gardenias on the stem Succulents Geranium leaves and other greens of your choosing

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DIRECTIONS Begin by placing the mini vases inside the box and filling them with water, then fill them with the geranium leaves and your other greens Place the succulents within the vases so that they are randomly and naturally distributed


Fill the floral water tubes with water and place the gardenias inside. Then add them to the box amongst the vases as space permits

Ensure that the box is filled with flowers and greens in each corner as well as the center and that there are no remaining empty areas This flowers should last about 7-10 days. The gardenias will smell lovely and the succulents can later be planted in soil and will continue to grow.

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Floral Headband & Necklace Design Madeline Trait By Madeline Trait Photos Caroline Winata Milou + Olin

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SUPPLIES Flowers Choose one to two larger blooms and 2 to 3 smaller flowers or foliage. Be creative and add dried seed pods, feathers, etc. Glue Oasis Floral Adhesive & Hot Glue Ribbon Approximately 1 yard Heavy Fabric Canvas or felt should work. You want something that’s going to be stiff and hold its shape. DIRECTIONS On your fabric, draw a semi circle shape that is 6 to 7" wide and not taller than 4". This will be the backing. Try it around your own neck to be sure it fits well. It should sit just under your collarbone. Cut your ribbon into two and tie it to the skinny ends of your fabric. (I tied them with a square knot and then cut off the excess.) To make sure it holds, add a drop of hot glue to the underside of the ribbon where it touches your fabric backing. This will be the "chain" for your necklace. Once you have your backing done, start laying out your flowers and other items on your backing. When you are happy with how it looks, start gluing. (Note: Floral adhesive can get a bit messy, so I would use a toothpick or a small applicator to add it to your flowers rather than the tube.) As you glue the flowers and pods on the fabric, try it on every-once-in-a- while so to ensure it falls correctly on your chest. Give the flowers a quick spray with water, wrap and deliver! It can also be used as a headband or try making a bracelet instead. Depending on the flowers you use, your necklace should last a day. If you use flowers that dry nicely, the recipient can dry the piece and wear all the time!

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Jar of Blooms Design & Photos Amanda Gomes

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SUPPLIES Fresh flowers (I used ranunculus and freesias) Glass jar Ribbon Scissors DIRECTIONS This is a quick and inexpensive arrangement, perfect for May Day. Fill your jar with water. Cut a few blooms so they sit around the mouth of the jar and hang over. The rest of the flowers can be cut to fill the center space and should be slightly taller than those flowers sitting around the edge but not so high that you see the stems. Use as many flowers as is necessary to fill the jar. Tie a bow around the jar, place the arrangement on your neighbor’s porch, and you’re sure to brighten their day! SPRING 2013


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Spring Wraps

Photo: Liz Clayman

Isn’t it true that the best things to eat please both the palate and the eyes? This spring, try wrapping fresh ingredients together to get the best of both worlds. Here are four recipes to get your creativity going.

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Grilled Peach & Blue Cheese Wrap INGREDIENTS 2 sliced peaches, grilled or sauteed 1/2 cup blue cheese, crumbled 1 cup candied walnuts or pecans (more or less depending on your preference) 2 flour tortillas 2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette

DIRECTIONS Balsamic Vinaigrette 1. Whisk 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar with 1/2 cup olive oil 2. Add salt and pepper to taste. Wraps 1. (Optional) To remove the skin of the peaches, dip peaches in boiling water for about 10 seconds and then use

a paring knife to remove skin. 2. Grill or sautee peaches until both sides are equally dark. 3. Divide ingredients onto the center of the tortillas 4. Drizzle with vinaigrette 5. Roll sides in and wrap in parchment paper. 6. Cut in half and serve.

Recipe and Photos courtesy of Liz Clayman Photography. Follow Liz on Twitter and Tumblr

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Thai Chicken Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce Makes about 24 Rolls INGREDIENTS For the Sauce 1/4 cup cider vinegar 1/4 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 cup coconut milk 2 tablespoons peanut butter 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1 teaspoon red curry paste 1 garlic clove, minced 1 tablespoon lime juice 1 tablespoon chopped scallions

For the Rolls 4 whole wheat wraps 4 stalks of romain lettuce 1 lb of grilled chicken 1 red pepper 1 cucumber 1 carrot cilantro for garnish

DIRECTIONS Sauce 1. Combine vinegar, brown sugar, and coconut milk in a skillet over medium-high heat. 2. Add peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger, curry paste and garlic. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, stirring often about 3 minutes or until the the sauce is thickened and reduced. 3. Remove from heat

and stir in lime juice. 4. Transfer the sauce into a small bowl, garnish with chopped scallions and set aside. Rolls 1. Slice chicken, red peppers, carrots and cucumbers into thin strips. Set aside. 2. Spread a tablespoon of peanut sauce evenly on top of a wrap. 3. Place one leaf

of lettuce on one end of the wrap. On top of the lettuce, add two strips of chicken, red peppers, carrots and cucumbers. 4. Carefully roll the wraps starting at the filled end. 5. Using a knife, slice the wrap into two-inch rolls and secure each with a toothpick or bamboo skewer. 6. Serve with peanut sauce.

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Recipe and Photo by Tim & Shannon Mallon of Food Loves Writing

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Buckwheat Crepes with Rhubarb & Orange Compote Makes 8 Crepes

INGREDIENTS For the Compote 3/4 lb (400 g) rhubarb, chopped into ½ inch pieces Zest of 1 orange Juice of ½ an orange 1/4 cup unrefined granulated sugar

For the Crepes 1 egg 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons milk 1/2 cup (55 g) buckwheat flour 1 tablespoon of butter Crème fraîche, to serve

DIRECTIONS Compote 1. Put all the ingredients in a pan over a medium-low heat and cook for 20-30 minutes until the rhubarb is soft but still has a little bite to it. Set aside until needed. Crepes 1. Whisk together the egg and the milk in a large bowl until combined. 2. Whisk in the flour until you have a smooth batter. Leave to stand in the fridge for at

least 2 hours. 3. When you’re ready to make the crêpes, heat a little of the butter in a small skillet over a medium heat. 4. Give the batter a quick whisk and ladle a spoonful of it into the hot pan. Quickly roll it around to cover the whole pan and cook until browned (about a minute). Flip the crepe and cook the other side. Continue to cook the rest of the

batter. You can keep the cooked crêpes in a slightly warm oven to keep them from going cold. 5. Spoon a generous tablespoon of the compote–either warm or cold depending on your preference–into the middle of a crêpe and wrap. 6. Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche and a scattering of orange zest.

Recipe and Photos by Kathryn Westmore of the blog London Bakes. Follow Kathryn on Twitter and Pinterest

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Marinated Salmon Wraps Makes 2 Wraps

INGREDIENTS 1/2 lb (225 g) marinated salmon (see below) Arugula (or preferred greens) 2 tablespoons crème fraîche Salt, pepper and olive oil 2 pieces lavash bread For the Salmon 1 cup (250g) kosher salt 1/2 cup (125g) white sugar Zest of 1 lemon Zest of 1 orange

DIRECTIONS Salmon 1. Cover salmon with the salt, sugar, lemon and orange zest 2. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate overnight. 3. The next day, remove the salt and sugar and rub with a clean damp kitchen towel to remove excess. Cut the salmon into thin slices.

Wraps 1. On the open lavash bread, layer the arugula or preferred greens and thin slices of marinated salmon. 2. Add a dab of crème fraîche on top and finish it off with salt, pepper and olive oil. Wrap and serve immediately.

Recipe and Photos by Ainhoa Vega Bayo of the blog A Little Bite of Everything. Follow Ainhoa on Twitter and Instagram

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WHAT TO WEAR SPRING 2013 By Kate Brightbill of the blog StyleSmaller BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

brunch KATE SPADE $138 BAUBLEBAR $24

J.CREW $25

MADEWELL $70 AMERICAN RAG $172 SPRING 2013

PIPERLIME $248


FASHION

getaway SUNGLASS HUT $150

MADEWELL $88 BLOOMINGDALES $103

J.CREW $45 MADEWELL $80 DOLCE VITA $109

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OLIVER PEOPLES $340 SHOPBOP $160

MADEWELL $108

BANANA REPUBLIC $45

J.CREW $98 J.CREW $250 SPRING 2013


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STELLA & DOT $34 PIPERLIME $58

TIBI $395

PIPERLIME $150 TOPSHOP $40

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fashion blogger’s wish list

SPRING ACCESSORIES Erin Taylor

The Pocket Stylist

BLOG | PINTEREST | TWITTER

BAUBLEBAR $28 I love tiny details when accessorizing. Adding color to your digits is the perfect way to do this.

J.CREW $35 Hats make a big statement and this striped hat is neutral enough to pair with just about anything.

Photo of Erin: Silvana diFranco

ASOS $25 This belt is such an unexpected staple. Literally goes with everything and has a bit of an edge.

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SHOPBOP $195 I have this Rebecca Minkoff mini mac bag in brown, but how perfect is this green version for a pop of color for spring.


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Britt and Whit

Britt + Whit

BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

KATE SPADE $348

BAUBLEBAR $42 Spring is the perfect time to play with bright colors like the turquoise in this statement necklace.

This bag is the perfect combination of both neutral and bright colors which makes it a great piece to wear everyday.

SHOPBOP $150 Adding metallic accents always helps to dress up an outfit.

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Gaby Burger

The Vault Files BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

LOREN HOPE $185 I wear a lot of neutrals and simple tops, so sometimes I like to add a statement necklace to elevate the look. This necklace will instantly glam up the simplest of all tees!

ANTHROPOLOGIE $18 I love how these clips can add some flair to your hairstyle without being overly girly.

SHOPBOP $295 A floral clutch with a modern twist, that can easily take you from day to night.

SHOPBOP $140 Nude sandals are so versatile! And when it’s a wedge you get that extra height without compromising comfort!

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Alex Yeske

Dreams + Jeans BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

WARBY PARKER $95 These sunglasses are so classic and the tortoise is timeless.

MADEWELL $188 A structured tote in a neutral is perfect for your spring wardrobe and you’ll definitely have this bag for a long time!

ESSIE $8

YOUNG FRANKK $72 I’m really into cuffs right now and I love how unique this one is.

Tart Deco is one of my favorite shades for spring - it brightens any outfit!

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Kat Tanita

With Love From Kat BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

J.CREW $58 This J.Crew Panama hat is perfect for a weekend outing to the beach.

THEODORA & CALLUM $175 Theodora and Callum makes the prettiest scarves - I always throw one on when my outfit feels boring.

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JULIE VOS $85 How fun are these Julie Vos animal cuffs? I wear a stack of them - one elephant, one camel, and one rhinoceros!


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Viviana Norden

Fashion Truffles BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

NORDSTROM $90 A “save” version of the must-have d’Orsay flats. It all started with Jenni Kayne but Jeffrey Campbell’s less expensive version fits the bill just right.

NET-A-PORTER $990 Every outfit needs a pop of color and this patent leather orange mini satchel would be perfect for just that.

SAKS $155 I love the classic RayBan aviators but the fun twist in these makes them even better!

MAX & CHLOE $350 Let your jewelry make a statement.

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Sophie’s Picks Four-year-old Sophie’s favorite items for spring. Visit StyleSmaller for more kid style.

ZARA $17

TEA $30 J.CREW $58 SPRING 2013


FASHION

GAP $13

OLD NAVY $8

GAP $25

ZAPPOS $38

J.CREW $78

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DIY The super talented Shaleah Soliven of The Gold Jellybean shows you how to make an adorable spring flower box with your little one!

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All available at your local craft store!

Bright Colored Felt Yarn Glue Small Craft Dowels

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Balsa wood Paint Block of foam

The first thing to do is create your flowers. The older kids can help with this part, and the younger ones can have fun watching the bright blooms come to life.There are various methods to making felt flowers, and here are just a couple I made.You can get creative with it, using fringed felt strips rolled around your craft dowels or cutting out individual petals and glueing each to a dowel. Heart shaped petals are easy to cutout and make pretty flowers.

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I also added a spring bunting to our garden, anchored with yarn pompoms. To make this, I wrapped yarn around a fork about 60+ times, then secured it in the center with string. Tie the looped yarn tightly at it's center. Next, use scissors to cut all the loops, then fluff the yarn to create a ball. Trim any long strands, and finish off by glueing the pompoms to wooden dowels. Add a fun bunting of your choice.

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Now it's time to make the box. Starting with the wood, cut pieces to size using your foam block as a guide.Then paint both sides of each piece. Set aside to dry.

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While the wood dries, paint the top of your foam green. The idea is to cover the foam with felt flowers and greens, but this paint with camouflage any foam that may peek through. Set this aside to dry as well.

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When all the paint is dry, assemble the box. Use glue to adhere each wood side to the foam. Be careful with this step, especially if you’re using hot glue. It’s best the kiddos watch this step.

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Once your glue has set, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get planting! Keep going until you fill your entire planter box with your colorful blooms. The little ones can have lots of fun with this. They can plant, pick, and then re-plant their beautiful flowers! delighted 73


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A Mother’s Story Written by Rachael Watson Photos by Oana Hogrefe

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This is the story of David Nathaniel Watson, the baby boy who changed our lives forever. Tom and I were married in the year 2000. Lucky Tom, he got off easy with the wedding anniversaries since it’s always really easy to remember how many years that we’ve been married. In 2004, our son Benjamin was born, while I was working full-time and in law school at night. Yes, I am crazy, in case you were wondering. So, I decided to leave my full-time job and “just” do law school. I graduated and took the bar exam in 2007, just a few months before our second son Caleb was born. Things were moving along pretty smoothly until we got the bright idea that Tom should go to seminary full-time in the fall of 2007. Let’s just say that the SPRING 2013

years 2007 to 2009 were some “refining” years in our marriage. Just as we began to come out of the storm, we were hit with the unexpected news that we were having another baby. I walked in and out of the drugstore three times before I could get up the nerve to buy a pregnancy test, and much to my surprise, the test was instantly positive! Since Tom was in a remote part of Kenya at the time, I was left to myself to absorb the news. “Surely,” I thought, “God must have a very special plan for this baby’s life.” And He did. On October 12, 2009, we went to the doctor’s office for a routine ultrasound where we discovered that our baby boy was not growing as he should. In fact, at twenty weeks, his measurements were seven weeks behind schedule. I left that appointment with

my head spinning. After driving home in the pouring rain, I immediately starting googling the only information that I had: small ribcage and short limbs. My search returned the dreaded word…LETHAL. And I knew in my heart that it was true. I could scarcely believe what was happening. I cried and cried until I could not cry anymore. Two days later, we went to see a specialist. The doctor confirmed our worst fears. Our baby’s condition was fatal. I was completely stoic. Our baby would most likely be carried fullterm and be stillborn, or more likely, be born alive only to die within hours of birth. I did not understand. How could this be? Our baby was perfect in every way, except that his bones were too small. Outside of a miracle, he had zero chance of survival.


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We were given two choices: terminate the pregnancy or continue on for another twenty weeks with no light at the end of the tunnel.We knew that there were no such “choices” for us. We did not choose when this life began, and we would not choose when it ended. Hopeless or not, we would continue on by the grace of God. After all, the next twenty weeks would probably be the only time that we had to spend with our precious baby boy. Five months later, on March 1, 2010, just three days before his due date, our son David Nathaniel was born at 11:00 p.m. He cried when he was born. It was a weak cry, but the most beautiful sound I had ever heard. He cried and cried until Tom was finally able to calm him. Around 3:30 a.m. David lay on Tom’s chest and slept peacefully. Even though he was sleeping, I could not rest my eyes. As he slept, I stared intently at him, watching David’s every breath. I was afraid that if I took my eyes off of

him for even a second, he might stop breathing. Around 4:00 a.m., the nurse came in to check David’s vitals. His heart was still beating strongly, and he was still breathing, though his breaths were labored. I asked Tom if I could take a turn holding David for a while, and he gladly handed him to me. After I laid him on my chest, I was finally able to close my eyes to rest.We fell asleep together in the stillness of the night. It was so peaceful. I woke up about 6:00 a.m. and looked down at him. I questioned whether or not he was still breathing, but I was not sure that I wanted to know the answer, so I closed my eyes for a few minutes and tried to go back to sleep. I did not want our time together to end. It was like waking up from a good dream and trying desperately to fall back asleep ... I did not want it to be over. A few minutes later, I woke up Tom, and we could not find David’s breath. I started to cry. We called

the nurse into the room, and she could not find his heartbeat. Our hearts broke as we wept together in those early morning hours. We did not want to let our baby go. When it came time to leave the hospital, I held David close as the nurse wheeled us toward the exit. I could not look up. I wept as we moved down the halls and out the door. The time had come. The funeral director was waiting in his white van to take my baby away. I hugged and kissed him and handed his small, fragile body over to the funeral director.That was the hardest thing that I have ever done. The memory of that moment is still almost too difficult to bear. As Tom and I walked to our car and the white van disappeared into the distance, it took every bit of strength that I could muster to hold myself back from chasing after that white van. I knew that I could not keep him, but the pain of letting go felt unbearable.

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Somehow, by God’s grace, we made it through the next few days, weeks, and months. Our Heavenly Father was faithful to help us endure those grueling hours and sleepless nights. God glorified Himself in David’s life and in his death. David’s little life served a great, big purpose. He touched so many hearts. David was and always will SPRING 2013

continue to be an indescribable gift to our family. We are forever changed. As God would have it, the 1st of March is “St. David’s Day.” As I am reminded of this each year on David’s birthday, I smile at the sovereignty of God. He never ceases to amaze me with His involvement in the smallest details of our lives.

To celebrate David’s birthday each year, Rachael and her family have made March 1, L.I.F.E. Day (Leave an Impact For Eternity). They, along with friends and loved ones, make an effort to do something kind for those around them. Read more about David’s story and L.I.F.E. Day on Rachael’s blog, Suffering by Grace.


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Brynn Reneé of the blog Chartreuse & a Twist BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK

BATCAKES COUTURE FARFETCH

NINE WEST SPRING 2013

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HELLO TENFOLD

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Classic Wedding Invites ERIN TAYLOR of BUSTLE DESIGNS WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER

CHALKBOARD MINTED SEATTLE SKYLINE HELLO!LUCKY

CALLIGRAPHY FINE AND DANDY SPRING 2013

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GOLD CHEVRONS PAPER SOURCE

RANCH CHIC LITTLE MISS PRESS

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Story

INTERVIEW WITH JAMES LITWIN & CLAYTHE CANO PHOTOS BY LEVENTE PHOTOGRAPHY

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They’re getting married... Bride: Claythe, 25 Groom: James, 25 Date Engaged: February 13, 2012 Wedding Date: May 03, 2013 Wedding Location: Berkeley, California Photo Shoot Location: Palo Alto, California

How did you meet? (James) We met at church. I walked into Sunday school and saw this girl I had never seen before. Knowing I had to talk to her, I tried to make conversation so I complimented her outfit. Unfortunately, it played out differently in each other’s minds. I thought I was being smooth, she though it was weird. Where was your first date? (Claythe) SPRING 2013

After finding out what school I went to, James asked me to help him find the administration building on campus. It happens to be the first building you see, and the easiest to find. Afterwards, he invited me out for a casual lunch but we ended up spending the rest of the day together. How did James propose? (Claythe) After spending the day reliving some of our favorite dates from

the past four years, we ended with a candlelit dinner on a roof in San Francisco overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and Palace of Fine Arts. For dessert, James said he had something special but it was a surprise so I needed to be blindfolded. When I took off the blindfold, he was on his knee asking me to be his wife. After I said “yes”, I turned around to find both our families


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“It was perfect! I know everyone says that about their own engagements, but this one really was!” behind me (years before, in casual conversation, I had mentioned that I’d love to have our families be part of our engagement). It was perfect! I know everyone says that about their own engagements, but this one really was! How did you choose the location for your engagement shoot? We’ve spent many warm Summer nights watching old Hollywood movies at The Stanford Theater on University Avenue, so we thought it would be fun for it to

be the backdrop to some of our engagement photos. We also went to the Stanford campus which is full of great architecture creating beautiful pictures. Claythe, what are three of your favorite characteristics of James? I love that he genuinely cares for people, the extra effort he puts into making me laugh, and those gorgeous blue eyes he has. And James, what are your favorite things about Claythe? Her intellect, her caring

heart, and her spunk. What are your wedding colors? Gold, lilac, and various shades of purple (based off of Claythe’s great grandmother’s favorite colors). Will your wedding be indoors or outdoors? We are having an outdoor ceremony and indoor reception. Where are you going on your honeymoon?: Hawaii! We are doing a little island hopping­ — spending five days on Maui and 10 on Oahu.

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Claythe’s Short List HOME SHOP Second hand stores, you can find the coolest things ACCESSORY SHOP For Love CLOTHING SHOP H&M BOOK Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya FLOWER Carnations SPRING NAIL COLOR Pink! Baby pink, hot pink, barbie pink. It’s such a girly color, I love it. CITY Hands down, San Francisco PLACE TO VISIT I absolutely love Puerto Vallarta ETHNIC FOOD Latin food! Every country has amazing dishes to offer SPRING TREAT Mitchell’s Ice Cream SPRING ACTIVITY Bringing out the blender for pina coladas and strawberry daiquiris

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Farmhouse Eclectic STYLED SHOOT

VENUE Farmhouse Mansion, San Francisco, CA PHOTOGRAPHER Aurora Meneghello Productions EVENT COORDINATION TEAM Locally Grown Weddings EVENT PLANNER Sadie Waddington FLORAL DESIGNER By Madeline Trait CATERING Chef Stephanie DESSERTS Pei-Yee Woo PAINTER Wedding Live Painting POETESS The Poetry Store VIDEOGRAPHY Paperweight Films DRESS Amy Kuschel JEWELRY Love & Luxe MAKEUP Flame Angel Design HAIR Hair To Dye For

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{The Inspiration} A funky, victorian farmhouse was the perfect backdrop for this eclectic shoot by Locally Grown Weddings. The vision was to create a mix of natural and vintage curiosities. The private home, with its mix of decor, eras and colors, offered great inspiration. The floral color palette worked with the warmth of the mansion and reflected the season with rich tones of reds and browns. A mix of seasonal flowers and foliage created a wild and organic look that matched the rambling garden landscape on the property.

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{Extra Touches} The Locally Grown Weddings team brought in a live wedding painter and poet to add a personalized element to the event. The painter’s work is done live and on-site to capture the wedding as it happens and the poet creates one-of-a-kind, personalized poems for guests to take home with them. Locally Grown Weddings is a team of experienced wedding professionals working together to plan creative events. Find out more about them at LocallyGrownWeddings.com

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Delighted - Issue Four | Spring 2013  

The spring issue. An online lifestyle magazine about home design, fashion, entertaining, kids, work, weddings, and doing good.

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