Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina






I am headed back to my hometown this weekend for a little festival we call "Merlefest." It is going to be a little more exciting this year because this is where we are having our wedding in the fall. (Oh and I can't forget my favorite bluegrass band "The Avett Brothers" are playing tonight...so excited!!) I am having an unplugged weekend so I look forward to seeing you next week :)

[image: thejow] Here is where our ceremony is going to take place aka the cabin stage.

[image: littleleeny] This is our reception site aka the main watson stage.



Here are a few lovely photos from Anne Kristoff which can be found in her etsy store. I am a sucker for tutu's and couldn't help but share these dreamy costume photos.



Well, Whitney is still nursing sore wrists and has asked me - "the fiance" - to take over the blog for a day. I'm taking over the BLOG!! Maybe I'll change the name to Darling Dustin...the current blog title makes it seem as though our dog Dexter is higher on the totem pole than me...I guess maybe he is.

Anyways, I just finished a good read called House: A Memoir by Michael Ruhlman. The book is about the renovation of a 100 year old home by the author in his hometown of Cleveland. More importantly, its about the meaning of a home, belonging, and togetherness in this modern world. So lately, I have had a little house-lust...dreaming of bungalows and cold lemonade on a big front porch in the summer....

[Photos are from t-b: taberandrew, restoreomaha.net, roarofthefour, and stones55]


Flickr Group: Good Paper Goods

I have been in a paper mood lately considering the amount of invitations I have been creating for family and friends. So...this week I drew inspiration from the Flickr group "Good Paper Goods."
[Photos are from t-b: anemone letterpress, treatzone (s), messengerbirdpress, you can count on me, and queenbeeamy]


Sunday Afternoon: Amelie

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than by breaking out "Amelie" and relaxing on the couch. I love this movie, the color is so rich and the plot is darling. If you are one of the last few people on Earth who have yet to see it, I recommend you drop what you are doing right now and go out and rent it..or put it on your netflix cue :)


Spring Polaroids

If you haven't noticed yet, I have been posting at a bare minimum this week. My graphic design day-job has caused my wrist to ache (eek!) so I have been trying to minimize any extra computer activity. But, I thought I would share with you a few spring polaroids I took outside last week while the weather was pleasant...we're up to 78 degrees today in NC, so there may be more where that came from :-)


Wedding Wednesday

I have finally decided on fabric for my bridesmaid dresses! And..I am going with a different pattern for each dress..sounds busy I know, but the dress has an empire waist and in order to keep the look cohesive, the top portion of each dress will be the same...a nice cream fabric. As soon as we actually start making them I will post more details, but for now I am just excited that we have the fabric :)


Flickr Group: Fresh New Spaces

I've been in a decorating mood lately so it should come as no surprise that the flickr group I am highlighting this week is all about interior spaces. Check it out, "Fresh New Spaces."
[images are from t-b: chez larsson, mamichan, ninainvorm, resputina1, ninainvorm]