simply loving | olive june

simply loving

 hi! hope your week went well and happy easter weekend to you. in honor, i have an exciting giveaway from an adorable local boutique to share with you! i met britt at a sip + shop event in uptown charlotte last april. i didn't know it at the time but i would find out about baby parks five days later. i loved chatting with her and loved her booth. when i saw her work, i knew that i wanted to give my sister a bracelet someday with our signature poem, ee cummings', 'i carry your heart.' {and ironically, also britt's!} to ask her to be baby's godmother. fast forward to the middle of january when britt would hand deliver the gift to our home {just a few hours before my due date and before going into labor!} and it was just so perfect. she has graciously offered to give away a beautiful turquoise and gold bangle!! you can enter to win the gorgeous bangle below + a $20 target gift card! enter by april 2 at midnight {anyone over the age of 18 and a u.s/canadian resident is welcome to enter!}
she is amazing to work with! ... and creates beautiful custom pieces. 
check out her website here: clt boutique 

a note from britt: 

i carry your heart with me {i carry it in my heart}
i am never without it {anywhere i go you go, my dear}
i carry your heart {i carry it in my heart}
--EE Cummings 

It started with a heart transplant. I couldn't find the right Mother's Day gift for my mom after her surgery, so I made her a bangle in memory of her donor with angel wings and a charm with the EE Cummings quote. Since then, my fascination and passion for taking discarded items and giving them a new purpose has manifested into CLT Boutique, where I make jewelry, accessories, shirts, and other handmade goods. I am currently selling online and at local markets in Charlotte where my most popular items are bangles and upcylced vintage statement necklaces. Each piece of jewelry comes with a custom linen bag for storage. 
here is the bangle she made for my sister
it turned out so beautifully! 
my sister loved it so much 
she created the cutest message for my sister
britt sent me font choices and then put it on adorable paper 
+ the beautiful giveaway bangle: 
i simply love this piece! 
enter below for this + $20 target gift card 
happy easter & spring from clt boutique + simply love 
the ee cummings' poem was read at both my sister's wedding and at mine
above is our beautiful church, st. peter's catholic church in uptown charlotte, where we were married on june 29, 2013. my role model growing up- my cousin's now wife, shelley, read the poem while my husband and i lit our unity candle using our baptismal candles. and now i am giving my sister this quote in honor of my son's baptism- so it meant a lot to me. 
my cousin, brian, dated shelley from 7th grade on... and she became such an important part of my life. i want to be half the mom she is... she is incredible. her daughter, ansley, was our precious flower girl on our wedding day. i look up to her in so many other ways as well... 
above is a photo of my sister and i with her after our dance recital in june of 1998
she was my loving/fun babysitter, cheerleading mentor turned teaching mentor, confirmation sponsor, and the first one to know what gender parks was - she put the blue balloons in the box for us {and knew three weeks before us and i was completely ok with that!} i love her dearly. 
at my bridal luncheon - june 28, 2013 at amelie's french bakery 

the chicken dance is more than just a silly song- back where we come from! thanks to our local oktoberfest- my favorite weekend of the year as a child. 
ansley and her dad dancing at our wedding 
this is the vintage necklace i purchased at the sip + shop from clt boutique for a great price!
i wore it on mother's day last year- i had known for five days that i was going to be a mom
best friends forever 
at my hometown baby shower- 9.27.15- 24 weeks with baby parks 
even though we live far apart and no longer share a roof- she is forever in my heart.
the memories are always with me
i carry it in my heart. 
parks also loves his auntie 
to the moon. and back. 
his godmother, auntie jess
my inspirational younger sister 
and his awesome godfather
we love him so much, too
mr. monaco's brother, jeff
and our best man! 

 + five on friday~ simply loving: 
this is so fabulous- right?! 
elsie's of a beautiful mess' creative and lovely home 
many of you loved the bunny plates from yesterday's post
here are the matching juice glasses from pier 1 
ps: last night my neighbor, shari, and i were walking back from our neighborhood book club
{read the book, before i go to sleep by s.j watson if you haven't- loved!} 
when we saw an adorable bunny running in between our houses 
his little cotton ball tall was just too cute. 
pretty trees line the streets of charlotte right now 
mom, is the easter bunny coming to my house?
...check in this weekend to find out...

have a wonderful weekend! 
...any fun plans...
 linking up with:  
Karli at September Farm
Astleigh at Hill Collection  
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  1. So pretty! I would love to do this for a friend :)

    1. yay! thank you so much and good luck! i am sure she would love this!

  2. I would make it for my daughter in law with the baby info because she just had our first grand child

    1. so sweet!! a special gift for a new mom is always so appreciated! :) she would love

  3. the bracelets are beautiful, i would totally get these. Have a lovely weekend

    1. thank you so much!! i am so glad you love then and you, too!

  4. Love the jewelry! How beautiful and unique and so sweet of her to hand deliver it to you just in time! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. thank you! and it was SO nice of her!! so sweet! have a great weekend

  5. I'd love to create a custom piece for my mom and Jordan's mom. This will be the first grandchild for my MIL so we'll have to come up with something special!

    1. awe, i love this! a first grandchild is so exciting! it was my mom and dad's and they are over the moon. i think a piece for her would be perfect! maybe his initials/birthdate? or a quote! have a great weekend and thank you for all of your sweet comments

  6. Love the picture of the Dad + Daughter dancing. So SWEET!

  7. I would create on for my mom, she's amazing and deserves to know it every single day.

    1. awe, so sweet!! the perfect person to give a piece to!

  8. I would make a custom bracelet for my daughter. And these photos are so fun!!
    ~ Kim Pincombe Cole

    1. so sweet! she would love that and thank you!! have a great weekend

  9. I love that target always has great deals!

    A bracelet for my daughter would be fantastic!

    1. could not agree more and i would love if my mom gave me something like this! i always treasure gifts from special people like that in my life so much!

  10. I love Target because of all the variety. They have a little bit of everything.

    1. I totally agree! the BEST variety, too! thank you and have a great day

  11. I would love to customize a piece for my best friend with one of our favorite verses

    1. so sweet! :) she would love it i am sure! have a great day and thank you for stopping in!

  12. That is so beautiful! I would get a custom bracelet for my MIL who is such a blessing!

    1. so sweet! i am sure she would love this! have a great weekend and thank you for entering

  13. Such a precious gift-I'm sure she will treasure it forever.

  14. My Mom's birthday is this week so I would definitely create something for her. She is such a important part of my life! ♥

  15. I'd create a custom piece for my best friend who has always been there and supported me.

    1. awe, i love this! so sweet :) thank you for entering!! have a great weekend

  16. What I love most about Target is that I can pretty much get everything I need in one store, groceries, clothes/shoes and household goods. I love their prices and the 5% redcard discount is great!