are you there spring? it's me, emily.

i could not get enough of the weather this weekend! it definitely motivated me to finish up all the indoor projects i had started so i have no reason to stay inside once spring is officially here.

i started collecting plates so that one day i might have a wall that looks like this:

but this will have to do for now:
{sort of sad, i need at least 20 more!}

and i finally finished this:
russ looks a little sleepy no?

the final draft:

finished product:

it is way harder than it looks, i think i need to re-do russ' so he doesn't look like
mikey from recess.

p.s. we GRILLED last night!
we had a little Oscar Party and grilled up some rosemary chicken, lemon and artichoke heart kebobs. yum.

i was so happy to see slumdog millionaire dominate last night.
these ladies also dominated:
marion cotillard in dior
marisa tomei in versace


Suzy said...

Emily those plates are great! What a great idea! And I love the silhouettes. Very creative!

Sierra Prina said...

I collect plates too. From everywhere ive been and will be around the world so one day when i have a big family we can use them for sunday dinners and everyone will have their own cute plate with its own cool story. Love the decorating ideas!

Wendy said...

I swear you and your family is the craftiest bunch of people EVER!!!!

Lindsay said...

Target has the best plastic plates right now. and they are super cheap. i follow your blog and i love it. i am coby gerstners girlfriend. i copied the plate idea just because i saw all the cool plates at target check it out !

Kayla R. said...

OOOOHH i love those:) K can I please just have that gorgeous dress on the right!!!!

Stacey Sargent said...

I've always wanted to try those shadow photo things! Im glad you did...and you did a fabulous job!

I would love love love to help you out on your next shoot. Let me know, and I am there running around doing anything and everything you and matt need me too!

Stacey Sargent said...

p.s. your white wedding headband is my favorite! I love it!

Kirsten Sue said...

You are so creative. Love it. And that chicken looks so good right now.

Lindsay said...

ha ha hopefully mrs coby will come around soon! i love that you made those shish kabobs, i have never thought to put lemon in them, i always do pepper assortments. they look very tasty. Is bethany your sister ? i might have danced with her at studio one ?

Kirsten Sue said...

Yes I do work there. It is seriously such a blessing that they have arrived in Utah. Hopefully the style there can have an influence.

Kate said...

Love your plate wall! How do you hang them up?

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em ♥ russ said...


you can buy plate hangers for most size plates at any target, wal-mart type store. they are in the aisles with other hooks and lightbulbs for some reason.

good luck!

Lindsay said...

haha that would be the perfect match. Jamie and bethany. yeah i knew her form studio one i used to dance there forever ago.

Lizzy said...

Just stopping by from your sister-in-laws and wanted to tell you how cute you are!!

Do you scrapbook at all? You'd be really good at it I think.

Kami said...

I love the silhouettes! You are a crafty one!

Brooke said...

I have a frame just like that- cute idea! You are so crafty!

em ♥ russ said...


i am sorry to disappoint, but i haven't scrap booked since i was 11. its not really my thing, and now that liz (my sis) has taken it to epic proportions, i am definitely not doing it!

but you're sweet, thanks for saying hi!

Amy said...

I've been thinking about attempting the plate art for a while now- I saw some killer plates at anthropologie... now I'm inspired again.

And I LOVE the silhouettes- where'd you find those awesome frames?

em ♥ russ said...


(and good call on anthropologie)

cherice said...

em i freaking love the shadow portraits! i totaly want to do it! so did you just trace your shadow and then what? also where did you get the frames????

em ♥ russ said...

ikea! they're great. i did the shadow and heard by many people that there is a much easier way to do it using photoshop... so i guess it's up to you. i liked doing it by hand, then you control some things-- like the size of your nose and double chin.

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