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A Sunny Afternoon – new basket!

a sunny afternoon new picnic basket Happy Memorial Day weekend guys! I hope you will be BBQing and Picnicking to your hearts content. I released a new basket over on A Sunny Afternoon today! It has the same outer basket but is wearing a new outfit, aka a green & white gingham lining. It’s just a little glimpse into all sorts of new goods to come this summer. Enjoy the long weekend. x

Picnic Basket, Napkins, and Serving Board by A Sunny Afternoon

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

from the weekend: beach picnics & home projects

beach picnic // a sunny afternoon // malibuI had a friend visiting this weekend so I took Friday off to head up the coast and enjoy a beach day at one of the prettiest stretches or shoreline LA has to offer, El Matador State Beach. We grabbed a blanket, books, and my basket. Packed it up with lunch and we were set for a full day of sunshine, seal watching, and tide pool searching. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Once back at the homestead, Rupe and I finished the built-ins (a peek here), and the patio benches (a glimpse here) and again our backs are broken this Monday morning. :)

Hope you had a lovely weekend. x

Image by me (with some help from @annezuelke :)) via instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

A Sunny Afternoon on 100 Layer Cake

a sunny afternoon, 100 layer cakea sunny afternoon picnic, 100 layer cakea sunny afternoon, 100 layer cakea sunny afternoon picnic, 100 layer cakeWhen our picnic baskets and serving boards get into the hands of the 100 layer cake ladies you know it’s going to be good, especially when Annie McElwain is behind the camera. I died over the entire shoot and we were tickled to see our pieces being enjoyed by Jillian and her beautiful family. See all of the photos here including a wardrobe change for Jillian into a jaw dropping gold dress and the most darling moments with her little boy.

Photography by Annie McElwain

A Sunny Afternoon Giveaway (closed)

picnic basket giveaway // a sunny afternoonpicnic basket giveaway // a sunny afternoonI couldn’t be happier with the positive response I have gotten with A Sunny Afternoon. I am ecstatic to know that so many of you were also looking for special little items to dress up your picnic and table. So, I want to say thank you to all of the Smitten Studio readers by giving away one of our picnic baskets.

picnic giveaway // a sunny afternoonpicnic basket giveaway // a sunny afternoon // smitten studiopicnic basket giveaway // a sunny afternoonTo enter simply “like” A Sunny Afternoon on facebook and head to the shop to pick out your favorite tea towel. Leave a comment here saying which tea towel you’d match up with the basket. *Bonus points if you share where your favorite picnic spot is. :)

Entries must be posted by this Friday, August 9th. One winner will be chosen at random. Good Luck!

Sorry, limited to US readers only. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close and then announced on the bottom of this post soon after.

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who entered it was wonderful reading about all of your favorite picnic spots! Every one of them made me want to grab my basket and head outside. Congrats to Heidi who is the winner of this giveaway.

Images by Jessie Webster for A Sunny Afternoon, Styling by Sarah Sherman Samuel

from the weekend: a not so sunny afternoon

a sunny afternoon picnic // smitten studioI have been feeling a bit under the weather the last few days, fighting some sort of cold. So other then a lazy picnic on the beach Sunday, I spent most of the weekend sleeping or watching Friends re-runs and wishing my mom lived closer. I hope you guys had a better weekend!

Image by me via instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)


from the weekend: palm springs & 4th of July picnics

07.04.13palmsprings-weekend2For the holiday weekend Rupert and I took an impromptu trip to Palm Springs. We have both been working a lot of long days lately so a little getaway was just what we needed. We packed up our car, hit the road and landed at the Parker for a weekend full of sun, loads of pool time, yummy meals, and a lot of sleep. We had to postpone our 4th of July beach day picnic celebration until Sunday, but I’d say it was worth the wait. We filled up our basket, headed to a friends house in Manhattan Beach and took to the sand.

It is amazing what a few days off can do for you. I’m feeling refreshed, inspired, and excited to get back to work today. I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing long weekend as well!

Images by me via Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)