Sunday, November 29, 2009

The time is now

"How simple it is to see that all the worry in the world cannot control the future. How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now. And that there will never be a time when it is not now."
-Gerald Jampolsky

P.S. Print from Six Hours Photography. Check out her lovely shop!

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Hey, who's that hiding out in one of my cuffs?? It's the sweet little snow ninja I won from mooshoopork! I just love him- he's sneaky but darling. I seem to be extra lucky lately because I also won this AMAZING print from studiomme (click on it to zoom):

I'm going to frame it and put it in a perfect place, but right now it's nestled in with my precious rocks and baskets of cuffs. I LOVE it even more in person. I am so grateful and thankful for all the giving people on Etsy. xoxo

Friday, November 27, 2009

It's a deal!

To those who celebrate, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Now that everyone is focused on Christmas shopping, I thought I'd have a weekend deal in the shop. If you purchase a cuff or pouch from now until Monday at midnight (central time), you'll get free shipping! If you purchase a second item, shipping will only be $0.50. I have it listed on my site as a US ONLY deal, but if you are out of the US and want the deal, too, just convo me! ;)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Fun "fact" of the week

"Stuttering is sometimes the result of habit or carelessness; at others it succeeds a long attack of sickness. It is a kind of St. Vitus' Dance of the tongue...Some twenty years ago the New York world was struck with dumb amazement at the instantaneous remedy for stuttering, which was thrusting a knitting needle through the tongue. But it cured only until the tongue got well, because, while the tongue was sore from the barbarous operation, the extra nervous energy was expanded in the instinctive effort to refrain from any other than a careful movement of the tongue."

-The Guide to Health, Peace and Competence (1869)

What? You mean thrusting a knitting needle through someone's tongue wasn't really a great idea because the cure didn't last? Wow! (and ick)

And a bonus:

"To cure madness, hold him under water until he is almost drowned, the put him to bed in a dark room and his diet only milk pottage, half water."

-The Young Man's Companion (1775)

I apologize for the lack of a fun "fact" last week- where was my head??!!

Image from here.

Monday, November 23, 2009

My top five scents, in no particular order

1. The ornament pictured above. I grew up in the 80s with a pair of girl and boy gingerbread cookie ornaments on the tree every year. My brother and I would make little 'houses' for them in the branches. Every Christmas when we unwrapped them for hanging, the smell just mesmerized me- to me, nothing smells like Christmas more than these ornaments. I still have the original pair from my childhood, and my mom has even found some online, though they are becoming harder and harder to find. She has bought and given me many sets, and luckily I have a little collection now! I wish you could smell them- kind of like cinnamon and apple cider, but not like the candles or scents of today!

2. A fresh box of crayons- Crayolas, of course! Whenever I get my daughter a new box of crayons, I can't resist the smell. It just brings back so many memories.

3. The inside of my guitar- I don't know what it is, but the woodsy smell inside my acoustic guitar brings me so much joy.

4. Cherry almond scented soap/lotion. I'm looking for a good recommendation of this scent on Etsy if anybody knows one!

5. A new vinyl shower curtain liner right out of the package, or any other kind of vinyl item right out of the package. I really don't know why I like this one so much- it must be something I remember from childhood. I love it!

6. Bookstores. All those new books combined with brewing coffee is definitely one of my favorite scents!

Ok, I cheated and gave my top six scents. Now tell me yours!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Because I can...

I realized this morning that I still have a big bowl of your names from which I drew the winner of a giveaway a while back. Well, it was just too tempting and I had to pick another name:

So convo me your address, The Lost Earring, because I'm going to send you a little somethin'. Just for fun. :)

Saturday, November 21, 2009


... the secret message cuff!! I LOVE this bracelet, and after a whole lot of work revising the design to make it just right, it's finally ready! Tell that special person how you feel in a really unique way- I think it's a great way to have a little reminder right on your wrist. I am happy to custom stitch a secret message cuff with a nickname or inside joke or any short words that will fit. In the shop soon.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

New addition

I'm really excited about this new style of cuff! A floating bow hovers over the emptiness in the middle and is connected on the sides of each strand. This cuff is so cute! In the shop today.

P.S. In response to some comments, this is brown, not purple!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Love these

I absolutely love these bookmarks from elsita. Aren't the adorable? They come in a set of four and are perfect stocking stuffers for the reader in your life...Is it wrong to buy stocking stuffers for yourself?

Monday, November 16, 2009

There are times...

...when I don't have a vintage find or a tiny treasure to share with all of you. That seems to be the case today - I think it would be a lovely moment to sit down and hear a story, don't you? For those of you who don't know, I have a sweet little sister named Sage. Sage is five years old and has the same passion for books that I've always had. She can't read yet, but she can memorize long stories like you wouldn't believe. She's about to tell me a story, completely from memory - The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse by Beatrix Potter. Won't you join me on the rug?

P.S. I know it's long- but my favorite part is around 3:28 when she says "this is an intrusion!" lol

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Oh, how I want this print

I absolutely love this (zoom for a closer look)! It's called "The Art Lover's Suitor" and is by the extremely talented Megan of Studio M.M.E.. I've been a fan of hers for a while now, and she's having a giveaway on her blog! You could win this print or one of a few others. Go here to see how to enter, and good luck!

Friday, November 13, 2009

A good mail day, it was...

Ahhh, isn't she breathtaking? I got this absolutely beautiful ring from Jess of Rosy Revolver yesterday, and I've learned two things. The first is that I'm so glad I don't have to photograph rings on a daily basis because it is really, really hard. The second is that I can actually FEEL the love and hard work Jess put into this ring. Her work is so intricate- and she spent so much time making a piece that would be perfect for me. It's more than a ring to me. It's something I can actually feel her hands molding and shaping and soldering. It's something I will give to Julia one day. It's something I will cherish always. If you don't already know Jess, go follow her blog. She is absolutely lovely and you won't regret it. There is no lack of beauty there- and many of her posts are just about as inspirational as they come. A few have brought a tear to my eye. Thanks for everything, JJ - I mean it!

Now onto another bit of mail:

Remember this post? Alisha Lynn Carrier will draw any image you request on a 5x7 piece of brown paper bag for $10.00. A while back I requested an old-fashioned lamppost on a dark street. I got my drawing yesterday and I love it!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lunch break vintage goodness

Yesterday on my lunch break I picked up this cute little sewing supply chest of drawers. Well, it feels funny calling it a chest of drawers because it's only 10 inches tall. I really couldn't resist the cuteness of the tiny drawers, and the fact that it was for sewing supplies made it even more irresistible! I couldn't seem to get a good photo, but you get the idea! Zoom for a closer look.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Two new beauties

I must say I'm in love with these latest cuffs! I waited so long to cut into this vintage fabric, but I'm glad I finally did it. These two cuffs are made with vintage materials from top to bottom. In the shop today.

P.S. From now through Friday, put the words "Feel better, Julia!" in the message to seller upon checkout and I'll refund you 10% (not including shipping) through paypal. This goes for anything in the shop. :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I'm home from work with a sick girl today...

So we are relaxing together with some tea in pretty, thrifted mugs...

and happily sorting through all of this vintage loveliness that I just got in the mail:

Here's hoping she's better tomorrow. Have a great day, all!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Fun "fact" of the week

"Summoned to attend an elderly lady in decline, I occasionally heard a shout in the back yard, sounding as if made by one intoxicated and, at length, saw an apparently drunken female, throwing up her hands, jumping up and shouting. I asked my patient what all this meant and she replied, 'she is my eldest daughter, and has always been thus, obviously because her father begot her when intoxicated, though a teetotaler* at all other times.'

A teetotal father, intoxicated while exhilarated, begets a besotted-appearing daughter who all her life will keep doing just what he did for an hour before she received being."

-Creative and Sexual Science (1876)

*A teetotaler is a person who completely abstains from alcoholic beverages.

Image above from here.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

I made a video for all of you...

...but it's possible I'll end up taking it down. So here is my Sunday post, in video form- watch it before I decide it's stupid and take it down!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Flower child

Because it's 70 degrees and sunny in Illinois today. And I never have anywhere to wear this vintage dress.

Friday, November 6, 2009

We have a winner!

The winner of these blue beauties is Amy! Congratulations from one Amy to another! I'll be contacting you for an address so watch your email. :)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Oh, how I want this set

Lovely vintage cream and sugar set from IndividJuli. But I'm trying to save up and not buy things I really don't need- HOWEVER, I'm pretty sure I need this set. Right?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A friendly hello

Hi, all! Can I ask a favor? I'd love it if you would take a few seconds to give my friend Rachel from saveourhome a quick visit and a friendly hello!

She has a brand new blog that could use some love and some followers! Rachel is so sweet and makes great things and you have to go see what she had for dinner last night. Follow the link on her blog to find the recipe and see if it doesn't make you drool. I can't wait to make it myself. :)

Now go say hello!

My favorite vintage dishes

A few years ago I came across these LOVELY dishes at a little vintage shop in town (which no longer exists *tears*). I knew as soon as I saw the gorgeous pink interiors of the cups that I had to have them. I bought the whole set- teacups and saucers, soup bowls, dinner plates, covered casserole dish (also pink inside), gravy boat- everything. I cannot tell you how much I adore this set.

Recently at the thrift store I came upon these two pieces of Syracuse restaurant plates:

I got them for 50 cents each and I just love the square shape and colored edges! And, as it turns out, the pink one looks great with my beautiful dishes:

P.S. The crocheted backdrop in these photos is a giant bedspread made by my great-grandmother. It was given to me by my late grandma 11 years ago- I will cherish it always!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

New lovelies

I'm really excited about this mustard floral cuff because I thought I was all out of this fabric and then found I had a bit more! Also, I made my first holiday cuff (click on the pic to zoom):

I love the lace detail on both ends, and I think the sentiment works all year round! In the shop today. If someone could look at my shop and give me advice about which photo to use as the main photo in the holiday cuff listing, it would be most appreciated! I'm having trouble deciding which is best...(or worst).

P.S. Have you entered the giveaway yet? I pick a winner on Friday morning. :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Fun "fact" of the week

"It is my opinion, founded on observation, that a daily bath, to one in good health, is not only not beneficial, but is injurious...a man who is well should let himself alone! A daily bath, shower or otherwise is a modern invention, devised to sell bathtubs. I personally have known but two men who acknowledged to a daily shower bath, literally a shower bath every day. One of them died years ago of chronic diarrhea. The other was a hydropathist, a great, stout, raw-boned six footer. I sat at the table with him for many months; he was always bathing and was always sick. When a man is not well, bathing of some kind is advisable under certain circumstances, but it should not be continued too long; as soon as he is well he ought to stop."
- The Guide Board to Health, Peace and Competence (1869)

**image from here.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Tiny goodness

I've avoided terrariums up until now because I have killed every single plant I've ever owned, but THESE ones from TortoiseLovesDonkey are my cup of tea!! Look at how tiny and adorable they are! You know I can't avoid such tiny goodness:

These ones are in tiny sea shells:

The price is right and I'm feeling rather brave so I'm totally going to get one- but I can't decide which to get first. Yay for tiny things!