Saturday, October 31, 2009

Un beau geste

I love my newest cuff! Un beau geste translates to a beautiful gesture or an act of kindness. Remind yourself or someone else that a little bit of good goes a long way. Coming soon to the shop.

Thanks so much to the sweet craftydill for the idea (she has a great vintage shop so go take a look!).

Friday, October 30, 2009

Why don't I own at least ONE of these?


These are the prettiest books I have ever seen. Don't you agree? I don't know how I didn't know about them sooner. I guess it's because they were only available in the UK until now. I cannot get over these gorgeous designs! The covers for this series of classics were designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith for Penguin. I can't afford them all, but I'm dying to get at least one or two! I can't decide which to get first. Get your own here! Thanks to Lindsey from LostAndFawned for bringing these beauties to my attention!

Hmmmm....

Well, hello, Julia! How are you, my sweet girl? Oh! You drew me a picture? You want me to close my eyes? No, I'm not peeking- I swear! What is it? Flowers? A house? Did you draw our kitties? The rats? A rainbow? Can I open my eyes yet? Come on, give me a hint! I can open them?! Yay!

Ummmm...

Well, isn't that horrifying! She knows I'm scared of clowns, you see. And I've woken up to that vicious face for the past couple of days now- she likes to hold it in front of my closed eyes so it's the first thing I see in the morning. A real peach, she is.

Love you, Julia. xoxo

Thursday, October 29, 2009

These blue beauties could be yours...


Don't you just love that blue?! The fabulous Mellisa of jewelryvixen will be giving these away to one lucky commenter on this post. Mellisa is really sweet and has a great shop. I'm still loving my pair of jewelryvixen earrings!

All you have to do to enter is visit jewelryvixen's shop and come back here and leave a comment telling which item is your favorite. The winner will be randomly chosen on Friday, November 6th. Make sure to leave a way for me to contact you if you win- good luck to all!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Papercuts

Whether cut by hand with a blade or cut by laser, I find paper art like this so amazing. Just look at the intricate details! Even a simple silhouette can make a statement. Here are some of my favorites:

by Julene. I have loved this one (and the message!) since the first time I saw it.

by papercutdiecut. You know how I have a thing for fancy gates. Love this!

by misterrob. Make sure to zoom in on this one. It is amazing!

by tina tarnoff. Tina will make this particular papercut with the quote of your choice. I love old typewriters!

by mrYen. I have a thing for crows and ravens. This one is simple and gorgeous.

by CuttingArtByVictoria. I love the pop of color in this one. So pretty!

Monday, October 26, 2009

People are good

This is more than just one of my regular "the mailman was good to me today" posts. I've really been touched lately by the goodness of people I've met both through this blog and on Etsy. First, I won a giveaway from molto di moda designs. I was shocked to open the box and find all of these wonderful, handmade bath and body products:

Lisa was beyond gracious to send all of this to me. I haven't tried everything yet, but so far my favorite is the honey lemon lip gloss. The oatmeal/milk face wash is great, as well. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Lisa!

Next, I bought a VERY cool set of vintage bath towels from SimplyStephy, which you can see in the photo below. I have a thing for vintage towels and these ones are great! I'm especially in awe of her kindness because she sent along a book she thought I would enjoy - a 1914 book about food and clothing- the original owner even had a favorite recipe taped inside the front cover. I am so thankful for this, and, you were right, Stephy, I love it!

She also thought I'd get a kick out of the ad shown below and included it in my package- I just love how you could write to Sears and buy a monkey or toucan! Zoom in for a closer look (sorry, it's a little blurry!). Thank you, Stephy!

Last but not least, today I received a few soap samples from the equally gracious Misty from Burnt Mill . Aren't they pretty?:

Misty, thank you so much for doing this! I wish all of you could smell these- my very favorite is Forbidden Fruit- it smells exactly like a glass of fruit punch!! I love it!

Thanks again to everyone in this post for being so giving- it means the world to me.

Fun "fact" of the week

"If a child wakes up in the morning and calls for a drink of water the first thing, such child is perfectly certain to be sick before noon. The course to be pursued is to keep him in bed and, by warm drinks, promote perspiration, eating nothing whatever until the afternoon, when he may amuse himself by nibbling at some cold, dry bread and the next day he will be about again. Otherwise, a breakfast will be eaten, fever comes on, vomiting and several days illness."
- Fun Better Than Physic, 1877

That'll teach a child to never say he's thirsty!

And a bonus not for the faint of heart:

"To cure a broken limb, kill and cut open two puppies and bind them on each side of the broken limb."
-Diaries of Charles Darwin, 1833

I can hardly believe anybody EVER thought that one to be true. I just included it because if anything was ever a crazy thing to write down in a diary, that is it.

Photo above from here.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Antje Duvekot



Tonight Julia and I were lucky enough to see Antje Duvekot sing live right here in town- front row seats, too! I have loved Antje ever since I first discovered her (thanks, Pandora!). She is a folksy, acoustic guitar-playing singer songwriter, and being a guitar girl myself, she is my cup of tea! It just so happens that her song, entitled Diana's Song, has been a great comfort to both Julia and myself these past couple of years. Whenever I am sad, or whenever she is sad, I hold her like a baby (big as she is!) and sing her this song. Tonight we were lucky enough to be able to tell Antje face-to-face how much this song means to us, and that Julia knows all the words and loves it just as much as I do. Antje ended up singing this song tonight, and she dedicated it to Julia! I got the whole thing on video (although the lighting was not good!) and will always cherish this special moment. If you have a minute, listen to the words of this song. What a great night!

P.S. Use the little play arrow below the video to make it play- the one on top doesn't work!

Eggnog tea bread


I wish you could smell my house right now! I have been meaning to share this insanely easy recipe for a long time, and now that they have eggnog in stores I was finally able to make it. This is fresh out of the oven! If you like eggnog and pound cake and don't really have time to bake, this is the recipe for you!

Eggnog tea bread

16 oz. package pound cake mix
3/4 cup refrigerated eggnog
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 eggs
1 cup sifted powdered sugar for icing
1 tablespoon refrigerated eggnog for icing

Combine first four ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer for three minutes. Pour batter into four greased 6"x3" loaf pans (I used the disposable tin ones). Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from pans. Cool on wire racks.

Combine powdered sugar and one tablespoon eggnog, stirring well (it will be very thick but it will "melt" when you drizzle it). Drizzle over bread. Makes four loaves.

So good! I had it for breakfast! Well, actually I licked the batter bowl for breakfast. I had the bread for lunch. :)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Finally!



It was so dark and gloomy yesterday that I couldn't take any pics of the finished messenger bag! It's almost as gloomy today, so I had to lighten these photos quite a bit. See the wet driveway behind me? I'm so sick of rain! Hopefully I'll actually be able to get it in the shop at some point today!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Sneak peek


....a glimpse of the new messenger coming to the shop later today.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

P.O.S.H. Chicago

Oh, how I love P.O.S.H. Chicago. They have a whole online store (and actual shop in Chicago) full of unique treasures for the home - my favorite section on the site is the one dedicated to flea market finds. You can get anything, from vintage Belgian matchboxes (complete with matches!):

...to vintage Wedgewood plates:

...there really is something for everyone. Do you have a thing for vintage restaurant china like I do? If so, look here for some drool-worthy pieces.

I'm definitely visiting the store the next time I'm in Chicago- it's only an hour and a half away!

Latest thrift store score


Everyone needs a good old-fashioned late 60s record player/stereo console, right? Well, of course they do! This is my latest thrift store find- both the stereo and record player are completely functional. I admit- this thing is kind of ugly. Well, maybe really ugly. I intend to paint it...maybe a shade of green or aqua- any suggestions? I just love listening to old records, so I was more than happy to get this for $20.00.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fun "fact" of the week

"Blondes, that is, persons with light hair, fair skin and blue eyes, as also having sandy or reddish hair, should by all means select some active, outdoor vocation. Brunettes, persons having dark skin, indicating a bilious temperament, accompanied usually with dark hair and dark eyes, should select a calling which, whether indoor or out, will require them to be on their feet, moving about nearly all the time in order to "work off" the constantly accumulating bile."

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

What? I have constantly accumulating bile? Ick. hhaha

And a bonus:

"The very best way of making the hair grow is to rub paraffin into the roots, but, of course, you must be very careful not to go near a fire or light of any kind. The next best cure is to rub the head with vaseline."

-The Girl's Own Annual, Vol. XXIV (1903)

** photo above found here.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Weekend fun

We had a lot of fun this weekend! Saturday we went to to our very favorite apple orchard. We go every year and it's always so much fun. Autumn colors were everywhere :


We went on a hayride pulled by these two beauties:

Oh, and of course we had our share of apple pie...sooooo good!:

Then today we went to the Trail of History, which is a great festival that whisks you right back to the 1800s. There was a booth for every occupation, and you could watch everyone while they were at work, using only materials and processes that would have been used in the olden days. This one was the artist (click on these photos for close-ups!):

I was in love with her little box of art supplies. Look at all those tiny drawers!

I got to try my hand at making bobbin lace. I sat down for a bit and the woman showed me where to move the bobbins. It was fun!

I loved how everyone was in period dress. It was like being in another world.

OH, and I held a snake, haha...

And Julia enjoyed the company of some oxen:

I think this was my favorite booth- look at all those bottles full of herbs and remedies! It was like a treasure chest full of goodies...

I hope all of you had a great weekend, too!

I love mail


Look at my new beauties! I got them yesterday from JewelryVixen and I love them so much! It's hard to tell in the photo just how TEENY these earrings really are, and you know how I love tiny things! I actually opened them in the car and decided to wear them right then and there. I love mail. :)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

New messenger bag



I'm so excited about this messenger bag I finished last night. Isn't it adorable?! I made it using that great vintage fabric I picked up at the antique shop a few weeks ago. I LOVE this bag! In the shop later today.

P.S.
Tights - Target
Boots - Sam & Libby
Dress - handmade by me. :)

***I don't know why these first two photos are blurry here- they aren't blurry on etsy!

Fancy gates

I apologize for the silence! I've been without internet at home and have been going out of my mind! Anyway, I thought I'd talk a bit about fancy gates. I've always loved them, even as a young child. Did you ever pass a nice, big house when you were little and see fancy gates at its entrance and just think it was the most magical thing? I know I did! Even now I'll be driving with my mom and we'll both point if we see some and say "oooooh, fancy gates!"

Here are some gorgeous fancy gate items:

Chapel Gate print from EmmainWonderland.

Gate wood art block from TwentySix7.

Garden Gate Lace print by BroomhillPictures.

Garden gate pillow from NestaHome.

Winter's Stillness print from TheLonelyPixel.