Wednesday, November 30, 2011

It's a major award!

It's indescribably beautiful!!! It reminds me of the 4th of July! Yes, this beeeeyoutiful lamp is currently in my front window in all its leggy glory. It was an early Christmas present from my wonderful boyfriend and his parents. I cannot believe I actually own a leg lamp!!

A Christmas Story is one of my all-time favorite movies, so I am more than thrilled to own this beauty! My boyfriend surprised me the other night while I was out of the house by setting it up in my living room and then driving me past the front window as soon as it was dark. I cannot tell you how shocked I was to see this as we drove by the house!

So tell me, how many of you would be mortified to have a neighbor with this lamp in the window?! lol... I haven't talked to any of my neighbors yet, so I don't know what they're thinking.

P.S. I just made this for dinner. Ok, so it's not the healthiest thing in the world...but YUM!

P.P.S. I have the best boyfriend in the whole world. :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My first show is behind me!

Boy, am I exhausted. I don't remember the last time I've been so tired (which is why you'll see no photos of me in this post!). HoneyCraft was loads of fun, even if I only got two hours of sleep the night before and looked like a zombie the entire day!

Do you see Julia trying to hide from the camera in the photo above? Haha, like mother, like daughter!

I know my table looks really cluttered...and I suppose it was... but it was really cute in person, loaded with dainty florals and vintage fabrics.

I got the pleasure of having a table right next to the amazing Lisa of That Old Blue House. Not only was she the sweetest person in the world, but her pieces were GORGEOUS! It was so wonderful to see them in person, and to meet an Etsy friend in person, too!

I was able to make back the booth fee many times over, so it wasn't a total bust! I do have a TON of stuff leftover (I mean a TON), so I'll be photographing everything and putting some new things in the shop every day. I've already started listing, and that means zip pouches are coming to the shop, too! :)

Overall, it was extremely time-consuming getting ready for the show, and really stressful for me. I get nervous easily! I had fun, though- I just need a break before doing it again (and LOTS of beauty sleep!).

Now it's time to get to work on my inbox. I am so behind!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Want to win this cuff?

Then head over to Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard for her 500 follower celebration giveaway! You could win one of 14 amazing prizes! :) I'm keeping my fingers crossed because I have my eyes on a few things, too. ;)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Who's the lucky winner?!!!!

Did you win this super sweet dress?! If you are 3Giraffes, you sure did! Congratulations! I'm extremely jealous. ;)

I'll be in touch shortly!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

What I've been busy sewing for the show...

I'm up to my ears in zip pouches! I know I never have these in the shop, and it's pretty much because I hate working with zippers. However, I think they'll really help fill up the table and it's good to have some variety.

I'm sure I'll have a lot left after the show that I can add to the shop. Of course, I'm also up to my ears in cuffs:

I have a lot more cuffs to make, and a lot of the finished cuffs still need buttons. I have a long way to go until I'm ready for the show. I'm really exhausted but excited, too. :)

Finally, you have one more day to enter to win this dress!:

I choose the winner tomorrow (Monday, Nov. 14th) at 5pm central time. Go enter here. The odds are still really great!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I'll take one of each, please.

Here are some things I'm loving right now. First up is this sweet little rose ring from ThirtySixTen. I'd get the oxidized one on the bottom. I'm not even a rose girl (I'm a daisy girl) but I love this ring!

I've been a fan of tastes orangey for the longest time. There are so many of her prints that I want that it was hard to decide which one to show here. For now I'm going with this one:

I love all the rich colors she uses, especially the prints with a lot of aqua. I want this!

I don't know about you, but I pretty much have to have this Ron Swanson shirt from SmokinChix:

I'd get it in a different color...maybe the green. If you don't know who Ron Swanson is, start with season one of Parks and Recreation and don't stop until you're caught up. Do it!

I absolutely love these tiny rock collections from Cori Kindred:

I love how she types the words below the rocks. I think one of these would look so sweet resting against a stack of books on a bookshelf.

Last, but certainly not least, how sweet are these art dolls from manartas?!

They are fairly big and you can just tell how impeccably well-made they are. I just think each one has so much character!

What's on your wish list?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Where have I been?!

I apologize for the silence! I've been soooo busy sewing like a madwoman to prepare for HoneyCraft. I'm in the process of making a bunch of really sweet zip pouches to add to my table. I love this one made with vintage owl feedsack. The lining fabric is vintage, too. I love the color combo!

I've had a lot of late nights sewing while listening to this song. I can't get enough of it! It starts kind of slow but it gets amazing at the 1:30 mark. I think his voice sounds just like a mixture of Sting and Peter Gabriel in the chorus. The duet with Kimbra in the second part of the song is great. Take a listen- it really becomes addicting!

Thursday, November 3, 2011


Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo.

You must watch this. I've always loved watching big flocks of birds, but this is absolutely breathtaking. Just imagine being in the place of these girls... Watch it with sound and watch it til the end.

Calling all Northern Illinois handmade artists (and shoppers)!

I will be participating in a brand new handmade market on November 27th in Woodstock, IL called HoneyCraft! I'm so excited to see a new show like this that is just seconds away from where I live and work.

It's being held in a great indoor space and the fee to have a table there is very low! There's room for more, so if you're interested in participating, email with photos of your work.

If you're not a seller, just come shop! It's free to the public and sure to be lots of fun. :) It will be taking place in conjunction with the Christmas parade on the historic Woodstock Square. Yay for holiday shopping!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Why I just had a mild heart attack...

This was the first year since being a mom (11 years) that I did not have my daughter for Halloween. She was with her dad this year, and for the first time ever, he took her shopping for a costume. I had no idea what the costume looked like until today.

Before we get to that part, I want to show you this photo of my sister Sage. She's seven years old and the sweetest little thing ever. She went as Cleopatra this year. It's weird to see her with such dark hair since she's pretty much blonde!:

Sweet, right? Exactly.


Now imagine coming home from work as I just did, walking into the kitchen and around the corner and seeing my daughter standing there in this:


She was just standing there all still with her arms down just WAITING for me to get home. It might not look that scary in this pic but when you walk into a dark kitchen and aren't expecting an evil skeleton demon devil jester waiting there for you, it's terrifying.

TERRIFYING. For some reason this post reminds me of this post from exactly two years ago. I guess she's always had a thing for scaring me to death.

P.S. If you haven't already done so, you MUST enter this giveaway immediately! The odds right now are INSANELY good and the prize is a $90.00 dress! Good luck. :)