Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Return to Creativity

Last year was a dismal year for my creative pursuits. I blame moving and a one year old... and my own propensity for laziness,choosing netflix over my sewing room. Since I included a craft room on the list of musts for the new house I suppose I better use it occasionally. Also, I ought to get sewing seeing how my son is one month away from his second birthday and his baby quilt is still a pattern and a stack of fat quarters.
Settling into this house has given me a couple opportunities for creative brilliance. My favorite is Owen's bathroom. With a little orange paint I was able to transform a hideous yet awesome mushroom embroidery into and awesome yet still a little hideous masterpiece. It really helped me embrace the "vintage" blue 70's bathroom, and now the upstairs bathroom is one of my favorite rooms in the house.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


No...I did not fall off the face of the earth, although I am not sure how I went through the whole month of March in an instant. I had some unexpected things arise, such as my grandfather passing away after battling Alzheimer's, the run of the mill colds, and the general laundry and cleaning that can consume a mother. Of course there was a spring break and finally playing outside with the kids, which always makes me smile.
These Easter dresses were inspired by a need to be a little more frugal. So instead of running out to the store, and buying a reasonably priced dress, I made these for free. The idea came from here and it was simple and fast and done in an afternoon! The brown dress came from fabric I had picked up at the local thrift store and the green dress came from what I believe used to be a tablecloth, found at a garage sale. I made a matching headband for the brown dress which I think finishes it off. The girls love them and can't wait till next week, I have to admit I'm pretty happy about them too. I foresee a few more of these type of dresses for the summer.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Creative Space

A lady in town has asked me to make a few things for her vintage shop that is opening up in a few weeks so this is the start of my productivity. Headbands with some vintage yo-yos I purchased at an estate auction. I love when things turn out how they look in my mind!

For more creative spaces please visit Kootoyoo.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Vintage Monday....A Day Late

We're back from our adventure! We had a great week visiting friends, eating great food and going on a great hike. It then took me a week once we got back to tackle laundry and general house chaos! I finally feel like I've gotten a handle on the schedule again and so it's back to regular programming.

On Mondays: a photo of some treasure I have discovered in the deep recesses of a thrift store or estate sale, either listed in my shop or now part of my house...
Join along and show me some of your great finds.I purchased this great portable pub for my hubby as an early birthday gift from TroupDuLoup on Etsy. He has really gotten into mixed drinks since we've found we are addicted to Mad Men. This little set is perfect for taking his passion to friends and family!

*Photo by TroupDuLoup

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Manta, Ecuador for my sister's wedding

Spring break is around the corner and I'm getting everything in order around the house. I'll be missing in action here in the blogging world but I'm looking forward to seeing friends and taking long walks. Unfortunately, not in Ecuador like the picture above, but it will be fun nonetheless. Have a great few weeks!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Vintage Monday

On Mondays: a photo of some treasure I have discovered in the deep recesses of a thrift store or estate sale, either listed in my shop or now part of my house...
Join along and show me some of your great finds.

A "detective hat" I picked up somewhere along the perfect for examining small mysteries, such as "what is in my fingernail" and other wonders of the world.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


As I'm sure everyone who reads this blog knows I'm a tad bit sick of winter. This has caused general laziness and lack of least that's my excuse! But I can post a hundred beautiful pictures of crafts and vintage stuff and the reality looks a lot more like this.

And not to get philosophical but isn't that how life works too? Outward beauty, organized house, and put together family when inside it might look a lot like my craft room. Messy, chaotic and in need of a good spring cleaning. Here's to the blessing of being able to wake up every morning to a new day and a chance to start afresh.