Thursday, March 31, 2011

Live ~ Laugh ~ Love


Here I present my very first completed Embroidery Hoop Art piece! 

It is framed in a 12 inch wooden hoop, and made entirely of vintage materials, with the exception of the hoop itself, and the embroidery flosses. 

The base fabric is by Laura Ashley, circa 1980's.   The laces, ribbon and buttons date from the 1960's; can you see in the picture that the lace edging the embroidered heart has little pink hearts on the border?  So precious!  The little pom-pom flowers are made from vintage fabrics from my stash; I am not sure of their dating because they are tiny pieces and I don't have the selvage.  The crocheted lace circle is cut from a doily I found during a recent thrifting adventure, and the rose appliqué is an Etsy find. 

I love creating hoop art!  I have two others almost completed, and several more ready to start.  I can't wait to share them with you!

Have a wonderful, crafty day!

xoxo, a.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Pretty Camera Bag

In just a short time here on blog world I have learned how important it is to present pleasing images in posts.  For me, this is very much a work in progress!  I have also learned how much bloggers love cameras and their bags.  Being a lover of pretty things I am no exception, and I am excited to show them off!    

After doing a lot of research, I decided on a Jo's Tote bag.  I LOVE it!  It is the mustard yellow Rose bag, and it has a brown and cream herringbone interior.



I carry three cameras and everything that goes with them inside.  My main camera is a 10 year old Sony with a Carl Zeiss lens that I inherited from my significant other.  There are several lens attachments for it that I am learning about, which is great fun!

I also have a tiny 12.1 mega pixel Sony Cyber Shot, which goes everywhere with me.  It is in my camera bag when I take it out, and I drop it in my purse when the bag is too much to carry.  Another thing I have learned since starting to blog is to never let a photo op pass!

My third camera is my most recent acquisition; it just arrived on Friday.  It is a Fuji Instax Mini Instant Camera.  I had no idea how popular, or delightful, these were until I started blogging!  I adore this camera!  It takes credit card sized photos that develop in minutes as you watch, just like the Polaroids I remember from years ago.  If you are at all a fan of photography, I highly recommend it! 



The pretty little zipper clutch with the roses on it is a bangle wristlet from {A03} Designs on Etsy.  It is perfect to hold my drivers license, a bit of cash (so as not to let a thrifting opportunity pass by!) and the all important don't-leave-home-without-it lip gloss while I'm out and about looking for pretty images to capture with my cameras.

I am spending some time today packing up pretty things to send out.  Fabric scraps and bits of fun for a swap, and a basket of embroidery essentials for the lucky giveaway winner. 

Have a beautiful Tuesday!  Smile, and say 'cheese'!

xoxo, a.

Monday, March 28, 2011

I Love Give Aways!

I think that everyone loves a good blog give away; I know that I do!

I just won these two beautiful prints on Janel's Runs With Scissors blog from blogger Mandy at Whimsical Woodland.



How lucky am I?!  They are going to look stunning framed and hung in my sewing studio.  As a matter of fact winning these was just the motivation I needed to get downstairs and start to clear out all of the junk in that space!
 
A perfect way to spend a Monday afternoon, I think.  However you spend yours, I hope that it's wonderful!

xoxo, A.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Happy Saturday ~ Welcome New Friends!

Thank you and welcome to my new followers!  I am so happy that you are here!  Isn't Mollie's blog the best?  Wild Olive is one of the first blogs I started reading on a daily basis, so it was an obvious choice for my first foray into sponsorship, and my first giveaway.  Good luck to everyone that entered!  I am so excited about the response, and I only wish that I could send each and every one of you a lovely basket.

Is everyone having a fun Saturday?  I am working on embroidery hoop art.  I am participating in an exchange on the blog Oh So Lovely, and I also want to hang a few with inspiring messages in my sewing studio, which is a (slow moving!) work in progress.

Here are a few of the fabric, felt and trim combos I have put together:





I love crafting days!  I hope that your Saturday is wonderful however you spend it.

xoxo, A.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fill In The Blanks ~ Inspirational Friday




As always, thanks to Lauren at the little things we do... for this great weekly post!

1.   My most prized possession is  my engagement ring, because it symbolizes that my significant other and I are committed to spending the rest of our lives together.  
2.  If I could be one age for the rest of my life, I would want to be  the age that I am! Every age that I have been so far is great, and I have long been committed to not buying into our culture's age obsession.

3.  The best way to spend a weekend is at home working around the house and entertaining friends and family.
4.  My outlook on life is  to find the joy in the moments. I love the saying "We plan, God laughs!". I am a big planner and list maker, but this reminds me not to take myself too seriously.

5.  If you want to annoy me, just  be rude. People are so rushed and frazzled that we seem to have forgotten basic human kindness. If everyone had a smile for the person standing in line next to them all of us would have a better day!

6.  I am completely defenseless when it comes to anything that my significant other asks me to do! I can say no to almost anything (including chocolate frosting!) but I always give in to him.
7.  When dressing for the day one should  put on whatever makes them feel fabulous! Don't worry about trends or dress codes (unless ignoring them is either rude or will get you in trouble!), dressing to please yourself vastly improves not just your look, but also your entire outlook!
And for a bit of inspiration, here are two quotes from Elizabeth Taylor that further inspire me to strive to do more and be better, which are my goals on a daily basis:
~~"So much to do, so little done, such things to be."
~~"I feel very adventurous.  There are so many doors to be opened, and I'm not afraid to look behind them."


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Violet Eyed Goddess

Rest in Peace, Elizabeth Taylor.
27 February 1932 ~ 23 March 2011


As an actress, you epitomized the title "Movie Star".

From your best known roles ~ 



 To my very favorites ~






Your talent has dazzled us for decades.

And while your amazing work in film would be legacy enough, what you accomplished as an advocate and a humanitarian made the world a better place for us all.

May we long be inspired by the true beauty that you are, inside and out. 


"I call upon you to draw from the depths of your being — to prove that we are a human race, to prove that our love outweighs our need to hate, that our compassion is more compelling than our need to blame." 
~ Elizabeth Taylor, at the acceptance of the Jean Hersholt Award, 1993

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Noteworthy and Notable

Here is a list of the things that currently have my interest, my ear, and my attention.

I would love this album no matter where it came from, but I love it all the more because it is independently produced.  You just know when listening to an independent recording that you are hearing the artist as they truly want to be heard; no compromises needed to be made to accommodate a corporate vision.


It is no secret that I adore books, and I always have a few going at once.  My current reading list reflects what I am working on, and is populated primarily with sewing books like this one ~


I have been doing a lot of reading to refresh my dressmaking skills as I assemble the goods I need for a few new creations.  I am preparing a pattern from the 1960's, a recently reissued Vintage Vogue 1952 design, and a design of my own in the planning stages.  I am so excited to get sewing!  I will have some fabric swatches to share in a week or two.

In the meantime, The sewing machine will be making it's appearance soon, as I am getting a crib sized quilt ready to stitch.  All of that piecing will be good practice for dress patterns later! <Don't you wish sometimes that a day had 44 hours instead of 24?> :-)

If you are trying to find your place in the crafty blog world as I am, I highly recommend this book ~


Authored by the woman behind the well loved blog Tara Frey: Typing Out Loud, it contains excellent advice on finding your on line voice as well as a look into some of the more popular creative blogs.  I just received it, having initially thought it might be outdated,( it was published in 2009) but that is not at all the case.  I wish that I had it in January when I started!

And finally, a recorded work of fiction in the i-pod for my listening enjoyment during those long morning workouts ~


What currently has your interest?

xoxo, A.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Pretty Baby Things

I seem to be getting a lot of baby shower invites lately, so I decided to stitch a few pretties to put in the gift bags along side the necessities from the gift registries.

Fit for a princess~


for a prince ~


and for a visit to everyone's favorite babysitter ~

If you embroider, you know that the soft fabric that onesies are made from are not the easiest things to stitch on!  The 'prince' onesie was a disappointment, so it is back in the hoop!  Some things work perfectly on the first try, others not so much.

I'm moving on to embroidery hoop art; I need to get one sent out for a swap hosted by this Oh So Lovely blogger.  I'll have a sneak peak later in the week!

Happy crafting, friends!

xoxo, A.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Fill In The Blanks!


2.  If I were hosting a dinner party and could invite people from my fantasy guest list it would include    My mother and Bette Davis. First of all, I would give anything for more time with my mother. And since this is a party, and it was her admiration for the amazing BD that inspired mine, it would be great fun to bring the two of them together! The style and class of those two women in one place would render my speechless in awe   .

3.  Something that inspires me is    so very many things! It is the women of my family first, and most importantly of all, though. My mother, her sister and my sister so influenced my early life, and the women on my fathers side played a big part of my college years and beyond. Their influence remains with me now and inspires what I do every day. They were readers, teachers, bankers and seamstresses. Sisters, cousins, wives, mothers, aunts and grandmothers to me and to each other. They taught me how to be, how to grow, how to live, and how to love. They inspire me to be better, every moment of my life  .

4.  If I could only choose to eat one flavor of food for the rest of eternity (sweet, salty, spicy, bitter....) I would have to go with     sharp, as in cheddar cheese. Of all the foods in the world, it is my favorite. Even more than chocolate!  

5.  I dream about     I have many beautiful dreams and plans for living out my life, and I share them on my blog every day. But based on Lauren's answer, I think she meant at night. Those are vivid, detailed, and stay with me for a long time after I awaken. Sometimes they are about the things that haunt me, and I have accepted that this is just how it is going to be. They remind me every day to find the joy in life!  

6.  My weekend Sunday will be spent    Reading a bit, writing this blog post, doing my workout  and then heading to the Blues Alley Jazz and Supper Club in DC to see the great Earl Klugh.  And Celebrating that it is the first day of Spring!   

7.  If I could only  watch one movie or TV show for the rest of my life, it would be    This is a tough one!  It would have to be Good Morning America, which I have been watching forever! Then to replace the other TV I watch I would listen to music and read more books. I like to listen to books on my I pod, also;  they are a bit like a movie without pictures!     


Happy first day of Spring!

xoxo, A.







Saturday, March 19, 2011

For Japan With Love ~ Bloggers Day of Silence ~ A Very Inspiring Friday

Yesterday I participated in 'Bloggers Day of Silence',  an event organized by Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours.  It was brought to my attention by one of my readers and favorite bloggers, the ever so sweet Mimi at Irresistible Icing.  Click here to be directed to Shelter Box USA and join in the effort.  They have raised over $50,000 so far for disaster relief for Japan, which is almost 10 times their original goal. 

I feel so fortunate to be a member of the blogging community; these amazing people inspire me every day to do more, be more and give more.  Join them, won't you?

xoxo, A.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

First Blog Sponsorship Appearance, and Smiling Irish Eyes

I was sooooo busy yesterday planning my spring sewing projects (more on that later) and working on the design for my new sewing space that I missed seeing my very first blog sponsorship appearance ever!

I picked one of the first blogs that I started reading, 'Wild Olive; The Blog of Mollie Johanson', for my first foray into the world of blog sponsorship this month.  It has been fun to see my button on her page when I pop over to read her daily posts.  I'm aware that this may sound silly to seasoned bloggers, but this little thing, as well as every new comment by a reader on a post and every new follower gives me such a thrill!  One that I hope never wears off.  :-)

Mollie shares a new story at the beginning of every month, and then posts about it throughout the month, including a post in which all of her sponsors answer a story related question.  Here is the picture that I gave her to go along with my answer:


 Visit her delightful blog for yourself here to see just what I am talking about in the picture bubble!

And on another note, Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Being of Irish descent ~ my mother was 100% Irish lass, red hair and all! ~ I love that there is a day dedicated to the wearing of the green and celebrating all things Irish.

So pin on your shamrock and pick up your green beer.  Slainte!

xoxo, A.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In The Kitchen ~ Chicken Noodle Soup

I don't know what the weather is like where you are, dear reader, but here in the Mid Atlantic it has been overcast, cool and damp for the last few days.  There is a chill in the air that makes it impossible to feel warm!  The best way I came up with to remedy this was to whip up a pot of homemade chicken soup.  This recipe is so simple that I just had to share it; you can be enjoying a hot bowl yourself in a little over an hour!

Start by putting a whole cut up chicken of about 3 to 4 pounds in a pot and covering it with four cups of water and four cups of chicken broth.  I like to make my own broth and freeze it, but a purchased broth works just as well.  Bring this to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium-low, cover and simmer 20 to 25 minutes.

In the meantime, chop 2 1/2 cups of celery, 2 1/2 cups of carrots and 1 1/2 cups of onion.



Remove the chicken from the pot to a platter to cool.  Add the carrots, celery and onion to the broth and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the vegetables are just tender.

Cut the chicken meat from the bones and return to the pot.

Add 3/4 cup (or to taste) chopped parsley,


allow to simmer, and season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.


With regards to the noodles, I have tried both adding them to the soup at this point uncooked, and cooking them separately and ladling the soup over them.  I prefer the second option; adding them to the soup while it is cooking seems to cause the noodles to overcook, and fall apart.  Prepare a 12 ounce package of extra wide egg noodles according to the package directions for Al dente, and they will be perfect for the soup.


Once the leftover soup has cooled, combine it with the noodles and refrigerate.  It is even better the second day!

Enjoy!

xoxo, A.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Treasury of Roses

I just curated my first Treasury on Etsy, and I'm so excited!  I can't wait to do another, because 16 items are just not enough!

For those of you unfamiliar with Etsy, Treasuries offer members the opportunity to put together a collection of pretty things from fellow member shops, comment on the collection, and share it with other members.  It's a really nice way to spread some love and to promote items so that they get more views, and are ultimately sold.  Etsy is a community that is all about supporting each other.  I feel so fortunate to have found it, and to be making a place for myself in it.

Anyway, here are a few of the items that I have included.

First up, this beautiful vintage oil painting:



Here is a stunning handmade quilt for sale:


I gasped when I first laid eyes on this vintage dress, from one of my favorite sellers:



I remember my grandmother having a drawer full of these lovely rain hats. 



And last up, I offer for your viewing pleasure this Marie Antoinette fabric square, ready for your craft projects:




For more information on these items, or to view the entire Treasury, click here. 

Wishing you a world full of love, and roses.

XOXO, A.

Friday, March 11, 2011

A fill In The Blanks ~ X2 ~ And A Bit Of Inspiration


Lauren of the little things we do has a reoccurring feature called Fill in the Blanks Friday.  I didn't realize it at the time, but my original fill in the blanks post, which I adapted from an email sent out by one of my girlfriends, was actually adapted from her post  first!  Yay! ~ I love crediting the original source whenever possible.

Here is the Fill In The Blanks posted for this week:

1.   My biggest accomplishment in life thus far is  that I am a survivor.  As the victim of a violent crime, I was determined from the beginning not to let it destroy me, and not to let it define me.  I am proud of the fact that I am able to see the beauty in humanity despite the fact that I know from experience the ugliness that exists. 

2.  My favorite place to sit in my house is  On my big white bed with my love and my puppies.

3.  My fashion philosophy is  Always be an individual. If you like it and feel fabulous in it, wear it!  My wardrobe is filled with classics, both vintage and modern. I believe in investing in quality pieces that will last a lifetime, or several lifetimes!  

4.  Something every girl should have is   self confidence.  Nothing is more beautiful! And two good moisturizers; facial and body.  Use them every day, even if you don't think that you need them.  You will not be sorry, I promise!

5.  If you looked in my purse right now you'd find....   everything!  Wallet, checkbook, lip gloss,  Chapstick, tissues, wipes, keys, blue tooth ear piece, hand lotion and hand sanitizer, Evian Brumisateur, hair spray, Totes umbrella, Eco Totes (say no to the plastic bag!), mints...

6.  My favorite music right now is   whatever Bob is playing on his guitar.

7.  My favorite part of my body is    all of it.  And that it is all in good working order.  When you live with someone that is handicapped (in Bob's case from a car accident), you really appreciate having a body that does what you need it to, and generally does not cause you pain.


And because I like to be thorough, this is the one from last Friday, which I filled out on Monday evening.  It was posted between my first post and this one.  I hope to keep this up every week!

1.   The phrase or punctuation I overuse most is  --- and ;  If anyone knows a better way to express "this comes next" please let me know, because I get tired of using those soooo much!  Another thing I overuse is sooooooooo. 

2.  Today I am thankful for  the Internet, for the endless supply of new  and inspiring people that I come across.

3.  My best friend is  my significant other, first, last and always.  He has been since the first moment we met!

4.  A quirky thing about me is  Sooo many to choose from!  I make lists for everything, am an obsessive planner, and spontaneity makes me cranky unless it's my idea.

5.  This weekend I have no plans yet!

6.  Something that worries me is   losing my sweet puppy, Phoebe.  She is the joy of my life, and only six, but I get sad sometimes when I realize how fast the time goes by.

7.  On my night stand you would find  my Blackberry, my Filofax, my project notebook, a can of Coke Zero, lotion, lip balm, and the Rosary Beads my grandmother got blessed by the Pope at the Vatican.  While I never actually pray the Rosary, their presence comforts me.

Want to play along?  Copy and paste these questions into a Fill In The Blanks Post of your own, link to Lauren's post in your comments, and post a link to your post on hers.  She has about 200 people posting every week.  Fun, fun!!

And for a bit of inspiration, I have this to share:

 
Special thanks to Cheryl, for posting the above on Facebook.
 
Happy Friday, dear friends!
 
XOXO, A.



Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lovely Links




Spring seems to be on everyone's minds these days!  On the 'Oh So Lovely' blog they are well into the second week of Spring Fling, and there is also an Embroidery Hoop Art Swap that started today.  If this interests you, please sign up!  Who knows, maybe you'll be the recipient of my creation, already sketched out in my notebook.  I know I would just love to receive yours!

The Spring issue of Heather Bullard's 'Souvenir (A Seasonal Lifestyle Gazette)' just hit my in box, and from the very first glance it is just too lovely for words.  If you did not receive one, head right over to her blog and sign up for a free copy!

It is a typically dreary, overcast late winter's day here in the Mid-Atlantic, but all around the web, it definitely feels like spring!

Have a lovely day!
xoxo, A.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

How are you celebrating this Mardi Gras?   Will you attend a parade?  A party?  Bake a King Cake?  Make a big batch of Hurricanes?  Whatever you decide, I hope that it's festive!

I love to see this day come around every year.  Aside from being good, great fun, it means that Easter is fast upon us, and with it, Spring!



Let the good times roll!

~~about the photo: Vintage 1970's dress from Red Velvet Shop, my collection of Mardi Gras beads (if you look closely you will see that the purple one is little Ravens footballs!), handmade gold lace mask from Bag and Baby and handmade jester's hat from Mountain Goth, both on Etsy.

Monday, March 7, 2011

In The Kitchen ~ Shrimp and Asparagus Pasta


This is one of my favorite go to recipes, perfect when I want to make something fresh and healthy but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen.  Precise measuring is not necessary for this dish; everything can be adjusted to taste!

This will make 2 dinner servings or four appetizer servings, and can be easily doubled. 

First, assemble the ingredients:

3 to 4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 to 8 Cloves Fresh Garlic, chopped
2 to 4 Cups Vegetable Broth
1 Cup White Wine
1 Bunch Fresh Asparagus, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces, keep the tips separate
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Crushed Red Peppers (optional)
1 Pound Large or Jumbo Shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed

1/2 Pound Cooked Pasta
Freshly Grated Locatelli Romano Cheese

Preheat a medium sized skillet on medium heat.  Add the olive oil and garlic and sauté just until the garlic begins to brown.  Add 2 cups of the vegetable broth and the asparagus stem pieces and cook until the asparagus is just tender, about 5 minutes.  At this point I usually add my freshly ground black pepper, and a splash or two more of vegetable broth.  The amount of broth used is strictly a matter of taste, I prefer a 'wetter' sauce, but make yours the way you like it!  Add the shrimp and the white wine and stir this together. Once I see that the shrimp is beginning to cook I add the asparagus tips.  If you are in the mood for a spicy pasta, add a bit of crushed red pepper, too taste.   As soon as the shrimp is curled, pink and thoroughly cooked, remove the skillet from heat.

Put the hot, cooked pasta (I used thin spaghetti) into bowls, spoon the sauce over, sprinkle with the cheese, and serve.

I like a Pinot Grigio for this dish; a cup into the pasta and the rest with the meal!



My guy was busy playing his guitar in his studio, so I put it on a tray and brought it to him.  One dish meals are perfect for a quick break on a busy day!

Enjoy your time in the kitchen! 
xoxo, A.





Saturday, March 5, 2011

Thrifting Loot

I found myself with a few free minutes after my errands were done, so I decided to spend them in my favorite local thrift shops.  I wasn't searching for anything in particular, which is the way I best like to thrift.  It allows me to take everything in, rather than overlooking all of the items that don't meet the qualifications of whatever I am on the hunt for.  I went to two shops for a total of about an hour, and this is what I came away with:


What you see here is booklet on macramé from 1978 written by a small group if indie crafters and in perfect condition, which cost me all of 20 cents.  Next to it is a golf ashtray that set me back 75 cents.  There are no smokers in my house, but we do have a fun collection of new and vintage golf items that this is a perfect addition to.  I also found a set of 6 lace edged cocktail napkins just perfect to embroider on, and a handkerchief that is hand embroidered.  I love to find examples of other peoples embroidery for my collection.  You can almost always learn something from examining someone else's stitches. 


This is a pile of six different hand made doilies that I collected between the two shops.  I am not sure what I am going to do with them yet, but I see many interesting possibilities here!

Do you thrift?  My favorite shops are the ones that accept donations and benefit a charitable organization.  They are generally staffed by super friendly volunteers, and come in all sizes, from small boutiques in donated space, to the larger department store style Salvation Army and Goodwill Stores.

I also enjoy the privately owned stores with collections curated from garage sales and estates.  The prices tend to be higher because there is a markup on the goods, but most of your finds will be be in good to excellent condition. 

Do you thrift?  Where do you like to go?  I would love to hear!

xoxo, A.

Friday, March 4, 2011

A Fill In The Blanks, and An Inspirational Thought

1. My Current Obsession Is:   Vintage Lace.  Finding it, finding things made with it, and finding things to make with it.

2. Today My Mood Is:   Happy, and a bit more mellow and sedate than usual.

3.  The Age I am Is:   Older than yesterday, younger than tomorrow, and decisive about not being stereotyped by it!

4. My Favorite Place Is:   At home, curled up on my big white bed.

5. I Have Been Procrastinating About:   Everything today!  But the big one is doing our taxes.  Uggh!

6. The Last Thing I Bought:   A few bottles of good wine from my favorite nearby vineyard.

7. The Thing I Love Most About Home Is:   That it reflects the tastes and passions of myself and my significant other.  We have created a space that is as fun as it is functional, and I love all of it!

8.  What I Am Most Thankful For:  The life that I share with my significant other and our puppies.  Good days or bad, I wouldn't trade a second!

For some inspiration today, I thought I'd share a quote from a favorite childhood book, 'Alice In Wonderland'.

"There is no use trying,", said Alice; "one can't believe impossible things."  "I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the Queen.  "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

Here's to belief in impossible things.  Happy Friday, friends!

xoxo, A.
        

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Curating on Pinterest

Have you discovered Pinterest yet?  If you have, and perhaps you've curated yourself a board or several for inspiration, then you understand why I am jumping up and down and clapping my hands together in excitement.  If you haven't, head on over and take a peak at this board of pretty things I like for spring, Black and White Everywhere

Pinterest is a site where members get to create and share virtual pin boards with other members.  What is a pin board?  It is a collection of things you love from the Internet sites you visit.  The easiest way to get something you love onto a board is to install the "Pin It" button onto your toolbar, then when you come across something that you want to pin you can grab the image and add it to the board of your choice.

Your boards can be as limitless as your imagination!  Things you love, vacation ideas, inspiration for your next project, must read books, things that make you smile, things that make you cry...I could go on forever, but I think you get the point!

And then it gets really fun!  Other members can see your pins, and you can see theirs, too.  When you see something you like, you can like it or even re pin it to one of your own boards.  Every pin automatically has the source link so that the original creator gets credited, and when a pin is re pinned the first pinner gets credit, too. 

It is a really fun, eclectic community!  I love that it provides me the opportunity to see in one place a lot of great things that I just might not get to on my own.  I hope that you love it, too!

XO, A.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Pretty Things That Are Making Me Smile

From the moment I first discovered Etsy, I have been hooked. It is a vintage loving girls dream come true!  But it is also a collection of some of the finest independent designers and artisans I have ever seen, and after only a short time as a member of the Etsy team, I have sworn to forsake mass manufactured goods in favor of hand crafted whenever possible.  I thought I would share some of my lovely finds with you.  Be cautioned however; Etsy is highly addicting! 

These first two are both hand made in Australia.  Etsy has made me global, too!  Click on the picture for a link to the lovely shop that they came from.


I just love this apron, handmade from vintage fabric and embellished with vintage buttons.  I feel fancy every time I wear it!


You know that an artist loves her creations when she names them.  These lovely brooches answer to Barry and Diana, and add charm to my winter coats.

I have been looking for just the right hoop for my cartilage piercing for a while now.  This is what I found:


It is offered in your choice of three gold colors; yellow, rose or white, three sizes, and as a single or a pair.  I got the single mini for my cartilage, and true to it's press, it is comfortable to sleep in!  It arrived super fast, just a few days after I ordered it, which made me soooo happy!  And it came complete with instructions on how to get it into your ear.  It took me a few minutes, but since I've put it in, I don't even know it is there. 

I am a fan of mixing metals, so I think I need to save for some of the other colors and sizes to wear together and separately in my multiple piercings.  Head over to 'I Dream I Can Fly' and check them out for yourself and tell me what you think!

This pretty thing has become a fast favorite for turning a bad hair day into a good hair day, or on a day when I just feel like adding a little twist.



I think that these are super versatile and look great on everyone.  If you don't mind getting lots of compliments, get one for yourself!

That's all I have for now; I'm off to do some more work on my blogging e-course.  Happy First of March!

xoxo, A.