Sunday, January 27, 2013

An Obsession With All Things Bridal

I have a confession.  I am obsessed, capital letters OBSESSED, with all things bridal ~ jewelry, shoes, lingerie, style, decor, flowers ~ if the word "bridal" appears before it, I am immediately drawn in.  And if the word directly following "bridal" is "gown", I'm lost in a world of silk and lace and white and ivory and tulle and beading and trains for hours

None of this has a single thing to do with the very serious and completely separate subject of marriage.  Another day, perhaps.  Today I am all about the gowns!

Just feast your eyes on these glorious confections from an early 1960's fashion magazine, and you'll see what I mean~



And these lovely photos of real life brides from the same period ~

The dresses in the last two photographs are currently listed for sale in the Etsy shop Union Made Bride, and links to the listings are directly below each photo.  I just discovered this shop a little while ago, and I am in LOVE!  I predict hours of browsing in my immediate future.
Do bridal related items hold a similar spell over you?  Or are you more of a take it or leave it person when it comes to the subject?  Please share; I would love to hear!
xoxo, Anita

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

365 Photos, A Work In Progress

Since my last post I 've traveled to Florida and back for family time and an 88th birthday party; great fun, but no time for blogging.  I did manage to keep up with my 365 photos project though, which makes me rather happy!  However, I can see from my images that I need to work on being a bit less repetitive with the subjects!  I must remember to take the shots while I am out in the world; even I will get tired eventually of cute puppy pictures and reminders of my Jodi Arias murder trial obsession!


I received "Blueprints of Fashion, Home Sewing Patterns of the 1940's" as a gift during my trip, and am really enjoying it!  I highly recommend both this book and the 1950's version to sewists, vintage clothing aficionados, and anyone interested in fashion design.  They are excellent compilations of the fashions of the day, would provide wonderful inspiration for your own sewing projects, and work perfectly as pictorial references for dating vintage clothing.  Have you perused either of these books?  Please share, I would love to hear!


Thursday, January 10, 2013

365 Days Of Photos In 2013

This is my third, and final!, attempt at a 365 day photo project.  Final, because I fully intend for this one to be successful.  It is one of the items on my 101 in 1001 list, and something that I really want to see through to the end.  I am making it very simple on myself; the photo can be of absolutely anything in the immediate vicinity of where I am when I remember to take it that day.  iPhone photos are completely acceptable, and many of these are.  As I have spent the first 10 days of 2013 at home, they feature, predictably, my beloved Maltese puppies.  But since the idea of the project is that when I look back at it years from now it is an accurate snapshot of my life at the time, that they feature prominently is completely appropriate. And if you noticed that it is only the 10th day of the month but there are 11 photos, good catch!  The photos of the dogs eating treats were both taken on the same day; there was no way that I could pick just one!

Have you ever attempted, or completed!, a 365 photos project?  Please share; I would love to hear!


Monday, January 7, 2013

Intentional Blogging

When I made a conscious decision to return to blogging, I put some serious thought into how I wanted to approach the process this time around, and waited until I was sure that I could sustain momentum before starting again.

I realized that the best way to continue to find joy in the process is to blog with intention.  In looking for some guidance on how best to do this, I did some reading in my collection of books on both writing in general and blogging specifically, and read what some of my favorite bloggers had to say about it on their own blogs as well.  The one peice of advice that I read over and over was to focus on defining the purpose of your blog, how it serves the world, and to write it down.  It's not necessary to share it, what is important is that you fully understand it. 

I have decided to share mine here, because I believe that sharing a good idea allows for the possibility that someone else will expand on it and make it even better.  Using the model shared in the A Beautiful Mess e-course Blog (Design) Love, I decided to create my purpose statement in the form of a manifesto.

(In no particular order) I believe:

~  that joy exists in the moments and that there is beauty all around us.

~ in living ecletically.

~ that our best and fanciest things should not be saved for special occasions, but embraced and enjoyed every day.

~ that using or re-purposing vintage and found treasures is a wonderful way to honor the past while living in the present.

~ in celebrating creativity in all of its forms.  We are all artists in our own ways!

~ in showing up fully for every thing, every day.

~ in living green, eating organic, supporting independent business and reducing my carbon footprint whenever possible.

~ that learning and growing is a lifelong process, and is more beneficial when it is also a shared process.

It is my intention that all of the content I share on this blog will be centered around these beliefs.  I am hopeful that focusing on them will help me to both blog and live more intentionally in this new year.

Have you ever composed a mission statement or a manifesto for your blog?  Please share; I would love to hear!

xoxo, Anita

Friday, January 4, 2013

Through The Seasons

In front of my house stands my favorite tree, strong, solid and tall, easily twice the height of the house itself.  It's one of the things that I will miss the most about living here.  Photographing it in each season is one of the projects on my 101 in 1001 list, and I was happy to discover, sorting through images over the last few days, that I managed to complete it.

All that is left to take the project from "in progress" to "completed" is to print the photographs and frame them together.  I think that they will serve as a wonderful reminder in the new house about what I loved best about this one.
Have you become nostalgic about a house as you've prepared to leave it, dear friend?  Please share; I would love to hear!
xoxo, Anita

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I Resolve To.....

Rather than making a list of resolutions to improve my life at the start of every new year, for the last few years I have preferred to take a few moments to renew my personal commitment to doing my very best at each and every task that I undertake on a daily basis. 

There was a time that the list of resolutions was my preferred path, however.  When I worked in my full time career and my life ran in what felt like a hundred different directions, the order and structure that a goal list provided was very helpful.  There is a wonderful sense of accomplishment that comes from setting and completing a goal or task and crossing it off of the list.  Or of resolving to make a life change, and then successfully getting through the period of time that it takes for the change to become habit.

These days, between getting ready for a big move, working on a house remodeling project, making plans to reopen my Etsy shop in the spring and getting back into blogging, my life is full of daily goal and to-do lists.  And I love the challenge of starting and the accomplishment of finishing each and every item! 

Hand in hand with my commitment to do my very best at every thing, every day is the commitment that I make to let go of any idea that my best isn't good enough.  When you know that you have put your best into something, I feel that you owe it to yourself to accept the results, and not to beat yourself up about any shortcomings, real or perceived. 

Self acceptance and self forgiveness are fundamental characteristics of self love, and the peace that
results from practicing them is immeasurable to me.

How do you feel about resolutions in the new year?  Do you make them?  And if you do, do you generally keep them, or break them?

The roses shown here were a welcome home and happy new year gift from one of my closest
friends.  Aren't they just beautiful?

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope that 2013 is the very best year that any of us have ever had!