16 December 2010

December Already


Well, I really did fall off the blogging bandwagon this autumn.  But guess what?! We are finally in our new house and the boxes are mostly unpacked. I haven't really started decorating yet, but I did put all my Christmas stuff out to make it feel homey.


I bought this Noel figurine at an auction a few weeks ago. I absolutely adore vintage Christmas stuff.


And this is my Nativity set I purchased a few years ago at an estate sale.

card catalog

I also decorated my new {fabulous!} card catalog in the entry way. The card catalog was a housewarming present from Kevin. Isn't he the best?

14 October 2010

New House Update

Sorry I haven't been better about updating during the remodel process. We sold our house within two weeks of listing it, yay! But, this meant we had to move before we finished with the new house. Sooooooo, we are currently taking over my old bedroom at my parent's house. I sure never thought I'd be moving home again.

Things are finally starting to come together on the house. We did manage to get all the wallpaper down, but it took much blood, sweat, and tears. Then we had lots of patching to do on the plaster walls underneath. Happily it is all painted now and the floor crew has started refinishing the lovely hardwoods that were hiding under that disgusting carpet.

Our wonderful friend Gaines finished the backsplash in the kitchen today. Kevin is at the house as I'm typing this putting sealer on the new floor in the kitchen. Why is he doing that at 9 o'clock at night you ask? Well, because all our appliances are being delivered tomorrow! Yes, I will at last have a brand spanking new kitchen. Complete with modern stove!! I loved my vintage Flair, but I am ready to have an oven that can hold a steady temperature (and a full size frozen pizza).

I posted several pictures on my flickr account.

Hopefully we will be moving in soon and I can get back to blogging!

Living room BEFORE and yes they left all that stuff. We had to haul it away.
living room (before)

Living room AFTER painting but before floors are done
living room

17 July 2010

Where have I been?

Well, Kevin and I listed our house for sale this weekend and things have been rather chaotic.  I may not be posting much until we can get this house sold.  If you know anyone in Fort Smith, Arkansas looking for an adorable house in a fantastic established neighborhood, be sure and let me know!

13 July 2010

Ephemera Tuesday

I found this adorable image in a 1920's copy of Literary Digest. The bathroom looks very similar to the master bath in our new home. I thought maybe the fixtures were the originals, and now I am sure of it. Enjoy!


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12 July 2010

You bought WHAT?!

On Saturday Kevin and I made our largest auction purchase ever. We bough a new house!! Kevin had never even seen the property until about an hour before we bought it. I had looked it over a few days earlier and was totally smitten. Now we are scrambling to get some last minute repairs done to our current house before we put it on the market. I've already packed a few boxes! I had a little bit of a panic attack on Sunday, but today I am just gearing up to get 'er done.

The house we purchased has great bones, but needs a lot of work before we can move in. It is an orange brick house that was built in the early 20s. It has a formal dining room, large kitchen with breakfast area, huge conservatory, 4 bedrooms and upstairs sunroom, several bathrooms (including one with a sink and shower but no toilet??) and my favorite part: an enormous workshop. It's so big we can park our cars and I can still have a studio three times the size of the one I have now. I'm already planning to buy a few new presses!!

Our New House

Our first order of business will be removing wallpaper (multiple layers) from every room. I'm afraid this is going to take weeks! If you have any tips on how to remove it quickly, please let me know. I will post more pictures soon!

08 July 2010

Cath Kidston Summer Sale

Cath Kidston Sale

I love Cath Kidston, especially when there's a sale going on. The only thing that keeps me from going completely overboard is the (rather outrageous) overseas shipping charge. Her floral patterns are the best, don't you think?

Here are the links to my favorites:


06 July 2010

Ephemera Tuesday

Seafaring Ephemera

This week I went with a "seafaring" theme and scanned in several images from an old encyclopedia.
Hopefully you can use these images for some fun projects!

PS- I'm embarrassed to admit this, but because the book is missing the first several pages, this conversation actually took place:

Me:  "Honey, what do you call something like a dictionary but with only really interesting words listed?"
 Kevin:  "uhhh, you mean like an encyclopedia?"
Me: "oh yeah!"

I guess I am so used to Wikipedia that I forgot what an actual encyclopedia looks like.

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02 July 2010

Happy 4th of July!

Kevin and I are headed to St. Louis for the weekend. Hope you all have a great time!

Fourth of July

30 June 2010

Etsy Illustrators

Etsy Illustrators

Illustrations are my favorite art form.  I like paintings and mixed media as well, but there's just something about a simple, colorful drawing that catches my heart.

These are some of my favorite Etsy illustrators. Follow the links to see their other work.


Mon Petit Lapin:   sarahjanestudios 
Fiddle:   ohmycavalier
My Heart to Your Heart:   leahduncan
Queen of Hearts:   badbird

29 June 2010

Ephemera Tuesday

Sheet Music Ephemera

I've decided to start a new weekly column featuring all the fun ephemera that I've collected. I'm also going to give away several of the images free for you all to use!! The only thing I ask is that you don't sell the images. You can use them in projects and sell the projects, just don't sell the images by themselves.

This sheet music came from an old house in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas. There was so much music, but I had to limit myself so I only picked out about 10 to take home. Aren't they fabulous?!  I like to use the "Message of Love" on my piano at Valentine's Day.

Click HERE to go to the download page

28 June 2010

Summer Seashell Project

Kevin and I rearranged the house this weekend.  We got rid of an old couch that had really been holding us back and now it is much more comfortable.  After that, I decided maybe I would take down my Valentine decorations (totally missed Easter this year) and setup for summer.  We went to a few yard sales Saturday morning and I found a fun seashell necklace to use somewhere. It needed a little more drama though, so I cut up a money plant that I had and used the (pods?) to add some flair.  I love using things around the house to make something new.

Step 1: Gather your supplies...

Step 1

Step 2: Cut up plants and thread them...

Step 2

Step 3: Attach to necklace...

Step 3

Ta-Da! You're Done!

Seashell Ornament Project

26 June 2010

Contest Winner

Contest Winner

Congratulations to Kawartha Beads for winning the straws! To everyone else, thank you for playing. I will have more contests in the future. Also, CupcakeConfessional has some of the same straws for sale, so don't despair if you didn't win!

24 June 2010

Paper Straws {and a giveaway}

Red and White Paper Straws

I finally found the straws I have been looking for.  All the design blogs have been using these adorable straws to style their summer picnics, and I wanted some.  Yesterday they arrived and I have been using them non-stop.

Straw Giveaway

The straws only come in very LARGE quantities, so I thought I would do a giveaway for {50} lovely red and white striped straws.  To participate, just leave a comment.  Tell me your favorite summer memory, or what event you would like to use the straws for, or about your garden, or anything really. Just entertain me!

 *Drawing will be held tomorrow night, Friday June 25th*

23 June 2010

Restful Wednesday

Tea and Fabric

My Mother-in-Law gave me some lovely fabric scraps to play with.  I'm not sure what I want to make, but I am content enough just looking at all the pretty colors.  The teacup and saucer is a score from last weekend in Dallas.


Finnegan turned 5 months this past weekend.  He sure is growing up fast.  The party outfit is in honor of our favorite news anchor and walking buddy, Ashley Beck.  Happy Birthday Ashley!

22 June 2010

Under the Big Top


I bought these tickets at an auction a few years ago, and I still haven't figured out what to do with them.  I love the colors though.  They inspire me just by sitting on a shelf in my studio.  I put together a few vintage Etsy finds with a circus theme. Enjoy!

Etsy Circus

Cooler:   lakesidecottage
Tin:   LookBackVintage
Elephant:   fiberartsoutlaw
Lion:   ZebrasAndBubblegum
Earrings:   HelpTheGulfCoast
Monkey:   InaMaeVintage
Circus Print:   sunnychampagne

21 June 2010

Long Weekend

Sorry for the lack of posts the past few days. I have been partying up a storm.  On Thursday one of the employees at my father's company celebrated his 50th year with them.  I planned the party and got everything ready (with a 5 month old in tow).  Unfortunately I was too busy doing everything to take any pictures.

Shabby Beach Invitation

That afternoon Kevin and I headed down to Hot Springs so I could go to Susannah's 30th birthday party.  It was a Shabby Chic Beach Party and it was soooo much fun! The food was fabulous, thanks to my Aunt Jo.

Beach Present

Everyone chipped in to buy Susannah a set of real pearls, since those are her birthstone.  I also put together a few little things for her to open.

After the party Kevin and I loaded up and took Finn down to Dallas for the weekend.  Kevin's Aunt Susan was having a Father's Day party and since Kevin is now officially a father they really wanted us to be there. It was relaxing and fun.  We hit up several estate sales and I will write more on that tomorrow.

16 June 2010

Curiosity Cabinet

Curiosity Cabinet

Here is that dash of eccentric I know you have all been wondering about.  Sometimes Kevin and I collect things that are a little more on the "strange" side.  These teeth always cause raised eyebrows whenever anyone notices them.  We used to have a display case full of interesting things, but I decided it was taking up too much space and got rid of it.  This is a little sampling of what was on display.

15 June 2010

and it was all yellow

Today I decided to show you a little of my house.  I picked a color and looked around for things that inspire me.  I hope you like it! 

Yellow Collage

The towels were from the estate sale of Dorothy Franey, an Olympic speed skater who lived in Dallas. They were so lovely I had to get them.  You could tell she treasured them because they were on display and had never been used.

My bird picture is from the John Derian collection for Target.  I just love the Target special collections!

Contest Winner

Vintage Blue Jewelry

This time I was the winner! Teresa of Poppy Place Pdx recently had a contest for some lovely vintage jewelry and I had the lucky number.  I was very excited to get my package in the mail the other day. Thank you Teresa!! 

14 June 2010

Delightful Picnic

flower bouquet

My lovely cousin Susannah was in town this weekend with her two girls.  We had fun doing all sorts of things, including hitting up a few yard sales and the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning.  Aren't these flowers beautiful? I got the whole bunch for only $5!!

blackberries and cherries

Susannah's daughter Jolie helped me pick out some cherries and blackberries.  She also helped me eat almost all of them!

Saturday Picnic

I found the picnic basket at a yard sale for 75¢.  I can't wait to take Kevin and Finn for a picnic this summer.

10 June 2010

Gifts for Daddy

Kevin helped me put this list together, so it is "father approved."  If you have any other good suggestions, let me know in the comments.

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Wallet $45Saddleback Leather Company
This extremely well constructed wallet will take a lot of abuse and still look good.

James Bond Watchband $39.95Corvus Watch
This is the watch strap worn by Sean Connery on his Rolex Submariner in the classic James Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball.

Watch $359.00Hamilton
For those of us that can't afford a Rolex, this is a nice alternative. Hamilton gives you a a great Swiss movement without the luxury pricetag.  (for you Heroes fans, Sylar often sports a Hamilton watch)

Shirt $39.95 LL Bean
 A quality wrinkle resistant shirt is a gift to both mom and dad.

Knife $104.95 Benchmade
This blade is made with a special French steel meant for saltwater and harsh environments.  It will last forever for us mere mortals.  (Kevin is quite the knife collector, so it was hard for him to pick just one)

Lotion $10 Butter London
Master Lotion is paraben free and vegan.  And it has really cute packaging!

Watchbands $9 J.Press
If you don't want to go all out with the James Bond watchband, you can get these bands on sale from J.Press right now for only $9

Beard Lube $18 Jack Black
Kevin hates shaving.  When I say hate, I really mean it, he abhors having to shave.  This lotion is the only thing that makes it tolerable for him.

08 June 2010

The Farmer in the Dell

I didn't get to do too much junking this weekend, but I did hit a few nice yard sales. I found this fantastic Fisher Price little people farm set for only $4. The little people were my favorite toys as a kid, so I am really excited to have some now for Finn to play with.

Fisher Price Farm

Maybe when he gets a little older he will be interested. But for now, the glow worm is his favorite.

Baby Finn

07 June 2010


Once those 90+ days settle in, there's nothing better than going to the pool (or the beach, if you're so lucky).  Here are my two most important summer rules:

1) always wear your sunscreen
2) always have the cutest stuff, so everyone else will be jealous.

This is my summer wishlist. What's on your list?


towel: land's end
swimsuit: anthropologie
umbrella: world market
basket: cath kidston

04 June 2010

And the winner is...


Megan Eckman of Studio M.M.E is the winner of my first fabulous giveaway. Megan is an author and illustrator of children's books. She has an adorable Etsy shop full of pen and ink fine art prints of sleeping princesses, magical twins, and fearsome sea monsters. Check her out here!

megan eckman

03 June 2010

Baker's Twine {and a give away}

Pile of Threads

I love to buy old wooden spools of thread, especially if I can get a good deal. This whole pile was only $1. I use the spools to make gifts of baker's twine. I have a huge roll of it, and I like to make up small bundles for my friends. I also love to use it in all my packaging.  The packages below are by (clockwise)

Packaging with Baker's Twine

Since I have been blogging for over a week now, it's about time to do a giveaway! This lovely spool of twine could be yours. Just leave me a comment below and I will do the drawing Friday morning.

thread giveaway

01 June 2010

Memorial Weekend in Dallas

Memorial Weekend in Dallas, originally uploaded by Gypsy Ridgley.

We went to stay at Kevin's parent's house for the weekend. It was so relaxing to get away and be in an actual city. We hit several estate sales and all my favorite Dallas shops. I picked up some cute crystal champagne glasses, a red dotted mug, a pair of Shabby Chic pillow cases, and various other fun stuff. Kevin found two pairs of Ray Bans for only $5 each. Score!

28 May 2010

on the 28th of May 2005

I married my best friend! I love my husband even more today than I did five years ago when we made our vows.  In honor of our first "major" anniversary I made a lovely breakfast.  I used our wedding china, some anniversary presents and lots of little memories to decorate the table.  I'm going to enter this post in the 92nd Tablescapes Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch

The "je t'aime" espresso cups were from our three year anniversary trip to St. Louis.  I found them at Sur La Table.  The china is the Lenox Solitaire pattern, which was also my mother's china pattern.  Our sterling is Grande Baroque, by Wallace.  (Kevin finished out my 3rd place setting this anniversary, thanks babe!)
The crystal pattern is Queen Anne, I can't remember the maker.

I found the candlesticks and the vase at an estate sale in a small town in Oklahoma.  The little felt heart was my first attempt at hand sewing. The deer salt and pepper shakers are from our "babymoon" when we went to Big Cedar Lodge last October.  The roses are the first ones from my garden.

I found these lovely napkins at an estate sale in Oklahoma city. Remember, I told you my affection for all things "Valentine" in a previous post.

I can't remember where the tablecloth is from, I think maybe my mother bought it and gave it to me.

I sure do love setting a pretty table.