25 December 2011

Merry Christmas!


I hope that your Christmas is filled with Prime Rib and Yorkshire puddings!

27 October 2011

Weekend Project

before table

I bought this cute little table at an estate sale Saturday for (gasp!) 3 dollars. Whoo hoo! I had some turquoise paint lying in wait, so I forced myself to see this project through from beginning to end.

final table

I also picked up the orange outdoor table cloth to use as a drop cloth, for only 50c.

What do you think?

02 September 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!

September 2nd 1980 was the best day in the history of the world. at least IMHO

birthday bling

24 August 2011

Baby Shower Brunch

strawberries

I recently hosted one of the most fabulous baby showers for a dear friend. It's her first, a little girl named Lindy. Joslin, another one of our besties was in charge of the food and the cake. She is just absolutely amazing. I supplied the house, the decorating, and the flowers, but it was her stunning food that really set off the party.

the spread
Just look at all that yumminess!

cake
She made the cake too, which everyone thought must have been from a bakery. Nope, just Joslin's mad skills!

Owls were the theme for the party, so she whipped up this adorable little owl family:

owl family

love it! I made some paper owls for everyone to use to write Lori an encouraging note or good advice about life with a newborn.

paper owls

I also supplied these fabulous cookies from my local Asian grocer. They're guava flavored and TDF!

cookies

We wanted to have the shower early in the day, so we decided on a brunch theme. There were sausage balls, a breakfast burrito station, and some gorgeous quiches.

breakfast foods

I found these super cute ribbon corsages at Michael's on clearance, yay for sales! Here is the baby mama with her plate.

baby mama

Since this was a baby girl shower, and we were feeling all pink and frilly, we wanted some pretty sweets as well. Joslin whipped up these simple parfaits minutes before the party started.

parfaits

The stuffed strawberries (my personal favorite) she made the day before. We were afraid they might get juicy from sitting in the fridge so long, but it worked out just fine.

strawberries 2

For the flowers I ordered a box of pink carnations from Sam's. 100 flowers for only $36, and I am still enjoying them almost a week later.

My centerpiece was simple, a bunch of carnations surrounded by some caladiums from mom's yard, and some wisteria vine from my yard. I found the awesome California pottery bowl at an estate sale two days before the party.

centerpiece

I also had an arrangement on the drinks table:

glasses

and the coffee bar:

coffee station

coffee cups

It was such a great party. I decided to be "environmental" and use all my lovely glasses and dishes that I spend so much time collecting, instead of buying paper plates and cups. The iced tea glasses were Fostoria American and a set of crystal with a star pattern, I'm not sure the maker. The cake plates and some of the coffee cups were from my (extensive) collection of Johnson Brother's Garden Bouquet. The Pottery Barn tea dispenser was an anniversary gift from my sweet husband, and the table cloth was a length of fabric from Hancocks I had cut to fit my table. (I didn't even bother to hem the edges, and I don't think anyone noticed!)

Here are some more pictures, a reward for those of you that are still reading this extremely long post.

spread2
(see my cute blue and white striped tea dispenser in the background?!)

opening gifts

strawberries & parfaits

party favors
These party favors were sooo cute.

yummy plate

Yum, I wish I could eat it all again!

28 April 2011

Happy Thursday!

We were so happy for the first rain-free day in awhile. Lots of lovely sunshine was enjoyed by all!

allison upside down

My two year old niece, Allison, enjoyed hanging out upside down.

25 April 2011

Vintage Stamps

I decided to add something fun and different to my letterpress shop. Old postage stamps! I love the look of old stamps mixed with lovely letterpress cards.

10c US Air Mail Stamps

21 April 2011

Time for a trip

Kevin and I are going to Dallas this weekend to see his folks for Easter. I'm excited because we haven't done any traveling in awhile and I need to get my creative juices flowing. Are you traveling for Easter? Stay Safe!

19 April 2011

Easter Decorating

I love decorating for different holidays. Things have gotten a little more challenging with a toddler around, but I still make an effort when I can. The other day I cut a huge bunch of azaleas and honeysuckle and made little arrangements all over my house. Fresh flowers are such a treat in the springtime.

easter mantel

The cute bunny bunting is from PS it's in the Details. She really has some adorable stuff!

12 April 2011

Vintage Goodies

We actually had several decent estate sales in the area this weekend. I had a great time scavenging while Kevin watched Finn. These monogram hankies were my favorite find. I love the cheerful colors and the fact that someone handmade them long ago.

vintage-hankies

04 April 2011

My New Hiedelberg Windmill Press

I went to an auction this weekend and came home with a gorgeous new-to-me press. It's a Heidelberg Windmill and it is just fantastic. I was the only one that bid on it at the auction, so I got it for $100. That's a steal, folks. a STEAL.

moving heidelberg into studio

It was a bit hard to move, seeing that it weighs about 3000 pounds, but thanks to my engineering father and husband the job got done. I ran a few test prints and made my mother some new stationery for her birthday. So far I love it!

in-studio-final

25 March 2011

Business Cards

I also made some new business cards. They are now loaded in my lovely Tiffany card holder (thanks John and Gail!) and ready to be handed out.

Letterpress Business Cards

24 March 2011

New Packaging

I decided to up my game on Etsy with some fun new labels for my coasters. I printed them yesterday afternoon while Finnegan watched Sesame Street. I love being able to have him out in my studio, and he likes being with momma.

union jack packaging

20 March 2011

14 March 2011

A mother's prayer

lock the iphone screen while watching a movie

I'm starting a campaign to convince Apple that they need to provide a way to lock the iphone screen while movies are playing. Finnegan loves to watch the Wiggles when we are out and about, but he turns the video off (or the sound) (or makes a phone call) (or lots of other bad things) with his little fingers. Surely there is a way to lock the iphone during video playback. I mean, come on!! Steve Jobs must not have kids or something. Because I can assure him that anyone with young kids has felt my pain at some point. If you agree (or if you know a trick to lock the screen) please leave a comment below.

11 March 2011

Back in Business

Wow, it feels so good to have my Etsy Shop open again. Although I had forgotten how much work it is to get your photographs and descriptions ready.

Sarah Ridgley Reopening on Etsy

Some of these items will be added soon, and some of them are already listed. If you like what you see, add me to your circle so you know when I get the rest of my items listed.

07 March 2011

Beignet Breakfast

It's almost Mardi Gras time, and you know what that means. Beignets! Kevin whipped up a batch the other morning and they were fantastic. We used the Café Du Monde Beignet Mix.

Beignet Breakfast

Beignet Breakfast Prep


It was kind of hard to get an appetizing picture of them frying, I never knew food photography was so tricky.

Frying up the Beignets

They turned out delicious, especially once we sprinkled them with powdered sugar.

Yummy! Final Beignets

Even Finnegan approved!

Finnegan Approved

06 March 2011

My orchid is blooming!

I bought this orchid a year ago from Aldi. I can't believe I managed to keep it alive and coax it to rebloom! Especially after all the moving we did this past year.

orchid
orchid

28 February 2011

Sneak Peak...

I've been working on several projects trying to get my shop ready to re-open. Here is a sneak peek at one of my favorites! I love all the hype and excitement surrounding the royal wedding, and I thought it would be fun to make my own letterpress souvenir. This is a limited run of 50, and they will be available for sale soon, so check back if you are interested!

William and Catherine

21 February 2011

Sheriff Finnegan

Finn has decided he loves the outside, now that the snow is gone.


sheriff1
sheriff2
sheriff3

20 February 2011

Valentine 2011

Kevin really came through this year for Valentine's Day. Finnegan and I came home from running errands and found several buckets of flowers scattered all over my kitchen, just waiting to be arranged. I love playing with flowers so this was a fabulous gift! Thanks honey.

Valentine Roses

02 February 2011

Hot Cider on a Cold Day

apple cider mix

We've been working hard to get my studio ready, and the day has finally arrived when I can fire up the press! Too bad it is so dang cold outside. My dad installed a wood stove for us to help keep the place warm, and I thought it might be fun to have some cider boiling on top.

Here's my recipe:
a dash of ground cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
one star anise
a big handful of red hots

Kevin also likes to add a shot of cinnamon schnapps for an extra kick.