Thursday, December 30, 2010


With the New Year just around the corner, it is inevitable, impossible to resist the urge the organize. Industrial shelving is such a versatile and affordable option. Once piles of fabric, books and baubles are placed on them, there is a beautiful contrast to the sternness of their structure. There's nothing I like more than that kind of contrast. Find them here.
Image via Automatism

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Wouldn't this be perfect to wear on New Year's Eve?!
Giant Dwarf

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

That Time

I hope everyone had a perfect holiday. I did and now I'm looking forward to the new year. It'll be time for a new calendar, this one is beautiful.
Dea + Bean

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


Contractor's paper is my favorite wrap. I've been using it exclusively for a few years now. I love it's versatility. It can be dressed up to look as glamorous as these or left alone and have a vintage postal package feel. The components for this years gifts will be paper, masking tape, and golden paper dessert doilies, a white pen and some yarn/ribbon in a color that has yet to be determined. Now I just need to get to it!

Monday, December 20, 2010


I had the most pleasant surprise of an unexpected gift in the mail on Friday. A copy of Paris Handmade was sent to me by a friend. So, of course, my weekend was spent dreaming of visits to all of the Parisian shops that fill it's pages. That's not a bad way to spend a few days!
Pia Jane Bijkerk

Friday, December 17, 2010

More Knitted Loveliness

Another adorable and unexpected knitted scarf. This one can be found at Emmadime.

Thursday, December 16, 2010


There's rain in our forecast from now until Christmas. It's perfect, natures way of slowing things down. Who wants to go out to run errands when they can be sitting by a warm fire instead?!
Country Home

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dear Santa,

If I were making a list this year, it'd look like this but I think a simple gift of Honey Bees to benefit someone less fortunate via Heifer International would be even better.
Jayson Home and Garden, JCrew

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


So much unique loveliness to be found at Lucie Ellen.

Monday, December 13, 2010

With the Grain

Breads are a favorite in our household; dumplings, Beirocks (hand held German meat pies), Kuchen and cinnamon rolls. All of which are made on an extra large cutting board that hides in our kitchen cabinet. I love the idea of an exposed work station instead.
Country Home


"Fifty years ago, a group of Italian scholars gathered together to discuss a problem: how to preserve traditional Italian cooking. They formed the Italian Academy of Cuisine to document classic recipes from every region. The academies more than seven thousand associates spread out to villages everywhere, interviewing grandmothers and farmers at their stoves, transcribing their recipes-many of which had never been documented."- Jayson Home and Garden

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Easy Does It

Completely, madly in love with this style.
This is Glamorous

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Wants, Needs, Desires

Entertaining a mild obsession with an antique secretary desk on craigslist this morning. All I can see is potential but try as I might, I can't figure out anywhere to put it in our house. It's a classic case of not needing it until I see it.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Monday Morning Update

Thank you to everyone who's been asking how I'm doing. Things are going well so far. I've had two of four weeks of chemo/radiation treatment and really shouldn't complain (I'll save that for later, if it becomes necessary) because other than being exhausted and not feeling well, it has not been horrible. I simply spend most days laying on the couch.

I am a lucky girl though. I've never appreciated my husband as much as I do at this moment in our lives. He is working hard to make this easier on me. My family is supportive and in one week, all of my siblings and I will be together for the first time in a year. I consider us to be 4 parts of a whole so a year is a long time to be apart. People have been wonderful to me. Food has been arranged for us 3 nights a week, I get cards in the mail nearly every day and all I have to do is ask and I am taken care of. Want to go on a walk, done. Want to have some company, done. These are the things that really make a difference.

Mondays are my chemo therapy days right now and even with things going as well so far as they have, it's enough to make me want to just stay in bed because each week is daunting not knowing if it will be a good one or not. But in turn, every week brings me that much closer to putting this whole situation to bed and that is something I am looking forward to very much. So for now, it's full steam ahead.

Thank you for supporting me here, I have the best readers in the world!

Sunday, December 05, 2010


I'm beginning to give some thought to holiday decorating. My big plans are for hand stitched mushroom ornaments with sequins and embroidered details. With so many beautiful natural forms to use as models, I can't help but think that this is a motif that I will be quite happy with.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Note to Self

Someone might find this knotted scarf under the tree from me this year. Of course, that's assuming I can manage to pick up a few more knitting skills like increasing and slipping off purl wise. Both sound so simple but are not proving to be as of yet. Doing my best to keep in mind, "patience, is a virtue".

*Shelia pointed me in the right direction for improving my knitting skill, if you're wanting to do the same, go here.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Perfect Find

Found two vintage horse trophies via Modish Vintage. They've been a perfect addition to the horse theme bedroom our eldest and I have been slowly piecing together for her.