Saturday, December 29, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
All cozy, kids down for the night, husband shoveling heavy, wet snow, I am ready to show what I am looking at today.
So under the heading "I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS SHOP!" here it is: Sketchbook Crafts. You have to read the artists profile, she sounds quite amazing. In any case, if you want to buy me something for any reason, here are two examples. This Pink Pleat clutch...I...just...want...it....
And I have been looking for a new wallet, so I might just have to get this one. I think the leather looks so soft and touchable.
I saw this shop while perusing the gift guide and have to say, she does make some really fun, unique, whimsical and pretty things. This Ambrosia bag from Pretty Little Things is so fun, I don't think I could actually use it. I wouldn't want it to get the least bit dirty and in my bag it would have to battle binkies, crayons, searching sticky fingers, although I could just use with my clutch from Sketchbook up above. I love all the detail this gal puts into all the items in her store. Among other things, she has press-ons, dolls, owls, and this elephant purse. I bet she smiles the whole time she is making anything for this shop.
This gal is from my area, and she must smile the whole time she is creating these baby items. Every baby needs their feet covered and Piddies has made some of the cutest slippers ever. I think Joey wouldn't ever let go of his feet if these were on them. What a great gift to give to a new baby, so totally handmade and unique.
I am also in love with this bag from Pepperhem . I love the colors, the bird, the shape. I would use it to hold everything my diaper bag shouldn't. I'm being greedy, but I really want it. Everything from this shop is hand screen-printed and/or sewn. Just look at the color. It would really enhance the fading tan of my arm. It would dress up my shoulder...
And I like the kid tee's that are in the shop. They aren't your typical baby designs but still totally appropriate and original. Look at the colors and design on this tee to the left. Makes you want to see what else is in this shop, huh?
And finally, I wish I had found this shop before I had done all my friend gifts. Anything Jot It Down would have been perfect to add to the gift. The original menu planner would have been lost on me but I do love the Original This Week paper pad. It may have helped me remember that it was an early out day at Eli's school, although the way I have been this week, probably not. But I would have written it on here. I love the colors, the potential to add some organization to my life. I also like the Original BabySitter. Everything in one place, which is how I usually do it, but it doesn't look this good. These aren't just one sheet wonders, but a whole notepad. Great monogram notepads, too. In fact, I am going to order some of this tomorrow. And she is also in my area, lucky me.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I've made dinner, eaten my portion and have left Dave to help the kids finish theirs. I had to escape for a minute and have some silence. Then I remembered that I caught this video on VH1's top 40 of 2007. I love Jon Bon Jovi. I thought he was hot way back in "Slippery When Wet" and especially now. So what do you think? Hotter then or now?
Monday, December 17, 2007
There was a table on the right full of candy: mint malt balls, pear flavored Jelly Bellys, milk and dark chocolate covered pretzels, green apple sour gummys, yogurt covered Gummi Bears, mint sandwiches and more. The best were the sugared grapefruit. Yum. The colors were all in chocolates, greens and whites of sorts. Oh, and suckers and candycanes. The table on the right had their guest book on it.
Her brothers are very protective of her. But we aren't worried about Matt, although he might be a little too perfect. And by the way, the handsome one in the background is available and a catch beyond belief. Seriously. Smart, handsome, my kids love him at every stage they are at, entering medicine, hard worker, artistic, photographer. You think I am over selling him, but there are about 439 more qualities that make him a catch, so I am not even scratching the surface. (Of course, Bry is handsome too, but quite married...)
The decorations were amazing. Using white birch, my cousin (the handsome, single one) cut large branches and lit them all, bundling them together, adding glittered birds, icicles, shards of glass and such. Very crisp and clean. Large cases held birch cuttings with white hydrangea, white roses and lilys.
The ice blocks were amazing. My aunt designed one with a winter foresty look, arranged it and this is barely showing how beautiful it was. Can you see the birds perched on the branches?
And of course, Erin looked beautiful. She designed her dress. It is very Audrey Hepburn. Cream silk dupioni, tea length.
I thought I had taken better pictures of the dress itself, but she was absolutely stunning.
And of course, her flower girl was too. Girly was in heaven and didn't stop dancing around the whole night. White silk gown, sparkly gold shoes, chocolate - this little girl was in paradise and had to be carried sleepily out, while protesting that she wasn't tired.
Erin, thanks for letting us be a part of this wonderful day. Congratulations.
Friday, December 14, 2007
The above picture is me with Santa when I was 1 1/2 years old. We had a good relationship. The picture below is Christmas day of the same year, me in my Christmas Dress that my mom made. Based on the carpet, I am thinking this was at my Grandma McKean's basement. Who knows why I am crying, I'm one. But I love the dress and my gold bracelet that I wore until it wouldn't fit any longer. The bracelet is up in my jewelry box. I wish you could see more of the detail in the dress, it had a lot of detail, from the ribbons woven into the lace, the two tiered dress, the sleeves matching the bottom tier. Christmas is always a fun day and a tiring day for little ones.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
If you know me at all you know that I think U2 is the #1 band ever! Ever. This song from 1987's Joshua Tree is the first song I remember falling in love with and never being able to listen to it enough. It is still that way. It reminds me most of stomps back in high school. For some reason it was always played as the last slow dance (does anyone else remember this?). It meant the stomp was over, good night. In any case, love this song, love Bono, the Edge, Larry and Adam. Wish they would invite me to their pub in Ireland just to be near them.
Monday, December 10, 2007
I love birds. And I love wool felt. So I saw this and of course loved it. This hand sewn bird by Kimmy Made is bright and colorful. The artist is a SAHM who just discovered that she loves hand sewing. I love to support stay at home moms. I think being a mom is the hardest thing in the world and the most rewarding, and having a creative outlet is a bonus.
This picture is me. Yes, I live where the snow is the greatest on Earth. Yes, I live near the mountains. I hate to ski. I do like to snowboard, I learned in college (thanks Tommy) but I haven't for a long time. And I hate to be cold. Really. So, I wish I had a red, six button coat, but this would be a portrait of me if I did. Reading the artist's profile, she seems very whimsical and lovely. I love her portrayals. She is quite talented, Hide n Seek.
I recently did a boutique and met this artist, Sarah Jane, who was there also. She is delightful. So nice. And I like her work, so win all around. This picture reminds me of Girly and any one of her girlfriends. Girly would were dress ups all day long if she could. So would I if it meant I didn't have to clean the bathrooms (I wouldn't dress up like a maid or a house mom that cleans bathrooms). Of course, look at all her creations, they would look great in any play room, nursery or bedroom. Any place, really. I will have to get it after the mad holiday rush is over and I can enjoy the process of buying, receiving in the mail and framing. Hold me to it.
It is only appropriate to include something Christmas-y. So here is a self-proclaimed Merry Christmas shout out from Pressa Russa. Very talented letterpress artist. Great cards in her store.
There are lots more but I am tired and my feet are cold and I think I just heard our gate to our backyard open and shut so now I have cold feet and am a little freaked. I am going to wake D, tell him about the creepy gate noise and climb into my warm bed while he risks his life to see if someone is in our backyard.
After some time, Santa walks in. Apparently he doesn't have to knock, just always an open invitation (be warned, he might walk in to your house unannounced). Girly about falls backwards and runs over to me. We sit and the very back on the stairs. She then asks her dad to take her out to look for the sleigh and reindeer, not there, must have dropped him off. Then she and her dad sit on the couch near all the children who are attentively sitting at Santa's feet, listening somewhat patiently as he reads a book. Then, Santa invites the first kid up. After listening to the list of wants, he give the child a little tin of candy, a candy stick and makes this awesome hat from balloons. Girly moves on to the floor by E.