Archive for February, 2010

dream kitchen…

18/02/2010

I am looking forward to someday having a beautiful open white kitchen to decorate all my own!  I love to cook and bake and to me the kitchen is the window to the entire house.  It’s where family dinners and coffee conversations transpire, where small moments turn into memories that will last a lifetime.  As with the rest of my house, I want my kitchen to be a tranquil and quiet place to be.  I love the idea of baby blue in a kitchen with white cabinets and stainless steel appliances…mmmm…heaven!  This website is one that I happened upon by accident, it is a british site and i may take a while to get your order but it is certainly worth it!  www.keepcalmgallery.com has prints, notecards, dishtowels and coffee mugs in amazing vintage inspired some one of a kind prints.  I love this baby blue poster with this amazing table and chairs, it’s so peaceful, you just need a cup of hot tea and the morning paper to enjoy oh and maybe a homemade muffin, yum!  Check it out, I can guarantee that you won’t regret it!

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never giving up…

15/02/2010

Little girls are blessed with the most uncanny way of dreaming big and not just dreaming, but really believing with all of their heart that anything can happen.  I was certainly one of those little girls.  Some of us dreamed of being a doctor, some of being moms and nurses, teachers and astronauts even, but my dream came wrapped in bolts of gorgeous silks and spun through needles and pins and ended with a fantastic work of art for someone to enjoy.  I was sewing at three in the middle of my grandmothers floor, she would give me buttons to sew onto scrap pieces of fabric and I could sit there enthralled for hours.  I will never forget that feeling, the feeling of creating something, of carrying on a legacy of talent and being able to step back and look at something you’ve made and be filled with pride and happiness.  I’ve been working towards my dream ever since.  Everyone says that the first couple of years that follow college graduation are some of the hardest year professionally that you will ever face.  It is certainly a time of adjustment and of trying to find your place, and I can say that I have certainly struggled at times over the past two years, but I have also learned a lot about myself and about the power of survival.  I have had my fair share of down times in the last 24 months but I also know that I am slowly succeeding at my dream.  Sometimes we have to do things we don’t love to get to the places we want to be, but when it all comes down to it the truth of the matter is that I truly love what I do.  And sure, I may be doing some things just to get me by, but knowing that each day of it gets me a little closer to living my dream makes it all worth it.  There are very few people in life that wake up and love what they do and can’t wait to do more, so I will consider myself lucky in this world and continue to power through knocking down one obstacle at a time until I’m above where I ever even dreamed I could be.  After all… “Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.”  -William Faulkner

a very fashionable alphabet…

11/02/2010

C is for Couture...

So, I LOVE books, case closed I just do and when I go into Anthropologie that is the first thing that I browse.  I was in there the other day and was looking through their immense collection and stumbled upon hands down one of the most amazing children’s books ever!  It’s called “When Royals Wore Ruffles” and it is an alphabet book, but not just your ordinary alphabet book…No!  For each letter of the alphabet there is an example given and each example has something to do with fashion and historical costume.  It’s brilliant, “I is for Illegal Intruder:The Wig Snatcher” and then it goes on to talk about the history of it “With all the jewels in their wigs, ladies became the target of the dreaded WIG SNATCHERS.  Robbers would sneak up behind a lady’s coach, cut a hole in the back, snatch the wig-and of they’d run!  I-YI-YI!  Who knew being fashionable could be so dangerous!”  I LOVE IT!!!  C is no longer for CAT, no, no…it’s for COUTURE!

hang on little tomato…

11/02/2010

When I sew I love listening to Pandora, there’s something about the element of surprise that keeps me motivated! I have tons of channels, but my favorite is the Edith Piaf channel. I love French music and it plays a wonderful variety. Anyway, over the past couple of months I have come to love Pink Martini. Several of their songs have popped up and I have fallen in love with them, so finally I broke down and bought the “best of” from iTunes… And it’s AMAZING!! Some songs are in English, some French, with a little Spanish and Italian thrown in. Give them a listen and see what you think! Start with “hang on little tomato” it’s my personal favorite!

yes please…

07/02/2010

yes, yes, yes...

I tend to be very picky when it comes to sofa shopping.  I haven’t even had one for the past two years, that’s really due to space, but I love the look of my natural linen ikea chairs better than any small sofa in my budget.  I always find them to be supremely overpriced for cotton or too low, too slippery (I would like to stay on the sofa not slip off onto the floor), too fluffy or too ugly (this happens more than anything :).  However, I must say this piece is amazing and I would put it in my house in an instant!  It’s a leather sofa which tend to be a little slippery, but with all of the tufting it is softer and thus much more sink-in-it-able (that’s a word, right?, well you get the point).  It’s so gorgeous and vintage fabulous!  I need it, I need it….  Sure thing!  I guess I’ll just put it on my roof…

piece by piece…

04/02/2010

I tend to have different types of music for lots of things in my life, different moods, different weather, even different activities. My best friend bought Katie Melua’s Piece by Piece cd on my computer several years ago and I never payed much attention to it until my shuffle pulled it up one day. I was intrigued so I played the rest of the album. I instantly fell in love! It’s very mellow, and I love it for relaxing me, when I’m sewing or stressed out. It instantly puts me in a good mood, her very unique, deep voice is amazing, plus the lyrics are wonderful! Check it out and see for yourself. Word for the wise, start with I Do Believe In Love, you won’t regret it…

to the point…

04/02/2010

nuff said…

also necessary…

04/02/2010

love at first stitch...

So if a pink typewriter would make me happy, just imagine the pure and utter joy if this amazing little thing came into my life! The vintage pink atlas sewing machine, they’re hard to find and I’m sure extremely out of my budget, but that doesn’t stop a girl from dreaming now does it?

necessary…

03/02/2010
the best way to write...

the best way to write...

I think that I have decided that this little pink typewriter is quite necessary to my happiness in life!  I have been looking for a vintage typewriter for several years but the ones that work, I can’t afford and the ones that I can afford, well they don’t work anymore.  I want one for the look, yes, but I really want to use it.  There is something very beautiful about writing and not being able to backspace or delete things.  Plus the traditional font is amazing!  I would love to use it for a plethora of things like crafts and photo captions and idea drafting…hmmm…so what it boils down to is that I simply must find this!  Plus, how amazing would this look on my little desk?  Ok, I’m on it…

happiness wrapped in chocolate…

02/02/2010

Like many of you, I’m sure, I LOVE chocolate! I’m game for Godiva or for a Snickers bar every now and again, but when I crave chocolate, those are not exactly the things I truly crave. If you know me at all, you are aware of my deep love and appreciation for anything British. Yes, I am an angliophile, I just can’t seem to help it!! So, what do I crave…? These amazing caramel wafers covered in milk chocolate that will rock your world, no seriously! They are light and airy with a bit of caramel in between each thin wafer layer and then lightly dipped in milk chocolate…need I say more? If you’ve never tried them drop everything and go get some, now! They aren’t the easiest things to find, but I know for a fact that in Nashville World Market always stocks them and occasionally Publix will have them in their British section, but it’s become rare over the past few months. Plus, any little foreign market or specialty grocery might have them. All I know is that somehow I find myself at World Market about once a month stocking up on these (they come in a pack of 4 for $2) in unGodly quatities. Go, get addicted, soon we’ll start a support group, but for now just enjoy…