3.30.2014

a quick little post...

remember how i was talking about jen from the cottage nest in this post...
 
well, today i wanted to share the lovely pin cushion that i ordered from her shop...
she's creating a handful of custom pin cushions that are monogrammed to kick off the opening of her etsy shop...
 
look how pretty her packaging is... my order was tucked inside this glassine bag, tied up with baker's twine and a pretty fabric bow...
 the little handmade tag is such a cute touch!
 
if you get a minute, check out her shop... i can't wait to see what other goodness she adds going forward... 
best wishes to you, jen!!! i'm so glad we've become friends and have entered this etsy adventure together :)
 
xo
angie

3.26.2014

my etsy shop...

so... i've been chatting with jen at the cottage nest... for a few months we've been encouraging one another to follow our dreams... this week she opened up her etsy shop {she makes such pretty things!}

and...
see that little tab up there that says my shop?  welp, i finally did it... yesterday i set up my little shop on etsy... it's only taken me years and years...
 
i don't know why i let fear hold me back so much... fear can be a real jerk... freezing me into doing nothing... so silly... if i just try, then i'll know one way or the other if something is going to work or not... which is probably better than talking about it for years on end and never knowing...

in the past, i've always said when i have 5 of this, this, and that... then i'll open up a shop... or, maybe i'll add some things to a shop once i get a really cute banner designed for it... turns out i'm not a factory pumping out endless items and i'm no graphic designer either, so i end up doing nothing... i always wait for the perfect moment, the perfect item, want it to look perfect...

guess what? nothing is perfect and i'm learning that, too... it's better to start... add items as they come... and hope that it just evolves over time... fingers are crossed here, friends :)

right now there are these adorable, little hand crochet easter baskets listed...
the crinkly filler is hand painted and you can choose the color that you would like in your basket in the notes section of your order...
they're the perfect little gift for a teacher or special someone... tuck in a gift card and maybe some yummy dove foil wrapped eggs...

 
i'm hoping to add a few more things soon... next up... fun, decorative hoops to add to your wall d├ęcor :)

i'm pretty excited about this new venture...
 i love making pretty things and i hope you all enjoy what i make, too...
 
xo
angie


3.22.2014

one on one time...

i spent the morning hanging with my littlest...

we had to head out to purchase a birthday gift and she was up and ready to go at 7:30... when she knows there's something that needs done she's up and at 'em...
 
we headed to the mall when it opened...

she took her time finding the perfect gift for her little friend... we took a shopping break and had pretzel sticks at auntie anne's... i told her how nice it was to have some one on one time with just her... she said that she liked it, too...
 
i asked her what some of her favorite things to do were when we spend time together... she said that she likes taking walks together, shopping and making things together... that's just fine by me, sweet girl...
i'm an only child so i always had that one on one time growing up... sometimes in the busy of everyday it's easy for me to forget how important it is for each of my girls to have special time with just me... and if i'm being honest, i think i need it just as much as they do...
 
 these moments are fleeting... so, tonight while the littlest is at the birthday party, my oldest and i are going to spend some time together and i'm so looking forward to it...
 
hope you're having a great weekend...
 
xo
angie

3.02.2014

working on my creative space... part two

i've been talking about my studio space for over a year now... {see this post}... it's such a neat part of our 1931 home... the third floor... once a maid's quarter...

yet for some reason this area of our house has always been the catch all for everything that we don't know what to do with... i would start to get the space looking a little better... maybe clear a corner and then not get back up there for months... basically starting from square one all over again...

on february 20th our house got hit by lightning and some things were damaged... a whole in our interior wall, outlets that were blown out... phone, cable, internet and electrical issues... the fire department was called out... i cringed as they said "do you mind if we check out your third floor?"...

ummm... needless to say... it was just the kick in the pants i needed to get myself to finally get it together up there... my mom came over, john helped and 2 days later i had a pretty good grip on the mess and a pretty cute space to work in... there are still things that need tweaking but i'm happy with how its coming along... {kinda want to invite those firefighters back over!}

wanna take a look?

it was fun once the clutter was cleared away and seasonal stuff was stored appropriately...
nothing like gathering cute pieces of milk glass and fun baskets to organize books, trims, washi tape, yarn... visually pleasing and it's so nice to know where something is if i need it... i'm now on the hunt to find some cute storage to fill the shelves that are behind those closed doors...
fabric hoarder? maybe... that was just one little section of it... i purged, trimmed, refolded and tucked it all by color into cubbies... {still have to take a pic of that...} it made me so happy to see what I have in tidy little stacks...
this cork board is from tj maxx and when john originally created this space for me, he mounted it on the wall behind the sewing table that he built... it's my inspiration board and a place to tack up my favorite things... pictures of my girls, a cute banner made by my littlest, vintage buttons, twine, hoops, fun business cards i've collected from other bloggers/shops... pretty much just little bits that make me happy! i'm sure it will evolve over time...
i {heart} this lamp so much... my dad bought it for me and i had it in maizie's nursery when she was a baby... one day it tipped and the solid, white globe shattered... it made me sad... i packed away the base with hopes to find another globe to fit it one day... my dad bought a hurricane lamp that had this milk glass shade and they work perfectly together... happy dance!
maizie made me a washi tape banner to string up by one of the windows... the curtains are made from strips of cheesecloth...
 this area makes me smile... the sewing machine will be parked there soon {working on a cute cover for it...} and remember that yellow chair? it works great with my lamp :)
see along the side table... i want to skirt that with cute fabric... when i do, i'll be sure to show ya!
the lighting is tricky up here but this is a view of the space when i stand back...
 
it still needs some cozy-ing... area rugs, etc... but it's nice to have a place to call my own... a place to create that makes me smile :)
 
  so what's making you smile lately?
tell me, tell me!
 
xo
angie

2.20.2014

lunching and treasure hunting...

this morning the sun was actually shining...
{until the rain kicked in...}
 
my mom came over to take me out to lunch as an early birthday treat... {i'm turning forty next week... i can't even believe it} we went to o'charley's which never disappoints... those rolls!
 
we stopped by pier one which i like to do occasionally... it's always fun to check out their pillow selection, hand towels and seasonal items... today i left empty handed but it was still fun to look around...
 
then we headed to lou berry's and ichabod's treasures {i've talked about these shops before}... you never know what you might find...
 
the ichabod's side of the store was getting rearranged and the owner was working on some projects so i'll have to stop back in soon to take some pictures there...
 
over on the lou berry side, there was lots to look at...
this tray almost came home with me... should i have bought it? i'm still contemplating... i kind of want to hang it on my wall...
 i haven't perfected the art of digging through old linens yet...
 but this crazy quilt was really cute... perfect for a picnic... or a photo shoot prop...
 i did grab this tin... i love the colors and patterns on it... and i'm pretty sure i have supplies of some sort that can be stored in it... the milk glass banana boat was pretty, too... but i already have one in a different pattern... i don't know that i need two, do i?
 in the right setting this old chippy table would be perfect...
and these pots and pans look like something straight out of the kitchen in my barbie house from the seventies... silly enough to make me smile :)
 
i like days like today... hope you're having a good one, too!
 
now... i'm off to help marina with her homework...
 
xo
angie


2.18.2014

today...

hello...
 
how have you all been?
 
me? eh... i'm sitting in my breakfast nook with sun streaming through the window typing this post...
 
it feels warm and cozy but the sun is deceiving... {and my windows need cleaning!}

the girls had another snow day today and i woke up very early this morning to the sounds of thundersnow... so bizarre... and loud...
 
it was hard to get out of bed... 
you know when you're all snuggled in... knowing that you really have no place to be... it makes it easier to pull the covers up a little bit tighter...
 
this was the view from my window... 
 
things could be worse...
i'm trying to focus on the good in this day rather than the stir crazy setting in... {because believe me... it's setting in!}
 
i got our room cleaned... and a couple of loads of laundry done... the girls are hanging out nicely together... a friend of theirs is over... i enjoyed lunch with john... he whipped up steak nachos and they were delish!
 
and i spent a little time trying to figure out how to make a granny square flower... don't ask me why i decided to give this a whirl now... there are plenty of other things that i should be doing...
 i actually think i let myself get sidetracked like this in order to prolong doing something that i know really needs done...
i think i've finally got it though... there's one spot that's bugging me so don't look too closely...
 it's tricky when tying off with several colors... 
 i'm happy that i figured it out though... {i can check that off of my list}... it's pretty cute... not sure what to do with it exactly... maybe i'll make a few more and turn it into a sweet, little garland... we'll see...
 
so... how was your day? did you get anything accomplished? do anything fun?

xo
angie


2.12.2014

tissue paper hearts... a tutorial...

every year growing up i would always receive a little surprise from my mom and dad on valentine's day...
 
i've always done the same for my girls... this year i decided to make them tissue paper hearts that will hold some of their favorite treats... and sweet wands that will have a special note on the back for each of them...
i found the cutest red and white polka dottie tissue paper at target that was perfect for the heart... {that target never disappoints, does it?}
 
the first thing i did was iron the tissue paper on a very low heat setting to remove the wrinkles...
 
i placed two pieces of tissue paper wrong side up under two pieces of tissue paper wrong side down... i did this so that when sewing, the polka dot pattern would remain on the outsides...
 
i used a heart that i made for one of our projects at the valentine's day make and take as a template...
i held the template in place and began to sew around the edges {being careful not to catch the paper}
i started in the dip of the heart, working my way around, leaving about a 5 inch opening on the top of the one side of the heart so that there was an opening to tuck the treats inside...
next, grab the treats and fill the heart... carefully lift the heart back under the presser foot of the machine to close up the opening...
 
snip strings and begin embellishing...
i used a paper doily and a fun felt pinwheel that i made to add some texture and cuteness to the top of the heart... and finished it off with a personalized gift tag...
i love how they turned out... i can't wait to surprise the girls with these on valentine's day...
 
xo
angie