Friday, December 2, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thank You Dottie Angel!

A few months ago, I helped out Janine at Uppercase Magazine stuffing envelopes and sewing stitching onto postcards for the new Dottie Angel book.
And to thank me for my helping hands, the artist herself Tif Fussell sent me a lovely hand-wrapped care package with a personalized note. It was a real treat opening up this treasure of goodies!

I am just thrilled that I was able to help out both of these very talented ladies. And I never thought doilies could be so cool.

Thank you Dottie Angel!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

School House on the Prairie

As promised, here are a few more shots of the school house. There is just something about the color of weathered old wood that I just love — a perfectly muted brown grey. Unfortunately, the outside is covered in stucco, so not sure what year the school was built. Maybe the 40's or 50's? The inside walls are painted that hospital green color which I think was very popular back then.

It is too bad that my father has since passed away. I am sorry now that I never did think to ask questions such as "Where did the school house come from?" or "What year was it built?" Back then, my younger self did not have any interest in these kinds of things. Which is too bad. But that is life.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

School House on the Farm

I grew up on a farm just outside of the little town of Quill Lake, Saskatchewan. My dad was a farmer, but he liked to collect and tinker with old cars in his personal time. Back in the late 60's, he had an old one-room school house moved to the farm to use as a shop for his tools and parts. As a kid, I never understood why he had a school house for a shop. Why did he not have a shop like everybody else? But now, I can have a greater appreciation for the fact that there is a school house on the farm. And not everybody can say they have that!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Button Love

I know that this post would be more appropriate for Valentine's Day. But I just happened to sort through my button collection this weekend and discovered a beautiful way to keep and display all of my pink vintage buttons. 

The heart shaped chocolate box was a treasure I saved from my mom when I was a little girl. When I was in Grade 6, I remember baking heart-shaped sugar cookies and decorating them with pink icing and presenting them to my school teachers in the staff lounge. I also distinctly remember lining the bottom of the box very carefully with wax paper. To this day, I am so grateful that my teachers returned the valentine's box back to me once all of the cookies were gone. 

Happy in Pink

I think I have an obsession for everything pink these days. It just simply makes me happy. And I am feeling a need for some major 'happy' right now.

Whenever I need a pick-me-up, I find that opening up my jewelry boxes and playing with my collection of vintage jewelry is a quick fix to distract me from my concerns. To be honest, I wear very little of any of the pieces, but I am happy I have the necklaces and earrings to admire and love. So sparkly and pretty. Just what a girl needs some days.

What is your 'happy'?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tinsel Trading Co.

Of all the amazing stores I had the chance to shop at while in New York, I would have to say that browsing through the aisles in the Tinsel Trading Co. was my all-time favorite. Too bad I was not able to get a shot of the store from the outside. I was there later in the day and the street was already in shadow from the buildings across the street. But no matter. Inside, it was a crafters dream full of vintage flowers, buttons, ribbons, german glitter, trims and so much more. But I think I am more of a collector, because I have no intentions of using any of the bits and bobs that I brought home. I guess this is verging on hoarding now. Oh well, that's me!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Olde Good Things

Just a few days before leaving for NYC, I discovered another book by Sibella Court called The Stylist's Guide to NYC in Anthropologie. It was perfect timing because I found out about a lot of interesting places that I may have not stumbled across on my own. One of the stores I had the opportunity to check out was Olde Good Things (page 62 in the book). Lots of brass door knobs, metal letters, marble fireplaces and stuff galore — too much to mention!