Tuesday, March 31, 2009

vintage books...

I have recently found a love for vintage children's books.  I guess I've always loved them, it's just that when I loved them as a child, they weren't vintage yet!  I can't get enough of the vibrant colors and illustrations.  There's also something about knowing that these were read to little ones as bedtime stories, or to learn about the world for the first time.  And the smell!  who doesn't love the smell of old books?!  Takes me back to the library as a child, and I LOVED the library!
Pictured above is my collection so far.

Bottom left: one of my favorite finds, From Snails to Whales by Laura Nelson Baker from 1970.  I love the simple yellow cover with the snail illustration by John Pimlott.  (I'm sure this inspired the snail pillow from the last post.)

Bottom Center and Right:  Another favorite, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.  I'm not sure of the publication date on this one, but I LOVE the cover design and inside publisher illustrations.  There are also some great line drawings by Henry C. Pitz throughout the pages.  I've never read this classic, so I might just have to curl up with this one sometime!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

snowy day...

It is a snowy/rainy/icy day here in KC.  We have a pot of chili on the stove and the tournament on tv.  (we are very sad that our jayhawks lost last night.)  I've been working on this little pillow most of the day.  Spring is calling my name, can you tell?
I had some scrap fabric from work, and decided to put it to use.  I've had a thing for snails lately, so I hand appliqued this little guy.  
I have to say, I'm quite pleased with the way it turned out, and it's so soft!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

tiny tidings...

Here's the latest addition to my etsy shop.  I'm calling them Tiny Tidings.  Each card measures 2"x 1.5".  I think they would be just precious for little love notes, don't you?
I also wanted to thank those of you who have recently become followers!  If you are not a follower, please become one!  It's quick and easy, just click on the follow button in the top right of the screen and follow the instructions!  

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

two things...

that made me happy today:
this adorable little Rolleiflex AF5.0 MiniDigi from Rollei...

found via distillate.

and, these fabulous headbands from Bambako
found on 100 layer cake.

Monday, March 23, 2009


late last night we put our newest creations in the store.  these were truly a collaborative effort between jon and i, from conception all the way through to the descriptions in the store.  it made for great fun this weekend!  
and, this morning, our Audrey Hepburn Silhouette Chalkboard was featured on Saima Says Style, a fabulous style blog out of London!  We are very excited to have such a warm reception of our latest creations!

can you name those famous faces?

Saturday, March 21, 2009

beep beep, zoom zoom...

the last few days i've been working on personalizing these gifts for my stepdad's new grandson that is on the way.  i'm handing them off to my mom this afternoon for the baby shower tomorrow.  i matched the bedding from their nursery and added police vehicles since the dad is an officer.  i just love how the bank turned out.  super cute!

Friday, March 20, 2009

i won...

this beautiful letter press print by katie kortman from sycamore street press!  i was the lucky winner of this weeks givaway, and can't be more thrilled.  i'm excited to see this beautiful print in person and find a special place for it in our home...
thanks sycamore street press!
happy friday everyone!

Saturday, March 14, 2009


last saturday we had a little visitor.  this sweet little ladybug was hanging out on our kitchen countertop when we got home.  she made me happy.  we hung out in the office for a bit before i let her go outside.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

it's huuuuuge....

what the heck is going on at the dole farm!?
i know i just posted a couple of weeks ago about a strawberry, but i couldn't resist this one.   the strawberries i just bought are gigantic!  i couldn't stop laughing at this monster...
it's huuuuuge!

wishing you all a beautiful weekend!

Friday, March 6, 2009

hooray for fridays!

today is a beautiful day here in kansas city.  spring is in the air!  and...i made my first sale on etsy!  how fitting that it would be this.
the darling little flower greeting card has found a home...
may this be the first of many lovely creations to find their place in the world!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

so, i have added lots of new goodies to the shop  and there are still more to come!  
today i came across this awesome website:  http://www.tomtinc.com/  via Poetic Home 
T.O.M.T. (The Other Man's Treasures) has all these great creations made from found objects.  i love how they give items a new life through creativity!  amazing & inspiring.  here are a few of my favorites:
oh i'd love to have that medicine cabinet in my bathroom!