Wednesday, January 31, 2007

I've been tagged

Recently, I was tagged by my friend Jenn over at hostess with the mostess. So, now it's my turn to share 6 strange and interesting things about myself. I always enjoy getting to know a little more about my friends in the blogging community and I hope you learn a little something about myself.

•1• For such a girly little blog, I am actually quite a tomboy. I love mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing and driving our dune buggy out in the desert! I have even been known to try my hand at: surfing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, water skiing and snow skiing . The picture above is my husband and me riding our bikes in Gooseberry Mesa, just outside Zion National Park in Utah - this area is one of my favorite vacation destinations!

•2• My husband and I traveled around for a month on our honeymoon and only had 1 destination on our itenerary (we made up the rest of the trip as we went along!) We saw the first privately manned trip to space in the middle of the Mojave Desert by Space Ship One! We also: went mountain biking in Sedona; took a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon; rode jet skis in Lake Havasu, went backpacking (and got lost!) in the Sierras, took a river rafting trip through Yosemite, rode our bikes all around San Francisco, drove down the beautiful California coast and topped it off with a trip to Magic Mountain!

•3• I have lived in the desert, at the beach, in the big city and we now live in the country.

•4• I seem to have a problem letting animals just have one name. I always have to give them multiple nicknames. For instance, the cute little dalmation curled up at my feet right now, well his name is Neil, but we also call him: Neilson, Nelson, Neiler-Wheeler-Dude, Poopers, Punkin...just to name a few!

•5• The funnest holidayI have spent was the 4th of July a few years ago. My husband and I, along with a few of our friends, paddled out on surfboards near the pier in Ocean Beach. They shoot the fireworks off from the end of the pier, so they literally explode right over you! That night we also experienced the effects of the red tide, so each time we moved our hands through the water, it just lit up a gorgeous bright blue-green color!

•6• Ok, this one is weird and I'm embarrassed to admit it but, I sleep with my arms clenched close to my body. I'm not cold or mad, I just wake up that way!

So, now it's my turn to tag someone. I'm going to send it overseas and tag Rebecca at Piccalilli.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Handcrafted Goodness

I was so thrilled when this pretty little apron from mwiebe sold off my etsy treasury list. You see, today is my parent's 40th wedding anniversary and we celebrated this weekend with family. One present my parents received was a dvd my cousin made. Included on the dvd were gorgeous photographs of my dad's mother and father. There were so many amazing pictures, but the ones that really stood out to me were the ones with my grandma standing there so pretty in the clothes she designed and made for herself. This beautiful green apron reminds me of something my dad's mother might have made. I am glad to know that people today still appreciate and create such handcrafted beauties still today!


I debated on whether or not I really wanted to stay up until 1:00 am to create my lastest treasury, but boy am I glad that I did. This morning I woke up to my latest treasury on the front page of etsy! Below, are the talented artists featured on the list, or go here to check it out for yourself! It won't last long, so be sure to check it out!
custom designed hula hoops by charmdesigns
Flower fields purse with pink polka dot lining by Snowberrylime
Celebrity Shark Week skirt by twinpets
Light Brown Orchid Tank by joom
Apron - Handmade Retro Housewife Green Apron with Pocket by mwiebe
Pink Polka Dot Pillow with Brown Twigbirds Print by appetite
In the Garden - original wood cut by AzureGrackle
Reversible Vintage Fabric Tote with Metal Rings by junebugz
Lovers - Set of four placemats by indiaylaluna
Mums in Bloom Passport Sleeve by keykalou
Artwear Tops Cyclamen Dreams Green 3Quarter Sleeve Tee by amycreates
pinkish posies cuff by dgoods

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Retro Flower Cushions

I absoltely adore this pillow cover that I received today as an early birthday present! The colors are so refreshing and I can't wait to add it to my decor. Decorating with pillows is one of my favorite ways to change my decor to either match my mood or the season. A change of pillows and a change of artwork on my walls is all I need to get me excited about my surroundings again.
Available at Ruth's Crafts (along with a myriad of other gorgeous retro flower cushions) Go check them out for yourself!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Cinnamon and Peppermint

My latest treasury made it to the etsy front page for all to see and resulted in quite a few sales for some of the shops! If you like what you see, be sure to check out the shops:
Swirled Resin Donut On A Greek Leather Cord by CreationsWithHeart (Sold!)
Art Glass Drop Pendant - Sherbet Swirl by liskidder (Sold!)
Turquoise/Green/Steel Blue Cup by oliveglass
The Fawn Vinyl Messenger by SugarLust
Opulent Gold Metallic Leather Zip Wallet or Coin Purse by bonspielcreation (Sold, but more are available!)
Turquoise Volvo Coin Purse by FastenCollective
handloomed silk lampshade in burgundy reds by schOOLLOcker
5x7 Thread print by Emmalynne (Sold, but more are available!)
Blue Rose Light Turquoise Girls Tee by Morrigan
Maroon Corduroy Belt Bag by DesignbyDeean
Dreams of Pushkar Bracelet by cserdan
Camino Real - T-E-A Hobo Bag by aandvdesigns
I've replaced the sold items with new ones, but you can have a look here.
Hmmmm....just noticed as I posted the list on my blog, it looks a lot like my banner!

Monday, January 22, 2007


I was starstruck when I received this gorgeous little "Starry Eyed Pillow-Cover" from Absoluut. My eyes lit up and a smile was on my face in an instant because of the beauty of this little pillow. Made from vintage fabric, this pillow adds the perfect amount of color to my decor. The craftsmanship is superb, the packaging was excellent and the shipping was very quick - even from Amsterdam!
Absoluut features "Childrens goodies, grown-up Accessories & Vintage finds" and is updated frequently, so be sure to check back constantly.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Get them while they're hot!

The first set is gone, but don't despair...there's more! Here's another cute set of hangers. Perfect for little girls and little boys! These are the softest and prettiest colors you can imagine and they are available right here in my etsy shop.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

If they won't stay put...

These vintage crochet hangers are not only pretty, but practical, too. I have certain pieces of clothing that are always falling off their hangers, but with these pretty crochet versions, clothing is sure to stay put. These would also make the most precious baby shower gifts as I just love to give the kinds of gifts that will stay with the little one throughout the years.
This set includes one hanger each of: grass gree, sky blue, cotton candy pink and orange & banana! These pretty little hangers are sold out!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Buttonpom on Etsy

One of the "drawbacks" to creating so many great-looking treasuries on etsy, is that I fall in love with the things I feature! I featured this little wallet from Buttonpom in my second treasury and could not stop thinking about it - it's so me. So, I purchased it. And I absolutely love it and couldn't be more thrilled to own it. It's made from a reproduction fabric in some of my favorite colors. The colder it gets here, the more I find myself loving everything summery!
Check out more great finds from Buttonpom here.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Another Little Valentine

Pink, orange and green! An unusual color combo, but after such a positive response to my treasury list on etsy, I think it works! Here we have another card made from cardstock, ribbon and a vintage handkerchief! So pretty. Can you tell I can't wait for spring and summer to roll around?! Click here to view this card in my etsy shop.
*Update* This item is sold!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Please excuse my obsession!

Apricot, Kiwi and Cherry. I am so much more of a spring/summer girl, so I need to spice up my middle of winter day! Click here to see my latest etsy treasury.

Won't You Be My...

I created this card from an old vintage handkerchief, vintage ribbon and snow white cardstock. The right side is diecut and there is a vintage coordinating olive green ribbon on the inside of the card that peeks through. The best part about this card is that it can be used for so many different occasions. It's perfect for Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries or just to say hello. And who, in this day, doesn't appreciate a little correspondence by snail mail.
Click here to view this card in my etsy shop.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

More talented "etsians"

I'm afraid I'm in love with etsy! While I'm in the midst of working on a few new projects of my own to put in my shop, I thought I would share a few more talented artists with you from my "explosion" treasury:
Leaves Black & White Photo by yourlushlady
Cute Flower Button Pin Brooch by tigerlillyshop
Black and White Hawaiian Baby Bib by BibBon
Leafy Reds Pouch by sarahminshall
Turquoise and Teal Daisy Floral Bifold Wallet by buttonpom
Full Bloom Bib by quiltbaby
Reversible Black and White Tote by junebugz
Matsuri Red Sumie Sakura Wristlet Purse by kisukisu
Chocolate Kleo Fabric Alexander Henry by mydolcebaby
Bifold wallet with Zippered Pocket -- Red and white floral on teal (limited edition) by blissful
Vintage fabric pocket mirror by BeadinNora
Designer Green and Blue Baby Booties Newborn by melimade

Thursday, January 04, 2007

My "Luscious" Etsy Treasury!

I'm so thrilled to have created this Treasury on etsy full of some great products in my favorite luscious colors! Click here to view this Treasury on etsy or click below for a direct link to these items and their shops. Enjoy!

Birdie Tanktop by Joom
Child Ashley Apron by SugarChicBaby
Vintage Souvenir Scarf Dress by lorimarsha
Garden Fresh Jade Necklace by PinkfireDesigns
Aqua Deco Bauble by 1ofmykind
Springtime Pendant by iFuseSolutions
Its a Girl Thing Yarn by FatCatKnits
Negril Necklace by BlackStar
Hoopla Earrings by jujudesigns
Spring to Fall Mini Doily by DoubleRabbitFarm
Double winged batik in coral and brown by margotbianca
Toddler Flapper Beanie by pdxbeanies

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Hot Chocolate, anyone?

What drink wouldn't taste good in this lovely little pedestal mug. Curled up next to the fireplace with this mug in your hand, sipping hot chocolate sounds like an ideal night in of perfect movie watching. And of course you will want to protect your surface from excess heat and why not do it in style with this vintage rooster and floral fabric. Placed underneath your mug, it becomes an instant coaster!
If you would like to purchase this fabric, please contact me.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007


With the "chilly" winter weather (I do hesitate to call it cold because we do live in Southern California, after all) I find myself eating a lot of soup and this little potholder is perfect to grab my bowl of soup and set it on the table. I am truly in love with the latte bowls (orange bowl peeking out from the top corner) from anthropologie and although the colors I purchased are no longer available, I guarantee you will not be disappointed with their replacements. And since you receive 6 bowls in a set, each in a different color, you can always pick a color to match your mood.
The potholder is available in my etsy shop and the bowls are available from anthropologie.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Pretty Purple & Pink

My grandmother had a set of aluminum glasses similar to the one pictured above, so when I came across a set of 4 small glasses, I knew they had to be mine. And doesn't this one look adorable sitting atop this vintage-fabric-acting-as-a-coaster! I have a set of 4 pieces of this fabric available. Each piece has been stitched all the way around and the edges have been allowed to fray. They would look perfect as napkins atop your dining table, as coasters as pictured above or any number of crafts for your upcoming Valentine projects!
If you would like to purchase this fabric, please contact me.

Fresh From the Oven!

This charming vintage potholder looks positively perfect underneath the very first piece in my (ever-growing) collection of vintage Pyrex. I inherited this refrigerator container from my mother which had been passed down from her mother. I love the way this particular pattern, called Butterprint, lights up the whole kitchen any time I bring it out. This small container features bushels of corn next to a rooster and the larger pieces also contain images of a farmer and his wife. Too cute for words! Not only is the pattern to die for, but would you take a look at that color! I think this is where my love of turquoise comes from! And it just looks so pretty atop the wintry light aqua, cornflower blue and bright orange blooms on this potholder.

If you would like to purchase the pot holder, please contact me.

To find out more information about vintage Pyrex, visit Pyrex Love.