I found this lovely photo on Frankie's website (how I wish that we got that magazine around these parts!). Anyway...I love the unexpectedness of this collection of cookie jars. Individually they seem a bit cheesy, but when placed in a grouping, they seem so wonderfully kitsch. Do you agree or am I totally off my rocker? Perhaps it is the fact that we are moving tomorrow and I have yet to actually pack anything. I have thought about it and executed it in my head, but it has yet to happen. How hard can it really be to move from a one-bedroom? That is my denial speaking.
I took a break from moving related chores to pop into a local antique store. I scored a few vintage buttons, which I am hoping will speak to me as to what I should use them for. I love collecting buttons...I especially love organizing them by color and then storing them in cute little jelly jars. But I never can think of projects to use them for. The busy book was a great button project, but I need some more inspiration. Do you have any projects that require cute buttons? Send them my way!
In the midst of all the moving excitement, it dawned on me that I am going to be saying goodbye to our amazing apartment. This place holds so many memories from the past seven months; many joyful memories, some heartbreaking memories, but all of them our memories nonetheless. I was in such a different place when we first moved in. I had just left behind Chicago and a job that had completely drained me. I wasn't sure where to go from there. Now, with a budding freelance career, I look back over the past seven months and realize how much I have grown and changed. I am very proud of where I am today and I feel like some of that is due to this amazing apartment. This was the apartment that was featured on Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy, blogs I read daily (but never dreamed I could be a part of). The radiators in this apartment were featured in ReadyMade and Old Home Journal. My crafts that were lovingly produced in my tiny, carved-out studio space were featured on Craft Magazine's website and on One Pretty Thing and Decor8. In short, the energy of this apartment propelled me into a new career. Maybe it is the amazing light, or the vintage pipes and radiators, or the deep windowsills, or maybe...just maybe, it has a little bit to do with me!!
I know things have been slow around here lately...no DIY projects, no crafts. But I have been busy packing and getting ready for the big move. T-minus 8 days! I will have projects coming out of my ears once we move. I bought a ton of great furniture on Ebay, but it all needs some love, so I will be showcasing those projects here in the very near future. Also, I am going to be re-painting the entire house, so I will have plenty of before and after shots. I can hardly wait to dive in! So, in the meantime, it might be a bit slow-going here, but thanks for sticking with me. It will be picking up soon!
So I just finished up a bad bout with the cold/flu/overall crappy feeling. Yes, that's how I spent my Valentine's Day, curled up with a wad of tissue paper and a few dozen cough drops. Luckily, I had a great book to help me pass the time; Made From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life by Jenna Woginrich. In this fantastic book, Jenna dives headfirst into the ancient art of homesteading. From raising chickens to baking bread to sewing her own clothes, this lady tries it all! I was beyond inspired.
I would like to wish everyone a wonderful weekend and a love-filled Valentine's Day (if you celebrate that whole thing). I don't think we have anything planned on our end...maybe just dinner with friends and a great artsy movie at Avon. We are not big celebrators of Valentine's Day...I guess we try to spoil each other in little ways throughout the year instead of storing it all up for one big day!
I just received my last copy of Domino in the mail today and I savored each page, barely believing that this would be the last issue ever. I thought this issue (like every other one) was amazing. I especially loved the eco-friendly house that the Domino team built in New Orleans. I know that there were some people who had negative opinions of Domino and were not surprised when it went under, but I have loved each and every issue. Some of the complaints were due to the cost of the decorating items that Domino featured. True enough...there were many pieces that caught my eye that would never work on our budget...but they gave me inspiration to search Craigslist and Ebay for similarly styled pieces and test my painting and upholstering skills.
And this, my friends, is why you buy an old house! Our house was built in 1906 and still retains many of the original details, including this amazing stained glass window. I have no doubt that this will become my favorite window in the house!
If you like Martha Stewart KIDS, you are sure to love her Baby magazine! Unfortunately, only seven issues were produced, but each one is such a treasure. The great thing about these magazines, is that some of the ideas can be adapted for grown-up crafting...like the blanket I am crocheting right now. I found the pattern in the Spring 2001 issue, played around with the color scheme and am on my way to a beautiful blanket! FYI: I scoped out Ebay and all of the issues are up for auction as we speak! Type in the keyword: Martha Stewart Baby. Trust me, they are worth every penny!
Are you a list maker. I SO am. I make a list for everything: daily to-do list, grocery list, goal list, upcoming work deadlines list. Okay, you get the point. So I have started making a list for our new home (above...**so sweet, huh?) and it reads a little something like this:
I finished another Nutcracker doll from the Stitched in Time book. I gave the last one away, but this one is all mine. I decided to photograph her on the same background as I did for the busy book photo shoot. It is a pillow that I bought over Thanksgiving at the Bloomingdale's home store in Chicago. It has the best story behind it!
Oh yes, ladies and gents, I followed through on my New Year's Resolution and learned to crochet. Okay, well I am learning to crochet...I am by no means an expert yet! For my first project, I am crocheting a blanket. I am in love with the yarn that I chose, the colors are so amazing and the texture is so cuddly and soft! If anyone around the Providence area wants to learn to crochet, I have the best teacher! Sandy teaches me out of her home and provides patient instruction and hilarious stories. The hours fly by while we sit in her kitchen and craft. It is the highlight of my week!
Photos like this make some days difficult... like today. I am trying to plow through work, keep my head up, but it is difficult. Not to mention I am in the middle of finishing an article about my miscarriage experience. I will be sure to link when it is published! So that's exciting, I guess!
I was over the moon when ReadyMade contacted me a few months ago and asked to feature my radiator in their Feb/March 2009 issue. I was even more excited when they asked me to submit my picture and bio for their contributers section. I will do my best not to forget all of you when I am super famous for my fabulous radiator work!!