Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Coming up Roses

I wish I could take the credit for the beautiful roses that are coming up in our front garden, but alas, I do not have my mother's green thumb. We bought these beauties a few seasons ago when the experts at the nursery said that they require practically no maintenance. I am happy to say they look beautiful this spring and we have not lifted a finger to get them there. Mother Nature is an amazing lady...

Sunday, April 25, 2010

All Star Shoes

I spent my weekend traipsing around in my new favorite shoes. Why didn't I get a pair of Converse sooner? They are so comfortable. They look cool and casual. I am in love. I want a pair in every color!

I found this picture of me as a baby. Now I know why I love these shoes so much! They take me back just a few years.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Etsy Inspiration: Line Drawings

I often wish that I was the kind of person that could sit down with a pen and a piece of paper and create something simple in concept yet so detailed and intricate in design. I am amazed by these talented Etsy artists: Icing Cake Stand by EstherCoombs

Camille Brooch by latenightdrawing

Flora Cafe Au Lait by meArtDesign

A Bit of Paris by artquirk

A Letter for You by byrheea

Behind Liberty by Chantaldefelice

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Scrap Bags

I just finished these four scrappy clutches. They will be heading to Textures on Friday!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Recycled Little Bags

Yesterday my sewing theme was "remake" and "reuse". I enjoy sewing things that involve using fabric in new ways. I absolutely love using up my scraps to make pretty little things, like in this bright and sunny scrap clutch.

I also love to take random pieces of thrifted fabric and make them fresh and new like in this little clutch I made with a vintage pillow case.

Also, I've taken a liking to painting old fabric it until it looks completely different like in this tribal orange clutch.

How do you like to recycle and renew in your creations?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Happy Birth/Beach Day!

Jason and I both celebrated our birthdays this week. We decided to go out and celebrate by hanging out in the sun and sand; but no waves. The water was still a bit too cold for swimming. We laid around on our beach towels and read books. Then after we had enough sun we took off to the little town of Apalachicola. We ate a dinner of oysters, shrimp, and crab cakes at Boss Oyster. Yum! After dinner we strolled around the town square and stopped in a malt shop for some ice cream cones. Double Yum! It was a grand day. How did you spend your Saturday?

Signs of Summer

Our summer is right around the corner...and it is going to be a good one this year!!! Here are some pictures to prove it:
The charcoal grill is fired up.

The lawn is getting a heavy dose of man-made rain.

Beautiful music is being created in the study.

A relaxed and happy husband,
the best sign that summer is almost here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Painted and Stitched

I have finally decided to add some items to my Etsy shop. Lately I have been sending all of my stitched goodies to Textures. I feel bad for letting my Etsy shop go. So no longer will I leave sewnsunday out! Sorry, dear shop, I didn't forget about you! I will try to add new things to your "shelves" on a more regular basis.

Painted and Stitched Clutch in Summer Fern

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Picking, a Dream Job

I have a new favorite show. If you are a thrifter, a garage sale junkie, or a vintage hoarder; if you love to go on adventures and hunt for treasures; if you like to get your hands dirty all in the name of discovering something that others would pay top dollar need to check out "American Pickers" on the History Channel. It is a cross between "Cash in the Attic" and "Dirty Jobs."

I love garage saling. Around where I live, the garage sales are always few and far between. If there are some, they are usually in a modern house with people who are trying to get rid of stuff that they bought at Walmart in the last few years. I get such a rush when I follow a garage sale sign and find that the house is at least 50 years old and therefore the stuff inside might be old as well. Oh the possibilities...the treasures that await my picking.

Because of the limited amount of good garage sales around me, there have been times when I pass by old houses (like the one from this post) and wish I could just ask the owners if I can scavenge their house for goodies. What is so cool about "American Pickers" is that they do just that. They knock on doors and explain that they want to go through the owners old barns, warehouses, shops, etc. to find items they would like to purchase. What a dream job. I wonder how you get into that line of work? Watch the show and you will want to go picking, too!

Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, American Pickers

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Easter with the Boys

We spent Easter weekend with my in-laws and my nephews. Holidays are so much fun through the eyes of a child. I was so glad we could share it with them. I hope your Easter was special, too!

On the way to the hunt for eggs.

These beauties got a fast dye job.

Laughing with Grandma.

Eating a chocolate rabbit, head first.

The Easter basket has had it, but he's not giving up on the hunt.
Though he didn't notice the trail of candy and shells left in his wake.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I want one of these, and one of these, and one of these...

Pleasant Cove Dress

I love the items in this store. It makes the western style accessible for all us city folk.

Silverware Rings

Wood Shed Blouse

Dakota Tunic

Trimmings Tote

Smoke Signal Earrings

Braden Bag

Wylie Tank

Still Valley Dress