Wednesday, April 2, 2014

mixing it up

Starting about February, I am SO ready for changes in my surroundings.
After a long winter it's nice to freshen things up a bit.
I've been such a lazy blogger and so
I thought I would share some photos of the living room and how it looks today.

The wreath is new.
I made it from the last of the dried roses I had stored from the summer.
I had a great time at the Vintage Whites Market it in Salt Lake City.
I didn't really buy very much...
mostly laces and some smalls. My husband was so relieved when I pulled 
in the driveway and he didn't see some huge
armoire or sideboard sticking out of the back of the truck that he would have to 
bring into our already full house. 
The day before the market we went to Ikea, so we had already
done a good job of filling it up with stuff!
 I put blinders on as far as looking at anything of any size at the market and focused on 
things to create with or to add interest somewhere in the house.

I also found some pretty china cups and a little satin 
drawstring make-up bag.

While in Utah, I was finally able to meet the lovely Julie Marie from Idyllhours.
We had a lovely visit!
She was kind enough to take us to a pretty shop called
Madeleine L'Amour in Bountiful that my daughter and I really enjoyed.
I purchased the little chandelier you can see in the background
of the photo above.
Julie is so gracious and is everything she is on her blog and more.
She brought along a beautiful gift and some fresh baked cookies
from a local bake shop that we devoured the minute we got to our hotel.
I wanted to share a collage of her lovely gift.
Thank you so much sweet friend for the wonderful time spent with you and for these
treasures you chose for me.

I also ran into Stacy from Stacy's Shabby Shoppe.
It's great when you are able to finally meet the people that share so much of the
same feelings and loves that you do.
All in all---
the trip to Salt Lake City with my girls was wonderful and can't wait for our next
mother-daughter adventure.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Today I am a guest blogger at Junk Chic Cottage. Thanks so much Kris!
So if you don't know 'my story' then you can learn a little more about me
at Kris' blog.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Monday, March 3, 2014

A little sharing

About ten days ago I received an e-mail from Jo Packham with a PDF download
and she encouraged me to share it here on my blog and other social networking sites.
Me, being the most un-techy person you will ever meet and even the most un-caring
about being the most un-techy person, I had no idea how to convert it to my blog
and instead of google-ing it I decided instead to do things my own way and take
a couple of photos of the magazine and the feature to share here.

It's funny how seeing it in print makes me appreciate the studio even more than I already did. 
To have a space of one's own to hold the things you love and to not have 
them 'put away' every time at the end of your project is such a blessing that I never take for granted.

I think the only thing I would change about the day of the shoot was to have wiped the
dark floor after every step that the photographer and I took.
It was rainy that day and the studio is it's own building behind the house
and we tracked so much in with every step we made so the floor looks pretty
dirty in the photos.

It was such a privilege to have been included in this wonderful publication!!!

It is always a little nerve wracking to have to write about oneself and express
how much something like creating means to you, but I am so grateful to have
been given the opportunity to try.

The photos below are all my own shots of some of  the things in the studio that I would 
like to share here.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Jo Packham for including me in the Spring 2014 issue. 
It is always great to work with the staff from any of the Stampington publications.
They are helpful and supportive and I would particularly like to thank Brandy Shay
and Cynthia Levens for working to make this process easy for me.
I also want to thank all of you who have e-mailed or messaged me here and on FB
with your congratulations on the are all the best!!!

I'm taking a little trip with my daughters this weekend to Salt Lake City, Utah to go to the 
Vintage Whites Market held there and to say I am excited would be an understatement.

So I will be away from my computer from Thurs-Sun, 
but will catch up with all of you when I get back.