Monday, August 29, 2011


Happy Monday! I hope all of my east coast friends weathered the storm easily and safely? 
We were left without power from Saturday afternoon until 10pm last night, but other than that we had no damage. While I had envisioned a dreary weekend, I thought it would be the perfect time to craft, blog, update etsy, and relax. Most of which you need power for- and since candlelight was only fun for about 12 hours of weekend time I found myself getting very antsy and frustrated late last night.  The internet still wasn't working when I went to bed last night, so I woke up extra early today with my fingers crossed. Luckily, I'm able to blog, pack orders, and peruse the internet today before work.

On Friday I received a long awaited box in the mail!  Sent directly from France and containing wonderful, hand selected  goodies!

I love ephemera!
Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Pioneer Woman

I'm spending the morning preparing for hurricane Irene's arrival. Although I'm hopeful the storm won't be as bad as all the hype suggests I'm not taking any chances with our potted plants and outdoor furniture. It's all coming inside or going in the shed.  The rain is supposed to start mid-morning and continue into tomorrow.  Luckily I made a trip to the grocery store yesterday and won't have to fight the crowds today :)
And as if I wasn't feeling domestic enough already, I just learned the The Pioneer Woman's cooking show debuts on the Food Network this morning at 11.  I just finished watching short pre-view clip of her show here, and now I can't wait to see the full episode. I truly love The Pioneer Woman  blog and what it has evolved into. I've read Ree's blog for years, and she has become one of my inspirations. Mainly because she remains so authentic and has created a brand based around her passions and interests. 
Then the cooking show will be followed up by laundry and house cleaning. Ahhh domestic bliss...

I hope all you east coast readers weather the storm safely- I'll be thinking of you:)
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Farmers Market

After a visit to the farmers market over the weekend I baked some delicious zucchini bread.  We have been trying to eat more organic, fresh, and nutritious foods in our house and that means more frequent trips to the market. Zucchini bread may not be the healthiest choice of foods to make, but it's a comfort food and I couldn't resist. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Can you believe we had an earthquake on the east coast today? It was crazy to feel the ground shake north of Baltimore, and although my initial thought was "it's an earthquake", it seemed impossible. Hoping everyone is home safe and sound this evening. 
Sunday, August 21, 2011

Tinsel Treasures

A few goodies I brought home with me.
Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tinsel Trading Company

The one and only stop I knew I had to make in NYC was Tinsel Trading Company. I've been wanting to go the shop for close to a year, and I've mentioned it here a time or two. I arranged to take a few hours off work on Wednesday to go to this amazing shop located in midtown Manhattan, and I wasn't disappointed!

As soon as I walked up to the shop I was greeted by a beautiful window display that included both the old and new products they offer. 
As I made my way into the shop I was happy to find that the shop sold both new and old treasures. I knew about all of the fabulous products that were once housed in the basement, but wasn't sure they would be available for viewing or purchase in the shop. Luckily they were, and these boxes full of old metallic threads were the very first thing I noticed. 

From there I was in awe of the right wall, which was lined front to back with bobbins full of the most beautiful trims. Again both new and vintage.

Tables, drawers and boxes containing vintage notions were everywhere. It would take several trips back to the shop to really take it all in. 
The notions weren't the only vintage things in the shop- most of the displays were old and beautiful too!

New products are also scattered amongst the vintage treasures. 

Most of the antique stock was kept behind glass or in showcases in order to preserve the high quality. It didn't stop me from taking photos...

The women at the shop were all so helpful and kind. Not only did they answer all of my questions, but they didn't bat an eyelash as I walked around the shop snapping tons of photographs. 

If you ever find yourself in the Big Apple be sure to stop in this wonderful treasure of a store. You will fall in love with it as soon as you step in the door.