Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Garden Girl

Unexplainably, I've become obsessed with gardening this year.
Particularly, the growing of fruits and vegetables. Flowers are lovely, but there is something so very appealing about growing our own food. I can't wait to feel what I'm sure will be a deep satisfaction of eating something I've grown with love and attention. I truly can not wait.

Since we are renting our townhouse I'm somewhat limited to what I can grow because things have to be potted. I'm trying to decide if the trouble of putting up a small fence around our backyard and tilling up our small patch of land is worth the money, since we may not stay longer than another year.  I think we're gonna go for it- especially because I can't get visions of carrots, green pepper, and tomato out of my mind. Mmm...

Currently I'm growing snap peas, strawberries, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, and a variety of herbs. Everything is looking good so far, and my fingers are crossed that my large pots provide enough room for growth. 

I'm curious, have you ever had much luck growing fruits and veggies in containers?
Monday, March 26, 2012

Happy Monday

A pitcher full of white tulips...so spring-y, sweet, and tranquil.
Happy Monday!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Jewelry Displays

When we first moved into this house and I was faced with a LARGE, empty wall on "my side" of the bedroom, and I knew right away how I wanted to fill it up...

I'd seen people turn old type block trays into jewelry holders before, and had always loved the look and idea. Since I come across these old trays frequently when shopping, I figured it was a project I could tackle myself, and knew it would be the ideal solution for both organizing jewelry and filling up that large wall. 
By using dark colored wire that I ordered off etsy, I made little rings from which I can hang all of my dangle earrings. 
I decided to just lay all of my rings and stud earrings within the slots of the other tray.  It's been so nice to look at all of the pieces I've designed and made over the years every time I walk by- like these earrings and rings. 
In order to have a place for all my necklaces I attached some hooks to the bottom of the tray. Isn't this collection awesome- most of the necklaces are from French Sentiments.

Of couse, once the trays were hung on the wall I had to decorate the top of them too. No ledge/shelf space goes untouched in this house!

Because of the super shallow depth of the make-shift shelf I've found myself placing many of the collages I've made on thin canvas panel up top. By varying the sizes and orientations of the collages I was able to some nice layering. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

Birthday Bliss

This is what pure birthday happiness looks like!

Tomorrow I turn 29 years old. 
I can't wait to see what this year brings. I'm hoping for love, laughter and sweetness. 

The same thing I wish for all of you :)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Pattys!

Happy Saint Patricks Day! 
Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! 
Me...I'm reminiscing about my trip to the Emerald Isle, planting some veggies, and cleaning the house today :)
Exactly how I wanted to spend my birthday-weekend Saturday, believe it or not. Tomorrow Joe and I are headed to Washington DC for the day, to visit museums. It's been so long since we've had a whole day together with no work or social obligations and I cant wait!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Spring is in the air here in Baltimore. How about in your neck of the woods?

Oh, and this extra hour of sunlight- positively fabulous!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Birthday Ceramic Carton

My birthday is right around the corner, and yesterday I was lucky enough to receive a few birthday presents! One of which was this ceramic teal farmers market basket from Anthropology! It's such a fun gift as this is something I never would have treated myself too, but sure do love. I think those make for the best gifts- dont you?
Lucky, I had some brown eggs at home which meant I could have an extra fun Sunday morning photo shoot :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Good Life

Recently Joe and I have been spending a lot of time discussing the possibly of moving to a new city, state, or even county. We don't feel that Baltimore Maryland is the place for us, and we are looking forward to having an adventure like this together. 

I have no idea where these talks will lead us, and not all of the places I suggest and day-dream about are totally realistic. But they certainly are fun to imagine!

It will come as no surprise that one of my dream locations in which to live would be France. Paris perhaps, but there is something very alluring about the French countryside too.
My main mode of transportation in my dream French life is always a romantic old bike adorned with a lovely wicker basket. I would fill it with the baguette, cheese, and wine I pick up at the market every day.  And in the spring and summer time I would also fill it beautiful flower that dance in the breeze as I pedal back to our maison.
Like I said, who knows were all this talk will lead us but this girl is gonna keep on dreaming...

all images via pinterest
Thursday, March 8, 2012

Lucketts Spring Market

I am BEYOND thrilled to announce that Kathy and I will be exhibitors this year at the Lucketts Spring Market held in late May. 

This fabulous outdoor market features some amazing dealers, artists, and antique treasures and I am  thrilled to be in the company of all the wonderful vendors they have hosted in the past.  I know that the bar has been set really high for this event and I need to bring my A-game.

We've already started stocking up on antique and vintage items to fill the booth and I know we'll both be crazy making things right up until it's time to hop in the truck and head down to VA to set up. 

I'll keep you posted as we make progress in our preparations! This is  new kind of adventure for me, and so far it's nothing but exciting!

More details to follow...
Sunday, March 4, 2012

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Here are a few photographs from Notre Dame Cathedral. One of my most favorite spots in Paris! Photos from both 2004 and 2010.
 In 2004 I took the stairs up to the balconies and photograph the beautiful gargoyles as well as the exceptional views of the city. They will forever be some of my favorite Paris photographs. (I am so happy to have them digitally now!!)

Did you know that Notre Dame Cathedral will be 850 years old next year. 850! Which means that this stunning building was designed and built in 1263- 513 years before we signed the Declaration of Independence.

Not only is the outside of the building beautiful, but the inside is equally lovely. Particularly while looking up!

I have a vivid memory of standing in the cathedral marveling at its beauty and having a deep sense of the world being very big, yet very accessible.  Along with a deep desire to explore more cultures and see more beauty.