Friday, February 27, 2009

{Matilda Jane Clothing} = just too cute

okay..first i must say. MATILDA JANE CLOTHING is just so stinkin cute, i LOVE LOVE LOVE it. they are coming out with the spring release on March1! I hope she doesn't mind, but i HAD to share some of these photos from the blog! I cant wait for the can follow the link below on our blog to see HER BLOG ~ Matilda Jane! I wanted you to see all the pieces i must have and I am crossing my fingers that they come in ADULT sizes! The parties are just SO much fun, you can book your today with DENEE by emailing her at
I just wish i could be as trendy as this adorable girl. i want to go look for some sweet pink pearls and tie some flowers in my hair immediately!

these pants above....I MUST HAVE! I love love them. I am crossing my fingers they come in adult sizes

and these too! I love these pants too

okay...and lastly. This little girl! It almost makes me want one! {my way to busy life right now of course would not allow it!} but I LOVE this little outfit. There is no quicker way to my heart than polkadots.


yum! what else is there to say? well....beautiful. you could say that too! i have a huge LOVE for cupcakes. my sister has been taking a stab at making the GIANT cupcake for friends lately, which has gotten ME back into the baking mood too! you can purchase the GIANT cupcake pan at Micheal's i believe. it takes an entire cake mix to fill, but is so worth it.
i love the look of this sweet blue cupcake. i have to say, that exact color of seafoamy blue hits the spot for me. i have been drawn to it lately, in clothing...paper... furniture. everything! it must be because i am craving SPRING and that beautiful blue sky.

oh my! i adore this cake stand. i need to research and FIND it. does anyone know where it can be found? i also have a true LOVE for cake stands. i believe there are 4 displayed in my kitchen right now. some with avocados on them, some with candles. there is even one in my refrigerator holding grapes. i mean...presentation is everything right? and it makes for a sweet little display!
{both cupcake photos are from the country living website. check them out at}


can you guess what these photos have to do with the new location of yep. the floors. i thought i would give you a sneak peek of what i have been designing for the PLAN at the new space. more than likely, the old hardwood floors at this new space will be painted a beautiful cream shabby! I am also toying with the idea of layering a very pale pink into the mix somehow. probably stripes.
these pics are from the country living website. what a great resource for inspiring ideas! you really should check it out if you have any future remodeling plans at

we are making lots of progress on the new space for the move. we have targeted a lot of FUN new items that we will carry in our "better than ever" boutique. i am getting more and more anxious as the days pass and i cant wait to get my hands on the new space! since you are so sweet to be interested with us here on this blog... i will let you know, we get the keys this coming Monday March 2. hooray!

{just in}

i just love the new Jenni Bowlin products. they have recently arrived at! Her new vintage button collection is so cute and have rhinestones in the center. the new alphabet stickers are my favorite though...some are polkadots, some are ledger and there is even some with words inside. check them out!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Mom stopped by. We took some fun pics...then off to lunch

around the house

thought i would share a few snaps of some things around my is a work in progress and in all honesty... i am ready to sell this place and find my dream {cottage}... someday. in my studio.
flowers from my dear dad. such a thoughtful man {love}

a little collage for my bathroom. i was sick of the plain walls and wanted something to see while taking a bath

peeking down from upstairs. yep, my floors are painted white

recently finished extra room. my fabric was overflowing my it has its own room

another collage. this one graces my bedside with its presence.

a favorite find for my super huge obsession {bedding} . love this old attic staircase. it is just right.

how cute is he? i don't get cutesy for holidays...but he made the list for a simple showing of Easter spirit.

and him? well he is {the owl}. a present from one of my dearest friends. and the new logo for as we make our new move and transformation


I really need to figure out photoshop one of these days... It is one of those things I REALLY want to know, and also am aware that once I do{like sewing on a page}...I will never be the same.I did figure out the basic photo editing program on my computer. Had some fun with the aging tool as you can see. loved it.
{elementary I know. I'm learning}
We took a little day to ourselves on this past Saturday...Valentines Day. We gave each other small important gifts that really meant something.
We took our pups to the "bark park". Adventure and a half. I think it may take a bit of practice to get used to doggie park rules. We were the maniacs barking at everyone and making a muddy mess.
{Still fun though}

Theo right before his haircut. long overdue.

Friday, February 13, 2009


Just had to share this. I was perusing through the blogs I heart today and I saw this adorable layout by a Cosmo Cricket designer {Natasja}. What a clever idea...just use the leftover background from you chipboard sets! I KNOW I have this set, and I believe we still have a few at the shop. What a perfect way to do a "school days" layout or whatever! I just love love love it. Also, take a looksy at the way she made a little flower from circles. A must try technique!

Valentines Day

I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day. Take this time to show those around you how much you care! I wanted to share with you some sweet little things I recently found/completed:
I love this music sheet booklet. I found it at Bittersweet Antiques here in town. The stripes in the background are so amazing! I am really on a huge stripe kick right now.

I quickly scanned in some layouts for you. These are showing as 8x11's...but are actually 12x12's. I am working from home today and the big scanner is at the shop. But you get the idea. Tip: I have been using left over fabric on my layouts for added texture. Quite lovely. And addicting!

Use a small stamp element over and over to create a larger one. Ex: I used a small October Afternoon branch stamp over and over to create a larger TREE for this Nature Layout about A.J

Punches and deckle scissors are back! My favorites are just plain old pinking-shears and the scallop border punch from Fiskars. It is actually called "treading water" and we sell it at the shop!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

{be inspired}

Follow our link to a cottage industry's blog. she is so clever, and i love her blog. I even found this sweet little idea on her page. I think I may create another to send to Nate on Valentines Day....

{keeping busy}

Just a small note about keeping busy... I really feel blessed that I have so many enjoyments in my life. I love the many creative outlets I have and what it means to me. With RE/MAX, I really enjoy helping others find HOME! I love seeing all the houses we tour and the vision of what they could be! With, I am able to help people preserve memories and design with my ideas. Both are extremely rewarding.
There is much to be said for keeping busy:
1. You feel satisfied at the end of the day that you accomplished something
2. Your head hits the pillow and you fall asleep
3. There isn't enough time to sit and over eat! {whew!}
If there is anyway that I can be of assistance to anyone, just give me a buzz! I would love to help you find your next home! And I would be more than willing to help you with your next project vision. I even occasionally do home calls for interior design {See you soon Denee!}

Graphic 45

Its here! Graphic 45 has arrived at It is so very cute and moving fast. Look at this sweet little mini album and layout from their blog! So many possibilities. check them out at


This is NOT a great picture....but this is my lovely new chaise lounge! My mom and I found this sweet little corduroy number while vintage shopping. It is in great condition, super comfy, and perfect for my new office! More photos to come of my new office...
{i would love to hear of other blogs that you guys have discovered, please comment... and share the info!}

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Spill Your Heart Out!!!!!

Now, don't you wish you were here?
Our Grand Prize winner, Kacellia is glad she came!

Check out even more specialty crops coming soon!

Friday, February 6, 2009


I absolutely LOVE this little vintage find. It makes me smile every time I look at it beside my desk. What does it have to do with? Who knows! But I think it is so very sweet and very funny. I kinda feel like that anyone could push MY button and I would possibly just SCREAM. I think my plate has been just a bit full and my mind is on alot of things. I am all over the place with the shop and Real Estate... but when all is said and done, I kinda enjoy the chaos. Just watch out, I still may scream! Hehe. I have a few things to run by you...
1. I would like to create a "SIGNIFICANT OTHER" E-MAILING LIST. It is my solution to the "perfect gift" problem. I would like to gather emails of those who would like to be notified when we have a great idea/promo for special events, holidays etc... they would only get an email every few months (so it wouldn't be bothersome) and it would ONLY go to them... so they could surprise their dear ones with something from the boutique. Like?
2. We are currently running a sweet little promo at for valentines day, you can receive the cutest little packaged gift certificate from us, you just have to let that special someone know! (and next time, if they are on the NEW email list, you don't have to be the middleman. what a surprise!)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

This weekend

This weekend is the "Spill your heart out CROP" at livelovescrap! I am so excited for this event! We are going to have lots of sweet treats to snack on... and tons of fun! I will be doing a few fun things at the crop to prepare you for this upcoming holiday of VALENTINES DAY:

1. We will be making 2 cards. You will learn some new techniques, INCLUDING the one above... which is making these delicious dimensional flowers!

2. I will have 2 other projects out for display for INSPIRATION to complete a wonderful gift for your honey. One will be a layout, that can be mounted to chipboard or canvas and hung! (if you are interested in this idea, come with 1-2 large photos (5x7 or 6x8). Another project will be a small mini album... bring about 10 photos for this one. I will be doing mine in all black&white. You can do whatever you wish!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The big MOVE

Isn't this card cute? It was created using NEW Cosmo Cricket paper, lovely silk ribbon from the shop and sweet BASIC GREY stamps. Stop by the store to pick up these items, ALSO.... I now have items in my shop at (the place for all things vintage and handmade)!
Feel free to stop in there and shop too

We are getting closer and closer to finalizing details of our BIG MOVE! We met with the building owner yesterday to hammer out more details and we should be able to announce the LOCATION soon! I do have a few details I can announce:

1. Our GRAND OPENING is tentatively scheduled for MAY 9, 2009!

2. I am so INSPIRED I can hardly stand it!

3. We are going to be even BETTER than ever!

4. We have some amazing VINTAGE displays on order that everyone will LOVE!