Thursday, January 21, 2010

sweet story {good idea}

Each year for Valentine's Day, I try to make something very special for my significant other...whether it be a card, book or just a journal. I thought I would share a quick story with you...and it will explain what I am going to do this year. Maybe it will inspire you too:

Two years ago on Vanlentines Day, Nate and I were very busy...but he wanted us to have a nice evening out. Dinner and driving around looking at dream homes (we love to do that). He looked up a bunch of Italian resturaunts and started calling to make a reservation. He found that so many were already booked up! He begain calling the next one...he thought it sounded familiar but could not figure out why. They answered the phone - "Sbarro's, how can I help you?" He of course replied..."Can I make a reservation for 2?" The lady on the line began to giggle and said "Sir- are you serious? We are food court resturaunt". He was so embarressed and figured out why it sounded so familiar! He shared that story that evening with me...AFTER our nice italian dinner at a resturaunt in Dayton he was able to book(I cant remember the name). I laughed so hard I cried of course, and whenever I think of that makes me smile.

So this year, I plan to make a book of all the sweet and funny things he has done to make me laugh. I challenge you to think of an ASPECT of your SIGNIFICANT other or friend that you can highlight. Make them feel good about themselves and remind them what you love about them!

{problem solved}

A few glimpses of some delicious new items at the shop. vintage pieced pins are too lovely to pass up. place on your coat or a favorite hat.
too too cute
Scarves with some style.
Unique one of a kind pieces that are sure to steal the show on these chilly days.

okay... so here was the problem. we have a new puppy.
his name is Bailey and he is a Great Pyrenees. so basically he is bigger than Chance our lab.
he is only 6 months old.
1. he can jump over the baby gate i lean against the doorway in the kitchen
2. I raised the gate and this stopped him. but now it is so very high.
3. normally i can still hop over it. but not when i am sore from the gym
4. and not with HOT soup in my hand
so you can guess that i burnt myself and decided i need a new solution.

we dug through our storage garage and found a door that could be used. it is a very lovely mustard color and has that perfect vintage distress! Nate trimmed down each edge by one inch and made the old hinges work. he removed the old piece of tin that was covering the opening.

ta-da. perfect new door that looks soooooo much better than a
baby gate leaned against the doorway.
plus it still leaves the kitchen "open". i was fearful it would close it in.. but it didn't, and we can even pass
things through the opening. more dogs jumping through
and no more acrobatic soup spills. everyone wins

Saturday, January 16, 2010


it seems like forever since I have posted...oh wait, that's because it has been! we have so many new things to share. so here goes

more and more vintage items have been showing up in the shop. they are just waiting for a new home. i love this old typewriter. wouldn't it be lovely on a side table with a love letter or family picture displayed?

ball fringe trims... look great on almost anything!

vintage jewelry. isn't valentines day coming up?

handmade labels for your pages

many new classes are gracing our schedule.
check out this single page layout being taught on
Jan 22 here at the shop.
cards cards and more cards. we are teaching 2 classes each month .

having handmade cards on hand is not only great in a pinch,
but everyone loves to receive the them!

5 styles of large "papers". maps, cakes and more. used to frame, wrap gifts, etc.

so many new things...old and new.

vintage lace wall. once its gone...its gone!

peppermint chews. an indescribable treat. {oh so yummy}