I recently got my hands on my Grandma Millicent's Recipe Box. Score! Looking through it felt a little like paging through a private journal. The graceful handwriting and notes about where each recipe came from gave me a little insight on her life. There are some intriguing recipe titles in here, including "Grease Pan Cookies," "Oyster Pie" and "Lemon Velvet Cake." I think an experience that had a big impact on Grandma Millicent was being a young wife and mother of three flying solo during WW II. Like many women of that generation, she was a fabulous at "making do"… Read More
I love hitting local thrift shops and finding little treasures. Like these vintage sewing notions: This amazing drawer/tray that I have already filled up a million different ways in my mind: This little wall plaque with art by Joan Walsh Anglund. I loved her stuff when I was growing up. This high school memories book, published in… (drum roll) 1971 by Josten's… and can you believe it's never been written in? And this bird plate. I love the color scheme. Plus it was only 49 cents! This weekend I am hitting a B-I-G fun sale hopefully full of vintage fabric,… Read More
This little project can be a big help when you need a distraction for the kiddos at the grocery store, in the car, on a walk or anywhere. What to Gather: 6-8 pieces of different solid colored cardstock scraps or construction paper a shape punch (I went with square, but anything large enough for kids to see through would work) a hole punch a jump ring, ribbon or twine Fast + Easy Directions: Trim your papers to a size comfortable for a child to hold. Mine are 3 x 5. Use your punch to make a shape. In the… Read More
Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. Rainer Maria Rilke
The Sartorialist was recently hosting a vintage photo contest on his blog. The "rules" were the photo must be an original image conveying an inspirational sense of style. I came across the contest too late to submit, but it inspired me to post this photo of my maternal grandmother, Jean Kim, that was recently discovered. How many tender treasures like this do we all have hidden in albums, boxes or drawers? The Sartorialist aka Scott Schuman is an artist I adore. His work is beautiful and the images linger in your mind long after you see them visually. Check out his book… Read More
Do you ever feel incredibly blessed to have such wonderful friends in your life? I am feeling it BIG time. These pals have been my BFF's for twenty years (along with a MUCH missed 4th BFF who couldn't make it last night). We all went to college together and once we were in the same city, started a "Dinner Club" (basically an excuse to go to a different restaurant each month). We've been together through countless relationships, numerous jobs, 4 marriages, 7 kids, major dramas and minor calamities. But the trademark of the Dinner Club is laughter. We laugh every time we… Read More
My husband got to talk to SpongeBob and go behind the scenes of the show. I am yellow with envy! Here's a link to the phone interview Neal did with SpongeBob. You can check out the full story on ABC's Nightline tonight.
I am a major paper junkie. There's a special anticipation when you receive a card in the mail or when you send one to a friend. To me, they are mini works of art. I've discovered that there are lovely ways to send sentiments via email that are almost as wonderful as snail mail. First Up: Paperless Post. They are are online stationer offering gorgeous choices for invitations, announcements and cards. There's no cost to join and when you do, you receive 25 free "stamps." That lets you send out 25 of your custom creations (you choose from their designs)… Read More
"I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful". -Author Unknown Hope your Wednesday is full of smiles.