Friday, August 30, 2013

birthday bunting necklace

What I've learned in thirty-one years is that no one voluntarily celebrates the end of August. It's not a magical time: summer weather meets back-to-school rush, and everyone's hot, sticky, and stressed, including the birthday girl. But somehow my lovely people always conspire, between school, work, and catching the bus, to fill my day with sweet things. Love them.

I've had this project pinned for a while, just waiting for the right occasion. As it happens, I had an hour free after teaching today, so I gathered some scraps of lace and leather and made this little bunting. It puts me in mind of picnics and carnivals—all the best of late summer. Happy August. Happy school year. Happy birthday to me. :)

Friday, June 21, 2013


My garden is waving goodbye.

I'm leaving my little farm to spend the summer reading poetry in the Green Mountains of Vermont. I think it's going to miss me. Likewise, little farm.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

back to the lake

Credit: Aubrey Renee Photography

Last weekend, M and I spent a lovely couple of days on Nolin Lake in central Kentucky. We shared a cabin with several friends, including my sweet and talented neighbor Aubrey, who did some photographing on our last rainy morning there. 

All week, in quiet moments, I've been going back.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

calvino + coffee

Well, I'm about two weeks away from my first summer session at Bread Loaf and SO EXCITED. And even though my preparatory reading (above) isn't leaving a lot of time for, well, anything (but in this case making crafties, remodeling my house, and blogging about it), I thought I'd still try and share a bit of what's been filling my days.

Right now, that's the incomparable Italo Calvino... and caffeinated drinks. Cheers.

Monday, June 3, 2013

tea for two

Oops—Mother's Day is way over, but I still want to share these little gifties I sent to the mamas in my life.

I'm afraid I always spend at least as much time on gift packaging as I do on what's inside. That's why I love these tea pods so much: the package is part of the gift! Each geometric paper pod unfolds into a flower to rest on your teacup as you brew your tea. Lovely.

Monday, May 27, 2013

may garden

So much depends upon a red wheelbarrow...
May has been an out-of-doors kind of month. I've spent the better part of every day working in the garden on one project or another. It's been amazing, and I feel like there's SO MUCH to share: our new herb garden, our four new Betties, our bees (who put on an awesome show last week with their en masse orientation flight)... 

Like yard work, this post could go on forever. So instead, here's the highest of the highlights for the month of May:

Saturday, May 25, 2013

meanwhile, back at the ranch...

Wow, y'all. I feel like I've REALLY been working the girly angle in my last few posts, which is fine and all, but it's just not the whole story of my spring. Actually most of those sweet little crafties came about because I was covered in sawdust / topsoil / spackling / paint and was desperate to feel like a girl again. 

So, now it's time (à la Paul Harvey)...for the rest of the story. Please join me in a little retrospective: my recent side-by-side projects, in all their hilarious incongruity. (Long post—many photos.)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

derby drops

Happy Derby, dears! Living in Louisville at this time of year has its perkslike invitations to Anthropologie's Derby-themed cocktail party! I needed a little something special for the occasion, so I created these equestrian drops from a pair of vintage clip-ons. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

shirt into shirtdress, a d.i.y.

Folks, this post contains a bunch of shameless mirror selfies. Fair warning. 

As a self-taught seamstress, my sewing abilities extend only as far as my motivation to make something fit me, so I mainly do a lot of hemming and taking in. This project is kind of an extreme version of those two things.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

d.i.y. anthro: doily drops

Wow, was I smitten with Anthro's "Doily Drop" earrings... so shiny and candy-colored... like wearable little petit fours, no? Alas, pink and confectionary though they were, that $198 price tag kept me away. Far, far away. But thanks to some scalloped brass blanks from Etsy and OPI's "Coney Island Cotton Candy" polish (gosh, I wish they paid me to say that), I was able to replicate these little darlings for a fraction of the price tag. Enjoy the silent tutorial.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

pony up

So, one thing about hosting frequent house guests: it supplies a LOT of deadlines for smaller, more manageable projects like this little closet makeover. Our guest room closet was beat up and boring. The dominant feature was a gaping hole punched through the drywall where somebody once did some plumbing. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

spring baskets

Well, we're about midway between Easter and Earth Day, so I'm covering my celebratory bases with these little "Welcome Spring!" baskets for the neighbors. 

It's been a busy month with new chicks, new garden boxes, and new adventures hosting out-of-towners... but I took last Sunday afternoon to try out this recipe for Meyer lemon curd and this one for lavender lemon cookies, and both were too delicious to keep to myself. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

d.i.y. anthro: threaded twig strand

Since I still have all my jewelry-making stuff out from last week's necklace, I thought I'd try my hand at this little piece, which, I might add, I had pinned way before Anthropologie picked it up. Perhaps, after all this time, Anthro has been the one copying me...? :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

d.i.y. anthro: rock, paper, scissors

I won't lie. When I heard that Anthropologie mailed these cuties to its favorite customers, I was... pretty jealous. I get it: I'm no high roller when it comes to shopping there, so I'll likely never be a darling on Anthro's mailing list for surprise perks.

Still. I really wanted the necklace. 

Friday, January 11, 2013

winter garden

Betty in the French Lavender.

It's like I woke up this morning in a world where I don't teach on Fridays and it's 65 and sunny in January. Just like that. If you need me, I'll be poking around the garden with my Bettys. 

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