Sunday, January 18, 2009

Oh so good

A few things that are just oh so good in my life right now... we just got these amazing little vintage flower bundles in the store. They are packaged with care by McMaster and Storm and here at for your delight. Sweet array of colors, and flying out the door! $12
Perfect on any decor projects, cards, layouts and more.

I love, love, love this. My new vintage "buffet" re-purposed as my TV stand. The cable box fit ever so nicely in one of the drawer openings. What a find!

My little pups... well not so little. Chance (above) and Theo (not pictured because he wont sit still) have been extra snuggly ever since the cold weather hit. They have so much extra energy and just want to play, eat and sit on your lap. So cute

Laying on the floor wrestling with Chance... I really enjoyed the view of my tree. And yes, it is still up! I love our tree, it is so shabby with blues and greens, vintage birds and snowflakes and glitter... lots of glass glitter. I will probably leave it til March... I have before!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

New Finds, New Look.

A recent trip to McMaster and Storm of Greenville, Ohio was ever so delightful and re inspired me to "reorganize" a bit. At some point, you can only shuffle things around so much... then you realize that its time to start purging those items you don't really need. My Studio- I love my new "bookshelf" that I rescued from a awful forest green color and gave it a new life as shabby cream. It holds ALOT and keeps me a little more organized!
Everyone needs a pinup board in their space. This one was purchased from a sweet little shop called The Ivy League in Greenville as well. The Flower shop is just as cute as can be and offers lots of vintage treasures as well as floral arrangements. I love my board, it is an old green frame with beautiful fabric stapled to the back. You could easily transform any of your favorite frames into this useful display board. I use mine for constant inspiration; anything that makes me smile.

Love this! A steal for $12, now I just need to bribe Nate into rewiring
it and hanging it above my sewing station.

Vintage Garland. ooooh.

There is no real way to describe these wonderful mints... you just have to have them. They start out hard, but become chewy overtime. I am not describing them correctly...just order them, you will not be disappointed.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Winter Blues

I am not the type to ever get "winter blues"... I love the cold and snow! I even chose the upper most point of Michigan for college- 310 inches of snow that first year! But I came across this photo today and I felt a little twinge of wishing for sunny weather. We were in Myrtle Beach and had just spent the entire day doing nothing but tanning and reading books by the ocean. I will have to say, this winter has been a DUD so far... where is the snow??? There is still time for it to redeem itself, so I have my fingers crossed; waiting

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Still Here

Wow, It has been tooo long! The holidays went by in a blur, and I have neglected posting... so much has happened over the last few months, and I cant wait to fill it all in. Where should I even begin? I guess I will start with saying, even in these tougher times... I still feel so blessed in my life. I heard someone say "people are taking a look back at the important things, and getting back to the basics; the small things that matter in life" I know I have been doing this too. I have made many resolutions this year, and so far.... its going well. I have been reflecting about the decisions I make, the friendships I have and the little things that make me smile. I have been ENJOYING the things I have, rather than looking for more. I have been cherishing the simple TIME I have with those I love, rather than FOCUSING on what we are doing. I have been making plans, and sticking to them. Here is a quick little blurb about my news... well, I joined the brunette team for awhile. I have made the tough decision to relocate our store, we have high hopes that we can forge ahead through the slowing economy and make it out to the other side. We are going to simplify, and refine into the BEST BOUTIQUE we can be. I have commited to being part of a wonderful Real Estate TEAM with my Broker Debra and RE/MAX Resources. I am so excited to be a part of this amazing TEAM, and I am really determined to make it a successful venture.
McMaster and Storm
One of our favorite shops in the WORLD, (besides our own) has decided to make the move into the website world. They will no longer (for the time being anyway), have a retail site... we were really bummed out by this news, but at the same time relieved that they will still be present by going to They created an experience that cannot be explained, only those who visited really understand.
I spent most of the holidays creating gifts and items to sell at the shop. I am geting back into the grove and creating many scrapping projects to share. Those will be posted soon!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Philly Fun

I spent an entire weekend in Philadelphia with friends... what an AMAZING time. Literally, we put in about 15 hours of greys/couch time, catching up on season 4 before the premiere. We took an awesome tour of the downtown and all the history it had to offer. And hit the zoo. Of course.
I love this... in fact it will inspire my next project.
It was designed by an artist at Pink Paislee.

I just love looking at him. Still a giddy little kid at heart, especially on the beach.

we cherish the stolen moments together in our busy lives.

A humbling experience and reminder of the
foundations our wonderful country is built upon.

I will just call her Gracie...
Self explanatory.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

green & growing

Real Estate... Buying, Selling, Investing, Managing. I love the challenge of it all. I love the "concept phase" and seeing all your ideas and plans come to light. I have a deep appreciation for the motivation and sacrifice it takes to keep at the daily grind. The uncertainty of it all is both scary and exciting... because with great risk can also come great rewards. So green and growing...thats me. I have just begun a new chapter in my life as a Realtor. I just heard a motivating speaker claim " you are either green and growing, or ripe and rotten".
I have many passions that I have devoted my focus to and hope to grow into the future. RealEstate being the passion that satisfies my mind and energy.

Designing is the passion that touches my heart and "vintage soul". Being part of the creative team that owns and operates a sweet little boutique... I get the daily opportunity to create and design, cultivate my crafting and inspire others. I love that feeling when you run across a unique find that just makes you smile and inspires you to create. I just had to share some of those things with everyone around... you can check out my shop in at polkadotowl.

I also recently decided to incorporate designing hand-crafted invitations for those who want to add a unique experience to their event. Check out my link for samples and feel free to contact me for a consultation.