Our New Little Man's Home

This may be the last post I have time to write for a while, because tomorrow's the big day! I'm almost a week past due at this point, despite the fact that my doctor told me almost a month ago we might be welcoming Tiny Timmons any day. He's displayed surprising tenacity for so small a fellow, and since we can't wait any longer to meet him, I'm going in tomorrow morning to be induced. (Kind thoughts and prayers big and small are welcomed.)

But I wanted to show you, before it's thrown into disarray by the stresses of caring for a newborn, the (mostly) finished nursery. We don't have all of the bedding ready for the crib yet, so you won't get to see photos of that, unfortunately, but you will get to see everything else we've done, including the mobile I made with an old lampshade frame and hand-punched paper bits. I love the way everything turned out -- I wanted this room to feel bright and cheery but not too babyish, which I think we accomplished by staying away from a "theme," on the whole, and just using splashes of color against primarily white walls. I hope it will be a happy place for our little fellow to become acquainted with the world, and I hope you enjoy the tour as well!

Here you'll see the vintage turquoise dresser which was the jumping-off place for choosing colors, and the adorable "chalkboard" banner made by my lovely friend Evan.

The room has a small 3x4 foot inset alcove, in which we placed an old dresser for additional storage, and rigged up an easy-reach "closet" for hanging other clothes. This area can be screened off from the rest of the room with handmade floor-length curtains on rollers.

Here's the rocker and ottoman in which we'll probably spend a lot of time, an old telephone table that was in terrible shape initially, but was stripped and painted to match the vintage dresser, and a cubby storage unit which holds Tiny's books and toys (in the baskets). I recovered the lampshades in our yellow zig-zag accent fabric.

And on the right is the mobile I made by undressing an unused lampshade, covering it with fabric strips in an aqua dot pattern, then rigging up a fishing-line structure from which to hang colorful paper punches in different shapes and sizes. I used the beautiful piece on the left (created by Dottie Angel) as inspiration, but wanted my paper bits to hang more or less horizontally, so that the baby can see the shapes and colors when looking up at it from his crib below. It took A LOT of hours from start to finish, but I'm really pleased with the way it turned out.

I hope at some point in the not too distant future to be back with pictures of our newly-arrived addition, who is, as yet, still unnamed. He can't wait to meet you all!


More News

Because our addition may be making his appearance right around the busy holiday season, I've decided to run an early Holiday Sale in my Etsy shop, to encourage you all to do your pink street shopping before I take a temporary hiatus to focus on preparing for and having a newborn. So, between now and December 1st, I'm offering a 10% Holiday discount on all orders! Just enter the coupon code PSHOLIDAYSALE at checkout to have the discount applied to your total!


Some News

So the reason I haven't been present here for the past few months is that I've been busy growing a baby and doing all of the things that go along with getting ready to welcome our little Tiny Tim (not actually his name, just his "before he gets here" short version) into our lives. Here are a few shots of the gradually-progressing nursery, which will be white, aqua, and turquoise, with pops of yellow. (It will be so cute!)

He's due to make his grand entrance into the world on New Year's Eve, and if he's on schedule, our 2012 will begin with some major changes. We are terrified, but so excited!

Thanks to those of you who have stuck around, waiting patiently for me to return, and are still reading. There will be more news coming up later this week, so stay tuned!


Champagne Supernova

I finished this gorgeous wedding set up a few weeks ago and got it sent off to a bride with fantastic taste for a mid-June wedding. Her bridesmaids wore blush pink dresses, so she asked me to create pieces for them in gorgeous champagne and nude tones with gold highlights.

And I also got to make some extra-special pieces for the bride herself, who wore a dress embellished with hundreds of delicate ivory flowers, which I recreated in ivory satin with vintage velvet millinery leaves for her custom necklace and hairpiece.

I love these soft, delicate colors just as much as the bright ones, I think. And thanks to a lovely bride for encouraging me to try something new!


You May Not Believe It .....

..... But I have more wedding work to show off! Yes, I know, you thought, "How many is this now? This really has got to come to an end soon!" And you're right: the end is, in fact, in sight, my friends, after many long months of putting together -- let's see, how many now? -- um, six wedding orders so far. Just one more to finish, and I'm home free for this season!

Anyway, today I'm publishing photos of pieces I did for two separate collections, both in gorgeous turquoise, of which I'm a huge fan. Hope you enjoy!


My Newest Hobby

One of my New Year's resolutions this year was to send more real mail. You remember, handwritten letters -- actual paper and envelopes that require stamps, that sort of thing. So I've been making cards for most of my friends every month, which is great, because it gives me an excuse to collect more pretty papers, laces, tapes and embellishments, and to perfect my amateur paper-crafting skills. And a little while back, my very talented friend Evan explained to me how I could make my own stamps, so I took a trip to the craft store last week to produce some pretty silhouette stamps: the one on the right is Jane Austen's, and the one on the left is a little girl's. Not too bad for a first-timer, if I do say so myself.

Next, I made a card recently for a super-sweet Etsy seller with whom I arranged a trade of items, as a thank you for the trade. She and I are both in love with Britain, so I made a cut-out template of the Union Jack and put it on the front of her card, in cheery moss green, pink, and with the addition of a lace-patterned paper tape. The inside is embellished with the same green patterned paper, a pink Martha Stewart paper lace I found at Michael's, and a beautiful little vintage ledger-paper heart punch on top of which I put a pretty little bird punched out of a thin birch-wood veneer card.

I also put together a little bag of vintage and handmade goodies to go along with the card. I included a vintage hankie from my collection, a pair of earrings in coral, her favorite color, a few paper punches of vintage lined notebook paper on which I used one of my silhouette stamps, some tiny butterfly punches of vintage ledger paper, a yard of gorgeous vintage lace, scalloped punches of a vintage wallpaper, and some little pink bird punches. I packaged it all up in a handmade envelope I made using the same green patterned paper.

So that's what I've been up to this weekend. I plan to keep going for a little while on the paper crafting today, make a quick trip to the post office to send off some pretty packages, then settle in on the couch for Masterpiece Classic tonight! Hooray! And happy weekend to all of you.


Big Shop Update

Yay! I've been super busy for the past week photographing and listing a lot of new items in my shop! I hope you'll stop by and check out the new lovelies, but if you're short on time, here's a preview: 

Feels great to have the shop stocked up again. I'd love to hear your feedback on the new items! I've been trying to put some simpler pieces in for those who don't wear a lot of jewelry, or who favor the understated over the complicated. Any thoughts?


Three Down, Four to Go!

I'm happy to present the latest update on completed wedding orders: silver and classic pearls for bridesmaids wearing sunny yellow.

I'd love to hear your thoughts! Favorite colors of the season?


I ♥ Coral

Completed another wedding collection this weekend for a lovely local bride; this one's monochromatic, in lush coral, with beautiful gold accents. Dainty necklaces and simple stud earrings: perfect for a sweet summer wedding!


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