Etsy Treasure Tuesday: Turtle Papers

Hello, friends! It's lovely to be back again after the holiday. I enjoyed my brief break quite a lot, and I can't wait to do it again in a few weeks. But now, we must get down to business! There is goodness to be discussed and prettiness to be displayed!

Case in point: the lovely Turtle Papers Etsy shop, of which I have been an admirer since my earliest days on Etsy. I always think that Christmas is the perfect time to splurge on something as relatively frivolous as pretty stationery. Don't you agree? And you can pick up some charming holiday cards there while you're shopping.

Pretty pastels, lacy scallops, and floral flourishes; just my style, obviously.

{All images pulled from the Turtle Papers Etsy shop.}


Holiday Wish List #1

Today's wishlist was inspired by champagne pinks and peppermint stripes.

pillowbox kit by belladrummer; sweet holiday styling by country living; red zigzag rug by madeline weinrib
lacy cardi by modcloth; darling flats by vivienne westwood; scallop top by modcloth
red velvet clutch by Home of Heart Couture; red leather and gold bangles by Maribelle Campa;
Those flats would definitely go on my wishlist if there was anyone who'd spend that much money on me. So cute!


Fall Sale at Pink Street!

Head over to take advantage of the Fall Sale in my shop: 10% off of all items, and 15% off of Sale items! Go get some of your Christmas shopping out of the way early, friends! I solemnly promise that shipping will be super-fast and packaging will be super-cute.

I love sales! Who's with me?


Etsy Treasure Tuesday: French English

Patent leather is not just for your grandmother's pumps anymore. I'm loving these cheeky bags by Etsy seller French & English Confectioners -- FrenchEnglish for short.
Here's a sampler of a few I'd love to own:

I love the way the shiny patent finish can give the plainest piece a dressy feel. How about you?

{all images pulled from the FrenchEnglish Etsy shop.}


Elizabeth Bennet Approves.

The next dance shall be dedicated to the lady genius who created Austenbook.
I laughed my bonnet off!


DIY Thursday: Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial

I know, I know. I did this post last fall. "But some of my lovely readers are new!" I thought to myself, "and maye they'd like a little recap?" At any rate, I can't resist the chance to put something so pretty up for you, even if it is a re-run. I hope you enjoy the photos, and for the original, full length and in-depth tutorial, visit Danielle Thompson's fabulous post here.

After seeing this photo on flickr (taken by indierocket) of the absolutely gorgeous fabric pumpkins for sale at ink + peat in Portland, Danielle Thompson of Thompson Family Life decided to make her own. And the photos she took of her own fabric pumpkin creations blew me away. Just in time for Thanksgiving, everyone! Grab your scraps and craft away! I certainly intend to.

If you try it, send me photos!
{all images above are copyright Danielle Thomspson Photography.}


Etsy Treasure Tuesday: The Shop at No. 144

Such pretty things in this charming Etsy shop. I, like the owner and designer, Colleen Lemons, have a serious thing for ruffles, bows, and soft, fluffy flowers. Also, obviously, for handmade items that fit these descriptions as well. Some of my numerous favorites from the shop:

{all images pulled from the No. 144 shop.}
Terribly easy to love, am I right? Hop on over and check out Colleen's charming shop, The Shop at No. 144.

(And ps: if anyone who plans to Christmas shop for me is reading this, I'm a big fan of those adorable teal velvet shoe bows.)


Feels Like Christmas

I got the happiest surprise yesterday morning when I checked my email. A sweet bride I worked with last year on the gorgeous aqua and dove grey wedding set wrote to let me know that her wedding (and my jewelry) had been featured on Style Me Pretty, which as some of you may know, is one of the best wedding blogs out there, and is kind of a big deal. Not only was I elated to find out that Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty has put this one at the top of her "favorite weddings" list, but I was so happy to see photos proving that I was lucky enough to contribute something small to a day that was so special and so incredibly beautiful. All of the bridesmaids are wearing pink street necklace and earring sets created especially for each girl, to match her individual style and personality, as a gift from the bride.

The lovely bride, Jessica, planned all of the details so perfectly, down to painting and distressing the aqua birdcages by hand. But she found out, just like I did on my wedding day, incidentally, that no matter how thoroughly you plan, you can't predict everything. Her obstacle was a sudden and unaccountable illness. (Mine was 5 inches of snow. On the day of our outdoor wedding.)

You can read her whole harrowing tale of the imperfect wedding that turned out to be perfect after all on the Style Me Pretty post, where there are dozens of other gorgeous photos as well. I am so grateful to have been part of her story, and couldn't wait to share the feature with all of you!

{all images by Souder Photography.}


Wish List: Wallpaper

I love the soft chintzy look of Catherine Hammerton's collages, and now she's produced a wallpaper collage! I would love to put a roll of this up in my craft room. I think it's adorable.

{via oh, hello friend. image pulled from Catherine Hammerton's website.}


A Few Random Thoughts

Hello, friends. Unfortunately, I haven't yet dug myself out of the deep deep hole that is "Things I Have To-Do" yet, but I have just a few minutes to breathe, and I thought I'd let you know that:

1. I love Love LOVE fall. Even here, where only 7 of the 32 trees in this city turn color. It's my favorite time of the whole year.
2. I am going to do this year what I've been saying I would do for the past 4 years: make caramel apples with Husband. Yum.
3. The Texas Rangers are breaking my heart. Seriously guys, the underdogs are supposed to miraculously win at the end of the story! That's how it works.
4. Even though it means I get the big bed all to myself, I don't like it when Husband's gone for a night. My eyes are a little redder this morning.
5. I'm currently loving the self-titled album from Little Joy.
6. I watched How To Steal A Million with Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole yesterday, and remembered two things: how much I love Audrey, and why I decided that my future husband had to have bright blue eyes and dark hair. (Which he does.)
7. I've decided that scarves are my favorite accessory. Yes, despite the fact that I make jewelry.
8. I don't care who you are or where you're from: Oscar Wilde is just plain hilarious. Makes me laugh every time. Out loud.
9. Art Trail is this Friday night, and I have some lovely new things to show off!
10. I wish I had some lovely new tree peonies sitting at home waiting for me. Tree peonies are my favorite, especially in these incredible arrangements by Sarah of Saipua.


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