Friday, November 21, 2014

Shop Update!

I added lots of colorful felt ornaments to the shop yesterday...lots of snowflakes, little trees, and pretty scallops.

And all that stitching inspired me to make a new illustrated notebook with a spool of thread and needle. I often use little notebooks for jotting down project notes as I'm working: materials, colors, little bits of info I want to remember for the next time I make an ornament, garland, or brooch. Also, I frequently get ideas for new things to make (or ideas on how to tweak an old design) while I'm working and need to scribble it down quickly. I know there are lots of devices for note-taking these days, but for me, nothing beats a little notebook. I can scribble and jot much faster than I can type on my phone! And I don't ever have to worry about that dreaded black screen either. :)

I'm thinking of maybe doing more in different colors. It would make a cute gift for crafty friends too, right?

What are you guys up to this weekend? I'll most likely be working all weekend to get ready for my show in December. Most of the stuff I'll be selling is totally new, which is super exciting, but also means I have a lot of work to do in the next three weeks. I'll share some sneak peeks as we get closer!

I hope everyone has a fun weekend. xoxo, Mary

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Let's Take a Walk

I'm still playing catch up editing photos. Here are a few snaps from a lazy afternoon back in August.

Just looking at these warm, sunny pics is making me feel a little better. I do miss the bright, saturated colors of summer. But even though it's 20 degrees outside right now, I know we'll have a few more temperate days when I can get outside with my camera before winter sets in. And there's still lots of beauty out and about to see. Also, I have three rolls of film left to shoot, and I'm determined not to take a whole year this time!

Happy wanderings, friends. :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Today's Finds

Vintage portrait from Empire Abode

Cashmere throw from Hokoda

Walnut candle holders from Feast Design

Vintage Turkish kilim pillow from Turkish Crafts Arts

Wooden houses from The Bird on the Tree

It's been a little quiet around here; this week has flown by, and I've been a busy bee. I have lots of photos to share soon!

Hope everyone has a cozy weekend. I'm doing a family portrait session for a friend and have lots of errands, but you can bet that I'll be spending as much time as possible indoors and under blankets. It's cold out there! xo, Mary

Monday, November 10, 2014

November Color

We spent almost all of last weekend doing work around the house, and by Sunday afternoon, I was desperate to get out of the house and do something fun. I know that yard work and house work are part of life, but entire weekends should not be lost to doing chores in my opinion, at least not if you can help it. So Sunday afternoon around 4pm, we put down the tools and went to get coffee and take a walk in the garden up the street from our house. We were met with vibrant colors, rustling leaves, a few birds calling here and there, and a beautiful sunset. It was just the break we needed before grocery shopping and other errands. We ended the night curled up on the couch watching reruns of Big Bang Theory. All in all, not a bad way to spend a Sunday. :)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Candy from The Cornershop

Remember when I posted about Lucy Sparrow's art installation The Cornershop in London a couple of months ago? Well, I finally got the handmade felt candies I ordered from the shop! I had such a hard time deciding which ones to order, but ultimately I went with the classics: KitKat and Rowntree's. My package arrived when we had Halloween candy already in a bowl by the door, so it seemed fate that I should snap a few pics with my new treats in their element.

Just as much fun for me without the toothache. :)

Now they're living in my studio with lots of other handmade bits and bobs. One of these days I'll get around to installing some shelves to display all my treasures properly, but in the meantime, they're brightening up my workspace.

It looks like the online shop is still open, and there are a few things left if you should fancy getting yourself a treat too. :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Bits of October

The photo of the fence with the hydrangeas peeking through was actually taken over the summer. I found it on my phone and thought it was too pretty not to share. The little ceramic jack-o-lantern was a surprise gift from my mom. We don't really have a lot of seasonal decorations...we tend to be sort of minimal when it comes to that stuff and even if we wanted to deck out the whole house...we don't have a lot of storage space (so finding a place to store it the other 11 months of the year can be a challenge). But this little jack-o-lantern was so cute smiling at me everyday that I might need to do a little more seasonal decorating here and there in the future. And maybe reorganize some closets to make room. :)