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Great Tit- embroidery- plant dyed silks
I have seen Jenny McCabe’s work around Flickr and etsy for a little while now, and I love it!  I have a big affinity towards birds and she stitches them up nicely.  Her color palette speaks to me and I love that she has pieces of work for your walls but for you as well with these great brooches.
Embroidered Brooch - Barn Owl Large
There are also really pretty pieces for your home, like this tea cozy
Tea cozy - embroidered feathers
I’ve really been getting into freehand machine embroidery lately, and she is an awesome inspiration for me.  You should check out her work on her etsy and swing by her blog.
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Let me just state for the record that I do not have a green thumb.  I try every year to get an herb garden going (or any plant really) and I always kill them.  But since I have a blog now and some people are reading this, I feel like maybe I need to keep them all alive because now you are watching!  It used to be a secret of mine that I can’t keep anything alive (at least nothing that makes noise), but now, with your help…..I WILL keep them going.  Gardening has always been something that I’ve enjoyed.  My mom is a great gardener and I grew up around people who were also great at it.  Being outside is great, sweat on your brow, and a sense of accomplishment are all reasons why I want to keep trying.  The other thing that I love about gardening are……well, the accessories.  The cute watering cans and the pots and the gloves.  You get the idea, any activity that might require some very specific accessories, I’m all about.  So, here are some of my favorite gardening tools this season.

Hanging Air Plant Pod (tm)  - Gorgeous White
beautiful planter from mudpuppy
vintage yellow floral watering can
vintage watering can from lacklusterco
Garla Print Tool Set, Liberty for Target

liberty of london for Target

Little Whimsy Gnome House
this cute lil guy from sunshine ceramics could hang out in my rosemary!
Garden Stakes - Set of 4
I love these simple and beautiful markers from Pigeon Toe Ceramics
What are you growing this season?  Wish me luck on my growing adventure!

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I don’t know about you, but I think that unexpected presents are the BEST kind of presents!  Coming up this Monday the 24th is our 4 year wedding anniversary!  T surprised me with this vintage cake carrier from a shop in Chicago called Jazze Junque.  I would never think to buy something like this for myself but it would be something that I would look at and swoon over when I saw it.  I always think of different things that I should be spending money on, so it was a very pleasant surprise to get this!  I love it!  I’ve been thinking of all sorts of things that I can bake just so that I can bring my treats places (or just store at home!)  This also got me thinking of other great vintage pieces in baking, so here are some of my favorites I found in my search.  I can’t wait to bake something!  Do you have any really great recipes from your grandmother or mother (or grandfather or father for that matter) that you would like to share?  I feel like something home-y and traditional needs to go under that gorgeous lid!

Vintage Ateco Cake Decorating Set
a vintage cake decorating set from Oldie But Goodie
Vintage Retro Bell Jar
bell jar from the paraders
1966 Betty Crocker Cake and Frosting Mix Cookbook, 1st Ed., 4th Printing
cookbook chock full of ideas and recipes from Victorian Spice
Vintage Plastic Measuring Spoons Set
measuring spoons from Red Eye Vintage
VINTAGE Swan's Down Cake Flour Cake Pan Advertising Prim Rustic MAKES BETTER CAKES
fabulous cake pan from dusty lorraine
Mix and Pour Vintage White Batter Bowl by Federal
I have to have this batter bowl from Jen’s Closet
Happy Baking Everyone!

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I’ve been thinking a lot about baking things lately.  My friend X is having a birthday party this weekend and it’s prompted me to bake up some things for the partaaaay!  It’s also been terribly grey here the past few days and looking at baked goods and their bake ware always makes me smile. Here is a collection of recipes and pictures of all things baking that I am loving right now!

Floral Baking Cups/Cupcake Liners (Qty 50)
100 Yards of Stringy Things - RED-BROWN-GREEN-BLUE

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Today we are talking about all things Japanese masking tape!!  Have you seen the wonder and beauty of this product??  The patterns are amazing and the colors…..anyhoo I’m going to post to some crafty links using this fantastic product and where YOU can get it and start having fun!

Over at The Red Thread, there is an awesome tutorial showing you how to make a mini bunting.  I had just as much fun reading the tutorial as I did looking at the pictures of all the tape stacked up!

Lacy Easter egg

Even though Easter is over, Family Circle posted a whole tutorial on how to decorate easter eggs in different ways.  One of those was this lovely creation using the tape!  Even though Easter has passed, these would be great for breakfast in bed for your sweets or your mom (hint hint).  I think any time of the year, this would be a gorgeous idea to spruce up any day.

Japanese Washi Tape and EntertainingElizabeth over at To Be Charmed has really outdone herself!  She has multiple pages of pictures and directions on how to use the washi tape in different ways.  There’s cupcake flags, how to cover plates, vases, serving dishes, the list goes on and on.  You will be lost in the sea of awesome ideas she has on this tape (and a lot of other things I might add-you could get lost on her blog in general!)

So!  Intrigued?  Loving this washi tape?  Here are some links on where you can get it so you can start making away!

Pretty Tape : the title pretty much says it all but there are other great supplies to check out here!

Nothing Elegant : lots of cute kawaii stuff too!

Downtown Fabrics : there’s a sale going on right now on lots of things and they ship from the USA if you’re worried about postage (and you can’t wait that long to play with your tape!)

Washimatta : ok, seriously, they have Hello Kitty! Liberty of Japan fabric…what?!

Cute Tape : has a ton of other things besides tape that you will want to spend ALL of your money on.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Well, I hope these links will get you inspired to try something new and create something fun with tape of all things!

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I have been trying to think of different ways that you could use embroidery instead of just stitching on fabric in a hoop.  I just discovered this artist today, and all her work is great!  I like the combination of the acrylics with the embroidery combined with applique.  The colors are also really great and would just pop off your walls.  I’ve included some pictures of pieces I really love but you should hop on over to her etsy store to check out the rest of her great things!

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Tomorrow I am going to be in a trunk show at I Like You in Minneapolis!  It’s during MN Fashion week and will feature a bunch of really great artists from the city.  I Like You is located at 501 1st Ave NE and the show will run from 12-5.  I’ll be doing the show with some really talented people that I am going to list below, check them out when you get the chance!

                                            earrings by Ideal Jewels

                                          bracelet by Retrospect Design

                                         leather goods by RobbieMoto


earrings by EFloyd

necklace by Play By Marly

knit tank by Rebecca Yaker

headbands by Pea’s and Bean’s

I hope to see all of you Minneapolis ladies and fellas there!  Have a great weekend!

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