*Blog Break*

Good morning all! Just wanted to pop in and let you know that I'm going to be taking a break from the blog this week. I've got a lot of prep to do for the upcoming Indie Craft Revolution show (this coming Saturday and Sunday!), and a lot of other job-related things that need my attention. I trust, though, that you will survive. :)

If you're in the St. Louis area and are looking for something fun to do this weekend, I'd love it if you came to the show and stopped by the Parsimonia booth to say hi! I'm going to have most all of my inventory there (80% of which hasn't even been posted on Etsy yet!), so if you love vintage goodies this will be the stop for you. Just look for the tall girl with brown hair that looks slightly overwhelmed...ha.

Here's the pertinent info:

Saturday, April 30, 10am-5pm
Sunday, May 1, 10am-4pm
Saint Louis Artists' Guild in Oak Knoll Park

Have a great week, and I'll see you back here next Monday!


Sunday Meditation

Let every man and woman count himself immortal.  
Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection.  
Let him say not merely, "Christ is risen," but "I shall rise."  

— Phillips Brooks

{Image by me}


DIY Friday

Well, there are so many celebrations today! Good Friday, Earth Day...and then Easter this Sunday! Do you have any big plans? We are throwing my grandma a birthday party tomorrow, then Easter dinner on Sunday, so ours is shaping up to be pretty great. Until then, here are some great DIY projects for you to tackle in your spare time, or for last-minute Easter decs. Hope you enjoy!

{Photo by Janis of Pinecone Camp}

Lovin' these easy and adorable Easter place cards, spotted via Poppytalk and created by Janis of Pinecone Camp. That bunny cookie looks quite at home!

{Photo by Ruffled}

These wall terrariums via Ruffled, while indeed perfect for wedding favors, would also be a great project for your home, especially with magnetic paint widely available, or those modern magnetic strips for the office.

{Photo by Taylor Made}

This bee-yu-ti-ful ruffled shower curtain was created by Taylor Made and inspired by the ones you see at Anthropologie. I absolutely want to make one for our upstairs bathroom in different shades of light blue, and now I know how!

{Photo via Design Sponge}

For those of us wanting to brush up on our woodworking skills, this planter table is super simple (especially if you have the wood pre-cut) but oh-so practical. It was made by Matt and spotted on Design Sponge.

{Photo by Tiatoni}

Can you imagine making a ton of these little guys in all different colors and floating them across your Easter table? Well, clearly I can. I love this little garland project, spotted at Twig and Thistle and created by Titatoni.

{Photo by Simply Modern Mom}

The texture of this yarn eggs really draws me in. They'd look great grouped together in bowl, or use this technique for another shape to make year-round decs for your home! These were created by Simply Modern Mom.

{Photo by Jessica of How About Orange}

Lastly, I love these crepe paper flowers by Jessica over at How About Orange. She's very talented at manipulating all kinds of paper, and certainly live up to her reputation here, especially the detailed center of the flowers. Love.


The Thrifted Kitchen {Orange Honey Muffins}

Good morning all! It's Thursday, which means it's time to see what I've been cooking up from my thrifted recipes! Last night I made Orange Honey Muffins, a recipe that comes from a calendar I spotted last week. Overall it was pretty good; I felt the muffins were a bit dry, and I think the amount of honey needs to be cut just a little (for me it was too overpowering). The hubs thinks they'd be good with a little softened butter or cream cheese (what isn't?!), but either way you bake it, they're certainly a yummy treat to wake up to in the morning!

Orange Honey Muffins
Yields 12 small muffins

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup honey
3 tablespoons melted shortening (I used butter)

Sift the baking powder, salt and flour together. Mix with whole wheat flour. Combine shortening, orange juice and rind, honey and egg. Add all at once to the flour. Stir enough to dampen. Bake in well-greased muffin pans for 20 minutes in oven 400 degrees. 

{Image by me}


Happy Birthday, Grandma!

Just wanted to take a moment to wish a happy birthday to grandma, who is one special lady! She's beautiful inside and out (I mean, look at that dish up there!), and I've never met anyone more willing to try new things and really embrace each moment of every day. So thank you, grandma, for being such a positive presence in our lives...a true city on the hill and the salt of the Earth. Love!

Etsy Impulses {Earth Week}

I don't know about you, but the last four days have been utterly inspiring for me as I read about the amazing things happening all over the country to celebrate Earth Week. So, naturally (ha), while perusing the pages of Etsy these days, I've been drawn to things that remind me of all the beauty our planet has to offer. But what good would that be without sharing some eye candy with you?

Give Peace a Chance Recycled Earrings via Jen McLamb

April Vintage Calendar Tea Towel Bird via Montclair Made

European-Style Market / Shopping Bag via ELSLOW5

Dryer Pillow Sheets via zJayne

Tree Ring Art Block via Studio Zen

Recycle Letterpress Print via Happy Deliveries

Tan Felted Wool Bowl via The Fuzzy Monkey

"Out of Many, We Are One" Art Print via D Dots

Spring Nest With Felted Eggs via Angel Dog Designs

The M.ark.et Bag via May Tree Ark

Recycled Paper Earrings via Shear More Sheep

Have an earth-friendly week! :)


Puppy Love {Putting Out the Vibe}

The other day, Sadie decided she wanted to stretch out...but in a bit of a scandalous position (which is actually the norm for her). Usually she only lays like this when someone is close by and she wants a belly rub, but this time I think it was for her own amusement. As her mother, of course I was horrified and told her to be more of a lady. Then she sneezed. I took that as an emphatic "no." 

{Image by me}

Sustainable Style: The Leakey Collection

It's been a while since I've been drawn to jewelry. When I go thrifting and estate saling these days, the rows of necklaces, earrings and bracelets don't really seem worth the effort it takes to rummage through them. If you know me personally, you know that this is a very strange thing. Former roommates and current friends can attest to my love of accessories, and have often considered my collection a magical land where they can browse and borrow at their leisure.

If I'm honest, I can tell you why this is: I feel like I keep seeing the same ideas over and over from people who are making jewelry. And this leaves me feeling quite uninspired to wear it. Or, if I do come across something that speeds up my heart rate, it's usually way too expensive.

So what's a girl to do? For me, the solution has been simple: shop fair trade. Because even if it's something you've seen before, at least the money you spend is making a positive impact on someone else. Like today's featured designer, The Leakey Collection. Is their stuff similar to other jewelry I've seen? Sure. But it's still beautiful, and even more so because you know the story behind it. You know the people your money is going to help, and the love behind the design.

The founders, Philip and Katy Leakey, are a husband and wife who live in the Kenyan bush among the Maasai people. Seeing the economic troubles and lack of work inherent in such a dry land, the Leakeys began to think of a way to help those in their adopted community. The answer was already there, as the Maasai women are extremely gifted at beading. They harvest blades of grass, dry them, dye them, and string together beautiful pieces. The Leakeys made the addition of some Czech glass beads, and Zulugrass was born.

Now more than 1,400 Maasai women participate in making these necklaces (some walk more than two hours to do so), and as a result they are able to earn an income for themselves and their family, while staying true to their roots Wouldn't that be an amazing story to tell when someone says, "Hey, I like your necklace. Where is it from?"

To learn more about the Leakeys and their initiative in Kenya, be sure and check out their website!

{Images via The Leakey Collection}


Style Spots: South County Scores

Happy, happy Monday! I trust you all had a good weekend? Ours was fairly busy; Friday I was up to my ears in fact-checking for a local magazine. Saturday was my daddio's birthday, and we went to Sage for dinner (it's down in Soulard right across from the brewery). There weren't a ton of veggie options (only two), but I did have a great salad with a garlic balsamic dressing that was to die for. After that we went back to our place for dessert: cannolis from Missouri Bakery and a German chocolate cake from Federhofer's (pictured below).

Sunday was me trying to do more fact-checking, plus working on an article that's due today; my brain was so sufficiently fried that it decided it wanted to sleep much earlier than normal and I missed a Skype date with one of my former roomies (sorry The Swan!).

In all the madness, however, I was able to catch some morning sales on Saturday and Sunday. Two of the six I attended turned out fairly well; the others were already pretty picked over by the time I arrived. But I did go home with...

Six blue Ball mason jars, which will be perfect for canning this summer (once I buy some lids)...

Two 8mm film movies. The hubs is looking for a 8mm projector to rent out for his business, so I once he gets one, we can use it to watch these movies (one of the perks of being married to an A/V guy). 

Six wooden spools to add to my growing collection. They'll look great on the sill behind my sewing nook...

A box of old nails that are wired together to be used in a nail gun. And while that sounds like a fun stress reliever, I think I'm going to make some sort of wall art with them. The tops are an iridescent color and I'm just kind of drawn to the coiled circles they make. 

A white ceramic pineapple lamp that makes me smile...

Three vintage hats for the show/store...

Two canisters for the show/store...

Another hobnail vase and a milk glass cake stand...

I love that whoever manufactured this decided to add some detail to the underside...

A kitschy tea towel with a calendar from 1974 and two bundles of fabric. I absolutely love the color palette on it and will use it for inspiration for our kitchen...

A metal cage basket...

A fish can opener and a lobster one...

A big frame painted (somewhat badly) in gold...

And my favorite thing from the weekend: a giant industrial spool! I've been wanting one (and more) of these for over a year now, and I spotted this in the backyard of the last sale amid a bunch of empty boxes that were headed for the trash. I asked the lady running the sale if they were going to toss it, and she said yes. When I asked if I could have it, she said, "Sure..." with a look of "What the h*** are you going to do with that thing?" But I already had the perfect plan: I put it on the upper back porch, where it's currently serving as a table! Eventually I'm going to give it a rustic coat of paint, and perhaps glue some rope around the stem, but for now it's perfect. :)

What goodies did you find this weekend? Do tell! And also check out Thrift Share Monday, Flea Market Finds & The Penny Worthy Project while you're at it! 

{Images by me}


DIY Friday

Good morning all! It's Friday, and you know what that means...time for some awesome DIY inspiration to transition you from the workweek to the weekend! It looks like rain for those of us in St. Louis, and what better excuse than that to hole up and get crafty? (Then again, who needs an excuse??)

First up are two tutorials spotted over at papernstitch that are perfect for your fast-approaching Easter celebration: a bow tie for your little man, and embroidered egg tags. The former comes from Jessica of Living the Swell Life, and the latter from Zoe of A Quick Study. Brittni (the brain behind papernstitch) also sends out her DIY posts in a weekly email blast (along with other great articles), and I highly suggest you sign up for them because they're always inspiring.

Next comes an Anthropologie-inspired lampshade, posted by Rhonda over at Dollar Store Crafts. I love the overlapping of the circles, and the mixing of muted tones always gives things a bit of an elegant edge.

These honeycomb shelves by Arrow & Apple (spotted at papernstitch) are already causing a stir in the blogosphere, and rightly so! What a great way to take wall cubbies and give them a more interesting twist. I know I get tired of squares and rectangles, and imagine if you made a mini version for your kitchen to store honey-related items! That's right, it would be super cute. :)

Remember how we talked about dyeing eggs naturally this past Tuesday? Well if you like that idea, you'll love this one, spotted over at Poppytalk: natural dye table runners! Kathreen of Whip Up is the mind behind them, and I love how rustic they feel once they're finished. Would be a great addition to your Easter table, especially if you're decorating with branches and other nature-inspired objects.

Looking for a way to put your memories to work? Say no more. Jenn over at Ambrosia Girl has the answer with her tiny Polaroid magnets (first spotted these at Creature Comforts). It's true that they would make a great present for anyone, but I also thought about wedding favors (I guess that's technically a present...) or save-the-dates!

While we're talking about Creature Comforts, did you see Ez's Easter masking tape stickers? Seriously a genius idea; she must have a unending well of creativity, because she's always out there doing her own thing.

This next project (spotted at Dollar Store Crafts) made me squeal a bit. I guess the hubs's theory is true: Girls really do fawn over mini versions of things, like this little bunting. Kirsty over at You Had Me at Bonjour took a popular wall decoration and used it to spice up a plain white Ikea pendant lamp. Love, love, love.

And today I leave you with the beautifully practical (and packaged) soy wax candles from Ruffled. Candles are always a great idea for gifts, wedding favors, what have you, and making them from soy shows that your love for them is at a special level. :)

I hope you feel inspired to tackle some DIY this weekend! Would love to hear how it goes! 

{Images via named blogs}
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