Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Merry

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and Happy Happy! Tiny and awesome, this guy is one of my favorite flea market finds of all time!

Monday, December 12, 2011

It's Giveaway Day!

Sew Mama Sew is hosting a giveaway day. Well, really, they are co-ordinating a giveaway day, and I am hosting my part of it...

Today, I am giving away 2 hand knit organic cotton baby hats in your choice of colors! They fit newborns to 3 month olds, and they are pretty adorable! They are made of 100% organic cotton, which is important, especially when it comes to babies, because cotton absorbs pesticides like they are going out of business.

Anyway, to enter, all you need to do is write a comment on this post with your email so that I can contact you and ask your address and what colors you want! The winner will be picked on Friday morning. Only one entry per person, please.

GOOD LUCK! And I hope you WIN!
This Giveaway is NOW CLOSED! And the winner is Katina! I will email you with your choices!

Also, receive 10% off any order in my shop when you type in the coupon code GIVEAWAYDAY, until January 1st, if you'd like to order one or more of these hats!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Knit Bangles!

I've been wanting some knitt-y yarn-y bracelets. I was looking at some patterns to knit a swatch and then sew it over a wooden bangle. And then I found out that Michaels doesn't SELL wooden bangles anymore (boo!)

So, I knit enough rows of ten stitches in garter stitch to fit around my wrist. Then I sewed up the seam to make a circle. Then I folded it in half and sewed up that seam. Last, I rolled the circle, so that the seam was in the middle of the inside and I just sort of fluffed it out. Awesome, and a great use for all of the odds and ends I have around!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

I read magazines.

A lot of magazines. I work in a library, and the library subscribes to magazines, and I take them home and read them when they are allowed to be circulated. I read American Craft, and Crafts and Things, Women's Day, Natural Health, Health, Better Homes and Gardens, what used to be Workbench, and sometimes People (although it's like eating too much candy...) I love reading magazines.
But my absolute favorite of the past few years has been Readymade. I loved Readymade magazine. I even subscribed to it at home! And now it's over.
Do you remember Blueprint? Oh, Blueprint, you were every thing a gal could ask for. Resourceful, adorable, with good pictures and clothes I both wanted to wear and could afford to buy. You had ideas I liked. And you were reasonably priced.
I know people talk about Domino, but I thought it was a little clique-y and snide.
Last year I subscribed to Uppercase, which was a little too art-y for me. This year I subscribed to Anthology, which was awesome. I try to subscribe to just one magazine a year, because those indie ones are expensive!
So, to sum up: I love 'em. I want 'em. But they keep disappearing on me, and I don't know if I can emotionally invest in another. What's the world coming to?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Baxter and Titan

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hanging out, doing tricks. Baxter's showing off all he's learned from training. Titan's just waiting for his bestie to come out of the deli.

Monday, November 21, 2011

PapernStitch this Week- woot woot!

For the next couple of weeks, I'll be "exhibiting" on papernstitch! Check me out! OR check out the other lovely shops there! 10% off at checkout with the coupon code PAPERNSTITCH

Pretty awesome.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Christmas is Coming!

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And I've got a lot of vintage stuff for sale!
It has been grand fun the last couple of weeks going poking through Long Island with Kate, looking for little flocked deer for the mantle, and beautiful Shiny Brite Christmas balls.
They are flying off the (virtual) shelves! Awesome! I love to buy and I love to sell, if only I could do it full time!

Monday, November 07, 2011

Weekend Thrifting

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Got a lot of stuff this weekend, but nothing as cool as this snack hound! I looked him up on the interwebs, and it says you put crackers in his square box, and hang pretzels off his tail! Ha! Awesome! His head and tail come off for easy storage!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

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I am not wearing a costume in this picture. My sister is Smurfette. That hippie looking girl is me. That is how I dressed from 1978- 1985. But my sister's Smurfette costume, created entirely by my mom, is pretty much the coolest.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Home Grown

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Farmer and wife. It's a cup, bowl, plate set that I find both charming and slightly creepy. But I saw them and I HAD TO HAVE THEM. Upon my (very limited) research, I have not found the lady at all, but the farmer dude is up for a nice price. They are from 1979, which makes them a year younger than this gal.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

You can not help

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but love this little Santa face!

It's holiday decoration buying time!!!! yahoo!

Saturday, October 01, 2011


I will just say briefly: Andy and I got married and it was super awesome and I plan to do a GIANT post where I talk about just how awesome it was with the details and shout outs and maybe a collage of photos or 100 million other things.

So I will just say this:

1. It was a perfect day with wonderful people, great food, and excellent music.

2. My bangs were, in fact, spectacular. Maybe even EXTRA spectacular.

3. I married the best man - heck, the best person, I have ever met and he makes me feel mushy and happy and just really really blessed.

4. Did I mention how perfect it was?

Pictured is my quilt hoop decoration along with a little bit of the fancy paperchain I made, thanks to Martha Stewart's craft punch. I think it's my papa's picture.

More on the wedding a little later!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Luke Holds The Baby

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Well, Luke and Christine hold the big baby! They stopped by for a visit. We ate some grilled meats ( and Pops had his first veggie burger), went for a delightful walk (led by James!) and then had some grapenut pie that Christine brought and was super duper good! Good times on this Labor Day weekend, although I miss Andy, because he's working nonstop to keep me in the style to which I've become accustomed.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

In which the hurricane brings the refugees

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come to visit! they are a people without a home - well, without power. I am grateful that all of my friends and family were virtually unscathed by the hurricane. I hope it's the last one we see, even if it is the beginning of the season.
This is my friend Quinn. He's cute, with or without electricity!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Oh, Hello

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Awesome pitcher. It's Swedish! Made by the Upsala Ekeby company in Karlskrona, this is the Bellis pattern. I love love love it! It is for sale in my Etsy shop, though, because I have a wedding annd life to pay for!
Love it! And have never seen anything like it!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

In Which There is a NEW BABY

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Okay, well, she's not that new - but she's new to me!
This is baby Zoe! She is the baby of my cousin Billy and his lovely wife, Lorna! They are a happy little new family! She is super sweet and also likes me very much.
I have been very slow in posting pictures because I am super sick, but I wanted to get this one up and into the world, because she is VERY CUTE!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Oh, hello tiny butterflies

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While making some canvas art for a friend's nursery, I started to fall in love with scrapbook paper all over again.
Except I hate to scrapbook - there's too much planning and not enough stuff you can do quickly - but I do love all the punches and stickers and stuff.
So, I bought many (maybe too many) little 3 by 3 inch canvases and started to modge podge 'em! Whales and mushrooms and I wanted to make one with bunches of butterflies! This is it.
In other news: I am sick. And my bridal shower is this weekend! I hope I'm better by then!

Monday, July 18, 2011

In Which there ARe some Brooches!

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I'm getting ready to start making my wedding bouquet. I'm using vintage brooches to make a super bling-y flower arrangement! My dress is pretty plain, and I don't really wear jewelry, but I wanted to have no real flowers at the wedding, because I didn't want to deal with a florist. Lots of people have contributed and I have bought some over the past year, and I can't wait to get started, even though I need about 20 more. Andy's mom got a bunch for me! I recently got that big blue enamel flower for 2 bucks! It's been a grand adventure, searching and scouring for different things, figuring out if they'll go together. I'm super excited to start!

Thursday, July 07, 2011

This bebe

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probably won't eat you.
He may gnaw on your knuckles a bit, though.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Happy Birthday

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to Baxter. Andy may have made up your birth date, but he takes it very seriously. I think that you are naughty a lot, but I still like you. Happy Birthday. Now get in your bed and think about what you've done!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Missing the Whales

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This time last year, we were on the whale and puffin tour (well, in a couple of weeks). Maine is nice, but Bar Harbor is a great tiny town. We went two years in a row - me and Kate, bringing her sister the first year and my sister the next. We went antiquing, watched movies, drank beers, and walked an astonishing amount. We went so I could see the puffins, in real life. And, during the second year, I did see them.
But we saw whales too! I had seen Beluga whales at the Aquarium, and they look more like sea cows to me, so seeing the mama and baby humpbacks were exciting! They were so big, and it was so calm and everyone on the boat was excited!
And that night we went to a bar that served tater tots. So, tater tots + beer+ whales + puffins + lots of antiques = happy happy happy.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Baby Ryan!

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Baby Ryan Wulff! One month old! Big brother Liam has just turned the big 0-5! So, it's an exciting time around these parts. And Mr. Colin, the middle child, is talking up a storm! I'm so happy to meet my new friend Ryan and welcome her into the world! She's a cutie!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Wedding Rings!

We have been shop shop shopping for wedding bands and the two things I know for sure is:

1) I know nothing about jewelry or metal or rings
2) Jewelry is hella expensive.

But you'll wear 'em forever, so you have to figure out what you like and what is for real and what is weird to you...and it's a lot of discussion in the very well-lit jewelry store...
So, we're thinking of these ones, made by a lady in Oregon. Awesome. Weird and awesome.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Sesame Street: ABC Song with Tilly and the Wall

My nephew, James, loves to sit on a grownup's lap and watch Sesame Street songs. This Alphabet Song by Tilly and the Wall is pretty awesome - although I like India Arie with Elmo's version too!
So, watch it and be happy! Their outfits alone are enough to make you smile!

Friday, May 27, 2011

All Grown UP!

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Lochlain and Seanie came to visit (with their parents) for Quinn's christening! Oh, they are so grown up and giantly tall - it's surprising everytime. Seaniebear is even losing his babyface! OH, boy. Time marches on! Here's Loch and Pop, goofing around a little!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

In Which I am Officially a Grownup

And why is that, you may ask?
Because of these three things:

1) I have to buy a mattress

2) I'm moving to an apartment with the man I am going to marry.

3) I cannot quit my job any ol' time I feel like it.

I never really WANT to quit my job. But I always liked the thought that I would survive (at least for a while) if I lost it, or if I was unhappy. Becoming more financially burdened sometimes feels like that sound at the beginning of Law and Order (Clink - CLINK!). I like my job, I do - but it was always nice to know that I could just go work in a deli somewhere and be okay.

However, I get a lot in return:
I get to spend everyday with my best friend! So, that's pretty cool! And we're moving to the beach, which will be awesome! Yays! So, good luck to me!

Monday, May 23, 2011

It's Giveaway Day!

Awesome! Welcome! Today it is the big Giveaway Day coordinated by Sew Mama Sew, and who doesn't love free stuff? I'm psyched to enter for some awesome stuff and excited to send you something of mine!

Today, we have two organic cotton knit hats, made by me! These hats retail at 10/hat, though I sell them discounted in my etsy shop when you buy two! They fit size 0-3 months, and when you win, I will send you an email with a selection of colors to choose from! These are a GREAT baby gift, because even summer babies need hats! They are made with 100% organic cotton, so there are no pesticides in this item! All hats are made in a smoke free environment, and they are all made with happiness!

To enter to win, just leave a comment below. Please leave your email address, so I can find out your physical address to send your loot! Thanks for stopping by! I'm happy to ship internationally, too! Giveaway ends at midnight on Wednesday, and a winner will be randomly picked on Thursday morning! And the winner is...A Joyful Noise!!!!

From now until June 10, enjoy 10% off anything at my etsy shop, using the coupon code GIVEAWAYDAY!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In Which I am Not as Famous As My Stuff!

Jenny Doh, of the Crescendoh blog, posted one of my Etsy items in her OMG! The Best of Etsy!

That's pretty awesome! I thank you!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Brimfield, Baby!

I know. You're jealous. And you don't want to know what I spent...but I found some hawt items!

New Dots Pyrex Bowl! Vintage Glasware mug!

And so much more! Will update and update!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Mama's Day

I know I've said it. I miss my mom.

Here she is in a parade! I like her high heels, her denim skirt, her blazer! She's awesome!

Monday, May 02, 2011

The Real McCoy

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A Spice Delight cookie jar! Or bean jar! A great find!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

In Which I am a Super Special Person

Um, hello? I am a giveaway on Anya's Green Baby! Well, my hats are a giveaway, but I feel positively FAMOUS! Yays!
Go and look and comment and act like you like me. That would be awesome. I, in turn, pledge to say that you are my favorite whenever we meet.
(offer good for one meeting time)

And your hair looks pretty.

Monday, April 25, 2011

In Which My View is Different

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and maybe a thousand times better.

Oh, this bebe.
And his moose-tashe!


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dodging the Cute Patrol

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Because we keep getting in trouble for being tres adorables!

I know, it's gross. But I can't help it.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mah Friend Turned Two!

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James! He is two! That is crazy!

More about his awesome birthday party and my sister's super wonderful school bus cake tomorrow!

Friday, April 15, 2011

In Which We see the Lunar Module!

Two cool things about life and libraries:

1) The library has a pass which gave us FREE admission to the Cradle of Aviation museum, where we thought James would have a great time seeing the planes and rockets!

2) The pass saved us so much money we didn't even care that we pretty much ran through the museum and James was most interested in the movie (clapped ) and the people that worked there.

Everybody stopped to talk to him, since we were the only people in the place for at least half an hour. He climbed around and me, his mama and his grandpa had a great time! Later on, I stopped at one of our local schools to read a few books for National Library Week (I'm a minor celebrity among first graders in this town). Then we had an awesome roast chicken (yeah, Gail!) and some brownies (alright, Joe!). Andy came for dinner and James insisted on saying Andy's name a billion times (good on Andy! And James!)

Also, we saw a real lunar module, and that was cool. But it looked fake and made of aluminum, which made it cool and weird at the same time - like a craft project!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

In Which Dogs Fly

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This is Baxter, the flying dog! He is a giant doofus, and loves to run these crazy circles in my papa's backyard. It is his favorite! Sometimes, he runs, or gallops (he is as big as a pony!) towards you as fast as he can and then veers off at the last second, leaving a little of his drool on your coat. He's a good boy, and as soon as he learns to listen and sit and not eat everything in sight and stop jumping on strangers - he'll be a great boy.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Birthday Past

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I didn't say, but it was my mom's birthday last week. March 28. She would have been 72. This picture is one of my favorites, because of her braids. Gail and I used to wear braids like that every day (and I still do sometimes!). I also love the awesome embroidered shirt!
I miss her a lot - it's been almost 13 years. I wish she could have met all of the babies (now kids!) and been there with advice and squishy hugs and met my Andy and known us as grown ups.
For her birthday, we would have gotten her a bunch of stuff she didn't want, because she was terrible with her lists (we are a birthday/christmas list oriented family). She always asked for something for the house - like new dishtowels - and we'd be like, we'll get you new dishtowels on Saturday, but what do you want for your BIRTHDAY?
My pop had brought out her old pocketbook that still had some stuff in it, and it still smells the same. It has a measuring tape (who do you think taught me?) a mirror and her wallet. She maybe would have loved knitting the way that I love knitting. She liked to make stuff and fix stuff.
But I think of her always and do my best to follow what WOULD have been her advice (I hear it in my head even when it is the OPPOSITE of what I want to do!). She is remembered. She is missed.

Monday, April 04, 2011


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loves the camera! Oh, Quinn, you are so big already!
He is like a chubby version of Sir James, and quite nice in his own right!

Friday, April 01, 2011

In which Noah Strikes Again!

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I found a giant Noah's Ark! They are EVERYWHERE! This one was made by Grandad's Toy Shop in North Thetford, Vermont. You can tell it was handmade and handpainted. The ark and the little animals are on wheels!
Man, those vintage toy arks are everywhere I look, and I want to buy and sell all of them...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

In Which There is a Tiny Wagon

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What is it about the miniature things (though this is not THAT tiny) that makes us love them so much?

Though this also fulfills my love of things to put things in, as well. It would go nicely into the tiny shopping carts I bought many of my friends when they were at Target ten years ago...

sigh. I should've bought one for myself. That shopping cart and this wagon could be best friends...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


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Well, time is a funny thing. My papa was not elected to the seat of mayor for which he had been running. It was a very long and very tense campaign with a lot of terrible moments. And now it's over. But now he will have more time. To play with James and hold Quinn and travel to visit his other kids and grandkids. Time to read a book or watch a movie or eat a giant breakfast. Now, time can begin fresh with fun stuff and none of the gigantic obligations his retired life has been full of. Now, he can party down.
And where will he certainly party down? My wedding, of course, because I am getting married in September and it is spectacularly weird to type that. The End.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

A little late, but

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Happy Birthday, Miss Carter! I am working on a present of a different kind for you, it is cooking in my brain!

You are six now, so you are responsible for making sure that you don't lose a shoe here and there and also you have to make sure that you know what song to sing when your sister or mommy or daddy is upset. You are very fun, and I love you.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

A find! A find! Old and awesome!

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It's another Noah's ark, with tiny animals. The dealer had said it was from the 40s, and it is surely handmade! The top hinges out to reveal the animals. I guess the flood got some because there are not two of each. Some are probably not from the original set. But you can love them too!