Thursday, August 21, 2014

Purse & Shoe Obssession

I love shoes and purses.
Really, really love them!
My favorite purse is this chartreuse number Daughterlypoo gave me for my birthday last year!
All of which leads me to this...
I had to, just had to buy this shoe and purse fabric when I saw it!  Perfect for my Retro Revival shower cap I've aptly named, "Obsession."
This beauty and over 60 other shower cap choices are available in my Etsy shop now.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Vintage Christmas Finds

Here's a sneak peek at the vintage Christmas goodies I've collected over the past couple of months.
Aren't these little ceramic figurines cute?!  The prostrate angels are candle huggers.
The detail on these marching band cupcake picks is amazing!
The little angels are heavenly!
And my most favorite is this little guy!
Not quite sure what I'll do with all of these but will keep you posted.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dwellings in LeClaire, Iowa

I had the most wonderful time visiting my BFF in Iowa last week!  We laughed, visited friends, ate, shopped, and laughed some more.  The perfect vacation.
(picture courtesy

Whenever I visit we always make a point of stopping in LeClaire, a little historical town along the Mississippi, full of quaint shops, restaurants, and a distillery.  It's the home of "Buffalo Bill" Cody, and as you may remember from a prior blog post, home of the American Pickers (such a thrill to meet Mike Wolfe a couple of years ago!).
We also always stop into Dwellings, our favorite home d├ęcor and furnishing shop.
 Michael, the owner, recently moved the shop into this fabulous, old house.
The shop is full of beautiful home accessories
Many fresh and modern home goodies
Bright pops of color everywhere!
And chic furnishings too
(photo courtesy Dwelling's FB page)
If you can, please pop over to Dwelling's Facebook page and give Michael a "like!"

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fun Makeup Bags

While visiting Daughterlypoo in Manhattan last month we spent a morning strolling through Chelsea Market.  Have you ever been there?  I can sum it up in one word ~ amazeballs!  It's a mix of unique handmade items and culinary delights.  Seriously, I could have spent the entire weekend in that place!
I bought a few Christmas gifts (yes, I'm one of those people who shops year-round for Christmas!) that I obviously can't show you now AND these fun makeup pouches.  This one is for my Aunt Bonnie:
I gave the mascara one to my BFF.  It's perfect for her since she is a natural blonde and never ever leaves home without mascara!
And this one I kept for myself:
Cute, right?!  They're all made by the very talented and witty artist Pamela Barsky (  She also sells on Etsy here.
If you ever get the chance to go to Chelsea Market, take it!  Go hungry and you will leave full and quite happy!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Off to Iowa

I cannot believe it's August!  The summer is just flying!  As usual, I've been really busy with Retro Revival but for the next few days I'm happily visiting my BFF in Iowa.
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Bo-Nash Giveaway

Do you remember my post a while back when I was raving about the magical fabric repair Bo-Nash?  (click here for the post.)
I'd found a beautiful, vintage tablecloth that I wanted to re-purpose into Retro Revival aprons, but there was a good-sized hole in it!
I used Bo-Nash Bonding Powder and wah-lah!  The hole disappeared!
Turns out, the people at Bo-Nash saw my original blog post and sent me a great stash of their products!  (I've not been paid for the original post nor this post.)  Rather than use these goodies myself, since I still have lots of the Bonding Powder I bought, I am giving them away.
Bonding Powder Starter Kit, DVD, Iron Clean, Iron Shoe, and Ironing Mat ~ all for you!  For a chance to win these goodies (valued at over $67):
1. Head over to my Facebook page and click "like"
2. Leave a comment under this picture that you'll find there
Good luck!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Merry July & Happy Summer {Christmas Aprons}

Let me explain!
I know it's obnoxious to walk through stores in the middle of summer and be assaulted with aisles of Christmas decorations!  But while most Americans are wading in the ocean waters, picnicking, and perfecting their grilling techniques, retailers are gearing up for the holiday season, the busiest and most fruitful time of the year.
Like a Santa elf, I've been holed up in my studio, stitching away, creating a sack full of Retro Revival Christmas-themed aprons in preparation for my fall shows.  Christmas fabric or not, as I'm sewing, I'm daydreaming about our upcoming trip to the beach!  Sand and jingle bells ~ weird, right?!
Merry July and happy summer!