★ My dad collected stamps, so I saved the cancelled stamps from envelopes for years. I’d gather a bunch and then bring them to him. It was always fun to see his reaction when I brought one he hadn’t seen before or needed. I stumbled across these cleaning out my desk and was overcome with missing him. I don’t even know what to do with these stamps now, it feels wrong to just throw them away. His birthday was this month too, so he was on my mind a lot.
★ I spent a good portion of the month working on a mini quilt for a swap I was participating in. I loved working with these nautical blues.
★ I stitched a pincushion for a sweet friend’s birthday. To celebrate her birthday we went on a little roadtrip and spent some time exploring this fun shop – I loved the lavender and the vintage bottles of buttons.
★ I finished my Kiss Kiss quilt made of Tula Pink’s Parisville line. I’ve been enamored with this line since I first stumbled across it – the Marie Antoinette cameos are my favorite! I was excited to bring it for show & tell at quilt guild.
Spring is such a transformational time of year and it’s a juxtaposition in extremes – on the one hand full of color and flowers and new life but on the other hand it also brings with it a darker side. Living in Texas, Spring brings with it storms of a fierceness that is both beautiful and frightening. This week’s playlist was inspired by just that.
I’ve been obsessing over this polish for what seems like forever. NARS Stormbird is a gorgeous grey with a blue undertone that was part of their Fall 2012 collection. Scrangie described it in the bottle as “a thunderstorm brewing inside it”. I actually own a “dupe” of this color, but I’m still hearing the siren song of Stormbird calling me.
Eric and I recently spent three days watching back to back episodes of the first three seasons of Game of Thrones on On Demand. I had to talk him into watching it, but after the first few episodes, he was hooked. Of course, almost every episode we watched included a trailer for Season 4 that was starting that weekend, and the song HBO used was a brilliant choice. I fell in love with the haunting tune, Chelsea Wolfe’s Feral Love.
We both were so glad we managed to get through all three seasons and enjoyed every bit of it. I’m inspired to conquer reading book 2 now. And in a strange coincidence, I received an email from one of the ladies in my guild pointing out Michele Carragher’s website. She is a costume embroiderer who has worked on the costumes for Game of Thrones. And I love this photo of her.
I am absolutely amazed at the detail and talent in her amazing pieces. I’m absolutely enthralled with her work. I am going to make myself a goal to learn stumpwork and goldwork so I can add them to my needlework repertoire.
In an effort to finish up some of the decorating we’ve been doing at the house, I’ve been spending a bit of time on Houzz, which is a great site for ideas and inspiration, as well as sourcing pieces for home decor. I was looking through dramatic rooms, specifically those with dark walls and came across this living room.
Of course I love the black walls, but what really struck me was the artwork. The framed pieces flanking the fireplace are mesmerizing. Skimming the comments told me that the artist is Todd Murphy. I believe both of these pieces, the straw goose and the straw dress, were both available through Restoration Hardware at one point. I loved that the images were floating on a black background, and when hung on a black accent wall the effect is striking. So, then I went on my own “goose chase” so to speak and found a number of Murphy’s other pieces that I fell in love with.
What a statement piece for a room! I especially love this one…
I’m wishing I could add one of these to my own decor.
This Hive vase from West Elm, loved the look in this arrangement by Crystal Palecek of Rue Magazine.
I stumbled across these bkr water bottles. I love that they are glass rather than plastic, and come in a gorgeous array of colors. If it will encourage me to drink more water, I’m in!
I’m a big fan of Rachel from Pink Peonies, but when I saw her recent post with this gorgeous Kate Spade outfit I fell in love.
The Lulu Frost Impromptu lips necklace has been on my mind too. Hard to find and there are tons of copycats, but it really is awesome. I especially love this look from All You Need is Style.
Anna Rifle Bond knows how to tempt me and spotting the clear lace phone case about did me in.
I’m so ecstatic about Domino mag being back (although it almost seems like it was never gone now). This recent story immediately caught my eye. I’m always interested in art, and flipping through the photos of Anne Ziegler’s home several of her pieces caught my eye. The Gia Coppola photographs at once intrigued me, and on further research I found that she also did this piece that was a familiar image used as a blog header for awhile by Cupcakes and Cashmere.
The botanical posters also caught my eye – it seems I’m a sucker for plant and flower illustrations. It’s an interesting mix of pieces in her home for sure and I love the pops of color against the white backdrop of the space.
March seemed like a bit of re-entry into real life after my trip.
★ #Selfie was played on what seemed like every radio station and I completely love it. It makes me laugh every time I hear it.
★ I decided to go to the Dallas Quilt Show by myself this year. I didn’t have any invites from the usual folks I go with, so I decided to go and had a great time. I met up with a fellow blogger who’s recently moved back here and it was a treat to get to spend the day with her. I completely fell in love with this quilt made from French linen. So decadent! I came home with the pattern and some of the fabric. It seems like the perfect thing to commemorate my Paris trip.
★ It looks like Spring has come to North Texas – I love these “cotton ball” trees when they bloom. I think they are actually Bradford Pear trees, but they look like cotton balls to me!
★ I’ve been really making some positive changes with regard to my eating since I got home. Not only trying to eat healthier, but paying attention to eating food that is delicious. The empanadas and tomato salad were delish!
★ Anne Rice announced a new book in the Vampire Chronicles set to be released in October, so I decided to go back to the beginning and reread Interview.
★ Britney’s Work Bitch has completely become my theme song. Ready to get to work and get fit! And I even took a photo of my treadmill session to prove it! Did lots of inclines that night.
★ Inspired by going to the quilt show, I got back to work on my Marcelle Medallion. I’m choosing fabrics as I go and I’m loving the fact that you can tell how much I love bright saturated colors!
How can I possibly sum up my February in 16 photos?! I’m still in the midst of keywording and editing my photos, so I’ll have to make due with just some snapshots for now. I flew to Germany on the first and from there Sylvia and I traveled by train to Paris. We rented a little apartment and spent an amazing six days there. We traveled back to Germany and then had a couple of days in Bavaria. So different from Paris, but beautiful as well. I flew home the day before Valentine’s Day and Eric met me at the airport with a bouquet of flowers. I finished two books on my trip – one on the plane there and then I started/finished the second on the plane home.
January was mostly full of preparing for my Paris trip. Eric gave me a gorgeous Kelly Moore camera bag (my first camera bag!) for Christmas. I had a few shopping trips to pick up shoes, PJs, etc. I even bought a gorgeous tangerine trench to wear! I made sure to keep up with my cardio at the gym to prep for all that walking we’d be doing. I even picked the perfect polish to wear.
I finished reading the last of the Stieg Larsson books (so good) and started a new to me series.
Eric made a fabulous King cake to enjoy for Epiphany.
I’m absolutely enamored with the Dracula tv series, and the sets are stunning. I look forward to this show every week and it never disappoints.