I saved these from a couple weeks ago when we went to the Xochimilco and visited the island of the dolls (Isla de las Muñecas). Fitting for Halloween, no?
shirt- pull and bear
pants- bought a year ago somewhere in Philadelphia??
shoes- way old dr. scholl's I got on sale at macy's---hands-down the most confotable shoes I have
hat- bought in california, where?
While looking over different Flickr groups that have to do with fashion or clothing+ photography, I stumbled upon this group and thought I'd share, Converse Wedding. Apparently there is a large group of lovers that wear their Chuck Taylors' in their wedding photos. All the more power to them, I love fun, funky, original ideas for what sometimes is the utterly proper, traditional day...
(Jen, I could totally see you like this. Above, Jen, above, not directly below. No.)
I love the bride in the cherry red dress, too.
Do you have any fun or different wedding stories?
I'm FINALLY with internet here in Bodega Bay, California...my wireless was on the fritz. I was in Ohio last weekend for our annual all-girls weekend with some of my favorite people as previously mentioned in my last post. Mandi was the hostess with the most-est, we all had a great time hanging out in her so fab apartment and crafting, laughing, drinking way too much, noshing, thrifting and antiquing....I miss them already and can't wait for next year.
Mandi** and Vee**
as always, Patty got scared and hid in the bushes...geesh!
I bought so much milkglass from the multiple thrift store stops I had to mail it all back...
What an awesome weekend! I miss them all already, each has such a wonderful, lovely spirit, each full of special qualities that make me so proud to be their friend. Next year it's at my place, I can't wait, it's gonna be so fun!(thank you, thank you very much...in Elvis voice.)
I found this beauty a couple weeks ago in one of my favorite thrift stores. I'm quite sure my mom wore this in the 70's when she was a sweet, little typist in her bank. This is back when all the women had to wear a uniform, closed toed pumps, nylons and always modestly dressed!
Here I am, happy to welcome new account holders at the bank....welcome, we're members FDIC...
and here, oh, my! Mr. Bank President purposely spilled his cup of pencils out onto the floor to try to fondle me as I bent over to pick them up! Well, maybe that makes me one step closer to bank head teller?!?!
name tag-borrowed from my mom, it's her old name tag from way back when when she was a typist and accounts manager at a bank.
Do you have any great outfits from the past?
I have been drooling over these and think I may get a couple...so, what do you vote for?
This swim suit
This fun necklace
well, I'm on my way south of the border (swine flu seems over there) and I'm excited to embark on a new life adventure. It's been a month almost since we've seen Dave so we're all pretty happy about that! My sweet hubby went last week to pick out furniture so when we arrived we'd have a place to park ourselves other than the SWEEEET blow-up bed we've previously used as a couch for 3 months.....long story...
Before I go, I think I'm even a day or two early, but I wanted to tell you about Category Stories newest challenge. Titled, "If I could have any job..." which sounds really easy, right?? Well, I had so much trouble with this one. I honestly couldn't think of anything. So dorky...after I did my layout I thought of a few, but it was after the fact and I was packing and going to a beekeeper field trip and having a 3 day house-guest, etc. So big sis is always talking about her dream to be a fashion designer. She takes private sewing lessons weekly and loves browsing through magazines and cutting up outfits, making inspiration boards, etc.
The journaling reads "When McKaylah took the tour at Free People's design offices, it pretty much clinched it for her that her dream job would be a famous fashion designer." My sweet gal pal Ana is a head fashion designer there and was so kind to give us a tour a few months back and told McKaylah what she needs to do to prepare for the life as fashion designer (pouting, lots of eye rolling and critical tisks-tisks of unknowingly unhip citizens was not part of her advice, but surely it must be so-JUST KIDDING A!!! love ya!!) No, good, hearty advice about getting good at sewing and having an eye for fashion, not being scared to take a chance, making inspo boards to practice, but also stuff like getting good grades, which mommy appreciated. Ana actually works her freakin' butt off, it's for sure a cut-throat biz-ness, and she's stayed on top with hard work and of course, a fab-u-lous eye-rolling eye for fashion. To see that post click here, it has lots of good pics! Of course, Amy's custom made shirts are an inspiration to big sis as well! Awwww, surrounded by talent!
Here's some pics of Ana's b-day party this weekend...pool party with a "Sacred Heart" theme. Dang, I'm gonna miss these people...
the birthday girl, loving her new mirrored bowl ( Kristal and me in the background)
and her Sacred Heart cake, so yummy, from the Night Kitchen Bakery
man, Erin and I need tans!
Kristal and me
me and Sarah
my favorite couple!
Sarah and I (bartender extraordinaires!)
(happy birthday A!)
And I wanted to tell you about a sw-eeeet atc swap coming up, click here to see what Alli Serrato has planned if you want to get in on this. I just recently became blog pals with her and my girl Euphoria who are making me wish I was back in California. This swap is going to be pretty rad, so come play along!!
Okay, go play at Category Stories and have a great week!
rain, rain, go away
this is a layout I did a week or two ago, with my rainboots on, inspired by kk's pic. I'm diggin' all the spring layouts and pictures I've been seeing people do.
This one was from our Annual Easter Talent Show, my dad LOOOOOVES it! (ha!)
Like this one <3 I am in love with cherry blossom trees<3. One day I'll get the guts and continue my sailor jerry bluebird tat I have on on my back into cherry blossoms and such. Peek...
and this was just for fun...where the fairies live
and I was so stoked to find out that I won the last Creative Type challenge!!!
Thanks ladies-you made my day! I was so excited to be able to order $20 worth of goodies from the Living Room Floor! It was hard to make up my mind!
And just so you know, Scrap Mojo is taking off the month of June, returning to one challenge a month in July. I think a lot of us, especially Marie, are feeling overloaded at the moment. But don't worry, the fun challenges will be back in July!
Big sis started learning how to needle felt in her sewing class. Here's the bluebird she's made this week. I can't wait until she starts making the adorable figures like we have on our nature table.
The last few days have been super busy. Getting ready to spend so much time in Mex, and even though it's taken forever to finalize everything and you'd think I'd be more used to the idea, but many changes have happened, I definitely feel overwhelmed with the upcoming move. I'm having some anxiety over the thought of leaving my home and neighborhood, our friends and the convenience of life here. But the beginning of June we'll sojourn down to Mexico for a the beginning of a 2 year experience. We'll return to the States throughout the year, but the bulk of the next couple years will be lived in a high rise apartment in a super crowded city. I'm trying to see the positive in this experience, my daughters and I learning a new language, living another culture, having some amenities that we otherwise don't have here. But I'm also pretty nervous about things like safety and the inability to just run to the store and grab some yogurt. Everything takes FOREVER there. Or not being able to stop by the organic farm to pick-your-own flowers, or running into Trader Joe's for milk (organic here, finding organic there is difficult), or running into the craft store for glue dots, the craft stores I've seen there are not really geared towards what I've got in mind...It's the silly little things like that that make me feel a bit claustrophobic. So life while we're there will be simplified somewhat. Hard for me, I'm always ready to go, have trouble settling down and am definitely at times a little high strung.
But these pictures are making me smile. Little sis joined a gardening class through Pennypack Farms not far from our home. "Little Sprouts" is a class for ages 3-5 and each week they do some sort of gardening activity and read a book. This week she planted eggplant and peppers, weeded some and picked lots of fresh chives and mint. She is beyond happy with her hands in the soil and digging around. She loves to uncover worms and delicately cover them up again. Big sis liked seeing her friend from gym and swim and they explored the greenhouses and took pictures of the chickens over in the coop while the class was happening.
this place was beautiful, too! Sarah took us here earlier in the week. All the kids had a great time splashing in the water, looking for rocks, minnows and exploring.
lastly, so drooling...
Hey ya all, I was supposed to be on a plane bound for Mexico yesterday, but with the swine flu in full force we have postponed our trip. Scary what's going on...it even sounds awful, "swine."
Speaking of the unexpected,Category Stories newest prompt is "Unexpected" and I hope you'll come play along with us! What is the Unexpected for you? A flu pandemic? A cancelled trip? A new found love of dark chocolate? Sounds like me...hmmmmm... Here is my layout about matroyshkas since the girls and I collect them. We're always on the hunt for them at yard sales and thrift stores, excited to see how many are inside. It's the unexpecting part of guessing that makes it so fun! (For the record, our matryoshka with the mostest is 16, the smallest is the size of a seed bead....)
and I asked the totally tubular Amy Tangerine to be our Guest Designer over at Category Stories. She's not only one of my most fave scrapbooker's, but she's well known for her awesome designer t-shirts that sells in high-end boutiques like Kitson and Olive and Bette's in NYC. I actually had a couple of her shirts from a couple years ago before I ever knew she and I shared the same love of scrapbooking. Now we've become chums and I'm so excited to meet her face to face at Sisiniversary the end of June! She's even shipped me custom shirts for my girls, big sis is especially thrilled! I'll take a pic soon and post it. She's adorable, huh? Go give her some love!!!
now, I know this doesn't have much to do about scrapbooking, but I just had to give a shout out to this new jewelry company I found. I was shopping in Old City Philadelphia (a neighborhood downtown) and went in this cool store to find a display case of the raddest jewelry I've seen in awhile. Hot Cakes, oh, how I adore thee...
I picked up 2 necklaces and 2 rings, awwwww..so fab...they are hand cast resin that are reminiscent of vintage Bakelite jewelry they say, I agree...
I'll be back in a few days to post my scrap mojo layout, you'll love what the prompt is. As always, the mojo girls aim to please!! Marie is always coming up with awesome ideas to spark our creative fires! And hopefully get my hand-writing Creative Type layout done for their challenge...go check them out-really fun!
and finally, scoot over a little will you because I need a little bragging room if you please....look what my super talented, fabulous, amazing little 8 year old made!!! Can you believe it? She's been taking private sewing lessons for about a year now with a wonderful teacher. Big sis made this for her Grandma Rose (my mommy) for Mother's Day. She wrapped it up all pretty tonight in lime green paper and fancy chenille ribbon so we can mail it off tomorrow.
now ciao ya all!
I'm beginning to see a pattern here...we have a pair of tree huggers here...okay, young naturalists, if you will...
and a bee, Mother Nature's postal workers, coming to deliver more pollen, or pick some up...
but not everyone can appreciate local, uncooked honey (good for allergies)
I want a cherry blossom tattoo...
wow, you're really smelling the flowers, little sis!
my new front porch seating-our old seating was taken to the west coast and is in storage, these fun red babies are from Ikea, as well as the bench and floor cushions. All my cool lanterns were taken away (Boo Hoo!!), but I reordered the blue one from Anthropolgie again. Here's last year's lanterns:
anyhoo, I enjoy sitting on our front porch so much and relish the nights when the girls and I can read out there, or when we have friends over and the kids run wildly through the yard, adults listening to music and sipping on the "cocktail of the summer" (last summer it was bay breezes, this summer it's yet to be decided, any ideas???)
and finally, my new shoes I picked up. Mary Janes falls in love with Crocs, makes happy bouncing baby rubber wedges, so fun...
TGIF, huh? I'll be back tomorrow or the next day to post for Category Stories and Scrap Mojo, so stay tuned...the challenges are super fun! This weekend I'm going to be outside as much as possible, I love spring in the NE! What are your weekend plans?
Hey there, sorry it's been awhile, just have had a couple super busy weeks...
first, I'm so stoked to say that I've been picked to be a new Scrap Mojo designer! I think it's a super duper big honor since all the ladies on the design team are so talented! Wow! Thanks guys for picking me! I can't wait to get crafty with ya all! Here's my glitter moustache shot that goes on the Scrap Mojo Blog...and for those out there that know me, know I have a "thing" for moustaches (look at past posts or on Flickr, me as Frida Kahlo, me as a pirate, me as a french waiter...). While I am known to occasionally paint one on my face for goofy pictures (or my girls faces), I am HORRIFIED at the idea of actually having a real moustache, so the request for a glitter moustache for the scrap mojo blog is bitter sweet, I'll admit...
Thanks to Shawn over at Eclectic Whimsy for helping me with my blog again. She's the one who designed my header above and helps me with adding blinkies, etc. because I am SO NOT computer savvy. If you're thinking having your blog redesigned, give her a shout!
and last weekend at the release of Twilight on DVD my friend Ana had a little Twilight party. All the girls wore matching Edward shirts, here's a Polaroid group shot...
from left to right; Kristal, moi, Sarah, Erin and Ana
and the little panties I made for Ana as a hostess gift, I accidentally deleted the pic of the final product-so bummed...I cut out "bite me" and hand stitched them on the bum, along with two white fangs on the first "e" in bite. I can't believe I deleted them, but you get the idea here. She loved them! Now I'm half-way through Eclipse, gotta power threw!!!
and in the rva class, my fabric mobile..
vintage plastic toothpick for my needle and different fabrics for sewing machine parts and letters on Hand Made
and finally pics from a last weekend, rollerskating down along the Schuylkill River...
dad and girls playing crack the whip on rollerskates
yeah, mom on skates, check-it-ouuuut!
we're thinking of starting a skate (Dave) and rollerskate club, complete with vests and emblems on the back,
what do you think? What name of the skate club do you recommend???
Look at 'em! Aren't they beautimus?? I was drooling over these on etsy this week so I got them. Aren't they fab? All so Valentine-y...
the designer said "Frida is cold....so she bought a warm and fury - no animal fur, of course! - coat in Moscow. " It sold me, well, that and it's super cute!
The milkglass shop has so much mouth watering milkglass, and she's so sweet!
and while I don't know if in Mexico I'll need this heavy of a poncho, but I loved it, it's pinkness and fringe, marvelous!
and finally, this beautiful art piece, we couldn't resist!
Jealous? I know, it's okay...
Dave finally got back into town after being gone 2 weeks. We were so happy to see him. After we picked him up at the airport we went to a new restaurant we'd never been to. It's owned by the same chap that owns El Vez, and a slew of other resturants here and in NYC. Pod is in downtown P-town and while honestly, I didn't think the food was worth the bill, the atmosphere was pretty cool. They have a few actual "Pod" booths that are similar to the Mork and Mindy pod style egg-chairs, only bigger and with a table and booth inside. There are buttons on the wall to change the colors in the pod, like orange, pink, blue, etc., the girls loved it.
Polaroids, so fun!
Pixie changing the colors in the pod
eel sushi (yuck! I tried it and felt like a Fear Factor episode...too powdery and slimy at the same time, belch...I'll stick with good ol' Cali rolls...)
when ya gotta dance, dance...
outside...my wheels, just kidding, mine are my new skates, see the past post...