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Just when I’m bitching about not being inspired Ez does me a solid and points out Ruby Pearl.  Holy shit man…

{Smoke Dress, $92}

{Ruby Pearl Crochet Dress, $130}

{Caldonia Top, $162}

{Mexican Fusion Dress, $275}

Well, that was helpful.  Feeling better about this inspiration thing already.  Thanks Ez :)…

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Story of my life folks, story of my life.  Today I really should have mowed the backyard.  The outrageousness back there has reached brush hoggin’ proportions but i just can’t bring myself to cut down all these, the wildflowers that are currently making it look like a fairy tale back there…

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This morning I should have been cleaning the house and finishing the embroidery and two pillows I started for the new couch (we’ll check in on that vintage awesomeness later, by the way), but instead we went a yard salin’.  It was there that I picked up these…

It’s Taylor, Smith, & Taylor – Taylor Ironstone.  Even with that extra little tidbit there I still can’t find the pattern online.  And also, I got it for free.  Yeah, free.  It’s not really my style but did I mention it was…um, free?!

This however, THIS MY FRIENDS HOLY GOD DO YOU SEE THAT?!, is totally my style.  And whopty-do, it’s Franciscan!  A Franciscan Earthenware platter, to be exact, from 1973.  This was not free but it also did not cost me what it would have on eBay or in a antique market, because it wasn’t anything close to 30 bucks.  In fact, it was a big fat dollar.  God, I’m awesome…

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The Bug should have been taking a nap roundabouts noon…but instead he was fishing with my significant other, leaving me almost an hour by myself to do nothing.  But I did that nothing in peace.  Sweet Jesus it was quiet…and awesome.  You can never fully appreciate simple quiet, I think, until you’ve parented singly.  This is the fruit of his labors…

He actually caught more than one but the man was nice enough to not bring ALL of them home.  This little sucker is now apparently moving into the front yard.  And he brought his own bucket!  How nice of him :).

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In other good, rather awesome news that has nothing to do with me blowing off an entire Friday, my nice neighbor lady (who dammit! deserves a name — it’s Jessica for future reference) brought up this awesome owl as a gift and later returned with this mushroom necklace that her husband just started hand-carving from found deer horns…

See, awesome, just like I said.  You can find your very own mushroom necklace here and while we’re on that subject, you should totally check out these too…

{Chain Saw Carved Mushroom, $15}

More coolness, right?!  Her full shop here is full of even more vintage loveliness (check out that orange vintage iron).

So last night I bookmarked Krissy’s Shop and then checked it and put it on my “Blog About Later, This Stuff Is The Shit” list.  Typically, I try and save up approx. 2.7 gillion links before I put them all out there, just cause I feel like tons o’ links/pretty things to look at is way more fun than just one link.  But Krissy stopped in this morning, left a nice comment on my post yesterday, and I figured since I’d already drooled all about myself and my keyboard over her goods, that one good turn certainly deserves another.  Check some Paper Schmaper below…

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{See With Your Heart Gocco NoteCards, $5}

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{Damask Wooden Gocco Postcard, $5}

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{Just Dandy Gocco NoteCards, $5}

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Rad, right?  I’m especially digging what Krissy does with a Gocco and some thin wood.  And I’m in love with  the See With Your Heart notecard – I’m one of those weird people, apparently, who’s never read The Little Prince and as soon as I saw it ideas started churning in my head concerning how I might be able to translate that inspiring quote into a new bag.  She’s taking part in the handmade market over at Poppytalk (where I found her yesterday) and her PaperSchmaper shop is, of course, always open.  And her blog, here, is pretty righteous too, so righteous in fact that I’ll probably spend the next seventeen hours going through her archives.  So, um…see you in seventeen hours :).

I’ve been trying to think of something to write about today, simply because instead of doing that I lazed about half asleep, super sore, and dreaming of getting back into the yard again on the next warm day.  But then, just now, I stumbled over here (and this is important because it means that now I have something to talk about)…

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{1950’a Franciscan China Serving Platter Set, $49}

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{1958 Salem China Biscayne Tea Set, $12}

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{Vintage Tin Floral Recipe Box, $6.50}

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Deco Salt & Pepper Shakers, $7.50}

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Sirkus rocks.

…but it’s quite possible that fuck is my favorite word.  Ask any acquaintance of mine and they’ll vouch.  (Amazingly, The Bug doesn’t curse despite my mouth – I am chastised on a daily basis by him for the way I talk more like a dirty drunk sailor on a three week bender and less like a proper mommy.)  I remember one of my favorite friends literally forcing my sheltered and very underage self to curse for the first time on the grade school playground – our friendship and my penchant for swear words has endured.  Thus, I love RarRar Press

{And letterpress for the less foul-mouthed…}

Perfect, right?  More of Rebecca Ann Rakstad’s work here.  You’re fucking welcome…

{inspired by…}

So next week I think I may make a journey and I’m pretty stoked about it. I remember going to this place when I was younger girl, with my brand new camera, and being so excited about the castle ruins and springs and trees and flowers. Granted, this time of year much of that won’t be jumping up from the ground for me to photograph but it’ll be nice to be reminded that not everything is ugly in the throws of winter, you know?

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{Ah, nature! Click the photo for some info kids…}

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Looking over that picture, at all that nature and trees and water-y goodness, I was reminded of the following things that I’m loving lately. Be inspired with me, won’t you?

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{Cattails Pendant by Alisha Louise Designs, $130}

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{Tree Silhouette Leather Cuff, via HollyHawk, $25}

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{New Growth Print, via groundwork, $20}

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{Seasonal Spectrum by BJ Adams, textile artist, via wotartist}

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{White Fox in Forest via MollyJey.  Shop her stuff here…}

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That might be all for today kids but you never know. I’ve got lots of work begging to get done and I just might get an inkling to tackle it. Crazy, I know. Stick around friends, we might meet up later…perhaps to discuss a playlist for the excursion? I think so 🙂

{i am sam. i make things.}

This is where I detail the goods I make as I'm making them, the music I'm listening to as I discover it, and the inspiration that I stumble upon when I'm in need of it.
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