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Summer’s in my small, podunk town full of rednecks remind me of the crazy reasons we choose to live here.  There is a river just down the road (note The Bug above at said river in a makeshift hippy tent).  Even though we live in the middle of ‘town’, our backyard is basically the woods – the owl that lives back there provides endless relaxation noise at night.  We can walk anywhere in a matter of minutes.  Things move slowly here, time nearly stands still, and the stars at night aren’t drowned out by light pollution.  It’s nor perfect here in the buckle of the Bible Belt, but it is nice.  It’s quiet and sometimes that is worth more than a Taco Bell, a mall, traffic, and yes, even a museum or two.

This weekend my good pal Ash came down and we spent our days out in the sun, wearing out The Bug.  We went to the Lake (just half an hour away), we went to the fair (where the kid wasted 9 bucks in quarters bribing a monkey to shake and lick his hand), and we drove out to a resort not far from here for a spectacular fireworks show.  On Sunday, we headed out to the state park were he fed fish.  We saw a dead muskrat that still managed to be cute, a black widow spider in a little cage (who I still think they were really trying to get us to take home), and we’ve decided that as women, it would be totally awesome if we took us fly fishing just so we could get out in the spring with the men and show them up.

Before the weekend hit the Bug and I, along with my mom, hit up the local thrifts and I scored some righteous goods.  I would like to say, honestly, that this stuff will eventually make it’s way to the (other) shop but it’s all growing on me and this stuff might just get lucky enough to live with us forever…


{Oh, scenic picture shellacked onto wood in such a kitschy manner, how I love thee!  Notice the new vintage curtains too, ones that I love so much I might have babies with in the near future.  You can see the before curtains here – they absolutely blew balls…hard.}

{Vintage Melmac saucers.  These WILL be in the (other) shop soon…}

{Royal China, Cavalier Ironstone, Carousel pattern…I think.  Got two…}

{Jamestown China.  I didn’t pick this one up so much for the actual plate as I did the following…}



Also, has anyone noticed it’s Monday?  Blech.  How about a little MuxTape, just to cheer us ALL up…

  • Down River :: Hands down, the BEST muxtape I’ve ever come across, at least in terms of hitting up a bazillion of the bands I’m loving right now – ‘Strawberry Swing’, Andrew Bird, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Adams, Feist, AND Bon Iver.  Mixtape perfection, methinks.
  • Happy Trees :: Cat AND The Beatles?!  Righteous…
  • Wanderlust Bitches :: More Bon Iver, Frightened Rabbits, Sea Wolf, and The National.
  • Bunny Serengeti :: Oh, oh friends, this one is good!  Loudon Wainwright III, Billy Bragg & Wilco, Zeppelin, and the Fleet Foxes.


More soon I’m sure.  I’m cleaning for the day (this is what happens when you take the weekend off to have fun – your house implodes and everything you own ends up in the living room, under the shag rug, and every dish you’ve ever purchased is covered in caked on food…awesome!) in hopes that I can get it done in a timely manner, leaving myself a couple hours to work on some tops I want to put together from some hand embroidered vintage pillowcases I picked up the other day.  Attempt to enjoy your Monday folks, if that’s even scientifically possible…


Oh internets, how I love thee!  Wait, you’re feeling neglected?  Well, how did that…?  Ah, my absence you say, my neglect here and elsewhere on the world wide web is hurtful eh?  Yeah, um…sorry about that.  Turns out wireless internet in the sticks, though a wonderfully delightful concept, is spotty and annoying and frustrating and nearly non-existent.  I suppose we could switch back to broadband, even dial-up might work, but that would require either a landline or a dreaded cable subscription again and as we’ve happily come to terms with their absence in our lives we’re not going that way.  So we’re sticking with the wireless, however shitty it may be, and internet, you’ll just have to trust in my love for you.  I miss you too man, I miss you too…

In case you haven’t deciphered my rambling, our internet has been horrifically spotty here lately due to the weather (I mean, have you seen the flooding in my neck of the woods people?!) but I’m coning to terms with it.  Having the internet only kick in sparingly is actually helpful to an Olympic procrastinator such as myself – my time here is more meaningful if I know that in approximately 7 seconds my online connection will be dead (I write this post now in hopes that when I’m ready to publish I’ll still be connected).  No more gossip blogs eating up my time, no more wasted hours at GoFugYourself, and just a tad bit of checking in at the Huffington Post before I’m off and back to cleaning/parenting/being outside/doodling/sewing/life.  Anyway, just wanted to give an update of sorts on the situation and my crazy absence…

Things have happened though in my absence, happy things, and while I hope to find the time to address them soon, today is not the day.  Instead, I’m throwing my latest inspiration at you, all at once and in a giant cluster fuck.  Together, I imagine, this is going to look like a mishmash of just random bullshit, but inspiring bullshit nonetheless so enjoy…

First, a little more about me.


I’m working on a project of sorts with someone who inspires the shit outta me and I’d like some help.  My part of the ‘job’ entails a little doodling, some hand-drawn type (though the woman is amazing at this herself and needs no help in that area from me, I think), and I’ve basically been freaking over it.  I do like this type of work though and am thinking really hard about how to incorporate this into what I do after the deadline has passed and I no longer have a decent excuse for wasting hours drawing out letters onto paper, but so far embroidery has been the extent of what I’ve come up with.  Anyway, onto the font work and what I need from you, my peeps.  Leave a comment if you don’t mind, let me know which you dig the most (you could also leave a note on one of the photos in my Flickr stream), and I’ll have The Bug pick a number out of a hat and send one commenter a nifty little prize package.  How about that kids?!  Check it below…

Also, if they all suck leave that comment too.  Give me another excuse to keep doodling, I dare you!


More things pertaining to me, goods I actually managed to get uploaded to The Shop despite my brief time on the internet…

{LOVE Coasters, $14}

{‘Shroom Coasters, $8}

{Tweet Coasters, $8}

{Spring Tree Coasters, $8}


Now for the less egotistical stuff, the things that have nothing to do with me but that have been making my days happy nonetheless…

{The amazing, completely awe-inspiring work of Evan B. Harris (who I first discovered after perusing Lisa Congdon’s wonderful Flickr stream – they did lunch together and I immediately wished I was cool enough to be part of that little date).}


{The work of Rachell Sumpter, just as amazing…}


{Samuel Ribeyron.  I am constantly in awe of illustrators/artists of any kind.  I so wish that I possessed the skills and creativity to make work like this.  But alas…}


{OH MY GOD, GRAMMAR!  From here…}


{Love Together Forever print, $10, via OrangeBeautiful.  Type people, TYPE!  It’s an obsession…}


{Square Blue Siding Frame, $110, via Second Line Frames.  Second Line builds these frames from the salvaged from homes destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.  A portion of the proceeds from these frames also goes to assist in the rehab of affected neighborhoods.  Righteous, methinks…}


{Surviving First Love Merit Badge, $25, via goodEGG Industries.  These things have been making the blog rounds lately but they’re so amazingly simple and perfect I had to put them up.  You read more about the creator, Lee Meszaros, here.}


{Orange Bears Plate, $30, via Rare Device.  Bears dude, BEARS!  Check out Katie Parker’s blog here.  It’s good, you’ll thank me…}


{Arlington Beach, 1925.  The Shorpy: History in HD blog is so amazingly wonderful.  As much genealogy work as I’ve done over the years, it intrigues me especially.  I keep waiting to come across a photo of my long-lost Great Grandfather.  No luck yet…}


{I Hate You.  I Always Have.  Letterpress from Zeichen Press, $4.50.  Look people, the only way I know to express love is through sarcasm.  When me and the boy got together we both agreed that our “I Love You” would be represented instead by “I Hate You”.  It’s sweet, I swear to God…}


That’s all I’ve got.  I’m spent.  And I guarantee my connection will be here shortly too.  Until next time, I totally hate you guys…

Updated yesterday.  Sewing more today, after another trip to the Amish nursery (where last week they had this vintage mid-century modern credenza for OH MY GOD! just 15 bucks!).  More today later, I imagine…

{Peachy Love Bag, $34}

{All You Need Is Love Bag, $29}

I’ve spent the past few days obsessing over embroidery and hand drawn type.  Now I’ve got a serious neck ache…

{Ahhh, love!}

{L, l, and tons more l…}


In The Shop tomorrow…



More tomorrow…

{In The Shop…}

During these past few months for some reason I can’t get that phrase out of my head. And it’s funny because typically that type of saying would really piss me off, especially if someone dared utter it to me recently. Today for example – I’m in a foul mood, I only shortly ago realized that we WILL NOT, I repeat WILL NOT, CAN YOU SERIOUSLY BELIEVE THAT SHIT?!, be getting the IRS Stimulus Package. Bummer too, because I’d already picked out a couch and matching vacation to go along with our newfound wealth. I fear my mom is on the verge of a heart attack. My brother borrowed ten bucks yesterday and though I’m not surprised, he did not return it this morning (I know where you live Bro!) Are these things that are driving me up 7 walls today silly?  Yes.  But for the love of God, why are you talking to me, can’t you tell I’M ANNOYED?!

Anyway, this is what just happened. I noticed The Bug outside (read this), digging with such thought. He’s got his cars, his two dump trucks, and a spoon. He’s already brought me two flowers and a pretty leaf, which I’ve sat on the front of computer and am now staring at as I type. He smells like a combination of wet dog, dirt, and Doritos. But he is happy. Then I realized that he’s healthy. We have a home and we’re not hungry. We are alive. And there’s sun outside!

Things could always be worse and despite all the issues I seem to be encountering today (or those that pop up any other day) it’s okay. It really is…

I updated The Shop earlier but just with two bags instead of the two bags and one check book cover I’d intended to add. I’ll save that for this weekend (Saturday, to be exact) when I add the bags I plan on making this week to the store. Without further ado (or rambling about things that no doubt are sucking out your happy soul as we speak), the update…


{It Is Okay Bag, $41}


{The Joy Bag, $37}


The rest of the list for today reads as follows:

  • Make paper birds
  • Read – it’s Two Book Tuesday, a new practice for me that entails reading both of the books I pick out at the library every Tuesday morning with The Bug. On deck today: Into the Wild and Under the Banner of Heaven, both by John Krakauer…
  • Head to the park. “I need a sippy/car/toy/leaf/’noder spoon, THE PARK, THEEEEEEEE PARKKKKK,” The Bug keeps repeating.

That sounds glorious, right friends? Should help the mood some, a little sunshine, maybe picking some flowers, listening to the boy go on and on while flapping his hands wildly about how warm it is and how he doesn’t even need a jacket and I swear Mom, just underwear would be fine out here, REALLY!

I’ll pop in tomorrow with inspiration a’plenty. And in the meantime remember, it’s all okay…

I snuck a few new things in The Shop yesterday. Here’s a refresher course, if you will…


{Tell Georgia Bag, $43}


{Skinny Love Bag, $42}


{Wash Away Bag, $39}


{Good Days Bag, $23}


Ah, it feels so good to actually have some of that done! I’m working on a custom bag today and some embroidered pouches (and they’re on the cheaper side for those of you broke-asses like me) for the Shop and I’ll have them up in a few days no doubt. Also, I’ve been finding tons of inspiration lately, thanks to my friend the internets, so I’m stopping back in today with more goodness. Stick around folks!

{ Shop’s OPEN! }

…but not today.  They’re gonna wash away, they’re gonna wash away.

Listening to lots of Purdy lately and loving it still.  Keeps me sewing, you know.  Finished another ‘love’ bag for the opening and as usual I want to keep it.  I’m a little proud of it and I feel kind of like I’m settling into a groove again, which is nice because one starts to feel lame and completely void of creativity when making the same thing that everyone else makes over and over.  But this is original (I think) so I’ll be sticking with this type of stuff, stuff that I would actually carry, stuff that I just happen to love…



{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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