I am a magazine addict. And as far as I know, I always have been. As a little girl I escaped into the pages of Country Living and played interior decorator using the JC Penney, Sears, and Spiegel catalogues as my sources for furniture, lighting, window treatments, and linens. I kept binders, made up invoices, drew floor plans. My "play" was always "work". And I guess I'm the same now except I get out more and therefore, get to see a lot more magazines. I obsess over them, and if an issue of one of my fav mags is good then I will pull it out daily for years and years to review one fabulous spread or another. I have cupboards FULL of decor mags, all organized chronologically. When we want to move a piece of furniture we have to first purge it of fifty pounds of magazines (not kidding!). What's worse is that I know one other person who is just as addicted to magazines as I am...and he happens to be the guy that I've lived with for the past dozen years: Aaron!! And what's even worse is that he's got a whole different palette of favorite mags and like myself, he keeps 'em for posterity! He's got hundreds of New Yorker's, Harper's, Elle's, and Esquire's stuffed away. If we had our druthers we'd have to spend about a hundred fifty bucks a month on mags, and that would be showing restraint.
So right now my wallet and my brimming cupboards would like to thank blogs for relieving a bit of the magazine burden. The endless world of creativity, both visually and verbally, in the land of blogs has drawn my gaze partially away from the printed page...and all I need is enough memory on my PC to hold it all!! And I think I'm right to assume that so many of you other bloggers used to live in a world ruled by those glossy mags...blogs are the logical progression in the life cycle of a magazine addict. So, I hope to add my humble contribution to blogland and give you guys as much eye candy as possible! Well, here are today's additions:
First, check out these collage eggs from Germany! They're straight from my sweet new Flickr friend Carol, who is from Germany as well!! Such amazingly intricate work and you'd swear they were vintage. She has an Etsy shop that you really should visit and pick up something beautiful! These came wrapped in the most awesome cookie wrapping paper and then inside the eggs were folded up in vintage German sheet music. Carol is a sweetheart and always leaves such nice comments on Flickr! Thank you so so much Carol! We LOVE them so so much!! : )
Next, Jeanie had a little blog giveaway...so so fun! This sweet Sugar tin will be right at home here in our world and will go in the studio as a supply container...I love the lettering and scrolly border! And she included some old fashioned candies... I love the Bob's "old timey" peppermint twists and the Mary Janes just smell so good! Also, a little package of crafty goodies/ tags! thanks, Jeanie! you are an absolute doll!!
A sweet gift! Lonnie is one of our all time best customers/ collectors, and all around sweety! She sent us this little thank you package with this handmade basket, which looks to be made of vintage fabric, has a grape viney handle and the bottom is weighted with rice...so cool! She also sent a set of the yummiest lip glosses which I use daily. She's such a thoughtful gal. She owns the Sugar Bean Cafe and Country Cupboard Gifts up in Tillamook Oregon...home of Tillamook cheese, which happens to be the cheese they use at Johnny Rockets to top their amazing warm apple pie! Us east coasters weren't raised in a world of cheddar cheese atop our apple pie...my dad will have nothing to do with it. Me, I'm a full fledged convert. Anyway, thanks a ton Lonnie! Tillamook pride !! haha
These next shots are of an amazing spread of vintage wonder from Holly. Vintage wallpapers, seam binding/ribbon, button cards, ephemera. I love vintage wallpaper, the way it appears to be handpainted, the texture, the semi metallic highlights on some. It would be nearly impossible for me to cut them up in any way so when I craft with them I'll most likely make color copies. Also the sheer flocked tulle is sooooo perfect!
What a bag of FUN sent by my friend Amanda!! Old school plastic cupcake toppers, silvery sparkly pine trees, record players and records, white bunnies, snow white and the dwarfs, and the quintessential tiny plastic ballerinas!! She also sent this handmade custom color BLACK rose pin...love it!! I'm way into black roses but I like when they look sweet and not Goth. This little tufted cutie is definitely sweet. Be sure to vist Amanda's Etsy shop. She's got all sorts of goodies...for baking, adding to vignettes, or adorning gifts! You must pop in over at her blog..she is always up to something super fun, and her lil kiddo is one of the cutest things ever!!
Amazing Grace strikes again! She's back with her itty bitty delights and now she's ventured into the world of tiered cakes! And check out the mini Easter basket complete with chocolate rabbit! The rounded glazed cakes are oh so " miette "!! I cannot get over how perfect they are. I'm displaying Grace's little sweets in my mini house shadow box...it's the little sister of my larger house I did a while back. A perfect home for these petite sweets! Oh, and in the foreground are the newest members of my ever growing family of bunnies! They're from Japan circa late 40's, early 50's. They are soooooo great and as you can see by the stitching coming undone, they have been WELL loved!
Lastly, I wanted to share some to additions to our line. We've got them up on ebay now and they will soon be added to Etsy as well. A few posts ago I showed some Baking Beauty candles and our cute little baking theme jar sets that we made for the Vintage Kitchen Swap, but since we've gotten so many requests for them we now offer them for sale...and have already sold a few! So if you were interested go check them out. Also, some new cake art designs!! Cupcake toppers galore...tophats and tiaras, vintage "for baby" flags, the classic ballerina, and a Happy Birthday flag (about time on that one right?). We also had requests for butter yellow often and we think "Beautiful Cakes" works great in this color palette!
Ok, that's the end of this issue. No need to dog ear any pages or make some space under the bed...just point and click and move on to all the other fab blogs out there ( a few of which I mentioned last post). I hope to post soon with some more tasty eye candy, we've got a handful of projects on simmer and expect them to come to a boil shortly.
Happy blogging!! xoxo Jenny