Friday, July 11, 2008

"settling in"

I always hear people say things like: "we're settling in." And man I'm I envious of those people! I wish I knew what "settling in" felt like. Over here we are totally not "settling in". "Settle" sounds so gentle and slow and easy. This move-in process has been none of those. We're at that stage now...the move is over, we're back to work, back to marathon days and nights...only now we have to periodically dig through boxes to find those all too essential "things" that we just can't do without in order to complete whatever task is at hand. I'm sure you've all been through it before. Probably several times in your lives. But when you're in the thick of see no end to the chaos.
But I'm not here to whine. I've come to bring you images of cookies, vintage wallpaper, rick rack, and street scenes of 400 year old cities.
Lets get to the cookies first. They're actually teamed up with the 400 year old city pics. Aaron's parents and his aunt and uncle went up to glorious Canada for a week. They first hit Quebec and by chance they made the trip during a big celebration week for the four hundredth birthday of Quebec City....that is really really old!  Me and Aar looooove Canada for too many reasons to list but we have only been up to Toronto, which is a very modern city. I just have a few example pics of both Quebec City and Montreal but Aar's parents have a ton of good shots and looking at the pics you can just feel the weight of the world lift. It all looks just so much slower and bigger and airy up there in the beautiful north. We'd love to do the same trip. After QC they drove to Montreal and took in the sites there. In some instances Montreal seems like Amsterdam lite. Lots of wacky tabbacky being smoked in public, lots of naughty dance clubs, etc...butall that juxtaposed with gigantic old cathedrals and cobblestone streets. Anyway, Aaron's mom always has gifts to give. Even if she just went to your local Target, she's got something to give you...could be a leopard print pack of tissues or it might be a toaster! So, up in Canada she picked us up this box of cookies...just a store bought box of cookies. But man oh man...these things are good!!! I looked 'em up online and apparently...if I get urges for these in the future they're only a mouse click away at They're like really good, really big, oreos with delicious maple flavor cream filling.
Next is the rick rack...and all sorts of other vintage goodies. I've raved about her before and I'll do it again. Pink grapefruit style is in my top 3 of Etsy shops. The stuff she's got is so goooood! Just look at this tiny offering and you'll get the idea. I got this stuff before I moved and I finally got to post some pics. She's totally my go-to gal for hard to find trims and things.

Now the wallpaper. Check out this scrumptious wallpaper pack from Donna at Under the Red Roof. You know, unfortunately I've come to dislike the word "plethora" because Aaron has this way of jokingly pronouncing it that sounds utterly gross, with lots of roll to the tongue...terrible sounding. Anyway, this prevents me right now from saying that this is a plethora of papers. So, I'm switching to a new's a panoply of papers!! Really, tonnnnns. And the label on top was adorable. Donna's got Etsy digs as well so def go check her out. She is the wallpaper Queen! Rolls and rolls and rolls of the stuff!
Ok, one last thing. Recently, we had a customer request to do our "pretty girl portrait" in a larger size. We though it was a good idea so we did it. She's usually 8 x 10 and in that size it's a cute little plaque. But when we saw her in the new size we liked her way more. This is her but in 15" x 20". (Nice and BIG) The polka dots are much more pronounced and overall it's a statement piece. This is a pic of her hanging on the wall of our new studio...of course I'm not ready to pan back yet because it's still chaotic over here. But at least you can see the wall color. And she just acted like the spokeswoman for the room while she was hanging up there...but then we had to box her up and ship her to Australia, because the customer was waiting.  She is now available in this size over on etsy!...if you were wondering. :)
I guess that's it. If you need me...I'll be over here "settling in".
xoxo, Jenny 


  1. OOOO love all your goodies. Those two shops are definitely two of my favs too! And you can never have too much wallpaper! Love your new 'pretty girl'. She's awesome! HUGs!

  2. hartmannsadie@yahoo.comJuly 11, 2008 at 1:50 PM

    I ADORE her!
    Really, I love that portrait--the polka dots just make it.
    It's perfect.
    My parents just went to Victoria Canada. I think I'm going to live there one day--the weather is just so much more my speed.
    I'm braving a very nasty summer right now. Summer is my least favorite season--the heat is wretched.
    I hear ya on the frustrations of moving--it too shall pass.

  3. There's no getting around it...moving is a total nightmare!  More cookies, I say!!  :)  xoxo

  4. OMG...I am loving your journal!  Had to register for AOL just so I could comment.  Thanks for stopping by my blog and visiting my "green room"!! I spy a fabulous photo of a grumpy old woman with chipping frame that you quite possibly (re: likely) purchased at an antique store in Ocean Grove?!  I've been checking her out for months.  I am so happy she's going to a deserving new home!

    Can't wait to come back here!
    Laura (another fabulous Jersey Girl :-)


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