Back next week with wedding highlights, a fabulous q&a, and more design ramblings from yours truly.
People often joke that I was born in the wrong decade and I take it as a compliment. Oh, how I would have loved to rock this tights and tunic look. Good thing I cans till rock it now. (I admit my second thought on seeing this photo was that these girls may be the 1969 Mean Girls: “And on Wednesdays, we wear pink.”)
I didn’t find any tights I liked half as much as these girls’.
Tunics abound, however. I like these.
Have a lovely weekend. I’m still nursing myself back to health. What are you up to?
Japanese garden via Gardening Guides
Hey friends! I hope you’ll forgive the lack of posts. I’m busy trying to sleep/hydrate/Vitamin C–away a nasty case of strep. I have returned from my fever-induced delirium to post some lovely images for you. I figured a meditative look at nature in all her glory would be soothing for me. And maybe you too.
Sunrise in the Poconos by Karen Tate
Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland via My Little Travel Log
Mexico Cenote dive via Abyss Scuba Diving in Sydney
Yosemite via everytrail.com
Castelluccio, Umbria, Italy (via Flickr)
See you soon!
I can’t wait to be able to sew like a boss. I got a sewing machine for my shower and am so excited to learn how to sew up dresses, shorts, tops, the works. I have a fabric fetish and have been known to prowl the fabric store in a daze for a time before coming to and remembering what I came to buy. Then I buy four more things. Right now I love the idea of using prints aimed toward more adult tastes for children’s clothes. I think a nice Ikea fabric can give a little pair of overalls a modern twist.
Here’s what I’ve been mulling over.
I think the sundress and overalls are my favorites.
Whatta’ you think?
I am pleased to host Rubyellen Bratcher, Southern Cali blogger, seamstress, crafter, and dedicated mama. She’s the creator of one of my very favorite blogs, Cakies. Cakies is a wellspring of crafty/fashion/decor ideas beautifully photographed and presented by Rubyellen. I was lucky enough to have the chance to pick her brain a bit about blogging, crafting, and love of all things vintage.
from Rubyellen’s post on the righteous window coverings she divined from burlap and cheesecloth
What spurred you to start Cakies? How did you decide what the focus of the blog would be? And, what does the name mean?
I wanted to start documenting the sewing I was doing for my two little girls (at the time) and I also just started selling items at local shops. Initially, it was just my craft blog, but since then, it has grown into so much more. It’s more about a slice of my life… a little craft, a little food, a little style, but all things that make me really happy. Cakies comes from babycakies, which is what we called our babies when they were in my tummy.
Rubyellen’s kiddos made these.
Have you always loved making things? What do you love most about it?
I love to make things. Ever since I was a little girl, I was always making or drawing. I think it is the process of having an idea and then the process to see that idea come to fruition that is amazing. It is like making small dreams come true. You think of it, then make, and there you go!
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Fun and playful and lots of color. I am so girly and have four girls, so there is an abundance of doll making and girly things going on in our house.
Where did you get your love of vintage-y goodness?
When I was 16, my mom and I found this vintage shop called Vintage Dreams. Ever since then, I was hooked on the vintage style.
Name three things that inspire you in general…
color, the things my girls make, books
What are your hobbies and interests outside of blogging?
I love running, reading, drawing, gardening, and now I want to pick up cycling. My husband says I have way too many hobbies.
Rubyellen’s lovely home (and her daughter, Brave, on the sofa).
Anything else you’d like to add:
The main thing I have learned in blogging is that you must blog for yourself and love it. If you love it, then you will blog regardless if you have 1 reader or 1 million readers. If you don’t love it, then don’t do it.
Well said. Thanks very much, Rubyellen. It’s been lovely! If you haven’t already, check out Cakies here.
Rose: My Life in Service to Lady Astor by Rosina Harrison, Porcelain Tea Set, Wrought iron tool set, scones, 1930s suitcase, Forzieri Lace Gloves, Oak Bracket Clock, ration card postcard, 30s lace-up shoes, Pekingese
I’m almost finished with this darling book–Rosina Harrison’s account of service to Lady Nancy Astor. Both are fascinating characters.
I haven’t had time to jump on board the Downton Abbey train, but I’m thinking after the wedding I may have more space for media consumption. My brain is just too full for another obsession (all those aware of my complete infatuation with anything Tudor will understand).
The book is a look inside the day-to-day business of being a lady’s maid to a famously strong-willed figure. The tone is conversational and I feel like I’m sitting down to listen to some good stories from a beloved aunt (I don’t actually ever do that, but you get my drift).
Here’s the publisher’s blurb:
“In 1928, Rosina Harrison arrived at the illustrious household of the Astor family to take up her new position as personal maid to the infamously temperamental Lady Nancy Astor, who sat in Parliament, entertained royalty, and traveled the world. “She’s not a lady as you would understand a lady” was the butler’s ominous warning. But what no one expected was that the iron-willed Lady Astor was about to meet her match in the no-nonsense, whip-smart girl from the country.
For 35 years, from the parties thrown for royalty and trips across the globe, to the air raids during WWII, Rose was by Lady Astor’s side and behind the scenes, keeping everything running smoothly. In charge of everything from the clothes and furs to the baggage to the priceless diamond “sparklers,” Rose was closer to Lady Astor than anyone else. In her decades of service she received one £5 raise, but she traveled the world in style and retired with a lifetime’s worth of stories. Like Gosford Park and Downton Abbey, ROSE is a captivating insight into the great wealth ‘upstairs’ and the endless work ‘downstairs’, but it is also the story of an unlikely decades-long friendship that grew between Her Ladyship and her spirited Yorkshire maid.”
I think next I’ll be reading Jeremy Musson’s Up and Down Stairs. How about you? Obsessed with Downton Abbey yet?
By the way, are you on GoodReads? I love that site because it’s chalk full of books, books, books, and people who love them. Add me and we can be biblio-friends.
I like these ideas for creating a chill, fun outdoor space.
I’d change the curtains on the outdoor room, even sticking with a plain, flowy white. As you know, my style trends away from the preppy. Though I think these curtains could be rescued from their preppiness with a bolder cushion cover on the chaise lounge–more nuetral pillow combo.
Back to the matter at hand.