Thursday, April 29, 2010

Greens for Spring.

Everything else is green right now, so I thought the shop could use a little green too!

All of these dresses will be available later today. This was a little preview for you. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Frogs and Snails and Puppy dogs' Tails

It had been forever since I last made a treasury. This one ends today, but I wanted to share it before it was gone.

This treasury is dedicated to my son. In honor of how much I love being a boy mom! Boys are crazy fun!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Why not grow my own herbs?

If you knew what kind of vegetable garden we have, you'd be astonished to find out that the only herb we grow is a wild patch of oregano.

Last year I bought one of those pre-planted herb gardens and couldn't manage to keep it alive. It's really sad considering how much I love to use fresh herbs in my cooking. This year's effort is going to have an entirely different outcome! 
We started with our own soil blend recipe! First we threw in one big shovel full of our own native backyard clay dirt, a little packaged potting soil, some spent coffee grinds, a heaping/dripping scoop of worm castings, and a healthy glass of worm tea. Mmm Mmm!

I picked up a couple plants last week too, they got planted in the long vintage tool tote. When the seedlings start coming up, I'll have to decide what other herbs will go in this box. The plants are stevia, sky blue lavender, and hot and spicy oregano.
I'm pretty sure those labels, handwritten by D, couldn't be any cuter! Hopefully in a week or two we will start to see seedlings of thyme, italian parsley, cinnamon and lemon-lime basil, anise, dill, rosemary, garlic chives, and lady lavender! 
And now we wait............

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Yum Rhymes With Dim Sum!

Do you ever get really excited about left overs? You know, like there's a little present waiting for you in your fridge? Ok maybe it's just me......

Mmmm..... a left over steamed yellow cake, and a steamed lotus bun! 

Yesterday I met up with Christine (a great friend I met at fashion school) for breakfast. Well actually it was brunch, but not just brunch. It was Dim Sum!

The literal translation or meaning of dim sum is: “order to one’s heart’s content” or  “touch the heart”.
Go for dim sum just one time and you will understand the translation.

Dim sum is a light meal eaten leisurely, with tea, sometime from morning to early afternoon with family or friends and typically consisting of a selection of small steamed dumplings and buns.  

Ladies push steam carts around the restaurant and you pick and chose as they come by. Without Christine, I probably wouldn't have known what most of the dishes being offered were. Lucky for me, she speaks Chinese :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Feathered Friends!

I love chickens!
We brought home the chicks hatched in D's kindergarten class (we actually ended up with different chicks, but that's another story), a couple years ago. They are weird and silly pets and they make us laugh a lot!

This is Bandit, one of the Sicilian Buttercups.
We have two Buttercups, Penny and Bandit. They are sweet and curious 3.5 pound girls.

Doesn't she look mean and crazy!?

They totally earn their keep!
We get fresh eggs everyday and excellent fertilizer for our gardens!
Nothing beats fresh eggs!

Here's Pip. She's a Jersey Giant.
The Jerseys weigh around 9 pounds. They are the biggest breed you can find in the US.

We love 'em, even though they have scary dinosaur feet!

Frittata anyone???

What has this dress seen?

I am fascinated by this beautifully crafted dress. I'm pretty sure it's the oldest garment I've laid my hands on.
I can't help but imagine what this dress has been through in it's hundred plus years. In my eyes it is a work of art. It is coming apart in places and has been altered to fit more than one person. Maybe it was worn by a couple women in the same family. 
After putting it on my dress form i started noticing interesting little things about it.

At some point someone relocated or added hook and eye tape. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the original buttons still remained! I went ahead and removed the hook and eye tape and any loose threads I could find.

I am extremely intrigued by this dress, and am trying to find out as much about these types of dresses, as I can. If you have any ifo, please share! 
I believe it's Victorian and at least 100 years old. I want to know if you agree or disagree with my feelings about it.

Friday, April 9, 2010

New Stuff Soon!

Stay tuned for lots of new stuff coming soon!
It's been a crazy week, with my 8 year old son's big surgery and all. 

So until I get some new stuff in the shop, here's a new picture of ME!

Stay Bratty!

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