My beloved town is a little on the small side, and I can't say there are many great places to shop, especially if you're looking for something unique. As far as clothes and accessories go, you get a handful of chain stores, and that's it. Although we feel like a real grown up town since we finally have a coffee shop, and have recently added a music venue to the line up, something that has been missing is a clothing boutique to offer up something different. Ophelia opened a little over a month ago and is filling that void perfectly! Stephanie Mason is the fashionista responsible for this new store, located on the most charming block in town. It's full of gorgeous clothing, scarves, jewelry, perfume, candles, and as of recently, she now carries some handmade pieces by yours truly! I get a lot of pride when I see local shops like this flourishing in my town and I wish Ophelia so much continued success.
We aren't usually party kind of people, but Halloween is the one time of year that we pretend that we are. Yeah, so I'm 30.. I still like to play dress up and act a fool with my favorite people! We throw a themed costume party every year, and this year's theme is SUPERHEROES! I'm still working out the details of my (super secret) costume, and I'm excited to see what this theme will bring. Do you throw parties, or dress up for Halloween? What themes have been a success? And has a theme ever totally bombed?
In the past we've had an 80's Prom:
And most recently, a Fetish theme, which I thought might scare guests away, but instead it was the best turn out so far!
Since I have super powers on the brain, today I made a treasury full of my favorite super goodies! Click to see the treasury in action. Check back after the 22nd to see what costumes we came up with :)
It's time for an update on the ongoing bedroom remodel! Things are finally starting to get furnished, and we've been sleeping in the new room for a few weeks now, which feels like a giant accomplishment. Still much to do, like doors and trim and I have to find stuff for these bare walls, but overall it's come so far from where we started!
We scored a giant, comfy bed (thanks Craigslist), and I finally decided on some hanging bedside lights (thanks Ebay). The lights got a paint job, and we switched out the old school hanging chain for the sleeker look of the metal rod.
The focal point of the room is the gorgeous old window that is being used as our headboard (thanks antique dealing in-laws). The window was once a part of the school across the street from our house. They replaced them a few years back, and sold the old ones, and this one eventually trickled it's way down to us. I love that it ended up almost right back where it started.
The other new features are the night stands that Bradley made. The metal bases were old tool stands, that got a little tweaking, and he made the wood end grain tops, which turned out beautifully!
As always, mad props to my husband, because without all of his know-how and hard work, all of our ideas would never become reality.
Pretty sure this might be the cutest mug in all of mug history!
I picked this one today in celebration of the Fall Festival I had a booth in this weekend. It was my third time participating, and it's always my favorite craft fair because of the beautiful fall weather, and the fact that it takes place a few blocks away from my house doesn't hurt. I've done well before, but this time it was better than ever! I shared the booth with two old friends, and we stayed busy all day.. busy enough that I didn't even get a chance to take one single picture! I want to give a gigantic thanks to all the local people who stopped by the booth to say hi, shop, and show their support. It means so much to me.
I was trying to think of a theme for a new treasury, but my thoughts are completely with my dad right now, who is stuck in the hospital recovering from his bone marrow transplant. I figured I might as well make one about what's on my mind. I'm so grateful for all the nurses and doctors who are taking great care of him. I'm a positive thinker, and hopeful that things are on the up and up, and he'll get to finish recovering from home soon. Props to all the other families out there, holding it together through a trying time <3
This rare in the world of Peach Parlor, but I'm feeling a little fiestly, so how about a sale! I'm offering free worldwide shipping on all of my buttons, photography, and collage prints. This weekend only! No limits. No exceptions. Sale ends on Sunday, Sept 11th at midnight, so pounce before it's over!
I wanted to take a second to give some shop props to Amy Bengtson and her gorgous necklaces! I fell in love immediately. She works with wood, and many of her pieces have these amazing touches of repurposed leather. If you're not into the Chevron design, there is more variety in her Etsy shop, but these are the ones that get me drooling!
Meredith makes adorable wrist warmers, cozy cable knit scarves, the cutest little bows and teacup pin cushions, and more. I want to hang out, listen to records with her take some knitting lessons! I love reading her blog, especially her Blogging for Confidence series, where she pushes her shy self to take on challenges she normally might avoid. So inspiring! Read on to learn more about this sheepish girl.
Tell us a little about your blog and what you make: Hi Jody! Thank you so much for having me here!
My blog is where I share my creations, inspirations, and my attempts at staying sane during my last year of college. I create knit and crochet accessories for my shop on Etsy. I never expected blogging and Etsy to become such a big part of my life, but I couldn't be happier about it!
What is your most used tool?
Knitting needles! I always have a pair clicking in my hands or stuffed in my bag. A crochet hook is definitely a close second!
What is your favorite part of the crafty process?
Holding the finished product in my hand. Sometimes I can't believe it when a simple idea I jotted down on the corner of my notebook turns into one of my creations. It's so rewarding!
Name a skill you'd like to get better at:
I'd like to get better at color work knitting, like intarsia. It is pretty tricky and there are lots of yarn ends to keep up with. A few months ago I got really excited about the Royal Wedding, I started a Union Jack Teacosy to practice my intarsia skills. It was pretty hard and took me a few months, but I definitely feel a bit more confident doing color work. I can't wait to incorporate intarsia into an accessory for the shop!
Describe your ideal workspace:
A cozy little cottage, big enough for all of my yarn, tools, and stacks of books. A little cottage on the English countryside sounds pretty perfect right now.
What is a project you want to tackle, but haven't taken the plunge yet?
A big, fancy blog re-design. I'm kind of an HTML spaz...so I think I'll keep putting that one off for a bit.
What's the most important thing to you in the room that you're in right now?
My parents. I'm home for the weekend and they are the greatest ever. They have been extremely supportive during my first year adventures on Etsy! :)
One odd fact about yourself:
There was a time in my life when I had braces and wore an eyepatch. At the same time. Yikes!
You are happiest when:
I'm able to fully focus on my knitting and blogging. Things get stressful during the semester, so it's wonderful when I can give the passions I love my full attention.
3 blogs we shouldn't be missing: Art Equals Happy -You really should check out Kim's blog. She is such a sweet, incredibly talented blogger and knitter. Her writing is lovely and her pictures are filled with warmth.
Sunshine and Carousels - Erin's blog is simply beautiful! It is filled with colorful creations and scrumptious recipes. I am always inspired when I stop by her blog.
The Dainty Squid - Kaylah is probably the coolest person ever. With her cotton candy blue hair and vintage threads, she never disappoints when she blogs about her adorable cats, mushroom hunting, and thrifty finds.
I busted into my necktie stash recently, and this is what happened.. 7 new headbands and a brooch. Gotta admit that the tie projects usually turn out to be some of my favorites. See something you like? Hit The Parlor to see the listings.
There have been two major additions to the bathroom project that I'm pretty excited to share with you! First, the buffet to vanity transformation has been completed! I had been searching Craigslist endlessly for a furniture piece that was: close enough, cheap enough, and the right size. This buffet met the first two requirements, but was too long and too tall, but after a little Bradley magic, it's now fits perfectly. We scored discontinued sinks from Lowe's for $20 (which I still can't believe!) and now I am the happiest hand washer in all the land.
The mirror, which has been hanging there since the 70's, got a fresh paint job. The lights are from Lowe's allen + roth collection, which have some really gorgeous lighting options!
The old ice box was also a Craigslist find. We needed something for storage, and this baby had all the right moves. Brad refinished the hardware, added an adjustable shelf, and made two pull-out drawers in the bottom. Now it's home to our freshly purchased grey towels. Brad said he thinks that when you go and buy your own matching towels and toss the hand-me-downs you've had for the last 10 years, that's when you officially become an adult... so, that's where we are. Finally, adults at 30.
Oh, and please ignore my sheets as curtains, and lack of window trim. We still have lots to do!
After a post like this, where everything is starting to look so shiny and new, I like to remember that it wasn't very long ago that things looked like this:
So, if you're in the middle of a project that you feel like will never end, I promise there is an end eventually! Hang in there!
Today's mugs are not from my personal collection (yet!) but I had to share these brilliant designs! Both are handcrafted ceramic works of art by etsy sellers, and both meet my needs deliciously.
I am very guilty of leaving tea bags laying around, and I'll admit that there is one in front of me on the desk right now, but this ingenious mug solves that problem. The second mug HOLDS COOKIES! What more do I have to say?!
I just listed 14 brand-spanking new headbands in the shop! It feels so good to be making things again. It's easy to get stuck working on other things (um, like getting to my 300th vintage button listing!) and sometimes I worry that I might forget how to get started creating again. All I have to do is chain myself to my craft chair, plug in my glue gun, and wait for things to start flowing.