Monday, February 28

Button Overload

If you've been to Peach Parlor lately, you may have noticed that it's been taken over by endless listings of vintage buttons. It all started while antique shopping with my mother-in-law. I squealed over a jar of all white buttons, and had to buy them, which gave her an idea to sell jars of buttons in her new antique mall booth. She scored the motherload, buying 33 pounds of antique buttons for a great price. I wish I had them all in one pile so I could show you what 33 pounds of buttons actually looks like! When she called me over to check them out, I was in shock and immediately fell in love with each and every button. I dug through the piles with my mouth on the floor, admiring each and every one like a tiny piece of artwork. Someone spent their whole life collecting these, and so many of them seemed so old and unique and I knew these couldn't be antique mall filler, stuck in jars for decor. I told her If she took them to the mall, I was going to go buy them all anyway, so she might as well save the time and sell them all to me now! You know how this story ends by now.. with me diving into a pool of buttons Scrooge McDuck style.

My brain has been on full button mode for the past few weeks. Learning, researching, sorting, photo taking, listing, packaging, shipping.. and then repeating the process all over again with the next batch. I didn't know there would be so much to learn! You'd never think that such a tiny little thing can hold so many clues as to what's made from, how old it is, and where it came from.


I'm so happy to be offering up these beauties to the world. I think about someone finding one of my listings and finally finding the one button they have been searching everywhere for.. or a collection of buttons that inspires someones next project. I'm thrilled to be finding homes for them, sending them on to people who will love them as much as I do.





Sunday, February 27

Bathroom Update!

So, my master bedroom still resembles a landfill, and there's still a shower in the corner of it, but progress in the bathroom has been made! Today Bradley put in the first of three new windows! Windows might not sound very exciting, but in an old house, it's something that makes a huge impact. First, you can actually SEE out of them, and has a big impact on our utilities. We replace them room by room and I think we're about half way to all new windows. Only like 20 more to go!

Soon it will be time to lay some beautiful white subway tile, and that's when I'll really be able to start seeing the room come together. Here's to hoping we made good choices!









Friday, February 25

Fresh From the Handmade Oven

I finally spent some quality time cutting and gluing, which are two of my favorite things, so I have a few new handmade items for sale in the shop! Take a peek!

Wednesday, February 23

Silhouettes

It was love at first sight when I laid my eyes on these papercut silhouette prints by Andy Smetanka. Andy runs the Etsy shop Going To Seed,  and I am itching to have some of his work hanging up on an empty wall near me! The color lover inside me feels so happy when I look at them.  Click the pictures for more info, and do some shop favoriting while you're there!

Etsy Seller Shout Out!

I wanted to give some props to Melody's shop, Behind My Picket Fence. She bought some unique vintage buttons from me to use on some of her crocheting projects, and send me the link to these beautiful cuffs once she was finished! She even added a little link to my shop in the description, which I thought was awesome. I'm constantly amazed by the kindness and generosity of people I come across on Etsy. It's such a wonderful community to be a part of!






























I'm also loving this gorgeous cowl scarf! The creamy colors are perfect!


Thursday, February 17

Snow Day!

As much as I'd like to forget the snow ever happened, I have to share these photos from one of the mini blizzards that hit us over the last few weeks. It was perfectly deep and fluffy and packable and like a child, I had to go play! I wrapped my cast up in plastic and we headed out to play with my two favorite ladies: Olive and Frankenstein! It was nice knowing that if I fell down, at least it was going to be a soft landing. Bradley built an igloo and we had some good old fashion snowy fun.


Rewind

It's been about three weeks since my last post, and here's whate you've missed:
























- I hobbled around in a cast for 2 weeks, and adjusted to crutches and one fancy ass walker with a fold up seat where I can store things, which comes in very handy!

- I started working on both of my shops (Peach Parlor and The Little Prints) the day after my foot surgery. I was so excited to have a huge, uninturrupted block of time to see what I could do with it. I'm moving slower, so things are getting done slower, but they are getting done! I am disappointed that I haven't made a thing since I've been home, but hopefully the other progress makes up for it.

- Now my cast is off and I'm in a boot and I can't wait to be walking again! It was okay at first, but now I'm starting to forget what regular walking was like. Granted, it has been very helpful having an awesome man around to help me out.

- I finally took down my Christmas tree last week, which I can't blame on the bum foot, since I have a habit of leaving it up until Feburary almost every year.

- We have moved the matress to the living room floor, so I don't have to crutch upstairs (our stairs with no railing, mind you) unless I want to shower, or check in on the bathroom remodel Bradley's knee deep in. I rather like it. There's a TV and we get to pretend we're having a slumber party every night!

- I acquired over 30 pounds of vintage buttons, and it has consumed my life for about a week now. I'll save the details of this acquisition for a later post, but I am definitely button obsessed at the moment. There's a lot to learn!

- Still dealing with the realization that my dad is sick. Been visiting a lot, hanging out and processing everything. Good days and bad days. Chemo starts March 1st.

- I've worked at the same Blockbuster store for the past 10 years, and for the past while we have been dealing with the looming threat of closing. Today we got the news. I'm sorry for the other people losing their jobs but personally, this will finally force me to make a change. I have to make a change now, I have no choice, and the timeline is so perfect it's like I planned it out myself. Here's to finally taking a leap, taking a risk or two, and seeing what happens. This is amazingly life changing for me, and it feels so good.