Friday, July 29

Lemonade Stand

I have to share this bright summer treasury I made today! I'm not usually a pink person, but the extreme heat had pink lemonade on my mind, and It was translated into this collection! Click and comment and support these shops :)

Grey + Yellow = Love

One of my favorite birds that I see at my feeders is the Tufted Titmouse. He's super cute and mousy, and how can you not love that grey.. especially with that little bit of golden yellow peeking out under his wing! So, inspired by my favorite feathered friend,  I bring you some amazing grey rooms with the perfect touch of yellow.


Tuesday, July 26

Get to Know a Crafter: Meet Kristen!

This weeks interview is with Kristen, the hands and imagination behind Knotted Nest. I've adored her blog since I started blogging and her etsy shop is home to the cutest fabric buntings, wallets and coasters around. She definitely had me at vintage fabrics! She's in the midst of a home remodel right now, which I like following because it makes me not feel so alone in the madness of it all. While you're cruising her shop, check out the sold items to see some of her past goodies!












Name: Kristen Wulff
Location: Toronto, Canada
Etsy shop: www.knottednest.etsy.com
Blog: www.knottednest.blogspot.com

Tell us a little about your blog and what you make:
My blog is a place where I share snippets of my life as a crafter, gardener, home renovator, library worker, and visual artist. My shop is where I make available a range of housewares and accessories all made from repurposed fabrics.

What is your most used tool?
My hands never cease to amaze me. Scarred and calloused, they just keep going. They are by far my best tool....specifically my right one.

What is your favorite part of the crafty process?
I'm most excited when I’m pairing fabrics and coming up with new colour schemes to work with. That, and sitting at the sewing machine for hours upon hours listening to CBC radio.

Name a skill you'd like to get better at:
In my crafty life, I would love to learn how to use a serger. In my every day life, I’m in the very early days of learning sign language.

Describe your ideal workspace:
Loads of windows, up in the trees, a giant cutting table, a colour coded fabric stash (yeah right!) and perhaps a short stroll from the ocean. A girl can dream can’t she?

What is a project you want to tackle, but haven't taken the plunge yet?
I recently moved and have been wanting to embroider the rundown buildings in my new neighborhood. I’ve done some in the past, but I can’t wait to get started on the new series!

What's the most important thing to you in the room that you're in right now?
I’m actually in my backyard, so I’d have to say the poplar trees. We have 5 massive trees in our yard and they make a perfect rustling sound in the wind.

One odd fact about yourself:
I’ve never operated a dishwasher. Oh, or a car for that matter.

You are happiest when:
When I can sit somewhere beautiful with a cup of coffee and create something.

3 blogs we shouldn't be missing:
Oh gosh, there are so many! Some recent favs are:
longestacres.blogspot.com
littleyellowbirds.blogspot.com
www.liveandenliven.com/




Wednesday, July 13

Fresh from the Peach Parlor Oven

I've been waiting (not so) patiently for the prints of my collages to arrive, and finally they are here and up in the shop! I'm so excited to have some artwork for sale. I used to draw and paint more, but it kind of faded away.. and I just discovered how much fun making collages is. I love taking old, unrelated things and throwing them together to create something totally new.

I've been giving new life to my stack of vintage school books and my stack of Better Homes and Gardens magazines from the 50's and 60's. It definitely smells like a 50 year old magazine in the parlor right now, and I'm loving it.

Visit the new artwork section of Peach Parlor to see the new listings!






Tuesday, July 12

Get to know a Crafter: Meet Julie!

Let me introduce you to Julie, the creative force behind Dawn Will Break. I don't know if it was all the buttons, her love of color, or her amazing shop photos.. but I was drawn to her shop right away. She's having a 40% off megasale right now that I couldn't pass up (I purchased a button necklace and these cute earrings!)  I was most surprised to learn that she's only 17, which is so impressive considering she's running 3 etsy shops, and seems like such a seasoned professional already! You'll definitely be seeing great things from this one in the future.


Name: Julie Rudziensky
Location: Michigan
Etsy Shop(s): DawnWillBreak, TheBotanicalBee, RobinsEggDesigns
Blog: www.dawnwillbreak63.blogspot.com , jrudziensky.tumblr.com


Tell us a little about your blog and what you make:My blog is a little bit about my life, a little bit about art, and a lot about all of my Etsy finds and adventures.

What is your most used tool?
All of my pliers, and Buttons of course!

What is your favorite part of the crafty process?I really love every part of the crafting process but my favorite part is buying new supplies and then spending time with my sketchbook coming up with new ideas.

Name a skill you'd like to get better at:I would love to take a metals class so that I can make my own designs, going through the entire process starting with the most basic part.

Describe your ideal workspace:
My ideal workplace would be a huge empty loft studio with huge windows, tons of drawers and jars for storage and an entire wall of art books.

What is a project you want to tackle, but haven't taken the plunge yet?
Right now I have really started to tackle m next big project which is starting my 3rd shop with vintage items. I only have 30 items listed currently but it is a work in progress. I love vintage things and this is something that helps me share my finds with you.

What's the most important thing to you in the room that you're in right now?
Well I am in my spotless living room right now, since our house is on the market so there isn't much extra in here. But I would say my laptop because it is where I spend a lot of my time running my 3 shops.

One odd fact about yourself:
I am actually only 17, which not a lot of people know. I started using Etsy as a way to help make some extra money for art school.

You are happiest when:
I am happiest when I am working with my hands, painting, drawing, taking photos, bike riding, and making jewelry.

3 blogs we shouldn't be missing:
These are all must reads:
kendieveryday.blogspot.com/
meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com/
kirstyfish.blogspot.com/

Here are some of my favorites from Julie's shop:

Sunday, July 10

Bedroom Update!

Our master bedroom and bathroom remodel started with demolition in October, which kind of seems like a lifetime ago. This week we will be painting walls, which is a huge step towards finishing! For me, it's the first step where the design choices start to become real, and it starts to look like a real space. My husband, Bradley, has been busting his ass since day one, and endless props go to him. He works so hard and never complains, and if he doesn't know how to do something, he just figures it out. Sorry to gush, but he's amazing, really. I've never knew anyone to be so motivated and focused on the task at hand. You'd think some of those traits would have started rubbing off on me by now!

Since we are kind of, vaguely, seeing the finish line now.. at least in the bedroom, I wanted to reminisce on what we started with, and the stages we've been through to get where we are. There is still so much to do, but it gets a little closer every day!

Oh, drop ceiling and wood paneling, how I will not miss you.








Tuesday, July 5

Get to Know a Crafter: Meet Amy

This is the first installment of my "Get to Know a Crafter" series where I interview some of my favorite crafty bloggers! Starting with Amy from Ponder and Stitch was an easy choice. Her blog was one of the very first ones I started reading, and I was hooked right away. She makes gorgeous cuffs from vintage fabrics, and recently added new fabric necklaces to her etsy shop arsenal. Amy is always super nice, and apparently knows some amazing places to thrift shop, because she always seems to find the most amazing things. I could keep going, but I should let her tell you the rest!



Name: Amy
Location: Woodstock, IL
Etsy shop: ponderandstitch.etsy.com
Blog: ponderandstitch.blogspot.com

Tell us a little about your blog and what you make:
My blog is a little peek into my life- lots of thrift store scores, pictures of all sorts of Etsy things the mailman brings me, and just general vintage-y goodness. You'll see some progress of new things I'm working on, too. I make pretty fabric accessories from vintage and vintage inspired prints.

What is your most used tool?
Hmmm. My seam ripper, for sure! I couldn't live without it. I just HATE crooked stitches and end up ripping stitches out of every single thing I make until they are just right.

What is your favorite part of the crafty process?
I'd say that feeling of satisfaction when you finish something and you love it. I'm also a big fan of the treasure hunt for that PERFECT piece of vintage fabric nobody else will have.

Name a skill you'd like to get better at:
Does staying organized in a small space count? Because I'm not super great at that. lol

Describe your ideal workspace: omg, it would be THIS room:
pinterest.com/pin/8842182/. Heaven.

What is a project you want to tackle, but haven't taken the plunge yet?
That would be learning how to thread my serger (I've never used it because I'm scared to thread it- I'm telling you, it's a beast). Then I'd be able to start sewing stretchy fabrics.

What's the most important thing to you in the room that you're in right now?
Hmmm. That is really, really hard! If I'm counting a living thing, it would be my handsome cat, Finn. If not, I'd say it would be this: ponderandstitch.blogspot.com/2011/01/look-what-i-just-got.html It's just a really special little bit of France sent right to my doorstep.

One odd fact about yourself:
Every single time I finish ice cream, I absolutely have to have a glass of milk. I have no idea why, but ice cream gives me the most tremendous milk craving. This has been the case my entire life. Riveting, I know. lol

You are happiest when:
I'm in a creative, artistic space with someone I love. Tea, a good book, and kitties help, too. :)

3 blogs we shouldn't be missing:
It was hard to narrow it down, but here are a few of my faves!
howaboutorange.blogspot.com/
emmallamb.blogspot.com/
staceywinters.blogspot.com/

Saturday, July 2

Friends with Feathers

These are the common visitors to my little bird paradise. I'm super excited for fall and winter to get here (pretty sure I've never said that before) to see who it will bring around for a meal.
 
If you have feeders, who visits you?
Cardinal Love

Ain't no party like a House Finch party
Robins in the bath

my squawking Jay

my bird watching friend

Carolina Wren

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Blue Jay showing his ass

Sweet little Titmouse

Downy Woodpecker

squirrel friends
how dirty Jays get clean