North America · Travel

Fort Worth, Texas – a City of Surprises

I spent a few of my teen years in Texas, suffering through the heat, humidity, and cowboy hats. As soon as I could, I headed elsewhere. For the last 25 years, I’ve haven’t been the least tempted to go back. And yet here I was, with a trip to Texas on my calendar. To visit… Continue reading Fort Worth, Texas – a City of Surprises

Fashion · Handmade · Vintage-Inspired

Springtime Shoes – A Subtle Update

Over the last year or so, I’ve been trying to update my wardrobe and refine my personal style. It’s still a work in progress, but there’s definitely a colorful, vintage vibe starting to emerge. I’ve been trying to move out of my comfort zone, especially where prints and colors, and *gasp* color mixing is concerned.… Continue reading Springtime Shoes – A Subtle Update

Appetizers · Cooking · Parties

An Elegantly Simple Cheese Plate

Sometimes the most impressive appetizers are the ones that take the least amount of work. This is one of those times. To be honest, a cheese plate was a last minute addition to my menu. I certainly didn’t expect it to be a showstopper that had multiple people asking for the recipe. I don’t mind… Continue reading An Elegantly Simple Cheese Plate

Crafting · Holiday · Paper Crafts

Sparkly Vintage Paper Ornaments

For me, the holidays should be warm and cozy days filled with family, friends, and the things that make us happiest. The last few years have been a bit bumpy, and during that time I needed nothing more than those essentials. Decorating was the furthest thing from my mind.   This year I was pleasantly surprised… Continue reading Sparkly Vintage Paper Ornaments

Crafting · Giveaways · Holiday

Holiday Felt Ornament Giveaway

I’ve been working on a new holiday decor pattern set featuring an embroidery design of holly leaves and berries. The design itself comes from an 1820’s dinner dress at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I previously released this design on my historical costuming website, but felt it had a lot more potential than just as a… Continue reading Holiday Felt Ornament Giveaway

Canada · Restaurants · Travel

An Anniversary Getaway to Vancouver, Canada

My partner and I took a road trip across the border into Canada this weekend, for an early anniversary getaway to Vancouver. Next to Paris, it’s one of my favorite cities in the world, and I was thrilled to experience it together.  We stayed at the Worldmark, The Club resort, the Canadian, on Hornby Street,… Continue reading An Anniversary Getaway to Vancouver, Canada

Crafting · Paper Crafts

Sewing Vector Icons – Small and Large Sets

As any creative knows, the right image can make or break a project. I love having the perfect pieces that reflect my personal style and color palette. Often, I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for, so I make them myself. That’s how these two sets of sewing vector icons came into being – I… Continue reading Sewing Vector Icons – Small and Large Sets

Inspiration · Travel

Finding Strength in Failure – An Unexpected Journey

There’s a difference between knowledge and experience, and sometimes you run smack into the divider between the two. Confusing them can lead to failure, but if you push past the discomfort, you may find that there is also strength in failure. My recent solo trip to England and Paris really tested the limits of what… Continue reading Finding Strength in Failure – An Unexpected Journey