Saturday, December 5, 2015

Pretties : Living Room Before & After

           Hello! I have some exciting before and after photos to share with y'all! My husband & I purchased a new house back in August and I've been very busy designing it to fit our family. We began on the living room/office/library space. We decided to use ALL the space since the office/library was so awkwardly small. 
*These before photos are taken directly from the listing we fell in love with*
This is a before shot of the living room. It's a great space with all the sunshine, hardwoods & sliding french doors. 
After : Using both spaces for plenty of seating and lots of artsy decor and & color to make it home. 
Before : We also loved the alcove! It was a great place to put a Christmas tree. 
After : We used two colorful rugs to somewhat separate the spaces. We wanted to accompany every guest by making lots of seating as well as being able to see everyone from every space. 
Before : Extremely traditional look to this home, but the fireplace was a gem!
After : The Vintage Victorian fireplace was a keeper. I never thought we would be "TV above the fireplace " people, but yeah, we are planning on getting a bigger one. You can peek into the dining room. (before & after photos coming soon)
Before : An extra space with huge bay windows looking over the neighborhood. 
Honestly a very awkward space, but it is NICE and we wanted to somehow spend more time in it. 
After : We shoved our giant couch and hairpin coffee table into the unused space. The couch fits almost perfectly! I love the office/library area not only for all the natural lighting, but there are a ton of outlets. We also took out the defunct ceiling fan for a unique black Edison light fixture. 
After painting the dirty walls & ceiling, hanging art and some new bright furniture the space really came together. We love our home can't wait to renovate more rooms! Next up is the nursery! 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Design : Atomic Turquoise

Good Morning! I love mid century modern... everything. Anything Atomic 1950's yes please. These starbursts always comes around during this season because they somewhat resemble snowflakes. This one I would totally use for fabric or wrapping paper. 

All my designs will soon be available in my Spoonflower shop.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Design : Colorful Candy

I've been seeing so much cute colorful Christmas wrapping paper 
this year and I am thankful the times are changing! Our home is not traditional in any sense, I love colorful Christmas decor. Give me lime green and turquoise!   These colors are gorgeous and I'm totally getting wrapping paper in this design. 
These vintage homemade knit place mats were my inspiration for the design. 
Feel free to use my designs for background images to pretty up your device.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Retro Obscuro #17

1. Bang, Bang - Betty Chung
2. Betty My Love - The Cadillacs
3. Blue Star - Donna Douglas
4. Dearest - Mickey & Sylvia
5. Don’t Tell Him I Told You - Patsy Ann Noble
6. Dream Boy - The Cordells
7. Guardian Angel - The Camerons
8. He’s All Mine - Miss Judy Wilson
9. I Just Don’t Like This Kind Of Living - Laura Lee Perkins
10. Kiss & Tell - Julie & The Desires
11. Mars Potato - R.J & The Riots
12. No Night Without You - Leo Baxter
13. Rock A Billy Gal - Dick Jacobs
14. The Shebang Song - The Sisters McGee
15. Sipping’ Soda - The Shells
16. That You Feel Love - Tom Grayson
17. Them There Eyes - Lewis Lymon & The Teenchords
18. Twistin’ To The Blues - Buddy Greco
19. Weak Spot - Ruby Johnson
20. Yes Love - Mel Smith

Background Music F.B.I. - Bud Ashton

Monday, November 23, 2015

Design : Fall Birds

Good Morning! I've been challenging myself to make a new pattern design everyday. So far so good. This one is very 1950's Swedish Modern influenced. I tried to choose colors that are relevant every season. I plan on making a dress outta this one eventually. 
This design is available as well as many other designs in my Spoonflower shop.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Design : Children's Lion

Hey Folks! Months have passed and I'm finally back to my productive self. My sweet little baby boy is 3 1/2 months old now and I've been dabbling in graphic design. I thought I would take a crack at designing some children prints. I've been constantly looking for affordable baby clothing that is cute and I've been having a hell of a time. I love vintage Scandinavian prints and this lion is totally inspired by a Swedish kids block set from the 1960's. 
Soon my designs will be available in my Spoonflower Shop. Check back soon!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Retro Obscuro #16

1. Darling, That's What You Said - McKinley Mitchell
2. The Day Will Come  - Freddie Gorman
3. Do The Kangaroo - Jimmy McHugh
4. Don't Cry - Lloyd Price
5. Drugstore Rock - Janis Martin
6. Erase & Replace - Sonny Moore
7. Fine Fine Fine - The Jaguars
8. The Girl I Left Behind - Johnny McKinney
9. Hey Eula - Barry Cryer
10. Humdinger - Little Marie Allen
11. I Get So Excited - The Equals
12. If You Wanna - Baby Jean
13. Keep Away From Other Girls - Helen Shapiro
14. Mascara Mama - The Tweeters
15. The Night Riders - Norb Kamin
16. Please, Please Be Mine - El Pauling & Royal Abbit
17. Summertime - Nathaniel Mayer
18. Texas Boogie - Gene O'Quin
19. Whatcha Gonna Do About It  - Doris Troy
20. Yeah Yeah - The Jet Set

Friday, May 29, 2015

Retro Obscuro #15

1. Agent 003 - Helen Sedlak
2. Baby, You Belong to Me - The Bobbettes
3. Buzzsaw Twist - The Gee Cees
4. Come On Over To My Place - The Drifters
5. The Damage Is Done - The Turbans
6. Getting' Together - Tommy James & The Shondells
7. A Hard Guy To Please - The Contessas
8. He Lied - Gina Maree
9. How Can I Forget Her? - Phil Flowers
10. How Do You Sound - Billy & Ricky
11. I Can Never Find Out - The Zeniths
12. I Don't Care Anymore - The Intensions
13. I Just Heard To News - Sammy Bland & His Carolina Radio Boys
14. I Won't Have It - The Kingpins
15. I'll Make You Happy (Just Like Your Mama Wants) - The Easybeats
16. Misery - The Dynamics
17. Not Fade Away - Dick & Dee Dee
18. Someone's Gonna Be Sorry - Peanut
19. Such A Shame - The Kinks
20. You I Adore - The Youngtones

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Rigby's Baby Blanket

Hey Folks! For those of you who don't know I am expecting! Our son Rigby is due in late July. I had to make a bright colorful gender neutral baby blanket for the wee lad. I am so impressed with myself completing this project a whole 2 months ahead of time. I know I won't have as much time for sewing once my second little boy is born, so I'm trying to get as much as I can accomplished. This blanket is about 3ft x 3ft, perfect for a play mat/blanket. It's also big enough for him to use when he's a toddler. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Retro Obscuro #14

1. All I Do Is Dream Of You - The Chadons
2. And The Bull Walked Around Olay - Les Harris
3. Big Hand Little Hand - Ronnie Savoy
4. I Know I Was Wrong - The Barons
5. Le Temps Des Reves - Les Splectors
6. Listen To The Drums - Richard Caiton
7. Little Girl (Is It True?) - Bobby Brookes
8. Little Jukebox - Wayne Newton
9. Marlena - The Four Seasons
10. On Your Radio - Richard Lanham
11. Painter Man - The Creation
12. Shish Kebab - Wyoma Winters
13. Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White - Las Dilly Sisters
14. Sun Shine On My - Buddy Stuart
15. Superman - The Clique
16. Voo Doo Drums - Aki Aleong
17. Voy A Hacelo Mi Novio - Las Robin
18. What Kind Of Girl - The Charmaines
19. Yabba - The Hully Gully Boys
20. You Better Watch Out - Dorothy Berry

Background Music  - Rockhouse -  Ernie Freeman Trio

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Crafties : Scrap Fabric Projects

Good Morning! If you are a fabric hoarder like myself, you've got a few totes here and there jam packed with the tiniest scraps that are simply too cute to just throw away. I've discovered a few craft projects perfect for using up those teeny scraps. Bring some new life to those cute lil' thangs because they are prettier around the home rather in the tote bins!
DIY Spring Wreath from Silly Sold Suitcase
Scrap Busting Fabric Bowl from Pretty Prudent
Patchwork Lampshade from Sillymoo
Good Folks Shower Curtain from Made-By-Rae
Patchwork Decoupage Sewing Machine from AllWomenStalk

For More kitschy crafty ideas follow my Pinterest board Crafties

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Roadtrip : Johnson's Ole' Adventure Park. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Even though this place is closed and run down, the fact that it's still here and dilapidated makes it all the more beautiful. Over in North Western Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Brown Deer), Johnson's Park & Mini Golf was a neighborhood favorite in the 60's & 70's.  The entertainment park was complete with a waterside  go karts and a mini golf course. In the picture is a ceramic T-Rex on the mini golf course, one of the many creatures in the park. Take a peek at the awesome leftovers and visit asap!