Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wed Me Wednesday

I tried on this vintage wedding dress over the weekend. Only $50. Totally fit me. 
The peachy/pink undergarment although beautiful on the hanger was not beautiful against my skin.
If it were a white/cream color it totally would have been mine!
Oh, and did I mention I'm not even engaged!
I am laughable!

Would you ever buy a wedding dress without being engaged at the risk of seeming like a crazy wedding obsessed woman?

Thanks for stopping in and laughing with (..or should I say at) me!

Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway here!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Little Somethings of Me: Confession

My "Little Somethings of Me" posts are created to help me communicate with my readers. I often feel like when I reach a blog I either feel as though I know entirely too much about that person or not at all enough. Although I still like a bit of anonymity, as I think all bloggers have their right to. I do like to share with you all what happens in my life and events that have shaped who I am. I know that when I read posts that are honest and when I can see the blogger shine through are the ones I relate most to. 

My confession isn't dark and deep but it is something indeed that I need to get off my chest.
Have you ever felt so nervous about something that you almost avoid it at all costs? Well I've found myself at that exact impasse with my essay application to graduate school. I know that I will eventually get it done but I don't know that it will be excellent or even good. And that is my main fear, because I know so much rests on it. I know my happiness depends on whether or not I receive an acceptance letter. I know this letter could determine what I do for the rest of my life. And I know that a big deal of my fears and anxiety over this have to do with my warped view of success. Sometimes I see small failures as large blows on my overall success. I hope that in confessing this to you all and putting it into writing will help me finally face my fears. 

Have you ever felt this way? Or have you ever examined your views on success and what it means to you?

Thank you for stopping in!

Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY! Only a couple days left!

Toast Tuesday: Shoe Wishlist

 Vans sneaker $50 -

 Jeffrey campbell wedge $153 -

Minnetonka boots $37 -

 DV by Dolce Vita slip on shoes  $69 -

Usually my Tuesday's are for Toast Tuesday's but I thought it would be fun to start doing mini gift guides and wishlists since Christmas is right around the corner. Or at least I feel like it is! What kinds of shoes are on your wishlist? It's kind of fun to wish, isn't it?

Thanks for stopping in! And don't forget to enter my giveaway...if you follow all you have to do is comment with email!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Group Giveaway: Thank You Readers! (Closed)

I really wanted to thank all of you for being such amazing people. Your blogs, shops, and ideas inspire me and I am so thankful that you stop by once in a while or even daily (craziness to me). Lovely readers donated the giveaway items, how nice right?! So enter this nice little giveaway and visit these lovely people.

1. Elemental Postcards from Kiley
Hello everyone, My name is Kiley M and I am the woman behind Let It Be Raw Photography. I've been a photographer for over 5 years, but didn't consider it as a career until a few months ago. I was trying so hard to learn new things and figure out what I wanted to do that I almost over-looked my love of photography. Since then, I started a little print shop to sell my photographs and designs to fund my small business and save up for camera supplies. Starting from scratch is frustratingly slow at times, but I love what I do!

2. A paper banner from Romi
I'm Romi! I am a young adult, reader (avid) and writer. Making things to sell on my etsy shop is one of my favourite things to do and it makes me gloriously relaxed, that, playing with my Rabbit Hugo, fish Hessy and Bob and my family all make me wonderfully happy. My shop was started in June this year when I started to make steampunk jewelery to sell, I use old watchparts, lockets, twine, paper, books, bunting, fimo and anything else that catches my eye. And I also make and sell zines, on another etsy shop. (Willowsandwhispers)

3. A custom pin from Suki
Hi, I'm Suki of The Owl Club, a blog and little shop named after a club I started when I was a very small, owl-loving girl, with a newsletter I cut and pasted together myself, photocopied and sent out to friends. So along with my love of owls came a love of collage and creating things. I make mini-collages by hand using my collection of modern and vintage magazines and ephemera from across the globe and then fix them into pinback badges. They have been used for wedding photos, baby showers, pregnancy announcements, birthdays, conventions etc. I love the idea of re-using images and letters in a new context, and I also love to make pretty little badges from vintage fabric or leftover scraps (my mother taught me to sew last year and I'm now quite obsessed with sewing and fabric!) I have a lovely French husband, a sweet, lively toddler and a full time day job, so things are pretty busy, but that's the way I like them!

4. A bracelet from me
Hi lovely readers, I'm Lo and I think if you're here you probably know a thing or two about me. But these bracelets haven't graced my shop yet and are made from vintage scarves. I can't wait to send one of you this lovely bracelet.

5. Winner's choice of necklace from Shannon
Hiya!  I'm Shannon and I run the little blog shannon*bear. I like to drink lots of coffee, play with my little blue, Daisy Bear, listen to my Mr. play guitar, take lots of photographs, and make pretty things to put in my shop! I'm a photographer full time and am working on developing my business. It's probably one of the most fun endeavors I could have ever imagined! In my free time I love to make things come to life through leather and fabric and maybe a little magic too. Be sure to stop by my blog and say hello! 

Lo and I couldn't choose between an arrow or feather necklace, so we decided to let the winner choose! Good luck! xo Shannon

6. Decorative Patch from Olivia
Olivia Mew of Fewer Few donated this lovely patch to adorn a bag or vest with. I purchased one for myself with a lovely fox on it and cannot wait to find a home for it and prance around town with it. I know you will love it too!

Readers! Here are the rules:
-One prize per winner, which means 6 winners!
-Mandatory: Follow me on GFC (google friend connect)
-Comment and tell me your favorite feature on my blog
-Leave an email so we may contact you if you win!
Winners will be chosen by a random number generator.

Extra Entries (which can only be done after you have done the above):
-Visit a featured shop and add it to your etsy favorites (leave a comment)
-Visit a featured blog and follow (leave a comment)
-Follow me on twitter (leave a comment)
-Follow me on bloglovin' (leave a comment)
-Tweet about this giveaway (leave a comment)

This giveaway will be closed Monday Dec. 5th
Thanks again to all of you who donated and to all my readers!
You are so special to me! Good luck!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Small Business Saturday

I have always been such a big fan of small businesses. I grew up in Vermont and find that small business owners make up our wonderful rural state. After moving away I quickly found a new place to call home. Etsy shares the largest group of handmade small business owners from all over. After finding Etsy I started branding my shop Printed Peaks and establishing designs to create. I am so thankful to any and all of you who have visited my shop, bought a necklace or won one. Every time you wear my necklace you are in turn supporting me and my dreams. Your support makes me believe that I have a solid foot in the door to my very own successful small business. 

Here are some great small businesses that I have recently come to adore on Etsy (my own too!):

So just remember as you scour the retail earth for the perfect present for your aunt, uncle, brother, sister, loved ones, parents or grandparents there is something on Etsy that will meet your expectations. And you will be supporting not only small business but a person's dreams and hopes as well. 

Thanks for stopping in! Leave a comment below with one of your favorite Etsy shops!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Because I Love Him...

..My sweet boy in a mini blading video..

Thanks for stopping in! Happy Friday!
Any of you out shopping? I don't think I will ever be a Black Friday shopper. Large groups of people. Waiting. Just not my cup of tea.
Good luck to those of you who are out today!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Green DIY: Snood

I was recently perusing the interweb aisles of Urban Outfitters and came upon this Urban Renewal Sweater Snood and thought I could make a similar one but more in the style of this Wool in the Gang snood. I went to my local Goodwill and bought two sweaters. One in a burnt orange and another in a very light pink. 
1.Cut out strips from each sweater to the width and length desired. 2. arrange the pieces as you would like them (I believe I had 5 on each side). 3. sew right sides together with sewing machine 4. the way I did it I had one end with finished edges already from the sweater but the other end needed to be hemmed. Really very simple and took me about an afternoon/evening to make. 

I can't wait to wear this snood when we get really chilly weather. It stays up right against your neck and I will be sure to be both stylish and warm this winter. Hooray!

Thanks for stopping in! And hope you enjoyed this newest edition to the green DIY's. 

Toast Tuesday: Fewer Few

In my travels through the Etsy world I've come across the most talented and remarkably unique individuals. This next Toast Tuesday is no exception. I am so incredibly inspired by this next lady's shop and hope to one day design and create my own textiles as she does. This weeks Toast Tuesday is recognizing Olivia Mew of Fewer Few shop.

I thought perhaps I was the only one obsessed with vintage scarves but at last someone who shares my passion. Olivia's shop is filled with the most beautifully decorated and colored scarves I've ever seen. She not only collects a large quantity of lovelies, but designs her very own. I have become so inspired by her and her shop. 

The most amazing sailor scarf in enchanting colors:

I recently bought this excited for this to be in my mailbox soon:

She also creates the most beautiful trapped illustration lockets like this one, which is definitely on my wish list:
And if you aren't yet convinced of this girl's gift she also dabbles in vintage and by dabbles I mean she has the most amazing taste for fashion, which is illustrated within the seams of her vintage Etsy shop, Young Captive. Olivia also happens to be just the sweetest gal too. So nice to meet successful, talented and also just down to earth kind people. I guess Etsy is just filled to the brim with the likes. 

Thanks so much for stopping by for another Toast Tuesday! And thanks to Olivia for being such a sweetheart and an inspiration! 

Find Olivia:


This week I've been wearing my new glasses. They are a transparent green from Mod Vintage.
I really love them even if they are a tad huge and will certainly be buying from Mod Vintage again. 
I saw Breaking Dawn this weekend with my sweet boy. He is too good to come with me. 

I can't wait for Thanksgiving! Family and food can it get any better?
Thanks for stopping in!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Dude Man Karate

Dude Man Karate. A video in which two dude men dual it out in the most accurate portrayal of karate you will ever or have ever seen. Who will win? Casey or Mark? Find out now!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Talk About Adorable

A kind of mix matchy post about all things super adorable.


First off I just need to say that Melissa of Simply Melissa Ashley is just the most adorable girl. (Yes, you most certainly will be seeing the word "adorable" far too many times within this post...fair warning) She recently won a Printed Peaks necklace from a giveaway I was offering on Gentri Lee's blog. She looks so cute with the Bromley necklace layered over her recently won tank. I just love her little sweater tooo!! ADORABLE! (imagine Oprah saying that).
..check out full post here..

I absolutely love seeing so many amazing ladies wearing my necklaces, it makes me over the moon happy. 


On another equally adorable note CB of The City Bird's Nest had Ashley of A Bird Out of Water  guest blog today. Ashley made by far the cutest and most adorable pair of leg warmers. Also, the leg warmers were upcycled from an old sweater! I am just trying to think of what sweater I can cut up to make such cute leg warmers!
..check out full post here..

Thanks for stopping in! And thank you to all of you who are donating to my group giveaway! It will be so fantastic! 


PS: Did you see me mentioned over at Moorea's blog?! Check it out thoughtful and nice of her! :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Toast Tuesday: Moorea Seal

I've always been so inspired by graphic designers and more recently jewelry designers. There is no surprise when I tell you that this next Toast Tuesday features someone who marvels in both realms. You certainly have heard of this noted blogger, jewelry designer, and member of the Freckled Nest design team: Moorea Seal. Moorea's beautiful shop incorporates a variety of accessories to adorn yourself with from golden headpieces to sparkling amethyst rings.  I am a huge fan of hers and absolutely love her new studded leather bracelets and want each and every one of them!

I was lucky enough to talk with Moorea about what inspired her to open an Etsy shop. Her story is very inspiring and I am sure that it will inspire many of you. I think it is oh so sweet of Moorea to answer some questions for my little blog. So, thank you Moorea! She's not only super successful but super sweet too! Here is what Moorea had to say,

"When I started my etsy shop, it was just sort of an experiment. I was an illustration major in college and opened the shop during my final year of university. I wanted to explore selling my illustrations online and a little of my new found love of jewelry making. The first pieces I made were pretty rough as I had only just started making jewelry and my vision for my illustration work wasn't very clear yet. But over time, I decided I wanted to turn my shop into just a jewelry shop focusing in a modern/bohemian/woodsy girl with a little edge sort of style. (I plan on opening a separate illustration shop soon!) I decided to turn my jewelry making hobby into a business while taking Indie Biz 2.0 which is an annual Indie Business course run by Leigh Ann of and Jill Munroe of You can check out the course for Winter 2012 here "

I can't wait to see her illustration shop, she is such an amazing artist! I feel like I've gotten so many pointers and tips from these great Etsy shop/bloggers every Tuesday. I'm so grateful to have learned from such amazing people. I hope you all have been finding this as interesting and worthy as I have. I would absolutely love to take the Indie Business course at some point (have any of you readers taken it?) and to focus my jewelry vision as Moorea mentioned she did. 

Thank you all for stopping in and to Moorea for being a part of my Toast Tuesday!

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Moped Race...

A video that will most likely change you physically, mentally and emotionally. 

(In video: My sweet boy & our friend Mark)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wearing Printed Peaks

..Skye still in stock!..

I thought I would share with you a few lovely ladies who have worn my necklaces and styled them so differently and wonderfully. I love that you can wear them for practically any occasion whether fancy or super mellow. I know that there are a few more ladies out there who have won a necklace of mine and I would love to feature you on here too, if you'd like! Remember, I do custom pieces in addition to the ones offered on my shop site

Thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Printed Peaks

I've been meaning to make more items for my shop, Printed Peaks. You can check out my page right here on my blog to learn more about Printed Peaks if you are a new reader. The shop has been updated, which reflects lower prices.

Since many of you know I am on a kick for all things "green" I thought it would be interesting to incorporate that into my shop. What I have come up with isn't revolutionary but I am very pleased to say the least. I've created a few bracelets and necklaces which are made from vintage scarves. If you can tell this fabric I'm using is the same from my Green DIY: Cardigan Bag. I've fused the fabric to make it more solid and much easier to work with. So here are the latest pictures (necklaces yet to be photographed). I'm greatly inspired by my traditional Printed Peaks geometric shapes but also by military insignia.

..Chevron Bracelet..

..Ship Bracelet..

..Geometric Bracelet..

..Flowering Geometric Bracelet..

..Growing Bracelet..

Here is another peek at a different colored scarf:

 I am in love with the juxtaposition of the delicateness of the scarf with the more harshness of the geometric shapes. These are yet to be in the shop and will be limited and unique. I would really love to see what you think about them. They will be selling from $5-10. I think they would make really great inexpensive holiday gifts. 

Thanks for stopping in!