Colorful boxes can be like treasure chests

nosey goose

On my recent trip home to the East Coast I took a few hours and went antiquing with my aunt Nell. Although it has been many years since I have been shopping in Madison, Connecticut, I wanted to see if the Nosey Goose was still there. I was so happy to see that nothing had changed, and my favorite haunt was just as it always was. Full of unusual vintage and shabby chic things for every occasion. And the setting is this wonderful old home in the heart of downtown.  I took the opportunity to buy one special thing from their shop to take home with me. Continue reading

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An old quilt inspired new wool colors

I love pink and brown antique quilts. I saw this quilt online and was drawn into its beauty and style. You can read more about this 1832 baby quilt here. This color combination never fails to transport me to another era. It inspired me to create a batch of new marbleized wool colors. Continue reading

Vintage tool put to work for rug hooking

I am punch hooking my latest rug with extra long strips of wool, so I have been trying to find something to organize my colors on. I remembered that I had this vintage clothes dryer which was the perfect solution as I can drape the strips over the top. And it looks cool. Continue reading

Tidy studio spaces rock

Stuff. There’s my vintage suitcases and all the other cool things that I collect. They take up a lot of room. Inspiring magazines are wonderful but they are in ugly stacks everywhere. And I am buying more fabric when I already have what I need, only I can’t find where it is. Sound familiar?

One thing is for sure. Having a mess everywhere makes me feel less creative. I can’t speak for you but I know that I love having everything neat and organized and accessible. So I have been looking through books and magazines for ideas. Here are my top 5 things that I did to make my craft room my happy place. Continue reading

Shabby hooked rugs inspire me, how chic!

I started to collect vintage hooked rugs 10 or so years ago. Unlike many collectors I was not looking for rugs of great value, but what drew me to aquire a rug was purely love. If I loved the colors or the design. And being on a limited budget Continue reading