Printable coupon links have been updated for Michaels (valid only on March 28th, but it is a 50% coupon!), Jo-Anns & AC Moore. You'll find the link under my "Hot Links" section on the left sidebar of my main page.
I spent a good chunk of a recent Saturday morning in a little store in Frederick, Maryland that might as well be renamed "Heaven on Earth". Oh my! Suni & I have talked about this boutique trim shop for years. They recently moved from Bethesda to Frederick -- much more convenient to me!
Now you know why I want I was so desperate to get to "Accessories of Old". True vintage trim. Not Tinsel Trading reproduction. This is the real stuff.
Good friends Suni and Carmen met me in the rain early Saturday morning. We stood out in the cold drizzle, peering through the windows and waiting for the store to open (we were early!). As soon as owner Andrew spotted us, he threw open the doors and I swear I stepped into crafter's paradise.
Row after row of vintage ribbons...
Boxes of vintage buckles... Bakelite anyone?
Sequins & beads still wrapped in the brown paper they were packaged in almost 100 years ago!
Check out the gorgeous packaging on these hair clips! Suni & I were tempted to buy them just for the imagery!
I fell in love with this vintage trim as soon as I laid eyes upon it. Mama needs!
If you can't make it out to Frederick, I have great news for "Summer in Paris" students & croppers -- "Accessories of Old" will be one of our featured vendors during Saturday's (August 28, 2010) "Vendor Night". They'll be hauling out a ton of trims & accessories for you to drool over & purchase. Start saving those pennies right now!!
For my out-of-area readers, "Accessories of Old" does a good chunk of their business on-line. The same treasures I was able to "ooh" & "aah" over are available to you.
Local gals should make a day trip up to Frederick. There's so much to do & see (& eat) in the historic downtown area. Top Chef finalist Brian Voltaggio's "Volt" restaurant is located across the street from "Accessories of Old". My friends know that I have the worst housewife crush on Brian & the only reason I haven't eaten at the restaurant is that I'm terrified I'll make a gigantic ass out of myself by giggling like a schoolgirl. After you hit up "Accessories of Old", make sure you go next door to "Tiara Day". I could have easily dropped some serious cash on French decor items and vintage hats. Instead, I opted for an old fashioned handkerchief holder. I've always wanted one & was thrilled to find more than one to choose from!
As always, I'm happy to enable others in spending their money! When you see Andy at "Accessories of Old", tell him Korie from We Will Always Have Paris sent you. And then give him a hug from me.
Printable coupon links have been updated for Michaels & AC Moore (valid through March 27, 2010). Sorry I'm so slow out of the gate this week. I've been recovering from "Summer in Paris" registrations! You'll find the new links under the "Hot Links" section of my main page.
Registration is now open for the 2010 "Summer in Paris" Retreat. Click here to head on over to the registration page. I'll be updating the registration page regularly as clases fill up. I hope you're able to get what you want!
1. Decorate a shoe box with shimmery cardstock, markers & shiny pompoms (leprechauns like shiny things!).
2. Fill a small bowl with Lucky Charms.
3. Set the Lucky Charms under the shoe box and prop it up with a wooden spoon.
4. Give your best evil laugh. (see photo)
5. Go to bed & dream of the cage you're going to build for the wee little man when you catch him! (Baby G. informed me that she's only going to keep him for a couple of days, and then he'll probably want to go back to his family).
Here are the two things I honestly think you can't live without this week:
1. Cookie Johnson Boyfriend Cut Jeans: My Mother-In-Law loves Oprah. Looooooves Oprah. I'm constantly giving her a hard time that she prays to the church of Oprah (and Dr. Oz). Oprah loves these jeans. My MIL called me the other day to tell me that she was sending me two pairs of jeans. OK.
So, the jeans arrived and I tried them on. Let me say right now that I want to be buried in these jeans. I may never take them off again. The waistline is lined in silk. The pockets are silk. They aren't old-fashioned "mom" jeans, but they don't show the world the crack of my ass either. They are form fitting, without being tight. They are not jeans meant for models. They're meant for real women.
I feel like I'm wearing a wee bit of heaven.
There are only a few articles of clothing I've ever owned that made me feel truly fantastic -- my old Cole Haan high heeled sandals, my favorite black suit (back in the day when I was a grown-up lawyer) and now these jeans. I know that the jeans are ridiculously expensive and I certainly would not have spent that money on them just because Oprah said they're good. But, I guarantee you that this body cringes at the thought of putting on a pair of Gap jeans ever again. Go use some of that tax refund & get yourself a pair!
2. Cari Kraft's Leprechaun Pixies: I have always loved Cari's pixies. She was able to catch 17 little leprechaun pixies this year. They are all numbered & ready to ship! This one might be my favorite. You can this little cutie in her Etsy shop.
Have a wonderful week! Just four more days until 2010's "Summer in Paris" registration!
Printable coupon links have been updated for Michaels, AC Moore and Hancock Fabrics. The link to the Jo-Ann Fabrics coupon is still valid through the 20th of March. You'll need to scroll down through all of the expired Jo-Anns coupons to find the valid coupon. All links can be found under the "Hot Links" section of my home page.
Maybe it's because the snow is finally melting here in the D.C. area, but I am loving all of the floral crafty things out there right now. These two fabric floral tutorials grabbed my attention this week:
2. Fabric Posies from Blue Cricket Designs: Oh how lovely! This freebie tutorial can be found here. I wonder if Sizzix has a set of similar dies that I could use (I'm too lazy to cut all of that fabric, but I do love the final outcome!)?