Monday, November 23, 2009

A Craft Faire Report

Had a great time at the Craft Fair, unfortunately, not big sellers, though...Thanks to the friends & family members that came out in force and showed some purchasing power! Also my niece Tiff won 2 prizes in the church's raffle.
We are talking of trying to do another craft fair next month in a locale more suited....we shall see!

Monday, October 26, 2009

fan dancer

So for this Halloween I was a fan dancer....circa the 30's....but not quite Sally Rand.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Port of Amsterdam

Compelled by many a years of listening to the Jack L version of this song, I stumbed upon the original by Jacques Brel. This is a bit of a shout out to Garbie, where ever ye are....

Friday, October 09, 2009

its friday, dontcha know

So here we are at the end of the week....& oh what a week its been.  I had my first doula client call me on the phone, had my one every four months sale on etsy & sold some bacon & eggs at Bohema.  Not bad.  Hopefully I can keep the momentum going.
Projects that I've attend too this week...
finishing a quilt for a very dear mer-baby...
a dotted with polkas happy birthday banner...
and some very neglected embroidered napkins....
Those poor napkins need some attention.  Perhaps today.

The above photo is from the zoo last week.  They have the most amazing bronze sculptures there.  I noticed quite a few dating back into the 1800's.  Truly lovely.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Squareback Volkys

The boys in the Baha Beetle

My favorite Volkswagen from the Flanders All Aircooled Gathering, last month in Jersey. There were many buses and quite a few of my favorite Fastbacks, but oh my, this beauty stole my heart.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

3 apples high

Made an apple pie yesterday.  It was my big accomplishment.  Also this mornings breakfast.  Yum.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

3 lamps & the musical frontier

Visited the Smith House last week. These photos are from their doll house. I love to see how the kids set up the rooms. I also cannot resist playing a bit there myself.

New loves this week....because I needed to find a new music love this week. WTF universe???? Its been a strange week.
So without further ado, meet This Frontier Needs Heroes. Enjoying their song Leopard Eyes.

My other sorta new to me favorite, Brown Bird. I've listen to their song David and Bathsheba many, many times this past week. I am enjoying his voice entirely. There is also a cello player in the band. I couldn't ask for more. Looking forward to their new album out this month.

This video has me a bit enthralled. Their harmonizing is divine and there is a bit of a change up / surprise about 3 quarters of the way in...sirens, indeed.

Also this week, my friend Josh started a blog....

Saturday, September 12, 2009

haircut retrospective

When Milo was just over 2 years old, his Dad gave his bangs a "trim." I remember the day pointedly. Watching those two walk off into the bathroom, sure I said to Chris, cut his hair. I almost went in, but stayed put. He came out with this cut. Chris said he "sneezed" Now which one sneezed I don't know.
Milo 2 years, Before
Milo 2 years, After (the sneeze)
Nate also recently had a similar haircut. Which prompted me to post this. I was looking at how similar they look and also how funny it is that this happened right around the same time for them. (I was not there for Nate's cut and don't really 'know' what happened. I only know he was 'hot')

Nate, 21 months, Before (he got really hot)

Nate, 22 months After (he got Hot)

I feel relatively guiltless in both these cutting incidents (I wasn't even in the state for Nate's cut). They both look so darn cute. But where the blame really lies is in my choice to leave them like this. I still can't bare to cut their hair.

Friday, September 04, 2009

park life

images from our most recent adventures.....seems as if September has brought us out into the parks again. the weather is loverly & the company is fine.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

A puppet museum, oh my!

This summer Juno and I went photo adventuring around the city. Taking photos of murals and whatever interesting view we stumbled upon. While in West Philly we discovered the legendary Spiral Q Puppet Theater Museum. They are known in these parts for their amazing giant puppets and parades. What a feast for the eyes....

blue lady, giant puppet

Spiral Q Puppet Museum

Saturday, August 29, 2009

a little trip

watermelon and champagne
Originally uploaded by zavodk.
This is my favorite shot from the goddess gathering this year. I didn't take many photos, sadly. But I did dance with fire....I think that may win out.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Tale of Mimi

Love her work!

She is truly inspiring!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bedroom Shelf

Bedroom Shelf
Originally uploaded by zavodk.
the littlest lion
the littlest lion
Lady, Pony, Thimble
Lady, Pony, Thimble
Little Swedish Owl
Swedish Owl
The Vltava Harmonica
The Vltava Harmonica

Tuesday, August 04, 2009


Vintage Pink Sheer Hostess Apron
Originally uploaded by zavodk.
I was very pleased and excited to discover that one of my etsy items was featured on the blog
Happy Day Vintage. This was the little number that caught the authors eye.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Originally uploaded by zavodk.
Meet Mermetta. She was gifted to Milo's friend Georgetta this past June. When Milo and I brainstormed a gift, he said that he wanted to make a mermaid doll. This is what we came up with. I think she turned out pretty cute. Her body and head designs where from The Black Apple doll, we designed the tail and arms....I completely winged the face and shirt at about 1am the morning before the party. The fabric came from an old appliance cover that I found at the Good Will in Augusta Maine. We were happy with her and I think Georgetta was too. There may be new Mermetta's in the future, I am tweeking with the design. Stay tuned. Also I added a few cards at Bohema, so if your living local, there are some original handmade cards for sale.  I know for a fact that the door with the key is still available!

key cupboard

Sunday, June 14, 2009

June on the Move

June on the Move
Originally uploaded by zavodk
In April I escaped the fray here and went to sojourn with my Aunts for a girl's weekend in Brigantine, NJ. Twas a great night filled with wine, pasta, dancing. As is with us, we ended up at the Borgata in Atlantic City. This is a little video clip of my Aunt June up to her shenanigans with one of those scooters. Enjoy!

Did I mention the Shoppe is open????

Originally uploaded by zavodk.
Hey there all. Been much to busy lately but wanted to update saying that there are new goodies in the etsy shoppe, Santa Lucia's Eyes and Ends. Stop by for a gander. I also have some new lovely handmades that I will share here this week.
Supposing I get to it of course.
Its been a crazy spring.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

old post, hiding in the drafts

I found this old post in my drafts box and thought I would throw it up there....its from mid-winter, I do believe. I am looking at these photos of Nate and thinking, oh my....he's really grown. He looks like the two-toof wonder above.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

a few good things....

Originally uploaded by zavodk.
Yesterday a few good things happened...

1-I opened my Etsy Shop, Santa Lucia's Eyes & Ends and stocked up with some recent vintage finds.


2-The new Hausfrau came in the mail! YAY! I am happy to report that it features all writing and cartoons by the Hausfrau....not that I don't enjoy the other writers that are featured, but she sure is the star. I also had a call the other day from a friend in Portland who went to see the Hausfrau! One woman show at the Portland Stage Company . Another reason to wish I was in Maine. So any folks up yonder reading this, the Hausfrau show runs until April 11.

3. The weather was mild yesterday and Milo and I worked in the yard together, cleaning brush, hacking away some branches and enjoying our stolen time together while Nate napped. He sure has been sassy lately, that little Nate and it was nice to get some much needed time in with my bigger little.

Hope everyone is enjoying their day....tis rainy here and I have noses to wipe...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Chris Doll gets a new Quilt

The Chris doll and a cozy quilt
Originally uploaded by zavodk.
Making a doll quilt has been on my crafting agenda for quite some time now....but I never seemed to get around to it. Nathaniel has been really into babies lately and playing with The Daddy Doll, as pictured. So, I decided it was high time I got that quilt made. It took about an hour for the construction and than I hand sewed the binding, cause I hear that works best. My hand stitching is so sloppy though, but I do love the result. I believed Nate does as well. The quilt even prompted my Mom to bring over my wooden doll cradle....very sweet indeed.
I also made another one for a dear Miss B. who is currently very into dolls right now & has a new living little doll at home. That quilt was in pink and green hues. It left the house before I had a chance to photograph it....ah, well.

In a funny crafting side note...
My studio is located on the third floor of our home. My sister-in-law kindly offered to watch the boys this past Saturday for a few hours so Chris and I could get sometime together. Well, we both were really itching to go about our projects and I promptly headed up to the studio. Before Chris went down the street to work on his new car, he came to visit me on the third floor. We chatted for a few minutes and than left. About 20 minutes later I tried to go downstairs and realized that he locked the door to the third floor from the outside and that I was trapped! I pounded on the door, called out the no avail. A part of me was excited to be locked up there, I don't often get time to myself to sew....I was really enjoying it....but another part wanted OUT! I did see my neighbor in her yard reading a book, but didn't want to disturb....I could hang in there, I knew he would be back....finally 2 hours later, I decided to go out onto the roof and throw stones at the garage roof, thinking perhaps he was in there tinkering....than I heard him coming down the driveway....we had a good laugh, many jokes about Mr. Rochester and his wife Bertha in the attic. I couldn't complain terribly...last year I locked Chris out of the house in his socks with no coat in March....he had been helping us out to the car and I shut the door behind me....oops!

cabinet creakies and the show down kid

Originally uploaded by zavodk.
the littliest key
is a hot ball of sass,
we are waiting for a third cold
to quickly pass

a new car has come
1968 VW fastback

Spring teases.

Gram marches on.

Milo step forward and back doing a dance of rounds and rights.

I tread water, look onward to Spring.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The Button Hoard

Originally uploaded by zavodk.
For years it felt like I searched for the right stash. Combing steamy summer time yards, porches and garages, dusky flea markets, church sales, searching and searching. I elbowed my way around the Portland Fabric Faire hoping upon hope that I was the lucky one who found that giant box under the table filled with a lifetime worth of buttons. I scanned the sales in the local paper every Wednesday my keen eye looking for that one sale where a sweet old lady just passed leaving behind her substantial button hoard as well as some key vintage kitchen items and if I am lucky some great old cotton fabrics. I searched those places in vain. I would come by buttons at sales, occassionally. Pretty blue ones, dainty pearls, all priced to break my yard sale bank. They were truly reasonable.... $1 button cards and the like, but I knew the deal was out there and I was on a hunt to find it.

I should have looked no further than my nearest and dearest neighbor.

Back in November, family friend and adopted grandmother Tiny, bestowed upon me a button hoard of great magnitude.

This hoard contains buttons from not only her private collection but those of my next door neighbor Judy's mother and another neighbor's Mother, a dear sweet lass from Ireland, and Tiny's sister-in-law Claire who passed last year. This is a collection of 4 different elderly ladies buttons. I almost wet my pants, really.

lookie, lookie

I haven't gone through them all yet. Its like a treasure sitting up in the studio waiting for me. There are some real beautys. Glass, wood, plastic, pearl, buttons dappled with patina, jeweled buttons, bone buttons....its a regular button galore!

I dipped into the button hoard for a friend last month. Searching for the perfect button to accompany a raw silk cuff that I made. I struck pay dirt finding one that complemented the shininess of the silk, but was worn enough with just a smidge of patina to give it a glamourous yet, bad ass kinda look....& it even went well with the recipients outfit! I am blessed.

My many thanks go out to Tiny for such a treasure. My hunger has been filled. Buttons Abound.

the button bin