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June 16th, 2010

moving! @ 02:59 pm

Magpies and Apples has moved. Please come see it as Magpie Apples at http://magpieapples.blogspot.com/

see you there ♥

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June 5th, 2010

summer wardrobe @ 02:30 pm

benefactors are always welcomed! @ 02:06 pm

 I do love this little nook I have here and it always brings a smile on my face when I come to share. This is not to say that I do not love my cider and faun, which of course, i do. This place began as my little hidden place but I really love what it has become and all the things I get to share. As always, my love for etsy continues to grow and I am always adding to my wish list. Here, some new favorites...

underwater cardholder moss, chocolate and red
underwater cardholder by spectacle a la maison

Swallow Silhouette Oil Painted Locket
swallow silhouette oil painted locket by khara ledone

Flower -Embroidery
flower embroidery by whimsiology

Reversible Hobo Bag - Large - Aqua and Red Deer Valley
reversible hobo bag by retrofied

Vintage Owl Shaped Cutting Board
vintage owl shaped cutting board at artful vintage

London Fog Tea Jar
london fog tea jar by amy esther

Bunny Bracelet
bunny bracelet by mamas little babies

Embroidered Brooch - Grey Owl
embroidered brooch grey owl by jenny mccabe

Lovely Mug of Tea Cozy
lovely mug of tea cozy by knitstorm

embroidered flower brooch
embroidered flower brooch by handmade by christine

Vintage Roses and Vines Handbag
vintage roses and vines handbag at spunsugarvintage

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February 4th, 2010

of moon and stars @ 05:07 pm

month of hearts @ 04:35 pm

January 13th, 2010

new things coming @ 11:32 am

 I have a few new ideas of things I would like to create. Yesterday, I finally completed the first one I have had on my list for quite some time. I made lavender moon pillows. I sewed everything by hand, including the moon's face, and filled them in with sweet smelling lavender.

lavender moons

For the 'dark side of the moon' or simply, the back side, I put a pretty floral fabric. Who knows what the true back looks like, why not make it a little pretty, right? :)

lavender moons

I am hoping to make more and maybe some others would like them enough for me to put them in the shop. I also have another little moon idea (it's a little secret right now).
I am also quite excited for something new I've done for the wonderful and inspiring Nicole of Garden Mama...look at her blog for it and wait for a post on her blog coming soon!
p.s. my last post I included a photo of a few herbal things on a windowsill. One day I hope to have a windowsill and view likeRebecca of The Herbwife's Kitchen (just look at her header. she has her winter view up right now but I love the green view all the more).


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resolutions and such... @ 11:31 am

 Only a week into the new year but I am certainly feeling good and hopefully about this new decade. Many others have posted their resolutions or the year of 2009 in photos quite prettily. I think I will do neither right now but share what others have done...
Other endeavors and such:
I do have some resolutions of my own, it's a bit of a open list. One I have been dedicating myself to even before the first of January, 'stop waiting for others to do things I can just do myself' . Such a simple task but I was just slipping away last year in so many ways. This has really helped me alot.
I also got the book How to Sew A Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew by Erin Bried. I absolutely love it. Very informative, very terse and precise and it speaks of all the little things women use to do that we have seem to lost in the past decade. I have been energized and inspired by this book. It sounds so little and maybe even silly, but I have my favorite black slippers that I was thinking I needed to replace because of one tiny little hole. This book reminded me of things that can be done (and saved) and so I 'mended' my slippers by sewing little pieces of pretty fabric on it. Now my right slipper has a bit of character at the toes (big floral and turquoise polka dots). Very recession friendly too!
So, as the New Year has begun, a few things we have done...
Celebrated Natalie's sixth birthday at Disneyland
my little sprite

Started a sweet herbal oil, a herbal hair rinse and lavender chamomile honey (all which will be ready later on this month)
herbal concoctions on the windowsill

Made our first soaps together from a super easy soap kit Nat got from her grandma
her grandma gave her a little soap kit

chamomile in soap with a happy face

her little soaps
Looking forward to all the new things (and comforting old ones too) that will come this year...


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january covets... @ 10:39 am

January 2nd, 2010

scenes from a house.. @ 08:04 pm

 scenes from a house...

this is my dream kitchen (and photos of the green house and yard) and it only exists in the movie, practical magic. oh to have a house like this (by the sea!) would truly be, magical...

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from a february day... @ 08:02 pm

 fawned friday of found things and other sorts


(this goldenrod photo from mbgriby)

  1. the new alela diane video, white as diamonds. i just love her voice, her sound, her words
  2. blip.fm has been very nice to set up songs for playlists and for sharing, you should come along
  3. recycled mirrorsbird confituresfrench birdcageglass domes and other wonderful things to fill your house with from mothology
  4. owl plate, an adorable bird clutch, a sweet little roosting pocket house and other garden variety lovelies from garden brooklyn
  5. one day, if i ever begin to garden, i think i might like to buy some nice things from urban weeds and the new york botanical shop too
  6. wanting to go to the forgotten coast (thanks to cookie magazine) to forget all the things that weigh me down and just live among the forest, the cottages and of course, the sea
  7. the darling frocks at violet folklore's haunted threads shopand the jewelry of genevieve gail as well
  8. as always, new etsy favorites and wonderful blog entries by others to peruse. there is just so much beauty and creativity out there, i love finding it and sharing it with my friends...
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