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I’ve recently been under the delusion that pinning on Pinterest counts as blogging. Have you discovered the delight of Pinterest? It’s a giant magazine spread/look book that you create yourself and share with others along the way. Here are some idea boards I have put together. Don’t these pictures just make you want to create, paint, and organize??

Well! I’m currently scooting along at 35 weeks with this beautiful baby girl in the oven. Mr. T and I have been working hard to get the baby’s room ready. Such decisions that must be made! Yellow, grey, white birches, birds, and hedgehogs etc.! It is such an exciting time. I’m racing the clock these days, as my energy levels drop roughly 2% per day 🙂

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I’ve been attempting to finish my entire home before our dear little baby arrives, and geez, it’s proving to be a challenge. When I say finish, I mean, all those little to-do’s, that irk your mind when you’re walking in and out the door. For example, my curtain quest is as yet 80% unfinished. Who knew I was such a picky bird? After about fifteen iterations, I’m back to square one & robin’s egg blue. When I hit this combination of de-cluttering & re-loving. I go straight to some idea dens to give me vision and get me motivated.

Here are the inspirations of the morning from Anthropologie:

So. Today I’m off to find some inspiration, nail down my actual to-do list, and continue floating on this incredible nesting energy!

In the mean time I’m certain that some more throw pillows will be concocted from the cast-off curtain material, and I may just document my new bathroom re-loving for you all! I call it: Chocolate Robin’s Egg 🙂

xo, Mrs. T

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The month of May is a Bridal Shower whirlwind for Mrs. T. I adore these showers, such a enjoyable time of party dresses, girly food, wrapped gifts and of course…the blushing future bride.

When not sewing the gorgeous blue bridesmaid dresses, I have sewn up a few little aprons for the future wives. My philosophy: one cannot properly bake, cook or kitch w/o the perfect personality tailored apron. I try to create & gift that perfect apron. It really is a fun challenge. Do I know them well enough to make the perfect one? I do try 🙂

Here are some snaps of the apron creation process. This one really created itself. I just kept fluffing, adding sheer bits, and sewing on rosettes.

The hand selected material. Chiffon and cotton print.

Notions of notions. Buttons, chiffon scraps, grosgrain ribbon.

Rosette detail. Love rosette clusters. Apron wouldn’t be complete without them.

Finished product, smiling in all is creamy glory.

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Doesn’t this time of year make you desire everything to be fresh, green and growing?

After laboring over which color to paint the master bed (putty or greenish?), my husband and I decided to go with a celery sage green — and Behr happened to have exactly what we wanted, aptly named “sanctuary.”

Early Saturday, we collected the paint, moved furniture to the center of the room, and proceeded to coat the walls in the most perfect green you’ve ever seen.

For once, I remembered to document the pre-green state:

Then we painted, and painted and painted. Rehung the art, threw a fresh splash of white shiny paint on the window trim, and after spent about the next four hours admiring the glorious finished work.




All in all, I’m quite proud of the result. Next on the list — finish the guest bedroom. I’m excited about making the “Yellow Room” into another sanctuary of sweet colors and beautiful things.

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Inspiration: A french catalog ad of goodness. With chairs, and a pretty chaise lounge

My dear friends, as per my usual habit, I get quite excited about re-doing a room, and forget to take an ever helpful (brag-worthy) “before” shot. Well. Here she is again, with desperate resolve to remember “next time.”

However, as I’ve yet to paint the walls and do up the curtains of the master bed, there is still the distinct possibility of a sassy after-pic. So. I don’t feel completely forlorn yet 🙂

The goal of the most recent transformation was sassy elegance. Our room had been functionally arranged, but after acquiring a snazzy headboard (that perfectly matched the current bedroom furniture, compliments of Goodwill $35), I knew it was time to re-theme and retool. So Mr. T and I moved the bed, arranged new headboard, and hung artwork (pounding my fingers black and blue, like Anne Shirley). The frenchified bureau was the most significant accomplishment.

I expect once the walls and curtains are completed, I’ll have more grand accomplishments to share.

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The Graphics Fairy

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Why yes, I do 🙂

While out collecting fabric samples for the curtains…and boy did I find some lovely greens! I spotted the most charming little birdhouses. Everything this time of year is Robin’s Egg Blue, or Light Green Apple. I just love it, and am continually battling the urge to transform my entire home into a frothy sea foam robin’s egged blue sanctum.

BUT. I’ve been good, and instead of purchasing even a little birdhouse for the mantle, I grabbed a little bottle of paint instead. Goal: to paint some currently owned items, and to not add to the great amount of sweet nothings I own. Here’s the day’s work so far:

And here she sits, on the piano ushering in guest and spring…or whoever happens to be entering the Elle Street Inn 🙂


And a little thank you to Miss GF for the beautiful vintage birdy!
The Graphics Fairy

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The past few days have been a whirlwind of travel, snow, sisters, skirts, showers, and finally for me, sun!

I am so excited to finally be enjoying some beautiful real live sunshine, as it has been a bit dismal January for the Elle Street Inn. But now! A delightful full-fledged dose of vitamin D.

During the whirlwind, my sisters continued to be my little minions of creativity and cleanliness. We polished the Inn top to bottom in preparation for the shower today! They must have felt like little Cinderella’s. Oh dear. But we did make it a sunny spic & span slice of home, and hopefully a spot full of bunting, festoons and navy blue cheer. After the cleaning frenzy, we made the sweetest little favors. The favorite tea of the sweet couple is “Lady Grey”, and conveniently for us, the Twining’s version is a crisp beautiful blue. These are the raw materials.

For each favor we’d attach a flag & label to each tea-bag with a shiny red staple. Almost forty staples later… Ta-da!

I have to say these are some of the most enjoyable little favs I’ve ever done. I am certainly looking forward to the next time I can use this snaky idea. Imagine what you could do for Valentine’s Day party! Perhaps a Chai or English Breakfast (Red) with a English Afternoon (Pink), tied into little parcels with cream chiffon and a little rosette?

Speaking of Valentines Day. I’ve promised you all some vintage vals. So. Here you are. If I were you…I’d print this out 6 to a page, clip with edged sheers, and hand stitch with pink thread to brown paper. Write a sweet message on the back and throw into a pink envelope.

The Graphics Fairy

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Well, my designer instincts have taken hold once more. I was in the process of making another little lawn skirt, like my other little creation…you may recall. But, I awoke one morning with the dashing idea to add a little buttoned-up-the-back sleeveless top, and make it into a dress. The fabric is so cheery and sweet, it just needed some little buttons or something more vintage than a skirt could afford (even if I did shower it with chiffon hem flowers). This is the fabric that spoke so sweetly early yesterday morning. The accent will literally be a snip and hair of a trim around the collar and cuffs.

Now, here are the updates to a similar dress I found on ModCloth. AND, while I’m at it, let me tell you: If you need anything lively and unique in the clothing dept (to spice up a winter wasteland wardrobe), I would check out MC before I hit up any other store. They have the most superb collection of beautiful clothing & precious decor. (& the store was founded by highschool sweethearts, awww!) Learn more? ModCloth.

So. With the structured inspiration, here are my adaptations. The skirt is already cut and stitched, so I just have snip and whip up a bodice.

…and then of course stitch the two together. Wish me luck.
Oh, and dear friends. It’s only 14 days till Valentines Day! If you’d like to print and snip vintage valentines check back soon 🙂 OR, if you’d like some fabulous new Valentine’s Metro/Tube/Subway Art, check out Aunty’s mod take on it.

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For any of you who know me well, you know that mid-January is one of my most highly anticipated times of the year. Why you may ask? Well. It is the oh-so-joyous time of the Starbucks Vanilla Vaudevillian Bean Cupcake. I pretty much swoon as soon as I see one of these little beauts. And this is for several reasons.

1. About four years ago was having a TRULY gray dismal, gorse-bush filled season, and yet that was the very moment when the very first Starbuck Cupcake, then called a “Sunshine Cupcake” [see picture below] entered my life.

It brought a sweet little glimmer of sweet hope, and I’ve always been grateful to the Lord for this little Ebenezer of faithfulness.

 

2. They are quite pretty. Simple and pretty.
3. They are not too sweet, just the perfect hint of sweetness, but not too much.

Sweetly enough, my friends and dear mother were able to track down a copy recipe of this cupcake, and low and behold managed to have it as our wedding cake. Perfection, I tell you perfection. This photo is complements of our dear photog, Naomi Elle.

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Oh la la friends! Elle Street is featured on Jenny Anne Photography today 🙂

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As promised here are the shoes I’ve renovated. They all had lovely potential before, but just needed some true appreciation and zazz. So, they have each been given zazz and a bit of love. I’m off to find more shoes tomorrow to further invigorate.

These little Valentine’s Day set have such a sweet Victorian, I think they are the prettiest little things ever. Who doesn’t like a little cream grosgrain bow draping over the side of their red pump??

This camel pair, are quite delicate. Only fitting to use a simple chiffon ribbon to accentuate the petite nature of the shoe. Besides, I’m convinced every basic shoe needs just a bit of zip.

& then of course, there are the little Black Beauties which I’ve been crowing about for two months. Finally decided to go with the black silk instead of an accent of another broach. Just love these.

The detail of the bow, in case you were just dying to look a bit closer.

Today will be sewing more on another little romantic lawn skirt, making pasta (with my new pasta maker, thanks Mum!), and some shopping. Busy bee. Perhaps I’ll have something to report tomorrow if I don’t get too excited along the way (and fail to document appropriately).

Ps. 25 days or so till Valentine’s Day!! I can’t wait 🙂 Got this darling image from the Graphics Fairy. Ohhhh my! Just LOVE all the images she’s shared, for us all to enjoy!

The Graphics Fairy

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