Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I know this might seem a little juvenile to some, but honestly?! I don't see why I couldn't put one of these on a wall in our home. Heck, we could have a whole menagerie!
I also wouldn't mind the monkey hanging from my shower curtain rod.
Which animal would you choose?!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Home girl has been waaayy overdue for a haircut, until last week...
I went and saw Jamie, at Primp, and she gave me some shorter layers, switched up the bangs, and brightened me up just in time for the warmer spring-y weather!
Friday, April 24, 2009
I'm going to give you the topic, and then you can talk amongst ya'selves...
They're either in...
or they're out.
Oh, and I'll let you in on a little secret... I already broke down and picked one up this week. Hopefully it will be warm enough to wear this weekend and I can outfit-post it soon!
(For more great jumpsuit shots, see darling Swoonworthy's AWESOME round-up, here.)
Images via Design Dig, Fashion Nation, and HiStyley.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Michael and Kristyn
They are in the process of adopting a little boy from Ethiopia, and I continue to be blessed by watching them faithfully and enthusiastically pursue this new addition to their little family.
They have already encountered incredible miracles along the way, and I can't wait to see the further extra special blessings that the Lord has in store for them.
You can follow their journey at Bicycle Basket, where they both write letters to their future son about love, dreams, and the beautiful life that this little boy will one day be a part of.
We can't WAIT for your arrival, little one! Auntie Jessie is praying for you everyday, and I hope that you get here soon!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Warmier weather has me jonesin' for a pair of sunny yellow flats... I found some pretty little picks on Piperlime this week, and I thought I'd share them with you!
Poodle by AK Anne Klein - SALE $49.99
Vintage Seat Belt Camera Strap (in teal)!
Vintage camera bag!
Itty bitty camera necklace... too cute!
And last but DEFinitely not least, a comfy shoe for trekking around KC!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
Violet + Tulip + Rose Glasses - Al fresco dining anyone?
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Here are some photos of my favorite crewel work pieces in my vintage needlework collection...
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Most of the pieces featured here were created using not just embroidery but also applique, beading, and painting on satin or brocade fabric. The outcome? Wispy-sugary-bright goodness, with quite a bit of depth, and a few quirky animals thrown in for fun.
Her use of colors is truly energizing! This woman has no fear, and I can only imagine what it would be like to learn a few tips from such a master.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Machine embroidery is something that I have not quite gotten the hang of yet, but Gillian is an absolute master. At first glance, I thought that she was an illustrator, and that these lovely pieces of hers were line drawings, but at closer inspection, I realized that I was way off.
Looking through her work reminded me of flipping through photographs from a favorite vacation... each is a special little glimpse of life; a memory that needed to be captured by more than a shutter and flash. Yes, I think that I much prefer the way of fabric and thread. :)
My favorites (shown here) all happen to have a similar theme, and they all remind me of the summer that is hopefully on it's way to KC (windchill is 20 degrees as I type this). I'm so glad I came across Gillian's work, and I plan on continuing to follow and be inspired by her charming designs.
Also, check out Gillian's Etsy shop for art prints and postcards made from her original embroidery! Go now, she has ice cream!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Dang it, people!!! I forgot my own blog birthday!!!
Last week (March 26), The Lucky Stone turned one year old!
I can't believe I've been a part of something as wonderful as the blog community for over a year! It has been a source of inspiration, blessings, and encouragement during a challenging, yet amazing, 12 months of my life.
I can honestly say that blogging has changed who I am and how I see the world, and I am so grateful that you take the time to visit and share this piece of my life with me.
In honor of the occasion, I am posting the very first thing I ever wrote for The Lucky Stone, and hopefully you will get a glimpse of what originally inspired me to start blogging in the first place.
When I was little, I used to search for "lucky stones" with my grandpa in
the woods. Looking back at these special moments, I smile on some of my most
cherished childhood memories.
Walking along the trail next to the creek, we'd find pocketfuls of raw
quartz, tucked under fallen tree branches or buried beneath the ponderosa
needles. They were usually a cloudy, brownish-grey on the outside and had very
stubborn dirt caked into the grooves. I always tried to brush the dirt off with
the sleeve of my jacket or a little bit of spit, but Bompa would gently tell me
to wait. No matter how many times we had done it before, I needed reminding that
if I could just wait until we brought the stones back to his workshop, I'd be
able to see their true beauty.
When we would arrive back at the house, we'd gently wash the grimy little
stones in the kitchen sink, and then the excitement would build as we took them
out into his shop. I'd wait with anticipation as he got out his tools and began
to break those little plain-looking stones in half.
One by one, they'd fall open to reveal the most delicately glimmering pink
insides. They would catch and reflect even the softest light in their shiny new
surface that looked like pink lace, and I can still remember being able to
admire them for what seemed like hours. These pieces of rose quartz became my
treasures, and I filled many jewelry boxes and coin purses with my collection.
They were valuable to me because my grandpa had treated them like magical gifts
fit only for a princess, but they were also special because I felt as though I
had been a part of helping them reach their true and glowing
I picked the name "Lucky Stone" for my blog and my Etsy Store as a reminder
that proverbially searching for lucky stones should be a part of our everyday
lives. Whether it is a person, a home, or a vintage piece of furniture -
believing that something old and tired can be seen as beautiful again is a
quality that will truly make our lives brighter.
My grandpa is no longer on this earth, but he is still very much alive in my
heart. He taught me to see things through a hopeful eye, and to always consider
that the mystery of beauty is often lying just beneath the surface - in the end,
all it took to make those little stones shine was a little bit of