Maiden Rapture Vintage CLOSING SALE

Hey vintage lovers - Maiden Rapture Vintage is closing its virtual doors, so you should head over there to scoop up some seriously discounted goods.

The most amazing thing happened to me this weekend...

...I found out about Rancho Deluxe! This gem is actually filled with gems, costume jewelry, elephant figurines, vintage copper toasters, antique dresses, books, teacups, and anything else your heart desires. I was happily swimming in literal piles of crystals and rhinestones, like the most amazing-ever Grandma's jewelry box.

Like buried treasure, it is generally locked. Unlike buried treasure, it opens to the public on Saturdays only (hooray). I can't quite describe the thrill of places like these. Yes, it's not for everyone, but it certainly is for me. The prices are completely reasonable, and there is undoubtedly something for everyone... check it out for your holiday shopping! There is no website, and alas, no photos on the web, and I forgot my camera when I went - but no matter - leaves more up to your imagination. So fabulous! (Thanks, Heather!!!).


Will you wear découpage, jenny jenkins?

So I "reconstructed" some shoes the other night. Viva la collage 4-EVR! I took these leopard wedges I've had for a while:

And I collaged them, essentially. Cut some things out of a magazine and out of a découpage book I have, and I glued them on with a simple glue stick. As you can see, I also taped around the seam between shoe and wedge:

After I began collaging, I realize I wouldn't be able to cover the whole heel in cut outs. So I opted to paint the bare areas with magenta acrylic paint:

It took a few coats, but I got it covered. I then painted 3 layers of Mod Podge on top of it to cement everything down and give it a nice sheen. Finally, I sprayed the heels with acrylic to seal everything in and make it smell really good (HA! go outside for that part). And here they are- vast improvement, no?

If you want to try something like this, here are my lessons learned:

  1. I hadn't planned on painting them initially, but were I to do this again, I might try to actually spray paint the heels white to give myself a better working base. That way I would only have had to do one paint of acrylic. This time I had to do about three, and because I was painting after I glued stuff down, this increased my chances for error - painting on edges of the collage, etc.
  2. Use masking tape to block of the shoe. I used Scotch tape because it was all I had, but it's an inferior blocking tape.
  3. Think it out before hand. This is a step I consistently leave out of my craft projects.
  4. Get a good paintbrush for the paint and the Mod Podge. It makes a difference.
I think that's about it, or at least all I can think of for now. I'm pretty happy with them, especially for a first try. It's an excellent way to spice up an item that you like, but often overlook.


Augusten Burroughs

I recently discovered the world of Augusten Burroughs, and I am enthralled. Yesterday alone (well, including 3 hours of today - 12-3 am) I read Magical Thinking and Running with Scissors. Dry I read on the way to Maui with Soph. I can't wait to read the rest of them... one of them is on my bedside table and the other ones are in my queue at the library.

As some of you may know, much of his material is utterly horrifying. But that's why we like it. That, and his brilliant writing, and the fact that he has survived to tell the tales. Nothing gets me like a horrifying, well-written memoir.

I will leave you with this bit, taken from the title story in Magical Thinking (which was funnier than the other 2, although all books so far have made me laugh and cry):

Perhaps my supernatural abilities come from my solid spiritual beliefs. I believe in the baby Jesus. And I believe he is handsome and lives in the sky with his pet cow. I believe that it is essential the cow like you. And if you pet the cow with your mind, it will lick your hand and give you cash. But if you make the cow angry, it will turn away from you, forget you exist, and your life will turn into shambles. I believe that as long as the cow likes you, you can get what you want.

In order to keep in the cow's favor, you need to "let go and let God," meaning, you can't obsess about controlling every little thing. You have to let things unfold naturally and not try to chance things you cannot change. On the other hand, I believe that if you've made the cow happy by living this way, you're allowed to ask for favors.

I tell people my theory, and they think I am either kidding or insane. But think this as they may, I have cow saliva on my hands, and many of them do not.

- Augusten Burroughs, Magical Thinking, p. 241


Quote of the day

"There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."


Winter is for roasting

Success! Inspired by my recent purchase, I am determined to cook more good food. Last night I cooked a couple things, and made up this chicken dish as an experiment. It's delightfully simple and delicious! I'm writing it here primarily so that I don't forget. Here's what I did:

Placed 2 chicken drumsticks in a Pyrex round 8" pan, in a thick layer of olive oil. I cut up several fingerling potatoes (yum) and placed them around the chicken. I also peeled and diced one apple and added it to the potatoes, along with a few cloves of garlic.

Then I poured more olive oil all over everything and added lots of sea salt. I was very generous with both items. Finally, I drizzled the drumsticks with a bit of balsamic vinegar and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

I roasted it at 350 uncovered for...hmmmm....probably about 45 minutes, and then covered it with tinfoil and left it in there for about 20 more or so. It was delicious! I wish I had taken a picture, but it was devoured quickly.


Did you say my name?

Okay, I admit it. I want boots like this. I'm not sure WHICH ones, but ideally they would be very expensive and very high. And very comfortable. And it would be awesome. Right? Yes Mary Kate or Ashley- I dig your style. Pictures of you are undoubtedly the créme de la créme of celebrity voyeurism culture.

From here:

These are wicked. I think I want these ones. (From here):

Stella McCartney killers - look at that heel!

I'd prefer a true wedge heel, but I suppose if I had to get these Louboutins, I would:

And really, these are pretty AMAZING. I found them on accident and they took me quite by surprise (here):

I suppose now I light a candle and call in St. Emelda.

Eleven eleven

The most magical day. Happy birthday, Sophie!


Lhasa de Sela

This is amazing. I've never heard of her before, but I like it - I love simple and barebones instrumentation like this, and her voice is pretty delicious. So sensual - that solid yet breathy combination that few are blessed with. You can read more about her here or here.



from here

Quote of the day

"Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky."

~Rainer Maria Rilke



"Suki" knickers from Agent Provocateur. SO CUTE!! I want I want I want.


Click on photos to enlarge: It's worth it

Yesterday, as you know, was Halloween. Lots of things went perfectly - it was the first year I've ever taken Asher trick-or-treating (Sophie came, too!), and said trick-or-treating was, as you can imagine, quite adorable. Asher was the cutest little pirate ever, and his awe and joy at the ever-growing bucket of candy was pretty cute. Our house was full of girls sewing costumes all day, doing hair and makeup, drinking wine...basically just one of those perfect fall days where everything feels good. Here are some photos of the costumes that transpired in our sweet little house and hit the streets at night...Sophie is the superhero, Rachel was the green lady, and Kristin was giving birth to herself. So epic.