Sunday, January 27, 2013


Fit it all, fit it in the doldrums
Or so the story goes
Color the era
Film it as historical

It's a Bon Iver, earl grey tea kind of weekend.
My couch/cuddling areas have been looking particularly cozy.

This little sofa was a recent find at salvation army, the tag got me.."luv seat"

pattern play

living room love - my favorite vintage fabrics mixed with hobby lobby finds

Fave floral ever- this perfect vintage fabric caught my eye a few years ago "unusual daphne", the living room has been slowly built around it. Nothing could go more perfect with the couch's unique shade of green.

The kitties have been using the pillows as their personal pedestals.
Lu likes to jump in my lap and lightly nibble me if I pet too much haha! He's a kitty jerk.
If kitties didn't want to be pet they shouldn't have so many cute parts.

I can't resist that tail and those little mitts.

 Copper likes to be "meated" up at all times, and even barks for pets haha
He's Luke's hot water bottle at night, they love him most.

rug project, rearranging

Hope you had a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013



making & eating yummy food(too much!)

french onion soup

lots of lattes

filled donut holes (nutella and rasberry jam!)

poached egg & potatoes

Cinnamon sugar pull apart bread - I die

Aaand I need to get back into an exercise routine. I was doing really good walking but now that it's freezing out I'm thinking yoga, inside..where it's warm. What do you guys do to stay fit in the dead of winter, besides the gym? I loathe it.

Created a cocktail inspired by my late grandma Betty..she loved her some peach schnapps. And a beehive.
It's my new favorite.

a little lazy..

winter warmth

cozy candles blazing

more snow today!

I've been taking tons of photos on my new phone and going instagram crazy..
Follow me! dearwinsome
Feeling a little lonely haha
Hope you're having a great week!

Sunday, January 13, 2013


the world isn't in your books and maps...

it's out there

Luke and I had two glorious consecutive days off this week. We didn't make any plans, just adventured. Which meant walking to Main St. to explore our favorite dusty thrift shop and lugging a bunch of stuff back home. Should have thought about that part haha. The weather was incredible, sunny and 60! Love when that happens. Isn't it the worst when it rains on your day off, and all you want to do is go outside? The next day was gloomy and rainy so we had Mexican and margaritas and slipped into our local historic theater, "The Lincoln," for an early afternoon Hobbit fest. Popcorn with real butter, strawberry Twizzlers too! He's a Sno-Caps kinda guy. We read the entire book out loud before bed a few years ago(Luke's idea) so we we're excited to see it. I was mostly interested in seeing my Mitchel from Being Human(bbc) as Kili, he's adorable as a dwarf. In line I realized we were surrounded by the white haired crew..and told him," This is it, we're officially old people" haha

Luke let me get every piece of glass ware I wanted.. and didn't complain once about the heavy load. That's love. haha Vintage shot glasses in the perfect green(35 cents!) couldn't be passed up. I'm working on getting my bar cart back in order. It got displaced during the living room renovations and then the Christmas tree stole it's space. The jerk. He's still up. One of my goals this year is to create more libations..I'm a total lightweight and never really like anything I get out anywhere. I'm more into subtle flavor..this one's amazing!

cucumber pear fizz!
love cucumber vodka.

fresh tech

We've been using Luke's Christmas present daily, this little Mr. Coffee espresso machine is just right..and a steal for under 40! mmm foam.

He surprised me about a week after the holidays with a package from amazon! The Crosley record player I've been mentioning for the longest..his dad's 1970's setup was always on the fritz, and never played my thrifted records. This one is the perfect teal, and converts my tunes to mp3' it so far! He's pretty great too, and lets me sleep in and wake up to the smell of lattes and cinnamon rolls.

 it folds up..fits right in with my vintage blue suitcase collection

Finally got a smartphone, I've been waiting forever! Fairly certain that I'm the last one on the planet to join the cool crowd. I don't know what to do with myself, new technology! haha I was really sad without an instagram, and a good cell camera. Look at that old to say I never wanted to use it. 

Caved and got hulu plus. We're totally caught up on Parks and Rec and I've already made my way through New Girl,Merlin,Portlandia,Once Upon a Time..working on Downton Abbey now. I 've been missing all of my favorites, I need my stories! We used to love watching masterpiece classics on PBS every Sunday. I'm horrible at watching shows in real time.They have a bunch of criterion classics too, and french new wave. Use this link for 2 weeks free!

Let's just say I've been watching a lot..but I always have my hands busy working on a project. And I've got plenty.
I was pondering what my New Year's goals should be, I always set them too lofty. Thinking simple this year..

Peter LaFleur: I found that if you have a goal, that you might not reach it. But if you don't have one, then you are never disappointed. And I got to tell you it feels phenomenal.

Like keep plants alive.

They usually die a sad, slow death in my care. In some little corner of a room I don't visit enough..out of sight..
This orchid is my pride and joy right now. Even my succulents and ivy have shriveled up into pitiful little things. Yes, succulents. The plants that can't be killed. haha

This beauty has been alive for a few months now, and has even bloomed more flowers. That never happens. I snagged this print on sale at uo, painted the frame, and added my fave vintage millinery flowers. 
My mantra right now.


new(wrinkly) shower curtain-uo

snakes for the shop

pretty patterns

We're learning how to crochet together, I need help. I always pick up hobbies and get frustrated and forget them. He's just better at stuff like this.

Someone was over recently and said "It's like going down the rabbit hole when I come to your house,  You're usually in some weird outfit,with the're sort of ordinary today" haha! That's about right.
He also said "Every time I think of your house I think of Lincoln"

I'm gonna let Baxter greet him wearing this next time..
Lookin fresh.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

treat : iced wintermint cake

After making too many sweets from scratch for the holiday bakery boxes I wanted something much easier for my wintry mix and frosting to the rescue. A trimmed doily works perfect as a stencil with the remainder as a pretty base, I knew I would use them for something! I fancied it up a bit with a dusting of powdered sugar(snow drifts?) some pine garland, and my vintage deer family.

the sweetest little faces..

Drops of food coloring(7green,3blue) and mint flavoring(1tsp) made my basic yellow cake a bit more festive.

I'm notorious for using the wrong tools for the job in the kitchen..too small bowls, a spoon instead of the potato masher,etc. It drives Luke bananas. I've yet to get myself some proper cake shown in the uneven layers. Pyrex works wonders in a pinch though haha

Hope you're having a sweet weekend!