Saturday, February 28, 2009

Parade of Blooms featured in Knoxville Etsy Treasury!

My painting "Parade of Blooms" is featured in an Etsy treasury for "Knox Vegas".
See the treasury here
I love this painting and am secretly glad it hasn't sold so far. It's a cutie for the little girl's room! Thanks Reclaimed Purpose!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

An old friend

The Story:

I found this coat while spending a summer in Charlotte, NC when I was a sophomore in college. I was young and irresponsible then as most college kids and left it in the trunk of a friend's car. I have many pictures of myself and my friends wearing this coat and seriously missed it over the years. I even talked to my husband about how I wish it would find it's way back to me someday. Oddly enough, the universe brought us back together! Leave it to Facebook. My friend and I were back in touch and she happened to mention that she found it cleaning out her closet. Wow.

So it came in the mail one fine day and wouldn't you know it, I realized that the sleeves are too short and I didn't notice this before. My arms are crazy long and always have been. Either way because of my monkey arms, I am forced to sell it as a Vintage item in my store. It is still gorgeous, don't you think?

Creating my own PEACE

My husband and I moved to Knoxville almost 7 years ago into our quaint little yellow 2 bedroom, 1 bath "starter home". It was our intent to live here, save money and move on to "bigger and better" things after a few short years and certainly before we had a second child!!! Well, we kept (in our minds) "saving", simplifying and living below our means. Then we fell in love with an old fixer upper and threw the house on the market right when the housing market crashed. Okie dokie. That didn't pan out.

I will openly admit that I wanted the bigger house, MORE space, MORE bathrooms, MORE MORE MORE. I hate it when I want more. Because I strive each day to simplify. We bake our own bread. We get our eggs from Nana's farm. We grow our own veggies when we can. We recycle everything. We upcycle what we can't recycle. We freecycle what we can't recycle or upcycle. Simple. Keep it simple, Meghan.

I decided today to list the things I adore about our quaint starter home and I thought it would be nice to share my thoughts. I realize that so many people are in housing situations so much worse than ours. We can afford our house when so many cannot.

I am okay with being here a little longer. I don't need the space I crave just like I don't need designer labels or a new car. I am just not that kind of girl. I want to build our dream home out of as many recycled materials as possible and BE the mother and wife I want to be. That is what I want. Not the big house.

So here goes:
1. I LOVE that each morning before school, I lean over our space saving pedestal sink with my two children and we brush our teeth TOGETHER.

2. I LOVE that my children sleep in the same room and share so well because of it.

3. I LOVE that I can sit here in my office/laundry room/sewing room/studio and see into the kitchen where my husband cooks and see into the living room where my kids play.

4. I LOVE that we have an incredible back yard.

5. I LOVE that we don't have stairs.

6. I LOVE that I can see our incredible back yard and the children that play in it from my office/laundry room/sewing room/studio.

7. I LOVE that it isn't just a yellow house, it is what we call "home". It really is.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Clementine's Closet featured in Red Possum's blog!

As Red Possum puts it, "Spring is in the air!" I am so excited with all the new ideas popping into my head and can hardly wait another minute until the flowers begin to bloom and my visions become a reality! Click Here to see the feature!
Click Here to head straight to this fantastic vintage find and get a jumpstart on your spring wardrobe.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Valentine's Day. Not for the "lover" aspect of it but for the kids! Each year Collin and I make Valentine's for his class. With Aneliese now being in a Mother's Day Out program, we have 45 Valentine's to make. Wow. 45?! So, anyone who knows me well knows I am committed to a life of recycling, freecycling, and upcycling. So, check out our Valentine's made from Veranda magazine cutouts. We think they are coming along nicely. So, what are you waiting for? Go make some!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Hand dyed Nylons will get you noticed.

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