early autumn east side stroll

Just like everything else, autumn blew by without me getting to appreciate it. Outside is suddenly cold and darker and less vibrant in color. From what I did get to take in, autumn was amazing this year. Let's hope it leads way to a snow dappled winter. I wish for a few scattered days with inches of snow so we haven't a reason to bustle through life. We can take it slow, snuggle with our furry ones and warm up the house by baking some cookies. To me, that is like a vacation. 

happy monday!
xo, kim

ps: check here for this week's flash sale!

spring greens are here to stay

The thing I love most about seeing the trees and grass starting to turn green in spring is that green is here to stay deep into the summer. And it is just going to get greener.

happy summer!
xo, kim

ps: won't you follow me on bloglovin'? i hear that is where all the cool kids are going.

oh poppy! a new hue...

Poppies are one of my favorite blooms. The varieties amaze me and the colors are so vibrant and full of life. I saw these lovely specimens while driving through my city's streets and pulled over to snap a few photos. 

Aren't they wonderful? Full of gesture and poise, each flower holding a pose unique to itself. 

I experimented with a slightly deeper hue of red enamel in my studio.

After sifting this crushed red glass onto silver discs I set out to firing them to discover the results. 

 Deep Poppy Red! 

If you want to take a look, they are here in my etsy shop.

happy monday!
xo, kim

spring yellows

 ...along with some whites, purples and oranges...

I already miss the daffodils.

xo, kim

spring whites

Even white blooms are bursting with color! 

Spring is my favorite season. So much so, I brought a little bit of spring inside so I could smell lilacs as I fell asleep and right when I woke up.

happy spring!
xo, kim

spring pinks

Is it just me or has spring come and gone faster then ever this year? I haven't had time to share the spring blossoms I captured this year so I am posting them by color. Maybe this makes for a shorter and sweeter post...

My favorite pictures are the rain soaked peonies. Which are yours? 

happy spring!
xo, kim

missing spring

Spring is a time of rebirth for me. Every day new life pushes its way from the ground, sharing new scents and colors leaving us with plenty to look forward to. I had hoped my life would follow, new adventures would come my way, new prospects to lead me to a carefree summer but it seems like that hope faded with the daffodils. 

There are some things I just can't control, but I will always remind myself to stop and enjoy the beauty around me, because what I do know is you must live for now and never take one single moment for granted. 

These photos were all taken at Blithewold Gardens during their daffodil days. 

xo, kim

neighborhood stroll

Callie girl has been given the okay to start taking strolls. Not only am I delighted to get outside with my girl but I will be back taking pictures again. I am always inspired when I get outside and take in my surroundings. Especially when life is starting to bloom around me.

What I love most about the photos I take while on our neighborhood strolls is that they are a mess of things. Rusty metal, flowers, textures...whatever strikes my fancy as I poke around the area with my phone in hand. 

happy spring!
xo, kim

welcome spring!

This last sunny Saturday got me out of the house and into a little wooded area on the edge of the city.

After a stroll through the dog park we sat by the river to soak up the sun. It was indeed a happy, sun filled Saturday.

xo, kim

ps: how have you been enjoying this new season?

moody whites

With temper mental weather comes moody whites.

Spring will come, until then, layer up and cuddle with someone you adore.

happy friday!
xo, kim

ps: these pictures are really calling me to experiment with whites in my enamelwork, texture too!


before the blizzard

 when you could still see some green..

..and the slate patio stones..

..and puppy paws weren't yet sinking in drifts..

..clematis seeds were just catching flakes..

..the butterfly bush was still standing..

..as were the boxwoods..

 ..and pine needles peeked through the accumulating flakes..

..and branches were perfectly accented in white..
..it was a beautiful day.

enjoy winter. it is here for a while and has some beauty we should take in while we can.
xo, kim

enjoying summer's end

Callie and I have been enjoying the cooler weather by taking more day time walks. And we stop to capture [or sniff] plenty of flowers along the way while they are still here for us to enjoy.

I am torn wondering if autumn will be a start to something new and good for me or if I am going to spend the brisk days ahead wishing I could have a redo to this year's spring. 

xo, kim

wayland square window shopping

After visiting some dear friends Callie and I took a night time stroll through Wayland Square. 

I find the displays to be even more dazzling at night. 

And the walk is cooler and quiet, thus more enjoyable.

I am coveting these yellow jeans. 

This men's shop had the best display in the square. 

Old cameras and rose colored lenses...

It was fun to observe the items on display in a different hue.

This was an old slide they had in the window, this shot is easily my favorite.

With this one being a close second.

Callie and I need to get back here soon for another stroll. This time I will make sure to stop at L'Artisan Café and grab a delicious coffee first.

happy wednesday!
xo, kim [+ Callie too!]

thriftin' in New Bedford

I spent a year living in New Bedford when I was an undergrad. The city had just started to come to life with boutiques and restaurants popping up here and there. Aside from the burritos at No Problemo my other favorite part of living in New Bedford was being so close to four huge antique shops. 

This time I was on the hunt for displays. One of my major display pieces was broken at my last fair.
[big sad face here. it had a cover and was well, perfect.] And I was pretty good leaving with a few displays and one dinged up hammer. For once I was all business, except for all of the picture taking that happened.

I have a hard time keeping to my task when I shop at antique stores.

There are too many bright, shiny objects that catch my eye.

It is probably a good thing that I drive a VW Golf and can't get home with tons of large pieces. 

Everything is so enticing. The furniture is fun and just asking to be refinished. 
And who doesn't need an old dress form just for decoration?

There are four different major antique shops in New Bedford [some listed here] and they are all unique, amazing and overwhelming with treasures to be found.

They manage to all have very different collections than the next one.

Making the adventure even more fun when you are hitting up all four at once.

I so wish this machine were $2. Because, you know, I really need an old register.

I think my favorite part of taking pictures at the Cove was trying to capture the collections people have acquired over time. I am fascinated with the objects one decides to collect.

Do you remember milk delivery? I do. There were many days of carrying glass bottles to our third floor apartment. Was I ever petrified I would drop a quart of milk.

I found the Cove to be a haven of sorts for anyone interested in textile arts or old product design. 

Another odd collection, but this one is my favorite. Color, rust and metal get me every time.

Would any place other than New Bedford have this type of bling in a vintage jewelry display case?

Another great example as to why it is a very, very good thing I drive a Golf.

Same here. How cool is this??????


Crystal haze.

Singa, the way a true New Bedford resident would say "Singer".
[I can crack this joke as a girl born in Fall River, aka Fahl Riva.]

More rust but this time with moss!

How I wish I had more than a fire escape garden. I'd love to mount these on the side of a garage and plant ivy or clematis to wind around the perfectly weathered iron work.

Let's grind.

These boxes completely fascinate me. 

The colors and type are attractive. I keep trying to think of just the right project for these.

Turn me on I'm a radio!

Washboard abs.

I hope you enjoyed my thrifting adventure. 
happy tuesday!
xo, kim

welcome summer!

I hope you are keeping cool. It's been mighty hot and steamy here. 
Enjoy some summer blooms and stay cool!

happy wednesday!
xo, kim

vintage shopping in New Bedford

I took another trip into New Bedford this Sunday for another round of vintage shopping. 

 Acushnet River Antiques, is a well hidden gem in a lovely old mill. 

 I'm pretty in love with the character of this building. Brick and iron fire escapes always steal my heart.

 Since I had been getting my fill of vintage clothes shopping as of late I set out to find new displays for my work.

Sometimes a girl needs to spruce up her craft fair table.

 I've only been to two of the four major antique shops in New Bedford so I wanted to explore while I found some useful and much needed items.

This place got more and more amazing as I explored.

 There was an old sign to one of the roller coasters which once was up and running at Lincoln Park. 
[unfortunately I couldn't get far enough away to take a picture]

 And how cool is this bowling game?

I tried my best to photograph this letter "O" but it was buried. I want to take a guess and say that was also a remnant from Lincoln Park. I so miss that place!

 It wasn't all fun and games. There were amazing housewares too. 

 I'm just dying to have one of the wall sconces or chandeliers. 

The camera collection was pretty great. Ironically my iPhone just didn't want to take a focused picture of these beauties, so this is the best I have.

 This sewing matching came in an amazing wooden case. I adored this machine, it was difficult not to bring home.

Off with his head!

 So, here's a new display. A whole three bucks for a drawer I have grand ideas for.
[i just love the details for the handle, which I look forward to fixing] 

I've needed some height in the back of my table for a while. Height with a wall to hide my water, phone, packaging, you know those things you don't want customers to see... I may need to do a mock set up of my booth to fine tune my idea and I may start with some paint first.

 I can't wait to test this out and see if it will work for one of my three machines. For $7 I decided it was worth it. And it came with a manual, that sealed the deal.

This is my final addition to my displays. I think it needs some paint. The piece it is replacing was painted a bright blue and I was forever receiving compliments on the color. Maybe just the outside gets some blue and I'll leave the inside natural. You know I will post a before and after at some point.

happy thursday!
xo, kim

thrifted + handmade: what i wore

As I write this post for today I am wearing a thrifted skirt I bought when I was in high school. It's been with me for about 16 years and who knows how long it existed before I came across it. It seems that thrifting is a huge part of what makes me me, just like the handmade movement. 

 Thrifting started as a necessity. All I had to get clothes with were the dollars I saved from cleaning my grandmother's house every week. And, wasn't the best place to get a little skater girl her cargo shorts at the Army Navy Store? And Savers and Salvation Army were certainly good for corduroys and old school t-shirts. You know the ones, with flocked letters, don't you?

 Now I thrift because clothes are still expensive. There is also the element of the joyous find and knowing that you are likely not to match someone at a party. It's such a feeling of victory.
[by the way, isn't this shirt detail pretty? it's a converse thrifted find.]

 A converse thrifted top means chucks on the feet. 

 This handmade belt may be in hiding with this outfit, but it's there and I love it. Have you heard of Red Thread Belting? If not take a look at Sherry's work. Her belts are a must any day I wear jeans. As of today I have a healthy collection of five glitter belts. I did see her at a fair this weekend with a version of this black belt with silver sequins, I think that will take my count to six soon enough. What kind of respectful silversmith could turn down so much silver glitter?

 The jeans are new. New, I tell you! Target brand, good and cheap!

 My other handmade accent are these lovely earrings by Dahlia Kanner. I adore these earrings.

 And this ring by Stefan Witjes. I got it while in Amsterdam. Stefan had the most amazing shop full of handmade wonders. He is a silversmith and goldsmith who also work with steel. One day I will get back there and add to my meek collection. 

Here's my beloved belt. I needed to do it some justice and take a real photo of it so you could see just how lovely it is. I am head over heels in love with that red stitching. Aren't you?

happy tuesday!
xo, kim

thrifting in New Bedford

Part of my New Bedford adventure included some vintage shopping at Circa. It is a favorite destination within a favorite destination,  New England Demolition and Salvage

I think this mannequin fancies herself being onstage along side Madonna.

Check out this pole dancer! She's got the moves.

I love this wall of hatboxes. Wouldn't this be an amazing way to decorate your bedroom?

And these guys, what is there to say about them? Hear no evil and see no evil?

happy weekend!
xo, kim


city stroll: New Bedford

I had the most fabulous romp in New Bedford last Saturday. It was great fun to visit my old stomping ground. I loved living here while I finished my sixth year of bachelor studies and often fancy myself moving back here. The art scene is alive and thriving!

This is one of those lucky shots you just couldn't plan. I loved this sequin star in a window display and took an attempting to capture it. I hadn't realized until the picture "developed" that you could see the reflection on the city around the star. 

And here is the other side of the street with a lovely gingko tree.

I can't believe this new and improved New Bedford. When I was a student this little courtyard seemed  like a dream. Through a fence you could see these potentially beautiful space with brick walkways surrounded by lovely old buildings and trees. 

It seems like some landscaping it starting to happen.

Making this courtyard even more magical.

And if you get this table, you will always win at chess.

I left my old neighborhood and started towards our favorite vintage shops.

This is a building I have long admired and pulled the car over so I could get some pictures of it. 

I love the brick, stone, metal and paint of the facade. 

But most of all, I love the ladies who watch over the building.

They appear to be angelic and strong at the same time.

Smart and beautiful.

And powerful. 

I do wish this building were open for me to explore the interior. For now I will keep poking around and taking pictures. For a place on the side of the highway, it is ever so peaceful.

happy friday!
xo, kim

welcome summer!

Now that summer is here what are your favorite parts of this season?

I enjoy the cool nights, rain and flowers bursting from hibernation.

happy wednesday!
xo, kim