jill's art sale!

I just got an email from my friend jill bliss. She is having a super-duper art sale right now online- just for 24 hours! Her goal is to raise money for her new paper goods line coming out soon....Pop over to her shop and see what catches your eye...

sunday night cookies

So if you know me, you know that I love to bake....seriously...like at least once a week, probably twice. Now that we have a little guy and are more a "family" than the free-wheelin' couple we used to be, I feel the need to start incorporating traditions that will be memories for the years to come....And fun in the meantime!

So almost every Sunday afternoon, Dillan and I will bake something together (he pretty much sticks to mixing for now). Today it was cookies...the amazing Smitten Kitchen's "crispy chewy chocolate chip cookies." And it wasn't first time we made them, won't be the last. If you like food- at all- you should really check out her blog...amazing. Her process, photos, humor- all very fun...Enjoy!

made by hank

Okay, so you may have already seen the awesome purses that Katie makes and sells in her etsy shop madebyhank, but these sweet little small purses are just the best!

The stiching and gathering on the front is whimsical and modern at the same time- the back is simple and fun, with the cool little tag that she adds. Each piece is hand sewn and there is a lot of care that goes into each of these little pieces. I also commissioned a bag from Katie a couple months ago and the awesomeness of that bag deserves its own post....but until then, happy Saturday!

the first giveaway

Okay, so even though I haven't been blogging myself for awhile, I have still been reading blogs constantly. And one of my absolute favorite things about blogs are the giveaways! So, I think that it is only fair to do one here.....
It is pretty straight-forward. 50 readers who leave comments here on this post will get a free gift from Little Oranges....maybe notes, maybe bookmarks or a note pad. The great part is that 50 randomly-selected readers will get the goods- hooray!!! The deadline for this giveaway is midnight on Friday, April 3rd!


floral notes in the shop

I just added some new notes to the shop. They are small and sweet and just right for a spring addition to your stationery drawer...enjoy!

spring flowers

I found this journal at Target the other day and snatched up 2 of them for friends' birthdays...Now I have the dilemma of wanting to keep one for myself....argh! They are part of Target's greenroom line of recycled paper goods...

i can only knit scarves

Yes, it is true. I would love to knits booties for little feet or blankets to curl up with, but for now I can only knit long uniform scarves- knit or purl! I think that I am going to take a workshop at a little yarn shop in South Pasadena to break this comfortably numb state of yarncraft that I am in. Maybe a good book can help me- do you have any suggestions? Otherwise, friends and family, it will be years more of scarves in the color of your choosing....


The other weekend, I was out with friends and this little vintage painting caught their eyes...They knew I would love it and they were right. Gosh, I can't believe how much I ended up paying for a little 5 x 7 paint-by-numbers art piece, but it everything about it makes me happy. The colors are really unique and the way that the lines were left unpainted makes it look like a mosaic landscape, and the patina of age just touching the edges... it is like a little beach getaway for my mind....yes, I will take that anyday!

arranging candlesticks

When my parents were moving last summer, my mom found these amazing candlestick arrangement holders and offered them to me. They were in their original box (can you appreciate the way they marketed these?) and never used. I put them in my candlestick drawer and waited.....Waited until the right pair of candlesticks came along. Well last week at Salvation Army, those candlesticks showed up and for $2.18 they were ready! I popped open that box, pulled out those mini-arrangement-holders and got to work...

The result was awesome! And the arrangement holders work well on their own, great with other candlesticks and perfectly with my vintage find- hooray!

been a long time...

...since I, well not rock 'n' rolled, but paid attention to the blog. Almost two years, in fact...I'll spare the details. Long story short, I will be back posting and doing it a little differently.
There will be weekly postings on favorite recipes, new products out there, a weekly "vintage find" and just a lot of craftiness in general.

(the photo is of my sadly neglected Martin LXK2 guitar....I love it so!)