Thursday, February 26, 2009


I am so excited I just got a call that I have been chosen to do a space in a Designer Showhouse in Holland this fall. The Boys and Girls club of Holland is doing their second fundraiser designer showhouse.
Dan & I went to look at the house last week to see if we were interested in doing a space. We fell in love with the house! It was built in the 1920 in the French Normandy style, and was moved from Lake Macatawa to it's present location (not far from there) in the 1980's. I has some original historical details, like built ins, floors, moulding, hardware, window, doors & tile. I submitted design proposals for 3 spaces giving my first , second and third choices. I am pleased to tell you that I was awarded the upstairs original master bedroom and bath! The bath has all original tile, and fixtures - so pretty! I thought that you might like to see part of what I submitted to them as concept for doing the bedroom. I did a water color rendered floorplan and elevation showing the bed etc. The other two photos are inspiration for what the furniture and bedding might look like. We will use mostly all antiques, vintage bedding, quilts, fabrics, furniture and accessories. It will be open in November and December so I will add some vintage Christmas to it all too. I will keep you informed of other developments as they happen. This should be soooo FUN! Oh and don't you just love this teal dresser with yellow striping! I hope to have a pair of them in the room. Lots of the items in the room will be for sale too. How fun is that!

Monday, February 16, 2009


Please take a look here at our newest adventure! Dan & I have moved into a booth space at Blue Door Antiques on Fulton street in Grand Rapids. We are specialising in mid century modern and industrial antiques. Dan of course in the furniture guy and I am creating slipcovers, pillows and other fabric creations. Don't you just love that pair of 1940's armless slipper chairs! I slip covered them in an exciting Amy Butler print fabric. The chartreuse pottery lamps have such a great shape and that color is so retro perfect! I almost had to keep that 1970's granny square crocheted poncho for myself but after all it is a business!
So the next time you have a donut craving and are at Van's Pastry's go across the street and check out the shop. We are all the way to the back on the left side of the store and have fun!

Valentines Day

One tube of Tole House Chocolate Chip Cookie dough and a whole lotta LOVE = Happy Valentines Day! I smooshed the entire tube of dough into one giant heart cookie :> for Dan of course ! But Dan decided that I had kind of made it for me too!
Quick, fun, creative and yummy!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


I wanted to share with you some optimism that came in the mail today! New fabrics from Traditions. Traditions is a line of fabrics that i carry. This line is unique because they also have a customs program through which I can have bedding, curtains, shower curtain, pillows etc. made. Here is a sampling of their spring collection. See the fabrics and them see their suggestions for custom sewing with them! So pretty!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Celebrating Beckie

I lost a very dear friend this week and I just want the world to stop for a while so that I can tell you about this great friend that I had. Beckie who you see in these photos from 1982 on the right (in both of them) was the kind of person that made the world a better place to be. Beckie had this jest for life that was contagious. There aways was this amazing honesty in our friendship, we could talk to each other about anything without judgement. We could share our hopes, dreams, crushes, fears, angers, confusion and disappointments through shrieks of laughter or tears. It's hard for me to believe that she's gone that I will never confide in her again. But she has left far more than our friendship. She has left this world with a sea of people will will miss her, her 3 beautiful boys, her parents her 2 brothers and their families and many many friends who's lives are richer and sadder right now for having known and loved her.
Beckie I know that I felt the true hands and face of Christ through you. Through your love, acceptance, understanding of me. My Dad always referred to you as pretty Beckie, so pretty Beckie I will forever love you and miss you and I know you will be there to greet me one day. In the mean time I am heading north to celebrate your life and am now heading to my closet to figure out what BRIGHT HAPPY clothes I can pack to wear to your funeral celebration (per your wishes!) and oh the pizza idea - priceless!