July 2011

My sewing box overturned as I was packing and it looks like this: Yikes. I’m a self-confessed “Type A, Control Freak” so I am hanging my head in shame at how messy this is.  I almost didn’t show you guys but I thought it is actually a good metaphor of my life right now:   […]


Slate Cheese Serving Tray (tutorial)

by ilene on July 27, 2011 · 5 comments

in tutorial

Hi! My vintage state shirts were “freshly pressed” yesterday!!!   It was featured on the homepage of wordpress.com.  What a nice surprise! It’s been so fun reading all the new comments I’ve gotten!  Everyone’s so nice and encouraging! Welcome to all my new readers! I hope you enjoy my site and are inspired by something! I […]


I love buttons!!  I collect them, especially the ones that are different and odd looking.  Buttons are so fun and whimsical.  Whenever there is a jar of vintage buttons at a fabric store, I can’t resist going through them and adding a bunch to my collection.  I don’t care if they don’t match, I love […]


Bed Makeover!!

by ilene on July 25, 2011 · 4 comments

in jeff, sewing

Hi! I’m back from our apartment searching trip out in San Francisco! We tried our hardest to find a new home for us in the city but who knew the housing market out there is so competitive?!   After 6 days, we didn’t find a place so Jeff is staying out there a few more […]


California here I come, right back where I started from, Where Bowers of flowers bloom in the sun. I haven’t been posting much this week because we are in California!! We flew down to LA after Chicago to visit my family and attend a beautiful wedding.  Now we are up north in the bay area […]