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Sunday Drive

Highway 290 on a Sunday Afternoon

Highway 290 on a Sunday Afternoon

Sunday afternoon my mom and I took a drive to the Hill Country in search of peaches. It was hot but the clouds were numerous in the bright sky.

{June} Sunday the 27th

Perhaps we should have lingered in Stonewall to take more pictures, but I managed to snag this fun one before the street light turned green.


With two boxes of peaches, two pints of blackberries, six ears of corn and one cantaloupe loaded into our arms, I’d say our trip was a success! I couldn’t wait to go home to take a picture of them, much less eat them. I may have devoured two on the ride back home, not caring a whit if I dripped juice all over myself.

Texas Hill Country Peaches

{June} Monday the 28th

Although the Martha Stewart website has over 40 peach recipes, I far prefer to bite into them and eat them just as they are.

{June} Wednesday the 23rd


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Do you listen to Animal Collective? They perhaps are not for everyone, but this song….this song has so many little things I love about it. It was played on repeat on car rides in the summer of 2004 which is perhaps why I think of it as a summer track. It brings back memories not only those car rides but of family vacations and lying outside on a blanket reading Anne of Green Gables. It’s a hot, lazy, summer day kind of song.

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Frances and William

{circa 1923}

My maternal grandmother, Frances, and her brother, William, in El Centro California. I’ve been staring at this for a while and I’m fairly positive that is a hand-me-down romper Frances is wearing. I know their father left them when they were very young and their mother, Helen, struggled to support her children, so it wouldn’t surprise me if the rompers she is wearing originally belonged to William.

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Random Question Time!

Lisette of What Would Nancy Drew Wear? tagged me for an 8 question meme. I’m still getting back into the swing of things back home (but I finally got my sewing machine out and set up again, yay!) so I don’t have much of anything to share with you yet—so I figure now is the perfect time to answer and share these.

1. You must get the haircut/style of a cartoon character. Who would you choose?

Ok, I’m going to go all out and say Megara from Disney’s Hercules. Her hair is absurdly awesome.

2. Name one vintage style/type of garment/accessory from your favorite era that you could do without.
This is really hard because there isĀ nothing I don’t love about Edwardian fashion. I suppose I could do without the bathing suits—the 1950’s definitely have them beat there.

3. What fabulous fabric do you have that you will never make anything out of because you are afraid to ruin it?

I don’t have any fabric that fits that criteria. I have fabric waiting for the right project, but nothing I’m scared of cutting into.

4. What is your favorite modern magazine?

Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple. Actually, those are the only magazines I read, haha.

5. What do you do to pick yourself up on a crummy day?
Depending on the day, one or all of the following:

  • Treat myself to an iced chai and walnut scone from Quacks in the morning.
  • Watch one of my top five all-time favorite movies.
  • Eat some sort of tex-mex (breakfast tacos for dinner do wonders for your soul).
  • Wander around Half-Price Books or BookPeople with an armful of books and buy one if it’s been a terrible week.

6. You get to be an extra in a period film. Which one?

I know it’s obvious and a little lame, but Titanic. What could be more fun than to dress in clothes from my favorite fashion era and pretend to be on the ship I’ve been obsessed with since I was eight years old? Remarkably, I only saw the movie once in the theatre.

7. What are your thoughts on Steampunk? Does it pique your vintage taste?

Nope. It seems like the kind of thing I should be into, but I really don’t get it and don’t care for it at all. But if you’re into it, that’s cool.

8. What is your go-to neutral?
Chocolate brown. I never get tired of it.

That was fun! If you want to play along, answer the above questions (or make up ones that suit you if you aren’t into fashion history) on your own blog and let me know you did in the comments. Summer is the perfect time for random question time!

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Hello Dear Readers! I missed you—yep, it’s true. Tell me everything that happened whilst I was away from the land of the internet! Any new and fun projects completed? A new recipe I must try? Did you find the perfect shade of red nail polish? ‘Cause you need to tell me if you did.

I had a grand time in New Zealand. It was unusually cold and rainy the week I was there, but no matter! I survived and it was still loads of fun. I’m still working on uploading pictures to flickr, but here are a few highlights.

Auckland in the early morning

Auckland in the early morning.

I'm going to slowly turn around now

A cable bridge in the beautiful Kaitoke Park.

Hey look! Me on the bridge again

Again on the bridge…a few hours later after the sun came out and warmed me up.


Isengard! Or can’t you tell?

Mt Victoria

The afternoon sun on Mt Victoria in Wellington.


Freaking Hobbiton. The Shire. Middle Earth. I am nerding out.

Party Tree

The Party Tree! AHHH! So impressive and pretty even in winter.

That is what I’ve been up to. Now it’s back to everyday life, but that is okay. I’m pretty fond of everyday life.

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One cannot make a summer playlist and NOT include the Beach Boys. The hardest part is picking just one song to include. But when it comes down to it, I can’t think of a song more fitting for the first day of Summer than “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”.

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Now for track two of my Infinite Summer playlist. I can listen to this song on repeat for hours and never get tired of it.

I Feel It All by Fiest

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