Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Inspiration and Some New Pretties

So, during my down time I found a few goodies to help inspire me. I thought I'd share and maybe they will inspire you too.


I purchased these three books from Wanda. She's my book go-to-girl. Funny how a few musty old books can make one so excited. And giddy with excitement was just what I was when I opened this package. See that Russian Ballet book? Eeeep! I CANNOT WAIT to get started altering it! But alas, wait I must. I'm still collecting ballerina images. But I am ridiculously excited!

The American Traveler book I am going to have to hide, until I decide what I want to do with it. The Farmboy has already tried to confiscate it once. Saying it's a book that would come in handy for him. You see, he's learning to speak Spanish from a Scotsman via pod casts (funny, I know) and we all know how often he travels through Portugal and France, so of course he would need the book.... uh, yeah right... nice try buddy.


One afternoon while junquing with my friend Nina, after telling myself I was just going to look and not buy, because I was already pushing the Farmboy bounds with the amount of money I spent on new glasses (two pair... doctor's orders), I went home with this lovely pink floral hat and pretty pink trim. A girl can never have too much trim, I always say.


Now this has a story behind it. There I am rushing off to an appointment. Starving, as I had not eaten yet and it was already 12PM. So I decide to drive through Starbucks and get a latte thinking it would tide me over until after the appointment and I could then grab a bite to eat. So I do just that. Pull out of Starbucks onto the street and stop at the stoplight. Are you with me so far? This is where the story gets good. Red light... I pick up my grande Carmel Macchiato. There is no cup sleeve on it. Starbucks no longer puts them on. If you want one, you have to ask for it. Well, I was preoccupied when I took my cup from the nice barrista, so I didn't ask for one. The cup was HOT. I started juggling it one handed trying not to burn the skin off of my fingers and get it back into the car cup holder. Before the cup made it into the said cup holder, scalding hot carmel macchiato ended up all over my left knee, right thigh and the console of my car. I'm really surprised my car didn't shoot out into traffic. Somehow I managed to keep my foot on the brake pedal. I did end up with a nice red welt on the underside of my right thigh where the coffee pooled up in my seat. Needless to say, that evening I went Internet shopping for a handmade cup sleeve. I found this one here. I have vowed to always have it with me in case a coffee craving should ensue... no more scaldings for me.


These little pretties I found while out junquing with my friend Cheryl. Love the lady on the lid. I think I'm going to put her on the cover of a book I'm making. Both the lady and the circular rhinestone brooch, I saw while I was out with Nina, but didn't get them. When I saw that both were still there,as well as on sale, I knew it was a sign. ;)


Last item. You will never believe where I got this. Well, at least I was surprised... Target! I actually had another one in my basket that I had picked up in the Easter section, but when I saw this one, that one went right back. I love the colors. I reminds me of an OliveJuice & Co. apron. I know your thinking exactly what I'm thinking. I am going to be a Domestic Diva in this apron. Okay, maybe you weren't actually thinking that, but I am... thinking it, that is. Yes, I know it's a little wrinkled and please ignore the grubby hand marks on the door, but I did say I would be a Domestic Dive when I had the apron on... and well right now, technically, Callia Adel has it on, not me. Anyhoo...

Whew, that was a lot longer than I had anticipated. Sorry for that. I suppose I should go don my new DD apron and clean those doors now.
Have a beautiful day!

25 comments:

the wild raspberry said...

love the coffee cozy {ouch! what a painful reason to get one!}
and the apron is great too.
have fun with your new old books.
chas

Marianne@Songbirdisnesting said...

Oh yes that apron has diva written all over it. I think the only thing that is missing is a tiara and a feather boa.
Can´t wait to see you´re ballerina book, I am sure it is gonna be great.

Lori said...

that is SO right...you never can have enough trim...esp when it is pink...love the hat...that apron is so cute, i can't believe you found it at target!!! hope your coffee burn heals soon...that sounds terrible...good thing you found that cute cup sleeve...

Tina said...

Ah, Alisa, you are so my girl with your Starbuck's Caramel Macchiato! What a crazy cute sleeve! You always show so much beautiful eye candy! I *LOVE* that apron! And musty old books get me all giggly at the possibilities!

Tiedupmemories said...

Wow! So many things going on with you!Love the coffee sleeve! sorry to hear the coffee spilled on you. Ouch!What a cute apron. Target has the cutest things!Great picks!I left an award for you on my blog.
Hugs~
Tracy

Charlene said...

Love the apron! The colors are great & your treasures are awesome! You Couldn't have left them behind! Not even if hubby complains. When a girl NEEDS something that is different than wanting something. :) As for the hot coffee... well the lady at McDonalds won millions. Hee Hee. Just kidding. Hope your burn isn't serious.

Charlene said...

Oh, I forgot to tell you THANK YOU for putting the Breast Cancer Rose on your sidebar. Every click helps someone!

Jenny Fowler said...

Great pretties! I especially love that pink lace!

Viv (VivLyn) said...

I love Wanda's books too! I didn't see the ones you bought...so you must have a head's up on the good ones! Hee Hee You will do a beautiful job altering them! Can't wait to see the ballerina one! Your pink hat and trims are luscious! Love your apron!!

Becky said...

Nice things!I dont go to starbucks so I dont have to worry,ouch I bet that hurt though.I love the pink ribbon very nice for spring.Thanks for sharing Alisa!

Lisa said...

The ballerina book sounds exquisite! I look forward to seeing it :)

Wanda said...

I love your new goodies. :) I'm glad you are enjoying all your books...I want to see what you're doing with them. Please. I hope your leg heals soon...ouch. Would you be careful already, silly goose. That apron is too cute...I may have to pop into Target this weekend...you can never have too many aprons.

Diane said...

Alisa, those hot cups sneak up on you, don't they! They don't seem too hot when you lst pick them up and then - OUCH!

The thermal holder is cute! Also love the apron. If you don't turn into the Domestic Diva you're hoping to - you can always wear it while crafting! ;-)

Diane

Elly said...

Woehaa... I want to be a domestic diva too!!! Much better than the old stuff I'm always wearing! It even makes cleaning a lot more fun (well, I think so!)! Love your old books (especially the ballet one, since my daughter is a little ballerina, I want to make her some kind of ballet-thing, so please inspire me with the book you're gonna make!) The lace is beautiful, and the cup sleeve is gorgeous (ouch, what a story!).

cindy said...

I was thinking the same as Charlene...can you say S-U-E? LOL. Hope it heals..scalds are the worst. Love the apron will have to see if I can find.

c

Shannon (Faith and Chocolate) said...

Wow,girl...I'm glad it's just a red welt...though that's bad in my book! YIKES! Hope you heal okay?! I really like the cup sleeve though! ;) And I love the Target apron!!! I might have to go looking for me one... I love all your little pretties, too... You live a hop, skip and a jump from me, and you find all the cool junque! How you do that? (as my hubby says)
Have a wonderful evening..
Shan

Sandy Michelle said...

I can believe Target sells that pretty apron! I have seen those cup cozies before. You definitely neede one of those :)

Sandy

Allie said...

Alisa,
I'm heading to Target this weekend to see what kind of aprons they're selling over here! Yours is ADORABLE!! I hope that you'll share what you do with those old books.......I want to try altering an old book but don't even know where to start.
~Allie

Anne Marie said...

target? seriously?? awesome!

Caleen said...

Love all your great finds.. Love the Coffee cozy.. The Apron is really darling. I love vintage aprons and I love the colors in the one you purchased. I love all your pretties and If we were shopping together.. well, lets just say.. there would be a tug of war over those awesome items you purchased.. A Girl never has too many of anything.. HA.. Have a Lovely weekend!!

Cheryl Carey Bass said...

Who knew Target would be so chic! BTW, hadn't seen your wire dressform yet. I love her!

Stink Bone Jones said...

Haven't been here in awhile and glad I stopped by. Love the new apron, heading to target now, love the blog banner and the adorable coffee cozy. Is there anything you cannot do?

Oh, and please share the altered ballerina book thing, I'm new to this and very interested.

Lori said...

Alisa, Such a cute post but OUCH!! I know about those sleeves always have to ask and get this...I ask for my coffee 15 degrees hotter! My Target is really having issues hardly any cute Spring or Easter, adorable apron! later,Lori

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

Definitely can't wait to see the ballet book. :0) Anything ballet, always reminds me of my daughter... and since she is studying Pointe this year... well,

Can't wait to see what you come up with. :) I need to check Wanda out! xoxo, Joanna

Sarah said...

wish I drank coffee. Love the coffee wrap-thingy!
Sarah
Vintage Lily