Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Coming Soon: Tattly Tattoos!

Dear Friends,

One of the most FUN bits of running the shop is searching for inventory --- it's a 24/7 treasure hunt + my eyes are always looking.  After doing a bit of research, I'm excited to bring Tattly to TLJ!  These designer tattoos are 100% temporary, made from vegetable-based dyes, safe to wear, and the original designers keep a portion of all the proceeds.  As an ink-loving girl (doesn't get much more vintage than tattoos!), I loved the idea of wearing bits of art, and they're commitment-free!  I hope they'll prove to be fun gifts and a way to wear your mood.

Below is a tiny preview of the styles we have arriving next week.  We will offer a couple of sets, but mostly individual designs!

Until Soon,
Sara xx

Friday, October 17, 2014

14 Stunning Pumpkins...

Dear Friends,

With both Halloween + Thanksgiving fast approaching, I wanted to gather some pumpkin ideas that would fit both holidays and hopefully also extend your decorating through November.  Maybe you'll have a chance to get outside this weekend + pick some perfect pumpkins...

There are so many creative ideas out there, here are 14 of my favorites for Fall.  I can't wait to try one of these...if all goes well photos will come soon!

Until Soon,
Sara xx

Monograms, Initials, + Greetings...
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Impressive Carvings
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Painted Pretties:
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Woodland Hideaways
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

4 Books for Fall

Dear Friends,

With the weather turning quite fast, I've found myself longing for a truly good book.  Sometimes it's hard for me to commit, and I end up with a pile of books with only a handful of pages read.  Here are a few reads that I found myself fully consumed by...if you have any recommendations, I'd love to have them sent my way!

Until Soon,

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani:
The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again—sending Ciro off to serve in World War I, while Enza is drawn into the glamorous world of the opera . . . and into the life of the international singing sensation Enrico Caruso. Still, Enza and Ciro have been touched by fate—and, ultimately, the power of their love will change their lives forever.

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen:
Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night…. Until she finds her closet harboring Della Lee Baker, a local waitress who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother. With Della Lee’s tough love, Josey’s narrow existence quickly expands. She even bonds with Chloe Finley, a young woman who is hounded by books that inexplicably appear when she needs them—and who has a close connection to Josey’s longtime crush. Soon Josey is living in a world where the color red has startling powers, and passion can make eggs fry in their cartons. And that’s just for starters.
Brimming with warmth, wit, and a sprinkling of magic, here is a spellbinding tale of friendship, love—and the enchanting possibilities of every new day.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen:
(and waiting to see the film!)
Orphaned, penniless, Jacob Jankowski jumps a freight train in the dark, and in that instant, transforms his future.
By morning, he's landed a job with the Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. By nightfall, he's in love.

In an America made colourless by prohibition and the Depression, the circus is a refuge of sequins and sensuality. But behind the glamour lies a darker world, where both animals and men are dispensable. Where falling in love is the most dangerous act of all...
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern:
(recommended by a customer + librarian)
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing. Despite the high stakes, Celia and Marco soon tumble headfirst into love, setting off a domino effect of dangerous consequences, and leaving the lives of everyone, from the performers to the patrons, hanging in the balance.

(*Summaries via authors of each book.)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Farm Fresh Wedding Brunch

Dear Friends,

I'm so happy to share these images from a recent styled shoot---- mostly because the folks behind it are just so lovely.  Katie + Amelia of The Pinwheel Collective planned a gorgeous farm wedding, and asked me to style an afternoon brunch to match.

We were inspired by bright citrus + berry hues, the simplicity of a low country boil, and the beauty of life away from the city.  Add in the charm of Amy's home, and we had the perfect location.  Part of the fun came in having Nomad Mobile Coffee and Flanders Waffles, and in sharing a meal afterward with the spoils of the day!  That's what I love about spending time with these ladies, when we're working there's still time after for laughter and steaming mugs of coffee.

You can find more from this shoot on The Pinwheel Collective and on Borrowed + Blue!

I hope you enjoy!
xo, Sara

What's What:

Photography: The Pinwheel Collective
Location: Spring Creek Roller Mills
Styling: Lady Jane Styling + Design
Vendors: Flanders Waffles
Nomad Mobile Coffee
Hair + Makeup: Carolyn Thombs
Models: Brandon + Karri
Dress: The Yellow Button

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Barn Sale 2014

Oh, Friends!

It's that time of year again...when the air starts to get crisp in the morning + eve.  Fall is coming, and so is the third annual Barn Sale at Spring Creek Roller Mills!

Last year was our first time to go as a vendor, and I didn't want to go home.  Life moves at a different time out at the farm...and the motto "Eat - Shop - Linger" is so perfect.  You don't want to hurry along as you munch on kettle corn and caramel apples, and shop handmade wares.  This year's Barn Sale is a two-day affair with Friday evening featuring live music + food truck eats and Saturday morning bringing fresh donuts and soul food.  Vendors will be set up both days, but there will be lots of variety so you are welcome to come both days!

We'll be there in the barn with some vintage treasures especially found for the event.  Below is just a tiny preview of what you might find...hope to see you there!

Until Soon,
Sara xx