Sunday, August 23, 2009

Crown of Joy

I've met a really cool gal, a photographer in Northern California. Caroline from Tinywater Photography purchased one of my crowns and loved it so much she asked if I could make a special one for a shoot that was completely wedding themed. Those of you who know me and even came to my wedding know that strictly white and lace isn't exactly my thing - I always have pattern and color and a healthy handful of untraditional in my repertoire. With that said, my interpretation of a wedding crown may not be what everyone else would think, ah but that's the beauty of having a style all my own. After all, it is the artist's interpretation that is requested.
It is enchanting, and to be honest I am quite smitten with it. I can't wait to see what Caroline does with it... whatever it is, I am sure it will look better than I can imagine. I think more wedding crowns are in order!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Coming to Stay

There is something inside this box
I think I am going to love
oh yes, some dear friends
of the very jolly sort
have come to settle in my home. Aren't they sweet?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Two Things

Two things today! 
{1} Today is the last day to vote for yours truly. Modern Crush had been nominated under "most creative" blog by Just Spotted. Voting ends today (Thursday) at 11:59 pm  - so go over  right now and vote! It takes two clicks and you are done:) Thank you!

{2) Tomorrow (Friday) is the last day to sign up for the Favorite Things swap. If you haven't signed up and want to, or know a friend or family member who would want to, email me by friday with your details from my original post. It will be so fun! I hope you have been making a little list of ideas... I know I have!
Happy Thursday friends <3

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Summerhouse Present

You know when you get older you don't really like to ask for certain things for your birthday. You kinda hope that whoever it is will just know
If you are lucky you have a friend that really knows you. Someone who remembers the conversations between the two of you.
Erika is one of those people who knows all about that. She made me this Summerhouse pillow from Alicia's design. Some of these fabrics really have patiently watched the years go by, just waiting to be chosen for something special. We have talked about these pillows, about making them, how lovely they are... but it was just talk until she showed up with this in her arms. It is beautiful and reminds me of Summer and tea, ice cream and memories of long afternoons lounging in bed with the windows open.
I think I am going to have to make more of these...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


So back in June I (as well as a couple friends) signed up to do a swap from someone's blog. Basically you get randomly paired with another participant and you mail each other at least three of your favorite things. It sounded like so much fun to me so I was all excited until my partner stopped answering my emails, rendering me partnerless. I was disappointed, but hey, I'm obviously still alive. Erika (who did the swap with great success!) suggested we do our own swap. So we are right here!
We are inviting you to participate in our very own swap! Here is all you need to do: email me (Georgia) at amoderncrush(at)gmail(dot)com with...
{1} your name 
{2} your mailing address
{3} your email address
{4} your blog address
{5} a line or two about yourself and your hobbies
{6} whether or not you would be willing to send internationally

I will randomly pair you up with a partner and then you will gather and send your new friend at least three of your favorite things (can be more if you are feeling generous!) These favorite things can be purchased or handmade, old or new, and they do not have to be extravagant (good examples are things like your favorite tea, a favorite novel, something you love in your kitchen, something handmade, your favorite candies). Get creative!

So, if you would like to participate, email me by the end of the day, Friday, August 14th. We will have a postmark deadline to mail out each other's packages by two Fridays from then, August 28th.

I will make sure everyone has someone to swap with. No one will go swapless this time! Tell your blogging friends, this swap is open to anyone who would like to commit to join in! Don't be intimidated, get out your favorite notebook and start jotting down basic ideas. You just might be surprised by how creative you get!

Sound good to you? Sounds like fun to me:)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Off to the Land of French Princesses

So I came up with this design for a magic wand from a piece of wood, some paper mache and patterned paper. This idea had just been in my head for a while, so I finally made a group of them and was mostly excited about how they came out. I definitely have some changes to make, mostly in the area of cutting down the time it takes to make each one. I mean, they are hand-made but I really cant see more than a $30 price tag on these, so I have to make it worth my time. Each wood handle is hand-wrapped with ribbon and the entire star is modge-podged for strength. My goal was to make them strong enough to be tortured by someone's little "princess" (heh). I put some of them up on etsy about a week or two ago and I was amazed at the interest in these. Yesterday I sold the first one - (wahoo!). I switched out the 'L' for an 'M' and have it all packaged up to send far far away... to France. For a little girl named named Manon, who's birthday is coming up. Combien doux est ce?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Labor of Love

This weekend was my dads 60th Birthday! My sister Deanna and I decided that for the occasion we were going to take on the brilliant challenge of cooking - everything. By ourselves. From scratch. For 7 people. So out came my stack of favorite cook books and I put together a menu that was very very tasty! My kitchen was HOT, people. Ovens, toaster ovens and stoves all going at the same time really cranks up that heat man. Cooking big meals in the summer is really rough, but when you know what you are making is going to be delicious, it sure seems worth it.
I remembered Alica posting about a very beautiful and very delicious cake that she made a couple years ago so I thought this was the perfect occasion to try it out. I will tell you this - I will never make a cake from a box ever again. This cake from scratch was amazingly easy and tasted better then any package I have ever tried. And her Cloudburst frosting? Amazing - and decadent!
Orzo with toasted pine nuts (caution: pine nuts - $10 per lb.) with feta.
Toasted almonds for an amazing citrus spinach salad... you could just pile on some whipped cream and I would eat these.
And the main dish, kabobs of three different varieties, beef, shrimp and bacon wrapped shrimp. Um, wow. So you can see our ambitious meal made by two, turned out to be loved by seven.
So we ate and we ate... until it all had magically disappeared.
And that dessert was just the icing on the cake...
Happy Birthday to our dear dad. Our labor of love didn't even show a portion of how much we care...
But it sure was delicious...