“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...”

a white christmas

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!Jed and I drove to Iowa last week right before the snow storm hit (literally minutes before)! I wasn't counting on a white Christmas this year since it really did not look as if it would snow. Our weather in the midwest has been pretty strange and it was kind of hard for me to get in the Christmas spirit this year. But we were pleasantly surprised to find a blanket of snow on the ground the morning after we arrived at my parents' house. I really miss my home in Iowa, with all the space and beautiful scenery. I wanted to be sure and take some pictures while there was still snow on the ground. I'm sharing a few pictures from our Christmas last week as well as a few photos from Christmas with our families. It has been a wonderful break for us here. We get to spend a few more days in Iowa after the holidays and I'm looking forward to seeing some friends while we're here. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas! xoxo

new items and some "sample" dresses

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

new linen top sample dresses sample dresses Fall/Winter 2012 Collection Green Eugénie Silk Velvet Dress


The sale continues! Check out the newest items in the shop. I am including the new linen pullover top in the 50% off sale! Only size small available for shipping right now. I'll be closing my shop next week since we are headed home for Christmas. The last day I can ship anything will be Tuesday the 18th. I've also reduced the chambray top and velvet dress even further. Go take a look!

christmas shopping + huge shop sale

Saturday, December 8, 2012

christmas tree shopping!christmas tree shopping!christmas tree shopping!christmas shopping!my favorite antique shopmy favorite antique shopmy favorite antique shop

These photos are a few weeks old since I took them while I was home for Thanksgiving. I am really starting to get excited for Christmas, so I thought I would share them with you! Jed and I rented a car to go home for Thanksgiving and since we had the car for an extra day, we thought we would use the opportunity to go scout for a Christmas tree. We found this fantastic little tree shop in our town and we couldn't be happier with our pretty tree! Last year we got a little table tree from Whole Foods, but their selection didn't seem quite as good this year, so we found this other place, which was perfect! Both Jed and I grew up with fake trees, but we both love real trees so we have made this our own little tradition. I just love how they smell! A fake tree just does not compare to the real thing. I am hoping to bake up some gingerbread cookies for the tree tomorrow and I think a few sparkly holiday crafts are in order!

The other photos are from my favorite antique shop called "Alice's Wonderland" near my parents home. The woman who owns the shop adopted some stray cats and they hang out all over the shop. They are the most adorable cats (some of them are quite large!!) and make the shop feel so cozy and welcoming. I especially love antique shopping around this time of year when everyone has their pretty Christmas decorations out. I adore vintage decorations, though I don't have any myself. I think I might start collecting vintage ornaments. Perhaps by next year I will have enough to put on our tree.

Before I leave you, I wanted to let you know I've marked down some of the items in my shop by 50%. I only marked the items that are made and ready to ship. So if you are thinking of getting something for Christmas or have been eyeing something for yourself, now is the time to go for it! I also have a new linen top coming next week. Stay tuned!

Some holiday tunes I've been listening to lately...


december is here and shop update!

Monday, December 3, 2012

decembertop-1 plaidtop IMG_0433 Hello everyone!! It has been awhile since I've been here! I haven't really had much time to write lately and then when I do have time to write I am too tired to think of anything to say. I am trying to get back into writing, though. I have so many photos from the last few weeks and I want to start sharing some of them, but it is a bit overwhelming. Most of the pictures I took with my iphone and these particular photos take time to upload to my computer. Anyway, suffice it to say November came and went entirely too fast! I can't believe it's already December and Christmas is just around the corner! Jed and I already picked out our Christmas tree, which I plan to share pictures of soon*. We haven't really decorated around the house yet, though. I am slowly acquiring decorations and putting them under the tree so we can decorate one of these weekends. I'm also planning a gingerbread house and cookie baking day. I just love this season! I listened to Christmas music all day to get in the spirit. And I'm getting excited about all the Christmas movie watching.

What are some of your favorite Christmas movies or even some favorite holiday/winter books you like? Also, I'd love to hear about your Christmas traditions. Jed and I are slowly creating our own little traditions and I am always curious to hear what others do.

In other news, I've created two new tops. I am sorry for all the "shop talk" these days! I swear I will start adding more real content in this space and not just that I have a shop update. ;) But I did want to show you these two tops inspired by cold wintery days. The soft wool top is my favorite (and named after this lovely person, I do hope you don't mind...). I sewed myself a top from the same pattern only mine is a cotton plaid I purchased over the summer. I am constantly wearing it, since it's so comfortable yet still quite flattering. I love the festive woven cotton tartan from the second top. I couldn't resist making some fun holiday inspired things. I'm also planning to make a silk garment (I haven't decided yet if it should be a dress or a top) soon to be added to the shop in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out my website for more images.

Have a lovely week everyone! Wishing and hoping for lots and lots of snow... xo


P.S. I was recently interviewed by the lovely Gina on her blog Oaxacaborn. I thought the questions were excellent and I had so much fun thinking about my answers. Do take a look if you like!


*The picture I am sharing isn't the finished tree. I couldn't wait, though, so I temporarily decorated with some vintage Christmas cards that I'm actually planning to send to friends. I will properly decorate the tree soon!

3 day sale!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

3 day sale! 
I am having a pre-Thanksgiving sale in my shop and in the Etsy shop! This is a mini sale that runs for 3 days since I'll be leaving in a week to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with my family. The sale runs from Sunday November 11th through Tuesday November 13th. If you order something on the 13th, there is a possibility I may not get to your order until I return. In which case, please be sure to plan on 2-3 weeks for your order. The prices have already been reduced to reflect the sale price. Let me know if you have any questions. Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating! xo


Boo!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

happy halloween! happy halloween! happy halloween! happy halloween! happy halloween! happy halloween! happy halloween!
happy halloween! happy halloween! We had a frightfully good time this Halloween. Hope you had as much fun as we did! xoxo

silk velvet back in the shop!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Green Eugénie Silk Velvet Dress

I have one Eugénie silk velvet dress ready to ship in size small in my Etsy shop. This one is in a brilliant forest green.

The Eugénie dress and top are now available in a larger range of colors! I will make the dress or top in the color of your choice. Colors available: Rust red, ocean blue, cinnamon, black or pine green. Both available on Etsy and Big Cartel! xo

P.S. I also want to send out a huge THANK YOU to those who wrote me about my new collection! Your words of encouragement truly mean more than you know! Thank you also to those who are supporting me with your purchases. I definitely could not continue doing what I love without you!!

Fall/Winter 2012 Shop + New Website!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fall/Winter 2012 Collection

Thanks to the help of my husband Jed, my new website is up and running! The new shop is now located in my website, but you can also find me on Big Cartel (same shop). I'm also on Etsy if you prefer to do your shopping over there. Let me know if an item sells out that you really wanted. I would be happy to include you on a waiting list and notify you if the item becomes available again. Feel free to email me: gracefullady {at} gmail.com

xoxo


new clothing coming soon!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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I decided to spend some time re-designing my website and cleaning up the look of my blog. There are some technical issues that need to be sorted out with my website, but once that is completed the shop will be open. I'll be sure to let you all know when that happens! Hopefully in a day or so. Until then, here's a preview of my new Fall/Winter 2012 collection. I hope you like it! xoxo

playing with the dslr

Sunday, October 21, 2012

playing with the dslr This weekend we had scheduled a photo shoot, but that didn't end up working out. So yesterday I spent the entire day cleaning the house. Believe me when I say that it was in dire need! It feels so much more calm now. I'm going to attempt to take my own photographs for my fall collection, but it has been awhile since I've used the dslr. Today I have been playing with the camera and trying to get an idea of how I want the photographs to look. Wish me luck! Hope you all have a wonderful week! xoxo

tattersall and denim mini skirt.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

tattersall

denim skirt 

The fall collection is close to being completed! I keep tweaking it, adding to it and changing things! It was originally going to be very tiny, like two pieces. It's still small, but definitely more now! And I'm tempted to make another dress that I had an idea for. We'll see. I will probably save some of my ideas for my holiday collection. Can't wait to show you proper pictures. Hope to have those soon. These two pieces are my favorites. And I'm totally keeping that skirt for myself. ;) xoxo

sneak peeks continued...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

wool dress

 I am working hard at the sewing machine these days. Can't wait to show you everything! But for now, just a few snapshots from my handy iphone. :)

working on my fall/winter collection

Thursday, October 11, 2012

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 Some instagram sneak peeks!