Wednesday, February 29, 2012

"Use Somebody" Cover By Jon Newell

So I had to share this...

It is from a daytime local chat show called Take Five and today they featured a local musician performing a cover of "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon and I just thought it was fantastic. Jon Newell is the bee's knees. Covers can be so tricky to begin with and for me personally I love this song so I definitely approached it at first with my eyebrow arched but Jon Newell really knocked it out of the park. I love his voice and I even backed it up to listen again. Enjoy <3

I Love Michigan (with all my heart)

"Come back to me"
 -Elise McKenna in "Somewhere in Time"

Hello and good morning!  Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the beautiful state of Michigan.  How on earth did my family end up here?  Well to make a long story as short as goes like this- after WWII my grandpa (born in Missouri) went from being in The Navy to The Coast Guard and was stationed in the city of Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  While stationed in Sault Ste. Marie he was asked to stand up as the best man in a wedding for one of his shipmates and he ended up falling for the bride's maid of beautiful grandma.  He swears that he knew the moment he met her that he would marry her someday. However it wasn't easy for him to get a date with her. She was a spunky and independent women who refused to go out with a "sailor".  After much persistence she agreed to go out just one time with my grandpa under a single condition- that he leave her alone for the rest of his life.  That date lasted over 50 years.  His career as an officer in The Coast Guard would take them all over the world.  Before my mom was even 5 years old she had traveled through 47 of the 50 states.  When the time came to put down some roots for the family my grandparents choose to come back to Michigan.  With my grandpa's military career they were well traveled and had actually spent more time as a married couple living in Hawaii than anywhere else. What is most beautiful to me about all of this is the fact that they could have lived anywhere but they choose Michigan.  They could have taken their 3 little children anywhere and though I have not been all the places they were...I still get it.  I live in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan as I have for most of my life and I'm happy to be here.

"I have a question for you, sir. Is time travel possible?"
 -Richard Collier in "Somewhere in Time"

Grand Hotel Mackinac Island 1947 As Photographed by William Massengill, USCG

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Diane von Furstenberg Takes Her Wrap Dress To The Gap

Bright colors and bold prints always make me smile as do kids, wrap it together (literally) and I'm ear to ear for Diana von Furstenberg's new line for Gap Kids.  As soon as this line hits the shelf, I expect to make my way over to the mall and find a way yet another way to spoil my 3 darling nieces.  Some of my favorite picks are below but before that are some sketches the store released previewing the shoe line as well.  If anyone knows what a women's shoe size 6 (US) converts to in girls sizes, email me <3

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Love This Song

Long time, no rant :)

I have been very busy but this song just came up on my ipod and I thought you might want to hear it with me.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Not For My Little Artists Under 21...

Great Hemingway quote, although please take this with a grain or a shaker of salt as I must note that Mr. Hemingway was a bit of a drunk who left this earth via suicide.  His tragic ending doesn't diminish his talent as a writer but should make you more cautious in taking any advice from him involving the juice.  Still I love this quote.

(Seriously though, don't write drunk, it never makes sense.)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Cute Makeup Bags by Since Sass

Hello all!  I did much of my Holiday shopping last season on Etsy and this was one shop that I was very impressed with.  Since Sass makes "handmade accessories & gifts like totes, pouches, and wine bags with a little sass." I gave my momma one of their pouches and I admit it was hard to not to keep it myself.  If you love retro vinyl and vintage oilcloth: Since Sass might be for you. :)

 Here are some of my favorites picks by Since Sass on Etsy.  To check out the entire collection for yourself, follow my link:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Daily Etsy Picks, Vintage Jewelry From Lorenzo Mele

Happy Sunday!  Here are my daily Etsy picks, they are all vintage jewelry from Lorenzo Mele.  Make sure to check back next weekend because Lorenzo and I have a sweet giveaway we are working on <3

These are my favorites!

And to shop all things Lorenzo Mele:

vintage leaves pin brooch very detailed with little blue gemstones

 vintage small little drop necklace with glass amber colored beads
vintage retro elegant clear rhinestones bracelet

chunky vintage eccentric necklace with cream white glazed large beads

vintage glass bib necklace with amber color beads

goldtone necklace with spaced small coral color flower beads

 vintage glass bib necklace with amber color color beads

vintage necklace with little tiny single nesting doll matryoshka pendant

Again, all these items are from Lorenzo Mele on Etsy, find his shop with this link:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Some Mackinac Photography By Me

Hello all!  I took these this past summer at Wings of Mackinac on Mackinac Island.  It is a photographer's sweet dream, I could have stayed all day. Cheers!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012