Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Santa!

Merry happy holly jolly!

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Sunday, December 23, 2012


I've seen this floating around a few places, so I'm not sure its source...but have a happy happy holly jolly celebration this week!

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Friday, December 21, 2012

ornament swap!

A few weeks ago, I posted about the ornament swap that I signed up for. Such a sweet thing to do, I think. I love new ornaments, and love meeting new friends, so this seemed like a spectacular idea for the holidays.

I was paired up with the lovely Allison of Nestful of Love, and she is the sweetest thing. She loves burlap! I love burlap! She makes lovely buntings too, and has an etsy shop called Simply Burlap filled with her creations! She also seems to love the Pioneer Woman as much as I do. Remember when I met Ree? Best day ever. 

Anyway. I digress.  

Allison sent me these two ornaments. An extraordinarily sparkly snowflake, and the most darling little birdie! Apologies for the poor quality iphone photo! I love them both, and I love that I can keep them up all winter! I think the snowflake will hang in the window over my kitchen sink. When the sun hits it, the sparkles will send beams all over the kitchen! I'm thinking also that the bird will live in my sewing room. I have a few little similar items hanging there, and I love it. 

Allison, thank you so much for these, they're wonderful! 

I forgot to take a photo of what I sent to Allison, but I think she will be posting them on her blog soon too  :)   Thanks to Mackey Madness and The Smitten Mintons for hosting such a fun little swap! 

Did you participate in any holiday swaps this year? Tell me about them!


Also. I don't want it to appear that I am posting in vain, and ignoring the tragedy in CT last week. It's unspeakable, hard to comprehend, and because of that, I've felt that there is not much that I could say that hasn't already been said, and I have been keeping these families in my thoughts and prayers this holiday season. 

The 26 Acts Campaign has been an inspiration. Please look at it if you haven't already. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

stationary giveaway with English Tea Paperie and Scarlet Threads!

This was posted to Scarlet Threads blog this week, but wanted to share it here too, as I know many of you love stationary and all things monogrammed- we're having a giveaway featuring Chloe of English Tea Paperie, and she does the most gorgeous designs. Please have a look!

Several years ago, I discovered the most delightful company and today I am sharing it with you! Chloe of English Tea Paperie is such a doll to work with. Chloe, her husband Joe, and their darling daughter Emma live nearby Richmond, VA, though Chloe is originally from England! That is actually how her company began!

In her own words, from her website-

English Tea Paperie is run by me, Chloe  - a modern day mommy entrepreneur with a love of paper products and all things pretty. Living the ultimate American dream, I moved to the US from England in 2006, having just married my wonderful husband Joe. Waiting for my green card to arrive in the mail, I sat at home with a million ideas and a pot of color pencils. 2 years of sketching, creating and planning and English Tea Paperie was born! I am a Christian and believe in spreading the positive message of God's word in a modern, chic and pretty way. 10% of my business income will go to my local church in Midlothian, VA.
I just love this story, don't you?  Women creating their own business is just the sort of thing Scarlet Threads loves so much, and supporting small business owners is such an important part of our mission. Chloe has the most adorable designs you've ever seen.
Just look at some of my favorites from her site-

Teacups (I have these, and adore them!)


Pineapples (I have these too!)

Don't you just love them? I know I do. Also, Chloe will do customized designs for you, and you can also suggest designs for her site! If you decide on a design from her site, you can customize it to your liking. You can use your full name, your initial, your full monogram or whatever you like best. You can also choose the colors for the printing as well. Chloe is so much fun to work with!

Chloe can be found online, on facebook and on twitter

Along with being fun to work with, Chloe is extraordinarily generous. She sent me a set of note cards to share with one of our readers! Yes, a little giveaway!

This set of notecards has a lovely scripture-

The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make His face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you
and give you peace
-Numbers 6:24-26

Seriously, Chloe is the sweetest, eh? Each package is wrapped up like this, with a bow. Bows make everything better, don't they? 

Please see below, to enter the giveaway. We'd love you to leave a comment on this post with your favorite item from Chloe's shop. Also, a tweet would be terrific. Use both handles @ScarletThreadFT and @ETPaperie in your tweet! 

If you enter, go HERE to leave a comment and enter please!
In addition to this, Chloe is offering you all a discount at her site! Use the code STBLOG15 for 15% off your order. Also, there is free shipping the entire month of December, and the code will work on top of that! If you order by December 17 (next Monday!), you will have your order in time for Christmas!

The winner will be announced next week!

A big, big thank you to Chloe for her kindness and generosity in sending along these marvelous notecards to share with one of you.

Monday, December 10, 2012

event- Scarlet Threads in Old Town, Alexandria, VA!

DC area friends! All friends with friends in DC  :) 
I posted this to Scarlet Threads blog last week, but wanted to share the news here too.

Good morning friends! I am SO thrilled to share this news with you, and I hope that you will be as excited as I am about this! Scarlet Threads will be taking part in a Holiday Benefit Shopping Night at the Ten Thousand Villages store in Alexandria, VA (Old Town, for those of you familiar with the area) next Sunday, December 16!

I'm sure you're familiar with Ten Thousand Villages, but in brief, from their site- 

With 60 years of experience, Ten Thousand Villages is a global network of social entrepreneurs working to empower and provide economic opportunities to artisans in developing countries. A founding member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.
Ten Thousand Villages is now a global network of more than 130 artisan groups in 37 countries and sells products in more than 150 retail outlets throughout the United States.

Ten Thousand Villages always has the most unique gifts, and is definitely one of my go-to places to find things for certain people. I love that when you shop there, not only are you empowering a family elsewhere, you can read their story. Each item comes with the story behind the person that made it, and these artisan stories really help you learn more about the community that you are now supporting. When buying something in the store, you can take the story with you, and the stories are also available on the website too. This is just the sort of thing that Scarlet Threads loves so much; really knowing where your money is going, so that you can see the positive changes that are taking place. 

I did most of my Christmas shopping here a few years ago, and I know I'll be doing some here this year as well!

Here are a few items I'm eyeing- 

I've been a bit obsessed with peacocks recently, and I think this would be so much fun. If my sister is reading this, it's on my Christmas list  ;) 

Sheep Wall Art - made in Haiti 

I love this! It would be cute in a kitchen, I think. 

I think this might be cute to send to Majlinda, the little girl I sponsor in Albania with World Vision! 

LOVE this. 

Maybe for salads? Or fruit? Or pinecones? I love having a big bowl like this on the kitchen table, as a catch-all sort of thing, you know? 

Cute for weekends! 

This would be perfect for those weekend trips to the farmers market! 

So! As you can see, Ten Thousand Villages has some really lovely gift ideas. Next weekend, I will be there in the store with some Scarlet Threads items for you to see in person! It will be an open house of sorts. I'll be there at 6pm. We will have some fair trade wine to try, some snacks, perhaps some fair trade chocolate as well. You can do some holiday shopping for your loved ones. I'll have lots of information about Scarlet Threads to share with you. Also, Scarlet Threads will receive a percentage of anything purchased from Ten Thousand Villages that night as well! 

I, of course, will be sporting one of our aprons....just need to decide which one!  


915 King Street
Alexandria, VA
(703) 684-1435

Sunday, December 16

We're so honored that Ten Thousand Villages is hosting us, and are thrilled for this opportunity to share our mission with their supporters as well. 

I realize that many of you are not in the Washington, DC area, but please share this with your friends and family, and ask them to do the same! We'd love a big turnout of support, and we need your help to make this happen! 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Scarlet Threads apron blitz!

We posted this to Scarlet Threads last week, but I wanted to share it here too, since there is just one more day to grab this amazing deal!
Perhaps you are like me, and have not started any of your Christmas shopping yet? Perhaps there is a domestic goddess or two on your list? Perhaps you need a hostess gift?

Introducing the Apron Blitz from Scarlet Threads! Until Thursday (tomorrow!), we are offering a set of FIVE (yes, FIVE!) of our aprons for $55. The retail price of the set is $118, so you are getting a steal of a deal!
That is $11 per apron, each of which retails for more than $20.
Ava ($22), Mommy & Me Betsy Combination ($24 + $26), Daphne ($22),
and Xiao Talia ($24)
Scarlet Threads also now accepts paypal, and you can be invoiced if you wish!
Also, use the code lex10 - since I am sending you along  ;)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

holiday doors!

A few Christmas decorations came out yesterday, and here's the front door!

The wreath is made from Virginia grapevines that I acquired a few years ago on a winery wreath tour, and the star, I picked up at Joann Fabrics for about $4 a few weeks ago! The ribbon was the perfect thing to add to them both! 

We still have to put our tree up, but it's a good start!
Any holiday decorations at your house yet? 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Bellevue Newport jewelry!

Are you familiar with Bellevue Newport jewelry? I've just recently found it (thanks to Miss Whale Flip Flops!), and her jewelry is just so much fun! She has flash sales on facebook every Monday and Wednesday evening at 8pm, and I have bought a gorgeous pair of earrings, and a bracelet, both under $20. Also? Shipping is always free! 

Today she is doing a fun giveaway on instagram...I know many of you are instagrammers too, so go over and check it out, and you could be the lucky winner of this gorgeous necklace! It would be so fun for holiday parties, or, give it to someone else as a gift!

Here's what you must do- 

Go to instgram and follow Sarah at @bellevuenewport and comment on this picture saying that I (@lexilooo) sent you over. Then, tell your friends too! 

Here's my current instagram post-  


gorgeous necklace and today's giveaway from @bellevuenewport - go over to her instagram page (@bellevuenewport) and say that I (@lexilooo) sent you there! ps. she also does amazing flash sales Monday and Wednesday nights on facebook!

Happy Monday, y'all! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

never too early for matzoh ball soup!

We're in the car heading back to DC after a fabulous weekend of Thanksgiving and my sister's wedding! We left NH around 4:30am (not my idea!) and hit some traffic in CT, around Fairfield, where I went to college. So, it seemed logical to stop at my most favorite diner for breakfast, where I had matzoh ball soup- 9:30am isn't too early, right? ;)

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Friday, November 23, 2012

apron naming contest with Scarlet Threads!

This was cross-posted to Scarlet Threads blog this week, but I wanted to mention it here too! We have a few new aprons about to be released, and they are in need of names! Please feel free to leave a suggestion, and who knows, your name could be the one!

Hope you haven't forgotten about our new aprons and the names they need!
We love our tradition of asking our community for their suggestions, and then choosing from there! These three aprons are in need of names, and we'd love to have you suggest something, if you haven't already! 
To submit a name simply leave a comment or you can vote on or Facebook Page.
The winners of the individual naming contests will receive a 50% off coupon for use on one purchase in our shop! Just in time for a little holiday shopping, perhaps?

The Grand Prize winner will receive a Daphne Apron!

Winners will be announced on Friday the 23rd of November so get busy and be creative.


Feel free to leave your suggestions on this post, or each individual post, which are all linked above. We can't wait to see what you come up with! 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

swirly bread?

I saw these at Target over the weekend and was totally intrigued. I bought the strawberry banana....

Have you tried them? Which is your favorite?

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

an ornament swap!

I love this idea! An ornament swap!

Hosted by Mackey Madness and The Smitten Mintons.
Come play along!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

filed under: fabulous

My sister's wedding is next Saturday and these are the shoes she and I will be wearing!

Oh and yes- I'll be getting a fresh pedi the day before ;)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

hurricane sewing

I'm sure you've heard about Hurricane Sandy and all the havoc she wrecked over the mid-Atlantic states last week. Last week at this time, things were a bit off. The Federal Government was closed Monday and Tuesday, meaning I had the days off, along with most of the city. We waited to see what would happen in these parts. As it turned out, the DC area was spared, for the most part. It rained heavily, with a lot of high winds, but that was about it. There were some trees that came down, but as far as I could see, nothing serious. We were so fortunate, and for that, I am grateful. I won't post photos of New York and New Jersey. You've seen them, and since I wasn't there, they are not my photos to post. I will continue to keep them in my prayers. Things there are not good right now, but they are strong and will come through even stronger, this I know.
With the two unexpected days off, I did a bit of sewing. I was finally able to finish the baby quilt for my friend Mallorie's baby boy Connor. He's now six months old! I am not posting a photo of that quilt yet, because I need to give it to them first. She doesn't read my blog, but she should still see it before everyone else, I think!
I made a lot of mini quilts these few days, all under 12"x12' - I am practicing the binding, which is the solid part around the edge of the quilt, holding it all together. For me, the binding is the hardest part. I know how to do it, but it never seems to work quite right for me. So, I figured making some little things would be good. Practice makes perfect, right??
Here is a little Christmas tree mug rug, from the book Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays. This book is the work of Quilt Dad, and many others, and it's just wonderful.

A mini- this is about 12"x12" and has a solid yellow backing. 

I made this doll quilt with some fabric called Little Apples by Aneela Hoey. I adore this print so much, it reminds me of Ramona Quimby! Remember when she ate one bite from a bag filled with apples and tossed the rest aside, saying that the first bite tastes the best?

I will send this to Majlinda, my World Vision darling in Albania as a Christmas gift!

Another mini, way mini- this is about 5"x5" and more fabric by Aneela Hoey, called Sherbet Pips. I love this fabric as well. Really, I love all of her prints. They are so whimsical.

The red and white mini is about 10"x10" and the other, about 5"x3" or so.
I'm using that as a coaster in my sewing room at the moment!

This is something I am working on now- it will become a table topper, I think. It's about 25"x20" at the moment, but I may cut it so it is square. I haven't decided yet!

Any crafty things going on in your house???

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

today's the day!

It's a big day today- get thee to the polls!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sunday Social: Life Catchup

I've never done this before, but thought I'd try out the Suday Social linkup from A Complete Waste of Makeup! Sounds like fun!
Today's questions- catchup on life
What is currently on your wish list?
This funky bubble necklace from etsy. It would look great with a whute button down and jeans, or all dressed up! Love the various shapes and colors of the beads. This shop has all sorts of bubble necklaces with great prices!

Also, a corgi. I want one like crazy. We had one when I was growing up, called Oliver, and they are just the nicest dogs ever. My boyfriend and I are looking for one, we are thining a rescue is best. They are the sweetest dogs, and I have a name picked out already - Winston!

Share a new iphone, droid, ipad app you have recently discovered
that we all need:
PostalPix! You can upload pics taken on your phone, and they will print them in various sizes and mail them to you. Genius. Why do I never think of these things....

Share your Social Media links for us to follow you on(pinterest, twitter, facebook, etc) Tell us which is your favorite and why?

Well, you've found my blog!  I use lexilooo everywhere- twitter, instagram and blogger. I have a tumblr, which I rarely use, but have a look if you want! Pinterest is probably my favorite- I'm obsessed! I've made a fair amount of things I've pinned too!
What is a new Fall TV show you have added to your DVR?
Call the Midwife!
It is on PBS Sunday nights. It is British, and based on a memoir written by a woman who was a midwife in East London in the 1950's. She is a nurse midwife, but lives and works with a convent there. Tonight is the finale, episode six, but I heard that they are currently filming season two, so I hope that is airs here too! I love the fashion of the times. It's a great show, and I want to buy the DVD, now that I know that they have one!
What is a TV show or Movie or Song you could listen to or watch over and over and over and never get tired of?
The Wonder Years.
Thirteen Going on Thirty.
Love Actually.
anything by Taylor Swift, Chicago (the band!), Fleetwood Mac and Billy Joel.
Sex and the City.
The Cosby Show.
How about you? What are your favorites?

Friday, November 2, 2012

mini book reviews

This morning I posted this to Scarlet Threads, but thought I'd share here too! I don't think I've posted book reviews in quite a while, despite the fact that I read all the time! I've read several great books recently, and wanted to post about the tones I really loved!

The Secret Keeper is the newest novel from Australian writer Kate Morton. She has three earlier books, all of which I've read and enjoyed, but I think this was by far my favorite. I've posted about them before, actually. It just came out about two weeks ago, and I managed to grab it from my local library the same week! I devoured it, finishing it in just a few days. Typical of me, really!

The Secret Keeper weaves back into time, along with present day, telling the story of Laurel Nicolson. We meet her as a sixteen year old living in the English countryside, as she witnesses a shocking crime within her family. Fifty years later, she is a successful actress in London, and her family gathers for her mother's 90th birthday party. She wants to learn the secret that has haunted her mother all these years. We also meet her mother, Dorothy, as a young woman in pre-WWII London, through the Blitz and then beyond. We meet Jimmy and Vivian, all from very different lives, but we see how they are intertwined, and will be, forever. While I found myself guessing parts of the ending, I was certainly thrown off by several aspects of what happened, and that is something that I love. 

It was a wonderful story, as are Morton's other three books! 

Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal is another recent favorite. 

Also taking place in wartime London, Mr. Churchill's Secretary introduces us to Maggie Hope, born in Britian, but raised in America. Maggie lost her parents at a young age, and was raised by her aunt, but goes to London to settle the estate of her recently departed grandmother. She graduates at the top of her class from a highly regarded university, but as a female, can only find work as a typist, leading her to 10 Downing Street to work for the newly sworn-in Winston Churchill. This position puts her in a unique position to learn a great deal of information, both about the inner-workings of a government at war, as well as within her own family. Maggie's knowledge of mathmatics, codes, and languages soon assist her in carving a new role for herself as she finds herself in the middle of an assasin plot against the Prime Minister himself. This is very much an edge-of-your-seat type of book, and I loved all of the twists and turns- I never quite knew what to expect, 
but I had a good feeling about our Maggie. 

When I finished the book, I was a bit sad, as I hate when a good book comes to an end, though I soon learned that the sequel to this book, called Princess Elizabeth's Spy just came out this past week! I cannot wait to get a copy of that one! Also, Susan Elia MacNeal, the author, is on twitter (linked above!), and she and I chatted a bit. She's writing the third installment of this book now, and I couldn't be more thrilled. Also, she let me know that Royal Corgis make an appearance in the second book. Anything with corgis is a good thing!

Not a novel, but a cookbook! This is a family favorite, actually, and I recently pulled my battered old copy from my cookbook collection to make the beef stew recipe. The Tasha Tudor Cookbook is a wonderful collection of some of the Tudor Family's favorite recipes, with drawings by Tasha Tudor herself. This means more corgis! Yes, I have a bit of a corgi obsession, but that is another story for another day. 

Growing up, my sister, brother and I each had our own author. My mother decided that on each birthday/Christmas/Easter, we'd receive a book by "our" author. I had Beatrix Potter, my sister had Tasha Tudor, and my brother had Tomie dePaola. Now, as an adult, I have the entire collection of stories of Peter Rabbit and his friends. Likewise, my sister has an amazing collection of Tasha Tudor books, many of which are now out of print. 

I bought a copy of the cookbook for myself one day, since it brings back happy childhood memories. Last weekend, I made the beef stew recipe for dinner, and it was as wonderful as I had remembered it to be. 

Have you read Gone Girl yet? Everyone has been talking about it recently, so I wanted to see what the fuss was. I requested it from the library, and was no. 247 in the queue. I waited and waited, and finally got an email that it was waiting for me, but I was out of town, and didn't pick it up in time, and it was released! Ugh! I re-requested it, and was then no. 329 in the queue. Who says DC doesn't read?! Finally, it was there for me again, and I wasted no time in running over to the DC Public Library to pick it up. Now, I am about a third of the way into it, and so far, so good. 

What are you reading right now? Anything I should look for?

Monday, October 29, 2012

hand-stamped, monogrammed jewelry!

I posted this to Scarlet Threads blog this morning, but wanted to share this with you all as well! With the holidays coming, perhaps you are already thinking about holiday gifts, and this hand-stamped jewelry is customized, and would be a lovely choice!

Today's Monday Montage is a lovely shop called The Rusted Chain. Beki, the owner and designer, began making custom jewelry in 2003, and has also been featured in several magazines! She is also a photographer and writer. She does speaking engagements, and in addition to this, she and her family coordinate the Kansas Barn Sale each year, which is a craft and antique festival - the first of its kind in the state! She's been featured on several tv shoes, including The Pioneer Woman! Whew!

Beki has a blog, she's on facebook, she tweets, and she's on pinterest! Most of all though, please look at these amazing pieces in her shop.

You can choose from necklaces, cuff bracelets, earrings, and other fun items. Everything can be customized to your liking, you can have your monogram, your childrens names, a quote, and more! I have a hard time not wanting everything....
Here are a few of my favorites:


My most favorite! I just need to find a few perfect words to use for this---


A few words, in their own words, about The Rusted Chain:

We are about simply inspiring jewelry.
We are about supporting local businesses.
We are about honoring God.
We are about living simply and sweet tea.
We are about fresh cut flowers.
We are about thrift stores, yard sales, and antiques.
We are about bare toes in green grass.
We are about big red barns and mason jars.
We are about savoring small moments in life.
We are about daisies, peonies and fields of sunflowers.
We are about supporting an underdog and giving to charities.
We are about friends, family and fun.


To me, this is perfect.

Just perfect.

Beki is so incredibly generous, and has offered our readers a discount for use in her shop. Use the code SCARLET20 for 20% off your purchase.

Go have a look at her products, I know you'll love them as much as I do!