Thursday, June 30, 2011


Have had a few bad days lately. Life is not going my way and I am looking for the right path. The thing that has kept me feeling creative and positive is looking at images of gorgeous decor whilst dreaming of my own place one day soon. Below are some of my inspirations, found on my favorite blog Design*Sponge.

These teacups pictured are displayed beautifully. I have acquired a nasty little habit of collecting teacups lately. I want them all to be different. The way I justify this is that I will one day have a tea party...or better yet a Alice In Wonderland themed Dahlia birthday party. I lack the China cabinet of my dreams, and the funds to purchase one, therefore this is a gorgeous way to display my cups and saucers.


Ahhhh where do I begin? My mom is the most AMAZING seamstress, among everything else she does. I never took advantage of learning the craft from her. She tried so hard to teach me, but I was young and dumb. Sewing is my newest conquest. The machine in this image looks so much like my little teal Hello Kitty Janome. I must find it in storage!

The fitted sheets! Where do I find these? I love them!

On aside note, I have been shooting pictures on a borrowed SLR for a week now. I will reveal them soon.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Editorial Changes

I have been researching many blogs to find a direction that I really want to take Rosey in. My life is fairly chaotic and stressful at times so I need to keep Rosey light-hearted and happy. My guilty pleasures...actuLly I rarely feel any guilt indulging in these topics unless they involve money...are fashion, food, interior design, styling, all things pink, and potential do it yourself project. Rosy has already forced me to really look within myself and find what makes me happy. My first step towards an Oprah induced "ah ha moment". I am attempting to be my authentic self. So what if my authentic self loves pretty, materialistic things. I am planning on dedicating certain days to each of my passions. Will be making a more organized editorial plan and some daily features as well.

Onto a search for a better camera for Rosey...I purchased an $8 kodak camera from the Goodwill today. It may be 6 years old, but the zoom lens will pop out in theory! That is big TIME in my book. So I am awaiting a $3 charger to see if the damn thing works. Would someone really donate a broken camera to the Goodwill?

In a nutshell, my one or two readers a day have a ton to look forward too! A potential working 6 year old camera, and more of me! Ha!!

In other news...this is my sassy authentic Mexican dress I got in Cancun.  I shortened it so it isn't so authentic.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

My Outfit

Shirt from Target, Pleated black skirt by H&M care of Vintage Vogue, Black sandals from Walmart.  I love these sandals and bought them in both black and white.  The belt is borrowed from my mother-in-law. I don't pledge to be a style icon, but I do enjoy going to other daily fashion sites, and thought I would throw my two cents in.  Galadarling recently did a blog on body image pressure among female bloggers.  The same sentiment that it is important to be pretty and skinny to be popular in the real world apparently rings true in this alternate world as well.  I am a proud size 14 and will start posting pictures of my style in effort to show my viewpoint. If you are interested in seeing some beautiful plus size bloggers check out YoungFatandFabulous and FashionHayley.  Both show different perspectives on dressing for a larger body  type.  

Beautiful Way

This photo was taken in my mother-in-law's front yard.  I think it is a beautiful way to showcase flowers, winding up the lamp post.  The color of bright purple is really striking against the green grass and white house.  

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What I Wore Giveaway

So I live in this little town in Indiana, and we have some amazingly talented people that live here.  One of those incredibly talented people is Jessica Quirk.  She gives me hope that fashion can continue in Bloomington, IN.  I have never met, or even seen Jessica taking her "what I wore" photographs, but I certainly recognize the areas she shoots in.  Probably one of the coolest things about Jessica is that she sews these amazing dresses!  Girl has skill where I do not.  She also wears everything from vintage to label, and seems completely down to earth.

Jessica is doing a giveaway for her new book coming out.  Check it out.

New Store Alert!!

Asos is an Australian version of H&M from what I can gather.  I found out about them while at Fashion Hayley's blog.  She is pretty great too!  These pants are just what I have been looking for.  I found a similar version at Target, but they didn't seem to fit right, and the material was too silky for my taste.  I would love to find a wide-legged, high-wasted, black pant.

A Day in the Life

Mental Break

The table is perfect!  I have been looking for a desk like this.  This image is from Design*Sponge.  

Another gorgeous image.  This one is taken by Julia Hoersch.  Her flower images are candy for my eyes.  I can only read the book "Noisy Farm" so many times for a sixteen month old, before my brain needs a temporary shutdown.  These images move me back into a mind frame that I need to be in.  

This defined my day

As I was leaving a rather defeating day at work, I saw this flower growing out of nothing.  It really gives me hope that I can make something out of what I have.  That is all I am going to rant about that.  

Friday, June 17, 2011

Baby Girl Needs a Room!

1.)  Amy Butler fabric is all three versions of Midwest Modern combine for Dahlia's bedding.  I have left over blocks that I plan to make throw pillows with.  Coincidentally, two portions of the Midwest Modern fabric is "Orange Dahlia" and "Pink Dahlia".  I just wanted to clarify that this is a crazy coincidence.  We chose our daughter's name many years before she was ever born.

2.) Etsy decal for the wall behind Dahlia's soon to be toddler bed.

3.) Dahlia's DaVinci "Emily" 4-in-1 crib, which will convert from the crib she has now, to a toddler bed.

With this being said, the logistics to create Dahlia's very own room right now just are not aligned with the stars.  Poor girl is sleeping in the pack-in-play or with mommy, while her crib sits out in the living room area.  I  just feel that it will be easier to move her into her own bed, when she has her own room and boundaries.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Saving Money

Just because we are in saving mode, doesn't mean a girl can't be thrifty?  Spent my lunch hour at Vintage Vogue today.  Found a fabulous H&M pleated, shear skirt and a vintage navy colored belt.  My total was under $15.00 dollars!  Booyaa!!!  I am going to my husband's show tonight, so instead of drinking their, I shopped today.  That is my justification.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Always a difficult task for me, is getting my bills and "adult" important documents organized.  When I was left in charge of someone else's social security card, birth certificate, and passport, I realized that I really needed a system to keep everything important together.  I currently use a big, plastic accordion organizer, but it is now in great need of being organized.  I also have a mini accordion organizer for all of my bills.  Both of my accordion organizers are busting at the seams.  I saw this organizer on Martha Stewart and  thought that I would actually want to use a system like this.  

Also from Martha Stewart, this would be great use of my ottoman that has a chest underneath.  Not sure if I am willing to give up that valuable hide-a-way space.  It is one of the few places that my daughter hasn't found yet. 

And this is a DIY accordion-style fabric organizer from Martha.  I can see Dahlia tearing these apart in seconds, as she has many other paper crafting projects I have tried.  

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Lovely L.A.M.B.

If you ask anyone that truly knows me, they would tell you that No Doubt is, and has been for 17 years, my favorite band.  We are talking a major obsession, that began when I saw Gwen walk onto stage during their Tragic Kingdom tour in Indianapolis.  She was wearing this rad black feathery coat, and had this powerful stride that empowered me in so many ways.  I was 12 years old.

This would be the biggest highlight of my life at the ripe age of 17.  Meeting Gwen and No Doubt at the Riviera on of their Return of Saturn tour.

And a view from front stage during their last tour.  

Due to this, I have a major L.A.M.B. handbag fetish.  I have collected Gwen's bags since they were Lesportsac style.  I have my eye on her new Brunswick Honey style.  Black or Brown?

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Seashells by the Seashore

We recently returned from Cancun.  Here are a few snaps of the fun we had.  My little Dahlia Blue has a blast seeing the ocean for the first time!

House of Fifty

House of Fifty is a jaw-droppingly amazing new e-zine.  It has several contributors to it, and best of all it is all free online! They also have a blog full of DIY furniture creations, and design inspirations.  

DIY Baby Bumper and Baby Quilt

When I was pregnant and planning a nursery for my daughter, I really couldn't find any baby fabric patterns that stood out to me.  My mom and I found swatches of Amy Butler fabric in Midwestern Modern Print on Etsy.  This is the process of the quilt being made.  My mom is a master seamstress, and I can take no sewing credit for this project, she did it all. The baby bumper is pictured above.

Pip Studios

When I ran across Pip Studios, I fell in love.  It is full of just the right amount of floral whimsy and bright colors that would look great in my china cabinet.  They are based in Europe.  I have my eyes on a few things.  The color palettes are also a good guide for my kitchen.