September 18, 2009

Five for Friday {September 18, 2009}

...Time for celebrating the big and the small in life. Sending enormous birthday wishes out across the vast Canadian miles to my step-dad, while on the home front delighting in the fact that the first autumn leaves, tinged the hue of a school bus, have begun to appear. Over the next two days I’ll be relaxing, creating, spending the weekend with an equal measure of serenity and vibrant, hopeful energy...

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{To meet fall head on in the most staggeringly beautiful fashion}

{If it is possible to fall in love with a photo, I have done so with this almost surreally sublime image of a vintage inspired young woman holding a huge floral print patio table style umbrella. Photo by Phillip Newton.}

{To embellish any surface with vintage charm, or more aptly, "with button" :) }

{Decorated and affixed with antique looking paper, these vintage ink bottles hold a mishmash of assorted old buttons, which you could certainly use or leave in the bottle for an adorable decorative conversation starter. 2” by 2.5” vintage ink bottles with buttons, $14.00 (US) each from Karla’s Cottage.}

{To inspire the most gorgeous, magical, amazing ice cream centered party of all time}

{If you only click through one link in this post, I implore you to make it this one. The photo above is but the tip of the ice(cream)berge. The page you’ll be taken to is chocked full of fantastically pretty photos of a decor and paper craft related ideas (including free template downloads for the labels and templates used throughout this magnificent post) to help you throw a pink, feminine, elegant, whimsical ice cream parlour themed party worthy of a princess! Image via Eat Drink Chic.}

{To carry the ethereal splendour of a summer bloom tucked into your hair any time of the year}

{Comprised of silken petals so delicate they nearly look like a genuine flower, this handmade bloom can be attached to a headband or comb and is made to order, ensuring you get exactly the kind of floral accessory you’re looking for. I can only imagine how enchanting this would look in person as part of a wedding ensemble. Custom made silk hair flower, $70.00 (US) from etsy seller Twigs and Honey.}

{To kick start the autumn crafting season off on an adorable note!}

{There is something so old fashioned and heart warming about the act of creating a stitchery by hand. I adore all manner of stitched arts and couldn’t help but share this free pattern for hand stitched wallet adorned with an immensely cute bird nestled amongst a sea of flowers. Image from, and pattern to create your own version available on, Cinderberry Stitches.}

Wishing you each a joyful, bright, wonderful weekend full of whatever you love to celebrate in this world!


  1. you always find the most wonderful pictures! wonderfully written as well! :-) best wishes for a lovely weekend :-)

  2. Such pretties! I see why you love the first photo!

    Have a cozy weekend!

  3. OK, I am in love with that first photo too! Just amazingly beautiful!

  4. A beautiful post Jessica. I did indeed click on Eat Drink Chic ... it's Australian! There was also a link to another store I wasn't aware of in Aus. Thank you dear girl.

    Have a lovely weekend,

  5. Hi, my friend! Oh, I too am completely enamored of the first photo! And the ice cream parlour link was so gorgeous, sweet and inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing these. Have a lovely weekend! :)

  6. Wow Jessica! Thank you for sharing those gorgeous pics. That first photo is just too much for words. I don't know what it is, but it stirs something inside!

  7. What a super fun wallet! A girl always needs embroidery patterns at the ready to occupy idle hands in the fall evenings---at least this girl does. :D Enjoy those leaves!

  8. Hey Jessica

    I have to say that first picture is amazing, it draws you into a totally different place than where you really are... Simply Stunning.

    And I love the ice cream parlour.

    Thanks for following my blog, it was nice to see you on there and I look forward to enjoying more of yours.

    Bec :-)

  9. The first picture is amazing! Very italian, I think..maybe because I live at the beach and I adore the'beach umbrellas!All these colours...beautiful always!
    good weekend jessica!!baci! ;-))

  10. Golly, look at that "ice cream parlour"! One of my (many) dreams is to one day own an old-fashioned style ice-cream parlour and get fat on ice-cream. Hehe.
    -Andi x

  11. I absolutely love the first photo! Such vibrant beauty and colours. This summer at my grandparents' house I saw a documentary on the Green Giant brand and other vintage advertising development. It was so interesting!

    much love,
    Cait xx

  12. Lovely photos. I love the jars from Karla's Cottage - I have purchased some of her goods and am always very pleased!

  13. Oh my gosh....those pink ballet shoe type heels are to die for.....the embellished jars and the fantastic flower.....oh my...I am in love!!
    This place you have here is amazing!!! xOxO Nerina

  14. Ooooo what a cool umbrella!!! It's so big! I love it :)

  15. @ Kathie, thank you very much, honey, you always say such kind things that mean so much to me.

    @ The Pink Rose Cottage, Yelena, Vintage Mama, Greetz from Tiz, Trains and Sewing Machines, and in company with sparkles, thank you, sweet dears for each of your great comments. I adore that first photo so very much, too. (I wish I had that very same umbrella, it is divinely pretty!)

    @ Dustjacket Attic, thank you! How wonderful, I just discovered that site a few days ago myself and wasn't aware that it's Australian, that's really cool!

    @ Georgianna, awww, you're so very sweet, thank you for your lovely comment, I'm delighted to know you enjoyed these links so much!

    @ Aramblingfancy, you're not alone at all, darling, I feel the same way! I have more patterns printed off, in books, or bookmarked online at the moment than I could probably stitch up in twenty five years. I love knowing that when I finish a stitchery, I have a wealth of patterns to chose my next one from.

    @ Rebecca, thank you very much for your beautiful comment, my dear. Your blog is wonderful, thank you in turn for coming to visit me over here :)

    @ Andi B. Goode, I am wild about that ice cream parlour (party), too! I think that the idea of owning your own ice cream shop is amazing, I wish you endless success in achieving that dream, honey!

    @ Piney Rose, how wonderful, I would love to pick up some of her whimsical, shabby chic, delightfully vintage items one day, too.

    @ Nerina, thank you deeply for your immensely nice comment, it's a joy to make your acquaintance.

    Thank you each very much for your fantastic comments! I hope that you're each having a splendid week.

    Joyful wishes for the new season that lays ahead for us, darlings!
    ♥ Jessica

  16. @ St├ęphanie, thank you very much, sweet heart!

    Huge hugs for you, my friend!
    ♥ Jessica