inspiration #136

12.19.10 | weekly inspiration

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The time has come for me to put up my final post for 2010. I decided this year to take the last two weeks of this year “off” from the blog so I could focus fully on spending time with my family and close friends during the holidays. I kept waffling back and forth about this for quite awhile, but I think a break and some r&r to recharge my “blogging inspiration banks” would be good for me–as much as I will miss posting. But don’t think I’ve left you all high and dry for the next two weeks! I have several guest bloggers lined up–some of my favorite gals kindly agreed to post in my absence! I hope you will enjoy their posts; I’m really excited (and completely honored!) to have them posting here.

I also wanted to take a moment to thank you for reading my ramblings this past year. The blog has grown in ways I couldn’t have imagined even a year ago, and I am very honored to have you as a reader. Even if you’ve never commented or emailed, know that I really appreciate that you stop by to read this blog! It’s been a true joy to get to know so many other gals and guys who share similar interests or even just appreciate the vintage aesthetic. Thank you for making my life richer and offering your insight and thoughts into so many things I’ve posted about! I’m really looking forward to what 2011 will bring–especially that sew-along that we’re scheming over right now!

  • I am loving this beautiful, eclectic home interior over at D*S
  • I love before and after comparisons, and seeing these (part 2) of the Red Velvet shop is so neat!
  • Make your own vintage-style braided rickrack trim.
  • Gertie rounded up resources in one post for doing bust alterations on sewing patterns.
  • The in’s and out’s (and how to’s) of burn testing fabric to determine fiber content.
  • Laura emailed me this week about a really interesting UK program called Ration Book Britain . Unfortunately those of us outside the UK can’t access the video, but for those who can–enjoy!!!

Edited to add… Tilly asked me a bit ago to do an interview for her Stash Amnesty series, and its now live! She said some very sweet things about me… Thank you so much, Tilly!

I’ll be back shortly after the new year with lots of new things to post about. Wishing you and yours all the brightest and most blessed of holidays and New Year!

December 19, 2010 · 27 lovely thoughts
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Fay V December 19, 2010 at 16:42

Happy Christmas Casey!
Thank you so much for your wonderful blog – it’s part of my day to check in with you and read your inspiring posts. I do hope you have a lovely Christmas break and I’ll be looking forward to reading your musings in 2011 + doing a sew along with you.
Have a lovely holiday from snowy and freezing cold England : )

Christie December 19, 2010 at 16:57

awww.. bunny rabbits in snow!

Jillian December 19, 2010 at 17:09

Casey, I have enjoyed reading your blog every week to fuel my hunger for all things vintage and lovely! You’re a true inspiration, and I hope you and your family have the happiest of holidays and a wonderful New Year!

Paige December 19, 2010 at 17:22

Now what will I read at work?! I’m kidding, have a great Christmas and a happy New Year!

Gemma December 19, 2010 at 17:53

Have a wonderful holiday season, Casey. :) I look forward to you returning in the new year.

Gemma x x

Miss P December 19, 2010 at 17:57

Hey Casey
Have a wonderful festive season. Thanks for all the inspiration and looking forward to your sewalong in 2011. You may also be interested in the WWII Land Girls drama currently showing on the good old BBC here in the UK. (Link above).
Take care.
Portia (Miss P)xxx

ann December 19, 2010 at 19:25

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, Casey! Enjoy the time off!

Corinne December 19, 2010 at 19:40

What a great idea, a little blog vacation to refuel the imagination. Hope the time is special and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. We will all be here after the Holidays anxious for your musings.

Sarsaparilla December 19, 2010 at 23:13

Good decision taking a few weeks off ! We’ll miss you, but I’m sure we’ll enjoy the guest bloggers you have lined up…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Casey!

Aleksandra December 19, 2010 at 23:35

Have a great new years and wishing you all the happiness and health! Keep up the good work on the blog!

Elizabeth VP December 20, 2010 at 00:12

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Enjoy your well-earned break.

Marie December 20, 2010 at 00:17

Thank you so much Casey for all of your wonderful post. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

maelis December 20, 2010 at 00:48

Dear Casey,
I want you to know, that even though I haven’t commented even one of your posts, you are an every-day part of me. Every morning – actually, only when I don’t oversleep, you’re a part of my daily-breakfast-routine.
Drinking Tea and lighting a cigarette, and browsing through my favourite blogs. Your’s is definitely one of those I care about the most. You have accompanied me the whole year through, even though you don’t know me. Thanks for sharing my ups and downs, and every inspiring post 2010. I’ll make sure to stick around next year, too!
I wish you the very best and very inspiring days to bring to your fellow bloggers and readers that will inspire others, like me.

Greetings from vienna,

Anna | Mormor hade stil December 20, 2010 at 01:12

I hope your holidays will be both cheerful and filled with well-earned rest. Thank you for your lovely blog and have a happy new year!

Anna Depew December 20, 2010 at 05:04

Oooooh, The I can’t wait for the sew along! Thanks so much for sharing the fabric identification guide, I’ve been looking for something like this for ages!

Lettuce December 20, 2010 at 05:07

Merry Christmas Casey! Hope you have a great end and a lovely start of the new year!

Carys December 20, 2010 at 07:01

The interview was lovely!! These pictures are so beautiful, and now I’m off to do some reading of the links you shared! It’s such a great idea, most people share just outfits and images from other people, I think it’s great that you value the writing and creativity of others so much.
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

My CoCoon Vintage December 20, 2010 at 07:04

Awe, thanks for including our photo of the brass, vintage, daily calendar from our antiquing adventures in your inspiration page. It looks amazing. I totally fell for it too when I saw it in the shop…. but sadly not the price.

Happy Holidays lovely girl!


Renee December 20, 2010 at 07:52

Have a wonderful holiday.

Thanks for your wonderful blog.

Have fun recharging.

Genevieve Rose December 20, 2010 at 08:46

Merry Christmas to you, Casey! Good for you, making friends and family top priority. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful Christmastide!

Victoria / Justice Pirate December 20, 2010 at 09:53

I think that is really great that you have decided to take a blogging vacation of sorts. My dream is to be in your inspiration list one day. haha.

Penny Dreadful Vintage December 20, 2010 at 10:42

Have a great Christmas Casey, look forward to ‘seeing’ you again in the new year :)

Little Black Car December 20, 2010 at 11:05

OMG – I want those blue Stewart McCulloch deer! I think California art pottery is going to supplant horse figurines as my main collector’s vice.

bunny December 21, 2010 at 03:52

Hi Casey,
take your time and enjoy holidays with your family and friend! See you again next year!!!


Sharron Clemons December 21, 2010 at 15:20

OMG – I want those blue Stewart McCulloch deer! I think California art pottery is going to supplant horse figurines as my main collector’s vice.

leah December 22, 2010 at 08:29

i love the look of that house its so i dont even know the word. oh and i have seen ration book britain its very good its about a man who cooks food according to recipes given to the public during the war in britain

Katy December 22, 2010 at 20:38

Enjoy your break, Casey, and have a lovely holiday! I look forward to reading your posts again. :)

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