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to my mom & all mothers out there~


(distressed tag & dress form image from here; the rest digitally altered by yours truly 🙂 )







may day, may day









blessings to YOU


xoxo mary ann & joe

so excited

my friend cj, who i’ve mentioned from time to time on the bloggy, has this gorgeous brick & mortar shop. the past few months, i have been helping her get into the blogosphere & also launch her brand spanking new website (which btw was designed by a sweet & talented bloggy friend, alice). yay!! she has yet to list merch in her online shop…she’s still learning the ropes. but stay tuned, she’s got loads of goodies she is planning to unveil in the not too distant future! please, won’t you show my pal cj some bloggy/cyber luv by visiting her blog and checking out her website. (remember how it was when you were a newbie to the blogosphere?) she is new to this whole online thang and i think it would be a grand idea to make her feel at ease and also encourage her to blog, blog, blog!   i just know that she will get the hang of things in no time!  (yes you will cj!!!!)

here are some pix of her fab lil boutique. i was just there yesterday afterschool, visiting & chatting. i told her that i was going to (shameslessly, hehehe) plug her adorable store! 🙂






(she made these wicked darlin’ pillows….& yes they are for sale….sweet!)







if you love romantic things, country french home decor and vintage, then annabelle’s is the place to visit, both online or offline. you are in for a treat!!! so go on then, please welcome my dear friend cj into the blogosphere, won’t you?

enjoy the pix! xoxo mary ann

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coming up for some air from all that itty bitty business! 


with school & completing the itty bitty wips (& not to mention other wips!), i have not had a proper chance to share some of my delicious finds from my antiquing/thrifting/shopping jaunts over the past several weeks (or is it the past several months?!).  in fact, i don’t think i have posted my once regular, friday’s finds because i’ve been so crazy, uber busy.  i hope that things will change in a couple of months when the school year finally (finally!) ends. & things simmer the hell down. i will have to ressurect that.  seriously.  i have been a wreck lately, truth be told.


it has been sheer madness ever since i took on that other school contract at the beginning of the year.  i have been so ornery & cranky.  not pretty.  i’m so mad & disappointed in myself that i did not pay attention to the deadline for this amazing event.   argh, my head hurts just thinking about it.   it kills me really because i had so wanted to go there last year!  & i vowed that i would go this year.  but my freakin’ new work schedule just royally messed me up & threw me wicked off balance.   so much so that i missed the registration deadline by 2 days.  you have no idea the depth of my utter disappointment.  it’s my own damn fault.  & now i must wait until next year.  OMG.


anyhoo, i digress.  what was i saying?  oh yes, my fantastic finds.  to counteract my insane work schedule, i scour my local favorite antique malls & thrift shops to basically unwind & forget my troubles. 


 it’s total retail therapy.  idk, there’s something therapeutic about strolling down an antique-laden aisle at a leisurely pace & poking thru bins & boxes, on the hunt for some new treasures.  now i don’t always come away with treasures after these welcomed excursions.  but i find them a nice way to relax, destress &  just simply allow myself to dream & imagine the possibilities.  i feel considerably calmer when i have been on one of my afterschool excursions.   





i cannot think clearly when i am at work.   there is frankly too much noise.  (by noise, i mean distractions & ridiculous drama.)  not just the school children, but also the teaching staff.  they are constantly making “noise.”  too much for my liking.   that is why i cannot wait until the school year ends.  i will have my summer off from all the noise. & come next fall, i am not going to get sucked into the vortex, like i had this year.   ooohhh NO.  i know better.

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(see what i mean?  when i get away from the noise, i find some really coolio stuff!)


i will be able to concentrate on what matters to me: STUDIO time!  i have had to put my personal projects on the back burner & it’s been making me a total wreck.   & i DON”T LIKE IT. 

so retail therapy has been my coping mechanism over the past several weeks/months.  it’s my escape from all that ridiculous school noise.  yes, i do yoga too for stress management, but it’s not like shopping, hehehe.  with shopping, i find really cool stuff.

 i found these vintage lovlies on ebay not too long ago.    


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ff47c & this nested set of birdie boxes…from michael’s.  they were on sale this week. & i am such a sucker for birds.

i took a stroll down etsy lane & found these fabulous prints by flo larios (left) and danita art (right).  they have websites, but their links escape me.   just google them, that’ll lead you in the right direction. 🙂


again, anything with birds & tea time, i’m done for, lol. 

ok, i know i am rambling on in this post.  but hey, this is the first day in a LONG time that i am not frantically rushing around to get to school!  thankfully this school is on spring vacation!  can i get a woot, woot?!  i haven’t had time to post on the bloggy like i ordinarily do.  so, i’m going whole hog here. 

just a few more pix & then i must get back crack-a-lacking on those itty bitty birthday books.  i got some mail love recently. 

my friend mahala sent me this stunning handmade confection from a real egg, no less!from-mahala1_edited-1

fromme1  thank you so much mahala!!!  this certainly will be a treasured easter/spring decoration. xoxo

then i finally(!) received my copy of last year’s zne‘s convenzione zaftig book collab.  what a surprise to see this come in the mail the other day.  i almost forgot about it.  my contribution is pictured on the right.


& this little beaut is from my swap partner, christy l.  she made me this fantastic atc block for the paper whimsy atc block swap i mentioned a few posts ago. 


 love the colors & the details.  thank you so much christy!!

ok, i think i’ve gotten myself caught up with all these pix & ramblings.  now, it’s back to the sweatshop.  those itty bitties await! 

until next time, have a super day!  xo mary ann