Insta / End of Summer

End of Summer on Lost and Fawned

Summer is nearly officially over and we are in that weird in between time where it looks like fall but the weather feels like summer.  I’ve been busy cooking in bulk and freezing individual portions to get us through dark weeknights when I don’t feel like cooking.

Since I finished up my summer mini-quilt swaps so I took some time to do some selfish-sewing with some of my favorite stash fabrics that I have been hoarding.  I decided to take on bag construction!  I’ve never done it before but there are some amazing classes on Creativebug (both classes by Betz White) that walked me through the steps.  I love how they turned out and I gained a ton of knowledge.  I’m already planning a quilted duffle.

I’ve also been working away on my crochet projects.  I’ve nearly finished my first hat and my afghan is progressing.  With winter months approaching, I should have plenty of time to hook away in the evening with a cup of tea.

It’s been a rough summer emotionally and things aren’t getting easier any time soon.  But I’m ok.  I’ve been very productive and that helps me center myself.  I’ve also been spending time pampering myself with baths and skin treatments at home.  I found a new favorite tea (Bengal Spice by Celestial Seasonings) and Jared continues to be the best.

Any fun plans for the end of summer?  What are you looking forward to most about autumn?

Insta Month – May/June

Insta Month - May June

I woke up with grand plans to put together an amazing collection for you to start the week, but everything I started curating was totally off.  I promise I’ll have something better next time.

Farmer’s market season is here.  I went on Saturday with the intention of bringing home a big bag of healthy local veggies.  Instead I fell back on all my fresh and delicious guilty pleasures instead… bacon brats, a chocolate turnover and buffalo chicken pierogies.  I did also grab some sugar snap peas and strawberries.  I had a totally indulgent weekend, and I don’t feel bad about it at all.

My pile of mending is gathering dust.  I need to make myself a chambray skirt.  I realized this summer I don’t have a good casual, neutral skirt.  I have a long list of projects that need to start/finish.

I hope you all had a great weekend.  What’s on your list of summer projects?

Weekend In

Weekend In - On Lost and Fawned

I’m taking a “staycation”.  Jared has a weekend with the guys on the books, so I have the whole 2 days free to do whatever I want.  So I’ve planned to do nothing.  I’m going to read, quilt, watch “no ones here to judge me” movies and wear my comfiest pants (or no pants at all).  I’ll probably meander down to the flea market on my street tomorrow, but other than that, the dogs and I are locked in the house.

Here are my weekend picks for a relaxing weekend in.

We have been busy!

We have been busy! - Lost and Fawned

This spring has been a whirlwind.  It has been a series of ups and downs and ups again. I’m not quite ready to talk about it all here, but it has really been exhausting physically and emotionally.  I found it a little difficult to come here and keep my posts upbeat when I was feeling so low.  Thanks to support from my family and friends, I’m feeling more like myself and getting back into my routine.

On a side note, after saving up the old fashioned way (one bill at a time in an envelope with our goal written on the outside) we treated ourselves to a WACOM tablet.  We have been trying to get practice in when we can and are both showing improvement.  Hopefully I’ll be able to bring you some new free resources soon (lots of doodles, arrows and banners for your graphics) and then new fabric prints shortly after.

I’m leaving to spend a couple of weeks soaking up sea air in Oregon at the end of June and staying through my birthday.  It is a much needed trip and I can’t wait to see my family and I’m sure I’ll return feeling refreshed.

I hope you all have a beautiful and safe Memorial weekend.  The weather is supposed to be icky here, so we pushed back our annual backpacking trip to next weekend.

9 Reasons to Follow @lostandfawned on IG

Nine Reasons to Follow Lost and Fawned on InstagramDo you follow me on Instagram yet?  I’ve been more active this month and I’ve met some AMAZING people.  As we inch closer to summer, I’ll have more adventures to share (in winter my feed is much more limited since I practically hibernate).  I post lots of progress photos of ongoing projects like dress alterations, quilts, updates to the house and new additions to my collections.  Stop by and say hello!  I love seeing what you are up to as well!

Here are 9 simple reasons to follow me on IG today (@lostandfawned):

  1. Food
  2. Sewing
  3. Vintage
  4. House Updates
  5. Vintage Dresses
  6. Tea
  7. Dogs
  8. #happymail
  9. Nature

Instaweek / 11.18.14

My Instaweek 11-18-14 on Lost and FawnedWinter is here in full force now.  It’s bitter cold and miserable today, but yesterday we woke up to the most magical snowy landscape.  Now the snow is brown and slushy but the cold has really set in.

I decided to try something new-ish this holiday season to get me in the spirit.  When I was a kid, I picked up cross-stitch a couple of times and never really finished much.  I have had my eye on the adorable patterns at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery after I saw some friends on Instagram posting their progress.  I saw their Christmas Celebration Sampler starting (the pattern is sent to you in pieces over the course of a month) and hopped on board.  I started a little late since I needed to pick up a couple of supplies, but I’m going to be busy catching up this afternoon once I tackle my list.  It’s adorable and relaxing.  Plus in the end I’ll have a really sweet holiday piece to put in a frame or on a pillow cover.

Our holiday cards arrived from Minted!  I can’t wait to share them with you.  I’m planning to get them posted next week, along with one last gift card giveaway.  They are so pretty.  I even got to splurge on pre-printed wrap around return address labels.

Logan is doing a million times better.  It’s amazing how fast he has bounced back.  I’m so thankful for the amazing team at our local vet who have been so kind and helpful.  If your dog ever gets a foot injury, seriously look into vets that do laser therapy.  It really sped up the healing process.  Finnick has been attached to my hip since it started getting cold.  I don’t think he’s a huge fan of winter.  I don’t blame him.  Going outside is a lot less fun when the air hurts your skin.

I have another new giveaway starting tomorrow!  This one is a part of my Gifts that Give Back series and is perfect to kick start your holiday shopping!  Stay tuned!

Instagram / October

Insta-Fall on Lost and Fawned

It’s been a weird month.  If you follow me on Instagram you have probably seen the whole story unfold.  If not, I figured I would share some highlights.  I’m looking forward to a (hopefully) less exciting November.

Rows from left to right, starting at the top:

  1. It’s tea season!  I have been craving strong, black tea like this Stash Double Bergamot Earl Grey.  Jared’s been hooked on Stash Licorice Spice for almost a year now.
  2. We didn’t buy any pumpkins this year, but we did go to Pumpkin Palooza at Heritage Farm in Peninsula, Ohio.
  3. Before the craziness started, we squeezed in one last hike at Happy Days Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
  4. We went to a little martini bar to see a friend play Gypsy Jazz with her band, The Help on a cold October night.
  5. More tea and TONS of quilting this month.  The colder weather has me on a roll.  I am determined to finish a few projects on my shelf this season.
  6. My new paint by numbers (from the local flea) found a home on my sewing table.
  7. I’m thinking of having a fabric de-stash on Instagram later this month.  I have a big bag of fabric that needs to go to make room for all the new stuff I purchased.
  8. Logan has had to go back to the vet’s a few times for a check-up and a little more time with the laser.  He looked so cool in his protective goggles.  He is going back today to take a look at it again.  I don’t think his foot will ever be quite the same.
  9. More tea… out of my day-job mug from Starbucks.
  10. My favorite new book collection with covers by Rifle Paper Co.  Get your own here:  1  –  2  –  3  –  4

Fall Flea Market / Hudson, Ohio

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetMy Saturday morning was productive (though counterproductive toward my resolution to save money).  I found so many treasures at the final flea market of the season in my neighborhood.  Our local flea isn’t huge but with over 40 vendors and shops, it’s not hard to find a few things that are to your taste.

The pennant flags and marquee numbers were a steal and have been on my wishlist for awhile.  The numbers are 8-15 (our anniversary) and have found a temporary home on top of the hutch in our bedroom.  The pennants will most likely end up downstairs in the living room or dining room.  The adorable paint-by-numbers of a deer couple was also super cheap and goes really well with the big one we have in our dining room.  I might actually hang it in the bedroom or leave it on my sewing table.

The apple picking bag was a splurge.  It was too cool to pass up though.  I used my negotiating skills (is use the word ‘skills’ loosely, I’m a terrible negotiater) to bring them down by nearly half.  I have no idea when I’m going to do with it.  It’s hanging on a hook in our bedroom right now.  It needs to be cleaned up a little since it looks like it’s been hanging in a garden shed for 40 years.  Jared says he will use it to harvest the beans next year.

There were tons of things I loved that I couldn’t bring home.  Here are some of my favorites.

Card Catalog at Flea Market in Hudson, Ohio

Fall Flea Market Finds in Hudson, Ohio

Vintage Red Stools at Hudson, Ohio Flea Market

Note the adorable heart shaped leaf that snuck into the photo above.

The rest of the day was spend relaxing and quilting.  Jared made a detour while running errands and brought some pumpkin donuts home.  I’ll be having another one with a cup of tea shortly.  Nom.

Pumpkin Donut on Lost and Fawned

I hope you are having a lovely October weekend.  Enjoy the beautiful weather while it’s still here!  We will probably be up to our knees in snow in a month.

Cone of Shame Ad Sale

Cone of Shame Ad Sale on Lost and FawnedLogan had an accident yesterday.  We had a very scary afternoon and evening after Logan cut a pretty serious cut on his paw and leg while we were at work.  After a (very expensive) visit to an emergency vet and 12 stitches we had a full night of cleaning and repair while nursing him and carrying him out to use the bathroom.  He is doing better.  He is eating, drinking and sleeping.  He is stuck in the cone until his stitches come out in about 2 weeks.  I feel so bad for him, but we are feeling very grateful today that he is still with us.  It was quite a scare.

Since we spared no expense to get our big boy patched up and will have follow-up appointments as well as needing a new window and possibly having to re-carpet the office, things are going to be tight around here.  So to help, ads will be 50% off with the discount code FORLOGAN50 at purchase.  Visit this page to select you ad size and purchase.  The ad can be stacked for multiple months, so schedule away!  The holiday season is coming up and now is the time to reach buyers and bloggers.

Thanks so much for the love and support on Instagram.  He is on some good drugs so he’s feeling better.  I’m keeping a very close eye on him and he’s loving the attention.  On a side-note, if anyone has tips on cleaning large amounts of blood out of carpet, I’m willing to try just about anything.

Autumn Weekends in Ohio

Fall Barn in Ohio

Fall Leaves in Ohio

Fall Duck Boots on Lost and Fawned

The leaves still haven’t peaked here in Ohio, but we have had some beautiful October weekends so far.  We spent the weekend in a cozy bar for a date night (listening to some amazing gypsy jazz by The Help!), on a farm enjoying the beautiful weather and cups of cider and hiking in the Cuayhoga National Forest with the dogs and a some friends.

The weather is going to warm up again this week but that won’t stop the trees from transforming.  While I love the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest wins autumn.