Raindrops on Snapdragons, Stitches in Turquoise

Rainy days. Everything looks more saturated – the greenery becomes greener, flowers stand out as rare pops of color, the tree branches contrast dark against the bright colors.

Raindrops are featured on petals and leaves – shimmering like little starlit orbs.

The sun shining through the grey clouds eliminates strong shadows, and assures no detail will be lost. I couldn’t help myself – I had to get out the camera and take these pictures of my garden today. Thunder and rain only add to the majesty of the plants.

Rain is perfect for a mug of coffee and indoor projects. My Upcycled choice of the day?
My brand new (and very old) sewing machine:
This beauty was a $5 find at a garage sale this weekend.

Works like a charm, and just needed a bit of cleaning. They even included all sorts of extra needles, bobbins, pins, and other helpful supplies. I’m thinking it might be from the 1970’s, but I’m not sure. It’s very heavy – a quality machine made out of all metal.
I’m not sure if I can really express my excitement in finding this.
I can’t wait to start creating all sorts of upcycled works with old fabric finds.

And, of course, I must include some wonderful Etsy Finds:

A Whimsy Little Garden

Purple, Plush and Perfectly Vintage

I had purple on the brain today!

First, I bought this on Etsy from sister9designs:

Purchased some old 1930’s books this weekend to use for illustrating.
So next, I worked on some new illustrations:

and, of course, Regina is purple!
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And, finally, I kept finding gorgeous items on Etsy that were purple..and vintage:

This is my *upcycled* love of the day:

by crabappledesigns
If you’d like to see which purple items I pinned
you can view my Etsy Bitsy Pinterest Board!